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@devurandom @rysiek The AGPL is already pushing it and almost didn't make it into Debian as an approved license, as it puts conditions on freedom 0, you can only run the software if you provide remote users with source.

The SSPL crosses another line and puts conditions on software that is not even a derivative of the licensed software. You can't run it without applying extra conditions to this other software you're also running.

Huh, looks like some OpenSource folks are noticing that an open-source non-copyleft license does not protect from lock-in, and that lock-ins are bad:

> Open source was never designed or planned to be used as "Gateway Drug" to move people to a proprietary locked in software, but more and more this is happening.

No, actually, it was designed specifically to allow just that, to be more "business-friendly":

"Well, thankfully this is open-source, I can fix this. What the fu-"

Poorly written open-source code is no better than closed source..

The Brazil variant is exposing the world’s vulnerability. Somehow the #COVID is rampaging through a city that was supposedly immune.

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Every time the US has a change of administration, EFF staffers - lawyers, policy analysts, activists - create a "transition memo": a series of one-page briefings on the tech policy issues the new admin should take up. The Biden memo is *great*.

It opens with a section on surveillance, with three subsections:

I. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

II. Facial Recognition Technology

III. Border Search and Immigration Surveillance


I think things could go one of two ways. Either we're entering a new golden era of decentralised tech and user freedom, or there will be a dark age where much of the remaining open web will be driven off the clearnet and replaced by full monopoly where there genuinely is no alternative to gafam.

I send all money I receive for writing articles on open source software back to the ecosystem by donating it to an project/individual that develops a Linux desktop app. I always end up giving to GIMP and it's time for a change. Any tips?

New post: I've added an icon for @PixelFed to 's `hello-friend-ng` theme!

Really glad that all the social profiles I list on my blog are now and capable (and many are ) except for GitHub.

cc @dansup - thanks again for your brilliant work on Pixelfed!

"Why Generation X will save the web" by Heather Burns

This is something that gnaws away at me. Gen Xers and older Millennials (like myself) are nostalgic for the old, untamed, pre-centralized internet. The younger generation has no memory of this. What are *they* fighting for? (Hint: it's not necessarily the same thing. Gen Z probably doesn't care much about the hazy memories of us "boomers," and by "boomers" I mean anyone over 30.)

covid, misinfo, angry 

I’m pissed off. My partner’s mother was caught up by anti-vaxx misinformation spread by an astrology youtube channel and is now refusing to get vaccinated.

It took us a couple days to piece everything together (i.e. that her reasoning was due to something she saw online, what did she read, where did she read it, etc).

When searching for the name of the youtube channel + “vaccines”, the very top result is an article on the show’s website that can only be described as a covid-denier conspiracy theory screed.

Cory Doctorow has been such a great speaker for as long as I've known about him, what is that, 15 years? 20? and I'm stunned that he is still getting even better at it.

His opinions have been spot on all along, and when you're right you're right. And hey, I can just share his opinions and boom, now I can pretend for myself that I'm as smart as Cory Doctorow.

But the delivery, the craft of forwarding the opinion, I could start doing conferences right now, multiple ones per year, record podcast episodes every week, and I'd never catch up with him because he had a 20-30(-40?)-year head start and he is not letting up.

I'm glad he's on our side.

Wow! I am imprssed!
"Today, the Jami team presents the first Technical Preview of a new generation of distributed text conversations: Swarms."
"Swarms are fully distributed and peer-to-peer text conversations, with a potentially unlimited number of participants."
"Under the hood, Swarms use Git to store the conversation, along with peer-to-peer TLS connections for syncing." #jami #gnu #linux


...and the app is back: Huge thanks to everyone for your patience and support on this, and apologies for the inconvenience. Thanks also to Google for being transparent and apologetic once we'd established contact. Now, back to preparing for!


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