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35 submissions to Linux

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15 submissions to programming

9 submissions to android

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This user has so far shared a total of 36 links, started a total of 62 discussions and submitted a total of 109 comments.

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Open Source vs Free Software is a bit like Socialist vs Communist, submitted: 7/3/2018 12:00:08 PM, -1 points (+3|-4)

How to create a google drive app in flask, submitted: 12/30/2016 3:34:04 AM, 0 points (+1|-1)

Are android apps any slower than iOS just because they run in a DVM, and not natively compiled to C?, submitted: 11/4/2016 2:02:25 AM, 0 points (+1|-1)

Can you share any trade secret with us?, submitted: 10/13/2016 6:37:00 AM, 0 points (+3|-3)

How to Create a Server-Less Google Drive Client Using Only HTML and JavaScript, submitted: 7/9/2018 7:31:02 AM, 0 points (+3|-3)

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[TIL] Firefox has an about:config setting that allows social networking sites to remotely install files to your computer and its on by default! submitted by rms_returns to technology

rms_returns 0 points 15 points (+15|-0) ago

A dude on reddit just found this out from mozilla source code. My JavaScript isn't that good but from the looks of it, doesn't seem to be anything sinister.

[TIL] Firefox has an about:config setting that allows social networking sites to remotely install files to your computer and its on by default! submitted by rms_returns to technology

rms_returns 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago

Below are a few that I evaluated and set in the user.js in the profile folder (create that file and put it there instead of about:config since a file will be portable between ff installs). Here is the source.

    Data Reporting
user_pref("datareporting.healthreport.service.enabled", false);        // [boolean] disable Mozilla health report service which collects various browser data and sends it home
user_pref("datareporting.healthreport.uploadEnabled", false);          // [boolean] disable uploading health reports to Mozilla
user_pref("datareporting.policy.dataSubmissionEnabled", false);        // [boolean] whether to enable data report submission
user_pref("datareporting.policy.dataSubmissionEnabled.v2", false);     // [boolean] whether to enable data report submission

//// === SOCIAL NETWORKING === ////
user_pref("loop.enabled", false); // [boolean] whether to enable Firefox Hello - can also be controlled via Classic Theme Restorer
user_pref("loop.server", "");
user_pref("social.directories", "");
user_pref("social.enabled", false);                       // [boolean] whether to enable social networking features
user_pref("social.remote-install.enabled", false);        // [boolean] unknown, sounds scary o_O
user_pref("social.share.activationPanelEnabled", false);
user_pref("social.shareDirectory", "");
user_pref("social.toast-notifications.enabled", false);
user_pref("social.whitelist", "");                        // [string] URL of white-listed social service providers

//// === SEARCH === ////

user_pref("", "");         // [string] remove tracking parameter
user_pref("", "");      // [string] remove tracking parameter
user_pref("", false);     // [boolean] whether to enable search suggestions for search bar
user_pref("keyword.enabled", false);                    // [boolean] whether to allow searching from the address bar - !!! potential security/privacy issue since your search query can be stored by the search engine !!!

user_pref("geo.enabled", false);
user_pref("beacon.enabled", false); 

Why I am on the ''open source'' side and not on the ''free software'' side. submitted by nosg to Linux

rms_returns 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago

Being a libertarian as I think I am, I value my freedoms, but also other people's freedoms. And other people should not be forced to give away their work for the sake of ''a better society''.

By saying that you value freedom and then that you don't care about free software movement, I think you are just confusing and contradicting yourself. Freedom is the foundation upon which the FSF and Stallman's values rest. GPL is not forcing anyone to give away their work for a better society. Proprietaries do as they wish with their own software anyway, right? GPL applies to you ONLY if you agree to its terms and license your software under GPL. There is a big difference between that and saying that they just force everyone. If you don't agree to it then don't use GPL, simple as that. But then, don't be under a delusion that you care for freedom, because clearly you don't. And I 100% agree to the view that OSS is a development methodology and free software is a social movement. Like you said, freedom and liberty is more important for FSF/Stallman, whereas the state of art/technology is more important for OSS enthusiasts. Thats the reason FSF uses the term Libre everywhere and not Free.

3 lowest rated comments:

Is Microsoft evil? I just spent over an hour removing Windows 10 on my father-in-laws computer to get back to the way he likes it and attempting to prevent it from installing again. submitted by Courtjester to technology

rms_returns 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago

Like many here have said, every proprietary software company is naturally an evil company. However, Microsoft is no longer at the epitome of evil that it once was (during early nineties). Bill Gates tried his best to kill Linux at that time by making shady deals with hardware vendors selling PCs based on x86 architecture. And to a certain extent he was successful too (considering that almost every child in the world takes Windows for granted when it comes to OSes). The fact that Linux survived his onslaught and we even have something called Ubuntu owes it to the tirelessly working FOSS community and a few FOSS supporting organizations like Red Hat and Canonical.

Today, however, their power to spread evil is pretty reduced. Thing is, everyone knows that they are evil by now and so other options are available. Once LibreOffice gathers enough user-base amongst companies, governments, banks, etc., their last fort of Microsoft Office will also fall. That day is not far, now.

Ten LibreOffice Macro Recipes that Microsoft doesn't want you to know submitted by rms_returns to Linux

rms_returns 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago

My only intention was to make the title more interesting. A boring title like "Useful LibreOffice Recipes" will hardly raise most people's curiosity.

To answer your deeper question, however, Microsoft's Excel is a direct competitor of LibreOffice Calc, hence they will not want users to know about Macros in LibreOffice. Especially, because Macro is one of the important features that keeps lots of users glued to Excel.

After what SF Conservancy has recently declared, is it now safe to say that whichever Distro ships/links to ZFS is not friendly to FOSS? submitted by rms_returns to Linux

rms_returns 3 points -1 points (+2|-3) ago

Regardless of whether any such terms exist for ZFS, the fact remains that Sun did open source it as CDDL and once you make it CDDL, it "belongs" to the community irrespective of even a developer worked on it or not. Now, CDDL itself is a FOSS license approved by FSF, the only issue is with GPL compatibility. All Oracle has to do, it put a GPL stamp on it so that GPL projects like Linux can use it, not a gigantic effort for a company their size.