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Do we need a leftist Luke Smith?
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>id do it if i were richer and less paranoid about cameras

if you are doing tech videos you don't have to show anything personal, there are youtubers doing tech videos and you only see their hands and their tech projects like most of bigclivedotcom videos. You can go even further like nurdrage, where the presenter wore pantomime gloves and had a audio modification to change their voice.

if you are doing computer stuff you probably can get away with only showing your screen-capture.
There also are text to speech programs that let you create realistic sounding voices, you can get a a few good voices for festival that are reasonably priced, and don't need a server in the cloud to work, if you are really squeamish.


Only ever heard about this guy in autistic circles, he's not important.


>Stallman is a liberal
Stallman was also a genius, if you look at the free software movement, a lot of people are talking about moral principles, ethics and ideology, it can become preachy at times, but if you look at the software that is created under free software licenses, they are extremely universal and neutral peaces of technology that basically just perform the technical task they are supposed to do and nothing else. If you use corporate consumer tech, you are buying into a corporate vision of how to do things, none of the tech just performs a task, it always comes attached with unrelated baggage, and sometimes even cultist stuff.

he sometimes has good takes, and vaguely resembles Lenin


Yes, fuck Luke.


>they are extremely universal and neutral peaces of technology that basically just perform the technical task they are supposed to do and nothing else
This is itself a certain, highly ideological view of how to run the world.
Any basic technology, in the hands of FAANG, becomes an evil technology. Neutrality in this case is evil. This is not a technical point (any technical filter against these companies would surely come with other problems), or even really a licensing one (although my recollection is the FSF aren't fans of "you can do whatever you want with this software so long as you respect the user's freedom, and as long you're not Google which deserves no freedom." because freedoms are concieved of in a liberal, universalist fashion.), but a philosophical one.

Purely concerning oneself with technical tasks is the root of much wrong with people who engage themselves with modern technology. Stallman, to his credit, often does combine a view of how technology ought to work with a view of how society ought to work. But it is typically an idealist (in the best sense of the term, not the lazy marxist insult) vision which fits awkwardly into a world where nearly every programmer on the west coast of the US should have their hands fed into a finger breaking machine.


I’m installing linux for the first time, what distro should I use? I’m fine with it taking hours to set up, as long as it’s free. I ain’t paying for that shit. I was leaning towards gentoo but what do you guys think?
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What bug was it? and No, "I remember" coupled with lmao x 20 isn't a description, give an actual CVE


k here you go
it says fixed but NO it fucking wasn't fixed not until 2021 that's for sure maybe they haven't even fixed it now can't be bothered to look into that shit again


Manjaro is good.


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If everyone on /tech/ doesn't use linux mint you may as well kill yourselves.

Or get a Macbook.


i used to use kubuntu and then xubuntu after that
and then after that i just learned how to properly install and configure x11 and xfce and customize it myself

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>Hardware level DRM is a thing now
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>expropriating existing proprietary services and turning them FLOSS
What problem does turning proprietary software into FOSS solve?

>FOSS as it is is largely libertarian, almost as impotent a movement as anti-consumerism

>but the majority of people will still use Windows, Google, Apple, etc.
Because to be anti-consumerist, you have to learn and take a more active in controlling your technology
I just don't think thats possible with all of society, its just us who actually have the drive for it


>What problem does turning proprietary software into FOSS solve?
Is this a serious question lmao


>Because to be anti-consumerist,
The SI already realized that anticonsumerism was already doomed to being just as impotent as these movements we're talking about ITT a century ago.


>you can't exactly put food on the table from FOSS unless you sell support for it
You wouldn't go "my hammer is broken, but fixing it won't exactly put food on my table". You wouldn't go "I'm underpaid, but unionizing won't exactly put food on my table". Right? Right?

Free Software is not the product, it's means of production. On the financial side, you use them to do your work, and pocket the difference between their cost (zero) and the cost of proprietary licenses you'd otherwise have to buy. Exchange some of the money you saved into labor time for the software's maintenance and development, and you're still benefiting on net. But more importantly, you benefit because you genuinely control it, and no capitalist company can ever fuck you up by making arbitrary, unavoidable changes to its licensing or code.


Consoles have been doing this shit for literal decades, It was a matter of time.

Actually microsoft tried to do it in 2005 but abandoned it because public pressure, time to revive the idea.

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Anyone here make stuff like this? Pic related is MC Escher, I'd like to try to create something like this. Can anyone point me in the right direction, what should I be researching? GANs? NNs?
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With U+1F54A 🕊 Dove of Peace.
class FreeOver_tile (FreeOver):
   def draw (self, ctx, width, height):
      tiledata = self.tile_data ()
      tw       = tiledata ["width" ]
      th       = tiledata ["height"]
      data     = tiledata ["data"  ]
      one      = self.tile_one

      for x, y in self.tile_locations (width, height, tw, th):
         one (ctx, x, y, tw, th, data)

   def tile_data (self):
      return {
         "width":  60,
         "height": 60,
         "data":   None,

   def tile_locations (self, cw, ch, tw, th):
      halfth = th // 2
      xd, xm = divmod (cw, tw)
      yd, ym = divmod (ch + halfth, th)
      xn     = xd + (1 if xm > 0 else 0)
      yn     = yd + (1 if ym > 0 else 0)
      ryn    = range (yn)
      offset = 0

      for xk in range (xn):
         for yk in ryn:
            yield (xk * tw, yk * th - offset)
         offset = halfth - offset

   def tile_one (self, ctx, x, y, w, h, somedata):
      dx, dy = 3, 3

      kgeo.Path.polyline (
         [(x + dx, y + h / 2),
          (x + w - dx, y + dy),
          (x + w - dx, y + h - dy)],

      ctx.set_source_rgb (0, 1, 0)
      ctx.stroke ()

class FreeOver_tile2 (FreeOver_tile):
   def tile_data (self):
      path = "dove.png"
      surf = cairo.ImageSurface.create_from_png (path)

      return {
         "width":  surf.get_width  (),
         "height": surf.get_height (),
         "data":   {
            "surface": surf

   def tile_one (self, ctx, x, y, w, h, somedata):
      ctx.save ()
      ctx.translate (x, y)
      ctx.set_source_surface (
         somedata ["surface"], 0, 0)
      ctx.paint ()
      ctx.restore ()


Love2D can be nice, pretty easy to come up with generative "doodles" with it


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How would you guys generate a Jackson Pollock painting?


