On a sorta-related note, I have a few AO3 invite codes if anyone needs 'em.

If you like to toot about science, if you make comics, if u make games, or if u think your commentary on those subjects is somewhat witty, comment here and I will follow u.

also RT so more ppl can see this

With the tumblrpocalypse, I’m tempted to start up an ActivityPub site that’s dedicated to being a new home for the weirdly specific tumblrs you used to see all the time. That actor guy eating sub sandwiches, sort of thing.

1) Has someone already done this?
2) if I did this, would there be interest?
3) I suspect I *shouldn’t* use microblogging-focused software for this; any suggestions as to what would be good instead?

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I sat on this one for a while. I don't think either side of this debate has /entirely/ the right idea (wow what a surprise!), but we've got to keep gradient-descenting our way to better society so 🤷‍♀️. we need to think harder about things like this than just banging out the next firey take in a long line of takes about fediverse software.

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We sing the songs of distant Earth
In thousands diff'rent tongues
For all the lands that gave us birth
For them, their songs are sung

We tell the tales of distant Earth
Of heroes, gods, and fools
To teach us values, and our worth
And how to break the rules

remember to put your own oxygen mask on before helping others

Cray-1B, serial number 1, rebuilt for the recent SC18 conference.
Timelapse video:
youtube.com/watch?v=fY8sDF-suk
The machine was on loan from the Chippewa Computer Museum. Originally installed at Los Alamos but returned to Cray: "When Serial 1 showed up in Los Alamos in 1976 it wouldn’t run for more than a few minutes yet it would run for hours in Minnesota. Turns out there was no memory protection and cosmic events at Los Alamos altitude were different enough from Minnesota."
#cray #retrocomputing

a thought about writing scholars (tangent from Harry Potter discussion, glancing allusion to injury, 182 words) Show more

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do you know how many monkeys have been seriously injured because of you??? every week you come into my clinic and you say "hey another one of my monkeys fell off the bed" and every time i tell you "no more monkeys jumping on the bed". this isn't JUST A FUCKING SUGGESTION!! STOP LETTING THE GODDAMN MONKEYS JUMP ON THE BED. I'M SO TIRED OF THIS BULLSHIT. A MONKEY IS GONNA DIE BECAUSE OF YOUR CARELESSNESS AND I WILL BE FIRST IN LINE TO TESTIFY AGAINST YOU

boost Communist Accordion Cat to bless a timeline

To the Tumblr refugees: welcome!

Having been on the Internet for over thirty years, I have one piece of advice for creative folks working online:

Control Your Platform.

Don't build a business around Facebook, Tumbler, G+, Geocities, MySpace, AltaVista, or any of these other third parties that claim to offer quick and easy results.

They all go away. Every one of them.

Build your own site. Use third parties to steer people to your site.

Third parties are the devil--useful devils, but devils.

"f(x,y); - the perfect syntax", "(f x y) - too many parentheses"

Signal boost from Tumblr account ‘theunitofcaring’: a journalist for Vox.com wants to interview people who have been affected “creatively or financially” by Tumblr’s policy change. If that’s you, you can email kaitlyn.tiffany@vox.com

Good morning, fediverse. Have you ever wondered what happens if you make a vacuuming robot try to clean up a whole bunch of sawdust from sanding down your kitchen table to refinish?

I rolled up a Scourge Aasimar paladin for a recent #DnD one-shot and made an executive decision: Aasimar based on 'pretty people with wings' angels are OUT, Aasimar based on 'flaming wheel with a thousand burning eye' angels are IN.

Hir name is Ezekiel Rosewood and ze's here to smile gently and smite with holy flame

This whole #Tumblr debacle just goes to show that AI led community moderation is not only a failure but a dangerous one at that.

It would seem that the premise of AI as sold to the general public through mass media is far off into the future and certainly not ready to be making decisions on the behalf of humans,

The problem goes further than Tumblr, various governments are beginning to clamp down on social media with the UK having recently made demands that automation be put in place to take down content that is inappropriate citing child safety as the moral panic of choice to get the public on side.

Moderators should be thought of as akin to doctors in the real world. In the UK for example there are on average 2.8 doctors for every 1000 people; how many moderators do you think organisations such as Tumblr, Twitter or Facebook have for every 1000 accounts? This is why automation is "key" to their moderating at a cost that enabled their service to be "free."

Nobody want to pay for their social media do they?

Arguably the Fediverse is a solution to this, with many instances with 10K or less active users, they can often keep the moderators per 1000 users within an acceptable range.

However moderation isn't free and in the case of the Fediverse it is entirely donated time kindly given up by volunteers. As instances grow, there may become a point when we have to take a strong look at ourselves and maybe begin crowd funding the Fediverse to keep it a pleasant place to be social within.

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