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Do you use any programs on your computer on a daily basis? What are they? Do you use anything so much that you instinctively launch it right after turning your PC on? Are you always connected to the Internet?

Personally I use IRC, email and webchats a lot so I have a corner of my room dedicated to an old recycled PC that only runs my clients and a web browser.
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Obsidian - Notes/References/Grocery List in markdown
trello - task management and daily reminders
syncthing - sync my obsidian notes and music files to my phone
newsboat - RSS Reader
MPV/yt-dlp - Videos and music from the internet


brave browser + dark reader for max comfy net-surfing
bitwarden for passwords
joplin for notes
todoist for todo
adobe pr/ae/me/ps/au for media manipulation
plex for media consumption


Neovim - vim keybinds, nice plugins and doesn't take ages to open on potatoes, so I can get to programming right away (also has an orgmode plugin which works pretty well, but I don't use it very often)
Qutebrowser - browser with minimal interface and vim keybinds for comfy web surfing
pass - can do autofill in Qutebrowser
Neomutt - for reading/archiving emails from multiple addresses, I have it open up on startup and notify me if any new mail arrives


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>Brave as my new Chrome for normie and IRL stuff
>Firevixen with 256 extensions for muh privacy and personal shit
>Element and Signal for muh non glowie IMs
>Neovim for basically everything
>Kitty terminal because I cba to grab my mouse
>VSCode sometimes because it has TabOut and I hate not having TabOut in Neovim and having to use the arrow keys
>mpv for animu and moosic


Quite the normie setup:

vscode - larger changes
vim - small changes / quick fixes
Firefox - personal browser
Thunderbird - personal email
Edge - work browser
Outlook - work email

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Post a screenshot of your current cool/cute wallpaper! Both desktop and phone caps are ok!

I'll start with some vaporwave vibes.
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I thought cinderquill's final evo was still like mongoose-size? That's why I liked him.


Nah Typhlosion has always been a big lad
I still think he's very cool


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Your wallpaper is beautiful. It makes me want to cry. Even your post makes me want to cry. I love it. Could you please share the link?


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Hello friends, here's both my past and present desktops
Not sure which one is comfier, but I guess I can change them depending on the mood

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Crypto thread? Personally I think crypto is the future. No more centralization, no more states fucking you in the ass.
I also don't want to become a wage slave so I hope to make it thanks to crypto. Life is too short to not do what you like.
What cryptocurrencies have you invested in sushinons? What are you bullish on?
It would be cool that we all make it.

Personally I am extremely bullish on Bitbay. I missed the Ethereum train but I think Bitbay will be the next moon mission in 2018. It is the sole working decentralized marketplace and trustless contracting platform while fixing many BTC flaws and planning to have a decentralized peg that brings price stability by preventing volatility, especially from whales shady manipulation. The price is still fucking low (23m market cap) so there is a lot of growth potential. For instance, to have a x2 ROIs with ETH, it would need 30 fucking billions of dollars, while with bitbay it would only need 23m. It is far more likely in the latter for this very reason.
Pics related why I am bullish on it. It has both mainstream and darknet potential.
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Seems like there is a lot of FUD with Ethereum becoming a security as of late, because most nodes would be located in the US. Which is making me a bit bearish on it, but it also makes me wonder how would it affet ERC20 tokens if that is still a thing? NFTs and a lot of other dApps were everywhere as of late, what will happen with all of that?
Crypto has been something I kinda stopped looking at, I think I'll just go for the same old same old S&P 500.
Also, surprised how hard AMD plummeted, I was thinking of getting into it some months ago lol


heh, called it. RIP Celsius and FTX. Wonder who's next.


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the only altcoin that's actually worth a shit is monero, it's effectively the only coin used on darkmarkets ( so the only REAL crypto currency ) and the only one that still carries the lable "privacy coin", the devs are serious about privacy and know what they're doing https://www.getmonero.org/ you can easily buy monero with *any* payment method at https://localmonero.co you don't have to go thru some scam exchange

99.9% of crypto are scams and while blockchain might have useful applications ( like a scoreboard or a tasklist on a collective project ) "currency" is the least likely scenario. Most crypto currencies function like derivatives or credit default swaps: speculative financial assets, except there is nothing 'real' holding them up at all their value is completely a projection of future value: imaginary. There will one day soon come a great crash that whipes 90% of altcoins off the map.

Full Disclosure: yes a hold some monero, yes, i want to drive up the price of monero so i can buy more drugs with it, It's fucking great. Buying drugs on deep web is the only good thing to come out of the crypto shitstorm.

