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RT @johnhenry: The best decentralization news this month:

- Truly superb podcast from Tristan Harris of TimeWellSpent.io, talking about the addictive nature of modern webapps and what we can do to fix it. Really lays out the negative aspects of the system in a convincing way. Only issue is that their solution seems to be "convince Google/Facebook/etc to care about the problem", which seems...hopeful, to say the least.

samharris.org/podcast/item/wha

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Describing Mastodon to a friend: "It's like a thousand twitters, but without the celebrities, brands, pervasive advertisement and self-promotion, and assholes."

Her: "So it's nothing like twitter."

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@drwho Sure. It's been awhile since I've played any tabletop games, so I don't know what the lay of the land is. Which ones do you like?

Thinking of getting back into tabletop RPG's, but I'm kind of sick of fantasy. Anyone have any experience with Cyberpunk 2020? Recommended?

Sometimes I regret becoming a laboratory scientist. Or, at least, I wish I worked in a lab where half the equipment isn't broken on any given day because our lab manager hasn't been maintaining them and we have no money to fix them.

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More tech journalism on Mastodon: "Mastodon is currently a free service, but soon it will bend to the iron will of Silicon Valley, which is that you either sell out to investors or become irrelevant like Wikipedia."

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What nobody told you about the tech bubble: as the pressure rises to pay back investors on the millions they pumped in, the strategy shifts from: "haha try our hip social networking app, teens! yolo harambe dog filters" to "haha hey you're hip, don't you want to shop at the Gap Old Navy Forever 21 please click all these ads also we've learned your underwear size through tracking"

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If Wikipedia had become a "success" per Silicon Valley standards, it would be full of ads and sponsored content, and instead of bugging you to donate every year, it would be bugging you to try Mentos, the freshmaker and sponsor of this article on dental hygiene

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Cool, the net neutrality debate is returning from the grave. Show more

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I realize we haven’t communicated the roadmap yet. I’m sorry. So here’s what we’re working on:

~Thread-notification muting (conversation_ID support) #59 #325 and more.

~Our landing page, which will help you or your friends find the best Mastodon Instance for you.

~User-friendly patch notes, “What’s new in V1.1.1” when you log on.

~Personal Domain Block / Silence, #2381, but check your own settings ( /settings/preferences and /settings/profile ), which can help you as well.
Among other things

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Hey, new #archeology a new #NaturePaper argues that humans were in North America 100,000 years earlier than thought. But the kicker is their evidence. It's a #Mastodon. The bones of a #Mastodon arranged and worn in a way they say indicates humans. Woohooo, we've made it to Nature! Good job everyone.

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if you use chrome and thought you'd be able to block ads with impunity indefinitely ... i don't know what to say. chrome is a browser made by an advertising company.

@drwho Wasn't suggesting that you do so. Ignoring the possibility of unintended consequences has only ever resulted in tragedy. Scientists and technologists can't afford to assume that what we work on in the lab will ever be used solely as we would intend it to be.

Biogeochemistry is fucking awesome.