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Wanting to learn Lisp, are there any good manuals for learning to use it that people would recommend using?





the book "Land of Lisp: Learn to Program in Lisp, One Game at a Time!" was in my symbolic programming class in grad school. Pretty good and accessible for a beginner to LISP


Why do physicists use Python so much and prefer it to most other languages? Is there something special about Python in physics/biology/science in general that makes it better for scientists?


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>Why do physicists use Python so much and prefer it to most other languages?
I thought that Julia was the script language that scientists liked the most.

>Is there something special about Python in physics/biology/science in general that makes it better for scientists?

Scientists probably care about special libraries with optimized code bits that make certain programming logic run faster.
Maybe Python has a lot of those ?

Maybe they like the syntax, although once you grasp the concepts behind it, that becomes less important.
It could just be one of the things that became de-facto standard because it was good enough when the community adopted it and now it's propelled by legacy and network effects, and the fact that other options don't offer enough advantages to justify the change.

I ask again, I've seen a lot of scientists use Julia tho, so are you sure it's python ?


I think Julia is slightly newer so maybe it hasn't caught on 100% yet


My father is an astronomer and last time we talked about it he used Python because it's "like BASIC". But only to do some quick calculations, like converting between coordinate systems or something like that.

I'd like to think it depends on the field but it probably more strongly correlates with the lab and people end up using the same thing as their doctoral advisor or whoever runs the lab. But only when they have the luxury of choice, since in many cases new research builds on previous software.

At the university I attended the physicists used MATLAB, at least in the projects they told us about. I was told that people who do statistics (sociologists, economists, etc.) liked R, but I never actually talked to any of them. I took a course in parallel programming and the professor there shared a few war stories about helping scientists unfuck their programs on supercomputers, think about stuff like analysing data from CERN's colliders, and he said they mostly use C++ and FORTRAN. He also told us that most scientists are not trained as programmers and make dumb mistakes that make their software unnecessarily slow and hog the supercomputers down and more programmers should try to get into careers as babysitters to scientists.


it’s a standard and it has a pretty no-nonsense functional math library


it's an easy language to pick-up, has good compatibility with C and has a fuckton of math/modeling libraries.

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Does /tech/ participate in the Fediverse? Seems to me that this is the sort of social media we should be trying to get people into, even if social media itself is kinda trash.

I've always disliked social media, but after the news at >>>/leftypol/1066439, I've been considering getting into the Fediverse. You see, I would like the people who DO use social media (basically everyone) to be on better platforms, but I feel I cannot demand that from them if I cannot even use them myself. For instance, it would be disingenuous to ask Comrade Cockshott to start his presence in Mastodon after getting banned from fedbook if I could not be there to follow him and boost his follower stats. So..

So, /tech/, any thoughts on the Fediverse? What are some good instances and communities I could join? What are some people I should be following? What implementations are better, Pleroma, Mastodon, something else?

Also fediverse general.
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Love it or hate it, the point is to get people to stop surrendering their speech to a menacing corporate-state entity.


democratizing discourse bro
it's just like your local water cooler but online


looks promising, although it’s only for iOS and there’s frequent complaints about it crashing


How did it end up being called Fediverse anyways?
I get that it's supposed to be short for "federated universe", but the name sounds like it's run by feds.


wait until you find out where the “fed” comes from



Tumblr is going to joining the fediverse soon.
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yeah I know, but the indieweb people are busy reinventing/discovering ostatus


There are/were others, but they normally get blocked and bullied into becoming libre.


incredibly based, i've always wanted a tumblr account but couldn't justify making one since the thing was dying
i'm glad that mastodon is growing more popular, i has its flaws but at least it has a better filter for rightoids which may help contain their cancer a little


People keep saying this but I always keep bumping into reactionaries there.


Is Mastodon ableist for not implementing emoji reactions?

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this might be off topic but i've seen alot of older "freedom of speech anarchists" from 90s/00s suddenly turn out to be libertarians (if that makes any since). basically people back then who were into freedom of information and computer security are now crypto loving ancaps who want to own more shit then ever. there seems to be alot of them in the /cy/ scene. anyone else seen this?
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It's not the same people just lolberts infiltrated internet communities during times of increased centralized corporatization of the internet trying to get on the same bandwagon while the anarchists were stuck not having enough time to do anything because increasing demands of their jobs while lolberts usually dont have jobs.


nah insufferable libertarianism has always been part of US tech culture. (at least, the post-Altair part anyone actually cares about)
"The Californian Ideology" wasn't written for nothing.


