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Just like a kitchen knife can be used by murderers does not mean that the kitchen knife manufacturer should actively monitor who is buying their knifes and go after the ones with bad intentions in my opinion. In the same way, I don’t think free software should be licensed under such an ethical open source license.

First of all, it’s just very hard to enforce I’d imagine. Would people who do not care about respecting human rights to begin with even care about such a license? You’re not stopping “evil” by making up rules that “evil” people don’t follow almost by definition. At least the license is more clear about what is considered as acceptable and what not unlike the infamous “The Software shall be used for Good, not Evil” clause, for which I have to give it some credit.

Everything you can make can be used for wrong things and I suppose you’ll have to accept that you’ll never have full control over that. The only thing that can stop something to be used by people with bad intentions is to never create it in the first place.

Besides, I´d rather have my enemy use open source software instead of closed source software. If they use open source software, it’s easier to get a grasp on what they’re capable of.

For software like Lemmy with federation, I’d just say to block those from federating to your own instances and stop giving those instances attention. As long as the flagship instances that federate with each other keep up a positive attitude, I would just ignore those extremist people’s instances


I’m not sure how much time you’ve spent on using YouTube and I’m in no way a big fan of YouTube, but please do not be too hard on yourself on wishing your time back.

As for me, I’m still using YouTube via NewPipe as well, being subscribed to about 8 channels or so, which upload on average once per week. For me watching these videos is relaxing and as long as you don’t spend too much time using it and as long as it does not get in the way of more important things in your life, you shouldn’t be too hard on yourself on having wasted time. Humans simply need some time to relax and you can’t expect yourself to be productive as long as you’re awake.

Nevertheless, I’d wish that the content creators I followed were on other platforms, preferable libre and not controlled by a giant company, such as PeerTube, but sadly there aren’t any monetary or other incentives for them to do so.


A pretty nice website I recently discovered where you can see the progress of the EU on several legislations. …


I basically use cash wherever possible, otherwise by debit card, iDeal (almost all Dutch webshops accept it), SEPA and as a last resort PayPal, even though I despise that company.

I feel bad for everyone who has to use credit cards. While you do get cashback, some form of insurance and possible some rewards for using them, you as a consumer basically have to pay for it due to stores increasing prices due to the high transaction costs (I believe about 3% of the transaction, but It’ll likely be different for everything else).

Compare that to the Netherlands, where as far as I’m aware, stores have for debit cards a flat transaction fee of about €0,15 per transaction and a monthly fee. Although that obviously differs from payment provider to payment providers, a store for which I work has a monthly fee plus one for closing a shift.

Anyways, due to the cheaper costs of accepting debit cards almost every store accepts them, while credit cards mostly aren’t accepted in physical stores. It seems like most Dutch web shops do accept them, but most people here don’t have credit cards at all. I assume they are mainly for people who buy outside of the Netherlands.

This is also the reason why I have PayPal. It sucks, but it sucks less for me than a credit card and is widely accepted.


Screenshot of ncurses-based UI

Let me guess, you “need” a more sophisticated UI toolkit on mobile? ;-p

With Qt Widgets you’ll have to go out of your way to make it work nice with touch devices, since it has been created for desktop usage with mouse and keyboard input in mind, while Qt Quick has been made with mobile user interfaces in mind.

I wonder why you’re worried about the performance of Qt Quick. It has hardware rendering by default and the layout system is designed with applications in mind, unlike HTML, which tries to retrofit a document markup language into an application markup language. Additionally, QML and JavaScript files can be precompile to native code, if the JIT compilation of QML and JavaScript files would be a performance concern.

QML just sits in this sweet spot of being easy to use for developers while not consuming too much ( Electron-levels) of system resources. Of course, if you abuse QML you can most definitely create slow applications in it, but you could say that about every framework.


Well, if there are a few messages every 12 hours, there are at least people active. I would say it’s better than nothing.

But the situation is a bit like the chicken or egg problem: “no one is active, so I won’t be active as well”. It’s not going that’s going to be solved by yet another new chat client or so. Just give it some time and communities will become more active.

And Matrix got bridges to other chat clients, which are pretty nifty if you want to be more active on Matrix. While it somewhat ruins the spirit of decentralisation if you use it with non-decentralised networks, it’s better than nothing ¯_(ツ)_/¯


The minimum age is also what made me delete my account on the spot.

Such an overreaction to be honest. If you think it’s wrong to meet up with people under 16, don’t meet up with them. As for minors, don’t allow them to meet people 3 years older than them if that’s what you’re afraid of, although it’s still an arbitrary limit. I can imagine a 16 year old open to meeting 18 year old people, there’s nothing wrong with that in my opinion.

Look, I can go outside and meet with 16 years old as an adult. Does not mean I do it and it does not mean I support banning minors from going outside, because they might meet adult people.

