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I could take exhortations to use Signal seriously if it were remotely usable.

Being 'remotely usable' includes:
- Being federated
- Not requiring any involvement with the phone network
- Not having a lead developer who thinks it's remotely acceptable to harass third party clients out of existence.


'Not be federated' and 'Harass third party clients out of existence' as a COMBINATION just takes it completely out of the running.

here's a reminder that nobody earns a billion dollars

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I wish the GNOME community would embrace one of two viewpoints:

- Code formatting does not matter
- Code formatting matters, and is *entirely* maintained and enforced by a tool (cf go fmt, rustfmt, black)

It's heartbreaking to see code reviews which ask only that the authors change things which have no semantic meaning. What a waste of limited time that we could spend on making the software work well.

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i hate that the internet was hijacked by corporations. i want it to go back to the original vision, how it was intended to be: a military network controlled by the united states government.
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You're looking at a website describing some new tech which solves some problem

They're really excited about this project. A little bit too excited.

An uneasy feeling start to gnaw in the back of your head as you read on.

You scroll down. There it is.

"Blockchain"

*close tab*

It looks like I am going to survive this FOSDEM as well, despite my feelings about the situation being much less optimistic just a day or so ago.

I've been dealing with the aftermath of FOSDEM at home for a few days now (at first I was taking care of another patient at home immediately after getting home, and at the same time as he got better, I started falling ill as well)

This is a view over a bridge in central Turku. Do you know what those things hanging off to the sides of the lamp poles are? They are remnants of the city's tram network, which was removed entirely in 1972. (Specifically, the hangers that the tram power lines used to hang from.)

Ever since the trams were removed, it has been considered a mistake, and there have been wishes and plans for a new tram system. During the 2010s there's been a new wave of plans, but we'll see how that goes.

I recently once again traveled with the Viking Grace, and it just impresses me every time. Being used to the older passenger/cruise ferries in the Baltic Sea, Grace just sails so absolutely quietly and smoothly it feels like riding a cloud across the sea. (LNG and wind powered, with electric motors)

A few days earlier I crossed the other way with the Baltic Princess (which is also relatively new), and... yeah. It literally feels like an earthquake at times, compared to Grace.

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I will never understand why #foss projects move their communication to #discord. 🤦‍♂️

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A recent article on a big tech news site included this phrase:

"[...] Linux phones like the PinePhone, [...]are full of closed-source firmware from non-open components"

We'd like to clear the record: The #PinePhone has two blobs -- neither runs on the main SoC: One loaded to WiFi/BT module, other enclosed within the cell modem. In the modern world of tech, both blobs are unavoidable.

For an overview from someone with deep knowledge of both the PinePhone and Librem 5: tuxphones.com/yet-another-libr

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Crapitalism 

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I need a ride to Leipzig from either Brussels or Frankfurt tonight for #36c3. Missed my train in London but getting another one. I'll be at Bruxelles Midi at 18:02 or Frankfurt Hbf at 21:31. This is anoa from @matrix
#matrix btw :)

Boosts greatly appreciated!

Hesburger (in Finland) is having a lit kids' meal campaign

feel like posting nsfw art, but I also feel like then everyone will discover this account and Judge me :blobsweat:

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Remember: stealing from amazon isn’t theft

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