I look forward to seeing Elon’s ignorance of what “open source” means being revealed next week!
meta certainly noticed
$15 dollars a month for a virtual blue check mark where you give them your government issued id. paying to be marketed to, paying to have your info hacked and stolen. a great all around idea
More verified nazis. yay…
It will become a warning to avoid those accounts, not an invitation to follow them.
Tumblr is the only worthwhile social media platform. All the others are garbage.
Bet he’s doing it solely for “look, there’s no ‘elmo factor’ bump”,
(Unless you have been captured by a cabal of Doctor Who, Sherlock, and Supernatural fans who are making you say this. If so blink twice and we will try to help you)
Nah… I say this freely! After all, it has the best celebrities (Neil Gaiman, Wil Wheaton, and Lynda Carter!).
Plus, you probably run that cabal!
(I don’t know about Sherlock and Supernatural, but I do know who I would go to first for any Doctor Who discussion)
I just appreciate a nice place when I see one…
Here was the context for the quote.
The “improvement” will likely be expected to come with more threats of being fired.
This means Musk has done at least three rounds of layoffs since his promise to stop doing them in November. Meanwhile, he has given a directive internally to revamp how ads are targeted in Twitter’s main feed within a week…
Of course Derek Smart (Battle Cruiser 3000AD) is an Elon stan! He always was an asshole…
Thanks! I had not looked up the original tweet for reasons. I am just waiting see the license it comes out under, which I assume will not be very foss
Someone tell Elon he gets extra points if he puts it out under his driver’s license.
Bad news for Elon.
To be clear, Elon Musk’s Starlink broadband service is great if you have no other options and can afford it. Especially if you’ve spent an eternity stuck on an expensive 3 Mbps DSL line straight out of 2003, or a traditional, capped, expensive satellite broadband connection. The ability to get somewhere between 10 and 100 Mbps in your cabin in the woods (if it works) is a great thing.
All of that said, there are some problems in paradise. Starlink users routinely complain that the company’s customer service is every bit as terrible as Comcast’s. Limited capacity means that users are already starting to see significant slowdowns and the implementation of usage caps and overage fees. And the service continues to fall well short when it comes to the primary U.S. broadband adoption obstacle: affordability.
With last year’s price hike, Starlink users now face a $710 first month charge ($600 for hardware and $110 per month for service). And now users are being told that if they want to travel and use their dish in a different part of the world, they’ll be asked to pay a new $200 additional monthly global roaming fee.
One key issue however: Starlink is often full of shit about whether the service has actually launched in supposed launch markets, meaning you may be paying $310 a month for a service you can’t actually use once you get where you’re going.
Some users who’ve been waiting since 2021 for service (and often can’t get the company to respond to very basic email inquiries including refunds) say they’re now getting emails pitching a $200 additional fee to use Starlink in countries where it’s not actually operational and has yet to even see regulatory approval. Both in the countries users live, and the countries they’d like to travel to:
Interestingly, SpaceX sent the message to at least two people who live in countries where Starlink isn’t available. They told PCMag they’ve been waiting for Starlink access since early 2021.
“I put a deposit for (Starlink) over 2 years ago and got this mail yesterday,” said one user who is based in Greenland, a market outside of Starlink’s current service areas.
For a decade, Twitter published rundowns twice a year of all of those government requests. But under Musk, that appears to have ended.
In years past, Twitter routinely published data about how many demands it had received from governments, and how many enforcement actions it had taken against users accounts or tweets. The reports also detailed how and when Twitter fought the government over requests or gag orders. In 2014, the company even sued the Obama administration to quash a gag order and disclose its receipt of National Security Letters, which allow law enforcement to obtain information from Internet service providers without a warrant.
Twitter’s last transparency report — published in July 2022 and covering the last six months of 2021 — found that the U.S. government made more requests for account data than any other government, accounting for over 24 percent of Twitter’s global requests. The FBI, Department of Justice, and Secret Service “consistently submitted the greatest percentage of requests for the six previous reporting periods.” Requests from the U.S. government were down seven percent from the last reporting period but Twitter’s compliance rate went up 13 percent in the latter half of 2021.
It’s unclear whether Twitter will continue to publish such reports or if the company even has the ability to, given its lack of staff. The reports, three former staffers familiar with them say, were labor intensive even when the company was fully staffed.
“We were working on the transparency reports, then all the program leads were immediately fired, and the remaining people that could’ve worked on the reports all left subsequently,” one former staffer says. “I’m not aware of any people left [at Twitter] who could produce these transparency reports.”
On the plus side, are they even capable of handling government requests.now?