※ Two Weeks Later and Twitter Is Still Up

Two Weeks Later and Twitter Is Still Up:

In the immediate aftermath of Twitter’s mass layoffs and subsequent resignations, there were widespread reports that the staffing situation and collective brain drain were so dire that the site would collapse. Two weeks later — with World Cup soccer drama fueling record usage — such concerns seem to have been overblown.

At what point would a Twitter failure make Gruber’s statement overblown? 2 weeks + 3 days? 4 weeks? Could it be Twitter’s infrastructure had been well run and resilient recently enough that it could handle a predicted spike in traffic?

Let’s remember the value of Twitter isn’t Twitter; it’s the thousands of people who ran it and the millions who shared their content on the platform. Stand or fall, Twitter is less than it was. And for a lot of people, there’s not a good replacement.

The World Cup is only half over. Let’s check back in another two weeks.

But while fears of technical collapse seem to have been overblown, Twitter’s advertising collapse is seemingly continuing unabated.

The advertising revenue, that’s what we should all care about. Never mind the gross mismanagement by Elon Musk, a selfish, often cruel, child of wealth weirdo who has marketed himself as a man who is so smart that he can do whatever he wants. And he wants to put chips in human brains.

※ Japan Is The Best Kind Of World Cup Killer

Japan Is The Best Kind Of World Cup Killer:

Japan held two teams’ fates in its hands coming into Thursday’s final round of Group E matches in the World Cup. Sort of funnily, neither of them was its opponent on the day, Spain.

The match day set up like this: Japan entered the day second in the group, with three points, thanks to its shock win over Germany on the group’s first match day. Spain led the group with four points, and with passage through to the round of 16 all but guaranteed by its plus-6 goal differential. Costa Rica’s third-place position felt like last place, owing to a horrible goal differential and the safe assumption that Los Ticos‘ opponents on the day, Germany, would flatten them; Germany’s fourth-place position felt like second, despite the team coming into the day on a single lonely point, at least in large part because it is Germany.

Which part of Japan in the World Cup are you not on board with, assuming you’re not? They play a fast match, their fans clean up after themselves in the stands, and they leave thoughtful things in their locker room after the match for the folks who clean them.

I was in Japan for the last World Cup. They took me from 0 interest in futbol to 100 fast. It was great and I love it and I miss it.

I’m not there, but I’m here and have a soul. Strap me to the Japan World Cup rocket!

※ This Hidden Facebook Tool Lets Users Remove Their Email or Phone Number Shared by Others

This Hidden Facebook Tool Lets Users Remove Their Email or Phone Number Shared by Others:

Facebook appears to have silently rolled out a tool that allows users to remove their contact information, such as phone numbers and email addresses, uploaded by others.

The existence of the tool, which is buried inside a Help Center page about “Friending,” was first reported by Business Insider last week. It’s offered as a way for “Non-users” to “exercise their rights under applicable laws.”

In case you missed this on the first go round, this is a REALLY useful option that should always have existed and should be easier to find. I’ve never liked how others could share your information without your approval.

※ “Claim your account”

“Claim your account”:

“Post dot news”, the Andreessen-funded probable cryptocurrency grift masquerading as a social network that I

busted on yesterday

(and that considers dunking on billionaires to be hate speech) is creating fake “placeholder” accounts to try and get their users to bully news organizations into signing up.

This is the kind of shit that Yelp regularly does.

Hey, remember in 2020 when Yelp decided to non-consensually funnel more business to their partner Gofundme by creating a “fundraiser” for your business whether you wanted one or not?

SF Bar Owner to Yelp: “Fuck All of These People Entirely”.

Hey, remember my 2012 long-form art project entitled, “I would like my business to not be listed on Yelp”? Part 1, Part 2.

Good times, good times.

Previously, previously, previously, previously, previously, previously, previously.


Via Dave Pell:

I’m very, very bored of Musk’s time in charge of Twitter so far. Every week feels as long as a Covid year.

Cannot agree more.

Security by pity

We’ve heard of “security by obscurity”, the idea that if one doesn’t tell anyone about anything security related they are more secure (they’re not). We’ve heard of “security theatre”, the idea that waving hands and making a show of being security conscience makes them more secure (they’re not).

Welcome to “security by pity” I guess:

What’s worse?

Being hit by ransomware attack that sees criminals steal information about your staff and passengers…


Being hit by ransomware attack that sees criminals steal information about your staff and passengers, AND then have the gang tell the world that your firm’s IT infrastructure is so chaotic, poorly-secured, and downright irritating that it refuses to repeat the attack.

(via Graham Cluley)

I don’t have another source to verify the story, but even if it’s fake it still is a lesson.

I don’t post much about security these days, be it information or “cyber” or physical. Why?

  1. There’s not much new under the sun;
  2. Few learn from what’s come before;
  3. As such, the same mistakes are made over and over again, because
  4. Magical thinking (It can’t happen to me).

This story breaks #1, at least for me, and thus warrants a post.

※ Do not copy AirAsia’s approach.

Throwing up one’s arms and giving up on security while staying in business is not valid. If unconvinced, look at the public school systems, hospitals, and charities criminals are happy to raid.

But also, do not be the CISO/CIO/CRO who’s organization is not attacked through pity for weak security hygiene.

※ Being Angry

Being Angry:

Duncan Trussel put it fantastically when he said that “anger is the second wound inflicted by your enemy”. Something he puts down to Buddha, but unfortunately, I can’t find any reference for it currently. Whoever said it, it is dead on. The only outcome is an wound on the person suffering with it, burnt by its toxic effects.

Anger does not bring back my work. In any situation, it doesn’t change whatever has happened, it just affects the future negatively.

Indeed (above emphasis mine).

It’s very close, that quote, to a line in Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations, XI:

How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the cause of it.

Managing my anger is something I constantly work on. Some days I’m better at it than others. I find the variation more to do with me than the thing that angers me, which says something about me.

※ Everything Is Silicon Valley Now | Defector

Everything Is Silicon Valley Now | Defector:

It’s a cycle. People create something, together, that reflects their energy and weird work; that thing becomes compelling as a result, and that makes it valuable, and at some point someone puts a price on it and someone else pays that price. It is at that moment that the thing begins to change. The new owner will almost always decide that what is most interesting about this thing is not the human essence that gave it value, but The Owner Himself, and will act accordingly. People will come back for the valuable stuff until the owner succeeds in crowding it out; when that crowding is done, the owned thing dies. Until then, what’s left is just what’s valuable—the humanity and brilliance and unpredictability and fun that all that cynical and idiotic and self-serving wealth is always and everywhere busy replacing with itself. There’s nothing to do but look for the good stuff until the looking becomes too challenging, or until it’s gone.

From Nick Heer:

That is something to keep pinned in your brain. For most of us, it is a reminder to be wary of how things are changed in exploitative ways; for those in power, it should be seen as a cautionary pattern.