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I'm a little late to the party, but I now realize we live in an era where billions of devices are using copyleft software (the Linux kernel) yet somehow get away with restricting their users' freedom. How do they get away with it? Is this the "Tivoization" Richard Stallman talked about that was a major impetus for developing GPLv3? Can this all be traced back to Linus refusing to upgrade when GPLv3 was released in 2007? How the fuck did things get so bad?
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""" Why Open Source Misses the Point of Free Software
by Richard Stallman

The terms “free software” and “open source” stand for almost the same range of programs. However, they say deeply different things about those programs, based on different values. The free software movement campaigns for freedom for the users of computing; it is a movement for freedom and justice. By contrast, the open source idea values mainly practical advantage and does not campaign for principles. This is why we do not agree with open source, and do not use that term.

When we call software “free,” we mean that it respects the users' essential >>15684 freedoms: the freedom to run it, to study and change it, and to redistribute copies with or without changes. This is a matter of freedom, not price, so think of “free speech,” not “free beer.”

These freedoms are vitally important. They are essential, not just for the individual users' sake, but for society as a whole because they promote social solidarity—that is, sharing and cooperation. They become even more important as our culture and life activities are increasingly digitized. In a world of digital sounds, images, and words, free software becomes increasingly essential for freedom in general.


The nontrivial case is harmful and important. Many products containing computers check signatures on their executable programs to block users from effectively using different executables; only one privileged company can make executables that can run in the device and use its full capabilities. We call these devices “tyrants,” and the practice is called “tivoization” after the product (Tivo) where we first saw it. Even if the executable is made from free source code, and nominally carries a free license, the users cannot usefully run modified versions of it, so the executable is de-facto nonfree.

Many Android products contain nonfree tivoized executables of Linux, even though its source code is under GNU GPL version 2. (We designed GNU GPL version 3 to prohibit this practice; too bad Linux did not adopt it.) These executables, made from source code that is open source and free, are generally spoken of as “openPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


How is that a cope? ESR's racism and his lolbertarian "it's ephebophilia, bro" takes are both well documented.


> RMS is actuallly liberal
> and the fact he doesn't talks about private property
> RMS is a ${pick label for either side} because he insists on not only making the code available to ${pick the other label}, but explicitly prohibiting political restrictions on who can use GPL'd software.

+++ >>15771 >>15773 >>15778

> The main cause of these debt traps is the expectation that the exploitative loans will be repayed. Therefore, what really is needed is for debtor countries to start simply canceling their debts. Once rich people learn that by trying to exploit poor countries this way they are likely to lose, they will stop.

> Venezuela's president Chavez says he will re-nationalize energy and telephone companies that were privatized by a previous government. It makes no sense to privatize state operations that do not operate in competitive markets.

> Business does not practice honesty except when outside pressure compels it to do so. Privatized government is therefore dishonest government.


What is this from?


his wikipedia article

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You're cringe.


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theyre live right now watch aabortion protest


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> The #FBI Child ID app—the first mobile application created by the Bureau—provides a convenient place to electronically store photos and other vital information about your children so that it’s literally right at hand if you need it. Learn more at go.usa.gov/xJSfm.


Considering it's something coded by the US government, It'll probably be a poorly coded wrapper for an even more precariously put together web app, so real bad idea to put "vital information" in it even if one did trust the feds for some reason.


facebook and instagram already exist for putting pictures of your children-property into the panopticon


FBI pretends that those are independent companies.


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fixed that for you

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We're reaching the point where even fucking documentation is being relegated to walled garden social media.

> The 30 year history of the World Wide Web seems to be one of barely glomming together a relatively robust, relatively well maintained set of information sources and then destroying them at the first sign of a company offering a slicker product.. which then spectacularly dies


I was complaining about this a bit ago. It's crazy to me how seemingly everyone has fbi.gov blinders, even leftists and security and privacy advocates who should know better are weirdly keen on funneling everything they say and do through fbi.gov. Maybe the allure of ruling your own little internet fiefdom is just too strong to resist for most people.


looked up what this is about and seems to be some gaming thing
not sure what's so surprising, most people that use this will be more likely to have a fbi.gov account than sign up for irc or whatever


This is especially a problem for Minecraft mods. I don't get why devs would rather people pester them for each little thing when github provides an easy way to make documentation pages via github docs, and I imagine most other major git platforms have something similar.


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"the answer is on the d*scord heres an invite bro"


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half decade as a fortune 500 professional programmer, never met anyone who's used either. quit larping and use an IDE


Try meeting more people.


Vim can be turned into an extremely powerful IDE that runs entirely in a terminal, that is incredibly powerful because, it makes it possible to do software development on any computer.

