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Friday, November 18, 2022

Another employee exodus appears to be underway at Twitter as many workers rejected Elon Musk's terms for staying with the company, choosing instead to depart, according to multiple current and former employees.

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He won't be able to pay the severance of everyone that's leaving. Let the lawsuits commence!

#1 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-11-17 09:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Does this mean Truth Social is finally going to take off?

#2 | Posted by REDIAL at 2022-11-17 09:56 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

The way this whole thing is playing out, it reminds me of when I worked at a dot-com!

Our CTO famously stole the PS2 the Devs played on from the office and took it to his apartment because his kids were in town that weekend and he needed something to keep them entertained.

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-11-17 10:03 PM | Reply

Jeff Tiedrich
@itsJeffTiedrich

2h
holy ------- ----, twitter is crashing and burning faster than a tesla

#4 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2022-11-17 10:08 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

@#3 ... Our CTO famously stole the PS2 the Devs played on from the office and took it to his apartment because his kids were in town that weekend and he needed something to keep them entertained. ...

Reminds me of the time, in a prior life, I was asked by the CEO of the company (circa mid-80's) to go to his house and fix his PC.

When I got there, I rang the doorbell of the front door. His wife let me in. She showed me to the den when the PC n question resided.

Long story short...

The problem was that there was a game floppy in the floppy drive, so the PC would not boot up into the had drive.

I removed the game floppy from the drive and all was well with the PC.

I went back to the office, and walked into the corporate suite part of the office.

I asked the CEO's admin assistant if I could talk with the CEO. She asked me "what was it about?" I told her that I had just done a PC repair on his home PC. She showed me into his office with no further questions.

I explained to the CO that he needed to remove the game floppy from the PC in order for the PC to functin as a PC and not game.

He thanked me.

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-18 12:47 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

@#5

Woof, I really need to get better acquainted with the keyboard on this laptop.

Too many typos...

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-18 12:50 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

He won't be able to pay the severance of everyone that's leaving. Let the lawsuits commence!

#1 | POSTED BY LEGALLYYOURDEAD

The entire payroll department left. So yeah... he won't be able to pay the people who stayed either.

#7 | Posted by Sycophant at 2022-11-18 04:02 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#5 | Posted by LampLighter
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Ah the days of the floppy. I can remember writing boot discs to conserve memory so I could run this or that game. Been a few years.

#8 | Posted by BBQ at 2022-11-18 04:29 PM | Reply

Elon Musk encourages Twitter engineers to fly in for in-person meetings
www.reuters.com

...Elon Musk emailed Twitter staff on Friday asking that any employees who write software code report to the 10th floor of the office in San Francisco early afternoon, according to an email reviewed by Reuters.

The billionaire said in a follow-up email, "If possible, I would appreciate it if you could fly to SF to be present in person," adding he would be at the company's headquarters until midnight and would return Saturday morning.

He said the engineers should report at 2 p.m. on Friday.

The emails came a day after hundreds of Twitter employees were estimated to have decided to quit the beleaguered social media company following a Thursday deadline from Musk that staffers sign up for "long hours at high intensity," or leave.

The company had told employees it would close its offices and cut badge access until Monday, according to two sources, and it was not immediately known whether the headquarters reopened.

Musk ordered employees to email him a summary of what their software code has "achieved" in the past six months, "along with up to 10 screenshots of the most salient lines of code."

"There will be short, technical interviews that allow me to better understand the Twitter tech stack," Musk wrote in one of the emails....



#9 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-18 04:43 PM | Reply

"Musk ordered employees to email him a summary of what their software code has "achieved" in the past six months, "along with up to 10 screenshots of the most salient lines of code.""

Who would want to work for an -------- like this?

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-11-18 04:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I explained to the CO that he needed to remove the game floppy from the PC in order for the PC to functin as a PC and not game.
He thanked me.
#5 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER

I had the same conversation with the boys in the Data Center when they would forget to remove the Windows install media in the CD-ROM drive after a flatten and rebuild.

