Despite denials from top Comcast execs, a leaked employee manual shows that all Comcast customer service reps, even tech support staff, are required to hard-sell every customer they deal with, using high-pressure scripts that interfere with doing their jobs.
Laurel writes, “Holdfast magazine (a free, online speculative fiction magazine) has launched a fundraising campaign for our first-ever print anthology.”
The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation wants the power to break into any computer on the Internet and to spy on any person in the world: Liberal MP Philip Ruddock says “We are now looking at how you find out what people are thinking about even before they do it.”
Stephen Harper’s petro-Tories have a well-earned reputation for suppressing inconvenient environmental science, but they attained new Stalinist lows when their ministers prohibited Canadian Ice Services from disclosing their government-funded research on the rapid loss of Arctic ice.
Here’s video from a debate I participated in at last summer’s Howthelightgetsin festival in Wales, with the BBC’s Kate Russell and Steve Fuller, an advocate for creationism and transhumanism, who said some pretty silly things, as you might expect.
I was watching the Google I/O 2014 keynote video in which a couple protesters interrupted things, and that got me thinking how that probably irritated Google. I don’t know if Google would — but what might an organization with hefty technical chops do to render such disruptions ineffective?
1049 words on UTOPIA (working title), a novel for adults #dailywords