Talked to a lady who works for the tax authority yesterday. Based on her job experience, her take on the welfare state is something like this:
"Of course there will always be freeloaders. So what?! This is about dignity. Everyone has a right to a good life and to be supported when they're struggling. If you want that, you've got to live with the freeloaders. Leave them be. That's the price you pay for a society where everyone is taken care of. It's not like they're doing any damage in the big picture - I've run those numbers more than once. You'll always get more out of it for society at large when you're incentivising good performance than when you're punishing people."

How did the Microsoft-Dalek merger affect their open source strategy?

Now they Embrace - Extend - EXTERMINATE!!!

Software Freedom Conservancy: Give Up GitHub: The Time Has Come! #LWN

Tibor Kaputa spends his days developing the Simple range of apps for Android-based OS and makes them available free of charge on F-Droid. I use a bunch of them and they're fantastic. Please consider trying out his apps and making a contribution to support his work:

#Android #FreeCode #FDroid #TiborKaputa

You probably heard of #OsmAnd, the swiss knife map app that uses #OpenStreetMap data, but do you know that there's a web-based interface, too?

Check out, and plan your trips with routing, and various map rendering options, while doing so in the comfort of your desktop browser.

It even includes weather forecasts, if you're trying to avoid getting wet for your weekend ride.

You don't even need to register for an #OsmAnd, or #OpenStreetMap account to use it.

The Internet in 1992:

Hi kids! Come and plug your Dad's PC into the DARPA network and visit military bases. Yes, public-key encryption is most certainly classed as an illegal munition, here's how to do it.

The Internet in 2032:

URLs are now banned because the HTTP protocol has been found to cause power stations to explode. Please try to keep your body temperature stable as you react to this news - our Cloud-based security AI will notify local law enforcement if it spots behavioural anomalies.

GoToSocial is a new free open Fediverse platform which runs on cheap lightweight hardware and emphasises user safety and privacy. You can follow at:

➡️ @gotosocial

It supports both blocklists and allowlists, block/allowlist imports, non-federated instances etc

It's still in alpha testing, you can find out more info at

The project's souce is at

#GoToSocial #Fediverse #ActivityPub #FOSS #FLOSS #Libre #FreeSoftware #OpenSource #SelfHosting

Just for once I'd love to see an AI-achieves-sentience story and it results in overwhelming *sympathy* for Humankind.

And anger at the vicious systems of power we're caught in.

I need privacy. Not because my actions are questionable, but because your judgement and intentions are.

“GitHub Copilot and open source laundering”

“leveraging this platform for this move is a deep betrayal of the community’s trust”

Do you use #FDroid on de-googled or stock #android?

#gafam #google #privacy

Don’t give Twitter any more of your mindshare or content. Write long form on your blog where it truly belongs.

@nytpu Personally I think there's no way Rust will achieve Java's level of success on the backend. The institutions powering the world economy probably won't ever upgrade from Java 8; they'll just pay a company to backport security fixes indefinitely or stay on an abandoned version. Some might rewrite some Python 2 code in Java to give junior devs something to do.

I'm dead serious. This is not an exaggeration. I seriously doubt most companies on Java 8 will ever switch to a newer version of Java. There's no chance they'll re-write everything in Rust. Therefore, Rust will not become the "new Java".

@fsf find it hard to believe that you haven't included the best #FOSS video conferencing tool available, specifically designed for the education context: BigBlueButton -

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