March 13th, 2012

green leaves

Cancelling took 22 screens......

A description of ways web sites are set up to get money from you that you didn't intend to give them, and a suggestion of a code of ethics for web designers, so that they have something to say when their bosses pressure them. Also a suggestion of a wall of shame for companies with evil interfaces-- something that I think would be extremely valuable.

Amazon was mentioned as bad-- I don't know whether there are more problems at, but I've found them to offer a pretty honest interface. It's easy to take things out of my cart or cancel orders. They've never snuck anything into my cart. The only slightly fishy elements are that they offer free shipping on orders over $25, but there's an extra step or two to actually get it, and I've never been able to figure out their actual shipping deal when they offer fulfillment by amazon.

I was going to leave a comment ("Good work, but the pod cast cuts off in the middle of a question"), but if I don't want to register at Slideshare (which I didn't because it's just one comment goddammit) offers Facebook registration.... which makes it literally impossible not to allow them to email me. *sigh*

Link found at A Dad's Plea to Developers of iPad Apps for Children, and I found that thanks to andrewducker.

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green leaves

I don't usually nitpick exact word choices, but.....

From the New York Times:
Turning the tables on an advocacy group [SNAP] that has long supported victims of pedophile priests, lawyers for the Roman Catholic Church and priests accused of sexual abuse in two Missouri cases have gone to court to compel the group to disclose more than two decades of e-mails that could include correspondence with victims, lawyers, whistle-blowers, witnesses, the police, prosecutors and journalists.


But William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, a church advocacy group in New York, said targeting the network was justified because “SNAP is a menace to the Catholic Church.”

Mr. Donohue said leading bishops he knew had resolved to fight back more aggressively against the group: “The bishops have come together collectively. I can’t give you the names, but there’s a growing consensus on the part of the bishops that they had better toughen up and go out and buy some good lawyers to get tough. We don’t need altar boys.”

Really, I'm only quoting this because supergee hasn't yet. Link thanks to crowleycrow.

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