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Nicolas
AFK. Past: Engineering ; Anthropology
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Nicolas 2h
Replying to @itszero
I want to watch "slow tv" of your motorbike rides on YouTube 😎
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Nicolas Apr 20
Replying to @marcfawzi
Tell me what you think I'm trying to say in this tweet
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Nicolas Apr 20
The best part about exercise is when it's over and then laziness and junk food never felt so good
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Matthew Gertz Apr 20
I think this, from The New York Times' Amy Chozick, is the most detailed and direct admission from someone on the 2016 Clinton beat that journalists were played by Russia.
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Nicolas Apr 20
What do I need to do to get a job working for Nintendo in Japan? 😁
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Nicolas Apr 17
Flexbox is nearly 10 years old. AFAICT: multiple backwards-incompatible spec changes (inc. unprefixed); perf in Safari was appalling until very recently; implementations are inconsistent; no browser implements the latest spec. These feel like chronic issues with the web platform.
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Nicolas Apr 12
Twitter is also into AI solutionism. I think it's easy for technologists at social networks to bet on AI because they've already modeled humans in an inhumane way. Rather than shifting agency back to communities they want to double down on AI-mediated human interactions.
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Nicolas Apr 10
Replying to @necolas
Multivariate testing creates the illusion of knowledge about the short/medium/long-term consequences of changes. As if humans can be modelled as simple Skinnerian behavior machines.
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Nicolas Apr 10
Unless you've worked at a social network you might not realise that (like so many forms of technology) no one really understands what these networks are, what is happening on them, what they are doing to people, and what happens when you change them.
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Nicolas Apr 10
Replying to @necolas
I want the web to win. But that's not synonymous with wanting humans to describe their web UIs directly with DOM/HTML/CSS for the rest of time :)
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Nicolas Apr 10
Replying to @necolas
The pace of UI innovation is only going to increase. I hope the web becomes the best compile-to target for apps so the web is where people expect to find the fastest, safest, richest, smallest, and most accessible experiences. Not there yet.
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Nicolas Apr 10
Replying to @necolas
People designing the web platform shouldn't be burdened with introducing new and permanent high-level UI abstractions every 5/10 years either. It's too slow and bloats browsers.
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Nicolas Apr 10
"Why not use the platform?" If you use a function that wraps platform APIs, you're still "using the platform"? People designing high-level UI frameworks want platform innovation in the form of fast, flexible, low-level APIs they can build upon.
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Steven Sinofsky ॐ Apr 10
Replying to @stevesi
You can call it innovator’s dilemma or disruption or anything. But what it was really was the basic idea that entrenched technologies *always* do a lot more than new and emerging technologies. That’s just definitional. What they mean is the new can’t do new things in *old* ways.
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Steven Sinofsky ॐ Apr 10
Replying to @stevesi
It is natural for existing technology leadership and (yes) power structures to wield the tech or business buzzsaw to play down something new. It is the feeling of loss of control, loss of expertise, loss of competitive advantage that drives this. Not being evil or anything.
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Nicolas Apr 10
I think I increasingly dislike spontaneously sharing thoughts and experiences with a giant crowd of strangers. I can't remember the last time I tweeted and didn't feel worse afterwards.
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Nicolas Apr 10
Replying to @sebmarkbage @jlongster
Yes please. It used to be identity for web at first, but it's significantly faster not to merge the objects unless required. Heard from the RN team this isn't a problem for native, but it's helpful to have an abstraction behind which one can do work.
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Nicolas Apr 10
Replying to @necolas
Defining and controlling every bit of design and behaviour in code is already quaint in the fields of computer games, machine intelligence, etc. I see projects like React Native as potential stepping stones towards building more UI with our hands and in partnership with machines.
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Nicolas Apr 10
Replying to @necolas
In some ways React Native is part of the boring machinery we need to build to radically rethink modern UI creation as an activity that need not be performed by expert designers/engineers in code/picture editing tools.
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Nicolas Apr 10
Replying to @necolas
Decoupling how we describe UI from the platform it renders on (even if you only render to the web!) can facilitate accelerated innovation for app developers, framework implementations, and geometric authoring tools.
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