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Graduate students at New York University (where I work) are striking for a new contract and (predictably) the admin is playing hardball

If you have a few spare coins, they have a mutual aid fund via OpenCollective:

More info is on their birbsite account:

My D&D group is fully vaccinated and we're playing in person today :blobheartcat:

I started a custom Slay the Spire run where when you win the game you start over with all your items ('Endless' setting) and I'm on loop 7 and I can't remember the last time I took damage

Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and others looked the future of user-centric, high-choice, high-freedom software in the face and decided to kill it. That's unforgivable.

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workflow for Firefox and Remarkable tablet 

Since there's no "read in Remarkable" add-on for Firefox, I now read longform articles from the web by using the "ePub creator" add-on to save an article as a .epub file and then upload it to an "articles to read" folder on my tablet.

I defended my dissertation one week ago! To commemorate this feat, @cwebber and I decided to make a podcast episode about my graduate school experience.

If you or someone you know is interested in pursing a graduate degree, hopefully this anecdotal account will help!

hey @VickyRampin ! just wanted to point out for people citing this thread that, according to , they did not apply for IRB *before* the study.

(Which is exemplary of how there is a severe lack of ethics considerations in empirical software engineering research.)

Then, when they did apply, IRB did not consider it human subjects research, as you point out. But there was another major flaw in the process before that one (= not seeking approval).

now all UMN contributions are going to removed from the Linux Kernel and no future contributions from UMN will be accepted!

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Really mad about this Linux kernel - academic research kerfuffle. See:

TL;DR: researchers at UMN introduced patches to Linux kernel that contained known-buggy code TO WRITE A PAPER and the UMN IRB didn't consider it human subjects research :blobangery:

Wtaf were these researchers thinking? How did the IRB not consider this human subjects resaerch? How did someone think this was an ethical thing to do?

chauvin trial, uspol 

Guilty on all counts. Going to jail immediately!

Pleased (*) to announce that @davidrevoy will be one of our guests of honor at Penguicon this year:

#penguicon #penguicon2021

(*) Pleased is an understatement, but I have to keep some semblance of order around here.

Mulder worries about CIA shit. Doggett discharges his weapon at alien ghosts.

I caught someone using a pull request against one of my GitHub repositories to trigger crypto-currency mining via a GitHub action. I took a snapshot of it with archive-web-page here after reporting it to GitHub:

It seems like this is a thing now: The only way to turn it off is to only run actions that are defined by the repository?

This week in KDE: Offline updates in Neon become optional, Gwenview gets a speed-up, and Okular's website gets a spectacular makeover:

Reading the book HYPE which is, of course, the biography of Clifford Lynch.*

*it’s actually about influencers and online hype/scam/grift

whenever i'm suspicious about someone, i go to the local library and scroll through microfiche to determine that they have a dark past

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