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@haitch @Mainebot if you want a cheaper FPGA ZX Spectrum board and the case/keyboard isn't important to you, the ZXUNO or ZXDOS may be of interest.

The ZXUNO is a Spartan-6 based board in R.Pi form factor that was built for a ZX Spectrum/ULAplus core for €50.

The ZXDOS is a Spartan LX25 board that can run a resynthsized ZX Spectrum Next core.

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A few days ago, @mozilla sacked 250 of the best FOSS technologists on this planet arguing serious budget constraints.

Today, we learn that Mozilla signed a three-year, $1.2+ billion deal with Google, and expected that to remain under wraps until November.

Despite of the love we have for the work they've done for decades the Mozilla organisation is insulting the FOSS community and its own amazing employees.

Not a good show, @mozilla.

zdnet.com/article/sources-mozi

#FOSS #Mozilla #MozillaLifeboat

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@ekaitz_zarraga The only way we will be able to succeed in our own terms is if we make the desktop GUI and the Docuverse inspectable, usable, and empowering for everyone, without exception.

That Fifth Freedom should be non-negotiable.

Armed with that, we will be in much better footing to offer a meaningful response when Facebook/Oculus/Google/Microsoft/Apple decide they want everyone on Earth to be hooked to the VR cyberspace.

@alcinnz @abbienormal @alexbuzzbee

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Chances are that they may succeed in fooling us again if they take hold of the VR cyberspace.
It's still early days, but there's plenty of encroachment there already.

We need to take back the inspectable desktop, and we need to take back the docuverse/hypertext, and we need to create the conditions for some pockets of freedom to persist and enable for the Third Great War even if FOSS and the www fail.

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@ekaitz_zarraga But that wasn't all.

The worst problem we have right now is the WWW, which has become a delivery mechanism for "applications" (Surprise!) that can't be inspected. (Again, surprise!)

We followed the rules, so they took over the W3C and we kept supporting those corporate standards as FOSS.

They have fooled us twice. Will they fool us for the third time around again?

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@ekaitz_zarraga I'm not passing blame, and it's easier to offer some hindsight in year 2020 than it was in 1985, but UNIX, GNU, and the FOSS community that ensued, unwittingly, and in most cases unintentionally helped to create the conditions necessary for this situation, which capitalist corporations gladly subverted to their own advantage.
Namely "Open Source", which is so bad even Microsoft, IBM, and Oracle love it.

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I've been reading with interest what you guys have said here and I think all of you have a point.

My take is that the four freedoms are not enough, and that the divide between programmers and non-programmers is artificial.

That divide was deliberately created by big corporations when they decided code shouldn't be inspectable. That way the "developer class" is bribed into compliance and isolated from the rest of the working class.

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Random link from the archives: ""Towards Language Support for Distributed Systems" by Heather Miller - YouTube" web.archive.org/web/2018101117 originally posted Thu Oct 11 17:22:07 EDT 2018

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Those Mozilla news are quite depressing.

Mozillians told me several years ago that org strategy and management were crappy, here's the result.

But consequences for the web evolution (monoculture, standards committees), developers (MDN !) and user privacy are profound and bad.

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Thankfully Mozila are leaving behind a great deal of code and their contributions are significant, vast, deep, and won't disappear overnight.

But I would encourage FOSS devs to think again whether it's in the best interest of the FOSS ecosystem to support standards controlled by Google, or a corporate cartel like the W3C.

I've made my mind up a long time ago.

Hypertext didn't begin with the WWW and Firefox, and the WWW won't be the end of hypertext.

#mozilla #MozillaLifeboat

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Suggesting #Mozilla become a platform coop or some other democratic structure instead of the current weird for-profit/non-profit hybrid is "easier said than done" but this is the time to rethink these types of orgs whose structure directly contradicts its mission.

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@enkiv2 Band name of the day:

Cayce Pollard's New Bollards.

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mozilla 

#mozilla has done a lot of good for the web, but the hybrid "for-profit owned by non-profit" model is and always has been a mistake.

You get the worst of both worlds -- a layer of nonprofit bureaucracy on top of for-profit business practices, compensation structures, and decision-making.

It reflects Mozilla's history, being born in the ideological swamp of hypercapitalist Silicon Valley, which frowns upon nonprofits, and which pursues profit, growth & "disruption" above all else.

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Mozilla has laid off their dev tools people and the entire MDN team
twitter.com/SteveALee/status/1

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‘It is 2020 and we’ve been tricked into buying hardware terminals for the mainframe software used to show us adverts.’—Tef. nitter.net/tef_ebooks/status/1

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Yeah, well... Can't say that I didn't tell you.

The w3c and the www sucks yak balls. Glad that a few FOSS devs are finally realising how misguided were their efforts to support a corporate-driven cartel.

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