#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
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 → https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1867-c1/ch15.htm#S5
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 #lowtech 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 #french, #spanish and #dutch language sites to the solar server as well.
Anyway here is the whole thing with all the details!
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
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.
Hi all - I'm new here so an #introduction / #introductions is due. I'm a political sociologist working with film on matters of #security, #counterterrorism & #surveillance from a critical perspective. I'll soon be starting a new collective research and film project on the politics of #computervision 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:
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
On the 8th of February we will be screening the documentaries "Alles Flex?" and "Call me Intern", both of which reflect on the devastating consequences caused by the ongoing flexibilization of both housing and work. To further clarify and present these topics, Abel Heijkamp, one of the filmmakers responsible for "Alles Flex?" and member of Bondprecaire Woonvormen, has kindly agreed to be present for a Q&A and conversation.
The second part of the program is secured by Sam Kreuk, who will be presenting his solo project, City Dragon.
Location: Varia, Gouwstraat 3 (Rotterdam)
Date: Saturday 8th of February
Time: 17:30 - 23:00
Download as PDF 👉🏻 https://networkcultures.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/TheEternalNetwork.pdf
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 (https://github.com/AljoschaMeyer/bamboo)
* 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
“Artist-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
I do projects on/with/about computers, networks, infrastructures. he/him
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