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Congrats to the #Replicant Free Software #Android team on the 6.0 update! This release more than doubles the number of supported devices and contains a few important fixes and improvements. https://u.fsf.org/2bh
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Woke up this morning to another 15 #socialCoop #instance membership applications - so exciting to be welcoming this new wave of cooperators to the club! 😍

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If you're opposed to the "fast lane for premium content / slow lane for everyone else" direction of ISPs in favor of net neutrality, then you should be opposed to "DRM for premium content, in theory a libre web for everyone else".

Same people fighting net neutrality are fighting for DRM. It's no coincidence.

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If you're considering changing web browsers after the W3C endorsing in-browser DRM (and Mozilla apparently caving to it), PaleMoon might be worth a look

github.com/MoonchildProduction

palemoon.org/roadmap.shtml

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKXe3HUG2l4

Kent Beck: "Refactor mercilessly"

Alan Kay: "[Computers in your computers]"

Chuck Moore: "[Make your own computer]"

Joe Armstrong: "Reverse entropy" https://social.heldscal.la/attachment/781324
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I have had this very conversation myself, many times.

It's remarkably similar to talking to economists about growth and thermodynamics.

emptywheel.net/2017/09/14/soft

I had a conversation with a bridge engineer one evening not long ago. I said, “Bridges, they are nice, and vital, but they fall down a lot.”

He looked at me with a well-worn frustration and replied, “Falling down is what bridges do. It’s the fate of all bridges to fall down, if you don’t understand that, you don’t understand bridges.”

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"EFF no longer believes that the W3C process is suited to defending the open web. We have resigned from the Consortium, effective today"

https://boingboing.net/2017/09/18/antifeatures-for-all.html
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@cwebber My official position is that the W3C has done the wrong thing. I worry deeply about the future of the open web, and the future of standards. The motivations of the W3C are unclear here, but appear to be financial. If financial considerations trump what is morally right, then the standard is not open to what is technologically best for all parties; rather, it is open to who has the deepest pockets.

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EFF resigning from w3c over w3c endorsement for DRM and lack of protection for security researchers

"Today, the W3C bequeaths an legally unauditable attack-surface to browsers used by billions of people. They give media companies the power to sue or intimidate away those who might re-purpose video for people with disabilities. They side against the archivists who are scrambling to preserve the public record of our era."

eff.org/deeplinks/2017/09/open

#DRMfree #OpenStandards #CoryDoctorow #EFF

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At almost every standards org they require massive, massive amounts of expensive bureaucracy, meetings all over the place that are expensive and hard to organise, specific structures, and an inclusive process that's in theory designed to make it more open but the reality is it makes it more open for companies to trash your standard.

Look at the guy who invented OAuth's talk on the disaster of OAuth2. That's the future of standards.

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DRM will unravel the Web
dustycloud.org/blog/drm-will-u

My personal thoughts and feelings about the W3C allowing DRM to move forward as a W3C Recommendation.

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The answer for this W3C fuckery and "standards are fucked" for me when a lot of my life was poured into open standards is to just drink.

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EFF is resigning from the w3c over DRM and the Encrypted Media Extensions standardization process. This was probably inevitable once w3c leadership abandoned consensus in this arena, but it's still such a bummer to see eff.org/deeplinks/2017/09/open

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#SurveillanceCapitalism
Karl #Polanyi observed that the market economies of the 19th and 20th centuries depended upon 3 ‘fictions’:
1) human life can be subordinated to market dynamics and be reborn as ‘labor.’
2) nature can be subordinated and reborn as ‘real estate.’
3) exchange can be reborn as ‘money.’
With the new logic of #accumulation, a 4th fictional #commodity emerges.
4) Now ‘reality’ is subjugated to commodification and #monetization and reborn as ‘#behavior.’
link.springer.com/article/10.1

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Insights on the claims about a "decline" in use of the #GNU GPL: https://u.fsf.org/2bg
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The World Wide Web Consortium’s decision to keep votes about DRM secret and that it censured the @EFF for “disclosing even vague sense of a vote” raises concerns. https://u.fsf.org/2bf
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@bob in the same way that carbon emissions takes away people's ability to live on a planet with a stable climate...