* Posts by jumblist

14 publicly visible posts • joined 24 Sep 2021

Elon Musk to abused Twitter users: Your tormentors are coming back


Genuine question as I don’t understand it, but could his behaviour be an autism or aspergers thing? Does he just not have the capacity to understand people?

I don’t see how a purported genius could get things so badly wrong. You can argue the political merits of allowing Trump back on there, but people banned for harassment? Who’s cheerleading that??

It’s as if his idea of a town square is actually the centre of Blackpool at midnight on a Friday night

Twitter is suffering from mad bro disease. Open thinking can build it back better


An interesting topic of discussion that this article touches upon is how we see our online social spaces evolving over the next 50 years or so. It seems increasingly clear that any responsible society cannot leave the fate of these to the whims of private companies and super wealthy individuals, who are corruptible and often have dubious intentions with no sense of civic duty.

Twitter gets a lot of stick, rightly so in many cases, but hidden away underneath all of the shouting and screaming there are networks of many thousands of high value accounts sharing knowledge and insight, informing people around the world. These networks have a positive social impact globally that will shortly be lost, and to what end? Over time they will reform elsewhere, but for how long will the next platform endure?

I'm not confident that Mastodon is the answer, but I think it's on the right track. Will be interesting to see how it evolves. The lesson of the last days of Twitter seems to be that a successful 'global town square' will never endure under the control of one individual who enjoys playing god.

Parody Elon Musk Twitter accounts will be suspended immediately, says Elon Musk


I think the most important thing to keep in mind is that this whole thing is genuinely hilarious. I cannot believe that he’s managed to manoeuvre himself into such an awful position, and on so many levels at once. It is absolutely mind-blowing.

Elon Musk shows what being Chief Twit is all about across weird weekend


Re: Just for context, Elon Musk tweeted:

I like to try and find the positives, and maybe a left wing nudist hippy becoming a psychotic far right conspiracy loon gives us hope that one day all the psychotic far right conspiracy loons might chill out and become left wing nudist hippies. I will live in hope.

Actual real-life hoverbike makes US debut at Detroit Auto Show


A key stat not mentioned that I'd love to know more about is how many dBs it generates.

I bet it's loud as fuck.

Russia, China warn US its cyber support of Ukraine has consequences


The older I get the more astonished I am at how unbelievably childish most political discourse is.

EU makes USB-C common charging port for most electronic devices


Re: Apple's next move?

Nah they'll adopt it globally next year. Makes sense, most consumers want it anyway. They should have done it a couple of years back really, now they look silly.

They definitely won't go wireless only. Wireless charging is less practical in most use cases, less efficient, and besides all that it still requires a cable that is vastly more expensive than usb. Wireless only would tank iPhone sales.

Apple to replace future iPhone Lightning port with USB-C next year, this guy claims


That's essential viewing for many commenters here. Wireless charging in its current form is clearly not a sensible solution.

FWIW Apple were probably going to switch their phones to USB C anyway, their iPads and laptops already use it and lightening is increasingly old hat. Meanwhile although the standard will evolve the form factor and backward compatibility of USB C will persevere for a long time. It's not even a discussion really, I don't understand why people seem to get so wound up about this stuff.

Boys outnumber girls 6 to 1 in UK compsci classes


Re: re: Trial and Error

More the syntax I guess. TBH I only had 5 minutes with the guy at parents evening.


Anecdotal of course, but I've been completely unsuccessful in my attempts to encourage my daughter to code and now she's turned down the chance to take Computer Science GCSE. I've never pressured her, but I've been trying to gently nudge her towards it for years. Despite being incredibly similar to me in most ways and a massive dweeb she's just not having it.

I wonder if this might in part be due to the way the subject is approached. Her teacher says she's good at it but lacks the patience to deal with the frustration of trial and error, so she quickly becomes annoyed and gets despondent. Learning that perseverance brings rewards is definitely an important factor I think.

But then maybe it's just not for her I guess.

Brit techie shows us life in Ukraine amid Russian invasion


You clearly seem to be angling for an argument, I'm not interested tbh. Take care x


Not disagreeing. As you say we could and should do more for refugees. Pointing out how many bullets we’ve sent and whatabouting the actions of other nations just doesn’t cut it as a justification for our inaction to date. We’d be helping out both Ukrainians and our allies, particularly Poland. We can afford it, and it would be well worth the good will accrued in the long run.

In one of the more shameful episodes from recent history most European nations turned away Jewish refugees in the lead up to WW2, leaving them to their grim fate. Must never be repeated. Poland can’t keep taking in refugees indefinitely, what happens then? We have a moral obligation to stop making excuses and do our bit.


Sure but there are a LOT of refugees. Reckon we could do our bit there too. If I had a bigger house I'd gladly take people in, will be looking for ways to welcome and support them in my community if and when they arrive.

Texas law banning platforms from social media moderation challenged in lawsuit


The US seems to be quickly becoming a sinister place. Can’t help but worry about where it’s all heading.