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Wondering if anyone here has come across good academic studies on the impact of technology on developing children?

I think Twitter is both more diverse and more self-segregated than the fediverse. There’s stranger stuff there but I’m far less likely to actually see it. Ironically the explicit federation weakens the corresponding filter bubbles.

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Give me your github name or email and I will add you as a collaborator

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@scottwerner @vgr

Fresh fork of Mastodon is at github.com/Zacharius/mastodon.

This is where we will make any local customizations of mastodon. I don't intend on actively working on it at the moment but some have expressed the desire to start getting their hands dirty.

Make science fiction asimovian again

Grand goal for this mastodon instance: turn into a psychohistory prime radiant 😎

Fellow Speakers of Second Foundation: find and follow superforecaster type signals from the fediverse

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So I read this yesterday:

vanityfair.com/news/2018/07/va

A day later, one think stands out in my memory: apparently their ambition from day 1 was to rule the world.

That explains a lot. They were destined to end up in an antagonistic relationship with their users.

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Is there a list of fediverse-wide hashtags in common use? I feel like we should promote some local hashtags like say r ... in future I expect this thing will acquire tweetdeck style arbitrary column capability and people can then use hashtags for columns or we can read the tagged toots via API to populate a jobs page or something

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Twitter will be purging about 6% of its accounts this week as fakes.

Might be interesting to see whose follower count suddenly drops...

nytimes.com/2018/07/11/technol

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I’m still not sure what shows up in federated timeline... union of all remote follows of locals?

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I'm excited to be in the company of so many smart people. I'll do my best to contribute but will probably spend more time reading, re-reading. If we lived in a Dickens novel I'd be an inferior version of Joe Gargery, handy with pipe-stuffs and pipe-puffs and other comforting gestures but lacking his bedrock goodness.

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Howdy. Busy building rickety platforms around the void at the center of everything. Most interested in where Quine left off on this project: Duhem-Quine indispensability argument and Quine-Putnam underdetermination thesis. Also: Buddhist ontologies. If your metaphysics takes more than an hour to explain I probably want to interact with you.

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Musician and mathematician, here for the mind candy in between grad school brackets. (Let's see how long I can keep the content flowing while my dissertation crunch time hits.) You can talk to me about music, probability theory and probably I can still remember my ecology studies.

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Hi, I've been reading ribbonfarm for about a year and write my own blog about AI, blockchain, and the tension between data privacy and surveillance capitalism. I look forward to meeting some new people and sharing interesting ideas with everyone!

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A deep dive into how both the Soviets & Germans used their railway systems in WWII:

hgwdavie.com/blog/2018/3/9/the

I had a friend share this recently. I haven't worked my way through the whole thing (it's very long), but thought it was relevant to folks' interest here

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Of academic papers I've read recently, this one stands out:
doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-032

It's a study of 1000 genetically similar people in Quebec and their neighbours.

Researchers found that air pollution levels by postal code predicts risk factors for disease better than DNA. Gene expression patterns were discernible within the group of 1000 people - you could tell where they lived. Those patterns were shared by their genetically dissimilar neighbours.

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Dipping my toe in 3rd gen SoMe - hoping for the best

I have come for the basic notion of refactoring, which dovetails nicely with my other intellectual interests, chaos theory, pattern recognition, AI and semantic compression.

Long time Ribbonfarm reader.

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Refactor Camp

Mastodon instance for attendees of Refactor Camp, and members of various online/offline groups that have grown out of it. Related local groups with varying levels of activity exist in the Bay Area, New York, Chicago, and Austin.

Kinda/sorta sponsored by the Ribbonfarm Blogamatic Universe.

If you already know a few people in this neck of the woods, try and pick a handle they'll recognize when you sign up. Please note that the registration confirmation email may end up in your spam folder, so check there. It should come from administrator Zach Faddis.