It's time to stop corporate mass surveillance. ✊ Switch to secure alternatives now. Here are some suggestions: tutanota.com/blog/posts/how-to 😊

@Tutanota It would be very good if Tutanota could be decentralized like Mastodon.

German Regulators Just Outlawed Facebook's Whole Ad Business

wired.com/story/germany-facebo

Some good news to kick off the weekend with.

#SurveillanceCapitalism

Great talk by @downey about license reciprocity for governments and nonprofits at #CopyleftConf... Also mentions the #PublicMoneyPublicCode initiative by #FSFE

The #Huawei debate falls too short. Security and trust can only be established by

1) releasing the code of critical infrastructure as #FreeSoftware and
2) implementing measures to verify code integrity.

A simple ban or secret audit won't help.

More: fsfe.org/news/2019/news-201902

Zeit zum Umdenken: Im Zuge der Diskussion um #Huawei und den Bau von #5G-Netzen fordert die Free Software Foundation Europe (@fsfe) die Veröffentlichung des Quellcodes kritischer #Infrastruktur unter einer freien Lizenz - unabhängig davon, aus welchem Land der Hersteller stammt: golem.de/news/huawei-diskussio
#FreieSoftware #PublicCode

The #BerlinerFenster (news and adds in the Berlin subway) informs about the @libreoffice / OpenOffice security issue. Although it does not mention that although this issue remains unfixed in #OpenOffice it was fixed in @libreoffice in November last year already.

The #BerlinerFenster (news and adds in the Berlin subway) informs about the @libreoffice@twitter.com / OpenOffice security issue. Although it does not mention that although this issue remains unfixed in #OpenOffice it was fixed in @libreoffice@twitter.com in November last year already.

Seriously debating getting a second cat so my first cat isn't lonely during the day.

I would name him Emperor Fluffyfoots the First of Renshire.

It's been 15 years since Facebook went live and RT looks back at some of its biggest controversies rt.com/news/450642-facebook-bi

US diplomacy 101: Accuse, make threats, stay deaf to counter-arguments youtu.be/jJ5HVIqfcpg

Tolerance in Sweden: Pregnant black woman forcibly dragged off subway train youtu.be/TngHtEZMR4c

'Profit from war crimes': Israel accused of justifying settlements by us... youtu.be/bEw9nnLRibs

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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: https://halcyon.qoto.org.
  • 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: https://video.qoto.org.
  • 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: https://github.com/tootsuite/documentation/blob/master/Using-Mastodon/User-guide.md

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: https://halcyon.qoto.org/ 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]@qoto.org 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 @freemo@qoto.org.

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.
  • @freemo@qoto.org
  • @absolutus@qoto.org
  • @arteteco@qoto.org
  • @Surasanji@qoto.org
  • @hashtaggrammar@qoto.org
Note: The account @QOTO@qoto.org 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***