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Mid 20s guy from .

Doing an MA in . Wannabe researcher. Currently interested in language variation and construction grammar.

I've a long standing interest in and . Never really became a professional thing, but who knows...

This is a general personal account, so it's eveything goes. That may include rants on , and less frequently, on .

"6. Intermediators take most of what's spent on adtech
7. Adtech gives fake news a business model
8. Adtech incentivises hate speech and tribalism
9. Adtech relies on misdirection
10. Compared to advertising, adtech is ugly
11. Adtech has caused the largest boycott in human history

GDPR will pop the adtech bubble:


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"1. Advertising isn't personal, and doesn't have to be
2. Advertising makes brands
3. Advertising carries an economic signal
4. Advertising sponsers media, and those paid by media

"1. Adtech is built to undermine the brand value of the media it uses
2. Adtech wants to be personal
3. Adtech spies on people and violates their privacy
4. Adtech is full of fraud and a vector for malware
5. Adtech incentivizes publications to prioritize "content generation" over jounralism


So Quora somehow blurs their text without CSS when you access a second question 😆 OMG how much value did I just lose access to!

FWIW I was about to view the very smart and interesting question "why is asia the biggest continent", right after being enlightened reading there was no eurocentric convention in worldmaps and any layout was equally likely 🤦‍♂️

Police brutality, systemic violence and murdering, racism, these are terrible things. But having a laugh at someone being murdered just because they happen to be a police officer is no better. Dehumanising people for their jobs is just another form of bigotry. is a database and interface for the distribution of various features among 70+ varieties of English all around the world.

It's got nice interactive maps and lots of interesting information for each language and feature.

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Just got back a decision from a journal. After two years and multiple revisions we got a reject. The last revisions they requested were minor, and honestly I was just expecting to see proofs next. Instead, they found a new reviewer to replace the previous one, because they couldn't find them anymore, and we got completely new criticism that turned the paper from post-minor revisions to reject.

> Classic examples of such unpaid activities include continually having to search for work (including preparing for and attending job interviews), as well as being expected to be perpetually responsive to calls for "gig" work (yet without being paid an actual wage for being "on call").

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> The term is a portmanteau obtained by merging precarious with proletariat. Unlike the proletariat [...] who lacked their own means of production and hence sold their labour to live, members of the precariat are only partially involved in labour and must undertake extensive "unremunerated activities that are essential if they are to retain access to jobs and to decent earnings".

Long-distance travel is almost impossible, so we watch documentaries about far-away places and cook their strange foods to let our senses imagine what it would be like to visit them.
"This versatile dish, called 'pizza' is a popular staple on distant Earth..."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

La #précarisation de la recherche en France, dont l' #astronomie, continue avec la #LPPR (loi de programmation pluriannuelle de la recherche).

L'Observatoire de Paris : « L'accent mis sur l'augmentation massive du budget de l'ANR ne résoudra en rien le problème structurel d'un manque de personnel permanent de recherche ou d'appui à la recherche ou l'insuffisance chronique des crédits de base des laboratoires. »

#précariat -

So do i read this right and #Gab is leaving the #Fediverse and creating some sort of their own silo-isolated to just them protocol? #isolategab

From Gab's CTO:

Ok, ho bisogno di aiuto. Mi sono incagliata in una tristezza così totalizzante che non so cosa fare. Devo lavorare e non riesco. Ho necessità assoluta di reagire. Avete uno stratagemma quando vi sentite così? Cosa posso fare? Ne ho davvero bisogno.

I guess it bears repeating. Bluntly this time.

If you're going to send a follow request, please do something with your Mastodon/Pleroma/Whatever profile. No activity on your instance account looks fishy. 🐟 I'm just going to cancel it outright if that's the case.

I know I'm not the only one on the Fediverse that feels this way.


Definitely worth trying.

In Spain we've been paying 25M€/year just to read papers from Elsevier. That's ~ same amount spent on national postdoctoral program (Juan de la Cierva). Looks like too much


Let me put it this way: if you are not a startup (i.e., you don't have venture capital and you’re not looking to scale exponentially and have a billion-dollar exit) and yet you call yourself a startup, you are actively helping the startup that will offer your services for free until it kills your sustainable small tech business.

So maybe don’t call yourself a startup.

Startup is a Silicon Valley brand. It does not mean a new, small tech business.

Reading that thing again, it's so bad how they put it: if you're poor, please beg us to give it to you cheaper!

And it's $30/mo, not $15. That's like the cost of all my utilities in the summer.

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I don't get this. How can one put their data on /something/ that exists /somewhere/ and may cease to exist /anytime/? And we're talking researchers here, if you lose your notes you're fucked, a third of your career gone missing. 🤷

Roam Research guy Reddit freak out:

They want you to pay $15/mo and wonder why people are not okay with it.

There are a ton of outliners, including this kinda organisational style, which are free and you get to own your data.

If I see the word "zettelkasten" once more, I'll puke.

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