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I promote software freedom.

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If Google is broken up what changes? Are there going to two different companies creating a map app?

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How far is the company willing to go to prevent cheating? Cameras in people’s homes to make sure they’re not using another computer that you have no access to?

If players tolerate that then competitive gaming is going in a deeper dark pit of proprietary spyware in the name of fighting cheating, an arms race with no end.

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Others might do it for them if they shared the source code 🤷

Fairbuds are Fairphone’s proof that we really could make better tiny gadgets (arstechnica.com)

But of course we all know that the big manufacturers don’t do this not because they can’t but because they don’t want to. Planned obsolescence is still very much the name of the game, despite all the bullshit they spout about sustainability.

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Apple got in trouble for lowering CPU speed with a software update. They said it’s to help old batteries but it make the experience noticable worse so it appeared like they tried to make getting a new phone more appealing by gimping old ones.

Updating proprietary software need not be in the user’s best interests.

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Apple go out of their way to make it difficult for 3rd parties repair shops to get parts and same goes for “official” repair partners who are also gimped in what they’re allowed to repair.

I imagine this isn’t want you meant when you said say whatever you will about Apple.

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But their mother’s mother is to blame for their mother!

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Other than a lack of security updates, what does it matter if the OS isn’t updated such that it is unusable?

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I’ve been looking for buds with replaceable batteries ever since my first pair degraded. Good to see FairPhone offering one that does it this time!

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There have wireless headphones that you can use a USB-C wire with, but that’s not an earbud.

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A follow-up video “Why I was wrong about fairphone” by Louis Rossmann: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAogtqyN22M

Still critical of lack of audio jack but praises FairPhone for including list of all components and board view of where each part is located and a complete schematic. In comparison to other phones manufacturers that’s night and day of repair-ability.

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They also sell headphone to USB cable. I’m not saying the lack of a headphone jack is good but if their goal was really to sell wireless earbuds then selling a USB to headphone cable was a bad move, no?

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They proclaim to value open source and it seems they’ve tried to do some stuff in the past. I think software freedom is a natural conclusion of hardware repairability but it seems their priority is instead on being green and workers up the chain getting a fair pay.

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A master plan to make more money selling a cable than a port on an already bulky phone?

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If I had the option I would have chosen a smaller camera module and included an audio jack. I genuinely think they choose to not include it as a compromise, rather than to sell a cable you can get cheap elsewhere.

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That makes it okay then, proprietary software that we can’t really find out what it does 😑

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All around this was well made. I hope they do more. My only crititism would be, unlessI misunderstood, it seems to me the story just stopped.

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In what way are they not completly free? Cuz you gotta keep the same license?

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Which are more free depends how you look at it. If we limit the scope to just us then having no restrictions is more free than a copyleft licenses that have any restrictions. If we also consider our users then being able to do what we want includes not giving the same level of freedom to our users, and the same applies to our user’s users. A restriction on us denying freedom ensures gives freedom to others.

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I’m of the opinion that a cookie on your desk takes more willpower to resist eating rather it being in a locked box in the kitchen. I consider even devs with good intentions to not have perfect resistance to temptation at all times, and so being legally compelled to not deny users software freedom via AGPL is a benefit to my users as it helps them resist any temptation 😇

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When Valve makes a change to Steam that you disagree with your choice is to give up using Steam, and your purchased games, or just accept it and continue. Steam is proprietary software: it gives unjust power over user’s computing. Even good people are not immune to the temptation to use power for themselves at the expense of others. While Valve have done a lot of good, indeed are the best, no one is perfect. I don’t understand why you think it has no potential to become a lot worse.

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Software freedom is about being in control of your computing. We can’t verify what proprietary software from a foreign company is doing on a government computer.

Public money public code is about citizens getting back the code we paid for. When a proprietary company improves software to get paid then they keep that advantage to themselves. LibreOffice is a collaborative project, everyone gains from it being improved by our money.

These aught to be valid concerns as much as productivity: to the degree it affects people. It cannot be dissmssed as being idelogical.

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I think we should aim for what is ideal and then take into consideration the constraints of what we can do. If it’s not plausible enough to go for what is ideal then aim to make that more likely while doing whatever is the next best thing. We risk being stuck on a peak of possible good if we refuse to go down to eventually go up higher.

I only use LibreOffice but don’t need it much. I can’t comment on how practical it is, or isn’t, for use in a government. If there’s another free software option then we aught to consider that. Else spend money to make it good enough for frequent and important use cases.

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How do you qualify the security of a closed source code when you can’t verify it?

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