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Hi there! I'm moving here from @silmathoron that I'll keep as an alt, mostly (tbh) because server issues have been ongoing for months, but also because I think a smaller instance that is closer to my interests might be better.
(I was new to the fediverse when i chose mcloud as my instance so that was not the most educated choice).

I'm , interested in (surprise!) and socio-environmental challenges, but also in culture and language.


Criticism of Mozilla's moves misplaced? 

Some have posted here that #Mozilla made a bad move in laying off a substantial number of employees, while the CEO was paid until 2018 of the order of millions.

I find such arguments lacking in evidence and it reeks of empty rhetoric because:

1. Mitchell Baker assumed role as CEO of Mozilla corp recently in April 2020

End of Arctic sea ice by 2035 possible, study finds

The northern #polar #ocean’s sea ice is a crucial element in the #EarthSystem: because it is highly reflective, it sends solar radiation back out into space. Once it’s melted, there’s no longer any protection for the darker water and rock beneath, and nothing to prevent them absorbing the incoming heat.
By 2035 there could be an end to #Arctic #SeaIce.


Why is this heatwave lasting so long? Blame climate change

“If the whole world warms, the UK warms. If the summer warms, #heatwaves warm,” says Geert Jan van Oldenborgh, a climate researcher at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute.The most notable aspect of the current heatwave that we’re all suffering through, says van Oldenborgh, is the sheer length of it, which is reflected in the high weekly average temperatures...

#climateCrisis #ExremeWeather

250 of us have been laid off from Mozilla this morning.

If you have openings or can offer assistance, please use the #MozillaLifeboat tag!

There is a new research article meantioning the potential socio-economical consequences of a demise of current big-tech platforms (esp. FB) from an ethical and legal standpoint.
The solution of interoperability is only mentioned in a one-liner inside a footnote...

Hey Fosstodon! I'm Andrew and I'm an Operations Engineer by day (and night, the middle of the night). I've been a FOSS user for about 15 years now and haven't used social media for the last few.

I've rediscovered Mastodon and decided to join you guys. I've already seen a few great posts in 30 minutes, so I'm looking forward to what I'll learn and what I can share!


Just dropping this idea here:

Developing a framework for push-messaging in linux-on-phone apps (like for @mobian, @purism #librem5, @postmarketOS, @PINE64 #PinePhone, @ubports #UbuntuTouch)

For Android there's the #OpenPush project trying to introduce an alternative to googles services, that also includes the possibility to self host the server component or choose a trustworthy provoder.

Basically porting that project to also work on (mobile) linux and promoting it to app-developers.

Vermont, your state primary is on August 11th! :vt: :blobyay:

Same-day registration ✅
Voter ID ❎

Vote-at-home: If you’re sick/disabled, you may request a ballot before 5pm on 8/10, which will be delivered to you and to your polling place on 8/11.

Voting by mail: you must return ballot to the town clerk in the envelope included by 5pm on 8/11.

You can hand-deliver ballot to town clerk or polling place on 8/11.

See all details, including what's on your ballot:

Hey internet, our choice of words in text conversations makes the difference between de-escalating conflicts into productive exchanges, or escalating them into flamewars. Asking people not to start fires in the trash can is not "tone policing". It’s just about keeping our shared online habitat liveable.

:betty: Hello, #Funkwhale friend! We are looking for contributors, and maybe you could help us!

We're currently looking for development help, but there's lots of other ways to contribute. Give this new blog a read, and share with anyone you think might be interested. And @ us with any questions.

:wanda: Getting Involved With Funkwhale:

@strypey @beadsland

When the only person your decisions affect are yourself, then wasting time with wild experiments is not just acceptable but noble.

But "move fast and break (other people's) things" & "ask for forgiveness (for screwing people over unnecessarily) instead of permission (to do things you can predict are likely to do more harm than good)" is not acceptable behavior (despite being pretty normal in tech).

I'll also state:

I want people to be able to write free software fulltime, to live on it. I also don't want our movement being financially dependant on MAGAF.

So please, as you're able buy the free software you use. And buy the entertainment you enjoy. It took time & effort to make, and that time costs money.

And sure, argue for a better economic system. Income inequality does not help here. But until then...

Is anyone familiar with the project called LibreSocial? They are building a p2p social network that is decentralized, privacy-respecting, and extendable.

I would be very interested to read a comparison of Fediverse vs. LibreSocial (vs. Solid?) projects, to understand their different goals and different approaches to common goals.

After spending today using only my #pinephone running ubuntu touch, taking it out and about in "normal daily life", I made a quick write-up of my experience.

All in all it's actually looking really good! A number of issues remain in UT, such as the camera and, I think, GPS, but UI performance is great and there has been a huge increase in the number of apps that are available on the Open Store. 😀

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