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  • welcome.js

    James Bridle, quoted for truth:

    See, view source is a human right. Since the beginning of the web, thousands, probably millions, of users have bootstrapped their way to technical understanding through exploring the way the existing web is put together. I did. You might have done. And you, we, should be able to. And more than that, we should be encouraged to. For fun, for experience, for education, for revolution.

    We should not be putting off those who are seeking to understand and explore. We should not be talking down to them. We should certainly not give the impression that code, the stuff that makes the world work and increasingly runs it, is not for you, little person, leave it to the grown-ups. It is for everyone.

  • Attack of the Pod(cast) People

    Is there no escape from the Attack of the Pod(cast) People?

    I find myself spending less time listening to podcasts these days during my commute, but that's mostly because I find myself feeling guilty about spending that time listening to podcasts when I could be catching up on my reading. 1

    [Via swissmiss]

    1. Which then leads me to the question of whether I should be catching up on the morning's saved Guardian headlines, or burrowing into my Instapaper backlog, or just firing up my Kindle app and breaking into the next book.2

    2. But then, that involves ignoring the question of whether I should pay somem attention to the contents of my iTunes library, or perhaps an offline item from Spotify.3

    3. Or perhaps BBC iPlayer or Amazon Video or a movie rental from iTunes.4

    4. Just think how much more complicated life would be if I was online during my commute and my choices weren't limited to offline content…

  • I Hate Dancing

    Stephen Fry Hates Dancing:

    This is great.

    [Via Russell Davies]

  • QotD

    Courtesy of John Naughton, a Quote of the Day we can all get behind:

    "People worry that computers will get too smart and take over the world, but the real problem is that they're too stupid and they've already taken over the world."

    – Pedro Domingos in his book The Master Algorithm.

  • Humans: Team 'Not How Vulcans Would Have Done It'

    Random Headcanon: That Federation vessels in Star Trek seem to experience bizarre malfunctions with such overwhelming frequency isn't just an artefact of the serial television format. Rather, it's because the Federation as a culture are a bunch of deranged hyper-neophiles, tooling around in ships packed full of beyond-cutting-edge tech they don't really understand. Read on…

    I swear that if you have any affection at all for Star Trek then you will find at least one passage at the other end of that link that leaves you helpless with laughter for a minute or two. Most likely, you'll find several.

    [Via More Words, Deeper Hole]

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