The Rise of User-Hostile Software (2021)

Source: Hacker News

Article note: It's a good description of the problem of software-as-value-extraction, which has become even more true in the year since it was written. As noted, it's "software prioritizing the vendor" more than the developer, but I think there is an interesting aside about software prioritizing the developer (as in the implementing programmer) in the old Wirth's law lazy but high-overhead dev tools argument. Or the self-justifying whims of UX "designers" situation. I'm not sure that the suggestions at the bottom are realistic, as the top HN comment notes, it's a Collective Action Problem and right now the only way out is open source.
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