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I'm a networking geek and researcher living in Berlin, currently working on a PhD in Computer Science. On a technical level, I like access networks such as WiFi and mobile networks, I like measurement and understanding performance, and I do low-level user-space programming in C. I sometimes talk about science, free software, and tech communities, among other things.

It's been a while, so maybe it's time for another update:

I've been here in the US for 7.5 months now. I still haven't set up all my furniture, lol. (But most of it!)
Otherwise, I feel like I've adjusted pretty well. I have local friends now! It's not easy to build your local social network from scratch during a pandemic, and not being able to travel "home" doesn't help. But I'm making progress.

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making straight people have to choose 'other' and write it in is praxis

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The principle of "choose the least terrible option and don't be too loyal to it" seems to go for both operating systems and democracy

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Could folks please boost this out as far as possible? I want to get it into gender-critical circles.

Could people send me links to articles about specific incidences of cisgender men legally identifying as women in order to access female spaces and abuse cisgender women?

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"Ask some­one try­ing to cob­ble togeth­er a liv­ing as an Uber dri­ver or Instacart work­er how well the pow­er of a tech indus­try com­plete­ly unchecked by labor pow­er is serv­ing them. Either we orga­nize tech, or it will orga­nize the rest of us to serve it."

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"The spread of computers and the internet will put jobs in two categories: people who tell computers what to do, and people who are told by computers what to do."

-- Marc Andreessen

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"Modularity is the most direct path to innovation. We should do our absolute best to build programs that do one thing well, can be tried early, and work well together. Anything else guarantees stagnation, lock-in, frustration, and eventual obscurity."

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oh my god check this out

this just might be the coolest thing i have seen in my entire life

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I keep reading GPL fans bashing other licenses as if the _license_ is going to solve the problem of capitalism


Ever been poor? Apparently not. Here's what your BS license does for the poor:


"Just put this magical set of words on your code and no one will ever steal it ever!"


Also: arguing about this is not going to solve anything. The issue is that the system is broken. More lawyers is not the solution, either. It is leveling the field to be equal.

Your license doesn't do _shit._

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Richard Stallman is indefensible (CW: pedophila, sexism, ableism) 

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US Pol. Voting 

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Remote work is here to stay. Writing screeds about how it "sucks" might be fun, but the more interesting conversation is about what do we do about it.

How might we use remote work to make ourselves, our communities and our society stronger?


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I just gotta say, I was really weary of this trend in academia to try to do everything using AI.
I never saw why AI would be "cool".

But this talk, thanks to "explainable AI" on a topic I'm actually interested in, changed my mind. This is really cool.

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Talk on automating evasion, featuring some really cool tricks:

Their system, called Geneva, is using AI to find censorship evasion strategies.

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Okay here’s an opinion. Markov bots should have a CW on every toot they make, that reads “output of markov bot” or similar. Because when they get boosted onto my timeline with no CW I’m left stressing out trying to work out why I don’t comprehend what this person is saying, until eventually I work out it was a bot and I wasted that energy because it was meaningless. Can y’all see why an autistic person would find text that looks like real language but doesn’t make sense a trigger and a drain of energy? And that it’s a valid position to not want to waste my time reading words recycled by an unthinking computer script even if other people find them hilarious?
Even putting “bot” or “ebooks” in the display name isn’t good enough because people do that too as a joke! But it’s more ableist than it is funny.

The Applied Workshop is happening on July 30 and 31, online.

It costs $25 to attend, but you can request a fee waiver.
Also, the recordings will be made available afterwards.

Here's our program:

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nonbinary identities in French? please boost 

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mfers really gotta learn that queerness is about Breaking The Rules On Attraction And Gender, not making a new set of "more inclusive" rules. the cishets won't respect you anymore if the Queerness Rules are more coherent.

"if you allow bi lesbians, cishet men won't respect lesbians' lack of attraction to men!" is an inherently flawed and self-defeating way of thinking. the cishet men won't respect you any more either way; stop trying to *earn* their respect, and start *demanding* it.

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covid19, study 

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