Just in case anyone wasn’t thinking it… #BlackLivesMatter

In 2017, the Lammy Review showed that while black people comprise 3% of the overall population in England and Wales, they currently make up 12% of its prison population. The percentage of black people in England and Wales who are in prison is higher in relation to their share of the general populationthan the corresponding figure in the US. In this regard, we’re locking more of our black people away than the big, bad USA. The numbers only get worse when you consider younger inmates specifically: 48% of under-18s in custody are from black or other ethnic minority backgrounds.”

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/04/systemic-racism-police-brutality-british-problems-black-lives-matter

Like Working Phones? Dislike Google or Corporations? Check this out…

Found this on ghacks.net earlier this week:

Mozilla and KaiOS Technologies announced a partnership this week that will benefit both companies. KaiOS is based on a relatively old version of Mozilla’s Gecko engine; version 48, released in 2016 is still the base of the operating system. While the technology works fine for the most part, important features and developments such as TLS 1.3, WebAssembly, or Progressive Web Apps, are not supported by the current version.

The partnership will change that as Mozilla and KaiOS plan to introduce these new features in the mobile operating system. All changes will be released as open source according to the press release on the KaiOS website.”

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/03/14/firefox-os-successor-mozilla-and-kaios-announce-partnership/

This may (finally) mean that the Big G has some competition in the mobile market; and coming from a combination of a clearly hungry techco (in KaiOS Technologies) and ultimately the longest lasting advocate for open standards in web tech (i.e. Mozilla) surely this can’t be a bad thing?

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“Why You Should Care About The Fairphone”

Part of the reason we as consumers so quickly cycle through our devices is twofold: lack of choice (or inability) around repairing them and exorbitant and often arbitrarily priced repair costs. Think of it this way: If you break your phone—hell, if you break just the screen—and the cost of repairing it is only slightly less than buying a brand new one, you’d buy the spanking new one, right? Probably so! But if you could buy the original equipment manufacturer parts for pennies on the dollar and either do the repair yourself or get it on the cheap, wouldn’t doing the cheap repair on an otherwise totally functional—or even relatively new—device be worth it?”

https://gizmodo.com/fairphone-3-gives-us-the-smartphone-repair-options-that-1837629044

Nearly the end of an era #flash #eol

Chrome decided to remind me of something today. Something that reminds me of a lot of “tutorials” and long hours; that culminated in me really hating a particular platform… If only because it meant me parsing a lot of the same markup; specifically the Object tag, with the Embed tag somewhat ironically embedded inside it.

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RacketBoy writes: “MISTer FPGA: The Future Of Retro Game Emulation and Preservation?”

…the most discerning retro gamers are increasingly looking at the world of FPGA for opportunities to bring the conveniences of emulation to a hardware that is closer to original console hardware.”

http://www.racketboy.com/retro/mister-fpga-the-future-of-retro-game-emulation-and-preservation

This huge article is definitely worth a look for anyone wanting to find out about “Hardware Emulation” in general. The original author does peddle the party-line for his favourite project a fair bit; but stick with it.

Politics and Disillusionment

In a democracy, it is essential that public policy is responsive to the public’s wishes and that election promises are honoured.”

https://www.migrationwatchuk.org/what-is-the-problem

Admittedly discussing a very much more specific but no less thorny topic; I thought I would share this.