To extend this metaphor a bit more
A ballpoint pen is something that literally everyone finds useful. It does its job and does it very well, and you hardly even think about it. It is universal.
The Saturn V is super cool but it is not useful for anything outside of one very specific problem and that is a nation state sending people to another world.
Basically every software designed for the daily user should take its cues from the ballpoint pen. There's a place for Saturn V software, but that place is, like, CERN, not your webshit thing.
I think gemini takes things too far. Just some form of HTML with bits of CSS that don't fingerprint on top of alternative to HTTP(S) would be fine.
Line based markup seems strange to me, gemimi requires TLS, so why not allow tag-based structure derived from some dialect of SML?
@yoshir I would be fine with this but in practice if you give people an engine that supports HTML+CSS+JS then the features will creep in.
People are incapable of not adding "just that one" feature they need, and before you know it, everyone has a slightly different feature set that on the whole amount to the entire mess.
A subset would be fine, no one agrees on the exact same subset and you will end up having to support the entire ecosystem again.
One can just as arbitrarily decide which features are supported in a subset as in a new standart.
Besides, it doesn't work when there is rationale behind decisions.
@sir I love opening a newspaper to read an article and having said newspaper stalk me and obsess over every detail of my personal life 😅
@sir Couldn't the same be said of compilers? However, compilers and browsers are basically the two most useful programs...
Sure that on foot or if a little far, on bicycle is really faster :).
@sir Love the imagery though 😂
@sir And yet I can't help myself. I love old school fountain pens. Not the cartridge ones, the really old fashioned ones you dip in the ink well or bottle.
@vandys totally agree! I would relate this to computing by comparing it to my fondness for older hardware, like floppy discs, hardware terminals, teletypes, etc.
@sir Oh, I didn’t see this second post. If I had I wouldn’t have even commented in the first place.
Apps for proprietary services are ballpoint pens that leak if you point the tip upwards.
Netflix doesn't have tags for programs' personnel and topics that you can explore.
I just installed Hoopla on a shitphone so I can access my city library's subscription to their catalog. I can copy and paste my email address (a random proxy adsress) or password into the login form, but not both. Unfocusing clears the login form.
I hate all of IT most of the time.
@sir Feels like the true way to take this is don't write any software, really. The ballpoint pen is software free, after all.
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