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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

... and the bugs introduced while fixing the bugs are also more interesting than the fixed result probably is

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When your code has bugs but you kind of don't want to fix them because you like the results

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New blog post on how I tried to restore (and subsequently capture to WARC) one of the oldest and most unique Dutch homepages from the mid-'90s bitsgalore.org/2020/06/30/rest

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baku89.com/glisp/ is a really cool graphical REPL with interactive documentation and indicators how different functions you call build up your shapes.

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vis.social

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.