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I bought a framework laptop because my previous one was so cheaply constructed that it literally disintegrated from use.

I quite like it. I'm not going to pretend that buying a product will solve any systemic capitalist evils like ending e-waste or granting a right to repair, but on a personal level, I'm hopeful to be able to avoid some common pitfalls with consumer products like disposability and planned obsolescence by being able to repair this thing myself or replace parts on it. Plus it seems pretty sturdily constructed in the first place. The keyboard's very crisp by laptop standards and is backlit (which is thoroughly unremarkable, but my previous laptop wasn't, because I lived in the stone age), the trackpad's nice, the screen is annoyingly glossy, though it is high resolution with a large color gamut. Hopefully they release a matte screen at some point. And being able to choose where the ports are on it is a bit of a godsend to deal with cable mess.

Thoughts on this thing?


Also framework's planning to make some sort of marketplace to buy/sell secondhand parts, so you can buy used parts or sell parts to users once you're done with them to recoup some of their cost.

They're also trying to cultivate a market of third-party manufacturers to make parts and modules etc. and they're releasing the specs of their designs accordingly. Maybe it will make the laptop more flexible and less prone to vendor lock-in.

Also they said in the forums they had plans to support coreboot, which is cool.

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Why does Rust get hate here? I know its a memed language but is there any good reason not to use it other than be contrarian?
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I don't think the language used in the implementation of the compiler has ANY impact on the language it compiles. The language design (usually) is done before even a lexer is written


It does influence how the language is compiled, its internal data structures and its function primitives. But more importantly if, we return to the example of fasm, it would only need to interact with code compiled from C during runtime, yet the lowest level of high level programming would still gravitate towards C-like patterns, because widespread modern hardware is for all intends and purposes "built to run C", meaning imperative code with variables of wordsize or below and continuos memory access, thanks to the bottleneck of read/write operations through a memory bus. http://www.loper-os.org/?p=46
Optimizing for hardware reifies its bias towards this programming pattern, even more so with POSIX compatible software. I programmed in C, so I cannot unsee.


Rust gets hate because a lot of its userbase is basically zoomer train stations, furries, etc hyperliberal types that'll remind you to say "person" instead of man or woman. But it's a better C++ otherwise.


The processor world moved on from C, now compilers do black magic to turn "imperative code with variables of wordsize or below" into SIMD code. If you want to write it by hand, all the architectures have nonstandard extensions to C to enable vectorization, but they are very clumsy and very obviously don't fit into C's model. A language that lets you easily write portable vector code could become really big.


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How does SIMD fundamentally change the dominant programming paradigms of C?
As far as I see, it simply amounts to loading data into the SIMD registers, potentially at a size different from wordsize, which could be implemented by loop unrolling of continuous memory access in the form of duff's device.
You may consider how high of a performance gain multimedia processing, the main motivation for adding SIMD extensions to x86, receives from caching, which indicates its proximity to the continuous memory access pattern.
>The high cache hit rates of multimedia applications can be contributed to the following three factors. Most multimedia applications apply block partitioning algorithms to the input data, and work on small blocks of data that easily fit into the cache. Secondly, within these blocks, there is significant data reuse as well as spatial locality. The third reason is that a large number of references generated by multimedia applications are to their internal data structures, which are relatively small and can also easily fit into reasonably-sized caches.

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Why is it so hard for chans to be profitable and make money compared to other kinds of "social media" ? is it just the edginess? Or lack of data mining that comes with anonymity?
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First forget existing forms like image boards and social media exist.
Now think about this starting from profitability, and work backwards.
You want to maximize the rent you can extract from advertisers.

1. Must be image or video based, so that ads can blend in with the other visual content.
2. Norms to funnel people to create content most similar to ads. Videos should be around the same length as an ad, so everything blends together and can't be re-separated.
3. Must be algorithmically moderated so you don't need to pay any workers.
4. Must have strong identities for two reasons.
- Minor reason: Increase the quality of targeting metrics
- Major reason: So brands can go down and mingle with the plebs. Force people to interact with brands using the same tools they interact with people (Likes and retweets).
5. Captive audience. You want people who have already had their autonomy constrained by circumstance, in this case platform. (Tech illiterates use phones and can't install adblockers to fight back).
6. Platform level data harvesting. Adverting companies want to see reports on where their money went, even if it's 100% a bullshit fantasy (Which it is). The more plausible deniability embedded in the system, the longer the system will operate without tearing itself apart.

Well done, you've invented instagram or tiktok. And not 4chan. Even reddit is clearly showing its age, and fails to be the most modern and extractive social media it could be.


