A comparison of messaging software
With all the recent news about WhatsApp and FaceTime, I thought this might be of interest. (I am not the author/curator)
"Parties not wishing to be blocked by this policy should stop tracking Firefox users across websites."
climate crisis / deforestation / solarpunk
ME: Right, time to get working on a second draft of this important paper.
COMPUTER: BWAHAHA! DISK ERROR! I no longer boot!
ME: Dang, good thing I have four backups of that stuff.
COMPUTER: THAT'S RIGHT, KNEE- wait, what?
ME: And this computer has my home directory on a RAID1, so I don't need them.
COMPUTER: ... Who does that?!
ME: Maybe I'll use this as an excuse to switch back to Debian. I bet I can work on the paper during the install.
COMPUTER: I need to up my game.
Zuckerberg Plans to Integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger
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Hello! I'm a first-year PhD Student in information studies at McGill University in Canada, working on the transition of library systems to linked data.
I'm also an associate librarian at Laurentian University (currently on leave). In that role I'm responsible for (amongst other things) systems, scholarly communications, and digital preservation.
TIL: if you use “share my location with this site” in Firefox, your location is shared with that site and Google: https://www.google.com/privacy/lsf.html
Wow, it's incredible to see newspapers give predictions with probability estimates for 2019! https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/1/15/18182069/2019-predictions-forecast-democratic-nominee-brexit
Trajectories of the Earth System in the #Anthropocene
Is there a planetary threshold in the trajectory of the Earth System that, if crossed, could prevent stabilization in a range of intermediate temperature rises?
2018 was incredible for the Matrix ecosystem - huge progress in a multitude of projects. Take a look at https://matrix.org/blog/2019/01/17/bens-favourite-projects-2018/ and see what @firstname.lastname@example.org, Developer Advocate for Matrix thought went well #opensource #decentralization
The magnetic north pole is moving, causing navigation issues https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/north-pole-drift-1.4978713?cmp=rss
"...pollution has no respect for national boundaries". 🚗 🏭
Me, talking to new students
Person: hey, you know stuff about academia, can you help me study?
Me: well, I do know a thing or two. what's up?
Person: how do I take this book of boring facts and transform it into actionable units of information in my brain in a short period of time?
Me: that's... probably not the best state of mind for creating long term integrated memories of what these words mean and how to use them in daily efforts
Person (impatient): can you help me or not?
The science #limericks are multiplying!
I don't know the lower left moon language, but I'll try to translate the Swedish one:
'An inventor living in some backwater
wrote to the patent bureau last quarter
"I've halted the flow,
made vacuum-dried H2O,
you only need to add water!"'
@switchingsocial I know you've addressed this in your FAQ but I really want to challenge not listing #Wire on your list of messenger apps. It's much easier for non-technical people to understand and use than #Jami / #Ring (I've got my family using Wire with me). Also, unlike Signal, Wire can be used without supplying a phone number, and they have plans to implement server>server federation:
Is there a simple, good CLI tool for converting between #BibTeX and #BibLaTeX? The main thing would be journal/journaltitle and location/address fields, and maybe making sure that dashes are right and dealing with unicode. If there isn't, I might make writing one a quick new year project.
This would do the heavy lifting: https://github.com/sciunto-org/python-bibtexparser
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