Programming note: I will be taking Monday off from Stuff Keeps Happening, and will return next Wednesday.
We found a Mayan city
Mexico has announced the discovery of a previously unknown Mayan city in the southern jungles of the country. It is believed that the city was deeply important culturally given the layout, significant structures and location.
It is believed the city was most widely used between 250 to 1000 AD.
They even found a game court in the city! A game involving tossing around a rubber ball by hand was popular in pre-Hispanic Mayan territory.
Sounds like a good time, tbh.
The FTC is suing Amazon, alleging that they use dark patterns to trick customers into signing up for Amazon Prime, then making it difficult to cancel the subscription.
"Dark patterns" are a concept in user interface design where you use the design to specifically obfuscate things or coerce specific user actions. It can be as simple as a super tiny "X" button that is borderline impossible to find, or it can be a much larger, multi-step flow that confuses users and leads them to a place they did not mean to be at.
Virtually every major tech company does some degree of dark pattern usage, so it'll be interesting to see if the case is strong enough to land the allegations. I SURE HOPE SO cuz like damn, though.
It's like when companies allow you to sign up on the internet but require you to call them to cancel (which, to my knowledge, is no longer allowed).
Elon Musk, one of the richest men alive, is not paying his employees when he said he would
First, Musk bought Twitter. Then, he promised bonuses. Then, he didn't do that. WEIRD.
A class action lawsuit filed against Twitter is alleging that Twitter has not paid current and former employees bonuses which they were promised after Musk's takeover. This is because Elon Musk is a sociopathic bastard who thinks he can continuously pull the same scheme on loop without ever being held accountable. Unfortunately for everyone else, that has proven to be the case so far.
Maybe we'll get lucky, and he will develop a hyperfixation on the wreckage of the Titanic.
Anyway, bonus Twitter financials thing: the new CEO of Twitter is now wiping Musk's metaphoric financial ass and has patched up relations with Google after Musk skipped out on Google Cloud bills.
Hunter Biden pleads guilty to charges
Conservatives have a fixation on Hunter Biden because reasons, and they're finally getting a modicum of payoff as a state attorney has charged Hunter with two tax-related felony charges. There's also a gun-related charge in there but its likely gonna be waived. This is the result of a plea deal, essentially dropping the case down to just these charges which he will plea "guilty" to and probably not face jail time.
I truly and honestly do not care, nor do I ever think in the slightest about the existence of Hunter Biden, so I'm honestly not sure what else to say here besides "cool? We got him?"
Now do the rest of the kids of powerful rich people who get away with basically everything.
On this day…
On this day in 1961, the Antarctic Treaty System went into effect.
The Antarctic Treaty System is a suite of international agreements that basically amount to "hey, this cold place should be for science rather than war," and so we did that.
There was some back and forth for a while because originally the United States was like "ayo we want some of that laaaaaand" and also there was the very chilly war for a while when the US was again like "ayo we dont want the soviets to have that laaaand" but ultimately the treat worked—mostly—and while some participants hold the right to make land claims, largely the Big Cold Place is for science and expeditions. And penguins.
Here's the weather
- 3M is settling a lawsuit over "forever chemicals" with a $10.3 Billion payout
- Hundreds of thousands have been without power in Oklahoma and Louisiana for nearly a week after storms took out power
- The submersible that was lost going to the Titanic imploded, which is probably the best option if you had to choose a catastrophic failure
- Also, turns out the U.S. Navy heard the implosion days ago
- There were major safety issues with the submersible and the CEO flaunted ignoring them
- The price of Microsoft's Game Pass is increasing soon
- The Senate is talking about new AI regulation frameworks
- Lauren Boebert is introducing an impeachment vote to the house floor but it'll go nowhere
- Elon has declared that the term "cisgender" is considered a slur on Twitter
- Abigail Thorn from PhilosophyTube is joining the cast of an upcoming Star Wars show