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Bumblebee :ubuntu: :mastodon: boosted

Mastodon uses the same technical standards as many other alternative social networks, so people on one network can follow people on others. This "network of networks" is called the Fediverse :fediverse:

✅ You can follow people from other parts of the Fediverse just like you would follow any Mastodon account!

Try it out for yourself:

@jett1oeil is an account on Instagram alternative PixelFed

@chriswere is an account on YouTube alternative PeerTube

#FediTips #MastoTips #Fediverse #Mastodon

Bumblebee :ubuntu: :mastodon: boosted

📊 New #rstats package for #COVID19 hospitalisation #data in #England includes estimated mapping between #NHS Trusts and local authorities - handy for matching up COVID-19 data at different scales e.g. admissions by local authority.

Dr. Sophie Meakin


#science #opendata #openscience #statistics

@eggbean Explore slowly and start following what interests you. It can take a while to start populating the feeds with more stuff relevant to you.

Bumblebee :ubuntu: :mastodon: boosted

We got Mixxx working with LV2 plugins from PawPaw (@falktx) and musical key detection with libkeyfinder on Windows using our new build environment made with vcpkg! It took a team effort of a month of hard work but the ease of maintenance has already paid off. Our old process used a 6 year old pile of Windows batch scripts and it took our own server 36 hours to build all the dependencies. With binary caching on Azure Artifacts, it now takes 25 minutes to update a single library on GitHub Actions.

Bumblebee :ubuntu: :mastodon: boosted

The idea of a distributed social media landscape may seem unlikely but consider how heartily sick the public has become with the big platforms' moderation choices (both what they moderate and what they don't).

And also how unlikely it is that the platforms will ever be able to make the kinds of situational calls about acceptable and unacceptable speech for each country, community and context.


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Bumblebee :ubuntu: :mastodon: boosted

Indeed, if things are so dire, why are any of us even sticking around? The problem is:

* Network effects (the more people there are on a platform, the more reason there is to join)

* High switching costs (if you leave, you give up all those people)

And those lead to:

* Lock in (you don't leave because you don't want to give up everyone else, and they don't leave for the same reason - we're all holding each other hostage)


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Bumblebee :ubuntu: :mastodon: boosted


Guess what?! We've just surpassed a quarter of a million images in our Flickr! That's more than 250,000 nature images—free to download and reuse. Explore the collection today

#Science #OpenScience #OpenAccess #OpenData #OpenSource #PublicData

Bumblebee :ubuntu: :mastodon: boosted

Signal / Telegram "we respect your privacy"
Also Signal / Telegram "yeah look that person whose number is in your phone but you haven't talked to in 5 years just joined S/T".
Well. Hum. 🤔

Bumblebee :ubuntu: :mastodon: boosted

I bumped into some great projects today..

Underlay: Open Distributed Knowledge Graphs

PubPub: Privacy-respecting All-in-one Collaborateive Publishing

And I decided to open a discussion to add #activitypub #fediverse support to the latter:

Here are the 2 projects:

Sam Klein, a great contributor to Wikipedia and also HTC member, is part of the Underlay project. Both projects are based on #linkeddata hence ideal for AP.

Bumblebee :ubuntu: :mastodon: boosted

*Rioting youths in Dutch village torch COVID-19 testing centre*

This (fishing) village is called #Urk. An extremely conservative Christian former island. Largest political party is the Christian fundamentalist SGP. It has a very high birth rate (cause God wants you to propagate) and a lot of young people there are attracted to far-right parties like the PVV and the FvD. As expected a lot of those people think Covid is a hoax, although they still believe in God. 🤔

Bumblebee :ubuntu: :mastodon: boosted

@jk You probably already know this, but it bears repeating. The free software movement started in 1980 when some guy could not use his printer the way he was used to after a software 'upgrade'. That is how long the fuckedupness of printers goes back (probably longer).

Ubuntu Budgie Desktop 😮
Nice balance of eye candy and lightweight too. running quite happily on Virtualbox so I'm enjoying this more than the host OS ;-)

This is a nice bit of work.

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Bumblebee :ubuntu: :mastodon: boosted
Matrix protocol is enjoying a huge groundswell in its adoption. This is however, somewhat independent of the fueled kneejerk reactions of people - not so much by virtue of their realizations of having been commoditized, but rather, an opportunity for them to simply venture onto better, greener pastures.

#Matrix is not without barriers to onboarding, but neither is #OpenPGP where email is concerned - one either takes a few minutes to understand the basics of how a newer platform functions from the user perspective or they remain commoditized - many folks find that kind of apathetical complacency no longer acceptable.

I thought I'd share a bit of balanced observation here, and although it is not without its subjectivity, it is pretty spot on:

FOSS doesn't care if you adopt or use it. There aren't necessarily any budgets or a Board of Directors to answer to, and it can exist lying intact dormant, until someone else comes along to pick up the torch. If it is useful, someone will use it. If it threatens to #disrupt some aspect of the #proprietary, #closed_source world, it still doesn't care.

FOSS projects can be freely hosted or as part of a sponsored endeavor of big venture capitalists - it still doesn't care and that's why it is such the great disruptor and bringer of #democratization of computing and communication to the once insignificant and downtrodden #fodder of the #monolithic_silos, users (participants) who willingly traded their #dignity for a friendly face, like the yummy children boiling in the witches cauldron inside the gingerbread house.

It is common knowledge that these #monopolies are now understood as having their existence facing that of #extinction.

You can't legislate #FOSS, anyone can do with it what they wish to, whether it is legal under your country's regime or not. You can throw people in jail, but guess what, FOSS is still #free, it still exists, and it still doesn't care.

I hope that helps! :)

#tallship #Vger
Thanks for the linked article goes to @garritfra
You can haz #Cheezburgerz! 🍔

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LazySquirrel Mastodon

Private test instance. If you have an interest in Mastodon and want to try out, then please do but be nice and rewind..