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    You can literally fit the entire text on your phone

    But not the photos, video, or audio. And I can’t serve it to hundreds of millions of people from my phone. This truly one of the stupidest things a tech CEO has ever said.

    Building a Plex server with every TV show and movie on Netflix is easy. Distributing that data to 300 million of your friends daily is where the cost is.

    Using his ass-stupid logic, Xitter is worth a small box of USB drives I can pick up at Dollar General because the text from every Xeet fits on them? Might actually be true.

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      You would think the CEO of a major internet website, and a self-proclaimed coding genius, engineer, rocket scientist, would understand how web server, computational, and bandwidth charges work. But he’s determined to prove once and for all how stupid he really is.

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        I was about to say “at least people will see him as stupid when he says shit like this” but anyone still a fan of him think he’s playing some kind of grand scheme or whatever, ruffling feathers but still genius.

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          The problem is that the people he says this kind of stuff for don’t understand anything, so they just believe everything he says. If someone tries to educate them they literally can’t process the information.

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          “Nah he’s just trolling lol he totally got you. He made you think he was an idiot lol, a total moron lmao”

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      Using his ass-stupid logic, Xitter is worth a small box of USB drives

      The idiot actually believe that and unplugged Twitter servers to prove it, that according to his biography is still causing stability issues to this day.

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      This truly one of the stupidest things a tech CEO has ever said.

      Not stupid, just misleading stupid people. As the owner of one of the most popular websites on the internet, and the guy who killed third party APIs, there’s no way he doesn’t know what it costs to process millions of queries/day.

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        This implies he has learned lessons from his past mistakes - he has not. The odds are better on Must thinking the people who executed his perfect demands did those things wrong.

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        Yep. It didn’t come across as stupidity (not saying Musk isn’t stupid), but as someone blatantly borrowing from the Trump playbook.

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      Plex and IPFS has it’s place, but I still support Wikipedia as a non profit, just like you don’t need to pay to enter a library, unless your in some kind of elite library of the bleeding edge lol

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        I’d prefer “dumb as a husky.” Which is to say, smart enough to get into relatively creative predicaments but too dumb to get out. The dunning kruger zone.

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          A colleague of mine is one of the stupidest people I’ve ever met, but also among the most arrogant, so I say he’s like a pigeon.

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          Maybe they meant anything that can be subsidized by the government.

          Tesla and SpaceX take in tons of government subsidies, either directly like SoaceX, or with car enables to artificially make their cars more competitive in the market.

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    He sounds like some upper level management I’ve known. “Why does this cost so much, you’re just displaying a couple of web pages? Backups? Disaster Recovery? Bandwidth charges? What are those?”

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      He sounds like the kind of guy that was shutting down random servers and firing people until things visibly stopped working.

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        You would think that to lead an IT organization you should know something about IT.

        Sadly, management cluetards “think” otherwise. And Musk the fool is leading the charge into oblivion.

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          I don’t think you necessarily need to know about the IT aspect if you have enough knowledge in some of the other aspects of running the business. However, if you don’t know the IT aspects, you should absolutely have a right hand person who is very familiar with the IT aspects and manages that and updates you on that side of things.

          Musk has fired enough people who voiced criticism that I think he is only left with yes-men, not experts who can freely offer meaningful guidance and be taken seriously.

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      A sales exec at a place I worked at, asked me how companies like Apple made their products look so so much more professional than ours. Umm, billions of dollars in revenue and hundreds, if not thousands, of developers and artists, I replied. Yeah he wasn’t the sharpest crayon in the box and I’m glad he retired where he couldn’t cause any more damage.

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        “Make it look like google.”

        Sure. Do you have a billion dollars for this project? No? Okay. You get one half resource junior UI designer.

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          Don’t forget to mention said resource was unable to get hired at a job that paid better than your company… (which, no offense, isn’t likely to be very good if you’re having this kind of conversation)

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            We tended to have very expensive engineers and very cheap designers. That was emblematic of where customers placed their value and, thus, where management placed their priority in hiring.

            That said, of the four designers… one went to NASA, one went to Amazon, one went to McDonald’s (leading global service design research) and then to Lyft.

            They were very talented folks

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          The UI design of Google isn’t very hard to emulate, even by a junior frontend developer. It’s the backend that’s the really compel stuff.

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            I think you’re vastly underestimating the amount of research and work that goes into making Google products so easy to use.

            UI isn’t just a front end development mashing their keyboard with HTML, CSS and JS. It’s hours and hours of observation, research, prototyping, pattern identification, prioritization of information, experimentation and then you create a simple white screen with one input box that does a million things.

