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I'm proud of #SDF's #Mastodon #moderators, and of most reporting members: they are swift at identifying #spam, and we've enough moderators around the globe to handle the obvious cases close to immediately.

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#brexit 'base' for Boris? Like #trump he knows he need not aim high but low, elevating #xenophobia and leveraging #racism for 'popular' support irrespective of major scandals
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Things free-software actually needs a replacement for, rather than more Alexa clones:

- the thing that remembers your wifi networks & passwords across Android devices

- the thing in GMail that notices "due dates" and creates optional reminders for them

- The thing that notices when email & SMS contacts have the same name and provides a button to merge them

- Yours?

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Age of Surveillance Capitalism: “We Thought We Were Searching Google, But Google Was Searching Us”

At its core, surveillance capitalism is parasitic and self-referential. It revives Karl Marx’s old image of capitalism as a vampire that feeds on labor, but with an unexpected turn. Instead of labor, surveillance capitalism feeds on every aspect of every human’s experience.


Guest: Shoshana #Zuboff

#surveillance #privacy #google #facebook #internet #democracynow

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#morsi is dead, but Western powers are very happy; like #lula in #brazil what we have here is the marginalisation of people's popular demand in favour of remotely-controlled oligarchs'/multinationals' puppet masters with their faux nationalism
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@gemlog @vfrmedia

And Thatcher also brought in Right to Buy, which transitioned council housing stock in to private ownership.

* 1980 – 42% of the population live in council housing – Right to buy scheme introduced
* 2017 – Less than 8% of the population live in council housing – 40% of ex-council flats sold via Right to Buy are now rented out more expensively by private landlords


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"Why celebrate democracy in politics but not in economics? Why have one-person-one-vote elections in residential communities but exclude them for workplace communities inside enterprises?

Because otherwise capitalism could not survive." #democracyatwork

#HowCapitalismWorks #RichardWolff #anticapitalism #socialism #marxism #economics

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Google to launch "The Ring of Power" wearable smart technology, available free to all the 'leaders of mortal men', in an attempt to circumvent any future government anti-trust action...


#deletegoogle #privacy

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When I bought the LP of #Quadrophenia by #TheWho many decades ago, I always loved the second track entitled #TheRealMe but for years I couldn’t quite put my finger on why I liked it so much. Then it dawned on me that it basically an incredible #drum solo and #bass solo with some lyrics and a guitar playing in the background.


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Bought a new drive to replace the disk I just lost... and guess what: DOA - dead on arrival.

My luck with new hardware knows no boundaries.


Please note that June’s Book of the Month is Katherine Mansfield's Bliss and Other Stories and the Track of the Month is 'Goodbye Pork Pie Hat' by Jeff Beck.

phidoc.net/book_of_the_ month.html



Please note that May’s Book of the Month is George Steiner’s Real Presences and the Track of the Month is ‘O Mensch’ by Gustav Mahler.



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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***