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Musk ends remote work at Twitter; warns of troubles ahead

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I like it. Work under this roof if you wanna stay around. As it should be.

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The biggest threat to Twitter's continued existence is one E. Musk.

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I know many people who “work from home”. A total joke. They just mess around all day. Good on Musk for not pandering.

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“Without significant subscription revenue, there is a good chance Twitter will not survive the upcoming economic downturn,” Musk said.

Many billionaires seem to be predicting economic hard times.

Ironic since in some of the hardest economic times for many people, the recent pandemic, they have benefited immensely, much from appropriated stimulus funds from the taxpayer treasury.

https://inequality.org/great-divide/updates-billionaire-pandemic/

https://www.businessinsider.com/billionaires-net-worth-increases-coronavirus-pandemic-2020-7

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Twitter should wither and die!

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Musk ends remote work at Twitter;

Idiot. The next time Musk claims to be a visionary, we can all laugh in his face.

Working and studying from home is the future

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I only have a pa subscription to the NYT. I would pay to not have to read twatter.

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The FTC do not play with these websites,if your server's are in the US and have a dotcom ,you under US regulations and can be fined 750 dollar per violation,lots of these offices where shuttered during the pandemic

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750 thousands dollars per violation

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This is what I consistently 'don't' like about Musk. He's said the same 'B' thing over and over about SpaceX, Tesla, and now Twitter. It was only two months ago he said Texas and Berlin factories were cash furnaces. Now the model Y is outselling the VW Golf in Germany. The guy is a drama queen and in too much of a hurry. How many times has he said SpaceX is on the verge of 'b' again?

I bet he's got that $4 billion in cash from stock sale recently sitting at the ready to be injected into Twitter.

If his directors and ex-directors is to be believed he is a master of execution, and why not Tesla is growing revenue at 50% annually. So all those 'B' warnings are probably just him trash n cash-in on his own company.

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The clown is going to sink his circus..

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I know many people who “work from home”. A total joke. They just mess around all day. Good on Musk for not pandering.

How much bitterness, everything all right at home??..

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A pair of Wednesday night missives seen by The Associated Press...

So radical left aligned employees leaking to a left aligned outlet, no surprises here, no wonder Musk is getting rid of all the leakers..

Cybersecurity expert Alex Stamos, a former Facebook security chief, tweeted Thursday that there is a “serious risk of a breach with drastically reduced staf

Those breaches have been there for many many years, the Facebook security chief should have know better, but that's not the idea, ignore facts and subtly attack Musk..

https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2022/09/did-twitter-ignore-basic-security-measures-a-cybersecurity-expert-explains-a-whistleblowers-claims-opinion.html

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“Without significant subscription revenue, there is a good chance Twitter will not survive the upcoming economic downturn,”

If you are relying on a critical mass of people to start paying 8$ a month for something they are accustomed to getting for free, and your product is one which other business (Facebook, Tik Tok, Reddit, etc) are offering free alternatives to, your business model is basically sunk.

One could admire Musk for turning Twitter into a multi-million dollar business in just a few weeks, but for the fact that it was a 44 Billion dollar one when he took it over.

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As long as Musk is in his office a Twitter 40 hrs a week too, great.

I know many people who “work from home”. A total joke. They just mess around all day. Good on Musk for not pandering.

Nearly all my professional jobs were phone, network, computer access based with a desk. Even in the office, we'd meet over the phone, using the network, and working on our computers. It really didn't matter if I was in a specific building or not, just that I got on the conference calls on time, paid attention (or lead the technical parts) and had my work products (usually systems architecture documents and budget estimates) completed when promised, without mistakes.

I've worked in many different jobs, in many different situations - some with "open floor plans", some in cube-farms, some with shared offices, some with a private office and from home.

2 things matter the most for my productivity. Distractions and length of commute. The more distractions, caused by people walking over and interrupting greatly reduce my productivity, but equally problematic is having a commute longer than around 20 minutes. There's something life-sucking about long commutes and it made me do everything I could to be at the office for the absolute minimal amount of time. I'd shift my hours to be much earlier than I'd like to drastically reduce the commute time - getting to work before 7am, but also leaving by 4pm.

When working from home, I had a dedicated "office" that was cleaned daily for work use only. I'd be at my desk, ready to go with coffee at 8am. I'd get into "the zone" and get tremendous amounts of work done. There was always more to be done. My group started with 20 people all working 80-120 hrs/wk - paid overtime though we were all salaried. A few years later, the group was 140 people still being asked to work as much paid overtime as we wanted. There were so many projects and a shortage of qualified, capable, enterprise technical architects, we'd have to work more than we wanted.

