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So is non-ionizing millimeter wave radiation harmful or not? I know I'm poking a bee's nest with this topic but I wanted to ask.
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If it is, then it's over, nothing can be done except go inna woods


So schizo boomers are right about 5G?


>So is non-ionizing millimeter wave radiation harmful or not?
Any type of radiation with high enough intensity will make you burst into flames.
Ionizing radiation tends to be more dangerous because high energy particles can knock holes into your DNA, but that is still relative, bananas for example are slightly radioactive because they contain a slightly radioactive potassium isotope, but that won't harm you (unless you eat like millions in one sitting)

Communications technology generally uses very low intensities (those giant parabolic satellite antennas might have enough energy to slow cook you, but they are mounted on towers and pointed at the sky)

Allot of studies on the effects of cellular networks ignore the fact that cell-masts get mounted in places near to poor people because they had less lobbying power. Capitalism in general harms the health of poor people more. Proximity to cell-towers correlates to low socioeconomic status, and you might be more likely to measure the negative health-effects of class society than radio-emitters.

The goal of communications technology is to avoid interaction with everything except the receiver-antenna. You try to avoid beaming a communication signal through people or other objects because that is decreasing the range and signal quality. These technical constrains will drive technology advancement to reduce exposure to humans. If we could build a communication system that used neutrinos (who can easily pass through lightyears of led) there would be no interactions with a human body. (neutrino emitters and receivers are the size of buildings and send data at a speed of just bits per second. So a neutrino-G cell phone is still way off in the future, but maybe submarines and ships could get it.

Sticking your head into any kind of oven is a bad idea.
Beware of resistive heating elements, because they can be hot.

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“Protesters turn to tinfoil hats as increasing sickness blamed on Gov beaming radiation rays”


Prompted by this, someone made the video “Defeating Microwave Weapons!” about how microwaves work and how to defend against this kind of weaponry.


Blame Silicon Valley for inserting "Silicon Trojans" and "Defeat Devices" in microwave cell transmitters and processors, enabling them to be used as weapon (SDR phased array with beam steering).

The "Electromagnetic Emissions Scandal" shall be bigger than the "Diesel Emissions Scandal" and the fines shall be paid in something more expensive than money.

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pretty correct take, FCC has pretty strict guidelines related to power of transmitters and how far off the ground they need to be (1/r^2 falloff) to not cause adverse effects. most likely you arent spending signifant portions of your day in direct line of sight of a cell phone tower.

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Is Waterfox a good alternative to Chrome/Firefox?


just use firefox and configure it yourself


On desktop use Firefox for privacy and security or Tor Browser for additional anonymity.
On mobile use Mull for privacy, Bromite for security or Tor Browser for anonymity.


>Is Waterfox, the fork that was purchased by the ad company System1 in 2019, good
No, but librewolf, which is still community-run and has a great track-record of staying up-to-date, is.
I recommend it highly to anybody interested in a secure fork of Firefox. It comes with really neat defaults that makes it unnecessary to manually follow the privacytools type "Firefox hardening guide"s or needing to install scripts.


Not only did we convince every single person on the planet to carry a camera and microphone everywhere we also convinced suburbian dwellers to fill even their own homes with cameras because they're afraid The Poors will steal their Amazon packages.
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Workers care about privacy too. This is creepy for everybody.
>I just feel so demoralized, right?
Get into the privacy community to talk to like minded people, digital privacy is a complicated technical problem that will have to be solved in many incremental steps. You are correct that there is a class struggle about information power too Workers should also strive to gain more knowledge about capitalists as well. Make a database about working conditions but also how production chains link up, to know how matter and energy flows through the system.

>So feed the matrix bullshit that makes you seem like a highly productive worker that should be paid more to keep them.
So gaming the system, well that's an interesting idea.


middle-class paranoia is what causes people to fill even their own homes with security cameras though



Irony is dead. I was calling out an obvious demoralization post. Shittily, apparently.


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Amazon admits to giving Ring videos to police without permission, surprising absolutely nobody.
Remember that you do not need to know what is happening outside your front door at all times.


suburban surveillance state

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In 2024 reddit will introduce heavenbanning, the hypothetical practice of banishing a user from a platform by causing everyone that they speak with to be replaced by AI models that constantly agree and praise them, but only from their own perspective, is entirely feasible with the current state of AI/LLMs.
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I agree, that did seem to happen for years right anon?


you were right
i updated the X extension and an post again

goddamn they really just cheap out on everything there


How long until rightoids start waifuing angel bots?


>this "heavenbanning" thing sounds like it'll make the platform entirely pointless for anyone who isn't going there to watch heckin wholesome doggo vids
I really don't see any difference to what it is now, truly. It's either feel good content or neo liberals circlejerking themselves in a sea of bots. the place has been basically functionally useless for a decade now


How about hellbanning and it's just really bitchy mean girls bullying you…nice


I'm a little late to the party, but I now realize we live in an era where billions of devices are using copyleft software (the Linux kernel) yet somehow get away with restricting their users' freedom. How do they get away with it? Is this the "Tivoization" Richard Stallman talked about that was a major impetus for developing GPLv3? Can this all be traced back to Linus refusing to upgrade when GPLv3 was released in 2007? How the fuck did things get so bad?
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""" Why Open Source Misses the Point of Free Software
by Richard Stallman

The terms “free software” and “open source” stand for almost the same range of programs. However, they say deeply different things about those programs, based on different values. The free software movement campaigns for freedom for the users of computing; it is a movement for freedom and justice. By contrast, the open source idea values mainly practical advantage and does not campaign for principles. This is why we do not agree with open source, and do not use that term.

