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AT&T raises prices 7% by making its customers pay AT&T’s property taxes | Ars Technica
AT&T can sign contracts promising one price then charge more and there is no recourse.
personal_net  evil  at&t  via:boingboing  ArsTechnica 
6 days ago by mcherm
States Hit Electric Vehicle Owners With High Fees - Consumer Reports
Many states actually charge MORE for electric vehicles to use the road than they do for gasoline cars.
environment  evil  via:reddit 
5 weeks ago by mcherm
The U.S. Is Purging Chinese Americans From Top Cancer Research - Bloomberg
Are we (the US) REALLY starting a new "red scare / purge" over scientists and technologists of Chinese ancestry who collaborate with those in China?
china  ethics  evil  DonaldTrump  racism  via:reddit 
june 2019 by mcherm
Chrome to limit full ad blocking extensions to enterprise users - 9to5Google
An example of the problems you get when one company effectively controls the browser market. Remember, due to video DRM, Chrome effectively ISN'T open source.
opensource  google  evil  advertising  web  browsers  chrome  via:reddit  firefox 
may 2019 by mcherm
Here’s How TurboTax Just Tricked You Into Paying to File Your Taxes — ProPublica
Article details just exactly how difficult it is to find the free version of TurboTax. Really super-hard, because they go our of their way to hide it.
evil  Intuit  taxes  law  politics  via:HackerNews 
april 2019 by mcherm
Juul's strategy for success: target children, steadily ramp up nicotine levels / Boing Boing
Companies selling nicotine delivery systems have become really, really exploitative.
via:boingboing  evil  drugs 
february 2019 by mcherm
Plaintiff in first no-fly trial wins another appeal on attorneys’ fees and government lawyers’ bad faith | Papers, Please!
It's been 14 years. The woman who was put on the no-fly list for reasons so secret they couldn't be revealed as it would undermine national security (when revealed it was because they someone filled out a form wrong) is STILL fighting in court and STILL banned.
TSA  nofly  law  evil  via:reddit 
january 2019 by mcherm
New Parents Complain Amazon Baby-Registry Ads Are Deceptive - WSJ
Amazon is now the third largest online ad platform. And they use deception, like allowing advertisers to insert entries into a customer's baby gift registry.
darkpatterns  advertising  amazon  evil  via:HackerNews 
december 2018 by mcherm
‘I’ve never seen these positions politicized’: White House rejection of veterans judges raises concerns of partisanship - The Washington Post
Administrative judges at Veterans Affairs - a position that has never been political - were apparently screened by President Trump for party affiliation.
evil  law  DonaldTrump  politics  via:reddit 
december 2018 by mcherm
‘Transgender’ Could Be Defined Out of Existence Under Trump Administration - The New York Times
Donald Trump working hard to make it legal to discriminate against transgender people, in some cases mandatory to discriminate.
DonaldTrump  rights  transgender  evil  via:reddit  nytimes 
december 2018 by mcherm
Judge halts mother-daughter deportation, threatens to hold Sessions in contempt - The Washington Post
Their lawyers were literally in the courtroom arguing their case when they got a text from their client that she and her daughter were being shuffled onto a plane by the US Government and flown out of the country!
law  immigration  DonaldTrump  evil 
august 2018 by mcherm
Court Has No Problem With Multiple Invasive Probings In Search Of Drugs That Didn't Exist | Techdirt
Appeals court: if the police drag you to a hospital for no good reason and have doctors rape and probe you, you cannot sue anyone. The police didn't do it and the doctors were following orders, and the court won't allow discovery to find out just how the orders were given.
law  4thAmmendment  evil 
may 2018 by mcherm
Illinois coroner to poor: Pay $1000 or county keeps remains
When people are too poor to pay for their family's funerals, he has the bodies cremated and then won't tell the family where he buried the ashes and won't release a death certificate unless they pay $1,000.
law  evil  via:boingboing 
may 2018 by mcherm
Oracle: Java SE 8 business users must buy a licence from January next year | V3
From the moment that Oracle bought Sun I feared they would try to find a way to charge for the use of Java. This is only for an older version, but still...
java  oracle  evil  via:HackerNews 
april 2018 by mcherm
Florida Federal Prison Bans Books and Greeting Cards | Miami New Times
Another article on a prison banning prisoners from receiving books (and also letters written in marker or crayon).
prison  censorship  evil  via:reddit 
april 2018 by mcherm
Trump Approves New Limits on Transgender Troops in the Military - The New York Times
Over the objections of most everybody, from the courts to the military, Trump acts to either kick out or abuse transgender people in the US military.
gayrights  transgender  DonaldTrump  evil  law  via:reddit 
march 2018 by mcherm
Verizon to stop honoring FCC restriction on not SIM-locking phones because nothing matters anymore
Verizon must think the FCC really doesn't care about anything anymore since they just announced that they would start SIM-locking phone which they promised not to do while they were purchasing some spectrum. They are probably right about the FCC.
