One of the reasons I miss iOS so much is YouTube, specifically with regard to how genuinely bad it is. I’m using: Android, on a Pixel 2 to be exact; a Chromebook; Chrome on Windows; and yet YouTube becomes less intuitive over time. Google are dropping the ball on this.

I really miss iOS on my 5S. It was so good, especially when I first got it – with iOS 8 – having used Android on a Samsung device before that. One of the things I’m looking forward to when my contract finishes (Pixel 2) is testing out whatever’s available in the Apple Store.

We Need to Talk About the Larger Scope

No one is forcing these game developers to take these jobs

@frostedechoes, on the effects felt by developers when creating violent video games.

Whilst I understand this isn’t the core of Robert’s point, I will note that I see this kind of qualifier quite a lot across different issues, and I think it’s important for all of us to also make note of the fact that there is an agent influencing the decisions of, well, everybody. That agent is the socio-economic system, the culture we prop up with our many decisions, for which there is no current alternative. If we had a better alternative then things could be different; for example, introducing both universal healthcare and universal basic income would create significant foundations upon which we could all make better decisions.

To put it bluntly, in many cases these developers are in the USA and these terrible jobs are still preferable to having no job, almost entirely due to the punitive treatment of unemployment in said country.

Also, looking at what Jason has said, he ends with the idea of questioning whether to support certain art or not. Again, an easy thing, Jason is taking the much easier route of looking at this small insignificant piece… those pieces do nothing when compared to the foundational issues here, even if they are much easier to talk about.

What’s beef?

Beef is when you murder motherfuckers on a beat, kill ‘em all, kill ‘em all

Nah, nah, what’s beef?

Beef is brothers dyin’ over shit that never mattered in the first place, lyin’ in the street

ISIS – Joyner Lucas ft. Logic

So so good.

Theresa May getting the boot the same week British Steel enters insolvency.

Strong and stable.

Blog a Lot

I think people neglect to write blog posts because the feedback loop is not as tangible as the onslaught of (sometimes mechanical) likes or faves that you can receive on a social network.

Daniel Jalkut, Blog a Little

It’s a shame people believe what those at Facebook, Twitter, and such like would prefer them to believe; specifically, just because the audience seems to be all on those closed networks that it is therefore the best option to just post everything there and never have an independent, self-owned option as the core of whatever you are posting.

Instead, it’ll be great even if people just change how they think about the whole system, to realise that the closed networks can be useful for specific types of broadcasting but that’s about it. Even then, with regard to messaging not only do we have feed technology but also email and the unbelievable flexibility of open web software as a whole.

It has been encouraging to see the influential voices of the web become louder about these issues in the past few years. It might not be obvious at first but the truth is that we can only build a better world if we learn from our history, identify the good in what we have done, and then attempt to build on that. I truly believe that we can maintain the internet as a force for good, specifically with the web, so long as we hold close to the values of independence, generous spirit, and free thinking; all of which are possible with a web that itself is as open and independent as possible.

#LongLiveTheOpenWeb is another good piece in a movement well worth your time, doubtless there will be more to come and we will all be here, ready to blog a lot.

hashtag stop websites from vomiting their newsletter sign-ups at people 2019

The older I get the more I appreciate focused media publications. Not those who decide they must write about the trending topics in a desparate scramble to support their poorly constructed business plan. Specialist writing is just so good.

Having lots of work to do makes avoiding Game of Thrones spoilers so much easier.

For all of my Micro.blog friends: please do not post spoilers for at least a few days. Not everybody has the chance to watch it live or even soon thereafter. 🙏🏻

See, the thing with John Wick is that I saw the first one and because of a particular scene early in the film I found it difficult to enjoy the majority of what was left, and do not have any inclination to enjoy the other parts of any of the films.

Seriously. Fuck that scene.

Bloomberg: “End to end encryption is pointless.”

Also Bloomberg: “Use our website so we can harvest your fucking soul, pleb.”

I just used calc in CSS for the first time and in the immortal words of Mr. Reeves: woah.