giltwist (1313107) writes "In an attempt to utilize social media in a manner similar to this springs protests in Egypt, Adbusters and Anonymous have created the hashtag #takewallstreet and met in NYC today to protest corporate corruption, particularly against Citizens United. Photos and videos from the scene indicate an unusually large police presence despite the peaceful nature of the protest. From the article:
More than 1,000 demonstrators descended on New York City's Financial District on Saturday for what could be a days-long protest of what they said was corporate greed favoring the rich at the expense of ordinary people.
giltwist (1313107) writes "I have had Time Warner's 15mbps Road Runner service for two years in my current residence and have been generally pleased. However, for the last week I have been suffering from bandwidth that is between one-half and one-fifth of my advertised speed between the hours of 6pm and midnight. I've gotten all the way to the third level of tech support and had an in-home service call, but TWC claims there's absolutely nothing wrong with any of my hardware or their network though they acknowledge the slowness. I've run Glasnost test on HTTP transfers ( http://broadband.mpi-sws.org/transparency/glasnost.php ) with a nominally positive result, but it noted that line noise made the results dubious. How can I find out if TWC is intentionally throttling my connection? If they are, do I have any alternatives besides finding a new ISP?" top
giltwist (1313107) writes "As you scour stores for cheap laptops, bargain Blackberries and discounted Droid phones this Black Friday, take a moment to consider the capitalistic insanity in which you are participating:
"Last year saw a huge boom of profits for retail discount stores like Wal-Mart and Target during the 2008 holiday shopping season that started on Black Friday, and in fact the frantic emotions of the consumer were so potent it led to a young employee being trampled to death when a Wal-Mart in Valley Stream N.Y. opened it's doors at 5 a.m. In anticipation of this sort of attitude Wal-Mart has promised that it is taking every precaution this year to avoid a disaster like that again, they've enacted policies that are country wide for all stores, both normal hour and 24 hour super centers alike, to stay open and do what they can to alleviate the tension of the deals that they're offering.
But at what cost?
This year, Wal-Mart employees, especially those who are scheduled the over night shifts, will have to forgoe spending more than a token amount of time with their families, one super center in particular that I am aware of has decided to schedule its employees for a fourteen hour shift starting at 7 p.m. and continuing along til 9 a.m. the following morning."" Link to Original Source