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Just sent out another batch of envelopes. I still have more stamps so you can still sign up, help me collect data, and get a cool sticker.

1. You sign up
2. I mail a sticker to you
3. You tell me when it arrives

forms.gle/1wzjrQRRmbbzhYx77

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so i think i got this python/matplotlib thing figured out?

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colonialism related to .io domains 

If you’re looking for your next domain, maybe consider not using .io as the TLD. The colonial history and status of the British Indian Ocean Territories is… quite terrible.

The UK colonisers forcibly removed the Chagossians from their homeland to create an empty island for a U.S. military base. They still aren’t allowed to return.

en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Britis

en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expuls

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It has never been easier to join the #CCC Congress, the biggest hacker party in Europe! The #rc3 takes place from 27.12-30.12 in your internet. Join the CfP, register assemblies and spread #chaos_everywhere #dreamyourassembly events.ccc.de/2020/10/17/rc3_c

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There is now a Mastodon instance for publishing scientists: FediScience.

Everyone is welcome from PhD student to professor, as well as researchers from outside of academia. You are welcome to stay afterwards, but it is also easy to change to another server.

There will be a lot of science talk on this server, but there is no need to only talk science

fediscience.org/invite/j6X8z7q

Boosts are appreciated to let others know about this new instance.

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Can we please, please – PLEASE! not make the nonsensical US date format month/day/year the default in applications? 🤦‍♂️

PRE 👏 TTY 👏 PLEASE

And to all users of that format: it makes no sense, it's counter-intuitive, it makes collaboration frustrating, it introduces inconsistencies and errors... Just stop. Please. Use international standards.
(And don't get me started on your other units of weights, volumes and distances. Bloody hell.)

Boost if I'm right.

@ppk
You asked for link bait recommendations in your latest blog post. How about this presentation about the history of BASICODE by Rob Hagemans at FOSDEM2020?

youtube.com/watch?v=U1vCpm1-9Y

He also has written a web-based emulator:

robhagemans.github.io/basicode

Yeah off-by-one-errors are meh, but have you ever been haunted by off-by-factor-of-four errors?

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Colleague: "Do you know how to convert a physical linux system to a virtual machine? Is there migration software that can do it"

Me: dd if=/dev/sda of=/mnt/smb-share/disk.img and boots it

Colleageu: "What do you mean you can just copy the whole hard drive"

everything's a file bruh
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"Google’s Top Search Result? Surprise! It's Google" by Adrianne Jeffries and Leon Yin themarkup.org/google-the-giant

Not really surprising, but looks pretty damning when all the evidence is stacked together. The tech antitrust scene is going to be interesting for the next few years.

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Mid-roll ads are going to get auto-enabled on all videos longer than 8 minutes.
#YouTube

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The Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon (run by Golan Levin, who taught the best class I took there during grad school) has ten commissions available ($5k each) for Indie game devs to make games about the US Constitution.

shallmakeshallbe.org/

Proposals are due 8 Aug.

via twitter.com/golan/status/12827

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vis.social is an open social platform for creative people, especially anyone in sciArt, data, visualization, creative coding, and related arts and research. English is the common language of the instance.