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  1. Jul 2022
    1. and restricting short-term rentals, which made Wu a target of Airbnb.

      Corporate fascism. Since when do we allow companies to "target" people? Why? Inhuman.

    2. Amid budgetary concerns, the city will use a Covid-19 relief fund to make up for $8m of lost revenue. Ridership on the first free bus line has soared by 48%, from 47,000 to 70,000 weekly riders.

      When you value people over dollars, amazing things happen.

  2. Sep 2021
    1. We’re still talking about human nature, which is greedy and selfish

      wrong. this trope is amazing. selfishness and greed are based in insecurity, which is high in capitalist societies when the a huge percentage of the population are without and a small group hold all the wealth (and security)

    2. salaries

      salaries? who employs them?

    3. There’s also a darker side to Roblox, not condoned by the company, that includes strip clubs, sex parties and Nazi re-enactments.

      of course.

    4. “Just as the mail, the telegraph, the telephone, text and video are utilities for collaborative work, we believe Roblox and the metaverse will join these as essential tools for business communication,” Mr. Baszucki said. “Ultimately, someday we may even shop within Roblox.”


    5. Could it be possible one day to have a tunnel from Roblox to Fortnite and other games, connecting them all in some sort of futuristic world? Mr. Sweeney said yes.

      so it's a user identity system basically… like "sign in with Facebook", only it's like what a blockchain hash or something?

    6. “Fortnite is a centralized experience,” meaning that it functions top-down, with major decisions coming from its developer, Epic Games. “Here, you feel like you have a definite part in it.”

      How? How are "decisions" made and more importantly, enacted? What kind of decisions?

    7. What separates Decentraland from its predecessors like Second Life, a virtual world owned and operated by a private company called Linden Labs, is that it is indeed fairly decentralized.

      how? how is it "decentralized"?

  3. May 2021
    1. Section 85Calculation of residence periodsInterruptions of lawful residence of up to one year may be ignored.

      "may" ? Obviously conditions are not stipulated here so it is vague nod to giving administrators the latitude to decide? For "users", a game of chance, a gamble basically, not something to rely on.

    1. 85 Berechnung von Aufenthaltszeiten Unterbrechungen der Rechtmäßigkeit des Aufenthalts bis zu einem Jahr können außer Betracht bleiben.

      "können" ? Obviously conditions are not stipulated here so it is vague nod to giving administrators the latitude to decide? For "users", a game of chance, a gamble basically, not something to rely on.

  4. May 2017
    1. According to Wright, employees with sought-after and reward-inelastically supplied skills (due to natural scarcities or socially constructed and imposed restrictions on supply, such as licensing, barriers to entry into training programs, etc.) are in a 'privileged [surplus] appropriation location within exploitation relations' because, while they are not capitalists, they are able to obtain more privileges through their relation to the owner of the means of production than less skilled workers and harder to monitor and evaluate in terms of labor effort. The owner(s) of the means of production or their employer in general therefore has to pay them a 'scarcity' or 'skill/credential' rent (thus raising their compensation above the actual cost of producing and reproducing their labor power) and tries to 'buy' their loyalty by giving them ownership stakes, endowing them with delegated authority over their fellow workers and/or allowing them to more or less be autonomous in determining the pace and direction of their work. Thus, experts, managers of experts, and executive managers tend to be closer to the interests of the 'bosses' than to other workers.

      This is an apt description of situations like: – software developpers and product managers in startups – "design thinking" and innovation teams in corporations – UX Research sytraddles the line, hence always in sway.

      Things like stock options, flexibility of defining briefs, insertion with authority into other teams…

  5. Apr 2017
    1. though there is apparently little love among faculty for e-book versions of monographs

      Why? Has anyone researched this and taken steps to address the shortcoming of "ebooks" and their reading/annotating/collecting/owning experience?

    2. has been said by many that monographs are, fundamentally, books that cannot make their own way in the market, but which are worth publishing anyway

      I would rephrase: "They are books that have difficulty recouping the costs of their publication and availability, but must be published and must be available."

  6. Aug 2016
    1. 861.00/2 - 2246: Telegram The Charge in the Soviet Union (Kennan) to the Secretary of State SECRET
    2. The very disrespect of Russians for objective truth--indeed, their disbelief in its existence--leads them to view all stated facts as instruments for furtherance of one ulterior purpose or another.

      Very revealing. Is this evidence of asian cultural influence?

  7. May 2016
    1. Mike Davies’s fascinating book ‘Magicial Urbanism’ (2000),

      Published by and available through Verso Books

    2. ‘academic’ in the contemporary sense, and so co-designed, collaborative, located on the ground, and outputting accumulated learning through numerous channels.

      A very nice reframing of the term. Useful.