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Would you teach your kids how to pirate?

My gf and I have had discussions about teaching morals to kids. In that vein, I asked myself, would I teach piracy to my kids? Yes, it’s technically illegal and carries inherent risks. But so does teenage sex carry the risks of teenage pregnancy, and so we have an obligation to children to teach them how to practice safe sex....

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Piracy is a great example of a topic where legality and morality aren't the same.

Those kinds of topics are incredibly valuable teaching moments for children.

I would teach them when they are mature enough. Help them understand why some people think it is wrong, when/why you think it is acceptable, and how to do it safely.

You can teach them the difference between actual theft and copying. Explain how piracy has benefited humanity as a whole, explain why knowledge and cultural experiences shouldn't be gate kept by mega-corps from underprivileged people.

There are so many valuable lessons that you as parents could pass on to your kids through the topic of piracy.

And as every major platform enshitifies and information of all kinds gets locked behind more paywalls, piracy will become a more and more important skill to have.

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Lol!! Imagine if xD

Lettuceeatlettuce ,
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Please download and archive your favorite channels and videos!

Host them yourself to watch them locally.

Especially do this for educational material, share it wide and far!

We are entering a very dark age of techno-dystopia, we need to fight it with everything we have. Pirate, seed, screen-record, download, archive, share, never give up.

Open source e reader ( lemmy.ml )

I recently got a Sony prs 600 e reader from 2009. The battery is at the end of its life (It lasts about 3 days with heavy reading, and a couple weeks without reading). No backlight, no Wi-Fi, just an SD card that I can load epub files and small PDFs. The screen is slow and the contrast isn't the best. The "touch screen" is the...

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Kobo e-readers are known to be pretty hackable and many of their models can be used with 'KoReader' an open source e-reading OS/app

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I don't have one currently, but from some of the stuff I've read, the Clara HD model is one of the most popular for hacking/modding.

There should be a way to give directly to the developers

I realize that, after all this time, I have never payed for my all-time favorite games I grew up playing (Fallout 3 & Skyrim). I can pay for it, but I really do not want to pay the money to the Bethesda’s marketing team, CEO, and whoever bullshit middle man who wants a cut of that. I want to give directly to the team that made...

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Could you link/provide a list of coop dev groups? I'd love to help support them.

What apps would you love to have open-source alternatives for?

It seems like the FOSS community is continuing to grow, and FOSS apps keep getting better (Immich reallh blew my mind recently), which is a big win 😎 but there are still many apps I use that I would kill for an open source alternative. I am curious what you guys think? Are there any apps you'd love alternatives for?

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Timeshift will save you soooooo much pain. Set it up to auto backup a daily image. You can also manually create as many snapshots as you want.

Timeshift has turned system-destroying mistakes I've made into mere 5-10 minute inconveniences. You can use it in the command line, so even if you blow up your whole desktop environment/window manager, you can still restore back to a known gold state.

I create a snapshot before any major updates or customizations.

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Glad I could help! I wish I knew about it when I first started with Linux.

Lettuceeatlettuce ,
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My weather app of choice for about a year now. Really nice interface and solid performance.

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Nintendo brass = scumbags. Trash corpo who hates its customers except for milking their money.

It is morally good to pirate all Nintendo products, crack all their hardware, and disparage all their advertising.

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Agreed.

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Yeah, watched a few vids with this guy...not interested. He doesn't believe in FOSS, he talks about Linux, MacOS, and Windows all being dumpster fires, but his solution is to build his own OS from scratch, using Latin...and run it on a Chinese RISC-V board that he is charging people $200 and doesn't open source the hardware or software.

Has hardcore TempleOS vibes, the difference is that this guy seems to take himself and his idea way too seriously. And his defense of why he thinks all modern mainstream OSes are doomed is...nothing. He doesn't give any. He literally says in his interview that, "it should be obvious, if you can't see it, you're just blind I guess." Slight paraphrase, but you get the gist. He backs that statement up by talking about how Discord screen share crashes a bunch on his Linux distro.

Joined his Discord, saw a several people talking about how great Latin is and had a bunch of weird Roman empire theming, idk, just not great vibes.

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Lol corrected it now.

Lettuceeatlettuce OP ,
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Lol!!! Corrected it now haha.

Lettuceeatlettuce OP ,
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I've been using it for the last several weeks and I really like it!

Lettuceeatlettuce OP ,
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Not sure if it's in fdroid by default, but you can get it directly from the github repo through Obtainium.

Lettuceeatlettuce OP ,
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Yeah I know, just listing options.

Lettuceeatlettuce OP ,
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For the latest version from 1.0 going to 1.2, yes. They have a note about it. You need to uninstall 1.0 and reinstall 1.2 from Obtainium.

