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"Decentralization is biodiversity of the digital world" - Reasons why you should care about how your social network is run and structured

Hey @dansup and/or @Gargron
This recent post on pixelfed:
Federates well to (Chapeau 🎩) but not to

I am on the latest release (with the instance), can I safely update to head or is that not recommended?

Dear #fediversedev​s, I am working on the problem of decentralised hashtag federation for #ActivityPub networks as a university project.

Here is a brief first overview of my ideas and what I intend to do:

If you have any ideas, strong opinions or remarks on this I'd love to hear them.
If you're at #35C3 I hope that we can discuss this topic.

/cc @Gargron @denschub @cwebber @kaniini @heluecht @svbergerem @jaywink @fla @dansup


The Log: What every software engineer should know about real-time data's unifying abstraction

life. Most annoying, but I cannot figure out why gdm kept failing on my home machine (fc29).

Switching to lightdm solved the issue, but cannot say I like not understanding the root of the problem. No more time to waste on this glitch though.

#ActivityPub is awesome. I can find an account on a #PeerTube instance, grab the name and domain, and follow it on Mastodon. Everything works. I can see profile picture, description, follower and following counts, videos, and non-video posts. Simultaneously unifying and distributing social media. Can't do that on Twitter! Well, you can, but you have to set up a Twitter account and link it to your channel and so forth. Here's it's automatic and transparent and seamless and all that good stuff.

Pixelfed federates now! 🎉

Merry Christmas fediverse. #pixelfed

" Where the centralised mainstream’s advantage is scale, complexity, and secrecy, ours is lack of scale, simplicity, and openness.

We must think small.

I look forward to exploring the small things in 2019."
- @aral

Radboud students, I accept MSc thesis proposals and research internships that contribute to :

Please contribute to Mozilla Common Voice to establish a free alternative to Google's and Amazon's speech recognition!

Common Voice -

Nep-elite jaagt wantrouwen in samenleving aan met haar koketteren met engagement. +1 Bas Heijne

The OAPEN Library, a central repository for hosting and disseminating OA books

On the deep topic of rotation symmetric math equations - cool.

I was invited to consult a European research project called Eunomia. The project aims to implement a web of trust system for the spread of news in social networks, and I will be advising them on how their system can work with decentralized social networks, and Mastodon in particular. I'll also be doing community outreach, since at some point we'll need volunteers for trying it out.

The kick-off meeting is in January, in London. I bought the tickets today. Excited & equally terrified.

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The "unofficial" Information Retrieval Mastodon Instance.

Goal: Make a viable and valuable social space for anyone working in Information Retrieval and related scientific research.

Everyone welcome but expect some level of geekiness on the instance and federated timelines.