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@flowinho What you need to prevent that is uBlock Origin. No Computer used by a kid should be without it.

That’s not a longterm solution, but it at least protects your kids.

ublockorigin.com/

(the long-term solution is to move away from advertisement-funded media. One way for that is to decentralize radically)

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That's DOCTOR Lemmer-Webber, thank you!

Just passed my dissertation defense!

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Oooooh dang I did good and married a DOCTOR

That is all to say... @mlemweb just passed her dissertation defense and is now DOCTOR Morgan Lemmer-Webber! CONGRATULATIONS MORGAN

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In an upcoming #IEEESoftware paper with Chris Lamb, we describe the #ReproducibleBuilds approach to increase the integrity of [#opensource] software #SupplyChains and how that worked out for #Debian.

#openaccess preprint: arxiv.org/abs/2104.06020

#FreeSoftware #FOSS #ReproBuilds

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@be @valhalla @jens @cadadr I now discussed in that thread, and it ended with marcan42 claiming: “the line between HW and SW is blurring, and the FSF has zero clue how to deal with it” — and me linking to the FSF high-priority project for libre firmware fsf.org/campaigns/priority-pro

He didn’t even make the minimal effort of firing up a search engine with his claim, else he would have seen that the FSF has libre firmware and the blurring line between HW and SW as one of the high priority projects.

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@cadadr @be @valhalla @jens And that’s exactly how freedom dies. There is a point to preventing a dependency on blobs only another party can change, and ironically it’s the OpenBSD folks who put it best: openbsd.org/lyrics.html#39

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@cadadr
> we have a lot more at stake than the "4 freedoms", our data is at stake.

One, the "4 freedoms" remain at stake even now, so GNU/FSF/whatever are useful.

Two, for everything else, EFF and its ilk are useful.

Why rail against RMS for not getting GNU/FSF to do EFF's job?

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If regulation like GDPR was just a hassle with no real wins for user privacy, surveillance companies like Google wouldn't be scrambling to work around it by creating "cohort ids" which can be triangulated to track people down

github.com/WICG/floc/issues/10

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oh holy moly gnu.tools is generated using my static site generator. never imagined my silly little program would see such usage.

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@jens @cadadr @be but … more and more stuff that once was proprietary electronics becomes proprietary software now, so it becomes eligible to be replaced with free software.

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@jens @cadadr @be I want people who refuse all non-free software — those are the ones who take the hard road and use crappy workarounds that can one day become good solutions.

They show the way we still have to go. They use LibreJS and refuse to support services that don’t work with it. They ensure that you still get notifications via email.

Hard RYF-checking gives an incentive to go the full way.

I also want people who improve or replace the crappy workarounds to become usable for everyone.

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@jens @cadadr @be We are finally at a point where using no unfree software is viable for many people by simply buying a "respects-your-freedom" laptop, and now we’re giving up on radical free software idealism?

For the first time you don’t actually need a lot of skill to get fully free software.

My no-proprietary-shit laptop was bought as-is and I didn’t have to change anything (not one bit!) to have a fully working presentation-laptop that I then used to give lectures at the dual university.

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@cadadr @be Free Software is the minimal requirement. Being Free Software does not ensure that it’s good. But if it’s not Free Software, it can’t be a good tool for society.

Even back in 1990 Free Software was used in servers in a way that sidestepped copyleft. What changed is that the boundary between client and server shifted so we now actually see that proprietary software.

Yet, here we talk about that on a fully free service run by a roleplaying community (at least the instance I use is).

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@be @cadadr to be fair, scaling video-calls are a hard problem. But I wish that it were Free Software, not proprietary software, where technically superior and easy to use tools appear first. Blender is one of the few examples of that (and for blender there’s an unusual history behind this).

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@wim_v12e And for all the Java and Javascript devs out there (to whom I now also belong, since I left academia in 2017): draketo.de/english/free-softwa

- Dev A: “Fortran is totally outdated.”
- Dev B: “I wish we could declare objects in function arguments or variable values as immutable in Java and Javascript.”

developer silently weeps

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@wim_v12e Thank you for this toot! If people now get interested and want to get a quick start: draketo.de/english/free-softwa 🙂

Also I collected some of the less common behaviors and pitfalls of Fortran while working as physicist at the institute for meteorology and climate research in Karlsruhe: draketo.de/light/english/fortr

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