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"We have every piece of human knowledge at our fingertips!"

Except we don't and a bunch of it is hidden behind paywalls.

Top (primary) languages on Mastodon description pages:
1. English
2. Japanese
3. German
4. Chinese
5. French

Most common decentralized social networking software in use today:
1. Mastodon
2. Pleroma
3. Peertube
4. WriteFreely
5. WordPress
6. Friendica
7. Pixelfed
8. Misskey
9. Hubzilla
10. Funkwhale

"For years, the conversation about online moderation has been about pressing major social-media companies to take responsibility for what happens on their platforms. But now that these companies are finally doing so, reactionary alternative platforms...are popping up like mushrooms."

I'm learning about audio DSP for a side project and discovering all sorts of cool match tricks.

I think I solved a big Linux issue that's bugged my laptop for years. Every time I do a GPU-intensive task, my computer eventually overheated and shut off. Turns out I was getting a bunch of constant zero data from part of my lm_sensors output, throwing off the entire average temperature substantially (outlier 0's will do that). So far, so good. Let's hope my computer can keep up!

A Pitchfork review randomly linking to the détournement Wikipedia article in the middle.

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Free licenses actually can't make software completely free. Software can be protected not only by copyright, but also by trademarks, design rights and patents.
The perfect illustration is Tinder. Let me just show you IP protection of Tinder in US.


#IP #intellectualproperty #copyright #trademark #patent #design #designpatent #Tinder #FOSS #freesoftware

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youtube-dl is one of my favorite pieces of community-maintained open-source software. Despite the name, now works on many sites – youtube, vimeo, even Twitter. You do "youtube-dl URL" and it figures out how to get you a local, offline copy of the video.

"Twitter Got Hacked, Is Mastodon Immune?"

I imagine a similar vulnerability also exists on the instance level. Won't take down the whole system, but a malicious server administrator could compromise your account.

I think it might be a fun side project to build a simple front-end/host, but no need to reinvent the wheel if my exact use case already has a solution. A lot of what I have found so far seems designed for managing a personal library (i.e. to stream on your speaker or TV), rather than creators hosting their own works for public consumption.

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Seeking suggestions: self-hosted software or platforms to publish music files.

I have two years of pieces sitting in a folder. I'd like to make them accessible under a CC-BY license.


This album is being slept on, but it's really good! Recommended if you like old-timey / country R&B music.

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A Beautifully-Designed Edition of Euclid’s Elements from 1847 Gets Digitized.

Explore the New Online, Interactive Reproduction

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take me back to the GeoCities
where the text is green
and the songs are MIDIs

COVID-19 and PhD program selection. 

Two of my PhD admissions visits have been cancelled due to COVID-19. Making what was already a tough decisions even harder!

Does anyone have experience with doing this kind of thing remotely? I don't want to disadvantage programs who made the sensible call to move everything virtual just on the basis of missing that physical connection.

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