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RT @subratkumar1756
43 million people, mainly school children formed 16500 km long human chain in my state, Bihar to promote afforestation and water conservation. People of all age came today on streets with full enthusiasm and took part in this historic event. It's the world's longest human chain.

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"We’re looking for stories about people who are planting the seeds for a totally different future, who are actively pushing for changes in their communities, who are imagining who they would be in another time and place, if they didn’t have to define themselves against stereotypes, systematic injustice and a dominant culture that excludes and harms them. Show us these visions."

"We are, as always, especially interested in submissions from trans women and people of color."

These are paid projects, circa $50-300.

autostraddle.com/call-for-subm

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My understanding of what history actually is changed dramatically when I learned that "we" thought historical warriors were predominantly male not because of studying the skeletons of dead warriors but because every time an ancient-ass white academic saw a skeleton with weapons / war trophies nearby they went "oh this one must have had a penis."

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For the past year our interest in Diaspora as a social network solution has been declining. We knew that at one point there will come the time to make the decision about the future of our pod on the federation map. The moment has come to face the inevitable and to announce that we will be phasing out Diaspora in favor of something we feel has bigger potential and suits our platform better and something we've been invested in the past year.

The performance of our Diaspora pod for the last months has been terrible. People constantly complain about the slow stream load times, and we personally were not satisfied with its performance even though we did what we could to improve it. We have also been attacked by the spam account creation which lead us to decide to temporary close registrations while fighting it off. However, we have never re-opened the registrations which sadly reflects our lack of motivation to keep the pod running.

Do we have anything against Diaspora? Not at all.

Of course the performance could be improved. Diaspora has been with us from the very beginning. It was Diaspora where we first posted a hello world as Disroot project, and in fact was the one and only advertisement of Disroot done by us. It was a great experience and great community. However, nothing stays in one place. The times are changing ("ecosystem is moving":wink: :wink: )and we feel like we need to move on. We do not want to get to the situation where provide multiple social networks and thus we need to choose for a single solution we can stand behind, focus on and support as much as we can. For past four years it was Diaspora but looking around, there are amazing projects that stroke our interest and we've become more involved with. The overwhelming feature set of Hubzilla in terms of not only interoperability with other protocols, but also features such as groups, profiles, chats, forums, articles and of course, the nomadic identity and the Zot protocol in general, made us look at its direction more and more. On the other hand the ActivityPub powered networks show the potential of new, fresh and massively occupied federated networks. We feel a need for change and we are want to put our efforts at something we can identify with. Obviously we are currently invested into Hubzilla as we believe it is a brilliant social network ahead of its time, providing set of features unseen anywhere else, and yet very underestimated. That said we do not want to make "impulsive" decision. This is why we cannot tell at this stage which exactly social network we will eventually choose. It's most likely going to be Hubzilla but it could as well be Friendica, Pleroma, Pixelfed or even mastodon. At this stage it is too early to tell. We know Hubzilla has it's shortcomings and so before we manage to address those, it stays unanswered.

What we can say is that officially we will be phasing out our current Diaspora pod. So what does it mean for current users? Not much actually. Diaspora will be operational until the last active user shuts the lights off. We are not Google to kick people out like with G+. We are however going to:

Remove the
Diaspora
page from our website,
Close registration
Start with purging inactive accounts without possibility to reactivate. We will automatically purge users inactive for longer than 4 months without any prior warning.
In the meantime we will be working on Diaspora's replacement.

We would like to say thank you to Diaspora devs for providing us with first ever federated social network, for all the years you've been with us during and prior the birth of Disroot. We are tremendously grateful for your efforts and your work. We will do our best to not leave "The Federation" protocol and still stay in touch with the Disapora network. For now though, Thanks for all the fish, and see you on the flip side.
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reminder to everyone reading this:

you are kind :blobcoffeeraccoon:
you are smart :blobcoffeeraccoon:
you are important :blobcoffeeraccoon:

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Is there an #Android language learning app on #F-droid that people would recommend?

Likewise for #iOS ... I tried DuoLingo, but the gamification and resulting frequent notifications felt like harassment (not to mention my not being interested in creating the membership that it often pushed for). I deleted it.
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Make software lighter so that we can buy “weaker” more affordable computers.

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ebooks that are only released with DRM are basically telling me "if you want to read this you have to pirate it" and if that's what they want, so be it. Liberate them for everyone thufie.lain.haus/liberation.ht

You could also just, y'know, not publish with DRM on an ebook platform.

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Community members, what are your thoughts on OSM's strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities and threats that OSM faces? Please share them on the wiki page created by @allan_mustard: wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OS  (you need an OSM wiki account). Read more: blog.openstreetmap.org/2020/01

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climate + 

Linux.conf.au weeklong thread, probably #lca202 

Linux.conf.au weeklong thread, probably #lca202 

So I thought I met two (lovely) people for the first time today at ‘s GO GLAM miniconf and turns out I was already following both of them on Masto. Hi @saera and @hugh ! 👋🏻💚

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UPDATED: How to reset your Mastodon

Follow these simple steps:

If your version is 2.9.3 +

Turn it on for 2 second 👇🏽
Turn it off for 7 seconds 👇🏽
Turn it on for 2 seconds 👇🏽
Turn it off for 8 seconds 👇🏽
Turn it on for 2 seconds 👇🏽
Turn it off for 2 seconds 👇🏽
Turn it on for 5 seconds 👇🏽
Turn it off for 2 seconds 👇🏽

If your version is < 2.9.3

Turn it on for 2 second 👇🏽
Turn it off for 7 seconds 👇🏽
Turn it on for 2 seconds 👇🏽
Turn it off for 13 seconds 👇🏽
Turn it on for 2 seconds 👇🏽
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"A group of US environmental activists engaged in non-violent civil disobedience targeting the oil industry have been listed in internal Department of Homeland Security documents as “extremists” and some of its members listed alongside white nationalists and mass killers, documents obtained by the Guardian reveal."

Liberals be like

theguardian.com/environment/20

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« En 2020 et au-delà, la bataille pour sauver l’identité individuelle et la démocratie exigera une révision radicale des technologies dominantes » par @aral Balkan et traduit par @Framasoft > framablog.org/2020/01/09/dautr

excellent music video that contains strobes, criticism of our (self-)destructive society and graphic sexual imagery 

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