Poor web performance is unethical

Tim Kadlec makes a great point about the Ethics of Web Performance:

There is a growing gap between what a high-end device can handle and what a middle to low-end device can handle. When we build sites and applications that include a lot of CPU-bound tasks[…], at best, those sites and applications become painfully slow on people using those more affordable, more constrained devices. At worst, we ensure that our site will not work for them at all.

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A Chinese video blogger pretending to be a young beauty queen was revealed to be a middle-aged woman as her filter failed during a live stream, which tells you a lot about where we are headed as a society.

A few years ago there was a case where a woman was pretending to be a single man by using a voice changing software with Skype - enabling a filter to change the appearance while being live on air is a completely different level though.

(Update: Beauty filter are common among chinese vloggers, and this might very well have been a deliberate Public Relations stunt. )

(via fefe)

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