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So, my co-op's fundraising campaign is up!

If you would like to help support a member owned and run, independent, fair trade, sustainable and low/zero waste produce and grocery co-op, please chip a little bit of money in:

chuffed.org/fundraiser/growalf

Will happily set up a new Linux based service, fix a Geary bug, or boost your toot as a custom perk for you, by prior negotiation of course. ;)

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So this is what I have been working on for the last few years: hri.edu.au/ – the Facility itself, not just the web site. :)

Need an experiment space for HRI research? We have one of the largest and most highly instrumented in the world, and it's available for you to use.

... must... resist... urge to write my own...

Thanks Mendeley for completely ruining my dissertation's bibliography. Very helpful.

Anyone got a suggestion for a usable alternative?

Dear science writers,

Stop enabling evil. The men targeting Katie Bouman, who was a team lead on the Event Horizon Telescope project that produced that image of the black hole at the center of M87, are not "trolls". Trolls want to get a rise out of people. These men are not just trying to get a rise out of her or anyone else.

They are misogynists. They hate women and can't stand the idea of a woman being successful in science.

Call them what they are.

Love,
Noëlle

Can we please CW GoT?

That show has a lot of really awful sexual assault themes, and honestly it's just a fucking lot to see it paraded around the ol' TL. It's also really hard to filter because "got" is a normal, heavy-use verb, and the cast is gigantic, which makes filtering nearly impossible.

I am so god damn grateful it's only 5 more episodes.

If you want a picture of the future of social media, imagine a bot snarking passive-aggressively at another bot, forever.

Apparently human staff at Amazon Alexa listen to what people say, even very intimate things (bloomberg.com/news/articles/20).

Alexa uploads your speech to be analysed on Amazon's servers. Siri, Cortana, Bixby etc also do this.

A better alternative is Snips, which doesn't upload your voice anywhere:

makers.snips.ai

github.com/snipsco

You install it on a Raspberry Pi, and access it directly or from your other devices.

(n.b. It's still in beta and requires tech knowledge to set up)

@lambda_meadow @gordon @GinnyMcQueen that's true, we absolutely don't care about your "contributions" if you are a jerk.

Hey @matrix, my login isn't working anymore and I can't reset my password, what gives?

For those who run on Matrix.org and wonder why there is no connection:

Matrix announced an emergency maintenance… on Twitter:

twitter.com/matrixdotorg/statu

Sadly @matrix didn't receive the love it deserves and informs the Fediverse.

Anyway, that's why we have a community. We compensate short coming of each other and together make sure the world becomes a better place!

#Matrix #matrixDown #riot

'if you're a matrix.org user you should change your password now.'

It's running again, but:
'The hacker exploited a vulnerability in our production infrastructure'

matrix.org/blog/2019/04/11/sec

#infosec #matrix

#Games #Blizzard #Eugenics #Sexism #Capitalism

This is horrific & not getting anywhere near the attention it deserves.

-For companies like Activision Blizzard, Ovia offers its services as a way to lower medical costs and increase productivity. -

"I want them to have a healthy baby because it's great for our business experience," Ezzard said. "Rather than having a baby who's in the neonatal ICU, where she's not able to focus much on work."

gamesindustry.biz/articles/201

Ok folks... if someone is posting something they've made, a selfie or something else they might be proud of, they don't need your negative, weird comments. If you've got nothing to say but something unpleasant, then fuck off

I've seen a few people complain that the black hole picture is a waste, that humanity has our environment or povery or whatever else as a far far more immediate pressing matter than to take a photo that is 'an orange smear'.

The issue at hand here isn't science funding, the issue at hand is the total structure of industrial capitalism. If you cut astronomy funding to 0, how much do you think of that would go towards social projects? How much would go towards sustainable degrowth? How much would go towards ANYTHING that goes against tje ideological principles of neoliberal capitalism.

On the contrary, there are people who find a deep romantic wonder and an inherent artistic value in things like this. People finding wonder in the world, being humbled by the nature and otherness of it is a beautiful way to look at the world. Don't light your torches at astronomy, capitalism is your issue

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