Too Big to Fail code hosting is a lie
Free software or proprietary on the backend, between Google Code and Gitorious both shutting down, your code hosting monolith is not Too Big To Fail (even if run by a mega-corporation like Google!).Show all 16 replies
Problem is, not everyone can host everything on their own server. I looked at Gogs, and the resources it need (if you need to use any team functionality) require a middle to high end VPS.
So, if you need to run 2-3 self-hosted services (Let's say, your own Gogs, MediaGoblin, Pump/Diaspora) it becomes very expensive to maintain. Though, I do agree with the points mentioned, but sometimes it's better (easier, cheaper, more reliabled) to go for a paid service then self-host.
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Federation doesn't mean every single person has to run their own instance of every single federated app, you and some friends can run one or you can use public services. If it's not federated there can only be huge monoliths if things remain practical.Admittely, it is failing in a way that gives plenty of time to migrate elsewhere, which smaller players could not be able to do.
On the other hand, self hosting is just better, and self, federated, hosting is even better.
(btw, the people at friendica are also looking into it:https://kirgroup.com/projects/fabrixxm/friendica-projects )
Um, Davdroid, if you go to Gitorious.org the big banner tells everyone to go to GitLab, so yeah, people know. And it's a good option, better than GitHub arguably for those who care about freedom. If GitHub goes in some direction you don't like, you can't fork it, it's non-free.
- Google Talk to be shutdown 16th Feb 2015, will people move to some jabber service now?! http://gadgetstouse.com/news/google-pulls-the-plug-for-gtalk/30258
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>> Andrea Scarpino:
“will people move to some jabber service now?!”
Haaaaaaaaaaa hahahahaha xD
Wait... you're kidding, right? I'd say 99% of "google talk" users have moved to Hangouts without even realizing it. So they won't care at all about this.Tell me about it! forced conversions to hangouts, google plus. most don't know gtalk had jabber support, haven't heard even jabber ever, let alone using xmpp! By most I don't mean non-geeks, almost no-one I know personally knows jabber. When linux comes, they sprint, poor gui people!
@Evan Prodromou Hostage taking is definitely how it feels. I'd recommend http://www.mail-tester.com/ to get your email up to a good score, but even people who get 10/10 seem to now get their mails hitting gmail spam, and nobody knows why.
I've thought about writing a blogpost about "gmail considered harmful" and haven't gotten to it yet.
Maybe before giving up and switching to google apps for your domain switch to MyKolab.com, if you have to.
Friendly intro to the FSF / free software on http://fsf.org/
There's a new video up on http://fsf.org/ and I'm very excited about it... it's a nice, clean, friendly intro to the ideas of what the FSF and software freedom is all about. Done by friends Bassam and Fateh over at Urchn, it's a made-with-free-software-intro-to-free-software (well, kind of mostly focusing on FSF turning 30).
Making accessible, engaging materials on what free software is and why it matters is important. I'm glad to see an uptrend here, with both this video and the Email Self-Defense Guide.
If you agree with the above, and want to see the FSF do more to continue making the messaging around free software welcoming/engaging, why not donate as encouragement?
Great job to everyone involved!Show all 11 replies
@Jacob Barkdull It's being fixed... this was done on a limited time / budget is my understanding, so a couple things slipped but are being corrected. Which, within those constraints, the Urchn/FSF collab worked hard, kicked butt, and delivered something awesome.
I think the video stands very well on its own, but I most especially hope it's a symbol of things to come. This is a direction of messaging people seem to be responding to... what could happen if we got more resources so the FSF could produce a broader series of materials to bring messaging about user freedom to everyone? (Which, I know I'm echoing myself, but hence my suggestion that you donate to show your support... given fundraising season, the FSF is paying close attention to what people react to in terms of contributions!)I also notice that the video refers to the operating system as "GNU Linux", without an audible "slash" or "plus", this is something the FSF (via the GNU Project) advises against doing: https://www.gnu.org/gnu/gnu-linux-faq.html#whyslash
It makes it sound like GNU is just another distribution, like how there's "Ubuntu Linux", "Red Hat Linux", etc. Using "GNU" that way makes their insistence on calling the system "GNU/Linux" seem unjustified, because it deemphasises the rest of their long standing work.
It's still a great video, second only to the one with Stephen Fry, however, it looks bad to have contradictory terminology and information in a video about something as monumental as FSF's 30th birthday.
