Why Mastodon and the fediverse are “doomed to fail”
-> a small rant about how the profit lens distorts our understanding of success vs. failure:
i literally spit out my water
I see people are excited about American Independence Day.
Make no mistake, this *is* what will happen. Voter suppression or a claim of a rigged election. This will not end well, no matter what.
Excuse my poor English. It's 99F/37C outside and my brain isn't working.
Elsevier rant, long, f-word
Elsevier now confirms the submission of the copyright form¹ by sending you an E-mail with an HTML attachment called Order Confirmation.html. What’s inside? A two-section document, the second section having the title “Order Confirmation” and, among others, the fields: “Order number” and “Order date”.
Fuck you Elsevier! I’m not buying shit, I’m publishing a fucking paper!
Some colleagues refuse submitting or reviewing papers to Elsevier journals. As an early career researcher, I find it difficult to do because I have multiple colleagues exploited by Elsevier, and I do need to maintain good karma in my relationship with them. However, since interacting with this “publisher” gets worse and worse over time, I am seriously considering losing some karma points.
¹ Publishers in academia very often ask us to waive some of our rights over the article to them so that they can freely handle the profit they get from selling our works to the libraries of our own institutions. We, the authors, are paid nothing for our work. We, the reviewers, are paid nothing for our work. We are supposed to be just happy with the fact that our articles get “published” behind paywalls and with lots of restrictions prohibiting us from actually sharing our papers freely.
I see a lot of people boosting this message.
You should know that it passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. IT MUST BE STOPPED NOW IN REGULAR COMMITTEE. THERE IS NO TIME TO WASTE!
I think it's great that people are being given options for foods like plant based steak. If you want to go vegan or vegetarian, as long as you are healthy, go for it.
At the same time, please understand that for many of us, these kinds of foods are not healthy, and in fact poison our systems. One meat substitute in a single meal could basically knock me out of commission for a week.
So please don't take food choices away from others based on your decisions.
This is so much better than the actual Star Wars prequels.
Why Canada is able to do things the US can't do.
Booking guests for @librelounge is not a straightforward thing. LL isn't a "tech podcast", so finding the right fit of guest isn't always easy.
♻️ MooGNU, the copyleft NyanCat
Please, Americans, if you do nothing else today, then please take action against EARN-IT.
We discussed it on the show, but it would destroy online privacy, crypto, etc. This is no joke. Please, take action TODAY as it goes up for a vote July 2nd.
If you love Free Software or Privacy, this bill has to die!
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