Hey, #Fediverse, do you use (say, at least once per week) any Mozilla products?
Context: some people are claiming "nobody uses Mozilla's products anymore". I'd like to see if that's actually true.
i hate the way computer programs look at the moment. sorry. apps. applications. i hate the way they look. they look AWFUL dont they? weirdly minimal but not in a stark or cool way, instead full of gawky colors and animations yet lacking actual information, huge amounts of whitespace between everything, giant buttons so that you can mash the screen with your fist and not miss, fucked vibes. im looking at note-taking apps, literally all of them its like... i do not want THAT on my screen every day
"Why I still use RSS...I firmly believe the Internet, and what it stood for, peaked with RSS....Having only the content I want to see only be shown when I want to see it with the freedom to jump between readers as I please, all with no ads? For me, no other service comes close to the flexibility, robustness, and overall ease-of-use that RSS offers."
Dear web developers and admins,
please stop embedding Google's hideous #ReCaptcha into your websites. Its algorithm is faulty, forcing regular users to click dozens or even hundreds of fire hydrants, bicycles, or traffic lights each day. It puts a 'suspicious activity' flag on users who won't obey to Google's business model - such as people who don't sign into Chrome, use anonymity VPNs, or use browser extensions to suppress common tracking mechanisms. Enough is enough. Stop it.
Web analytics should at least meet the standards of informed consent
Attention young whipper-snappers fresh out of comp sci 101. Just because a thing is "old" does not mean it is bad. This should be obvious when you're making that argument at a 25 year old project.
Just had this exchange:
User: PHP should replace autotools with CMake. (not committing to do the work)
Me: Why? What problem does it solve? Every third party extensions would have to be updated to reflect such a change.
User: autotools is old.
One of the main criteria by which such projects are necessarily evaluated is: "if I write a program that uses this today, and then don't touch it for 30 years, how difficult will it be to get it working again?"
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