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Laptop Comrade 07/03/2020 (Fri) 21:31:34 No. 3084 [Reply]
Going to uni, they require people to get a Laptop, here are the requirements they have. What do you guys recommend?
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I strongly suspect they are full of shit. If I were you I would march in their office and ask for who wrote this "Laptop Requirements" and schedule a meeting with him to question him why you need an Intel i5, 8GB of RAM and 256GB for your molecular genetics classes. Ask him if you're using virtual machines. If not, the laptop requirements are meaningless and you can settle for much less.
I got by fine with a x41 for ~30 euros, until the charger melted away, so if you find one they're still fine.
Why the hell is a webcam listed as an requirement?
>8th gen quad-core at minimum >i5 vs. i7 Those requirements are bullshit, probably some idiot from management came up with them because he gets new shiny laptop every two years. And his laptop gets paid by your tuition or taxes, btw. Even if some class requires that much computation (highly doubt it), there's no way it needs to be portable. Tech universities have their own desktop computers for students to use because not everybody has a laptop. They could also assign whatever you need to do as a homework anyway.
>>3354 for remote classes probably

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Windows Subsystem for Linux Comrade 07/10/2020 (Fri) 11:50:21 No. 3178 [Reply]
Is it bad for Linux as a whole? Is Microsoft trying to kill desktop Linux as a whole with its "Embrace, Extend, Extinguish" policy?
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>>3210 nobody is suggesting that, just that Microsoft might be making big moves to supplant Linux's market as the server OS. without the demand for Linux the NPOs that support it will get no funding.
>>3178 WSL will make linux better because it will allow megacorporations to force their wageslaves to use Windows for dev work instead of Linux. The less corporate involvement in Linux the better.
>>3371 Good point
>>3371 We profit from corporate involvment, when their contributions are released under GPL-like licenses. One of the most sane desktop environments ever was polished by Sun, for example. When corporations with hardware licenses work on the Kernel, they can use their knowledge to improve drivers. When steam needs windows games to run via Wine, they use their manpower to improve the translation layer. Etc. etc. We are their parasites, but this is nothing to be ashamed of. Redirecting, or rather taming, corporate logic into work for the commons is the least we can do.
>>3371 Wageslaves are already forced to use Windows because of the MS Office crap. Megacorporations don't give a fuck about desktop Linux, they only care about Linux on the server. WSL won't change shit about it, they will keep degrading Linux into a fancy hypervisor for their cloud bullshit.

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Hardware Issues Comrade 02/04/2020 (Tue) 10:43:17 No. 1 [Reply] [Last]
More just cause I don't wanna go to some place like r/techsupport ew So anyways I built a computer recently, it works perfectly fine except for one issue: it has difficulty starting up. It takes about 5 minutes after pressing the power button for it to turn on, nothing will speed it up. I found out that the issue with it is that the Motherboard came with a dead CROM battery, I replaced that and voila it starts up fine. And it has been fine for the past week, however the startup issue has returned, and just to be sure I replaced the CROM battery AGAIN but this time it didn't work. I know for a fact that it was just the dead battery that was the issue so why is it persisting?
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>>1630 Most people here probably already know this, but when it comes to laptops thinkpads are pretty durable and most of the parts can be easily replaced. Their hardware also works very well with Linux. I'm using a 10 year old thinkpad that still runs fine, so far I've replaced the battery, charger and fan, all of which you can get pretty cheap on ebay, even though the model is old. There's a ton of affordable refurbished thinkpads being sold online because corps buy and sell them in bulk about every two or three years. Here's a buying guide: https://www.bobble.tech/free-stuff/used-thinkpad-buyers-guide The guide is based on US market though, prices in Europe are slightly higher. I can post some links to some European refurbishers if any one needs it. Often you can even find "new old stock" for the same price as used ones.
>>2911 The other thing with Thinkpads is that many support coreboot or libreboot. I think if we're setting out to buy hardware, support for open source firmware is a must.
Idiot question: Does Libreboot/coreboot support overclocking & why not??
>>3357 Good question, I have a System76 machine with a very minimalist coreboot and it has absolute fuckall in terms of motherboard/CPU options.
>>3361 did some quick research, looks like it's possible to add overclocking options but nobody is developing it https://www.win-raid.com/t5377f16-BIOS-modding-vs-Coreboot.html I will stick to proprietary BIOS then, if you can't overclock then it means you can't undervolt the CPU to save on power usage either, I've never used coreboot but it sounds like shit if it can't even replicate the functions of a proprietary BIOS let alone have more functionality than one