1. Chans require an OP which have images or videos (usually)
2. It's totally possible in theory, though not usually done, to have threads/posts which are the equivalent of "sponsored tweets" aka ads which look like normal tweets.
3. Even FB/Insta have manual moderation to some degree. Paying workers, esp. thirdoids to delete spam is way cheaper than making muh deep learning facial recognition spam deleter (tm) latte sipping silicon valley engineers that you have to pay $300k a year.
4. you're right, chans will never have this. It's inimical to the nature of chans. Even with accounts there's limited knowledge of the actual person. Pseudonymous platforms like twitter/reddit are much less profitable than insta/fb which have data mining up the wazoo.
5. Phonefagging is actively discouraged on chans by lack of official apps and also bad mobile CSS. Android has 4chanx at least. This could be corrected though by having mobile friendly CSS.
6. see 5

Your argument basically boils down to platforms which collect the most info and data mine the hardest are the most profitable


Didn't read motherfucker. That wasn't an argument that needed a autistic point-for-point refutation.


ok whatever the point is with the ability to host imageboards cheaply you would think they'd manage to make it work. I read somewhere hosting 4chan costs $20k a month. This is BS. for 4 app servers? Even with the beefiest servers and a load balancer any retard can create a chan for like a few hundred bucks a month MAX. Even bunkerchan at its peak only cost like $120 a month. With shit like that you'd THINK they'd be able to make SOME money on it. At most it should be like 1000 or 2000 dollars a month


Why are 90% of the threads here dedicated to programming? Code has hardly changed since the early 1900s with most of the actual development in computer tech being in processing power and multipurpose functions but computers like that are use by the government for research in medical shit, heavy machinery(rockets, military and exploration tech, nuclear equipment etc that kinda shit) and particle physics than whatever the fuck most people on here are posting about. What's the appeal in the never ending barrage of different languages and shitty undergrad textbooks?
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Parcimonie-like[1] RSS feeder. Which means each feed is fetched at a random interval through a throwaway Tor circuit, the goal is defense against profiling you on the basis of your feed selection. Its requests have the exact same fingerprint as Tor Browser at the safest security level. Also supports custom plugins so that you can convert whatever page you want into a RSS feed in case the page doesn't provide its own feed.

(But you still need a separate RSS client to view the fetched feeds locally, like newsboat[2] for example.)

[1] https://github.com/EtiennePerot/parcimonie.sh/blob/master/parcimonie-original-design.md
[2] https://newsboat.org/


Nobody stopped them from contributing like programmers contribute.
But UI and design types of people think of themselves as "artists" and are heavily invested into the whole "you can't copy or share without permission!!!!" spook and their philosophy is at odds with the shared nature of free software.


I have a few projects open sourced

- A Rust EPP library for domain registrars
- A browser for git repositories on Gemini written in Rust. It allows you to browse trees but it needs a commit browser to be added.
- A Capistrano-like deployment automation project that's written in shell script so there are minimal dependencies. It allows you to deploy to docker hosts, registries and kubernetes clusters also. I like Capistrano but I didn't want my non-Ruby projects to have a Ruby dependency. It's been working well in production use doing 30+ deployments a day without issue.

I won't link the repos here because prefer to maintain (pseudo?) anonymity, but you can easily find them since there aren't really many EPP libraries for Rust available apart from mine.


thats really cool


UX and UI designers are not necessarily "normal" people either. Just look at some recent trends in the last decade, it's aesthetics over usability, in many places shit's getting worse and worse.

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Gentoo is in no way historically significant.
Slackware on the other hand IS.


By switching from Arch to Slackware. Slackware is better than Arch in every sense of the word. It's easier to install, more stable and the 3rd party packages (slackbuilds) are much more safer and trustworthy than the AUR will ever be.


Not including stuff related to any desktop environment like GNOME, is it true that distros like Arch, Slackware and Gentoo are any more performant or easier to maintain than Debian, Ubuntu or Fedora?


and they're harder to maintain
except maybe arch which is on par with debian etc


Nah for gentoo for sure. I mean, gentoo is in some aspects slower than Arch and others. For example, PGO flag was borked for firefox for many years (I think it works now but idk) and all other distros like Arch have Firefox with PGO compiled and that's 6-10% performance improvement according to mozilla. There are some other packages that also have borked PGO right this second (and compiled with PGO in all binary distros) so basically yeah, gentoo is a meme. Or that is to say, maybe they should stop supporting 100 architectures and focus on relevant ones.

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"dark net intelligence" firm aka glowing grifting company wrote an article about chans on TOR.

