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They host Husky, which is a fork of Tusky that explicitly unblocks a group of far rightwing instances. They also host multiple crypto apps, outside of buying drugs (which is fine) crypto only gets used to launder money to far rightwing groups.
@squeakypancakes @just_a_frog @uniq @haverholm @fantazo @fdroidorg Husky doesn't look like a bad-faith fork; afaict, it's diverged quite a bit. Banning Husky because it doesn't block those instances kinda suggests you should ban other clients because they don't block the instances; how do you think policy on that should work?
I don't see the issue with cryptocurrency apps, though. (Current) cryptocurrency is really problematic, but "it's only used to buy drugs and launder money" is not true.
This issue isn't that other clients don't block them, its that tusky does and they specially removed that as the purpose of their fork. The only other change I could find about it the theming to have anime girls on it instead of elephants.
You're right cyrpto is also good for destroying the environment.
If the only changes are removing the blocklist, cosmetic changes (with no accessibility improvements) and porting Tusky features, then yeah, it shouldn't be on @fdroidorg. They brand themselves as supporting Pleroma rather than Mastodon, though; if that's an actual functional difference… "It was made by fascists" isn't enough to remove.
Umm, let me get this straight here. The issue was that the fork removed some client side blocking, thus making it functionally equivalent (in terms of what is pre blocked) with just about every other fediverse client app. Should these not be hosted on f-droid, too? This sounds pretty ridiculous to me.
> Forks which only re-brand an app but do not add value for users might not get accepted.
Suppose my friends and I work on an app called FriendScan, which identifies your friends in social media photos and tags them for your screen reader. We've made sure it only works with people who've consented for you to use it.
@just_a_frog @squeakypancakes @uniq @haverholm @fantazo Now, there's nothing about the technology that means it can only be used for this. Some people have taken FriendScan, deleted the consent limitation code, removed the "only posts sent to you" limitation, and have branded it DoxxScan.
I convinced my friends to release FriendScan under the AGPL, so technically, DoxxScan is legal. However, none of the FriendScan devs wanted this.
I would expect @fdroidorg not to include DoxxScan.
econ pol, cryptocurrency
@fu Name a single anarchist cryptocurrency, and I'll show you an unjust hierarchy that controls and reaps benefits from it.
Say what you want about state fiat, but at least we *elect* our governments. Mostly. Definitely more so than with "crypto".
Current cryptocurrency is not anarchic or decentralised; it's explicitly and deliberately based on burning ASIC cycles (PoW) or sitting on accrued wealth (PoS). It spits in the face of everything you claim to stand for.
@fu You aren't arguing against what I've said. You're arguing against what you've read. I apologise for my part in this miscommunication, but I condemn myself unable to bridge the gap in understanding.
@squeakypancakes @just_a_frog @uniq @wizzwizz4 @fantazo @fdroidorg I'm sick and tired of the cryptocapitalist bullshit clogging up f-droids repo too, but you're going to throw the only Google App store alternative under the bus because somewhere a fascist is using it?
Sorry, but maybe you're better off quitting Android, or smart phones altogether?
Allow me to correct myself: I don't suggest that you should "quit" using any means of communication, only that there might be larger issues at play than F-droid.
That was literally my first toot after waking up, and it came out wrong. I didn't mean to imply any sort of silencing or the like.
@squeakypancakes @fdroidorg Do you have more details about this? I can only find people on Reddit complaining about F-Droid's decision not to host a particular fascist app (which says something about FOSS culture – or, at least, Reddit culture).
I haven't found any problematic apps while using F-Droid (unlike some other "stores" I could name), but I haven't really looked for them.
@fdroidorg I have a feeling the F-droid social media team is on the fence about whether to do hard Stallman things...
@utopify_org @fdroidorg You can download these as digital files playable in any media app, & sharable and editable via a veriety of technologies. Its not *always* clear what legal rights are being reserved, beyond that they're not fighting small-scale sharing.
P.S. I'm finding very few movies (beyond very ancient public domain stuff, & I've got higher tolerances than most) officially DRM-free, so these are mostly audioshows. But to my mind better stories!
@utopify_org @fdroidorg I don't believe I'm linking anything you *have* to pay for, but I consider that besides the point. If I'm free to share the media itself with friends & family (though unfortunately they don't want anything esoteric...) rather than an account-walled link which'll eventually fail then I'm satisfied!
I do encourage paying if you can!
@fdroidorg Thumbs up! That also means you don't get to hear about garbage practices like 'rent this ebook'!
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