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New account, new home, new introduction. I used to toot&boost at @cadadr.

One '90s kid from Turkey.

Within linguistics I mainly ❤️ sociolinguistics, phonology, & usage based grammars, in no particular order (but I'm currently working on an MA thesis on phonology of Turkish). Combining theoretical and experimental work is my jam.

I'm also interested in (teaching) computing in social sciences and fully open research & science.

Been fiddling with computers since I was 11. I mostly hack Emacs Lisp, Python, R, Perl and shell, but I'm a total proglang nerd and ❤️ learning about all langs. I'm also interested in declarative reproducible systems. My stuff at: github.com/cadadr

Follows welcome but please read my profile first.

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re: boosts 

Boosts are welcome, unless the toot says otherwise.

I won't boost:

  • toots with media that lack a detailed enough alt text; unless the media is described in the toot itself, or the toot content is (imo) very important

  • begposts, unless it's by or boosted into my timeline by a user that I trust

  • toots that you ask me to not boost, ofc.

Please annotate your media with good, fairly detailed alt texts. Transcripts and descriptions of images, transcripts of audio. IDK if videos can have alt texts, but that too, if possible.

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re: follow requests 

Follow requests are most welcome, but I wish to maintain a healthy and safe network, so I'll accept reqs if

  • you've a bio that introduces you & some public toots, at least partly in a language I can read;
  • you don't support discriminatory, hateful, or violent ideals/organisations;
  • you've a positive vibe.I tend not to follow back immediately, as I want to keep my home feed low traffic. Interactions welcome nevertheless, please don't feel like I'm being dismissive.

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I'm bored, so let's do an experiment.

Here are two poll options: Are we able to distribute our votes so that, by the end of the polling time, only TWO people will have picked the first one, and all the others will have picked the second one? :boost_ok:

when you're in London for several days and it gets boring

Uhm I just applied for a job as a teacher at an IT school. 

They need somebody to teach students project management, like Scrum and Agile.

Say that you were there, what would you sneak into the curriculum? Or as a student, what would you like to hear?

Just as a thought experiment, if you want to play along. It's not like I got the job or anything.

Like, they have classes on Microsoft Azure and AWS. With those classes I'd probably try to talk a bit about Amazon working conditions and Microsoft's lobbying, for instance. Not sure how to do it in the most productive way, but I bet there's a good way to do it.

Don't know what I'm thinking, really. IT, corporations and ethics? Yeah... wish me luck at least?

The telemetry PR to is updated with a decent amount of information: github.com/audacity/audacity/p

I am fairly happy with what I read but I'm also concerned not only because it's Google APIs nevertheless, but it's indicative of a different, less community friendly culture. Telemetry communicates to me that you're taking a more Mozilla like statistics oriented approach. And justifications like

We need a way to make informed decisions about which OS versions to support. For example, can we raise the minimum version of the macOS to 10.10 to update the wxWidgets to the latest version?

or

It is difficult for us to estimate the size of the user base accurately.

are scary because that implies, incorrectly or not, cutting corners and costs on compatibility instead of inclusive portability and a tendency to indirect monetisation, like ads etc., which will inevitably come with many other (chains of) effects eventually.

This might well not be the direction they're going now, but so was the case for Mozilla back in 2010. If you told me back then that Firefox would come with trackers and Pocket and Hello and whatnot, I'd laugh in your face. But look where we are now.

The whole concept of telemetry is anti-communal-software even when not considering the privacy aspects thereof.

Oh, I recall now: if you want brown ink, I think Kaweco's brown is way nicer than Shaeffer's, which is too red-y and dirty to my eyes.

Also, Kaweco is nice to write with but if I'm capping it on and off often (as happens when taking notes because uncapped, fountain pens dry up), it starts to hurt my thumb after a while. It's also hard to unscrew even normally but esp when your hands are not totally dry (e.g. you've some sort of cream on or just washed your hands and they are damp), it's almost impossible because while the cap is hexagonal and large, the body is perfectly round and tiny. Takes extra force to unscrew that way.

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all these fucking ghouls in the pharma industry who are shitting their pants over the idea that vaccines should have their patents waved are killing people not just now, but in the future.

of course non western states deserve the vaccine and it should not be horded at all, and they will die without that vaccination as India is showing us right now. but the thing is that, concentrating the vaccines that do exist into one area, giving a tiny pittance out to show how generous you are, while having a tiny amount produced, will mean more people die. the larger gaps you have in society for the virus to exist, the more that virus has the ability to mutate, and more specifically, to mutate in such a way that will lead to the vaccine becoming useless.

IP rights mean less places produce vaccines, less vaccines means more dead NOW and in the long term as the virus mutates leaving us open to MORE covid waves. and these inhuman black hearted scum who run these companies are screaming that this needs to happen so they make money. this is what people mean with capitalism being so short sighted it will kill itself.

