the idea that there is a neat division where politics, not in the specific electoral sense but in the broader meaning, ends, and that polite folks should not speak of it but instead leave it to the political class we have assigned it to, is antidemocratic and frankly white supremacist in its effect

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when i do it, it's gentlemanly debate. when my vile clamoring foes do it it is politics, and distinctly unseemly

My brother who teaches English in Japan has been making teaching materials so the kids can learn how British people celebrate Christmas.
I think this is a work of deadpan comic genius.

Mobilizon. Your events. Your groups. Your data.

Go behind the scenes of the design of #Mobilizon, our new tool to free your groups and events from Facebook.

(illus CC-By @davidrevoy)

boost if you have or know someone who has knees

I see Hacker News is having an entirely normal one today, arguing that not being able to deny the holocaust is somehow a deep violation of their personal freedoms...

Today we have a rare chance to make #dataprotection law serve everyone better. Speak out for UK #privacy rights by responding to the @DCMS call for views on the Data Protection Act 2018.

the assumption that if you made an ai that's 'more intelligent' than humans, this would make it normatively superior, and since it was so superior, it would immediately want to enslave or exterminate humanity definitely speaks to how tech bros view themselves and the rest of people

Can we please, please – PLEASE! not make the nonsensical US date format month/day/year the default in applications? 🤦‍♂️


And to all users of that format: it makes no sense, it's counter-intuitive, it makes collaboration frustrating, it introduces inconsistencies and errors... Just stop. Please. Use international standards.
(And don't get me started on your other units of weights, volumes and distances. Bloody hell.)

Boost if I'm right.

Try our app, it's exactly like our website down to the pixel except for how it accesses your contacts, location, microphone, pictures and camera and it's not always nagging you to try our app.

When my app first starts up, it's in its most optimal, pristine state. It's a work of art. I've foreseen everything about that one perfect moment.

It's when people actually start using it that everything goes to shit

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I've updated the animated #COVID19 case map with Week 32 data. Oldham really standing out in the final week.

"trusted advertising partners" is the new "clean coal"

Upgraded to Mastodon 3.2.0... nothing obvious has broken 🎉

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