Just a quirk for this version only apparently.

Make sure to back up your configuration before uninstalling if you want to keep your settings.

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No prob, and yeah I agree.

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No prob! I've been really liking it so far.

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I agree. I was grew up playing lots of games like Incredible Machine, Sim City, Zoo Tycoon, Age of Empires 2, etc. They were technical and challenging mentally. Taught me a lot about money management, logistics, testing theories, and solving puzzles.

I also watched a lot of Nat Geo, Discovery and History Channel, (Before it enshitified) read lots of science encyclopedias and books, used the Encarta CD-ROM encyclopedia often.

My siblings and our friends also played outside a lot. Built forts, played paintball, explored the woods, that kind of stuff.

The medium matters much less than the content.

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Isn't that roughly the overall vision of the Free Software movement? We can all build software that's open and free, as long as that is pushed forward in perpetuity to all subsequent versions/forks.

Your compensation for providing code for free, is that you also get access to all other code for free too. I have paid for lots of FOSS software over the years, or at least donated to their projects and creators/maintainers.

I've actually paid for more FOSS software and services than proprietary software and services overall. Because I want to support the kind of ecosystem I believe should exist.

I favor a pay-what-you-can model personally. Some take for free, some pay a pittance, some pay at cost, and a few pay well over asking price. It's actually the same model that modern free-to-play games use. Most players spend little to no money on the game, just playing for free and keeping everything stock.

But a small amount of players are dolphins and whales, people who happily spend hundreds, in some cases, thousands of dollars on in-game features, items, skins, etc.

That gives me some hope that the model can work, we just need a culture of end users that believe in that sort of thing. That's the kind of pirate ethos I advocate for. Pay for stuff that deserves your money. Pay for things that respect you as a user, respect your privacy, right to repair, right to copy and remix, right to self-host and mod, etc. Those are the kinds of products and services that get my money.

Giant media conglomerates and super-rich entertainers with private yachts and jets, they don't get a cent of my money. I pirate their stuff with the wind at my back, sun on my skin, and a smile on my face.

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Thanks!

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Lol, love hearing this moronic argument. If you had the magical ability to point at an object and clone it out of thin air, that also wouldn't be stealing.

If I pointed at a Rolex on a person's wrist and magically an identical copy of that watch appeared on my wrist, nothing was stolen, because nobody was deprived of anything. The net amount of that thing in the world only increased, and nobody was dispossessed of their property.

I hope you've never walked past a concert venue and heard some of the music being performed without being in the venue, otherwise by your logic, you are literally a thief who robbed that artist of their intellectual property and should be arrested and imprisoned. At the very least, made to pay restitution to the artist and record company for the cost of the music you "stole" from them.

Miss me with that bullshit.

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  1. Millions of people create things all the time with zero compensation. That's literally why the "starving artist" is a universal stereotype. Plenty of people create things out of passion and self-expression, for shared experiences, and for the good of others.

The idea that everything must have a profit motive behind it or nobody would do it is a Capitalist myth.

  1. In most cases of large scale production, the vast majority of people involved are already compensated for their labor. Ironically, often it is the artist/group themselves that don't receive compensation directly for their work, but as a conditional percentage based on overall profitability of the parent label corporation, (who are near universally nasty, scummy, and exploitative.)

  2. Doing labor is not a sufficient condition for compensation. If it were, I could go through parking lots, washing people's cars while they are inside, and then present them a bill for my labor. Then, if they refused to pay, I could take them to court for "stealing" my labor from me by enjoying a freshly washed car and not paying the bill.

I could create artwork and demand people buy it from me to compensate me for all the labor I put into making it. Both examples are obviously ridiculous, because while labor very well may be a necessary condition for compensation, it isn't a sufficient condition.

  1. You admit that my concert example, at least in certain circumstances works. Which means that it proves my argument. If consuming content without compensation is actually stealing, then people walking past and listening to some of the music in a concert are literally thieves and should be arrested and forced to pay restitution. A ridiculous conclusion to the vast majority of people, even, I would wager, to many anti-piracy folks.

  2. I advocate compensating artists for their work if you can and if the artist is independent. I think its morally wrong to support the current exploitative entertainment structure by willingly paying for services and products that are designed to abuse the consumer and in many cases, the very artists that are under their banner.

  3. You also never addressed my Rolex example, which is basically a perfect analogy to how digital media is replicated IRL.

You also ignore the idea that an action can become morally right in and of itself depending of the motive. Piracy itself can be an act of protest to support proper orientation of the markets and social norms around the creation and distribution of art.

History is filled with activists engaging in what was illegal and considered immoral at the time, but we look back on their actions now as good and upright. Just because many pirates are nerds that post dank memes doesn't delegitimize their actions.

