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RIP Dick Dale

Dick Dale Autogramkarte ohne Autogram, an einem Fender Showman Amp
Dick Dale, known as “King of The Surf Guitar,” has passed away

Lemmy von Motörhead und Dick Dale: Es gibt niemanden, der kompromissloser "Musik" gelebt hat, als diese beiden.

Ich habe Dick Dale zwei mal live erleben dürfen, 1997 in seiner Heimatstadt Boston, wo zum Schluss des Gigs noch seine Klassenlehrerin auf die Bühne eingeladen wurde, und vor ein paar Jahren in der Räucherkammer im Schlachthof Wiesbaden, wo ich nach dem Konzert zu scheu war, ihn um ein Autogram zu bitten und deshalb ...

WordPress 5.1.1 Security + Maintenance Release

Heute Nacht ist ein neues Update für WordPress 5 und ältere Versionen erschienen:

(…) With a maliciously crafted comment, a WordPress post was vulnerable to cross-site scripting. (…) WordPress versions 5.1 and earlier are affected by these bugs, which are fixed in version 5.1.1. Updated versions of WordPress 5.0 and earlier are also available for any users who have not yet updated to 5.1.

Wie immer bei Security-Gedöns: Aktualisieren, los, jetzt.

Fighting uphill - Eric Bailey

Digital accessibility is a niche practice. That’s not a value judgement, it’s just the way things are. Again, it’s hard to fault someone for creating an inaccessible experience if they simply haven’t learned the concept exists.
And yet, seventy percent of websites are non-compliant. It’s a shocking statistic. What if I told you that seventy percent of all bridges were structurally unsound?
Some engineers who work with physical materials have a reminder of the gravity of the decisions they make. They wear iron rings to remind them that they have an obligation to the public good, and that actual lives ...

The practical value of semantic HTML – Bruce Lawson

When Sir Bruce speaks up, you'd better listen. That's the law, son.

(…) If the importance of good HTML isn’t well-understood by the newer breed of JavaScript developers, then it’s my job as a DOWF (Dull Old Web Fart) to explain what it means, and why it’s important.
Gather round, Fullstack JavaScript Developers – together we’ll make your apps more usable, and my blood pressure lower.brucelawson .co.uk

No, really, please read this. I might be biased, I might be a DOWF too, but there's a reason that people who have been accompanying "the web" since the early days keep ...

WordPress 5.0.1 Security Update

WordPress Logo an die VW-Fabrik gephotoshopped

This is a security release for all versions since WordPress 3.7. We strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.wordpress.org

If you are reluctant to update to the WP 5 release due to the new editor, find the updated versions of all older releases here (look for the Dec 13th releases): WordPress Releases.

Warming Stripes - Germany

Annual temperatures in Germany from 1881-2017. The colour scale goes from 6.6°C (dark blue) to 10.3°C (dark red).

This set of visualisations highlight how we have witnessed temperatures change across the globe over the past century or more. The colour of each stripe represents the temperature of a single year, ordered from the earliest available data at each location to now. All other superfluous information is removed so that the changes in temperature are seen simply and undeniably.climate-lab-book.ac.uk

Zensurbots vs The Web 15:10

Heute hat der Rechtsausschuss der EU mit 15:10 Stimmen entschieden, dass Artikel 13 der Urheberrechtsreform nicht gelöscht wird.

Der Rechtsausschuss des Parlaments (JURI) unterstützt den Vorschlag des CDU-Abgeordneten Axel Voss für eine Reform des Urheberrechts und stimmte dabei für die Einführung eines EU-weiten Leistungsschutzrechts sowie verpflichtenden Uploadfiltern für Internetplattformen.
netzpolitik.org

What could possibly go wrong… m(

Siehe auch:

spiegel.de

heise.de

irights.info

t3n.de

juliareda.eu

The indieweb privacy challenge (webmentions, silo backfeeds, and the GDPR) - Sebastian Greger

A thorough article on the current challenges, technically and ethically, regarding the use of elsewhere published public data that can be regarded as 'personal data' in the GDPR/DSGVO sense. Data that will be published for example by pulling in likes, shares and comments posted on Twitter here in my blog, as 'reactions' alongside with 'real' comments on my posts.

As Sebastian writes

Just the fact that I can aggregate a “facepile” showcasing everybody who clicked “like” on a tweet of mine does not mean that my motivations for doing so are more important than their right to stay in control

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The Illusion of Control in Web Design - Aaron Gustafson

Recognizing all of the ways our carefully-crafted experiences can be rendered unusable can be more than a little disheartening. No one likes to spend their time thinking about failure. So don’t. Don’t focus on all of the bad things you can’t control. Focus on what you can control.
Start simply. Code defensively. User-test the heck out of it. Recognize the chaos. Embrace it. And build resilient web experiences that will work no matter what the internet throws at them.alistapart.com