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#introductions Hi! I'm Esther Seyffarth, PhD student in computational linguistics. I work at the syntax-semantics interface, currently attempting to solve verbs.

Follow if you're interested in toots about language, linguistics, programming, computers, my way through academia, etc.

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Few children are born to us out there, among the stars. Maybe we need the right magnetosphere, or maybe there are no souls. So we return to Earth, like sea turtles returning to their beach, and every time, we find you have forgotten us.
Come, will you come with us to the stars?

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Language design is often about where the work happens: the compiler, the stdlib, other libraries, or the programmers themselves!

From news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1

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My sister (who is making websites for a living) looked at my website and said: “Your blog looks like our prototypes, when the CSS remains to be written.”

If only she knew how much work I put in my CSS :D

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And this is how far you have to scroll to reach that opt out button.

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This is the worst so far...

nytimes.com

Fake X button that does the same with I Accept, dark patterns from hell, and you have to scroll down more than 4 screens to find a camouglaged Opt Out button.

This one truly belongs to the #GDPRHallOfShame

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We encourage #Firefox users who do not want US-based company Cloudflare to see which websites they are visiting to type about:config into their browser's address bar and then set:

network.trr.mode = 5

By the way: Though based on Firefox, TorBrowser is not affected.

blog.ungleich.ch/en-us/cms/blo

#privacy #QuoVadisMozilla /c

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Oh this is good! “Arxiv Vanity renders academic papers from Arxiv as responsive web pages so you don’t have to squint at a PDF.”

arxiv-vanity.com

Example:
arxiv-vanity.com/papers/1805.1

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Is there a way to make show the "About" page rather than the "Summary" page as the repository initial page?

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Google Glass was an interesting case because it showed us people do care about privacy, but only when they feel it's violated.

They will give endless data on themselves and others including photos, video and location but they will outrage the moment they feel privacy is actually at risk - because someone has a camera on their face instead of their hands.

Facebook is actually very clever to obtain all this data without triggering this sensation for the average person.

People know.. but they do not *feel*.

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"(...) or is the problem that while those Scandinavian countries make wellbeing a priority all we care about in the U.S. is profit for the few. We are a neo-Feudal society, but we refuse to tell ourselves that truth."

schwartzreport.net/sweden-to-r

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🎶 Daisy, Daisy give me your answer, do ... 🎶

> In roughly half of experiments, the robot protested, telling participants it was afraid of the dark and even begging: “No! Please do not switch me off!” When this happened, the human volunteers were likely to refuse to turn the bot off.

theverge.com/2018/8/2/17642868

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If we want to have computing freedom, we're going to need computers that are safe and don't lock us out. Having actually well designed architectures (x86 sure ain't it) would be nice too. RISC-V is a beam of hope: riscv.org/

- India is making progress on fabb'ing their own RISC-V chips fossbytes.com/linux-on-shakti-
- FOSDEM video on RISC-V fosdem.org/2018/schedule/event

Got other interesting RISC-V links?

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If I spent all the time I spend on Mastodon learning German instead, I would probably know a lot more German by now.

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