C'mon, it was in the name ...
... what better name could one find for such a thing?
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I guess, everyone gets nuclear waste sent by mail, in order for micros~1 to dispose of the their nuclear waste in the way they are used to ... just dump it onto the users.
If you can't spot the sentiment: I would very much not hand over nuclear reactors to internet companies who "move fast, and break things" or who abandoned "don't be evil" a long time ago.
Since, Twex is bleeding money left, right and center, I guess some time in the future MusX will axe the pay checks of his employees.
So, when you have the privilege to work for such a splendid company, how dare you to demand pay. So nay to pay checks.
Sadly, I think there would be non-zero group of people, who would put up with that for a certain while.
Shouldn't the contract state, that if vendor is unable to provide the goods/services, vendor will not be paid, and op top of that will have to pay compensation for wasting everyone's time?
What are all the lawyers for, when this sort of thing isn't handled properly?
Also, when the pandemic hit and everbody worked from home, real estate prices soared. Even before, houses and flats were becoming more expensive at a rate higher than inflation probably because of the years of zero interest rate. Cheap money needs somewhere to go to, right?
With everybody locked up at home with plenty of time on their hands, searching a larger home was a natural thing to do for those with the necessary funds.
I guess, the remaining 91 percent were simply priced out of the market.
I wouldn't worry about censorship on Threads.
Since it is mostly text based - I have no real idea how it actually looks, but as a surrogate of Twatters 280 characters or less, I assume text - there is no danger of Meta censoring any nipples; unless you discuss lubrication schedules ...
Plenty of young start-ups founded by middle-aged and old specialists have been brought into this world exactly like that: manglement "cutting costs" and firing specialized personnell, and a while later, when the proverbial hit the air recirculation equipment; those specialists were brought in as external advisers at a befitting hourly rate.
If one really wants immersive meetings, one can meet in too small, hardly ventillated, cramped meeting rooms and get the full range of blah. sweat and farts from all the participants.
VR can't beat that experience.
If I want less immersion, I join online and seclude myself to where ever I currently am.
VR can't beat that experience, either.
So, what's exactly the use case?
I am not sure about the "letting kids die" part of the argument, but the prices are insane in the US, e.g. insulin, see https://www.rand.org/blog/rand-review/2021/01/the-astronomical-price-of-insulin-hurts-american-families.html
While R&D and other stuff is expensive, the steep price difference between europe and the US is striking.
Not feeling very bad, when something bad happens to bad people is a vital part of psychological hygiene. Of course, one can argue that loss of life is far more serious, and one should refrain from comments in a similar vein as "he had it coming".
But, we humans are nasty, petty and quite emotional creatures. Millennia of rational philosophy be damned.
I believe, we would go insane, were it not for the occasional Schadenfreude (in less severe cases) or lessened amount of commiseration (in severe cases).
"You know, at some point, safety just is pure waste. ... . I think I can do this just as safely by breaking the rules."
*Karma has entered the room*
While the loss of life is tragic; one needs to separate the "art" from the "artist", and I for one don't feel sorry for the CEO in his capacity of CEO of that company.
When the most likely fate was still slow asphyxiation, I asked myself whether the CEO would ask forgiveness from his 4 passengers for selling them an unsafe ride to their doom. But since now, their fate has pretty much been established to be near-instant death, such musings are moot.
-> Icon: these empty pockets are my safety concept, the certification of my safety concept and the written guarantee that everything was done according to all the standards.
Now, it's "log in within 30 days, or loose your account"
Later is will be "Log in daily, or loose your account"
Then it's "Subscribe, or loose your account"
... and finally: "What a nice following you have there, it's would be a shame if anything were to happen to it"
-> somewhere there are the terms of service, but they keep changing (their location) all the time
With Windows or macOS, you get the current release and that's it.
Whatever the powers the reside in Remond or Cupertino thought is best for you, is what you get. Nothing less, nothing more. If you're lucky, they allow some sort of customisation.
With Linux on the other hand, if you don't like X, take Y. If that also isn't to your liking, try Z.
For me, as an interested lay person, it's like buying a car or choosing a flat/house.
Why would one think, that one thing can make everybody happy? Different people have different needs, and more so, even more different preferences.
Let them all have, that they like best.
There are many Linux distros out there?
Hell yeah, I like that.
PS: The (good) thing is, while one may lament the fracture of the ecosystem into tiny fiefdoms; the Linux world is rather good at adhering to common standards. While there are countless distros, there's only one kernel. While the init vs. systemd debate can become quite heated, the ecosystem as a whole has been pretty consistent in using either of those two. Yes, there are other ones out there, but in general, it's one or the other.
What was the underlying reason for this culture?
My take from your description would be money, or the potential of losing money.
For an commodities exchange, downtime would be quite a loss-maker.
So, you had an overarching goal (avoiding downtime) and everything else (personal ego, etc.) was subordinated.
This makes your case special in my view, because many IT businesses lack that sort of motivation.
For many IT businesses downtime is bad, but losing your personal data?
They have backups, so it's not really lost; and it being out there isn't a problem as long as the leak isn't attributable to them.
And even then, they promise to do better and simply carry on.
Being grounded by the FAA, or any other large aviation regulator, is a pretty strong incentive to stop ones planes from crashing.
However, I can not imagine any regulation nearly as strong in the IT sector, so the problem will persist.
It also doesn't help that bits and bytes are quite invisible. While it's hard to hide the crashing of plane, even those that simply vanish from the face of the earth create quite some media attention.
Your personal data gets stolen or simply leaks away from an IT biz?
Nobody will be any wiser until the data is up for sale on some forum or it is being actively used by malicious actors.
And even then, you have no indication who lost your data, or worse, the malicious use does not get noticed.
Cyber-security is inherently different to physical aviation safety. Massively so.
While there surely are valid lessons to learn from an established well-working safety-culture, I am afraid that the whole IT biz isn't susceptible to work safety consciously. After all, "move fast and break things" and "fake it til you make it" seem to be the among the driving dogmas of the industry.
I agree with the sentiment "If the ads don't appear to match yourself, then you have been successful with hiding yourself from the ad-spionage".
However, while the privacy-minded smart folks exhibit a certain level of smartness; the platforms occasionally exhibit a certain level of dumbness.
I use a browsing setup for YouTube that is mildly good at suppressing tracking, nothing sophisticated but better than out-of-the-box browsers with no precautions.
And then, you watch videos on military history and you get ads for cosmetics clearly targeted at young women.
I guess any old-school advertiser would laugh at such "targeting". If you don't know anything about the eyes watching the video into which you cram your ads, at least learn something about the video you cram your ads into.
... but using other people's money when falling for a scam is just something different.
For once, the scammer exhibits criminal energy for setting up and running with the scam.
But also the victim exhibits criminal energy for using school funds well beyond her own power.
-> What if we cross the two streams of criminal energy?
Since, the large language models were all trained using the (whole available?) internet, there is no guarantee that the "information" provided by the LLM is either factually nor syntactically correct, because the training data is most likely to be riddled with errors.
So, apart from automating the Nigerian Prince scams, what are the LLMs to be used for?
A shitty Clippy is what comes to mind.
-> Where're the wet wipes?