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"Technology reveals the active relation of man to nature"
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Regular /g/ has this, might as well make one here.

Helpful wikis:
https://wiki.debian.org/ (Mainly useful for dpkg based distros)
https://wiki.archlinux.org/ (Useful even if you don't use arch. Helped me out of a bind more than once.)
https://wiki.gentoo.org/ (Helpful even if you don't use gentoo, check the arch wiki first.)

Useful commands:
man foo - Use this first, can be used to get info on commands, system calls, standard library functions, basically most everything.
apropos foo - Searches man pages for a string. Useful if you forgot a command.
whatis foo - gives you a short description of a command.
foo -h/–help/-? - Generally gives you the options for a command. Some very strange programs may take -h as an option, so start with –help.
help foo - Gives you information on a builtin bash command, stuff like alias or bind.

I don't know anything else to toss in here, please share resources if you have them.
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Isn't the version number just "20" for now? AFAIK they start with new major version every 2 years (based on new Ubuntu LTS release), then release improvements every 6 months, incrementing the minor version number (20.1, 20.2, 20.3).
Only briefly tried live iso when it was still in beta, and didn't see any improvements. Some changes give the impression that Cinnamon is further moving away from GNOME 2 towards whatever is trendy now among other DEs (flat design, touchscreen UI, MacOS imitation…). That's too bad because Cinnamon's distinction has been that it's a more polished and richer version of the traditional DEs.


You're right actually, not sure where I got 20.03 from
I've noticed some small improvements, nothing massive but there really isn't much left to be done with Mint that I can really see, other than the standard universal linux improvements everybody wants on every distro
The main things I've noticed are some bug fixes, big one for me being random hitching in youtube videos on integrated graphics is gone now as well as the bug that caused the contents of your desktop to be briefly visible before the lock screen loaded when opening the lid of a laptop Apart from that its better power and heat management (think this is the new Kernel more than anything mint specific), Warpinator, which is seriously incredibly satisfying to try and watch it actually work the first time with no fucking about, and some surface polish, the standard file manager is faster feeling now, Package Manager feels less clunky, quick theming options are in the welcome widget now which is tiny but nice and saves a whopping 2 minutes on going into a menu and doing it yourself etc.

Why do you think its moving towards touchscreen and mac like elements?
It feels essentially like a Windows 7 style DE but linuxed to me, and that's what I wanted and more or less what I think their mission statement actually was, deliver a competent, reliable desktop with minimal bullshit.
I've always found context menu style DE's awful with touch, don't understand why anyone would want a small button in the corner of the screen to summon a context menu designed around a kb+m instead of a unity/android style pull out drawer

Its very boring, but its more competently boring and useable for the average person than anything else I can think of save maybe Manjaro KDE and that's why I like it, it doesn't feel like a project like some of the other distros do


Oh also it automatically sorted out and set sensible mount options for my second drive without me having to do anything at install which is something I've never had another distro do, they either don't touch it or have retarded defaults like not mounting at startup which for the average normal person would basically mean the drive wouldn't exist


I missed it when it came out, was he right, y/n?


I tried watching that recently and couldn't finish because he seemed to have nothing important to say. What was the main point? I only remember he kept going on about market share numbers.
IMO the 2018 (previous?) version was way better, and much more self-critical about the Linux world from the political standpoint.

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The enemy uses bots. What do we know about how they work? Is there any literature that would help in writing our own?

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You don't need neural networks for text generation
Non-meme ML exists.


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I have experience with writing bots, i can make you imageboard bot for cheap


can you write a bot that can fall in love with me?


>neural networks
literally they are the oldest type of ML invented dude


I can write a bot that tells me you to stuff a dildo up your ass.
10 PRINT "Stuff a dildo up your ass"
20 GOTO 10

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Since the servers gets really slow when lots of people post lots of "large" (a few megabytes) files, are web torrents a possible avenue to ease the burden on the server ?

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PeerTube uses WebRTC? I've been using PeerTube over Palemoon for sometime and haven't experienced any problems. Palemoon doesn't use WebRTC and probably never will.


This would kill the Tor network though, way too many connections for relays to handle.


PeerTube can function without WebRTC, it just doesn't use P2P to download movies. Also, administrators of PeerTube instances can turn on or off P2P sharing. So to use WebTorrent on PeerTube, you need to have WebRTC and use a PeerTube instance that has P2P sharing turned on.

The instance will say whether it has P2P sharing on the About page. Like this one has it turned on. https://open.tube/about/instance


Well that's very disappointing to learn that WebTorrent is based on the cancer of WebRTC. I've just lost a lot of enthusiasm I had for PeerTube, dangit.


WebRTC is the only way to do P2P in a standard browser without extra software like you need for Tor, I2P, etc.

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Open your command prompt (linux) and run the following commands.

>wget https://pastebin.com/raw/i5wABwHM

>sudo mv i5wABwHM /etc/hosts

and badabing badaboom!! There you GO!!






>requires root rights
>doesn't replace X server or at least deletes /boot or /

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Recent events have once again highlighted the necessity of a truly communal, self-governed anonymous discussion forum. This thread is for the development of new forms of decentralized anonymous image boards.

The problem in need of a solution is this: [b]How can we develop a forum that genuinely empowers its community and allows them to resist censorship?[/b]

One recent attempt is NNTPChan/Overchan. NNTPChan is a decentralized imageboard that uses the NNTP protocol (network-news transfer protocol) to synchronize content between many different servers. It utilizes cryptographically-signed posts to perform optional/opt-in decentralized moderation. I'm still rather confused on how moderation works there myself.

