Just had to download a clicker app with a $15/semester subscription, with reviews like:
"I will fail my class because of this app"
"Feeling hopeful? Don't."
"This app is incredibly slow; half the time it doesn't even load the random problems profs decide to put out - just shows a loading icon then records as "no response", which negatively affects your grades directly. Somehow this app feels more archaic than just screaming out "here" or the answer."
"Any professor who is even considering using this should be fired."
A large chunk of the Fediverse was scraped; your posts are being “released”
Matteo Zignani, Christian Quadri, Alessia Galdeman, Sabrina Gaito andGian Paolo Rossi from the University of #Milan scraped all english speaking instances (363) listed on instances.social, wrote a paper about it and are distributing the dataset.
“In this context, we release a dataset gathered from Mastodon, […]“
“These data have been collected by implementing an ad-hoc tool for downloading the public timelines of the servers, namely instances, that form the Mastodon platform, along with the meta-data associated to them.“
“The spider exploits the instance list obtained from the previous step and makes a pool of requests to the instance endpoint 4 which returns the latest toots of the local timeline. Since the time-lines implement a pagination mechanism, the spider extracts the URL for the next request and repeat this procedure till it reaches the end of the timeline.”
this is mst3k