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@bigworldsmallsasha has finally released her new book that she had been working on for the last couple of years! I'm really excited to read her memoir because I know she has had one of the most interesting lives, if you're unfamiliar with Sasha I recommend taking a look at her website - https://bigworldsmallsasha.com

She has been traveling around the world for more than a decade with little to no money and has gained an extensive understanding about our world through these experiences.

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Thanks very much @Rokosun 😊 I hope you enjoy my book! 🙂

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TROM II: The many ways we are destroying this planet

https://videos.trom.tf/w/w1jW1t8p7LXrAvvaQSubea

We all know that humans are wreaking havoc on the natural ecosystems of our planet, but it's astonishing to see the actual scale of it all. Go ahead and watch the TROM II documentary if you haven't yet, because it's full of such amazing facts about our world.


TROM II: The many ways we are destroying this planet


Watch the entire documentary here - https://www.tromsite.com/documentaries/trom2/


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When Billionaires Fund Science Education

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bU8UR_T8SV4

I will definitely be more skeptical of data sourced from https://ourworldindata.org after watching this video. And I'm honestly a bit concerned about how ubiquitous they are, their data often gets cited by a lot of other publications so it's worrisome to see how skewed they can be.

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https://lpeproject.org/blog/social-media-authoritarianism-and-the-world-as-it-is/

I was reading this article by @Mer__edith, the president of Signal messenger app. There's a lot of insightful information there so I recommend giving it a read. I'm glad to see someone openly speak out about this and raising concerns about the increasing centralization of power and control in the hands of a few, both in the digital space and in the offline world.

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yeah, it's true. Usually to count any species you need a lot of people. And even if there is a funding for some researches it's never so large that it can include every person who are participating. That's why they all rely on a group of volunteers. Which is great, because people are motivated by the science, nature, animals and many other reasons. They really want to do it. And in turn it's very interesting and fun. That's why I try to show, that's its quite cool thing to do. And every one can do it too !

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Yeah it looks quite fun to be honest :blobcatgiggle: I hope you inspire more people to do these things through your videos! 🙂

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Why It Was Almost Impossible to Make the Blue LED

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AF8d72mA41M

This man is the definition of determination, huge respect for the guy! 🙏

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https://darknetdiaries.com/episode/139/

This is one of the craziest #hactivism stories I've ever heard! :ablobcatbongo:

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The AOSP-based custom OS GrapheneOS has PIN scrambling, which makes these attacks a bit harder and also improved fingerprint unlock security.

Highly recommend looking into the project because it has many amazing security features on top of AOSP, and is one of the few custom OSes with actual security researchers developing significant improvements.

https://grapheneos.org/features

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@Scorpion8741 @Surveillance Report

I'm aware of GrapheneOS, and I'd definitely try it out if I can get my hands on a pixel 🙃

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Calyx OS also offers PIN scrambling and supports more devices than Pixels.
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I used it with a lot of pleasure and - not being anybody important enough to have my gestures recorded many times- I always felt safe using it. I don't think it is easy to crack. I miss #BlackBerry solutions every day but I'm happy not all of them got copied. BlackBerry was unique.

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https://darknetdiaries.com/episode/137/

> A new type of mercenary spyware came on the radar called Predator. It’ll infect a mobile phone, and then suck up all the data from it. Contacts, text messages, location, and more. This malware is being sold to intelligence agencies around the world.

Listening to this episode opened my eyes about the crazy world of cyber mercenaries, a part of the #MilitaryIndustrialComplex profiting off of wars.

#Privacy #Security #Spyware #SurvaillenceCapitalism

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The Self Balancing Monorail

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUYzuAJeg3M

My mind is blown away by this video! 🤯 I wouldn't have believed if someone told me they made this shit work today, let alone in 1910. Sometimes the ingenuity of humans is unbelievable!

Here is also a #Wikipedia article about it - https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyro_monorail

#YoutubeVids #PrimalSpace #Science #Educational #BrennanMonorail #GyroMonorail #Engineering #Physics #Gyroscope

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@Willie1foot @Lazarou

You may wanna try this - https://sponsor.ajay.app/

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wow!
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not very functional, but still it's an engineering feat!

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The Awful Truth about Online Shopping

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdL85EP7s5M

I just watched this video and feel like I have to share it here.....

