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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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Uhh well it's not a text editor it's a code editor, primarily operating on AST and in memory objects. I think it might take me 5 years working solo using the majority of my free time.
I agree tho that work on it in free time is the most obvious good decision… I guess I'll do that for a bit, I can always switch to another strategy later I suppose.


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Revisiting this thread reminds me of this haiku I wrote:
An old post startles.
I'd written it so long back;
there's still no response.

I've finished a few versions of that development tool:

I've written several articles about programming, and here's a good one to absorb:

I'm working on another, concerning a superior style of programming, and I'll try to remember to submit it here when I finish it. I see this website now requires Google JavaScript just to post; how disgusting.


Maybe nod to the fact that you are using domain out of the math world meaning "set of possible inputs" it wasn't clear to me until paragraph 5 that that's the definition you were using. It's a good thought though. Program correctness is a cool study.


>I'm working on another, concerning a superior style of programming, and I'll try to remember to submit it here when I finish it.
Here that's: http://verisimilitudes.net/2022-01-31
The CSS needs improvement, so the Gopher version is strictly better for now: gopher://verisimilitudes.net/12022-01-31

Here's a Gopher proxy:

No; I don't include definitions I expect my readers to know; I found it clear by the first sentence.


What are you guys studying right now?

I decided to finally tackle C and its been going very, very well. I'm still quite a ways from actually finishing the book I'm reading, but I will get there eventually! Linux is very fascinating and I'd like to design programs that are the best in efficiency and whatnot. Tight integration with the kernel is what comes to mind, and I've got a few ideas…

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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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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 have an even hotter hot take.
Electric vehicles are scam.
It's less damaging for the environment to use internal combustion engines, especially considering how much they've gone in terms of efficiency and they can and should be used for decades. At least oil industry is not tainted by slavery, widespread in lithium and other rare Earth mining industries. It's better for everyone to own, care for, and drive a single, or, maybe a couple cars that are build to last. My dream car still is a W123 hardtop coupe turbodiesel. In blaugrau. Which is capable of running on used seed oil, mind you. Modern diesel engines are not.
The current trend of ev is being pushed by the industry, because it's convenient for them to pass this as a major leap forward, nvm that ev cars did exist 100 years ago, and by the urge of a certain kind of people to find an easy way to look and think of themselves as better than others and good in general (this became apparent a decade ago with the arrival of the Prius). The more extreme version of this is the veganism cult.


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

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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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+1, keepass is the shit


>install keepassXC
>"oh boy i cant wait to increase muh securities"
>sudden horrible sense of doom
>better listen to my gut
>proceed to first use keep ass on all my old abandoned accounts, filled with mementos, nostalgia, simpler times
>feeling bretty gud again
>so secure
>tendies are ready
>shut laptop to put it to sleep
>come back
>ready to keep ass everything
>check my nostalgia pw file

FUCK keep ass


That's kinda on you for not keeping your backups safe.


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Thanks for the story, will make sure this doesn't happen to me.
And sorry for your loss


For work its:
MobaXterm – SSH, RDP, SFTP, Telnet and Serial Client
Outlook – email
MS Teams and Webex Teams – Internal and clients chatting and videocall platform
KeePassXC – Password mgmt

Personal stuff:
ripcord – Discord but usable
Tidal – Music

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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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We need a "proof of something other than burning a fuark ton of clock cycles aka fuel" and we need better oracle networks for hooking up smart contracts. Hopefully NFTs stick around, but right now they're "fun casino" mode, and "fun casino" < "equity" < "identity management". Tho I don't really know what I'm talking about.


>I am extremely bullish on Bitbay.

That worked out well I suppose

My biggest hang up with crypto right now, besides the power consumption for which there are solutions (Proof of Stake), is key management and centralization.

Personally, I use a hardware wallet to manage to keep control over my wallet. 
Doing so, I'm part of a small minority of users. The vast majority uses centralized platforms, which leaves them with no more control about their money than a regular bank account. Even self-declared "decentralized" exchanges suffer from a problem none of us can escape: the internet is extremely centralized. When AWS goes down, and it takes an exchange with it, what can be said about the decentralization and censorship resistance?

The crypto-sphere is filled with frauds and people whose main goal is it to get rich quick. This has been accelerated with the spread of NFTs.

Here lies the main issue in my eyes: the original spirit of cryptocurrency, that one can take back control over one's finances and, in addition, is able to build an economical and identity system outside the mainstream is not even an afterthought for most. That is not surprising, given that many of the big players in the crypto-sphere today are banksters and people who have been rich before they bought in. The democratizational aspect is dead.


The amount of energy used by the traditional banking system also serves far more people than the crypto does. At current usage, a fraction of a percent of the global population, all cryptocurrencies are up to a half the power usage of the entire traditional system. Never you mind the transaction bandwidth.


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Cripto just crashed some more because of the russian invasion.


Good time to buy

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Has anyone seen/used the Pyra yet?

It looks comfy but it is pricy.
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That is certainly interesting, although I think I need to get a real laptop from this decade before I go about getting something like this.


Looks awesome but the price point isn't the greatest and realistically I know I wouldn't use it enough to justify buying it. Still interested to see how it is when it actually comes out though, the pandora was pretty good.
That would make a pretty fun project.


Why not hack together your own for much much less?