* the only other coin i might consider is $oxen which is related to lokinet https://oxen.io/


Testing to see if this place has tranny mods(USER WAS BANNED FOR THIS POST)


It has.

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where did real /tech/ go
i miss those guys
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Hijacking this thread to say something that's been bugging me. Apologies in advance.
I seem to be shadowbanned from 4chan and lainchan. Just the other day I posted 3 times on 4chan, and none of those posts actually appeared. I solved the caltcha, I got the "posted successfully" message, but then there was nothing. I refreshed the thread several times and new posts came through but mine was nowhere to be seen. In lainchan I almost always get the "flood detected, post discarded" message without further explanation. It's not like I was just shitposting either, half of the time I'm making honest posts trying to contribute to the conversation.
It's not like I really care that much, it just perplexes me a bit. I have barely at all posted on 4chan in the last few years. But both sites are shit already, so I think it's even a good thing. I'm just left wondering why, and I think it's kind of rude, just like, well, like ghosting somebody.
Go on your business, you saw nothing nere.


Huh ?
Must've been the wind


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What are your favorite Winamp skins?


I'm not so sure people want to make genuine friendships online anymore either. I'd say it feels harder than ever to make real connections with strangers online, though I'm not exactly sure why. But I do agree that the airline-bar sort of experience like you mentioned is gone too, which I really miss. So we're just in a strange void where we have… neither?

Most normal people only use the internet to talk to people they already know in real life, in private chats; or to yell into the void on platforms like Twitter or Reddit or the unending Discord servers.


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This sums it up pretty well. I am sorry for the downer but people like yelling into the void for some reason. Maybe some of them should consider getting a rubber duck instead.

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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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> I hear fedora is basically the same in that regard.
Reinstalling it as we speak. Gonna stick with it from now on, every other distro has its cons but Fedora always "just works" in my experience.


Finally managed a minimal install Debian, always feared setting up X11, because of how badly I messed it up few times. Running i3 with terminator, fish and not much else. Set up for SC61A, lots of fun.


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it's nice to see how consistent mint has been over the years. over 4 years later and your setup almost looks exactly the same as mine does. Neat. Anyways, thumbnail support is (finally) being merged, hopefully it'll get in soon.



What are sushis running on their servers?

I'm currently using CentOS, thinking about switching away to free- or OpenBSD though.


I use FreeBSD on my file server. I don't do much with it. ZFS and Samba, it's my file server.

I have an older home server that runs CRUX. That's been my server for minecraft and various other games in the past. Thinking about replacing this with FreeBSD too.

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Lainchan.jp is now dead
Victory to: Lainchan.org


stopped reading right there


There's still solarpunk, I don't think those people have quite lost the "sub" aspect of their subculture. If the next twenty years play out like the last twenty years solarpunk is probably going to get co-opted too and it'll probably turn into a way to glamorize being poor and not having medicine after a climate apocalypse. But for now it's gritty enough and fairly real and rebellious and still comfy imo.


The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi



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Just finished reading snow crash, started off pretty clearly more of a parody of cyberpunk but it kept it grounded enough for the most part as far as cyberpunk goes. Unfortunately it kind of goes to shit around the last 100 pages. Most of the plot threads are wrapped up in a deus ex machina way and doesn't really seem satisfying. Also the book centers a comparison between Sumerian languages and hacking which is cool enough and everything but I feel like they do a fine enough job explaining that connection the first time they bring it up in a pretty long exposition dump but then the author goes on to do basically the same info dumb five more times in the book driving home stuff the reader already knows over and over. Also another big issue is the virtual world component is super under baked and could really be cut out of the book entirely, the author tries to make some final confrontation in the virtual world but it doesn't really make much sense why they have to race on motorcycles or have a swordfight at all when its just a computer program owned by the antagonist who could just teleport and instantly send the virus to everyone with a computer in front of them. Lastly when the author tries to write cool teenager dialog he sounds like a 70 year old. Fun enough book as far as cyberpunk stuff goes.


>when the author tries to write cool teenager dialog he sounds like a 70 year old.
Keep in mind this was originally published in 1992, teenagers talked differently 30 years ago.

I've read a few of this guy's books, and seems like they all start out with a semi-realistic premise and then go into straight fantasy towards the end and handwave a lot of the technical details of how any of this would really make sense. Anathem had some interesting ideas, but like in Snow Crash the last 100 pages or so ends up being some borderline deus ex machina stuff.


