Facebook: You're too stupid to understand your data, so we don't give it to you
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Podcasting assistant. #mastocats
Microsoft has released their new Terminal application to GitHub, marketing it as another demonstration of their commitment to "open source". While the project is MIT licensed, did you know it is inextricably linked and dependent upon numerous proprietary SDK tools, headers, and the Visual C++ ATL.
Do not be fooled, see through the mirage of feigned support to undermine and sabotage the original ethics of the free software movement!
è il secondo complimento sfacciato in pochi giorni.
Rischio di montarmi la testa?
A World Run with Code
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Ho bucato due episodi per togliermi di gola questo rospo. Spero non vi risulti altrettanto indigesto. Buon ascolto!
Donc, c'est confirmé. Voici la preuve que les US veulent #Assange pour "obtention et dissémation d'informations confidentielles" (journalisme, quoi), dans le cadre de l'"Espionnage Act" de 1917 (pour lequel les sanctions vont jusqu'à la peine de mort...).
Même si vous n'aimez pas le type, s'il n'est pas parfait, si vous pensez qu'il a pu dire ou faire des conneries, il est tout de même moment de le soutenir.
spicy software opinions, on user-configurability
once upon a time, software came with a billion little switches. any feature it came with could be disabled. behavior could be adjusted to user taste. even the entire ui could be radically altered by end-users.
then came along apple, with their emphasis on design and heavily-curated experience, and with enough ego to declare irrelevant end-user opinions about how software should operate. this is, essentially, the software design equivalent of “tastemaking”.
to their credit, apple’s designers were, for a time, very good. the default experience that they provide was clean and approachable, and was very usable, straight off the shelf, by the average user.
and because apple’s approach worked very well for them, for a time, it caught on. google and microsoft and even mozilla and friends all took note and also moved away from providing highly-configurable software in favour of heavily-curated default designs with very few user-configurable elements.
but a thing that technology designers forget is that technology, including software, is ultimately a tool, and tools are never the final goal of a production pipeline. in the end, software, like any other tool, exists to enable its user to get other, more important things done.
and if a user disagrees with design decisions, those design decisions are wrong, even if just for that user, because they interfere with the tool’s ability to serve its own purpose.
finely-tuned default workflows are good. it is important for tools to be maximally usable straight off the shelf by the average user. this is an important element of accessibility.
users come with a wide variety of often-conflicting needs, and users know their own needs better than even the best designer.
bring back the days of heavily-configurable software!
maybe hide the more fiddly settings behind an “advanced” settings pane, sure, but do provide them. not talking about arcane undocumented registry settings or chrome/firefox-style about:config hackery, either.
software configurability is an important element of accessibility, too.
winamp-style ui skinning was a good thing, even if it allowed people with divergent artistic sensibilities to produce things that make you cringe.
blurt, wristwatches, mild profanity
There must be a global agreement among watchmakers that the market shall provide wristwatches in any form and colour and any amount of extra features, just as long as IT'S FUCKING IMPOSSIBLE TO TELL THE TIME AT A GLANCE, FOR WHICH THING THE FUCKING WRISTWATCH WAS INVENTED IN THE FIRST PLACE.
A data knight, far too aware of the dark side.
The algorithmic is political. ('is' as in A⊆P)
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