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Let's make the people on Gab pay for the wall! Don't worry, they'll pay for it one way or another.

Build the wall!
Build the wall!
Build the wall!

Hey, let's build a wall around the fediverse. It will keep all those unwanted people out, with their hungry mouths and loud ideas!

After an ad loads from foxnews.com on a coding website...

I'm sorry, your background investigation for usage of the fediverse has been denied. You went to too many fascist websites today. You have been banned for life. You should go to bab.com instead. Thank You!


Meanwhile on bab.com....
We just keep getting more members! Where do these people keep coming from?

Maybe this will convince someone who's on the fence. The real Nazis ran around labeling people based on their beliefs and physical characteristics, then segregated them from the rest of society, and then started killing them. The only people I have seen following this protocol on the fediverse are the people labeling others as "Nazis" and "alt-right". I will not be party to this. Prejudice against a people is never justified. Hate breeds hate. tear down this wall!

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@lidar @DashEquals @the_gayest_doggo the FSF would also oppose a clause which says "you cannot use this if you work for a surviellance organization" e.g. the NSA, Facebook, etc

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@the_gayest_doggo @DashEquals it's the same as if I published some software and didn't let republicans use it, or didn't let liberals use it, or people from Ohio, or people in favor of universal basic income, or any other factor

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@the_gayest_doggo @DashEquals he could have disabled it for people who literally eat babies and it would still be a problem. Free software isn't a perfect landscape of socially just software. Part of the deal is that you can't restrict who uses your software. If you don't like it, you don't write free software. Period.

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For anyone who doesn't understand why the Tusky change is wrong:

It may not be against the letter of free/open source software*, but it is certainly in the spirit. FOSS does not discriminate against its users and remain FOSS, including the users you don't like. The freedom to use the software as you wish is unalienable, including for gab users.

* both definitions

That, and don't add rickrolls to your project for any reason.

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Free software is too important to risk on political idealism

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@sir I mostly agree with you. Pre-emptive blocking just means that when Apple & Google decide they dislike an instance, even one $APP_DEVELOPER likes, they know the app is capable of blocking it and are more likely to require that site be added to the list.
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I do believe that instance blocking will eventually be required by app stores (thanks to sites like Gab trying the wolf in sheep's clothing trick), but we don't have to advance the agendas of big centralized corporations until they require it.
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After shutting off the angry notifications for a bit and having a private think, I retract my criticism of Tusky. So, some clarifications:

1. Obviously, I am against nazis. Fuck's sake, people can have complex opinions without being nazis

2. If Tusky had put an anti-nazi clause into their license, their software would be nonfree. Putting anti-nazi features into free software does not, however, make the software nonfree. Despite being usable by nazis I think free software is a good thing and nonfree software is a bad thing.

3. I would not have personally added such a change to my software, because I think it's immature and doesn't really solve the problem of nazis. In fact, it may exacerbate it. I maintain that there are much better ways to address these issues.

4. Anyway, Tusky is fine. It's dumb but it's fine.

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Or even a potted plant becoming a sperm whale as it descends from the sky.

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The heartbreak is when you mention Peril Sensitive Sunglasses at work and nobody gets the reference because their education was sorely mishandled. Right up there with the fact that all music in cars eventually turn into Queen over time. Or that the best way to raise plants is to terrorize them. References lost on these uneducated numpties...

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Remember that general peace in a state is dictated by a set of laws and ethics within the state. General peace in international relations is dictated by deterrence. Anything else said against these facts are noise: fallacies and propaganda.

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Sometimes its fun to do something different. Working on a virtualization project using FreeNAS for storage. Hardest part thus far is finding good HBAs and NICs. The organization I'm doing it for wants me to use what's on-hand.

There is something soothing though about racking and unracking server equipment. After you are done, you can see a nice, neat job well done. Harder to see the fruit of your labor when you are all software and automation all the time...

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@charims rare are the people who actually value diversity of opinions in the absolute. Almost universally, it's always valuing diversity within one's ingroup and its perifery, and a strong desire to keep the outgroup out of sight.

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