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Does anyone have any horror stories of what's happened to them personally while exploring the "Deep Web" or just any type of trouble they got themselves in?
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The deepweb is honestly underwhelming. Media and news really like to hype it up as something amazing, but in reality it's a bunch of marketplaces, blogs, and fake hitman services.
Probably worth checking out on your own, if only to sate your own thirst.


I agree with this, but also a lot of dead and inactive links.


Not horror, more unnerving, but doxxing is a story I've seen play on the 'darkweb', more like drama sites and troll forums.

I've seen people post the reddit account of someone they found annoying then by going through their history they found accounts they cross linked to, small bits of data that build to a bigger picture, and tons of data that can be matched to IRL accounts. In >3 I've seen internet rando's connect a BDSM account to an actual IRL identity. Not even sushi rolls are safe because one imageboard 'doxxed' a user, they never wiped their cookies and their typing style/hill to die on matched another poster.

Of course it's unlikely to happen to anyone here, but it's unnerving to think all the dumb social media posts you made 5 years ago could be tracked to you IRL. Most people doing illegal stuff online are not caught through extreme hacking measures, they're caught because they made a slight slip up that links the tiniest part of their online profile to their IRL one.


Nothing Epic. Just browsing on a compromised protocol.

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your comments fellow rolls?
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Huh, I thought Microsoft was crippling Edge to encourage people just to move to Chrome/Chromium?
Also, [Insert joke about not using a GNU/Linux OS here]


What actual reason would they have to do that? Especially considering that Edge is Chromium-based in the first place.


Looked this up again. My first statement was mistaken. I was thinking of an article about Google making anti-competitive changes to YouTube etc to slow Edge users.


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>Microsoft Bingus


Edge good Firefox Bad.

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Protect with Tor, privacy and freedom of expression
Download Tor Browser in your language https://www.torproject.org/download/languages/

Welcome to the Wiki of those who defend the freedom
The Hidden Wiki


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shinobi techniques 2 make ketamine from pepsi


TOR is compromised.

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These are our newest images from the surface of another world. It's really, genuinely beautiful.


They seem so benign and familiar but they're on a completely different planet. Hard to conceptualize.


I wonder if we'll live long enough to have colonies in space.
Something tells me no but I'd like to believe


I think it depends on your definition of 'colony'. I feel pretty strongly we'll see some kind of settlement on the moon, though.


It truly is beautiful. We, mankind that is, have a manifest destiny among the stars. We will get there someday. I believe that if not my children then my grandchildren will live to see the beginning of our species as multiplanitary.

The other thing I find so interesting is that if you cropped the rover out of that and told me it was just some dessert out west, I’d believe you. Just how small and how huge the universe is at the same time, it moves me man.


I always feel melancholic about achievements in space exploration.
If I had sucked up to my profs more, I might have been able to get into their research labs for space tech. That could have been fun

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>I'm an awkward cunt
Honestly these days normal people, in large part due to social media, are genuinely socially inept as well as unpleasant/domineering/narcissistic as a baseline. They've forgotten how to socialise properly and replaced it with the poison of those who are the most vocal/followed online.


I think it's the most accurate genre of speculative fiction by far


I wrote this on march, and now I have to take it back, it's a soykafhole.
But there is no point in talking about that.

I'm nostalgic about the /cyb/ aesthetic. Makes me want to get back into low-level programming, and to learn russian to hang with the doomer boys on the internet. But it's all vanity, and I ultimately have no use, no time, and no real interest in it. I just end up with a truncated inspiration.


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wtf are you me? For the past few months I've dreamed of becoming a grey-hat security researcher, an sushi rollymous hacking guru who knows how to construct exploits, who routinely scans websites for vulns, who knows how to decipher a stack-trace in gdb. It took a couple of months and some vain attempts to realise, like you have, that actually "hacking" is not my passion, but rather an idealised, renegade aesthetic that I want to inhabit without putting in the years of effort which it requires.


We need Systemspace back.

