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The final vote on the EU #CopyrightDirective is happening THIS WEEK!

Dozens of MEPs are undecided on how to vote on the EU's disastrous #CopyrightDirective. Here's how to call them now, and how to tell them to delete #Article11 and #Article13!


I'm at the point in this research project where I get to print out papers and reviews and put them all in a huge pink sparkly binder and write the relevant citations on the file dividers (which correspond to the sub-headings of the project) and, because this is the only organised thing in my house and indeed my entire life, it brings me an immeasurable amount of joy.

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For the 1st time in history(!) #mathematics' most prestigious prize has been awarded to a woman, Karen Uhlenbeck. She is recognized for revolutionary advances in the intersection of math and physics

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Help is out there. Ask for it if you need it.

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Folks. There are so many scientific articles about the neuroscience of arithmetic on the internet and I'm too poor to read any of them.

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There's a pervasive liberal myth that the powerful care, or even want to know, what we think. It's the same thought process behind sidewalk protests, because the thing that *really* causes change is witty slogans on posterboard

These things have *never* worked, yet people still believe that all we need is a few more signatures and a few more protestors and then they'll crack. Why should they?

The only language the ruling class speaks is force. If you don't make it more damaging for them to keep up than to relent to you, they won't give a fuck

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I sit on my chair, tired. files littering my desk. the chief comes over with a coffee, worried. "you should just drop this, morgan" he says. "cases go cold for a reason. they're gone". I take the coffee and down half of it in a single gulp. "no". I take a file, pin it to my corkboard. "i'll find them". dozens of strings and pictures and articles are pinned across my corkboard. in the middle, written in bright red marker, an equation, and my objective: "Find X"

Hey, internet! I'm planning my first piece of longform academic writing; any advice, considering i've previously written classwork essays under 3000 words?

Part of the reason I'm a little tripped up is because I decided I wanted the finished product to be widely accessible, because it's the sort of thing I'd have been very interested in about four years ago. (I'm very interested in it now!) While I know I can write plainly and simply with a bit of effort, I'm not sure how to make sure that I'm doing that and not writing . . . boringly? And, frankly, I've no idea how to check that the result Is accessible.

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I'm at the point where I'm seeing decentralization and community control of production as less of a means to slowly move away from capitalism, and more of a crucial effort to ensure our communities' survival when capitalism inevitably and imminently collapses

Once you pay attention, you start to notice that once the 18-wheelers stop coming, most of us are fucked. Especially now, when most of our possessions are designed to be ephemeral to force us to regularly replenish them

You can't rely on the internet to always give you that information once you need it. You need not only the knowledge, but the experience to keep things running after our lifelines are cut. We need DIY culture and local infrastructure now

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in abstract algebra, a *ring* is an algebraic structure that spins me right round baby right round like a record baby right round round round
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Lazy and tired are used interchangeably imho and that's bad. So much of so called laziness is tiredness

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does anyone have decent resources for being a not-shitty tutor? i've picked up a couple gigs teaching maths to some bright kids and i don't want to fuck it up but all the books on teaching I've found have a lot to say about managing class behaviour, which isn't . . . really an issue

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We're all worrying about the same thing, but we're parochially certain that the internet's problems are about tech, and not capitalism. Everyone's problems are about capitalism.

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tired: Pride and Prejudice is a beautiful love story

wired: Pride and Prejudice is about two characters overcoming their flaws and improving as people.

inspired: Pride and Prejudice is a biting social comedy that makes fun of EVERYONE*.

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quantum mechanics dictate that im in a superposition of gay and very gay. so please entangle yourself to me so we can both be very gay together

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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***