How Twitter Could Beat the Trolls, And Why It Won’t

Twitter has a troll problem. It has from the beginning, really. But it's been particularly loud this month, thrown into sharp relief with the sickening attacks on Robin Williams' grieving daughter, Zelda. Twitter's response has been tepid at best—and as far as squashing trolls goes, it's the most we can ever expect. » 8/20/14 3:24pm Wednesday 3:24pm

RIAA Bullies Tiny Music Sites That Pay Fees Instead of Make Money

We've known for years that the RIAA acts like a bunch of hypocritical bullies with nothing better to do than pick on the helpless. But wow. The latest report about how the lobbying organization is now bullying small music sites that not only have zero revenue but also pay licensing fees is just pathetic. » 7/20/14 12:33pm 7/20/14 12:33pm

We Must Not Shut Up About How Women Are Treated on the Internet

Anyone who genuinely cares about anything is bound to sound like a broken record from time to time. If you actually give a shit about a problem (and I don't mean a "problem" like "the co-op is out of Honeycrisps," I mean a PROBLEM PROBLEM), then you don't just lodge your complaint and sit back down while the world… » 1/08/14 5:58pm 1/08/14 5:58pm

The First Radio Nerds Were A Bunch of Trolls

Today, there's a lot of scaremongering in the media surrounding online trolling. When people are being terrible to each other, there's often this knee-jerk reaction to blame the technology rather than acknowledge that human beings have always been just plain horrible. Case in point: the radio trolls of 1910. » 9/16/13 6:00pm 9/16/13 6:00pm

Texting People Who Leave Their Numbers Public Is Awful and Great

Trolls are the worst but funny trolls are shake-your-head enjoyable. You can't help but appreciate their mastery of that craft. Textastrophe is the perfect example of that. He texts people who leave their numbers in public and weaves an epic conversation that makes clowns, Moonbounce renters, movers and other poor… » 5/08/13 1:09am 5/08/13 1:09am

If Every Internet Commenter's Wish Really Came True

I love Internet commenters because they make me laugh. The good ones are so funny! And even when they're awful and mean spirited and filled with hate, there's a certain humor that comes from that sort of silliness. But what if commenters actually get what they wish for in their comments? This comic hilariously… » 4/02/13 10:00pm 4/02/13 10:00pm

HTC and LG Launch Full Assault on Samsung's Galaxy S IV Party

Tonight is Samsung's big night! In less than an hour the company will begin the big event in New York at which it's expected to launch the Samsung Galaxy S IV. And wouldn't you know it, HTC, those trolls, are doling out hot chocolate to all the journalists freezing their butts off in the cold. Our very own Brent Rose… » 3/14/13 6:24pm 3/14/13 6:24pm

Unflappable Patent Troll Not Satisfied With $368 Million Apple Payday

VirnetX is not a company that, strictly speaking, makes things. It is, instead, a company that collects patents the way joyless millionaires collect hermetically sealed comic books: for profit. And while it just scored an impressive $368 million in a successful Apple lawsuit, it's not stopping there. It's out for a… » 11/07/12 11:11am 11/07/12 11:11am

When Applying for a Tech Job, Don't Be a Racist Asshole (Updated)

Justin Ching works on different tech-related products around the silicon valley and needed a web designer. He interviewed David Bernett, and kept him in consideration for the position afterwards. Then Bernett sent him a horribly racist email, invoking Asian slurs, for reasons unknown to all other parties involved. » 7/06/12 7:19pm 7/06/12 7:19pm