"Elsevier wanted to keep meeting with us, and we have a meeting scheduled for tomorrow (Friday), but yesterday they approached our faculty directly — faculty who are editors of Elsevier journals, who they have working relationships with — and also the media, and presented a rosy view of the offer they’d made to us. Their characterization of the offer left things out, and they didn’t mention what we’d proposed as conditions. They went public with it. So, we announced the end."
"University of California terminates subscriptions with world’s largest scientific publisher in push for open access to publicly funded research"
Context for those not in the US: this is huge. UC is a uniquely enormous and influential university system in our country. When they do things, many other universities follow suit.
Well, hello Arlanda, just passing through. #travel
This is also a test toot.
Fun fact: this cat is kept in France as the International Prototype Unit Cat. All other Units are based off of this Cat. If they are equal in value their Unit rating is declared Absolute.
Woot, finally managed to get the flu vaccine, it's no longer strictly rationed for priority risk groups!
open to see my internet crush
Debian CD release day makes for a nice bandwidth crush: http://www.acc.umu.se/technical/statistics/ftp/monitordata/
0300 hours humanities musings ahead. :P
Etiquette is probably one of the most interesting aspects of human behavior to me, because what constitutes proper practice in one context might be metaphoric or literal suicide in another. It's a complex system of passwords and filters, whose purpose is essentially one giant security check.
On the affects of shit-talking projects people work on
#Kobo is a Canadian brand of eReaders.
They're nice devices, they work with all popular DRM-free file types (including ePub, PDF, MOBI etc), and the built-in Kobo store also sells some DRM-free titles alongside DRM ones.
The official site is here:
There's an unofficial Kobo DRM-free search tool here:
There's also unofficial libre firmware you can install:
The story of Wil Wheaton being pressured off Mastodon (regardless of what you think of him; I don't think he's perfect and that's not the point) shows that there is no platform-wide defense to harassment and online mobs and showcases a way that the instance structure may be even more vulnerable to pressure. This article seems like a good discussion of some of the ways to solve that for admins. https://www.codesections.com/blog/mastodon-mobs-and-mastodon-mobs/
Admin account for mastodon.acc.sunet.se - also over at email@example.com for a different account of the same things
mastodon.acc.sunet.se is run by the Academic Computer Club at Umeå University located in Umeå, Sweden. ACC is actively involved in several open source projects and we provide mirrors for Debian, Ubuntu, Gnome and GIMP. We also host servers for the Gimpnet, Freenode, and OFTC IRC networks. You can read more about our projects and our servers on the ACC website.