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schestowitzAfter Hours Pet Our EldersJan 23 00:14
schestowitz"Jan 23 00:14
schestowitzThere are a number of old people we admire. People who are quite old, and very, very active: like Richard Matthew Stallman, Noam Chomsky, Vandana Shiva, and others (part of the activity is to identify such powerful people).Jan 23 00:14
schestowitzI would like to address each of them an open letter that states the following: we love you ; you’re getting old ; who is going to replace you in your activity?Jan 23 00:14
schestowitzIf I take the example of rms and the GNU project, I can see no vetted interest in transmitting to an organized group who can assume the strong role required to keep the free software movement alive. Bradley Kuhn and Karen Sandler are not fit to take over because they have sold themselves to G̸͍͇̚á̶̙̘g̷̋͝ͅģ̶̓l̸͍̀e̸̻͐: in 2019, they made the FOSDEM keynote, FOSDEM 2019 - Can Anyone Live in Full Software Freedom Today?, Jan 23 00:14
schestowitzconcluding that, since nobody can “live in full software freedom”, hackers should “keep working on free software in their free time”. At the time, @natacha and I were very upset of this position because we were thinking, for a long time already, about how to fund free software so that it becomes part of the public digital infrastructure. We took Kuhn and Sandler’s call to work on your free time as an insult. Especially because they both Jan 23 00:14
schestowitzcame on G̸͍͇̚á̶̙̘g̷̋͝ͅģ̶̓l̸͍̀e̸̻͐’s and M̵̧͍̂i̴̧͊̈c̴͉̾r̵͙̮̈o̴̳̜͗so̸̰͗p̶̢͖̂h̶̟͈͑’s funds to host the first ever Copyleft Conf. This was a good part of what motivated us to start OFFDEM the next year.Jan 23 00:14
schestowitzThis situation of having a powerful person holding on to power and keeping the hands on the megaphone as they age, without taking care of transmitting their knowledge to someone worth keeping up the fight is part of the problem of patriarchy and domination in general. In a world of freedom beyond democracy, we should ensure that the work of fantastic figures does not whither and fade out. This is the responsibility of such powerful, privileged Jan 23 00:14
schestowitzvoices to find and nurture the next generation to ensure that their message be transmitted and kept revolutionary, rather than extinguished by the lack of power following their demise. Yet, we do not know who is able to take on rms’ leadership of the GNU project and the FSF after he dies – otherwise, he would not have been called back to the board, would he?Jan 23 00:14
schestowitzAnd the same goes for the larger-than-life Noam Chomsky and Vandana Shiva. Yet, this is on them, since they – unless they did it in the background and without our knowledge – did not spend the effort to inform and bring to front a community to replace them in their critical action and keep the struggle strong. Why do such people never retire is a question that may be of interest, but our question is: why do you not ensure that your work against Jan 23 00:14
schestowitzinjustice is carried on after you die, especially when you know that your legacy will likely be co-opted by the enemy? I want for proof the recent apology of Dr Martin Luther King by the FBI who harassed him and threatened his life.Jan 23 00:14
schestowitzHere we go. This activity would be an after hour commitment to identify strong figures of the resistance and draft open letters to them urging them to stop putting out work while they still can work on setting up legacy communities for radical struggle.Jan 23 00:14
schestowitz"Jan 23 00:14
schestowitz[Context] "Hi, mind if we republish "After Hours Pet Our Elders" in Techrights? With attribution of course...  IN IRC"Jan 23 00:14
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schestowitzRichard Stallman wrote on 23/01/2023 04:25:Jan 23 05:31
schestowitz>    > But there are some things I should reasonably expect to be includedJan 23 05:31
schestowitz>    > in, like access to government, education, voting, food and basicJan 23 05:31
schestowitz>    > healthcare (although I realise that in the US, the latter isJan 23 05:31
schestowitz>    > controversial).Jan 23 05:31
schestowitz> Jan 23 05:31
schestowitz> I basically agree.  One minor change I would make is that even forJan 23 05:31
schestowitz> non-basic medical treatment, there are only certain legitimate reasonsJan 23 05:31
schestowitz> to exclude someone.  To exclude someone arbitrarily is wrong.Jan 23 05:31
schestowitz> Jan 23 05:31
schestowitz>    > It can range from non-interoperability with existing work-flows,Jan 23 05:31
schestowitz>    > belongings and knowledge, to issues of trust and affiliation. PeopleJan 23 05:31
schestowitz>    > with enhanced security needs, including prominent public figures,Jan 23 05:31
schestowitz>    > victims or those on witness protection, or being a guardian of aJan 23 05:31
schestowitz>    > vulnerable person are the exceptions that highlight what should be aJan 23 05:31
schestowitz>    > general rule for all. It also includes straight-up politicalJan 23 05:31
