"The total word count of the W3C specification catalogue is 114 million words at the time of writing. If you added the combined word counts of the C11, C++17, UEFI, USB 3.2, and POSIX specifications, all 8,754 published RFCs, and the combined word counts of everything on Wikipedia’s list of longest novels, you would be 12 million words short of the W3C specifications."
@owl what is this from? 😮
@federicomena From here: https://drewdevault.com/2020/03/18/Reckless-limitless-scope.html
Here's how the count was made: https://paste.sr.ht/~sircmpwn/13c1951014a256e9f551296a129bf6d10e9303dc
@owl the world would be a better place if we could use stuff like netsurf and dedicated clients.
I tend to get sad when working pcs are no longer "enough" because 4gb of RAM is considered to be on the low-end.
The daily tasks we accomplish are the same yet everything demands more and more and, as someone from the third world, buying new hardware gets expensive really fast.
@owl This is one of my utterly accursed, downright nasty opinions, but:
The modern web is unimplementable from scratch. And the chance we get locked into a single implementation permanently is very real. That should be grounds for treating the web as an illegitimate technology.
It's not possible to build simple software that pleases billions of people simultaneously. But if the web is an inevitable consequence of doing so, maybe we shouldn't please billions at all.
@cr1901 large scale expansion is bad actually and this dream tech ppl always seem to have of "winning" and becoming ubiquitous can get in the bin
the internet was a great idea and i love that we can all connect to each other
the web is bad
I think "user empowerment at the cost of everything else, even if it makes software impossible to grok" is at least partially a backlash against shitty Unix RTFM culture. RTFM culture is/was wrong too.
I'm also bitter b/c "wire protocol by committee (HTTP/2)" is the reason I can't make old computers do new things.
@cr1901 haha the way this came up in my notifs i thought you were telling me to fuck off 😬
@alexisvl Oops, sorry :D!
>>"In fact, people serving content via Gopher right now are strongly encouraged to start also serving that same content via Gemini simultaneously."
>I like how they state this as if it's something that can be widely expected to continue rather than "hey look at all the people we got to move their shit over already"
@cr1901 I dunno, I'm not sure it *does* question that.
I'm feel pretty strongly that software _should_ empower users - it's a tool, screwdrivers don't tell me what I can do with them and neither should my computer
I think that's very very separate from whether it should aim to empower as many users as possible to do as much as possible at the cost of doing what's right, vs just being a reasonable tool for the people who need it
"Do what I say" is different from "do anything anybody says"
There's probably hardware accelerators you can make. I want to make one that attaches to the parallel port that isn't "just" a Pi doing all the heavy lifting and making old iron look bad :D!
I’m surprised it’s that close
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