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Republican North Dakota legislators have introduced SB2333, a bill that prohibits large tech companies from locking their users into a single app store or payment processor.

While his has implications for Android and other large tech platforms, its most immediate and far-reaching effects with be on Apple, whose Ios platform uses lock-in to monopolize both apps and payments (and another domain, not mentioned in the bill: repairs).


A gun control bill (HR127) was recently introduced to congress. It includes a ban on shotgun shells; minimum penalty is a $50,000 fine and 10 years in prison. And people wonder why gun owners have built a lobbying infrastructure to resist gun control.

@mwlucas Nah, running a CA should be no problem. Any problems you may have encountered can be easily solved by simply adding more Blockchain.

@bjoern This can be seen as a good thing. It means you can safely use Chromium without worrying about sending your private data (like your bookmarks and saved passwords) to Google via these APIs.

Firefox has similar functionality to creepily take your data, so Chromium is now one of the more privacy friendly browser options.

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An article about legal interest in the EU on Right to Repair stuff:

Pressure in the right direction, though the biggest threat (at least in the US, don't know EU law here as well) to the right to repair is the use of *intellectual restriction laws* to obstruct repair / reverse engineering / jailbreaking.

@snailerotica @cwebber @cathal

For federation to do anything, you need to federate with at least some instances. Federating with five or six instances isn't usefully different from simply not federating at all.

The basic example for federation and what it wants to do is email. Imagine if your email provider blocked all addresses simply because they didn't bother to allowlist them. Email simply wouldn't be email - it'd be facebook messenger with extra steps.

@snailerotica @cwebber @cathal

That means instance level blocklists work OK. No blocks by default, block in response to really loud complaints, no unblocks except in response to really loud complaints.

Instance-level alllowlists fail hard. In general, nobody will ever get allowed.

@snailerotica @cwebber @cathal

Admins aren't going to spend all their time adding instances to lists. They certainly aren't going to spend time doing research to figure out if a given instance goes on a list. This isn't strictly true - they may put in effort for the first few instances they see or a very large instance, but the outcome for instance #30 is going to be no admin action.

@purism If you're trying to avoid fragmentation, then why does the mobile build of PureOS have weird differences from desktop like breaking the root account?

@walruslifestyle That way of looking at things makes some sense for APIs, but that it doesn't really make sense for infrastructure libraries like react.

There are plenty of options for UI libraries. React gets used because it's well designed and solves concrete problems that some developers have, not because Facebook imposed it. In the particular case of React, they can't even hurt people by abandoning it - there is community support and even compatible re-implementations.

@walruslifestyle You say that, while having the discussion on a network where the most commonly used UI is based on the Facebook-released react.js framework.

It's possible that technological infrastructure and the associated commons isn't that important, but if it important then corporate contributions to open source software are a huge factor.

@walruslifestyle It's important to differentiate between "open source software" and just having "open" APIs.

Once open source software is released, it's part of the commons. Whatever the original developer does from then on, the world still has that software and can use and improve it.

APIs, whether "open" or otherwise, are just a service that's being provided. They might be useful or not, but they'll go away as soon as they stop supporting the business model of the company running them.

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Do you own a drill? A saw? A vise? Are you in the United States?

Some jerk has introduced a bill to make you a felon:

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"So, there you have it. It is tinfoil-hattedness to raise these concerns. The one area in computer science where tinfoil-hattedness is of absolutely importance is cryptography; and the maintainer of the only Haskell entropy package dismisses these very valid concerns as tinfoil-hattedness." (Medium)

Very good read, especially since I want to discuss crypto later!

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Did you know that @Fitbit can track your sleeping patterns or even whether you are having unprotected sex? Wondering what @google could do with this data?

Sign the #NotOnOurWatch petition to the @EU_Commission to stop the merger!

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FINALLY! Ramsey Orta, Who Filmed The Police Killing Of Eric Garner, Released From Prison

Orta was serving time for a gun possession charge that he said was set up by the police.


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Anyone else finds the word "deeplinking" and the court battles around it completely bonkers insane?

I mean, this is linking. It's the whole point of the Web. Why do we even need a separate term for that. Any free software guidelines that allow stock Firefox are wrong, even if they come from the FSF.

Firefox downloads, installs, and executes proprietary blobs from third-party servers with minimal user interaction.

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Happy five year anniversary of twitter keeping us safe from dangerous postings.
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