Note that I’m from a country where:

  1. The minimum age for sex is 16.. Does this mean I approve of 16 year olds having sex with, for example, 26 year olds? No. Are they allowed to, according to Dutch law? Yes, if both persons are able to consent wilfully. Note that in order to be a prostitute or to act in pornographic film, you still need to be at least 18.
  2. Online communication with a person of 16 or older with the intention of sex is allowed. I’m sure since is something that is of the main thing Alovoa provides, having a minimum age of 16 would be enough. I assume the creator is from Germany and I assume they have similar laws as the Dutch in this regard.
  3. If you’re a dad and you take your own child to the park, without the mother, you aren’t seen as a child predator.

I’d rather have USA users disallowed from this instance rather than yet another service needing to accommodate for the prudish USA. The USA users could have their own isolated instance with their own rules. I assume USA users wouldn’t be matched with European users anyways, due to the large geographical distance.


I hoped the last part of the sentence was enough of an indicator that it was sarcasm. I just don´t get why people are flaming about pronouns. Using male pronouns when the gender of the person in question is not known does not always mean the author thinks males are superior and addressing a person of unknown gender with them instead of (s)he does not lead to the end of the world.


I’m kind of sad they didn’t go with the even more inclusive (s)(t)he(y). That way, no matter if you’d like to be addressed with he/she/they, you can feel represented in the most elegant way ever known to humans.

EDIT: [/sarcasm]


As a Vim user, I really like using the caps lock key as the escape key. I do not get why the caps lock is placed in such a prominent place, while I never have used it on a physical keyboard. Even when I want to type in all caps, I just tend to hold shift while typing out of habit I guess.


There is still an effort going on in the Sailfish OS web browser to separate the UI from the core browser. But they’re still about 18 versions behind the current Firefox version. The README of the project contains some link to useful resources about how it works.

Embedding chromium/webkit is just way easier. I honestly wonder why SailfishOS went that route. Maybe it’s a continuation of some legacy project form Maemo/MeeGo?


I do not have a problem with opt-in telemetry, but know that if you use providers like Google or Yandex, I won´t even think about opting in. It also would be nice if I can choose what information gets included and what not.

Also, the merge request hasn´t even been added in. I hope it won´t make it in, due the use of Google Analytics as provider.


The EU is democratic but I feel like I have no idea what’s going on compared to the democracy in my country.

For the national government I am able to vote for a party and follow all live debates on television and the internet. The (national) news usually reports on important decisions being made and important debates happening. They provide us with a summary on what happened and so on. How our democratic state exactly works is all taught on schools.

But for the European Union? I know I get to vote for a party once in a while, with almost all parties having a similar name and stances on subjects as the parties in the parliament. But what happens next is unclear to me. These national parties seem to join up with the national parties of other countries with similar views? I suppose they debate once in a while in Brussels? And there is this Ursula von Leyen who seems a very important person with the EU, but what here role is? No idea. All I know is that, once every while, the EU creates or updates one of its regulations. These then have to be implemented by each of the member states.

All which our school teaches is that there is an EU, it gives a short overview over its history and they tell us about their goals. But what happens between election and the creation of regulations? I have no idea.

Nevertheless, I usually agree with the decisions the EU makes and I’m in favour of the EU as a power house against the USA and China, for example. The euro, free trade and free travel are all things I take for granted, I could not imagine my life without them. In my opinion, they are worth the taxes and so on. I just whished that some countries, including my own, the Netherlands, could be more relaxed when it comes to having to pay money to poorer countries in the EU. And the EU should definitely be more strict against states that are de jure democracies, but are turning into de facto dictatorships.


BIke with two children and parent 2 children on a bike? Seems doable. Or what about a carrier bike, if you have more? Carrier bike with many children

I admit that these children are all quite young, but starting from age 6, children should be able to cycle by themselves. (Note: this opinion is from a Dutch perspective)

I’m not against cars by the way, you could own a car and several bikes. Use the bike when possible and the car for everything else.


You shouldn’t attempt comparing 2 floating point numbers with simply == (or === in JavaScript) in most cases and in most languages anyways.


A fast and not too memory hungry selfhosted, decentralised chat (Matrix) client, with support for E2E-encryption and voice chat (Mumble?) integration.

Bonus points if it could have different types of “chat” rooms with different user interfaces, such as ones for “ephemeral” content, such as general banter and memes. These could let their content expire after a certain time and have typing indicators and so on.

An other type of room could have a more of a forum style interface, which encourages “slow” chat with more lengthy and content-rich posts. It could remove typing indicators and not automatically display new messages to encourage people writing their thoughts out in one message, instead of feeling pressured to send their messages as quickly as possible.

Basically an all in one application for communities but FLOSS. I don’t necessarily think an all-in-one community application is needed, but Discord proves that’s what people seem to want.


You could try waiting for a new change in laws concerning privacy, such as the GDPR and wait for the flood of incoming emails about companies which changed their privacy policy.


And a slow HDD instead of a SSD.


Keyboards which won’t register about 5% of the keypresses and drinks that make you more thirsty than you already were.


I suppose that’s why it’s likely more anonymous than visiting the website regularly with JavaScript enabled.


Libreoffice Calc works :), but I personally use Jellyfin. Although I’m afraid if Kodi is overkill, Jellyfin might be overkill-overkill.