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-11-18 05:01 PM | Reply

Did he quit being the world's richest man the moment he bought twitter? It seems like any real world valuation would have knocked at least 30-40bn off of his worth with that purchase, and another 10-14bn since the purchase.

#12 | Posted by bus_driver at 2022-11-18 06:27 PM | Reply

...and another 10-14bn since the purchase.

#12 | Posted by bus_driver
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He doesn't seem done yet with loosing money. Hard to see how he could try harder to loose it.

#13 | Posted by BBQ at 2022-11-18 08:17 PM | Reply

MuskRat exposed as a complete ------.

www.youtube.com

Waste of our time!

#14 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-11-19 02:18 AM | Reply

Twitter employees before & after ... its fascinating the diversity of who left vs who stayed...
twitter.com

Twitter is now more diverse than before.

#15 | Posted by oneironaut at 2022-11-19 03:02 PM | Reply

Based on some accounts I've read the past couple of days, their "skeleton crews" in some departments are more akin to a femur and some metatarsal bones.

#16 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2022-11-19 03:14 PM | Reply

Twitter is now more diverse than before.

Unless you include women... looks like 95% of them bugged out.

#17 | Posted by REDIAL at 2022-11-19 03:25 PM | Reply

@#15 ... Twitter is now more diverse than before. ...

According to that staged photo, that is.


#18 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-19 03:26 PM | Reply

@#16 ... Based on some accounts I've read the past couple of days ...

Like this?

Twitter's Crypto Head and Staff Resign in Mass Musk Exodus
finance.yahoo.com

...The head of Twitter Inc.'s crypto development team has left the company, part of a mass exodus of employees since new owner Elon Musk issued a blanket ultimatum to staff.

Tess Rinearson, who was tapped to spearhead Twitter's crypto team last year, posted a tweet late on Thursday with the salute emoji, followed by a blue heart -- the former being a symbol for departing Twitter employees to signal their goodbyes.

Rinearson also changed the Twitter bio on her now private account to "did not click the button", referring to Musk's requirement for all remaining staff to opt in to remain employed at the firm by clicking "yes" on a form before Thursday's 5 p.m. Eastern Time deadline. If they did not respond, employees were offered three months' severance.

She wasn't the only exit from Twitter's crypto unit that day, with Hamdi Allam, a senior software engineer on the project, also posting a tweet to say he'd left the business. Both didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

Earlier on Thursday, so many employees had either decided to leave the firm or been dismissed that Twitter abruptly shuttered its offices....


Hmmm... "abruptly shuttered its offices" - was that like fmr Pres Trump locking people in during his speech?

#19 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-19 03:30 PM | Reply


According to that staged photo, that is.
#18 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER

Imagine staging a photo for diversity sake and it's less diverse than the ad hoc photo.

#20 | Posted by oneironaut at 2022-11-19 04:01 PM | Reply

The head of Twitter Inc.'s crypto development team has left the company,

LOL so ... why is Twitter in "crypto" development ... do you know why?

#21 | Posted by oneironaut at 2022-11-19 04:02 PM | Reply

How many times has Musk had to walk back or entirely reverse decisions and his own statements. In 4 weeks.

This is not a trait I'd accept in a leader or employer. Making mistakes happens, and learning then changing course is fine. But Musk doesn't learn anything, let alone acknowledge his mistakes. He decides on impulse, and is forced to walk back.

#22 | Posted by horstngraben at 2022-11-19 04:06 PM | Reply

Some now-former engineers at Twitter left Musk messages all over the side of the Twitter building, scrolling like a Wall Street ticker. None of them flattering, to put it mildlyl ...

#23 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2022-11-19 04:08 PM | Reply

BRILLIANT as quitting/walking off the job means they do not quality for unemployment compensation, but no problem, they can always take a job at Meta...... : 0

#24 | Posted by MSgt at 2022-11-19 04:39 PM | Reply

Space Karen pleading "please stay" to twitter advertisers is almost as pathetic as Jeb's "please clap" moment.

#25 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2022-11-19 04:47 PM | Reply

@#20 ... Imagine staging a photo for diversity sake and it's less diverse than the ad hoc photo. ...

What were the circumstances for what you dub the ad hoc photo?