Planned obsolescence – devices intentionally designed to break over time – has been getting really bad in recent years. Everything is disposable. Even when hardware works, you no longer get software updates, which can make a device useless because it'll no longer get security fixes or support for modern apps.

And haven't you noticed how, when a tech company comes out with a new product, they shit all over their old ones? Like "our new device is so awesome and fast, and our old one was so clunky and shitty by comparison!" But then a year later, they do the same process over again. And you're thinking… you bought it because people said it was good. But then the company that made it said it sucks. They do it to get you to buy the same thing over and over again.

When will this stop? Do you think everything will be disposable forever, or will there be enough backlash to planned obsolescence that will reverse this trend so that electronics in the future are made to last longer? People talk about "the invisible hand" of "the free market" but maybe government regulation is required to stop it.

An example of this is how my friend's phone battery wouldn't last very long, so he bought an entirely new phone, even though I told him I could replace the battery if he bought one on Amazon (and they were really cheap).
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There's a marked difference between technical software and "mass" software in that respect. Most technical software is tightly coded, not necessarily without spaghetti code but generally lightweight for what it is, and they tend to have very high backwards compatibility. If they don't have backward compatibility then either it's a totally new sort of software for a totally new sort of data or it's a piece of shit 'ware.

Hell you can kind of even see it for Windows, the most "mass" software there is, because Windows has a sizeable technical userbase that needs it to keep supporting a piece of software written in the 80s by a company that's gone bankrupt in the 90s for hardware that hasn't even shown up in landfills since 2000, that's why you still can't name a file PRN, because writing a string in command line to the PRN file is a fucking ancient way to get a printer to print something that no printer has actually used for decades but somewhere there is a research team whose analysis software needs the ability to print something by writing to the PRN file and Microsoft knows that.

Mac, on the other hand, has basically a nonexistent technical userbase (and I mean like actually technical, not idiot art/music majors who think they're the next Chopin or Picasso) so they get away with dropping backwards compatibility for something only a few years old every update.


>"our new device is so awesome and fast, and our old one was so clunky and shitty by comparison!

I sometimes think about that too, wouldn't it be funny if they used the Iphone 14's adverts to sell the Iphone 13?
"The new Iphone 13, a whole 50% slower than the Iphone 14!".

>but maybe government regulation is required to stop it.

This never works, it just create an extra level of bureaucracy and useless rules to follow. Just look at the repairability score France just implemented. It's just another fine print that no consumer care about.

This is not the duty of the state, it's the duty of consumers to stop falling for the shiny new toy every year. I think most people are completely fine with planned obsolescence, maybe even unconsciously hoping for it so that they can justify a new purchase.


to be fair notepad++ is shit and shouldn't be taken seriously


A thin phone with a good case becomes a slightly large phone that's near impossible break

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Can we finally agree that Twitter's nee CEO and the "genius" behind the Las Vegas RGB "hyperloop" is just a conman? The dude can't even build tunnels at prices thst competitive with his competitots. I doubt he has invented a single new technology.

Everything he has takes credit ftom was pretty much just him buying the companies and patents of someone else came up with. (Like Tesla's faster chargers.)


In that video I linked there's a Musk fanboy who buys two ten cent cinder bricks Elon Musk had made for $400. Musk had claimed they were stronger than regular bricks and he would make a ton from waste soil dug up out of the ground. He never made any more than two and engineers say you can't make stronger bricks with any random soil. Just like how you can't make concrete with random dirt, it has to be the right gravel and sand and stuff mixed together.

He never ever hits his dates either but pushes them back and people just forget. Cybertruck is like 8 years late.
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I am not an Elon fan. His companies, while sounding positive and future-forward in concept, often fall prey to hyper-capitalistic tendencies and 'test fast consequences later' startup-type cultures. I attend an engineering university known for an extremely rigorous workload where students with free time are in the vast minority and Tesla is ALWAYS sniping our power graduates. Makes sense on the surface because Tesla is an EV company, but it resonates a bit more sinisterly when alumni report that the culture at Tesla is just as bad as the culture at uni, but they hadn't noticed because they'd been desensitized to it. Even if you're not politically invested in that, I think it's at least worth turning a nose up at how he's convinced America that he's an engineer despite very much not being one.

I 100% agree. What do you think of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles? Toyota has been pushing hard. The Mirai looks cool?


