A few months ago, Microsoft decided to collaborate with Google and drop its web engine in favor of Google's.
Earlier this week, Google blocked all ad blockers, and now Microsoft has de-listed UBlock Origin (a powerful ad-blocker). Without real choice, monopolies will dictate what you see and do on the Internet.
Real choice comes with Free/Open Source Software.
squeek did a rundown of rampsliding and its pretty cool n nerdy:
Rampsliding Is a Quake Engine Quirk in the Same Way That Bunnyhopping Is - https://www.ryanliptak.com/blog/rampsliding-quake-engine-quirk/
So the articles headline suggests that "Facebook and Google" should be regulated.. probably because they are too big, too data hungry, yadayada.. The moment I try to read the article I see the below…
I have no words. Yes they must be regulated but perhaps you should stop using / demaning their scripts first. The users and publishers are those that empowered them by consuming their crap...
Thanks. @fdroidorg inclusion requests have exposed a number of "open source" Android apps as having non-free dependencies and spyware bundled with them. It seems like the #JitsiMeet app is in that category. It would be great to see app developers acknowledging those issues and working on them, instead of seeing it as the community's job ;)
Really, @purism? You copy a bunch of open-source apps and make it look like they are yours without any mention of the original apps? I think you should delete these apps immediately and publicly apologize. Or at least don't have the audacity to call yourself a "Social Purpose Corporation that does not exploit people and puts doing social good over maximizing profit ", because its obviously not true.
since people are talking about it, here's PocketToot, a Mastodon API client (tested with 2.3.3, Pleroma untested but likely compatible) for Windows Mobile 5 in the Pocket PC form factor. (2003/Smartphone unsupported; see README)
After years of insisting that DRM in HTML wouldn't block open source implementations, Google says it won't support open source implementations
looks like the hackaday prize has officially jumped the shark: https://hackaday.com/2019/04/03/2019-hackaday-prize-begins-right-now/
In years past, this was a prize for explicitly open source developments for the good of all humanity.
This year, it's for explicitly commercial "product development".
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F-Droid will soon have stricter requirements for apps showing up in the "Latest" tab in the F-Droid app:
If you are an app developer consider adding good descriptions, screenshots and a "Whats's New" section for your app.
If you notice that your favourite app doesn't fulfill all these requirements consider notifying the app's developers or just help them with a merge request adding the missing info to the source repo.
Hi, everyone! I’m here with an exciting announcement about the future of Facebook as a citizen of the Fediverse.
Facebook has always stood for bringing people together and building a global community. When we began, this idea was not controversial. Every year, the world became more connected and this was seen as a positive trend. Yet now, across the world there are people left behind by globalization, and movements for withdrawing from global connection. There are questions about whether we can make a global community that works for everyone. We believe we can, and we believe ActivityPub and the Fediverse can help make it happen.
Today we are taking our next step. Instead of re-inventing the wheel and creating our own platforms, we’ve decided to take a synergistic approach. Over the past year we have been tapping in to existing technologies and communities of the current Fediverse. Facebook has contributed countless developers hours and lines of code to several ActivityPub based projects to help their growth. Furthermore, this has helped us prepare our switch to this emerging platform. I’d like to take this time to showcase a few of the projects we’ve been working on to ground Facebook in this new frontier.
PeerTube. We’re most excited about this project, as it places a majority of the bandwidth costs on the consumer, where it should be. This peer-to-peer technology will allow us to compete with other video services at a reduced cost. To support the adoption of this platform and encourage creators to make the switch, we have our next project to aid the transition.
Influencer Partnership Program. The first thing we noticed about the Fediverse was the lack of advertising. This program will make it easier than ever for companies and Fediverse influencers to partner for brand deals. This is a win for all involved. Influencers can bring more funding to their content, brands have a streamlined platform to showcase their products, and users will learn more about great products directly from their favorite Fediverse stars.
Pixelfed. When we first came across this Instagram-clone, we were tempted to flood the project with baseless lawsuits to halt development, but we decided to wait until the “federation soon” messages stopped. We’re happy to announce that after reaching settlement that Daniel "dansup" Sup is Facebook’s newest employee, and Pixelfed is our newest Facebook branded project. With growing incentives from the Influencer Partnership Program, expect to see your favorite stars in your timeline such as Kevin Hart, Snooki, and Wil Wheaton.
Hackers Town acquisition. While this is a small acquisition, it’s important as it gives Facebook a launchpad into the Fediverse. Additionally, Facebook has a long history of working closely with federal agencies, so this move shouldn’t surprise anyone.
With these great coming changes, we as a community will help shape the Fediverse from a place where self-proclaimed revolutionaries complain about unimportant issues such as privacy, human rights, and corporate surveillance, to a community where creators, influencers, brands, and governments can shape the internet of tomorrow, today!
I’ve just published a new post about contributing to FLOSS projects
a huge thank you goes to (in alphabetical order):
it wouldn’t be possible without your inspiring feedback!
apolitical acc (but anti-authoritarian) | overtly nerdy | free software & privacy advocate | big vidya gamer
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