April 2024

Transparent Vice

Vice was once promised to become the brash young voice of news. But wild expenses, shady deals, and greed turned it into ‘a fucking clown show.’

#media #business #ethics

January 2024

video games are so washed dude

Late-stage capitalism is eating videogames too, apparently.

#games #business

August 2023

UK crews in crisis as SAG-AFTRA strike thwarts production: “Is the UK industry really our own?”

How did the UK's legendary film industry come to depend on Hollywood for work? Just a few years ago they were churning out excellent TV series of their own.

#uk #movies #business

Death Spiral of Hollywood Monopolies

Too big to fail? Not so fast. A showrunner's cautionary memo

#internet #movies #business

Justine Bateman on the Destruction of the Film Business

Amid the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes, studio heads are scorching their own legacies, Justine Bateman writes.

#movies #business #disaster

July 2023

"The boom times are over."

#tech #business

June 2023

Norway Aims to Open Arctic Waters to Deep-Sea Mining

Norway may soon open waters in the Arctic and sub-Arctic to sea floor mining. The growing demand for important minerals, including copper and nickel, may require this new type of mining, the Norwegian government says.

#environment #business

May 2023

The IP Era’s Venture Capital Philosophy Has Poisoned Movies

#movies #business

December 2022

Stop Talking to Each Other and Start Buying Things: Three Decades of Survival in the Desert of Social Media

I bet you're wondering how we got here...

#internet #business #ethics

Moving Fast and Breaking Things

#business #ethics

Elon's stale playbook

At Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk was a jerk with a grand vision. At Twitter, he's just a jerk.

#business #ethics

A Case Study on Raspberry Pi’s Incident on the Fediverse

#social media #business #culture

November 2022

The Lesson of Elon Musk’s Twitter? Everything the Far Right Touches Dies.

What Happens When You Give the Keys to the Town Square to the Lunatics?

#internet #business #politics

October 2022

Notes on Twitter

So, last night Elon Musk bought Twitter! Let’s talk a little bit about what I think the future holds.

#social media #business

Why we're leaving the cloud

#internet #business

September 2022

Here's Why Craigslist Still Looks the Same After 25+ Years

Craig Newmark's explanation of the site’s evolution (or lack thereof) is surprisingly simple. (via Slashdot) Note the remark that to an engineer, functional is beautiful.

#business #web #design

August 2022

So uh... what's going on with Infinity Train?

#media #business

July 2022

AMD and Nvidia leaks show we are drunk on power, and the hangover is going to be brutal

The planet may burn but at least the end will be ray-traced at 8K

#computers #business #climate

The driving force: the story of The Electrical Power Storage Company

#energy #business #history

Why MS Word jumped from version 2 to version 6

A good reminder that version numbers are pure marketing, they were always pure marketing, and trying to make them "semantic" misses the point by cosmic distances.

#software #business

Why do so many brands change their logos and look like everyone else?

#business #design

June 2022

Give Up GitHub

#programming #business

Malls

#pandemic #business #ethics

Lakota elders helped a white man preserve their language. Then he tried to sell it back to them.

#america #language #business

May 2022

The time SUSE, the German Linux company, banned mentioning Jewish holidays.

#business #religion

Pop Culture Has Become an Oligopoly

(Via the Dragonfly BSD Digest.) I disagree with the attempted explanations, but the statistics are telling. As for the conclusions... Subsisting entirely on cultural comfort food cannot make us thoughtful, creative, or courageous. Yes, exactly!

#media #business

March 2022

The Static File Startup

The satire would be hilarious if it wasn't painful.

#software #business #humor

January 2022

Why I Broke Up with Firefox

Mozilla’s decision to allow people to donate to them in cryptocurrency really turned me off.

#internet #business

Netflix Lost $50 Billion in Value Overnight

Wall Street is freaking out about the streaming giant’s growth prospects

#internet #movies #business

December 2021

The Future Is Not Only Useless, It’s Expensive

This is how NFTs make me feel: like the future is useless but expensive, and world-altering technology is now in the hands of a culture so aesthetically and spiritually impoverished that it should maybe go back to telling stories around the cooking fire for a while, just to remember how to mean something.

#tech #business #culture

Funding isn't the problem with open source

#programming #security #business

August 2021

Colombian officials accidentally reveal details on Big Pharma’s immunity for adverse reactions to COVID vaccines

Besides the eye-watering costs, the nation agreed to indemnify the manufacturers from any legal responsibility for adverse events arising from the use of their products.

