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Majority of the European Parliament welcomes the Commission's intention to oblige e-mail, messaging and chat providers to search all private messages for allegedly illegal material and report to the police (#chatcontrol) by 580:76:37.

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Question for folks who use screen-readers:

On a website or document, how would you prefer people to format a logical progression, for example in a software menu?

I often use the "greater than" symbol, like so: File > New > Text Document.

I've used in the past the arrow mad of two characters "->", but I suspect that might be appalling for screen-readers...

Which one(s) of these options do you prefer? Or something else as a reply if you want.

Boosts appreciated.

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Signal created targeted ads for Instagram that show the personal data that Facebook collects about you and sells access to.

They were blocked.

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What if we started making scroll bars that were like easily visible again

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Audacity telemetry mess 

so, for those who aren't aware, Audacity was recently taken over by Muse Group, and now under project management by Tantacrul.

they recently tried to start their work on redesigning the UI for audacity by adding basic telemetry to the project using Google Analytics:

as you can expect, it didn't go well.

I know that there are lots of arguments to be had on the pros and cons of telemetry, and the privacy risks. however, I think it's good to point out @elementary as a very good example of a project which takes user feedback seriously and doesn't have any telemetry at all. they posted about it in 2019 here:

here's a good excerpt:

Some people coming from this world of vacuuming up data ask us: how does elementary know what features to develop, which areas to focus on, how many daily active users we have? The answers vary, but generally: we actively engage with users, we have a vision for where we’re going, and… why do we need to know an exact number of daily active users again?

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The web was never designed to be an application platform but it got turned into one anyway, and as a result it’s very bad at both what it is and what it was supposed to be.

This makes me wonder: what if we deliberately designed an application platform that is well made and incorporates whatever made the web attractive as an application platform (and discard what is not).

The first step is to identify why the web was so misused, I have some ideas but I’m sure they are incomplete.

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@The_T metal is not a music genre unto itself, but rather another free component of a fully functioning nu genre
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The Audacity maintainers have closed the pull request and committed to not using Google Analytics nor Yandex.

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#GIMP 2.99.6 is out ! And a cool Wilber & co. comics strip by Aryeom under CC by-sa license, as usual ! 🙂

« GIMP 2.99.6 is out with new/experimental features. Highlights: off-canvas guides, pinch zoom on touchpads, improved Paint Select tool (unstable), and more. Flatpak and Win installer available, no news on macOS builds yet (we encourage contributions!) »


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When we allow private organizations like Facebook, Google, and Twitter to police scientific discourse, we abdicate our commitment to free scientific inquiry.

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Bandcamp Friday! Help this Asian and Pacific Islander pay some bills and get some music about making cyberpunk actually PUNK!

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WTF ... Mozilla had always running JavaScript inside PDFs disabled by default.

But now with FF 88 this option is ENABLED by default. Which means, if a PDF file contains JS it will run without any user interaction. What can possibly go wrong?

To disable this:

pdfjs.enableScripting --> false

# FF 78.10 ESR doesn't include this option and still blocks JS in PDFs by default. Just tested.

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So today I streamed my coding for 2 hours and a half and it was pretty fun.

If you want to see some stuff about RISC-V, see how compilers are done and all that stuff you can take a look to it.

Or even follow or support the work!

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Hot take on some programming languages 

HTML is a pretty decent language and CSS is actually great!

I never really got why people hate HTML and CSS. HTML is a declarative markup language, i.e. the only typo of markup language that deserves any respect, and it has great support for semantic markup and integrates well with accessility tools.

CSS is also declarative for the most part, and it's a pattern-action language, which I love. JS is a burning pile of garbage tho...

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