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If you’re into golang, mellium.im looks like a decent library (i played around with it but nothing serious). It’s evolving rather quickly although it’s still lacking behind in features, but the maintainer is friendly and very welcome to devs using the library to find out the pain points and missing features.


In Android land Java is the go-to language. But there’s already an abundance of XMPP clients on Android. Do you have ideas for specific features you would like to develop in particular that you could not find in an existing client?


I think the rest of the thread has good arguments on the topic, but the main idea is that regulations around sex work mostly impact sex workers and not the client. Even the criminalization of clients results in bad outcomes for the workers, so if you’d like to frame prostitution as a question of workers rights and public health, it’s important to center the debate around the experiences and problems of sex workers themselves.

To paraphrase someone else, as long as money exist there will be sex work. The question is what kind of labor conditions do we want for the sex workers?


I go for “more”. Any device manufactured today should be under legal warranty for 20+ years, and should be reparable for at least another 20 after that. That’s the only way to combat the current electronic waste problem (and it’s a HUUUUUUUGE problem).


Yes but it’s not just that. Is it easy to replace the battery? The screen? To replace broken connectors? Is the device itself robust to begin with?


Good point, but unfortunately recycling materials is really hard processes. Most IT materials cannot be recycled (at least with current techniques), and to extract the “recyclable” materials requires considerable amounts of harmful/polluting chemicals. For example, extracting gold from electronics is a common practice in electronic landfills, but the process isn’t eco-friendly.

I’m not saying extracting new resources is better for the environment, far from it. I’m just saying the situation is real bad currently.


We can! There’s an entire research field of “green IT” dedicated to that. However, there is 0 practical industrial application because the industry is focused on performance, not recyclability. Recyclable computers would probably be bigger and heavier, and we may not have 4k ultra-portable devices, but i personally think the tradeoff is worthwhile.


I believe the state should interfere in economics, protect its citizens from monopolies and ruthless profit oriented tactics and provide support for those in need

I’m curious how you consider that compatible with private property. Let’s take a practical example: in France there’s over a million empty dwellings, and there’s people sleeping on the streets. What do you consider is the most sensible course of action: let people sleep on the streets, or take over empty dwellings to rehouse everyone unconditionally?

If you believe human needs are more important than arbitrary religious beliefs like money/property then i’m afraid you are very much against the principle of private property which says that resources are “owned” by someone and only that specific person gets to decide how those resources are used.


I would go further and say that the concept we know as police never results in good outcomes for the population no matter who participates. Whether the surveillance/control they apply is “mass” or “targeted” is in my view not very relevant :)


I don’t disagree, but that argument is limited. First, because someone has to be the person asking on the forums: (at least) one person will have to go to great lengths to find the answer for what is not documented in advance. Second, because you don’t always have internet access to perform a search. Third, because documenting well-known quirks and patterns helps build a better understanding on how things fit together and what painpoints can be addressed as a project.

I was serious about my question. Apart from FreeBSD, do you know of a distro that comes with a comprehensive manual? I really like the Debian admin handbook but i believe it’s a shame this has to be done by “external” contributor (it’s not a core project to the distro) and certainly does not cover all parts of the system unfortunately.


For example, LGBTQ+ right movements are leftist in some sense

I don’t think this is true at all. I believe queer movements could be interpreted to be leftist in some sense, in that they defy current norms and expectations, but there’s many many LGBT people who are very conservative or outright fascists. Take a look at the top10 trans youtubers for example, or to give an example closer to home, Florian Philippot is a famous gay politician from the fascist party Front National.

I would also argue that women have often been instrumentalized in colonial discourse (“white men protecting brown women from brown men”), and that lately this discourse has shifted to include trans/gay people (pinkwashing). Two examples:

  • in Palestine, Israel is often framed as the progressive LGBT-friendly bastion of freedom against the “islamic barbarians”
  • in France and in Western Europe in general there’s a growing trope of the “rapefugee” in the past years, and there’s a public/mediatic construct that homophobia (transphobia is not yet really part of public discourse) is a product of non-white people in the suburbs ; there’s certainly abuse/prejudice in popular neighborhoods, but building this image allows to completely erase the vast amount of abuse/prejudice experienced in white rich neighborhood or in the workplace

All in all, i would say reproductive rights and views on gender are different axis than left/right. They could be fitted on a top/down authoritarian-libertarian axis (in that they represent personal self-determination vs society-driven roles) but could as well become axis of their own.

