My thoughts on Twitter

Musk is now bitter
because Twitter is in the shitter.
He’s turned his cash to litter,
and now he wants an arse kisser.

— Stuart Longland (first posted on Ars Technica)

That pretty much sums my thoughts up… about where they’re headed. Elon Musk has been in the news a lot following his purchase of the social media network, Twitter… firing critical staff by mistake… then expecting everyone else left behind to work long hours at high intensity. Effectively, he’s wanting people who are sycophantic enough to put up with the toxic environment they’re now faced with.

Apparently the recent ultimatum delivered to his staff saw nearly half of them walk away with immediate effect… and the latest is he’s demanding screenshots of code to understand how it works.

My guess is there’s likely more code than will fit on a single screen that is critical to Twitter’s operations. In some cases, entire teams responsible for critical functions have left — there’s no one left that could meaningfully explain the components those teams were responsible for. It’s also not like a social media network operates the same as a satellite network or electric vehicle. Completely different animal.

I personally have not touched Twitter … in fact my thoughts on these services have been known for some time. Services like this which are run by individual companies are akin to putting all your eggs in one basket, and as you don’t own the basket, you’ve got no way to defend it! It’s one of the reasons why I’ve stuck to running a blog rather than running over to the walled garden that is Facebook. I’m one of the few in my company that won’t touch these commercial social networks, and I’m not about to change things now.

One thing that particularly irked me is when our state government decides to “announce” things on Twitter, but then doesn’t immediately update their website. I don’t consider Twitter an authoritative source — blue tick or not! As far as I’m concerned, if say, Queensland Health haven’t published a change in COVID-19 rules on a publicly reachable page on a host in the qld.gov.au domain, I do not consider it legitimate.

Would I consider an alternative like Mastodon? Maybe… it can be self-hosted, so I could have my instance right here and you’d be able to follow what I do… but my posts tend to be big and sporadic: not the sort of thing that fits in a tweet or toot. There are times I share links to articles or amusing photos, maybe Mastodon could serve that purpose better than the blog here.

I guess time will tell. One thing is certain though, I’m glad I didn’t bother with Twitter — if I left it to them to keep my history online, it’d be all gone now following the chaotic take-over they’ve had. Also, no way in hell I’d go work for any of Elon Musk’s enterprises. As an Asperger’s person myself, I’d rather work for somebody who doesn’t use his condition as an excuse for bad behaviour.

Thoughts on the Mini Musk Sub

So, the local media here (can’t comment for other parts of the world) have been quite busy reporting on the fate of The Wild Boars soccer team and their coach, stuck in a flooded cave in Thailand.  With the great work of many, the group is now free of the cave, and getting the medical attention they need.

Pats on the back all around.  It could have very well been a dozen funerals that needed to be organised instead of servings of various meals.

Overshadowing this somewhat, has been the somewhat childish spat between Vern Unsworth and Elon Musk over the miniature submarine that was proposed as a vehicle for transporting the children through the cave system.

Now, I’ll admit right up front, what I know is what I’ve heard from the media here.  In amongst the reports, it was commented that the gaps though which people had to squeeze through, were as small as 38cm in places.

That does not leave you much room.  That’s bloody confined in the extreme.  A submarine that could fit a child and squeeze thorough such a gap?  It’d be positively claustrophobic!

Now, Mr Unsworth did label this as a PR stunt.  Maybe it was … maybe the design was just naïve.  I think the goal was a noble one, and Elon Musk’s team did a great job in giving it a go, even if they did overlook a few critical details.

However, I think I’ll take Mr Unsworth’s advice over Mr Musk’s regarding whether the device was practical, as he was actually there.  If the device got stuck, the results could have been fatal.  The team was already in a dangerous situation and had lost one member of their team already, they really weren’t in a position to experiment.  I think responding with “stick it where it hurts” is being overly harsh, but otherwise I think the criticism was entirely valid.

You do not, however, call someone a “pedo”, without very good grounds for doing so.  That is slanderous.  And what exactly is “sus” about living in Thailand?  Tesla’s been suffering some quite bad press lately, I really do not think this juvenile behaviour helps anyone.

One is free to believe that ego is not a dirty word, but that does not mean one’s humility should be locked under the stairs!

Update 2018-07-17: Hmm, I was saying…? Tesla sheds almost $US2b after Elon Musk’s ‘pedo’ attack on British diver.