The maintainer of harfbuzz got fucking black bagged by Iran and they're threatening his friends and family
@schlink are you privy to this? Asking because you work at CNN. If you're unfamiliar with harfbuzz the short of it is "the thing which is responsible for rendering text in every electronic device you've touched in the last 10 years"
@sir wtf that story is insane. I was with one of their friends in nyc at the start of the pandemic and we were talking about how awesome Behdad was.
Please CW bad news. I'm in a terrible mood right now, got depressed thanks to a non-CW doom post, and the last thing I need right now is shit like this.
For me the fediverse was the one place I could relax and get shelter from all the bad news going on in the world thanks to content warnings, and now you've ruined the little peace I had, and I go to bed in one hour.
I'm sorry but I had to say it. Forgive my rudeness, but I am in that state of mind that I can't control right now and am on the verge of tears.
So please, CW?
This is bad, but not at all surprising IMO. It's not like they detained him for being harfbuzz maintainer. He was an activist opposing an authoritarian regime, and he stepped on that regime's land...
@sir medium sucks eh?
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