schestowitz>    > choices. We are not forced to vote for a certain political party, soJan 23 05:31
schestowitz>    > why is being forced to directly support a criminal mega-corporationJan 23 05:31
schestowitz>    > any different?Jan 23 05:32
schestowitz> Jan 23 05:32
schestowitz> This list specifically does not include "requiring the user to submitJan 23 05:32
schestowitz> to unjust methods of computing, which subjgate whoever submits to them.Jan 23 05:32
schestowitz> Jan 23 05:32
schestowitz>    > My position is that, if we're going to have technology - much of whichJan 23 05:32
schestowitz>    > makes life objectively worse - forced down our throats, then it may asJan 23 05:32
schestowitz>    > well be Free/Libre technology.Jan 23 05:32
schestowitz> Jan 23 05:32
schestowitz> I agree, but something stronger can be said.Jan 23 05:32
schestowitz> Jan 23 05:32
schestowitz> Must of the tendency to make life worse is a byprodict of beingJan 23 05:32
schestowitz> nonfree.  Software is not malware by chance.  The developer makes theJan 23 05:32
schestowitz> program malware because perse has the power to do so, and perse hasJan 23 05:32
schestowitz> that power because the program is nonfree.Jan 23 05:32
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schestowitzHi Roy,Jan 23 05:50
schestowitzI'll have a think whether I can pull a sufficiently different versionJan 23 05:50
schestowitzof the AI piece out of its first draft in a similar way that I didJan 23 05:50
schestowitzwith the last.Jan 23 05:50
schestowitzWhat helps is if I can get some _response_/coments etc so thatJan 23 05:50
schestowitzit creates discussion points I can spin the new piece around.Jan 23 05:50
schestowitzSo please share and send me any IRC comments as you often do.Jan 23 05:50
schestowitzall very best,Jan 23 05:50
schestowitzxxxxxJan 23 05:50
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schestowitz <li>Jan 23 11:19
schestowitz                                    <h5><a href="">5 Key Differences Between SteamOS and Arch Linux</a></h5>Jan 23 11:19
-TechBytesBot/ | 5 Key Differences Between SteamOS and Arch LinuxJan 23 11:19
schestowitz                                    <blockquote>Jan 23 11:19
schestowitz                                        <p>You may have heard that the Steam Deck uses Arch Linux. This is technically true. Valve's SteamOS is based on Arch Linux.</p>Jan 23 11:19
schestowitz                                        <p>But the experience on the Deck is very different from what you would encounter if you installed Arch Linux on a PC. Here are some ways SteamOS is different from its parent distribution.</p>Jan 23 11:19
schestowitz                                    </blockquote>Jan 23 11:19
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schestowitz  <li>Jan 23 11:20
schestowitz                                    <h5><a href="">Understanding Trisquel</a></h5>Jan 23 11:20
-TechBytesBot/ | Understanding Trisquel – Simon Josefsson's blogJan 23 11:20
schestowitz                                    <blockquote>Jan 23 11:20
schestowitz                                        <p>Ever wondered how Trisquel and Ubuntu differs and what’s behind the curtain from a developer perspective? I have. Sharing what I’ve learnt will allow you to increase knowledge and trust in Trisquel too.</p>Jan 23 11:20
schestowitz                                    </blockquote>Jan 23 11:20
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schestowitz<li>Jan 23 11:30
schestowitz                                    <h5><a href="">Various hardware reviews: Photodon overlays, Cintweak keyboard trays, real bugs, and Intuos Pro.</a></h5>Jan 23 11:30
-TechBytesBot/ | Various hardware reviews: Photodon overlays, Cintweak keyboard trays, real bugs, and Intuos Pro. - David RevoyJan 23 11:30
schestowitz                                    <blockquote>Jan 23 11:30
schestowitz                                        <p>I had many interesting question on the Youtube channel, and while answering to them, I thought it would be good to also copy/paste the questions here, as they were good additional information: [...]</p>Jan 23 11:30
schestowitz                                    </blockquote>Jan 23 11:30
schestowitz                                </li>Jan 23 11:30
schestowitz 23 11:37
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-TechBytesBot/ | Why Bitwarden is a Better Password ManagerJan 23 20:15
schestowitz"Jan 23 20:15
schestowitzWe still need passwords, whether we like them or not. And, to protect and organize them, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols recommends the Bitwarden password manager as a “better, safer alternative” to the likes of LastPass.Jan 23 20:15
schestowitzOpen-source friendly Bitwarden is “free to use both on a server or a client,” he notes. And, as a client, “you can run it on Linux, Windows, macOS, Android, iPhone, and iPad.”Jan 23 20:15
schestowitz"Jan 23 20:15
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