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Captchas didn't work. Sticking to janitors while we try to think of something else.

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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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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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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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There's a lot anti crypto/anti NFT opinions being expressed by people on the left, they could be part of the greatest transfer of wealth in history from the rich to the poor, but instead, they choose to display a snide moral/intellectual superiority. they could make massive headway towards their goal but instead choose to turn up their noses at this lifeline they've been thrown, eventually an ideological swing will occur but by then they'll have already shot themselves in the foot and squandered a massive opportunity. I hold many viewpoints that coincide with what a lot of the left is aiming for, so watching them unintentionally fuck themselves over is pretty disappointing. a deus ex machine came, but their to stupid to see it.
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I would like a currency that makes it more possible to tax the rich, not even less possible. Also proof of work makes me squick.
I like experimental financial structures, but tbh I'm more worried about summoning demons then hopeful about saving angels.


and putting your retirement fund in stocks is communism because it means that the workers own the means of production right?


>There's a lot anti crypto/anti NFT opinions being expressed by people on the left
It's because if you're left-wing, it's likely the case that you think capitalism itself is a flawed system that needs to be replaced. From that perspective, cryptocurrencies and NFTs are just band aids to cover the problems capitalism has, like the tendency towards monopoly, at best.

At worse these things just represent false hope that the wealthy are open for a change to being on a level playing field with average joe workers and are letting them in to some incredible future market on the ground floor in a once in a lifetime opportunity. But that claim wasn't true when Jordan Belfort was selling penny stocks to people over the phone in the 90s, and it's not true now with teenage youtubers showing off the Lamborghini their dad bought them while they talk about their investments in crypto.


>hates centralized authority governing commerce
>invents new centralized authority governing commerce
smart ppl invest in energy from spiral knights


Moved to >>>/hell/3931.

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I have been playing with this AI website that creates art from an inputted phrase by finding and mixing images. You can tell it to make anything, and the output usually kind of makes sense. I think it would be fun to see what we all can come up with!


(Also see if you can guess the input phrase of my third image.)
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Mango mango man!
I wanna be - a mango maaan!


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Habibi Hitler

The second would make a great album cover for a punk rock band

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