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2023: canadian mint releases new coins with the king's face on them. if you squint you can see a getty images watermark

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The year is 2025

There are five browser cores:
- webkit
- chromium
- gecko
- servo
- youtube-dl, which ended up implementing a full-fledged browser in python to keep successfully downloading videos


@CobaltVelvet you never know when the scheme for HTTPS may change

@aldrik Les deux ne sont pas forcément incompatibles. Ça peut être chiffré de bout-en-bout, mais en permettant aux destinataires de réveler le contenu en signalant les messages abusifs.

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@Courgette et dns.lookup() ne renvoie par défault qu'un seul enregistrement

et ça semble donner la priorité aux A en pratique, mais je ne vois pas pourquoi

@Courgette ah non, en fait par défault, la fonction DNS.resolve() de nodejs ne renvoie que les enregistrements A

@Courgette En fait je viens de regarder et la lib DNS de nodejs supporte correctement la résolution DNS, donc je pense que c'est juste de l'incompétence/jmenfoutisme de la part des dévs JS qui s'en servent

@Courgette C'est écrit en JS, donc j'imagine que ça utilise l'implém de nodejs qui n'est pas basée sur GAI, vu que NPM et Yarn ont le même problème (et en plus ils n'essayent que la première adresse renvoyée par le résolveur).

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Misuse of Twitter’s Alt Text Feature Draws Criticism From Accessibility Advocates - Katie Deighton @ The Wall Street Journal: (soft paywall)

The unexpected star of NASA’s Webb images — the alt text descriptions - Theresa Vargas @ Washington Post: (soft paywall)

@CobaltVelvet last time I did that, I forgot to actually run the update on the scheduled day

@CobaltVelvet lol imagine planning your outages 4 days in advance

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To future historians—not just of computing, but of humanity—the current period will be a dark age.

How was Facebook used by students in the 2010s? We cannot show you, that version of Facebook is not hosted anywhere.

How did MySpace look around 2009? We don't really know, the Wayback Machine only shows a limited amount of static content, and there may only be a few surviving screenshots

What correspondence did Vint Cerf have as president of the ACM with other luminaries of computing industry and research? We do not know; Google will not publish his emails.

What was it like playing Angry Birds on an iPhone 3G? We do not know; Apple is no longer distributing signed receipts for that binary.

What did the British cabinet discuss when they first learned of the Coronavirus pandemic? We do not know; they chatted on a private WhatsApp group.

What books were published analysing the aftermath of the Maidan coup in Ukraine? We do not know; we do not have the keys for the Digital Editions DRM.

How was the coup covered in televised news? We do not know; the broadcasters used RealVideo and Windows Media Encoder and we cannot read those files.

We have to ask ourselves how we are going to preserve and transmit knowledge about our age to the next generations. Knowledge about an age where information is produced, consumed and discarded within hours, days or months, or where it's only stored on the server rooms of a handful of corporations, with no guarantees that those businesses will exist in the future, and with no way of accessing that information unless a certain set of regulatory, hardware, software pre-conditions are met.

That's why projects like the Internet Archive deserve more recognition and funding. That's why web scraping should not only be a civic right, but a civic duty to the next generations. Otherwise all the knowledge about the great age of information will be transmitted orally - with all the distortions that such transmission implies.

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and for the crime of programming a computer, how do you plead

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