Every time I see rightists trying to make their history look better by saying that Nazism was a left-wing movement I ask myself what do they have to say about Pinochet...
Maybe posting this here is a bit like preaching to the choir, but, anyway, I think everybody should give it some attention: https://corydoctorow.miraheze.org/wiki/My_talk_on_the_Internet_of_Things,_wealth_disparity,_surveillance,_evidence-based_policy_and_the_future_of_the_world
Spotify is the new "I'm offering you a place to showcase your music and get noticed"...
What's the best mastodon client for iOS in your opinion? I'd much rather use one that's open source, by the way.
I've been using Amaroq and like it, but there are some issues when refreshing content.
"According to Twitter’s books, about 2 million people in the US had enough last quarter and outright stopped using it."
I'm one of those people! Twitter went from being an effective tool/platform for sharing information and organizing communities, to being a toxic echo chamber where people amassed social capital via harassment. But at least they still have William Shatner, so I guess they have that going for them?
Casual reminder that disliking someone's actions/politics/etc. is still not a good excuse to make fun of their appearance.
Yes, even [specific person].
Criticize their actions, mock the stupid things they say, but leave their appearance off the table. Be better than that.
A question that only now has occurred to me: any bass players out there?
Reminder, the US congress is literally trying to exempt Transgender people from Civil Rights Protections.
If you're in the USA and can, you really need to make some noise about this, it's lead by the Republicans as usual phone and/or write them. So yeah, get onto your congress representative now, I would but in Australia so I can only help spread the word
Why am I more concerned about corporations mining our data than govt agencies spying on us? Because corporations actually pose a threat to democracy through user profiling and all its implications.
The government itself has always been able to abuse its power and in fact it is somewhat essential to the state as we know it, but if we make the government more accountable and improve democracy, we can mitigate these factors, which leads us back to the beginning of this post.
anyone here has a riseup.net account and would be kind to offer me invitation code? I'm sort of needing of one...
Ban copyright on scientific publications
Looking for suggestions:
What is a good tool to check websites for accessibility? Ideally something free and very easy to use for those who don't understand code much. And something that not only points out what's wrong but gives suggestions on how to fix it (if that exists).
Good read: "Open Source Friday" wants to remind employees to contribute: https://opensource.com/article/17/6/open-source-friday-give-back
A good initiative as I think. And it could be adopted for the educational context as well: Teachers could remind students every week to contribute to the net as they build their knowledge on the open web every day. They could file an issue on GitHub or add to Wikipedia or write a blogpost. Many opportunities exist.
HIC SVNT DRACONES
Ilha de Vera Cruz, Ano da Graça de Nosso Senhor Jesus Cristo de... 2017 (?!)
I've been here for some weeks already and now realized I had not written an #introduction.
I'm music history professor at a state university in Brazil with degrees in History and Sociology. I'm mostly interested in the interface between classical and popular musics in the American continent from the 20th century on (though I have a special fondness for Renaissance music).
I play bass and guitar and write some music when I have the time and other interests are technology and social theory.
A reminder about free/open source software for new ppl:
Twitter is a big corporation that has many programmers, designers, user support ppl, etc. Mastodon doesn't.
We just have average people doing this on the side, often in their underpants at 2 a.m., on a volunteer basis/for donations. It's up to US to help improve Mastodon.
lol @ new people like "this will last a week"
It started last year
There were 700000 accounts before you got here
Relax and get comfortable
It'll still be here in the morning