When we call software “free,” we mean that it respects the users' essential >>15684 freedoms: the freedom to run it, to study and change it, and to redistribute copies with or without changes. This is a matter of freedom, not price, so think of “free speech,” not “free beer.”

These freedoms are vitally important. They are essential, not just for the individual users' sake, but for society as a whole because they promote social solidarity—that is, sharing and cooperation. They become even more important as our culture and life activities are increasingly digitized. In a world of digital sounds, images, and words, free software becomes increasingly essential for freedom in general.


The nontrivial case is harmful and important. Many products containing computers check signatures on their executable programs to block users from effectively using different executables; only one privileged company can make executables that can run in the device and use its full capabilities. We call these devices “tyrants,” and the practice is called “tivoization” after the product (Tivo) where we first saw it. Even if the executable is made from free source code, and nominally carries a free license, the users cannot usefully run modified versions of it, so the executable is de-facto nonfree.

Many Android products contain nonfree tivoized executables of Linux, even though its source code is under GNU GPL version 2. (We designed GNU GPL version 3 to prohibit this practice; too bad Linux did not adopt it.) These executables, made from source code that is open source and free, are generally spoken of as “openPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


How is that a cope? ESR's racism and his lolbertarian "it's ephebophilia, bro" takes are both well documented.


> RMS is actuallly liberal
> and the fact he doesn't talks about private property
> RMS is a ${pick label for either side} because he insists on not only making the code available to ${pick the other label}, but explicitly prohibiting political restrictions on who can use GPL'd software.

+++ >>15771 >>15773 >>15778

> The main cause of these debt traps is the expectation that the exploitative loans will be repayed. Therefore, what really is needed is for debtor countries to start simply canceling their debts. Once rich people learn that by trying to exploit poor countries this way they are likely to lose, they will stop.

> Venezuela's president Chavez says he will re-nationalize energy and telephone companies that were privatized by a previous government. It makes no sense to privatize state operations that do not operate in competitive markets.

> Business does not practice honesty except when outside pressure compels it to do so. Privatized government is therefore dishonest government.


What is this from?


his wikipedia article

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Hello everyone.

Because leftypol moves too fast. We are going to use this board for our thread for Cytube quality of life and suggestions.

Please let us know if you need anything.


the emotes are cringe, not everything has to be like an imageboard


You're cringe.


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theyre live right now watch aabortion protest


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> The #FBI Child ID app—the first mobile application created by the Bureau—provides a convenient place to electronically store photos and other vital information about your children so that it’s literally right at hand if you need it. Learn more at go.usa.gov/xJSfm.


Considering it's something coded by the US government, It'll probably be a poorly coded wrapper for an even more precariously put together web app, so real bad idea to put "vital information" in it even if one did trust the feds for some reason.


facebook and instagram already exist for putting pictures of your children-property into the panopticon


FBI pretends that those are independent companies.


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fixed that for you

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We're reaching the point where even fucking documentation is being relegated to walled garden social media.

> The 30 year history of the World Wide Web seems to be one of barely glomming together a relatively robust, relatively well maintained set of information sources and then destroying them at the first sign of a company offering a slicker product.. which then spectacularly dies


I was complaining about this a bit ago. It's crazy to me how seemingly everyone has fbi.gov blinders, even leftists and security and privacy advocates who should know better are weirdly keen on funneling everything they say and do through fbi.gov. Maybe the allure of ruling your own little internet fiefdom is just too strong to resist for most people.


looked up what this is about and seems to be some gaming thing
not sure what's so surprising, most people that use this will be more likely to have a fbi.gov account than sign up for irc or whatever


This is especially a problem for Minecraft mods. I don't get why devs would rather people pester them for each little thing when github provides an easy way to make documentation pages via github docs, and I imagine most other major git platforms have something similar.


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"the answer is on the d*scord heres an invite bro"


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half decade as a fortune 500 professional programmer, never met anyone who's used either. quit larping and use an IDE


Try meeting more people.


Vim can be turned into an extremely powerful IDE that runs entirely in a terminal, that is incredibly powerful because, it makes it possible to do software development on any computer.

Emacs is a program without peers, there is nothing quite so extensible and powerful out there, there is no way you can replace it with an IDE.

By the way neither vim not Emacs ever were the default editor, that has been and still is VI or nano. Both of these are objectively inferior, and are chosen as good enough minimum. VI is something like a predecessor of vim.

Both VIM and Emacs are also the king of efficient work flow, if you can memorize enough key-bindings, you'll run circles around somebody using something like vscode.

While there are legit reasons to use an traditional IDE, it does not depreciate VIM nor Emacs in any way. Their are tangible benefits to using them instead.

>argument from fortune 500 fallacy (derivation of authority fallacy)
You are making the argument that capitalists who have the most money, for some reason know better how to produce software, fortune 500 means the best at making money, not quality. But the reality is they do not make the best software. They are monopolies that make mediocre products.


"vi" symlinked to vim (or whatever flavor of vim) in a lot of distros


"vi" is symlinked*

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I've gotten much better at scheduling my life and time blocking but at the moment i'm using a google account to plan my shit. I want to move off this but i don't know what is good for scheduling while ensuring my data isn't scraped and sold.
Any recommends?


a plaintext file


Remind (https://dianne.skoll.ca/projects/remind/) can sync with your existing google calendar and has multiple graphic frontends.
For birthdays you should write a csv file (the format /etc/passwd uses), so you can write scripts for converting it to any sufficiently simple calendar format.


Can you share across devices without using someone else's server?


You will always need a server for that, unless you're on the same LAN or use a TOR hidden service.
Remind stores the calendar data in '~/.reminders', so synchronization could be implemented as a three-way merge of the local file, the remote file and a snapshot from the last sync over ssh, or you could just use a VCS.


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