Google docs & slides alternatives anyone? Show more
So we were brainstorming as group in preparation towards an assignment. As much as I detest logging into Google, I couldn't think of a libre online alternative for Google docs and slides. I have heard of LibreOffice online, but does it exist as free to signup instances?
Oh YouTube finally removed all the alt-right content?
Tech opinion; git Show more
The version management/collaboration software git is bad
It is nearly unusable and constantly causes unexpected behaviour
There is no reason why it couldn't be replaced with something good
Except part of me wonders if it sticks around *because* it is bad, which allows techbros to be performatively competent and to act as gatekeepers to programming/tech/comp sci/whatever
"You can't even use git?" is the "You can't even name their 5 first albums?" of programming
No more Google? Show more
Suddenly over 50% of my timeline is filled with #DeleteGoogle fanfare. Is it because of the Google+ shutting down news? I could not care less. They would have shut it down anyway as it failed to grow, IMHO.
Although I stopped using Google for searches, e-mails, cloud storage, calendar and contacts sync. What I couldn't replace is Google scholar, translate (Yes, Microsoft exists, but are they any better?) and the Android OS. When that happens we can bid adieu.
IPCC on Climate Change Show more
#IPCC release a special report with more than 6000 scientific references outlining the need to act before 2040, and what happens if we don't do it.
🔗 4 page press release: https://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/session48/pr_181008_P48_spm_en.pdf
🔗 Main: https://www.ipcc.ch/report/sr15/
🔗 FAQ: http://report.ipcc.ch/sr15/pdf/sr15_faq.pdf
Want to learn you some code?
This bundle, or some tier of it, maybe of interest to you!
Struggling to choose a #colormap for a publication quality line plot 📈which might look fine in #grayscale. The quest naturally digressed and I started reading the official #seaborn HOWTO tutorial on color palette.
Interestingly seaborn provides a dictionary called `xkcd_rgb`, immortalizing #xkcd's color survey results:
I am a philosophy grad student from Bengaluru (India). My research work is situated in philosophy of science and is about the nature of scientific objects - specifically about the objects in physics.
I am also interested in the relevance of philosophy for society and involve actively in several projects/activities through which philosophy is taken outside academics.
Not the onion moments Show more
I wouldn't believe you if you told me this a decade ago
* EU passes a copyright law banning memes
* Environment Protection Agency in US will dissolve its science advisory office
* The far right have a substantial support base in many countries
* Internet results in "alternative facts", echo chambers and overall drop in trust in the media
* Parents refuse vaccinating their kids
I feel that internet has brought the worst in all of us, no?
Facebook Network Breach Impacts Up to 50M Users
(submitted by coloneltcb)
I don't fully understand why people keep using a... Show more
* #Facebook account despite multiple scandals.
* #Google for everything when you know that they scrape, sell and disclose your data in the same breath as they wish.
* #Microsoft #Windows when you can do everything that you do, but better in #Linux and curse whenever #Windows forcibly updates.
* #Matlab and never realise it makes you a bad developer with no real demand in the job market.
Is it inertia or simply lack of knowledge?
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