It’s hard to believe The Verge published this piece ”out loud” where people could see it.
Taking homeless people and turning them into “mobile hotspots” is utterly dehumanizing and is not “raising awareness” about homelessness.
What it should raise awareness of is how much of an asshole you would have to be to actuallly use such a service.
If you want to help homeless people then perhaps the company running this crap could provide corporate profits to provide them with an actual “home” or society in general could actually deal with homelessness which is not a “hidden issue”.
Absent that, just give the money you would spend on a “wifi” connection to a homeless person and wait until you get home before you tweet about being at SXSW.
What’s next? How about we get homeless people to sell food, and every time somebody buys food from them they get a free sandwich. If they don’t sell any food though, no sandwich!
Jon Mitchell from Read Write Web describes this nonsense best with this comment;
No idea who Mr Baker is or what this is about but Mr Bloom blocked Article19 on Twitter (even though we don’t follow him) because we had the temerity to say he might want to edit his writing a little because it spoiled, somewhat, his reviews and insights into film making.
Haters are gonna hate, but oversensitive people are also going to over react to the slightest little thing. It’s a two way street.
Dear Mr. Baker,
I have woken up to be informed of a hate filled tirade against me by you on twitter. I am not in the slightest bit surprised as you have done this on numerous occasions.
Twitter is a place to voice your opinions and if this is your voice then so be it, as rude, obnoxious and…
There seems to be no discussion whatsoever. No negotiating contracts. Like being dumped over Skype text, employers are simultaneously arrogant and cowardly; a seething arrogance which assumes that dancers will stay in the relationship indefinitely and a cowardice which shies away from using their…
Once again the court is on the side of the almost two million workers in the creative industries whose livelihoods are put at risk because creative content is stolen on a daily basis. Once again a judge has made it extremely clear that the Digital Economy Act is a fair, focused, proportionate and efficient system for consumers and the creative industry. Rather than individuals being hauled into court, the DEA makes it possible to conduct a mass consumer education programme. BT and TalkTalk need to stop fighting and start obeying the law.
Equity, talking out of their ass about file sharing.
why is it that everybody who uses a modern computer operating system is a professional photographer, professional film maker and a professional social operative?
People may be charged to watch “road cycling” that is, cycling on the roads, in your own city. The people organising this wretched mess have not yet decided how they will stop people getting onto public streets without first handing over money to do so!
I tried to edit the page again. Within 10 seconds I was informed that my citations to the primary documents were insufficient, as Wikipedia requires its contributors to rely on secondary sources, or, as my critic informed me, “published books.” Another editor cheerfully tutored me in what this means: “Wikipedia is not ‘truth,’ Wikipedia is ‘verifiability’ of reliable sources. Hence, if most secondary sources which are taken as reliable happen to repeat a flawed account or description of something, Wikipedia will echo that.”
Tempted to win simply through sheer tenacity, I edited the page again. My triumph was even more fleeting than before. Within seconds the page was changed back. The reason: “reverting possible vandalism.”
When asked why there was no YouTube support at the moment in the developer preview, Apple told Pocket-lint: “We have Vimeo, and we don’t have YouTube.”
Probably more to do with Apple’s current hatred of Google than anything else though.