This seems like a great idea, by distributing a forum across a collection of servers one can resist the disruption of any single server. When 8ch was shutdown by its DDoS provider, however, its community didn't find the motivation to learn from this and migrate to a censorship-resistance platform. Instead its subcommunities were scattered to the winds, the ones that survived coalescing back on a number of individual websites using the classical top-down server-owner structure, with all the authority and alienation from its userbase that it necessarily contains. What lessons can be learned from this? Is there more that can be done?
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I've seen people try to use retroshare, but it's hopelessly fucked up.


it works fine :(


Scuttlebutt or RetroShare?


None of your friends have a slightly different version, then.
Every time I've tried to use it, the other people are on different distros or platforms where the version is a little newer or older and they are incompatible.


ah thats fucked, never knew that was an issue
thanks for letting me know

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What are you working on /tech/?
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Forgot to link this, thanks comrade.


hijacking this thread
How do you apply dialectics to your understanding of computer programs?

For one, digital logic is a dialectic. In transistors, there are in fact not two discrete "on" and "off" states, but actually a quantitative range of voltages which, near peak or low, qualitatively change to "on" or "off."

>What is meant by the emergence of a new process? The old unity with its constituent opposites yields to a new unity with its constituent opposites, whereupon a new process emerges to replace the old. The old process ends and the new one begins. The new process contains new contradictions and begins its own history of the development of contradictions.
This is fork() and exec()


I don't because I am not some deranged cultist that must shoehorn their useless philosophy buzzwords everywhere.


you're on bunkerchan

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So based on basic Opsec I've been reading about you should have a seperation of your identity from your logins on TOR and whatnot for reddit or twitter or whatever the fuck. But all that shit requires emails and all these damn email providers require a phone number which defeats the whole purpose? Which email service can I use that won't demand my phone number and let me stay as anonymous as possible online?


Guerilla mail, 10 minute mail, and so on. Bascially search "Temporary email" and choose one. Keep in mind that some websites block such emails or might want to get your phone number to "confirm" you're not a robot.


autistici.org, riseup.net, or protonmail.com are examples I’ve seen, but I can’t speak on the legitimacy of any of them with confidence


If temporary mails are blocked I usually try create a Protonmail account. If they want a phone number, I just reset Tor identity and try again, until they give me an option to verify with an email instead, then I just try a few temporary emails until one works. Lately it's taken me only one retry at most to get through.
In the past I also used Yandex since it was really easy to register while most websites consider it a legitimate provider. However their own captchas don't work over Tor anymore.

A much bigger problem than creating and using throwaway emails is that lots of websites effectively block Tor via infinite Google captchas on their registration and/or login forms.

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Yes, smartphones are cool gadgets: You can read theory, browse /leftypol/ and listen to music on the go! Let's talk about these awesome devices in this thread! What models are you using?
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Samsung Galaxy S3 with LineageOS.
Surprisingly still usable.
Looking to upgrade to Samsung Galaxy S5 again with LineageOS.

No google garbage apps for me thank you.


Can someone explain what this video on "LoRa Mesh Communication without Infrastructure" is to the layman? I heard it would be used to communicate *somehow* if the cops shut down cellphone towers?



It's a walkie-talkie for text messages. LoRa operates on frequencies which were used by paging companies in the past, and still used for radio keychains for cars/garage doors, they're colloquially called ISM band.
I don't like presence of bluetooth and gps functions on this thing, the idea glows suspiciously,a s well as lack of publicised fdroid distribution. The board should connect to phone via USB to avoid insecure wireless Bluetooth link to something you carry on yourself already, drop the ridiculous battery, and since phones already have GPS, it shouldn't have another one either.




I'm running both a Oneplus 3T on lineageOS and a stock 7T pro McLaren 5G.


Cute Discord alternative :)
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whats the point of this over discord, is it more private?


It's a honeypot.


Never heard of this.
>Cute Discord alternative
We already have RiotIM/matrix.
>It's a honeypot.


where is the source code?


These glowie ops get more and more low effort each year

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Should they be abolished?

If so, how it would affect technology/development.
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This is a topic dear to me, as a mathematician I think it should all be done away with. Please tell me why, in a post scarcity world, (which we are aiming for as we are communists) would we have patents? Why would some arbitrary collection of thoughts 'belong' to one person? This is no different to a kulak hoarding grain, someone hoarding the means of which to accelerate/advance society.

It is pretty much literally impossible to do this in mathematics, it is a field pioneered by love. The only reason we have any of the devices which are deserving of patents is because they came from tinkering nerds, just imagine what world we'd have today (in regards to computing) if there were no closed source code? The only reason these devices exist because mathematicians sat down one day and wondering how they could do maths faster.

In another dimension, the concept of art being 'owned' is also fairly ridiculous, comparing it to software it takes time to create, but can be (essentially) infinitely redistributed now through jpgs and mp3s, to infinitesimal cost. At the end of the day why would you advocate for people's passions to be motivated by profit, rather than the love of the craft, the desire to create? The only reason it is an issue in our current time is because of the fact that if you steal some unknown persons good work, and turn a profit on it by switching it up a tiny bit, you can then create masses of profit for yourself, and this sits their accruing royalties while 99% of creators get nothing, again no different from a landlord.


This. But I will go back to >>1490 .
We need world aboshlishment of those laws because if abolished in one country like in USSR, it will create pressure of profit oriented foreign capital wich doesnt play by your rules.


As somebody with a patent, patents do not protect creators or innovation - they are a way for companies to control markets and litigate with other companies/ individuals. Every independent creator I know who has dallied with patents lost immeasurable time and money in obtaining patent and subsequent fruitless litigation attempts against patent violations. Fuck a patent


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Linking Gavin Mueller's book again because he seems like one of the only marxists talking about topics related to this.


A more interesting question is
Are they needed currently in this capitalist world or still just useless

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