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@jeffcliff I showed this to my friend who's an engineer and a parent of fortnite-addicted kids (one of whom recently got in big trouble for blowing $50 on vBucks) and she cackled pretty good, but didn't make them do it... they're not yet tweens though.
I've faced enough #GroupThink among large group of experts and non experts, and enough arrogance among experts to conclude that
1. Intelligence doesn't scale just by increasing communication channels
2. Experts are _usually_ _mostly_ right, but sometimes they simply lack good sense, producing terrible and totally predictable outcomes.
Whenever you talk with an expert listen carefully BUT critically.
Ask questions. NEVER assume they know better. No question is stupid.
Whenever you agree with everybody around you on a topic, sit down, write down the statement you all agree on, check you really all agree on this and then prepend it with a question: "WHAT ARE WE MISSING?"
When everybody agree on something, it's unlikely they have really understood the matter.
More likely the community have severeal wide blind spots and they will NEVER be able to identify them without external help (that they should welcome not refuse).
As for #FreeSoftware and #OpenSource (I refuse to use #flOSS / #fOSS as both terms marginalize #hackers) no, you CAN NOT trust binaries you don't build by yourself after a careful read of the source code.
Same goes for proprietary software.
The fact that something is #FS or #OSS say nothing about its security by itself. Small projects don't get many code reviews until they becomes huge monsters nobody can review fully without huge upfront investments.
Now, can we trust #Debian?
But the answer is NO.
They will never put a #backdoor in your software but they are not bugfree either, they had a few security branches over the years, and a small recently discovered apt vulnerability shows that even with the best will, nobody can trust anybody in IT.
Is proprietary software safer?
IN NO WAY. IT'S WAY WORSE.
Just you cannot BLINDLY trust them.
Freedom MIGHT produce security IF AND ONLY IF people use such freedom plenty, which means they build an habit to study the code of #FreeSoftware they use.
If you don't want to do that, don't expect security.
This is very good question. 😉
In the context of software, I would define "secure" any program that produces all effects that all its users want it to produce and no other effect except those.
Do you think it is a reasonable definition?
And just to be clear: trusting Debian is WAY less risky than trusting Microsoft, Google, Facebook or Mozilla!
But the security of Debian (and Free Software in general) depends on developers that do NOT trust them.
Some free software projects are more secure than others (and #Debian is quite secure) just like some proprietary software are more secure than others.
But if you don't read the code, it might be proprietary as well! 😉
The gist is:
- Free Software is a byproduct of #hackers' ethics which is built around #curiosity
- Open Source is a #marketing tool, whose goals depends on who control it (either improve your resume or destroy an adversary, or establish a monopoly and so on..)
Like saying "FLOSS binaries are safe to install" is dangerous because it's wrong, saying "FS and OSS are the same thing" is dangerous because it's exactly as wrong.
No, your distinction between open source and free software is plain wrong.
Good introductory readings on the topic:
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@deutrino yesterday someone recommended me an app, and while we're talking i find it in the Play Store, and show them:
- contains ads
- in-app purchasing
this means that until i pay, but probably even after that, it will be surveilling me. aaaaand, i don't really like that, so i don't install apps with ads. even though i have an adblocker (Blokada) running on my phone
@deutrino Is it just me who finds this kinda ironic. She teaches her kids the importance of privacy and then brags about it on one of the least privacy respecting social medias there is.
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