I see in other news that Musk has told staff that WFH is over. At least with half the staff gone the remainers can be in the office and socially distanced.
Me, I'll be staying Social Network distanced thank you very much.
Troubled social media giant Twitter has lost the services of its chief information security officer to cap off another chaotic week following its acquisition by Elon Musk. Lea Kissner used their former employer’s platform to post: “I've made the hard decision to leave Twitter. I've had the opportunity to work with amazing …
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"surely letting people work from home where you then don't have to keep the office heated or lights on is a way to save [explitive deleted] money."
Good point. Where is Elon's vaunted vision? Why does Twitter need an office? Probably should have given the staff two weeks to get the hell out and get online, then turned the utilities off.
Oh well ... maybe next week.
I wouldn't say get rid of the office outright. Some people like to be in the office, some don't have the setup required at home, some want to get away from the kids (someone said that at our work) but forcing people back to the office when its clear working from home works is a stupid idea. It a sign of a person who's out of touch. Its easy to say when you can afford to be driven in. But when you're lower down in the chain, have to take public transport or live miles away so have to sit in shitty traffic all morning, it makes more sense working from home.
It's just another notch in his arseholeness. Why people worship at the alter of Musk is anyone's guess.
It's not a stupid idea if you treat people like Musk is rumoured to do (i.e. not very well). That's much harder if they're not physically there.
In general this seems to confirm that Musk is not exactly a pleasure to work for, which in a knowledge/skills based environment is more likely to yield a brain drain than anything positive.
"New owner Musk announced that he doesn't really want to continue Twitter's existence because he fundamentally doesn't have a clue on how to balance the varied demands of social media, as the CEO of technology-based companies has never shown excellent social skills.
Therefore in firing half the staff, making demands on remaining staff that are both unpopular and essentially unwarranted based on prior performance, and failing to seek the continued participation of skilled current leaders and employees, Musk shows he means what he says."
I suspect this is why he's considering bankruptcy. Well, the banks will be involved but, à la Manchester United, once the debts have been transferred to Twitter Inc., the debts are no longer his problem and the banks will take the losses as a tax deduction. Capitalism, you've got to love it!
This is a very good shout. $1.3b a year interest on a loan for a company that barely makes a profit ... I think amongst those tax deductions will be bank share prices diving & some crazy people getting the sack. Probably get a nice pay off though so not quite the same if you or me lost the company we work for billions!
Looks like the banks are already trying to get out by offering the debt at 60 cents on the dollar. I'm not sure that's a good sign. This is looking increasingly like it could bankrupt Twitter and maybe, just maybe, Musk. I'd hate to see it go but taking down that absolute bell would be some compensation.
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Seems to me you'll be able to say MORE outlandish things on Mastodon, unless the individual fiefdom (server) that you join has strict policies.
It's already a real bloody mess as to who gets to decide what's misinformation, and what's "truth", and having thousands of servers to choose from will only make it harder.
But it's an interesting concept, although a lot more like anarchy which the Blue Tick crew will really hate.
Some things work when it comes to non-toxic conversation. ATM it isn't working on Twitter and it is working on Mastodon - at least when viewed from two of the major servers where I have my personal and business accounts. Acceptable behaviour is about shared social norms rather than rules. A real fear is that Twittermigration will bring toxicity with it.
Time will tell if that happens and if the federated server concept can channel and isolate it. A more pressing threat is servers being overwhelmed. Many of the majors have suspended new registrations which may make it harder to find a friendly server.
The non-intuitive sign-up process is perhaps helping to stem the exodus until Mastodon is in better shape to cope. It certainly could not cope with the total and sudden collapse of Twitter if it went bust. Some people need to be careful of what they wish for.
The departure of the three compliance chiefs means now engineers will have to self-certify their work to the FTC.
Explaining that you are an engineer and not a lawyer/compliance officer so you not sure what the ramifications are of an untested adhoc change to Elon might not be career enhancing. We all remember how self-certification worked under pressured management with the 737 Max. The fact that only egos will be killed if it crashes is of little comfort to those holding the debt.
Elon skating on [very thin] ice is the meme in my head.
"Getting sued by the FTC is no joke. If I ran a company I think I'd rather have it charged criminally; the company would at least get something resembling due process. As I've said in the context of telemarketers, I've never seen federal judges defer to anyone like they defer to the FTC."
I don't think that what I have heard about the blue tick is promising.
The people who are most likely to pay this are the people that I really do not trust!
$96/year looks to be a really good value for spammers, hackers, confidence tricksters, government-appointed liars (various governments) and other people who need more trust than they deserve!
I never paid much attention to them in the past. Now, I will look on them as a sign of possible dodginess...