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Did you know that with the Librem 5 smartphone you can remove the back and have access to :

- the battery
- a removable OpenPGP smart card
- a removable cellular modem
- and a microSD card so you can expand your storage later on

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If you run in the cloud, you have to debug in the same cloud that needs the debugging...

An update on Sunday’s service disruption

If you run in the cloud, you have to debug in the same cloud that needs the debugging...

An update on Sunday’s service disruption

Most of you may have seen this already but just in case:

Very very good news, @djoerd aka @hiemstra has been appointed Full Professor of Federated Search at Radboud University.

Looking forward to our continued and intensivised collaboration on all things search! (That, and many gigs in Merleyn.)

Press release:

If you would like to say goodbye personally, then please step by my office on Mondays or Tuesdays, or join the farewell reception in U-Park Hotel on 24 June at 16:00 hour.

23rd International Workshop on Personalization and Recommendation on the Web and Beyond. Submission deadline: 14 June

"Often when we think about the right to privacy, we think of the right to be let alone, unmolested by the state. But the digital age has given rise to industrialized data mining, content curation, and automated decision-making, all of which undermine democracy and intensify social divisions. It calls for a more sophisticated understanding of privacy—one that can appreciate both the collective and individual nature of this right."

Happy birthday Bing!

Because It's Not Google

Bing turns 10: Why it's been more disruptive than you think - Search Engine Land

This flawed decision has to be overturned.

Science is not politics.

IEEE, a major science publisher, bans Huawei scientists from reviewing papers | Science | AAAS

Scientists worldwide should work together.

About the politics:
Note that we HAVE serious doubts about so many things in CS. CISCO and Intel "bugs" could be by design, or be widely known in Secret Services, who perhaps co-fund Google, etc etc. NIST and NSA story on encryption. Research co-funded by DARPA.

After Huawei employees are banned from IEEE peer-reviewing process, Professor Haixia Zhang from Peking University has written to IEEE to resign from the editorial board. The ban is too much for people who believe that IEEE was international (pic from

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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.