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Ok, so unless Bloomberg are now in the fake news business it's official. Microsoft is buying Github.

There is no way that any code I wrote will fall under the dominion of Microsoft.

Therefore in the coming week I'll be moving out of Github. Initially I'll just self-host on Gogs, but I'll also be looking for a secondary host as backup for cases where my own server is down or doesn't have enough bandwidth.

I'm sure that this will be rough for a lot of projects. Many things currently point to Github. Some will side with Microsoft, believing that they are allies of FOSS or just favoring convenience over disruption. When Microsoft is involved this is always a mistake.

I'm really happy to announce that the company I work for has just publicly opened a #Mastodon instance for all its 5000 employees.

This is the result of an initiative @moritzheiber and I have started a year ago and have pushed through with the help of many other colleagues.

So if you want to hear my voice as a #thoughtworker, you can follow me here: @judeswae

Or find others to follow at

Unsolicited computer advice 

A hard disc of mine died yesterday

And I didn't lose any data, because everything has multiple backups

But it's a good reminder:

Have you backed up your research/old family photos/important financial documents/private keys/anything that's "mission-critical"?

(And I don't just mean "in the cloud" either! Sometimes people get locked out of their cloud accounts, and not because of anything they did themselves, either)

📣 PSA 📣

Looks like there is an influx of spam accounts being created on the federverse right now.

If you find any on our instances, please flag them and smush the report button.

I'm keeping an eye on things but may miss a few here and there.

If you know users looking for an account but have been squashed due to the influx of account creations, please let me know and I can send them a registration link.

Photosynthesis is basically magic.

That's my conclusion after 4 years of studying it.

Beginning June 11, no more free API key for Google Maps (now Google Maps Platform) if you don't provide a credit card.

A lot of custom Google maps that have been created over the years will likely no longer work.

Time to use #leaflet and #openstreetmap


My PI is very particular when is comes to manuscripts. We spent an hour yesterday going through a draft of my paper, editing it line by line.

We got through the abstract.

Hey everyone! As you might know already, suffered a catastrophic hardware failure, taking us down for about 2 weeks and forcing us to move to a completely new instance.

A lot of us (myself included) didn't back up our follows either. So we're very much on square one.

How you can help:

- Contribute to #ff (follow friday) tomorrow. Everyone could do with the follow suggestions.
- Check your follows. If anyone is from '', refollow them on ''.


I always thought experimental philosophy was a contradiction in terms. Didn't realize how many people were doing it.

my union is warning us to prepare for a lockout by the employer. we just got through a 5-week strike w/re another union on campus. FFS. indeed.

@noelle Along similar lines: archaeologists excavating the ancient Neo-Babylonian city of Ur unearth…a museum, complete with neatly labelled artifacts.

If you’d like an FAQ-style Guide to , @noelle has made a nice one here & is looking for people to it to languages other than English:

movie rant 

Just finished watching The Titan on Netflix. It is, to put it mildly, fucking atrocious!

I might have enjoyed it more before I was a scientist. At least I wouldn't be yelling at the screen every 5 minutes, whenever they butch some aspect of science.

Tomorrow is the Mastoversary! We have been online for an entire year!

I just paid the VPS ($107.98) for the next year, and I'm in a good place financially to do so

If you were inclined to give money to support Scholar Social, donate it to another Masto instance or another worthy cause of your choosing!

politics, technology 

Should judges and politicians be forced to take continuing education classes on technology? I'm getting really tired laws being passed and interpreted by people who don't seem to understand the thing they're regulating.

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