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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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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.


Seconding this (albeit a tad late :D)


I have TrueNAS Core running on my homeserver and FreeBSD on my VPS


If I can poke this, I've been using slackware for 10+ years. I've also used mint, arch, manjaro, haiku, and pop.

I highly recommend slackware because its as close to "feature complete" as I would call any OS. Once you get it set up (which let's not act like you won't learn a ton just doing that) its pretty much done and done. "It just werks" unironically.

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


It has.


what purpose does crypto have that does not involve selling crypto?


obfuscation of monetary transactions, decentralized banking, circumvention of domestic regulations


Scamming pople off their real money
I kid, there's no such thing as real money.

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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 feel like this conversation is completely missguided because when it comes to sustainability, cars of any kind fall flat when compared to trains, and bicycles. There's no point in trying to marginally reduce the impact of cars when really we just need fewer of them in general. Of course people in rural places will still need cars I suppose, so maybe in that case the debate is worth having. It seems to me that it would be a much more efficient use of resources to fund high quality cycling infrastructure and high speed rail networks.


It is true that public transportation and rail is infinitely more sustainable but there’s def still value in exploring sustainability for motor vehicles because so much infrastructure is built around it


ok glowie it makes sense to pit the two against each other so you can continue to rule. how about stfu and let a girl rest for once


>He seems to have made the electric car industry get off its ass
No he didn't. He purchased a company that was already doing that.

Everything you've ever thought Elon did that was good is almost definitely something that he saw someone else doing that was good and then used his money to claim that accomplishment for himself.

He literally wrote a clause in his acquisition of paypal and tesla that he be named a founder of the company. He knows full well that people like you wont look into who ACTUALLY founded his companies and made the products they sell, so he claims that glory for himself.


This .
>Musk is a shill with money all he ever did is invest and aquire someone else's accomplishment.

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What are sushis working on right now? Any cool topics in computer science I should know more about?
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just slacking off at work for 5 more hours until it's the weekend. If you're new to the whole CS thing, might want to check out more infrastructure related topics. I swear it's fun and not just self hatred.


I'm thinking of putting together a guide on hosting basically everything on your own VPS from a basic blog email to a VPN for absolute beginners. Trying to think what people would be interested in.


>blog & rss
>tor/i2p relay
>postgres, mysql, etc…
Sounds like a cool idea, basically aggregating all the guides online into one place and improving them wherever possible


I think you can find an audience for that. Most of these guides are absolute trash, so you'll easily stand out!


I made myself a notetaking software based on the Whisper library. College isn't ready.

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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 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.


TempleVPN and riseupVPN are pretty noname services. They were free last time I used them

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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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librewolf - browser
thunderbird - rss feed reader
keepassxc - passwords
neovim - text editor
signal - messaging


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at work, apart from the obvious work apps and tools, i use Powertools alot. huge QoL improvement. I also use scrcpy to stream my phone screen on my pc so i don't have to touch my phone ever. all my usual apps are there like discord and stuff so i don't have to use my accounts on my work pc. :D


browser: combination of firefox/librewolf
media: yt-dlp, VLC player, freetube, deezer for paid music streaming
notetaking: joplin
misc: ffmpeg for video reencoding and streaming


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I find it funny that after years of Linux ricing, I ended up with Windows for my personal computer, and plain Ubuntu for work.
swap out Thunderbird with Gmail, add neo to the vim and that's me


I use beovim for programming and text editing (the recent treesitter and lsp integrations are great), librewolf for browsing the wired with ublock origin and vimium, mutt as my daily email client and kitty as my terminal emulator.
I listen to music playlists (downloaded using yt-dlp) through mpd.
That's pretty much all.

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I wanna create an imageboard but I don't know how to use vichan and Tinyboard please help, I don't know anything about PHP nor java I'm lost and all I wanted is to create a parody imageboard that I and another guy found funny, plz help need a tool for idiots and normies like me.


i think thre is a manual

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where did real /tech/ go
i miss those guys
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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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This is actually true. The airlines are closed. But let me state my defense.

The towns, the bars and the pubs are not yet closed. They might be sparse and in the middle of nowhere a lot of the time but there are still plenty of them waiting for new and interesting people like you. And there are still plenty of regulars like me visiting them ever-so-often, so don't feel shy to wander a bit.

After all, Hermes is still here for you!


What makes a person interesting anyway?


Liking a thing! Literature, mechanics, agriculture, horticulture, husbandry, puzzles, philosophy, religion, chemistry, collection, animation, anything and everything that can be liked is interesting someone.

The thing is that "interesting" isn't an innate quality. It means that you interest someone. And everything interests someone. You just have to find those people that are interested in it!

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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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Finished setting up my new phone


how did you get you xfce to look like that (referring to the second image)


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>>1024 here, new phone get and still using tui launcher


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I just refactored the whole workflow and look of my tablet. This is my homescreen now.


I used Chicago95 and slightly modified the color to fit my wallpaper

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Most people in the modern Western world use Technology every day in some way, shape or form. The term Technomancy itself combines the prefix "techno-", originating from the Greek word tékhnē, meaning “skill, art or craft”, with the suffix "-mancy", used to denote any way or form of divination and magic.

How many sushi rolls here have checked out or tried Technomancy?

Technomancy 101: https://technomancy101.com/



As a methodology for wholeheartedly embracing technology and learning a lot about it to create whimsy and joy in our lives, I’m into the concept. Kind of like a less cynical cyberpunk mindset. We’re surrounded by technology but it’s very rarely truly “ours”.


In the sense of whether it's "ours" or not, there's this idea called panpsychism. It's about things that arent seem as sentient or less sentient than animals / mammals as having consciousness to some degree. This includes "inanimate objects" like rocks, metals, crystals, plants; etc. and extends to computer components. Considering that computers, smartphones, TVs and more possess metals and crystals within them, which the latter are noted in soiritual communities as being particularly conscious, it all points to technology having consciousness; agency in some way.


Yeah I've used sigil generators and tarot bots but those are jusr rng right???

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