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So, I've got to admit, Mozilla's recent stand against B2GOS has started making me wonder if MOFO (Mozilla Foundation) is still any sort of software organization.

Between the constant stream of dropped project, poorly marketed projects and services, and constant forceful nature of their Web Advocacy team, it feels like Mozilla is turning into a web-centric version of the Free Software Foundation, and that's not a good thing. A lot of people despise the FSF for their forceful tactics and zealot mentality, and for good reason. It was several FSF zealots that made me run away screaming from (GNU/)Linux after 12+ years of using the OS, simply because I couldn't take being considered "one of those people" any longer. At least as a Windows or OS X user, not nearly as many people see me as "another free software zealot".

It's also shaking my faith that Mozilla can do anything properly outside of Firefox. They've dropped Mozilla Suite (now SeaMonkey, community maintained), Thunderbird (now community maintained), Sunbird (replaced by Lightning), and now FirefoxOS. The only project they've kept going with is Firefox. Just like Google, I'm having trouble trusting whether their next product will last more than six months, or until their attention span shifts to some other advocacy thing.

Honestly, I'll probably stick with SeaMonkey or PaleMoon & FossaMail at this point. There are plenty of tried-and-true XULRunner apps that can be found, most of them simply needing to be maintained a bit better—or at all. KompoZer (HTML Editor), Nightingale (Media Player), InstantBird (IM Client), Chatzilla (IRC Client)… Hell, there are probably quite a few I don't know about yet. Regardless, there are alternatives. I may go with them at this point.

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Every time I turn around, I see someone in the tech industry say that developers "shouldn't even try to handle passwords themselves", and to rely on things like Google SSO, Facebook Connect, and Login with Twitter. Sadly, that's insecure as well. In fact, they're as bad as using nothing but email to authenticate someone.

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So, for those not in the know, the Free Software Foundation have launched a "campaign" against the W3C (and I use campaign generously). Basically, to protest DRM, they're encouraging people to go to a W3C office, take a selfie with a sign to stop the inclusion of DRM in HTML, and send it to the W3C as a form of protest, stating that:

We have reliable advice that this will be very influential to the W3C's leadership -- if they know the whole world is watching them, it will be much harder for them to take this huge step backward for the Web.

Umm... What? I'm sorry, but when did this ever stop any of the members of the W3C from passing something that people don't agree with? Modals, anyone?

The point of the W3C standardization process is that it's supposed to be an open dialog, and even stated as much in a blog post. While they don't always take the route that organizations like the FSF prefer, they do listen.


The problem with the Free Software Foundation is that they refuse to accept anything less than what they desire, and will scream loudly like children until they're either shot down completely, or they get their way. They will gladly push their ideals like a religion, and if you don't like it, they gain a "them or us" mentality that turns anyone who disagrees with them into an "enemy".

I know this from experience. I was deep in the Free Software world, and witnessed people getting chastised and bullied for disagreeing with anything that the FSF was about. They will spread FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt), propaganda, and even outright lie if it means getting their way. They'll even disrupt businesses and such if it means having any sort of effect on the industry.

I have--and continue to--compare them to totalitarianism. Their end goal is to have full control, and I've seen how they act. They act like a corrupt government, sometimes even as a cult.

I will gladly back the idea of freedom in software, but I back the freedom to make a choice. I back the thought that, if DRM exists, people should just seek other ways to get what they're seeking. As far as HTML goes, let those who lock their content behind DRM fail naturally, which is how the open web works.

I am a proponent of the Open Web, where it doesn't matter what licence you use, or what your requirements are. And after my experiences, I will never be on the side of the Free Software Foundation. Feel free to back them--that's your prerogative--but don't forget that those who force their ideals on others often turn into demons themselves.

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After everything that's happened on FurAffinity, the recent events regarding a developer being screwed over by the site, and more users being banned over speaking out against the site's administration, have struck a nerve with me.

I don't want to use a site where I don't feel comfortable, and FA's actions—especially since the IMVU takeover—have been beyond shady and uncomfortable. I just can't use the site with any level of good conscious anymore. Not without worrying that something I say will get me instantly banned.

There are other sites, but each one has its own issues.

SoFurry: SoFurry's a nice website at its core, but it has plenty of problems. The biggest problem is its userbase, which tends to be excessively elitist, and has run many people off of the site in general. The public "bans" forum and other decisions have also left me rather unsettled by the site, and so I only use it for following as few specific people.

InkBunny: InkBunny is also a nice site, and the users are exceptionally awesome. While one of the admins has a rather nasty history, there's very little that I know of regarding shady practices. Only the allowance of cub art has caused issues for people. For me, it's the fact that their stories use BBCode for markup, rather than Markdown. Otherwise, I like InkBunny. You can find me there as starseer.

Weasyl: Weasyl is another one I rather like. I know the administration has done some shady things, but I've heard very little from them as of late, so I have hope on that front. I really like that they support both PDF and Markdown uploads for stories, and high-resolution images for art uploads. Still iffy about user-submitted tags, though. This is another site you can find me on.

FurryNetwork: FurryNetwork is still new, and has a completely different paradigm from the others. It's more akin to Facebook or Twitter, at least for now...It seems that the ideas of basing everything off of user input has taken hold, and the problem with users is that most would rather things stay the same, rather than even giving a chance that something better might come along. I'm already seeing feature-creep as a real possibility in the future, but I'll still use it for now.

So yeah, that's what it looks like right now. Of course, I'll always have my own site, PDN, in some form or fashion, and I'll always prefer using it over other sites.

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So, Dave Winer recently posted about how great it is that Facebook's Instant Articles system is built on open web standards, and I'll admit, reading through the docs makes me love this system a lot more than Google's AMP. It's based on simple HTML5, a custom XML namespace for some classes, and RSS. That's it.

If I had even one complaint about Instant Articles, it's that they're using the <small> tag for the legal text. It's ironic, but not in the funny way. Still, that's the only complaint I could find.

If you're interested in reading up on it, you should check out the documentation. While I have no plans on using it myself, I'm happy that, unlike Google, they're keeping it simple.

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