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I am no longer on octodon.social and I will try my best to keep away from some of the people on that server who have taken upon themselves the mantle of upholding the principles of Free Software! I am also observing that mastodon is not so different from twitter when it comes to sane discourse. That is expected - people can't be different when they type on a different browser tab.

I will be mostly tooting my (mis)adventures with amateur radio here and not much about anything else.

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Thank you @M0YNG.

Hello everyone - I am Ramakrishnan. My callsign is VU3RDD and I live in Bangalore, India. I am interested in homebrew electronics and I mostly operate HF/CW at the moment. I have inverted V antenna for 40 and 20m bands.

I do computer programming for a living and work on low level software, cryptography and network protocols..

I have another account octodon.social/@vu3rdd but i thought of separating the radio/electronics toots into a separate account.

I lost a freelance gig today because I ended up explaining that my task wasn't really necessary at all, and explained another way to look at the project.

We need to think less about «what» are we making and think more about «why». If we are truly open and honest to ourselves and our craft, we can build amazing things... together.

the rest of the story didn’t load for a bit and i was like ‘wow! i respect how succinct this is’

A lot of the people who call #fsf and #rms "radical" receive their salaries from companies that bomb millions of people, inc. women and children. Nothing radical about the latter.

Apparently Tiny Basic community used the term "Copyleft" before the Free Software movement coined it -

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiny_BAS

This is not a thread about Plan 9; it’s just an example of something I have difficulty with about the UNIX culture: the endless academic jostling about whether something should be implemented, or left as an exercise for the user, and if it is implemented, whether it’s done with core utilities, or as a shell script etc.

"...macOS sends hashes of every opened executable to some server of theirs and when `trustd` and `syspolicyd` are unable to do so, the entire operating system grinds to a halt."

Did you know that full disk encryption on Plan 9 is implemented with 212 lines of C in userspace and 43 lines in the kernel

@roptat @jfred @colby @vu3rdd @civodul Indeed, `guix environment` is the really important part there. Any decent package manger will have a means to acquire sources (e.g. apt-get source in Debian), but there's usually additional steps to build it (apt-get build-deps), and then your system configuration may be insufficient for building.

`guix environment` Just Works. And you can build in an isolated environment with `-C`. It's not only convenient, but wonderfully empowering.

Are you going to continue wearing masks (generally or just during flu season for example) on public transport and places like that after the pandemic has blown over?

A misunderstanding is circulating that the GNU Project demands you run 100% free software, all the time. Anything less (90%?), and we will tell you to get lost—they say. Nothing could be further from the truth.

gnu.org/philosophy/saying-no-e #gnu #freesw #linux

@civodul I see complexity as one of the modern barriers to practical software freedom. If a reasonably skilled person can't comprehend a system, one can't exercise the freedom to make any meaningful changes, letalone redistribute those changes.

Projects that describe themselves as open source may not begin to consider that point.

I feel a modern interpretation of software freedom requires mindfulness to complexity. Unfortunately, the backbones of modern systems are the opposite of that.

Messing around with KiCad for a small circuit. I like it a lot.

The developers of Signal are currently doing a user survey:

surveys.signalusers.org/s3

I told them that I really like the app but also that I would like:
a) Signal on @fdroidorg
b) a proper desktop client
c) no data stored in "secure enclaves"

Maybe you'd like to tell them, too?

#freeyourandroid
#freesoftware
#android

People who use multiple computers, what do you use to have your files available when you move computers? I usually use a desktop, but when I travel, I use a laptop. I would like to have my files available when I open the laptop. Ideal solution seem to be a file server that is in some fast data center and is network mounted.. What do you all use?

Has anyone tried the VK5TM RF noise canceller?

vk5tm.com/homebrew/noisecancel

Unfortunate, that Australian Post would not ship to India at the moment. :-( May have to procure parts and build on a perfboard or build in a dead-bug style.

Has anyone tried the Groundplane QEC from JP1QEC?

qrz.com/db/JP1QEC

I am looking at installing a portable antenna at my parents' place. That's how I stumbled on this design..

I have only got access to 5m fiberglass poles. Wondering how to have a decent 40/20m antenna. EFHW is an option.

"note that the testing installer is more for testing the installer than for installing testing"

Thank you Debian, for that beautiful sentence.

The FSF's High Priority Projects committee is preparing its next round of updates to the High Priority Projects list, and we need your input! Help us identify areas of strategic importance for free software development. u.fsf.org/36k

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