@ataraxia937 Much of the malware is pre-installed at time of purchase. , most people are not able to judge whether they can or should remove something that's mildly hidden on their device. So it stays.

Increasingly, is hand in hand with like and , in *mandating* and other on your device.

So, while the user has some amount of agency, it is over-estimated. Many people have a lot less effective choice.

Not sure whether it will work for the class circles @dsrtrosy needs, but is a freedom-respecting team chat + file sharing system for organisations.


It can be simple or complex depending on what you need, there are loads of plug-ins and apps.


bignose boosted

Non-freedom-respecting hardware should be considered broken.

bignose boosted

Mike's one piece of advice for new Mastodon users - dive into that Federated column and follow ANYONE and EVERYONE who looks like they've posted anything at all interesting to you. Just hammer the button. There's no penalty for mistakes. Go wild.

Later, when your Home timeline is buzzing, go in and unfollow people you decide you're not enjoying so much now.

Then do that again a few times. Then some more. Forever.

bignose boosted

Hello there, this is my first post on Mastodon, coz, well, why not? :P

If someone could re-implement Haskell and all its libraries, but avoid ugly camelCaseNames entirely and instead use civilised lower_case_names and TitleCaseNames, that'd be great

I can wait

bignose boosted

Use #gitlab, they said. It’s Free Software, they said. They will respect your privacy. They’re the good ones. #WhereIsMySurprisedFace

“We want to send a message to all software patent trolls out there — we will fight your suit, we will win, and we will have your patent invalidated.

“To do this, we need your help. Please help support the Foundation in sending a message that patent trolls should never target free software”


bignose boosted
bignose boosted

When they don’t listen to calm rational reasonably enthusiastic me? Take it next level BITCHES! Cuz getting mine regardless.

Happy WONDERFUL Woman Wednesday Foss friends. Let’s get it.

“Big Tech *does* take away our right to choose, but not through manipulation. Rather, Big Tech steals our right to choose by monopoly. That's why the EU's Copyright Directive -- which will clear the field of small enterprises that might challenge Big Tech's dominance -- is such a catastrophe. We need a vigorous, muscular form of antitrust that goes beyond merely fining firms and actually splits them up.”


In this instance Adobe is complying with an order from their nation's government. Don't present that as an excuse; why place any corporation in a position to revoke your access unilaterally, for whatever reason?

Only and has any ability to provide everyone with the .

Yet another good reason to avoid all , your computing is entirely at the whim of some unaccountable third party.

Because you don't control it or host it, the provider can simply turn it off one day and tell you that they:

> will no longer provide access to software and services, including free ones, or enable you to make any new purchases. We apologize for the inconvenience.

is not a solution to any problem we have.


bignose boosted

This is why my answer to your poll was Peertube. Not because it meets *every* criterion you asked for; that is IMO impossible (and even undesirable).

Rather, because it is less a centralised platform, and more a protocol. That's where the fairness and self-determination come from, IMO.

@ZedXo Any operator of a platform is bound to operate within their local laws or get shut down. So, any platform you find, will have explicit or implicit restrictions on what you may do on that platform.

If you want to avoid the inherent limits of platforms and instead distribute control to users, we need to build techdirt.com/articles/20190825

And, by “a mailing list”, I mean “one for now, but if I like the service, arbitrarily more as I get around to wanting them”. Because Mailman AFAICT makes that easy for the site administrator to do.

Is there a service I can pay a reasonable fee for a as a Mailman mailing list, my choice of name and my own existing domain?

Not free-software related (but run on Mailman because the tech should be free-software).

Also, I should be paying *just* for the mailing list, not gouged for a bundled of other services.

bignose boosted

Just downloaded ~500MB of my #facebook data and deleted the account permanently. Google's next :)

Show more

Fosstodon is an English speaking Mastodon instance that is open to anyone who is interested in technology; particularly free & open source software.