Facebook bans Ladyada

Hey look! Facebook banned another of my friends! It must be a day ending in "y".

Of course, Limor has no idea why this happened. Because commenting on specific accounts, even to the owners of those accounts, is "against policy".

If you work for Facebook, quit:

There are more Russian bots or whatever they are on Facebook than USA female EEs & CEOs from MIT on Facebook that have USA manufacturing companies in the USA, way to set the world on fire Mark.

Zuckerberg, 2010 2004:

Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard
Zuck: Just ask
Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS
[Bro McBro]: What? How'd you manage that one?
Zuck: People just submitted it.
Zuck: I don't know why.
Zuck: They "trust me"
Zuck: Dumb fucks

It of course goes without saying that, having banned someone with connections and influence, there may shortly be a fauxpology saying that "upon review", whatever triggered this ban did not actually violate their terms of service. (Implied: "this time"). Maybe they will even, in passive voice, throw an anonymous sweatshop contractor under the bus and abstractly "regret" any "inconvenience".

People without such influence don't get even that level of royal treatment.

This is your irregularly-scheduled reminder:

If you work for Facebook, quit.

It is morally indefensible for you to use your skills to make that company more powerful. By working there, you are making the world an objectively worse place. I'm sure you can find a job working for a company that you don't have to apologize for all the time.

You can do it. I believe in you.

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Hipsters and their fixies

I think this might not be a joke:

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Android srcset bad craziness

Apparently a bunch of Android devices poop all over <img srcset>. I'm seeing nonsense in my logs where Android is trying to load the srcset as if it was src, e.g. from here it's doing:

GET /images/2017/inhuman-drywall1.jpg%20711w,%20https://www.jwz.org/images/scaled/640/2017/inhuman-drywall1.jpg%20640w,%20https://www.jwz.org/images/scaled/360/2017/inhuman-drywall1.jpg%20360w HTTP/1.1

The user agents look like

    "Dalvik/2.1.0 (Linux; U; Android 8.0.0; Pixel XL Build/OPR3.170623.008)"
and so on, with the version going down to 6.0.1.

But when I run an Android emulator, it has a more traditional user agent beginning with "Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 8.0.0".

What is that other crap? And how is it so broken?

Update: The prime offender here seems to be NewsBlur, both their web site and their mobile apps. Several NewsBlur users have reported this bug to them, but they haven't done anything about it, so I guess I'll just start blocking them until they fix it.

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"Hot network questions"

Trying to answer the question, "Where did they move that command?" in the latest update of some piece-of-shit software, I ended up on Stack Overflow. These helpful suggestions were in the sidebar:

Hot Network Questions:

  • Subtract value from list
  • Best practice for the notation of conditions in cases: 'if' vs 'for' vs ','
  • Why do we use closed-loop feedback in buck converters?
  • How to print the inputted pattern which don't have matching lines?
  • Which atom is a Neutron star made of?
  • AWS Sentinel 2 incorrect cloudy pixel percentage
  • Can a character survive a fall from 2 miles up?
  • How do I motivate that an interstellar spaceship still requires risky spacewalks?
  • CSS or Javascript to hide div that contains specific text
  • How to communicate to my co-workers that they don't have to say "bless you" when I sneeze?
  • Does providing more heat to a pan of boiling water actually make it hotter?
  • How to survive a timeshare promotional trip?
  • How can I tell if a dataframe is of mixed type?
  • Is this graph a planar graph or not?
  • Why does the Conjoined Alliance of Space Travellers keep producing red uniforms?
  • Writing garbage to see if the characters do something interesting?
  • Do separatist nations inherit any national debt?
  • 7405 TTL Chip outputting nothing when given low input
  • Why is a single backslash shown when using quotes
  • #000000 and true black in terminal Emacs colors
  • What does Tonks do when Lupin turns into a werewolf?

Valid questions all, I am sure.

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