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No amount of bootlicking will get you out from under the boot. No amount of cozying up to fascists will keep you safe from them. Currying favor with people who don't see you as human is useless.

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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.

i've been contemplating the implications of archives and open access in conjunction with the US President and i'm not sure what to do with it. it feels like it could be a good thesis though.

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*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

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> Following in the footsteps of linguistics journal Lingua, the editorial board of the Elsevier-owned Journal of Informetrics has resigned and launched a rival journal that will be free for all to read.

> The entire editorial board of the Elsevier-owned Journal of Informetrics resigned Thursday in protest over high open-access fees, restricted access to citation data and commercial control of scholarly work.

> Today, the same team is launching a new fully open-access journal called Quantitative Science Studies. The journal will be for and by the academic community and will be owned by the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI). It will be published jointly with MIT Press.


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?

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Although Elsevier hasn't come around yet, Wiley made an publishing :oa: 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.

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New publication on ethics of workplace safety 

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Academic precariat 

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@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.

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I finally finished my set of Solar System emoji!

:sun_photo: The Sun
:mercury_photo: Mercury
:venus_photo: Venus
:earth_photo: The Earth
:moon_photo: The Moon
:mars_photo: Mars
:jupiter_photo: Jupiter
:saturn_photo: Saturn
:uranus_photo: Uranus
:neptune_photo: Neptune
:pluto_photo: Pluto

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On leaving the politics out of hacking 

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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..

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Public Domain; strong language 

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Public Domain Day Is Finally Here!.

Copyrighted Works Have Entered the Public Domain Today for the First Time in 21 Years:

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