The free software foundation is doing everything they can to kill the free software movement.
It's time to reevaluate the landscape, and time for new ideas and organizations to pick up the torch for human freedom and justice as it relates to software and technology.
"Platform failure": https://warzel.substack.com/p/its-not-cancel-culture-its-a-platform
I'm sorry for what happened to this person, but we need to be honest---the platform is behaving exactly as intended. It's a failure for the human users only because the algorithm isn't made *for* them, it's engineered to boost the adtech (social media) company's bottom line by "maximizing engagement", code for exposing users to content they dislike so they'll counter-tweet while being shown ads. The algorithm itself is intentionally toxic.
Free Software died when the proprietary software industry realized that Open Source was the perfect weapon to use against it, and then along with ESR (who is arguably even worse than RMS) recruited developers and users away from Free Software to become free (or sometimes paid) labor for proprietary software.
The FSF themselves have demonstrated that they will die with Stallman.
For anyone else looking to reduce google's stranglehold on the internet in this small way, I found some nice google web fonts alternatives:
https://fontlibrary.org/ has a small but decent library of free fonts, and they deliver the css similarly to how google does, so you can use it without offering the fonts for download yourself.
https://fontcdn.toolforge.org/ is a service that proxies google web fonts while preserving your privacy, so you can use it as a direct drop-in replacement.
google is not your friend
This morning I read about yet another successful Open Source project falling victim to it's own permissive license: https://www.elastic.co/blog/licensing-change
This time it's elastic (after mongo, redis, and sadly many others) doing mental gymnastics, here oddly centered around trademark and code theft claims to which the license is irrelevant, to justify switching to a license the OSI has made clear is not compatible with Open Source (https://opensource.org/node/1099).
I'm working on a project that uses a raspberry pi with an attached camera to capture daily sunset time-lapse videos out of my west-facing window. I figure we can all use a little beauty in these ugly times.
It's starting to work pretty well, if I do say so myself. Check out this beaut from the other day!
I can't stop with the RSS bots. I just added:
Today's theme is fantastic reporting (about politics, tech & surveillance, and copyright, respectively). Enjoy! 🏴
The fediverse is a public forum.
Your posts are only as secure as the admins of every instance that your home server federates with, in terms of private and followers-only messages.
If you're going to talk about sensitive information, keep it to Signal or other secure 1-on-1 channels.
Assume that everything you post to the fediverse, is being scooped up by multiple gov agencies around the world.
The Milan scrape was only notable because they made their findings public.
If a university scraping feeds did it, it's safe to assume other, bigger organizations have been doing it for much longer.
Apparently today's a two-fer! Couldn't resist adding one more RSS bot for another brilliant critic of capitalism:
@Varoufakis_Guardian_rss - Yanis Varoufakis at The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/profile/yanis-varoufakis
Also, a note: I'm importing the entirety of these RSS feeds up front, which means if you follow you'll see a huge dump of old articles. Apologies for that. Future articles will show up as they're published instead of all at once.
I've created bots to toot news from a few nonprofit media/advocacy organizations' (and the intercept, close enough) RSS feeds, pulled a few times daily
Enjoy, fediverse! 🏴
Toots for friends