April 2024

Transparent Vice

Vice was once promised to become the brash young voice of news. But wild expenses, shady deals, and greed turned it into ‘a fucking clown show.’

#media #business #ethics

March 2024

Have We Reached Peak AI?

#generative ai #media #ethics

We need to talk about Jakob

#tech #accessibility #ethics

February 2024

How Stupid Do They Think We Are

Media execs don’t want the sites, they just want the names

#media #ethics

January 2024

Companies Once Focused On Mining Cryptocurrency Pivot To Generative AI

Is it clear yet that this is just the latest grift of increasingly desperate swindlers?

#generative ai #ethics

October 2023

The beauty of finished software

#programming #ethics

We have used too many levels of abstractions and now the future looks bleak

A big percentage of so-called experts today only know how to configure tools, but they understand nothing about how things work at the deeper level. This is a real challenge and a big problem for the future.

#programming #ethics

Marc Andreessen Is Wrong About Everything

The billionaire says he wants to lead a "techno-optimist" revolution. But he's too rich to understand that his belief system is stupid.

#tech #ethics

September 2023

On mobile phones, the small web, and able-bodied privilege

#web #accessibility #ethics

The Age of the Grift Shift

#internet #ethics

June 2023

Consent and the fediverse

#social media #ethics

How to Kill a Decentralised Network (such as the Fediverse)

#big tech #media #ethics

Reddit is made out of people

What I am saying is that a principle of ‘first do no harm’ is a necessary first step on any journey to profitability.

#social media #ethics

The Idea of Recycling Plastic is Mostly Greenwashing

A good round-up of recent reveals and what we can do about it.

#environment #ethics

May 2023

To grow an open source project, give up control

#programming #ethics

April 2023

Professional, Professionalism, and Professions...

#work #ethics

Goodbye Blue Bird.

#social media #art #ethics

March 2023

'Ghost jobs' are increasingly wasting job-seekers' time

Are you applying for something that doesn't exist?

#work #ethics

February 2023

Modern Health, frameworks, performance, and harm

#health #programming #ethics

January 2023

"Metaverses will be the digital equivalent of huge empty cities without character or community"

#big tech #social media #ethics

WotC: D&D Fanbase Not Sufficiently Alienated To Generate Profit

A satire of specific events, but which applies just as well to much of the business landscape in recent years.

#games #ethics #humor

December 2022

I am not a supplier

#programming #ethics

The dance of the naked emperors

About scientific article publishing and peer review in the internet era.

#internet #science #publishing #ethics

A startup says it’s begun releasing particles into the atmosphere, in an effort to tweak the climate

Make Sunsets is already attempting to earn revenue for geoengineering, a move likely to provoke widespread criticism.

#climate #tech #ethics

Stop Talking to Each Other and Start Buying Things: Three Decades of Survival in the Desert of Social Media

I bet you're wondering how we got here...

#internet #business #ethics

Moving Fast and Breaking Things

#business #ethics

Elon's stale playbook

At Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk was a jerk with a grand vision. At Twitter, he's just a jerk.

#business #ethics

November 2022

Invasive Diffusion: How one unwilling illustrator found herself turned into an AI model

How does it feel to be turned into an AI image model? To find out, I opened a door to the multiverse and interviewed the creator and unwilling subject of a controversial DreamBooth model.

#generative ai #art #ethics

October 2022

More Mastodon Scraping Without Consent (notes On Nobre Et Al 2022)

#social media #science #ethics

June 2022

Malls

#pandemic #business #ethics

April 2022

The Dunning-Kruger Effect is Autocorrelation

In short: it's an elementary statistical error, so simple it can be easily explained to a layperson, and indeed can be trivially reproduced from random data.

#science #ethics

September 2021

Facebook Is Censoring People For Mentioning Open-Source Social Network Mastodon

#big tech #social media #ethics

December 2020

You Have No Obligation To Conform To A Wildly Sick Society

#society #ethics

October 2020

Flutter Web: A Fractal of Bad Design

#web #programming #ethics

April 2019

Nothing Fails Like Success

#internet #business #ethics

January 2019

HTML, CSS and our vanishing industry entry points

#web #programming #ethics

December 2018

Facebook doesn’t need to sell your data. It has been giving it away free for years.

Mark Zuckerberg’s idealistic Facebook vision is haunting the company.

#big tech #privacy #ethics

April 2013

Adam “Always Online” Orth no longer employed at Microsoft

#big tech #games #ethics