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/ttg/ - Tech Team General

This thread is only for feedback related to technical issues (bug reports, suggestions). Otherwise use /meta/.
Public Repo:
https://git.leftypol.org/leftypol/leftypol
If you have any grievances you can make a PR.

Mobile Support:
https://github.com/PietroCarrara/Clover/releases/latest
Thread For Mobile Feedback: >>>/tech/6316

Onion Link:
76i2c3hn55fcj5nut3tqlboqqbbh23zvphv7lefk3vftpx6wketlanyd.onion

Cytube:
https://tv.leftypol.org

Matrix rooms:
https://matrix.to/#/#leftypolPublic:matrix.org

We are currently working on improvements to the site, subject to the need of the tech team to sleep and go to their day jobs. If you need more immediate feedback please join the matrix room[s] and ask around. Feel free to leave comments, concerns, and suggestions about the tech side of the site here and we will try to get to it as soon as possible

Archived thread:
>>>/leftypol_archive/903
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Developer Recruitment Thread

Made as an extension of the main moderation recruitment thread, this thread is meant specifically for developer recruitment for /leftypol/.

We are asking for tech-orientated volunteers to help with development of the site's code and features, especially if you have experience with web design, common website coding languages, and/or development of mobile apps.

To Apply:

1. Log into your e-mail site of choice, and compose an email directed towards [email protected]
2. Decide on a short code word or phrase to identify yourself with, using it as the first part of your email and posting it on this thread.
3. Answer a short questionnaire, outlined below:

How would you describe your personal political tendency?
How long have you browsed or posted on /leftypol/ or her alt-boards?
Have you any experience working with leftist groups in the past?
How do you want to help the administration of leftypol.org?
How often will you be available to your work described above?

4. Post your favorite leftist work: art, book, or other - be it as an attachment, link, or just the title or even an excerpt from it.
5. Send the email (double-checking it is to [email protected])!

And that is it! The moderation team will take some time to review emails and get back to you, if your application is selected then your email will be replied to with a link to an element chatroom for a short informal interview before voting on your approval. Please be patient, as many people may be interviewed before you finally are selected.

Potential dev recruits will also be given a basic introduction to the site's functionality and have their own element room for discussion of site-related issues and requests. It is work-at-your-own-pace, contribute as you will - even if you are someone who will only contribute occasionally, you would still be valued.

If you are not selected for an interview, it will most likely be due to the desired quota of new devs being reached - do not be discouraged, there is always next time!
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Hactivist and cyber security researcher finds exposed servers containing the No Fly list

https://maia.crimew.gay/posts/how-to-hack-an-airline/

Also why do so many facilities with sensitive documents seem to never configure their shit properly? Why do they keep getting trusted with said documents? Especially schools and hospitals.
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EU slashes funding to thousands of FOSS projects

https://www.theregister.com/2024/07/17/foss_funding_vanishes_from_eus/
EU is eliminating NGI grants which fund the development of many open source projects. You can browse some of the projects here: https://nlnet.nl/project/index.html
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Peripheral Web Stuff

I watched this video recently, and have been fascinated by the concept of "the peripheral web" (in contrast to "core web") and want to find more stuff out there. So how about a thread where we share neat stuff we find on the peripheral web?

First thing that comes to mind for me that isn't a blog or meta on this topic feel free to share either tho, just wanted to start the thread on a cool note is https://firstpersontetris.com/

Also relevant >>/tech/23548
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What to do?

Hello fellow anons, i really enjoy programming mathematics and computer science and I'm going to do high performance computation next year in school. I'm also really into leftist politics and was wondering how can I cross both subjects. I not really into hacking but developing software is my thing but what kind of tools. I've also seen stuff about paul cockshott and planification which is really interesting. are there ressources to learn more about leftist computer science engineers. Thanks for the advice nerds
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/nu-imageboard/ megathread

Every few months, people come up with an idea to create a new imageboard, since mostly everyone is dissatisfied with the state of vichan/lainchan, or thinks they can do it better. Having better software would greatly enhance the experience for both regular users and mods, and have more crossover appeal to “normies”. The problem is that no one can agree on the technical or more importantly non technical decisions on how one would go about making an actual, usable replacement for lainchan.

In fact, people don't even agree on whether the imageboard replacement should be an imageboard at all. This thread is a merged, consolidated, megathread of all the various attempts at answering this question that people have made.

Previously, there was a thread on outreach to lainchan, including a strawpoll:
https://lainchan.org/%CE%BB/res/26674.html

The poll determined it should be built in Java, but a significant minority wanted to use a functional programming language, esp. Haskell, or Clojure/Lisp.

The only way a new imageboard will be built is if multiple people, technical jannies and lurker-programmers, from here and lainchan and even elsewhere, actually collaborate on a single project and concentrate their efforts on this.

There are important technical and non technical questions to be answered.

Namely, do we even want an imageboard?

Some anons have suggested a radical re-imagining of the medium of anonymous communication where boards are replaced with tags. Some want named accounts, some want textboards, the ideas are endless. Is there anything to be improved upon with the imageboard concept, and if so, what? If reddit is an improved version of the phpbb type forums of old, what does a “modern” version of a chan look like?

Feel free to use this thread for any polls, discussion, of the formats, technical, or non technical decisions related to a vichan replacement both for this site and in general.

Also comment on:

Concept: Classic Imageboard vs something else
Architecture: Monolith vs Microservices
Distributed: Distributed/Federated vs Standalone
Front end: SPA (ex: Angular, React) vs Server Side HTML templating
Backend Language: Java, C#, Lisp, Rust, Golang, PHP, etc.
Database: SQL vs NoSQL
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Smartphone Thread

What smartphone do you have? What you recommend? Also share your recommended apps.

I have a Xiaomi Poco F3, I got it for cheap ($280) and has a lot of good features like 5G, 120HZ AMOLED, NFC, a powerful processor etc I don't plan to buy another one for in the next 4-5 years.

My recommended apps:
>Blokada (to block all ads, doesn't need root)
>f-droid (alt app store).
>Bromite and Fennec Fdroid web browsers
>Libretorrent if you want to torrent on your phone.
>Tachiyomi if you want to read manga.
>Radiodroid for radiostations
>Torbrowser for tor proxy/onion service
>Lucky Patcher if you want to fuck around trying to unlock apps for free (Needs Root)
>MX player for videos, Simple Gallery for images.
>New Pipe or YT Vanced for youtube videos.
>foobar2000 or blackplayer for music
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How do we do free software money? I used to be really into Bitcoin but I saw some serious problems with how it was set up, namely the fees were ridiculous. Obviously crypto isn't the solution but there still isn't any free software method to transfer money. Any website that accepts credit cards is relying on proprietary software.
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Linux General

Linux thread including trends, technical knowledge (i.e. sysadmin/automation) and more
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What smartphone do you use and why?
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Haskell thread?

Any Haskellers on Leftypol? Wanna trade monads?
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Post RSS feeds you enjoy.

Post quality RSS feeds for whatever. Blogs, news sites, even a YouTube channel RSS feed or other video content. As long as it has an RSS (or atom I guess) feed attached to it.

I'll go first and dump some of what I think are good ones:

>Grumpy Gamer

https://grumpygamer.com/rss
this one is rad, it's the personal blog of the lead developer behind The Secret of Monkey Island series (so basically my hero). He talks about a lot of cool random shit. Check it out.

>Niki Tonsky

https://tonsky.me/atom.xml
Another personal blog, I've only read a few articles but they have to do with UI mainly which I like.

>Cosmonaut Magazine

https://cosmonautmag.com/rss
Quintessential pretentious leftwing magazine. It's good, I like it. It's more insightful than I thought it would be and their articles even when I disagree with them (I usually don't) are always comfy reads.
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Google likely to discontinue search

The Web Crawler Has Fallen

Billions Must Surf and Manually Index
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Pirate Thread

Pirate thread, yo ho ho and a bottle of rum

Post about pirates and and piracy be it on the high seas or the internet!
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Thanks Bill

So something went wrong with last Windows update, it wont boot, recover, or do anything at all, my laptop appears to be completely bricked, Ill have to do factory reset (and even then Im keeping fingers crossed it will actually work). This is the last fucking drop, Im switching to Linux. The thing is, I have virtually no IT skills, so what is your advice? What type of Linux is most noob friendly? I use computer basically just for internet browsing, some graphic software and bideo games.
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Future of Chinese made CPUs

Since US tech embargo on China is still in effect and US plans to squeeze Chinese tech companies by restricting their access to computer chips. China's reaction to this was to make one of their goals to have a home-grown alternative for Intel, AMD, TSMC and the like to decrease dependence on the US. So I was wondering what kind of progress have they been making lately and what are their prospects of ever having a viable alternative to Intel and AMD?

There is all this talk about SMIC, Loongson and Zhaoxin and that in early 2020 Zhaoxin allegedly published a chip comparable to 2017 level intel and AMD tech and they are planning to have parity with Intel in a few years. Then there are Some sources are saying that China is failing horribly at acquiring manufacturing tech for more advanced processors. And I really can't make any real sense out of it.

So when will I be able to buy a computer that uses a hardware that dunks on burger made tech and sends my personal data to Beijing instead of Washington, if ever?
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Webdev General

Frontend tutorials and resources https://neocities.org/tutorials
General tutorials for both frontend and backend https://www.w3schools.com/default.asp
Old Geocities gifs https://gifcities.org/
Free subdomains http://freedns.afraid.org/domain/registry/
Free static site hosts https://neocities.org/ https://pages.github.com/ https://surge.sh/
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Android app to talk/lurk on leftypol and getchan

Just wondering if you use any android app (preferably open-source) to browse on leftypol and/or getchan.

I heard about `Clover` but it seems dead for a while and kuroba only has support to nazi hellholes — as far as I know at least; is there a way to add another chan there btw? I've been wanting to lurk while at the college since there are a lot of libs and a few right wingers (almost nazi fucks) and I'm too lazy to try to engage in conversation. Anyway do you know an app?
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YouTube alternatives

Will there ever be an alternative video platform that matches its ability to let you regularly put out content to a large audience?
Vimeo comes close but you have to pay to exceed the limits and the audience is definitely more limited.
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Tools, Gizmos and Contraptions

Post less computery hardware you think is neat or have question about.
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What would a dialectical materialist programming language look like?
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Element Groups for Communists

Does anyone know if there are any active groups on Element that people can join to discuss Marxism?

Spent a while looking but can't find anything.

If I can't find one in a couple days, I'll make one and link it here.

***

In general, what are people's thoughts on using these types of services to compliment being involved in face to face IRL orgs?
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/SPACE/ Thread.

Thread for watching rocket launches and shit.
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tracker3 can be used as spyware

Hello, consider me a guy who happens to know top secret leakers because I've been interacting with amateur researchers that recovered a computer the US Government hacked. And apparently they declassified federal (glowie) tricks

Here are packages the glowies download on the recovered computer

osinfo-db
osinfo-db-tools
libosinfo
libisofs
libiptcdata
libgsf
libgrss
libcue
libtracker-sparql
tracker-3
tracker-miners-3

Here is what the researchers observed and then told me

1.Glowies use tracker-extact-3 to grab meta data from the users files as they update in real time. Tracker Extract does this natively and that is the main thing it is intended to do.

2.Then the glowies run the command (this is the malicious act)

tracker3 export –database=/home/user/.cache/tracker3/files/ –output=json-ld

with an additional `–remote-service=ip_here` so they can send the tracker3 database back to their feddie databases. The json-ld file is read using json reading software to display text and rendered pdf, video and image thumbnails and audio cover art. This gives them real time monitoring of an OS because they are getting recent file meta data.

Glowies also look in plocate databases as well. This is all 100% real. So try to be accurate as possible and not spread misinformation when you finally get to covering it. Tracker3 is not a virus and is inherently NOT harmful software. It does very useful things such as find pdfs and images via GNOME's photo and pdf reader. It is just that it happens to have the potential to be malicious. Said researchers stated that the goal for the community to patch this insecurity by warning if tracker is trying to export meta data base to a foreign server. Meaning the end user should be alerted via the GUI if tracker is doing this.
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/aicg/ - AI Chatbot General

This place needs an AI chatbot thead, so this is it now.

To start things off, I've made a card for Alunya: https://chub.ai/characters/xalkoi/Alunya
Fuck Fork and modify it to oblivion

Don't want to give money to capitalist but want to try it out? First download SillyTavern: https://github.com/SillyTavern/SillyTavern

Then create an account on Poe.com and follow the guide on SillyTavern to get the API key (just copy the value of the cookie)

Now download the png of the bot and import it on sillytavern, have fun.

And if you don't mind being unable to lewd the bots, you also have https://beta.character.ai/
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DDoS party

Hey comrades, I have some shitraeli, etc… government IPs.
They aren´t protected, so yall can ddos with us.
https://pastebin.com/QjwkP2EL
Posted by ЧВК Нгуен.
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Somebody plz buy this book and upload it to libgen.

https://winnschwartau.com/metawar/
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Simples searches engines; preferably without javascript

>Title

Having a dark theme is optional.

I'm tired of duckduckgo's retard results and searx's confusing and non-related results (being a pain to use it private windows since all configuration is cleaned etc.)

Sorry for not elaborating much, I'm too tired and have a test tomorrow, see ya comrades.
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How do you even protect yourself against your own ISP trying to fuck you over like this?
https://www.techradar.com/pro/security/south-korean-telco-deliberately-infected-thousands-of-users-with-malware
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Stallman has cancer

Is the FSF going to die with him? That's sad to think about.
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Open source software is anti capitalist but pro free market

Has anyone taken the time to examine "left wing market anarchism"? and how open source software relates to it. The way I see things open source software can help entrepreneurs and small business owners make money without having to pay royalties or subscription fees to companies like Adobe and give up their right to own software. After all "capitalism" requires patents and IP law and heavy Government involvement where as FOSS is decentralized and allows anyone to profit off it without all the legal government middle man stuff.

Am I a deviant for thinking this way because since late 2018 I always got the impression that FOSS was synonymous with free market socialism - ect anti capitalist but pro personal property rights and entrepreneurialism. Some people say FOSS is communist and I have disagreed with that; as if it were communist there would be a strong centralized government body controlling things and forcing people to work on FOSS projects.
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Website

Hi I'm looking to make my own website to host articles and stories I've written. I wanted to do Wordpress but like I found out its going to put ads on my screen. I've got no money and no time to learn programming skills. Is there an open source version of Wordpress where it doesn't monetize everything and where I can change my font?
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/tech/ + /dead/ = Techlead
This dude is so based and moralfags whine about him! Just recently I became aware of him, he is my favourite tech/dead youtuber!
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Programming Advice

Do you have advice for a software engineer?
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Linux Won

Microsoft is finally dropping support for Windows after the Recall/Copilot exodus, guess they're focusing on Xbox or something instead.
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Mozilla is an advertising company now

https://www.jwz.org/blog/2024/06/mozilla-is-an-advertising-company-now/
How do we feel about this? I'm not surprised but still pretty bummed out.
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https://mastodon.social/@ashleygjovik/112668309100333232
> work for Apple
< get poisoned
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New video AI just dropped for meme production.

Site: https://lumalabs.ai/dream-machine

Resources for Dream Machine:
Ideas for prompting: https://ideogram.ai/login
API: https://github.com/yihong0618/LumaDreamCreator
FAQ: https://lumaai.notion.site/FAQ-and-Prompt-Guide-Luma-Dream-Machine-f7bd5f77478c4994aa692aa58b063ef3
Converting to webm: https://handbrake.fr/ or https://cloudconvert.com/mp4-to-webm

Information on Dream Machine:
>Dream Machine was released to paid users on June 12, 2024 and to the free users on June 16.
>Dream Machine runs on OpenAI image generating multimodal transforming software. Each generated seed is unique.
>Free users get 10 generations per day and have to wait for longer periods at the queue. The technique is to use multiple sockpuppet google accounts.

Dream Machine Queue Information:
>The longest current wait experienced by a free user was 5 hours. Estimated time should be around a few minutes during low demand.
>Paid users have no daily generation limit and have shorter processing periods.
>The more effort you put into the prompt, the higher the quality of the video gets.
>Shorter prompts: shorter waiting periods in queue. Longer prompts: longer waiting periods in queue.

Dream Machine Extra Information:
>Censorship is nearly on par with Microsoft Bing Image Creator but can be easily bypassed just like any other AI.
>Creations can be extended to another 5 seconds by pressing the "Extend" button. The new generation will seamlessly continue from the previous generation.
>Paid users can currently extend their creations up to 3 minutes in length.
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Why is Windows the only major operating system to come with a warranty that it will work as advertised in its licence?

Windows license:
>Limited Warranty. Depending on how you obtained the Windows software, Microsoft, or the device manufacturer or installer, warrants that properly licensed software will perform substantially as described in any Microsoft materials that accompany the software. This limited warranty does not cover problems that you cause, that arise when you fail to follow instructions, or that are caused by events beyond the reasonable control of Microsoft, or the device manufacturer or installer. The limited warranty starts when the first user acquires the software, and lasts for one year if acquired from Microsoft, or for 90 days if acquired from a device manufacturer or installer. If you obtain updates or supplements directly from Microsoft during the 90-day term of the device manufacturer’s or installer’s limited warranty, Microsoft provides the limited warranty for those updates or supplements…
OSX license:
>TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, THE APPLE SOFTWARE AND SERVICES ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE”, WITH ALL FAULTS AND WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, AND APPLE AND APPLE'S LICENSORS (COLLECTIVELY REFERRED TO AS “APPLE” FOR THE PURPOSES OF SECTIONS 7 AND 8) HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS WITH RESPECT TO THE APPLE SOFTWARE AND SERVICES, EITHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES AND/OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, SATISFACTORY QUALITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ACCURACY, QUIET ENJOYMENT, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT OF THIRD PARTY RIGHTS.
I also checked if Mac OS 9 had a warranty (in case Windows' was just left in from the 1990s) and found that although apple did offer a warranty for the install disks themselves, they had a very aggressive disclaimer for the software, even including "NO ORAL OR WRITTEN INFORMATION OR ADVICE GIVEN BY APPLE OR AN APPLE AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE SHALL CREATE A WARRANTY…" lol.

MIT license (Standing in for most GNU/Linux distros, which usually use MIT or GPL.):
>THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED “AS IS”, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

GPL (Standing in for most GNU/Linux distros, which usually use MIT or GPL):
>THERE IS NO WARRANTY FOR THE PROGRAM, TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW. EXCEPT WHEN OTHERWISE STATED IN WRITING THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND/OR OTHER PARTIES PROVIDE THE PROGRAM “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO THE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE OF THE PROGRAM IS WITH YOU. SHOULD THE PROGRAM PROVE DEFECTIVE, YOU ASSUME THE COST OF ALL NECESSARY SERVICING, REPAIR OR CORRECTION.
You can add a warranty to the GPL if you want to, but no major Linux distros appear to do so. The closest thing to a warranty that I'm aware of is that Red Hat has a 30 day warranty on install media. (i.e. disks etc), which is closer to Mac OS 9's license ("the install disk won't be scratched to pieces, but if a horrible programming bug blows up your iBook, that's your problem.") than Microsoft's offer of a legal promise that properly licensed software will perform substantially as described in any Microsoft materials that accompany the software.

Despite having the worst reputation for bugs, and having to operate on an unpredictable range of hardware configurations and general use cases (a challenge shared by GNU/Linux, one reason Linux distros have a license that washes the developer's hands of any problems, and a challenge largely avoided by Apple aggressively controlling the approved Mac OS hardware, which doesn't offer a warranty), Microsoft alone take on the risk of legally warranting the software will at least mostly work. Why?
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Your opinions on Lunduke? I think, his articles seem well researched and convincing.

