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 No.1513[Reply]

Let's try this again

What will happen to a blank document everyone has access to?

https://board.net/p/sushiroll
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 No.1804

2021 and we're still going, people!
Sushichan won't die today!

 No.1805

I'm very tempted to paste the futa again, for old times sake, but I won't

 No.1806

>>1805
Coward

 No.1808

>>1806
Thanks, your post was the push I needed, I did it again.

 No.1809

>>1808
The power of your futaposting appears to have killed it…



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 No.1168[Reply]

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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 No.1760

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>>1200
go back to 4chan, please

 No.1761

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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

 No.1796

>>1168
That's like saying that the logo defines the success of a product, rather than advertising and merit…

 No.1799

>>1240
>>1241
There are some problems with FOSS software, usually minor but occasionally glaring and sometimes the result of some kind of malformed stubborn bullshit where the people with "creative direction" just never fucking hop on it. The big example is the fact that GIMP after all these goddamn years STILL doesn't have nondestructive photo editing, which is pretty much a prerequisite in actually doing any sort of semi-serious photo editing or even using it to draw.

Of course 99% of the population doesn't need these features, they only want to fix red-eye and add meme effects to Bogandoff, and hobbyists modelling weapons for their Skyrim mod don't need Maya, Blender has all the tools they'll ever need. But the fact that actual professional work really wants the tools that open source software actually does lack sometimes, or has but in degraded form, and the fact that contracts for open source software doesn't come with tech support, extreme priority security fixes, servers, and so on, means that it can't break into "real" work; and the fact that it's relegated almost entirely to the hobby and incidental use means that when people go looking for what software to use, they usually go looking for "the best" - and by most standards, professional closed source software, written by professionals and used by professionals to make all your favorite games and music and art, a class professionals that you, a serious user, wants to join - well then clearly there is only one superior option, even if GIMP does 99% of what photoshop does and arguably has a less memetastic UI.

>>1796
You would be astounded at how much money companies put into logo design and how it is shown to affect product performance.

 No.1807

>>1761
I'm still using it, but the mic has been broken on my system for a whole year due to an update of pulseaudio. they fixed it and it worked fine for half a year, but now they broke something with my mic again…

My self maintained custom Pkgfile for OSSv4 was more stable and less hassle than pulseaudio…



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 No.1759[Reply]

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
http://zqktlwiuavvvqqt4ybvgvi7tyo4hjl5xgfuvpdf6otjiycgwqbym2qad.onion/
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 No.1783

>>1782
some minor stuff that is exaggerated mostly, like with most security obsessed internet folk

 No.1784

Privacy is when you buy drugs and watch CP with your CIA browser.

 No.1785

isn't tor was made by the U.S goverment or collaborate with them?

 No.1786

>>1785
The protocol was originally developed by the US government. When they realized a private network has to have non-secret information on it to actually be private, they released it to the public. It is maintained by The Tor Project now which does receive research funding from the US government (or at least it did in 2012.)

 No.1803

Everyone's only buying drugs on tor
/t



 No.1290[Reply]

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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 No.1410

I think this is somewhat related to planned obsolescence, but it feels rare that a software "becomes lighter" or somehow uses less ram and cpu after an update. It feels like software producers assume you're updating your computer with every update and don't they spbt code like someone with a 2 year old computer could use it.

 No.1797

>>1304
Companies DO need to make money, and obsolescence IS a consequence of that fact. That said however, technology is inherently short lived. Build your ideal gayming pc and in 5 years your eyes will start to wander to newer and better things. This is why buying mortgages ("financing") your smartphone is a terrible idea. Even if it's built to last, it's not going to last very long. Furthermore, Wirth's Law indicates that the reason software updates get bigger and slow down your system are not because manufacturers are trying to make their code even less maintainable than it already is, but simply as the nature of (bad) software engineering the codebase grows larger and its performance grow's slower - an effect that only becomes apparent on hardware that does not itself have more memory and become faster (older devices).

The no-repair policy is inherently anti-consumer and needs to be opposed in legislation though. In an ideal world computational devices would be built to last longer (like IOT devices, RasPI's, etc) and be open-documentation-open-source to enable those who can to repair their devices when needed. As it stands, its simply not economical to go down that better route, and it's simply too easy to exploit the tech-illiterate unquestioning masses.

>>1305
Absolutely. Because no laws exist against it companies realize that its easier and more profitable to implement proprietary software-dependent systems running on cheap hardware than high-priced long-lived devices.

C'est La Vie.

 No.1798

>>1380
This post is uncomfy. Please return to your uncomfy board and be uncomfy there. Thank you~~

 No.1800

>>1410
>>1797
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.

 No.1801

>>1290
>"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.



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 No.1770[Reply]

These are our newest images from the surface of another world. It's really, genuinely beautiful.
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 No.1774

>>1773
I think it depends on your definition of 'colony'. I feel pretty strongly we'll see some kind of settlement on the moon, though.

 No.1776

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.

 No.1777

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

 No.1787

I love it like everyone else, but I need more people. We need to get out of LEO again.

>>1777
I know that feel. I work for NASA, but just having a bachelors (CS), I basically do industry, rather than research. Two sides of the same coin, I suppose. Grass is always greener as well.
Either way, follow your passion.

>>1773
Don't know how old you are but I can almost guarantee it will happen, but as >>1774 said, small settlements will come before self-sustaining economies.

 No.1795

Fake photos…



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 No.1762[Reply]

your comments fellow rolls?
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 No.1767

>>1766
What actual reason would they have to do that? Especially considering that Edge is Chromium-based in the first place.

 No.1768

>>1766
>>1767
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.

 No.1769

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>Microsoft Bingus

 No.1779

>>1762
Edge good Firefox Bad.

 No.1781

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>>1762
also searching for Firefox or Chrome in the windows start menu you'll also be marketed at



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 No.602[Reply]

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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 No.1037

>>602
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.

 No.1637

>>1037
I agree with this, but also a lot of dead and inactive links.

 No.1646

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.

 No.1780

>>602
Nothing Epic. Just browsing on a compromised protocol.

 No.1789

>>1646
What imageboard?



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 No.773[Reply]

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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 No.1743

>>774
>>776
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.

 No.1744

>>1705
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.
>>1716
When done, please do share. I love hearing about other peoples projects and indeed collect pictures of them for motivation/inspiration.
>>1714
>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.

 No.1745

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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.

 No.1746

>>1745
That's an incredibly cool keyboard, I'm jealous of your skills.

 No.1747

>>1745
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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 No.1732[Reply]

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.


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 No.817[Reply]

What is the most treasured file on your computer?
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 No.1681

Probably irc log of the server I have with my new friends.

>>1680
Nice mandalas. I want to visit tibet some day, I'm really slow with languages though.

 No.1682

>>1681
>Can't speak tibetan
I bet you can't even speak 7 languages. I learned tamil just to read a signpost that showed up in the background of some obscure meme, and it only took me 1 week.

 No.1683

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>>1682
Tibetan is really hard though.

 No.1688

>>1648
Nah, it's done. Only God has those memories now. I'm okay with it.

 No.1710

>>817
It's not on my computer, it's the copious amount of garfield porn I obsessively hoard

(it's actually my wallpapers)



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