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where did real /tech/ go
i miss those guys


I only check this imageboard every few months. I think the internet isn't really a place where people go to have one off conversations sushi rollymously anymore. The mainstreaming of talking to people online has brought in people who want to build genuine friendships (most people) and those people use things like irc and direct messaging/groupchat software now. Maybe imageboards will come back outside of extremist politics discourse but for now they're all kind of dead or for nazis/some commies. It really sucks because I love the mood of an airline bar you get in boards and chans that you can binge on your day off and then leave no strings attached when the conversation ends but most people just don't and the internet is for "most people" now.


I use IRC and Lainchan; I've posted about my programming work here to no response, whatsoever.


There's a fair bit of tech chat on the discord/irc, but I guess it's not comfy enough for the board.

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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.

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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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>sushi rollymously
lel I meant to write sushi rollymously. Auto correct fucked up.


cute newflen


always fun learning the wordfilters ^^;


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I was phoneposting and thought I fat fingered it.


t. antichrist


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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This post is uncomfy. Please return to your uncomfy board and be uncomfy there. Thank you~~


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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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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Adult swin


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I know spring is long over but I don't want the cherry blossoms to go..


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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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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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Hello everybody, I need a comfy place to talk about VNs. /vn/ on 4chan is filled with literal pedos who only talk about eroge, and I don't like Reddit's format enough to use r/visualnovels. So what have you all been reading lately? What are some great games that we've been missing out on?
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The latest novel I read was - and I swear I am not trolling - Euphoria. (If someone doesn't know it, it's a guro nukige, so keep that in mind if you try googling it). I was really curious because a lot of people everywhere kept saying "holy shit, the story is actually really good", so I wanted to test it out.
I obviously had to skip like 3/4 of the novel not only because it was shocking at first, but because it's so over the top it get grating after a while and you just don't even care anymore.
The story was… Eh. It was okay, it had kind of a fun twist at the end that nobody can imagine. It's probably the best story you could find in a nukige ever, but I feel it doesn't justify having to ignore all of the crap (sometimes literal) they throw at you for like, 4-5 hours or something.

I do think the sprites for the girls are gorgeous. Nemu in particular is very beautifully drawn.

Anyway, I wanted to get into Kara no Shoujo, but I haven't had the time to actually sit down and play it. I love mysteries and horror.


Are there any non-eroge VNs out there worth checking out? I love visual novel as a medium for storytelling, but sex scenes tend to break that immersion for me, I just want to get comfy and get lost in the story. I don't mind occasional nudity or whatever, like with films, but no porn pls


Pretty much all the big name VNs have an "all ages" version with the sex scenes removed.


All the "when they cry" VNs are awesome


VNDB has a "No Sexual Content" tag: https://vndb.org/g235?f=&m=0&s=33w

I also like reading through NaNoRenO entries. There are some pretty good ones, they're always very short and almost never sexual.

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Anyone still using a basic keypad phone? Pic related but not mine(some guy on /g/).

I've been thinking about picking up Cat B100 or one of those Chinese Lenovo flip phones.
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re-reading this and I'm realising this post might surely come off as rude
I'm sorry if that's the case, english is (obviously) not my mother language :(


Know I'm a bit late, but maybe answer will be of use to someone else anyway.
Been using a Nokia 2720 for a while now, which uses KaiOS.
Haven't really encountered any bugs really, but there's a significant lag in just general usage, and some things are not up to the standard of older dumb phones (smart phones only started becoming common in my mid teens).
Even just moving down the contact list can sometimes take what feels like a full second before it responds to the input. Not sure if this is particular to the model or a general KaiOS thing.

The T9 input method is kinda trash too, in comparison to how they used to work. Word order doesnt change in according to how often they're used, it's just a static order, and there's often garbage that aren't even words to skip over in order to reach the intended word. And since it's static, you'll have to do that every single time. Used to be quite fast at regular old-school T9, but it's just not possible on the KaiOS one because of all the extraneous input needed.

I wouldn't interpret it as rude, would guess you haven't gotten any response simply because nobody knows. First time I ever heard of a hypersim.


>I wouldn't interpret it as rude, would guess you haven't gotten any response simply because nobody knows.
ah, thanks then, I was mostly worried about the, hum, direct tone of my post
I'm also a new sushi (if I got that correctly) here, that's why I thought I could have been a bit more polite
>First time I ever heard of a hypersim.
afaik it's like a layer you put over your sim card, which will make your phone think it's a Japanese one
but I also read about disconnects during calls and such °~°


oh I tried something like that about 10 years ago, it didn't work right at the time. Temporarily it would allow you to use the Japanese phone, but after a while it would stop receiving signal until you put the SIM back into your other phone.

Might have been my carrier rejecting it for being an unrecognized device or something though.

If you're in America, part of the VoLTE rollout there is to only allowing whitelisted devices, so it's not really possible to use phones from other markets anymore.


ow, that doesn't sound promising
thanks for telling me!
I live in europe and my sim card doesn't seem to deactivate depending on the phone, though

buying a keitai is a difficult task, but maybe that's the charm of it lol

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