@kate Looks like they're desperate for funds. It is alarming, and we should support ff somehow.
If ff fails, the web will remain chromium-only (except maybe caves of gemini). That would leave google alone to set all the rules. Somewhat doomsday scenario. So don't be too picky and keep supporting ff. If they fail in funding, we all will get ads in chromium address bar or something worse.
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Here's a little thing that may not be obvious to many people....
When you install an open-source app from Google Play or the Apple app store, there is no guarantee that what you install actually matches the public code.
@fdroidorg are doing a great service. They independently build the public source code for apps from scratch, review for common issues, and publish their builds. Thanks to "reproducible builds" it's possible to verify they do not tamper with the code.
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I keep seeing open source projects saying "join the conversation" on discord or "stay up to date" with a link to twitter or a facebook group.
Have we really failed on messaging so hard that no one understands the cognitive dissonance at play here?
Or is it really just that Matrix is that bad, and the fediverse is that obscure?
Being a pirate in 2021: waaah, we can’t get Disney+ in our country!
How the mighty have fallen.
The Small Web isn’t about going back to the days of GeoCities. It’s about going forward differently, using modern tech in a non-colonial manner.
It’s not about building clones of Twitter, YouTube, etc. There’s no way anyone can self-host a dozen different services. Instead, it’s about having a single-tenant place on the Web that you own and control without technical knowhow; a place you can add Twitter, YouTube, etc., *features* to.
@aral agree on the open standards, but as long as people just chew what is given, it will be a very long haul. legislation is neglected/circumvented when Big Tech wants so -- see chat/vidcall software, GDPR, updates on battery load etc.
so: use a phone to call or sms someone, and do your banking on your desktop at home (better: automate monthly payments)
@cjk We have a system that works constantly to apologise for those with wealth and power so it’s not surprising. Is Facebook socially unacceptable today? No. Not by a long shot. When someone goes to work there, do they get scorn? Nope, they get praise. When someone sells their startup to FB, what happens? They get congratulated. Once, there was a cigarette in every hand. Then came the surgeon general’s report. Big Tobacco is still a thing but perceptions have changed. We need the equivalent.
@avalos you forgot the part where they killed the headphone jack.
Also, as a musician in Germany, you can't have a concert with your own music without the venue paying "GEMA", the centralized national music copyright holders organization. Even when you aren't a member of GEMA, you have to pay them a processing fee so they can process the piece of paper that says you're only playing your own stuff.
Also, they got this monopoly in 1933, from a certain newly elected administration.
What makes Linux amazing?
I just took a HDD out of my Thinkpad X120e computer and stuffed it into a (new to me) Toshiba laptop.
Everything works. No fussing.
Even Windows has difficulty with this concept.
I'm happy that this was stress-free.
Note: Nothing is perfect. I know folks have written thousands of terabytes of issues with Linux booting on consumer hardware. Please think of the planet and don't share them in my mentions.
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