Can you state the actual context of that photo?

If not, then all attempted comparisons are off. And, knowing the history of your current alias, I'd say intentionally misleading.

Jus' sayin'


#26 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-19 04:52 PM | Reply

Some now-former engineers at Twitter left Musk messages all over the side of the Twitter building, scrolling like a Wall Street ticker. None of them flattering, to put it mildlyl ...

If only they cared about their job more than trying to own Musk.

Idiots.


How many times has Musk had to walk back or entirely reverse decisions and his own statements. In 4 weeks.
This is not a trait I'd accept in a leader or employer.

So you don't accept Biden? ... how many walk backs and corrections in the last 2 years has Biden's staff had to make?

Just about every time he speaks this happens, but somehow you "respect" Biden?!? ...

Your judgement is suspect.

#27 | Posted by oneironaut at 2022-11-19 04:52 PM | Reply


What were the circumstances for what you dub the ad hoc photo?

They just finished an evening of designing the NEW twitter architecture.

#28 | Posted by oneironaut at 2022-11-19 04:53 PM | Reply

Jus' sayin'

What are you saying?

#29 | Posted by oneironaut at 2022-11-19 04:54 PM | Reply

#26 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER

So from this, you are pretty much done defending your, point knowing the history of your current alias.

#30 | Posted by oneironaut at 2022-11-19 04:56 PM | Reply

@#21 ... why is Twitter in "crypto" development ... do you know why? ...

What Twitter Is Really Planning for Crypto ) April 2022)
www.wired.com

...You might have heard of crypto Twitter, the corner of the social network where accounts have Bored Apes as profile pictures, posts are rife with talk of tokens, blockchains, and buying the Bitcoin dip, and Elon Musk is venerated.

Then again, you might have heard of Twitter Crypto, the business unit devoted to developing the social network's strategy for cryptocurrency, blockchains, and that grab-bag of decentralized technologies falling under the rubric of Web3.The team's unveiling came in November 2021 via a tweet from the newly hired project lead, Tess Rinearson, a Berlin-based American computer scientist whose career includes stints at blockchain companies such as Tendermint and Interchain....

As crypto went mainstream globally and crypto Twitter burgeoned, the company tried to dominate the space. Under the stewardship of product manager Esther Crawford, in September 2021 Twitter introduced a "tipping" feature that helps creators on Twitter to receive Bitcoin contributions through Lightning"a network for fast Bitcoin payments. In January, Twitter allowed subscribers of Twitter's premium service, Twitter Blue, to flaunt their NFTs as hexagonal profile pictures, through a partnership with NFT marketplace OpenSea.

Twitter Crypto is just getting started. While Rinearson works with people all across the company, her team is still under 10 people, although more hires are in the pipeline, judging from recent job postings. So it's worth asking what is next. I caught up over a video call with Rinearson and Crawford to talk about where Twitter Crypto is headed....


That's why Twitter was in crypto development.

Crypto is more than things like BitCoin and the FTX super-fiasco.

Indeed, the various stock exchanges are looking to crypto to assist in trade settlements.

U.S. SEC approves new U.S. exchange with blockchain feed, faster settlement (January 2022)
www.reuters.com

...The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) late on Thursday approved the country's 17th stock exchange, a subsidiary of Boston-based BOX Exchange, which will incorporate blockchain technology.

The new exchange, named BSTX, aims to launch in the second quarter, said Jay Fraser, a director. It will initially trade securities, such as stocks or exchange-traded funds, first listed on its exchange, but those securities would be tradable on rival bourses.

BSTX ultimately aims to expand trading to all U.S. stocks and potentially tokenized securities, Fraser said. Stock tokens are digital versions of equities pegged to the underlying share, usually traded in fractional units....



#31 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-19 04:57 PM | Reply

IAMRUNT likes to post pics of Twitter's H-1B visa holders who can't quit.

#32 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2022-11-19 04:59 PM | Reply

@#29 ... What are you saying? ...

My opinion, "If not, then all attempted comparisons are off. And, knowing the history of your current alias, I'd say intentionally misleading."

