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Does discontinued shit like windows 7/vista still have feds spying on you thru it?
Im planning on having a 32 gb usb stick so I can flash w*ndows 7 on it, and I don't want to give it any network access, just use it to run applications that Linux cannot run and record footage for stuff (I'm planning on becoming a content creator, not the point here)

My question is that, are there still feds spying on you even on old discontinued stuff?caCanadien


The feds don't really target any one single individual unless they are suspect. They spy by dragnet surveillance and build dossers on people and then if you start acting sus they pull your name and interrogate you. That's how it works.


On this note, what is the true extent of the CIA/NSA being able to spy on you through Windows? Are there actual backdoors that are meant specifically to be backdoors?


The last service packs for W7 that came out around the same time as W10 added the same spying shit. W7 now has unpatched, widely-known vulns. You will also likely be running proprietary software in userspace in W7, which compromises your security.

> I don't want to give it any network access

if it's offline/airgapped that's pretty good.

Overall you should always assume a proprietary OS is spying on you.


Remove telemetry updates for Windows 7 and 8.1

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Don't listen, the wunderweapons are not worth the effort compared to good workers' unionization efforts. If the feds actual go for action that's more useful than any of the lifestylist solutions here.
Boomers didn't stop the January coup attempt because there wasn't anonymity.

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Is it possible to get access to some form of VPN if you can't afford a monthly subscription? I tried openvpn with some open servers but I'm a techlet and I don't think I've set it up properly, it barely seems to hide anything.
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Not a rebuttal.
Tor, like literally every usable computer and software, gas weaknesses. Furthermore, Tor users almost always get caught by deanonymizing themselves or downloading and running things they shouldn't. Either that, or being worth spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on.
Do you have any specific example you want to discuss, or are you just parroting FUD shit you don't understand?


I will say that Tor Browser (not Tor), as a long-life Firefox build, is somewhat insecure if you are being personally targeted, but the best option for anonymity.


really? i didn't know
i was using it to pirate music


nothing wrong with stealing data, if you give them useless data or dont care
like what, they're gonna intercept and copy your download of mama mia 2?
(not really a reply to you but about what you said) btw for good practice with tor, of course no javascript, dont go to any websites you use on the clearnet on tor, for the same reasons stay away from anything with cloudflare or recaptcha, and dont open anything from tor on the client you run tor on
lesser known good practice is also use a bridge so your tor traffic is less easy to automatically effect, and explicitly set a few guard nodes that you trust, you can set up your own if you really want to
and qubes is really great for this, you virtualize your tor environment every time, so it doesnt match the environment you use for other browsing, and you can open shit in a sandboxed way
safe cybertravels



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I want to learn coding in python, but the problem is, I just don't know why I should do it.
Game development is meaningless since gaming is purely infantile and a psych ops made by porky to keep the proles sedated with pointless "fun"
High end programming has no use outside of web design and programming garbage like malware and some preexisting services that have been done a thousand times
Almost everything is proprietary garbage that cannot be tampered with or learnt from, so I am forced to learn from pre-existing tutorials which only go over normie shit (no biggie)
So to sum up, I just don't see any purpose in learning to program, almost everything surrounding it is just some CIA psych ops or a tremendous waste of time
I'm seriously at a block here.caCanadien
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Sure thing edgelord.

It's dozens of other monsters, actually. Some are adorable little pets, like PDP-8 assembly. x86 assembly, on the other hand, is more of an encryption algorithm all its own.


Lol, don't listen to this guy. Start with javascript, php, python. Build things, modest things, but build shit. It's the #1 way to learn.


Should I make and add an Extra Mega Titty mod to my Fallout?


coding is for the gays


I don't know the technical requirements to make mods. I'd expect for there to be detailed guides. Maybe you should. The problem is that you might have to work with textures and geometry. That complicates things significantly.

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Been teaching myself to code recently, I won't make a rambling OP because the replies will probably be more insightful.
I've been using Codecademy and I found it's really good except for when the bash terminal decides not to work (and then works perfectly when I reload the exercise and copy and paste the code from the old one). I don't learn skills particularly well from reading, so actually get walked through the doing is a major plus for me.
Is it the best thing going? Are there better sites? Are there other self-taught people here? I don't want to spend years in a university and would rather get some qualifications rather than fuck around any longer (opinions on things like CompTIA?)

