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Appearance on the Jim Rutt Podcast

Jim Rutt — former chairman of the Santa Fe Institute and ex-Network Solutions CEO — just launched his new podcast, and included me in the first season! (MP3) It was a characteristically wide-ranging, interdisciplinary kind of interview, covering competition and adversarial interoperability, technological self-determination and human rights, conspiracy theories and corruption. There’s a full transcript...more

https://media.blubrry.com/jimruttshow/content.blubrry.com/jimruttshow/JRS_E4_mixdown_full_music.mp3

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"When you don't create things, you become defined by your tastes rather than your ability. Your tastes only narrow & exclude people. So create."

- Why The Lucky Stiff

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"If Google wants their own libc that’s their business. But LLVM should not be part of their “manifest destiny”. The corporatization of OSS is a scary prospect, and should be called out loud and clear like this every time it’s attempted."

via "cup" on Lobsters

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I'm super excited about the Lemmy project (@LemmyDev). I read on both Hacker News and Lobsters, but both have their own inclinations and agenda. Lemmy seems like a perfect opportunity to get the functionality of those communities without their control issues.

dev.lemmy.ml/

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Free software is too important to risk on political idealism

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Let me just be more explicit: if your software cannot be used by nazis then your software is not free software.

This is not the correct place to fight hate speech. Block the instances. Report hate speech to the authorities. Settle it using the existing legal frameworks to do so, and if they are insufficient, then write to your lawmakers.

But if you support free software, it is not the place to address this issue, by definition.

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For anyone who doesn't understand why the Tusky change is wrong:

It may not be against the letter of free/open source software*, but it is certainly in the spirit. FOSS does not discriminate against its users and remain FOSS, including the users you don't like. The freedom to use the software as you wish is unalienable, including for gab users.

* both definitions

That, and don't add rickrolls to your project for any reason.

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