As I seem to understand from other comments that you are French, may I ask whether you know (/ what you think about) the Peertube channel !esprit_critique ?

I am french on papers, although proudly anti-french in spirit (being an anarchist). I don’t know about this video channel though. I’ll try to think to take a look, don’t hesitate to remind me in the future ;)


That’s interesting, thanks for sharing! Though personally i don’t understand why we need to make so many distros, i think it’s a symptom of some failure at some point in the software supply chain.

It should be fun and trivial to build special packages on a special repository that package useful software and configurations. If it’s not and we have to build an entirely new distro (and rebuild/patch all packages in the long run) for trivial modifications, there’s a problem.

I mean there’s hundreds of Debian/Ubuntu forks simply focusing on settings presets or a specific desktop environment. Of course there’s the official Debian blends and Ubuntu spins, but i feel like they’re mostly not addressing the issue. It should be trivial for me to take my favorite packages/settings for my favorite distro and turn that into a bootable iso that will apply my favorite settings without having to maintain an entire distro that’s going to be plagued by unapplied security patches sooner or later.


Sex robots are far more ethical and accessible than prostitution

I strongly disagree, for three major reasons:

  1. sex robots produce new forms of dehumanization: i have nothing against masturbation and/or employing ordinary objects to take pleasure, but giving human characteristics to a robot that’s supposed to be used as a passive object could (i don’t have the science on this topic sorry) make it easier to objectify other people as well ; this question is widely being debated in the topic of personal voice assistants (Siri, Cortana…) and how having a docile human-sounding could encourage verbal/emotional abuse

  2. sex robots are polluting: they’re electro-mechanical parts assembled from raw human suffering (in mines/factories) that help completely destroy the environment ; in that sense, prostitution (given some protection for sex workers) is an organic and eco-friendly alternative to sex robots

  3. parallel (but not equal) to point 1 is that from what i gather from my friends who do sex work on a regular basis, a lot of clients employ their services not just for sex but for emotional bonding/support, to escape their miserable daily lives or just to have someone to talk to (or practice weird kinks with) without judgement… this kind of capacity will never be provided by a robot


Does your distro comes with a “fucking manual”? As long as we can’t have easy/accessible guides, i don’t consider RTFM to be a valid answer ;)


Not that i disagree the situation over there is hellish, but if you’ve ever been to London for example you would know Xinjiang is far from the only mass surveillance hell on earth.


Yes and no. On a raw principle, yes. But what are the practical consequences of non-copyleft licenses? It’s just more corporate exploitation of volunteer maintainers, as we see in the open-source ecosystem.


“We don’t work with advertisers. We only work with governments and secret police to slaughter their own population or go colonize other countries.” <-- that line of defense reminds me of the Amesys story, in which french television interviewed an Amesys representative who insisted their spyware they sold to north african dictatorships before the arab spring only ever caught terrorists and pedophiles ^^


Maybe we need a dedicated thread, but “merit-based” immigration is a racist scam. When you go travel abroad with your fancy european/american ID, are you asked for the merits you’re gonna bring to the countries you’re visiting?

Why can i with a french passport travel anywhere in the former french colonies without a visa, while Mali/Senegal/etc citizens require a long process to acquire a visa?

What does it mean to judge people based on their “merit”? How is that evaluated? As someone born in France, should i be evaluated based on my merits too? Why do immigrants who wish to reside in France get indoctrinated/interrogated about about stories and ideas i disagree with as a french person? Why is it ok for me to disagree with the french Empire but not with immigrants?

