So my data science course project this week required me to create a map. That's it, create a map. However, implied was the use of some ... creativity :)
After some thinking, I hit on the idea of scraping Wikipedia and mapping the locations of the Mountain Association Bothies. I'm reasonably pleased with the results, for once, so I'm going to inflict it on you all as well :)
Some great tips here if you're using vim!
"Turn your vim editor into a productivity powerhouse | Opensource.com"
To all the #infosec or #paranoid individuals, this is proof that phones do listen to private conversations and use the data for targeted advertising.
Instances by most diverse hashtag usage:
“We Spent $3.3M Buying Out Investors: Why and How We Did It”
Buffer is one of the most transparently run companies in tech. https://open.buffer.com/buying-out-investors/
It is time to remind ALL users of ALL instances that it is important to provide $$ support for your admin(s).
The instance is only so solid as its ability to absorb new users.
1) Know your admin's account.
2) Find out how they prefer to get support.
3) Give some support.
4) Encourage others, who can do so, to add their support.
Maintaining a federated instance (server[s]) is a mostly thankless job like any system admin role. It should not be an individual financial burden, too.
The fediverse's social structure is natural.
It's setup the way humans have socialized before big cities, I have my tribe in one area and I talk to other people from nearby tribes in the area who have some stuff in common with my tribe, and I have nothing to do with the tribes that are miles away. I can also wander many miles away to lands that I have nothing in common with but that takes effort.
Now birdsite is just one big city square that you're supposed to live in. Yikes.
Personally I can recommend Kobo, they're nice devices and you can sideload popular DRM-free formats like ePub etc.
More about them:
Where to buy them:
For more alternatives to #Amazon services, see:
“Give Me Chronological Archives or Go Away · Chris Krycho” https://www.chriskrycho.com/2018/give-me-chronological-archives-or-go-away.html
The birth of #Linux
27 years ago.
On August 25 1991 Linus Torvalds wrote to comp.os.minix:
"I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and
professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones."
"won't be big" he said. 😃
Happy birthday, Linux, and congratulations to Mr. Torvalds.
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"The Impossible Job: Inside Facebook’s Struggle to Moderate Two Billion People" https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/xwk9zd/how-facebook-content-moderation-works
Long read, but worthwhile. Content moderation is really not an easy task; there are so many gray zones and context-dependent situations.
Also interesting to learn that Facebook has 7,500 moderators for 2 billion people, which is one moderator for every ~260,000 people.
We wrote a post about why we decided to go English only on Fosstodon. If you're interested in a long-form explaination as to why we did it, check out this post:
Hey guys look what I found
It's Windows 95 running as an Electron app, the only two things I absolutely adore!
“Blog DOI enabled - Joi Ito’s Web” https://joi.ito.com/weblog/2018/08/22/blog-doi-enabled.html
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