It's been -- 155 days -- since Microsoft stole @kde 's motto:
"Simple by default, powerful when needed."
They're still using it.
The FBI produced this nice chart comparing what kinds of privacy leaks the various messaging apps have.
A new Covid variant is no surprise when rich countries are hoarding vaccines | Gordon Brown
I haven't seen this mentioned over here on Mastodon.
There's a new COVID variant B.1.1.529 that's been detected in South Africa and appears to be spreading quickly. It has more mutations than previous variants so vaccination and previous infection may be less protective
It was only detected a week ago though, so everything about it is uncertain.
Here's Natures write up.
And another useful looking thread
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TruthSocial, Fediblock, pol adjacent
As you may have seen in the news today, Trump's media team has set up their own social network "Truth Social".
What they aren't admitting is it's actually just a Mastodon instance with all the Mastodon branding removed, including all of the messages acknowledging that it is FOSS, as required by the software's free open source licence. This is breaking the terms of the licence, and is essentially stealing the software from the volunteer community which made it.
This kind of behaviour cannot be accepted by anyone who believes in FOSS. Keeping to the requirements of a FOSS licence is fundamental to building software together. If powerful people get away with stealing FOSS, people may be reluctant to build FOSS in the first place.
Hopefully someone will take legal action, but in the meantime we can block these instances in case they try to federate:
'Truth Social', which will launch officially later in the year, is seemingly using Mastodon's codebase without credit.
Former President Donald Trump’s new social network ’Truth Social’ is seemingly a thinly disguised fork of popular social network codebase Mastodon.
Its terms also say that “all source code” of Truth Social is proprietary. That might run afoul of Mastodon’s own license.
“The main thing is that Mastodon is free software, released under the AGPLv3 license, so anyone can use it—provided they comply with the license. The main part of the license is making the source code and any modifications to it available to the public,” Rochko told Motherboard. With Truth Social saying that its code is proprietary “that would be a problem, as that would indicate a license violation,” Rochko added.
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