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I think it's worth mentioning that I'm not interested in entertaining transphobia at any level. If you come around here "just asking questions" about whether or not trans people should be allowed to exist, I'm not going to engage.

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Bruce Tindall

The stars flew up so long ago
no one remembers what they are.
Their children, left behind in the woods,
come out only to the edge,
only in summer, as tentative
as field mice after an owl-fright.
"Come back for us," they flash, pale green
and cold; bright white and blue and cold
the stars twinkle in the old speech
no one remembers, and set and rise
but never return, as if they couldn't.

So yeah it basically sounds to me like the answer is, if a website does this, you shouldn't click either button.

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@tindall a generous answer would be that the access point for existing users is typically something other than the front page. for example, if you try to access your dashboard, and you aren't signed in, it will prompt you to sign in, whereas if you navigate to the front page it will ask you to sign up.

another answer is that people have a negative emotional reaction to being asked for things they don't have (like an existing login). if your sign in is more prominent than your sign up, new users will be discouraged and feel like your website isn't interested in them. so there is an interest in only asking for an existing login from people who you know HAVE an existing login, hence a separate page.

however, the most realistic answer is that some popular people started doing this, and most designers are programmed to always favour convention, so everybody followed suit without really thinking through the ramifications. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

@tindall Maybe they operate under the assumption that anyone that actually uses their service will never come back to log a second time.

Super interesting Reddit post on the value for independent game devs of motivated, technical Linux early access players as, essentially, free QA that helps find bugs on all platforms that sounds suspect to me

i imagine that might be true during a webapp's early growth phase but i can't imagine it is for anything that is solidly established

i will admit that i'm probably an odd one out considering e.g. i've only signed up for twitter four times but i've logged into it several hundred times and that's probably not normal

but even my immediate family and many friends who use technology relatively normally complain very strongly about this

okay, people who work on front-end for consumer-facing webapps, please help me understand

when the Sign In button will, by definition, be used much more often than Sign Up, why is it often hidden deep in a menu??

i want shittier movies with less famous actors and a cast and crew who are paid more money to work less hours and produce less ""realistic"" content and im not kidding

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the "i want shorter games with worse graphics made by people who are paid more to work less and im not kidding" thing but about movies

The solution to "company has monopoly, does bad monopoly things" is not "empower another, trendier monopoly", by the way. Don't go buy a fucking iPhone, fund free software and open hardware.

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Google is the climate change of the Internet. Lots of people don't do anything about it because it's hard and would endanger their profits or even livelihood, but it's bad and it's real and it's going to ruin everything.

google antitrust filing thread from 

RT Lock (with permission):

Ok so, I just read through all 173 pages of the unredacted Google antitrust filing and I have to say that either Google is screwed or society is screwed, we'll find out which.

Unordered list of fun things I learned:

- google has a secret deal with facebook called "Jedi Blue" that they knew was so illegal that it has a whole section describing how they'll cover for each other if anyone finds out
- google appears to have a team called gTrade that is wholly dedicated to ad market manipulation
- Google had a plan called "Project NERA" to turn the web into a walled garden they called "Not Owned But Operated". A core component of this was the forced logins to the chrome browser you've probably experienced (surprise!)
- Google is willing to do almost everything to prevent people from circumventing their ad exchanges
- This is what AMP is about
- Google habitually insider trades on their ad exchanges in every way you can think of and every way you can't. Too many ways to list here.
- The exchanges are also rigged so that google wins on bids where they aren't the highest bidder.
- A large amount of people inside google are aware of all of this
- If Google ever tells you some change will increase your ad yield, run. In fact anything they tell you is a lie
- Google has worked with Facebook and Microsoft to discourage them from increasing user privacy, lamenting occasions where they prioritized their reputation over their collective business interest

You can read the full unredacted document for yourself here:

new Judith Butler on TERFs 

Perhaps as an apology for cutting their previous article they really gave Butler space to stick the boot in this time:

"As a fascist trend, [the anti-gender movement] mobilizes a range of rhetorical strategies from across the political spectrum to maximize the fear of infiltration and destruction that comes from a diverse set of economic and social forces. It does not strive for consistency, for its incoherence is part of its power."

I've been doing errands and moving furniture for hours and instead of being drained, like I am when I walk to these things, I'm tired but ready to get some desk work done!

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well, having a bike again is going to significantly improve my mental health, I think.

ssh is an acceptable service mesh for many applications, if you set your authorized keys correctly

i was Very Anxious this morning but i am no longer

instead i am Very Hyped

update: there are at least three easter eggs in this image, oops.

- flashcrash wallpaper (go watch flashcrash on vod!)
- Grand Tour print in the upper right corner
- the actual one we were talking about which only one account has guessed


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