I don’t in absolute (and in isolation from other questions) disagree with the principle of chosen immigration. If we lived in an autonomous community and could only sustain 200 people, we’d have to be careful who we let in and how they can help the community thrive. But “chosen” immigration on a country-scale in some of the richest countries on earth where there’s millions of empty dwellings and tons of wasted food is just a racist scam.

What would attract you about this idea? Why do you feel like it’s even needed in the first place?

PS: See, we can have debates here on lemmy.ml too :P :P


You mean when you have “leftists” doing free-labor propaganda for one of the wealthiest imperialist leaders on Earth (Putin)? :D

i don’t really like this bubble theory. It’s important to have a comfort zone where you can express yourself freely, and that’s incompatible with a fully open-door policy (no moderation). In the global north, people complaining about filter bubbles are really complaining about people escaping from the majority view, which is a feature not a bug.

But i agree with you that some places to meet/debate is very good. Nobody was born anarchist or queer, and only through debate and praxis can we evolve to become better versions of ourselves. Hell, i’ve met some right-wingers in my life who were much more left-wing than some communists (i said some)…


I don’t mean to be rude, but how is centrism not right-wing? To be fair, in my view of politics i consider most so-called left-wing parties (socialists, communists) to be right-wing as well. To me, the Left stands for abolition of private property and money.

How do you define your centrism? If we start from this, i may be able to elaborate on what i perceive as right or wrong with your views. I personally could consider myself a centrist in a non-traditional sense because as an anarchist i’m opposed to political parties (who divide the people on brand not principles), but i don’t think that’s what you had in mind :)