verizon  evil  via:reddit 
february 2018 by mcherm
A new program in New York is severely restricting the books available to people in prison – ThinkProgress
This new policy (already in use in a couple of prisons) says almost no books will be permitted in prison, only 53 books (plus some coloring books)! That is EVIL!
prison  books  evil  via:reddit 
january 2018 by mcherm
Washington state: Comcast was “even more deceptive” than we thought | Ars Technica
The Attorney General of Washington State says that Comcast sold a worthless "insurance" plan that frequently covered nothing to around half their customers including many whose recorded phone calls show them saying "No, I don't want it."
comcast  evil  via:ArsTechnica  ArsTechnica 
december 2017 by mcherm
Uber used bug bounty program to launder blackmail payment to hacker | Ars Technica
Uber paid a $100K ransom to a hacker, and they used their bug bounty program to do so. Uber, always evil.
uber  evil  security  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
december 2017 by mcherm
Uber Waymo Trial Delayed After Justice Department Jumps In, Unprompted, To Tell Judge That Uber Was Withholding Evidence | Techdirt
Uber didn't just withhold documents during discovery, they withheld documents about their process for hiding information from discovery. And the judge only found out because the justice department was investigating Uber.
uber  evil  law 
november 2017 by mcherm
List of women accusing Donald Trump of sexual assault
Because it is only a list of women this emits the most important accuser: Donald Trump himself.
DonaldTrump  evil  via:reddit 
october 2017 by mcherm
How the Elderly Lose Their Rights | The New Yorker
On a mass basis, using "guardianship" to steal assets from elderly people.
law  evil 
october 2017 by mcherm
Border Agents Seized American Citizen's Truck, Never Charged Him With A Crime
Truck seized. Over 2 years later, the owner still has not been able to appear in court, despite having excellent legal representation. And apparently this is common.
law  evil  forfeiture  via:reddit 
september 2017 by mcherm
Jordan Colburn - Is StubHub's Website Deceiving users?
StubHub puts a couple of extra (already sold) tickets in the list and then makes them visually get marked as sold as you watch to fool customers into thinking they are selling out fast.
darkpatterns  evil  via:HackerNews  ui 
september 2017 by mcherm
Florida Sheriff Plans to Check for Warrants at Hurricane Shelters -
Sheriff announces that they'll be searching people in hurricane shelters for anyone with an outstanding warrant, thus probably scaring people away from hurricane shelters.
law  evil  police  via:boingboing  nytimes 
september 2017 by mcherm
Airbnb Won’t Put a Roof Over the Heads of Nazis [Updated]
Airbnb is outright banning users it suspects may have been intending to attend an alt-right rally.
via:rachel  freespeech  airbnb  evil 
september 2017 by mcherm
'Scared for my life': Why are crime victims being jailed? - BBC News
On a simple, unchallengable DA's say-so to a judge, you can be jailed indefinitely for no crime at all. And in New Orleans, the use this a lot.
law  rights  evil  via:HackerNews 
may 2017 by mcherm
'Backdoor' Search Of FBI Records Helps Parents Learn How Local Cops Killed Their Son | Techdirt
This makes me sick. The police officers certainly abused this young man and probably killed him. Not only are they immune to prosecution, they are even immune to civil suits, although in this case the parents found an elaborate way to get around that.
policeabuse  police  policeimmunity  evil  via:Techdirt  techdirt 
may 2017 by mcherm
US Customs block Canadian man after reading his Scruff profile | Daily Xtra
Canadian stopped at US border, phone searched. Gay social sites found; agent accused him of being a sex worker; man turns back. Returns another time, is denied entry because he does NOT have gay social apps on his phone this time.
bordersecurity  via:HackerNews  politics  evil  DonaldTrump 
february 2017 by mcherm
Wyoming bill prohibits power companies from using renewables / Boing Boing
Utterly ridiculous. The only way things like this can arise is a vicious form of "we are enemies so anything you favor, I must oppose". Fortunately, the bill is unlikely to pass.
via:boingboing  environment  evil 
january 2017 by mcherm
Michigan unemployment agency made 20,000 false fraud accusations – report | US news | The Guardian
Government agency accuses citizens of fraud and levies fines. But it was WRONG 93% of the time.
politics  evil  via:boingboing 
december 2016 by mcherm
Samsung is adding new obtrusive ads to your old smart TV - The Verge
To make more money, after a few years send an update to people's TVs that starts showing ads.
evil  samsung  tv  via:reddit  advertising 
november 2016 by mcherm
Can You Go to Jail for Not Paying Rent? | The Marshall Project
In Arkansas there is NO right for a rented apartment to be habitable, and if you landlord gives you a 10-day notice to vacate (even for a made-up reason) and you don't, then you go to jail.