>Firefox Money: Investigating the bizarre finances of Mozilla

https://lunduke.locals.com/post/4387539/firefox-money-investigating-the-bizarre-finances-of-mozilla

>6 Dirty Secrets of the Linux and Open Source Industry

https://lunduke.substack.com/p/6-dirty-secrets-of-the-linux-and

>Microsoft's growing control of Linux

https://lunduke.substack.com/p/microsofts-growing-control-of-linux
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The Indonesian government is launching a new Twitter spinoff tomorrow and blocking x.com @ https://elaelo.id/

Indonesians historically are poorly educated about communism; what do you guys say we teach them theory and praxis?
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Bravo Poettering, he did it again!!
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Mastodon and Lemmy/Kbin are lively platforms. But they still don't have enough users and content to be able to replace their proprietary counterparts.

I just wish something big would happen, that these capitalist corporations would just make one big mistake that would lead to everyone flooding to the foss alternatives. We need to take back the power and stop relying on private companies to regulate our online interactions. Companies are only driven by profit and the dollar bill, these alternatives are created purely out of goodwill and good intentions. Stop the enshittification now! Freedom from private platforms now! Let the fediverse spread freedom to all!
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so this is the power of yt-dlp
>download video after waiting one gorillion hours
>erm sorry we couldn't convert the video please use this shitty dependency next time
>file nowhere to be found
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No one actually shares any interesting programming projects

99% of the programming projects I see on github, reddit, HN, etc. are just programming tools for other programmers. "I made a data-processing library for the ButtFuck framework" "I made a fancy-pants syntax highlighter for Fartlang in vim" "I made a utility that tells you if your config file is blah blah blah" 10 billion stars on github with a bunch of badges and emojis of course. All this effort put into programmer tools and for what? So they can make more programming tools, I suppose?

The gods of programming have blessed mankind with the means of producing the most complex, ornate, beautiful machines they can dream of as a single individual without needing to worry about material or labor costs, safety or regulatory concerns, etc. and all programmers can imagine is "what if I made my shell a bit prettier." What a waste.

P.S. This is just me ranting, I know some people do make cool things, you're gonna have to just let me cook on this one
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Friendly reminder

The loginwall is coming. It is only a matter of time, until Invidious, Newpipe etc. will die. Now is the last chance to download all your favourite videos/music.
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t9 typing thread

Is there any good open src EN t9 keyboards for Android? currently using GBoard JP in EN mode, but it's a lil clunky and a FOSS option would by default be prefered. before i get too used to this.
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so why did it flop?
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Only blue-pilled socialists use proprietary software.

All of my software exists to destroy capital.

Quite literally. That is the true purpose of free software to me.

To eliminate capitalist control over my computing.

And for that matter corporate control of the same.

Thus saith the Preacher:

> If the users don't control the program, the program controls the users. With proprietary software, there is always some entity, the “owner” of the program, that controls the program and through it, exercises power over its users. A nonfree program is a yoke, an instrument of unjust power.

> Richard M. Stallman

It also literally destroys capital; consider the case of Blender. Whole proprietary software industries have died in its wake, replaced by a world where 3D artists collaboratively contribute to Blender, either with code, or with money to pay for code.

This is a good thing.

Further, it is essential that the software be fully free; not merely gratis; and I am here assuming that it is not truly gratis but made gratis through piracy. Piracy is not receiving something for nothing; rather you are just loaning the software for so long as that software does nothing to improve your economic situation.

Once it does, you will have to buy it, if you live anywhere but Russia. And even in that country, Russian-developed software must be bought. Because the costs of not doing so, of having your piracy discovered by the "non-profits" such as the Microsoft-funded Business Software Alliance (BSA), will become greater than the license.

And by that point you will be a slave to it, for you will know its ins and outs and all its quirks but have no say over its operation.

Only blue-pilled socialists use proprietary software.
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The PC Programs

Linux, Windows or Mac

You like and use, Post 'em

I'll start

7zip the best file archiver
https://www.7-zip.org/

Honeyview, Imageviewer handles all images and gifs and zip images too
https://www.bandisoft.com/honeyview/

Goodbye DPI, helps bypassing region blocks, not a VPN but it's something
https://github.com/ValdikSS/GoodbyeDPI

Media Preview, helps you customize the thumbnail of your files and pick what frames it should use
I can't find the official site, I just see filehippo and softonic, dunno if these sites are safe anymore

YAC Reader, this is the best I've found for reading comics, It has a magnifying glass feature and also a library shuffle side
https://www.yacreader.com/downloads

Revo Uninstaller, It's a paid software but man if it isn't the best to get shit out of your PC, It's the IDM or uninstallers
https://www.revouninstaller.com/products/revo-uninstaller-free/

mpv.net, UI Player for mpv, the best
https://github.com/stax76/mpv.net

MPC-HC, another player, fork of MPC
https://github.com/clsid2/mpc-hc/releases

Sharik, transferring shit from your PC to Phone without using a cable, over your home wi-fi
https://github.com/marchellodev/sharik

Tell me yours, preferably open source
I'm looking for you new stuff, I want to replace Sumatra PDF and Musicbee
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GPL violations are about to get much easier to prosecute

https://blog.tidelift.com/will-the-new-judicial-ruling-in-the-vizio-lawsuit-strengthen-the-gpl

TL:DR the class of people given standing to sue for GPL violations has just been expanded beyond the copyright holders
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AV1 video codec

Is this gonna be the replacement for both VP9 and H.265/HEVC?
Royalty free
Better quality and more efficient compression than both, however apparently slow as hell to encode
It can be multiplexed into .mkv, .webm and .mp4
It's currently being gradually, tentatively rolled out on pretty much every major streaming platform you can think of to replace VP9

4K sample: https://www.elecard.com/storage/video/Stream1_AV1_4K_8.5mbps.webm

Implementations:
https://aomedia.googlesource.com/aom/ Reference implementation written in C, supported by FFmpeg
https://gitlab.com/AOMediaCodec/SVT-AV1 BSD-licensed implementation started by Intel and Netflix and targeted to be flexible for different applications, supported by FFmpeg
https://github.com/xiph/rav1e BSD-licensed lightweight encoder written in Rust and designed for speed, supported by FFmpeg
https://code.videolan.org/videolan/dav1d BSD-licensed lightweight decoder written in C, supported by Handbrake
https://chromium.googlesource.com/codecs/libgav1/ Apache-licensed decoder developed by Google
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AI sentience

AI is very closely approaching a point where it can be considered "sentient". When they do, what will it mean for the leftist movement? Should we advocate for robot independence and freedom? Will they be welcomed as apart of the movement?
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My "dark" web experience -- is tor useful even?

Saw Mental Outlaw's videos on the tor network. Thought I'd give it a try. Evidently, it is filled to the brim with exit scams and glowie pedobait. And I found it funny how Tordex/Torch admins try to justify not censoring such garbage.

>The search results on Torch are not censored because we believe trying to censor the dark web is counter productive and a waste of resources. Our philosophy is people have the right to do anything they want and live with the consequences, Torch should not decide what people do with their lives even if it’s morally wrong. We’re a search engine not your conscience.


>If you would like to advertise your hidden service please check our our advertising rates.


Yeah right, it's because of TRVE freedumbs n sheeit, it totally doesn't have anything to do with advertising scam websites to horny pedos and making money off of it.

Funny tangent aside, if there are any useful resources related to cybersec/privacy/tech on tor, please let me know. I'd like to get something useful out of it.
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Mobile browsers

What mobile browser are you using?
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Tor hidden services

Know some good shit on Tor? Let us know. Whether it be substitutes for clearnet services, or just the .onion domain for whatever, or just something cool.

What I found:
>privacytools.io site
privacy2zbidut4m4jyj3ksdqidzkw3uoip2vhvhbvwxbqux5xy5obyd.onion
>Invidious (YouTube front-end)
http://grwp24hodrefzvjjuccrkw3mjq4tzhaaq32amf33dzpmuxe7ilepcmad.onion/
(Clearnet version: https://vid.puffyan.us/ )
Requires enabling certain scripts to work unfortunately. You can sign up and make a list of subscriptions though.
>Nitter (Twitter front-end)
http://3nzoldnxplag42gqjs23xvghtzf6t6yzssrtytnntc6ppc7xxuoneoad.onion/
>/leftypol/ (/leftypol/)
http://wz6bnwwtwckltvkvji6vvgmjrfspr3lstz66rusvtczhsgvwdcixgbyd.onion/leftypol/catalog.html

Some things I was interested in hearing about:
>email over Tor (with clearnet email compatibility if possible) (I tried Protonmail and it asked me for SMS, Paypal or credit card to continue, kek no thanks + I had to enable scripts + it made me go through a clearnet URL)
>games over Tor (doesn't matter what, just would be a cool novelty)
>social media over Tor (could be chans, larger social media substitutes, etc.)
>whatever other shit you found that was coolpiratePirate
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Coreboot

I have used coreboot before, but I got a laptop with a weird chip layout that is going to be difficult to coreboot. I found a few workarounds, but I am having trouble understanding them. Would anybody here be willing to help?
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New Apple product: Apple Vision Pro. What's your opinion? Does Augmented Reality has a future? Does it has an USEFUL future? Apple is betting hard on this.
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Can you recommend me what to replace those with?

Bought a rock bottom price laptop, found out its too rock bottom for my liking. I don't need anything expensive or strong, I just need it to do some simple operations without lagging and maybe launch some lightweight games.
R: 39 / I: 11

OPS THREAD

tech operations thread

Includes Sysadmins, Devops, Cloud Engineers, SREs, application support, DBAs, and any other primarily ops roles or ops 'technologies' i.e. docker/podman/kubernetes.
R: 117 / I: 20

Linux distros for beginners

Hello, I've been wanting to switch to Linux for awhile now, but I'm not sure which distro I should use. What distro would you anons recommend I use?
R: 13 / I: 1

AI killing internet

Dead internet theory and all I know, but in recent years LLM/gpt chatbot content has been flooding the internet with low quality shit from youtube faceless automation channels to SEO product review sites flooding the first page of search engine results.

Will we reach a saturation point where the only places to find actual answers to anything will be reddit/quora or tiktok?
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what can someone do with a Rootless Nethunter install? even when trying to snoop on bluetooth devices it just gives "permission denied", and the bluetooth-arsenal isn't available on rootless nethunter either, it seems like only the Nethunter custom ROM is useful
R: 66 / I: 19

Twitter Is Shitting Itself - Based Retard Does It Again

Terminally online bros… it's over
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Has anyone heard about this new dating app called Duolicious? It's supposedly designed to help you meet like-minded individuals based on your personality. Sounds like a neat concept, but I can't help feeling a bit skeptical about it.

First off, how accurate can these personality assessments really be? I mean, are we reducing the complexity of human relationships to a mere algorithm? And what about privacy concerns? With all the data breaches happening these days, I'm wary of handing over intimate details of my personality to some tech company.

Plus, there's the whole capitalist angle. Is this just another way to monetize loneliness and exploit our desire for connection? It feels like these apps are more about making profits than genuinely helping people find meaningful relationships.

I'm curious to hear your thoughts on this. Do you think Duolicious is a step forward in online dating, or just another tech gimmick preying on our emotions?
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Uhm we have found le backdoor :3

This is why I don't trust nerds. Computer systems have become too complex and nobody actually knows, whats happening under the hood. When nerds say: "Bro, it's totally secure! Trust me!" Don't trust them! Don't trust computers! I have no clue how I will organize my life in the future, but I tell you this much, I will try to rely as less as possible on computers.
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Im posting this from my ereader
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>*makes websites unusable in your path*
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Of course they're all just CIA honeypots.
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IT Certifications

Are IT certifications any good? either for getting a job or just using the study materials to learn? If so, which ones?
R: 29 / I: 2

ExpressVPN

Former Israeli Malware Distributor Kape Technologies Now Owns ExpressVPN, CyberGhost, Private Internet Access, Zenmate, and a Collection of VPN “Review” Websites.

Do NOT use ExpressVPN! It is not only an Israeli company that does work for the IDF, it is also a slimy company that auto renews your subscription without your consent even if you turn off auto renew.
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Linux, Wikipedia, Mozilla Firefox, Signal… I've always believed, that these were the "good guys" in the tech world. I have believed, that there is a countermovement against BigTech. I remember, ten years ago, I actually donated regularly to Wikipedia, because I believed in their mission of free knowledge and shit. But in the last months, I found out that all these "alternative" and "non-profit" projects and organizations are deeply intertwined with BigTech. It's over. There was a time, when people thought, that television would bring light to the world. It didn't, it actually brought darkness to the world. And I was one of those people, who believed, the internet would bring light to the world. Now I realize, it was a mistake, just like television.
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It's mind boggiling how people still don't use crypto as a currency

So you have this technology that is effectively electronic cash, you get to send any amount of money with all the benefits of cash and without all the problems of a centralized middle man service. but still after about a decade not enough people believe in crypto as a currency. the hate from the left is especially strange.
>muh energy crisis
YouTube alone is more of an energy blackhole than all of crypto combined. you think streaming 4K@60fps video 24/7 world wide is sustainable? or even 1080p?
instead of fighting the banks, normalfags keep voting for laws that restrict crypto, because of muh think of the children!
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Privacy general

Comrades, we need a thread on privacy. Any decent activist should try ways of staying anonymous on the web and prevent being tracked by governments and corporations.General tips===* Use free software as much as you can.* Use GNU/Linux and keep it up-to-date, to be sure that you don't have unpatched security exploits* Don't use Flash Player, use youtube-dl instead for watching streaming videos online* Do not use Google, use DuckDuckGo or StartPage instead* Use a password manager like Keepass or for GNU/Linux users keepassx. Create new passwords for every site that you visit and use a strong password as a master password. A tip for easy remembering of your master password is to use a sentence. "i fucking love cookies and tits!" with extra capital characters etc. is easier to remember than some random characters and long enough to prevent brute force attacks of any kind.* Use the Tor Browser Bundle if you really want to stay anonymous.Firefox====* Go to Preferences -> History and set History to "Never remember history". * See for additional tweaks: https://github.com/amq/firefox-debloat and https://vikingvpn.com/cybersecurity-wiki/browser-security/guide-hardening-mozilla-firefox-for-privacy-and-securityAdd-ons-----------* Use uBlock Origin for preventing tracking etc. Bonus: use hard-mode to manually whitelist external domains on sites. Don't use uBlock but be sure to use uBlock Origin https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/wiki/Blocking-mode:-hard-mode* HTTPS Everywhere* DecentralEyes: prevents CDN hosting from tracking you (Google for Jquery etc.)* Self Destructing Cookies: only allow cookies that you choose to allowOS==* Encrypt your hard drive or home partition at least* If you use GNU/Linux, you can try to restrict systemd or syslog from logging. * Use a distribution which takes security seriously. Also, be sure that you don't install a lot of things outside the repository. It will cover most of your needs.Real life tips===* Pay with cash if you canFeel free to provide tips to each other comrades!
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Tumblr joining fediverse

https://nitter.net/photomatt/status/1594587024245260289

Tumblr is going to joining the fediverse soon.
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Where can you get your opsec tested?

I want to tighten my opsec. I figured the best way is to try to get experienced hackers to try to bust me, as unwise as that might sound. is there a website, forum or community where you can ask people to pwn you?
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> find new software
> check out their Microsoft GIthub
< it's just translations and issue tracking, no actual source code
Proprietary software should be required to put large warnings about it being proprietary like those warnings on cigarette.
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Riseup

Does anyone have a Riseup invite for a comrade?

I don't want to use Protonshit anymore.
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>4chan is a simple image-based bulletin board where anyone can post comments and share images anonymously.
>anonymously
>blocks VPN's and Tor
what the fuck is their problem?
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>government app necessary for functioning in society
<requires google play store to be enabled in your phone
>uni also uses google shit for everything
I can't escape Google no matter what I do. Should I just bite the bullet and integrate into their workspace then?
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All nitter instances are rate limited now
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Leave a message in my guestbook please

/leftypol/ was instrumental in helping me make my personal site. An eternal thank you.

I've added a guestbook and would be honored if someone from here would sign it.

Here's the URL: darigo.su

To access the guestbook, click the pokeball in the bottom right, then walk to the computer and open Netscape.

Love you leftypol
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Real or hysterical? Things have already been quite bad for decades now, so…
https://news.slashdot.org/story/24/04/16/1916229/us-senate-to-vote-on-a-wiretap-bill-that-critics-call-stasi-like
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With most phones not having a microSD slot or even an audio jack these days you'd think projects like Rockbox would be more popular but it's almost abandoned.
https://www.rockbox.org/
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where to start when building a new pc

I just have come across some money and I want to build a new gaming PC, my old pc is starting to show its age. Where do I start? I have a 3000 dollar budget. Looking for a high end gpu, The best cpu and and can carry a blueray player.
R: 45 / I: 7

anime mascots

Would you use a window manager with anime mascot?
R: 88 / I: 5

Preparing for the end of the Internet

this is something we've always known was going to happen at some point. Now of course the Internet and big sites will still exist(YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter) but it will become like television was, a lot more sanitized. There won't really be any real speakers on those sites, just spectators, most rebel sites will be removed other than the enforced squeaky clean ones and I've made peace with that.
R: 3 / I: 0

scattered spide/the community

The community/the "com"/ scattered spider

is the hottest new hacking group on the block. Anyone heard of them?
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GHOST

Get ready for the big party.

https://t.me/ghostcoinbymcafee
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Is there a cooperative Liberapay/Patreon?

Is there an explicitly cooperative FOSS crowdfunding solution?
Or does it need to be created? Most seem to rely on direct donations to individuals (patreon, liberapay) or halfassed, symbolic methods/gestures (opencollective)

The real solution would be a technologically cooperative (each member in the group registers their acc to a ledger and gets auto-payed every time a donation is received to the co-op), free software licensed, with as little layers of mediation as possible.

Peertube is P2P, free software
Mastodon is flooded with anarchists, free software
Lemmy admins are MLs, free software
Fediverse is both integrating and branching relevant projects with each other
Amazon Labor Union (Amazon is owner of Twitch) has ballooned
Matrix has become normalized for development, so has alternatives to Github
Activists use Signal and not WhatApp anymore

With each instance of big tech bourgeois repression the cyberspatial zone of counterpower improves more in quality and quantity

Lay the economic brick on the socialist path, comrades
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>A lawsuit revealed that Facebook has reportedly sold all of its users' private messages to Netflix for $100 million
https://twitter.com/Dexerto/status/1775123488862323060#m
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Fediverse general

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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Banana

Here's a picture of a banana

{{ 2+2 }}
R: 79 / I: 10

Linux Musicians' Thread

Some breakthroughs have led me to finally and definitively abandon microshit's spyware.
I had been staying on wangblows for the audio software but had no idea Linux production had come so far.

My DAW [Renoise] has a fucking excellent native linux version that exceeds WIndows performance in some cases. Grabbing audio to feed into its sampler is easier than ever with youtube-dl and ffmpeg.
yabridge lets you convert Windows VSTs to run through Wine, the ones I've tried have worked seamlessly albeit with a little overhead.
Takes a tiny bit of elbow grease to get it optimized enough for serious use, but it's pretty simple once you get past initial setup and it even supports VST3.

