Pinned toot

#welcome tips for new users as gathered from experience: Show more

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I am planning on more frequently tooting passages from sources I'm reading and I am going to do so thus:

The *public* post will be reference information, comments, content notes, tags;

Interesting pull quotes/passages will be posted as comments in reply with a brief citation, so they are boostable. These will be reflective of things that can be considered in an edifying way, even if my personal opinion differs (a note may or may not indicate this).

Pinning this post for followers new & old.

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Hi, I am an academic , information scientist, computer scientist, (theoretically) and amateur into / , , political theory & economics, societal issues (esp. interested in issues involving ), and . An if you will. Re-posting and pinning my for any new folks. alt-tags:

Reading online news, 2008:
- go to website
- read news

Reading online news, 2018:
- go to website
- no, don’t share location
- hell no, don’t send me notifications
- consent to cookie warning
- consent to policies
- no, don’t open in app
- no, don’t want the newsletter
- skip inspirational quote
- close full page ad
- read news

birdsite Show more

For those who stubbornly seek freedom around the world, there can be no more urgent task than to come to understand the mechanisms and practices of indoctrination.
-- Noam Chomsky

#anarchism #quote #bot

- a microSD card weighs somewhere around 0.4g
- the highest capacity microSD that's easily available is 256GB
- a trebuchet can throw a 90kg projectile over 300m

90kg worth of microSD cards is 225,000 of them

Therefore a trebuchet can throw 57.6PB of data over 300m

This would have the highest throughput of any telecommunications network ever created

capitalism / the law Show more

I wish "uses too much memory for what it does" was considered a bug by more programmers.

There should be a word... Show more

social media Show more

counter-blockchain zealots Show more

Just because something is (allegedly) immutable does not mean it is true.

"How do physical digital inequalities persist as technology becomes commonplace?"

Technology Problems and Student Achievement Gaps: A Validation and Extension of the Technology Maintenance Construct
DOI: 10.1177/0093650218796366

"Findings quantitatively validate the technology maintenance construct, which
proposes that as access to information and communication technology peaks, the
digital divide is increasingly characterized by the (in)ability to maintain access."

Capitalism creep Show more

Sadly, the #Marylhurst University is closing its doors for good this month, and today was the last day its Shoen Library was open. It was a great source of theological materials. For now the Marylhurst Digital Collection is still online. It seems that the university is shutting down all its digital presence in two weeks, so download theses and papers now when you can.

Thinking about the big picture/long term ethics of commercial data repositories that sell subscription "service" to lots of data we've already paid for (taxes) and data that has been privatized.... I feel like as convenient as these repositories are, it is unethical to support them. Especially as they support the trend of privatization of :cc_pd: resources and the use of contracts to circumvent copyright liberties.

@bgcarlisle You're a (medical) ethicist, do have any professional opinion?

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Scholar Social

A Mastodon instance for academics

Scholar Social is meant 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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