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elon musk is the elizabeth holmes of these days
pretends to be an excentric genius, a real life tony stark, while he didn't even founded tesla in the first place, he was just a rich kid form south africa profiting from white supremacy.
he became rich by taking government subsidies, he inflated the stock market, tesla is basically a bubble since he doesn't sell any cars outside of california but yet it's more valuable than toyota, the guy literally sold 4 billion dollars of tesla's stock just to purchase twitter
and tbh what kind of technology has twitter to be considered innovative? just fucking nothing, the only people who respects that california roll are only redditors and people who just say that they love but they've never dedicated their time so study some stem and only thing that they know about stem comes from rick and morty and that's how easy it is to scam people about these things, most people doesn't even know what file systems are on computers and only a few have studied an engineer.

I think that silicon valley investors are so desperate to find a new steve jobs that can fill their pockets that they just find whatever shithead with daddy money comes.
Also elon is just a ticking bomb, it just a matter of time when everything falls apart, we've seen this before and scammers never get away from their actions, even steve jobs was just a poser but at least he delivered products that they worked and they were good.


This thread… I can feel it.
This thread must vanish, for it brings turbulence to the board
Dissapear like the wind, or burn by the fires…


yeah this seems like a conversation that should be had one /hell/ or, ideally, a different website. I really don't give a shit about elongated muskrat but I find the circlejerking annoying whether for or against


>cant discuss tech related topics on a tech board
so how long until this site becomes lainchan 2.0 in terms of absolute steaming pile of shit moderation

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I use a lot of obscure websites, mainly imageboards, and I play on a lot of small vidya servers. I need a vpn so I can stop letting random people know where I live. I'd like it to be relatively obscure, so it isn't included in vpn blacklists. Are there any good vpns that aren't too popular?
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Mullvad is pretty good from my experience. It has consistent payment, as in it doesn't change the price for longer or shorter periods, and you can even pay in cash if you want to be super private.


Mullvad seems trustworthy. I see them mentioned several times, and for well over a decade by privacy conscious people I think they're one of the more trustworthy providers. Way more trustworthy than PIA and their ilk (anyone else mentioned regularly through youtube sponsorships.).


I use mullvad vpn for a long time (1+ year i think) and I can honestly recommend it


I would also recommend Mullvad. Run by some of the OG PirateBay guys, low level of bullshit for a highly functional service. I would recommend you get a prepaid credit card from your local 7/11 (or equivalent) and try it out.


+1 for Mullvad.

Have been using it since late 2014, never had an issue with it.

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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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It only lasts until the third line in the definition of burger where / doesn't make sense on sandwich (the set of integers).
The rest is just random words and notation from abstract algebra and category theory.

As >>2055 said, higher maths isn't supposed to be esoteric, it's just rarely taught. I actually find the notation to be very beautiful, it has a terse precision that regular language can't match.

Try reading a bit on group theory if you're interested, it's a really fun topic and you don't need any prereqs because it kind of rebuilds how you understand algebra. You'll probably get a kick of out the generalisation of symbols and notation too since it concerns how arbitrary objects can be manipulated algebraically if there's a way to combine them that satisfies certain properties.


Inspired by the recent discussion I started reading "Categories for the working mathematician", it really feels like wizardry! But even though I am able to follow the text for the most part, I realize there's a lot I don't know which is mentioned as examples, eg. the tensor product for groups. So I might want to go and fill those gaps, say, reading Dummit and Foote (though then would I finish?), and then, who knows, I might want to read some algebraic geometry (Hatcher?), and also fill up the gaps in linear algebra beyond the basics of vector spaces, matrices and vector calculus to which I've been exposed.
I was thinking of reading the HoTT book as well, which I think kind of overlaps with this stuff. Higher mathematics is really nice! But it's so damn huge, I feel I'll never get to the point where I can read a book and understand all of it's content.


I've just started descending the abyssal rabbit hole that is constructive mathematics and type theory. Maths is truly terrifying; the areas of study and seemingly infinite and each one is too deep to ever gain mastery over.


>constructive mathematics and type theory
Ohhh that sounds tasty. Does it related to Ocaml?
Unrelated, I've been thinking of picking up some webgl for some interfaces I want to make later, and maybe for games. Anyone played with it?


>Does it related to Ocaml
Yeah, the ML family is ths major representative of the typed lambda calculus and of type theory. Constructive mathematics is mostly done with another branch mostly in that family, of proof assistants like Coq or Agda.
I'm starting to learn about it. It seems more convenient than regular opengl, as I always struggle with details when handling arrays and memory in C++. But besides that, it's not a whole lot different, just a bit more convenient. I don't know if it is significantly slower, but the point is that it uses the GPU as well so once the primitives and shaders are sent to memory it shouldn't be that slow.

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