October 12, 2016
AI, class war, happy mutants, infosec, labor, machine learning, politics, Post, potus, prime directive, Security, Star Trek, Technology, Uncategorized, web theory
Joi Ito (previously) — director of MIT Media Lab, former Creative Commons chief, investor, entrepreneur, and happy mutant — interviewed Barack Obama for a special, Obama-edited issue of Wired.
The two covered the ethical implications of machine learning, diversity in tech, neurodiversity, the collapse of funding for basic research, precision medicine, high-speed trading, cybersecurity, robots taking our jobs, internet regulation, space travel, and …
October 8, 2016
always be closing, banksters, boiler rooms, class war, corruption, Finance, fraud, labor, piketty, Post, racketeering, san francisco, Uncategorized, wells fargo
On the latest Planet Money podcast (MP3), a former San Francisco Wells Fargo banker describes the bullying and coercion she faced from senior management while working at the bank’s head office, and how the bank forced her out when she blew the whistle on fraud and then blacklisted her with other banks, forcing her out of the sector altogether.
“Ashley” was 30 when …
September 25, 2016
banksters, Business, class war, crime, Finance, fraud, labor, moral hazards, piketty, Post, ripoff, Uncategorized, wells fargo
When Wells Fargo fired 5,300 employees for opening 2,000,000 accounts in its customers name (stealing their cash and trashing their credit scores in the process), it wanted us all to know that it had cleaned house, because this was just 5,300 people who, without any help from senior management, all happened to coincidentally engage in the same fraud.
Today, we know …
August 18, 2016
class war, economics, gender, labor, las vegas, Uncategorized, unionization, Video, videos, youtubescience
Las Vegas is one of America’s most unionized cities, and importantly, the unionization rates are especially high in trades dominated by women, such as cocktail servers and hotel cleaners, making Vegas one of the most equal places in America in terms of wage-parity between women and men, and also between young workers and older workers.
There’s still room for improvement, but unionized women …
August 13, 2016
#slaveroo, class war, Crowdfunding, economic, employment, gig economy, labor, London, Post, uk, Uncategorized
“Gig economy” scooter drivers for London’s Deliveroo service earn £7/hour plus £1/delivery, and that’s nowhere near a living wage: but rather than giving their a pay rise (£9.40/hour, plus £1/delivery, plus petrol, plus tips), Deliveroo wants to cut them all to zero-hours contracts with no hourly wage and £3.75/delivery and they fired all the drivers who asked for a living wage, so naturally, drivers …