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":

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.

They say "do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life" but they never warned me that it's impossible to keep loving that thing after it becomes your job.

For anyone else looking to reduce google's stranglehold on the internet in this small way, I found some nice google web fonts alternatives: 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. is a service that proxies google web fonts while preserving your privacy, so you can use it as a direct drop-in replacement.

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This morning I read about yet another successful Open Source project falling victim to it's own permissive license:

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 (


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:

@TKNews_rss - Matt Taibbi's substack TK News

@CitizenLab_rss - the Citizen Lab

@TorrentFreak_rss - TorrentFreak

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.

In case you don't know - is a fully-featured free, open-source, self-hostable, E2E encrypted video conferencing service.

You don't need Microsoft Teams, Google Meet or Discord!

Choose privacy and freedom!

#jitsiMeet #MicrosoftTeams #GoogleMeet #VideoConferencing #VoIP

Another day, another RSS bot:

@TheInk_rss - Anand Giridharadas' substack The.Ink

If you haven't heard of him, Anand is an astute critic of modern capitalism, always worth reading.

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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

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.

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I also added @Schneier_rss - Schneier on Security

His headlines aren't super informative so I tried to get feed2toot to include a blurb from the body, but it looks like feed2toot isn't smart enough not to break in the middle of HTML tags, so it might be a bit wonky. Deal!

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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

@ProPublica_rss - ProPublica

@DemocracyNow_Headlines_rss - Democracy Now!

@EFF_Updates_rss - EFF

@PRWatch_rss - PRWatch

@TheIntercept_English_rss - The Intercept

Enjoy, fediverse! 🏴

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