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thoughts on image descriptions 

- some people need them to get any value out of your image

- some people find them extremely helpful to provide context for the subject/content/point you're making

- it's an opportunity to be creative, you can have fun with them while also being informative

- there's been an odd exception, but in general i don't boost images without descriptions, and i know i'm not the only person with that policy

in summation: use image descriptions

I believe has the best intentions, and considering pretty much every other browser out there uses a Google Chrome rendering engine - Firefox may very well be (arguably) the better choice for a fully featured browser.

But there's a reason we don't have any browsers using something other than a Google or Mozilla engine - the web is crippled with bloat and complexity put there by corporations/advertisers.

@self I think it's gotten worse. HTML is used to make things pretty now, not to, oh I don't know, markup content like it was originally designed to do. And operating systems, like Linux and Android, with poor accessibility don't help either. Now, blind people usually prefer mobile apps and desktop clients because they feel *clean* compared to the sometimes very verbose, linear web, where keyboard commands are few and far in between, non-standard (look at Gmail then Twitter, or even Gmail compared to Google Voice.) And there are so many sites where headings could be used but aren't, and lists to facilitate things which can be skipped, like alternative language options for articles, replies to a comment, things like that. It's just poorly done, and even the "simple" layered approach of mobile apps are easier to use for us than the flat (to us) representation that is the web.

The HTML standard changing stuff probably doesn't help much either. And Javascript just means that if I want to use Emacs with Emacspeak to gather text formatting information that a dumb screen reader doesn't provide, I usually get told that Javascript needs to be enabled, on a mostly textual site. In fact, text is *all* that a blind person gets, besides other audio. So if image descriptions aren't provided, or if there's a presentation-style thing going on, like in a lot of Apple press releases, we need textual alternatives to the silent videos and images. So plain sites, like my blog which I recently moved to Hugo, are best. Simple, statically generated, no stupid freaking databases! and it's freaking clean! No heavy bull crap slowing down load times and not many images.

Oh and screen readers aren't magic, either. They're really quite dumb. They gather as much information as they can by the OS accessibility API's, which can be pretty good, like Windows, fairly okay, like Apple's, or pretty neglected, like Linux because no one wants to actually work on the core OS accessibility. Like I always say, accessibility starts with the OS.


We stream movies/music, we lease cars, we rent/mortgage our shelter, we load apps in our browser for a subscription, we rent electricity, water...........

Pretty soon the Overton window is going to be so fucked that buying/owning shit is going to seem like a leftist cause!

If our ideal is communal ownership / socialized resources, the ultimate ideal of capitalism is not private ownership (that's more like centrist capitalism), but it's the idea of owning nothing and slaving for everything!

I'm sure many already know about Mozilla's hypocracies, but this is a nice compendium of transgressions:

So use what? Crome? *barf* I think the problem goes deeper. We need a web that isn't so confounded to the point where no one, besides large corporations, can maintain a performant, usable and accessible web client. As long as it's this way we will continue to pay for the web with our privacy.

Dear #Blenderists

I am pretty noob and I am still in the process learning... I have question about rendering settings... I have an old but still pretty decent GPU: a Nvidia 970M.

I did several Cycles tests (2560*2560, 128 sample) and I found out that using CUDA GPU+CPU @ 64*64 is 40% faster than rendering with just the GPU @ 256*256... And I am just figuring out why... When I bought my laptop that was the best card available, I bought it with the intention to learn better Blender, but it is just when 2.80 came out that I really started to study Blender seriously.

Now, since I am a #Linux user I am wondering, thinking about rendering speed, if for the future would be better buying a powerful CPU like a Threadripper and a decent AMD GPU rather than buy another Nvidia card.

I mean AMD is always better for Linux but just focus primarily on rendering speed.


#blender #blender3D #3dartist #blenderArtist #CGI
Conservatives: police are useless which is why I own a gun
People: ok, let's defund the police then
Conservatives: but then how will we be protected?

What's your favorite non-google online translation thingy?

Reposting this tidbit out of context because its a good point and context isn’t necessary.

Because it wasn’t anarchists who nuked Japan, or killed the Jews, or murdered the kulaks, or instituted Jim Crow laws, Anarchists weren’t behind Tuskegee or literally any mass atrocity committed in history. Anarchists didn’t start the world worlds, they didn’t re-paint the middle east, they didn’t make owning weed a prison offence, and they didn’t murder George Floyd. Statists did that. “But it’ll be different THIS time!” is the real absurdity.

It's finally here, teasing is over:

I'm excited to launch #keyoxide today!

#FOSS solution for easy encryption, signature verification and decentralized identity proofs!

I've been in favor of #DeleteKeybase but I never had something to offer as an alternative. Now I do :)

I love how even though this was Docker, the attack was very much oriented at exploiting M$ users, haha.

I tried making a blender donut today to start using 3D for future comic backgrounds... but the donut is gray in render? I tried removing the material and remaking it, but that did nothing. Ugh.
Anyone know why? Or am I going crazy? (The top right is the render window, I just took an easy screenshot.)

Whenever someone posts a flower pic... I assume steganography.

My son posted a new YT video playing Kings Bird for the first time!

[usually his videos are higher res and better audio quality, but we just reinstalled linux on his PC and haven't fine tuned yet]

Big karma points & thanks to @amolith for gifting this great game! What a great human! :)

PSA: cloth and paper masks worn to help prevent spread of Coronavirus (and other diseases) do not need to form a seal to be effective.

They do two things:
a. capture most of the droplets you exhale/cough/sneeze out
b. slow down (and thus reduce the range of) any droplets not caught

If you have two layers of fabric covering your nose and mouth, you are wearing a fabric mask correctly.

If breath reflects off of them and escapes around the edges, that is just fine -- the bulk of the droplets were caught, and those few that leave around the edges are slowed a ton. Mission accomplished.

Misinformation on this point (most of which seems to be repeating proper fit and donning for PPE masks, which do need to form a seal) is leading people to not wear masks because they believe they are difficult or impossible to wear correctly.

trump nazi merch 

One of these things is... exactly like the other! This isn't even subtle.

This a great episode of Joe Rogan! I know he’ll probably have some asshole like Tim Poole on tomorrow, but for now it’s pretty good shit! :P

Please, Americans, if you do nothing else today, then please take action against EARN-IT.

We discussed it on the show, but it would destroy online privacy, crypto, etc. This is no joke. Please, take action TODAY as it goes up for a vote July 2nd.

If you love Free Software or Privacy, this bill has to die!

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