Wise Guys on WHO Radio - June 13, 2015
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Twitter removes arbitrary limit on direct messages
- coming in July
- limit now is 140 characters
- will become 10,000 characters, which is for almost every reasonable purpose unlimited
- a direct attack on email
- should have done something like this long ago
- still a lot of work to do to make Twitter friendly to the general public
- my own experience: a lot of people are aware of Twitter, many use it as consumers, very few are active users
Twitter CEO out
- the company has more inside drama than the Soap Network
- it started among four friends who couldn't get along well enough to run it
- two of them remain today, but they don't seem to get along
- the initial idea was that it would allow people to message one another easier than group text messages
- that reason for existing eroded pretty quickly with group SMS and services like iMessage and Google Chat
- explaining other services in the same general service category like Facebook or Snapchat is pretty easy
- fortunately for Twitter, even without their initial reason for being, there's another reason to exist: to be the definitive place for what's happening right now
- they've done an awful job of capitalizing on that -- when you first visit Twitter, it obnoxiously tries to force you to join
- that signup wall is unnecessary and deflects a lot of interest
Orange is the New Black releases a little early on Netflix
- six hours early
- Thursday night instead of Friday morning in the wee hours
- good publicity stunt, but by season 3, I'm a little surprised they're seeing a need to promote the show
- viewers already are evangelists
- maybe they just wanted a little extra promotion
- this whole release-a-season-at-once thing is a strange evolution in television programming -- because Netflix is now television, right?
- what it takes away is the common experience -- NBC's "Must-See TV" on Thursdays back in the day -- but DVRs already beat that to a pulp
- big release events do create buzz
Union says the Federal hacking actually included everyone in the Federal government
- American Federation of Government Employees makes the accusations
- letter to OPM accuses the government of withholding information on the breach out of embarrassment
- a different group thinks the union is overstating things, but still wants the government to respond to the union's questions
- the government says 4 million workers were affected, others seem to think it's more like 14 million, and the union thinks it's all of them
The pretest I want to give politicians before they're allowed to regulate electronics
- What are your thoughts on creating a dedicated branch of the military for cyberwarfare?
- What role should the Federal government play in blocking intellectual property theft?
- Do you know any computer programming codes or languages?
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