Today is the day against #DRM. To support the message of the day the small and fine publishing company https://www.orbooks.com/ has a reduction on their ebooks today. I like the topics they have. Latest book I bought from them was "Ours to Hack and to Own". https://www.orbooks.com/catalog/ours-to-hack-and-to-own/
Linux (!) just joined Apple, Microsoft, and Google in adopting the code of conduct I created, Contributor Covenant.
Listening to the wonderful new record "Songs of Resistance 1942 - 2018" by Marc Ribot.
- 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
"If Jeff Bezos wants to help low-income people why not just pay them better? | Marina Hyde
The Amazon boss’s philanthropy fund flies in the face of the way he treats his workers. Yet he wants to be seen as a messiah, says the Guardian columnist Marina Hyde"
Fediverse, I have a request.
If you know a woman that is:
-from Ethiopia, Sudan or South Sudan
-Has an interest in Digital Safety and Security
Can you have them reach out to me? (DM if you need an email addy instead) We’ve a Safe Sister Digital Safety Fellowship specifically for them, and applications are open until September 28 and I’d like to send them information.
Bad news for the European branches of the decentralized web. Not only did #copyrightfilters and the #linktax pass EU Parliament, the Commission introduced new anti-terrorist proposals that would need you to be available 24/7 to police your network for "terrorist content".
It's time to make your voice heard in Brussels. Start with subscribing and following https://edri.org/ -- the reps for digital rights groups in the EU.
Google wants websites to adopt AMP as the default approach to building webpages. Tell them no. Make your site lightweight on your own. No reason to help centralize the web under Google's control even further https://www.polemicdigital.com/google-amp-go-to-hell/
In my summer vacation I had the time and pleasure to read Cory Doctorow's latest book *Walkaway*. With a rich and powerful language he depicts a dystopia that at the same time expresses hope for a new way of living in post-scarcity.
After spending some time yesterday with #Mastodon and the new #Trunk project I got the impression that the #Fediverse can play a crucial role to regain technical independence. It's up to us to use the new tools and architectures wisely.
The Scholarly Kitchen on "mapping open science tools":
There's a lot of customer culture attitude in Mastodon-the-community, where people treat Gargron and other devs, the instance admins, moderators, etc. like service workers. It's a spoiled, entitled attitude, where "the customer is always right" and it's okay to be abusive or demeaning to people providing a service when they don't give you what you want.
The fediverse isn't a corporate model. When you're rude or demeaning to someone here, you're being abusive to volunteers building a playground
#JournalClub 2018 September Show more
Last reminder about #JournalClub!
Scholar Social users:
* Send me the DOI
* Of a paper you want to read with your instance-buddies
* That can be got online for free
* From outside your area of expertise (so even non-experts can participate) 🌈
* One of the suggestions will be chosen randomly at the end of the month 🎲
* And pinned to my profile 📰
* So make a suggestion before 2018 Sept 1! 📆
From my experience it is the long missing Etherpad-like collaborative #Markdown editor. My favorite feature is the presentation mode and I'm looking forward to introducing it to my students.
PhD candidate at Hamburg University of Technology. Focus on Open Education, Decentralized Technologies and Free Software.
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"
(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 @email@example.com 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.