CSS Sans

12 April 2018

A font constructed entirely by CSS. It is, essentially, a programmatic realtime typeface. I love how it degrades for older versions of IE: It’s not what I’d consider practical for production use. Still, CSS Sans is a hell of a demonstration of how far CSS has come since Microsoft shipped Internet Explorer 3 in 1996, […]

Why Zuckerberg’s 14-Year Apology Tour Hasn’t Fixed Facebook

11 April 2018

Zeynep Tufekci with some strong medicine, for Wired: In 2003, one year before Facebook was founded, a website called Facemash began nonconsensually scraping pictures of students at Harvard from the school’s intranet and asking users to rate their hotness. Obviously, it caused an outcry. The website’s developer quickly proffered an apology. “I hope you understand, […]

Crunch, an impressive new PNG compression tool for macOS

27 March 2018

Crunch is a macOS tool for lossy PNG image file optimization. It combines selective bit depth, color type, and color palette reduction with zopfli DEFLATE compression algorithm encoding using embedded versions of the pngquant and zopflipng PNG optimization tools. The example images are impressive. Obviously, you won’t want to use this on your archival or […]

Vice Sports: The Forgotten Story of the First Black Female Wrestlers

23 March 2018

An excellent, necessary, article: Women’s wrestling was still riding high in the early 1950s and women across the country saw Burke, and no doubt her income, and wanted to follow suit—including a trio of sisters living in Columbus, Ohio. Babs Wingo was the first of the three to start training as a professional wrestler, followed […]

GrayKey: The little box that unlocks iPhones

21 March 2018

Thomas Reed, for MalwareBytes: Two iPhones can be connected at one time, and are connected for about two minutes. After that, they are disconnected from the device, but are not yet cracked. Some time later, the phones will display a black screen with the passcode, among other information. The exact length of time varies, taking […]

Facebook’s Surveillance Machine

19 March 2018

Zeynep Tufekc, for the New York Times: Mr. Grewal is right: This wasn’t a breach in the technical sense. It is something even more troubling: an all-too-natural consequence of Facebook’s business model, which involves having people go to the site for social interaction, only to be quietly subjected to an enormous level of surveillance. The […]

Facebook Quietly Hid Webpages Bragging of Ability to Influence Elections

14 March 2018

Sam Biddle for The Intercept: When Mark Zuckerberg was asked if Facebook had influenced the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, the founder and CEO dismissed the notion that the site even had such power as “crazy.” It was a disingenuous remark. Facebook’s website had an entire section devoted to touting the “success stories” of […]

Layout Land: CSS Grid

07 March 2018

Jen Simmons is doing a great job of introducing the core concepts of CSS Grid with this (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbSquHt1VCf1x_-1ytlVMT0AMwADlWtc1). These videos have been a huge help to me getting up to speed on the state of the tech. Highly recommended.

How Defective Guns Became the Only Product That Can’t Be Recalled

28 February 2018

An enraging story from Michael Smith and Polly Mosendz, for Bloomberg: Taurus sold almost a million handguns that can potentially fire without anyone pulling the trigger. The government won’t fix the problem. The NRA is silent. Gun manufacturers have long held an unassailable position in American business and politics. They need to be reminded that […]

The Great Stink

23 February 2018

Laurie Penny has some advice for men in the current cultural moment, and it is good advice. This passage, near the end, caught me right where it was aimed: Suck it up and let go. Let go of your resentment at women’s lack of patience, let go of your wounded pride, let go of your […]

New Game: Haunted Floating Eye

20 February 2018

Created for LÖVE Jam 2018, my latest game is called Haunted Floating Eye. It’s something like a tower (lair) defense game, mixed with cruelty, base building and ennui. The jam has ended, but voting is open for the next 12 days. I’d really appreciate it you tried it out, and voted on the on the […]

KDE Bug Executes Arbitrary Code Based on Name of Thumb Drive

13 February 2018

This is one of the dumbest and most dangerous bugs I’ve ever heard of. From the KDE security list: When a vfat thumbdrive which contains “ or $() in its volume label is plugged and mounted trough the device notifier, it’s interpreted as a shell command, leaving a possibility of arbitrary commands execution. an example […]

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