Adobe is now telling its users they can be sued for using old versions of photoshop
If folks think that the world, on whole, is not an oppressive place with pervasive #inequity, they need to broaden their perspectives.
As #technology becomes key for individuals and communities to thrive, #FLOSS plays a critical role in ensuring their freedoms are respected and protected in those efforts. And that's why we need to ensure we're listening to those with the least power, to help build tools that work for everyone.
All your compute happening in the cloud has been unsafe: any other process running on the same hardware can peek at what's happening in your application!
Find a continuously updated list of problems at the link and avoid the cloud.
In the same space, of excellent early inventions for fast computers, let's not forget one of my heroes, Lynn Conway, for "invention of multiple-out-of-order dynamic instruction scheduling" - an idea which IBM managed to bury at about the same time they fired her in an act of transphobic prejudice.
We are going to travel across Kerala (possibly across India if we get support) promoting federated social media services like #mastodon #diaspora and #matrix. We are going to call it #PrivacyYathra. We have done a similar campaign in the past called #DiasporaYatra. This time we are expanding the scope.
Vote here if you like to join/support the campaign https://www.loomio.org/p/XDtULO8I/would-you-join-support-this-campaign-to-travel-across-kerala-
You can see the details about Diaspora Yatra at https://poddery.com/tags/diasporayatra
Back when the GNU project was starting, among the first things they rewrote as Free Software were:
- text editor / IDE (Emacs)
- assembler, linker, and compiler
IOW, they made tools that they needed to further develop Free Software without relying on proprietary tools.
They wanted their project to be self-hosting.
Nowadays, we have more free software than ever, but we develop it using github and Discord...
The Coming War on General Purpose Computation
We Need to Save What Made Linux and FOSS Possible
"our lives are scraped and sold to fund their freedom and our subjugation, their knowledge and our ignorance about what they know"
- Shoshana Zuboff
The Age of #SurveillanceCapitalism, pg. 498
We use the word "boilerplate" a lot at work. It's such a strange phrase that seems like it's probably traveled far from its original meaning, so I looked up what that meaning was.
It goes back to newspapers. Large advertisers and content syndicates would distribute ready-to-go printing plates to local newspapers that could easily just go onto the press and be ready to print without any modification. These plates resembled rolled steel that was used to make boilers.
"There is nothing open about Open APIs."
"Where ‘free’ is the lie told to users, ‘Open API’ is the lie told to developers."
Finding people to follow on the fediverse (e.g. Mastodon/Pleroma) is simple!
1. Start by checking the timeline for your local instance. See an interesting post? check the author's timeline. Are they or their posts interesting? Follow them.
2. Check their boosts and give their authors the same treatment.
3. Rinse and repeat. 🔄
Is your local instance too quiet? Try the federated timeline, but brace for noise!
Wow. On the one hand it seems like just yesterday, but on the other it feels like a *lot* has happened since then.
Thank you for all the suggestions and feedback, and thank you to those who make #Alternatives that give us back our privacy. You are all heroes 👍
Eben Moglen - Why Freedom of Thought Requires Attention - re;publica 2019 https://peertube.mastodon.host/videos/watch/a382163c-6e93-4626-a8dd-b5010502c870
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