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I'm a software developer living in a haunted mansion in Chicago. I'm originally from Silicon Valley, a fact that I am both proud and ashamed of.

My pronouns are he/him/his; my website is; my musical taste is embarrassing.

"Google’s unfair performance advantage in Chrome"

tl;dr: Android Chrome starts a connection to before you visit it, giving Google Search a performance bump in their browser. This blog post argues that's unfair (which I agree with), despite the developer's likely good intentions.

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Just played the demo for Sable, which is available on PC and Xbox. It is a true delight and I am eager for its full release

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Just did my very first beta release of Signal for Desktop! Meaningless to most, I suspect, but meaningful to me.

(If you're not already trying out our betas:

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Just published "floc-block", a small npm package to help Express.js developers block Google's FLoC tracking:

And if you'd rather not install another tiny third-party module, I also wrote a quick guide showing how to do it yourself:

@aral Inspired by your work, I put together a guide showing how to block FLoC in an Express app and an accompanying middleware package called floc-block.

(I worry that this message comes off as self-promotional, which couldn't be further from my goal! Just wanted to share that you inspired one developer to try to make this a little bit better.)

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For all their problems, I'd like to thank computers for giving us a glimpse of a better world.

A bright and colorful world of overwhelming abundance. A world in which we all have superpowers.

A world in which we are free to be ourselves. A world in which we can find others we want to be with, and keep others who are toxic to us away.

The dopamine we get from interacting with this better world is not fake. A better world can be addiction-forming of course, like food. Who wouldn't want more?

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"...the less you know about something, the less value it has to you, and the easier it is to destroy. And by easy, I mean: guiltlessly, remorselessly, foolishly, even righteously."

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