Course I've been doing for people more clueless than me (you don't need to buy the pro stuff, just try to figure everything out before using hints, and always read the hints even when you've finished it):


Books with practice problems are the ideal way to learn since they actually put some pressure on you to commit your full conscious brain to the work.
I tried codecademy for some time off and on but that shit never got me the skills I needed to actually figure out how to write and make a program from scratch. Learn Python the Hard Way did, although it doesn’t exist online for free anymore, I’m sure there are other websites like it.


You really need to eat your own dog food to learn coding. You can go through all those technical books and run examples and exercises to familiarize yourself with runtime environment and syntax BUT you will never be a productive programmer.

Pick a project/topic you are genuinely invested in and try to utilize language of your choice in its problem domain. Language like c++ is too generic and big so you might end up learning to use somebody else's library but that's OK. I truly 'got' c++ while writing opengl demos despite using it 4+ years solving artificial algorithm problems.


This. I've tried learning to program many times before, but it only amounted to anything when I had some kind of project to actually build. You can't learn programming in the abstract sense, only in the concrete sense of actually doing something.

I tip I can give is to check out this repo (or any of the other ones like it) https://github.com/tuvtran/project-based-learning
. It's a list of programming projects and tutorials, structured around the languages they teach. Choose a project that intrests you and do that. I'm currently doing buildyourownlisp.com and it's been going well enough, though it's not a perfect introduction to C, so I'm going to check out other books like C Programming Language and Modern C as supplementary material.


I'm probably more project orientated than most, I want to make some cash coding obviously but most of the compsci students I've heard about have no real vision of a thing they'd like to create, and I've already got a notepad full of things I'd like to do. Not to shit on compsci students but I thought they'd be more technical-creative kinda people rather than plumbers that learn plumbing because plumbers make bank.
I want to learn C++ because it's been sold to me as a very good foundational language to branch off from, and my limited understanding of compsci tells me it will make me more understanding of the other branches as I go into them.
Thanks for the list, I will come back to it.

One thing I think I will struggle with is that lots of projects are complex and involve lots of files all referencing each other, is there a way to understand this other than poring over it for hours?


you get used to it as you familiarize yourself with tooling for your language.

it's worth investing your time and energy because 75% of programming is about structuring/packaging your idea. core algorithm/optimization is too fun to be a burden anway 24.999% of work is finding witty name for it


So I have been wanting/needing a portable Linux drive for a while, having just explored some of the versions tonight I am quite interested in POP_OS or just standard Ubuntu but it seems for installing onto a USB Manjaro might be easier just because of the installation process and less messing around.

Do any comrades have experience in this or just linux distros in general, maybe give me some guides or point me in the right direction

I will mostly using it for programming and work (networking) and its just going to be easy to have one if not a couple of USB's ready to go at any time.

p.s fuck CURRENCY (dollars)


Why would you start with pop_OS? I have never used that, but, that isn't something I would recommend. How much experience with linux distros do you have? Because, you are going to have a hard time if it is none. If you want to install something on a USB I would suggest Trying your hand at tails, or, lubuntu. I dunno, ubuntu is probably too bloated for a USB drive and prolly Linux mint too.

Alternatively you could always just accept the meme and install gentoo.


I have I'd say medium experience and have used some to set up servers at work and have have used linux OS for personal use years ago, but installing an OS to a USB is completely new to me

I am about to give manjaro a whirl though but I have never used arch before to my knowledge


>POP_OS or just standard Ubuntu but it seems for installing onto a USB Manjaro might be easier just because of the installation process and less messing around.
What's the difference? Any distro can be installed on a USB, plus both of those you mentioned have simple graphical installers which will make that even easier. In this sense, what distro you choose makes no difference whatsoever.

If I were to give you tips, I would advise choosing a system with a fixed release schedule over a rolling release system. You don't want your USB system to die when you update after 3 months of no usage and have a bunch of packages break. Get something like Debian or Ubuntu/Mint/Pop. It might also be worthwhile to get a system that comes with nonfree drivers installed out of the box, in case any of the machines you plug the drive into need those. Debian offers the nonfree iso, and Ubuntu/Mint/Pop already come with those.

