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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!


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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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wouldn’t this be a good opportunity to move @ff3 ?
@ff3
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.
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.
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
@Robin Opletal A fair point, but if that community hadn't already existed, Valve wouldn't have gone in that direction.
Argh. "Gothic" was supposed to be "GitHub". Typing on a phone sucks 😛
still a great game though ;)

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Something a bit different today...

There's a really nice Fediverse admin on here called @stux who provides lots of free decentralised public services (public instances of Mastodon, PeerTube, Pixelfed, Matrix, Nitter, Invidious, Searx etc).

Stux is spending hundreds of euros a month so that these services remain free and operational.

Apparently Stux has had a tough time finding work recently, but has their own small business which provides web hosting.

If you're looking for a small indie hosting provider, this might be a really good choice as the money raised will help keep the Fedi going too:

➡️ https://stuxhost.com

(I'm sorry to embarass you Stux, but I think you deserve a shout-out for the good work you do!)

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Yes! Stux deserves this recognition!
Aside from mstdn.social, what are Stux’s other Fedi instances? Just curious! 😀

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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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When you're posting hashtags that contain multiple words, it's a good idea to capitalise the first letter of each word. This helps blind people who use screen reader software to know what the hashtag actually says.

For example # is much easier for screen reader users than #, even though they're technically the same tag.

This kind of capitalisation is usually known as "CamelCase". CamelCase doesn't just help blind people, it also makes hashtags clearer for sighted people too!

Using CamelCase won't affect your post's visibility (because searches ignore capitalisation) but it will improve the post's accessibility, so you'll get more people reading it.

Thank you to @martyn for raising this topic 👍

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I can't host translations myself but if someone wants to do a translated site I'd be happy to promote it.

The text is under Creative Commons By SA so anyone can use it on their own projects if they link back to me and use the same licence.

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RSS fans!

You can follow any Mastodon account via RSS by just adding ".rss" to the end of the account's public profile URL.

To find a user's public profile URL, click on their profile image within Mastodon.

For example, if you click on FediTips' profile image you get this page in a new tab:

https://mstdn.social/@feditips

So, to follow FediTips through RSS, use this address:

https://mstdn.social/@feditips.rss

This will only show that account's public posts. Other posts will not be visible on the RSS feed.

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Unfortunately my Feedbro RSS reader shows "No title", which is technically correct as toots have no title, but wished I could have an excerpt as title for the feed in order to have meaningful "headlines".
when I click the link I'm asked to sign into Mstrdn but it won't recognise my login details. Is that because I'm on a different server??😐

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I've been trying to be mindful of the # of the content I create. To that end, when I release a # on #, I've been (for the most part) taking the time to manually create # files for them, but it's a time-intensive process and some of my longer videos I simply haven't had the time to caption properly.

I've just been pointed at vosk, which can be used to automatically generate caption files for me. They're not perfect, but they're a decent stopgap measure until I have the time to do it properly.

Shout out to @Matthew Skala for bringing it to my attention.

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Well, it looks like my machine isn't powerful enough to run the full training model, and I'm not interested in farming this out to the cloud. Luckily, there are simpler ones that can be run on a Raspberry Pi if necessary, and I was able to find a model that's within my machine's capabilities.
@Jonathan Lamothe (he/him) I find this "all our nothing" approach to computing these days annoying.

Whatever was wrong with "slow"?
@Ian Molton In this particular case, the "slow" option involves days worth of tedious manual work on my part, turning a hobby into a soul-sucking full-time job.
@Jonathan Lamothe (he/him) Sorry, that reads wrong...

I meant that software seems to be written with no software fallbacks in some cases, not that you were being personally lazy! 😀
@mattskala there’s no precompiled model?
And I've finally got all of my videos captioned. I've got to say, vosk did a surprisingly decent job.

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Content warning: USPOL, encryption, abortion

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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
The Bookwyrm logo, a drawn wyrm holding a book.

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If you're used to centralised networks like Facebook, you may be wondering why Mastodon and the Fediverse are spread across thousands of sites. Why not just have a single site where people sign up?

There are many important reasons, but maybe the most important is this:

Networks on single sites tend to be bought by bad people when they get popular 😠

It happened to Instagram (bought by Facebook), it happened to Whatsapp (bought by Facebook), it happened to YouTube (bought by Google). It can happen to ANYTHING built entirely around one site.

No matter how much you trust the people who run a site, when someone offers them billions of dollars they may just take the money.

Decentralised networks, where there is no central site, are much more resistant to buyouts.

No one owns the global email network, thousands of indie players like @Tutanota and @protonmail are able to offer alternatives, and if one provider behaves badly you can switch to a different provider.

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@protonmail @Tutanota This post aged well. ;) I think I’m all in on Mastodon for good, finally.
@protonmail @Tutanota

Unfortunately yes it keeps happening 😱

But great that you have found what you need on here 😃

Side note: when writing a blog post that mentions functions in a Haskell library, my spellchecker has a field day.
nice. You make a very good point there, one which irks me no end as I see it everywhere these days: read a complete file into memory to do *something* with it. That is one reason our systems are so inefficient.

Case in point: this example snippet in the Hare announcement. So I want to create a hash of a 10GB OVA image, and that means I'm allocating 10GB of Ram and read it in? You've got to be kidding.

I know it's just an example, but still...

https://harelang.org/blog/2022-04-25-announcing-hare/

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Just released a CSV streaming library for #. I'll probably write a # post about it tomorrow. I'm too lazy to do it today.

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I'm actually working on the blog post now.

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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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FreeCAD is a free open source 3D parametric modeller for tasks such as 3D printing, architecture, technical drawing etc. You can follow their official account at:

➡️ @FreeCAD

It's available for Linux, Mac and Windows from https://www.freecad.org

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FreeCAD is good but somewhat quite large and kinda buggy on Mac.
I'd also recommend SolveSpace which is free and much smaller, however it seems to have smaller set of features.

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Mastodon is part of the Fediverse, a collection of alternative social networks which talk to each other. People on the Fedi can interact even if they're on different kinds of networks.

One of the newest parts of the Fediverse is @owncast, a free open alternative to Twitch. It lets you create live video streams with a chat bar for viewers to interact with the streamer.

Because it's part of the Fediverse, Owncast streaming accounts can be followed from Mastodon. Every time a stream starts, a post will appear on followers' timelines in Mastodon.

You can find out more on the official Owncast website at https://owncast.online, and there's a directory of Owncast streamers at https://directory.owncast.online

p.s. Are you a developer? Owncast are currently looking for help with development and design, see here for details: https://fosstodon.org/@owncast/108138060524472657

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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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Linux Mint should ditch Ubuntu and here's why


I share my thoughts on why Linux Mint should use Debian GNU/Linux as its base distro.
Website: https://ChrisWere.wales
Masto: @ChrisWere@linuxrocks.online

Welcome to Chris Were's website

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That's a very valid point. The downside to PeerTube is that it's a considerable amount more work to produce a video than to type a text post, even with minimal editing.
Though Friendica's privacy controls offer a nice workaround too. I did a video review on them not that long ago.

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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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Hello to all you brilliant new people on Mastodon and the Fediverse!

Welcome! 👋

If you're wondering how to get started on here, take a look at this guide for beginners:

https://mstdn.social/@feditips/107537092666623537

If there's anything you want to know, if you have any questions, reply to this post or send me a message and I will try to find the answer 🤔 (And don't worry if you think it's a stupid question, there's no such thing!)

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