#YoutubeVids #capitalism #waste #environment #Amazon #shipping #clothes #FreeReturns #FreeShipping

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@AntennaPod surprised me with this cool feature today!

I think Spotify had a similar feature for the songs you listen to, but I haven't been on Spotify for a long time so I don't know what it's called now. But it's cool to see this on a FOSS podcast app like #AntennaPod, and the amazing thing is that they generate it locally on your device so it's privacy friendly 🙂

#FOSS #Podcast #AntennaPodEcho

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@ralf_weinert
Yeah, and here's my podcasts if you're interested - https://fosstodon.org/@futureisfoss/111617424432811704


Finally here's my favorite podcasts of the year according to #AntennaPodEcho

I will explain more about each #podcast in the thread below.



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A Round Disk Through a Smaller Square Hole (Bending Spacetime)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jE-ATI8utA

TIL after watching this video that spacetime curvature doesn't actually mean it's bending into the 4th dimension, all this time I thought otherwise 😅

#YoutubeVids #Educational #ActionLab #Science #Physics #Spacetime #Gravity

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I feel like the puzzles are getting a bit too hard for me on #AdventOfCode, so I'll probably be slacking off from now on. Solving last day's 2D pipe maze with a loop was hard enough, and today's puzzle seem to be of a similar kind so I'll probably skip - I feel like these puzzles have more to do with math and geometry than programming itself :blobcatshrug:

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@bignose I can't summon up much enthusiasm for AoC this year. I don't need to:

* Learn a new language
* Learn to program
* Write yet more string parsing code
* Wrestle with algorithms that are vanishingly rare in the real world
* Prove anything, to myself or others
* Invest time/energy I could usefully spend elsewhere

But I'm delighted others enjoy it at least as much as I've enjoyed it in the past. Plus it's a great spectator sport.

#AdventOfCode

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@underlap @bignose

This was actually my first year trying out AoC, as a beginner to programming it was kind of a fun learning experience, but being a beginner also means I'll have to stop sometime as the puzzles get harder. Last day's puzzle was a bit too hard for me, maybe today's is better I might give it a try but I certainly won't put any pressure on myself 😄


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Content warning: Advent of Code - Day 9 (Part 1)

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Content warning: Advent of Code - Day 4 (Part 2)

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How should regulators think about "AI"?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eK0md9tQ1KY

I was watching this video by @emilymbender and she made a lot of great points there, highly recommend watching it if you're curious about #AI and the hype around it. I was a bit surprised when she brought up magic 8 ball because I've been jokingly calling chatGPT magic ball in my friend circles, but it's such a great analogy tho 😄

Also check out her podcast with @alex where they break down the AI hype - https://www.buzzsprout.com/2126417

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I just made a git repo for my #AdventOfCode solutions, so if any of you wanna see my spaghetti code you can find it here on #Codeberg - https://codeberg.org/rokosun/AOC

I'm using the #Nim programming language since I started learning it a while ago, still very much a beginner tho 🙃

P.S. Also check out @amin's private leaderboard for #AOC - https://alpha.polymaths.social/@amin/statuses/01HGA3787ZYTGJ60MQRW09RH5E

#AdventOfNim


For people doing Advent of Code, I have a Private Leaderboard of Fediverse people you're welcome to join!

Join code is 382566-472d5a9a.


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@amin yeah, that's exactly how I'm thinking how can I represent the data, and then how can I get closer to what I want, or functions I need to do what I need. My way is just one way to do it, but it's the one I find the easiest to work with :)

Types are a bit daunting in the beginning but when you do they really help you think, and let's the compiler help you not do a quite big group of errors :)

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@sotolf @amin

I think I also learned some new Nim features from your code, for example I was surprised to see how you defined the CubeSet type on line 13 - is Nim using the Color enum for indexing its arrays?! I had no idea this was possible!


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This Mysterious Globe Perpetually Spins With No Batteries

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-NII1RdlcQ

This is genius, not gonna lie.

#YoutubeVids #Educational #ActionLab #Science #Engineering

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yah thats quite cool - saw this video a while go :D

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Sidedoor - Cellphones Rock

Listen here: https://play.prx.org/listen?ge=prx_69_63bdc2ee-80b0-4a14-8b25-f637645ce61b&uf=http%3A%2F%2Ffeeds.si.edu%2FSmithsonianSidedoor

One fascinating fact I heard on this #podcast episode:

> If everyone in the country use their phone one year longer on average, it'd be the same as taking 636,000 gasoline powered cars off the road.

