Plaidophile: So about that AMP-script thing I’ve long described Google as an incredibly curious and intelligent five-year-old with no concept of consequences or history. Right now they are seeming also like they’ve found an original historically-significant manuscript, torn a page out of it, scribbled all over it in crayon, and called it their own original …Continue reading "Not Invented Here, Google Edition"
How Microsoft lost its monopoly in web browsers Another history lesson, and one that Google needs to remember more than most.Continue reading "How Microsoft lost its monopoly in web browsers"
Why These Social Networks Failed So Badly A trip down memory line. The only ones I tried were MySpace (yes), Google+ and Ello. The last one is still around, though I’m not currently tempted to try it again. I’d completed forgotten some of the others, like Bebo.Continue reading "Why These Social Networks Failed So Badly"
Reader Mode: The Button to Beat Tapping this button transports me to a land free of newsletter signup modals, surveys, pop-ups, pop-unders, flashing ad banners, automatically-playing video, app install prompts, breaking news alerts, passive-aggressive interstitials, and faux notification permission banners. It slices through the undesirable and unnecessary with ease; the Alexander the Great to the …Continue reading "Reader Mode is my favourite browser superpower."
The Ghost of the Eternal Now Dana Blankenhorn: This is the attitude of an eternal now. It’s driven by this old chestnut – a journalist is someone who works for someone who buys ink by the barrel. The key to that sentence is the phrase “who works for someone.” Journalists are supposed to leave their …Continue reading "The Ghost of the Eternal Now"
Deconstructing Google’s excuses on tracking protection Blocking cookies is bad for privacy. That’s the new disingenuous argument from Google, trying to justify why Chrome is so far behind Safari and Firefox in offering privacy protections. As researchers who have spent over a decade studying web tracking and online advertising, we want to set the record …Continue reading "Deconstructing Google’s excuses on tracking protection"
Why Clojure? Robert C. Martin: Lisp is older, by far, than Smalltalk or Forth. It was created in 1957 from concepts that came out of the ’30s and it has never languished in the way Smalltalk and Forth have. Indeed, it’s the language that refuses to die. We’ve tried to kill it many times. But …Continue reading "Uncle Bob’s Preferred Programming Language"
The Company You Keep Om Malik, writing on the revelations around Jeffrey Epstein’s links to MIT and to Joi Ito: As the technology industry scales and becomes a big business, it is getting more attractive for everyone. The best and the brightest are knocking on our doors, and so are the flim-flam artists. That means …Continue reading "The Company You Keep…"
Instagram culture is coming for Burning Man’s desert utopia But one cohort looked suspiciously well-preserved. They appeared freshly showered in their carefully selected getups, often some combination of wings, glitter, and exposed midriffs. They looked as though they were heading to a photo shoot—and some of them were, posing for Instagram-worthy desert pics with all …Continue reading "Burning Man vs Instagram Influencers"
Mark Zuckerberg Is a Slumlord Brian Menegus, writing for Gizmodo: Facebook is… an entity which extracts monetizable data in exchange for a place to store and grow our digital lives. At its most basic, the relationship resembles that of a tenant to a landlord. … The 2.4 billion people crammed within Facebook’s blue and grey …Continue reading "Mark Zuckerberg is a Slumlord"