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"Google Docs in a clean-room browser" by Piers Wombwell ekioh.com/devblog/google-docs-

This is honestly the kind of thing I would assume to be impossible without a huge team and budget. Here's hoping they share the source someday.

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Say what you will about Linux

I don't have advertisements in my file browser

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Apple didn't survive the 90s and early 00s because it was anything special. It survived because the design industry was keeping it alive. Steve Jobs early on gave a shit about design tools on Mac so it became a de facto standard for graphic design.

Same goes for Windows and business desktop use. There is a lot to like and not like about it, but it focused on tools and device management in a way that made business happen.

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Hello all you new Libreture readers, and a huge thank you! 💜💜💜

Welcome to the new home for your DRM-free ebooks, digital comics, magazines, RPGs, and more. I hope you discover loads of new books, authors, and bookshops.

Happy Reading,
Kevin

Libreture.com

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The FOSS/proprietary argument always fails to take so many factors to account. Accessibility, usability, support and so many other things have to go into any viable solution for most people.

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Opinions inkdroid.org/2021/08/06/opinio I’ve never really been a huge fan of the Basecamp Philosophy of software development–especially since the no-politics fiasco. Calling it a philosophy is probably doing it a lot more credit than it deserves, as it largely seems to be thinly veiled marketing. But I’ll admit to having liked one idea that they promulgated since the early days of Ruby on Rails days: that software should be opinionated.

The hero narrative of the individual softw

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@cypnk One of the nicest things about the old internet, the kind you can browse with Wiby.me, is that every site is different. Even ignoring algorithms, there are just some prevalent ideas about what looks nice and what doesn't, and many pre-configured tools like Wordpress, so that even the smaller websites end up looking kinda similar.

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Daily reminder that for many blind people, #Apple is the most useful and productive mobile operating system. It's not that Android is hard to use, but when text selection, especially on the web and in email, is from hard to impossible, and when one cannot spell check what they've written, and typing is either a minor annoyance (braille (input not registering sometimes) onscreen keyboard (very slow usually) external keyboard (yet another device to manage)), you begin to understand why people who don't enjoy customization, or getting the "most" out of a device choose iOS, especially for accessibility, and the AI of image recognition and such. And FOSS phones, like the PinePhone, won't be accessible until Orca/ATSPI can communicate with touch screens, and that won't happen without developers.

So, when you get that urge to say "I told you so you Apple sheeple, you should have been using FOSS!" Try to remember that some people don't have much of a choice.

#a11y #FOSS #PinePhone

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When I wrote the Universal Declaration of Cyborg Rights, I wanted to get people thinking about the kind of constitutional protections we would need to protect personhood in the digital and networked age.

I didn’t think we’d need them so soon. I thought we had more time.

But where do you even begin to get legislators to understand and act on such a thing in the here and now?

Watch:

ind.ie/excuse-me/

Read:

cyborgrights.eu/

ar.al/2019/05/02/slavery-2.0-a

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Is GDPR worth the paper it’s printed on? According to these fine folks, “browser fingerprinting … incognito mode detection … geolocation … anonymous user detection”, etc., are all apparently GDPR-compliant without consent if done for “fraud protection.”

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fingerprintjs.com/

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Reading: “Google proposed Web Bundles could threaten the Web as we know it”

(Missed this when it first came out. Funny how Google proposes standards that benefit their business model, isn’t it?)

ghacks.net/2020/08/30/google-p

#SurveillanceCapitalism

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melanin.tech/ is an org to help black folks get into and succeed in tech. they're doing amazing work out there, and are currently in the middle of a fundraising campaign that you should def check out if you've got some free $$.

#melanin #tech #blm

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