Diversity, looking for input
Question: as a lowly employee of a very homogenous small-but-growing organisation, what can you do to increase diversity in that organisation, along practically every axis?
Parts of the org want to grow this, but do not quite know how to, I think. Lots of hiring is via our own network, which probably doesn't help - mine is not that diverse either, unfortunately.
If I can provide feedback to our job ads, I suggest fewer masculine-coded words. What else can I do?
I just learned that websites can mark password fields as `new-password`, and that at least Firefox is working on using it to autogenerate strong passwords for new users. Together with Mozilla's recent focus on Lockwise, this should make password managers a lot more accessible to more people.
I'm not sure what people mean when they say that WebAssembly is the new Flash. Flash was bad because:
- it did not integrate with the rest of the DOM, at all.
- it frequently made your browser crash or grind to a halt.
- it was proprietary and controlled by a single company.
- it came with considerable security risks.
The big difference is that the consumers of package managers (i.e. developers) are empowered to build a decentralized solution. We're coders. We got this. I think entropic will take off.
I'm more concerned about the state of social media. Social media isn't like CPAN or RubyGems or npm – the muggles use it! Who is out there defending the muggles?
If federated social media is really going to be "the commons," then it has to be accessible to more than just geeks. We have to democratize it.
And yes, Firefox is still fighting a huge uphill battle against Chrome interop, and I have no idea how they're even able to keep their heads above water. They need all the help they can get, because they're battling stupid bugs like this every single day.
WebKit (Safari) is no less amazing for the comeback they've pulled off in the past few years, although they have fewer interop pressures. Web devs make sure their sites work in Safari, because the CEO has an iPhone.
> In this paper, we aim to answer a long-standing open problem in the programming languages community: is it possible to smear paint on the wall without creating valid Perl?
> We answer this question in the affirmative: (...) merely 93% of paint splatters parse as valid Perl.
The idea is very funny, the presentation is hilarious.
Rewrote emoji-mart's tests to run in Jest rather than Karma (https://github.com/missive/emoji-mart/pull/302). Gotta admit, Jest is nice:
- can test React components purely in Node
- has a concept of "snapshots," where it writes your expected component tree to a file and then tests against that file, which is what I want to do with my tests 99% of the time, except now it's automated
- I didn't even need a config file, what year is this
"I don't really want to argue against optional chaining because it's so popular and I don't want to make enemies, but here's how *other* people might argue against it."
A retrospective on the things I would have liked to try in Firefox Test Pilot: http://www.ianbicking.org/blog/2019/03/firefox-experiments-i-would-have-liked.html
We'd like to thank you all for the follows, responses and support the last few days...
have you ever noticed that someone post a screenshot of text without providing an image description, preventing you from being able to read it? or maybe they posted a huge amount of text that just can't possibly be described with the image description feature?
simply tag @OCRbot in a direct reply to the image. it will download the image and scan it using tesseract OCR to output the text contained in the image!
because OCRbot runs on fedi.lynnesbian.space, it has a character limit of 65535, so even the longest images should work OK!
check the reply to this image to see it parsing the attached screenshot!
All this is powered by freely available open source tools. More info at my blog: https://vincenttunru.com/fearless-deployments/
Front-end developer trying to give people control over their data at Inrupt, and to open up access to academic research with Plaudit.pub. Additionally, helping out with @ToSDR.
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