And every time I point this out I get a bunch of fanboys telling me "but if we don't require them to surrender their source code they might do something I don't like with it!" and these are the people who claim to advocate for software.

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The longer I go on the more I have trouble telling the difference between and . In one instance you can only use a product by provisionally waiving your right to distribute modifications except as permitted in a contractual agreement with the distributors, and the other is copyright.

I'm not saying that should be done on bare metal or anything, but if you have a reasonably simple project that doesn't require a lot of bells and whistles then it might be worth your time to learn how to code it all by hand. It will take a lot longer and require you stretch your skills, but you'll get a much more optimized product than you would from just using a general-purpose game engine that contains a bunch of features you don't need.

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You know, between the third-party licenses I have to keep track of and the weird issue of imprecise collision detection, I wonder if it's not beneficial to avoid general-purpose game engines.

Obviously it's nice to not have to re-write code in-between projects, but no engine will run your game as optimally as one written specifically for that game, and you don't get pixel-perfect refinement unless you have full control over the core.

Drew DeVault wrote a pretty comprehensive guide to releasing video games as or .

(personally I prefer public domain or permissive licenses but he's entitled to his opinion)

So apparently the , an organization which only exists to arbitrarily give a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down to software licenses, is expanding their scope "beyond license approval." It's not really clear what that means, which makes me nervous.

Not long ago there were efforts by the likes of Coraline Ada Ehmke to infiltrate the movement and undermine the that makes software work. We'll have to keep an eye on this; the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

So has anyone else seen that is being forked into a new called ?

Apparently there was some dispute because Steem has come into new ownership, so a bunch of concerned citizens are doing the thing and taking it in their own direction. The cool thing is that your accounts will all migrate over seamlessly, and all of your content and posts before the fork will be preserved.

developers need to keep this in mind. This is our strength over proprietary and restricted software. Our leaders must be chosen by merit alone, or we risk a total collapse of what's made us so great.

So for those of you who have had a dream and made it real, keep on.

The (Free Software Foundation) have officially announced plans for , an repository hosting service using only ethical software.

I guess this is going to be competition for . Look out, @sir :-p

It makes me wonder if they're going to insist that nothing is good enough until it's all licensed, since that seems to be their usual MO. Well, we'll see how it goes.

The has spoken out against the sale of the .org domain, arguing that "the current system is stable and functional," and that changing it brings "no countervailing benefit."

, a nuclear energy startup, is planning on releasing plans for an nuclear reactor in an effort to enable a boom in nuclear energy and help promote a cleaner .

Before you get too excited, I'm fairly certain it would be almost impossible to build one of these from home, though certain clever peeps have managed it before. What do you think about open-source nuclear energy? Think the government will allow it?

Man, devs are the best. I love all you guys, whether you're in or not. I posted a question about pages and repo based web hosting at 3 in the morning and now I've got tons of replies listing alternatives.

I'm not planning on switching git hosts any time soon, because GitHub just has the most eyes on it, but if I do in the future now I've got a list of options. Thank you all.

I currently have two websites up and running and both of them are hosted on Pages. It would be super awesome if I could find another website that allows me to manage a website using a repository like that but so far this feature seems to be unique to GitHub and I can't for the life of me figure out why. It's actually really useful for giving an project a simple online presence. Is it an problem or what?

The woman who's been harassing random developers to use her "Code of Conduct" and writing software specifically designed to mock and exclude people is running for the Board the Open Source Initiative.

Shit like this is why I keep telling you guys, you can't rely on organizations to dictate to you what is no matter how good their intentions are.

VVVVVV has gone in celebration of its tenth anniversary.

I forgot this game even existed, to be honest, so this is quite the blast from the past.

I finally have a proper level generator for my . It's much like most traditional maps, with rooms, twisty little passages, and mold growing on the walls. Sacrificing quantity of rooms for size was the right choice, I think; it will allow for more diversity in the maps as time goes on.

This game is of course and can be found at

Of Google's growing on services expressed through their dominance of the web browser market, and the importance of software.

This isn't 100% accurate; private browsing modes and tabbed browsing predate Google Chrome by a lot, but the author still nails a lot of Google's sneaky business tactics and dismissive approach to online privacy.

By the by, this is a service provided by that Kashkin chap who got blocked by GitHub over a trade sanction. I don't use it myself but it looks pretty damn nifty. Thank God he has other repositories.


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