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(From Philip Mayer, the outsider who created Precision Journalism @marilia_gehrke@twitter.com Luciana Mielniczuk researchgate.net/publication/3)

Q. Should journalists program computers as well? Or at least know the process?

A. Yes.

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Does anybody remember the first reporter to use a telephone? Was that person called a “telephone-assisted reporter?” I like to think of my contribution not as a computer-assisted reporting, but as the application of scientific method.
@PhilipMeyer4@twitter.com

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If you wish to opt-out from the general chat surveillance adopted in the EU, you'll have to host yourself or under your control... patrick-breyer.de/en/posts/mes

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Google: literally pays $15B to be the default search engine

Some folks: it’s not that bad, you can change it to a different search engine

Which part of that DEFAULT is worth FIFTEEN BILLION DOLLARS specifically because most people will not change it did you not understand exactly?

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#SeedSaving is not just food saving ... it is in the very heart of the centuries-old tradition and art of plant cultivation.

Next Tuesday, September 7 at 18:00 CEST (UTC+2), we put the culture back into agriculture with our first #OpenSource #Seed saving #workshop 2021 offered by Aimee Fenech. The workshop will be in English and online in a Big Blue Button (BBB) room, more information here: opensourcegardens.info/news/ne

The session is interactive, bring your questions and let us all learn together.

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If you're looking for a chance to get paid to write meaningful open source software, here's one of those rare opportunities. Fully remote.

We're hiring additional software engineers to join the SecureDrop team, an open source platform to protect journalists & whistleblowers. Our posting outlines the specific skillsets we're looking for:

freedom.press/jobs/sr-software

If this describes you, please get in touch! Happy to answer questions.

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@bgcarlisle A menu in every email client that says "Oh Shit..." that is basically a dropdown with options like:

I shouldn't have sent that.
I forgot an attachment.
I forgot a CC.
I accidentally sent this to my mother.

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A downside of remote work: I am on vacation and at home for a few days in between camping trips. Now that I’ve been working here for 16 months it feels like a place I should be working so it’s really hard (like, really) not to just check email and start doing work.

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Hace tiempo compartí un gist con una lista de alias para comandos basados en Harry Potter, por si os interesa:

twitter.com/CodingPotions/stat

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@natecull working in the intersection of tech and education I for sure can tell you there’s a heavy authoritarian bent in the way that tech is handled (here’s a laptop but if you do anything clever with it you’re expelled) but then when we teach about it we’re all like “express yourself, control your data, change the world!” and I don’t know how we expect that to work out. I constantly butt heads with administrators and teachers over these issues.

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The BBC is so “impartial” that they teach students “the positive impacts of climate change” along with the negative ones.

bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zcn6

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” – Desmond Tutu

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whenever people say AI will solve things we can’t I just think of Babbage: “On two occasions I have been asked [by members of Parliament], 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.”

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A lot of blind and partially-sighted people use the Fediverse through screen readers, apps that read on-screen text aloud.

Long strings of emoji can cause problems for screen readers, because they take a long time to say out loud. They can't be skipped because it is impossible for apps to know when emoji contain useful information.

If you want to make life easier for screen reader users, use just one emoji at a time.

For example, 😄 is fine but 🙂 😋 😚 😆 😄 😞 👍 causes difficulties.

#FediTips

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Competencia: innovación. Muchas (demasiadas) veces la fa-vo-ri-ta.

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The dream of modern computing was that a user was someone who could use and modify and create programs. Somewhere we departed from that and made a "programmer/user" dichotomy. And as both computers and programming tools have become more accessible (free, easier to use, etc.), somehow that divide keeps getting worse

Computers are seen as tools only for programmers and as appliances for everyone else. IMO this is bad for society. Being able to program your computer at a basic level should be seen in the same light as basic literacy and numeracy.

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