※ “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.

Status

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…

or…

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.

CHA covered outdoor seating restaurants & bars

I’m often asked to help come up with some options for outdoor seating that’s covered and can accommodate more than a few folks. This is my list. I could be wrong about any and all of these places. Please let me know if there are places I’ve missed, have wrong, or aren’t good. If there’s a place not on this list I’ve either missed it or it has no outdoor seating to speak of.

Covered outdoor seating places for medium to large groups

Parkway Pourhouse
Feed
FoodWorks
Edley’s
Daily Ration
State of Confusion
Las Margaritas
Basecamp
Taco Mamacita
Brewhaus
Monkey Town
Urban Stack
Southside Social
The Boathouse
Mike’s Hole In The Wall

Some limited outdoor seating for small to medium groups & maybe not covered

Chuy’s
Ruby Sunshine’s
Slick’s
Stevearino’s
Universal Joint
Mezcal
Fiamma Pizza
Pizza Bros Northshore
Sluggo’s
Chattanooga Brewing
Naked River
Wanderlinger
Jack Brown’s
Pickle Barrel
Public House
Kenny’s
Nic & Norman’s
Frothy Monkey
Tailgate Brewing
Champy’s
Cherry Street Tavern
First Watch
Il Primo
Southern Squeeze
Clever Ale House
Side track
Hair of the Dog
Big River
Walk On
Agave and Rye
Mean Mug (north and south side)
BeCaffinated (Chatt St. campus)
Rembrant’s Coffee
Totto Sushi
Embargo ’62
Tony’s Pasta Shop
Puckett’s
Buffalo Wild Wings (Downtown)
Burger Republic (Downtown)
Hennen’s Steakhouse
Hair of the Dog
Taco Mac (Downtown)

The Muppets remind us that amidst deep disagreement and chaos, the United States was born | Boing Boing

This fantastic celebration of the birth of democracy in the United States of America seems particularly appropriate today. Today could be your last chance to participate in it! Go vote! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAVpj_Vo7zk …and come on, Kermit, there is always a part for Miss Piggy. Image: screenshot
— Read on boingboing.net/2022/11/08/the-muppets-remind-us-that-amidst-deep-disagreement-and-chaos-the-united-states-was-born.html

※ Axios Login: Tech layoffs’ toll

Let’s be clear – layoffs is a euphemism for the mass firing of people. The difference is that when one is “laid off” it’s not necessarily because anyone “let go” did anything wrong or damaging in their job. That’s being fired for cause, and that’s not often an “innocent until proven guilty” situation, but that’s another post for another day.

Note that layoffs impact middle management down. Upper management and up do not suffer such indignities.

Layoffs don’t only impact the person formerly employed. It ripples out to their family, their community, their social circle, and so on. That some organizations treat it flippantly casual is beyond reprehensible.

I have some works on surviving layoffs: Preparing for the Pink (Slip) based on my experience and research, though it is a bit long in the tooth. And Cate over at Accidentally In Code has some great stuff, too, about taking hold of your career.

Axios Login: Tech layoffs’ toll:

1 big thing: What to expect when your tech firm is downsizing

As Silicon Valley and the broader tech industry face a season of layoffs, workers are unprepared for the ordeal and management has little experience with the wrenching process, Axios’ Scott Rosenberg reports.

Driving the news: Meta is expected to announce large-scale job cuts as soon as Wednesday, the first ever in its history. That comes on the heels of major layoffs at Twitter and many other flagship tech firms.

Why it matters: At most companies, layoffs are a business decision for top execs but a deeply personal experience for everyone else.

The big picture: The industry’s phenomenal 20-year run of largely unimpeded growth means that most of its workforce doesn’t have much idea of what to expect from widespread layoffs. Here’s a brief guide.

1. For those laid off, the pain is personal.

  • Even in the best cases, where a company has carefully selected who gets the axe and applied sensitivity to the process, people who are let go can feel a sense of failure — even though, typically, the actual failure belonged to the company and its management.

