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Why is software created using taxpayers’ money not released as Free Software? Code paid by the people should be available to the people!


Content warning: https://gadgeteer.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Screenshot_20221114_143708-400x364.jpg Free Software gives everybody the right to use, study, share and improve software. This right helps support other fundamental freedoms like freedom of speech, press

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Content warning: https://gadgeteer.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Screenshot_20221114_143708-400x364.jpg Free Software gives everybody the right to use, study, share and improve software. This right helps support other fundamental freedoms like freedom of speech, press


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#imagepipe version 0.64 has just been released!

Removes #exif data and modifies images to reduce size before sharing.

Visit the project homepage at #codeberg : https://codeberg.org/Starfish/Imagepipe

The new version should be available at #fdroid soon: https://f-droid.org/packages/de.kaffeemitkoffein.imagepipe/

Available at #fdroid only!

#floss #privacy

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Police using cell phone tracking data in popular apps for 'mass surveillance on a budget'

Police have used “Fog Reveal” to search hundreds of billions of records from 250 million mobile devices, and harnessed the data to create location analyses

https://on.thegrio.com/3QgOYDw

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Microsoft's Github Copilot is disregarding Free Software licenses and will be happily selling parts of your GPL code against your will! Woo!

https://drewdevault.com/2022/06/23/Copilot-GPL-washing.html

As the author of this article says - free software should be dependant on free software architecture - I recommend https://codeberg.org as an open-source alternative to Github.
Sadly Github is no longer a platform that can be trusted.

CC: @codeberg

#FOSS #Github #Copilot #Microsoft #GPL #OpenSource #FreeSoftware #Codeberg

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It may be pointless as Gothic can grab our code anyways (why should they care where is it hosted, if they don't care how it's licensed?), but it sends a message to them: "your business will suffer if you keep doing this".
Will it do anything? Probably not. Do I care? No. I'll be using Codeberg and supporting them with my money rather than GitHub.
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I agree. Also, by nature, open source software becomes better when there is a community around it.

There was a time when Linux gaming was nothing more than a pipe dream. It is now able to thrive because of what community-led projects like WINE, Lutris and quite a few others did to keep it alive.
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I don’t wanna put down the power of community, however one of the main reasons why gaming on Linux is what it is now is because of Valve
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Argh. "Gothic" was supposed to be "GitHub". Typing on a phone sucks 😛

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Alright, the overwhelming positive response has convinced me of my summer project: "tty1", a blog chronicling my journey toward using the terminal only for my computing experience.

It'll likely be mostly a series of articles showing my CLI replacements for different apps, with a *possible* finale where I go a week with only the distro I've customized over the course of the articles.

I'm gonna start by coding the site from the terminal; follow me to get updates. 😀

Boosts welcome! 😄

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A message to our new friends:

1. Don’t use your Twitter password for your # account. Reusing passwords is always a bad idea. A password manager is your friend here.

2. Set up your 2FA. You can do this from the browser or from within the official mobile app under Settings > Account Settings.

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Hi! This is the official # account. Bookwyrm is a federated reading platform (think Goodreads). Post about your reading and stuff! You can interact with Mastodon users and vice versa. We are going to toot development news and more.
Code https://github.com/bookwyrm-social/bookwyrm
Docs https://docs.joinbookwyrm.com/
List of instances https://docs.joinbookwyrm.com/instances.html

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Not getting any coding done because GitHub is down? Why not take the opportunity to check out Codeberg (https://codeberg.org/), Gitea (https://gitea.com/) or GitLab (https://about.gitlab.com/install/)

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Social media is toxic ☣️

Twitter and Meta just assume you'll do nothing about it. But they're wrong. We all can do something about it🧵 https://blog.peerverse.space/what-should-we-do-about-toxic-social-media/

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GNU poke, the free extensible editor for structured binary data


This talk is titled "GNU poke, the free extensible editor for structured binary data," and was presented at LibrePlanet 2022 by José Marchesi.

José is a GNU hacker and maintainer. He is currently employed by Oracle as the Tech Lead of their toolchain/compilers team.