Also, /usr/lib is a bad place to compile software ;-)
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- Glad to hear you're rejecting the black-and-white dogmatism but still keeping to the idealism of software freedom.
The fact is, Facebook and others have fundamental ethical problems, but the particular discussions with your friends are another matter.
I don't like to admit it, but I'm on Facebook. They got me when I went on a trip and people shared photos privately on Facebook and I couldn't even see them without signing in. Since then, I mostly post anti-Facebook and other misc political messages there and little else. However, there are events and people and even valuable discussions about things I'm involved in that happen on Facebook.
Obviously, my goal is to have Snowdrift.coop succeed and help build a world where we all eventually reject Facebook and other such proprietary silos. Until that happens, the thing everyone needs to know is that there's a limit to how far personal responsibility can be the focus. Social problems demand social solutions. It's really fundamentally misguided to shame individuals for just being part of a social system that they can't control.
For example, it would be better if more people biked and took public transit, and absolutely many people have a choice in that. But we also face the reality of the infrastructure and it is really naive and arrogant to think that the change to our infrastructure will come from just berating everyone who ever drives a car. But that doesn't mean you should give up and drive everywhere when you have a choice. On the other hand, getting overly hung-up or guilty over any time you ever drive is misguided. It's not you, it's the system. And you have to make the best choices you can recognizing that you live in the world as is.
The Making of User Lib (FSF video)... plus source release!
Here's a git annex repository containing the source code (and the final video for good measure).
git clone http://user-liberation.joeyh.name/.git/ user-liberation
git annex get
I've been curious how a real blender project might look as a git-annex repo, and now I know..
I deployed this website with a propellor Property, but forks could be made on gitorious or whatever. Any clone can add the url above as a remote and
git annex getcan then download the assets from my server.
I can't say publicly who it is that I'm tutoring yet. However, my "tutee" (as you call it) has already proposed the idea of a joint talk about how many of the approaches to traditional programming instruction are poor.
Part of the reason I'm using Scheme is to avoid focusing on control structures, which intro programming classes seem to always do.
- Innocent people are being spied on all over the world. That means you. And your family. Your kids. Your Mom. Even Grandpa.
Do you text? Do your teenagers text? Would you be happy if the provocative photo your 13 year old daughter sent to her 13 year old boyfriend was secretly intercepted by the American spy agency NSA and filed it in perpetuity in their storage facility? Or shared with its Five Eyes "partner" CSEC?
How do you know what those shadowy people who have invaded your child's privacy are doing with that photograph? Or what are they doing with those totally innocent naked baby bath photos you sent to your Mom? There are a lot of people employed by CSEC. How many are predators? The very nature of spying is predatory.
Who can access this information that is being sucked up all over the Internet?
We don't know.
Whoever they are, whatever they do is being hidden behind a screen of smoke and mirrors they pretend is for "National Security." If the civil rights and personal security of innocent citizens is sacrificed, what kind of National security is it?
Who watches the watchers? When governments pretend they are NOT doing such things, anything can happen. The only reason Canadians are even aware of this is because a courageous young man named Edward Snowden was willing to sacrifice his privileged life to tell us.
All over the world, innocent law abiding people are having their civil rights callously violated as their text messages are being vacuumed up wholesale by NSA to peruse at their leisure.
In Canada we recently learned that our own spy agencies allowed (asked?) NSA to spy on Canadians at the G20. Without probable cause to get a warrant, the Canadian RCMP, CSIS and CSEC were not able to do this themselves without breaking Canadian law.
The "Lawful Access" legislation the Harper Government keeps trying to pass would make it legal for our government to spy on innocent Canadians. It would make this legal.
The Canadian Charter of Rights And Freedoms exists to protect the civil rights of Canadians from just such government abuse of citizens. This is why it is so important that governments must not be allowed to spy on citizens without probable cause. There must be good reason they can present to a court, there must be evidence of wrongdoing before the state should be allowed to strip away any citizen's right to privacy.
Law abiding citizens should not have to worry that the government is reading their emails or text messages, or amassing their meta data.
- Reproducible research, anyone? http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/19/opinion/krugman-the-excel-depression.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss
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- I may also fork @x11r5 to another federated SN service. Suggestions? Which one has the largest community?
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