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I made an adaption of the famous drawing
A drawing of a road crossing in a city. There are people on the sidewalks. Where you would expect a road there is an abyss in this image, a pedestrian crossing has a long board of wood cross the abyss. 
In this edit of the image on the sidewalks there aren't just people but there are 6 lime e-scooters parking as well in the typical scattered manner.

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I keep thinking about this ever since a blind friend told me how terrible it was when people left their bicycles on the sidewalk because his cane would catch in the spokes and break. Those canes were very expensive, and very personal tools. That was many, many years ago.
wow yeah that sucks. I believe that even for people who rely on their vision these scooters in the middle of the sidewalk are a break in a conversation, a thought and so on. It is distracting if you have to walk around these things all the time.
I would be annoyed if personal bicycles would be in the way on a sidewalk a lot, but I don't see that too much here. It's rare that I (not blind though) have to walk around bikes.
in England people ride their bikes on the sidewalk (even adults) but thats understandable for their own safety due to cars parked either side of the road and drivers intimidating cyclists for "holding up traffic". Hire bikes or scooters are rare in this town; there are both in Cambridge but there seems to be some regulations about where they can be left so they don't get in the way too much (although they do take a bite out of existing bike parking spaces)
In Finland it's common to park your bike on sidewalk, because many times there simply isn't any other place to park them.

There are photos of Finnish main streets from the 1950s where bikes are casually parked on the edge of drive lanes, but then โ€something happenedโ€ (read: all space was allocated to cars) and nowadays nobody would ever dream of parking there.
:flan_thumbs: ...shows pretty well how much of an invasion into public space that trash is.

A professor at Australia's Curtin University was found in breach of core ethical standards in research on facial recognition that targets Uyghur and other ethnicities.

Internal investigation concluded authors didn't gain informed consent or ethical approval; the university wants the paper retracted.

Detailed reporting by IPVM ๐Ÿ‘†

Looks like you slept on carrot slices in a salad leaf tent!

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Trying to win an election is a "conspiracy to commit subversion".

47 people have been held in custody for the last six months for holding primary elections last year. Hong Kong has first-past-the-post single-member constituencies, so opposition candidates wanted to avoid splitting the vote and failing to unseat incumbents. The election was postponed "because virus" and will be held this year instead, with rules updated so the opposition can't win.
> Gwyneth Ho [ . . . ] told the High Court that she would not go ahead with her application [for bail] unless it lifted the reporting restrictions.
Her lawyer was arrested, reportedly for not cooperating with another political police investigation.
> โ€œTo avoid the [national security law] being abused to effectively impose arbitrary pre-trial detention, the court must be careful to scrutinise any order for pre-trial detention,โ€ Chow wrote [ . . . ]โ€Œ

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European out-of-offices: โ€œIโ€™m away camping for the summer. Email again in Septemberโ€

American out-of-offices: โ€œI have left the office for two hours to undergo kidney surgery but you can reach me on my cell anytimeโ€
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One of the best German OOO's I got was:
Ich bin in Urlaub. Die Mail wird nicht gelesen.
(I'm on holiday. The email will not be read.)

No dates, and not even bothering to include an English translation. ๐Ÿ‘ That's how it's done!

Prioritising corporate profits over your rights...

๐Ÿ“ฃ This excellent blog by our very own @ds_m4riano is an essential read for anyone who wants to understand Government proposal for a new UK data protection regime.โ€ฆ

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Testing the new scheduled posts feature on #friendica 's current RC.

So far very impressed ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ‘‹

Photo courtesy of donamtykl_

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Folk belief in numerology here in Asia sees certain days (e.g. ninth day of the nine month) as auspicious. These traditions have gradually been hijacked for commercial purposes with numerous days being turned into "shopping festivals" of unbridled consumerism.

Well... to counter the trend, I'm telling people an alternative story. When asked about my planned shopping endeavours, I'm saying these days are perfect for:

* Planting vegetables
* Talking to your neighbour
* Visiting an elderly relative
* Going for a long walk in nature
* Bringing your unwanted possessions to a local charity.

So far I had mixed reactions from 'good idea' to 'missing out on discounts'. So what shall I say instead? 'Writing lines of open source code'? ๐Ÿ˜Š Any suggestions? ๐Ÿ‘

This could be your future Friendica server.

Hey, I'd like to sell/ give away my old desktop computer. Hoping to get 100โ‚ฌ for it, or less if you can't afford that. Ideally only to people in/ around Berlin because it's heavy and DHL is a scam.