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People would take open source software more seriously if Stallman took better care of himself. He looks like a stereotypical neckbeard, which doesn't help the image of free software.
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>Outlook is standard as an office email client, Thunderbird isn't that great.
On the free software side, I've settled on Evolution. I could never enjoy thunderbird or claws/sylpheed, and I don't know if it can replace Outlook for businesses, but I think it is a decent alternative for someone like me that was perfectly happy with Apple's Mail.app.

But as you say, my requirements are basic (outside of virtual machines).

But all you need is Quake :3


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> But try using GNU/Linux for creative work
This is merely a personal thing, but the times when I used open source stuff for creative work, I had no problem working with it. Krita is already well known and loved, but personally I largely stuck with doing stuff in MyPaint and Inkscape after I decided to stop pirating Adobe stuff. GIMP is pretty clunky, and Inkscape posed some issue initially too, but I could still work well with the tools I had.

It's likely I'm not quite advanced enough to need the Adobe tools. On the other hand, David Revoy exists.


Yeah, I have to agree. I don't really find there is much difference at the low level between modern popular open source software, and closed source enterprise software. Ten years ago there were pretty big differences, but today the only real differences I notice tend to be in the UI department, and in how the software corporations get to dictate how people relate to software in general. Like people say how clunky open source is, but I think that's mainly because their baseline has been set based on whatever software they use at work. As someone who hasn't really used commercial software outside of when it's absolutely necessary (for work comparability and stuff), I find that often times the commercial stuff is just as clunky and poorly designed, but people just take that for granted. It being "intuitive" or better is just a function of being more exposed to it.

I mean, of course it is true that companies like adobe cater to industries creating tools and tweeks for specific clients and such, that isn't really gonna happen in an open source community driven product, but I don't think those are nearly as useful to users as they are to firms with specific market goals. I've always got the feeling that when most people say "open source software is inadequate" they really mean "I do not want to learn a whole new system when I already know this one inside and out". It's fine to prefer a polished commercial system that you know, but I don't think it's fair that FOSS gets a bad rap because of that.


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go back to 4chan, please


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I don't think Stallman is the issue of why free software isn't taken seriously.
I think that's more related to the fact that linux can be very cumbersome to those not accostumed to it (most of the population), so they tend to dismiss free software as something clunky that needs hours to do something propietary software would do in two clicks.
t. tried linux mint only to drop it due to no audio coming from the frontal ports

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>what is it?
An operating system that respects your freedom
>why would I use it?
If you are tired of having your OS use you and always wanted to use your computer instead
>What do you mean by freedom?
Write your own programs. use source code from the internet in seconds. update when you want to not when it tells you.
Want to run a website? cool! you can set one up in minutes.
Want to adjust your hardware to your liking? Awesome!
Want to stop or make a new feature to a program you use every day? Go for it!

Its your computer! use it how you want!
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Been using linux exclusively for around half a year now and I have no plans of ever switching back to Windows! I've tried numerous distros, but I eventually stopped at Arch. Well, I tried a few other distros after Arch, but I always ended up going straight back to Arch, it just works! (For me at least). I love using rolling release, and the AUR is a godsend! It has everything! I would say Arch is probably not very good for servers, but for desktops, it's perfect!


Happy for you sushi roll! I use debian every day, but I ever need to reinstall I'll try out arch. I'm pretty jealous of you for getting the AUR.


Yeah, the AUR is great! It contains many niche packages that would never be available on the official repos of any distro. I used Debian too for a short while. I think it's great for servers and low maintenance PCs, but it's not very good for desktop users that wanna do some more "high tech' stuff, that's just my opinion though. If you do plan on switching to Arch, I will say that after reinstalling Arch a few times (reinstalling it after hopping to another distro but then deciding to switch back to Arch), I've installed it the "official" way through the command line many times, but I've also installed it with the anarchy installer, and let me just tell you that you don't really miss out on anything for installing it with anarchy. So, if you find it's too difficult to install it through the command line, use the anarchy installer! It saves you a lot of time.


as another arch (manjaro) user, I just want to tell you you have no idea how much of an improvement pacman is to apt-get. Its not even funny. It takes a bit more time to learn how it works and all its features, but it is more than worth it in the end.