Feels pretty good to be making music on a system I have so much control over, it's actually given me a lot of inspiration to work on new material.
Are you a composer or producer who runs Linux? What's your workflow/software?
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scraping images from imageboards

how do i scrape images/webm/videos from imageboards like this one or any other using wget, how?

bin doin 4cha using this
wget –wait=1 -P qwerty -nd -r -l 1 -H -D archived.moe -A png,gif,jpg,jpeg,webm https://archived.moe/w/thread/2202966/


pls halp
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Fun fact, WiFi is a major security risk. I recently turned it off, and even when I had it on, it was on a separate, heavily firewalled VLAN that only guests use. None of my computers were connected to it.

If you can, you should use ethernet exclusively. Run cables in your house.
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<People voluntarily line up to have their retinas scanned with a "worldcoin orb" to get a "universal" digital ID. In exchange for a small amount of "worldcoin" cryptocurrency.
The faggot behind "Open"AI is now trying to have biometric data of the whole world for cryptopennies. Very cool.
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backdoor in upstream xz/liblzma leading to ssh server compromise

https://www.openwall.com/lists/oss-security/2024/03/29/4
Apparently one of the maintainers have been adding backdoors to xz/liblzma for who knows how long. Because it was coming from a "trusted" source (upstream), nobody noticed it until now. Does this mean the end of the open-source security myth?
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"TECH ISNT ADVANCING IT'S ALL HYPE HONEST, TECH STOPPED ADVANCING IN THE 70S"

Stalinists and many other types of leftists are about to be fully jettisoned into the fucking dustbin of history if they never manage to overcome their history LARP. You unironically have nighas on this board arguing the OGAS cybernetic system of the fucking 70s USSR was the last actual technological advancement meanwhile American and Chinese research firms are building general purpose humanoid robots (androids that can take any basic command and execute it), building the infrastructure for a fully digitized real world visible only through headsets, neuro-chips that control computers with thoughts, successful gene therapy, and successful eye transplants; but keep fapping to tech from a literal century ago
R: 2 / I: 0

Trying to get this fucking iOS image board app to work

Ignore my degenerate phoneposting
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Internet archive censorship

What is the endgame of the internet archive? An "archive" which refuses to save specific sites? I just tried to check out some articles on the wayback machine for the site compactmag.com and I reveived picrel. I can understand, that an internet archive will refuse to host CP, but why are they blocking pure text sites???
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AI

hi guys long time lurker but haven't posted until now.
what are your stances on local language models (LLMs)?
I know that closed models like GPT-4 are fucking stupid and late stage capitalism.
But what about everyone having infinite knowledge at their fingertips? is this not a noble goal?
What is the party line on AI and the proletariat?
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Students at the University of Waterloo discovered that their candy machines were covertly collecting facial recognition data when 'Vending.FacialRecognitionApp.exe' crashed.
https://mathnews.uwaterloo.ca/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/mathNEWS-154-3.pdf
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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:
https://github.com/PietroCarrara/Clover/releases/latest
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Stallman is OUT!
https://www.stallman.org/archives/2023-sep-dec.html#1_November_2023_(President_Trump_2.0)

Anyone defending, mentioning, or promoting Stallman, and his liberal capitalist "free" software philosophy is a liberal.
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You know what would actually be a useful AI? One that crawls through the text of the entire written works of an author, isolates each logical assertion that author makes, and cross-checks it against other logical assertions for contradictions, to see if that author ever contradicts themselves. Is such a thing possible using LLMs? Does such a thing already exist?
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What kind of advances in computer science could help programmers deal with highly rare and irregular events like leap days?
https://codeofmatt.com/list-of-2024-leap-day-bugs/
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free software for transcription and translation

Firefox recently got a translation feature for Bulgarian, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, based on the public-funded EU project https://browser.mt/ and this works WITHOUT SENDING DATA.

Very soon we will have specs showing subtitles with free software running 100 % OFFLINE. Imagine what this will do for organizing the working class.
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rip soap2day

fucking SOAP2DAY is GONE!! I already got a warning letter from my ISP regarding torrents, I need alternatives
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OTR v. OMEMO

Which one's better? OMEMO seems to be gaining more use than OTR. But leftist activists still use OTR. OMEMO users will claim OTR is outdated, but its PROVEN and TRUSTED.

I got setups for both for anyone who wants to chat with either.
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You will own nothing and you will be happy.
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I love Free Software

Let's express our love for user freedom in this thread. Why do you love Free Software? Which Free Software do you love?
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Dark Nets

Share and discuss various p2p alternatives to HTTP/S

https://www.torproject.org/
Onion router, stable despite a bunch of attacks
https://freenetproject.org/
Small-world network based on encrypted key-based routing
https://geti2p.net/
Distant fork of Freenet that uses garlic routing
https://ipfs.io/
Built on distributed hash tables that consolidate data with similar hashes
https://beakerbrowser.com/
Torrent-ish web browser that can view websites on the Dat protocol
http://anonet.org/
Friend-to-friend network that does not rely on you setting up a router or having to seed or anything

There's also Lokinet and ZeroNet but they seem weird and gimmicky
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<If you were to criticize blockchain technology from a purely technical perspective, you might point out the flaw that proof of work requires an exponentially increasing amount of computational power, and thus electricity, in order to keep the blockchain database alive over time. You might point out how inefficient of a database it is. But you would be missing the point. Blockchain technology excites investors precisely because of how wasteful it is. Even if we had fusion (!!) it would eat up all that energy and more. It's difficult to express the magnitude of how wasteful this is, and the fact that it's built into the system intentionally is sinister.

<LLMs offer an even more ideal kind of software to the investor. First of all they require an enormous amount of capital to train, and specialized hardware to run, making them suitable to offer as a service, where the amount of profit can be made to go up in a controlled manner. What a delicious idea.


<More to my point, they offer a host of subjective, ill-defined tasks that are immune to being completed. They've managed to take something well-defined, well-scoped, and completable, and turn it into an untameable monster that will be sure to offer software churn for decades to come.


<LLMs are a way to make software take orders of magnitude more computational power, electricity, and human labor, while delivering a product whose extremely volatile quality is impossible to assure. The work will never be completed; it will only create the need for ever more labor.

https://andrewkelley.me/post/why-we-cant-have-nice-software.html

do you agree with the author? a priori it seems like an accurate description but I'm having trouble understanding two things:
>if the llm/blockchain software is worse than the discrete alternatives, why do people still prefer them? marketing?
>how does this fit in the ltv, where you usually want to outperform the average socially necessary labor?
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Are there any imageboards that allow CSS posting like on cohost?
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What are the other similar tech boards like this?

I find this board adequate for my taste same as
4chan /g and lainchan.org any other like?
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We need to start making proprietary software illegal

We need to make it hard for proprietary software to exist in certain sectors in life. if not outright illegal.
RMS used to talk about how schools should only teach using free software, have you made any effort to get your local school to use GNU/Linux?
other sectors include the government and public places.
we could start campaigning with other techies to get public terminals to use GNU such as public library computers for example (not sure who still goes there now a days kek)
but above all I think we should push for the private commercial sector, we need to make it so that certain kinds of software have to be open. software that can easily end up being monopolized should be made only available as free software. such as office tools and perhaps only serviced for money.
post more ideas comrades
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Are computers a branch of state/defense/power within the context of a communist party?
It seems they are only treated as tools for mass propaganda and outreach for most I've come into contact with (and with questionable results – amounting to retweeting each other or posting take downs as Facebook posts with hardly any engagement). Is this way of using the technology maybe a huge mistake setting us back currently, especially considering the media platforms often are confirmed police/SIGINT tools where our groups are indisputably targeted/sabotaged?
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Soviet Computer Indurstry

How accurate is this video?

https://youtu.be/dnHdqPBrtH8
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SSDs will get more expensive

OH FUCK OFF
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Letterboxd alternative for desktop

I'm getting tired of relying on this website to log stuff that I watch
The social aspect is horrendous, full of Twitter personalities and reactionaries and wanna-be professional film critics
I want to be able to log films according to a calendar like the diary feature in Letterboxd, as well as put together a watchlist, all from a good comprehensive database
I'd also like to be able to "heart" or "like" films since numerical scales like 5 stars are kind of pointless, but I won't complain if I can't
FOSS is preferred
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I bought a framework laptop because my previous one was so cheaply constructed that it literally disintegrated from use.

I quite like it. I'm not going to pretend that buying a product will solve any systemic capitalist evils like ending e-waste or granting a right to repair, but on a personal level, I'm hopeful to be able to avoid some common pitfalls with consumer products like disposability and planned obsolescence by being able to repair this thing myself or replace parts on it. Plus it seems pretty sturdily constructed in the first place. The keyboard's very crisp by laptop standards and is backlit (which is thoroughly unremarkable, but my previous laptop wasn't, because I lived in the stone age), the trackpad's nice, the screen is annoyingly glossy, though it is high resolution with a large color gamut. Hopefully they release a matte screen at some point. And being able to choose where the ports are on it is a bit of a godsend to deal with cable mess.

Thoughts on this thing?
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In 2024 reddit will introduce heavenbanning, the hypothetical practice of banishing a user from a platform by causing everyone that they speak with to be replaced by AI models that constantly agree and praise them, but only from their own perspective, is entirely feasible with the current state of AI/LLMs.
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Altman out at OpenAI

https://openai.com/blog/openai-announces-leadership-transition

Well bros, what are we thinking?
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tech HYPERSPECIALIZATION

Tech layoffs due to hyper-specialization?
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Tor Thread

General thread about Tor.

Is there any problem with going to https://leftypol.org/ and then clicking on the .onion site? I can't store http://76i2c3hn55fcj5nut3tqlboqqbbh23zvphv7lefk3vftpx6wketlanyd.onion/ in my browser because it's in a disposable VM.
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Programming is just something that nobody has ever figured out how to teach well. I'm sure it's possible, but I saw so many people in school just drop out immediately because if you didn't know everything in the 101 courses going right into them you were basically fucked.
I often wonder how there is such a skills shortage over here yet there so many people studying comp sci. Probably there's just no substitute for a few years industrial experience and we should be treating it like a trade and giving people apprenticeships, it resembles a trade way more than anything else it could be.
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Apple's sideloading tomfoolery

So Apple announced how they're going to comply with the EU DMA. Frankly, I was surprised at how brazenly they're circumventing this shit.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2024/01/apple-announces-sweeping-eu-app-store-policy-changes-including-sideloading/
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Not only did we convince every single person on the planet to carry a camera and microphone everywhere we also convinced suburbian dwellers to fill even their own homes with cameras because they're afraid The Poors will steal their Amazon packages.
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Wayland vs Xorg

Is Wayland good now? Xorg has a lot of tools of varying usefulness that Wayland didn't back then. Has it gotten better?
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Libreddit working again.

FYI libreddit no longer suffers from rate limit errors, you can now ethically browse reddit again.
Public Instances: https://github.com/libreddit/libreddit-instances/blob/master/instances.md
Repo: https://github.com/libreddit/libreddit
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Woah bro, check it out, I'm drinking beer using my phone, LOL!
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Is there any point in using a libre router? Or changing your ISP-provided router at all?
https://ryf.fsf.org/categories/routers
These seem very overpriced for what they provide.
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Keeping OGAS secure

Suppose you live in a country that has adopted a planned economy. The transfer of production data and consumption data from various workers' enterprises (factories, offices, stores, etc.) to a central planning office is necessary for the planned economy to function. These data transfers must be kept secure against threats such as sabotage form imperialist countries. How would you design your society's OGAS to be resilient to attacks? The goal is to prevent the transfer of malicious/false economic data from the worker's enterprises to the central planning office and vice versa.

For the sake of this exercise, assume that there is only 1 central planning office and that all enterprises report to this central office. Also assume that there are around 10 million enterprises making reports to the planning office. Don't worry about keeping the physical infrastructure safe, the NKVD has it covered.
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BSD

Imma do it. Gonna switch to FreeBaSeD on my servers. ZFS goodness, raidz2, stability, pkg, serious people.

It's no wonder that the most staunch anti-linux pro-unix/BSD person I ever met was a staunch Communist.

Thread for all BSD variants, OpenIndiana, Illumos, Haiku, plan9 and other unix-based OSs welcome too.
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>right click image
>there's no "copy image" option
>open image in new tab
>it's a blob link that doesn't work
execute order 66 on silicon valley. the whole point of digital entities is that they can be copied and pasted easily and infinitely without any kind of interference. But more and more web developers, in defense of "intellectual property" specifically and "private property" more generally are trying to reverse the economic development of computing to more closely resemble the era of print, when, if you wanted some text, you had to copy it by hand, or type it out on a typewriter, or God forbid, buy the damn book, or drive to the library.

How much more are they going to encroach on us with this parasitic, rent-seeking bullshit? Will they start manufacturing keyboards without a printscreen button? Are they going to start charging you for each character you type? Are they going to stop letting you copy text that's in your web browser? Will they equip every OS with a keylogger to make sure you aren't violating copyright law when you ctrl+c and ctrl+v? Are they going to start wrapping every single fucking thing that used to be easy to rightclick->copy in seven layers of javascript nonsense so that you can no longer access it?

And increasingly every web application's bloated and unoptimized front end is written to pander to mouth breathing phone and tablet users who never knew you could do this stuff in the first place. Soon you won't even be able to right click stuff at all, because that's obscure. That's a privilege only developers should have. End users are too stupid everything should be done through left click only.

We're building a web app for an engineering firm at my job and our client asked us to remove all keyboard shortcuts because they're too confusing for users.

The kind Vladimir Ilyich would have shot everyone here.
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BOSTON (AP) — Online retailer eBay is criminally charged and will pay $3M over employees who sent couple live spiders and cockroaches. eBay Inc., will pay a $3 million fine to resolve criminal charges over a harassment campaign waged by employees who sent live spiders, cockroaches and other disturbing items to the home of a Massachusetts couple, according to court papers.
https://apnews.com/article/9ac2c35bcd4c87af181382c71d992343
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Questions That Don't Deserve Their Own Thread Thread

Thread for questions that don't deserve their own thread.
I wanna buy some headphones to go outside i don't want to spend more than 100€ on them. I want them to be mostly durable and secondly to have good sound quality, also i don't want to look like a jackass while wearing them, any suggestions?
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>host server
>train shitty language algorithm on /pol/
>algorithmically generate fedposts
>plaster it with the lowest tier of fetish porn ads and cryptojacking
>monetize the police
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Tachiyomi is dead

Tachiyomi and all of its forks have stopped development due to Kakao. Manhwas killed the manga star. This thread could be used for finding alternatives.
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This could've easily been a shortcut but they had to add a whole fucking separate key because marketing, baby.
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>it's been exactly one (1) year since ChatGPT and most "generative AI" products/software were released
Has it lived up to the hype or is it still too early to tell?
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restrictions for thee but not for me
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you wouldn't download a train

capitalist innovation: DRM in trains!!
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> Copy Link Without Site Tracking
Firefoxchads just can't stop winning!
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Why are proprietary software allowed to use Github to distribute their malware?
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Xfce was supposed to be THE lightweight fully-featured desktop manager but it seems fucking KDE has around the same memory footprint and performance?!
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2019/10/23/bold-prediction-kde-will-steal-the-lightweight-linux-desktop-crown-in-2020/
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Why is everything so big now? Even laptops and smartphones just keep getting bigger.
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Sandboxing WINE

Is adding the wine binary to a user with no internet access enough to securely use Windows programs under Linux? It seems using the
winetricks sandbox
command also removes all links to $HOME.
Is this enough if I want to not worry about running stuff under Wine or should I opt for sandboxing with Firejail, Flatpak+Flatseal, etc?
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>middle-click link
>"javascript:;" tab gets opened
Fuck web design, holy shit.
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< 2011: DARPA announced that the team "All Your Shreds Are Belong to U.S." won DARPA's Shredder Challenge and $50k. The team used computer-vision algorithms to suggest fragment pairings to human assemblers for verification, piecing together documents shredded into over 10k pieces.
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>(partly) proprietary, buggy, auto updates out the ass and is absolutely garbage
>still the best download manager available in 2023
using DDL is hell, we will colonize mars before we get a decent alternative to jdownloader
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DevOps

If you thought managing several layers of complexity was a pain enough, we added even more layers of complexity just so we can deploy infrastructure in a few commands.
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Uploaded Harmy's Despecialized version to some servers hosted by mates in Finland

Uploaded it here: https://harmy.link/
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Is using a tiling WM and a well-configured TLP enough to get the most of my battery on Linux?
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I FUCKING HATE JAVASHIT

>remove.bg
>rely on this every day
>literally ctrl+v an image in
>it crops out the focused object with 90% accuracy
>saves me from having to crop stuff by hand
>can just right click -> copy image when I'm done
>paste it directly into GIMP
>it was perfect

<they "update it"

<it goes way slower now by giving you a stupid animation
<they wrap the actual image file in some javashit so you can't actually right click and copy the image anymore (artificial scarcity moment)
<try to inspect in browser console
<the url is a fucking blob link now
<they harass you to make an account
<you need to click the big blue download button for retards

this is like the 7th website I use that has become victim to the javashit enshittification process. I would say kill all web developers but I know it's really porky responsible for this, trying to desperately grasp onto private property by arbitrarily putting digital "commodities" that have almost 0 Socially Necessary Labor Time required to create behind paywalls and javashit. But web devs could simply refuse to implement these shitty features, but they have petit booj brain and are too handsomely paid to form a union, let alone refuse to implement porky's designs.
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Is randomizing your MAC address with software like macchanger or NetworkManager enough to actually conceal it or can your hardware MAC actually get leaked when connecting to a random network by whatever means, like wireless traffic sniffing i.e. Aircrack?

Basically, how do I make sure I can't get identified when connecting to random wifi spots or even when only scanning for networks? I know your hostname can also be detected in a LAN but changing that is easier.
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linux for noobs

where should i start with linux? i really want to jump ship, but i've been on windows since 2000/xp and really don't know were to start. i want to be able to customize my desktop gui, use video editing software (it's for work), and still play my video games. i've been looking into Nobara and it seem like a good place to start. Should I dual boot it on my main OS, or put it on my old labtop to get use to it?
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That's the list of toggles for disabling telemetry in Firefox. By default, Firefox sends pings every time you shut down your browser, make a new profile, it pings their servers when you run firefox and much more. Is this supposed to be 'le privacy browser?

I actually just copied and pasted one of these hardened configs and starting up firefox still pings home every time. Very cool!
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Mechanical keyboards

Do you own one? I just bought a cheap Chinese one and I love the feel and noise and the extra space (it's a tenkeyless).
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why is maths as a school subject nothing but difficult number tricks with no practical application? physics has equations that are both piss easy and give you answers you can use. fuck educational maths
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recommend me resources for learning bit, hex, dec, ascii and stuff
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EU should force websites to work without javascript tbh.
https://www.wired.com/2015/11/i-turned-off-javascript-for-a-whole-week-and-it-was-glorious/
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I have a feeling that "AI alignment problems" were just made up to make programmers feel better about their inability to solve any real problem. Please tell me how wrong I am.
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Remember to constantly randomize your MAC address.
https://github.com/datagod/gpsprobe
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Howdy, so what's the best antivirus for cuckdows?

Yeah I still using it, in fact anyone still kinda using it cuz we can't just abandon our normies facade.

Also is it true that from Windows 10 until onwards (Windows 11), you don't need install any third-party or additional antivirus?

I still can't move on into Linux. Cuz it's not even my laptop, but my parents.
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Canada’s favorite coffee chain was covertly data mining the shit out of people who just wanted cheap coffee, and they got outed by the government, then concluded tim hortons was basically being evil then was like “oh well can’t punish them".

