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Undoubtedly, you have heard something these days about the terrible cold snap that the US is experiencing these days., in which sudden winter storms have paralyzed part of the country, causing around 70 deaths… and thousands of flight cancellations in the middle of the Christmas holidays. But, of the latter, perhaps the weather is only the trigger, and not the culprit.


The curious thing about the case is that much of the flight cancellation chaos in the United States has been caused by a single airline: Southwest. On Wednesday, according to the FlightAware flight tracking website, 2,507 of the 2,770 flight cancellations (from, to or within the US) were made by that company. The day before they had starred in 84% of the total cancellations.

The US government’s Department of Transportation has already claimed to be concerned about the company’s “unacceptable cancellation ratio”… as well as investigating whether these are classifiable as ‘controllable’which would place the responsibility on the company, and not on the unstable Christmas weather.

Problem 1: How the company moves its staff

Part of the problem lies in the system Southwest uses to transport its planes (and with them, its staff). Tom Nekoeui, vice president of the company’s pilots’ union, explains that Southwest makes use of the so-called ‘point-to-point model’: “What we do at Southwest is go from Austin to San Antonio, and from there to Dallas. Or go from Denver to Colorado Springs, and from there to Albuquerque. And that point-to-point system is something that other companies don’t do.”

And they don’t do it because they bet on it hub-and-spoke or radial modelin which the planes do not go from one city to another without returning to a city of origin, but nodes (hubs) are established from where the flights leave and return every day: nothing that the same plane takes people from Seattle to Chicago and from there to Miami, but that last stretch would be covered by another plane linked to the Miami hub.

That prevents a mid-route weather issue from creating a ripple effect on multiple interrelated routes. But this model is not, we repeat, the one used by Southwest. “Historically, the point-to-point model worked well… when we were a small airline.”

Problem 2: software [horriblemente] obsolete

Internal personnel management software, which allows the company to track which personnel are available and where to crew each flight, should compensate for these obstacles. The problem is that the company They also haven’t bothered to update their software since they were a small company. (ie for many years).

And now, “they have pilots scattered around the system that the company just doesn’t know where they are.” According to the union to which Nekoeui belongs, while other airlines turn to algorithms that tell them when a pilot is or is not available to join the crew of a flight, Southwest’s system is more manual and requires human intervention. And we already know the danger of having to manually enter data.

So, if a pilot failed to make the scheduled flight from Austin to Dallas and is now driving to the second city trying to make it to his next flight, a human would have to enter that information. Of course, It would be very simple for each affected crew member to open the personnel management app of your smartphone and notify the incident and your forecast of arrival at the new destination…

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…but the company’s software, dating from around 2000, lacks app compatibility. Or with the Internet, already put. What forces to notify by telephone and trust that someone in the company’s headquarters has time to introduce the changes. And don’t make a mistake in the process.

“Updating staffing rosters manually can be sustainable when you’re dealing with one or two simultaneous flight cancellations, but it can be difficult when there are 2,500 flight cancellations on the table.”

Mike Santoro, another of the union’s vice presidents, also pointed to the role played by the lack of automation of the company’s software. Speaking to Gizmodo, he claimed that many flights were being canceled due to lack of staff… despite having enough employees on board their planes and be willing to work:

“Even though we had a crew available, the software just had no idea those flight attendants were in the back of the plane. The problem is the software just doesn’t track us.”

Statements by the president of the union of flight attendants, Lyn Montgomery, complete the puzzle of what happened: the system of ‘telephone rescheduling’ of the company’s personnel has been overwhelmed by sudden cancellations. “Simply, You can’t make enough phone calls, thousands of them [en este caso]at once”.

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Southwest Pilot Testimonials posted on Twitter They paint a similar situation:

“I don’t know what to say. Southwest Airlines has imploded. Their antiquated software system is completely fried. The planes are parked. Crews are stranded at airports with passengers, volunteering to carry passengers on parked planes, but the software won’t accept it. Telephone lines are saturated, both for passengers and crews. I personally spent over two hours trying to get in touch with someone from the company last night.”

Via | NBC Boston & Gizmodo

Image | Magnus Manske/Wikimedia

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this streamer ruined 11 years of career on Twitch by a deepfake website of other streamers

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That a content creator ends up accidentally leaking some personal detail is something that happens more than it seems. However, when it involves and hurts other people, it is something that cannot be ignored. This is what has happened to Brandon “Atrioc” Ewing, a popular Twitch streamer who has been caught live with an open page of deepfakes of other streamers with pornographic content.

Atrioc has been active since it started in 2011 on YouTube. Since then it has been gaining more and more popularity, establishing a large community. Nevertheless, decided to throw it overboard at the time you clicked on that page.

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The website has already been removed, but the damage has already been done

Although all the clips are being deleted, Dexerto was able to make a catch of this event, where you can see how the content creator has the web open in your desktop window list.

The page offers paid artificial intelligence montages of streamers with pornographic content. According to Kotaku, the website is similar in structure to OnlyFans, requiring the user to subscribe to access the content.

