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@gnome and KDE deepen their commitment to work together and unveil KNOME, a new desktop that brings users the best of both worlds:

The Dutch government is hastily setting up a system to keep track of free hospital beds across the country: green represents free beds, red means an occupied hospital.

I hope it won't be operated by one of the 5% of people who are red-green colour-blind.

There have been some concerns recently over Webkit making Progressive Web Apps impractical by clearing their data after seven days.

They've updated the post; turns out it doesn't hold for PWA's. Phew! Lower your pitchforks:

> We do not expect the first-party in such a web application to have its website data deleted.

> If your web application does experience website data deletion, please let us know since we would consider it a serious bug.

Medical staff calling for people to stay home - I'm especially digging the person holding two sheets with nothing but exclamation marks.

Did you know that Mozilla is collecting a public domain dataset of annotated speech? This will help develop open source voice-controlled programs. The Common Voice project still needs volunteers both to donate their voice, and to validate other people's recordings.


I just validated a bunch of recordings (English and German) and am happy to report that there are now quite a few female speakers donating.

Well, looks like we'll no longer have to worry about the npm registry disappearing:

So I guess now I'll only have to worry about whether I can get the same nice integrations with npm with GitHub's competitors.

I'm reachable via email, text message, calling, Signal, Twitter, Mastodon, and through a number of other channels with some delay — but not WhatsApp, so I'm basically a Luddite.

Preferred moments to learn about bugs I write:

- As I type them, in my editor.
- When I compile the code.
- When I run the unit tests.
- When I run the code.
- In CI.
- When the user runs the code.

…in that order.

Anyone on who can tell me whether and with which hardware it is feasible to wirelessly cast my screen to an external monitor?

It's interesting that Svelte is positioned as a Javascript framework: it seems to be practically a different language, far more so than JS+JSX.

The downside is that it's hard to integrate with much of the Javascript ecosystem, e.g. TypeScript.

Yet at the same time, it doesn't fully embrace being a different language, so it does not add features like e.g. how Elm supports pattern matching.

It does make it an easier sell, I suppose, which certainly counts for something. What else am I missing?

I just skimmed through the privacy policy of my credit card provider, and did not really like what I saw.

Does anyone know of a good privacy-respecting credit card provider in the Netherlands? Is that even possible?

You know how human DNA is 98.7% the same as bonobo DNA?

Software is like that.

98.7% of the code that was executed to bring you this toot is the same as the code that is executed to provide you with an endless stream of kids falling over on reddit.

As programmers, we layer on just a thin sliver of custom code, with a wildly different end result — yet vaguely familiar at the same time.

Seeing what people earn () is nice and all, but I'd also like to see what non-monetary benefits people have negotiated/gotten that they like.

Some major points for me are:

🛀 three-day weekends
📲 working remotely (aka living where I'd like to live, aka no commute)
🌠 working on something I think is important

I'm quite sure I could earn more, even doing the same things, but given that I'd crossed a baseline pay, these things were my main focus when job hunting.

In high school, a few of my classmates came up with this great anti-consumerist holiday that I've been observing ever since, and will celebrate today as well: shawarma day.

It's not even about the shawarma. It's about eating as much garlic sauce as possible on what happens to be the day before Valentine's Day. Would recommend.

Important to note that "people with disabilities" = everyone at some point. Keyboard accessibility is great when the battery of my mouse is flat; high contrast is great when there's sun on my screen; etc.

In other words: accessibility is basically UX. Q.E.D.

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Accessibility is basically UX for people with one or more disabilities. For example, even if someone *can* navigate your website with a screen reader, that doesn't mean it can't be made easier.

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