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Re: Whatʼs wrong with with a phone? (was: Buying cryptocurrency

From: Dmitry Alexandrov
Subject: Re: Whatʼs wrong with with a phone? (was: Buying cryptocurrency for fiat while avoiding nonfree software)
Date: Fri, 08 May 2020 10:36:08 +0300
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Denver Gingerich <> wrote:
> On Fri, May 08, 2020 at 01:03:49AM +0300, Dmitry Alexandrov wrote:
>> Roberto Beltran <> wrote:
>>> require a cellphone
>> Whatʼs wrong with a phone?  Afaik, SMS is perfectly usable with free 
>> programs.
> It depends what you mean.  There is currently no way to send/receive SMS over 
> the cellular network without running non-free software, since all cellular 
> baseband chipsets require non-free baseband firmware

No, I definitely have not meant *that*.  If nonfree firmwares are haram for 
you, then you are stuck somewhere in 70-s.  To the best of my knowledge, there 
is no SSD or HDD with free firmware on the consumer market, for instance.  Iʼve 
never heard of a free firmware monitors either, do they exist?  No digital 
camera.  Hardly even an automatic washing machine.

> we host
> I'm happy to answer any questions people might have

Nevertheless, Iʼm happy to see your among subscribers of that list. :-)

> and apologies in advance if this is off-topic.

Why should freedom-friendly services should be offtopic here?  IIRC, even the 
very had been briefly discussed here several times.

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