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Even if you aren't a scientist, you can still help out in small ways. For example, would you like to help search for black holes, identify wildlife, or save endangered animals? Then you'll love !
zooniverse.org/
Would you like to help out without actually doing anything? That's impossi ... oh right, exists! With it, you can donate unused computing power to projects that investigate diseases, study global warming, discover pulsars, etc.
boinc.berkeley.edu/

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Have you guys heard about Code7? In it, you play as a hacker named Alex, solving puzzles, searching for information, making friends and trying to destroy an evil AI. It has an interesting plot, likable characters, excellent voice acting, good humor and a lot of shocking plot twists.
You can play Episode 0 for free. If you decide you like it, there are 3 more episodes released right now, and development is still going on. It is also accessible to blind players.
code7-game.com/#home

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It's unlikely anyone back reads that far, but just in case: All of my toots, except for the few that I choose to keep, are automatically deleted after 6 months. To do this, I use Forget, which you can read more about at:
forget.codl.fr/about/

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#WordOfTheDay

limpid

/ˈlɪmpɪd/ [lim-pid]
adjective
1 (of a liquid) completely clear and transparent.
1.1 (of a person's eyes) unclouded; clear.
1.2 (especially of writing or music) clear and accessible or melodious.

Origin
Late Middle English from Latin limpidus; perhaps related to lymph.

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The sun is rising in a limpid sky
Though soon thick clouds will be coming by
Filling most with a sense of dread
For the forecast of a big storm ahead.

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“Do not be daunted
by the enormity
of the world’s grief.
Do justly, now.
Love mercy, now.
Walk humbly, now.
You are not obligated
to complete the work,
but neither are you free
to abandon it.”

The Talmud

(Stolen from: john-shirley.com/blog/?p=4159)

(Something to keep in mind)

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Everyone please, please sign the save .ORG petition.

SaveDotOrg.org

.ORG seems to be the worst tld to sell. The people who want to use it are orgs that probably need it. ICANN has not given good reasons for why they are selling except for "we trust them" and pretty much just "we want the money."

m.slashdot.org/story/364024

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meta, bad moderation, mastodon.art 

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“You truly expect me to believe they didn’t notice our invasion?”

“They think they control us. Claim the noisy one for yourself and see.”

Henry smiled as the fluffiest of the new cats bumped his legs once more while he petted her.

"Ma! Please, you have to let us keep all of them!"

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing

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"We should just hit them now!" said Elmoq, loudly smacking the meeting surface with two of her bare tentacles. "We've already spent 40 cycles orbiting their pitiful star, we know they're unlikely to coordinate a meaningful defence. But their tech is getting better and they've already excavated most of what we need. It's time!"

The rest of the mercenaries shimmied and undulated their agreement. They weren't getting any bonuses snoozing on the dark side of the moon, that's for sure.

"Patience," burbled the captain. She was a lifer, with shares. She had already mated and could afford to take the long view.

The captain gestured to the ship AI. "Ship, show them what you showed me earlier."

The surface lit up with a recording of a human hitting an angular, primitive looking vehicle with a large hammer.

"What does this have to do with anything?" asked Elmoq, twitching with frustration.

The captain took a long, drawn out suck on her standard issue "social beverage" before responding.

"That ridiculous man is filling their sky with satellites. Thousands of satellites. Blinding their telescopes. If we just wait a few years more they won't even be able to see us coming. And see that vehicle he is pummelling? The plan to make millions of them. Each containing a primitive computer and crappy battery that just happen to concentrate exactly the minerals we came looking for. Finally, he's building rockets. Big ones. We won't even have to lift the goods ourselves, we'll commandeer their own ships for that. That human is literally doing our work for us."

Elmoq lowered her tentacles in defeat. The comical, gangly human was now firing projectiles at his vehicle. The entire crew stared in disbelief.

When it became clear their unwitting benefactor wasn't going to get hit and killed by a ricochet, Elmoq quietly retreated to her sleeper pod. The other malcontents silently followed her lead.

The ship would wake them up when it was time.

#microfiction #cybertruck #spacelink
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If you have a .org domain name: go renew it now. For the full 10 years.

Registration rights for .org were just bought by a private equity firm. And as part of that contract, the price caps were removed.

Anything in .org will get much more expensive, soon.

A ten year renewal will cost you a bit over a hundred bucks. Which is probably less than one year will cost you in the very near future.

theregister.co.uk/2019/11/20/o

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There's a petition to Save the .org top level domain. Apparently, ICANN could still stop it from being sold.
savedotorg.org
I know, petitions rarely work, but I also know that _sometimes_ they do.
Please consider signing if you _run_ anything there, or if you _use_ or _care about_ anything that's on a .org domain. Also, boosting this to others who follow you, would be very much appreciated.
#SaveDotOrg

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Under shady circumstances, ISOC has sold the .org registry to a private equity firm and removed the cap on price increases for a TLD used primarily by non-profit groups. theregister.co.uk/AMP/2019/11/

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Unsolicited Advice 

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#WordOfTheDay

codify

/ˈkəʊdɪfʌɪ/
verb - codifies, codifying, codified
[with object]
1 Arrange (laws or rules) into a systematic code.
as adjective - codified
1.1 Arrange according to a plan or system.

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Attempts to codify our behavior are fraught with confusion. Then, it must be said, our natural confusion is difficult to organize in a logical way.

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So seems to finally start answering our questions. The most interest ing answer to me is the fact that System1 does indeed have the major stakehold.
We are currently discussing how we will proceed.

Link:support.startpage.com/index.ph

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In an interview in Mint, @Mastodon founder @Gargron Rochko explains how his platform is coping with the sudden rise in Indian users, and why Indian law enforcement can do little to censor free speech on the platform.

All power to #Mastodon 👍

t.co/qsIjMEmLay

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So: I am really looking forward to the day when I have replaced all my OSX tools with open source ones.

If you happen to know Scrivener (which is a really good implementation of a writing project manager, with versioning, multiple output possibilities, complex styling, good integration with Zotero and so forth), is there a comparable tool on Linux? I could cobble something together with emacs and pandoc or some such, but I really don't want to be writing my own tools unless it's for something I specialise in (like ethnobiology or Himalayan manuscripts).
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Ethical, easy-to-use and privacy-conscious alternatives

For facebook, twitter, gmail, yahoo, youtube, instagram, google play, google docs/calendar/maps, amazon books/kindle, ms windows, ms office, office, steam, minecraft, patreon, internet(!), grooveshark...
switching.software/

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ugh i really hope crossposters don't slowly choke mastodon like they did to diaspora*

if you're just crossposting everything you tweet on birdsite then what even is the point of making a mastodon account? that's glorified spam at worst, and a recipe for abandonment.

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