Also, arch has also been one of the easiest distros I have ever installed. I tend to run into install issues all the time, but not with arch.


I've been using Linux as my main OS since 2012, although I only stopped dual-booting and went Linux-only about a year and a half ago. Before that, I only ever used Windows for video games, and Linux for literally everything else.
My first distro was Ubuntu, then Mint, then Arch, which I used for most of the time I've been using Linux (although when I built my first desktop PC I decided to install Mint on my laptop). Then when I stopped dual-booting I switched to Manjaro.

I've gotta say, I wouldn't really recommend Arch. Like, there was one time I ran an update and it just stopped booting altogether. I had to completely reinstall it from scratch, and I ended up losing everything I had on my Linux partition (for some reason I'd decided to reinstall Arch at the time, since I apparently hadn't learned my lesson). And while I certainly don't regret having the experience of having to configure everything from scratch myself, installing Manjaro made me realize how nice it is to be able to just install the OS and start doing stuff immediately.

Even then, I'm thinking I'm gonna go back to either Mint, or try popOS or something next time I build a new PC (which will probably be pretty soon, considering mine is about 5 years old at this point). It's true that Manjaro is a hell of a lot better than base Arch in a lot of ways, and it won't break your system entirely, but it still has a lot of little problems here and there. Like, the straw that broke the camel's back for me was when I needed to print something, and no matter what I tried I couldn't connect to the printer on my Manjaro PC, but when I tried transferring the file to my Mint laptop and tried printing it from there it worked perfectly. It's true that the AUR is something I'll miss, but at this point I feel like it's worth leaving it behind.

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Let's talk coding and software, sushis, because I don't do enough of it and I really should. Let's hear about projects you're working on, stuff your coding, learning. Trade secrets, info, tips, whatever. Programming isn't something that should be done alone in a corner.

I guess if we need a thread starter, I want to brush up on my coding skills. I want to find something to play around with, something not as mainstream as the stuff like Java and C, but will still be useful in a professional setting, something I can make usable stuff out of.
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For the depression? Exercise routine and spending time with family.

For your apparent boredom? It depends on what you are interested in.

For the Linux? Any Ubuntu based distro.


Not exactly programming, but I know basic CSS, and I'm looking to learn how to make it pretty. I want to learn some of the more, well I don't want to say advanced, but I guess more complex stuff that it has to offer. Like what are its limits?

Any resources for this would be appreciated. A book would be nice but I'll take whatever. Free of course :^)


I´ve kinda decided to make a first real project instead of just language hopping the basics over and over. Settled on making a text editor, cause it has a poetic sense to it to make something I can then write the next project inside of. Also nice with something that can be improved and twiddled with almost indefinitely with continued usage.
Right now at the stage of collecting and condensing a bunch of different resources on the hows and whys.


I'm reading through Effective Java, it's a pretty good source for people who already know Java but want to know best practices. I'm learning a lot, would recommend.


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Anyone else interested in electronics around these parts? I have some experience with making my own (simple-ish) circuits and fiddling with microcontrollers, and I've found it to be a ton of fun. I should get around to getting a bunch of assorted electronics junk so I can start tinkering with stuff at home as well, I've got plans for a couple of gadgets of varying usefulness.
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In the end this is anecdotal, but I find electronics to be one of the cheaper hobbies to get into.
What do you really need in terms of tools to get started?
A soldering iron
Solder + Flux
(Good investment is a multimeter)
That's it in terms of tools. A bad (but working) version will cost you 20-30$. If you want a decently good setup (what I use I would describe as decent) is 120$ for soldering iron, solder, flux and multimeter. That's not very expensive as far as hobbies go.
Then the "running cost" will be the cost of the parts you use. Again, how wild you want to go is up to you. If you want a cheap project, that's a arduino nano (2$/piece), wire, sensors (~1-2$/sensor) and depending on application actors (starting at 3$/piece). Of course things can be more expensive depending on your project. If you buy parts from aliexpress etc. in packs of 5-10 they are dirt cheap.