law  via:reddit  evil 
september 2016 by mcherm
College Student Is Removed From Flight After Speaking Arabic on Plane -
Southwest airlines removed a passenger from a flight ONLY for speaking Arabic.
racism  TSA  Southwest  evil  nytimes  via:nytimes 
april 2016 by mcherm
Donald Trump and the Central Park Five: the racially charged rise of a demagogue | US news | The Guardian
Donald Trump made a strong push to harshly punish 5 minorities accused of rape who later turned out to be innocent.
politics  DonaldTrump  evil  justice  TheGuardian  via:reddit 
february 2016 by mcherm
Sneaky Change to the TPP Drastically Extends Criminal Penalties | Electronic Frontier Foundation
During error correction of the supposedly final text of the TPP significant and dangerous extensions to copyright provisions are being snuck in.
eff  TPP  evil  law  via:boingboing 
february 2016 by mcherm
Why Is a Florida Man Facing Life in Prison For Lending a Friend His Car and Going to Sleep? | The Nation
Life in prison for taking a nap while his roommate borrowed his car. And he is DENIED clemency.
law  prison  evil  via:reddit 
september 2015 by mcherm
“Two days ago the police came to me and wanted me to stop working on this” | Hacker News
Developer of one of the main tools for circumventing the great firewall of China is forced to call it quits.
censorship  china  evil  via:HackerNews 
august 2015 by mcherm
This Teen Had Sex with Another Teen, So a Judge Tore His Family Apart - Hit & Run :
This makes me want to want to confront the judge and ask him to consider what he has done.
sexoffenders  law  evil 
july 2015 by mcherm
Charter School Principal Outs Gay Valedictorian To Parents, Then Cancels His Speech
He was going to say he was gay, so the principal canceled his speech with no notice.
gayrights  via:reddit  evil 
may 2015 by mcherm
Using Paypal with Indiegogo is very risky business
Guy successfully scares PayPal after they freeze his account.
paypal  evil  via:HackerNews 
may 2015 by mcherm
Goodbye, Sourceforge!
Sourceforge is now fully evil. Here are some alternatives.
evil  hosting  via:reddit 
may 2015 by mcherm
Prison 'Enforces' Messaging Company's 'IP' Rights By Sending Prisoner To Solitary | Techdirt
Prisoners must sign away the copyright to what they say in order to use the prison communication system. If a friend on the outside distributes that, the prisoner may then be stuck in solitary as punishment.
law  ip-law  copyright  prison  techdirt  via:Techdirt  evil 
may 2015 by mcherm
Release Cards Turn Inmates Into Profit Stream | Al Jazeera America
How banking systems steal as much as 30% of the money from prisoners and their families.
prison  banking  evil  via:reddit 
april 2015 by mcherm
Martial Law by Executive Order
I wish this were made up or exaggerated, I really do.
law  obama  evil  via:reddit 
april 2015 by mcherm
Leaded gasoline was a case of politics overriding science
Remember, there are many who think that leaded gasoline contributed to a nearly century long worldwide increase in criminal behavior.
via:reddit  science  ScientificMethod  evil 
february 2015 by mcherm
Comcast Accidentally Receives Customer’s Rent Check, Cashes It Anyway – Consumerist
Comcast receives rent check, deposits it, and then won't refund it until after the media gets involved.
comcast  evil 
february 2015 by mcherm
Comcast thinks my husband is an a**hole - and they put it in writing - Elliott
They changed the name on the account to "Asshole Brown". When management was confronted by a journalist, they apologized.
comcast  evil  customerservice  via:boingboing 
january 2015 by mcherm
Just had my app which I have been working on for the last 6 months suspended WHILE IN APLPHA (not published) and FOR NO REASON. : androiddev
Another example of Google's app store failing. Blocking things without saying why and then refusing to communicate is a bad practice.
appstore  google  evil 
january 2015 by mcherm
At Apple’s request, we removed the ability to “Send” files to other services
Apple says "can't upload files to apple's cloud drive". Also can't upload JUST to other cloud drives because the APIs don't allow it. So now their app can't upload files at all. This is what is wrong with Apple's review process.
appstore  apple  evil 
december 2014 by mcherm
T-Mobile forced to stop hiding slow speeds from throttled customers
A case where T-Mobile is being evil: when they throttle someone's speed, they still run speed tests unthrottled. FCC says "No".
evil  mobile  t-mobile  via:ArsTechnica  ArsTechnica 
november 2014 by mcherm
Verizon is launching a tech news site that bans stories on U.S. spying
They are founding a journalism site and FROM DAY ONE are prohibiting certain topics that don't play well with their corporate goals. I can't imagine any journalist being willing to have their name associated with such a monstrosity.
journalism  evil  verizon  via:boingboing 
october 2014 by mcherm
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