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pan of >>12997


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dove tiling pan fizzbuzz

no space in chunk cache → Spoiler Image >>12830

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Currently, the best you can hope for when looking for a secure XMPP client is Pidgin and Gajim, which is not ideal. Aside from rampant security issues and lackluster development/maintenance, there is no integrated OTR and OMEMO support.
Historically, the reason for this disappointing selection has been due to the sabotage of porkies like at AOL or Microsoft who purposefully killed the project so their own software could hold a monopoly.

So, in the spirit of communism, I'd like to propose an autonomous community project for developing and maintaining a client:
- Multiplatform (Linux, Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android)
- Modern, default features for stuff like end-to-end encryption and media sharing, etc.
- Proper delegation of dev duties according to principle of mutual aid. Individuals contribute what they can and the group determines how it fits into the project and how the individual could be supported in their contribution
- Up to date with https://xmpp.org/extensions/
- In-built default OTR, and for groupchats, OMEMO. The client shouldn't generate keys for the user though

Pointless, confusing modularity on the user's end can instead be done for them by a smart, mutualistic development team that are themselves users that want a proper chat client.

Let the ruling classes tremble at a communistic secure chat client!
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they probably want google chrome inside their messenger, anything else is too bare bones for kids these days


>what more do you want?
something that isn't just a checklist tbqhwy


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yes, and integration with facegooglecord
so you don't know what you want? fuck
it's like a friend of mine says: users are like clients, except they don't pay


you should be a patronizing techlord elsewhere


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>the user thinks they have anything important to say

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Although he still hasn't regained his position at MIT, Richard Stallman is returning to the board of the Free Software Foundation.


How will the corporate apologists, identarian social climbers, and Microsoft agents who smeared him in the first place respond to this?
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> Richard Stallman will be giving a talk in Montpellier, France, on October 22.

> Monday, October 22, 2021, Montpellier, France
> 14h30-15h30
> Titre: Origine, naissance, évolution et enjeux du logiciel libre
> Dans le cadre de la soirée Cinélibre, Richard Stallman donnera une conférence en français, Salle Fernand Pelloutier - 1, place de Zeus, 34000 Montpellier
> L'entrée est gratuite, sous réserve de présentation de passe sanitaire. Le port du masque sera obligatoire en permanence.
> Page de l'événement https://montpellibre.fr/spip.php?article5281


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> Old joke: how do you tell the difference between a labor organizer and a chemist? By their pronunciations of "unionized."


nice one


Do you think his pubes match his beard?

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>FOSS? Free as in freedom?
>lol i just pirate it bro
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Good antiviruses aren't that bad. A small filehost got pwnt last year and was made to send out trojans that 2/3 of antiviruses on virustotal.com picked up just fine.


You misunderstood the risk of installing pirates software.
Do you need to pay for good antivirus? I've been using my same mac for 8 years.


So can FOSS, one example is firefox


And people can fork it without the spyware.


Depends on the software, the devs can make the software outright refuse to work without the spyware bits, and obfuscate the source code so that it'll be much harder to remove the spyware bits

Something being open-source doesn't guarantee that its source code is readable


haven't seen any talk about OpenStreetMap on here. any other users/contributors?
I like to contribute using StreetComplete when I'm on walks and JOSM when I'm at home and bored
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wow, wholesome open source panopticon chungus


what did you mean by this


none of this datamining serves anyone except for, you know, dataminers


>mapping things that can be seen with the naked eye by everyone is a panopticon
no anon


>looking at a street and mapping it is datamining
uygha you stupid lmao
>implying there aren't actually beneficial applications using this data

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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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You're at the mercy of a big tech corp not turning off dev-mode.


meh, idk I don't think that I depend on Google for much of anything actually. In some fringe scenario where Google decides to go fullretard on the devmode stuff then life wouldn't change much, or I'd just use CloudReady of Gallium

Ultimately, because of lack of support for certain software I need for my work, I use a desktop for more serious matters…
The chromebook is just nice to use as a web surfing netbook since it's cheap, built around and optimized for browsing, and because it's so lightweight and efficient, I get 13 hours of battery on the thing which is cool. It runs remarkably smooth given its modest specs.

you don't need a phone number to make a google account, and you don't even need to make or use a gmail address, so you can use one without ever having your irl shit associated with it


>It never ceases to amaze me that people think the fact that they don't even use their desktops is somehow impressive.
What is the point of the desktop? It'd be better if it was better integrated with the file browser. As it stands it's just a folder with a background.


>As it stands it's just a folder with a background.
Yes. Yes it is
Upon logging into your system, you should just be met a full screen'd file explorer which you can't exit out of or minimize… or if you did minimize it, it would just be a background picture… which you can't really interact with by putting files on it…

I don't know, maybe it does make sense
it's just like your literal irl desktop
you plop down your current work that you messing with and it's scattered before you and easy to look at and interact with


>It'd be better if it was better integrated with the file browser.
Many desktop environments do exactly that. LXDE for example uses PCManFM as both a file manager and its desktop display.


>no i2p, onion
>fooking _cloudflare_
what wtf the fuck???


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