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Did you receive a voice assistant for the holidays? Are you worried that someone could listen to you through your new device? 😧

We've put together a guide so you can opt out of human review of your voice assistant recordings: tweeted by @mozilla

How to migrate from one Mastodon server to another without losing followers:

1. Sign up on new server
2. On NEW server: Go to Account -> Moving FROM another account
3. Enter old account's handle
4. On OLD server: Go to Account -> Moving TO another account
5. Enter new account's handle and submit


At #36c3 today at 12:30 ( we will share why we fund important projects and open source/hardware developers like @cryptpad , @manyver_se , @delta , @fediversespace , @qyliss , @nitrokey and many, many more. Want to know more? Check out our talk or learn more about our open calls for privacy & trust enhancing tech and open search & discovery ->

#2246 "Christmas Presents" 

I’ve nothing against Medium per se, but _your home_ on the web, especially if you’ve got something to say (and you probably do), really should be your own site, at your own domain, under your control.

I have planned some improvements with Fedilab.

#Mastodon :
- I will replace the discover users feature (currently done via the Trunk API) with the profile discovery.

#Pixelfed :
- History! I am on it.

#Friendica :
- Huge improvements planned. Even the cross-account actions.
- Its custom layout/actions like for Peertube or Pixelfed.

Regarding "SSL encryption":

TLS 1.0 was defined more than 20 years ago, the latest standard is TLS 1.3 (2018). The last version of SSL (SSL 3.0, released in 1996) was deprecated more than 4 years ago.

Why do people still write "SSL encryption" in their privacy policies? Nowadays, there should only be TLS encryption.

American association shows student teaching evals can be biased against wpmen and people of colour. (Q: Would this work out the same in Europe?)

On my "to be looked into" list for 2020!

Jett Rebel in Merleyn. Great performance of Bleed me an Ocean, Baby, Get your Rock n Roll On, and an emotiinal encore with Unconditional Love and awesome cover of Clapton's Let it Grow.

If you love working on the command-line as much as I do, you may like what I have been working on recently!

Meet glow - a stylish #markdown viewer for your shell:

Report on the First HIPstIR Workshop on the Future of Information Retrieval. (arXiv:1912.09910v1 [cs.IR])

Pretty cool: Signal is now using BlurHash (, the image placeholder algorithm I developed, which is also used by Mastodon, and of course Toot!:

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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.