Pixel art using style sheets

Published: May 21, 2015

Una Kravets makes pixel art using style sheets:

Pixel art by Una Kravets

What exactly is making those little pixels? If the title didn’t give it away, it’s the CSS3 multiple box shadow property. Each pixel is it’s own, individually placed box shadow. These are strung together via a comma-separated list. You can have as many box-shadows as you want on a div.

[Source: Sass Pixel Art]

Via BoingBoing.

Is Agile Development a Failing Concept?

Published: May 17, 2015

Agile is a popular software development methodology.

But how well does Agile work? Is it failing us?

And: how can we do better?

Andy Hunt argue[s] that Agile has some serious issues. Specifically, Hunt thinks a lot of developers out there simply aren’t adaptable and curious enough to enact Agile in its ideal form.

‘Agile methods ask practitioners to think, and frankly, that’s a hard sell,’ Hunt wrote. ‘It is far more comfortable to simply follow what rules are given and claim you’re ‘doing it by the book.”

[Source: Slashdot]

See also Agile software development.

Belgian regulators demand Facebook stop tracking logged-out users


“The Belgian data protection authority has told Facebook to stop tracking users who logout or those that have never registered for the social network.”

The Belgian privacy commission has told Facebook to stop tracking the internet activities of people who have not registered with the site or have logged out, after a “staggering” report showed alleged breaches of EU privacy law.

“Facebook tramples on European and Belgian privacy laws”, the data protection authority said in a statement. “Facebook has shown itself particularly miserly in giving precise answers,” it continued, adding that the results of its investigation were “disconcerting” and that it would take legal action if its recommendations were not followed.

Willem Debeuckelaere, president of the Belgian privacy commission, said that the way Facebook is treating its users’ private lives “without respect needs tackling”, and that “it’s make or break time.”

According to a report commissioned by the Belgian data protection agency Facebook has been tracking users on a long-term basis who visit any page — be it a fan page, profile or any other portion of the site that does not require a Facebook account to visit — belonging to the Facebook.com domain.

The opinion published on Friday noted that because Facebook has the power to link internet users’ browsing habits to their real identity, social network interactions and sensitive data including medical information, religious, sexual and political preferences, it is in a unique position compared to most of the other cases of so-called “third-party tracking”.

[Source: The Guardian]

Via BoingBoing.

Microsoft Edge logo

Published: May 5, 2015

Consider the logo for the new Microsoft Edge browser:

Microsoft Edge logo

Now consider Sega’s iconic game hero Sonic the Hedgehog:

Sonic the Hedgehog

Coincidence? Clever marketing ploy? Ninja-style infiltration of Microsoft by Sega?

You be the judge.