#introductions made this account for using it in my pinephone since tootle is a few of the apps it supports and plan on sharing my experiences. I am a computer engineering college student who really likes FOSS, learning languages and finding new music.
Wow, that was different.
Today I read an article on a Gemini website, and used the email the author shared to write them a long-form comment on their work.
It struck me how foreign this once-natural interaction felt. I think it helped give a bit more form to my feelings around how social media has encouraged us to 1) let such platforms control how we share content, 2) use shorter messages, 3) have shallower interactions, and 4) forget historic data.
Fuck. I miss this. I miss really connecting to people.
"Google is an organization that excels at taking individual, seemingly-benevolent units of work and then combining them into things that are anti-competitive or just plain evil"
Interesting AMA from a Mozilla employee
So many people saying they're switching from Firefox. Won't this only make the problem worse?
If you're switching to Brave or qutebrowser or UnGoogled Chromium or something, you're only strengthening Google's monopoly. If you're switching to a Webkit-based browser like Epiphany, you're shifting the monopoly towards Safari, whose parent company doesn't consider the Web a priority.
That Mozilla has bad management doesn't change the fact that Firefox is the most viable option for the open web.
@kensanata The sysop buddy system you posted about on your blog/wiki really got me thinking. It would be interesting to require certificate authentication and deny passwords for SSH on a server and then make it so that if I haven't logged in for weeks it opens password authentication/sends an email to a SysopBuddy user. (And if you log in it closes the access off again)
...That's got to be a thing, surely!
Libro.fm is an amazing alternative to Amazon's Audible: an independent audiobook platform that sells books from every major publisher at the same price as Audible - but without DRM, and with a share of every sale going to an indie bookseller of your choosing.
Virtually every audiobook title is available through Libro.fm - except for those titles that Audible demands be sold as "Audible exclusives."
Finally got around to firing up a #Gemini server. Now to figure out something to write!
Here's the hype trailer we are releasing for the #hope2020 conference.
quick and dirty way to read a scientific paper
scientific papers can be broken into a few parts:
abstract: high level summary
introduction: why they're doing the thing, previous research on the topic
methods: what they did
results: how it came out
discussion: what they think about it
the mistake people make is to read the introduction, which makes sense because it's first, but it's rarely the interesting bit, and it's usually long and tedious because it's a review of previous literature. instead you want to skip straight to methods, results, and discussion. follow along if you have the technical expertise but if you don't you might also just want to skip straight to the discussion; there's no shame in that either, but note you'll need to have a general idea of the experiment in order to make sense of the discussion.
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