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"The Life of a Data Byte" by Jessie Frazelle.

An approachable yet thorough walkthrough the origin and evolution of information storage in the digital age. 🧮

I got to learn some things and improve my understanding of other things. Great read. Recommended! 👍

From Hollerith punch cards to DRAM; and everything before, between, since and future mediums soon upon us. 🔮

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📝 Yours truly interviewed on Uses This.

In July this year I was approached for an interview. I was humbled by the idea that someone might care to know how I do what I do, and to be on there among the likes of John Gruber, Graham Linehan, and hundreds of other amazing artists, writers, designers and other individuals.

Be sure to check out their archive and categories. There's almost always something to learn from or think about!

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George Orwell.
George O. Welles.

... not quite the same!


Firefox nightly includes cranelift as the new WebAssembly code generator backend, which is *a huge* improvement over the old arm64 codegen.

My dav1d codec test more than doubled in speed running in single thread without SIMD!

The Case for Unique Email Addresses

It's 3,500+ words. I really have no idea how to pitch this article, it's about so much more than just an email address.

If you read it, can you respond here with any thoughts?

Youtube-dl is a legitimate tool with a world of a lawful uses. Demanding its removal from Github is a disappointing and counterproductive move by the RIAA.

Fedi, help- are there any maps like those maps of underwater internet cabling, but for fiber optic lines and relays in the US?

"Whoever registered the company name with valid XSS injection and caused Gov UK Companies House to sent this email: I will buy you a drink"

H/T @Petzlux (anonimized, added OCR alt)

It’s not browser level (yet) but it’s usable on the desktop (think electron but 4.5MB), commercially used for more than a decade, and the author is in the middle of connecting it to quickjs, Fabrice Bellard’s MIT implementation of ES2020

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RT @Kristy_Viers
I thought I would share how I, as someone who is visually impaired use my iPhone.☺️

As of 2018, the US birth rate is approximately 0.455 Miles per hour.

Data source:
H/T 🐦️ lunasorcery

tweet thread transcript 

Tweet thread by Tom Scott: In the last few days, there's been a trend of kids photoshopping me into video games. It's uncomfortable for me: I'd really prefer it wasn't a thing. But I know it's in good faith, it's likely legal under fair use, and I made similar things when I was young. Here's the odd thing: I was actually planning to do a video in Minecraft a couple of months ago. It would have been about publicity stunts, media fact-checking, and how a good story can often have a great impact even if it's not true. The video failed because of the players. The Minecraft world in question was set up by a charity — I won't name them for obvious reasons. So I got a copy of Minecraft, set a screen recorder going, and joined the server. 15 seconds after I connected, the first racial slur appeared in the server chat. I spent about 45 minutes connected, and I saw every stereotype about unsupervised kids on video games, every cliché about what happens when you give anonymity and an audience to people with undeveloped empathy. All on this charity's server, which they claimed was "moderated". I can't ignore that. I can't point people to a server where that's happening. So the whole video fell apart. I did ask the charity about it, and they said — rather brusquely — that they had a limited budget and couldn't be expected to moderate their server all the time. Which raises the question: why do they still have the server? Well, I'd guess most of the people writing about it won't have bothered to log in, so it continues to be a good source of publicity for them. Which would have worked perfectly for my story, but couldn't use it. So no, I'm not making anything about video games soon, and that's also why being co-opted by the kids who play them feels uncomfortable. I don't want to be even tangentially associated with that. If you're a parent, make sure you keep an eye on what your kids are playing.

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Medium have unveiled their new logo. Its the same as the old one, the black-white old-style font, but now with shorter serif extensions on the letter M.

Oh, and they squeezed a bubbly sex toy in front of it. Because, it's 2020 and we are not afraid!

(Alternatively, I've also heard people see a James Bond intro, sunset film strip, or even ellipsis…)

Open Letter to Apache OpenOffice: Today marks 20 years since the source code to OpenOffice was released. And today we say, LibreOffice is clearly the future of the suite (see the timeline). Let's all get behind it, for the benefit of all users:

wind turbine fail, 30s video 

Took place in a suburban area near Djursland, Denmark in 2008.

courtesy of YouTube recommending this 12 year old video to everyone today:

"Translation .. of Microsoft’s ‘10 Principles for the Store on Windows’" by John Gruber.

- We own Windows, a general purpose system. (Apple has one too, macOS.)
- iOS is closed, we don't like this because we don't own it.
- We do own Xbox, equally closed, and we don't plan on changing.
- To the public: please demand that iOS become general purpose.

I hope all this pile-on leads to something good, but so far Fortnite and Microsoft have been rather pathetic.

Do, a loop until a while
Ray, a vector made of light
Me, a reference to myself
Faq, a common query list
Foo, a type name in a doc
Bar, a name to go with foo
C, a language taught in schools
And that will loop us back to do.

"In-App Purchase Rules" by Marco Arment, creator of the Overcast app.

This post summarises the 17-clause conditional that is effectively Apple's App Store policy.

I think this article makes clear just how desperately Apple is trying to hold its grasp after having mitigated disaster after distaster with extremely narrow exemptions that make little sense - especially when read like this, free of the incident context that introduced each additional patchwork rule...

If you like, use or even produce Podcasts, you should read this. And you should demand podcasts to be available via RSS. Having a show locked into Spotify or audible is _not_ a podcast. You're just handing them your audience for free.

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