I found this statement and it resonated with me. I am not sure about the comment regarding big commercial companies though...

"""When people have good intentions they tend to assume that others also have good intentions. The very early computers and Internet had very little in the way of security. Most people had only good intentions and assumed that everyone else had them as well. Why secure things if you are sure that no one will misuse them?"""


My post about creating your own Mastodon instance got 283 views this week. That's like 5x what it usually gets. 😮 “Part 1: Creating Your Own Mastodon Instance — Getting Started” @uistephen medium.com/@uistephen/part-1-c

So here's something I've been very, very bad at self-promoting: fractive.io/

Fractive is my open-source tool for writing hypertext games using Markdown!

It's a little bit like Twine, but for people who'd rather just write straight-ahead instead of fussing with the node graph.

@mlemweb @cwebber

You said you guys moved to Western Mass -- where did you end up?

You mentioned something about DH and then academics and programming. I am curious to hear more...

Poll following recent discussions about DM privacy on Mastodon: Should the Mastodon webapp compose screen warn that DMs are stored on the server (accessible by admins)? strawpoll.me/15387726

I'm no fan of Facebook, but the trend of blaming consumers for giving away information, or saying we should all live in a hole doesn't help. Mozilla's trying to mitigate FB's worst habits, so people can keep using it. It's an idea worth exploring, and one I'm happy to see.



Here's a course search page for searching undergrad courses offered in DE that are English only and no tuition fees:

Once you add Masters, there is a larger number offered for international students (where ROI for the country attracting specialists is more evident!):

Anyone uninstalling :

remember to revoke the app from Settings!

The server gets the oauth token for access to your account..

I read about search being toxic for some on-line communities, fell into a rabbit hole, and ended up learning about fan-fiction and fandom..


secret mastodon take 

i think that mastodon should support rich-text longform posts because nobody bothers with blogs in 2018 and the alternative is 20-post-long tootthreads

@freedom Thanks to Peertube I am almost there... I have delteted Youtube and Facebook.

* I do protonmail and mailfence instead of gmail.
* I do duckduckgo and searX instead of google search.
* I do Mastodon instead of G+.
* I do Riot.im and IRC instead of Hangouts e.t.c...

I do visit Youtube but only as a spectator. I do have privacy badger, cockie autodelete and ublock helping remove traces.

I don't use Chrome... I do not have an Android nor Apple or Microsoft telephone. I have an Jolla.

The Corporation behind and the Admins of Twitter can see your “Private Messages”

The Corporation behind and the Admins of Facebook can see your “Private Messages.”

The Admins of Mastodon can see your Direct Messages. They aren’t private.

With Mastodon, you can spin up your own instance and be your own Admin.

Ultimately, don’t use any of these tools for actual private messages. Use Signal, Matrix/Riot or another end to end encrypted messaging tool.

Hi @Gargron - I would like to have the opportunity to group followers in acquantainces and friends.

The advantage would be that you can allow people to follow you who you do not know in real life (those would be my acquaintances) and still have the choice to restrict certain posts to only the people you also know in real life (that would be to my friends).

(~ Google+ circles, FB friend lists)

Any thoughts?

Has there every been discussion about such an option?

Technical obstacles?

: Who to follow to keep up with Information Retrieval research?

@Ian_soboroff (runs TREC, yes sir)

@arjenpdevries (multimedia, IR centipede)

@deeds (entity retrieval & TREC CAR)

@dolf (concept retrieval, MeSH)

@TheoH (logical IR, futurologist)

@IadhOunis (creator of Terrier!)

@ifromm (probabilistic logics, polyrepresentation)

@anneschuth (learning to rank, Google)

@suzan (question answering, early adopter Twitter)

@seamuslawless (personalization, search as learning)

@emsenn and in any case "recommending we revert to the Internet as it was before Facebook" is a strawman—I don't know of anyone who is advocating for that? in any case, before facebook there were plenty of easy-to-use centralized platforms that didn't share all of facebook's problems (livejournal, friendster, myspace). imo recommending people use something other than facebook is more like advocating for public transit instead of cars than it is like advocating for restricting suffrage.

I made a flow chart of which Mastodon posts end up in which timelines!

So, you can see how each instance will have a different local timeline, and even a slightly different federated timeline - and you can see why the federated timeline moves so much faster than the local one, too.

#mastodon #meta #tootorial #howto #mastopedia


- Search tool for mastodon

first version is live (v0.5) 🍹

Soot is personal search and only shows toots from your home timeline.

Mastodon.social users can try it here: smart-cactus.org:5000

Source code: github.com/laura-dietz/soot

Woot! I'm now done hacking on #mastogram for today!

There's now a rough read-only version online at zatnosk.dk/playground/mastogra
And the source is available on github: github.com/Zatnosk/mastogram

Please report any bugs and request any features on the github repo, thank you! ❤

※ It's hosted on HTTP only, because the webhotel I use for such things is boring.
※ It doesn't support CW or NSFW yet, so be careful.

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