#33 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-19 04:59 PM | Reply

@#28 ... They just finished an evening of designing the NEW twitter architecture. ..

I didn't see that stated. Can you provide a specific quote? thx.

#34 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-19 05:00 PM | Reply

@#32 ... pics of Twitter's H-1B visa holders who can't quit. ...

That crossed my mind as well as a possible reason, which is why i asked for a follow-up and got an attitude in return.


#35 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-19 05:02 PM | Reply

Hilarious.

disgruntled employees leaving what can only be called a 'cushy' job because it wasn't 'cushy' enough.

and this coven seems to think they're irreplaceable and the doors will be locked Monday.

This is funnier than SNL has been the past 10 years.

#36 | Posted by shrimptacodan at 2022-11-19 11:52 PM | Reply

#19 | Posted by LampLighter

An article I read relayed specific numbers as examples of how quickly and badly things have gone to ****.

Like a critically important tech department at Twitter that had 32 engineers but was down to 1 after the rest quit. Similar situations at other essential but critically undermanned areas. One engineer had to spend half a day finding out who his supervisor was so he could quit. Later that day, the supervisor, who had been a senior engineer in charge of 100 engineers who all quit en masse, quit himself. Twitter sounds like a busy metro fire station with only one fireman on duty.

#37 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2022-11-20 02:03 AM | Reply

and this coven seems to think they're irreplaceable and the doors will be locked Monday.

#36 | Posted by shrimptacodan
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This is the same mistake that was made when Norton Antivirus was bought as a cash cow. The new owners didn't think the programmers were very valuable and could be bought for a dime a dozen. Norton Antivirus and other Norton products went from a software that would surprise you with it's capabilities to a software hardly worth purchasing.

What will happen is that so many left Twitter that there will be a slow avalanche of problems. Even working longer hours will not be enough given Twitter's size. One thing will break, followed by another and it will take much longer to fix the resulting problems. The top notch people have left. What remains will be a shadow of itself.

Europe has already told Musk he will be required to put more people on the payroll to cover the misinformation that is sure to take advantage of the lack of personnel.

#38 | Posted by BBQ at 2022-11-20 02:20 AM | Reply

@#36 ... disgruntled employees leaving what can only be called a 'cushy' job ...

So a person has to work 80 hours a week in order for it not to be a "cushy" job?

Please explain ...


#39 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-20 02:27 AM | Reply

@#36 ... This is funnier than SNL has been the past 10 years. ...

So your current alias watches SNL.

I've watched it when it first appeared in the mid-70's. It was quite the shock back then.

So, please explain why you think what is occurring at Twitter is funnier than SNL.

thx.

#40 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-20 02:33 AM | Reply

I hope twitter dies and Elon Musk loses a lot of money.

#41 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2022-11-20 03:57 AM | Reply

Standard practice for workstations back in the day was to modify the boot sequence in the BIOS after installing a machine. Booting from the HDD vs. floppy or CDROM prevented virus infections as well...

Good ol' days, when you needed a floppy AND a CD to install WinDOS ...

I wonder when Twitter gets hammered during the World Cup ... and how many hours it takes to bring it back to normal. Likely going to have a lousy week in the data centers and oncall ...

#42 | Posted by chuffy at 2022-11-20 04:36 AM | Reply

Your judgement is suspect.

#27 | POSTED BY ONEIRONAUT

Says the whatabouting "liberal" tool job who's opinions are almost always complete garbage...

#43 | Posted by jpw at 2022-11-20 11:25 AM | Reply

@#32 ... pics of Twitter's H-1B visa holders who can't quit. ...
That crossed my mind as well as a possible reason, which is why i asked for a follow-up and got an attitude in return.
#35 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER

This was my thought as well upon seeing the pic in #15.
The reason for so many non-whites in the second picture is all the whites in the first picture are citizens of the United States.
All the people in the second picture are here on H1-B visas so if they lose their job they have 24 hours to leave the country.

Mistaking that for "diversity" is the kind of mistake a Russian asset who doesn't know how the US high tech labor market works could easily make.

#44 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-11-20 12:28 PM | Reply

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