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This week: iMessage lock tutorials, attrition rate fixes, and more on Mozilla.
1. ‘Don’t date a green person’
For the first time this week: my techno-speaking weekend story was about how Apple iMessage users are belittling Android users, identifying them with “annoying” green chat bubbles. iPhone user message receives “appropriate” message blue background, y’see.
Although the story was entertaining, the writer seemed intent on proving some sort of “conspiracy being led by the Apple C group to catch her.” Reality is much more mundane – but he knows Important DevOps Lessons.
Analysis: Unintended Consequences FTW
Could your DevOps team make a trivial engineering decision that pays off unexpectedly? While the lock may be distasteful, the seemingly inconvenient design or technical options can be huge ramifications with users.
Tim Higgins: Why iMessage wins from Apple
[The] The push to be part of the blue text group is the product of decisions made by Apple executives starting years ago that helped… solidify iPhone dominance among young smartphone users. [It] It encourages people to pay the premiums… and stay loyal to its brand.
Teens and college students said they fear the ostracism that comes with green text. The social pressure is obvious. … Jeremy Cangiano, who just finished his MBA, … tried to capitalize on that last year by selling his own merchandise that was saying, “Never date an eco-clearance.”
The blue iMessage bubble was born out of a simple engineering need, according to Justin Santamaria, a former Apple engineer who worked on the original feature. …he said the idea of keeping users locked to use Apple devices wasn’t part of the conversation at the time.
Then the other shoe fell — via Ron Amadeo:
Google took to Twitter this weekend to complain that iMessage is too influential with today’s kids. …the company hopes this public disgrace will cause Apple to change its mind. [But it] You probably have less credibility than any tech company [because it] release him 13 Lukewarm messaging products since iMessage launched in 2011.
It looks like Google… has learned nothing from the years of messaging failures. Today…the situation is an incredible mess, and not a single Google product is as good as Hangouts in 2015.
ouch. From a social perspective, here’s Christina “filmgirlcw” Warren:
iMessage is very popular with some demographics. … He’s D in the group – as teenagers do Always He had connotations on set (when I was in high school, he was AIM, Nokia, and Abercrombie wears). … It’s always nice to go to other countries and see a huge number of iPhone users who don’t use iMessage but use something else because this app has become the signifier within the group. …every teenager I know uses Discord more than almost anything else.
It’s not about locking, regulation, or technology. It is about fashion.
2. How are you for you attrition rate?
A study published this week indicates that DevOps and other Internet companies rank third in attrition in 38 industries surveyed. If you combine this category with Enterprise Software, it will be under clear first place.
Analysis: We are #1! oh wait…
But some companies get it – how can you be one of them? Culture, innovation, recognition and telecommuting. It’s definitely It’s not just about wages.
Donald Saul, Charles Saul and Ben Zweig presented their remarkable study: Toxic culture is the driving force behind the great resignation
Between April and September 2021, more than 24 million American employees quit their jobs. [But] While quitting rates are high on average, they are not uniform…from less than 2% to more than 30%. … The most innovative companies … are experiencing higher attrition rates than the most discreet competitors.
Wages have a moderate effect on employee turnover. … a toxic corporate culture is by far the strongest predictor of… attrition and it is ten times more important than compensation. …Job insecurity and reorganizations are important predictive factors for how employees evaluate the overall culture of the company. …but surprisingly…the more employees speak positively about innovation in their company, the more likely they are to quit. … employees are more likely to leave companies that fail to distinguish high performers from laggards [or] that tolerate poor performance.
Our analysis outlined… actions managers can take… to reduce attrition. …side jobs are 12 times more predictive with employee retention than promotions [and] 2.5 times stronger [than] compensation. … Social events organized by the company, including happy hours, team building trips [and] Dinner on hand… is an essential component of a healthy company culture. …Unsurprisingly, when employees discussed remote work options in more positive terms, they were less likely to quit.
What is the other side of resignation? Employment alternatives. Let’s move on to the Nash-Riley equilibrium:
It has become more difficult in recent months [and] I think I know why. …you need to offer engineers a combination of these three things to get them interested: cool things to work on, and smart people to work with. [and] a certain degree of repetition.
You can’t really prove to the engineer that you can give them things like good management, minimal effort, and decision-making power. [so] Let them talk to your employees. …also discover a way to allow your team to “turn back” into the candidate. [If] Your product isn’t that great… Run the things you can offer them: smart coworkers, and a stable work environment. … you can be honest about what you are presenting to a candidate, [so] Show them the truth: that you want to do a good job, sustainably, for as long as possible — ideally with them on your team.
Maybe smart money already skids to where the disc will be? Here is the level:
Engineers’ salaries are one of the biggest expenses. … businesses love that they can now hire remotely and pay adjusted living costs. They will hire as many workers as they can in Central America, and once enough of the workforce is concentrated outside the expensive cities, you’ll see them stop hiring in San Francisco and New York altogether. [And] Startup capital is already starting to shift to…emerging markets. Recruitment will eventually go there, too.
Earn your money now While the iron is still hot.
3. Say something nice about Firefox
After Mozilla was accused of jumping on the shark last week, maybe I owe the Firefox folks a positive inclusion this time around? Firefox 96 release notes for sure looks good.
Analysis: sound improvement; Better performance against CSRF
Outside of Apple’s walled garden, Firefox is all about the only browser other than Chromium. Mono farming in a browser can’t be a good thing for anyone—it’s not DevOps nor Users.
Michael Garivo: Firefox 96 update focuses on noise and main thread efficiency improvements
On the desktop side of things, Mozilla’s latest release has “important improvements” to the built-in browser [sound] Noise suppression and automatic gain control features. These improvements target web video chat users.
The second support feature in version 96 focuses on reducing main thread load, which helps the browser to run better on older, slower, or crowded systems. [And] Setting a new cookie enforcement … will, by default, apply the “Same-Site = lax” policy. Mozilla claims that this will help better defend users against cross-site fraud (CSRF) attacks.
Mozilla has also acknowledged that it patches the performance of discrete videos playing in full screen mode on macOS devices. …no time frame is mentioned for when it will be available again.
OK. It looks so good. But not to bring:
Don’t bother with all that fancy stuff. …any decrease in crashes?
FF crashes me a few times a month. …I always take the trouble to fill in the “What were you doing right before the breakup?” section of the crash submission dialog, and you won’t hear anything else.
But more efficiency on the main thread? Tell me more. ksec:
Such an important detail is worth at least a few more sentences of a marketing message or explanation. But the entire release note looks like it Can’t be bothered anymore.
The cues from the story: A weasel wishing a happy new year to a hen does not have good intentions.
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