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IMO user experience > developer experience.

If your program is at all successful, it'll be used a lot more times than it's developed. If the tradeoff is moderately more work for the developer for a noticeably easier-to-use, more efficient system, I say take it.

But absolutely write build-time scripts and developer tools to make that work easier. Just try and avoid negative effects at install-time or run-time in doing so.

Yes, using more disk space and memory is a negative effect, those aren't infinite for the end-user however many cloud servers your company rents.

serverless: write function code without worrying about servers!

me: okay great

AWS lambda: to get started, use the IAM SAM CLI to create a non-fungible administrator role with XML-based configuration tokens

me: goodbye

I'm thinking there could be a valuable lesson in here for governments, procurement officers, and educational policy makers...

I hate how cryptocurrency has tarnished the idea of decentralization, because decentralization has now become another term for the blockchain.

Dear #MastoMind: I'm trying to find the name / reference to a form of structured deliberative truth-finding.

It may be #JurgenHabermas and is possibly related to #DeliberativeDemocracy

Otherwise I don't have any leads. Though @woozle may know what I'm thinking of, or of people who might.

Boosts appreciated.

@ilovecomputers to be fair this has been a long running trend in desktop OS apps. It's nearly impossible to tell at a glance which app window is focused. At least for windows and Mac. I don't know if the Linux desktops do better in this area?

The new PWA install flows coming in Chrome look awesome:

It's a shame this won't be coming to Firefox or Safari anytime soon. It would really help PWAs to be more viable.

I've moved countries but I can't update my Google Play settings to reflect the new country without deleting my child's whole Google account, thereby losing all purchases and everything he's ever done in his games.

I cannot download regional bank and online shopping apps on my Google account because I have a child younger than 13 on my family account, unless I opt to delete his account.

Absolutely idiotic.

The underlying assumptions of Big Tech projects are fundamentally different from those of Small Tech projects.

I am collecting my knowledge on this topic on this page.

^ This is a wiki page and is unfinished by definition.

#bigTech #smallTech #GAFAM

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I wrote about an idea to make desktop applications sustainable.

"Can An "App Store" Be The Solution to Funding Open Source Desktop Applications?"

@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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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

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