I fundamentally believe that computers should help as many people as possible do as much as possible, and the way to achieve that isn't by hiding what computers are doing; it's by making what computers are doing understandable and manipulable by users.

Computers should do what their users tell them to. No more, and no less.

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Speaking as someone who knows their way around cryptography and protocols, and has happily hacked on SMTP/POP3/IMAP clients & servers, what *exactly* is the reason why @Tutanota and @protonmail don't support these protocols and/or external clients?

Because all I can see are downsides of this.

Fuck, we shouldn't have to ask for interoperability in 2022.

Which academic search engines do you use?

Please boost for reach. So, anyone that is working on FOSS projects like web apps, sites, Linux apps, desktop environments, or other user interfaces, please let me know if you want them tested for accessibility. I can do both CLI, web, and GUI testing, and app testing on Android. I'm running Debian (on a ChromeBook but that's not too important), so just give me the name of the package, or the URL of the site or app. I can also do Flatpak!

#a11y #foss #linux #flatpak #accessibility

Really wish Epubs were the favored format for scholarly papers and books over PDFs

😩 Summary of my emails with Xencelabs, PicassoTab, Huion, XpPen, Artisul and UGEE: it's hopeless. 😅

1/2 Dear , and crowd, is there a name for the inference from, say, sub-facticity to facticity (some bias, heuristic or fallacy)?

The phenomenon is linguistically polymorphic, but goes as follows:

A: "x might/should be F."
--> B: 'x is F! Always knew it!'

I believe it has something to do with cognitive economy, maybe a typical system 1-process à la Kahneman/Tversky or a heuristic in the social-psychological sense. It is often, but not always self-serving.

So excited that is back! What topic would you like to hear about from me?

I am a cultural anthropologist working on the programming processes through which software for humanoid robots is written. And a fan of generative art.

Hey open-source software Mastofolks: is there some kind of framework/package (plus IR hardware, I imagine) for remote control and home automation?

I *really* miss my Logitech Harmony system from our last place in the US, but I feel like such a thing should exist in the world that's open-source, programmable, maybe I could hack voice control into it, etc., etc.? Has anybody done this?

There's a little script I had originally written years ago and that I kept migrating when switching laptops: It notifies you when your tea is done!

No more black teas that are ruined because I forgot to take the tea out in time! <3

To no longer worry about forgetting to copy/backup the file and so that others can maybe find joy in it as well I put it up on now!



Hey y'all. Want to help organize ?
We need organizers! You'll help schedule times, make sure speakers have moderators, and tolerate my constant 'is it eSt or eDt?'

Please DM @SummerSchool

Does anyone know which should I whitelist so as to stay logged in, but, ideally, nothing else?

academic writing and presenting 

I remember when writing papers and talks was this weird kind of struggle, like, giving birth to ideas that were weirdly boxed up in my head.

One of the weirdest things about having been a faculty member for (holy crap) eight years now is the fact that that feeling is fading. I have ideas, and once I'm confident that they're decent enough, the talk or the paper *will* happen. It's become *work* in a way that I didn't ever think it would.

Quite exciting to see more and more scientists joining the !

If your colleagues ask you about this place, please let them know we have three mastodon communities with focus:


I also participate as moderator in an academic Spanish/Portuguese speaking community:



Today: was looking into instances that I could propose somewhere for a video conference-call. Found the list:

I noticed the artwork and thought: hey, that looks nice. And of course it's work by @davidrevoy again. We meet in the best of places!

Was about to send that email, ask if the conference call would indeed take place and if we might opt for - that moment they email me. It's on location instead. Is this karma?

Geplante „Chatkontrolle“ der Kommission aus Sicht des Datenschutzes – ein Thread nach erster Prüfung: Der Entwurf der Kommission ist nicht vereinbar mit unseren europäischen Werten und kollidiert mit geltendem Datenschutzrecht.

A recording of the German #BigBrotherAwards with an excellent English live translation by Sebastian Lisken is available, too:


#BBA22 /c

Over the years I've learned a lot about security of the command line itself. One way I'll be resharing my knowledge with those in Higher Ed InfoSec is by giving a 3 hour workshop dedicated to the topic on May 3rd at the Educause C&PPC conference. Details: bit.ly/3KEpjSO

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