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*Linux Laptop Wiki [Rebooted]*

The aim of the website is to provide a central wiki to post experiences with Linux on the model of laptop / notebook you're using. is an attempt to 'reboot' the abandoned and spammed linlap dot com which is now unusable.

Please consider participating on building a new "HQ" sending in your model / experiences!

Any help appreciated!

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#Linlap #Linux #laptops #compatibility #info #wiki

From Katherine Maher, director of Wikimedia Foundation, an impressive, accessible, succinct synthesis of many important issues around Wikipedia, implicit bias, relations to traditional media & institutions, and algorithms. Highly recommended.

"GM captured minuted details such as station selection, volume level, and ZIP codes of vehicle owners, and then used the car’s built-in Wi-Fi signal to upload the data to its servers. The goal was to determine the relationship between what drivers listen to and what they buy and then turn around and sell the data to advertisers and radio operators."

Response from a Twitter friend on the need to "toot":
(And, way to download or find link to the original GIF? How annoying.)

@maiki Nice to find you here, by the way! Hope all is well with you.

I keep seeing folks talk about #Mastodon like it needs more people to keep it sustainable or something. Where does that logic come from?

I am aware of more people than I will ever need on Mastodon. I don't even look at non-home timelines.

Because there isn't money going to one company, we don't have to worry about it going under.

So, what is the concern?

"Unpacking Wikipedia’s Lessons for Journalism" -- I submitted a 3-part project proposal to the AI Ethics Challenge. Inspired by @mackiwg's advocacy for open philanthropy, here is my proposal, licensed CC-BY 4.0.

I'd be pleased to hear from anybody looking to work in this area.

I'm pleased to join @downes for a chat as part of his E-Learning 3.0 MOOC, to discuss what I've learned about community through my work (primarily, through Wikipedia and WikiProjects). Date and time TBA. Thanks @mackiwg for facilitating the intro!

Stigmergy (n): The effects of one action stimulate the next action, by the same or another agent. Great word describing much of what happens in Wikipedia, where discussion is secondary to interaction. Thank you @Downes for sharing this term with me.

Check out all the newspaper articles people wrote!! Very impressive...I had much less success getting participants in that very conference to edit wiki several years ago. Kudos to Amy, Katie, Bonnie. … cc @mackiwg @cogdog @actualham @Downes

Substantial privacy policy published months prior to commencing publication by The Markup:
"…we don’t sell, barter, give away, rent, or permit anyone outside …to use or access your personally identifiable information (PII) or non-PII." Also, NO COOKIES.

Request for Wikimedia folk with programming skills: We could use a bit of help creating a tool to measure our progress in the Newspapers on Wikipedia project. (& if we can solve it, I think it'd be a nice tool for various other wiki projects.) Take a look?

Looks like the Chinese sites Baidu and Tencent QQ (two of the world's top 10 sites) do not have any "trackers" according to the Ghostery Firefox extension. Surprising...does anybody know anything about use of tracking cookies in China?

The Newspapers on Wikipedia project, which I've been working on for the last few months, just got a nice writeup from Middlebury College:
"Students Join Wikipedia Effort to Help Verify Local News Sources"

Any tips on how to find local community on ? Specifically Portland, Oregon...but general tips welcome too. search turns up nothing for me. @brion @eloquence

"We hold people with power to account. Why not algorithms?" New from the Guardian.

As @eloquence put it recently, the feedback loop is nonexistent. The people tinkering with the algorithm are utterly detached from the guy whose car is hanging over a cliff.

Danah Boyd (@zephoria on Twitter) published a piece about how journalists need to become more like hackers. She has good things to say about trust and scale, and about strategic amplification, and generally not playing into the hands of trolls. But I do think she skips an important point about bias. We have no basis for trusting Big Tech to be unbiased. Big Tech is not journalism. It's early in the piece; she calls out bad actors who allege bias. But how can we counter?