Mozilla’s now director of public policy once asked me, with a straight face, why I was giving them a hard time and holding Mozilla to a higher standard: “we’re just another Silicon Valley tech company.”
But that’s not what you tell people publicly, is it, Mozilla?
Still, it’s time y’all got this.
Mozilla is a half-billion-dollar for-profit corporation – whose CEO makes >$3M/yr – that has a foundation do its PR.
Please fix the AWS Free Tier before somebody gets hurt https://cloudirregular.substack.com/p/please-fix-the-aws-free-tier-before
Mozilla suspends Firefox Send service while it addresses malware abuse https://www.zdnet.com/article/mozilla-suspends-firefox-send-service-while-it-addresses-malware-abuse/
The CSS background-image property as an anti-pattern https://nystudio107.com/blog/the-css-background-image-property-as-an-anti-pattern
Because that is the core of Software Freedom/Liberty: the right for a Person to take a software that expresses a [political] view they disagree with, obtain a copy of that software with equal capability as the distributor, modify that [political] view to be more amenable, and then redistribute it without any additional licensing burdens.
It's never about what specific views or capabilities are in the software itself. Heck, you could fork and purposefully add bugs and it is still no less Freedom respecting.
I find it incredibly surprising that many #FOSS or #FLOSS folk take the 0th pillar's "freedom of use" to mistakenly mean "freedom of usage by creating a software feature" instead of the true intended meaning: "freedom of usage under the license conditions".
Because that's what RMS has always been about: the software licenses being symmetrical in power between the distributor of software and receiver of software. It creates a level playing field in terms of what "politics" are contained in the software.
China Is Forcing Tourists to Install Text-Stealing Malware at its Border https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/7xgame/at-chinese-border-tourists-forced-to-install-a-text-stealing-piece-of-malware
Raspberry Pi 4 on sale now from $35 https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/raspberry-pi-4-on-sale-now-from-35/
Well, #MongoDB CEO certainly has an IMHO unusual way of looking at #OpenSource and #community. https://www.techrepublic.com/article/mongodb-ceo-tells-hard-truths-about-commercial-open-source
Update Firefox as soon as possible (to 67.0.3), there's a 0-day going around: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/security/advisories/mfsa2019-18/
So Gab has decided that their own code that they spent $5M of investor money developing is so unsalvageably bad that they're going to use Mastodon's code instead, with the added bonus of leeching off of our apps (with Gab apps being banned from app stores)
This is an early warning to fellow admins to be vigilant and domain-block them on sight, when/if they appear (unconfirmed whether they intend to federate), and to app devs to consider if blocking Gab's domains from their app is necessary.
How DRM has permitted Google to have an "open source" browser that is still under its exclusive control https://boingboing.net/2019/05/29/hoarding-software-freedom.html
Go is Google's language, not ours https://utcc.utoronto.ca/~cks/space/blog/programming/GoIsGooglesLanguage
WordPress 5.0.0 Remote Code Execution https://blog.ripstech.com/2019/wordpress-image-remote-code-execution/
ArchiveBox | 🗃 The open source self-hosted web archive. Takes browser history/bookmarks/Pocket/Pinboard/etc., saves HTML, JS, PDFs, media, and more… https://archivebox.io/
A California judge has ruled that American cops can’t force people to unlock a mobile phone with their face or finger https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2019/01/14/feds-cant-force-you-to-unlock-your-iphone-with-finger-or-face-judge-rules/
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