Twitter’s gong show could be over thanks to the tireless work of one hacker.
Twitter has been in utter chaos since Elon Musk took over. First, he fired half the staff at Twitter and then gave the remaining half an ultimatum: work “hard” hours with no extra pay or vacation. Naturally, almost everyone else took their three-month severance and got the hashtag #RIPTwitter trending. This led to the ongoing craze of fake accounts costing real companies millions and copyright enforcement so lax that users share entire movies on Twitter.
But there was a guy who didn’t work at Twitter and actually agreed to Musk’s ultimatum. “This is the attitude that builds amazing things,” wrote George “geohot” Hotz, the hacker best known for jailbreaking both iOS and PS3. “Let all the people who don’t want greatness go away.”
Apparently, it’s okay to work long hours for the “cost of living in San Francisco.” Hotz offered his services to Musk to help fix Twitter. Musk, desperate for help, replied: “sure, let’s talk“Hotz Said He Could”clean up some of those 1000 microservices in 12 weeks.” And just like that, Hotz became Twitter’s newest intern.
Hotz plans to fix the Twitter search feature that hasn’t worked for a long time and also remove the login popup after scrolling because “Phew, these things ruin the internet..” He will regard his internship as a victory only as long as you get rid of that popup.
However, Hotz seems to have run into problems that might be too much for a single human mind, regardless of how intelligent that mind is. A recent hotz thread asked for help fixing the search feature, though he admitted he’s just an internet user and does not have the authority to hire anyone. this comes later the edge reported yesterday that Twitter “has ended layoffs” and is back to “actively recruiting for engineering and sales positions.”
You’d think the most knowledgeable engineers would be the hundreds Musk laid off just a few weeks ago, but demanding indentured servitude from his employees probably doesn’t sound all that appealing to would-be software engineers, even in this economy.
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