wouldn't it be cool if r&d went into improving the things that are actually materially beneficial for user experience (i.e. software design esp. stability, interoperability/composability, performance) instead of "tech culture" being basically just luxury lifestyle brands selling halo products to people who both can't really afford them and shouldn't have to
i don't want more hardware and i don't want others to want more hardware either. a fancier machine isn't useful unless software improves
Inside the airline industry's meltdown: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/29/inside-the-airline-industry-meltdown-coronavirus-pandemic
A look at /e/OS on the FairPhone 3 - a FOSS OS for phones https://share.tube/videos/watch/ef3e5eec-27aa-45c8-b87b-64a57fc6e176
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Totally slow, unoptimized and ugly but well that's a start
I don't think it can have been more than about a year since I discovered Firefox's "Reader" mode, and in that relatively short time I have gotten to the point that, when I'm on my phone at least, I instinctively check for whether the icon is available on every single site and hit it the moment I see it, even if the page in question hasn't yet loaded/rendered to the point where I can even assess it's readability. I just do it, because I have literally never once seen a single case where switching to Reader mode made the site *less* usable on a mobile. Not even once. I guess this shouldn't surprise me - nobody would have gone through the trouble of writing the feature if it didn't work well. But what does it say that we have gotten to the point where its of real practical value to automate the process of routinely throwing away the entire product of the web design industry?
@rysiek @alcinnz Oh I think I remember the same ones. Was it this one (wealth) https://mkorostoff.github.io/1-pixel-wealth/ and this one (solar system) https://www.joshworth.com/dev/pixelspace/pixelspace_solarsystem.html ?
Fun fact, my parody is pure HTML+CSS, not a line in JS.
It was pretty tricky to get it to work as intended, so of course I am sharing the code:
Repost of something I put on Twitter, in response to a post about "Shuttering Google Reader Killed Blogging" https://twitter.com/dustyweb/status/1299506666640211973
a repeat mistake: being excited about a decentralized system's success because a big player moves in, becoming reliant on it, not providing a better alternative, big player leaves, decentralized system dies from shock
see also xmpp and gtalk
hoping to do better...
i think the biggest tech coup of this century is that MBA techbros trained and conditioned people to accept and adopt the conecpt of “microtransactions” as a valid concept,
which in turn,
opened the door to things like “apps” and opt-out-with-microtransaction-adware and the entire Play/App Store ecosystem which has turned operating systems into network-dependent devices which will cease to operate correctly without a constant network connection to the OS’s manufacturer (yes, things which don’t get made in a factory are still “manufactured” and “shipped”, even if only online)
these last 15 years of those MBAs who moved to Silicon Valley in lieu of Wall Street, and their “discovering” they could make brutal fistfuls of money off even the poorest of us, along with transmogrifying all end-users into a “product”, has trained an entire generation of folks who now think, largely unconsciusly, how any/all of this is a steady-state of “normal” in any way whatsoever
google trying to remove fediverse apps
At 5,600 MW, delivering ~45 TWh of electricity per year, Barakah is the largest single power project in development anywhere in the world. It is on time, on budget, and low-carbon.
So you want to know about how starships work, huh? Well you came to the right place.