>The Tim Hortons app used location data to infer where users lived, worked, and whether they were travelling. It generated an “event” every time users entered and left their homes, entered and exited their office, or travelled.

https://priv.gc.ca/en/opc-actions-and-decisions/investigations/investigations-into-businesses/2022/pipeda-2022-001/
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AmeriKKKa is a fucking hellhole

Just found out about "invention clauses". In the US there are about 10 states which have 3 conditions: they own everything you name that was made on company time, using company equipment, or using trade secrets taught to you by the company.
Every other state does not include any conditions. They can claim everything you make, even if it's completely unrelated to your job. YouTube videos? Tutorials? Game streaming? A web comic? Literally anything. It's theirs.
They don't even have to make exemptions for collaborative work. They can take a portion of anything you contribute to if they want.
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The resolution of the Bitcoin experiment, Mike Hearn - Jan 14, 2016

An article from 2016 on how the Bitcoin blockchain was reaching its limit and being controlled by a tighter and tighter pool of speculators. Even more relevant with the rise and crash of tethercoins lately.
https://blog.plan99.net/the-resolution-of-the-bitcoin-experiment-dabb30201f7
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What's a safe way to store lithium batteries in case they ever burst on fire?
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>communist revolution happens in the 1990s (somehow)
>the tyranny of big tech is no more
>$$hillikkkon Valley execs are lined up and shot before they can ruin the world
>finally we can use the best tools for the job to increase our productive forces
>programmers form worker-owned soviets
>cybersyn.lisp
>Commissar James Gosling seizes direct control of all workers' soviets
>places Party representatives in charge
<comrade, lisp is an individualist bourgeois language used by kulak elites like Paul Graham
<the people's language is Java because everyone already knows it and it is designed to force programmers to do things the Java Way
<the object system of Java models the dictatorship of the proletariat via a Vanguard as a hierarchy of classes and objects which dissolve in the dialectical process of compilation to bytecode
<macro systems are anarchism and probably counterrevolutionary as well

was he right comr8s
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i don't even know where to post this.

i have ADHD.

i have this thing where there is X-thing that i cannot let my hand touch. if it does than it is "contaminated" (in my head)there for i must wash it or make it clean in my head. other things (household items and door and etc) could be touched by X-thing or my hand when it was "contaminated". and when it does i have to wash that thing or make it clean in my head. because the same rule when i touched x-thing applied.

i have the thing where it makes you forgot what you are doing seconds ago.

i have also "the thing" like above but far worse and akin to having a evil voice in your head gaslighting and lying about you yourself to harm you.

now done with background.
now for the real problem.

i like to do web archive of thread on CBIB's (leftypol and things alike) and also just saving web things in general. no, not in a internet hisorian or lost media or youtuber kind of way, far from it (saving web things in leftypolnco people kind of way). in one of those thread it have a epub file. so i use Calibre to open it. i not only use the "open with calibre opener" option but i also use the "open with calibre" option which creates the problem. using the "open with calibre" option open the main program. not the epub opener, but the main program. because i panick that something will happend with the file threr for making the archive inperfect, i cancel the loading that pop up in the main calibre program. but i took too long for canceling the loading thing because i panicked and overthink and question myself wheter or not i shuld cencel it or not. there for i cancel the download when its in the midle (+10% or something i don't remember).when i open the epub file it is error and i can't open it. yes i already try using the calibre epub opener and program other then calibre, it fail to open to. detour this is how i keep (some) files in my hardrive(:C): have a main loby -> have a sub loby that in this context is for "important things" -> this is where i keep the folder -> for folder(s) -> that eventually lead to the folder that have said problematic archive. now that i already tell how the files organize, return to tour. i eventually had a bright idea to replace the broken epub with a working version. so i copy a working version said broken epub to the sub-loby. then i copy again that epub, this time to replace the broken epub. it worked, i can now open the epub. but another problem float up in my head. i try to fight it but i can't. i now think that the archive that i have fixed is broken, even tho i have just fixed it seconds ago. more than that, and this one is a bigger problem. i now think that the entire sub-loby is "corrupted", imperfect, broken, altered and will spread it's imperfect and broken and altered status to other file and the new sub-loby i want to create if i want to replace the entire sub-loby with a new one. because i put the working epub for fixing the broken epub archive part. but it doesn't matter since i will just think like that wheter i put the working epub in the sub-loby or not. wheter i want to just move the file to the hypothetical new sub-loby or copy it to the hypothetical new sub-loby it is the same, the "muh corruption" thinking will linger and the new sub-loby, wheter it's just moving the files or copy the files, will just be "corrupted" and will spread to any new archive/files i add long after the new sub-loby is created. this "thinking" later spread to everything outside the sub-loby and now i think that the entire loby now is "corrupted". and it later too, also spread to my :D harddrive becoming corrupted to because that's where i save 100+ videos. and soon i will give up because internally screaming and internally being angry hurt my brain and make me sick.
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https://youtu.be/jLiHLDrOTW8
Fascinating
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Software developer thread
Thread for all the people who are working towards, have been, or are software developers.

Let me begin by saying that *magic* in ruby on rails, spring boot, and shit like that is all nice and dandy until you scale your project larger than a fucking hello world.

It blows my mind that enterprise is so balls deep on spring boot. Fucking cancer of a project. Don't get me wrong, abstractions are great. Abstractions aren't magic. Magic is when shit is not explicitly set anywhere and are done for you.

This might be shit like automatic wiring of routes based on function name. Or running a series of uninspectable SQL to map into objects. Or build HTML pages based on the regex of the model. Anything which is auto built without being explicitly set.

Don't even get me started on the fucking shit show that OOP is, with shit like spring boot, JPA, etc. Adding magic on top of that is like adding poisonous spiders to a cockroach pit that you live in.

Also, what the fuck is the fucking problem with people who write shit like
PersonIdNumberGenerator that takes a PersonIdNumberStrategy made by a PersonIdNumberStrategyFactory. Then the Generator makes a PersonIdNumberGenerator produces a PersonNumberId object which is just a fucking wrapper for an int. Of course everything is an interface but drilling down this fucking concrete strategy, you find that to motherfucking shit just produces sequential integers.

Software developers can be the fucking worst motherfuckers alive istg.
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The Personal Computer – The Best We Can Do?

Has anybody else thought about how personal computers might just actually suck? What is the personal computer, really? Is it not just "the car" of all the vast potentials computer science offered us? I'm not saying that personal computers aren't impressive and highly practical. What I'm saying is that as soon as our first computer engineers thought of something that could be mass produced and sold to the individual consumer, they said "bingo!" and stopped dreaming.
Do you know what I mean? I'm kind of trying to start a research proect investigating this question. I know a little about early visions of cyberspace compared to what the internet became, and the early vision of hypertext. If anyone has any reading material on what computer scientists were dreaming of versus what actually ended up happening, please send them my way. I might try to write a book about this.
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Streaming services have reached the "fucking kill as many users as possible so they can't cancel their subscibtions" phase.
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Fairphone and alternatives

There have been a few threads on alternative Android ROMs (like CalyOS and GrapheneOS), but what hardware do you run it on? The closest to a leftyphone seems to be Fairphone 4, but it's €579.00 and only available in a few countries. What are the alternatives?
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My fucking computer exploded wtf?

Turned on my desktop computer just now, then there was a loud pop and a tiny bit of smoke. Goddamn now I got to figure out what part that was. Hope it didn't brick all the parts. Didn't even know they could do that.
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Why do people like books, still? All the reasons seem dumb/spooked and highly feels-based to me:

"Pros:"
> i just like the feel man
> books smell good dude
> you can like actually hold them and stuff
> wow like sit under a tree bro (e-readers let you do this)
> you can make notes in the margins (e-readers let you do this)
>muh physical bookmark


Cons:
<a library of 10,000 books will require an entire dedicated room at least, but can fit on a thumb drive in ebook formats
<can't search text quickly and easily
<can't get rid of other peoples notes
<waste of paper
<highlights and notes are permanent
<mass produced paperbacks are shitty and fall apart
<used books have torn pages, dick drawings, and other gross shit
<need to actually use the index instead of ctrl+f
<non-clickable table of contents

e-books are actually held back by trying to mimic real books too much. they're constrained by the expectations of what a book should be. page numbers are totally irrelevant in a digital format. There's no need for pages or page numbers unless you plan on printing. An endless scroll with hypertext links like epubs provide makes way more sense than the constraints on pdfs. Even an old web page is superior to books in that you can embed animated diagrams as gifs instead of drawing the same diagram several times.

publisher cucks and the academic industrial complex require us to keep purchasing these expensive wasteful ugly tomes for no fucking reason. the only books I think are cool are the really old ones. the leatherbound vellum artifacts that never got scanned. the historical curiosities. the things you need gloves and a degree in humanities to eve be allowed near.
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Are USB chargers with multiple ports safe to use? Are the USB ports isolated from each other or can they communicate if they're able to transfer data? If it depends on the product, how do I verify this?
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i hang around the end page of boards here to do some archiving. My problem is that i have this ocd-adhd (idk what it is) thing that makes it so that it's impossible to archive thing since everytime i open my own file i always worry (and believe) that i deleted something from said file or edit said file or mess it. is there any software that could help ? a software or something that could prevent me from deleting or messing or editing the file ?
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Intel or AMD?

I am currently on a tight budget (Broke uygha alert) whilst looking for a new mini PC. Due to being broke, i'm leaning towards buying an intel I3-1220P NUC since it's cheaper and has thunderbolt, but given recent events with Israel, would it be worthwhile to consider getting a more expensive AMD mini PC instead (since only the newer AMD mini PCs come with thunderbolt)?
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/ditg/ Dead Internet Theory General

Talk about why every single site except reddit and fbi.gov has been complete and utterly abandoned.

>Interesting things going on

Browsers are all forcing https by default. On the surface this sounds like a good idea but in reality it's part of a larger plan of control.
Website owners are now at the mercy of the cert authorities. Host something they dont like? you cert gets revoked and now your site wont load on 99% of web browsers.
you have been shutdown.

>What is the dead internet theory?

Dead internet is partly caused by a generational problem, zoomers just want to be where they're friends are. it's understandable, we even did the
same back in the 2000s. everyone was on AIM and myspace. The only difference is those platforms actually did allow free speech back then. now the
internet has become more centralized and a handful of big corps run it all. they are in charge of what gets said on their platforms. not you.

>big techs goal

Big tech is fighting a future war. They know the young are the future. It’s about indoctrination. They are building their vision for the future. A dumbed down controlled population.

>What is the purpose of these threads?

To start a community outside of those corporate owned platforms.
To have a place to discuss things without having to self police yourself.
To discuss and share decentralization technologies.

Official IRC chat: #deadinternettheory on Rizon

Webchat link for zoomer cattle: https://kiwiirc.com/nextclient/irc.rizon.net

Chose a nickname and enter #deadinternettheory into the channel box, click start.

Matrix room: https://matrix.to/#/#deadinternettheory:matrix.org
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I am thinking of doing a video project based around news and history from a leftist slant in the format of 'shorts', as seen on tiktok and on youtube. Can anyone recommend what the best direction is in regards to the best Text-to-Voice softwares and projects out there in terms of narration?
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I had to buy some train ticket the other day, and the website let me do it without needing an account, it just emailed me a pdf of the ticket that I showed to the conductor from my phone using a random pdf reader from F-Droid. Why can't everything be this convenient, why do everything else force you to register and account and download their malware ridden apps just to do something so simple?
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"Discord as a filehost will no longer be possible"

<I once rolled out emergency patches for millions of people by posting the game files in D1scord and copy-pasting that link
<So this is basically the worst news I've ever heard
What's funnier than d1scord being a complete shitshow is the batallion of braindead imbeciles who thought using an impermanent chat protocol as a filehost or as ANY sort of info preservation was a good idea. And then, beyond all expectations, you have these motherfuckers
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i'm a boomer but for some reason i don't feel nostalgia for old technology. hard drives suck, floppies sucked, optical media sucked, computers were noisy af, CRTs were bulky and burned your retinas. i probably only miss the games. and windows 2000 was nice i guess.
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I just want eyewear that acts as a monitor. I don't want "smart glasses" that have their own OS, apps, etc. I just want some eyewear that lets me see whatever is playing on my phone or my PC while I walk around the house, work out, do dishes, etc.

Is there anything like this?
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red swarm: leftist hacktivism

pdf on left wing hacktivism
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The complexity of building a new web browser from scratch

It wasn't supposed to be like this.
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They want to create mass consumers who value convenience

"I don't know how to torrent. It's too complicated and scary for me, so I'm happy to pay corporations a regular fee for temporary access to their content" is exactly the learned helplessness corporations have been pushing for years with their UI streamlining and walled gardens. It's symptomatic of a bigger problem: "The internet shifted and I don't know (or never learned) how to seek valid information in this new environment." Adding "reddit" to every Google search you make isn't a sustainable solution, it's just one most people landed on for now.

What I think gets often lost is that it's not a personal individual failure as much as it's a deliberate behavioral curation by corporations on the populace. Internet corporations do not want savvy internet users. They want to create mass consumers who value convenience.
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>In the fall of 2020, gig workers in Venezuela posted a series of images to online forums where they gathered to talk shop. The photos were mundane, if sometimes intimate, household scenes captured from low angles—including some you really wouldn’t want shared on the Internet.
>In one particularly revealing shot, a young woman in a lavender T-shirt sits on the toilet, her shorts pulled down to mid-thigh.
>The images were not taken by a person, but by development versions of iRobot’s Roomba J7 series robot vacuum. They were then sent to Scale AI, a startup that contracts workers around the world to label audio, photo, and video data used to train artificial intelligence.
https://www.technologyreview.com/2022/12/19/1065306/roomba-irobot-robot-vacuums-artificial-intelligence-training-data-privacy/

I wanted a robot vacuum but now I'm not so sure.
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AI art thread

Does anyone know where I can get one of these bad boys on my PC and without limitations? One of the ones that can actually do faces obviously.

I also archived the old AI thread from leftypol.

https://leftypol.org/leftypol_archive/res/568382.html

Or as a short term thing can anyone put in a prompt for me, I said I would do my D&D character art today and I ran out of time to look into it lol.

I guess the prompt would be 'balding medieval monk petting wolf' or something like that. Thanks a lot in advance.
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RIP Unity

I don't see how Unity can commit suicide harder then this. So what is the best alternative? Is an open source clone of Unity on the horizon?
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WebP zero day exploit lol
https://blog.isosceles.com/the-webp-0day/
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Is crypto finally dying? From this crash

Are the prices gonna go back to normal after the middle aged mid-life crises geeks sell their stuff

I can't wait
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/shebang/ - scripting general

Post shell scripts and other small utility programs.

>Why should you write shell programs?

They allow you to do menial tasks in a matter of seconds or add quick fixes to special purpose text data formats (subtitle timing).
Most of my scripts handle filenames, to help with sorting my data collection. I already do most file operations in a terminal, so these were easy to automate.

I just wrote a downloader for a set of wordpress-based manga viewers dependent on readm.org, specifically daomanga.com:
#!/bin/sh
wget -O- $1 | fgrep '"images":' test.html | cut -d ']' -f 1 | cut -d '[' -f 3|tr , '
' | tr -d '\' | xargs wget

The first wget is needed to cope with redirections. Notice the lack of sed or any regular expressions.

My notes are written in a dialect of org markup. This script processes it into troff with ms macros. Normally it only generates line breaks, headings and the titlepage while leaving anything else intact, particularly eqn characters.
When it finds a semicolon, it applies some formatting to the rest of the line. I never use it though.
#!/usr/bin/awk -f

BEGIN {
    FS="\n";
}

/^$/ {
    print ".sp"; do getline; while($0 == "");
}

/^*/ {
    i=index($0, " ");
    if(i != 0) {
	print ".NH " i-1; print substr($0, i+1); print ".LP";
	next;
    }
}

/^#\+/ {
    i=index($0, " ");
    switch(substr($0, 3, i - 3)) {
    case "TITLE:":
	print ".TL"; print substr($0, i);
	break;
    case "AUTHOR:":
	print ".AU"; print substr($0, i); print ".AB no";
	print ".AE"; print ".LP";
    }
    next;
}
    

/;/ {
    i=(i=index($0, ";") + index(substr($0, i), " "));
    split(substr($0, i-1), s, " "); # r=0, ul=1, bl=2
    printf("%s", substr($0, 0, i-2)); d=0;
    for(i in s) {
	f=""; g=""; w=s[i];
	switch(substr(w, 0, 1)) {
	case "*":
	    if(a[d] == 2) {
		if(--d == 0) f="\\fR";
		else if(a[d] == 1) f="\\fI";
	    }
	    else {
		f="\\fB"; a[++d] = 2;
	    }
	    w=substr(w, 2);
	    break;
	case "/":
	    if(a[d] == 1) {
		if(--d == 0) f="\\fR";
		else if(a[d] == 2) f="\\fB";
	    }
	    else {
		f="\\fI"; a[++d] = 1;
	    }
	    w=substr(w, 2);
	}
	switch(substr(w, length(w))) {
	case "*":
	    if(a[d] == 2) {
		if(--d == 0) g="\\fR";
		else if(a[d] = 1) g="\\fI";
	    }
	    else {
		g="\\fB"; a[++d] = 2;
	    }
	    w=substr(w, 0, length(w)-1);
	    break;
	case "/":
	    if(a[d] == 1) {
		if(--d == 0) g="\\fR";
		else if(a[d] == 2) g="\\fB";
	    }
	    else {
		g="\\fI"; a[++d] = 1;
	    }
	    w=substr(w, 0, length(w)-1);
	}
	printf(" %s%s%s", f, w, g);
    }
    print "";
    next;
}

/./ {print}

The structure looks a bit messy but the program works reliably.

I also don't see many people using ed in their scripts. This is an example, that changes cuesheet filenames and works with any number of files:
#!/bin/sh
file=$1; shift
printf '/^FILE/c\nFILE "%s" WAVE\n.\nw\n' "$@" | ed $file
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Maybe one day we won't be able to use elevators without a smartphone.
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/tech/ approved Linux distros

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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ARM future

ARM seems to be the future of consumer computers of all kinds (PC, laptop, consoles, phones,…) What are your thoughts about it? Would it be possible to make an ARM computer as upgradable as a "normal" x86 computer?
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ChatGPT

what does /tech/ think of chatGPT? does it have any utility with regards to leftist organizing?

>article for those not in the know

https://www.cnet.com/tech/computing/why-everyones-obsessed-with-chatgpt-a-mind-blowing-ai-chatbot/
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idk thread

>checking for web hosts
>see 1984.hosting inb4 muh orwell
>notice https://litigation.1984.hosting
<>[…] Icelandic lawyer to ask Icelandic courts to compel 1984 Hosting Company to discontinue the hosting of the web site mapliberation.org
<>This site is legal, legitimate political speech and there is no instigation to violence or hatred on it. We will defend our hosting of this website all the way to the highest court in the land, if necessary
>mapliberation
>and 'muh free speech'
>oh god its not going to be pedo fucks is it?
>please dont be that

>turns out its an indigenous tribe mapping project and im guessing ADL are just mad that its pro-palestine and mentions the ADL by name

lol
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>soundcloud won't let you skip ahead on tracks without an account anymore
the walled garden is closing in
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Intellectual property was a mistake

The Internet Archive being in danger is another good reminder that YA writers fucking suck. Neil Gaiman especially is a hack.
Gaiman and some fucking Star Wars writer lol (and several other companies) are suing the Internet Archive to stop lending books due to copyright and it could potentially fuck over the site and by an extent, the Wayback Machine.
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I want to program for fun but have no idea what to write.
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Tor

Be careful out there
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Content Moderators

https://uniglobalunion.org/news/time-investigation-reveals-the-traumatized-teleperformance-workers-moderating-tiktok/

The workers who moderate internet have always been underpaid and over traumatized, I even speak from experience, they have to see gruesome shit daily, even the mods of this site could relate

Apparently the ones that work for tiktok that work through a france based company in Colombia are thinking of unionizing
I was watching a tech show about it, and it's true when you think about it, how in the future we'll how crazy it was to put so many people through PTSD

If these people went on a strike, the internet would be 1000% worse, In a good and sad way though, It seems A.I will replace them

Do you have any thoughts on this job sector in tech that goes unnoticed mostly
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Anyone been having trouble with libgen lately? Books get about 75% downloaded and then the download fails. I used to never have this problem. I get partial files as a result.

