@ewankeep Could a competent developer easily implement a viewer for a file format given the specification? If so, that's awesome. Text and text-based formats (csv, html, markdown, json, xpm, etc) are great. Uncompressed multimedia (wav, bmp, etc) are good.

Beyond that, the number of existing implementations starts to matter. The code for web standards and widely implemented open source formats is likely to survive forever: jpg, png, gif, mp3, ogg, zip, tar/gz, webm, h.264.

Stuff like odt? Meh

@cwebber Is the other stuff really more interesting than toy language? Is there anything really neat about WASM you could expose in your language?


I don't know enough about the situation in NZ to comment much, but there are some cities in the US with absolutely crazy housing prices. If you want to live in those places with a low or even medium paying job, you need several roommates.

But that's actually pretty normal. And being in those cities can lead to higher paying jobs over time.

As far as I know no society has ever been able to afford to give every 20 year old their own house.


I don't think having some people not own their own detached single family home is Literal Medieval Feudalism. Some people chose to live in multi-family dwellings. I know at least one person who could buy a house in cash and chooses to rent.

There is certainly a level of wealth inequality which implies a level of land monopoly that results in feudalism just like you say. But there's a lot of space between that and perfect wealth equality.


Imagine two people each make $2 million over the course of their working lives. One buys a house and ends up with a net worth of $500,000 when they retire at 65. The other travels the world and ends up with a net worth of $50,000.

Is there really something unjust there? Should society provide a house to the person who chose not to allocate their resources for that?

@natecull I disagree.

Let's look at this another way: The median household income in the US is $70,000/yr. A typical cost to build a house is $250,000. So a family with the median income who wants a house wants society to allocate resources to them valued the same as three and a half years of their work.

Over the course of a lifetime, that median household income adds up to nearly $3 million. People who make that have the *option* of buying a house and paying it off.

@natecull The median single family house in the US is worth 3x as much as the median family net worth. If you periodically reset people's wealth, nobody could ever own their own house, even by taking a mortgage and paying it off over decades.

@natecull Imagine that everyone has equal wealth and I give you a haircut for $10. Now I have $10 more than everyone else, you have $10 less, and there is no longer perfect wealth equality.

@natecull Perfect wealth equality means that your economic system can't incentivize anything via financial reward, not even providing essential products and services.

So short of a radically new economic system, you want some wealth inequality. And there are going to be outliers, more extreme with more population The median household net worth in the US is around $100k. About 9% are millionaires. How many households minimum before there should be one with a net worth over a billion dollars?

@atoponce @loveisgrief I'm not a fan of Gemini. It strikes me as false nostalgia rather than anything actually useful.

@loveisgrief @atoponce

Sure. Inventing a new web that isn't backward compatible with the old web would be pretty easy. Convincing anyone they wanted it would be somewhat more difficult.

@atoponce All because Mozilla made an explicit decision to stop supporting embedded Gecko and thereby completely give up the benefits of a downstream ecosystem - which includes any chance at having market share in the long term - a decade ago.

Someone should certainly build an alternative to the Chromium engine, but nobody's managed to actually do it.

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Hey, so this is super cool.

Google has been collecting call and messaging data about who you talk to or send text messages to for years. There's no opt-out, no notifcation in their TOS they're doing this, and you can't see the results of that collection in Google Takeout.


@brainblasted My expectation at this point is that any new features added to Gnome would be removed in the next version.

Anyone who's relying on proprietary software or cloud services should take a close look at what's happening in Russia right now. What do you do if a vendor you rely on one day simply refuses to do business with you anymore?

@rysiek The risks of forcing people to verify their ID for any service are much worse than the risk of kids being convinced they want Spiderman branded Pop Tarts.

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Apparently RiteAid requires a Google account to schedule a COVID-19 test.

Oh. Hell. No.

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1975: "Let's build the Internet, a network that can survive a nuclear war!"
2021: "Let's host everything on the server of this one discount bookshop!"

@norm I disagree. Desktop Linux is viable for everyone that can accomplish their computing tasks with ChromeOS, both in the sense that ChromeOS *is* a desktop Linux and in the sense that a conventional Linux desktop is just ChromeOS with some easily ignored extra options (like working local printer).

The group of people that desktop Linux is difficult for are "power users", who don't have deep technical understanding but *do* have very detailed rote training in specific proprietary apps.

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