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Brutal 2:40AM start to catch a flight to for New Year's Eve ✈️😴

It's absolutely insane that the uni library gets completely filled by 9:30am - there's even a culture of waking up early to come and claim a desk by leaving a single textbook and then going home to sleep some more.. Brutal to arrive at the end of the morning rush and see a stream of people LEAVING the library as you go in to search for the single remaining empty desk

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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.

Tumblr is banning all adult content

tumblr.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/ar

Highlight from their definition of adult content: "female-presenting nipples"

has anyone ever written a scifi story entirely in the format of a typography style guide

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Pause. What's the weather like? Don't use an app to find out.

An excellent piece on why decentralizing everything doesn't work and what to do instead by @ntnsndr – "We should care less about whether something is centralized or decentralized than whether it is accountable. An accountable system is responsive to both the common good for participants and the needs of minorities; it sets consistent rules and can change them when they don’t meet users’ needs." hackernoon.com/decentralizing-

Essay paranoia just lead me to this punctuation guide

thepunctuationguide.com/index.

It's simple but very elegant

fast motion, mastodon doing harlem shake 

There's some really good mobile UX in the Opera Touch app - it's a shame their desktop offering is frustratingly unconfigurable...

Pokémon was honestly years ahead of it's time by not only inventing cloud storage but also noting that it's just someone else's computer.

Not only is this an excellent idea, I feel that the suggestion is a highly effective honeypot 🍯
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I hereby petition the tech community to replace all instances of “master/slave” with “queen/drone” effective immediately twitter.com/thelaurakremer/sta
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@thomasfuchs I've yet to see anything I like better than the Sharp X1 (a Z80 system from Japan). Beautiful red case, builtin tape deck, matching keyboard and CRT.

BlacKkKlansman was the first film I've seen in cinema received with a round of applause at the end-credits. A well-crafted and powerful film - I highly recommend it!

@christianbundy I got working and I really like it! The high-res images are a real treat 👌 Not sure it's for me though... I feel that the kind of bite-sized interactions I'd want to have with internet strangers are better mediated over mastodon, although perhaps it's just a case of finding the right people to share that richer content with 🤔

People often wonder why printers are so cantankerous but frankly any device that embeds pigmented runes in the remains of long-dead trees is going to be stricken by an ancient faerie curse from the start

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