Tech optimism died and all that was left was the greasy salesmen


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You sure?


this is fucking nonsense

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>Alexa has been around for 10 years and has been a trailblazing voice assistant that was copied quite a bit by Google and Apple. Alexa never managed to create an ongoing revenue stream, though, so Alexa doesn't really make any money. The Alexa division is part of the "Worldwide Digital" group along with Amazon Prime video, and Business Insider says that division lost $3 billion in just the first quarter of 2022, with "the vast majority" of the losses blamed on Alexa. That is apparently double the losses of any other division, and the report says the hardware team is on pace to lose $10 billion this year. It sounds like Amazon is tired of burning through all that cash.

>We have to wonder: Is time running out for Big Tech voice assistants? Everyone seems to be struggling with them. Google expressed basically identical problems with the Google Assistant business model last month. There's an inability to monetize the simple voice commands most consumers actually want to make, and all of Google's attempts to monetize assistants with display ads and company partnerships haven't worked. With the product sucking up server time and being a big money loser, Google responded just like Amazon by cutting resources to the division.

All the questions people ask are about the weather or to play music. No one buys shit on alexa which is what they hoped for. Millions of dollars burnt for nothing creating a solution to a problem no one had.


They had the idea of selling the device below cost, like selling a razor handle below cost to make money with the blades or selling a gaming machine below cost to make money with the games. They just forgot to do the second part. Or rather, they thought they would figure it out. They could have made money if it had been a subscription model. And you know what the greatest thing about this story is? They can't expect much from going to a subscription model now. Amazon has conditioned consumers all over the world to expect no fee for such a service. If they change to a subscription fee now, an open-source alternative will quickly spread.


>expecting people to just ask the device to purchase a product when they know full well from their data collection that people are looking over what they buy before they make the choice, and often want to compare alternative products
how did they even make this blunder?




> If they change to a subscription fee now, an open-source alternative will quickly spread.
You mean you havent heard of Mycroft still?


Eeh. I want good capabilities out of the box when only running offline mode. The talk on r/mycroft r/homeassistant is rather negative. Their Mark II uses a different software and the user-written tools for the older model (which they aren't selling anymore) are incompatible with the new one. Maybe in two months the situation will be much better, but for this Christmas season they screwed themselves in my impression.

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We're on a new board, so why not a new desktop thread? Let's keep this board active. Hopefully a fresh thread will draw some activity.

You know the drill: post your desktops, talk rice, etc etc.gentooGentoo
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back to twitter


god the mlp on windows 7 took 10 years off my life. I can truly taste 2012 in that image


Did you try turning steam play on? It's what allows you to use valves compatibility layer.
There's also some tutorials you could look up with dealing with wine and programs to keep track of the specific wine setups.
Honestly, the best thing you should've done is look up an introduction on linux gaming since figuring out everything on your own is cryptic.

What a dumb comment. What would you consider a "normal" "vanilla" (wtf does that mean) distro?

Why? What problems does it uniquely bring compared to others?


>What a dumb comment. What would you consider a "normal" "vanilla" (wtf does that mean) distro?
its a shitpost


>What a dumb comment. What would you consider a "normal" "vanilla" (wtf does that mean) distro?
one that doesn’t drastically configure a DE for you

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Why is Linux so user-hostile? It feels like it was specifically designed by programmers so that they can feel superior to us common folks.
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You at the normie that thinks only kids pirate.


>That's what the end user wants - a smug programmer telling them that the computer just werx for them.
not a programmer, i literally grew up on windows xp and 7 but i switched to linux because 10 was shit and 11 is supposedly even worse. i'm about as computer literate as every other zoomie
>just works
is not an expression of my smug elitism but rather an apt description for the linux user experience in 2022
>(it does not, in fact, work for them.)
it literally does. try any distro that markets itself towards normies, like ubuntu, mint, manjaro etc. literally all of them will run without issue, and will usually run faster than windows on most hardware. windows 10 somehow managed to take up 4.8gb of my ram idle, while endeavour os with xfce4 takes only 1gb, although i'm pretty sure it took 800mb by default. i don't know anyone who would rather buy an expensive updated version of a laptop than stick with the one they already own because the os isn't an unoptimized pile of shit
here's a list of the things most people need from a computer:
>web browser
>multimedia player
>office software
linux does all of these things well
it's not a more practical system just because of the monopoly and support for software that only professionals need
you can literally not mess with anything if you don't want to
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not what i'm getting at, but it's more fun to keep you out of the loop.