In any case, why would you want a USB like this for work? Do you often work in machines that don't belong to you? I understand doing this for something like Tails, but if it's just for normal usage, you'd be better off dual booting, or better yet, wiping windows and installing gnu/linux.


I regularly work on machines that don't belong to me, I also think (assume) having some usb's about set up would be very useful.

after testing manjaro im going to stop being a lazy nigger and do the partitions needed for something ubuntu based, its just going to be much more simplistic


Update: I just got it done with Ubuntu no problem seems I over thought the process, thanks for the help anyway comrades


So, this is a thing now.
Come hang out with us fellow tech junkies.




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Is there anything I should be wary of with bluetooth dongles? I might grab a random one off aliexpress unless you guys tell me not to.


Just that the whole protocol is super insecure and a vector for exploits.


Isn't bluetooth 5 pretty secure now?

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What happened to the internet?
I wasn't alive back then, but pretend it's 1984
A friend of you asked for the source code for the software you've made
you put it in your university's ftp server tilde
he downloads it
while he downloads it at half kilobyte per second, you talk about Neuromancer.
The internet used to be the user's network (hem, Usenet) but now corporations have taken over the internet, for example, cloudflare have 4 million IP addresses, google has 10 million.
They have big corpos an absurd number of IP addresses, and they won't give selfhosters even half IP address. Not to mention that ISPs won't even bother on implementing IPv6, which can solve the problem the horrible distribution of IPv4 gave us.
We could have given self hosters an IP address for whatever they want. Personal websites (remember geocities?), non-profit services (searx, peertube…) for everyone.
The internet was made to be distributed, but cloudflare, google, facebook and all of them are trying to centralize it.
Is there any chance for us to have a distributed, corp free internet?
Maybe the solution for this is Tor, but Tor is a centralized network (nothing wrong with it, because it is still very anonymous) but well, we can use tor for hosting services and websites. because creating a .onion is very easy, you don't need to pay for a domain, or worry about dynamic IP address.
There's also I2P, which is somehow like tor, but it instead of using tor nodes, you use someone else's I2P router, This router cannot MITM your traffic in I2P because it's always end to end encrypted. The problem with both tor and I2P is that they need a server to serve the website. Thankfully, there's freenet, which is basically, anonymous torrents, these "torrents" are used for websites (they're called freesites)
When you visit a site in Freenet, you download it from its "seeders", and when you finish downloading it, you are now seeding the website. Just like a torrent. This means that the site can still be online. even if the first person's server goes down.gentooGentoo
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>free software
What does that have to do with active users, requests per second, and terabytes? Software is not enough.


>I wasn't alive back then,
Every time.


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>It is considered illegal to use the ARPANet for anything which is not in direct support of Government business … personal messages to other ARPANet subscribers (for example, to arrange a get-together or check and say a friendly hello) are generally not considered harmful … Sending electronic mail over the ARPANet for commercial profit or political purposes is both anti-social and illegal. By sending such messages, you can offend many people, and it is possible to get MIT in serious trouble with the Government agencies which manage the ARPANet.
spoiler yeah, yeah, yeah the "no politics" bit is lame, but the getting rid of the "no commerce" rule is unironically the biggest mistake in global networking history.


you know that was always going to happen, it was literally inevitable in a capitalist society that once the internet was invented it would be used for profit

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Okay so I was trying to fix my PC but I'll skip past the details, eventually found out it was a case issue, but in the process of trying to diagnose issues I ended up removing 3/4 of my ram sticks. 1 was locked in place by cpu cooler so didn't get that far. Anyway, I got my PC running once again but only if I don't have those other three ram sticks in. I can't figure out how to get it back how it was. If I try to put the three sticks back in the PC just turns on and then turns off. I don't remember what order they were in before but they are all from the same set so it shouldn't matter right? I tried inspecting them for damage from removing/installing them but the sticks all look fine, and I can't see any obvious damage to the ram ports. Is there a special way to get 4 channel ram working that I've messed up by booting the PC with only one stick in it?

Sorry I know you guys deal with more complicated stuff than this usually but I don't really know who else to ask. Thanks!


Never mind, I got it eventually, just needed to try insert a few more times.

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