@owl This is one of my utterly accursed, downright nasty opinions, but:
The modern web is unimplementable from scratch. And the chance we get locked into a single implementation permanently is very real. That should be grounds for treating the web as an illegitimate technology.
It's not possible to build simple software that pleases billions of people simultaneously. But if the web is an inevitable consequence of doing so, maybe we shouldn't please billions at all.
@cr1901 large scale expansion is bad actually and this dream tech ppl always seem to have of "winning" and becoming ubiquitous can get in the bin
the internet was a great idea and i love that we can all connect to each other
the web is bad
I think "user empowerment at the cost of everything else, even if it makes software impossible to grok" is at least partially a backlash against shitty Unix RTFM culture. RTFM culture is/was wrong too.
I'm also bitter b/c "wire protocol by committee (HTTP/2)" is the reason I can't make old computers do new things.
>>"In fact, people serving content via Gopher right now are strongly encouraged to start also serving that same content via Gemini simultaneously."
>I like how they state this as if it's something that can be widely expected to continue rather than "hey look at all the people we got to move their shit over already"
@cr1901 I dunno, I'm not sure it *does* question that.
I'm feel pretty strongly that software _should_ empower users - it's a tool, screwdrivers don't tell me what I can do with them and neither should my computer
I think that's very very separate from whether it should aim to empower as many users as possible to do as much as possible at the cost of doing what's right, vs just being a reasonable tool for the people who need it
"Do what I say" is different from "do anything anybody says"
There's probably hardware accelerators you can make. I want to make one that attaches to the parallel port that isn't "just" a Pi doing all the heavy lifting and making old iron look bad :D!
@cr1901 @owl I’ve written about this here: https://www.nuegia.net/articles/open%20letter%20to%20webmasters.xhtml
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