The episode mainly talks about the precious minerals in our phones and how they're extracted from rocks formed millions of years ago, not only do we have a limited supply of these minerals but it also can't be recycled properly.

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Unsung Science: The Man Who Invented QR Codes

In 1994, Masahiro Hara got tired of having to scan six or seven barcodes on every box of Toyota car-parts that zoomed past him on the assembly line. He wondered why the standard barcode from the 70s was still used...Why couldn’t someone invent a barcode that used two dimensions instead of one that could work from any angle or distance, even even if it got smudged or torn?

And so, studying a game of "Go", he dreamed up what we now know as the QR Code — the square barcode you scan with your phone. It shows up on restaurant menus, billboards, magazine ads — even tattoos and gravestones. But even that, says Hara-san, is only the beginning.

Listen here: https://chrt.fm/track/22GG1/dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/prfx.byspotify.com/e/rss.art19.com/episodes/fc006bc6-93ba-4c9f-8249-9d59504e5226.mp3?rss_browser=BAhJIg9BbnRlbm5hUG9kBjoGRVQ%3D--bba5bdd77df5f5806138bf3e7d4615ea7f8e6a75

Podcast webpage: https://art19.com/shows/unsung-science



De Fiets is Niets

https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/de-fiets-is-niets/

Today the Netherlands has a reputation as a kind of bicycling paradise. Dutch people own more bicycles per capita than any other place in the world. The country has more than 20,000 miles of dedicated cycling paths. International policymakers make pilgrimages to the Netherlands to learn how to create good bike infrastructure.

But none of that was inevitable. It wasn't something that magically emerged from Dutch culture.

In fact, in the 1960s and 70s, it looked like the Netherlands would follow the same path as the United States. The Dutch had fallen in love with cars and they were rebuilding their cities to make room for them. It was only because of a multi-decade pro-cycling movement that cars didn't take over the country entirely.

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Unexplainable: How to decode a thought

Can researchers decipher what people are thinking about just by looking at brain scans? With AI, they're getting closer. How far can they go, and what does it mean for privacy?

Listen here: https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/524GE/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP3120299380.mp3?updated=1694547815

Podcast webpage: https://www.vox.com/unexplainable

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I Volunteered for 25 Projects. Here's What I've Learned

https://videos.trom.tf/videos/watch/be1162f8-a5b2-4afe-a022-2c1d2ea39ac0

Another wonderful video by @sober_pirate explaining the things he learned while volunteering for different environmental and humanitarian projects.


I Volunteered for 25 Projects. Here's What I've Learned


In this video I am showing 9 things which I've realized by volunteering for 25 projects. Most of them were about nature and wildlife protection and restoration.

Support me on Patreon : https://www.patreon.com/BeBraveToAct


Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/bebravetoact/
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/bebravetoact
Twiter : https://twitter.com/BeBraveToAct

Friendica : https://social.trom.tf/profile/sober_pirate


00:00 Intro
00:23 Skills
01:27 Funding
02:27 Compassion
03:16 Other People
04:23 Enthusiasm
06:03 Time Waste
07:14 You Will Lose Money
08:08 Experience
08:54 Never The Same


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The Library of Alexandra

https://radiolab.org/podcast/library-alexandra

The story of #SciHub and its founder Alexandra Elbakyan in her fight against the global network of academic journals that underlie published scientific research.

#OpenScience #OpenAccess #Podcast #Radiolab

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Files downloaded from Sci-Hub appear to carry malware allowing capture of passwords and other credentials
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@EliRabett that's very unlikely, do you have a source for that? I'm wondering if it's some phishing site pretending to be SciHub, but IDK.....
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My anti=virus software reported an attempted download form Sci-Hub as infected. Also see
https://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2018/09/18/guest-post-think-sci-hub-is-just-downloading-pdfs-think-again/
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Will there be any proofs? Also, those are PDF files mainly you're looking for - what "capture of passwords" are you talking about? :D
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@scsmash3r @EliRabett

PDF files can contain malware in them which is why you should never open them if you get a spam email or something with an attached PDF. However I'd be very surprised if SciHub contains any malware like this person says because it's generally considered as a trusted source of information, without providing a valid source for that claim I can only take it as rumor or propaganda at best.