AMD Phenom II X6 1090T (6 cores, running between 3.5-4GHz)
AMD R9 380X (4GB GDDR5 with good Linux support)
250GB SSD and ~2TB HDD (too lazy to check what the exact drives are atm)

DM me if you're interested

Can anyone recommend a reading list?

Hi Fediverse,
Iโ€™m looking for an introduction to Free Software and Politics of Code that is not all about R. Stallman and not US-centered.
What would you recommend for teaching (university, humanities, undergrad)?

@Jine What are you looking for in specific? Politics of Code? Is this about FS as a social movement?
Thanks for picking up this up. There are already some good recommendations in the thread and I've got enough material to have a look at by now.

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Today (last Friday of July) is the System Administrator Appreciation Day. Don't forget your backups, and show your appreciation to your local #sysadmin :-) If you want to know more about DSA, the Debian System Administrator team, you can have a look at their webpage - Thanks DSA for taking care of the Debian infrastructure!

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All Fridays should be System Administrator Appreciation days, especially the ones who are committed enough to deploy on Friday, and talented/lucky enough not to break production when doing so. They deserve our good vibes all Fridays, and all the other days as well.

Excellent methodology here that aptly deploys a walking interview technique.

Sharing Posts from diasopra

Hello !Friendica Support

Sharing posts from the diasopra network is not possible any more.

What's the reason for that?

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That's correct.

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Happy solstice, fellow Earthlings!

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I'm preparing a talk on The Future of Authoritarian Rule in Southeast Asia.

This gave me excuse to update my figure from a few years ago. Here is the current field of authoritarian regimes in the region:


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Something to think about..

In the early 1800s a train from Manchester to Woodhead near Sheffield took one hour 10 minutes.

Now it takes 2 hours 12 minutes to Huddersfield then 2 buses to Woodhead.

Price 1839 4s 1st class
Today ยฃ22.20 1st class

Progress in the 21st century?

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Here the full story.
@Andy H3 Networked systems tend to evolve along similar lines. Physical, digital, virtual, financial, informational.

Eben Moglen's "Invisible Barbeque" (1997) addresses that element, in part:

Finally it's here!! ๐ŸŽ‰

The song no one asked for but everyone needs: Alugalug Cat by The Kiffness (a.k.a David Scott) ๐Ÿ˜Š
Ha! :-D
Brilliant... And now the International Symphonic Mashup version of Alugalug Cat! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‘‹

David Scott (South Africa) in collaboration with:

Amanda Barbalho (Brazil)
Kryลกtov Hron (Czech Republic)
Aksinia Khomenko (Russia)
Rachel Solomon (USA)
Helena Androsova (Ukraine)
Benjamin Gรถgele (Germany)

The Kiffness - Alugalug Cat (International Symphonic Mashup)

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Welcome to FediVision 2021!
It is my pleasure to announce 22 entries in the following thread.

The songs will be presented in a random order with 10 minute gap.

To vote for your favorite song, mention this bot and write "vote XXXX" where XXXX is the code announced along with the song. If you vote multiple times, only the last vote will count. If you wish to retract your vote, write "delete vote".

Voting is already open and will continue until closing time: May 30th, 12:00 UTC


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That concludes the entries of this year's FediVision! Please vote for your favorites. If you vote more than once, only the last vote will count.

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To those reading this thread: remember to mention the bot and type "vote" and your favoured code to vote - just boosting/repeating the post does not vote! #fedivision #fsc

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Announcement: The #Fedivision Song Contest is open for original submissions of music from now until Friday, 28th of May, 23:59 UTC! Please send your artist name, song name, your chosen ficitional country and a link to your song to this account here, I'll collect everything!

Voting will take place from Saturday, 29th 12:00 (noon) UTC to Sunday, 30th, 12:00!
The Fedivision logo. It shows the five-point-star fediverse logo, but two of the lines glow, forming the "v" of "Fedivision". There are also stars!
- artist name: u-core
- song name: ะฃะบะพั€ (Reproach)
- ficitional country: Bugovarija
- link:


AG, erm, you are about 2 months late I'm afraid.

Yep, guilty as charged.

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Yesterday I picked the smallest file in the seed needed list to share due to personal disk space issues, but I noticed today that the list has been shrinking, which is a good thing, we can get it to clear!


Do you have a few dozen gigabytes of free diskspace and a machine that can seed it via #bittorrent?