In his broadcast where he apologized to the public and to his partner for what happened, Atrioc affirms that he entered one night around 2 in the morning, clicking on an advertising banner that he had supposedly found on PornHub. His happy curiosity caused the web to end up leaking in one of his last live shows.

“It was 2am and I was reading so much shit about artificial intelligence, deepfake music, deepfake art and I’m on all those fucking Discord channels. It’s all so embarrassing. I was on fucking Pornhub, on a normal website, and there was an ad, it was that ad on every fucking video – so other people must be clicking on it because it was on every video.”

According to the content creator, in his community he has always campaigned against sexism, prohibiting any similar behavior at the moment. Atrioc insists that he is the “most normal” person and that he would “never do something like that again”.

Her partner, who was apologizing on her live broadcast, affirms that she does not feel like a victim, but that she deeply regrets the damage that this has caused to the streamers that appear on said website, since they echoed that they appeared on the page through this fact. Although disappointed, her partner accepts the apology.

Several content creators show their regret on the networks

The website has been withdrawn thanks to the impact caused by this commotion, but above all due to the work of QTCinderella, a streamer who was involved when she saw that there was explicit content about her on the web. In one of her last live shows, she deeply sore and disappointed, she mentioned that I would do everything possible to sue the author of the website. Atrioc also assured that he would be in charge of covering all the costs for the closure of the web and that he would offer financial help to all women who needed legal help.

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Among those affected and who have publicly expressed their regret in addition to QTCinderella were other popular streamers such as Sweet Anita or adept.

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This map shows the profession with the most interest in each country. In Spain she is the influencer

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Remitly has published a global map that shows which are the most searched professions on Google, according to each country. And that map published in Various social networks have caused some controversy when seeing the most sought-after profession in Spain: is the influencer. Specifically, what is analyzed is the search “how to be a…”.

Although Spain is the only country in Europe interested in being an influencer (it must be said that in other countries like Hungary they are interested in knowing how to be YouTubers), in Brazil, Colombia, Argentina or Uruguay and in Central American countries.

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It is noteworthy that in many countries of the world, people look for information about being a writer. Especially in Eastern European countries, in South Asia, the Nordic countries and in Central and North Africa.

In Poland, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina people feel very interested in knowing how to be a developer or developer. Macedonian people show a lot of interest in being programmers. Of all Europe, only Italy shows interest in being an entrepreneur. In China, the profession that arouses the most interest is dietician.

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In the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, the United States and Australia (i.e. the majority English-speaking countries) they have great interest in being airplane pilots.

Debate in networks about being an influencer

The fact that in Spain there is great interest in being an influencer has created a debate on various networks such as Twitter or Instagram. There are those who criticize the labor market is so precarious that people no longer want jobs that may have more value.

Others remember that We are not going to look for how to be a doctor or a lawyer because we already know what to dobeing a more traditional profession, but people may be interested in knowing how to be an influencer, since there is no university for it or professional training.

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the API will have a cost to develop

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The profitability of Twitter is an obsession for a Elon Musk besieged by the need to start repaying the loans he requested to buy the social network… which, by the way, is also facing lawsuits for non-payment of rent for some of its venues. So part of the drastic changes he’s implementing at Twitter are aimed at increasing the company’s profits.

And the last one is bad news for users and, above all, for developers. And it is directly related to the news from a few days ago about the sudden ‘failure’ of access to the Twitter API by third-party clients…

…a ‘glitch’ that we later learned was an intentional block that the company attributed to non-compliance with unspecified standardsand that from one day to the next turned the official Twitter client into the only way to access the microblogging network.

“As of February 9”, Explain today the official account of the development division of Twitter, “We will stop offering free access to the Twitter API, both in its v2 and in v1.1. Instead, a basic paid level will be available“.

And the thread goes like this:

“Over the years, hundreds of millions of people have sent more than a trillion tweets, and billions more every week.

Twitter data is among the most powerful data sets in the world. We are committed to allowing fast and complete access so that you can continue to develop with us.

We’ll be back with more details on what to expect next week.”

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Elon Musk is just making a mistake that Twitter has already regretted

A little over a year ago, the founder and former CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, acknowledged that The most wrong thing the company had done up to that point was to vastly limit access to its API., a decision that was made during a period in which he was not in charge of the company and that he later strove to counteract. “The company has worked hard and will continue to fully reopen access.”

That decision to close the API forced the closure of many companies based on alternative Twitter clients (in many cases, better than the original), as users abandoned them once they saw how limited their functions had been. Now history is repeating itself, as the new generation of third-party customers will be doomed to disappear or become paid applications.

So the creators of twitterrific has already announced its abandonment of the application stores, and the other major client of the Twitter ecosystem, Tweetbot, has announced its conversion into a client of Mastodon, the open social network that aspires to take over the throne of Twitter (although for that there is still much).

But it is that, in addition to all that, many things will break on the Internet with this new decision by Musk: Twitter’s many bots (the ‘good’ ones, the very useful interactive bots connected to web services) will stop working, as will the services that connected Twitter with other platforms, and a multitude of extensions.

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