I care about science, not because I enjoy movies about spaceships and lasers, but because I believe it's the only way humans have found to resolve conflict that doesn't inevitably lead to murdering each other.

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One of the things I find lacking on mastodon (or twitter) is the ability to have extended forum-style discussions with friends over a long period of time. That's one of the main features that makes it difficult for me to leave facebook.

When #ActivityPub 1.0 was released, I hoped that the whole federated social would be able to inter-operate by about now. Sadly, a year later, this is not the case. Some older projects are still stuck on #OStatus, the core #Diaspora developers steadfastly refuse to even attempt inter-operation, and the #Zot developer has now abanded it too. So, essentially #XKCD 927 happened and we are more fragmented that we were before :(
xkcd.com/927/

Sci-fi and free software nerds! The penguicon.social mastodon instance is now open!

so you know how i've been warning y'all that any secure communication platform that's installed from a corporate app store is vulnerable to the state subverting that corporation, even if we assume the corporation is benevolent in the first place?

trump has now, by *executive order,* forced a major american corporation to lock out a single manufacturer's entire range of devices from all of its services. huawei devices can no longer use any google services, at the command of a one murderous sociopath in the oval office. not congress, not the FCC - the president, alone.

that vulnerability is no longer hypothetical.

Free Software Foundation just posted the videos from LibrePlanet 2019 - I would love some feedback on my Keynote. One of the things I am struggling with is how to prepare students from depressed areas of Boston to learn coding when they have been taught that asking questions means you are stupid... media.libreplanet.org/u/librep

Want to read about Network Science in Python with NetworkX? If you're willing to review it on Amazon, let me know and I'll get you a free ebook copy!

Amazing keynote "How an we prevent the Orwellian 1984 digital world" by @FreeScholar. Discusses "personal power" vs "power over" and insights into the motivations of the powerful. media.libreplanet.org/u/librep

Finally figured out how to get my instance back online after letsencrypt ended TLS-SNI-01.

@elplatt Thanks so much! What a great reception to a difficult topic - WOOT! here are the Resource Links for the LibrePlanet 2019 Closing Keynote: agaric.coop/libreplanet2019

"Personal power comes from knowing who you are and acting on your ethics."

Metts grew up around children of the wealthy in Connecticut. Many are influenced by fear of disinheritance when they have no practical skills.

Metts calls for "design justice." Including communities affected by software (or anything) from the start.

Metts contrasts titles against personal power. Recipients of titles are beholden to others. Cooperatives build personal power.

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GreatJustice.net is a general-purpose, principles-based, cooperative Mastodon instance. The purpose of GreatJustice.net is to foster mutual trust and respect among its members by having explicit Core Principles and a Code of Conduct.