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If Google is broken up what changes? Are there going to two different companies creating a map app?

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How far is the company willing to go to prevent cheating? Cameras in people’s homes to make sure they’re not using another computer that you have no access to?

If players tolerate that then competitive gaming is going in a deeper dark pit of proprietary spyware in the name of fighting cheating, an arms race with no end.

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Others might do it for them if they shared the source code 🤷

Fairbuds are Fairphone’s proof that we really could make better tiny gadgets (arstechnica.com)

But of course we all know that the big manufacturers don’t do this not because they can’t but because they don’t want to. Planned obsolescence is still very much the name of the game, despite all the bullshit they spout about sustainability.

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Apple got in trouble for lowering CPU speed with a software update. They said it’s to help old batteries but it made the experience noticable worse so it appeared like they tried to make getting a new phone more appealing by gimping old ones.

Updating proprietary software need not be in the user’s best interests.

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Apple go out of their way to make it difficult for 3rd parties repair shops to get parts and same goes for “official” repair partners who are also gimped in what they’re allowed to repair.

I imagine this isn’t want you meant when you said say whatever you will about Apple.

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But their mother’s mother is to blame for their mother!

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Other than a lack of security updates, what does it matter if the OS isn’t updated such that it is unusable?

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I’ve been looking for buds with replaceable batteries ever since my first pair degraded. Good to see FairPhone offering one that does it this time!

tabular ,
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There have wireless headphones that you can use a USB-C wire with, but that’s not an earbud.

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A follow-up video “Why I was wrong about fairphone” by Louis Rossmann: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAogtqyN22M

Still critical of lack of audio jack but praises FairPhone for including list of all components and board view of where each part is located and a complete schematic. In comparison to other phones manufacturers that’s night and day of repair-ability.

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They also sell headphone to USB cable. I’m not saying the lack of a headphone jack is good but if their goal was really to sell wireless earbuds then selling a USB to headphone cable was a bad move, no?

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They proclaim to value open source and it seems they’ve tried to do some stuff in the past. I think software freedom is a natural conclusion of hardware repairability but it seems their priority is instead on being green and workers up the chain getting a fair pay.

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A master plan to make more money selling a cable than a port on an already bulky phone?

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If I had the option I would have chosen a smaller camera module and included an audio jack. I genuinely think they choose to not include it as a compromise, rather than to sell a cable you can get cheap elsewhere.

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That makes it okay then, proprietary software that we can’t really find out what it does 😑

tabular ,
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In what way are they not completly free? Cuz you gotta keep the same license?

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Which are more free depends how you look at it. If we limit the scope to just us then having no restrictions is more free than a copyleft licenses that have any restrictions. If we also consider our users then being able to do what we want includes not giving the same level of freedom to our users, and the same applies to our user’s users. A restriction on us denying freedom ensures gives freedom to others.

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I’m of the opinion that a cookie on your desk takes more willpower to resist eating rather it being in a locked box in the kitchen. I consider even devs with good intentions to not have perfect resistance to temptation at all times, and so being legally compelled to not deny users software freedom via AGPL is a benefit to my users as it helps them resist any temptation 😇

tabular ,
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When Valve makes a change to Steam that you disagree with your choice is to give up using Steam, and your purchased games, or just accept it and continue. Steam is proprietary software: it gives unjust power over user’s computing. Even good people are not immune to the temptation to use power for themselves at the expense of others. While Valve have done a lot of good, indeed are the best, no one is perfect. I don’t understand why you think it has no potential to become a lot worse.

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Software freedom is about being in control of your computing. We can’t verify what proprietary software from a foreign company is doing on a government computer.

Public money public code is about citizens getting back the code we paid for. When a proprietary company improves software to get paid then they keep that advantage to themselves. LibreOffice is a collaborative project, everyone gains from it being improved by our money.

These aught to be valid concerns as much as productivity: to the degree it affects people. It cannot be dissmssed as being idelogical.

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I think we should aim for what is ideal and then take into consideration the constraints of what we can do. If it’s not plausible enough to go for what is ideal then aim to make that more likely while doing whatever is the next best thing. We risk being stuck on a peak of possible good if we refuse to go down to eventually go up higher.

I only use LibreOffice but don’t need it much. I can’t comment on how practical it is, or isn’t, for use in a government. If there’s another free software option then we aught to consider that. Else spend money to make it good enough for frequent and important use cases.