This talk is about GNU poke, which is an interactive editor for binary data. Not limited to editing basic entities such as bits and bytes, it provides a full-fledged procedural, interactive programming language designed to describe data structures and to operate on them. José will discuss these features and more.

License note: This work is under a GFDL license. Please see https://www.gnu.org/licenses/fdl-1.3.en.html for more information.

Slides: https://media.libreplanet.org/u/libreplanet/m/gnu-poke-the-free-extensible-editor-for-structured-binary-data-slides/
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I don't have a specific use case for this right now, but this is a really nice piece of software.

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In the beginning of the video you mentioned that you haven't been uploading because you concentrated on the Fediverse, Mastadon and Peertube. Am I missing something? I double checked your user here: https://share.tube/a/chriswere/video-channels and in the last two months I can see one video on "Fediverse exclusive videos". So am I following the wrong account?
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I love PeerTube because you can have a channel for everything that you want to discuss. Many people are multifacited, which is excellent, and the way PeerTube allows for multiple channels, people can subscribe to what they want to, and you get more organic views, not stupid comments. I want to restart my YouTube channel, though I hesitate to do so, because the majority of the comments are people calling me or my friends who feature in my videos sometimes stupid, making fun of my visual impairment and my hand tremors that cause my camera skills to look idiotic, but I don't find that sort of attitude around here on PeerTube.

Either way, I have tried Ubuntu, and I don't much care for it, but that is more because my first Linux experience was OpenSUSE, which looks like Windows back when Windows was cool.
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The # Newsletter for March '22 is out!

Many thanks to all who contributed! Read about last month's activities in the XMPP community and the development of the specifications (#)!

Enjoy reading! 📰 ☕

https://xmpp.org/2022/04/the-xmpp-newsletter-march-2022/

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New here? Remember that Twitter is optimized to make you into passive consumers, by en(r/g)aging you with content that you don't choose yourself.

Here, that doesn't happen. But it also means you're responsible to find people to follow.

It will take some work.

If you're willing to put that in, you'll find a wide variety of friendly people that will be happy to have meaningful conversions and laugh and cry together with you.

Start by searching and looking at who other people follow.

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Hi there # 👋

Today a very simple question for y'all fine fedizens to ponder if you like:

"What is the Vision of the Fediverse?"

(Try to stick within the char limit)
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Social media done right:

* Loosely coupled communities, each enforcing its own policies.
* Interoperation between micro-blogs, blogs, photo collections, and all other types of social media.
* Timelines free of ads and spam.
* First class privacy.
* First class blocking and filtering. You see only what you want to.
* Users pay for service rather than being monetised.

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Lib.reviews is a free open source platform for reviewing anything, using data from libre sources such as wikidata. You can follow at:

➡️ @lib_reviews

The site is at https://lib.reviews

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They're not actually the author's favourites. The author's SEO editor wanted some value-added.

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LVL004: Friendica - A Review


This is my review of the Friendica social network, and a follow-up to a previous video I did about the Fediverse. Friendica is my new favourite way to interact with social media, and in this video, I explain why.

As always, my current social media contacts are always on my web site.

For more information about Friendica, see their website.

For more information on the Fediverse in general, this site gives a nice overview.

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Hey Jonathan, thanks for the video about Friendica 😃 Glad to hear, that you experience it as light-weight running it from you home-server former notebook.

I have some additional piece of information about the video 😉

You mentioned the fact that one needs to add an abstract with BBCode to get a content warning. Which surely can be done differently in the UI, no question about that. The roots of the "abstract" lies in the projects history. Friendica can be used as a Twitter client of some sorts. Among other things this makes it possible that your postings on Friendica may directly posted on Twitter as well. While Friendica has some restriction to the length of a posting, it is far above the 280 character limit used on Twitter. So Friendica does some semi-intelligent automatic shortening of postings that are too long and adds a link back to the original posting on Friendica. But not everybody is happy with the outcome of the shortening, so the "abstract" BBCode was added to the BBCode tags Friendica supports, allowing everybody to control the short snippet to advertise for their posting on Twitter. Later on Activity Pub got the "summary" field in the meta-information of a posting and as the abstract is kind of equivalent of a summary, Friendica puts the content of the abstract into this field of the meta-information. Which is used as "content warning" by other projects in the Fediverse.

