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ugh feeds… and validators…

Is anyone else sick and tired of the so-called feed validator changing its mind on fundamental issues every other week? I’m sure Sam Ruby and whoever else is still working on the Validator mean well, but the constant ivory tower decisions to change the way it interpets “valid RSS 2.0” is making it seem more like a political advocacy tool than anything else. Perhaps I should give the benefit of the doubt and “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”

Source: The Feed Validator is Dead to Me | Matt Mullenweg

i’m sure they mean well but

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Making a call to HTTPS

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So I go to publish an app in the AppStore today and this ^ pops up, let that sink in for awhile

What do Uber, Volkswagen and Zenefits have in common? They all used hidden code to break the law.

Coding is a superpower. With it, you can bend reality to your will. You can make the world a better place. Or you can destroy it.

You may be able to fool the regulators, the police, the judges. You may be able to fool the general public. And you may be able to go on doing this indefinitely without being caught.

But that doesn’t make it right.

Developers have great power. And they must use this power responsibly.

If you’re a developer, or working toward becoming one, I strongly recommend you read Bill Sourour’s article “The code I’m still ashamed of.”

And if someone asks you to build something that is clearly illegal?—?or downright evil?—?go to the press. The developers in all three of these cases could have done this and saved the world a lot of heart ache.

via https://medium.freecodecamp.com/dark-genius-how-programmers-at-uber-volkswagen-and-zenefits-helped-their-employers-break-the-law-b7a7939c6591#.kz8pbb6q1

in the fundraising meetings for Giphy, did anyone ask “Hey, you know you’re just a gif site, right?”

600M valuation, no revenue plan. Ok ?https://twitter.com/f/status/793224416448708609

NPR Website To Get Rid Of Comments

But at this point, he argued, the audience itself has decided for NPR, choosing to engage much more via social media, primarily on Twitter and Facebook, rather than in the NPR.org comments section.

“We’ve reached the point where we’ve realized that there are other, better ways to achieve the same kind of community discussion around the issues we raise in our journalism,” he said, with money, and spending it efficiently, part of the issue. More than 5 million people each month engage with NPR on Twitter, compared to just a fraction of that number in the NPR.org comments. “In relative terms, as we set priorities, it becomes increasingly clear that the market has spoken. This is where people want to engage with us. So that’s what we’re going to emphasize,” he said.

Source: NPR Website To Get Rid Of Comments

what is interersting is that most people will assume they did this because of the quality but actually that has very little to do with it

Lefsetz Letter » Blog Archive Ad-Blocking – Lefsetz Letter

We’ve all got to focus on giving people what they want. That’s internet 101. The consumer is in control. Win by serving them, not by corralling them to fit your own desires.

Not that business people always get it wrong. Look at Reed Hastings and Netflix. He knew that streaming was the answer, he dropped the price and provided instant access. There was huge public outcry from people who wanted to rent DVDs. Do you know anyone who rents DVDS anymore? Do you know anyone who has a DVD player? Discs are dead. Hastings knew this already, the public had to catch up, and when it did people were satisfied, Netflix is burgeoning.

And Apple has eliminated disc drives from computers. The same way Steve Jobs got rid of legacy ports almost twenty years ago. Remember the outcry? That this also-ran computer company was leaving old customers in the dust, forcing them to buy new product? Well, that was back before Apple became a juggernaut, it was a harbinger of what was to come.

Just like this is.

People are sick and tired of losing their privacy. They’re sick and tired of being tracked. There’s nothing as weird as seeing an ad for a product follow you around the web. Do you want to trust these people? Did you trust the Stasi?

The ad companies are no different from the record companies, wanting to hold on to an old model that benefits them but not the user. Meanwhile, wannabe techies side with them the way wannabe musicians side with legacy artists in desiring the old model, they feel they’ve lost their opportunity. But isn’t it funny that today it’s the labels who are on the cutting edge, pushing streaming services, and the acts are the ones behind. Winners take stock of a changed world and adjust accordingly. Keep your music off Spotify? Put it everywhere and get people to listen to it. The rewards come when people know who you are, they’ll give you tons of money if only you create a bond.

Source: Lefsetz Letter » Blog Archive Ad-Blocking – Lefsetz Letter

Creatives Ask: What Kind of Web Do We Want, Anyway?

“We’re nicer to our computers and phones than we are to other people on the Internet.”

Source: Creatives Ask: What Kind of Web Do We Want, Anyway?

HTTP is obsolete. It’s time for the distributed, permanent web

IPFS is a distributed file system that seeks to connect all computing devices with the same system of files. In some ways, this is similar to the original aims of the Web, but IPFS is actually more similar to a single bittorrent swarm exchanging git objects. IPFS could become a new major subsystem of the internet. If built right, it could complement or replace HTTP. It could complement or replace even more. It sounds crazy. It is crazy.

Source: HTTP is obsolete. It’s time for the distributed, permanent web

Responsive Web Design

It was actually the responsive side of things that were easier than I personally anticipated, and I would definitely never do anything else. It seems, in retrospect, completely ridiculous to do anything specific for each platform.

Source: Google+ — Responsive Web Design

Social Media Networks By The Demographics 2015

Source: Social Media Networks By The Numbers 2015 [INFOGRAPHIC] – hypebot