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*Publishers? Shareholders are the problem.*If any involved can make a change then we should do that. I can’t talk of publishers but I can speak dev.

If many of us refused towrite code unless it will be shared under an open source/free software license then publushers would have no choice but to let people self host. Sadly school doesn’t appear to teach programmers ethics of software, specifically flsoftware freedomn

tabular ,
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Where do they teach it?

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What rules?

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How do you qualify the security of a closed source code when you can’t verify it?

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“Innovation” just means ways to milk people these days .

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Will the replacement services be proprietary or open source/free software?

tabular ,
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If friends decide they will use something else then I can avoid Discord. Till then, guess I’ll start using it on the web for the adblock.

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There are some advantages but generally it’s better for everyone to keep their copyright to prevent a company being able to take over and then deny users the software freedoms intended by the original license.

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I think you’re right that the former license can’t be taken away from other instances.

Some projects chooses a license specifically to stop people taking code without sharing code back upon redistribution via copyleft (ShareAlike). Getting around that by changing the license defeats the purpose (projecting users software freedom).

tabular ,
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Less lines of code needed means less chances of errors and potential vulnerabilities (if number and quality of eyeballs were the same)

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Sure, I was just speaking in general.

tabular ,
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What’s bad for the goose is bad for the gander.

The line between corporations and governments is not so clear when it comes to what’s in a citizens best interests.

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I consider “at least some of the time” to be an argument in favor of the opposite position. Beside, a public corporation also “sometimes” does what’s best for their consumers/user (when it aligns with the best interests of the shareholders, instead of the keys to democratic power).

I don’t consider myself sufficiently informed about whole countries. Sure America isn’t China but as an ally country… I worry. First past the post and an electoral college are not a voting system which can provide people significant representation in government. If any elected American has the majority of the people’s best interests at heart, that is luck because it’s not by design.

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Everyone representing themselves is an extreme example but hopefully clearly shows how more representatives are better at representing a group than fewer. Compare a voting result of 50% A, 25% B, 25% C with a system that gives you 1 representative (from A) with a system that gives you 5 representatives (3 from A, 1 from B, 1 from C).

Electoral college permit states to choose electors who can cast their vote in a way that doesn’t reflect how people in their state voted for. If a critical amount of states agree they can choose to make the overall result better represent nationwide what all Americans voted for (an election of an election results in a bigger misrepresentation error).

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Remoded by ved

tabular ,
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most people dont really care about the political ideology of the person who leads the company

Do people know the political views of most company heads? Difficult to say if people care if they don’t know. If those political views clearly harm you (e.g. anti-gay sentiment in 2010’s) then most of those affected would care?

We can ignore politics but politics won’t ignore us, probably we aught to care what business do with the money we give them.

Apex Legends streamers surprised to find aimbot and other hacks added to their PCs in the middle of major competition via anti-cheat software (www.pcgamer.com)

Wow it finally happened. So glad I switched to steam running on linux mint last week. I refused to install helldivers because it wanted to install some no holds barred god level permissions anti-cheat software. Windows 11 was the last straw for me. Good times…...

tabular ,
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The real cheats are the proprietary software we installed along the way.

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I’m finding it difficult to help at work as I stopped using Windows years ago.

The search function fails to find basic menus or programs, I’d have an easier time using Windows XP. I’m sure part of it is I’m forgetting things and not up to date with changes but when typing “printer” does not give a useful result either it’s as shit as I hear it is out of the box from M$ or it has been crippled by work’s OEM.

tabular ,
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Does installing XP count? I might tolerate that.

Can’t bring myself to install the latest few and select “no, do not spy on me” 7 thousand times. They will spy somehow as it’s proprietary - god knows what it’s actually doing.

tabular ,
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You should expect the creator to abandon the device eventually but indefinite hardware support is possible - that’s why it’s important that drivers be open source. If enough people care to use the device then a community can be created around it to support it on whatever OS they want.

tabular ,
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If one values their software freedom then a fair test is not only how well it performs a task because having unjust power over your computing negates it as an option. If one don’t value their software freedom then it’s more imperative to talk about what’s in their own best interests.

Linux (kernel) fails that test too as it includes proprietary binary blobs.

tabular ,
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Not my system but what are people supposed to do then?

I can talk to people; explain why the current system is bad and suggest more representative voting systems, but I have no idea if that has an outcome better than saying “you should vote, or surrender /s”.

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A floating point error.

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