Labor rights activists a century ago read Socialist theory and distributed cartoons and media mocking rich tycoons and abusive bosses. In other words, they were also nerds that posted dank memes.

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You're initial closing statement criticizes people for "...hiding behind word definitions..." when the OP's post is arguing that copying is not Stealing.

It's very telling that your criticisms aren't ever leveled at the system itself, but instead, the people who object to how it is structured.

You frame yourself as a pragmatist who just operates honestly, never raising issue with the exploitative and often abusive practices of these corpos, record labels, executives. I never said piracy doesn't hurt anyone, I said it isn't theft.

Piracy hurts exploitative corpos the most, which is a good thing. It's good to cause harm to evil structures and subvert their authority and power. That's literally the point of social activism.

The fact that some well-meaning and innocent folks are going to get caught in the crossfire is sad, but such is the cost of subverting abusive power structures. Remember, pirates never created those structures, the corpos, billionaires, and corrupt politicians did.

I respect some pirates, I despise others. I tip or buy merch from small time artists whenever I can, often far more than they would have gotten from me buying their art, and far far more than if I streamed their song a few times of Spotify, YT Music, or dutifully watched an ad that played on their channel.

Piracy can be done in an ethical way, or an unethical way, but it's certainly not, "at best, morally grey."

You better go out and buy fast food at every drive-thru you can find, you not buying food from them might contribute to lower sales for that chain, which could lose those workers their jobs. Obviously that's ridiculous, but that argument uses the same reasoning you just used. If your argument is true, then you're a morally grey person at best if you aren't spending as much money as possible on fast food every month, or any other good/service in existence for that matter.

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Nice thoughtful response to my comment, really compelling points!

Oh wait, you couldn't think of any refutations to my arguments, so you just resorted to an ad hominem.

Weak and disappointing. Go somberly stare at your torrenting client, thinking of all the people you're putting out on the streets by "stealing" from them, your darkened and evil soul too corrupted by piracy to ever be redeemed. Lol get over yourself.

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Yeahhh, obvious you don't have anything left to say.

  1. You disputed the OP's post where they stated that piracy wasn't stealing by claiming that people like them "needed to hide behind word definitions"

  2. Corpos are bad, Capitalism is bad...yes, I stand by those statements because they are true.

  3. Yes, it would be better for society at large if everybody pirated from the corpos and stopped funding their monopolistic, anti-consumer, anti-repair, privacy-violating practices. Again, yes this is true, I stand by that, that's the definition of "greater good."

  4. Never hand waved the moral implications away of innocent people getting hurt by piracy. What I actually did was contrast the moral bad of that harm, against the moral good of harming the corpos that abuse society at large. I determined that the overall moral good of harming the corpos outweighed the moral bad of harming innocents. I also pointed out the fact that the real harm has been perpetrated by the Capitalists, billionaires, and big media conglomerates, not the pirates.

  5. You obviously lack the ability or at least the willingness to address my counterexample about what your philosophy entails. The fact that you thought that was an analogy instead of what it actually was, (a reductio ad absurdum) demonstrates that.

  6. I don't need to try, you clearly haven't thought very hard or deep about your position, it's shallow and filled with knee-jerk argumentation.

I suspect strongly that you feel very guilty about your actions, and instead of addressing those feelings, you project them onto others.

I think you do this because you cannot stand the idea that other people pirate things guilt-free, you are jealous of them, so you project your own feelings of shame onto those other people and claim (without any compelling reasons), that those people aren't actually guilt-free, they are just lying to themselves to deal with the shame.

You rage and seethe at those with a clear sense of purpose and vision because you lack those things in your own endeavors, and it galls you.

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Go confess to a priest for being a naughty little pirate lol.

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Not a wall of text, I spent quite a bit of time carefully breaking down all of my points by numbered section.

If it's too much work for you to go through my post and address each point like I have been doing for yours, then I don't think we have much else to discuss.

One last question: Is it wrong for you to go to a bookstore, read a book, and put it back on the shelf without buying it? What about reading just 75% of it? 50%? How about just the first chapter to see if you like it? Or do you think it would be wrong to even skim the first page without buying it?

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To each their own I guess.

So if you think the book example is fine even reading the whole thing and never paying for it, how is that any different from any other piracy examples? You consumed media that the artist created in its entirety without giving them any compensation.

I agree that physical goods are totally different, but in my magical wizard example, I don't think there is anything wrong with that.

A real life example is if I take a digital scan of a 3D figurine, turn it into a 3D model, and let other people on the web download it and 3D print it.

Did I "steal" anything? Of course not. Nobody is being deprived of anything at all.

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This is one of the few actually interesting counterpoints to piracy. The rights of the artist for the use of their work is a very nuanced topic. For instance, most people would say that parody and satire are very important forms of expression that ought to be protected. But those often dance the line of "infringement" in the eyes of the courts.

