Call-center economics: “After you end a call, there’s usually a three-second delay before the next one comes, which gives you enough time to take a single deep breath, and maybe ponder about how absurd it is that despite our country’s immense wealth and resources, our mostly unregulated economic system is allowing large corporations to force the majority of us into these terrible, humiliating binds, where we have to sacrifice basic human dignity and empathy in order to pay for meager shelter and food, and we have no choice but to suck it up and hope that maybe something better will come along before our souls are utterly destroyed.”
Today in inequality: “The company lost 120 hours of productivity in May due to unscheduled bathroom breaks, [company owner] Kersten added.”
Your average piece-of-shit Windows desktop is so complex that no one person on Earth really knows what all of it is doing, or how. — Quinn Norton: Everything is Broken
Airbnb Agrees to Subpoena On Illegal Hosts -
To summarize: The company is inviting people to break the law, profiting from it, and then helping the Feds go after said lawbreakers. This is the business end of the sharing economy.
If it bothers you that I’m doing this, I want to point out that everyone is going to be doing crap like this after the FCC rips apart Net Neutrality. — Neocities, a web host, gave the FCC a 28.8Kbps slow lane in net neutrality protest.
I feel like the only reason no one is defending Donald Sterling is because racists just don’t like basketball.
New York Police Department: “Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? Tweet us & tag it #myNYPD.”
Internet: Sure thing! Remember how you beat the shit out of everyone, all of the time?
The crux of the “sharing economy” is that someone else’s property becomes yours for as long as you’re willing to pay for it, usually no questions asked. In the case of Airbnb, you’re going to miss out on room service, but in exchange for missing amenities, you get free reign of a stranger’s apartment, without regulation or oversight. This is terrific if you want to break the law. — Valleywag: New York’s Prostitutes Are Saving Money with Airbnb
For Intuit, it’s just good business. Return-free filing can only save billions of dollars because there’s billions of dollars being made preparing tax returns. And a lot of those dollars flow to Intuit. — Vox: You are the IRS’s worst-paid employee