Pocket chip died :(
You can't officially buy it anymore


yeah but you can still unofficially buy it

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What are the Comfiest apps you sushi rolls know of? iOS or android. Personally, I'm pretty fond of sudoku apps, a nice challenge but still relaxing.
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Clickpocalypse II: no cost, no ads*, no IAPs, the best idle RPG out there.

* actually there are temporary bonuses available if you watch, what I assume, are ad videos. never used it myself though.


OP sushi here. Recently I’ve been playing a lot of sudoku on my phone. I’ve gotten good enough at it it’s not really like challenging anymore most of the time and it’s just a mechanical action of filling out the boxes. But it’s still kind of chill even if it’s not as actually engaging.


In a similar vein to this years later, I'm currently smitten with obsidian.md and I've put it on most everything I use daily. It's wonderful to have an outlet for whatever thoughts and ideas strike rather than just letting them float away. It also helps me to keep a little bit more focused and having some sort of touchstone app to open up when bored rather than just opening up the web.


So it's like personal wiki software?


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In essence yes, but for my personal use it feels like a much much more intuitive and powerful notetaking app. I've tried to use basic text editors like notepad++ for similar use cases (planning out projects, stories, daily todo log, etc) but the organization factor makes it nearly impossible past a certain threshold.
I find organizing everything into their little place, even if the notes are just tiny lists, very energizing. It pushed me to complete more than a few projects since I picked it up just by virtue of being able to keep track of my own thoughts so much more effectively. It's also nice to know its just a ton of my writings all in one place. On top of that you get neat little visualizations of your notes in a big graph if you set it up a certain way. Even if obsidian isn't your final choice, I'd really recommend trying out an app like it.

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depends on what you find crazy, and as always, this is not a malign cult, you always have the option of opting out of anything you're not comfortable with, because ultimately, the cult of good sleep is a child of the great divinity comfy, that we all pleasant soul crowd up along towards and among

In less confusing, less poetic terms, you always do you, you never do the cult against your own wishes, and if any fellow "cultist" tries to force you into going against your inner beliefs and the important parts of you, that "fellow" is not your fellow, he is among those who may not yet tread among our silently rustling pathways of pleasant dreams and riding along the seams of all that is pleasurably to create forth within, such as, such as, such as

also please dont lewd sleep, sleep is the only time of day a human is allowed to be totally innocent and timid towards it all, and just wallow in the waves of possibilities. pls dont lewd sleep

your local schizushi adores your brave heart


If we have to believe in something, why not have it be something that promotes Internet freedom?


I'm a new sushi visiting here because it seems very cozy. Nice place you got here, from what I've seen.

In Killer Mike's Trigger Warning (a comfier show than the name implies), there is an episode where he forms "the church of sleep." The god of this church is his friend Sleep, who earned his name by always looking sleepy. The church was centered around taking time to get rest, nap, and self-reflect.


all I've seen of trigger warning so far has been pretty good. crip cola was funny


This is why cyberpunk is dead. It's not a genre anymore that's significantly any different from regular old contemporary speculative fiction. Cyberpunk has achieved IRL hegemony.

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Does somebody using Haiku here?
Haiku appreciation thread.


Hmmm I learned that Fuchsia is related to Haiku.


No, I know one person who uses it as their main machine though. Do you use it OP? How's the software support? What about the license? Is it libre? Is it similar to gnu/linux? I dislike most operating systems nowadays, I can tolerate gnu/linux because it's not spying on me which I believe is a sad excuse to use some piece of software and I think that's telling a lot about modern OS development. I wouldn't mind switching to something completely different.



I used to use it on my main machine but stopped for various reasons that were mostly software support related and have now been fixed anyway. Also because it uses the mouse a lot.

Many command line tools work fine. Emacs doesn't work in gui iirc but QT programs work well. There are also a lot using its own toolkit which is much nicer to develop in than any alternative (except for the fact it's C++ which I don't like much). Couldn't really tell you about the license except I'm pretty sure it's free. It might come with driver blobs though. It implements quite a bit of POSIX and depending on what you use your Linux/BSD system for will feel familiar. It's single user though, can only boot into the graphical interface, and feels coherent, which sets it apart.

It's fast. Suspend didn't work, because it hadn't been implemented if I remember right, but that was okay because from an SSD it started in less than 10 seconds. Some people might want things faster than that - my needs were few and I appreciated the gain in battery life (some might argue I was infatuated to the extent of masochism).

It comes with a browser, I believe it works on webkit. It did what I wanted from a web browser, which isn't much, but also loaded some more Javascripty web pages without much trouble which some people will appreciate.

It uses keybindings more similar to macos - that is, the alt key is used for copying and pasting. This is a good thing and means copying and pasting works everywhere, even in the terminal without any faff. In a similar no-faff vein, the filesystem is excellent (it's basically a database), easy to navigate and use, and the file selection dialogue and file manager are exactly the same thing; when navigating or manipulating or doing anything with files, you can do something intuitive and it will work.

When I used the system, I tried to fully embrace Haiku life by using the Haiku programs. I used the Haiku IRC client, browser, media player, and email client. The email client by the way grabs emails into files, but instead of being like a maildir file they use the file metadata to store headers, and can be sorted very man of tastely in different ways because of this. There is a focus on file-orientation, like with UNIX, but it seems better thought out here - different to plan 9, and not necessarily better oPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


How's the hardware support beyond just thinkpads?

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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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nice taste in music my dude


pretty wallpaper. saved =w=


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I love this, gen 2 is best!

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