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"On 10 April, astrophysicists announced that they had captured the 1st ever image of a #blackhole.

No headlines mentioned that the image would have been impossible without open-source software: #Matplotlib, a #Python library for graphing data.

Just 5 days later, the NSF rejected a grant to support that ecosystem, saying that the software lacked sufficient impact.

#opensource is widely acknowledged as crucially important in science, yet it is funded non-sustainably."

nature.com/articles/d41586-019

@bstacey godd did you hear about the situation in germany? because it's incredible

basically, the German Conference of University Deans ("HRK"), in a moment of unlikely clarity, decided that they were Tired Of This Shit and told all the publishers that from now on all german universities would make one large agreement with them, on the universities terms, for access

elsevier and springer made offers so laughable that the HRK actually literally wrote a press release about how they should "come back to the table when they're ready to make a serious offer" and since then many universities have just kind of let access contracts expire

they recently came to an agreement with wiley, rest is still ? ? ? ? ?

it's fantastic because every day this goes on is a day more scientists learn about the greatest development in science access of this century, which, lets be quite honest, is scihub

Shameless plug / reannounce. It was hard getting a new venue, and I'm not sure I'm done hunting yet... our previous meetups exceeded attendance expectations... and the capacity of the wee room we had...

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Next up at EdLUG: "Where's my open smartphone?" 2nd of July at Akva #edinburgh #opensource #smartphones #openhardware #foss #linux

meetup.com/Edinburgh-Linux-Use

i want a leftist organization that:
- advocates for change within our current systems
- works to supplant and supplement our current systems
- directly (and visibly) helps people

#Gab #Fedilab

Gabbers work w feds. They’ve had campaigns where they’ve reported sex workers to police and the IRS. They’ve reported nonwhite Immigrants to ICE and the NSA. They’ve doxxed activists and abuse victims. This is not just a ‘free speech’ issue. You’re responsible for who you federate with and who you allow on your platform. Minimizing the threat they pose is just you minimizing your complicity in their violence. We’re not fooled.

Before I go off to celebrate Midsummer by being in bed sick (Swedish woes), I want to share a small update.

will keep blocking servers which actively promote fascism. This in particular means Gab.

We will get our next release out just in time for the 4th of July.

Don't even try to debate us about Free Speech. This is our speech, exercising views. And we will keep doing it :toot:

We will post a bigger update at a later time about what this all really means.

Blocking a domain won't prevent online bullying, racism, sexism or other abuse endemic on social media.

We can't settle for domain blocks, there is more to be done.

It shouldn't take Gab joining the fediverse for developers/admins to take platform safety seriously.

GitHub has added Liberapay to the funding platforms supported in the `FUNDING.yml` file: github.blog/changelog/2019-06-

Gab will join the Fediverse next month, and we at @forktogether want to be prepared.
ActivityPub is known to be leaky, so we'd like to take further measures than just suspending Gab's known domains by default.

If you know how exactly Mastodon's ActivityPub implementation leaks information, then we'd highly appreciate your input on this issue: https://github.com/florence-social/mastodon-fork/issues/108

#ActivityPub #Florence

instance administration, taking a hard line against fascists 

instance administration, taking a hard line against fascists 

📈 In other news, the number of active Liberapay users has just surpassed last year's peak. We had 2091 users sending and/or receiving money on July 11th last year, we have 2114 today. liberapay.com/about/stats

I'm not sure how I stored "webpage to read later" for swapping between mobile and desktop before the Firefox "share to other device" function. So easy now. Android is: Share 》Firefox 》Open in browser / Send to other device 》Work profile / Home profile / Tablet profile.

Desktop: Awesome bar 》 Share to device icon 》 Work / Home / Tablet / Mobile

👍

Git 

@askosh@mastodon.technology @xinayder@mastodon.technology Yes, we listened to the users who aren't nazi-sympatizers.

I hope you can understand that we're expressing our freedom of speech and freedom of association here.

@garbados We got fired for talking about unions and then they terrified everyone who was still left, and we have receipts for miles, but still the CEO thinks he can talk his way out of this

Yesterday was my last day @npmjs@twitter.com, and I leave in the knowledge that despite the recent horrors the current C team have wrought, it has truly been the most amazing group of people I have ever worked with. All my love to @npm_support@twitter.com and engineering.

Je suis wombats.

#npmlayoffs

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