Is it worth using fake accounts to make use of free trials? Comrade 04/15/2020 (Wed) 17:21:49 No. 1140 [Reply]
Could I end up getting arrested if I kept making fake accounts using one of these 10min emails, to enjoy the free trial of ProtonVPN?
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I'm sure they will figure it out based on your IP address\usage patterns and just ban you.
>>1191 let's see how long I last then
ahh, they don't allow accounts with 10 min email domains anymore...
>>1181 I really expected something more like this: https://youtu.be/uSdXjppGFoI?t=31
I use free trials for my job, use them in a VM that gets reset to some previous snapshot whenever the free period is over. I've had no problems so far, nobody has blocked my IP or whatever. Do you need to create a Protonmail account for ProtonVPN? How long does the free trial last? Might try this if I ever need a VPN.

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Buttcoin Comrade 01/28/2020 (Tue) 00:15:14 No. 275 [Reply]
I know, you're asking yourself already, how the fuck are crypto's compatible with a leftwing communist image-board? Well, first of all, fuck you, we live under capitalism and as such must exchange and purchase under the current mode of production we find ourselves under. Second, I would like some one to help me understand, exactly, how to set up a bitcoin, monero, what have you; wallet. I tried to set this up on my laptop but syncing with the bitcoin network is a huge MASSIVE bitch and took me months and I never got fully synced. Also, it takes a shitload of resources to work properly on my computer. I can barley do anything else. So, my question is: What is the best way to get into bitcoin and use bitcoin and other cysto's like a boss? Am I doing something wrong? What are the best specs for btc and the like? As always, any help would be appreciated. Thank you /tech/!
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Just buy and hold chainlink.. seriously.
>>275 There's a lot of Leftists in the Ethereum world actually. Look into DAOs for collective organisation & direct democracy - lotta experiments happening. Bitcoin itself does tend to be more lolberg of course.
>>3204 whats the advantage of ethereum over bitcoin
>>281 >Does not generate dividends Go look at Aave or Compound, or one of many other already working Defi projects, then come back and tell me that.
>>3205 Smart contracts, mining is getting removed, many other better features. It's not perfect, but Bitcoin is merely a store of value, while Ethereum is a effectively a whole platform running most of the other successful crypto projects.

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19chan Comrade 07/10/2020 (Fri) 14:08:47 No. 3186 [Reply]
www.19chan.org 19chan is a chill place for people to have discussions about fiction, tv shows, movies, music, games, sports, science, technology, current events, news, and a variety of other topics.
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>>3190 4chan is cancer tho.
But I already have 7chan.
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>>3191 and this place won't be because?...
>>3206 try without the www, i.e. https://19chan.org/

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General Distro/DE thread Comrade 06/30/2020 (Tue) 00:07:13 No. 2983 [Reply]
Hola, comrade Anon. What Linux distro is on your device? What Desktop environment? If you say Windows or Mac you're getting sent to the gulag for using Liberal Yankee cyber imperialist software.
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>>3161 How do you hold packages from installing certain files on apt or simply stopping them from upgrading? in pacman.conf you can have IgnorePkg, NoUpgrade and NoExtract. As for the differences, they do differ a lot: one has 2 commands with long args that do what other can do with just a short one; other takes commands when the other can do it only after making a change in the config file. Upgrading everything while leaving no cached packages behind is pacman -Syu && paccache -rk0 but in debian you have to use apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade && apt autoremove && apt autoclean. And no don't get me started on the difference between dpkg, apt, apt-get, synaptic and aptitude. This syntax shows clearly that the goal was not to have the pm being used from its CLI interface, rather they probably thought it as a library for clicky-click GUI wrappers that get installed alongside the DE. You could try partialy fixing it with shell aliases, i think that could do wonders but i can't figure out how you could fix the broken configuration. It took me like 15 minutes just to find out how to stop it from pulling 2GB of useless dependencies when installing xorg as there's no mention of it on debian wiki, but how about not interrupting the install just to ask me for what to do with the developer provided config file for a random package? Why is this the default behavior instad of simply keeping it in the cache just like the package itself so i can make that choice later? You can't use the command in a script if it does that. Pipeing yes? i don't think so. Adding user repositories? Another pain in the ass. In the end what pissed me the most was how it's supposed to be noob friendly just like the distro itself, but i always get headaches when something goes wrong with it. Anyway, pacman isn't the greatest- i didn't said that. That would be apk-tools but with this capabilty i was talking about which it doesn't have at all. I also can't say i couldn't live with apt only, but it would be inconvenient. https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Apt
>>3168 if you're asking about portage, its equivalent to that pacman thing is package masks.
>>3163 But you shoudln't always do what you want, and themes are just a mistake.
Linux Mint (just cos I felt like a change), but normally an OpenBSD.

