Archive for August 2015

Bad comments are a system failure

This “What can you do? People are awful amirite!” attitude towards comment sections is fatalistic and misguided. If you don’t want comments on your website, that’s fine, don’t have them. But don’t act like comments are some sort of intractable problem that can’t be realistically addressed by mortals. They’re not. There are only a few reasons why most internet comments sections are terrible and real-world solutions to those problems. Be honest: you could fix this, but your priorities are elsewhere.

from: The Message

A correction around the death of the mobile web

Nope. Mobile web and mobile in-app behaviour are not binary. When users are in the facebook app, they spend a tremendous amount of time accessing the mobile web through facebook’s own in-app browser. The same for twitter and others. We enter social apps for discovery and then access the mobile web while still in-app. It is a mistake to conflate time spent on the mobile web with time spent in a traditional browser.

Source: A correction around the death of the mobile web | tonyhaile.com

2015 is the year the old internet finally died

And I miss that old internet, too… that was a world, ultimately, of communities, where a hyperlink could boost a fledgling site’s traffic for a few days. It was a world that had many, many flaws, but it was one eventually built around the idea that if you created a place where people could gather based around shared interests, they ultimately would. It was the ideal of the original internet made real, an actual, virtual web spreading its tendrils about the world.

Now, however, our articles increasingly seem to be individual insects trapped in someone else’s web. The internet has the exact opposite problem of every other medium. Instead of going from something for everybody to something for a large series of hyper-specialized niches, we’re navigating the choppy seas where once stood an archipelago and increasingly stands a continent. As TV and music and even publishing become the internet, the internet is becoming everything else — and it’s taking so much of what seemed to make it special with it.

Source: 2015 is the year the old internet finally died – Vox

Hackers can remotely steal fingerprints from Android phones

“In this attack, victims’ fingerprint data directly fall into attacker’s hand. For the rest of the victim’s life, the attacker can keep using the fingerprint data to do other malicious things,”

Source: Hackers can remotely steal fingerprints from Android phones | ZDNet