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I'm 25, studied mathematics in university and recently escaped my childhood home to a safe place where I've connected with wonderful people and started figuring out how to be a healthy functional person. I find far too many things interesting and there aren't nearly enough hours in the day to pursue them all, but I love getting people talking about things they're excited/knowledgeable about, and I love explaining things/sharing information I've collected.

This instance is what finally motivated me to join Mastadon (as someone who has basically no social media accounts). I heard about solarpunk a few years ago (I think from something @whyvoneenee reblogged) and didn't look much further into it, but recently I tailed @socalledunitedstates here from Tumblr where I'd been reading anarchist blogs and now I'm really excited about so many of the things I see people imagining and learning/teaching together.

I'm excited to get to know more of you and possibly even be helpful!

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Every day I think of how it would be impossible to convince people to build libraries if they didn't already exist

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ok hear me out: what if libraries, but for everything

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Do you remember when the iPhone came out and everyone said “wow this is amazing it’s so easy to use” and never once thought to themselves, “I’ve been bombarded with training videos for this disguised as commercials for the last six months, of course I know how to use it?” That's what Github has done to discussions about version control.

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uspol, racism, PSA 

@activationfxn "war" implies equal playing field. "genocide" and "massacre" show the inequality. How do people not understand this?

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uspol, racism, PSA 

@activationfxn The whole concept of "race war" is straight-up neo-nazi propaganda.

It's essentially their make-believe rationalization for why it's okay to hate black and brown people. It feeds into their "we need to kill them before they kill us" mentality.

Seriously, leave that "race war" bullshit for the Turner Diaries and Charles Manson's corpse.

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uspol, racism, PSA 

Please stop referencing "race war" in a way that implies it's anything but a genocidal dogwhistle. There have been white supremacist pogroms in the US that resulted in the mass murder of PoC for centuries, and "the race war" is literally a genocidal euphemism that attempts to "both sides" the white supremacist craving for mass violence. Please stop letting terminology that is used to justify lynchings and massacres leak into your rhetoric.

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last night in chicago during a protest the crowd got the names of some officers who were stationed at the protest, looked up their complaint histories online, and started announcing them through a megaphone. some of the officers walked away from the event

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today i learned that the asteroid impact that killed the dinosaurs was so catastrophically bad that when it hit, you would've not even seen it coming, and it punched a hole into the atmosphere which is extremely likely to have shot dinosaurs literally into space

not only are there likely dino bones on the moon, but there could be preserved dinosaur carcasses IN SPACE

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"it's unclear why DDoSecrets was banned for republishing hacked material while Wikileaks has been doing the same for years while retaining its Twitter account" businessinsider.com/blueleaks-

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If you haven't been following it, the transparency collective DDoSecrets published 270gb of hacked police data called #BlueLeaks.

In response, yesterday,Twitter permanently banned their account and started blocking all links to ddosecrets.com/

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i'm just thinking about the fact that humans are using today more published reference works written by other humans than they ever have before, but instead of a library of alexandria full of unprecedented cultural exchange through these texts instead we have slow crappy webpages that mostly just try to show you ads

and idk it feels bad

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my meaning might not be completely obvious so to explain: a reference material is a collection of words designed to aid you in completing a task. a program is a collection of words designed to aid you in completing a task. when you tell a program to do something, you are looking up an item in its collection of words and then following the steps provided, the same as you might for a reference work.

the difference between the two is mainly that it is much harder to cite a program, which obfuscates its authorship and naturalizes its content. programs are viewed as fixed, cohesive, inseparable works even as their parts are updated constantly.

the same as wikipedia's authorship of “everybody” makes it completely devoid of any personality and impossible to determine what any wikipedia author thinks about anything

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if i had to sum up Web 2.0 in a sentence it would be this

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honestly the worst trend of the 2000s has been treating references materials like programs instead of treating programs like reference materials

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Surveillance capitalism is the same as climate change, but for data:

- Some people have been warning about its consequences for years
- Most people don't care because they don't feel concerned, they can't see it affecting them
- A few companies are making a lot of damage with the help of governments
- When we will face the consequences it will be too late
- We can still do something about it, and the sooner the better

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Is there a good term which distinguishes a general-purpose OS (Unix, Windows, Plan 9, etc) from operating systems like Android, iOS, Windows RT, etc? The term "operating system" is being overloaded to ship systems which are really more of a graphical shell than a classical operating system. The moves to lock down operating systems, ostensibly made for "security" reasons but conveniently centralizing power and authority with the vendor at the same time, are being marketed to consumers as the same kind of product as a conventional operating system while in fact being profoundly different.

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A lot of rambling about abusive tech and people who code it 

@trysdyn I run into this in academia too. Its linked to the cold-war idea of futurism and the inevitability of socio-technological progress as being predetermined like a tech tree in a game of civilization. They can't comprehend that there isn't a future shaped by technologies of control, warfare, and surveillance because its what they were taught was inevitable.

I've been told to "stop avoiding research topics which have obvious military applications" by my advisor because of this, with the explicit reasoning of: "that's what it will get used for no matter what you do anyways, so why fight it?"

There is almost zero ethical backbone in STEM, its pretty shocking.

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