If you make a piece of software, and people are required to use that piece of software in order to, say, pay for their housing or groceries or pay back a loan, you are on the hook to make sure that software works for _every single person_ who needs to use it.
All of them.
Every screen reader user. Every person with muscle issues who can't use a mouse. Everyone who doesn't speak English. Everyone with three first names, or no last name. Everyone who is Irish or Jewish and has a ' in their name. Everyone with slow internet.
"Oh we don't have the resources to do that!" Great. Then you don't have the resources to make and sell that kind of software. Pack up and go home.
Every time me or my wife read anything about living in America we become more and more amazed that people actually live there.
W: “Wait… people are getting ubers to a hospital because a calling out an ambulance costs too much?”
M: “let me see… well, shit. Seems so.”
W: “What the hell is wrong with that place.”
google antitrust filing thread from @email@example.com
RT Lock (with permission):
Ok so, I just read through all 173 pages of the unredacted Google antitrust filing and I have to say that either Google is screwed or society is screwed, we'll find out which.
Unordered list of fun things I learned:
- google has a secret deal with facebook called "Jedi Blue" that they knew was so illegal that it has a whole section describing how they'll cover for each other if anyone finds out
- google appears to have a team called gTrade that is wholly dedicated to ad market manipulation
- Google had a plan called "Project NERA" to turn the web into a walled garden they called "Not Owned But Operated". A core component of this was the forced logins to the chrome browser you've probably experienced (surprise!)
- Google is willing to do almost everything to prevent people from circumventing their ad exchanges
- This is what AMP is about
- Google habitually insider trades on their ad exchanges in every way you can think of and every way you can't. Too many ways to list here.
- The exchanges are also rigged so that google wins on bids where they aren't the highest bidder.
- A large amount of people inside google are aware of all of this
- If Google ever tells you some change will increase your ad yield, run. In fact anything they tell you is a lie
- Google has worked with Facebook and Microsoft to discourage them from increasing user privacy, lamenting occasions where they prioritized their reputation over their collective business interest
You can read the full unredacted document for yourself here:
Web dev be like:
"I want to detect if a CSS variable has been changed"
"Sure, here's a very hacky solution with very specific requirements that are a pain to implement because there's no official way to do this"
"I want to detect if a user is sitting in a >3m² room, alone, and hasn't blinked in the last 2 seconds"
"You can use this 1-liner that utilizes the RoomSizeUserPresenceAndEyeBlink API Google pushed into standards to totally not improve their tracking of users"
"If you make a 60-90 minute game with no replayability, why should you be able to take peole's money for a subquality product?"
I mean... This mentality is really damaging to any industry. I'd rather pay for a great 30 min game experience, movie, or a book for that matter, than having to play, watch or read something that lasts 2h+ just to meet some stupid criteria 😠 Steam needs to find a solution for small-time game devs!
I love the idea of using “glam” to replace the racist “rice” term, so here’s shots of my glammed up Kubuntu install.
First image, obligatory Neofetch, on Konsole with customised Breeze colors. Latte Dock for panels glammed for touch optimisation, and they are transparent when not touching anything. Wallpaper is default because I actually love it so kept it. Spectrum Classic plasma style. Beauty orange icon set. Sweet Mars window decorations.
semi-related to that menu:
I hate when share menus include literally all the apps but not a 'copy to clipboard' option
When fighting for privacy online, the successes are rare. Here is one: Google delays FLoC rollout until 2023 because of strong headwind from privacy advocates: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/06/google-delays-floc-rollout-until-2023/ 😀😎 To fully #deGoogle check out our recommendations: https://tutanota.com/blog/posts/how-to-leave-google-gmail/
✅ Email & calendar: Tutanota
✅ Search: Searx, Ecosia, DuckDuckGo
✅ Browser: Firefox, Tor
✅ Translate: DeepL
✅ Drive: Tresorit
✅ Maps: OpenStreetMap
✅ Appstore: F-Droid
✅ Social: Mastodon
I made a thing! 🎉
It's a browser extension that recommends "better" alternative products and services via in-page popups, based on community-curated lists. Available for all Chromium and Firefox-based browsers.
We live in times where the distributions costs are hampering the adoption of higher-quality (which could mean security, privacy, ethics, local etc) products. I am hoping that this extension can eventually be managed by orgs like IFF, EFF or FSF.
Added a little state change indicator so it shows if the canvas has unsaved changes.
Brazilian indie game programmer.
This is a brand new server run by the main developers of the project as a spin-off of mastodon.social It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!