Non-tech postmortems, actual mortality
I've been reading a lot of non-tech postmortems lately in areas that don't have a serious blameless postmortem culture.
In order to avoid the standard thing most people do, victim blaming, these communities tend to go so far in the other direction that you might call their postmortems attributionless postmortems. People are so careful to avoid blame that they also avoid saying what could've prevented the death or near miss.
A History of Recent Twitter Migration to the Fediverse
1 month ago: Mastodon? No thanks. You have to have a Ph.D in Hackerology to use it.
3 weeks ago: I don't like this Mastodon... But if I have to... *sigh*
2 weeks ago: Wait. This does really cool things like let me edit posts. So genius. Is this free?
1 week ago: OMG! There's other apps! Now I know why there's a Fediverse!
Today: Comrades—let's fight for our freedom! Cast off the chains of Big Social!
Finally (for the moment), here's an artifact of another 20th century AT&T network. This (now destroyed) shortwave "discone" antenna near the Jersey shore was part of the infrastructure for the High Seas Radio Service. This service allowed ships at sea to make and receive telephone calls, before satellites made that seem like less of a big deal. The service was discontinued in 1999, ten years before this photo was made.
Full version (and more details) at https://www.flickr.com/photos/mattblaze/4141766569
Matt Levine is consistently my role model as a newsletter writer: smart, funny, observant, authoritative. You don't notice how much you’re learning because you're having so much fun. This breakdown of the FTX disaster is a masterclass: https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2022-11-14/ftx-s-balance-sheet-was-bad
When designing a user interface, imagine some old woman using it, say Margaret Hamilton, and she's clicking your app's buttons and saying to you, as old people do,
"Young whippersnapper, when I was your age, I sent 24 people to the ACTUAL MOON with my software in 4K of RAM and here I am clicking your button and it takes ten seconds to load a 50 megabyte video ad and then it crashes
I'm not even ANGRY with you, I'm just disappointed."
@Migueldeicaza the PayPal mafia came back together for just one more heist, but unfortunately unlike the movies, the crew was not cut out for the game, and the embarrassment left everyone wondering: “where they ever actually good at this?”
@kf love the cloud migration answer, pure hot air, content free, could be used to inflate a balloon but little else.
CN: From Twitter ...
Spokesperson for pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly says they're in communication with Twitter to address the fake-but-verified Eli Lilly tweet that has been up for three hours and has 1,500 retweets and 10,000 likes https://wapo.st/3UrrHSs
ethics of twitter mismanagement
From the ACM Code of Ethics 3.7 “When organizations and groups develop systems that become an important part of the infrastructure of society, their leaders have an added responsibility to be good stewards of these systems.” https://ethics.acm.org/