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See your favourite distopian 2048 website:

Resist the distopia! Stop your government from censoring websites:

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I'm making it a habit to question every decision made by the university to use google forms for polling us (this occurs frequently, by researchers, grad students, the grad student union, and by university administration itself) with the suggestion that this is a violation of student privacy. In its most recent iterations, we were asked to provide our full name, email, and student id, with no guarantee that this information wouldn't leave the province/country.

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Little headsup, Mastodon developers seem to be testing a language selector in the posting interface (see attached image).

The idea is you set the language you're posting in which will make it easier for other people to filter your post out if they don't speak it.

You can already set your default language in the Preferences/Settings section, but the idea of this new feature is to let you optionally change the setting for each particular message. This is handy if you toot in several languages.

I have no idea if/when this will be rolled out, the developers' instances often get test features like this.


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The EU Commission is planning automatic CSAM scanning of your private communication – or total surveillance in the name of child protection. This would be the worst surveillance apparatus outside of China:
#Fight4Privacy #No2Backdoors

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admin, business, society, rant 

local restaurant recommends to use their website to order stuff… prints flyers that advertise this website…

Website certificate is expired almost a year ago, and it appears the provider cancelled the page a while ago.

I'm not saying you are doing it wrong, but I think within a year, one could have noticed that the website is not functioning. But maybe I'm just weird.

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@thegibson All life is chaotic. It is the natural state of all things. Therefore all good is chaotic good.

Spies, informants and new enemies - Today’s intelligence agencies | DW Documentary

Want to get some 'deep'-ly sarcastic website about ecocide, climate crysis and financial sector collapse? This will be very worth your time:

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#FediverseMetrics 2022 #MastoPoll. To all #Mastodon / #Fediverse users:

On which continent/region are you?
Sur quel continent êtes-vous ?
Auf welchem Kontinent sind Sie?
¿En qué continente estás?
Em que continente você está?
في أي قارة أنت؟
На каком вы континенте?
In quale continente ti trovi?
Na jakim jesteś kontynencie?
आप किस महाद्वीप पर हैं?
Je! Uko bara gani?
در کدام قاره هستید؟
어느 대륙에 있습니까?
Sur kiu kontinento vi estas?

#Poll #Vote #FediPoll #MastodonPolls

Has anyone been using UnicodeMath? How usable is it?

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You may have heard that Clearview AI announced it will offer its surveillance tech to Ukraine.

It seems no human tragedy is off-limits to surveillance companies looking to sanitise their image.


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2608. Family Reunion 

title text: Grandma says that because of differences in primate and feline lifespans, the cat is actually my 17,000,000th cousin 14,000,000 times removed.


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:boost_ok: :ablobcatwave: Please boost this post if you would like the EFF to join the fediverse. :ablobcatbongo:

In a survey the EFF sent me, I suggested they create an account on the fediverse, so they can reach more supporters and support innovative free software that promotes interoperability among platforms, something they've advocated for in the past, too.

If you can boost this post, maybe I'll be able to show them that there are quite a few users who would like them here!

The EFF is the infamous nonprofit organisation that fights for privacy, government transparency, and digital freedom. Their fight is very important, and the EFF is very special to me.

You can see some of their work here

In the meantime, you can follow @eff, which is an unofficial mirror of their Twitter.
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Ursula K. Le Guin on "technology" 

"Technology is the active human interface with the material world.

But the word is consistently misused to mean only the enormously complex and specialised technologies of the past few decades, supported by massive exploitation both of natural and human resources.

This is not an acceptable use of the word. "Technology" and "hi tech" are not synonymous, and a technology that isn't "hi," isn't necessarily "low" in any meaningful sense.

We have been so desensitized by a hundred and fifty years of ceaselessly expanding technical prowess that we think nothing less complex and showy than a computer or a jet bomber deserves to be called "technology " at all. As if linen were the same thing as flax — as if paper, ink, wheels, knives, clocks, chairs, aspirin pills, were natural objects, born with us like our teeth and fingers -- as if steel saucepans with copper bottoms and fleece vests spun from recycled glass grew on trees, and we just picked them when they were ripe..."

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