@lanodan we have the absolute worst standards of any engineering discipline, we have a million poorly educated programmers using toy hammers and orbital lasers to build bridges out of popsicle sticks and children's toys out of refined uranium and everything is on fire and WHY ARE WE OKAY WITH THIS

If I'm measuring it correctly, ActivityPub is a fourth-order abstraction

Don't get me wrong, computers can absolutely help us regain our environmental efficiency. They just *aren't*.

Not as long as we're:
* constantly syncing everything to the cloud,
* expecting same-hour delivery,
* funding our clickbait via surveillance advertising,
* buying a new phone every year,
* using AIs because they're cool rather than useful,
* running bloated software & webpages,
* buying into "big data"
* etc

Computing is environmentally cheap, but it rapidly adds up!

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47. Optical Adjustment
In the course of creating visual designs, designers very very often accidentally create optical illusions. This usually *isn't* desirable. Objects the same size appear different sizes. Lines that are meant to be straight look curved. The only way around this is to carefully adjust things by hand until they "look right". This is called "optical adjustment"

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@sir nice. This would work well to encode the payload for this little p2p protocol I'm working on.


honestly, none of this person's complaints about the (A)GPL sound valid

"they're too long"
and basically the most clear licenses because of that

"i can't change them"
that prevents anyone having to dig through *two* "overly long" licenses to find the differences

"they define the word freedom"
is that better than *not* defining their exact goals?

"this reads like a manifesto against commercial software"
if you knew the depths of microsoft's patent war you'd want one.

@teleclimber centralized moderation is a proven failure and is just getting worse over time. I like how decentralized platforms like Mastodon are in effect like submarines - you can isolate the broken parts (eg Gab) rather than letting every compartments get flooded.

Personal opinion of a Facebooker who personally would use its products only under duress

@thufie my thinking is that accounts can be free to create, but be worthless at first. Basically to reach anybody on the platform you have to build up and maintain a reputation for being decent. Somebody who burns their rep has to start all over.

Moderation does not need to be centralized. That cabal.chat video I just boosted meshes with what I wrote earlier on the topic:


@cblgh nice to see some work in this direction. We need new approaches to moderation.

Informative post on open source licenses with network protections. Author decided EUPL is the right answer for him. I had never heard of EUPL before.


First comment in HN discussion not so sold on EUPL's network protection:


@alcinnz As far as complaints go: every designer wants container queries. But they can't do it because it really messes with the system. If they allowed themselves breaking changes, CSS4 would be fresh thinking of box sizing that is incompatible with CSS3 but meets the needs of current designers. Instead we get lectures on backwards compatibility.

@alcinnz I never understood that reasoning. If CSS3 is new version that has breaking changes with CSS2, browsers can support both CSS2 and CSS3. The page would just need to specify which version they're using.

Just because CSS3 is out doesn't mean they have to stop shipping an implementation of CSS2. But this is not possible because of how CSS works.

Ironically the most likely outcome is CSS gets replaced completely someday by something much simpler and efficient and CSS goes the way of Flash.

@markosaric I've been impressed by Laravel's mix of open source and paid-for add-ons, both code and services. I haven't explored in depth, but it looks really tight. I think Taylor Otwell is doing pretty good with, but it's just a guess.

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