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A person with heart problems decided to use a pacemaker, a device that controls the heart beating rate, and went on to discover that pacemaker had been set incorrectly, presumably due to a software bug.

The software is proprietary. She doesn't have its source code and learning how it works is illegal.

The device has remote monitoring capabilities, so someone else controls her heart.

wired.com/2016/02/i-want-to-kn

If the software was free, it would have been under user's control.

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Matrix-XMPP bridge has a limitation that XMPP users miss messages posted in the groups hosted on matrix when they were offline. Sunday Nkwuda and Olatunji Ajayi, with help from team formed by @praveen, including me, are planning to fix the problem. Please help us in raising funds so that we can fix the limitation. Check fundraiser here opencollective.com/bifrost-mam.

Many thanks to the XMPP Standards Foundation for serving as fiscal host for the fundraising.

Share to raise awareness about F-Droid, a repository of free software for Android.

Donate to F-Droid f-droid.org/en/donate

We are glad to announce that Sayantan from thelifeofscience.com/ will be taking a session on gender and representation in technology in our camp. The session is public which means registration in the camp is not necessary to attend the session.

Session details:

*Title:* Inequalities in Indian STEMM+ practice

*Bionote:* Sayantan Datta (they/them) are a queer-trans science journalist writing at the intersections of science, health, gender, sexuality and caste. They teach writing and oral communication at Krea University, and are associated with the independent feminist multimedia science collective, TheLifeofScience.com.

Date: 18th November 2021

Time: 19:00 hours Indian Standard Time

Meeting Link: meet.gnome.org/sof-gpf-pqi-qw7

Looking forward to see you there😀

@arh "What have you got to hide?" always sounded to me like something asked by giant organisations that wish to track your every move while using bureaucracy to be as opaque as possible. Very few multinational corporations or authoritarian leaning entities are prepared to be fully transparent, ethical and take the necessary steps to plugging up their own ocean of hypocrisy. But when it comes to you they would like to guilt you into allowing them to track you every step of the way.

Google, in an effort to regain control of the antitrust narrative, has brazenly and deceptively enlisted small businesses to argue the company's case.

nearmedia.co/does-the-gmb-rebr

Google's software is malware. I have degoogled my life already, means I do not use any Google's software for my computing. You can do it too.

Hey folks, I'm looking into hosting a mastodon server for 2-3 users. Can someone mention what is usual storage usage trends or what should be the optimal storage required ?

#askfediverse #askmastodon

A person with heart problems decided to use a pacemaker, a device that controls the heart beating rate, and went on to discover that pacemaker had been set incorrectly, presumably due to a software bug.

The software is proprietary. She doesn't have its source code and learning how it works is illegal.

The device has remote monitoring capabilities, so someone else controls her heart.

wired.com/2016/02/i-want-to-kn

If the software was free, it would have been under user's control.

We are glad to announce that Mike Saunders from LibreOffice @libreoffice is taking a session in our camp.

Time and Date: Tuesday 23 November, 10:00 UTC or 15:30 Indian Standard Time

Meeting Link: meet.gnome.org/sof-gpf-pqi-qw7

The session is open to all irrespective of whether you are a part of the camp or not. Looking forward to see you there 😀

We have an Open Collective at
opencollective.com/bifrost-mam

Contribute to this fund raising campaign so we can fund two developers to work full time on this project for one month.

Spread the word so more people know about this campaign.

#Matrix #XMPP #FreeSoftware #OpenSource

We found a missing feature in a Free Software we use and we are taking advantage of the freedom to modify the software. We need your help to make it happen.

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@praveen This is the power of free software. Users get the source code so they can fix the problems or introduce features. Also, we can share the modifications with others so that everyone gets the benefit of the development.

If the software was nonfree, this was not possible. We had to beg the developer and even then there is no guarantee that the developer would fix it.

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Matrix-XMPP bridge has a limitation that XMPP users miss messages posted in the groups hosted on matrix when they were offline. Sunday Nkwuda and Olatunji Ajayi, with help from team formed by @praveen, including me, are planning to fix the problem. Please help us in raising funds so that we can fix the limitation. Check fundraiser here opencollective.com/bifrost-mam.

Many thanks to the XMPP Standards Foundation for serving as fiscal host for the fundraising.

Dangers of nonfree software and why free software is even more important now odysee.com/@blenderdumbass:f/s

The first example in the video is about a software that literally kills its users for profit vice.com/en/article/93yyyd/thi

Centralized services, like Signal, can be easily banned by the government(as Iran already banned Signal), are easy to add backdoors by government and can be sold to any other company with entirely different philosophy and motives.

The underlying wrong here is that Signal does not allow other servers to federate with them. Users are dependent on the central server which means they can either agree to whatever Signal imposes or leave it. This is not what true freedom means.

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Signal is making part of the server side proprietary signal.org/blog/keeping-spam-o. Signal chat system is centralized, i.e., one entity, the Signal Foundation, controls it. Although a good short-term solution, we need to think beyond centralized services in long term. If Signal changes its policy or it becomes bad in future, then users will find it hard to switch because they need to convince every contact to switch. This is not the case with XMPP and matrix.

This is the power of free software. Users get the source code so they can fix the problems or introduce features. Also, we can share the modifications with others so that everyone gets the benefit of the development.

If the software was nonfree, this was not possible. We had to beg the developer and even then there is no guarantee that the developer would fix it.

Quick heads-up: The Free Software Community of India let us know about their Software Freedom Camp 2021, an online mentorship programme. Last date to register is 5 November: camp.fsci.in

@libreoffice flyer for schools and universities.

I replaced "open source" with "freedom-respecting" and taking suggestion by @praveen , rotated the logo of open source to make it copyleft logo.

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