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Three conclusions to draw from #Google denying #Huawei access to software & the importance #FreeSoftware has for technology users, public bodies, and businesses alike: fsfe.org/news/2019/news-201905

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Listening to media.libreplanet.org/u/librep :

"A lot of people, in my day-to-day life at least, will say to you 'Yes FaceBook is evil, yes Google knows too much about you and I don't like it, but what can we do?'"

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"People don't feel encouraged in this community, especially those who don't feel impacted by The Four Freedoms if they've even heard of them. But if you're not a technical person those Four Freedoms probably don't sound like something that applies to you or matter."

I hear very much the same thing myself from my IRL contacts.

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So if you want to know why I like to emphasise that The Four Freedoms includes having someone of your choice exercise them on your behalf, this is why. Though that argument still doesn't seem to break through to them.

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"Once we understand that we’re dealing with an economic logic, not digital technology—digital technology is perfectly easy to imagine without surveillance capitalism; impossible to imagine surveillance capitalism without digital technology. So we’re talking about the puppet master here, not the puppet. The digital is merely the puppet. Surveillance capitalism is the puppet master."
- Shoshana Zuboff, author of 'The Age of Surveillance Capitalism'
democracynow.org/2019/3/1/big_

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For everyone not happy with news relating to Google, Android, and Huawei...

I'm just going to leave this right here...

puri.sm/products/librem-5/

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Doom and Wolfenstein Game Engine Black Books pay-what-you-want/free PDFs. (and links to buy physical books)

These are high quality deep technical dives into the game engines of those classic games.

fabiensanglard.net/gebb/index.

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♫ Jus' a cyberpunk cowboy on a cyberpunk plain / hackin' the OS of my tractor for to get it goin' again ♫

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"In the Free Software movement, those who are using proprietary software are both the oppressed and the oppressor. They are the oppressed because when we use proprietary software we are limiting our own liberty. But we are also the oppressor because by using proprietary software, we are contributing to the normalization of this lack of freedom" media.libreplanet.org/u/librep

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In 2019, I feel as if the web has forgotten the Bauhaus school's classic edict: form follows function.

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The current technological industry wants to normalize cloud computing, but did you know you are losing ownership of your software and freedoms in the process? #NoSaaSS

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have you ever considered that i'm fucking autistic

The same teacher made us watch the Uber IPO today and she was mad at me for saying they were an unethical company. She brought up "consumer choice," but when they've basically put taxi drivers out of business, and Lyft is awful too, what are you supposed to do? That's not much of a choice. Hope there's a LibreTaxi driver in your area, I suppose.

I never understood why teachers, especially those in public school, get so upset when people use alternative clients to their proprietary shitware. It's still the same functionality, I'm just downloading it locally. They want compliance so badly that they don't stop to think about the ethical issues of what they want you to comply to.

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