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Alcanivorax borkumensis is a microbe which digests crude oil. It prefers to live in oxygen-rich saltwater and is very helpful in cleaning up oil spills in ocean and coastal regions.

With enough nitrogen and phosphorus to act as fertiliser for them, these bacteria can become the dominant microbes in a contaminated area. They're just one of at least 7 known species which live off hydrocarbons, but they're probably the most prolific.

Just another of Earth's biological reflexes to help curb the damage which humans are capable of in their hubris.

"The Sound of Silence" as covered by Disturbed. mmmmmmmmmmm

"SMART (surveillance marketed as revolutionary technology)"

That's a great acronym!

When Dungeons & Dragons led Tolkien's racist orcs to the US, they attacked new targets. Let's talk model minorities, dehumanization, uncomfortable half-orcs, poor excuses … and how gamers and designers can reclaim and rehabilitate orcs.

Seeing news results on side by side with really highlights the way Google's algorithms promote hate.

New blog post: "Advice for new bicycle commuters"

Just some stuff I've learned about bike commuting over the past year or so.

Trains are a social good. Trains can underpin building social infrastructure.

A wild new feature appears! You can now click on a service to see all your follows who are on that service. Try it out!

So Gab has decided that their own code that they spent $5M of investor money developing is so unsalvageably bad that they're going to use Mastodon's code instead, with the added bonus of leeching off of our apps (with Gab apps being banned from app stores)

This is an early warning to fellow admins to be vigilant and domain-block them on sight, when/if they appear (unconfirmed whether they intend to federate), and to app devs to consider if blocking Gab's domains from their app is necessary.

ICANN granted the domain '.amazon' today, rather than the entire geographic region of the Amazon Basin.

Acts like this are colonial, obviously, but also a slap in the face to early internet promises of global representation + shared power. Its really sad.

#GAFAM #GAFA #amazon

(via , thanks ! )

so you know how i've been warning y'all that any secure communication platform that's installed from a corporate app store is vulnerable to the state subverting that corporation, even if we assume the corporation is benevolent in the first place?

trump has now, by *executive order,* forced a major american corporation to lock out a single manufacturer's entire range of devices from all of its services. huawei devices can no longer use any google services, at the command of a one murderous sociopath in the oval office. not congress, not the FCC - the president, alone.

that vulnerability is no longer hypothetical.

It is a mitzvah to visit the grieving. And to help them do the dishes.

Everything is really hard right now, but I'm grateful for my friends.

Question: Doing a series called _Kitty Be of Use_ to help people with adulting shit. Is Craig Pickles a good name for a cat who’s teaching you about credit unions?

(because i think it is, but wtf do i know?)

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