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      The insane thing to me is that even if MediaWiki shut down completely with no warning, I bet we wouldn’t lose anything. We got people backing it up instantly

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        But you would need a new foundation, or those copies will stop being collaboratively updated. In addition, it would be difficult for people to access the information again, without a new website.

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      It’s a legitimate question that they don’t usually actually care about the answer to.

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    As the CEO of a company that makes its money from running a website, shouldn’t he at least be aware of the operating expenses?

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      Seriously. All that power and money and he spends 100% of his free time trolling on the internet.

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        He isn’t trolling, he is just really, really dumb. If you ever heard him talk about something that you’re knowledgable in, you instantly realize that he has no idea what he’s talking about.

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          He never misses an opportunity to display how dumb is. Like, just shut up dude.

          He has like 100 bajillion dollars he doesn’t need to be in charge of Twitter why did he buy it? Oh yeah that’s right because someone hurt his feelings and he thought the buying Twitter would in some way get back at them.

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            Yes, buying failing businesses from my enemies at quadruple their value will really show them. Such masterfully executed revenge.

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            And he basically just trolled about buying it before getting trapped into buying it for a terrible price because he had to make a 420 joke along with it!

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            The Simpsons had a joke last night about Monty Burns giving his wife Twitter, because the previous owner really shanked it and it was worth a lot less now. (I don’t recall the exact phrasing but that was the gist of it.)

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    It certainly isn’t needed to operate Wikipedia. The entire archive can fit on your phone.

    This is the same guy who didn’t understand why you couldn’t just unplug servers and load them up in a truck like you’re moving into a college dorm.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.businessinsider.com/elon-musk-christmas-eve-moving-x-servers-cut-costs-biography-2023-9%3Famp

    I just don’t understand. This is supposed to be a tech genius who has experience with coding, computer hardware, business management, accounting and physics. How the fuck does he not understand basic logistics?

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      It’s been used by a lot of his bootlickers to his advantage. But I’m sure it will be on the chopping block if people start using it against him.

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          An annoying thing about authoritarians and right-wingers is that the context doesn’t matter. People trying to have a rational discussion care, but reactionaries trolling on twitter are trying to inflict damage.

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            It’s not that it doesn’t matter, it’s that by the time people add context, the people that need that context already saw the tweet and move on with their life thinking that musk “owned” Wikipedia.

            Its only us fuckers that don’t follow him that get these tweets with context included.

            The issue with the context is that people don’t really search for old tweets, they either see it live or, sadly, read a screen capture of the tweet. If that capture was taken pre context, it doesn’t matter what users say, the twee lt will be spread as-is.

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              That’s a good point about the ‘liveness’ of the tweet I didn’t think about. I’m not on twitter so most tweets I see are screencaps, taken at the time of posting usually probably, for all I know tweets I see could be fake altogether hah. This feature is great for their business in more ways then, it makes it look like they care about the truthfulness of what is spread on the site, but still allows for uninformed propagandizing.

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    So, how long before the “Readers added additonal context” feature mysteriously vanishes?

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      I could’ve sworn it had already been disappeared. I guess I’m misremembering.

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          Ah, right. That’s what it was. I guess I figured the feature went with the team he fired. Of course he just left it running unmonitored.

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    It’s crazy how a few years ago Zuck seemed like the worst tech billionaire CEO ridiculed by his users, but Musk truly managed to take this title and surpass him to become the most hated man on the internet. He needs help

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        He’ll just be screeching “Dr Fauci” in a bird voice next. I hear that’s what passes for comedy on the right.

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      I think that not being able to be funny is one of the eternal thorns in musk’s side that his billions of blood money can never buy him. His stupid twitter quips, dumb sight gags like walking into the office holding a sink… he knows he’ll never be able to become funny and it eats at him.

      Also since he can’t keep his giant dumb yap shut people who had a good image of him 10 years ago as a guy trying to help the earth now know that he’s a huge piece of garbage. Money can’t buy his legacy, no matter how many fanboys impotently scream on forums.

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      He is a conservative stand-up comedian with a crappy routine. Can you tell if the following quote is by him or I made it up?

      “I’ll give them a million dollars if they change their name to ‘Dickipedia’.”

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    Attacking Twitter then and now attacking Wikipedia. You can tell he want so hard to hide information and with starlink in his control it might happen.

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      Just asking stupid questions seems like a Joe Rogan thing.

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        Musk asks stupid, leading questions. Pretending he’s Socrates, leading you to a truth he understands and you don’t.

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        it makes >null< profit, or >NaN< profit as it is a non-profit organization, thus it cannot make a profit even if it wanted to.

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            again, there is no profit

            you are asking where the golf clubs are during a game of basketball

            if you’re going to use the term “profit” you can’t redefine what it means

            yes, non profit companies pay their employed staff through raised income, this is not new information