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Finally it's here!! 🎉

The song no one asked for but everyone needs: Alugalug Cat by The Kiffness (a.k.a David Scott) 😊
Ha! :-D
Brilliant... And now the International Symphonic Mashup version of Alugalug Cat! 🎉🎉👋

David Scott (South Africa) in collaboration with:

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

The Kiffness - Alugalug Cat (International Symphonic Mashup)

Terra Nullius

2021-06-03 06:14:10
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:


2021-05-30 09:13:03
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 £22.20 1st class

Progress in the 21st century?

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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

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!
Hi! Wishing you a good recovery from the vaccine. Just got mine today and starting to feel some effects...

Still managed to finish our song though! Even though there are surely some rough edges:

The nation is called Antinational Anarchist dogs ^_^
The song is by Forest Rage feat. Loki Singstar, and is called "Loki`s Waltz".

All the best! Looking forward for listening to all the tracks. Could be a nice way to get through the vaccine symptoms :)
Wonderful! Fingers crossed your side effects will be mild.
What fictional country or faction do you want to compete for? :)
Oh I think the fictional faction would be called "Antinational Anarchist Dogs"...

Had burning fever all last night and quite some pain, somehow I could also hardly sleep which is very unusual for me so I think it was also because of the vaccine. Not so much fun, but today I'm feeling quite a lot better so far. Just going to take it easy today.
okay, noted. Thank you, and get well soon! 💖
and mep....
while did come up with some ideas, nothing I felt suitable enough this time around.

Do look forward to checking out what hits tomorrow as well as the other things that got posted on here.

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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 – 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 ☑️ Thanks for your support!

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🎉 Happy 13th Birthday, #Fediverse

Thank you for taking care of this open garden! 🍀

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#Fediverse13 #HappyFedi2U #FediOpenGarden

Announcement 👇

#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 costumes are mandatory...  😆

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?

‘Preprints are works in progress’: 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 “Effectiveness of ZYESAMI™ (Aviptadil) in Accelerating Recovery and Shortening Hospitalization in Critically-Ill Patients with … Continue reading ‘Preprints are works in progress’: The tale of a disappearing COVID-19 paper

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Friendica 2021.04 Released

Missed the boat, I think I just stay on.

2021-03-11 13:41:02
1. I will lose friends over this thread. But I feel it would be dishonest not to say what follows.
It seems to me that we need to distinguish between two different issues, that are often confused:

A. Whether the UK is better off in the EU.

B. Whether the EU is a good thing.
A bit late to the party, Mr Monbiot. Some of us were saying this back in 2016, when the Brexit referendum happened.
Indeed, some of us were saying then (ditto)!
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Excellent piece on automation and surveillance in the workplace.
Affective computing programs “consistently marked her down for negative emotions, which she found perplexing because her human managers had previously praised her empathetic manner on the phone. No one could tell her exactly why she was getting penalized”

Surreal headline of the day. 🤦
2021-03-08 11:44:35
Shoe Zone has named Terry Boot as its next finance boss after predecessor Peter Foot walked away from the role

2021-03-04 10:11:29
Such a touching scene ! Faculties from varied universities bring foodstuff to their students who are being detained at Insein Prison in Yangon #Myanmar today. More than 200 students were arrested in the junta's crackdown in Tarmwe yesterday.

#WhatsHappeningInMyanmar #March4Coup



2021-02-26 09:26:37
Shoes left behind by civilians depicting military and police violence in Tamwe
Yangon, February 26

RT Khit Thit Media

More than 400 people have been detained in #Myanmar since the military seized power in a coup on Feb. 1. @Reuters graphic based on confirmed detentions so far - the true number may be higher - gives a sense of who has been taken.



2021-02-14 09:01:59
The trains could be pulled by an inexhaustible herd of Unicorns overseen by stern, officious dodos. A PushmePullYou could be the senior guard and Puff the Magic Dragon the inspector. Let’s concentrate on making the Protocol work and put the hallucinogenics down

My best wishes to @GregDalyIC on launching @leavenmag an online publication for and by young Christians in Ireland. Glad how inclusiveness and going beyond stereotypes will be key ideas.

