Plus you are right about the activism attitudes. I kinda see it as trying to prove to others in the group how pure you are. Which is kinda toxic.
Free software on Windows, can be the gateway for Linux. It was for my father. It was also me refusing to support his windows box, installing it the first few times, then pointing him at the community docco. He's independant now and can support his own kit. He's also not rich and gets affordable cheap hardware. Basically the purists spit on folks like my father. 🙄
One more thing, it's not just cost in terms of money. Consider the man hours setting up and supporting those devices. It's a heck of a lot easier supporting someone on a distro where there's accessible documentation and a welcoming helpful community, than a bunch of purists declaiming "RTFM" , or research the hardware, "chose open hardware. " Start helping us to drive the demand! If you can't get off your wonky pedestal of ideological purity you are no help at all.
If that is the case, fine. But don't presume to look down on the rest of us, who actively try to help to grow our communities. Who work around around the issues and try our best to help folks when they start out. We care for freedom as much as you do. We just recognise the practicalities on the ground.
Sometimes I feel free software thinks about individual freedom and not the freedom of the commons. Yes there are grass roots, but we leave everyone else behind. We do ourselves and those we want to help no favours, when we consider ideals over practicality. We appear to have learned nothing over the 17 years since I started using Linux. Still the equivalent of RTFM but about hardware. From where I'm standing it feels a lot like condescension towards those outside our community.
@benjancewicz This was most likely the most profoundly correct prediction of the future 20 years out ever. The last sentence just kills it.
"There has to be something treasonous about a foreign corporation servicing and maintaining a spy network that is monitoring a country’s private citizens on behalf of that country’s government." -Roy
The NSO Group claims that the human rights abuses it abets are exceptions that slip through the cracks, but the reality is, it has no business model without state terror - without powerful thugs who demand weapons to help jail, torture and kill their critics.
The #COVID salt in these photos is approaching lethal dose.
@djsundog i try not to think about the extent to which the people developing popular internet technologies today fail to understand the principles of the open web as i learned them, because if i do i just get depressed
The lesson of this story (of a Catholic blog using commercially resold Grindr data to out a gay priest) is *either* that anonymised data can always be de-anonymised (pretty much the intuition of lots of experts I know), or, less generally, you can't expect an org that benefits from selling other people's data to calibrate how much they should spend on anonymising.
Cool, cool .. major city in Canada (pop: 1.2M) and we have a mayoral candidate who just got out of jail for threatening health-care workers and assaulting store clerks trying to enforce "wear a mask" policy _and_ a (separate) candidate who wants to build "beacons" on the south pole to signal aliens, funded by a new blockchain token...oh, and use fMRI to "find pedophiles in gov't"...maybe "have $500 and 100 signatures" isn't quite the right bar to jump over to run for mayor.
"Facebook and its advertisers are ‘panicking’ as the majority of iPhone users opt out of tracking"
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