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12 Things Everyone Should Understand About Tech
4. Tech history is poorly documented and poorly understood.

People who learn to create tech can usually find out every intimate detail of how their favorite programming language or device was created, but it’s often near impossible to know why certain technologies flourished, or what happened to the ones that didn’t. While we’re still early enough in the computing revolution that many of its pioneers are still alive and working to create technology today, it’s common to find that te...
history  technology  ctsp  culture 
13 days ago
#davewentandroid - daverupert.com
I don’t need a Real Time Strategy Game for my Privacy with my phone’s OS. I don’t need to be constantly notified to improve Google’s data-driven products. I don’t need a phone begging me to use its AI Assistant. I need a phone that disappears and connects me to the world.
A sad state of affairs.
privacy  android  google  location-privacy  via:mastodon 
20 days ago
What happened to Capitol Hill ‘conspirators’ in the FBI’s 2010 Russian spy case
Interesting, I lived less than a block from two Russian spies while I was in Seattle. (They were captured after moving to Virginia in 2010.)
seattle  russia 
23 days ago
Bitcoin Is Ridiculous. Blockchain Is Dangerous: Paul Ford - Bloomberg
I’m jealous that they’ll experience it all: the crash, the rejection, and then the slow rebuild as they learn the difference between toys and tools. They get to participate in the screaming edge of culture.
Strangely optimistic for @ftrain on cryptocurrencies. Is this culture? I'm particularly frustrated by the examples of publishing things on a blockchain as if that has important properties that would make Peter Thiel bankruptcy-inducing lawsuits impossible.
bitcoin  cryptocurrency  paulford  via:slack 
6 weeks ago
Standardizing lessons learned from AMP – Accelerated Mobile Pages Project
Still skeptical, but this does link to a list of standards areas we could collaboratively work on.
google  standards  amp  web 
6 weeks ago
Notifications / a11y
I had not previously encountered aria-live="polite", which I love, even without seeing the spec. I wish "polite" were a setting more often.
notifications  a11y  aria  via:adactio  web  standards 
7 weeks ago
Information Technology Standards
Curricular modules on technical standard-setting. Some useful articles here on the theory of standards in particular, and some modules specific to Web standards. (NIST-funded.)
standards  research  teaching  nist  multistakeholder 
7 weeks ago
Twitter Health Metrics Proposal Submission
We’re committing to helping increase the collective health, openness, and civility of public conversation around the world, and to hold ourselves publicly accountable toward progress. By measuring our contribution to the overall health of the public conversation, we believe we can more holistically approach and measure our impact on the world for years to come.
twitter  research  abuse  harassment  via:slack  community 
7 weeks ago
Google and HTTP
Dave Winer expands on his blog posts, arguing that the HTTPS movement is an attack on HTTP, done by Google.
https  google  davewiner  security  encryptingtheweb  letsencrypt 
8 weeks ago
The Bear’s Lair: The untold story of systemic gender discrimination inside UC Berkeley’s IT Department
Another disappointing report of a Berkeley manager found in violation of our sexual harassment policies and then receiving no punishment; in this case, it fits in with the trend in tech towards exclusionary sexism.
sexism  sexualharassment  Berkeley  via:noise 
8 weeks ago
Block Center for Technology and Society | Just another Heinz WordPress Multisite site
interdisciplinary investigation of the economic, organizational, and public policy impacts of technology.
ctsp  cmu  techpolicy 
8 weeks ago
JavaScript End to End Testing Framework | Cypress.io
Looks like a nice and very usable integration/e2e testing framework for browser/web applications.

The documentation suggests that they explicitly don't think cross- browser testing is important; that's obviously absurd, but they're also in progress on Firefox and Edge support since so many people ask for it all the time. Don't know if that should make me suspicious, or if it's a good direction to head.
Testing  Javascript  browser  cypress  web  via:mastodon 
9 weeks ago
Fork Awesome, a fork of the iconic font and CSS toolkit
A fork of Font Awesome that is accepting new icons, including a Mastodon icon. Might be worth switching.
via:octodon  icons  opensource 
9 weeks ago
Church spires to help spread the digital word | World news | The Guardian
Spires of medieval churches in rural England to be used for spreading wireless broadband connectivity. Wonderful.
via:rss  internet  architecture  england  church  wifi 
9 weeks ago
How not to replace email
Argues for federation and collaboration technologies, but that they be developed to interoperate easily and not rely on sudden total adoption. Adoption paths are so important!
adoption  federation  email  googlewave  xmpp  protocol  standards  software  via:mastodon 
9 weeks ago
Dinosaur Comics - February 14th, 2018 - awesome fun times!
sociological problems resisting technological solutions make me sad
via:feedbin  humor  technology  picture  comic 
9 weeks ago
Dinosaur Comics - February 12th, 2018 - awesome fun times!
Who will be first to die by being run over by a self-driving car? Who will be the first person to die inside a self-driving car and how long will it be before someone notices?
via:feedbin  selfdriving  picture  dark  humor  comic 
10 weeks ago
WEF Cyber Resilience Playbook [PDF]
Thoughtful analyses of different tech policy issues and the trade-offs/connections between different choices and their values implications. The 4-page section on encryption is succinct and, I think, accurate.
policy  values  privacy  security  encryption  via:ciphertext 
10 weeks ago
Make me think!
Whenever we are about to substitute a laborious activity such as learning a language, cooking a meal, or tending to plants with a — deceptively — simple solution, we might always ask ourselves: Should the technology grow — or the person using it?
Whoa, that was a more cogent take on the issues of designing simple UX than I had expected.
via:feedbin  simplicity  ux  complexity  growth  technology  design 
10 weeks ago
Arch Mission
I'm interested in this (yay for long-term archiving) but also kind of frustrated by it (little "TM" trademarks everywhere, are you kidding me? how does this relate to every other long-term archiving storage project I've heard of, you really don't bother to mention them?).
archive  archiving  space  preservation  trademark  frustrating  via:rss 
10 weeks ago
André Staltz - Open source without maintainers
what if we would minimize the consensus surface of open source project? If we agree to only a few things, then we are free to disagree in other aspects. Disagreements are painful when we have to choose one winner, because someone will end up disappointed. But disagreement means freedom when we don’t have to agree, because diversity of opinions on how and what to build are a great thing.
consensus  opensource  github  software  programming  maintenance 
10 weeks ago
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