Issue 1584 - Monday 11th April, 2022

In Today's Issue

The News

Elon isn't joining Twitter's board, dunno why exactly

Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal let loose this afternoon that Elon Musk isn't joining the board after all. Elon's appointment to the Twitter board was subject to a "background check and formal acceptance", to which Elon declined. Parag said in the statement that "this is for the best", which to me sounds like old mate is relieved he won't have to deal with Elon's bullshit - at least formally. I mean, look at Musk's suggestions, they're pure troll material. Oh and he doesn't appear to be Twitter's biggest shareholder anymore, as Vanguard upped their stake to 10.3% late last week.

Tesla's Cyber Rodeo was a cringefest

Tesla celebrated the opening of its Texas car factory with a "Cyber Rodeo" late Friday afternoon. Half of the event was business as usual stuff, saying the Cybertruck is still on track for 2023 and that they can't keep up with demand for the Model 3 and Model Y, selling over 1 million the last years. The other half was pure nonsense like a "quite futuristic" robotaxi and the Teslabot (now called Optimus) will enter production "hopefully next year" to do "anything that humans don't want to do". There's a video of the event on YouTube if you can handle Elon's off the charts level of cringe (I couldn't).

The new government should make a Minister of Government Services and the Digital Economy

With an announcement of the federal election date (May 21st, if you've been under a rock), the Australian Information Industry Association lobby group hasn't wasted any time, asking whoever is to make government in a few weeks for a Minister of Government Services and the Digital Economy. The AIIA wants this minister in the cabinet (so they're taken seriously) and would "take responsibility for everything from policymaking on the digitisation of government services and whole of government technology architectures to technology procurement policy; digital identity and data-sharing; the Consumer Data Right; and digital skills initiatives". Sounds good.

Something I Saw On The Internet

Give optical media a second thought when preparing your next backup plan

When was the last time you gave a brain cell of thought towards optical media? This blog post popped up and a cluster of neurons deep in my brain were forced out of retirement against their will. Apparently well burned (low and slow, with error correction and some PAR files), good quality discs (none of that organic compound crap) are still kicking on 12-18 years later. A disk drive might be cheaper per gigabyte, but if you want data stored on something that needs zero maintenance and is 100% offline, maybe re-assess the role of optical media plays in your backup strategy.


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