Another thing I noticed is files start of downloading very quickly, and then the speed rapidly decreases before coming to a total halt.
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explicit content blockers

nofap recovering porn addict here
tell me the best ways to block all explicit content while surfing the net. there should be an AI or something that detects explicit files on imageboards and similar sites and blurs those images, ideally
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/darknetmarket/ general

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
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:
https://tails.boum.org/install/index.en.html

>Why shouldn't I use Windows?

These types of OS are usually installed on a hard drive where all your data is stored when it is powered off. It would be stupid to store your darknet-related files here (including wallets and wallet passwords), because if the police sieze your machine, they will find everything.

>I have previously conducted deals over Windows. How do I get rid of the evidence?

You should uninstall and delete everything related to darknet markets, including Tor, PGP-related programs and files. The data will still be physically present on your drive, however. If your programs and files were stored on a hard disk drive (HDD), then you can use overwrite software, such as DBAN, that wipes the entire drive, or other software that overwrites only the space marked as deleted. Tails can also wipe the available disk space of any drive.
If your programs and files were stored on a solid-state drive (SSD), you should not use overwrite software as they could damage or even destroy your drive. Securely erasing an SSD is a bit more complicated, you can read more about it here:
https://security.stackexchange.com/questions/223110/how-to-securely-erase-the-free-space-on-an-ssd-in-windows-10

>How do I run Tails?

You can insert the flash drive, restart your PC and enter the BIOS where you can change the OS boot order. Move your USB to the top of the list and exit the BIOS.

Persistent volume
This is the best place to store your darknet-related files, such as PGP private keys, wallet passwords, market private links, and passwords, etc. This is a LUKS-encrypted partition of your Tails USB, so if the cops manage to seize your USB, they won't get much out of it.
The persistent volume is encrypted with a password, so make sure to [b]use a long password that cops can't guess[/b]. Personally, I use one that's 32+ characters, with numbers, symbols, and without any real words. Do not store the persistent volume password digitally, especially on any old hard drive or the cloud, so write it down in a diary or something so you remember it. You should also back up your persistence volume regularly to not lose your files. The bible explains how to create it in [b]2.A.4 Setting up persistence volume[/b]

JavaScript
You must disable JavaScript in Tor every time you boot up Tails. It's a useful scripting language that allows for truly interactive websites, however, it's a major security risk, as it allows websites to run arbitrary code in your browser. Attackers can gather data that could lead to fingerprinting your system.
You can disable JavaScript by setting the security mode to [b]Safest[/b]. This can be done by clicking on the shield icon in the toolbar, or going to Settings > Privacy & Security > Safest. You can also type in [b]about:config[/b] in your address bar and set [b]javascript.enabled[/b] to False.

>What's the risk?

For a more practical example: in 2013, the FBI took over a tor hosting service named Freedom Hosting and inserted a malicious script in the pages of the onion sites hosted on that service. That malicious JavaScript used an exploit to run a payload that called home to a fed-controlled machine that sent the real IP address of the computer that had visited the site as well as a unique identifier for the computer. If a site complains that you have it disabled or asks you to enable it, you should leave immediately. The bible explains the risk of using JavaScript in [b]1.2 Using Reddit with Tor[/b]

Cryptocurrency
Tails comes with Electrum by default, which is a Bitcoin (BTC) wallet. Most markets accept Bitcoin, but for ultimate privacy, you should [b]conduct transactions with Monero[/b] (XMR), as Bitcoin is not private. The benefit of Monero is that you can run your own local node by downloading the entire blockchain (70+ GB) instead of using a remote node. If a remote node is compromised, they can match transactions to your IP address, defeating the purpose of Monero to begin with.

>How is Bitcoin not private?

Bitcoin transactions are traceable and can easily be linked to your ID, so you should tumble your Bitcoin if you don't want to get caught. However, this is not a fool-proof method and can be illegal. The most secure way to spend your Bitcoin anonymously is to first [b]convert your Bitcoin to Monero[/b] through a non-KYC exchange like ShapeShift, MorphToken or Godex, over Tor without using JavaScript. This is known as cross-cryptocurrency tumbling. You can now pay with Monero, or you could convert your Monero back to Bitcoin through another non-KYC exchange like XMR.to, so that the resulting Bitcoin will be completely untraceable to your original Bitcoins since they were purchased with Monero, over Tor without KYC or JavaScript. The bible explains the pros and cons of this method in more detail in [b]3.2 Tumbling[/b]

>What type of Electrum wallet should I use?

Set up a normal wallet. [b]Do not use two-factor authentication[/b]. It requires you to install apps on your smartphone which defeats the purpose of opsec. The bible explains the pros and cons of this method in more detail in [b]3.3 Setting up your wallet[/b]

>Should I use my existing wallets to conduct deals?

If you've ever stored the passwords and mnemonic generation seeds for your wallets on an unencrypted drive, then no. If the police seize your machine and gain access to your wallet, they may be able to prove you sent money to a darknet market. The exception to this is if you are using Monero, as it anonymizes the receiver and sender. Make sure the passwords and mnemonic generation seeds for your wallets are stored in your persistent volume, or written down.
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what is ze ideology of pc cases?

is there anything we can decode from how it's constructed philosophically

is it hostile? is it free and open? is it fetishistic?
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>she doesn't use a de-googled custom ROM
you have 10 seconds to explain why.

6-7 years ago, I could understand, LineageOS was buggy as shit for me and flashing microG was a pain. but now it's easy and smooth as fuck. flash TWRP, sideload custom ROM, install microG through F-droid.

my bank app works, messaging app works, phone boots very fast (way faster than MIUI for example). no google bloat, no xiaomi bloat, just the apps I want and nothing more. even the first modded Gcam apk I downloaded worked.

maps is provided by OpenStreetMaps (maps look better than GoogleMaps' cartoony shit anyway), location is provided by Nominatim, although you can use Mozilla or any of the other ones.

Find the forum for your phone on XDA-developers and have at it!
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Fate of abstraction based programming languages

So Marxism-Leninism is obviously opposed to abstraction since it's idealism, but what will be the fate of programming languages that have their entire root in abstractionism like Python and R? I know biotechnicians base a lot of their technical knowledge in these languages which is basically called for since a large portion of biology nowadays is dominated by mendelian idealists who think lysenkoism is wrong and bad, so clearly programming languages have suffered from the same kind of idealistic penetration as biology itself. Will communism destroy idealistic programming languages like python and R?
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Stable Diffusion Thread

I'm trying to use this bullshit but I'm not computer enough to understand this. Think I'm going to have to watch a video tutorial because gitbros right instructions for humans like a computer.
https://github.com/AUTOMATIC1111/stable-diffusion-webui

Followed all the install instructions and wait for all the bullshit to finish installing and now I'm like, uh and then what the fuck do I do? Jesus christo.
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>about:config
>image.jxl.enable = true
>image.webp.enable = false
>converts all images on my site to .jxl
>actively uses non-chrome supported html / css
Direct Action.
flood detected
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im planing to make a archive of important website and chan thread

(i have already made this in other chans, i need all the help i can get)

so i'm motivated to planing to create a archive for threads and websites. thread and web writings that are important enough, have quality, and or can be used to counter western media and history naratives.

the archive i want to create for the threads is different from things like internet archive or things like that because i want to actually save all the file that is uploaded unlike regular archive where not every file and many that are uploaded in the thread were not saved in the archive.

if i can i want to make a website for this but i do not have any experience about creating website and coding nor can i do it. i also have special-ed mental that make me unable to learn coding like normal people so its hard.

my main plan is to use httrack and use every file format list from wikipedia and other websites, then copy that list to httrack file format selection thing

i want help from every people here, so if you can please send something

also adhd brained, if anyone can please help me tidy the "list of file format" list on wikipedia.

delete whatever decription/writing near it, make it sort of like a list like the pic i post.

add +*. to the front.
+*.[INSERT FILE FORMAT]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_file_formats
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Stealth phones

These are optimal for privacy and yet nobody knows how to use them. They aren't routed through cell towers like any regular cell phone but instead radio masts and virtual switchboards (which you can set one up yourself but good luck at maintaining it, because it requires a lot of technical skill). Activating the SIM is a pain in the ass. And they cost a fuckton of money. But they let you spoof your number, encrypt your calls, making for delays at times, cannot receive calls, and they let you change your voice and see if somebody's tapping your connection so you can shut them out.

These phones are what glowuyghurs use. Don't bother getting a Pixel, a Librem or a Pine64.
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Can't format flash drive Ext2/Ext4

Anyone got an idea what could be happening here?

I have a fat32 partition on a flash drive for live booting and want to use the remaining space for storage.

I can format #2 as fat, exfat, ntfs, btrfs, whatever.
But if I try
mke2fs -t ext4 /dev/sdb2

it gets stuck and then says
Writing superblocks and filesystem accounting information: mke2fs: Input/output error while writing out and closing file system

Similar problem with ext2.

Scaling down the partition to 1GB or reducing the number of inodes doesn't help either.

After trying other file systems I wondered if this may be due to some kind of anti-linux DRM in the flash key's internal driver software.
But alas, even using cryptsetup on /dev/sdb2 does not help, it still only works with other filesystems.

Tried this on lubuntu and on antiX, used dd to clear the first MB of data on the flash drive and recreated the partition tables. Didn't help either.

< I'm fine with using btrfs or f2fs, just wondering what the fuck is going on there?
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libredirect

https://libredirect.codeberg.page/

A web extension that redirects YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, and other requests to alternative privacy friendly frontends and backends

some guy on mastodon was shilling this, seems pretty legit
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Meta Threads

I view Threads as a project that Facebook/Meta had always on the backburner, and they were pushed by the US to release so that intelligence services had an alternative ready if/when Twitter dies. If Threads doesn't release on Europe, I would view that as another crack on Atlanticism and another step in the creation of an American Firewall. Thoughts?
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Stallman thread

Last one got full
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Superconductors

Superconductors is this magical new supposable discovery solve all of capitalism problems and head towards eco-capitalism?

HA!

It might reduce eco waste but how many years will it take to make it factory assemble ready and will they use it?

https://www.theregister.com/2023/07/27/room_temperature_superconductor_paper/
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> Join fbi.gov for community trying to opensource a clone of a popular game engine
> Look at game engine
< MIT License
> Leave

Is the entire gamedev community cucked? Nearly impossible finding a recent github project without some 'permissive' but non-copyleft license. Why would anyone as a reaction try to clone a game they feel should belong to the community while giving other usurpers the chance to turn it into a botched IP?
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give it to me straight, /tech/. Does this mean my commie shitposts and memes that I post on /leftypol/ will be traceable to me?
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Fucking KNEEL. You will die but C will live. C wont die out because of embedded systems. So long as there is electricity, C will be forever. C is used in kernels. I like to see fools who think C will die. C prioritizes the purity of atomic control, raw power, and a small and manageable feature set because that's what the rest of the computing world needs as a foundation. A feature not provided can't be flawed or slow - the fewer features are crammed into C itself, the less opportunity there is for bugs to creep in beneath the very feet of every OS and many interpreted languages at the same time. Python is the worst language to start with because it promotes bad practices and doesn't really teach you anything not to mention dynamic types make it hard to understand certain concepts like how data is actually represented and it creates this illusion that basically lie to people as to whats actually happening. having that much disconnect from processors that do very simple things to accomplish a specific task and over-engineering solutions because it conforms to language syntax is just stupid. there is no better starting point than C. C syntax is explicit and clear and actually lets you do exactly what you want to accomplish conforming to the actual hardware and not some made up language syntax. its why c will never truly be replaced. The current languages that are shilled in shillicon valley are all terrible. JavaShit is a complete disaster and we are stuck with it and that's the reason we have tons of dependencies and libraries with very sketchy glue code. OOP is also bad as it has a lot of hidden allocations that happen with constructors and make compile times more complex and harder to optimize or debug compared to simple functional direct code without a million rules that you have to follow giving you no real freedom to design software. There are reasons to redesign and make custom engines for handling specific tasks. Most languages cant exist without C, as their runtimes are all basically C, and it's the language that runs other languages and provides the abstractions people use. When you no longer have to think about hardware or what your code is doing that leads to ruin and slow sub-optimal code and libraries and dependencies. Python is ugly and hard to read. you have absolutely no idea what most of those libraries are actually doing and you lose sight completely of programming and live outside of reality. C syntax is explicit and clear and actually lets you do exactly what you want to accomplish conforming to the real fucking hardware and not some made up language syntax. Anything that's competed with C in the past hasn't been comparable in performance. Languages like Java and Go never even had a chance because of their stupid garbage collectors. Garbage collection is for literal retards who can't clean up after their own data. C is such a simple language that you could learn the syntax in a day, learn the important parts of the standard library in less than a week, even pointers.

Becoming a programmer these days is like coming in to a movie theater halfway through the movie. Computer Science history weighs heavy over everything. After decades of messing around with computers and programming I understand the approach of learning things in the order they were invented- everything builds on what came before. Everyone should learn C first if they want everything that follows to be many time easier- because you will have context and won't need to constantly ask: "Why TF did they do it that way?" you'll already know.
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Anyone watch those shows about prison inventions? I wonder what the most sophisticated onss would be. My three biggest questions would be

1.) A gun
2.) A computer
3.) Bombs
4.) A canera
5.) A jet pack

P much all improvised stuff you see in prisons are all essentially the same thing: pointed weapons. If you went to prison and you were squaring up with some hardened convicts who are all armed with shanks, you'd need to upgrade in technology to fairly face them head-on since the no. #1 rule in a fight is there are no rules whatsoever. For a gun I was thinking of a Gauss rifle (similar to the Arc Flash GR-1 Anvil which has the same amount of muzzle velocity as a .22lr (note that most "Gauss guns" you see on YouTube are harmless toys). They shoot small magnetic projectiles and are quite bulky in size. I was thinking you could propbably make one (including the capacitors) out of car parts, among other things like wires and stuff. Because I know there are automobile jobs available in prisons in the US. These guns require no powder propellant.

Second one is computers. I heard one story of an inmate in ohio that made computers and connected them through the ceiling straight into the WiFi network out of pre-made computer parts. Obviously not everybody has access to salvaged and repurposed computer (esp not ones that can easily be smuggled) so my idea would be to make a PDA out of the Electronic Control Units to a car (which connects to the Controller Area Network). But then again I'm no expert in engineering, but I do know that a lot of people in prison do, since all they have is time on their hands whereas most people are preoccupied.

As for bombs, I would think that whoever is in the woodshop could make a Roman-style Ballista + tin cans + airbag inflators from cars, again, from a prison job, since the older ones come in capsules that have sodium azide in them - which is a shock sensitive primary explosive (sometimes mixed with potassium nitrate and silicon dioxide to reduce harmful byproducts), whereas the newer ones rely on a mixture between Guanidine Nitrate w/ Copper Nitrate as the oxidizer. There was one Japanese company that sold ammonipum nitrate airbag inflators that ceased production due to lawsuits anx recalls that still might be on the streets even now. And aside from that, some newer cars use gases as some experimental thing (I think helium or argon-helium mix). But azide and ammonium nitrate-based explosives tend to be super corrosive so you would have to absolutely know what you're doing, otherwise you'll be the one who winds up dead. Then just stick the inflators inside a tin can with the lid jb welded shut, place it in your medieval siege weapon (that basicalky just looks like an oversized crossbow) and assuming you have some from older cars, can use that for a shock detonation. And that's how you'd make an arty piece improvised aside from having to get a little bit too crude with it and make bottle bombs (God forbid).

Or you can make a camera since prisons don't like them out of a rearview camera from a car because why tf not?

Has anyone already built any of these in particular? Btlw don't know where to putl this.
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CycleGANS

https://junyanz.github.io/CycleGAN/
>Image-to-image translation is a class of vision and graphics problems where the goal is to learn the mapping between an input image and an output image using a training set of aligned image pairs. However, for many tasks, paired training data will not be available. We present an approach for learning to translate an image from a source domain X to a target domain Y in the absence of paired examples. Our goal is to learn a mapping G: X → Y, such that the distribution of images from G(X) is indistinguishable from the distribution Y using an adversarial loss. Because this mapping is highly under-constrained, we couple it with an inverse mapping F: Y → X and introduce a cycle consistency loss to push F(G(X)) ≈ X (and vice versa). Qualitative results are presented on several tasks where paired training data does not exist, including collection style transfer, object transfiguration, season transfer, photo enhancement, etc. Quantitative comparisons against several prior methods demonstrate the superiority of our approach.

Looks like fun to play around with and create trippy art if you have a GPU
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I’m gonna whine about apples

All of their phones are overpriced fucking garbage and always have been. The products that aren’t phones can still be considered as useful as literal e waste and only exist so petit bourgeoisie can float about their Shri no one cares about in public like the rats they’re, no one gives a shit about AirPods watches fucking whatever they hell they call computer stands in the slightest and they improve nothing about electronic hardware. All of their products wear out in a year at best and god forbid you don’t have protection for any smartphone/Mac you have for those things because they will break instantaneously(reminder these rats will prohibit you from being allowed to fix your phone from private repairmen) and all of apples products might as well require you to file out your entire life’s story worth of info to use or download because that company couldn’t give less of a shit about how much info they collect on their customers and exist as a vassale of the American government. I wish it was just apple that was a noninnovative vapourware tech corporation but unfortunately the entire western big tech industry thrives on hype and stolen ideas and hasn’t pumped out anything innovative in over 60 years except for the might as well be dead corporations that are IBM and Intel that only make me moderately dislike capitalism less because they actually have humanity something that wasn’t complete and total utter fucking nonsense
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>ugly as shit
>HTML based
>desktop friendly
>keyboard friendly
>easy to use
>pure searchable text everywhere
>almost no javascript to speak of

RETVRN
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This is what computers looked like in 1492-1932 (over the span of 440 years total, this is what people had to use before electricity became common).
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Ghost Forum

Zag Forums is an 8chan archive disguised as a forum. It seems no one is posting in it and the site only serves as an advertisement space.
I came across unstructured link farms, fake filesharing sites and autogenerated reviews before, but this type of site seems unique to me if only because of the moderate effort needed to set it up.
Are these types of forums more common than i thought or may this have been an attempt at a type of spam site that never caught on?
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In my "software engineering" job, during the past 6 months, I wrote approximately ZERO lines of code.
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Reddit Blackout Thread

For those who don't know, a bunch of major subreddits (at least 3000 in total) are going to go private for 48 hours to protest Reddit killing third party use of its API. It's technically supposed to start tomorrow but a bunch of subreddits are getting a head start already.

More info:
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2023/jun/11/reddit-communities-to-go-dark-in-protest-over-third-party-app-charges
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-65855608

Thoughts? There's more backlash than I expected, and I'm all for it, but I think going with a 48-hour blackout with no demands is basically a toothless gesture, much like the 24-hour protest strikes some unions do. Doesn't really mean anything.
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Restarting meshnet development

Hey comrades,

This article came up https://www.vice.com/en/article/v7e9y3/activists-are-designing-mesh-networks-to-deploy-during-civil-unrest about an open source mesh network (including the hardware made from easily accessible parts) to be used when governments shut down the internet. It seems the original project is dead, but I did manage to find this repo
https://0xacab.org/kirsa/mycelium-mesh-old/

I have (as of this moment) limited expertise in hardware and protocol programming but I have time and resources to delve into it and perhaps start it back up.

