[Freedom-misc] Is Nonfree Software the Cause of Computer/Internet Addiction?

figosdev at users.sourceforge.net figosdev at users.sourceforge.net
Mon Sep 24 08:15:58 CEST 2018

facebook exploits people because it is a bloated proprietary mess that forces  
you to think you need to buy new hardware for a bunch of useless features.

discourse does the same thing, but is free software and not proprietary. it  
runs fine if you have multiple cores and like being micro-managed or enjoy  
micro-managing conversations down to the individual unicode glyph. id call it  
an anti-forum.

of course i agree with you that facebooks design is worse for its  
implementation, rather than the fact that its proprietary, but theyre  
exploitative both ways, the worse way simply has nothing to do with  
free/non-free. incidentally, i have a word for adjusting/co-opting/replacing  
existing free software so that it is less free (even with a free license.)

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