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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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refugees, Pia Klemp, inspiring 

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People who love math: "hey kids! There is a beautiful world of abstraction and complexity right there in your head!"

The rest of society: "OK kids time for repetitive arithmetic problems! Yayyy!"

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#introductions

Vila Eloise is a #queer house project located in a village in Galiza (northwest of Iberian peninsule).

We are just setting the house ready for visitors. Staying is free (some abilities trade is appreciated whenever possible) and we plan to offer a work space for artists, meetups and workshops.

Every queer person is welcome, we are a safe space for people of any gender id or orientation (including all non binary genders, a-spec, pan people...) and sex workers. See our site for more info on our philosophy and stances.

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Things I liked about 80's/90's computing:
- Total control over my hardware
- Software that worked with me, not against me
- Superior aesthetics (yeah I said it :3 )
- Overall sense of promise and freedom

Things I like about computing today:
- Easy and open access to knowledge
- Insane amounts of storage
- The sheer computing POWERRRR

Now if only we could make these attributes come together instead of being period exclusive. :blobthinking:

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It is not exactly new story and I am not sure if this made the rounds in fediverse but a few days ago #archiveofourown won the hugo award on best related work. We have a huge #FLOSS community here but we don't talk nearly enough about this project.

#ao3 is an unique opensourced project that is not male dominated and also not started by people who were fulltime engineers but fans who decided enough is enough and we need to own our servers.

Congrats to Ao3!

#fandom #womenswork

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someday the dsm is gonna look like one of those ancient medical codices that talked about humours and told doctors not to wash their hands

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If you want a straightforward, practical project to help contribute to leftist, anticapitalist, and anarchist movements, then learn a new language. It is without a doubt one of the most limiting factors in our movements.

What is happened in Iran earlier this year? If I knew farsi I could maybe tell you, but instead I just know what the NYT said happened.

#anarchist #language #leftist #anticapitalist

- language.media.mit.edu/visuali

- sciencemag.org/news/2014/12/wa

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becoming a real celestial girl (clothes/fashion/craft request for help) 

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anti-blackness, n-word and constructed accent at link 

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help I love her
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RT @jodotcom@twitter.com
Pia Klemp, the German ship captain who rescued migrants in the Mediterranean, as she refuses a medal from the mayor of Paris.
twitter.com/jodotcom/status/11

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A far future where the Mathematics Guild tests teenagers for aptitude by giving them a series of tricky mathematical puzzles. The criteria for joining the guild is not performance, but whether they enjoyed doing it.

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@dredmorbius The way to look at this is: you need X bits to uniquely identify someone, and you can stop collecting info as soon as you collect that many bits. Which means that the number of bits contributed by a piece of information can't be the same no matter who the person is, because people vary in the rarity of various identifying aspects.

Observations also aren't independent of one another, so the number of bits an observation contributes is also dependent on what you already know.

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@dredmorbius Likewise, if they know you're American, then knowing the first letter of your last name is X gives a whopping 12 bits of information, while knowing it's S only gives 3.2 bits.

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@dredmorbius Minor nit: the number of bits represented by any of those pieces of information is the negative base 2 logarithm of its probability given the attacker's prior beliefs about you. If they already think you're in your early 20s and your birth year confirms that, the year gives more like 2 bits of information, not 6.6. Even if everyone has an even likelihood, birth dates are not evenly distributed, too.

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#ProTip: Surveys and/or games of the "which $FOO are you" tying concepts or phrases to your personal information -- DoB, name, postal code, etc. -- are data exfiltration devices.

It only takes 33 bits to uniquely identify a given person, and with your DoB (100 * 12 * 31) postal code (10), and first initial of your name (26), you've already given up *at least* 20 bits, quite possibly more.

#privacy
#tradecraft
#anonymity

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When people have a common goal 3/4 of the consensus "votes" go by with no objections. Really it doesn't need to be formalized at all, it's just how discussions naturally happen

Most people don't even realize that "consensus" is what's going on, they just see it as one person gently guiding the conversation and making sure no one gets talked over. Provided everyone's generally friendly and acting in good faith, all you really need is one person who knows how consensus works to speak up and say "hey, let's not blow past their comment. can't we reach a compromise here?" once in a blue moon

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"I don't know about this consensus stuff, it seems complicated. Isn't it just easier count everyone's hands (twice, just to be sure) and then compare the number of raised hands to the number of people present divided by two?"

actual consensus: "So it sounds like most of us want to do x. Is anyone opposed to that? ..... Okay, then let's do x!"

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Sunbeam City is a Libertarian Socialist solarpunk instance. It is ran democratically by a cooperative of like-minded individuals.