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Youtube can still go duck itself.
Previously, previously, previously, previously, previously, previously, previously, previously, previously, previously, previously, previously, previously.
And while I'm here, let me take a moment to mock Youtube's MIME headers. I know I'm one of maybe 50 people in the world who care about this, but it makes me fucking twitch.
Do you see any Windows 1252 in there, motherfucker? Do they speak MICROS~1 in WHAT?
The email address by which I log into this account is firstname.lastname@example.org. The fuck is this shit?
Hey, do you remember Google Plus? Yeah, neither do I.
Why is the text-plain part base64 encoded, WHYYYYYYY????
It is true that it uses non-ASCII UTF-8 characters for apostrophes and hyphens (again WHYYYYYYY????) but there is no excuse for base64 here.
And then they go and make a completely different encoding decision on the HTML part. Which, again, could have and should have been ASCII.
I hate you, Milkman Google.
Its like the end of Planet of the Apes [youtube].
I know you probably are not seeking justifications, but email standards are just crazy. Everyone of your peeve is actually well-defined and justified by various RFC and compatibility necessity: encoding UTF in headers (RFC 1342), encoding bodies, etc.
The stupendous thing is the overall necessity to be 7-bit clean in 2020. Which dusty, cracking piece of plastic is still routing email and blows on 8-bits? Who knows? Seems no one want to know and try.
You could repeatedly send non-encoded 8-bit email and hope they all blow up in frenzied CPu over-heated and liberate us all.
Excuse me, NO. I was involved the creation of those standards, and you're wrong. One of the fundamental principles of MIME is "least encoding". If the data contains only US-ASCII, you tag it as US-ASCII. If the data does not need to be quoted-printable encoded, you don't encode it. That goes double for base64: You do not use base64 on text/ subtypes. Yes it's allowed, and yes it's wrong.
My only peeve that is not a violation of the spirit, if not the letter, of the MIME RFCs is their choice to use something from the limitless UTF-8 grab-bag of identical characters instead of ASCII apostrophes and hyphens.
But even if the author of the text payload chose to use INSECURE SOFT EM DASH, that's no excuse to use base64.
"I hate you, Milkman Google."
Good to the last drop.
Gin makes men mean.
I identify as a boggle-eyed rubber duck and this is extremely triggering for my kind.
Also, I am extremely displeased that this is not yet in "previously". Sigh, I miss fantasygoat. 11 years now.
But more seriously, Google have this giant pile of "UGC" stuff they don't want to look at, and, ugh, who knew that spiderman and elsa making out attracts pedos to the comment section, so stuff like this just has to go. Who knows what it has awakened in people?
Has it only been 11 years? Time flies when you get obsoleted by google image search.
Oh yeah: nazis, flat-Earthers, anti-vaxxers, and other hate-mongers (all of whom still have working pages with millions of views) are perfectly fine. But rubber ducks? Those are totally indecent.
But seriously, this just adds to my schadenfreude about the company facing long overdue anti-trust charges.
Weren't google the company who made this whole big point about only employing super-smart people? The kind of people who'd make sensible decisions about things like encodings? Obviously not: it must have been some other company.
Nah, that excuse doesn't work for Google now anymore than it worked for Microsoft in the '90s. Google, FB, and the like don't have monopolies on smart people (just regular economy-killing monopolies). They just acquire the companies for which smart people work... or destroy them. Or both:
(And yes, I realise the paradox of criticising Google and YouTube via a clip from YouTube. Monopolies are like that.)
You don't think the people who make these decisions are actually Google employees, do you? Oh honey. They may not have to pay to do their job but they certainly don't have Google or YouTube signing off on their paychecks.
Not so good with encoding, but they know how many golf balls fit in a blender crossing a rope bridge to wash all the windows in San Francisco using only a barometer.
Clearly an idiomatic translation issue. Censorfolks, the expression is "choking the chicken".