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Hello, fediverse! My name is Pavan.

I'm a medical student aspiring to work in aerospace medicine.

My are evolutionary biology, zoology, botany, nutrition, cosmology, astronomy, technology, and philosophy.

My include video games, anime, reading, photography, traveling, and programming.

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I wrote up the process I used to redact 488 PDFs using Imagemagick and Paint. It's got some bash scripts, so it's not exactly a low bar, but for people with a little tech aptitude it may be...

It's pretty much a foolproof method for not being reverse-engineered. Most of the labor it requires is in identifying the data to be redacted.

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Netflix now "personalises" artwork based on individuals' data:

This is hypertargeted advertising: different people see different info about same film, most get misled about its nature.

Same thing is now happening with political advertising:

Same candidates, but different individuals see totally different information about them. Most get misled about candidate's nature.

With a film you can stop watching when you find out truth, but after an election it's too late.

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The ONLY valid HOT take EVER was when Prometheus STOLE fire from the GODS!!! smdh people.

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If you ever doubt the usefulness of your efforts, remember that a substantial amount of trees are planted by squirrels hiding nuts and then forgetting where they put 'em

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I have the Mozilla #IOT thing platform running on my #RaspberryPi. I own no commercial devices that can connect to it. BUT I do have an #Arduino and two Scouts. Looking for some inspiration. What kind of stuff can I do? The Scouts have a couple of sensors (temp, maybe humidity, maybe ambient light). For the right project idea I can buy more sensors. Still, with nothing to actually control I'm not sure how useful any of it is.

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Hi all, I'm an experimental psychologist in the Anthro dept at Oxford. I study the evolution of culture, and rituals are my play thing. I'm interested in memory, action perception, belief, and development. Say hi :)

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Holy crap. Malware hidden in a strand of DNA hijacks the computer that analyzes that particular gene sequence.

We're going to live in a very weird world man.

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People often wonder why printers are so cantankerous but frankly any device that embeds pigmented runes in the remains of long-dead trees is going to be stricken by an ancient faerie curse from the start

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Reminder about online academic resources 

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At a conference recently, I went over to a table of guys around a computer.

Asked "Whatcha working on, can I join?"
One of them says "It's very complex stuff," with dismissive body language.
Guy I know says "jay can handle it" and makes room for me to sit down.

Yeah, I facilitated multiple sessions at the conference on this, and just spent weeks implementing a related feature.

One rude person doesn't ruin my day anymore, but this type of thing beats down beginners.

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I’m an English and philosophy undergrad, one class shy of graduation. I’m planning on an eventual PhD. I’m interested in the relationship of queerness and religion in Early Modern texts, especially Milton, whose “A Mask” is my principal critical focus this far. I’m also interested in the overlap of Otherness, religion, and theories of the monstrous.

I’m looking forward to my time here.

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New Mastobot 🤖 (related to my research!) 

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Hello, everyone.

I'm junior faculty in the Neuroscience department @MayoClinic. I primarily research disease and using computational methods (). I'm currently applying single-cell () and long-read sequencing technologies (@PacBio and @nanopore).

My twitter handle is also @bioinfo_mark.

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I feel like we're in one of those moments where a bit less coding up new non-centralised services, and a bit more working out how people can discover and easily adopt existing ones might be good.

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Why haven't asymmetrical keys replaced passwords yet?

imagined security scheme:
1.Generate public/private key pair
2. share public key when creating account with whomever.
3. when logging in, account will send you random string
4. your browser will encrypt string with private key
5. account will decrypt string with your public key, if it is the same string they sent, you are authenticated.

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Our friend (and Mozilla Fellow) @hangdothiduc just released her latest project, Public By Default. It's a sobering look at online privacy in the era of social media.

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