Activision Blizzard employees walk off the job to protest “frat boy” culture of harassment

200 employees at game company Activision Blizzard walked off the job and protested in front of company headquarters to protest a “frat boy” culture of sexual harassment and racism. [Patrick Klepek at Vice.com]

The state of California sued Activision Blizzard this month, alleging a toxic work environment. [Lauren Kaori Gurley at Vice.com]:

In the office, women were subject to so-called “cube crawls” during which men at the company got drunk and “crawl[ed]” through office cubicles and harassed women, the complaint alleges. Men played videos games for extended periods of time during work hours, delegating tasks to women, joked about rape, commented on women’s bodies, and groped them, the complaint continues. High-ranking men at the company engaged in blatant sexual harassment without repercussions.

Also:

In one instance, the lawsuit alleges that a woman at the company killed herself on a business trip with a supervisor she was having a sexual relationship with. The woman had previously faced harassment from men at the company, including a holiday party before her death, when her male colleagues allegedly passed around a photo of her vagina, according to the complaint.

The company’s workforce is about 20 percent women, and its top leadership is exclusively white and male, according to the lawsuit.

And on and on. Sounds like a terrible place.

Safari Frustrations

Michael Tsai: Safari compatibility with websites is declining, and he’s seeing GPU-related crashes.

Apple is busy trying to reinvent tabs and toolbars, but I just want a browser that works.”

Safari is my primary browser, but I have to use Firefox in many sites, including WordPress.com, which I’m on often.

Bad news for Newsom—and California

New Poll Suggests Low Democratic Turnout Could Doom Gov. Newsom

Chris Jennewein at the Times of San Diego:

A new poll of California voters released Tuesday suggests low Democratic turnout could doom Gov. Gavin Newsom and finds talk show host Larry Elder leads a divided Republican field.”

It’s not surprising that Newsom is in jeopardy. Most registered voters oppose the recall, but the way the election is structured, the pro-recall faction has a substantial advantage. It’s just a badly structured election.

I was surprised by Elder’s lead—I would have thought Faulconer had the edge—but I guess Elder’s big talk-radio platform works for him.

Democrats need to get out and vote and get their neighbors to do the same.

The Facebook metaverse initiative is going nowhere.

Facebook doesn’t innovate user experience. Facebook buys companies that innovate user experience.

Also, people aren’t interested in using virtual reality. People just like to talk about it.