I find it absurd when people accuse #SciHub of "stealing" from journal publishers. It is the publishers who are stealing, from the scholars who write, peer review and edit the journals without pay, from universities and their libraries who have to pay to so their researchers can publish papers *and* to get access to them, and from the public who fund all this, through public funding, tuition fees and so on.
*Hospital gets new patient information software* "Gee I wish the programmers had talked to some nurses and doctors instead of just other programmers"
*School gets new student assessment software* "Gee I wish the programmers had talked to some teachers and students instead of just other programmers"
*Construction company gets new materials tracking software* "Gee I wish the programmers had talked to some installers and estimators etc"
Just a trend I've noticed
im always mildly stressed because ive never been able to bond on a deep level with my instructors and my advisor doesnt know me at all. i hear all of these wonderful stories of people having real friendships with their advisors/professors and i dont know how to go about it when people only seem to want to be to the point and kick me out of their offices. is it a politeness thing? do i send an email?
Although Elsevier hasn't come around yet, Wiley made an #OpenAccess publishing deal with Germany. Sounds interesting, the universities essentially pay for publishing services but all their authors' works will be available. It includes launching a new journal too. I haven't read through the details but this sounds really positive at first glance. https://www.hrk.de/press/press-releases/press-release/meldung/wiley-and-projekt-deal-partner-to-enhance-the-future-of-scholarly-research-and-publishing-in-germany/
New publication on ethics of workplace safety Show more
"Paying People to Risk Life or Limb," forthcoming in Business Ethics Quarterly.
Drawing on Kantian ethical theory, this paper defends two claims. First, the content of a hazardous job affects the moral permissibility of offering it. Second, employers typically cannot justify omitting expensive safety measures by paying employees more, even if employees prefer higher pay to greater safety.
Accepted manuscript: https://robertchughes.com/hazard-pay-accepted-manuscript-prepub.pdf
Academic precariat Show more
Young career academics: We want stable long-term employment
Everyone else: Oh you mean that if your work was published in open venues, more people would read it and you'd be more competitive for jobs
Young career academics: No I want a long-term stable job
Everyone: Ohh you want to abolish the impact factor and this will help because—
Young career academics: Long-term jobs
Everyone: I don't get it—what do you even want?
Young career academics: *Presses fingers to temples*
@bjoern “when Mark Zuckerberg was making Facebook in his dorm room bedroom, he probably wasn’t trying to make this dopamine-inducing tool”
Yes he was. He called his users “dumb fucks”. Can we please stop perpetuating this myth and giving the people who knowingly created this mess a pass with this “oops, they just wanted to make things better but ended up making things worse and accidentally becoming billionaires” narrative.
VC/startups/the Silicon Valley model is unethical.
On leaving the politics out of hacking Show more
We've only got 19 years left to patch all those 32-bit devices before the Unix End Of Time.
I helped fix a lot of Y2K stuff. This time round, there's no way we're gonna catch everything. No way.
I need to make sure I'm dead before then or well enough to not go anywhere NEAR any kind of medical facility.
One doctor I went to is still using Windows XP and wanted to know why I thought they didn't need my social security number.
Those $300,000 MRI and X-Ray machines aren't getting patched, but are online..
Just got recommended a wonderful article about #OpenAccess and #SciHub !
Public Domain; strong language Show more
It is the first year in the last 20 that anything enters the Public Domain in the United States
And thanks to the USMCA, it might be the last year that anything enters the Public Domain in Canada for another 20 years
Fuck you, Disney
Super cool! A list of open access logic textbooks! https://github.com/OpenLogicProject/OpenLogic/wiki/Other-Logic-Textbooks
Hello! My name is G and I'm doing my darndest to complete my bachelor's and my master's at roughly the same time. I love open access and accessibility!
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