You mentioned the problems with the image upload. True, sadly true. There is an addon called "js_uploader" which allows you to upload more then one image at a time. And, I think especially for the uploading images from an event situation, Friendicas API does support clients that are designed for e.g. Mastodon. So if you have one of these on your smartphone that you've taken to the event and did some photos, you can use that to add the photos to a posting about the event, straight from your phone.

As you don't use the "community stream" feature much yourself, just let me add, that there all the public postings will be shown from either your node (local) or from any other server connected to your Friendica node (global). It makes more sense to have the stream on a node with more then one user, otherwise it basically mirrors that persons network stream.

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Introducing https://seeking-maintainers.net! 🎉

A few days ago, @kev asked the community for help maintaining his side-project, 512kb.club. This got me thinking.

There are loads of maintainers out there feeling burnt out, but they can't abandon their project since people are depending on the project to be maintained.

In an effort to combat this, I built a website that lists projects looking for new maintainers. It's still quite empty and has some rough edges, so any feedback is very welcome.

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Don't have room for a physical model train set? OpenTTD is an open source simulation game based upon the popular Microprose game 'Transport Tycoon Deluxe'


OpenTTD is modelled after the original Transport Tycoon game by Chris Sawyer and enhances the game experience dramatically. Many features were inspired by TTDPatch while others are original.

See Play with model trains in OpenTTD

#technology #gaming #trains #openttd #simulation

Image/photo

My father has always been fond of model trains, and I remember watching him building a track around the Christmas tree when I was young. When Lego train sets were released, he and I transitioned to them for their convenience and inherent extensibility. We built and operated Lego trains and monorail tracks over the course of many years. I've often imagined a possible future in which I have a garage or a basement dedicated to miniature landscapes and electric whistling trains.

https://gadgeteer.co.za/dont-have-room-physical-model-train-set-openttd-open-source-simulation-game-based-upon-popular


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If you don't have up-to-date and offline backups - make them now.
The world is at war and bombs fall also through software...
# # #

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We recommend the 3-2-1 backup strategy: have your data in three different places, across at least two different types of media, with at least one off-site.

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⚠️ Information for Prosody operators: There has been an OpenSSL security advisory published, which likely affects Prosody and other services you may run - allowing an attacker to trigger an infinite loop in OpenSSL (and any application using it, such as Prosody), causing it to stop responding and use a lot of CPU.

Keep an eye open for OpenSSL updates from your OS distribution. There is no Prosody upgrade needed.

Original advisory here: https://www.openssl.org/news/secadv/20220315.txt

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BookWyrm is a Fediverse alternative to Amazon's GoodReads, letting you review books, share reading lists, discover new books and interact with other readers. You can follow at:

➡️ @bookwyrm

The website is at https://joinbookwyrm.com

There are lists of instances to join at https://joinbookwyrm.com/instances and https://fedidb.org/software/bookwyrm

You can follow BookWyrm accounts from Mastodon etc, for example @mouse

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@bookwyrm @mouse

No no, it doesn't work with Google or Twitter, it is its own thing. The idea is to provide an alternative to all those "big tech" sites!

To use a BookWyrm site, you sign up on that site and log in.

But because BookWyrm is part of the Fediverse, millions of users on Mastodon etc can interact with your BookWyrm account.

For example, you can interact with the BookWyrm account @mouse from the Mastodon account you're posting from right now.

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Aaaaaand.... # 0.12.0 is released!

This is an exciting major release which contains loads of new features, fixes and enhancements to improve your experience as an # admin.

Read about the highlights of the new release on our blog:
https://blog.prosody.im/prosody-0.12.0-released/

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I self-host # for just a few weeks and I have been really excited for this release! Thank you so much! 😋 🎉
#xmpp

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VidCommons Animation posts creative commons and public domain animations to the Fediverse. You can follow at:

➡️ @animation

If the videos aren't visible from your instance yet, you can see them all at https://vidcommons.org/a/animation/videos

# # # # # # # # # # #

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The mobile network does not encrypt calls or text messages end-to-end, nor does it conceal your location. If you can, use apps that secure your communications. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/03/using-your-phone-times-crisis

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I think this is worth repeating:

> The mobile network does not encrypt calls or text messages end-to-end, nor does it conceal your location.

