Toronto high-school students have been visiting the USA since their inception; I remember my own high-school trips to Buffalo’s Albright Knox gallery warmly. But they are a relic of the past, because the Toronto District School Board will not risk harassment and worse of its students at the US border, where people born to Arab or Muslim families, or in majority-Muslim families, report widespread discrimination.
In a party-line split, the U.S. Senate today voted to allow internet service providers to retain personal data without permission and sell it to whomever might pay for it.
The Senate voted 50:48 in favor of S.J. 34, which would remove the rules and, under the authority of the Congressional Review Act, prevent similar rules from being enacted. It now heads to the House for approval.
“If signed by the President, this law would repeal the FCC’s widely-supported broadband privacy framework, and eliminate the requirement that cable and broadband providers offer customers a choice before selling their sensitive, personal information,” said FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny in a joint statement.
The public bathroom at Beijing’s Temple of Heaven Park now has a toilet paper dispenser outfitted with a camera and facial recognition technology to prevent toilet paper theft. From the New York Times:
Before entering restrooms in the park, visitors must now stare into a computer mounted on the wall for three seconds before a machine dispenses a sheet of toilet paper, precisely two feet in length. If visitors require more, they are out of luck. The machine will not dispense a second roll to the same person for nine minutes.
At the Temple of Heaven Park, one of Beijing’s busiest tourist sites, many people said on Monday they were pleased by the new machines.
“The people who steal toilet paper are greedy,” said He Zhiqiang, 19, a customer service worker from the northwestern region of Ningxia. “Toilet paper is a public resource. We need to prevent waste…”
I agree with park visitor Wang Jianquan, 63: “The sheets are too short.”
I hate to travel, but Roku’s Streaming Stick lets me take my home TV viewing experience with me.
While we’ve tried AppleTV, Xbox One, and a Google Chromecast stick, my daughter and I both prefer Roku. We’ve got all the apps we like loaded, and our profile’s and linked devices keep everything current.
The stick is just too handy. I plug it into the back of my hotel room’s TV and magically all my media appears.
Roku Streaming Stick (3600R) (2016 Model) via Amazon
A sharp increase in right-winger pretending to be black on Twitter as they troll people has been noted.
“I’m used to trolling, and it doesn’t bother me, but the idea of a black woman selling her sons out to police with everything we know now was so sad to me that I couldn’t wrap my mind around it. And the idea that anyone — let alone a black person — could say Emmett Till deserved to die is just so beyond the pale,” he said.
Over the past few months, Black Twitter has noticed an increase in the number of white trolls creating fake Twitter accounts. Newkirk says he first noticed this around election time last year, when people began posting directions on how to create these fake accounts on websites and forums.
This sounds like a play-for-play repeat of a strategy defined during the gamergate imbroglio: a generic female name, a googled cutesy avatar and a comically idealized personality that supposedly will bring the enemy to their knees but which convinces no-one but fellow believers. “All very cartoonish,” as Newkirk describes.
…one of the common mistakes trolls make is misusing or overusing African-American Vernacular English. “It’s not just that they get the rules of AAVE wrong — both the spoken and written conventions — they also don’t code switch the way black people do. Not a lot of effort goes into these accounts, in my honest opinion,” Rosenbaum says.
Likewise, the gamergate-era trolls would mix up various strata of queer theory and feminism in precisely the same uncannily comical way. It’s baffling until you realize they’re doing it to impress one another, not to overcome the adversary. It would all be good fodder for a masters’-level sociology thesis about text.