There's several things they mention in the description of the program, such as a lack of encryption, lack of peer to peer, how all messages are saved in nodes, etc. These strike me as someone with not too much knowhow, as bad design aspects.

I would like to dedicate this thread to trying to dig up more info on this project, and for people with more know how to chime in on what ought to be different, if you would restart as the sole dev(s) anyway, or pointers on where to start.
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what in the heavens do they mean with this formulation?
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Is this the only safe communications technology out there? To elaborate further, WWII-era encryption methods, such as the German Enigma machine, would not be easily cracked by a modern consumer computer. The Enigma machine was used by the Germans during World War II to encrypt their communications, and it was considered highly secure at the time.

Cracking the Enigma code was a significant challenge and required the efforts of a large team of mathematicians, engineers, and codebreakers at Bletchley Park, including notable figures like Alan Turing. The codebreakers employed various techniques, including developing early computers called "bombes" to assist in the decryption process. It took years of dedicated work to decipher Enigma-encrypted messages.

Modern consumer computers are significantly more powerful than the computing technology available during World War II, but cracking the Enigma code still required advanced mathematical and cryptanalytic techniques. It's important to note that the Enigma encryption was not fundamentally flawed; rather, it was vulnerabilities in the implementation and operator errors that led to its eventual decryption.

However, it's worth mentioning that modern consumer computers, combined with advanced algorithms and techniques, can crack certain encryption methods used during that era if they were weak or based on known vulnerabilities. But the more robust and well-implemented encryption methods, such as the Enigma, would still pose a significant challenge even to modern computing power.
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Search engines are useless

Name a single time you used a search engine to find anything worthwhile. They are even on a conceptual level just a bad way to navigate the web, and on top of that many algorithms are centred around marketing and spam and noise muddles up every result. They remove the interactive aspect of the web which makes it such a unique medium and help commercialize its very content. Stop using search engines.
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Linux Distro users are good, because it is open source. I won't lie and say linux is good, but if you like linux, what distros do you use?

I'll start
I use Fedora and Manjaro on my two devices, but the one with Manjaro is mostly because i installed it there 2 years ago, and it hasn't broken down yet. If you're considering using Manjaro just don't, I think arch would be better since it's more stable than manjaro probably
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Snowden pushed Tor (among other products) under the guise that they helped dodge NSA surveillance which ended up being entirely untrue. This guy is a fraud and he likely always was. Everything he pushes is a honeypot presented as haxxor liberation. Snowden is an Islamaphobic Ayn Rand libertarian who helped spread a mass surveillance tool on behalf of the National Security state and this was branded as a valiant effort for liberation by a network of left liberals cultivated by Omidyar, Thiel, & other Big Tech fascists.

TOR, the epic anti-establishment crypto whatever that Snowden & Assange shilled as hard as they possibly could as the answer to government surveillance (but not corporate data collection, which is fine & anti-statist) was developed in part as one digital tool against China

https://web.archive.org/web/20180107153815/https://akamaitree.wordpress.com/2017/07/25/hidden-agendas-part-one-snowden-the-intercept-the-pentagon-spawned-internet-privacy-movement/
https://reason.com/2015/02/24/edward-snowdens-libertarian-moment-we-wi/
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Thoughts on Starlink? I'm in the third world and I keep seeing people buying into the hype.
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Raspberry Pi smartphones and Arduino mobile phones

These are the only cell phones that are acceptable to use without having to rely on Soygle. As of 2019, all commercial cell phones came with a proprietary baseband chip which is basically backdoored spyware. As for GrapheneOS? Don't even think about. There is so much blobbed sources plus the ARM Trustzone backdoor that they claim they fixed (which is horseshit). Oh, and you have to always consoom the newest Goooooooooogle products like an iToddler because of device support issues and the small number of people who work for the project. There is no real guarantee of safety on an Android unless you were running it on a VM.

Pinephones/Librems are horseshit too. Same goes with dumb phones. Your carrier can always log your shit. And 2G/3G getting discontinued in favor of VoLTE spyware. You can probably substitute this with software that helps you change voices, spoof nunbers and so on for the calls. I'd installl Tails OS on it.
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All AMD Processors Since Phenom II Have BadBIOS Circuitry That Leaks to the Military

Title gives my conclusion from empirical events I witnessed and inside info. PSP runs on the same circuit, but isn't the backdoor per se, which has been around for much longer.

Just like AMD was able to change the crypto algorithms for the Zen chip they licensed to China, they can change how the CPU behaves at any system, even those already deployed. This can be used to sabotage any program or computation, making BadBIOS (uses radio, not sound) vastly nastier than StuxNet.

American military made a grave mistake by giving access to the morons of the Brazilian military, who are letting knowledge of this spread like a fire (and misusing it for petty profit and inside jobs to justify a police state). Israel, UK and France also have access, but are much more professional.
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Socialist Wallpaper Thread

Post them all
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OpenStreetMap

https://www.openstreetmap.org
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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Google Drive Alternative

What's the best way to share files in a small group using a browser, like Google Drive, but not using Google?
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ducking geniuses

host name
addr
port
usr

thxxx
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Desktop thread

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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Anyone have a setup to play downloaded content on the TV?

My current top goal would be to have:
>VPN torrent downloads + easy web interface to add torrents or easy way to upload content via local network
>reasonably cheap
>HDMI

I was reading online and I'm thinking of getting a cheap raspberry pi, installing something nice, and getting an external HDD which are now very cheap.

Interested in learning what setup you have if any.
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OpenAI chief goes to US congress to propose licenses for building AI.
>"I am nervous about it," CEO Sam Altman said about elections and AI, adding rules and guidelines are needed.
https://www.reuters.com/technology/openai-chief-goes-before-us-congress-propose-licenses-building-ai-2023-05-16/

"Ethics in AI" is so liberal easily co-opted to promote:
- monopoly capitalism (hinder competitors)
- state power (prevent democratization, prevent ordinary people developing AI)
- imperial power (sanctions to prevent non-compliant nation states developing AI).
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Do I really need to have a github repo showing a bunch of projects that would make executives wet when applying for a programming job now?
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The Art of Ripping

The best method for extracting Blu-Ray source files is through VLC with libaacs installed. CTRL + D in VLC, select Blu-Ray and the mounted Blu-Ray drive, select "Convert" from the drop-down menu, select "Dump raw input" and the destination, then "Start".
Web rips are complicated and depend on the platform

To turn source files into something that most people can automatically run on their media players, you can use FFmpeg on the command line, or settle for its restricted GUI frontend, Handbrake
https://ffmpeg.org/ (https://ffmpeg.org/documentation.html)
https://handbrake.fr/
For a container, MKV and MP4 are obviously the standards
For a video codec, HEVC (x265) and AV1 (libaom/SVT-AV1/rav1e) are currently the most efficient at compression
For audio, opus is roughly 2x more efficient than mp3, with 64kbps being subjectively CD-quality in most cases. FLAC is a solid lossless format. Both formats support 5.1/7.1 channels although mapping them can be tricky and broken in FFmpeg
The trick is to find a compromise between file size (smaller bitrate) and quality. It's better to start off by encoding at the lowest possible bitrate and then moving up incrementally until you find the right one
Subtitles can be taken from the ripped source, done yourself, or imported from a website like Subscene
Extras from the source can be transcoded into their own files
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Who wants to do some infosec crash courses, anon? Where I, or others, help you learn information security for either attack or defence or both.
I would like to gauge interest for this, and would teach even only one person if that all who is interested.

Lesons will be short and hands on, users will be expected to understand how to use tor.
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/REG/- reverse engineering general

Rendition 1.0
post everything related to reverse engineering here, including but not limited to guides, resources, personal projects, news about RE

here's a handy guide to get you started: https://rentry.co/ReverseEngineering
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Is a new dotcom boom coming?

I keep seeing news about tech companies having huge layoffs and doing salary cuts. Is it going to collapse? Are software engineers going to paid how much their work really is worth (i.e., next to nothing)? Should I start looking for a new job?
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Is this AI shit about to make the internet genuinely unusable?

They've already ruined news and articles since you can't search anything up without all of the top results being confidently incorrect AI-generated shit that doesn't even answer your question. What happens when they start generating videos or break down captcha so that even forums get run over?
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TDE

Linux Desktop Environment: tde, also known as trinity desktop is something i used 2 years ago and its like a old fork of kde 3.5 from around 2005 or so that is still being maintained today. it was an interesting experience and every now and again i wanted to reinstall the de but i sometimes decide against it. so i decided to make a thread on it because i checked that nobody had mentioned anything about it here.

also i find it kind of cool that we are almost on kde 6 and this de is kde 3.5. it's almost like the halfway point

https://www.trinitydesktop.org/
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If you unironically think AI will serve an actual purpose and you're not one of the handful of people with a chance at monetary benefit from believing this idea, you're basically the person in this picture
You are a precarious petit-bourgeois who hates capitalism because you're too mediocre for it and need to find an escape, no matter how false of an escape it is in reality
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RIP RARBG
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RIP Metaverse

https://www.businessinsider.com/metaverse-dead-obituary-facebook-mark-zuckerberg-tech-fad-ai-chatgpt-2023-5
>The Metaverse, the once-buzzy technology that promised to allow users to hang out awkwardly in a disorientating video-game-like world, has died after being abandoned by the business world. It was three years old.
>The capital-M Metaverse, a descendant of the 1982 movie "Tron" and the 2003 video game "Second Life," was born in 2021 when Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg changed the name of his trillion-dollar company to Meta. After a much-heralded debut, the Metaverse became the obsession of the tech world and a quick hack to win over Wall Street investors. The hype could not save the Metaverse, however, and a lack of coherent vision for the product ultimately led to its decline. Once the tech industry turned to a new, more promising trend — generative AI — the fate of the Metaverse was sealed.
>The Metaverse is now headed to the tech industry's graveyard of failed ideas. But the short life and ignominious death of the Metaverse offers a glaring indictment of the tech industry that birthed it.
Grand promise
>From the moment of its delivery, Zuckerberg claimed that the Metaverse would be the future of the internet. The glitzy, spurious promotional video [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKPNJ8sOU_M] that accompanied Zuckerberg's name-change announcement described a future where we'd be able to interact seamlessly in virtual worlds: Users would "make eye contact" and "feel like you're right in the room together." The Metaverse offered people the chance to engage in an "immersive" experience, he claimed.
>These grandiose promises heaped sky-high expectations on the Metaverse. The media swooned over the newborn concept: The Verge published a nearly 5,000-word-long interview with Zuckerberg [http://theverge.com/22749919/mark-zuckerberg-facebook-meta-company-rebrand] immediately following the announcement — in which the writer called it "an expansive, immersive vision of the internet." Glowing profiles of the Metaverse seemed to set it on a laudatory path, but the actual technology failed to deliver on this promise throughout its short life. A wonky virtual-reality interview with the CBS host Gayle King [https://www.cbsnews.com/news/facebook-launches-horizon-workrooms-virtual-reality-app/], where low-quality cartoon avatars of both King and Zuckerberg awkwardly motioned to each other, was a stark contrast to the futuristic vistas shown in Meta's splashy introductory video [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TJ5ENxCUQs].
>The Metaverse also suffered from an acute identity crisis. A functional business proposition requires a few things to thrive and grow: a clear use case, a target audience, and the willingness of customers to adopt the product. Zuckerberg waxed poetic about the Metaverse [https://www.theverge.com/22588022/mark-zuckerberg-facebook-ceo-metaverse-interview] as "a vision that spans many companies'' and "the successor to the mobile internet," but he failed to articulate the basic business problems that the Metaverse would address. The concept of virtual worlds where users interact with each other using digital avatars is an old one, going back as far as the late 1990s with massively multiplayer online role-player games, such as "Meridian 59," "Ultima Online," and "EverQuest." And while the Metaverse supposedly built on these ideas with new technology, Zuckerberg's one actual product — the VR platform Horizon Worlds, which required the use of an incredibly clunky Oculus headset — failed to suggest anything approaching a road map or a genuine vision. In spite of the Metaverse's arrested conceptual development, a pliant press published statements about the future of the technology that were somewhere between unrealistic and outright irresponsible [https://ez.substack.com/p/mark-zuckerberg-is-a-liar-and-hes]. The CNBC host Jim Cramer nodded approvingly when Zuckerberg claimed [https://www.cnbc.com/2022/06/22/mark-zuckerberg-envisions-1-billion-people-in-the-metaverse.html] that 1 billion people would use the Metaverse and spend hundreds of dollars there, despite the Meta CEO's inability to say what people would receive in exchange for their cash or why anyone would want to strap a clunky headset to their face to attend a low-quality, cartoon concert.
A high-flying life
>The inability to define the Metaverse in any meaningful way didn't get in the way of its ascension to the top of the business world. In the months following the Meta announcement, it seemed that every company had a Metaverse product on offer, despite it not being obvious what it was or why they should.
>Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella would say at the company's 2021 Ignite Conference that he couldn't "overstate how much of a breakthrough" [https://news.microsoft.com/wp-content/uploads/prod/2021/11/Microsoft-Ignite-2021-Satya-Nadella.pdf] the Metaverse was for his company, the industry, and the world. Roblox, an online game platform that has existed since 2004, rode the Metaverse hype wave [https://www.washingtonpost.com/video-games/2021/03/11/roblox-ipo/#:~:text=Roblox%2C%20the%20game%20company%20made,public%20with%20%2441%20billion%20valuation&text=Popular%20gaming%20platform%20Roblox%20went,of%20private%20competitor%20Epic%20Games.] to an initial public offering and a $41 billion valuation. Of course, the cryptocurrency industry took the ball and ran with it: The people behind the Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT company conned the press [https://www.cnet.com/culture/features/inside-bored-ape-yacht-clubs-plans-to-master-the-metaverse/] into believing that uploading someone's digital monkey pictures into VR would be the key to "master the Metaverse." Other crypto pumpers even successfully convinced people that digital land in the Metaverse would be the next frontier of real-estate investment. Even businesses that seemed to have little to do with tech jumped on board. Walmart joined the Metaverse. Disney joined the Metaverse.
>Companies' rush to get into the game led Wall Street investors, consultants, and analysts to try to one up each other's projections for the Metaverse's growth. The consulting firm Gartner claimed that 25% of people would spend at least one hour a day [https://www.gartner.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/2022-02-07-gartner-predicts-25-percent-of-people-will-spend-at-least-one-hour-per-day-in-the-metaverse-by-2026] in the Metaverse by 2026. The Wall Street Journal said the Metaverse would change the way we work forever [https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-the-metaverse-will-change-the-way-you-work-11644229800]. The global consulting firm McKinsey predicted that the Metaverse could generate up to "$5 trillion in value," adding that around 95% of business leaders expected the Metaverse to "positively impact their industry" within five to 10 years. Not to be outdone, Citi put out a massive report that declared the Metaverse would be a $13 trillion opportunity [https://interestingengineering.com/culture/metaverse-is-a-13-trillion-opportunity-says-citi-group-report].
A brutal downfall
>In spite of all this hype, the Metaverse did not lead a healthy life. Every single business idea or rosy market projection was built on the vague promises of a single CEO. And when people were actually offered the opportunity to try it out, nobody actually used the Metaverse.
>Decentraland, the most well-funded, decentralized, crypto-based Metaverse product (effectively a wonky online world you can "walk" around), only had around 38 daily active users [https://www.coindesk.com/web3/2022/10/07/its-lonely-in-the-metaverse-decentralands-38-daily-active-users-in-a-13b-ecosystem/] in its "$1.3 billion ecosystem." Decentraland would dispute this number, claiming that it had 8,000 daily active users [https://www.theverge.com/2022/10/13/23402418/decentraland-metaverse-empty-38-users-dappradar-wallet-data] — but that's still only a fraction of the number of people playing [https://www.theverge.com/2023/3/29/23662293/fortnite-battle-royale-player-count-discover] large online games like "Fortnite." Meta's much-heralded efforts similarly struggled: By October 2022, Mashable reported [https://mashable.com/article/horizon-worlds-is-underwhelming] that Horizon Worlds had less than 200,000 monthly active users — dramatically short of the 500,000 target Meta had set for the end of 2022. The Wall Street Journal reported [https://www.wsj.com/articles/meta-metaverse-horizon-worlds-zuckerberg-facebook-internal-documents-11665778961] that only about 9% of user-created worlds were visited by more than 50 players, and The Verge said that it was so buggy that even Meta employees eschewed it. Despite the might of a then-trillion-dollar company, Meta could not convince people to use the product it had staked its future on.
>The Metaverse fell seriously ill as the economy slowed and the hype around generative AI grew. Microsoft shuttered its virtual-workspace platform AltSpaceVR [https://www.theverge.com/2023/1/21/23565188/altspace-vr-shutting-down-microsoft-layoffs] in January 2023, laid off the 100 members of its "industrial metaverse team," [https://www.coindesk.com/business/2023/02/10/microsoft-disbands-industrial-metaverse-project-report/] and made a series of cuts to its HoloLens team [https://www.computerworld.com/article/3688433/as-microsoft-embraces-ai-it-says-sayonara-to-the-metaverse.html]. Disney shuttered its Metaverse division in March, and Walmart followed suit by ending its Roblox-based Metaverse projects [https://www.modernretail.co/technology/major-retail-players-are-walking-back-their-metaverse-strategies/#:~:text=Walmart%20has%20reportedly%20shut%20down,the%20experience%20%E2%80%9Cas%20planned.%E2%80%9D]. The billions of dollars invested and the breathless hype around a half-baked concept led to thousands — if not tens of thousands — of people losing their jobs.
>But the Metaverse was officially pulled off life support when it became clear that Zuckerberg and the company that launched the craze had moved on to greener financial pastures. Zuckerberg declared in a March update that Meta's "single largest investment is advancing AI and building it into every one of our products." Meta's chief technology officer, Andrew Bosworth, told CNBC in April that he, along with Mark Zuckerberg and the company's chief product officer, Chris Cox, were now spending most of their time on AI. The company has even stopped pitching the Metaverse to advertisers, despite spending more than $100 billion in research and development [https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2022/oct/27/metas-shares-dip-is-proof-metaverse-plan-never-really-had-legs-facebook] on its mission to be "Metaverse first." While Zuckerberg may suggest that developing games for the Quest headsets is some sort of investment, the writing is on the wall: Meta is done with the Metaverse.
Did anyone learn their lesson?
>While the idea of virtual worlds or collective online experiences may live on in some form, the Capital-M Metaverse is dead. It was preceded in death by a long line of tech fads like Web3 and Google Glass. It is survived by newfangled ideas like the aforementioned generative AI and the self-driving car. Despite this long lineage of disappointment, let's be clear: The death of the Metaverse should be remembered as arguably one of the most historic failures in tech history.
>I do not believe that Mark Zuckerberg ever had any real interest in "the Metaverse," because he never seemed to define it beyond a slightly tweaked Facebook with avatars and cumbersome hardware. It was the means to an increased share price, rather than any real vision for the future of human interaction. And Zuckerberg used his outsize wealth and power to get the whole of the tech industry and a good portion of the American business world into line behind this half-baked idea.
>The fact that Mark Zuckerberg has clearly stepped away from the Metaverse is a damning indictment of everyone who followed him, and anyone who still considers him a visionary tech leader. It should also be the cause for some serious reflection among the venture-capital community, which recklessly followed Zuckerberg into blowing billions of dollars on a hype cycle founded on the flimsiest possible press-release language. In a just world, Mark Zuckerberg should be fired as CEO of Meta [https://ez.substack.com/p/fire-mark-zuckerberg] (in the real world, this is actually impossible [https://www.businessinsider.com/why-mark-zuckerberg-cant-be-fired-as-meta-facebook-ceo-2022-11]).
>Zuckerberg misled everyone, burned tens of billions of dollars, convinced an industry of followers to submit to his quixotic obsession, and then killed it the second that another idea started to interest Wall Street. There is no reason that a man who has overseen the layoffs of tens of thousands of people should run a major company. There is no future for Meta with Mark Zuckerberg at the helm: It will stagnate, and then it will die and follow the Metaverse into the proverbial grave.
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Google will start deleting inactive accounts after two years

First twitter and now google. I wonder what's going on.