On the other hand, it feels wrong to say that an artist has to accept their work being used for evil purposes, like a group of neo-nazis using an open source font in their propaganda materials, or a group of religious extremists using a musician's backing track in their efforts to convert people.

I lean pretty strongly for the rights of the consumers of art to do with it what they want, but I admit it gives me pause on some of the edge cases. Very complicated issue.

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Here's a rough summary of my philosophy:

  1. Intellectual property as it is typically defined and legally defended is a self-contradictory concept.

  2. IP in an ideal world would protect creators from fraud, (others falsely claiming credit for their work.) And would ensure fair payment distribution to the artist and workers directly involved, (not allow giant multi-billion dollar corpos to control and profit off massive swaths of IP).

  3. You always have the right to do with your copy of media, whatever you want. Remix, trade, critique, promote, copy, etc.

  4. It is always preferable to pirate vs funding corpos.

  5. Pay for products that respect you, don't pay to be abused or to help abuse others.

I always try to pay the artist and those actually involved directly.

As for the sound techs, producers, etc that work on a project, most of them are already receiving a salary/wages for their time. So I disagree with Louis that pirating media generally hurts those folks.

The artist usually has some conditional debt where the record label requires them to cover some portion of the production costs from sales before they start actually making money. This is frequently a very exploitative arrangement that favors the studio and label. (See points 4 & 5)

There is no perfect solution. If the artist is small enough, direct sales of merch and media is the best option. This is what I try to do as much as possible.

I think another point is that art is fundamentally not a commodity, or at least, shouldn't be treated as such. Capitalism corrupts everything it touches, art is no exception. Artists who are truly passionate about their craft will create no matter what, as evidenced by the far larger portion of "starving" artists in the world vs wealthy ones.

I hate that music, film, paintings, and such are now treated as portfolios of investments by billion dollar corpos and rich fat cats who don't give a shit about the purpose of art and just want to get rich.

Pay for products and services that respect you. Don't pay to support abusive and exploitative industries if you can avoid it. Support genuine artists. Everything will always be fuzzy, make your best call. Copying is not theft. Corpos are scum.

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Both are good, but different focuses. OnlyOffice has fewer features, but extremely good MS Office cross-compatibility.

Libre Office has more features, but can run into compatibility issues when going back and forth between MS Office.

That being said, for the average user's needs, both are perfectly fine.

OnlyOffice is also able to be used in a cloud framework similar to Google docs, but to my knowledge Libre Office cannot do that.

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Oh nice, thanks for the info!

What non-FOSS software have you been unable to quit?

For me, Google video search, Google books (Internet Archive is good, but doesn't always have the same stuff), Adobe InDesign (but in the process of learning LaTeX), and Typewise. As for the Google stuff, I liked Whoogle a lot, but almost all their instances seem to have been blocked or shut down. Also, apologies if this is...

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Steam, because most my games are on there.

Discord, because most my friends and social groups are on there.

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Good job, you're making a good choice! I'm on a Pixel 6 running GrapheneOS, love it. Takes a bit if TLC at the beginning, but it's really nice and functional for me now.

For podcasts, I use Podverse. Works well for me, and runs well on GrapheneOS.

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I love catppuccian! Been using it on a bunch of my stuff lately. This looks really clean.

Lettuceeatlettuce ,
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Same, it kinda took me by surprise lol.

Lettuceeatlettuce ,
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Whenever Nobara moves to KDE 6, I'll probs switch over to Wayland. Likely sometime this year.

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Oh, it's been several weeks since I last updated, may not have noticed lol.

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  • Lettuceeatlettuce ,
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    Most often, I say FOSS when talking to other folks in our community. It covers all the bases and everyone knows what it means around here.

    I've never used "Libre" and I never hear it used, outside of software names like LibreOffice.

    For outsiders, I don't use "free software." People hear "free" and only think it refers to the price. I don't care too much for the debate between "free" and "Open source," I get the distinction, but I think compromise is necessary if we want to have any hope of moving people away from proprietary software.

    If I only stuck to GNU-style free software, I would never have switched away from proprietary software. If you want to do more than just write text emails and play 5 games ever, you have to move away from "pure" free software.

    That being said, I use mostly FOSS software on all my platforms. All my computers and servers run Linux. My cell phone uses GrapheneOS. I self host almost all my services like Jellyfin and my TrueNAS. I'm a massive FOSS advocate, and I push hard against proprietary software all the time.

    Lettuceeatlettuce , (edited )
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    Yeah, I shy away from "alternative" for the same reasons.

    I now say stuff like, "Protonmail is an email service that respects your privacy and runs fast in your browser." Get them moved off MS and Goog.

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