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@scsmash3r @EliRabett

BTW, you can also use tools like @dangerzone to safely open potentially harmful PDFs - it's made for people like journalists who may need to open many PDFs as part of their work.


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Why Your Dog Has An Anti-Tick Pill And You Don’t?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QDDHjRZIZM

Man I would absolutely love it if I could turn my blood into poison for mosquitoes 😈🦟

#YoutubeVids #Educational #SciShow

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w3ct3j6y

I really enjoyed this podcast episode because I've actually pondered about this question myself before, just like the 11 year old who called in and asked them. Considering the wide range of activities we humans can do just with the energy we get from our daily meals, it really makes you wonder how efficient we are as a species, compared to machines, other animals, etc.

#CrowdScience #Podcast

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https://forum.tromjaro.com/t/tromjaro-12-08-2023-big-update-many-changes/183

So.... um, yeah I had to code on my mobile 'cause my laptop broke, lol 😅 Not really the cleanest code ever but I'll improve it 🙃 Also just take a look at #Tromjaro and see how much it has grown over the years! I like how @tio pays attention to every little detail of how an average nontechnical person uses Linux, where they get confused, etc and try to improve/fix everything he can - what you end up with is not a perfect distro but one with a much better UX than most.

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Watched it too. Very sad to see the state of the ocean declining rapidly. Like I said to @Dima before what I'd wish to see more is some focus on the why people exploit and do these bad things. I think that woman in the video that's kinda the "main" character, appeared in another of Dima's videos and she did great at explaining how if we do not help the people, these poor people will have to exploit the oceans in order to survive. I think she was saying that they are using dynamite to kill a lot of fish.

But this is something I rarely see in videos/documentaries, the focus on why these things happen. Dima said he will try to emphasize on that more in the future. I understand that you can get repetitive since it all starts from this trade-environment (mostly), but it is definitely worth adding the "why people do these bad things".

Anyway, Dima does a great job with these videos, from editing to highlighting these wonderful people who do wonderful things. Like he was saying, these are the heroes.
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@Rokosun Thank you ! Glad to hear that it inspired you.
@Tio actually i had to cut out few scenes out of the video, when Aylin (that woman) is explaining how everything is rigged by oil and gas industry and military exercises. Because she is protecting sea she is in a conflict with Turkish oil industry, they sued her for some kind of bullshit which his not truth, but anyway she got court right now. And before publishing i showed video to her and she liked a lot that part, but decided to ask her lawyer if it's possible to publish that. Because in that part of the video there were also cuts from Turkish media news outlets how they support basically destruction of an environment for a profit. And lawyer said that it has to be out of video 100%. Because if published she will had huge problems in the court. Imagine that!!! That's a fucked up world where you can't really point on the problem because you can be fined or even jailed. And Turkey is not the most "free speech" country in the world.

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Oh wow ok....that's fucked up. Not surprising but fucked up. These motherfuckers can silence you so easily, can sue you for any kind of bullshit to drag you to courts. Classic "legal mafia" behavior.
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Oh another thing, maybe when these things happen you can also add a commentary about it. Take it on you basically. No one sues you for now 😁
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yeah good point, next time i will take it on me. Now it all happened before i started uploading video to youtube, and i just cut this part out. I couldn't even imagine that such a minor thing can be a problem.

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https://videos.trom.tf/w/p/fVpfZ9VfWrWawHkggKi7Wz

In June 20, 2023, a documentary miniseries called TROM II was published on #Peertube, making it the first feature-length film to ever be released exclusively on the #Fediverse. Question is, were you aware of this documentary before?

Boosts appreciated.

  • Yes (6%, 4 votes)
  • No (93%, 56 votes)
60 voters. Poll end: 9 months ago

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For some unknown reason my @fosstodon account stopped working on #Fedilab, I tried logging out of the app but now I can't log back in, when I select the fosstodon instance on Fedilab and hit continue it doesn't open up the login page like it should. I even tried reinstalling the app from #Fdroid but the issue persists.

@kev @mike did you guys make any changes to the server these past few days? @apps do you have any idea what might be causing the issue here? 🤔

(I'm now forced to use the webapp)

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