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Apple Self Repair 

@maxeddy You can repair your device, with their permission, with their parts, and on their schedule.

This is "self repair", with none of the digital autonomy that that concept normally implies.

@aral @owzim It's a laptop, not a power bank. Being able to act as a power bank when powered off is an optional feature.

Some cars have spare tires, others don't. Thinking you had one when you didn't can be a really bad day, but that doesn't make shipping a car without a spare tire unthinkable.

If you want a laptop that acts as a power bank, make sure you buy one that does that. If you're running unsupported software, it might not support every feature of your hardware.

@owzim @aral It's wrong to think that people getting hung up on small features is specific to "FOSS alternatives". You can find a feature like that if you consider switching from anything to anything else. Plenty of people said they couldn't switch from Mac to Windows in like 2008 because of magsafe connectors.

If you want some specific feature, absolutely add it or advocate for it. But your favorite feature isn't the one thing stopping people from switching to FOSS tools.

@aral If you wait to switch to something new until it has every last feature of the old thing, you'll never switch. You can always find some reasonable sounding missing feature to use as an excuse.

the guix channel which must not be named (in official guix communication channels) 

@cadadr@weirder.earth @cwebber Unfortunately, Debian doesn't take user freedom seriously at all, happily shipping a Firefox that auto-downloads DRM blobs.

@tindall There was an old 2nd edition boxed adventure called Dragon Mountain, for levels 10-15. The box said "This is the most deluxe dungeon, designed to appeal to discriminating and demanding role-players. Adventurers, beware. This is more than just a dragon hunt." The typical encounter was about 20 kobolds.

@strypey The problem is that it's not just hosting. The major tech platforms generally offer a whole bunch of apparently minor stuff to draw in users and then keep them there with the network effect (by holding their friends hostage).

@hntooter I'm not a lawyer, but according to Wikipedia, "unregistered trademarks" are a thing, at least in the US. Trying to get people to rename their projects is likely still a jerk move, but it may very well be a valid legal tactic.

@sohkamyung Using a spreadsheet for *anything* of value has always been malpractice.

Even ignoring autocorrect issues, a spreadsheet is a computer program with a single hard-coded set of input data and no possibility of writing tests.

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We're indoctrinating our entire population into thinking that they can't function without the miracle (**spits) of Zoom/MS Teams/Google Hangouts/Webex, etc. Well, that's bullshit. Talk about sowing learned helplessness & foreign corporate dependence. Why aren't our national educational authorities (yes, NZ Min of Ed, looking at you) organising a far more cost-effective, proven, *local* services for education, like using BigBlueButton? They have *no idea* what they're doing with regard to tech.

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The law needs to apply to government officials. The case below should result in both personal civil liability for damages caused and whatever the charges are for using a stolen license plate.

gazette.com/premium/police-lea

@wolf480pl Ahh, if you have 3 of them and only one of them's wrong then you should sell it on ebay as a rare collectable misprint.

@wolf480pl If some old BIOS machines had a limit at 2TB, it seems reasonable that old 32-bit ARM devices could too. Track down a more recent machine to test in? Put stickers on the drives and write "2TB" on them in crayon?

@wolf480pl There's definitely some architecture limits for disks at 2TB. Are these devices booting via BIOS rather than UEFI?

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swerfs, internet censorship 

Anne Wagner of FOSTA/SESTA is now pushing to go after OnlyFans vice.com/en/article/4avpe3/ann

There's a You're Wrong About episode that traces the bad faith framing of a lot of this, a pivot strategy from anti-porn and even satanic panic (!) propaganda pushers podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/

(Sorry for the Apple Podcasts link, it's the only webpage they've provided for individual episodes.)

@tindall Or a rogue employee at Apple. Or someone who could bribe or blackmail a well-placed Apple, US Government, or CCP employee.

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Today I saw someone describe all non-social-media, non-newspaper websites as "the dark web". Big oof from me

Apparently states are banning high power PCs now. Spoiler: High end gaming rigs are meaningfully the same devices as high end compute workstations - you can't ban 4K gaming without banning, say, medical research.

burlingtonfreepress.com/story/

@wilkie I'm pretty sure prisons would get used them to lock up the people who have the migraines. There have been worse policies in living memory.

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