It *could* do these things. We have technologies that can do these things. But mobile networks just don't do it.

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In dark times, people need to be able to reach the light, reassure their loved ones, inform themselves and others, and escape the walls of propaganda and censorship. The internet is a crucial tool for all of that – don’t mess with it. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/03/wartime-bad-time-mess-internet

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# that default # # of storage media may actually be quite memory-consuming, to the point that lower-end devices will be unable to decrypt them simply because there's not enough memory to process the cipher:

https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/647859

Most modern hardware should not notice this issue, but folks running under sub-Gigabyte RAM beware.

I learned this the hard way when trying to set up an encrypted storage drive for my # NAS...

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<message><body>Hello Fediverse!</body></message>

Your favourite # server now has an official Fediverse account! (operated by developers @mattj and @zash).

Followers can expect news, release announcements and other interesting stuff relating to Prosody and XMPP.
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Oh hey! It's those people who have enabled like 80% of my social interaction for the last pandemic! They rock!

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Clearview AI (facial recognition tech) is after some popular companies (@Airbnb, @lyft, & more) as commercial business partners & @privacyint is calling on them to pledge to "never work w/Clearview, or use their dodgy database."

https://privacyinternational.org/call-action/4798/dont-get-involved-clearviews-dodgy-data

Original tweet : https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1501570254413213723

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We asked some streamers why they choose to self-host their streams and be truly independent. It's great hearing about what they're doing and what they like about #.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wc3spGMq-Uo

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to the project maintainers, to include in this video
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how do you get more people to watch your stream?.

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Owncast v0.0.11 can now connect to the Fediverse!: https://github.com/owncast/owncast/releases/tag/v0.0.11 # # # # # # #

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# 's thoughts about # 😉

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/02/technology/twitter-platform-rethink.html

@Mastodon

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Victory! The San Francisco mayor has rescinded a ballot initiative that sought to gut San Francisco’s landmark 2019 surveillance oversight law. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/03/victory-san-francisco-mayor-withdraws-harmful-measure-against-surveillance

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"Meta has big plans for the future. And they all involve extracting even more data from consumers."

@robshavell on why the "responsible AI" plans outlined in Meta's recent positioning statement are anything but responsible or respectful of consumer data: https://venturebeat.com/2022/03/02/metas-latest-plans-show-its-still-missing-the-point-on-privacy

Original tweet : https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1499758315387113478

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so they’re officialy becoming a spy network, literally announcing their new AI development as a “feature” to spy on their users. Lol

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The current draft of the DSA will open the door to enforcement overreach and assign trust to entities that shouldn’t be trusted to begin with. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/02/enforcement-overreach-could-turn-out-be-real-problem-eus-digital-services-act

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Libre designers do exist (and survive)


License: GFDL 1.3

Maria Leandro is a full-time designer and photographer. In her talk, Maria shares the experiences and wisdom she has gathered from fifteen years in the field as a designer who refuses to be constrained by proprietary software.
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Codeberg (Gitea) has a feature called Projects - you can use that to manage the workflow (board colors by me). Then if you assign an issue to a Project it'll land in whatever board is specified as default (I set Inbox) then team members (or just you) can decide what should be done (move to TODO) and star the process, without being distracted by new tasks coming in and demanding attention immediately.
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GitLab had this feature for a while before GitHub. I used it on a small project and it was a better experience than what I had used prior: JIRA, Trello, because it was closer to the code. That said in other projects the linear single column didn't quite express the workflow we had which was sometimes frustrating. However seeing a flowchart for a Kanban and trying to navigate it would also be frustating ha.

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Bogus copyright and trademark threats have become an all-too-easy way to censor speech online. We’re calling out the worst offenders. https://www.eff.org/takedowns

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