That's a good question, certainly not something we're taught in schools/media about nazism. I'm posting this here because although it's usually a sign for nazi propaganda ahead, i find it's a good reminder that when a politician proposes to "deport" people (such as Zemmour in France proposing to deport muslims), genocide is how this ends up in most cases. No, deportation is not more humane. Fuck all nazis, even those wearing a tie/suit and speaking on public television in the 2020s. Did lemmy know social-democracy and authoritarian communism is what gave birth to fascism as we know it? Next week in "did lemmy know", we'll talk about anti-muslim genocides in the USSR.
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Sustainable creativity in a world without copyright
I don't agree with some parts of the article ("work more if you want a luxurious house") but it's a very interesting take on copyright and capitalism: > why do we have a system which will, for any reason, deny someone access to food? How unbelievably cruel is a system which will let someone starve because they cannot be productive within the terms of capitalism? > how much creativity is stifled because it cannot be expressed profitably? > Copyright is an absurd system. Ideas do not have intrinsic value. Labor has value, and goods have value. Ideas are not scarce. By making them artificially so, we sabotage the very process by which ideas are made. Copyright is illegitimate, and we can, and ought to, get rid of it.
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404?
Sometimes clicking notifications button takes me to: https://lemmy.ml/404?err=TypeError:%20Cannot%20read%20properties%20of%20null%20(reading%20%27local_user_view%27) I believe that's before the page is fully loaded. Server-side rendering makes sense :)
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What if only non-profits existed?
cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/120726 > No corporations, no profit based businesses, no state. Only non-profit organizations. Would this be communism? > > If so, could this possibly be self-sustainable? How can such decentralized society structure possibly self sustain without the threat of centralization?
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limited posts per IP per hour
Apparently 6 posts per IP per hour goes over the limit. However, just changing my Tor circuit enabled me to post my last crosspost. Should quotas be per-user not per-IP? Some people may share the same IP in a legit manner after all. Also, should crosspost count as posts?
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100 years of whatever this will be
cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/103229 > We have, in Western society, managed to simultaneously botch the dreams of democracy, capitalism, social coherence, and techno-utopianism, all at once. It's embarrassing actually. I am embarrassed. You should be embarrassed. > The truth is, functioning markets are not "free" at all. They are regulated. Unregulated markets rapidly devolve into monopolies, oligopolies, monopsonies, and, if things get really bad, libertarianism. > The job of market regulation - fundamentally a restriction on your freedom - is to prevent all that bad stuff. Markets work well as long as they're in, as we call it in engineering, the "continuous control region," that is, the part far away from any weird outliers. You need no participant in the market to have too much power. You need downside protection (bankruptcy, social safety net, insurance). You need fair enforcement of contracts (which is different from literal enforcement of contracts). > The major rework we need isn't some math theory, some kind of Paxos for Capitalism, or Paxos for Government. The sad, boring fact is that no fundamental advances in math or computer science are needed to solve these problems.
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Took the authorities a while to figure out why several phone providers were experiencing connection issues in a neighborhood. Turns out the guy had a wireless jammer in his apartment "to prevent others from using his wifi". Armed and face-covered police swept through the entire building and (apparently, though not explicitly said) kicked his door while he was away, to turn off the device. He risks 6 months jail time and 30 000€ fine.
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> The problem is that publishers are not actual creators of these works, scientists are – they do all the work, and academic publishers simply use their position of power in the Republic of Science to extract unjust profits. Sci-Hub does not enable piracy where creative people are deprived of the reward they deserve. It is a very different thing.
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Any resemblance with 1984's Ministry of truth is pure coincidence. > This is the story of Li An, a pseudonymous former employee at ByteDance, as told to Protocol's Shen Lu. > My job was to use technology to make the low-level content moderators' work more efficient. For example, we created a tool that allowed them to throw a video clip into our database and search for similar content. > When I was at ByteDance, we received multiple requests from the bases to develop an algorithm that could automatically detect when a Douyin user spoke Uyghur, and then cut off the livestream session. (...) We eventually decided not to do it: We didn't have enough Uyghur language data points in our system, and the most popular livestream rooms were already closely monitored. > Streamers speaking ethnic languages and dialects that Mandarin-speakers don't understand would receive a warning to switch to Mandarin. (...) > The truth is, political speech comprised a tiny fraction of deleted content. Chinese netizens are fluent in self-censorship and know what not to say. (...) We mostly censored content the Chinese government considers morally hazardous — pornography, lewd conversations, nudity, graphic images and curse words — as well as unauthorized livestreaming sales and content that violated copyright. > But political speech still looms large. What Chinese user-generated content platforms most fear is failing to delete politically sensitive content that later puts the company under heavy government scrutiny. It's a life-and-death matter. (...) ByteDance does not have strong government relationships like other tech giants do, so it's walking a tightrope every second. > Many of my colleagues felt uneasy about what we were doing. Some of them had studied journalism in college. Some were graduates of top universities. They were well-educated and liberal-leaning. We would openly talk from time to time about how our work aided censorship. But we all felt that there was nothing we could do. > When it comes to day-to-day censorship, the Cyberspace Administration of China would frequently issue directives to ByteDance's Content Quality Center (内容质量中心), which oversees the company's domestic moderation operation: sometimes over 100 directives a day. They would then task different teams with applying the specific instructions to both ongoing speech and to past content, which needed to be searched to determine whether it was allowed to stand. > During livestreaming shows, every audio clip would be automatically transcribed into text, allowing algorithms to compare the notes with a long and constantly-updated list of sensitive words, dates and names, as well as Natural Language Processing models. Algorithms would then analyze whether the content was risky enough to require individual monitoring. > Around politically sensitive holidays, such as Oct. 1 (China's National Day), July 1 (the birthday of the Chinese Communist Party) or major political anniversaries like the anniversary of the 1989 protests and crackdown in Tiananmen Square, the Content Quality Center would generate special lists of sensitive terms for content moderators to use. > Influencers enjoyed some special treatment — there were content moderators assigned specifically to monitor certain influencers' channels in case their content or accounts were mistakenly deleted. Some extremely popular influencers, state media and government agencies were on a ByteDance-generated white list, free from any censorship — their compliance was assumed. > It was certainly not a job I'd tell my friends and family about with pride. When they asked what I did at ByteDance, I usually told them I deleted posts (删帖). Some of my friends would say, "Now I know who gutted my account." The tools I helped create can also help fight dangers like fake news. But in China, one primary function of these technologies is to censor speech and erase collective memories of major events, however infrequently this function gets used.
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