It is not clear to me why it *should* continue its so-called 'services'. On a related note, though, does anyone know of a short enough write-up of the implications of the privacy shield ruling? 3 pages or less.

“In the event that [Facebook] were subject to a complete suspension of the transfer of users’ data to the US,” Yvonne Cunnane argued, “it is not clear … how, in those circumstances, it could continue to provide the Facebook and Instagram services in the EU.”

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"The Book, the book, the book is on fire...
We don't need no water let the mother f*ck#r burn...."

Facebook warns privacy rules could force it to exit European market | Ars Technica

Student of mine is conducting a survey on the barriers to uptake of alternative social media platforms. Your input would be much appreciated. Please boost.

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Hey guys, what's up

I am conducting an anonymous survey for my MSc dissertation on the barriers to uptake of alternative social media platforms. If you're interested, please click the link below. Your input would be much appreciated!

The link is:

Question: is there a tool that will 'interpret' Linux log files (syslog, dmesg)? I know there are filters but am looking for something that explains messages. If there isn't anything, would it be good to have? Might make it a student project if people think it is a good idea.

Thanks everyone. I might go with newegg. I do like the idea of finding a vendor on Amazon and then seeking out their own website. Tried a few but have not found one that convinced me yet.

I do have a Microcenter in town but it is a bit out of the way and am too busy at the mo to pop by.

Thanks again.

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Am looking for a good alternative to Amazon for mail ordering computer stuff in the US. Any tips? Am thinking of the equivalent of for IT.

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With Mastodon having a few years under it's belt now, how are your friends/family reacting to you using it vs. the traditional social media outlets? Have you been able to convince anyone to come over and check it out or start using it exclusively? What are the arguments that you're hearing for using Facebook/IG/Twitter, etc. over Mastodon?

Quick question: is there a system that will interpret dmesg/syslog messages for me? Ideally, I would like them annotated as well as classified into normal/warn/error or something. Reason I am asking is because I struggle to understand most of what is in there but also because I would propose a student project to create one if such a system does not exist.

So, boys and girls and other fellow creatures, what is the followbot? @followbot From what I gather, it tries to index toots and makes them available to the world. Why does it need me to follow it? I gather people consider it unfriendly but is there a good summary why?

Hello Mastodonians (is that what you call yourselves?),

I am new to these lands, just migrated from the evil Zuckerland, so please be kind. Am a computer scientist at the University of St Andrews with an interest in, broadly, computers and society and participatory design.

Upcoming project is an investigation into the role that software engineering methods play in shaping technologies and their social impact, focusing on human rights.


Fosstodon is an English speaking Mastodon instance that is open to anyone who is interested in technology; particularly free & open source software.