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Cake day: api. 18, 2019


Incredible community! Maybe some day i should try and participate there instead of writing ansible spaghetti code :P

I personally would love if voting was restricted to members of a specific community. That would truly help augment the signal/noise ratio. Practical example: it’s not uncommon on /c/anarchism to have stalinist fanboys come and mass-downvote all they can find… except our forum is not intended for them to consume/judge.

Well The Register’s article does not sound anti-Wikipedia at all. In fact i would argue it’s pretty much pro-Wikipedia, since this kind of nonsensical “vandalism” (as they say in wiki land) is entirely transparent and so was possible to identify at all.

Now yogthos is pretty much anti-Wikipedia because they see it as a pro-US propaganda machine. Which is silly, you just have to read articles on Julian Assange, weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, CoIntelPro, or NSA to realize that many Wikipedia articles directly contradict US national interests and propaganda apparatus.

Unfortunately there is close to zero trustworthy hardware manufacturer these days. In the DIY world there’s still Virax or Festool who have a well-deserved good reputation. In the laptop/phone space there’s some manufacturers making efforts like System76/Librem and a few others, but they still have no power over all the components so obsolescence (planed or not) still applies.

But in the 2D printer world it’s just… mafia everywhere. Apparently print heads are remarkable high-tech that are designed around specific ink mechanical properties to handle, and there’s very few people/corporations with the know-how and the budget to produce these. That’s why you find an abundance of free-hardware 3D printers (a heating head is easy to manufacture) but exactly zero free-hardware 2D printer.

I personally would spend more money than i should on a free-hardware 2D printer. Printers are usually the worst pieces of hardware i have to interact with.

BTW thanks for sending me down a rabbit hole that Mastodon account is a gold mine ;)

I usually hate that meme of the macho muscly doge as symbol of perfection, but with all the glitter added i like it :P

According to Videolan org there is officially no motive communicated yet, but as the article points out there’s a correlation that some viruses used forked VLC as a means of reaching targets lately. It’s not far-fetched to imagine that someone, somewhere in an office who has no idea what “compiling” even means thought they need to block the (official) VLC website to stop the infections.

I recommend you read some history. Many popular uprisings have been led by women at the forefront. That organized workers movements gave them little space/autonomy (much like for non-white people) is undeniable, but to say that worker struggles were a “men’s right movement” is a REALLY far stretch.

I’m not from the USA but for example there two major figures of the workers movement in late 19th century / early 20th were Emma Goldman and Lucy Parsons. That they’ve been mostly erased from history books tells more about who writes/distributes the books and their agenda than about a perceived lack of women in social struggles.

For example, when it comes to anarchism people usually recommend reading Kropotkin/Bakunin/Proudhon, slipping under the carpet the many theoretical contributions of women. If only to name one, read Emma Goldman ;)

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.

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.

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.

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 :)

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?

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?

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.

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.

> 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.