>An imageboard is considered a type of bulletin-board-like forum that revolves around the posting of images, often alongside text and discussion. Imageboards are characterized by a community of users with non-identifiable usernames, usually simply “Anonymous” - that rely on a system of tripcodes instead of registration with credentials. A tripcode is the hashed result of a unique password that allows one's identity to be recognized without storing any data about the user and entering a particular password will let one "sign" one's posts, often necessary for moderators and staff, with the tripcode generated from that password. 4chan and 8chan (or 8kun) implemented secure tripcodes that are not reproducible across different imageboards and are more resistant to the hashed password getting hacked or cracked. The originating IP address of the user is known to the administrator of the imageboard, but the pseudo-anonymity of the forum structure led to its users calling themselves “anons.”
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>all those shitty imageboards
Jesus fucking christ, 4chan's influence is almost as bad as nazism.

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Since US tech embargo on China is still in effect and US plans to squeeze Chinese tech companies by restricting their access to computer chips. China's reaction to this was to make one of their goals to have a home-grown alternative for Intel, AMD, TSMC and the like to decrease dependence on the US. So I was wondering what kind of progress have they been making lately and what are their prospects of ever having a viable alternative to Intel and AMD?

There is all this talk about SMIC, Loongson and Zhaoxin and that in early 2020 Zhaoxin allegedly published a chip comparable to 2017 level intel and AMD tech and they are planning to have parity with Intel in a few years. Then there are Some sources are saying that China is failing horribly at acquiring manufacturing tech for more advanced processors. And I really can't make any real sense out of it.

So when will I be able to buy a computer that uses a hardware that dunks on burger made tech and sends my personal data to Beijing instead of Washington, if ever?
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you take a xiaomi,and you put on a custom rom to remove all the google bullshit.


What about a laptop? I can do without getting a new phone, but i do miss the capability of using VPNs and playing proper vidya that only a laptop can let me do, not to mention that typing is easier. I can't stand using a phone for all my normie socialization.


Any cheapest amd laptop that you can find you can get some for under 300$ et you can run game on them


you can use VPN on an android
i wouldn't do that on a laptop tbh
i havethe cheapest thinkpad and it's fine for everything besides vidya


even the cheapest thinkpad those day can be betting with a cheap ass amd laptop that even can run game in 720p

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Hello tech! Recently I have been feeling a bit nostalgic as of late and I am looking to build a computer with the best specs I can put in it that will still be reasonable and run windows 98 for nostalgia and classic computer gaming purposes. The only issue I am having trouble with is where, exactly, to start. I was around during this time, but, I was not exactly very tech savvy. I am curious if anyone would have any ideas for how this build should go. What case should I use? Hard drive? Floppy drive? Etc etc.

Would enjoy to get this off the ground. I think it would be a neat project. If you have any advice let me know. Thanks, tech.
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Old hardware is fun. Don't listen to the "noo don't fall for the meme" because there is no meme, just don't fall for eBay prices and dumb nostalgic bait, do it because it's fun, interesting and a good way to learn and make friends.


One of my dream projects is to make a sleeper PC using the case of a old IBM 5150 or a similar looking clone case.

Or is it’s possible, make a custom computer case that looks similar to it, with a woodgrain look to the top and sides of the case.


Collectors make the IBM 5150, 5160 (XT) costly unless you find someone selling a busted one for parts or manage to get one from a recycler that still get computers that old.


So I guess my best bet is to make a custom computer case that looks similar to it?


You could look at those sold for parts, also XT clones even in working condition tend to be cheaper.

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But most of the time you're not even using EE2E, you let intermediaries have cleartext. There's now also something "better" and even more widespread than Google's MITM.


Hence all the governments wanting to make it illegal


Is this surprising?
Do people actually give all their info to google and then cry about this?
They willingly traded open internet infrastructure and decentralized protocols for convenience by opting for Google (and other corporate) social shit.


>They willingly traded open internet infrastructure
No they didn't choose this, average people have no technical skills and they have no point of entry to get technical skills unless somebody in their social circle introduces them to it. Therefore they are stuck with the default settings, which they did not choose.

The corporate internet was forcefully imposed top down.


>Do people actually give all their info to google and then cry about this?
Do you actually not block every single CloudFlare site and make most of the Internet unusable? So you willingly let CloudFlare be a MITM? Why did you make these choices, anon, when you could just not use the Internet? Sounds very foolish.

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I remember some rumblings about a public repo.
When is the repo going to be released to the public?
Why hasn't it yet?




We've finally fixed most of the basics (like feature parity and automated backups) and are now taking steps towards uploading the git repo. We just have to fix the absolute shit tangle of changes we made before version control was being used, among other small things.

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