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@rks There are right leaning servers and left leaning. The left tends to block the right, the right blocks no one. QOTO has a pretty healthy mix of left and right.

My predictions: Twitter will be the first of the social media Old Guard to collapse. Facebook will be the second. What follows will be a war of sorts between decentralized platforms like Mastodon and Diaspora and centralized, though "free speech focused" platforms like BitChute, Minds and Gab. They will probably split along political lines (Mastodon and Diaspora lean mostly left; MGB, right), and they're pretty evenly matched, so I don't know who's going to win; it may tie pretty closely to the political situation of the next four to eight years.

Never had a proper (?); here's an improper one instead:

Quick Facts:

* I am Texan.
* I am Catholic; devoutly so.
* I do some drawing in my spare time, though I'm not very good at it. Don't expect posts unless I'm feeling really optimistic.
* I consider myself pretty right-wing (in the veins of Buckley, Sowell and Shapiro).
* I call him Jordan Petersenpai.
* I am very strange.

I don't really like doing this kind of thing, mainly because I don't really know who I am on this platform quite yet (one thing I'm pretty sure of is that the internet especially shredded traditional notions of identity; if someone could stitch them back together I would be much obliged). But rituals be rituals.

The More You Know.

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Overheard: "What happens if you put a chameleon on a mirror?" "It explodes."

I read about a new smart wall (glass) from NanaWall.

I was wondering how it worked. So far I only learned something about nematic liquid crystal displays (LCD). With the following cell configurations Fréedericksz cell, VA cell, twisted nematic LC cell (similar to the Fréedericksz cell).

I read a little in a book [1] about polymer dispersed LCDs (PDLCDs).
These displays can address states between a scatter mode, where the display looks like a opal glass panel, and a transparent mode. With a contrast ratio of approx. 40:1, compared to a newspaper with a contrast approx. 8:1.

That sounds very similar.

Some more information about PDLCDs:
The nematic liquid crystals are arranged as droplets in a polymer binder between two glass plates with electrodes.
These droplets have a random orientation and so the refractive index is random. This causes the light to be scattered at a wide angle to the observer (scattering mode).
By apply an electric field the molecules orient themselves parallel to the field. With the result that the refractive index is almost the same. This means that the light can not scatter through the display (transparent mode).

This type of display don’t require a polariser.
I think that’s a big advantage of this technology. This way don’t lose 50-60% of the light beam at the polariser. This enables us to achieve a high transmission rate.
In my opinion, one disadvantage is that we need an applied electrical field for the transparent mode. Because in this case I don’t want an opaque window at a power blackout.

This was just one possible technology. Wikipedia [2] lists these technologies: electrochromic, photochromic, thermochromic, suspended-particle and micro-blind and polymer-dispersed liquid-crystal devices.

Maybe you have another idea.

Now it's time. Good night.

[1] Liquid Cristal Displays, Addressing Schemes and electro-optical effects, Ernst Lueder


So am I the only one who consistently spells it "dialogue" *except* in the phrase "dialog box"?

can we get an edit option on Mastodon instead of a "Delete & redraft".

Liebe (Ex-)Follower,

mein Account auf wurde leider am Wochenende ohne Vorwarnung und ohne Angabe eines Grundes vollständig gelöscht. 🤔

Wenn ihr mir weiterhin bzw. wieder folgen möchtet, dann könnt ihr meinen neuen Account dafür nutzen. Ich hoffe hier auf ist man etwas toleranter.

Der Zeitpunkt der Löschung hätte nicht ungünstiger sein können: Es hatten sich gerade einige Leute gemeldet, die mit mir eine sachliche Debatte führen wollten. Über das Wochenende war ich aber nicht online und jetzt ist der Account während meiner Abwesenheit gelöscht worden...

Daher habe ich jetzt auch fast keinen Überblick mehr darüber, wem ich noch eine Antwort schuldig bin. Die Timeline ist ja futsch. Im Zweifel schreibt mich einfach nochmal an.

Viele Grüße,
Robert Nitsch


What do you guys think is the ideal model for internet and social network? (regardless of the fact that being here already imposes a bias)
1. Anarchic/ decentralized model, like internet or social networks of the early days. Data is more or less left on its own, there is a lot of space for popularity depend mechanisms that create big players and monopolies
2. Enforced version of 1. (by whom? International organizations ?)
3. Privates can exploit popularity mechanisms to create monopolies /oligopolies, like Fb/Twitter. Lots of R&D, data owned by companies and opaque feed algorithms, profit oriented
4. Regional /international state-like organization, collects taxes for maintenance/development, not tied to profit logics

Please argue or correct me in any way you wish :)

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@4of92000 I had someone on here tell me the term ‘radical left’ is silly, that they don’t exist.