Emacs is a program without peers, there is nothing quite so extensible and powerful out there, there is no way you can replace it with an IDE.

By the way neither vim not Emacs ever were the default editor, that has been and still is VI or nano. Both of these are objectively inferior, and are chosen as good enough minimum. VI is something like a predecessor of vim.

Both VIM and Emacs are also the king of efficient work flow, if you can memorize enough key-bindings, you'll run circles around somebody using something like vscode.

While there are legit reasons to use an traditional IDE, it does not depreciate VIM nor Emacs in any way. Their are tangible benefits to using them instead.

>argument from fortune 500 fallacy (derivation of authority fallacy)
You are making the argument that capitalists who have the most money, for some reason know better how to produce software, fortune 500 means the best at making money, not quality. But the reality is they do not make the best software. They are monopolies that make mediocre products.


"vi" symlinked to vim (or whatever flavor of vim) in a lot of distros


"vi" is symlinked*

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I've gotten much better at scheduling my life and time blocking but at the moment i'm using a google account to plan my shit. I want to move off this but i don't know what is good for scheduling while ensuring my data isn't scraped and sold.
Any recommends?


a plaintext file


Remind (https://dianne.skoll.ca/projects/remind/) can sync with your existing google calendar and has multiple graphic frontends.
For birthdays you should write a csv file (the format /etc/passwd uses), so you can write scripts for converting it to any sufficiently simple calendar format.


Can you share across devices without using someone else's server?


You will always need a server for that, unless you're on the same LAN or use a TOR hidden service.
Remind stores the calendar data in '~/.reminders', so synchronization could be implemented as a three-way merge of the local file, the remote file and a snapshot from the last sync over ssh, or you could just use a VCS.



i still don't get how bladeless fans work
also why is this dyson guy important?


>i still don't get how bladeless fans work
They are not bladeless. They use a small hidden turbine (with blades) that is coupled to an air-duct that uses Bernoulli's principle.
Inside that air duct, a small amount of air that moves very fast, transfers it's kinetic momentum to a large amount of air, to make it move slowly (at fan like speeds). It uses a tiny fan that uses air to blow more air.

Please don't post videos that shill for patents. Patents are a huge obstacle that stall technology, and are designed to serve one singular purpose: impose monopoly interests on everybody else. If you are an inventor make your invention opensource. You can get funding from all the people that use your invention. Patents will put you on a leech held by lawyers, and you'll regret it for the rest of your life getting torture by people who don't understand how shit works.


I hate marketing so much. Reminds me of "air" fryers or, more fitting for the tech board, "serverless"

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>check out news for the new mycroft.ai Mimic 3 TTS engine
>one of the demo videos has a dev with a thick european accent
>he sounds more robotic than the TTS

Anyway, I wonder if /robowaifu/ is having a field-day with this yet. They already have a thread of training-data libraries from cartoon characters.

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Is MediaPortal the based open-source alternative to premium stuff like Kodi and Plex?

Have any of you used it

Is it pirate friendly?


Kodi is FOSS and free to download and install? Anyways anything that lets you stream open codec videos locally is pirate friendly.


Free software alternative*

Anyway, I use Jellyfin for that.


Every media server is pirate friendly.

Based. I fucking love Jellyfin.


How did Bill Gates manage to make people forget what a piece of shit he is?
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Also unaware that Microsoft didn't make anything note worthy. Disk operating systems was old hat by 1981, CP/M stood out because it offered portability of applications where software written for say CP/M on the Ti-99 would work on CP/M for the CP/M for the Osborne with little effort (as long as the program didn't directly address hardware). MS-Dos didn't offer this which is why you have somewhat PC compatibles like the Sanyo MBC-550.
As for Windows by the time the first version of MS Windows was released not only was there of course MacOS but the Amiga was released, AT&T Unix had gotten an official desktop, Tandy released Deskmate, Digital Research released GEM, IBM released Top View, and Quarterdeck released DESQView.


Not Jewish or another type of minority so the far right ignores him. He's also able to fly under the radar by playing civility politics and virtue signaling with philanthropy so the your typical liberal ignores him. Stays off social media like Trump and Musk to avoid saying anything controversial. Leftist know he's a scumbag but there are very few in the U.S. with a platform loud enough to complain.


He totally went to the island.



It happened again with Internet Explorer that was just Mosaic that by the time MS re-skinned it as IE was long in the tooth. MS didn't even have the rights to Mosaic (as they used it) as they just bought the licence then refused to pay royalties till they got sued and managed to settle in paying a lump sum along with getting the rights. So when Microsoft was dragged into the anti-trust hearing MS had openly broken copyright law where they were packaged IE with Windows while not having the rights of the copyright holder to do so and still the DOJ still didn't throw the book at them at the end.

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