#health #business #politics

July 2021

Abolish the Olympics

They’ve long been a financial boondoggle that ruins lives and enriches the corporate class. This year, they might also spread a deadly Covid variant among a largely unvaccinated population.

#sports #business #health

Why I no longer trust Github

#internet #programming #business

Intel Continues to Rehire Veterans: At Some Point They’ll Run Out

#computers #business

May 2021

Amazon Buys MGM, Studio Behind James Bond, for $8.45 Billion

#movies #business

How Replit used legal threats to kill my open-source project

#internet #business #law

December 2020

Luxury Ghost Towns

The pandemic proved cities have far too many ultraexpensive apartments. They shouldn’t forget it.

#housing #business #pandemic #society

Media Market Research (and why its undermining all the things you love)

#media #business

Silicon Graphics: Gone But Not Forgotten

#vintage #computers #business

November 2020

Climate finance neglects small-scale farmers – new report

#food #business #climate

August 2020

Jira Is A Microcosm Of What’s Broken In Software Development

#programming #business

May 2020

Why we at $FAMOUS_COMPANY Switched to $HYPED_TECHNOLOGY

#computers #business #humor

April 2020

A group is threatening legal action & demanding payment for use of the bisexual pride flag

#sexuality #representation #business

February 2020

Why Do Corporations Speak the Way They Do?

#business #attitudes

December 2019

In Japan, Dead American Brands Get a Second Chance

#japan #business #culture

How Artists on Twitter Tricked Spammy T-Shirt Stores Into Admitting Their Automated Art Theft

#social media #art #business

November 2019

Silicon Valley hasn’t innovated since 1978

#computers #business

July 2019

Locked Out

Airbnb promises anyone can “live like a local” while driving out the people who actually live there, and making the usual suspects rich.

#cities #business #comics

Project Wonderful's sussessor?

#web #comics #business

Failing to Plan: How Ayn Rand Destroyed Sears

#business #politics

The Slow Death of Hollywood

#movies #business

June 2019

Paper-towel dispenser with a EULA prohibiting rival brands of paper

#business #law

Parler d'écologie au boulot ? Mission impossible !

#business #climate

May 2019

Tesla alerte le gouvernement américain sur la pénurie à venir de métaux pour la voiture électrique

#cars #energy #environment #business #america

Exxon predicted in 1982 exactly how high global carbon emissions would be today

#business #climate #science

April 2019

Vendors must start adding physical on/off switches to devices that can spy on us

#business #tech #privacy

Nothing Fails Like Success

#internet #business #ethics

Home Taping Is Killing Music: When the Music Industry Waged War on the Cassette Tape in the 1980s, and Punk Bands Fought Back

#music #law #business

March 2019

'They Have Lied for Decades': European Parliament Scrutinise Exxon's Climate Science Denial

#europe #climate #science #politics #business

November 2018

A History of Creativity

#culture #business #religion #history #politics

September 2018

SpaceX says its BFR will fly someone around the Moon; we have questions

#space #business

June 2018

Farewell, Project Wonderful.

#web #comics #business

October 2016

Interesting Photos of Computer Stores in the 1970s and 1980s

#vintage #computers #business #photos

December 2015

PayPal, Square and big banking's war on the sex industry

The discriminatory practice of redlining is reinvented for the 21st century.

#sexuality #business

March 2015

Uganda’s Tarantino and his $200 action movies

#africa #movies #business

February 2014

Why every digital marketing agency should try running their own sex shop

#sexuality #business

Arizona Confronting Awkward Realization That Gay People Have Money, Buy Stuff

#business #sexuality #humor

October 2013

Fool Me 16,380 Times, Shame on Me

#business #culture

September 2013

DC Comics And "The Normal Course of Business"

#comics #business

July 2013

The Increasingly Bad State of Disneyland Paris: A Neverending Story

#cities #culture #business

June 2013

McDonald's closing all restaurants in Bolivia as nation rejects fast food

#food #business #culture

May 2013

Penury, swindlers and the American way: the capitalist legacy of superheroes

As a pay dispute threatens the superhero stranglehold on box office takings, it’s a timely reminder that these capitalist heroes have long trampled upon the artists who brought them to life, writes Laura Sneddon.

#comics #movies #business

Climate milestone is a moment of symbolic significance on road of i****y

#climate #science #business #politics

March 2013

You didn’t make the Harlem Shake go viral—corporations did

#internet #business #culture

February 2013

Applebee’s Overnight Social Media Meltdown: A Photo Essay

#social media #business #culture

January 2013

McDonald's to give away 15m children's books with its food

#food #business #books