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

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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?

i want a reality tv show following a pack of economists and lawyers as they roam the post-industrial post-finance american hellscape that's rapidly approaching desperately trying to survive with their total lack of real skills and complete ignorance of material reality
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Data is not information; information is not knowledge; knowledge is not wisdom; wisdom is not truth.

If Google does not want to listen to my explanations, I will not change the app for them.
The way they are acting is unfair and don't give any trust concerning next publications.
I prefer to spend my time to help people to switch on #FDroid for getting the app.


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:

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@nanook @hypolite History will play out however it does. I would prefer a peaceful resolution but all the censorship of mainstream media makes a peaceful dialog impossible which leaves only violence as a recourse. This is one of the main reasons I decided to put up a friendica node. To the degree I can contribute to a peaceful dialog I want to do so.

Repost of something I put on Twitter, in response to a post about "Shuttering Google Reader Killed Blogging" twitter.com/dustyweb/status/12

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...

Try our app, it's exactly like our website down to the pixel except for how it accesses your contacts, location, microphone, pictures and camera and it's not always nagging you to try our app.

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 

@Gargron @tateisu reminds me of cory doctorow's "how to stop surveillance capitalism" where he indicates, among other things, that big tech companies being forced to police their own users ends up working to consolidate their power.

"Allowing the platforms to grow to their present size has given them a dominance that is nearly insurmountable — deputizing them with public duties to redress the pathologies created by their size makes it virtually impossible to reduce that size. [...] We can work to fix the internet by breaking up Big Tech and depriving them of monopoly profits, or we can work to fix Big Tech by making them spend their monopoly profits on governance. But we can’t do both. We have to choose between a vibrant, open internet or a dominated, monopolized internet commanded by Big Tech giants that we struggle with constantly to get them to behave themselves."


@Gargron @tateisu We can't trust Big N to support a free and open Internet if it isn't in their financial interests. We have to do it ourselves.

lmaooo i think this is the one that claimed to "compile" its javascript sources so users couldn't read them, but actually encrypted them so lazily i was able to decrypt the sources by abusing jdb. fuckers never even sent me the swag i was promised for giving them the details of my "exploit"

also its user base are some of the most confused people on earth

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.


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