Big right-to-repair win: FTC blasts tech giants for making it so difficult to mend devices

theregister.com/2021/05/07/ftc

Introduction from Save Mills 

Hello! This account is news, announcements and more from the Coalition to Save Mills College, a 501c3 founded by a Mills College student to fight for the school to remain a degree-granting institution. We are students, staff, faculty, alums, and friends of the college.

Mills is a liberal arts college located in Oakland California. It is one of just 37 HWCs left in the United States.

This account is run by @celesteh

#introductions

Lamy Safari and KWZ Grapefruit colour ink arrived. The pen is nice as expected (tho I don't like the plastic body, it's way too light unposted), but the ink is excellent.

One thing that really annoys me is that these pens come with plastic cartridges as opposed to converters. Especially when e.g. Scrikss sent these three tiny cartridges that could've easily been one large one like in the Lamy. It's not all that bad, as plastic cartridges are easily reusable (you just need a syringe), but it's a waste of plastic and ink nevertheless.

One thing is, this Lamy starts really good after getting washed and inked, as if I was using the pen for a few days already with the new ink. Kaweco is not like that, it retains a lot of water, dilutes the ink for long, and also the pen's body can get easily stained from the ink itself, which, like, really?

There was one more thing I wanted to say but I forgot :blobcatgooglyshrug:

colonialism, question 

@ljwrites paper genocide is the intentional destruction of Indigenous peoples' cultural knowledge. think of the spanish arriving in tenochtitlan and destroying all evidence of the robust legal system we once had, all our family lineage, everything written that could tell us who we once were before they arrived.

colonialism 

"At least they built ScHoOls"

(*stares in residential school are centers of paper and cultural genocide you fucking turd*)

i miss NPAPI plugins (remembers reinstalling the google hangouts plugin over and over again until it worked) no i don't

are forums still a thing and if so where are they

virus 

"cruises running trial voyages" AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA "hey you wanna get on a disease boat with 750 other people and see if you or your kids die" HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

This is a pretty obvious subtoot but this is not merely about one interaction, but also a general observation.

If you do notice the thread that triggered this subtoot, please do not reply there, as that too is unjust and is not what I wish to achieve. I don't really blame the interlocutor, as internet is US centric first and West centric second everywhere, and it's pretty common that us the remaining folk have to figure a somewhere to nestle and put in the extra effort to fit in with the Big Boys. It's not about one person, in which case I would have quietly blocked and moved on.

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It apparently may come as a surprise to some, but not all of us are well versed and/or living in Western culture/countries here. We inevitably (have to) learn and know a lot about it just to be able to participate here or on the rest of the Internet platforms (and I do not resent that as the more one knows the better), but it's unfair to expect (near-)perfect knowledge of it all. We have overlapping but different troubles, structures of power, and political/religious/ethnoracial/sex&gender issues where we live and as who we are, and may not be aware and/or capable of noticing every detail, telltale sign, linguistic pattern, 'dogwhistle', etc. that's trivial to pick out for you. Please be careful as to not reifying the global west / global east power dynamic here, whether inadvertently or not. It's deeply unwelcoming to be called names just because one lacks native-level familiarity with the dominant, explicitly (and at times, 'excludingly') Western culture of fediverse.

P.S: this subtoot is not an apologia for or a justification of the cowardly people that bring forward their non-westernness or non-western descent when they are caught acting harmfully and/or in bad faith.

chicago politics, racism 

I've devoted a lot of time to understanding the criminal punishment system in an effort to destroy it and replace it with better things, and I still come across brain-breaking sentences sometimes.

In a city that is 50% white and 30% Black,
"Just 3.5% of the approximately 5,500 residential search warrants served by Chicago police officers between 2017 and 2020 targeted white Chicagoans, according to the report from the inspector general’s office."
news.wttw.com/2021/05/06/chica

fediblock, racism, misogyny 

defederating from mastodon.ar.al because the admin likes to harass Black women on Twitter

I want to remind that #EUnomia is a research project funded with around 3 millions, also aiming to investigate the #fediverse.

companies leading #projectEUnomia are also involved in:

- mass surveilience
- military and law enforcment
- developing strategies and tools countering mass movements
- countering local journalism with clickbait

@Gargron is/was on their pay check with at least €63,290.

several month ago I made some research about them and puplished it here:
hub.libranet.de/wiki/paulfree1
there's also an easy to remember shortlink available: frama.link/eunomia

@stsp STOP DOING ANALYTICS meme.

Wanted to know what your users thought of your software anyway for a laugh? We had a tool for that. It's called SURVEYS

:D

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