Amusement parks, crowd control and load-balancing


Youtube-dl’s legacy.

EFF’s interoperability graphic, with the Github logo matted in.
EFF’s interoperability graphic, with the Github logo matted in.


2001, 2006, 2011, 2020


Terms of service banning fan art launch alongside a new transmedia subscription service.

Hello Kitty 40k mashup — an image depicting mecha Hello Kitties amid warring armies of power-armored Sanrio characters.
Hello Kitty 40k mashup — an image depicting mecha Hello Kitties amid warring armies of power-armored Sanrio characters.


2006, 2011, 2016, 2020


RFID-equipped disposable cups deny water to homeless people.

A self-service Coca Cola drink-dispensing machine displaying an error message: ‘You’re going to need a different cup. Just ask at the counter.’ A woman’s hand is holding a disposable wax-paper McDonald’s cup before the machine. Image: @AnemoneAndMe https://twitter.com/AnemoneAndMe/status/1420540789734612992
A self-service Coca Cola drink-dispensing machine displaying an error message: ‘You’re going to need a different cup. Just ask at the counter.’ A woman’s hand is holding a disposable wax-paper McDonald’s cup before the machine. Image: @AnemoneAndMe https://twitter.com/AnemoneAndMe/status/1420540789734612992
Image: @AnemoneAndMe


Yet another latent unique identifier with horrifying consequences.

A chart labelled ‘Classification of driving patterns based on streams of accelerometer data,’ displaying histograms of data from an in-vehicle acclerometer, labeled with events such as ‘lane-change right’ and ‘sudden braking.’
A chart labelled ‘Classification of driving patterns based on streams of accelerometer data,’ displaying histograms of data from an in-vehicle acclerometer, labeled with events such as ‘lane-change right’ and ‘sudden braking.’


The women who answer the phone when you call Disney, Airbnb, Carnival and others.

A picture of the corner of a desk with a discarded headset. Beside the desk is an office waste-bin. The image is captioned in shaky hand-lettering: ‘I kept hitting my mute button every time I had to throw up. Image: Laila Milevski/Propublica
A picture of the corner of a desk with a discarded headset. Beside the desk is an office waste-bin. The image is captioned in shaky hand-lettering: ‘I kept hitting my mute button every time I had to throw up. Image: Laila Milevski/Propublica
Image: Laila Milevski/Propublica


The Sacklers offer billions of reasons to overthrow the system.

Cory Doctorow

Writer, blogger, activist. Blog: https://pluralistic.net; Mailing list: https://pluralistic.net/plura-list; Twitter: https://twitter.com/doctorow

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