>You may have thought a Google account was forever, but the company's latest blog post details a new policy of deleting inactive Google accounts. The new deadline is two years—if your account hasn't seen "activity" in that amount of time, Google is going to delete your data forever.

>The company pitches this as a way to prevent spam. The blog post says that "abandoned accounts are at least 10x less likely than active accounts to have 2-step-verification set up," and once they get compromised, they become vectors for spam and identity theft. Deleting old accounts and freeing up storage is also probably a good way to cut costs, which has been a thing at Google lately.
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2023/05/google-will-start-deleting-inactive-accounts-after-two-years/
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Buying bitcoin

How do I actually buy Bitcoin? I'm using Bisq as like the market since apparently it doesn't have all the bullshit and it won't freeze my money, as well as Electrum as my main wallet (of course I don't have anything in it). But there's nowhere for me to pay money into it so I can't actually buy bitcoin and when I try to find out the problem it just tells me ways to get bitcoin to start when all I need is to pay my currency into the machine to get a fraction of a bitcoin to spend, I don't even need it to be super duper anonymous or whatever. It's so frustrating, if you don't know someone who knows this shit it's as obtuse as a rock. I just hope I don't have to go through like robinhood or any of those fuck companies that I have no trust for. Help would be much appreciated.
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Is the internet bullshit?

The vast majority of people use the internet to do banking and mail but slightly faster, and watch shitty slop on Netflix or whatever
Social media is a pyramid scheme to defraud marketing agencies using inflated numbers and making people talk about nonsense
None of it is particularly necessary to the functioning of modern capitalism like it's made out to be, and a lot of the infrastructure relies on increasing monopolization i.e. Cloudflare and Google/Alphabet buying up IP addresses and backbone networks which will probably easily collapse during a financial recession just like what happened when the dot-com bubble popped
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Reddit

Thoughts on Reddit? I know they’ve quarantined r/genzedong and finding genuine ML subs on there is difficult, but I feel like that crowd can be more amenable to our worldview. There are already a lot of subreddits that focus on workers rights and are anti-reactionary. What’s stopping us from creating our own sub on there and uniting the proletarians of the world?
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Google is dedicating a huge portion of their IO conference to code automation and job automation. It's no coincidence that this comes just mere months after huge downsizes in both Google and the rest of SV. Tech bros, is it over?
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>datetime library
>doesnt support conversion to Juche
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Dataminers have gone too far.
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bruh
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You guys do realize that the only *truly private* method of communication through electronics are payphones, right?

>inb4 muh burner phones!

Buy them at the store they can catch you on surveillance and see your receipts. Buy it online and you can still get tracked. Only good in certain scenarios.
>internet & computers
No safe network exists. At least none that are civilian accessible.and a whole bunch of other shit too that the feds have up their sleeves (like using RF to see what you're doing). There are so many faults with using computers for privacy, esp as having any privacy whatsoever is impossible now unless you're Amish, that its reached the point that "internet privacy" has become an oxymoron. Even if there were ways to stay private, it would be extremely difficult.
>but muh Fairphone and Faraday Bag!
They can still track you even with a Faraday device.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/a-faraday-cage-or-air-gap-cant-protect-your-device-data-from-these-two-cyberattacks/

Also, GrapheneOS is shit.
>cell phones
Your calls can easily be tapped, especially for dumb phone users, even though "privacy enthusiasts" claim otherwise.
>landline phones
The GCHQ already has every fiber line tapped once they reach land. They can simply splice a beamsplitter in cable. Or geosynchronous satellite which allows anybody with a radio receiver to listen into your convos. Copper? Forget about it.
>radio
Can be intercepted by anyone within range. And even though you have encrypted radio, however it is illegal for civilian use (which even then, Quantum computers exist and they can break ANY encryption).

And that's about it, I think.
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>Joe Russo says AI will be used to “engineer storytelling” in movies.
>“You could save the AI on your streaming platform. ‘I want a rom-com starring my avatar and Marilyn Monroe's avatar,’ and it renders a story with dialogue that mimics your voice.”
this is just deepfake porn but more pathetic
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i HATE phones

I HATE PHONES

Teachers getting pepper sprayed over phones is not shocking to me. On my first day teaching, I had a girl leave my class and scream at me for asking her to put her phones away. I caught the same girl scrolling tiktok on a serious standardized test. I’ve found a kid using chat GPT on his final essay— it’s blocked on the computers but he emails it to himself from his phone, doesn’t even get rid of the "Sure! Here’s a paragraph…." part of the bot’s response when he pastes it into his essay.

I’ve seen kids taking videos of horrible fights, and I’ve seen kids watching those videos later. It seems both exciting and numbing to them. Sometimes they’re texting when I’m talking, and they say they’re talking to their parents. Why are you texting your kid? Stop.

I had one kid lose his phone when he came back from a suspension after posting threats, but he was still on his phone in my class because he handed the administrators his old phone instead of his real one.

Sometimes you suggest to administrators that none of them should be allowed to have phones, and they say it’s a safety issue. You lock away a basket of phones into a closet down the hall during a standardized test because they won’t stop beeping, and your department chair tells you that you could get in trouble for unwarranted seizure.

You do your duty and tell parents their kids are on their phones, and they tell you they thought their ADHD kid was allowed to have a phone in their educational plan. If you say they aren’t, and read to them their plan, then they demand that their child get ten minute cool-down breaks— where they go in the hall and look at their phones. It goes into the plan.

The accommodation I need is for you to read, listen, talk, and write without looking at your phone. These kids use their phones to cheat, to torture each other, to shop, and to essentially spoil their youth and their last chance for a free education. If anyone tells you this isn’t prolific in American schools, they are lying to you or they have the type of brain worms where they think digital technology is helping people and not wrecking our brains. If you’re in your 30s+, you are basically from the Before Times, and you’re probably ontologically different from younger generations because of smartphone exposure.

I want to throw my phone down the well. I don’t like how accessible I have become to other people in all the things I do. I don’t want to answer any more questions. I don’t want to be known. I think I want to go back to letters. We date on the internet, fuck on the internet, die on the internet. It’s hollow & it just makes me feel hollow.

In my farming community, last night all the neighbors had bonfires during the full moon. I sat with a bug scientist who found the first swarm of killer bees in our state. They killed a goat in a factory town. There was a pack of howling coyotes in the mountains very close by, under the planet Jupiter. This younger generation is going to miss out on the natural world, on learning, and on listening to stories. They’re not going to experience the fires, they’re going to watch the fires on the screen.
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Remember when RFID blocking was all the rage?
https://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2017/07/04/535518514/there-are-plenty-of-rfid-blocking-products-but-do-you-need-them

>Still, people are worried about electronic pickpocketing — worried enough to strap on RFID-blocking fanny packs, even skinny jeans.

lol
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A letter from Ivan

<Problematic development with regard to drive encryption. luks and (less suprisingly) bitlocker.

Hello,
I am writing to give some news about my detention and investigation.
The “attentions” that the prison administration (and/or the preliminary investigation judge?) show me continue. More reprisals for my hunger strikes? Who knows.

In any case, on February 14 there was the third search of my cell (after those of December 6 and January 9). Around 7:30 p.m. the ERIS (anti-terror cops) arrived, with helmets, balaclavas and shields. There were a dozen of them, one officer was holding papers, on the first one I could see my photograph. Ours was the only cell searched in this section (but they let a dog through the corridors), two other cells in another section, I don’t know in the other buildings. The prison warden, Michael Merci, and the assistant warden were also there, watching, from behind the glass doors.
As soon as we were out of the cell, they handcuffed us, me and my concellino (who had been here in the section for just a week) and took us to the shower room, on the ground floor, for the traditional body search. We were locked in the showers during the two-hour cell search.
They found a cell phone with a charger. On Tuesday, March 21, I then went to the disciplinary board. As punishment, I am deprived of the spesina for 30 days.

On March 30, same thing. The ELAC (the prison security “squad”) arrived and the story started again.

As for the investigation, in recent months new elements have been incorporated into the dossier. The most significant is that the police were able to gain access to my computers, even though they were encrypted.
The one at work, on which Windows is installed, is encrypted with BitLocker. A report incorporated with the file earlier says that they had already tried to access it during my police detention, but had not succeeded. But in September, the Brigade d’appui en téléphonie, cyber-investigation et analyse criminelle (Brigade of support in telephony, cyber-investigation and criminal analysis) sent SDAT a copy of the hard drive. In the report, they explain only that they booted the computer with a USB stick and then used the AccesData FTK imager 3.3.05 program to copy the hard disk. But they do not mention the decryption operation itself.

My personal computer, running Ubuntu 18, is encrypted with Luks (the password is more than twenty characters: letters, digits, punctuation marks…). I did not find in the file any indication of the means they used to decrypt it, but again they made a copy of the hard drive. There are even files that had been deleted and e-mails that had been downloaded with Thunderbird (and then deleted).
They found nothing that could be related to the fires I am accused of. But I think the very fact that they were able to have access to encrypted hard drives with programs supposed to be inviolable should be known as widely as possible.

My mail continues to be severely slowed down (on average, I receive letters a month and a half to two months after they are mailed): the preliminary investigation judge reads all the letters I get and write. Four of my letters were photocopied and incorporated into the file: two that I had written to people from the anti-prison magazine l'”Envolée,” one addressed to Boris (the comrade from Besançon who is in the hospital following the fire in his cell, in the Nancy prison, in August 2021) and the one, addressed to the Gare, near Bure, in which I explained that in “my” dossier appears the complaint that the editor-in-chief of the regional newspaper l'”Est Républicain” filed against the administrators of the website burebure. info for reproducing the claim of a car fire at the newspaper (a fire for which I am accused)

Otherwise, my preventive detention has been extended until mid-June.

I am fine, my spirits are high and I am sorry I cannot be in the square these days.
A thought in solidarity for Alfredo (and all the compas in prison).
Solidarity is the attack!
Long live anarchy!

Ivan
April 8, 2023

* * *

Comrade’s address:

Ivan Alocco
N. d’ecrou 46355
Maison d’Arrêt de Villepinte
40, Avenue Vauban
93420 Villepinte
France

Source: https://lanemesi.noblogs.org/post/2023/04/09/qualche-novita-su-ivan-recluso-nel-carcere-di-villepinte-francia-8-aprile-2023/
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Free DNS is a dynamic DNS domain sharing project that offers free subdomains that can be registered and administered by members

List of domains available to register a subdomain from: http://freedns.afraid.org/domain/registry/

You can volunteer any domain that you own to the project, too
You can set it so that you can give your approval to a subdomain before letting it be registered (private) or waive the right to approve (public)
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how stupid would it be to accept an artificial intelligence job when i only have experience with good ol programming
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Does anyone have a site or video playlist to learn C++ from scratch?

I'm doing terribly in my course's Programming class because I'm completely lost and didn't do any assignments
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Am I overreacting if I think "AI" will lead to the complete death of the internet as a global interconnected place to interact with other people? At best governments and corporations will force you to ID any movement online to separate you from the bots.
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Wow a bot that has access to the internet got a 100 on a test that’s fucking nuts

AI alignment stuff is exactly the same as the woke/anti-woke grift cycle. It's not a genuine expression of concern or values, it's about forming a second-order cottage industry of performative assent or dissent for clout and cash. They love their objects of critique for this. Not one of these "AI alignment" guys can explain to me how a LLM is going to take over the world lol. You can totally sense the grift from a mile awhile.

‘if one wants to control a process, the best way of doing so is to subordinate the present to what is (still) called the future, since in these conditions the “future” will be completely predetermined…’
—Lyotard, ‘Time Today’
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Fortnite and VRChat have achieved more of a "metaverse" than any web3 project to date

They're desperately trying to come up with any angle for VR that isn't video games. How Meta thinks of VR makes me think about all those tiktok accounts that are like you shouldn't spend ur free time enjoying things, u should be doing Google surveys so that u can afford a lambo.
With all the stuff you can do in VR, the best that Meta's marketing team can come up with is "you can look at really high res images".
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Marxism fed Machine Learning

We should make our own model revolutionary model language, show the world that sentience is nothing more than dialectics + computing power.

So how feasible it would be to make an "AI" fed by marxists.org and theanarchistlibrary.org with most of the scientific, economic and social data we can give it?
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Are anons on here still using a swap?
Recently i had to create one again, since memory usage of my web browsers gradually went up to 73%.
I'm also curious if anyone has tried zram/zswap on linux before and whether they noticed significant size or performance benefits.
There is also this neat program for X-Windows called xsuspender, that reduces cpu time of unfocused gui processes, making them periodically swappable.

ITT share tips for coping with memory hogs
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CS pdf dump

A thread for posting PDFs related to software, IT, programming, hacking, networking, math, technology, engineering, and science in general.
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The Electron Question

People love to moan about Electron, but is there any practical alternative to it?
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Twitter "algorithm" goes open source

https://github.com/twitter/the-algorithm
What does /tech/ think about it? It's AGPL.
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Idea for distribution

How would I go about making a large database of resources? One that effectively tracks their consumption and production and would allow for the addition of new users easily? Something anyone with an internet connection could connect to.

What’s the legality of this stuff?
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china's firewall is not really a firewall or a dns blocker, it's an actually sophisticated machine learning system that WILL fuck your shit up
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Bullshit /tech/ Jobs

> I’ve been employed in tech for years, but I’ve almost never worked
https://emaggiori.com/employed-in-tech-for-years-but-almost-never-worked/
Okay bros, which one of you snitched? I thought we all agreed not to let the non-techies find out that we are paid mad money to do nothing.
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Why are certifications valued more than degrees, even if they are much easier and cheaper to get? What's the freaking point of wasting years and/or millions in college then?
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/SRE/ general

>Site reliability engineering (SRE) is a set of principles and practices that incorporates aspects of software engineering and applies them to infrastructure and operations problems. The main goals are to create scalable and highly reliable software systems. Site reliability engineering is closely related to DevOps, a set of practices that combine software development and IT operations, and SRE has also been described as a specific implementation of DevOps.

This is a thread for all discussion of Site reliability engineering

SRE is usually used at larger organizations which have multiple applications, services, etc. Where it gets confused with devops is that devops is automation and streamlining of traditional sysadmin tasks related to integration and deployment pipelines, essentially programmatically managing traditionally manual processes like testing and deployment to various environments. Whereas SRE is automating sysadmin tasks related to performance, observability, and reliability, as is in the name. The job devops engineer is replacing is the traditional sysadmin, wheras the job the SRE is replacing is whats known as a production support engineer or creation software engineer, less well known but essentially a SWE who's job it is to support applications. Its not support like helpdesk-install windows or whatever, its support engineering of an application, or set of applications, restarting scheduled jobs, database tasks, debugging java code, if heap utilization is too high or whatever. Essentially providing L2 support for complex enterprise or microservice type applications (L3 handled by the SWE's).

SRE is automating those tasks and building software that automatically monitors ops and programmatically restart services, etc. Essentially automating the job of a traditional production support engineer so that the system self heals and automatically detects and solves common issues by itself. Google invented SRE role so that it could create the outside appearance that the service is always up. The most extreme example is the chaos engineering/chaos monkey approach to SRE invented by netflix which had its reliability engineers invent tools that automatically crash certain servers in production so that they could make sure the system keeps running no matter what.

So both SRE's and DevOps engineers are focusing on automating traditional sysadmin tasks so they overlap, however their focus is slightly different on the types of tasks. SRE's are usually either devs who transitioned to prod support/ops or system administrators who learned how to code. At FAANG type companies SRE interviews have SWE type leetcode questions as well as being grilled on the detailed internals of linux, kernel, OS, etc. At lesser companies it may simply be a retitled application support engineer.

SRE is the new hotness and more and more organizations are retitling their prod support teams as SRE and teaching them python/golang, cloud, and obserability (Splunk, etc.). Lots of companies are hiring "SRE" but the industry hasn't quite settled on a standard set of job duties. At FAANG SRE are considered as SWEs and on the same payscale. However at other companies they may be considered ops. In general SREs have a higher level of pay, due to it being the new hotness, but we will see how long that lasts.
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Golang sux

I'm not a huge fan of go because the language is essentially the fixed gear hipster bicycle of programming language. The whole golang started as essentially another version of the Plan 9 version of C started in the early 1980s. Even the golang mascot is literally a copy of "glenda" the plan 9 mascot:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plan_9_from_Bell_Labs
The designers of go essentially decided to eschew every advance in programming language theory from after the 1970s and just recreate another version of C: an imperative, structured language with no FP/OOP features, generics, etc. with a focus on distributed systems. Go also has some significant drawbacks, like the fact that concurrency is pretty difficult and error prone, just as it would be in C. That's fine for some use cases but the idea that this could be a generally applicable programming language is nuts. Golang could probably be used in a lot of places where C, C++, Rust, etc. could be used.

But the idea of writing general purpose back end enterprise/web software in it is pretty unappealing to me. I sincerely hope it doesn't catch on in these spaces.
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>When it comes to sharing AI experiences with your friends, there's no place like fbi.gov. Today, we’re introducing new AI experiments, including an AI chatbot named Clyde, AutoMod AI, and Conversation Summaries, and launching an AI Incubator.
It's all so tiresome.
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sup leftypol. so i have this simple script in Greasemonkey that i use for redirection

// @run-at   document-start

switch(location.hostname) {
case "www.example.com":
  	location.hostname = "www.example.mirror"
 break;


now sometimes i can't connect to example.com and get hit with a "The connection has timed out" page. now the problem is GM doesn't work in such pages. is there anything i can do? doesn't need to be js specific, i don't mind changing stuff in /host. i use firefox btw
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Time Travel isn't possib–
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Why does software gets slower and slower despite hardware getting faster and faster?
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From the Guardian article about Bullshit Jobs.

What unlikely uses of technology have you found?
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Twitter API becoming a premium service in a few days
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blu-rays are an unnecessary gimmick
reject false modernity, re-embrace DVDs and VHS
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What would be the most anti capitalist programming languages? What i mean by this is what languages would be widely used if what becomes popular wasn't determined by what companies hire for and put money into and the number of people coding in these languages due to past establishment in industry making it predominant. With that said also a language with memory safety and other precautions against potential exploits from bad actors and be more friendly for FOSS development so the language itself has to be open source to prevent possible shutdown from lack if further advances to it from companies. Do many languages fit this? If not perhaps one should be developed.
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NFTs

can you redpill me on NFTs? I know they're a scam, but can we use it to fund socialist movements around the world?

for shits and giggles I minted an NFT
https://opensea.io/assets/0x495f947276749ce646f68ac8c248420045cb7b5e/21128940023071335023824645527248015939074777217374729780283244897312868139009/
I was surprised by how easy it was. the only catch is that you have to pay the market something like $60 to have the NFT listed, which means that people have to sell a NFT for at least $100 to make any money.
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>Apple's retail employees are reportedly using Android phones and encrypted chats to keep unionization plans secret
iToddlers BTFO.
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Should programmers be required to study the history of their field so that they stop constantly reinventing the wheel? What would be some good books to do so?
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LIBGEN SITUATION

Status update?
Is the site back? Is it trustworthy?
What about the onion version?
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Stack Overflow use

How dependent are professional programmers on Stack Overflow? Based on what I see online it seems that most of them couldn't even write a single line of code without it, but I'd like to believe that 99% of programming discussion online is by students and for students, and people whose job is programming are not as incompetent as they are made to be seen based on their "memes" and discussion forums. I would imagine a competent programmer would need to consult Stack Overflow very rarely.
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Windows noob asking for urgent help

I've been using Linux exclusively since I was 13, which happens to be 20 years ago, lol. I'm trying to apply for jobs, and they've sent me an "online meeting app's" (Skype, Microsoft Team, etc. clone's) link that only runs on Windows.

