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Apple's "secure boot" in the 2018 macbook pro is more aptly called restricted boot. It prevents GNU/Linux from accessing the laptop's ssd drive. We've been warning about these kinds of restrictions since Microsoft
initially adopted them:

GO FABI! The US needs another World Chess Champion!

It's hard to remember with so many characters, but Michael Cera was never on Game of Thrones, was he?

Weird dream, or great spin off idea?

Is it *still* Monday?

I need to start actually tooting! Monday is a good excuse.

Most importantly, stop putting institutional events on Facebook, stop using it at universities, stop making participation in Facebook mandatory through your institutional, organization, and activist roles. You can be online, and social, and connected without supporting Facebook.

An American candidate for World Chess Champion for the first time since Bobby Fischer: has anyone in the US mass media even noticed?

I teach philosophy at UMass Amherst. I'm also a father and linux nerd. Really hoping the platform takes off!

Scholar Social

A Mastodon instance for academics

Scholar Social is a microblogging platform for researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

"A Mastodon profile you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"

"Official" monthly journal club!

(Participation is, of course, optional)

Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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