Software will always have as many bugs as users will tolerate before switching to something else. Therefore, the higher the cost to users of switching, the more bugs the software will have. This is why companies tend to devote significantly more resources to maximixing the cost to users of switching than they do to software quality.

A thing I wish more people in tech understood: Being able to choose your hardware at all, much less have the time to have opinions about it, is a major luxury, a sign of significant privilege.

An awful lot of people don't own their hardware. And I don't mean in the open source "you don't really own an android phone" sense, I mean it's a fleet vehicle work bought from the lowest bidder, locked down and handed them, or their parents (or controlling spouse) bought, or it's a library machine....

RT @kentcdodds
You 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘬 it's 𝒸𝓊𝓉ℯ to 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗲 your tweets and usernames 𝖙𝖍𝖎𝖘 𝖜𝖆𝖞. But have you 𝙡𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙙 to what it 𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 with assistive technologies like 𝓥𝓸𝓲𝓬𝓮𝓞𝓿𝓮𝓻?

Cyclists are a disaster for the economy!!
- don’t buy cars
- don’t borrow money to buy too big senseless bolids
- don't buy fuel
- don't pay for repairs
- don't use paid parking
- don't cause any major accidents
- don´t need multi-lane highways

@drq Yeah... Telemetry. Wacom was already caught hands full in the honey pot: .It made top news of many tech website and had to publish apologies and fix it (by adding option for consent, of course).
I guess it is the same here. Brands wants to know who use their driver, for what, how long... I would probably advice someone installing their driver to put the executable behind a strong firewall rule.

Van :twitter:

If "Share The Road" feels more difficult/dangerous than it used to, it's because it is.

Longing for the day when "crypto" means "cryptography" again.

CCG? "Card Collecting Game"? I think you mean "Credit Card Game"...

Mu install screwed the graphic configuration, now I'm being forced to distro hopping. What should I install?

I think the last update of caused me problems.

I can't play any videos now.

(The OS is Ubuntu.)


If you pirate any remotely popular culture you're counted as the reason why anticircumvention laws exist.
If you watch them "legitimately" you're incorrectly counted as supporting said anticircumvention laws.
If you shun popculture entirely, you might struggle to socialize.

Something's very wrong here!

it's nice to distract ourselves with software organizational issues when the complete end of civilization is quite possibly coming in our lifetimes

I'm thinking about buying an e-reader.

I've never had one.

What should I be looking for to know if I'm buying something of quality?

The amount of free work that tech companies squeeze out of people is just.... astonishing. Not even talking about open source contributors here. Just think about all the captchas you've filled in and all the tracking data you've populated. Phenomenal.

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