Look, you're going down the wrong avenue. We can sit here and litigate about whether it's better to learn scripting and fix some UI element because the guy who wrote the DE was a cunt and didn't just give you a menu option, or whether it's better to install a dodgy start menu replacement on Windows, but it doesn't count for much in the big picture.
The very fact that one has to switch to gnu/linux means it doesn't work for them. We can sit here and litigate the details of individual software choice all day, it's still not going to shift marketshares a single percentage point. Realistically, there are 3 options: You go full communist and smash Microsoft (my option), you try and make linux actually competitive in the market (arguably the Ubuntu option), or you can give up and admit that you're content with most people using Windows so long as you get to feel cool for using AmigaOS. Microsoft's dominance of the industry is a function of monopoly-capitalism, not a function of insufficient evangelism on the part of gnu/linux users. One would expect that this would come intuitively to anyone on /leftypol/, yet you'd half suspect that /tech/ was transplanted directly from /g/.

you might not mock people for their OS choices or sit feeling smugly superior to them, but others ITT clearly do. (because, as i'd never tire of pointing out, this kind of argument isn't really about the merits of computer systems, it's about ingroups and outgroups, friends and enemies, yada yada yada. not up to writing that part yet.)


>i countered that the network effect behind windows is so strong that it usually more-than-overcomes the disadvantage windows faces in being closed source when it comes to resolving practical problems
this looks dangerously close to turning an is into an ought
>If you want the end of proprietary software, what you need to do is wield the power of the state, the power of class rule, and restructure it all away
that is necessary but not sufficient. you also need agitation. I'm not seeing many CPC-funded free software projects for example, at least not in the English-speaking parts of the Internet. perhaps there are Mandarin-language projects that I have missed, but I'd at least expect more participation in the FOSS community than we see
>muh software veganism
stupidest argument I've heard so far today. vegans concern themselves with the feelings of objects


While you can say MacOS uses like their UI you can't say the same for Windows. The average Windows user was fine with Aero in 7 (if not they put in a customized desktop) then Microsoft shoehorned Metro (that nobody likes) into the desktop and server editions of Windows because Microsoft had a stupid plan to take on Android.
Linux is not harder for normies to use then Windows. The issue is normies can walk into Best Buy and pickup a computer with MacOS or Windows on it but not Linux. So far nobody is complaining about the SteamDeck running Arch so if normies could just get a Linux machine pre-built from the big manufactures they would put up with its oddities.

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This Thread Has Been Re-appropriated for leftypol.org Usage.

General thread meant for the discussion of the mobile app for browsing leftypol.org, known as clover.

Releases can be found here:
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Can confirm works for me as well, too bad nothing else does


I saw a dream last night where the app worked, just letting ya'll know this prophecy


I've been looking into what's needed for both leftychan and leftypol sites to be converted into the latest kurobas. It looks like it just needs to be imported more than anything with the correct type of chan engine.

I'm not a coder but I'm not too dumb in understanding what might be required for conversion. I've found the original source code and two potential forks we can use.

I'll make an update on this next weekend.

If you know how to do java, please let me know. We might can get this fixed way easier and probably even leave directions when shit hits the fan again.


Life is whipping my ass. Gotta put this on hold now too.


God speed code anon

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Darknet markets are as close as it gets to a free market, where you can order drugs and have it delivered to you by mail. The purpose of this thread is to discuss opsec, ask for help and discuss markets in general. This thread should be fully legal as long as you don't solicit or facilitate illegal transactions, meaning:

&ltDon't beg to buy from someone
&ltDon't attempt to sell to anyone here
&ltDon't link to dealer Instagram/Reddit/Snapchat accounts. These accounts are run by either scammers or feds.
&ltDon't directly link to any market. These links could be fake scam/fed markets, designed to phish your login details and steal your cryptocurrency. Only use https://dark.fail/

The following is my personal recommendation for good opsec while conducting business, however, you must [b]read the darknet market bible[/b] (.pdf attached) after you are done with this post. If you don't read theory, it's likely you will be caught and convicted.

>Will I be 100% safe?

In theory, no. The darknet market bible, together with this thread, is meant to minimize the risk of getting caught as much as possible. If you follow the exact procedure outlined in the bible, you should be okay, especially as a small-time buyer.

Tails is an Linux-based operating system that runs entirely on your RAM and is wiped when PC is powered off. If the cops intercept your item, conduct a controlled delivery and seize your machine, they will not be able to find evidence linking you to the package and you can deny involvement via a lawyer.
You will want to install the Tails operating system to a USB flash drive with at least 8GB of storage. Personally, I'd go for USB 3.0, with at least 16GB storage for persistent volume purposes, or even 128GB or more if you want to store the Monero local node on it. You also need a PC with at least 1GB RAM to run Tails. The bible contains a guide for installing Tails in [b]2.A.2 Installing Tails[/b]. You can download it here:
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There's more, even.



Why was this thread bumped after a month just to post about a completely unrelated thing?


man I want to do this, but am spooked about getting booked. I know feds usually only go for dealers but knowing my luck I may get fucked instead. Plus I live with my parents and don't wanna get them fucked either. I'll have to try this when I move out

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