Overall hobby electronics seem cheap in terms of upfront cost and only middle of the pack in terms of running cost.

And as >>781 said, if there's a makerspace, you can basically save the cost for tools. Also tools double as … well tools. Having a multimeter is a good idea either way to repair stuff in the house, and a solder iron can save you hundreds of dollars when you fix something that is broken.


Arduino is a great platform. It's cheap, open source, versatile, easy to get into, yet close enough to the chipset that it helps you if you ever want to go into designing your own boards / design actual products you have a foundation to build upon. Learning how to implement a control algorithm in arduino is surprisingly close to doing so in a product later.
Can't beat having a decently powerful chip for 2$ that you can do so much with.
When done, please do share. I love hearing about other peoples projects and indeed collect pictures of them for motivation/inspiration.
>I'm headed to college for an EE degree next year.
It'll be fun. As someone in a EE degree (EE+business), it's really cool if you also do it as a hobby. Knowing what you are learning things for and how to apply it is such an advantage.


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Hey EEfriends. I agree about it being a great cheap hobby (if you know the tricks), when I was younger and living somewhere it was hard to order components online I got really good at getting components off old household stuff. Recycling!

Today I whipped out my old Arduinos and ordered some new components to start programming an info display/controller for my cars hybrid electric system, since our forum's resident expert just did a PoC and I thought I'd have a go before I bought one off him.
I'll also be rigging up a trickle charger to balance the Hybrid batteries cells off mains using some LED drivers.
Later in the year I'm thinking of replacing the Ni-MH battery with a custom Lithium one. Buy individual 3.2V Lithium pouch cells -> build (3d print?) a frame for them -> slap 35 together = brand new drop in battery.
You can even add more cells in series and get a higher total voltage, which in combination with some spoofing tricks allows you to push a more total KW through to the motor with the car being none the wiser.

That aside here's some pics from a year ago of soldering my keyboard together (bonus Sushi themed keycaps). Soldering is so fun, I've missed it a lot.


That's an incredibly cool keyboard, I'm jealous of your skills.


Really cool keyboard sushi, love it.
As for 3d printing, as long as the enclosure isn't supposed to protect the cells from mechanical forces it's a great use case. I've been starting to use 3d printing more and more for enclosures for electronics projects.

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I was thinking it would be nice if we had a thread for sharing our own websites/homepages. Woah, here's one now! Show me your netspace sushi!

Here's mine. It's a complete mess, but I like it. It's kind of new well, technically it's existed for a little while, but I only started working on it recently, so it's missing a lot of things, and there are a few links that 404. Though it's hosted on neocities, it's only slighty Lain themed.
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your site is so cute, i t really love it
I've saved its html and assets to my collection of nice sites, I hope you don't mind


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I went to your blog one time last year, and now im revisiting i didnt expect to find principia discordia there woa. I guess my world changed a lot after reading it and following throught(kinda)


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I have decided to have a semi-permanent online identity representing my final exorcism of the internet. Whether or not this final attempt shall succeed is something we are to find out. My website is in the e-mail field.

I have never created a website, so excuse any layout issues. Expect me to use this identity in sushigirl, scarcely, responsibly and whenever fitting.


Very nice sushi roll, I like the window favicons. Looking forward to reading five sixths of it!


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The spookiness is very comfy. It feels as if it has a flavor simultaneously creepy and sweet, both something joyously macabre and an unsettling delicacy. I've been experimenting with something similar to cultdeadcow.com where the main art is done in pre tags. I quite like the look and flair ones site gets from this style of art. Pic related is my work. It's three pre tags positioned to layer on top of each other. The frame, the middle layer done in block characters and the topmost drawn in ASCII. Currently getting back into the swing of things by finishing my personal site. I'm quite enjoying the self-imposed challenge of drawing the site windows this way. Will post it once its hosted.

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