Having been laid off myself once, I know that in my case it was entirely due to mismanagement, a lack of leadership, and weak governance.

  • The worst cases — as with Twitter’s reportedly 50% cuts last week, made by a new ownership team with little preparation or apparent care — create a broader kind of sorrow among a workforce as well.

I’ll not waste more electrons on EMu’s clusterfuck, at least for the moment.

2. While no one should shed tears for the managers, they’re having a hard time too.

  • Middle managers often find themselves having to select winners and losers from groups of people they handpicked to join their teams not that long ago.
  • Then, they have to face the people who are left and help them through what can be extended bouts of anger, depression and survivor’s guilt.
  • Workers and managers both face bigger workloads under post-layoff do-more-with-less mandates.

When I was a manager I never had to do large scale layoffs. I’m thankful of that but also I did a lot to make sure I did not find myself in that position. It didn’t help me retain my job, disappointingly.

Also, if I had to fire a large part of my team I would have not done well. While I received “leadership” training, very little of that was about the nuts and bolts of how managing people works and none of it covered firing people.

3. For companies, layoffs leave slow-healing psychic wounds.

  • Tech companies often aim to inspire workers with mission statements and caring rhetoric. But once a firm has gone through a round of layoffs, it becomes effectively impossible to persuade employees that anything matters beyond the bottom line.

Never trust in a founder/CEO/evangelist, especially if they’re charismatic &| inconsistent.

  • After big rounds of layoffs, tech leaders can’t just move on as if nothing happened. They also have to try to rekindle workers’ belief that the organization can do big things.

See above.

Between the lines: Layoffs that are tied to the shutdown of a specific product line or division can be written off as strategic in nature. Broader layoffs are a sign that a company grew too fast, took too many risky bets, or just never hit overly ambitious goals.

  • Many tech companies overhired during the pandemic and now face tougher times.
  • The people responsible for such choices are rarely the people who lose their jobs — though sometimes, as in Twitter’s case, layoffs are made by a new management with a belt-tightening agenda.

All of the above cop-outs – rapid growth, risky bets, ambitious goals – are tell-take signs of a lack of basic business fundamentals, starting with a business plan and governance. Sadly, there’s no Sarbaines-Oxley legislation for a lack of planning and competence.

Not to say that these tech companies don’t have good people in key roles, but if Operations and Finance and Marketing aren’t all aligned and operating with enlightened self-interest (a rare commodity, to be sure) in the absence of business fundamentals, this is the shit that happens, IMHO.

To be sure, many tech workers have been generously paid and are relatively well-off compared with other industries. But losing your job is still losing your job.

Amen.

Scott’s thought bubble: I’m a veteran of a dotcom era startup that went public and then laid off half its staff more than two decades ago, and I still get flashbacks.

  • You never forget these experiences, and this year’s cuts could reshape how a generation in tech thinks about their careers.

I was laid off from my management role almost 10 years ago and I’m still reluctant to go back into a similar role. And I still plan my finances with the possibility I’ll be laid-off again.

Yes, but: When laid-off developers filled the coffeeshops of San Francisco and other tech hubs after the bust in 2000-2001, they used their newfound don’t-give-a-damn state to hatch passion-project ideas.

  • Some of them took off and sparked the next boom. That could happen again.

We’ve seen this before and we will see it again. If I were a tech-reliant business I’d be taking advantage of the talent suddenly on the market – but not to grow things too fast.

What media made me happy last week

This is to what I paid attention:

Dazy are an indie-rock band based out of Richmond Virginia. I’ve got their Rollercoaster Ride b/w Peel and The Crowded Mind on rotation.

I’m re-reading Ender’s Game so that Ender in Exile, the installment author Orson Scott Card later inserted before Speaker for the Dead, will click. I’m 51% through Ender’s Game and it holds up.

Before that I read The Empress of Salt and Fortune. I was tired and emotional at the end … in a good way.

I watched Annika, a PBS Masterpiece series, about a marine police unit in Glasgow, Scotland headed up by the eponymous DI Stranded, played by the always engaging Nicola Walker.