John Gruber on Annoying Sharing Bars

Over on Daring Fireball, John Gruber has some true words to say about those pesky floating sharing bars (or “dickbars” like he calls them) used by Medium and others.

A website should not fight the browser. Let the browser provide the chrome, and simply provide the content. Web developers know this is right — these dickbars are being rammed down their throats by SEO experts. The SEO folks are the same dopes who came up with the genius strategy of requiring 5-10 megabytes of privacy-intrusive CPU-intensive JavaScript on every page load that slows down websites. Now they come to their teams and say, “Our pages are too slow — we gotta move to AMP so our pages load fast.”

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New Scientist goes independent

My main source of scientific news since childhood has gone independent. The future for the magazine looks bright I hope. We are pleased to announce that New Scientist has been acquired by a company set up specifically to publish the magazine. This marks a return to independent ownership and operation for the first time in… Continue reading New Scientist goes independent

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WP-CLI Tips From the Maintainer

On Tuesday, Daniel Bachhuber published a list of advanced tips on using WP-CLI. My favourites in his list are wp rewrite list –match=  (for debugging rewrite rules) and –prompt (when you don’t remember the arguments). If you’re a WordPress developer and don’t know what WP-CLI is, stop everything right now and go to wp-cli.org. https://danielbachhuber.com/2017/05/16/10-advanced-wp-cli-tricks/

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Microsoft’s Role in WannaCry

Sam Biddle wrote for the Intercept on the recent WannaCry malware disaster. According to Sam, it’s not possible to name a single culprit for what happened, but militarism and greed are the two main forces at play here.  This bit stood out to me: Microsoft also did not create WannaCry. But it did create something something nearly as bad: Windows… Continue reading Microsoft’s Role in WannaCry

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