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NEW Preprint alert! Policymakers, medics, data analysts, industry IP lawyers, open research folks, this is one for you: COVID-19: An exploration of consecutive systemic barriers to pathogen-related data sharing during a pandemic.

🧵 - boosts appreciated!

That cloud trail on Taranaki makes it look like she's spewing gas.

Why are so many online meetings so bad? Some tips and tricks you can try to build better, more engaging meetings.

Hey Fedi, do you know if there is a federated (perhaps even #ActivityPub-powered) cooking recipe hosting service? If not, let's 👏 make 👏 this 👏 happen!

I hate modern recipe websites. All of them are full with ads and tracking. The leading recipe hosting in my country loads over 30 different trackers, and that's excluding the ads!

The monkey has sent in his proof of life:

QT moldythemonkey: Hey \@elonmusk, I have a question:

RT TonyMerriman2: 90% less likely to get severe COVID in the few months after a flu jab - that is a very strong effect.
Flu vaccine could cut COVID risk

TFW you get summoned for jury duty in Texas while you live in New Zealand, and the form's list of excuses don't apply. I must appear on the date eh? 🙄 This is gonna be fun.

You really don't understand how much bullshit tech companies have conditioned us to put up with until you pick up a device from 20 or 30 years ago. The absence of all the bullshit on the old device really puts all your current ones into stark contrast.

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Bootleggers became prominent distillers.

Graffiti artists receive mural commissions.

Hackers become security experts.

Remember kids, crime never pays.

What are some physical artifacts, which you cherish, of your work, hobbies, crafts & talents?

What I'm talking about:

I spent some time last week setting up the Ghost CMS. A great open souce Medium alternative. Also revisited my "Data Science Skills for Research" chart in my first blog post in a VERY long time:

RT bduckles: Enrolling now for my four week qual for quants course.

If you’d like to feel more confident about your ability to do interviews, run focus groups, create surveys and analyze qualitative data, I encourage you to join in!

Hey @lightweight are you using a relay to feed hashtags and such to your users on your Mastodon instance? Since I set it up, it has been nice for discovery of things like popular hashtags across the fediverse.

RT paleofuture: If you invested $100 in Luna one month ago, the fourth most popular cryptocurrency at the time, you now have $0.04.

My mate is putting on an evening for Pasifika people who want to get into the *technical* side of IT.

If you know any Pasifika finishing high school, or looking for a career change, keen on tech and want to hang out, ask questions, eat food, get them to register here:

Please boost so it reaches the right people, and if you see a post about it on Twitter, could you RT there? Thanks!

Paraphrasing, but this is what I just heard in a meeting, from the same person:

"We can't use open source because it's too much work."

"We cobbled together a bunch of proprietary services to create a complete workflow, but those tools weren't working, so we're switching to a monolithic proprietary service that doesn't provide the same functions, and we'll cobble other proprietary services on top of it to round it out."

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This is the Mastadon server. started in 1999 as a community of likeminded people interested in open discourse about technology, arts, culture, and a better world. The domain is inspired by Robert Rauschenberg's Combine Monogram. We got inspired, around 1994, by Monogram through the documentary series "The Shock of the New" where Robert Hughes discusses pop art and its influences on modern culture. The community around has continued a sort of Flex Seminar through online forums and other activities over the years.