Got my hopes up
Checked for Trump tweets and they were there.
Twitter is right now suffering a baffling outage in that the website is still up, you can still log in, the apps will run. But there are, seemingly, no tweets nor notifications. At all. All gone. All that anger and snark, and information and misinformation, wiped off the face of the planet, just like that. Visiting your …
Another day, another million fictional anecdotes triggering another billion gullibles to express their outrage on Twitter.
Another million twitter arguments that will end with a cowardly insult followed by a block.
Another million Twitter echo chambers amplifying bias and destroying objectivity.
Another billion vacuous Twitter sycophants hoping for some crumb of acknowledgment from a celebrity narcissist.
Twitter is close behind Faecebook as the sewer of the internet.
I know we all like to mock certain social networks, and certainly few compare well with the sort of intelligent informed and (usually) polite debate that you get here and on some other forums, but they do at least mostly serve a useful purpose of allowing people to keep in touch with each other.
OK, Facebook is definitely creepy and unethical in many ways, but why hasn't a good alternative emerged?
Twitter I do actually find quite useful for following newsworthy issues that don't always make the headlines (it's surprising just how few stories actually get reported on tv or radio news) or get as much scrutiny as they should in the media. Yes, you have to keep a critical eye out for fake news and overly biased perspectives, but isn't that the case anywhere?
I'm also giving Mastodon a go, which is open source and decentralised, but so far it seems that, for some reason, a large (or at least frequently posting) proportion of its user bases are some combination of Japanese, anime fans, or bots reposting news accounts from Twitter; finding people or topics of interest to follow seems rather hard!
"I need it to stay in touch" is the feeblest excuse of all for sustaining these poisonous things.
Not if the people you want to keep in touch with won't use an alternative platform. That's been the problem when something new comes along: People won't try it out 'cause they're happy where they are. Warts and all.
In living memory, at least here in the UK, you could post a letter, 1st class, and if it was addressed to the same town or at least handled by the same sorting office and before lunchtime, they'd receive it in the afternoon post, same day. Next day to the rest of the mainland UK except maybe some parts of the Highlands of Scotland.
Of course, now that people don't use the postal service so much it's been pared to the bone and is less of an alternative.
Up until about two years ago I could drop a card in the mail before noon at the Post Office in Fort Bragg, CA and it would be delivered to MeDearOldMum in Palo Alto the following afternoon, without fail. Just standard postage rates, no first class needed. About 200 road miles. Today it can take over a week.
About a billion years ago (in Internet years, say roughly late 1989) I talked a guy through compiling, installing and setting up IRC client and server software. We used email as a close to real-time communications method during this process. He was in New Zealand, I was in California. When we were nearly done, and using IRC to wrap up the installation, he commented that email was just as useful in some ways ... and more useful in others. Still is, IMO.
"Social Networking" is the worst manifestation of primate kill-culture since the gladiators! It's a free-for-all rape-fest with our cooperate overlords selling the hem of our hatefillled strivings to the highest bidder! That is what "social networking" is. Do not let any of the hordes of babbling, teat-sucking media-whores convince you otherwise!
No, other AC, you are still missing the point, I'm afraid. Using UTC lets *everyone*, everywhere in the world, equally neutrally, quickly work out how the quoted time relates to their own local time. That it might have been handier for us in the UK to have the time quoted in our local time disfavours everyone else, and The Register is an internationally read publication.
The fact that UK time happens to be the same as UTC for (slightly less than) half the year, and 1 hour ahead for the other half of the year is just a happy coincidence (OK, it's not actually a /coincidence/, for obvious reasons), but the point is that quoting the "universal" time deliberately doesn't favour nor disfavour *any* particular local time zone: it's the standard to which all other times can be *quickly and easily compared* (which is not the case for any of the US time zones (or UK time, *because* our summer time differs from GMT/UTC), where everyone else has to then work out how that compares to their timezone *and* check whether summer time is in effect at one or both ends or not, and do you see why that is so much more difficult to do and be sure the calculation is correct...?).
No, I'm not missing the point. I know how timezones work, I also know that if I'm reading a New York article, the time (EDT) is 5 hours behind ours (apart from the wonky weak)
Using UTC on an article means everyone in every country also has to factor in summer time to work out the local time.
Just because it's a geek site, there's no need to use internal clock representations.
I also wish posts had post dates, not the facebook-like "1 hour ago", "2 weeks ago" bullshit that even githib uses on their hosted repositories.. sigh
Civility? People seeing that "the other side" is human too, and just has a different idea of the best way forward for us all? A general realization that just because someone is good at sport/music/acting, their views on politics/the environment/race relations aren't necessarily of any more significance than anyone else? Politicians focusing on reasoned, rational arguments rather than a 140-character soundbite?
Nah. Will never happen.
Have a pint anyway, it's practically POETS day.
the amount of hostility towards the platform here. Because, or you hate it, and you stay away from it, so no problem. Or, you follow whoever/whatever you want to follow (say el reg...) and then there is no problem either. Feel like a lot of people think it's cool to say how horrible twitter is. (and don't get me wrong I know there is a LOT of bile and vitriol and misinformation on there, but most of us are quite good at thinking for ourselves and so in skipping that)
I find it ironic that The Register call an article 'problematic' and support that claim by linking to an article with even less factual evidence than the one under dispute.
This is not quality technology news reporting. This is political opinion. It must be embarrassing for The Register that mainstream media are covering this technology censorship row far more extensively than a technology site but please, don't do this.
The references to 'dubiously sourced' on https://www.theregister.com/2020/10/16/fcc_section_230/ feel a far more appropriate description, far more accurate and don't resort to pushing the oft discredited Russian collusion conspiracy that's been pursued for 4 years now without finding anything.
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