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In the days before digital computers, "computers" were human (as @Halpin just noted in a convo with me)

People doing calculations by hand

A large chunk of these human computers were women

Indeed, so *many* were women that ...

"... one contractor of the Applied Mathematics Panel used the term 'kilo­girl' to refer to 1,000 hours of female calculation work. Another astronomer spoke of 'girl-years' of work."

I wrote about this for Smithsonian magazine a few years ago: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/history-human-computers-180972202/

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“To the extent that people remain active on Twitter, they preserve the viability of Musk’s gambit. The illusory sense of community that still lingers on the platform is one of Musk’s most significant assets. No matter which side prevails, the true victor in any war is the person selling weapons to both sides.”

https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/why-i-quit-elon-musks-twitter

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Okay, but now that this is going semi-viral, a thing I wish Mastodon did have was consolidating notifications in the manner of "X people have liked your post". Right now I'm sitting at 292 boosts and 427 likes in 2 hours, and those are all unique notifications in my notifications tab.

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ATTENTION EVERYONE WRINGING THEIR HANDS OVER “#MASTODON ADMINS CAN READ MY DIRECT MESSAGES”: #SysAdmins have *always* been able to read your #email and DMs unless encrypted, including at the big #SocialNetworks and Internet providers. We used to have t-shirts that said, “I READ YOUR EMAIL.”

It’s just hitting now because you got used to places where the admins were kept away in their cubicles and data centers instead of greeting you at the front door.

#privacy #security #InfoSec #cybersecurity

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Meta musings on “you can’t defederate” is coming from 

@tw I’ve come to the conclusion that big instances can’t really be moderated - the size just makes it impossible to impose a cultural standard. Big instances might just be an antipattern.

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a take re: "admins can see your DMs" 

people view the "admins can view your DMs" as some sort of deal-breaker and like, yeah, that's not great but it's hardly the end of the world. there are so many choices for secure communications out there, just take a conversation that's that private elsewhere

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I have been using Git a long, long time. I have worked on Git clients and libraries. At some places I've worked, I am the person folks go to when they need Git help.

And yet, only today I learned you can pass -m to commit twice (or more) and it will do the right thing of making each successive message a new paragraph (which is useful for the convention of a short summary as a single first line and following paragraphs as a more detailed message).

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Since Mastodon saw its initial popularity circa 2017, I've noticed that most users and those reporting on it either don't think about the Fediverse as anything more than Mastodon, or treat its history as beginning with Eugen Rochko and the beginning of Mastodon. In fact, Mastodon is the latest in a long line of federated social networks going at least back to Identi.ca, and though I wasn't around for all of it, I find this history pretty interesting. (Thread; boosts welcome!)

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Cory Doctorow (@pluralistic) on economics training and the new open access Core textbook:

"How is it possible that a coterie of self-appointed court sorcerers to the world’s governments manage to keep their jobs despite being regularly, predictably, and catastrophically wrong?"

Answer: indoctrination

https://capitalaspower.com/2022/11/at-last-a-new-econ-101-textbook/

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Le formidable @laurierthefox met enfin à disposition du public son excellent guide "J'ai un'e ami'e Trans et/ou Non Binaire" qui était jusque là une des contreparties de son crowdfunding précédent (et c'est co-écrit par le non moins cool @AxelScoubi).
ALLEZ L'ACHETER ET LE DISTRIBUER À VOS CIS DE COMPAGNIE !
Éduquons nos familles sans en souffrir nous-même.
https://utip.io/laurierthefox/1juatetnb
Petit livret pédagogique et illustré de 50 pages sur la transidentité et la non binarité, découpé en 4 chapitres, avec une partie lexique et ressources. “Tu viens d’apprendre qu’une personne dans ton entourage est trans et tu as envie d’être respectueux-se mais tu n’y connais rien ? Ce livre est pour toi.”

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Demande d'aide pour le FLE 

Depuis quelques semaines, je suis un élève persophone (farsi en fait) qui avait toujours refusé jusqu'à maintenant de suivre des cours de #FLE. J'en ai compris la raison après deux ou trois cours: il est analphabète dans sa propre langue.

Ça complique énormément mon travail, surtout pour le vocabulaire, parce qu'on ne peut utiliser aucun dictionnaire. Certes certains outils permettent de faire entendre le mot, mais ça n'est clairement pas suffisant. Le matériel que j'utilise n'est pas pensé pour les analphabètes et je galère à trouver des outils. Il apprend doucement à lire et à écrire le français (c'est assez émouvant, je dois dire) mais c'est vraiment difficile d'avancer dans la grammaire vu qu'il a une peine folle à comprendre les mots "techniques" (verbes, noms, adjectifs, etc) que j'utilise.

Du coup, je me demande si quelqu'un aurait du matériel adéquat pour des apprenants analphabètes allophones.

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#pedagogie #andragogie #refugie

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“Federation, in itself, does not solve community problems.” This is true — technology alone will rarely fix all the problems in a complex sociotechnical system — but changes in technology (necessarily) change these systems, and can do so for the better.

I feel like I’m becoming a broken record, but I think we really need to be extra intentional about what we’re trying to build here. No leaving things unstated based on the assumption that everyone has the same goals and values, we know better now.

For instance, I don’t want “moderation”, I *want* safe spaces. Building these spaces looks like moderation superficially (you kick out the jerks), but keeping the distinction clear in mind is going to result in different actions.

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Google have made some changes to their URLs: maps.google.com now redirects to google.com/maps

No big deal you might think, but location tracking is a useful feature for the maps.google.com domain, and you could easily disable it for for other google domains.

Not so easy now.

https://garrit.xyz/posts/2022-11-24-smart-move-google

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it's hard to explain to people that software is a fundamentally communal activity because they're like "ohh you're a dev! you must be so smart!" and like. it literally does not matter how smart i am. none of this works at all unless we can collaborate across time and space.

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Un petit truc : je crois beaucoup en la pédagogie (pas pour rien que je suis prof) mais par contre c’est juste impossible de reprendre toujours à zéro sur les questions sur lesquelles je taffe (complotisme, propagande and co). Donc quand vous demandez plus d’explications, demandez-vous d’abord si vous pouvez pas faire la recherche par vous-mêmes. Je pense aussi que c’est important pour la culture politique de chacun : qu’on puisse se renseigner quand on voit des affirmations qu’on pige pas.

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@BNJI c'est le principe du confusionnisme : tu cales quelques personnalités d'un autre bord politique pour pouvoir dire "regardez on invite tout le monde" sauf que
1. Tu mets sur un pied d'égalité un @guillaumemeurice par ex et, mettons, un QAnon donc tu crédibilises ces thèses complotistes ou haineuses
2. Ta ligne edito comporte bien plus de vidéos complo ou mascu donc ton objectif n'est pas la neutralité

Et bim ça fait que pendant des années tu parviens à ne pas être complètement black listé

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Il faut lire ces pouets en considérant qu'ils ont été sciemment écrit dans l'intention de nuire à la société spectaculaire.

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