Of course, in some offices, being in the same room, working on project teams matters greatly. Just depends on the corporate culture.

I've also had jobs were specific equipment was required to do the job, which was only available in specific locations. Working from home for those jobs usually didn't make sense. It is hard to program on computers that don't have any outside network connectivity, for example. These days, I manage servers around the world for clients. Many aren't even in my country, so what does it matter if I'm in a building 2 hrs away from my house or in my house? It doesn't.

I'd be surprised if twitter wasn't exactly the same. People who work managing computing systems, designing new deployments, writing software, literally don't gain anything by being in a building. The building just provides more distractions. I suppose not everyone understand this, but it is very true.

Of course, if a worker is goofing off when they should be working, it should be clear by their work output and a good manager would recognize that without walking by their desktop 2x a day to see who's sitting in a seat. Managing by walking around works for a restaurant, not for computer jocks.

In Japan, I've seen slow, dumb employees working 14-16 hr days, but getting very little done. Their manager was a fool to think these were good employees, if effort doesn't result in more work output. It is the output that matters.

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I love the part where someone paid the $8 to get a blue check, identified as W. and said "I miss killing Iraqis" to show what a joke this feature really is from a security perspective.

Oh, and he/she said he/she would cancel the CC payment too.

So another glorious idea from the world's most effective set of hair plugs.

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NemoToday  07:15 am JST

The biggest threat to Twitter's continued existence is one E. Musk.

Muskrat is to blame for all of this. He has MUD on his face.

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I know many people who “work from home”. A total joke. They just mess around all day. Good on Musk for not pandering.

To add: plently of surveys out saying that working in an office is extrmeely unproductive, inefficient and depressing. Employees only do real "work" for a few hours a week. Offices are for the most part soul destroying. There was also good Guardian Long Read on this a while back. Look it up :)

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To add: plently of surveys out saying that working in an office is extrmeely unproductive, inefficient and depressing. Employees only do real "work" for a few hours a week. Offices are for the most part soul destroying. There was also good Guardian Long Read on this a while back. Look it up :)

I have personal experience working from home, doing things that people doing computer IT and software development do.

The only time actually going into the office was similarly productive was when I had my own office at work and closed the door, which was frowned upon by the director, who used "management by walking around". He didn't really understand what we did, but at least he was smart enough to leave us alone.

Every time I was in a "cube farm" or worse, a fishbowl, productivity dropped drastically. Even when I had a far corner cube with lots of privacy, nobody walking passed, fewer interruptions, all the "gophering" was distracting. Gophering, is when people stand in their individual cubes and have discussions/meetings/paper fights. Yes, we'd throw paper wads like grenades to get the other person's attention.

The fishbowl was terrible. That's a room with lots of desks and computers, no partitions. The walls of the room were floor to ceiling glass and visitors would stand outside, pointing at different parts of the room talking about what each person inside was doing. Basically, we were like zoo animals. I quit that job ASAP when the contract completed. Could never get used to the zoo.

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"difficult times ahead" translation: ICEBERG DEAD AHEAD. Time for rank and file Twitter workers to emulate their officers' recent decisions and man the lifeboats while there is still money in their retirement accounts...

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toraNov. 11  08:24 pm JST

I know many people who “work from home”. A total joke. They just mess around all day. Good on Musk for not pandering.

To add: plently of surveys out saying that working in an office is extrmeely unproductive, inefficient and depressing. Employees only do real "work" for a few hours a week. Offices are for the most part soul destroying. 

Yeah, they can be pretty depressing. Some people in their partitioned cubbyholes had radios or CD players on while they worked. 'Whistle while you work' as they say, that's fine. But some numbskulls had their radios tuned to these moronic 'talk talk' radio shows with jerks like the mentally-going-on-16-years-old blubberbutt Rubbish Limberger and his hateful sassy talk and juvenile 'jokes' and screaming hysterical loudmouths and 'Gross Radio' by the middle schooler Howard Stern.

One particular job I had the entire place had one radio station piped in everywhere, all the time. It was a soulless milquetoast insipid blend of bland pop, lame tuneless 'adult contemporary' and schmaltzy manufactured 'love' songs (and my musical tastes are pretty wide) and every hour on the hour they'd play a Celine Dion song. Enough to make you wanna scream. Never mind the new age yuck. And to make it even worse, some of my co-workers even sang along to this musical doo-doo.

I'm fully aware 'you can't please 'em all' and I've had various jobs where there was a mix of good music, rotten Muzak, stuff for everybody, something everyone can relate to. But at that particular job, it was annoying. Everything about it sucked.

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