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I've been on the fediverse since a _long_ time, previously mostly on, 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.


About to go live on my presentation. Looking forward to a good discussion!

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#SummerSchool class is in session today with two talks!
One by @pettter
and another by @bgcarlisle

Tomorrow we will have @pelagikat

Didn't know Matrix was VC-funded. Another reason to avoid it I guess :(

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"Our main issue was that we could not find contributors willing to step up and help with non-code tasks like moderating communication channels, triaging bugs, fixing packaging problems, working with the GNU Image Manipulation Program contributors, monitoring our social media accounts, running servers, testing/documenting new releases, and answering questions that users reached out to us with. As a result, we struggled to scale the project to match increasing demand."

this seems like an excruciatingly full plate for a two year old project. especially the social media accounts and communication moderation, what the fuck

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lets be real, part of the reason the gnu imp people didn't change the name is because they knew the majority of their market share were either not aware of the movement to change the name or simply didn't care

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glimpse could be seen as a case study in why "just fork it" is not a viable option against the a program with a large segment of market share among open source projects

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fuck it, I'm releasing my databending drum machine TONIGHT

make drum loops with percussive samples procedurally generated from opus codec glitches!~ 🥁💥💻

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Coming soon: 2021-07-27 at 4:00 PM UTC

@pettter presents:

Music as journey - on interwoven hierarchies in polyphonic music and how to display, manipulate and explore them.

Sign up here!


(Graphics by @csepp)

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Academics: dont use google as a source

No one tell the journals that I use google scholar and also regular google

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Why are web designers so, well, shite at designing websites?

I imagine places like Twitter pay handsomely and they develop bloated crap.

I tried out the Tweetdeck Preview there. It is slow, poorly laid out and lacking in any density of information that Tweetdeck since its inception has been good for.

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This goes for YouTube and Reddit as well, the two sites I know have been redeveloped recently to be slower and more wasteful.

I can only surmise that the developers use mega powerful towers or laptops and have gigabit internet connections.

'Cos this is ridiculous.

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controversial opinion on video games 

u dont need to play the latest AAA games. u dont need the latest console / PC hardware.

There are literally thousands of brand new indie titles as well as older AAA titles you've probably missed that will run on lower spec hardware. Heck, modern AAA stuff often works fine on lower graphics settings.

There is no need to rush, these games will still be there a few years down the line, and a lot cheaper. Except online games ofc, but what can ya do

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The Linux Foundation are carrying out a survey on "Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Open Source", and I know this is something #foss #freesoftware and #opensource people (and opponents thereof!) on the Fedi have opinions on. So please boost and fill in.

Contributing to an evidence base may be a way of highlighting the problems and shaming people with money into doing something about them.

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Whenever I encounter someone whinning about some supposedly lack of organization on 'the left', I always like to question wether they are organized or not, mostly due to the fact that it takes a lot of discipline to be actively organized. Not only that, it takes a huge amount of time, because you're dealing with people, you need to do things transparently, publicly and in a way that people can follow and know what's happening, and that demands talking with people, constantly.

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Denuvo DRM isn't just a technical nightmare, it's an injustice to users. Don't let its evil take up residence in your computer. #endDRM

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Also, waiting for @eff to start telling everyone to stop using phones since they're too complicated and impossible to properly secure, and that phone technology is a relic of the past, and to just move to <insert some silicon valley startup>.

I mean that was their reaction to #EFail, so why not to this, amirite.


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What #SummerSchool talks are y'all excited to attend? If you haven't signed up yet you should do that here!! There's still a week left!!

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Something fun I learned in school was that fracking produces tons and tons of methane. The energy industry doesn’t really do a lot with methane, and it’s technically a byproduct of the stuff that they’re actually making, and it would be more expensive to transport the methane to store and sell it then it would be to literally burn off all of it. So that’s what they do. They just burn all of that methane

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eupol, new citizens initiative 

There's a new EU initiative you can support!!

It's titled Actions on Climate Emergency and you can support it at

More information, as always, at
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