Today I Will Launch My Infant Son Into Orbit


Web browsers were a mistake

Not really, but the security patch deathrace is partly caused by the extreme complexity of modern browsers. They're basically full operating systems complete with, at this point, a fairly complete hardware virtualization layer and a managed-code VM (fuck you Brendan Eich) for running software on said operating system. The result is that it is basically impossible for anyone with less resources than a state actor or a Fortune 500 company to create and maintain a usable browser, and so in practice about two and a half companies have absolute control of the client-side (ie the side that drives all development) technological infrastructure of the web. That's absolutely horrific!

Posted by decay on Wednesday, July 13th 2022 at 7:34 pm PDT
Last updated by decay on Tuesday, July 18th 2023 at 9:12 pm PDT