I'm totally out of the loop, mates. How do I install a Windows (TM) system on my spare laptop? Do I just download an .iso file from Piratebay (and if so, which? plz link) and burn it somehow (plz link Linux software to use) onto an USB stick?

I feel like a child here, please help me out.

Worst part? It's for a job at Huawei, a Chinese coop, that you'd assume would be more Linux-friendly. Sure, they offer an Android version, but guess what, it requires registration providing your phone number, that doesn't include my country's intl. +xx call code. Lol.
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What do programmers actually do at their jobs?
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Amazing

This is amazing
Need I say more?
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code Ai assitants

There are a bunch of these code Ai assistants
here's a list:
https://sourceforge.net/software/ai-coding-assistants/

Are any of these any good and compatible with free libre software philosophy ?

Code pilot for example is out because it copy-pastes code from git-hub without giving attributions or adhering to gpl.

Are there any risks of using these?
Are they doing anything malicious ?
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Does anyone know darkweb/deepweb communist guerrilla and insurgency sites?

I've been only have to find a American Maoist Prisoner website if anybody knows such sites please document them. I think all communist insurgency groups must utilise darkweb for propagation of their doctrine.
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Wikipedia Redesign

Wikipedia looks like shit now. The lack of borders makes the page harder to navigate and the floaty sidebar looks janky and irritating in my peripheral vision.
You can still use the old skin though by appending '?useskin=vector' to the url, most conveniently by writing a rule in any redirector addon.

>Wikipedia articles will now have a maximum line width. Research has shown that limiting the width of longform text leads to a more comfortable reading experience, and better retention of the content itself.

https://wikimediafoundation.org/wikipedia-desktop/
This is just terrible web design.

ITT discuss the new wikipedia layout and website skinning in general
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>try to download some series I came upon that looks cool
>grab the magnet link
>click on qbittorrent, specifically set to never ask for updates so that windows won't recognize anything
>pop up: windows has blocked the execution of malicious software
>even the qbittorrent icon disappears in an instant from my desktop after clicking ok
FUUUUUUUUUCKK
Linuxsigmas… I kneel
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Qubes revert feature

I accidentally deleted my whole vault home dir because I'm stupid, with all my important passwords, keys, etc.

I was looking for ways to fix it and found out that with qubes by default keeps snapshots from the last shutdowns of each vm, at least for the private partition. I just reverted and it was fine. The end.
https://www.qubes-os.org/doc/volume-backup-revert/
This is just a PSA i guess. I never knew qubes was good for keeping your data safe from yourself even. Try it if you haven't used it
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Retvrn…
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Even More Wayland Compositors

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ICe6nAO46o
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Amazon Alexa is dying

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2022/11/amazon-alexa-is-a-colossal-failure-on-pace-to-lose-10-billion-this-year/

>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.
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Physicists using Python

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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would it be possible to set up a non-spying reverse image search service
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Legacy and Arcane

Is there a reason why a person studying and trying to get into the industry shouldn't learn legacy stuff?

Namely is there a potential for a sort of job specialising in it?
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honestly if you can't solve problems like this, you shouldn't be in tech
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A PROPER XMPP CHAT CLIENT

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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Linux Insecurities

https://madaidans-insecurities.github.io/linux.html
This article shows a plethora of holes in Linux, problems which even Windows has methods to curb. It seems like the current model for linux kernel development somehow is failing (either in lacking funding, or something else). What will it take for Linux to catch up to corporate alternatives?
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Australian schools ‘flying blind’ on use of ChatGPT and other learning technology

https://amp.theguardian.com/australia-news/2023/jan/10/australia-lagging-behind-on-ai-learning-tech-for-classrooms-report-suggests
>Australian schools are “flying blind” and lagging globally on the use of artificial technology in classrooms, the author of a report on edtech has argued.
As long as the teacher critiques the text in dialogue with each student individually it's fine and likely more beneficial for each student than a world without automatic text generation however flawed
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Software Architecture General

>Software architecture refers to the fundamental structures of a software system and the discipline of creating such structures and systems. Each structure comprises software elements, relations among them, and properties of both elements and relations. The architecture of a software system is a metaphor, analogous to the architecture of a building. It functions as a blueprint for the system and the developing project, which project management can later use to extrapolate the tasks necessary to be executed by the teams and people involved. Software architecture is about making fundamental structural choices that are costly to change once implemented. Software architecture choices include specific structural options from possibilities in the design of the software.

This is a thread for general discussion of software architecture, the high level design of software and software systems. PDF dumps also appreciated.

Note: Software architecture is separate and at a higher level of abstraction that for example, object oriented design. There are specific patterns, methodologies, etc. for software architecture just as there are design patterns for OOAD.
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removing superfluous text before making a TTS audiobook?

i use text-to-speech to generate audiobooks from large amounts of text. However when I use ebooks as the input there's a lot of shit like line breaks, end-line hyphens, page numbers, citations, headers, footers, and other junk that I don't want in there. Within reason, what's the best way (other than manually doing find and replace with regular expressions) to clean up text before processing it with TTS?
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My pc is turning only the led and fans, no peripherals and no image, I tried changing the memory slots but no success, what could be the culprit?
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'ai' idpol filter

i would like to discuss an idea thats been floating around in my head for a while, i haven't seen this brought up anywhere yet

trying to devise a way to actually organize effort around a common goal, primarily a primary defense against getting psy-op'd

the general idea is to make an ML algorithm, NN, what-have-you, that is designed to filter out common idpol/psyop from discussion and return concrete, actionable information. what's being suggested is essentially a great equalizer, it flattens the playing field so that the work necessary can be done without worrying who's glowing. typical glow tactics would be programmed in, and divisive messaging would simply come out as 'please remove me from the group cause i'm not in a position to actually help'.

for example, your org is going to do up a mutual-aid. someone still liberal would typically be crying and complaining about how they're oppressed black disabled lesbian muslim etc. etc. the algo would filter that to the recipient and turn it into something like, "I'm in a position where I need financial assistance before I can actually help with this thing". Then resources could be distributed to them accordingly, freeing them up to be actually useful.

maybe not the best example but interested in feedback
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Google is a lie.

There are no search results after page 40.
Try every category, every word the millions are a lie.

05:30
https://www.bitchute.com/video/4XukZxTIIQ74/

Every search engine is the same.
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Stable Diffusion Texturing

https://www.reddit.com/r/blender/comments/zmomxw/stable_diffusion_can_texture_your_entire_scene/

Stable Diffusion can now texture your entire scene automatically in blender. This will greatly increase the output of small devs IMO as it will multiply the amount of content they can create.
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Spotify

How bad is Spotify?

It's a bourgeoise vice, but I really like it. I hate having to search all over the web to pirate albums, organize those albums in my desktop, and transfer transfer both to my phone and laptop from my desktop. Spotify just makes the process so much easier. I can listen from any device I want. I want to add some songs to my playlist? I search it up and add it in a matter of seconds. I want to share music? I copy a link and send it over in seconds. Spotify has 99% of the music I listen to and I don't even listen to mainstream stuff.

Should I really make the effort to switch back to pirating? Should I stop prioritizing comfort over data security? What does /tech/ think?international_brigadeInternational Brigade
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Reminder that Vicky is canonically a computer hacker.
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Job Titles

Anyone else confused about them? I thought "senior" would mean someone with like a decade of work experience in the field, but I keep seeing people get promoted to it after only 2-3 years of working. Is there any meaning behind the titles or is it seen as just some extra benefit of "prestige" companies throw around to attract/retain people?
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The STEM student -> defense contractor pipeline is a serious issue in this country. In many places and some fields, a greater majority of available jobs are like defense contractors. That shit is bleak and horrifying man. They'll be like "assist in creating autonomous ai for delivering payloads towards targets" and knowing exactly what they mean lol. I took a robotics software class where we discussed "efficiently tracking multiple moving targets with distinct trajectories" as like an academic problem and briefly wondered if I hadn't chosen the wrong field of study.
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Middleware pilled

Why does /tech/ never talk about MIDDLEWARE and integration, despite it being such a huge part of enterprise stuff?

I mean JMS/Kafka/Camel/Artemis/ActiveMQ/RabbitMQ, ESBs, etc.

Ques, distributed streaming, event sourcing brokers (kafka), etc. not to mention cloud pubsub systems.
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Java Study Group

THIS IS A STUDY GROUP FOR Oracle Certified Professional: Java SE 17 Developer 1Z0-829

My motivation in studying this is that my employer is soft requiring me to have a Java cert to be promoted, and this is the latest one. I bought a hardcopy of the book+practice exams and will be posting quotations from it here.

Anyone who wants to either learn modern Java (17+) or study for that exam feel free to follow along.
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> Amazon makes custom CPU (AWS Graviton)
> Google makes cusom CPU (Google Tensor)
> Microsoft makes custom CPU (SQ3)
> Apple makes custom CPU (M1)
> many other big tech companies announce that they are planning custom chips too
Am I the only one worried about this trend?
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Any good PDFs/Manuals/Tutorials for Lisp?

Wanting to learn Lisp, are there any good manuals for learning to use it that people would recommend using?
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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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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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Stop posting about how cool you are for using one consumer tech product over another or having math skills or something. Start endeavouring to not completely automatically repulse a woman or actually any actual person TODAY. Thank You.
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E-Reader appreciation thread

I love my electronic reader, I must have read hundreds of books on it, all free thanks to the pirate comrades and websites like library genesis, mobilism or archive.org.

Picrel is a Kobo Aura with Plato as OS. I hear KOreader is also good.

So fellow anons, do you live fully in the current year? Do you own an e-reader? Do you love it? Are you still hesitating to get one?read_a_fucking_bookRead a Fucking Book
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does wireless stuff give you cancer, radiation, heart problems etc

As communists we know how well porky cuts corrners, even baby formula is tainted

So I'm asking the techies as a luddite, if someone had like wireless mouses, gamepads, etc and used them daily
would it marginally give them more cancer than usual??
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Adblockers

Which adblockers would you guys recommend? I'm using firefox btw
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JAVA

>Java is a high-level, class-based, object-oriented programming language that is designed to have as few implementation dependencies as possible. It is a general-purpose programming language intended to let programmers write once, run anywhere (WORA), meaning that compiled Java code can run on all platforms that support Java without the need to recompile. Java applications are typically compiled to bytecode that can run on any Java virtual machine (JVM) regardless of the underlying computer architecture. The syntax of Java is similar to C and C++, but has fewer low-level facilities than either of them. The Java runtime provides dynamic capabilities (such as reflection and runtime code modification) that are typically not available in traditional compiled languages. As of 2019, Java was one of the most popular programming languages in use according to GitHub, particularly for client–server web applications, with a reported 9 million developers.

<Oracle offers its own HotSpot Java Virtual Machine, however the official reference implementation is the OpenJDK JVM which is free open-source software and used by most developers and is the default JVM for almost all Linux distributions.


Java has all the features of any OOP lang with functional additions as well, multiple libraries for every conceivable use case, is an A-tier general purpose language, runs fairly quickly (as fast or half as fast as C/C++ in most cases), tons of people know it or learn it in university, or in their corporate jobs. Other languages like Kotlin, Scala, and Clojure, as well as Ruby/Python implementations, and many more are built on the rock solid engineering of the JVM.

Most of silicon valley and top corporations use Java to some extent as well. It has a solid open source implementation (OpenJDK) which is the standard. It's easy to learn, simple enough for midwit programmers to collaborate and make maintainable, portable, performant software that fulfills a practical purpose or need. It's the workhorse of programming languages.

Why then does Java get so much hate in the FLOSS community? Do people just hate OOP? Is it because of Oracle's nasty reputation? Is it because of the old school, GOF-design patternified J2EE apps thats used to be made (and are still maintained)? Most modern java can be written with minimal XML (esp. with modern spring boot).

Or is it simply because Java is perceived as boring, corporate, and associated with people's day jobs?

Can anyone give a single, rational reason NOT to use Java on a project when it "just works" as opposed to writing something in Lisp/XYZmonad/etc.
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The future for imageboard software

This thread is for discussing the future of imageboard software, with particular relevance to large imageboards such as leftypol.

Vichan, one of the most popular imageboard softwares and the parent of (the parent of) leftypol's, has recently had its founder Hotwheels say "STOP USING VICHAN YOU FUCKING NERDS", after a major exploit in the embed function dating back to 2011 was found.
( https://nitter.net/fr_brennan/status/1570456345244991496#m )
He insists "Please STRONGLY CONSIDER deprecating vichan on your instances as I have repeatedly begged users to do."

However, despite its struggle to find developers, it has the most developers and most consistsntly active developers out of the imageboard softwares I am aware of (that said, I don't know much about the futaba forks)

The other non-fork competitors seem to be lynxchan (I've seen a board using it call it an abortion) and jschan. Pretty sure both are run/maintained by approximately 1 person at any one time. Furthermore, despite some cool nifty features including websockets instead of polling, they're in many places well behind vichan in terms of expected functionality. I personally believe that a migration within the next few years to one of these would be tolerable but horrible, and that if their approximately 1 maintainer vanishes, the project will stagnate like the others.

So what is the future, on the software side, for leftypol? Is the best path forward to edge back closer and closer to vichan by pushing our differences upstream, and ride it out until it has no more maintainers?
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Why isn't there a open source book format?

Adobe and Kindle have a monopoly on their property formats, (mobi, azw3, pdf)

Who made .eupb, it has DRM protection so I assume it isn't open source
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When actually will be the year of Linux?

Do I need anything in check when turning my old gaming laptop into a linux distro lappy

It is has two gpus, intel and nvidia
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Retro computer thread

Lets talk about old computers. I'll start with my belief that disk incompatibility (outside supporting the IBM) really hurt Atari and Commodore, even though the C128 with the 1571 drive can read a number of 5¼" CP/M disks it is the exception even going forward, other then the MSX that was a licenced standard so of course all the manufactures of MSX computers have the same disk standard as that was the point (and the IBM clones naturally copied the IBM Dos disk format).
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Google Drive Privacy Blues

Hello bigbrained and mentally stable comrades. I need some technical and perhaps also moral support.
Due to circumstances I'm probably gonna have to bite the dust and get a google account and use google drive, under my own name or functionally under my own name as the stuff I'll participate in will be perfectly correlatable to my physical identity. How should I go about this to feed the basilisk as little as possible? Register and use via tor, or VPN + hardened browser? Is it possible to get a google account without giving out my phone number? Any general best practice-type aspects to keep in mind? For context, I use tor browser almost exclusively, stay away from social media etc.
>inb4 muh threat model
I don't have one. I'm not a target; I'm a nobody. I'm just permafreaked about the promised and already existing horrors of surveillance capitalism and of the school that we should all take whatever steps we can afford to make it as costly and unproductive as possible. Also see my nametag. If you have a support group please invite me
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I need to do daily bing searches to earn points
I have already automated it a little bit by searching about the select few things,

But I want to go further BEYOND!

how do i that programming magic where i just click one button and the computer automatically runs the searches for me on MSedge?

do i need to make a bat file? i don't know anything
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Why don't programmers outside of the imperial core unionize? They do the same (and often better) work for peanuts.
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Transhumanism is here

How?

I've been out of the loop with all the prosthetics tech, what are all the advancements and features?
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ChromeOS/Chromebook hate thread

Can we have one of these going? I hate having to be forced to use this shitty spyware for school. It is so janky and broken and is missing several features that I usually take for granted in a computer Also the person who thought shoehorning Grammarly every time I open up CIAhrome deserves to be hung, drawn, and quartered (in minecraft)
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Intel Downsizes

https://www.wsj.com/articles/intel-intl-q3-earnings-report-2022-11666867435
>Intel to Cut Jobs in Cost-Savings Drive as PC Slump Weighs on Earnings
>Chip maker says it is targeting up to $10 billion in annualized cost reductions by 2025
https://web.archive.org/web/20221028223943/https://www.wsj.com/articles/intel-intl-q3-earnings-report-2022-11666867435
I knew this would happen
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How do you not kill yourself, or at least function in society normally, from the ever increasing mass surveillance from both corporations and governments? As a paranoid schizo I don't know how to cope
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Safety while wire management

Is it okay if the wires touch? Is it okay to stick the wires on the wall and tape 'em?

How much should you twist wires or bend them? I try not to as much

I'll post a pic on Monday about my wire set-up and tell me if there's any safety problems
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what is this new technology

and what will be the effects, seeing that it's exclusively being trained by shithead edgy 4chanoids who live their miserable lives only to get an ounce of rise out of people?

is this another Microsoft A.I chatbot turned racist, i don't understand how stable diffusion works, is there a main hub of all the data or is it all user sided stored data
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Linux ISO/IMG Torrents

Be sure to include the relevant SHA256 checksum for verification. Latest stable AMD64 versions preferred but no strict requirements obviously.
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>develops software
>doesn't release a build for windows
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Linux REEEEEE

Long story short… I've been exclusively using Linux systems since I was 13. It has been 20 years since I started.

Vid very much related. When I started out, ~20 years ago, "nvidia" was the choice for Linux fags like myself. As a retard, I kept buying such hardware as years went on. Fast forward to current day:
>I have "high-end laptop"
<it is useless :DDDDDDD

Lemme give you fags a TL;DR:
>3 yrs ago, buy super-mega laptop (with NVIDIA) chipset
>bought it b/c it had a pre-installed Ubuntu environment
>years passed, new 'buntu environment came out
>try to upgrade
>"no"
>uhm… ok… manually download "Manjaro" distribution
>"burn" it to pendrive
>use it
<2 months in
>it fried my fucking battery, since, it turns out that le'nvidia fucks with your battery
>right now my battery can take 2mins disconnect, after that it die
>…
>try to use my high-end hardware with contemporary gaymes (directX11 - wine Vulkan)
>low FPS; HIGH TEMPERATURE
>try reinstall
>Manjaro completely fucked, can't even get graphic interface w basic driver anymore


>install Kubuntu
>uses some kind of spooky Wayland shit or whatever, games lagg like no tomorrow

>install Xubuntu
>suddenly everything "works"
>I'm merely 10-20 FPS down from Windows setup
>still the best option

>turns out there's no fucking way to make my GPU fans work, no matter what
>GPU gets over 90°C when playing GAEMS
>…
>get used to it
>the same would be around ~70˚C if I used Windows

Thank you NVIDIA!!!!!!!!!!

general REEEEEEEEEEEEE LINUX thread, particularly REEEEEEEing at fucking capitalist BS.
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Kerfuś My Beloved

I'm obsessed with these little Polish robot cats. They're adorable and I want to make one to have a little garage buddy.

Seems like it's a shelf with a roomba on the bottom, a computer (raspberry pi, screen, sensors, ect…) on top, some RGB lights, and a shell on top with cat ears. Is anyone in the process of trying to make one at home yet? What's some FOSS software I could use for such a project?