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Exploit Development 03/23/2020 (Mon) 06:03:19 No. 587 [Reply]
Are any other anons into exploit development or vulnerability hunting?
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This is a good thread with nice accessible and, amazingly to me at least, relatively simple to follow guides. I'm not a programmer, I just want to automate some of my job/hobbies, but I just love how cosy this place is for noobs like me reading this stuff. Thanks for making this shit comprehensible, I took one class once because I thought about doing Game Dev and I was confused to shit and no one would explain. They just expected you to sink or swim. The thick accents didn't help either.
>>600 >HTS Damn, that takes me back. I think the last I checked they are still running some oldschool phreaking challenges.
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Where does anon get crackmes to play with? I used to use crackmes.de before it was shut down but none of its mirrors seem to be up anymore. Bonus if it's easy to look for different CPU architectures, I want to try my hands on some ARM.
>>587 Yep, I'm osce/oscp/oswp.... Among other exp I'm not going to mention. Ive found vulns and exploited them at places I've worked.

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systemd? xorg? Comrade 07/02/2020 (Thu) 19:06:07 No. 3056 [Reply]
I'm no certified Linuggs Eggspert, but I've just continuously heard about systemd and how bad it is over the years from all manner of /g/entoomen, but I still really don't understand it like at all. I essentially "just wanna grill for god's sake" when it comes to using my computer, so I try to stick in the realm of Linux things that just werk. So my question is what's so bad about these things in general I guess? Both for nixlets like myself, as well as for the experts and the whole of Linux? General discussion thread as well for these things.
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>>3064 > doing one thing and doing it well t. system where every utility implements its own idiosyncratic way of handling command line arguments
>>3067 systemd is analogous to a well functioning ML One Party state, and is good
>>3056 >systemd Basically, Linux used to have a bunch of random programs made by random people that did random things that Linux users needed their computers to use. -need to synchronize network time? -need to get an IP address? -need to schedule a program to execute once a week? -need to write system logs somewhere? There are random programs written by random people to do all of that, and they were called by shell scripts that executed them in the original Linux init daemons. What systemd did is, it made a very excellent init daemon that used this trick with sockets that allowed it to start all services at once, making the computer boot really fast. If it had stopped at that, people would have loved it. But instead what it did, is, it started writing replacements for all of these random programs, and bundling them with systemd, and forcing you to use their own homebrewed replacements for all these random programs.

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What laptop brand does /tech/ suggest? First time posting 07/03/2020 (Fri) 16:10:48 No. 3078 [Reply]
I'm honestly up for any brand, I live in Hong Kong (no I don't support the neolibs that is currently getting ) so I could get some mainland brands as well.
>>3078 I have a Lenovo T450s and its great, Thinkpads have been getting less good as time goes on though Really depends on how much you want to pay and what you want to run, I'm pretty much stuck on Thinkpads because I hate using trackpads and need the trackpoint but I've looked at Huawei and Xiaomi and some of the higher end Huawei devices are really nice with excellent 3:2 screens and good Linux support If you're planning to run Linux and spend a fair bit of money on a quality machine System76 do Linux dedicated laptops that are supposed to be pretty good and they come with Coreboot
>>3079 > If you're planning to run Linux and spend a fair bit of money on a quality machine System76 do Linux dedicated laptops that are supposed to be pretty good and they come with Coreboot The Serval WS looks sick. It's basically just a portable desktop.
You have to tell us what you want out of a laptop. Does it have to be powerful, durable, affordable, large, portable, etc... Laptops are pretty shit these days though, because they are produced more as a fashion accessory than as a tool that needs to be handy and ergonomic.
My intent is to have mostly desk work so a good monitor and RAM is nice. I don't plant to game on it so a dedicated GPU isn't my concern. Budget is <550USD
>>3104 T, W, E or P series thinkpad Check out /tpg/ on 4chan for specifics, T440p is current reigning thiccboi, socketed upgradeable processor, cheap for the machine you get, good expansion options T470 should also be doable with your budget but that generally has a 2c/4t ultrabook processor which is fine irl but isn't as nice as a proper quad core If you don't want a thinkpad a new line of Ryzen mobile processors just came out that are meant to be very good, you could probably get an entry level machine with 4th gen ryzen for that kind of budget, or pick up a higher spec machine 2nd hand

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