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An oral history of the hamburger icon by the people who were there

Norm Cox about the design process behind a ubiquitous UI feature: “I looked at it, and thought, ‘Gosh, I probably did that at 8:30 at night on a Tuesday and never thought twice about it.’”

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Sensors of world’s largest digital camera snap first 3,200-megapixel images at SLAC

“Using the [Legacy Survey of Space and Time] Camera, the observatory will create the largest astronomical movie of all time and shed light on some of the biggest mysteries of the universe, including dark matter and dark energy.”

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Designed to Deceive: Do These People Look Real to You?

“The A.I. system sees each face as a complex mathematical figure, a range of values that can be shifted. Choosing different values — like those that determine the size and shape of eyes — can alter the whole image.”

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Firefox Was Always Enough

Ian Bicking (via Nolan Lawson): “Mozilla was never going to be happy building a great browser that its users loved. And don’t we all try to do the thing that makes us happy?”

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What would happen if computers never got any faster?

Once a system is deeply understood “it can do things that its designers never thought possible. You can push hardware beyond its apparent limits.”

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Why Mastodon and the fediverse are “doomed to fail”

Erik Moeller about the apparent lack of success of Mastodon and other fediverse networks: “... we must recognize, and reject, the biases at play that cause people to belittle, ignore, and misunderstand any initiative that's astonishingly successful without making anyone rich.”

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Progress bars still lie: Please fix them

“How many decades until software has semi-accurate progress bars?”

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Is M1 Mac Worthy or Good for Developers?

A developer's perspective on the new M1 based Macs: “The transition is definitely one of the best. I simply set up this new laptop from my old one back-up and everything felt like my old laptop in a new system.”

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The iPhone 12 Pro Max: Real Pro Photography

Bottom line? Size matters,... at least in low light.

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Data Heroes of Covid Tracking Project Are Still Filling U.S. Government Void

“The project is a demonstration of citizen know-how and civic dedication at a time when the country feels like it’s being pulled apart. Yet it’s confounding that, almost a year into the pandemic, the Covid Tracking Project is doing what might be expected of the U.S. government.”