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This is your reminder to go to a park with a bag of books and have at it before you get De Quervain's/carpal tunnel syndrome/computer vision syndrome.

Take a break from that screen my friend :)
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wtf its tru tho, just cause u have good eyes that dont have problems with screens doesnt mean its not a thing, or that it's somehow anti-tech


staring at a screen for hours will at most make you feel fatigued which will fix itself after sleeping, it will never cause myopia or astigmatism or whatever, thats on your genes





Purely anecdotal but I feel like since I went from many reading text on many screens at different distances - tablets, big screen 6ft away, desk at 3 feet away - to almost exclusively reading text at a desk, I've noticed it's become much more difficult to focus on text at less than 2 feet away. I've started increasing the default text size on tablets.

Considering clamping an extension to the desk so that the monitor can be further away, and going back to computing with different screens at different distances. Obviously being outdoors and focusing on things at different distances will help with this too.


have you considered going to an eye doctor……..? lol


A girl saw me using my T60(1) and started laughing at me.

She said "Wow, how old is that laptop? That thing looks ancient!" and when I answered honestly (14 years, the T60/61 came out in May 2007) she snickered at me and said "can't you afford a nice macbook? That's so sad, nobody should have to use a laptop that old! That's older than my little brother!".
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<No touchpad
<No clit mouse
How do you control the cursor on this thing?


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Clip on track pad but the Toshiba T series was before the business world took Windows seriously, back then the people that could afford these machines only wanted to run Lotus 1-2-3 and Word Perfect for Dos.


touchpads are awful


Hence the clit.


A girl saw me using my T60(1) and started laughing gently.

She said "Wow, how old is that laptop? That thing looks ancient!" and when I answered honestly (14 years, the T60/61 came out in May 2007) she looked amazed at me and said "so old and it is still running? That's so cool, nobody should have to buy a new laptop every 2years! That's older than my little brother!".

And then we fucked

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2006-2015: 375% increase in CS majors
2006-2015: 20% increase in number of software-related jobs
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I'm not doing survivorship bias, I'm saying a ton of people who are going into tech degrees will get nowhere with them and have been scammed, because they spent four years learning nothing and have no skills.


Most of those weaker CS majors will end up in application support, IT infrastructure, helpdesk, or become business analysts. Some will muddle through as mediocre programmers for the minimum amount of years until they manage to get into project/product management (or "real" management). So they will still have jobs in the tech industry just not as programmers.


>90% of my graduating class still didn't know how to use a CLI or manually manage memory
Non garbo collected languages are common in industry and using a CLI is optional depending on IDE.


People who don't understand memory management write bad GC lang code. I've seen this basic pattern all over real production code:
Class1 DoSomething(Class1 thing) {
    Class1 thingCopy = thing; 
    thingCopy.Mutate(); // Oops
    return thingCopy;

CLI tools are used all the time even for IDE-centric languages like C# or Java. Programmers who don't venture out of their IDE even a bit won't have a clue what's going on when they:
>write a build script or pipeline
>run migrations
>use git
>have to deal with their web frontends
>the list goes on…

True enough. This applies to a lot of "wasted"/"useless" majors– they end up doing something somewhat unrelated to their degree, but not necessarily just working at Starbucks.


>This applies to a lot of "wasted"/"useless" majors– they end up doing something somewhat unrelated to their degree, but not necessarily just working at Starbucks.
except CS isn't just SWE, its more generic so a linux sysadmin, network admin, QA, or prod/app support engineer/analyst isn't really wasting their degree, they just have a job in tech thats less prestigious than being a dev.

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Questions for computer science anons about digital agitprop:
>In spreading digital propaganda we are often providing our class enemy with dangerous data. How can digital propaganda be protected from surveillance capitalism?
>Can we create a way to make digital agitprop more subversive? For example, a toolchain to automatically embed markov chain text steganographic data in chan images to increase the cost of steganographic analysis to our class enemy?
> How can tracking measures in printers (such as micro dots) be subverted or deactivated


many of these things have documented methods of subversion, so im not gonna talk about dots (take the yellow out, also theres some special programs u can use to add hella dots) or other shit, cause its simple but technical.

I've basically stopped giving a shit if the gov knows my politics. I'm not a terrorist. I'm a class enemy. At some point of u have to accept some risk. I dont use social media so its not like i'm out there liking agitprop on facebook, but i've had my share of horrible practices in the past if totally hiding your political inclinations is the goal.

