The doughnut of Damocles hangs ominously over us. It's ten year old boy birthday time!

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Glad I was able to convince Mastodon to switch licenses early on so we could keep hearing about people not follow the license in the news.

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Given Trumps past history with people taking Trump to court, this is going to be very interesting. I'm not sure if Trump's going to even comply with the results of a court case or any kind of licence enforcement.
RT @IlvesToomas
Ripping off open source software is the apotheosis of Trumpism

@alcinnz - I've been re-reading your and @ByronCinNZ's digital strategy recommendations: & bsides supporting it all, I really like your point about "stayups" over startups... I've added a suggestion to my post ( about requiring businesses who receive government grants or R&D subsidies to repay them in full if they cease to be majority NZer-owned.Feel like that thought needs to be fleshed out. I agree that startups are mostly a wasteful exercise.

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software pol i guess 

ive talked about this before but holy shit microsoft has the most insidious evil tech company vibes

yknow how their whole thing is "we love open source software :) we want to make a better world and we're totally not just another capitalist corporation with ulterior motives :))"

...and then they make parts of vscode that are advertised as significant features intentionally break if it's an open source build without telemetry

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Is your school forcing you to use Zoom, Skype, or other proprietary videoconferencing software to learn or teach? That's a violation of your educational rights. Support #FreeSoftware

Wow, listening to Fonterra's CEO and the British High Commissioner to NZ talking about this trade agreement between NZ and the UK (and the UK joining the horrible ). Listening to them, I'm struck by the strong impression they are self-serving, wrong-thinking fools.

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In case you missed it. Google Play may be about to do something unethical to Termux. Suggestion is to back up now, uninstall the Google Play version to stop them uploading a destructive stub, and reinstall from F-Droid.

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RT If more people who depend on creative tools had this realization it could be transformative in terms of tools available to them.

If even fraction of $$$ creatives spend on software tools went to projects like Blender/Krita/Godot/Inkscape their tools could be their own.



@natecull @requiem @freakazoid @bhaugen @wim_v12e @Sandra @mathew @enkiv2 true, but you seemed to be suggesting that there is generally a benefit to having SQL features, too (which most NoSQL system add, badly, over time)... And my impression is that PostgreSQL is pretty crazy-fast with all the features it implements.

Was just talking to a new neighbour briefly, who, it turns out, runs a national gov't owned organisation. We were talking IT systems and she said (clearly expecting me to be impressed) that they were a fully Microsoft shop, and had just moved to a Microsoft Dynamics CRM system. Unfortunately I couldn't help but wince and had to say "you're throwing money into a hole"... We've agreed to discuss it in more detail over a pint in future...

So... I'm keen on the NodeJS and Svelte ecosystems, but I'm keen to avoid Microsoft dependencies - I actively avoid VSCode, Typescript, and Github. I develop on Linux, so is there a viable alternative to npm I can use there, given that it's also now owned (captured) by Microsoft?

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@humanetech @neo @alcinnz @alexandra Starting a new web standards organization which is genuinely about public interest rather than the needs of corporations is definitely something worth doing.

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Framasoft is a brilliant non-profit organisation which promotes free open software and libre decentralised services. You can follow them at:

➡️ @Framasoft (in French and English)

They have been around for years, and developed Fediverse platforms like @peertube and @mobilizon for example.

They depend on donations to keep going, and they're currently doing a fund-raising drive at:

#Framasoft #FOSS #FLOSS #Libre #FreeSoftware #OpenSource #Français #Francais #NGO #NGOs

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