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Welcome friends! If you're new to mastodon in general I recommend you follow these accounts:

Here's a short video explaining some of the ways that Mastodon is different from other social media you may be familiar with:

Here's a blog post I wrote talking about what alternative social media looks like:

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Some twitter v. Mastodon tips for all of the lovely new tooters:

When you like a tweet on twitter, a swarm of AIs spin into action, analysing every aspect of the tweet and trying so desperately to find the matching tweet to show you next that will keep you scrolling, lest their masters decommission them in favor of a new version.

When you fave a toot on Mastodon, there aren't any AIs; you just made another human being across the world feel nice.

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Do you know someone who has recently claimed #UniversalCredit (UK welfare benefit) or helped someone else to claim it?

I'm leading an 11-week project to try and make it easier for the 25% of people who currently fail to register for UC remotely.

We're just into the prototyping phase and so are looking for (remunerated) user testers.

DM me if you've got leads. Boosts appreciated.

More info about the project here: medium.com/sector-challenge-9-

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If you're curious about installing at your home or place of work in ....why not use this amazing tool to find out about your resource?


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Rob Beschizza over on BoingBoing described Facebook as "…a nearly-trillion dollar corporation that graphs minds, relationships and societies so that it may split them like atoms and sell the energy released."

Not sure I can do better than that.

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Well... This gal took Social Distancing to the extreme.

She's 21 and just became the youngest female to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean

21-year-old Jasmine Harrison became the youngest female to row solo across any ocean Saturday, according to Atlantic Campaigns, the organizer of the 2020 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, which takes racers more than 3,000 miles from Spain to Antigua & Barbuda.


If anyone fancies watching The Bronze Men of Cameroon I just found a copy on Vimeo.

It's an intimate portrait of a community of bronze artisans in Foumban, the 'City of Arts'

It was produced and directed by Florence Ayisi, who was born in Cameroon and is currently professor of international documentary film at the University of South Wales.


It leaves a few things unanswered but it's well worth an hour of your time.

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I've just watched The Bronze Men of Cameroon as part of the Wales Africa Film Festival.
Tells the story of how the bronze artists of Foumban are under threat as the Chinese are buying all the bronze and the beeswax and pushing the price so high that they are unable to purchase the raw materials that their livelihoods depend on.

Just waiting for the Q&A with director Florence Ayisi to start.


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The only planet in the solar system that is entirely inhabited by Robots now has a helicopter.

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As we watch events in Texas unfold, bear in mind that Texas "seceded" from the US national electrical grid in order to avoid federal regulation. They privatized their grid into the hands of a few wealthy people. As a result there are only two limited interconnects making it impossible for surrounding states to share power to keep Texas afloat in terms of electric power.

All this suffering in Texas should not be happening. The grid in Texas is intact, they just don't have generation capacity. If Texas had remained part of the US grid, power from as far away as California, Washington, West Virginia, Tennessee, Florida, could be routed to Texas. Looking at the real-time data here, the US grid is running at more than 200 GW below capacity. There's enough power to hold up two states of Texas even if Texas had no generation at all. But we can't send them power.

Keep this in mind when rich people trick the public and politicians about privatization, and spout garbage like "going it alone, in keeping with the pioneering spirit of the USA". No. Organized cooperation is power. Going it alone is weakness.

Don't believe in cooperation? Study how the Roman army was organized. It was all about very tightly organized cooperation, starting with an individual soldier and those to his immediate left and right. This is how 8,000 Romans could take on 80,000 and methodically slaughter the 80,000 with zero losses.
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Well, this is both fascinating and terrifying: arxiv.org/abs/2012.07805

This is honestly like turning the crank on a meat grinder backwards and having that work so well that that cows just mosey out of it under their own power. It is astounding.

American recipes never cease to amaze me.

8 oz of dried pasta - ok so far.
2 pints of cherry tomatoes - wtf? PINTS? Are you mad?

As you can't go out and eat in the UK, Valentine's dinner had to come to me. Ordered 2 meals from Bar 44's dine at home offers.
Last night was a seafood baked rice and tonight it was full blown tapas.
Both meals were stunning. Can't recommend Bar 44 enough, but if you're not in the Cardiff area then check out what your local restaurants are offering. Hospitality is suffering everywhere.

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I am looking for a mentor willing to advise me in adopting an orphaned Debian package. I have the basic code/build skills. My difficulty is in convincing the Debian packaging tools to work, navigating Debian project process, workflow on managing changes upstream vs in the Debian package. I've read some guides, but am having trouble turning that into a simple set of steps for me to follow through to success. Thank you!

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I'm thinking of getting a 3d Printer to play around with. I'd like something that has decent quality.

I'm overwhelmed by the various options. I've so far discovered at least 9 different types of print technology.

Can anyone with any experience of 3d printers help guide me to get the right type of machine?

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Just in case you were thinking you had privacy under control:

Browser ‘Favicons’ Can Be Used as Undeletable ‘Supercookies’ to Track You Online

"According to a researcher, though, these icons can also be a security vulnerability that could let websites track your movement and bypass VPNs, incognito browsing status, and other traditional methods of cloaking your movement online."


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