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We're hiring still at Mozilla!

This feels squickily like self-promotion (which I hate), but some folks round here might find something interesting there.

I will also mention that we have ongoing efforts to recruit folks who are *not* like me - i.e. straight old cis white guys.

So, if you are *not* like me along any of those axes, I especially encourage you to give it a looksee.

Hey, so, anyone want to work with me? We're hiring a senior software engineer on my team!

Yeah? Well they’ve been adding sugar and fat to children for YEARS and nobody’s trying to save adults from eating THEM, are they?! 😡

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LOL, holy shit.

Tomorrow’s headline: “Fox News’ own Neil Cavuto died adulterously last evening in a tragic homosexual accident involving Satan. We go now live to Sarah Sanders. Sarah?”

Overall, if it's thought out well and takes an effort to become a trusted contributor to the system (and the score is maintained by "most recent activity"), it should empower users to engage their own filters so the Fediverse can Fediverse and the client apps can simply ignore toots from low quality / filtered sources.


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Meanwhile, client apps can simply support polling (and contributing to) the rating system, rather than sticking their necks out and getting rating-spammed by angry bigots ranting about "muh freedomz!" by maintaining a list of singled-out instances. The system is then opt-in and the data maintained by the community. This also means we don't have to rely on - ahem - a stubborn code owner to adopt the standard within Mastodon itself.

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The tags would be curated by users with moderator-level karma, which itself can be based in part on the "accuracy" (agreeing votes) of your tagging activities.

It may even be beneficial to add a time window to the scoring system, so that only the past-so-many-months are considered. This can both eliminate bad actors (spam accounts to affect vote) as well as give a Fediverse member a chance to clean up its act and recover.

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What I envision is a rating system that lets established accounts (like those with a minimum karma and public identification) up/down-vote a service, or tag a service with a topic ("General", "Techies", "Artists") or label ("Bigotry"), and vote on those tags (which would help avoid unfair labels being attached to a service), showing the tags only if they reach some threshold.

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Interesting. Looking at the ActivityPub documentation, there seems to be top-level built-in support for Likes and Dislikes being two separate things (as well as Undo actions for a dis/like). That means the protocol underlying the Fediverse could support a StackExchange-like voting and tagging system for a service to rate domains/services in the Fediverse.

Imagine a scoring system Mastodon clients could use to auto-filter low-quality/specific-tagged origins... Hmmm...

Be careful with FaceApp, the face aging fad app. As soon as you grant it access to your photos on iOS, it clearly starts uploading them all, whether you chose one to use or not.

So, I’ve updated my as I’m in need of remote or developer work very soon. I’d appreciate letting anyone who might be looking for someone like me (~20yrs experience). ... please !

Unfortunately, there’s a lot of noise going on… but this is Sylvester’s zipper noise. As near as I can tell, it means both “happy to see you” and “fuck off.”

I still say if Apple is truly serious about sustainable energy on their new campus, they need to attach magnets to his corpse and show him 2019 Apple. He’d spin in his grave so fast it’d rival the output of a nuclear plant.

I sometimes forget how my work -MINE- is directly helping researchers help sick people. Sick children.

The care I’ve put into this very complex analysis application these past 12 years has had a real, measurable, well-documented impact on medicine to the benefit of us all and I couldn’t be more humbled or bewildered by the thought of just how many lives it’s touched and will continue to touch for decades to come.

Yeah, I really did need this tonight.

No YOU’RE crying!

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I really REALLY needed this boost tonight:

It’s a list of the 499 (to date) scientific publications that cite SPICE (the bioinformatics app I developed and maintain for the US NIH Vaccine Research Center. Most recently published were advancements in understanding and treatment for lung cancer (via immune response), H1N1, and HIV in children.

Useful videos for MysticBBS:

But the guy says "SIGH-SOP" even right after saying "System Operator". It's FUCKING "SISS" like System, "OP" like Operator, GODDAMN IT MAN!

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Remember Hands Across America? This is like that, but without all that lib’rul feel-good, everybody’s-a-human-being nonsense. Also with guns.

Trump will call it Hands Across Murika.

I’m just seeing the “calling it content is demeaning” hubbub and I don’t want to get in trouble. How about I call mine “emissions”? Is that better?

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Mastodon x = fun? A place for former ADN users - on the whole