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Brave new world:

Microsoft monitors the workers βš’οΈ
Amazon monitors the home 🏘️
Facebook monitors the public πŸ‘“
Google monitors the web 🌐

Missed this cool ICLR'18 paper by Mostafa Dehghani et al.: State-of-the-art neural retrieval on ClueWeb09, before Google's BERT.

EFF is deprecating the HTTPS Everywhere extension as HTTPS is actually everywhere and browsers are shipping their own native support.

LogUI: Contemporary Logging Infrastructure for Web-Based Experiments by David Maxwell and Claudia Hauff.

If you use #GMail, #Google keeps records of everything you buy, even if you delete the email receipt, and even if you didn't buy the product from them. Here's metadata from my takeout showing price, delivery address, description, vendor, etc. #privacy

We're excited to announce the official release of GNOME 41! After six months of work from the GNOME community, this release brings many exciting updates!

See the release notes for all the details:

#GNOME41 #releaseday #OpenSource

Pre-disclosure: we are planning a coordinated security release of several Matrix clients starting ~1pm UK (UTC+1) Monday Sept 13th to address a critical vuln. We have no evidence of it being exploited in the wild, but please be sure to upgrade on Mon!

Italy blocks Gutenberg book publishing website Luckily, there is Kiwix and our ZIM files.

Self-Hosting Resources Made Simple

Sharing is very appreciated.

:verified: Freedombox, fastest way to #selfhosting

πŸ“© Mail In A Box, email selfhosting

:gnu: Yunohost, all-in-one selfhosting package

:nextcloud: Nextcloud Devices

πŸ‘ Awesome List

πŸ’š Awesome Directory

πŸ“» Podcast

#Yunohost #Freedombox #FreeSoftware

You can find local Mastodon instances around the world using the "Mastodon Near Me" project at:

Click on map icons to see more details about local instances.

You can add instances via the project's git at or by messaging the project's leader at @jaz

#MastoTips #Mastodon #FediTips #Fediverse #Instances #MastodonNearMe #Regional #Local

Machine Dreaming: On Writing with Language Transformers
by Georgiana Cojocaru

"When confronted with texts generated by language transformers, humans often exercise freely their inborn ability to project meaning into even the most incoherent of fragments."

Privacy-respecting phones are the new Apple. I break down your Linux phone #FOSS options, #LineageOS, and @GrapheneOS in this post. πŸ‘‡


" will shut down in three months, due to inactivity and loss of interest by the administration team. You have until 15/10/2021 to download your videos and migrate your channels."

Niet vergeten om je videos te verhuizen @djoerd ...

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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.