#PokemonGo is such a polished game. 🙄
How to not maintain an open-source software:
User interfaces like this that try to be all "relatable" in a cutesy, cultivated-marketing-identity manner really rub me the wrong way. I've taught ESL and I've studied other languages and this is really frickin' obnoxious for folks who aren't native speakers. Cut it out, tech companies.
At what point does someone become a #cyborg?
- artificial heart
- replacement limbs (robotic)
- replacement limbs (simple)
- hearing aid (electronic)
- hearing aid (mechanical)
- reconstructed joints (like kneecaps)
- picc line
- temporary braces to hold various body parts in place
- body armor
- Internet-connected smart device ("phone")
- Bluetooth headphones
Can cyborgness be temporary? Is it a fuzzy definition?
Not to mention GDPR requests for consent, which frequently use dark UI patterns to make it obtusely difficult to opt out of tracking and advertising cookies.
Happy with being tracked? Sure, just click this "Accept" button.
Don't want to be tracked? Here, uncheck these 412 checkboxes by hand listing everywhere we might sell your data to.
... Seriously? Watch as I close this tab and never revisit your site.
Same goes for hiding content under "please don't ad-block" dialogs. Leave. Me. Alone.
Using the modern web doesn't feel empowering. It feels immensely frustrating.
The web is barely usable without ad-blocking. Pages take an age to load and the content jumps around as more ads download and display. Also the ads are spying on you.
The entire JS ecosystem is dependency hell and sometimes you have to download massive JS files just to view a web page. The JS is probably also spying on you.
Worse still, JS is also probably why the Back button doesn't work properly on so many sites.
Netflix *finally* got season 10 of #DoctorWho, so we're watching it. Bill is amazing.
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