You can help save an unbelievable trough of scientific knowledge from disappearing behind the elites' paywalls!

Spread the word and seed till you bleed โ€“ for the betterment of humanity!

Poster of the raven from the Sci-Hub logo perched atop the ruins of JSTOR, Elsevier and Springer tagged "To remove all barriers in the way of science!"
It's not that I don't think the copyright holders are in the right at all; but a lawsuit just now is not a thing I need. If you're willing to cover the cost of my legal defense and all liability, I'll happily host several terabytes.

Let me know.
Glad to have you onboard @Brad Koehn โ˜‘๏ธ Thanks for your support!

This is happening in the UK ๐Ÿ‘‡ #Wasteminster

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๐ŸŽ‰ Happy 13th Birthday, #Fediverse

Thank you for taking care of this open garden! ๐Ÿ€

โœ” Read new post / Full-sized image

#Fediverse13 #HappyFedi2U #FediOpenGarden
Hurray #Fediverse13 ๐ŸŽ‰

When did you free yourself from the dark side? Fedizens, let's post some #reintroductions so we can get to know each other better, and make newcomers feel at home right away ๐Ÿค—

To all organisations on the #fediverse this article by @lightone has a call to action fo a nice festive campaign to get more fine people to join us this year.

Meme showing a scene from Pulp Fiction with John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson, pointing not guns, but a bunch of flowers at us.<br><br>Text says: "FEDI, MOTHER FATHER! DID YOU JOIN IT!?" and then below that: "It's having Birthday right now!"
Alright here is my #reintroduction for #Fediverse13

I'm Paula, I'm a Viennese #ClimateJustice activist at @ViennaForFuture, @FridaysForFutureAT and @JugendrAT.

I'm on the #Fediverse since November 7th, 2018. I started out posting a lot about #Fairphone and #FreeSoftware, now I'm more about the #climate.

I wrote an article about how to stay away from evil tech giants: aka. an anti #GAFAM guide and an introduction to #Mastodon / the fedi: among other aricles.

I'm running 3 Masto instances:
as well as other fedi instances at sub domains of the above domains.

For todays #HappyFedi2U day I'm challenging everybody to invite 13 cool people to join the fediverse. #Invite2Fedi

#introduction #reintroductions

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Thank you ๐Ÿ™

> For todays #HappyFedi2U day I'm challenging everybody to invite 13 cool people to join the fediverse. #Invite2Fedi

This is a great idea! Let's do it :D

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Nice to have you with us! New here? Start with following some tags and people! Go check out public stream on your server to find some. Keep adding more people and tags, you can always unfollow something you don't want later.

Also do share your own stuff - write posts, upload images and add relevant tags so similar-minded people can easily find it. Consider filling out your profile as well, no personal data required. Any questions? Don't hesitate to ask, we are here to help.

Have fun on the network! :)

Announcement ๐Ÿ‘‡

#Fedivision announcement!

The Fedivision Song Contest (#FSC) will accept entries until Friday, 28th midnight CEST, so we have enough time to find collaborators if needed (#FedivisionCollab), come up with beautiful songs for the fictional country or faction you would like to represent.
Also, we won't run into scheduling troubles with this other music contest named #ESC.
Spread the word, have fun! I'm looking forward to the weekend of the 29th/30th when voting will take place!


Apparently they are still looking for participants in this Fediverse fun contest.

@hoergen word has it, there will be awards for best synthesizer and best Hammond organ performances. Not sure if Star Trek/ Babylon 5 costumesย are mandatory...ย  ๐Ÿ˜†

Okay, I am doing this. I'm entering the #fedivision song contest!
#eurovision #FSC #ESC #music

No, not really. The music is real, the voting will be, too!

Indeed, preprints are works in progress. Why delete your preprint and then upload a reworked version of it as an entirely disconnected preprint? What's to hide? Wouldn't it be more credible to show progress or change of direction? Why erase history?

โ€˜Preprints are works in progressโ€™: The tale of a disappearing COVID-19 paper

When a Twitter user tipped us off last week to the mysterious disappearance of a preprint of a paper on a potential new therapy to treat Covid-19, we were curious. Was it a hidden retraction, or something else? The article, titled โ€œEffectiveness of ZYESAMIโ„ข (Aviptadil) in Accelerating Recovery and Shortening Hospitalization in Critically-Ill Patients with โ€ฆ Continue reading โ€˜Preprints are works in progressโ€™: The tale of a disappearing COVID-19 paper

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Friendica 2021.04 Released