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@alcinnz If we focused on making the best possible Free Software instead and just prove that it's actually better...

I sometimes wonder why bugs don't get fixed, or they get fixed because interfaces changed and the new interfaces are incomplete, so, also broken.

I always say: it's just the licensing. We have good Free software and bad Free software.

when you think about it, the idea that software should scale is actually really weird. "sure this garden is nice, but how nice can it be if it doesn't grow to cover the entire surface of the earth?"

"Boycotting proprietary software is crucial, but it is not enough: while free software advocates have also engaged in development, written letters and called government representatives, and provided educational resources and legal tools, there's so much more we can do. As software freedom activists, we also need to focus on bringing visibility to this social crisis, so that it can no longer be ignored."

MK Fain -- FSF bulletin

"We can't afford to use just one tool in our toolbox"

Open Document Format (ODF) is LibreOffice's native file format for storing documents. But how is it developed – and how can we all help to improve it? Regina Henschel explains all:

@suetanvil I cannot speak for FOSS in general, but my opinion is: the decision not to impose ones' morals and ethics on others, is itself a valid ethical stance.

We all have strongly held opinions, whether we're vegan or poor or pacifist or fundamental Christian or gay or nazi.

Agreeing to disagree, so we can together build useful things that benefit everyone, is one way to respect diversity of opinion and still make the world a better place.

That's my philosophical take.

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The dream: your receiver pipes super fast Internet over HDMI to all devices.

The reality: every device has the cheapest, flakiest Chinese WiFi chip with the worst possible UI imaginable for entering user/pass. The UI doesn't support digits or extended characters.

Surprise! #Google

"Google admits workers listen to private recordings from around your house

Google claims listening to recordings is 'critical' to improving its AI voice assistant"

Budget and other limitations, as well as a market void of credible alternatives (Purism have my eye) have prevented replacement, though I loathe this device.

Google have not used their considerable monopoly leverage, to require require OEM upgrade timeliness SLAs and minimum EoL requirements: this device was obsolete at time of sale.

Instead Google have sought to perpetuate their own monopoly and interests:


i always recommend that people learn X the hard way, whatever the hard way may be. doing things the easy way is a sin and leads to mediocrity.


> A friend is endeavoring to pick up some Python basics before he (hopefully) attends a coding bootcamp in the fall. (He's only written a few lines of SQL before.). Do any of y'all have favorite beginner Python guides/websites/books?

There's a really good version of an intro MIT course taught through Python on EdEx (and it doesn't assume any familiarity with the language/programming)

@aparrish This is a great insight!

As a SW dev myself, I feel it's part of being competent for SW devs to understand how well their code scales. But the only actual requirement is that it scales "appropriately."

In some cases "appropriately" might not be very much at all.

Or even, if you're worried about centralization or and things, "appropriately" might actually mean "not too much."

@aparrish Part of the design of Cwtch is that it davka DOESN'T scale well -- it becomes less efficient the more groups use a specific Cwtch server, and also it's very easy for groups to move servers, leading to loads naturally spreading.

1979: dozens of users per unix
2019: dozens of unixes per user

@natecull @archadia my whole final year computer science degree project was 'a thing that parses YouTube videos into searchable text and then lets you see search results on a scrubbable timeline'.

Mostly for exactly this reason.

@natecull is it's paired with a text version, I don't care. Kind of like how NPR does it, or how some sites do reviews.

Instead of enshrining Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft as the Internet’s permanent overlords and then striving to make them as benign as possible, we can fix the Internet by making Big Tech less central to its future.

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