It's annoying how modern software development is usually done with an implicit assumption that everything we have so far is the culmination of incremental progress and advancement throughout history when in reality there are hundreds of ideas in old software that got lost along the way (despite not being superseded by anything better) and would be considered revolutionary if someone today implemented a half-working, hamstrung version thereof.
**Facebook and the future we don’t want to live in**
"The Facebook outage and revelations should be a wake-up call not just for the US but the rest of the world as well."
"If somebody robs a store, it's a crime and the state is all set and ready to nab the criminal. But if somebody steals from the commons and from the future, it's seen as entrepreneurial activity and the state cheers and gives them tax concessions rather than arresting them. We badly need an expanded concept of justice and fairness that takes mortgaging the future into account."
—Ursula Franklin, 22 years ago, on our societal tendency of flat out ignoring and even explicitly rewarding negative externalities
A piece implies that it is a piece of something. Most commonly "art" or "music" (which is implicit.)
Content as a descriptor carries implications of ... sameness? Of unimportance.
A piece is unique. Singular. Content is a grey blob consuming all it sees.
@meena perhaps because 'content' declared itself contained, putting the real emphasis not on the 'piece' as an element of some communicative whole, but on the box. The thing doing the containing is implicitly centralized.
i want people to stop using the word "content" to mean literally every kind of work or any kind of creative endeavour that was persisted in any kind of medium
And, btw, i realize that we used to have a different word for the same concept: whether it was a song, a newspaper article, a theater play, it was "a piece"
so why does "content" feel so much worse?
Web dev be like:
"I want to detect if a CSS variable has been changed"
"Sure, here's a very hacky solution with very specific requirements that are a pain to implement because there's no official way to do this"
"I want to detect if a user is sitting in a >3m² room, alone, and hasn't blinked in the last 2 seconds"
"You can use this 1-liner that utilizes the RoomSizeUserPresenceAndEyeBlink API Google pushed into standards to totally not improve their tracking of users"
okay anyone who's reaaaaly good at #Rust might be able to help me out here https://users.rust-lang.org/t/a-failing-test-for-a-sqlite-vfs-implementation/65747/2
@tommi Counterpoint: Web elements default styling is simply wrong.
On far too mamy sites, I invoke Reader Mode, read via Pocket, or go to a console-mode browser (usually w3m).
Design can be good, but far too often isn't. Most often to me, web design isn't the solution, web design is the problem.