Rumours are that 30 to 40% of patients who get the vaccine have reported improvements to their symptoms.

Funds needed to develop an accessible, lab-based method to diagnose microclots in LongCovid patients.

: Kell, Laubscher and Pretorius from Stellenbosch University in South Africa are discovering microclots as origins of long COVID.

Very interesting research:

"Users' email addresses are exfiltrated to tracking, marketing and analytics domains before form submission and before giving consent"

-> yes, you read that right, before form submission.

This is an example of how the intransparency of the digital world leads to a huge #InformationAsymmetry between normal people and corporations.

Source: NOS

Remember the outcry for Microsoft buying GitHub and developers (allegedly) leaving en masse? It didn't happen and GitHub is as a monopoly today as it was back then. Musk/Twitter is analogous. We need to make federated alternatives better than centralized ones. Outcry won't do it.

Reviewer 1: this is the best paper I've ever read
Reviewer 2: this is the worst paper I've ever read
Reviewer 3: I talked to reviewers 1 & 2, and I must say, I agree

The EU has joined the #fediverse by hosting Mastodon and PeerTube instances for EU institutions, offices, and agencies.

ActivityPub is a W3C standard that can redistribute power on the Web back to communities. Great to see public institutions leading.

EU having its own #fediverse instance makes sense. For the EU digital autonomy is important, independence from big platforms is essential. The shortest road to digital autonomy is to adopt open protocols, open standards and open source software. And lucky that the biggest open source initiatives are European 😇

Welcome to all the new users! @ColinTheMathmo and I are the admin here, and we're working on letting people in as fast as we can.
Moderation is not how I enjoy spending my time, so please try to be kind. We'll have your back if baddies appear.

This instance can render \(\LaTeX\) in the web interface. Don't make me regret that by, for example, posting your most cursed equations by way of an introduction.

Like, \[\cos^2(x) = \cos(\cos(x))\] or \[2+4 = 3!\]

There are still ways the deal could fall apart, but Twitter's board has agreed to sell the platform to Elon Musk.

They keep saying, “blogs are dead” but every time I miss a regular posting day I get several emails and messages to the effect of, “You okay? Say something!”

Blogs aren’t dead. Some of them are just…resting.

Did you know there are centralized alternatives to the #Fediverse?

They are great!
Instead of being developed by volunteers for the community they are developed for millionaires with the sole purpose of getting them more money and influence over the "users".

They contain ads and algorithms, so you don't have to decide, what you want to see, but you get to see what makes you addicted, so you view more ads, buy more stuff and thereby support the capitalist system that we all love.

Instead of anonymity you get to enter your phone number and other form of identification, which totally helps against hate speech, right?

I could go on with advantages, but I think it's best you check them out for yourselves.

The more features that are added to the web, the less browser competition is possible! This is essential to recognize.

And Google knows it! That's the whole point.

Who can keep up with Google? Mozilla can't. Apple can't. Even Microsoft threw in the towel and adopted Chromium.


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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.