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#Fediverse folks -- who's writing about the ethics of using SciHub to conduct research? for use cases such as bibliometrics research, systematic reviews, network analysis, but could be any research use case I s'pose

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Before the Luddites: In the 17th century the ribbon-loom was actually prohibited in some European cities. In Leyden riots of the ribbon-weavers at length compelled the Town Council to prohibit it. In Hamburg it was burnt in public by order of the Senate.

See Karl Marx, Capital, Vol. I, Chapter 15: Machinery and Modern Industry β†’ https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1867-c1/ch15.htm#S5

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Any recommendations of books or articles about the Luddites, which aren’t just about portraying them as technophobic machine wreckers?

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A few weeks ago we published a follow-up article about the solar.lowtechmagazine.com project: "How sustainable is a solar powered website?"

The article is a very extensive research into the embedded energy costs of this setup and how to lower that. Additionally we have some statistics on visitors (865k unique), energy use (18.1 KWh) and uptime (98.2%) after more than a year of operation and what conclusions to draw from that.

There is quite some overcapacity in the system, so to increase our efficiency one approach would be to host multiple servers on that off-grid solar system. But that is scaling up. Instead the solution we opted for is seeing how we can do the same with smaller batteries, smaller solar panel and hosting more sites on the same machine. To that end we've started migrating , and language sites to the solar server as well.

Anyway here is the whole thing with all the details!

solar.lowtechmagazine.com/2020

It is time for a new special issue of the Pervasive Labour Union zine! This issue, prepared by the collective Precademics 85.42.1, brings experiences of precarity in Greek academia to the fore.

"This is an attention-seeking act of Greek academic unions to make public and visible the precarious conditions they find themselves in. Far from being an academic aporia by our Greek colleagues, this is the past and future of academia itself." Leandros Kyriakopoulos

ilu.servus.at/category/14-spec

So, there's this concept of "implicit feudalism" in online communities. Essentially, the vast majority of online communities - from old-school forums, to facebook groups, to large platforms like Twitter and Facebook themselves, even to fediverse instances - they're all run as dictatorships by default. It's built into the software - you'll have a top admin who has full, unconstrained power, they might delegate mods who have some limited powers, and anyone else has to listen to what these dictators and lords tell them. We talk about "federating" here in the fediverse, but each individual community - as far as I'm aware of - is a little dictatorship. A federation of dictatorships is not a free society, anymore than the UN, an international body composed of "liberal democracies" and authoritarian regimes is truly democratic. We need a way to start governing online communities through actual forms of democracy.

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Hi all - I'm new here so an / is due. I'm a political sociologist working with film on matters of , & from a critical perspective. I'll soon be starting a new collective research and film project on the politics of in the field of security.

If you're new to Mastodon, please visit -

or if you'd like to invite new people to Mastodon, please ask them to visit -

my Increasingly Less-Brief Guide to Mastodon, which (in addition to being a Hitchhiker's Guide reference) will tell you many things that are useful to know about Mastodon, and also some other things:

https://github.com/joyeusenoelle/GuideToMastodon/

Do you find that the status and progress of ForgeFed is clearly communicated? Is the work visible, does it look like something real that's really happening?

Plz comment & explain, especially if your answer is no :)

Would you want to see a video / talk / presentation about the project?

I updated the website main page to explain project status, feedback on that is welcome!

announcement, #varia, #rotterdam, #kino, flexi/precarity 

Who were in Transmediale 2020? Who should I follow?

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Here's the link to the screen version of my vpn zine. ping me if you'd like the print version too https://mara.multiplace.org/zine-vpn-screen.pdf
#zine

I've implemented a naive p2p system which can be both federated or fully decentralized, something in-between and maybe :

github.com/adzialocha/beep-bee

Added many comments in the source-code itself if you want to check it out.

The main ideas are:
* Not invent a new protocol but patch something together of great components
* Keypairs live in the clients, where messages get signed and then posted to the "home-server"
* Home servers are the actual nodes of the network, find each other and replicate data with each other
* All data is stored in append-only-logs of every managed key (github.com/AljoschaMeyer/bambo)
* Clients can be simple browser-based interfaces without any heavy crypto-crunching or file system access needs (which forces us to live in Electron etc.)
* .. still one could simply build a client which comes together with the Node itself

Happy to hear any comments/ideas or projects which already do something similar in this direction?

Thank you!! 🎈

@KnowPresent Thanks! So I got learnt how to do it reading the minterpolate settings on the ffmpeg website https://ffmpeg.org/ffmpeg-filters.html#minterpolate

The code I use is

ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -filter:v "setpts=40*PTS,minterpolate='fps=60:scd=none:me_mode=bidir:vsbmc=1:search_param=400'" -y output.mp4

I'm just trying to understand the relationship between setpts and fps so if I have a video of, for example, 1 second length I know exactly what to change to make it, for example, 40 seconds

β€œArtist-researchers Roel Roscam Abbing (@rra) and Aymeric Mansoux (@320x200) likewise critique universal openness in their analysis of an emerging internet infrastructure created by and for users: the #Fediverse.”

starting at 11:30am today #Transmediale

https://2020.transmediale.de/content/exchange-4-deplatformization-and-the-ethics-of-exclusion

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