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People complain when I tell them I’m not a huge fan of the MIT license. This is why. Its not that I don’t like MIT licensed software, but it makes it easy for stuff like this to happen.



The fact that they recommend several proprietary programs, as well as Signal and a Zoom owned project. I’d understand compromising on Signal since its easy to use, but how could a service geared towards hardcore privacy enthusiast promote proprietary software.


Introducing Bubble, a free and open source, self hosted BitcoinCash based store system!

Bubble is a completely open source, self hosted, BitcoinCash based, digital content store. That’s quite the mouthful, but as far as I know, its one of the very few programs of its kind. When I wanted a platform that would allow me to sell digital content without violating my user’s privacy, I couldn…


I use this and its fantastic for basic logging. It might not be the best for business applications but I love it for personal use.


Method of death: licked to death by said kitties.


You may not like to hear this, but Apple Arcade seems to fit all of your criteria.


I have a 5700XT. as far as I know, it should work fine with kernel 5.11 and Mesa 21, but the GPU was finnicky to begin with, so its possible this update is what caused it to totally die.

in short, the GPU is capped at 640x480, which is so low that I can’t even get into BIOS to troubleshoot.


This might explain why my GPU just suddenly stopped working on Pop!_OS.


That nearly every modern car communicates with cell towers.


Any Linux distro will work great at its core for programming, so it really boils down to your workflow. if you do all your coding from the command line, you’ll probably want a lighter weight distro. However, if you’re a fan of GUI programming environments you would probably be happier with a distro like Pop!_OS, which has a really well integrated window tiling system as well as a more traditional desktop environment


Some project related to free and open source cars. I love driving, and appreciate technologies like ABS, ESC, and TCS, but they always seem to come on cars that have a cell modem. I would love an enthusiast style car that runs only FOSS


Confession: When I first switched to Linux from MacOS, I genuinely didn’t realize that brew on MacOS was supposed to recreate apt (or other package managers). I thought homebrew on Linux was a knock off of Homebrew on MacOS


Smart watches are tricky for me. I like to have my fitness tracked and graphed, but I also love the feeling of a premium watch. Right now I wear a Apple Water Edition, which feels extremely premium, but I have the sensors taped over since I don’t trust its proprietary software, and don’t even use an iPhone regularly.

Contrarily, I’d love to wear a FOSS smart watch to track my fitness, but I’d then lose out on the quality feeling of a nice watch.

Its a tricky balance, and I hope at some point in the future a company builds a premium smart watch running a well polished FOSS OS


I watch DT quite a bit, but Ive never seen him go off about ‘broken people’. Do you happen to have a link?


Just a casual idea I had: A 'magazine' of sorts for FOSS software, and freedom respecting hardware.

This idea came to me when I saw a magazine on the counter, and realized that people wanting to kill time will often just pick up a magazine to read about new products, even though they may not be actively searching to buy anything in particular. …


Thats the other thing. Right now I use Matrix as my primary chat program, mainly for this reason. Even if Signal released all of their source code for the next year, at the end of that year, they could simply revoke the source code, and force you to either continue using their service, or stop talking to your contacts.


Whenever I question Signal on Reddit, I get downvoted to hell.

In terms of privacy, I still vastly trust Signal over WhatsApp, Snapchat, etc. But they’ve been sketching me out more and more lately. First was them making Signal dependent on Google services. Then there was them threatening to sue projects that attempted to create forks of the project without said Google dependencies. Now it’s them not disclosing the source code for their server side software.

In their defense, the client is still mostly open source, but they need to stop acting like some savior for privacy when they are so hostile to open source.


Is there any potential for RISC-V to become part of the consumer desktop market?

I currently run an X86 CPU from AMD, but I’ve always been casually interested in RISC-V, ARM, and the like. My question is, is there any already existing, or potential future options for RISC-V in the self-built PC market? …


Is there any potential for RISC-V to become part of the consumer desktop market?

I currently run an X86 CPU from AMD, but I’ve always been casually interested in RISC-V, ARM, and the like. My question is, is there any already existing, or potential future options for RISC-V in the self-built PC market? …


I agree, but I also think there’s still a place for heavier vehicles. Like, for day to day commuting, there’s no reason you need that much weight to move a single person, but when I’m going anywhere above 50MPH, I’d much rather have some weight to the car for sake of safety. Millions of people who live in cities could probably do just fine with a bike or other smaller vehicle, but there are just as many people who wouldn’t be in the position to safely drive a lighter vehicle.


I drive a 2009 Highlander, and it’s honestly a great balance for me. It doesn’t have lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking, or anything like that, but it does have traction control, stability control, and ABS, which I like. I think there’s a pretty distinct difference between assistive tech in cars that helps with subtle things in the background to help you maintain control, and assistive tech that tries to take over for you since it assumes it knows better.


The lane-keep assist thing you brought up is the perfect example. It drives me crazy driving cars that have it. If you really need a computer to keep you within the lanes, you probably shouldn’t be driving. Contrarily, if you’re paying attention, it can actually work against you. A common situation I get into is when I want to give a bicyclist on the side of the road some extra space, and lane-keep assist pulls me towards them at the last second, forcing me to swerve relatively hard at the last second. It’s not a massive deal usually, but on gravel, ice, or even wet roads at high speeds, I’d imagine it could lead to some fairly dangerous situations.

I really hope in the future that are at least some manufacturers that combine the modern idea of electric cars and fuel efficient driving, with older ideas like analog driving. I love the idea of electric cars, but not the idea of having the car try to take control away from me in exchange for convenience.


That probably wasn’t the best word to use, but I meant compliant with letting companies take advantage of them. Like, if you’re the only one in a field, users really have no choice but to use your service, even if you start selling user data, for example. Competition means users have somewhere to go if you start making dumb decisions.


How does Beaker compete with IPFS?

From an outside view, it seems like Beaker is very similar to IPFS, and somewhat redundant, so I was wondering if there’s something Beaker tries to do better. …





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After switching to Linux entirely a few years ago, I was surprised by the lack of completely offline, open source password generators. The ones that did exist were clunky to customize, and made it difficult to generate passwords based on a set of predefined criteria. Thats why I created SGen Desktop…


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