"A Dutch public broadcaster got rid of targeted digital ads—and its revenues went up" 

"the main Dutch public broadcaster… found that ads served to users who opted out of cookies were bringing in as much or more money as ads served to users who opted in."

"The results were so strong that as of January 2020, NPO simply got rid of advertising cookies altogether…"


In recent years, I've become quite resistent to abstraction and reuse.

I often feel it added or would add negative value. But, I couldn't quite put my finger on why...

This article by Sandi Metz captures it quite well, I think!


"When Network is Faster than Cache" by Simon Hearne simonhearne.com/2020/network-f

Fascinating post, and I'm still trying to wrap my head around some of the conclusions. Seems "multiple small files" may not just be bad for compression, but also for caching. So HTTP/2 won't let us get rid of concatenation/spriting? 😕


TIL ancient #persian engineering is so fucking smart, they managed to store ice.
In the desert.
2400 years ago.

And to top it all off, passively powered. 🤯

This might be a weird question, but what computer mice do you recommend? How segmented is this market really?

Wired is preferred, really. Normal orientation (aka: not vertical, which my current one is). I'm not a gamer.

comedy, cure for covid 

I, for one, am excited about compilers!

This scene from Fringe is resonating with me right now.

The rubble we find our selves in, picking up the pieces, reflecting on the systematic problems we've endured for so long in our society, and where we go from here.

Video: John Noble as Walter Bishop, in Fringe (TV series), playing Only You by Yazoo.


http3, unpopular opinion 

Experimental viewpoint:

gRPC, GUIC and HTTP/3 are a net loss for us as an industry, with largely theoretical feel-good gains that just don't matter. Not to mention all the crap being built at the higher layers throws away these marginal gains.

This post by James Brown claims Google developed these techs to save server cost in exchange for wasting people's time. Because human engineers, turns out, are cheap at their scale.


@nolan Is the floating pencil button new?

I couldn't find it in the changelog, and I felt it was in the way.
Perhaps I've simply not noticed before, reading the timeline today?

I did reload the app, and made sure my toot box was clear.
Maybe I've done something silly, to make this button appear? 🙂

I saw 49 of these. Quite a few of my all-time favourites are in here, did not expect that!

(Not seen Braveheart)

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Exclusive interview with Alan Kay about the web, history/future of modern computing, and the role he played at PARC and later with Apple.

Super interesting! H/T @ikt


"The Browser Engine That Could" by Jay Hoffman thehistoryoftheweb.com/how-a-b

Good history of WebKit/Blink. It's kind of interesting to imagine alternative histories (Presto being more popular, e.g. because of Wii or other devices, Google choosing to start with a non-WebKit codebase, etc.).

*Social Media*

Are we only engaged
If we are enraged?

Do we become less connected
If we do not feel rejected?

Do we just dislike as sappy
Those who just seem happy?

Must the social medium
Be full of angry tedium?

I vote to be convivial,
And offer something trivial.


"From context collapse to content collapse" by Nicholas Carr roughtype.com/?p=8724

Good summary of how social media has homogenized the media landscape, and how people are trying to escape context collapse by seeking more private online spaces.

This independent comparison finds WebP has a fairly narrow sweet spot for a certain type and dimension of photos where it is ~9% smaller than JPEG.

For other types and sizes it is on-par.. or larger?


questionable opinion, floss 

"Ignorance is bliss"

Tucking stuff away behind compile code raises the barrier to entry and not making your goal explicitly public, at least means most people generally leave you alone (in a good way I mean).


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questionable opinion, floss 

May be we can't have nice things because nice things are open-source (FLOSS), and thus make it likely and easy for small mistakes to create public and disproportionate pile-ons.

When you publicly set a goal for yourself, it's one thing to attract people that share the spirit or your goal. It's another to attract people that shame you for not following the letter once, and declare absolute failure and call for ending.

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