It's a good goal to leave as little data behind as possible obviously, but i dont think feds are analyzing pics for messages, and if they are its just an automated thing so ur not costing them anything… in fact if they have any success or ability to say "we have x amount of steganographic photos" they'll get their budget renewed or increased so meh.

We gotta not act like terrorists. There are times to hide information, and there are times when the cost of hiding information outweighs the cost of leaking it (e.g. the info you have to leak by joining an org).

Digital propaganda is probably not very dangerous. In any case, the pigs can assassinate you for even having a bad vibe about you, the only answer to this is social (squad up, stay strapped, educate people on this, etc.) and not technical, as much as a technofix would be very nice (and for many things there are good technofixes with cryptography and mixnets, for example, im not catagorically against any of this im really into it, just deep enough to know that u cant cover everything, and some time u have to weight the pros and cons, and in a realistic way not a paranoid worst case way)



I need some real user data, namely - URLs, timestamps and some extra information about the visit. User must behave normally, so typical "pay Turks 1$ and ask them to do actions you need" does not work.

Where can I get such data? As far as I understand, botnet owners might help collecting that. Where can I rent a botnet?


Added: I do not need passwords or personal data, but I do need detailed events, such as knowledge of from which page user navigated to current one.


You should target capitalists, not workers.


uhhhhh what

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I hate USB hubs and I hate the slow death of Ethernet cables at hands of the industry.

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Why isn't this more of a thing? Having a portable device performing the same function as a "smart"phone without its mass surveillance features would be a dream
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Can you fit a laptop in your pocket?


whats the best linux pocket computer to buy? and what to do about the mouse situation?


You can make em on the cheap with a raspberry pi. N-O-D-E made some good vids on em.


where were laptops mentioned? or were you telling us all to use laptops instead of whatever else we wanted? fuck off.


Because my thumbs are fucked beyond repair despite hardly ever using a smart phone


I found an image similar to image related but it was comparing free software to communism/mutual aid using the images from Stallman's Ted Talk. I can't find it, may have originally came across it on /g/ but it's since been lost. If anyone knows about it and knows where it is please show me the way. I have a very politically involved but nonetheless non-technical friend that I want to indoctrinate, they can especially benefit from learning about freedom.

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Maybe one day we won't be able to use elevators without a smartphone.
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Toxic VPNbros and torrent incels are at it again. You are stealing from the MARGINALIZED CREATORS that we graciously allow on our platforms.


>phone battery dies
>lose your phone
>internet drops out
>QR code sticker gets damaged
>app server can't be reached
>someone with the app installed butt-dials the app and sends the elevator to random floors
bruh how much of an engineer do you have to be to see a thing that works by pushing a button and think "how can introduce as many points of failure as possible?"


Someone will come up with an autoclicking app that will make sure its always in motion just to fuck with people.


Button operation
<push the button to operate the lift

Smartphone operation
<take outsmart phone out of the pocket
<open QR-coder reader app
<tapp on screen to make the app operate the lift

No way that's ever going to catch on, too many steps.
By the way one can make hygienic buttons with anti-bacterial coating or non-touch proximity detection buttons (They're already in use with soap dispensers in public restrooms)



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Making a demo application before I port it into a game engine and thought I'd learn vulkan. Big fucking mistake, this is the most verbose and painful API I've ever worked with. I am actually writing driver code right now, I've worked with gpu driver code and I think this might be even more robust.

Doesn't help the community is full of assholes who say shit like 'well you just don't like low-level code'. Fuck you I'm literally a kernel engineer, I love low-level access and minimal abstraction, but this was designed for maximum pain. I can't imagine DX12 or Metal is anywhere near this sadistic.

Don't believe me, follow along and type ~2k lines before you write a fucking vertex shader:

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i've never considered sdl adequate enough to abstract away the state engine for opengl, just like past window setup glfw isn't saving you *that* much coding. Like here you are still creating your physical device and swap chain, I'd have to look more but this looks like a rather thin wrapper, rather than an abstraction:


Have you done graphics programming before or are you just spitballing?


I found your tutorial in Vulkan/SDL (https://github.com/electromaggot/HelloVulkanSDL). It still looks verbose but seems to automate most initialization.

>this looks like a rather thin wrapper

you're right
>Have you done graphics programming
a little :^)



> 3641 pages


most of it is currently extensions that you may or may not use. this is the core, a mere 1 and a half thousand pages:

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