Which is exactly what I’d expect from someone who has only ever listened to people from the radical left.

Don’t ask a fish about water.

Report on Mastodon, a few days in now:

Qoto's pretty cool. Like these people; we got the right amount of fuck-giving: not too little; not too much.

The Fediverse is pretty carcinogenic, especially Every political everybody I can find anywhere is far-left (to the point of mocking John McCain's death, which just isn't cool and (hopefully ironically) advocating for the genocide of TERFs), which is weird because in my experience it's the right-wing/classical liberal types (and Tim Pool) leaving mainstream platforms like YouTube and Birdtalk in droves.

Weird how one side is flocking to this weird decentralized thing, and the other (and me) is throwing their chips behind centralized platforms (Gab, BitChute, Minds) that just have relatively transparent people at the top and few content restrictions.

Wonder who's going to win, or if the right-wing faction will just get their own Mastodon instance and throw all their chips behind that.

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QOTO Mastodon

Welcome to the QOTO instance

QOTO: Question Others, Teach Others

A Mastodon instance for scholars in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and all yearning to learn.

A free speech space. No censorship here.
We do not silence or block any instances.

Unique Features
  • Inline math Latex support - Use \ ( and \ ) for inline LaTeX, and \ [ and \ ] for display mode.
  • 65,535 character limit for toots (usually 500)
  • 65,535 character limit for profile bio (usually 160)
  • Full text searches - usually you can only search hashtags and usernames
  • Halcyon / Twitter clone front-end - Want the interface to look exactly like the Twitter interface? After you signed up just go here to login:
  • PeerTube - We host our own PeerTube server with open registration for up to 100MB, but all of our active users get unlimited quotas. Sign up here:
  • Professionally hosted with nightly backups
  • light modern theme with full width columns (not fixed)
  • Several extra themes - including mastodon default and mastodon default with full width columns (not fixed)

Message to New Members

Welcome to the Qoto Mastodon instance, its like twitter but better!

Please don't hesitate to Direct Message me or tag me in Toots (what we call tweets here) if you have any questions or even if you just want to chat.

If you are new to Mastodon you may want to check out this official getting started guide:

We are a free speech, no censorship zone. Feel free to talk about whatever you want, say whatever you want, as long as it is legal you wont ever get banned from the server. With that said we do have a few rules: No spam, and no using multiple accounts to circumvent personal bans.

This server isnt a typical mastodon server either. I have personally modified the code on this server to give it several unique features you wont find on other servers.

If you are new to Mastodon here is some useful info.

First off, if your coming from Twitter and you'd prefer an interface that looks exactly like twitter, then just go here and login with your Qoto credential: No need to create an account there, your account on this server will work just fine. Just enter your username in the following format @[username] so for me it would be @freemo But personally I think our default skin here is way better.

Basically Mastodon is a decentralized twitter. That means anyone can run a server (like Qoto) that people can sign up to and use just like twitter. The unique part is how the servers talk to each other.

If you want to tag someone on the same server as you then you can just do @user however if you want to specify someone on a different server you can do @user@server. If someone follows you or mentions you on any server on the internet you'll get notified right here. So my full tag is

So now a bit about the timelines, there are three (unlike twitter there is just one): Home, Local, Federated.

The Home timeline is just like what you'd expect on twitter, that is, everyone you are following.

The local timeline is any post made by anyone on your local server.

The federated timeline is what is cool. It combines the timeline of everyone on the server into one. This way you can see the posts of everyone that is followed by anyone on the server (assuming the post is public). So this timeline is a close representation of everyone on the internet who has Mastadon (though not really). Moreover we have a bot here that goes around and federates with everyone it can find, so our Federated Feed is rather robust covering thousands of instances.

Only other thing that is unique is listed vs unlisted posts. You have normal privacy settings like on twitter but you also can set a post to be listed or unlisted. If it is listed it acts just as i described. If it is unlisted then it acts just as a normal tweet would but it doesnt show up on local or federated timelines anywhere.

Also this goes without saying, but don't be racist, sexist, hateful, and don't harass people. Its a pretty shitty thing to do, don't be shitty!

The following is the list of QOTO administrators/moderators.
Note: The account listed as the administrator is NOT an actively monitored account. It was selected so as not to show favoritism among our moderator group, we are a democracy and even our administrators and moderators are held to the same high standards of decency as the rest of the community.

***We will never advertise on QOTO or sell your information to third-parties***