Great point on the myth of "frictionless trade" in the post-Brext world.
Stepping back its pretty obvious that EU law around customs & SPS is not designed for the proximity or volume of trade between GB & NI or even GB & EU. Let alone designed to be operated in the middle of a country & in the context of sensitivities of both communities in NI (3/5)

Hosting your cloud-based software as a Terraform project?

This open-source project, by a former collaborator of mine, promises to estimate changes in the overheads with your usual infrastructure providers..

More here:
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Some fine pictures in Yoonbinlogy's Twitter thread of today's protest in Myanmar with innovative slogans by younger people!
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Yes, there is value in edginess and mild confusion. The Blue Check Homes is a perfect example of that. The top of the website can easily be confused with a real website welling this kind of services earnestly. The disclaimer only shows at the very bottom, so it can be missed by people just skimming the surface or trusting a link preview without clicking.

In this case however, I wouldn't blame the author when the confusion isn't resolved by the disclaimer because the reader never reached it. Additionally, the joke isn't about someone specific and more importantly it isn't about a marginalized group so even at face value it is still is punching up.
I wonder if the joke has backfired and the owner of the blue home website is now inundated with fake requests. I have to admit I was tempted to sign up the Trumps and Zuckbergs of this world.

Today's quiz, please answer accordingly.
2021-02-01 01:33:10
Name a country where the military is in charge that isn't a failed or highly dysfunctional state?
You could argue dysfunctional for most countries in the world, probably. Turkey has the weird history of the military stepping in to secure democracy...
Yep, (sadly) the UK would be an example of a dysfunctional state.

I think, you're right Turkey is a good case where the (secular) military has played a crucial role in opposing a dictator. I don't know if Turkey would look less like a dysfunctional state had the military coup d'état in July 2016 been successful.
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UPDATE: #Myanmar / to #Feb02 02:30 local (GMT+6.5H):
🟢connectivity restored across all regions in our observations.
. services began improving in Mandalay, Yangoon around 10am #Feb01, whilst it took till 3pm #Feb01 for Magway to move up from 0pc.


Britain currently has one of the highest if not the highest rates of death per 100,000 people in the world. The PM says he takes "full responsibility" for how the crisis has been handled. If he is serious, he should resign -- but he isn't.

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Ahh.. when you find yourself listed as an author on a paper you never wrote with people you never heard of. 🤦

“The whole thing is yucky:” When you’re surprised to find yourself as an author on a paper

When David Cox noticed on Dec. 10, 2020 that two papers in the journal Cluster Computing listed him as an author, he didn’t think much of it at first. I have a common name, so it is not unheard of to have an article written by another David Cox assigned to my profile. I thought … Continue reading “The whole thing is yucky:” When you’re surprised to find yourself as an author on a paper

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explored this abandoned park with a sky train in PR with Alex Millán and took pictures with their fish eye lens
January 24th 2021
#thingaday #photography
Extremely cool, thank you for the share!

Worth remembering that Steve Bannon, the man who wound up the little key at the back of Trump, pointed him in the general direction of fascism & let him waddle off, was being hosted as a keynote speaker by The Economist in 2018 & platformed by the BBC as recently as 2019.
Happy birthday! How about that carrot cake?
Thanks very much @Noam Bergman ❤️️ Delicious better than expected. It made me realise how constrained our ideas sometimes are. 🙃

I know this jamiroquoi wannabe muthafucka is kinda funny but his tattoo is the symbol of Wotanism, which is a Nazi/Odin occult that believes Jews control the government, the Holocaust is exaggerated and champions the 14/88 slogan. He’s a real card-carrying Nazi.

An actual Nazi

I'm trying to run a bigbluebutton server through a reverse proxy in a NAT! I think I'm pushing the envelope quite a bit; finding myself struggling in this experimental territory with my rudimentary network admin skills.
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Yep, all ports are forwarded directly to the dedicated bbb server, except 80 and 443 which go through a reverse proxy.

Everything is up and running, but fails at the point of initiating audio and video connections. I checked the UDP ports from outside with netcat and get straight through to the bbb server.

My hunch is that I haven't set up properly the additional coturn server that is recommend for various reasons. I'm now out of time, but will give it another blast soon.

Getting Nginx to run as reverse proxy was a bit fiddly in the beginning but I found helpful unofficial documentation for this bbb scenario. Setting up the Greenlight UI for the server via docker was plain sailing.