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I've been on the fediverse since a _long_ time, previously mostly on social.umeahackerspace.se, seen a lot of things move, seen a lot of things cool down.

I am, in no particular order, a musician of various kinds, a programmer, an academic, a white cis guy, a hacker, a burned-out activist ( among other things), a teacher, a student, appreciative and occasionally a contributor of art, of thought, and of justice.

Currently in CH, previously in SE.

He/him.

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This is a long-ass thread, even by my long-ass standards. If you'd prefer to read it on the web, here you go:

pluralistic.net/2020/12/05/tru

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Security researchers are alarmed: the already-notorious Trickbot malware has been spottied probing infected computers to find out which version of UEFI they're running. This is read as evidence that Trickbot has figured out how to pull off a really scary feat.

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Any visual artists here doing vjing or live video with Linux??

Is there any app I can explore?

The only option I find is Modul8 (Mac only) and I would really try to avoid buying a Mac just because of this... (and After Effects...)

I'm not really interested in 3D mapping/Resolume stuff

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C'est parti ! Avec les récents changements apportés aujourd'hui par la communauté @peertube, nous avons le plaisir d'annoncer que le lien vers le #Live permanent de l'université confiné est accessible publiquement :

live.canard.tube/videos/watch/

Un grand merci à toutes les personnes ayant contribué au projet #PeerTube pour permettre de faire, enfin, un live en dehors des GAFAM.

On s'retrouve donc dès 10h pour l'ouverture de l'université en ligne qui promet d'être passionnante !

#JeSuisHyperContent

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Does #Bandcamp have a character limit for comments on albums? I tried praising an album I really love, but nothing happened when I pressed save. I'd written one much shorter comment a few months back, so I am pretty certain that the link itself is accessible. The comment wasn't that short, with 1300 characters, so I shortened it some, to about 700. But still no luck.
So, do I have to shorten it even more, to 400 (which is apparently the bio limit)? Or is there something else I'm missing?
Yeah, brevity definitely isn't something I'm good at.

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racism in tech companies, google 

Hundreds of Google workers condemn firing of AI scientist Timnit Gebru

theguardian.com/technology/202

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psa for switch users, google analytics 

oh wow what do you know, nintendo's doing shady shit again

they did not announce they'd introduce google analytics in 11.0.0 (the most recent update), but there is a way to turn it off

(image source: twitter.com/HydrocityAct2/stat)

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So, Google fired their star AI ethics researcher Dr. Timnit Gebru after she tried to publish a paper demonstrating that Google’s BERT natural language model is unethically biased along gender and racial lines and not fit for use. It sounds like Google squashed the paper because it found the contents “objectionable”, and is claiming that Gebru chose to resign instead of being fired.

wired.com/story/prominent-ai-e

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It's Bandcamp Friday again, and another chance to remind you that blackbandcamp.info is a listing of black artists and labels on Bandcamp, searchable by genre (if you're looking for something specific) or location (if you're looking to buy local)

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Anyone can make music. Anyone can learn to make music better than they do, use new music-making tools, etc. — it's mostly about access, time, and the discipline of practice. Whether you can make a living from music doesn't necessarily track with how skilled you are. Professionals are people who get to practice every day, and so chances are their music will be higher-quality than non-professionals

But anyone can make music. And making music for your own joy, or for people close to you, is fine even if it isn't professional-quality. Professional music isn't "more real" or even "more valuable"; but also you can learn a lot from professionals and some things really require their skills and experience

There are outliers, of course

Now replace "code" for "music" there and it all remains true. This industry needs to stop pretending amateur programming is less valuable or less important. We can still value what skill and experience bring to the table without shitting on amateur coders

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Watch me present a live talk “Towards a Small Web” to students at the Howest design/development programme in Kortrijk tomorrow (Friday, Dec 4) at 2PM Irish time/3PM Belgian time.

I will be demonstrating a very early proof-of-concept on small-web.org for the first time (setting up your own small web server in ~30 seconds).

Watch live at:

small-tech.org/videos/towards-

#SmallWeb

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I've been looking for resources that might help a cis man who's always identified as straight come to terms with what his spouse starting to identify as ftm means for his sexuality, and I'm really struggling to find anything.

If anybody's got anything to hand that they could send me a link to I would very much appreciate it

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Just watched a pretty impressive demo of a #FOSS #livestream platform #OwnStream (nothing to do with ownCloud), already shipping with working chat.

owncast.online/

It isn't #P2P, but takes an #RTMP stream (hello, #OBS) and shares it on a rather nice looking webpage, from what I can tell. Early days yet, but already working surprisingly well!

If #PeerTube is more #YouTube like, then this is more like #Twitch.

Seems to be developed by @fribbledom among others.

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One more labor post: apparently Google, uh, accepted the resignation of (that means, fired because they threatened to quit) a leader of their ethical ai research group. platformer.news/p/the-witherin

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Hmm, at least they had the sense to keep it professional and not overtly badmouth Gebru--they just insinuated lack of professionalism and reasonableness. Also way to paint HER as the enemy of "progress" (lmao) and gaslight people into giving endless patience and labor to a process that you have no intention of ever committing to lmao.

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It's gotten to the point where the word "progress" itself gives me the willies. Fuck progress, like it's some conveyor belt that people just have to hop on and enjoy the ride. What's needed are striving, commitment, rethinking, and sometimes truly difficult change. I don't want anything to do with "progress" anymore because it will not and cannot get us to where we need to be.

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What this and other cases like it demonstrate (including recent Google firings for unionization work) is that people who keep their jobs in these companies are inevitably helping the corporate mission of profit over lives more than they are changing it, otherwise they'd be fired.

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Absolutely true. And also the real dissenters in our society are those opposing capitalism and the existence of corporations like Google entirely. Real innovation would mean not solving problems in slightly less unethical ways, but collapsing the system that creates the problems.

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