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tbh i really do miss when technology was superficially bad by accident rather than now where it's deeply morally bad on purpose

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We closed the gap between Stage0 and #GNU Mes: the Full Source Bootstrap is near!

The package graph is now rooted in hex0, a #357-byte binary & ASCII-equivalent github.com/oriansj/bootstrap-s

Make your distro #bootstrappable!

@fsf
@conservancy
@fsfe
@nixos
#reprobuilds #gnutools #NLnetFDN

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@edsu 2) The Section 230 fight has been so exhausting, because I understand why people want something to stab big tech with. But it's really a bad local sharp implement to grab, because we've been fighting to protect intermediaries -- including bloggers, forums, and decentralised tools, for decades, and S.230 was one of the few bright spots. And both left and right think it's the devil.

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The Pandemic Heroes Who Gave us the Gift of Time and Gift of Information

Moderna’s vaccine was apparently designed in just a few days, over a weekend, after the genetic sequence became available on January 10th, 2020.

Here’s why that date matters: the sequence was published ten days before China acknowledged the severity of the problem by admitting sustained human-to-human transmission and shutting down the city of Wuhan, on January 20th. The sequence was published while China—and the WHO, which depended on China for information—were still downplaying what was going on, in their official statements. The sequence wasn’t published in an official document. Instead, it was published independently in an open-source depository by Yong-Zhen Zhang, a professor at the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center and School of Public Health.

zeynep.substack.com/p/the-pand

HN discussion: news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2

#ZeynepTufekci #COVID19 #YongZhenZhang #OpenAccess #vaccines #censorship #genomes #PublicGenome #OpenSource

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What you are referring to as GNU/Linux is actually three Emacs sessions in a trenchcoat.

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Um um um um ummmmm... is this what it sounds like? Google is blocking browsers it doesn't "approve" of... apparently just letting in Firefox and Chrome? developers.googleblog.com/2020

The web as an open standards platform is rapidly falling apart. :\

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In seeking repair and tinkering exemptions over the years, we’ve used some great stories from you about your repair problems and projects involving your cars and other devices. Help us fight for your rights once more! eff.org/deeplinks/2020/10/tell

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One of the neatest tricks Big Tech ever pulled was convincing people that phones weren't general-purpose computers and should have different rules than laptops or desktops. These rules conveniently give the vendor more control.

Now these rules are moving to laptops and desktops.

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#apconf2020's live parts are now open to non-registrants... in ~15 minutes I'll be doing my Q&A on "Spritely & Federation Futures" and there's plenty of other great talks lined up too! conf.activitypub.rocks/#live

See you at the Q&A!

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We managed to release a podcast episode in the middle of hosting a conference!

This week we talk about the Ethics of Agency: fossandcrafts.org/episodes/11-

Now time for the #apconf2020 opening keynote!

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DRM is one of the real killers for new platforms. Paying customers can’t access services like Netflix or Hulu on their devices. They can’t even read their books on them.

DRM is anti-competitive and anti-consumer.

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spritely logo heavily WIP stuff 

It's VERY early, but I'm thinking of taking Spritely's logo in an intentionally very different logo than most social networks. Instead of the standard simple, modern, minimal SVG, something that looks very painted and intentionally like something an art student's videogame logo might look like instead

What do people think of this direction? Obviously a lot needs to be done

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@unlofl For now, my recommendation is the latter. In the future, my goal is that people should be able to learn by immersion: if you open up a game and you have the authority to edit a game object, just click on it and write some new NPC code. Learn by doing!

But for now, yeah you gotta learn racket and read the docs and shit ;)

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I believe this is satire????

Why obscurity through security (or whatever this may be called) is really really important.

discover.realvnc.com/blog/the-

#floss #opensource #freesoftware #fsfe

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IMPORTANT REMINDER FOR ALL TIMELORDS

The deadline for petitions for new assignments is rapidly approaching and submissions postmarked after ...

... oh, who am I kidding?

#JustTimelordThings

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Try our app, it's exactly like our website down to the pixel except for how it accesses your contacts, location, microphone, pictures and camera and it's not always nagging you to try our app.

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Disturbing reports that Google Play is threatening to kick out Mastodon apps. See:

mastodon.social/@Gargron/10476

toot.fedilab.app/@fedilab/1047

App stores have a track record of acting capriciously & are also easy targets for gov't censors (including Trump). This is why alternatives like @fdroidorg are so important for user freedom.

If unfamiliar: F-Droid is a free & open source app you can use to install other Android apps, with focus on free & open source software. Get it here:

f-droid.org/

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