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Comrade 04/13/2020 (Mon) 17:48:06 No. 1045 [Reply]
It is generally understood that programmers don't fancy with worker unions, instead opting for muh individualism. I can't really comprehend it, is the field just filled with Elon Musk worshiping people who think they'll be the next big thing? Why is this? It happens in most countries, not just the USA. Do they not realize they'll get older, too? As a programmer myself, this is really frustrating. The tech workers union in my country is tiny and pointless.
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The gaming industry is notorious for being awful to its workers, maybe that's the place to start pushing unions?
>>1089 https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port%C3%A1til_Magalh%C3%A3es We had the same thing here in Portugal, but they were called Magalhães
Where I live there is high demand for programmers so the companies are competing with each other to be the best to work for, offering high pay, good work environments etc. If you don't like the place you're working you've probably got ten recruiters in your LinkedIn ready to get you an interview with half the city. Basically they feel secure in their jobs and happy that they'll be able to move to a new one if things go bad. This might point to a lack of foresight, as you said they'll get older too, but as it sits they dont have grievances that they cant solve by quickly moving to a new company so it's hard to unionise when they are either generally very happy or prepared to go somewhere else. And then Game dev is a passion job for a lot of people so they are willing to make sacrifices to work in it. Until they shatter from the overworking.
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>>1049 I live in Brazil and here the government had laws to encourage the use free software whenever possible in universities, schools and in the government itself. The current government doesn't care about this. Helpfully, they are apathetic for the most part and aren't enforcing proprietary software and most people in computer-related courses in public universities are inclined to prefer free over proprietary, but there are people switching to Windows in universities and other places because they are more familiar with it.
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>>3653 Based. FSFE has this campaign for EU nations: https://publiccode.eu/

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I got a chinaphone[Huawei] today and I can't get any Google apps to work Comrade 06/24/2020 (Wed) 21:39:52 No. 2931 [Reply]
Has anyone figured out a way round it?
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>>2931 try opengapps if gapps wont work
>>2932 >>2936 is it a burger thing? lmao here in europe everyone has huawei has sure has google play you are cucked
Choose Apple. It's the people's choice.
>>3624 Apples are for burgers.
>>3624 Man it fucking sucks that most of my family/extended family use iDevice bullshit. No group MMS even fucking works for me anymore on android if I'm interacting with Apple phones, I just don't receive fucking messages because I assume they're packed with some manner of metadata my phone doesn't understand. As long as they gate you out in a way that appears unintentional, due to 'sloppy code' for interacting between the OSs, they just get away with it. Phones are totally nonfree devices engineered to spy on you anyway, so I guess I am considering a fucking iShit next time, eugh.

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quantity vs quality 06/30/2020 (Tue) 01:23:59 No. 2985 [Reply]
3x shit 27" @ 1080p/75 IPS Freesync 85%-ish sRGB or 1x 27" 4k/60 LCD 100% sRGB Vega64 Win10 (NSA edition, work) Qubes (daily) Manjaro/Cinnamon (because I hate myself edition) don't game much, don't design for a living, but normally have a ton of windows open
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>>2985 85%RGB is fucking horrible color gamut > all
1080p at 27'' looks like shit I would go for 2 24'' 1080p freesync or maybe even 1 or 2 1440p high refresh screens instead of either of those options
Moved from Windows to Linux full time, noticed some interesting things with my second monitor, there's a bit of input lag for some reason that wasn't present in windows, and a lot of people online are saying Xorg doesn't like multiple monitors of different res/refresh rates I have a 1080p/144hz monitor and a 900p/60hz secondary Should I scrap the secondary entirely and get a larger 1440p/4k primary, or get a 1080p secondary, or what?
>>3578 what Distro/DE do you use?never had any issues with dual monitor in Kubuntu, Manjaro (KDE) or Arch+i3; all of them with Xorg. Maybe try Wayland? From what I understand it's almost usable these days
>>3589 I'm on mint cinnamon, only distro I've ever installed on my main computer, using Pop on laptop Not sure about wayland but I might give it a try

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17/7/2020 Cloudflare Outage/DDoS Comrade 07/17/2020 (Fri) 21:57:35 No. 3472 [Reply]
This is a thread for discussing the Cloudflare outage that just recently happened, and/or still happening as of the making of this thread.
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Since /pol/ was just here it could've been by them after they were dunked on so hard by us collectively exercising our website capacity to humiliate them? Or a natural fluke (like lightning lol).
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I hope they attack Amazon AWS next.
>>3473 They pushed a config without adequate testing.
>>3534 based devops
>>3475 me too

Secure/anonymous laptop Comrade 07/18/2020 (Sat) 11:00:49 No. 3484 [Reply]
I want to get an old thinkpad, like an x200 and make it into a secure, tor-only machine. What is the best way to do this? Something like Qubes OS or is that just a meme? Looking for solutions for full disc encryption, network card that connects to TOR alone, that kind of stuff. Thanks.
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if you're going to buy an x200 make sure to use libreboot as well
>>3488 isnt the thinkpad an old laptop? might not have the power to run VM based OS?
>>3489 that’s the main problem with trying to go full FOSS. nothing is powerful enough anymore.
>>3493 That simply isn't true.
>>3484 X200 won't be able to run Qubes. Anyway, your general and perfectionist approach will make you fail for both technical and psychological reasons. What you need to do first is develop concrete threat models, and a hierarchy of priorities. I assume that in your case you should probably concentrate more on software than hardware, and specifically on networking, which also splits into many different low to high level tiers, anything from your machine connecting to anything else to what you do on which website. Using Tor only, as well as modifying and limiting use of the Internet in the first place, will for most people bring more benefits than all other measures combined.

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5G router connection issues? Comrade 07/16/2020 (Thu) 05:46:34 No. 3443 [Reply]
My ISP has recently transitioned to 5G and replaced all the old WiFi routers a few months back. Over that time I have noticed a noticeable increase in connection cuts. They seem to have gotten worse over the last month, now happening every few days. Basically what happens is that all devices stop being able to connect to the network. They still see it, but can't access it. Pulling the plug on the router and powering back on, then restarting other devices fixes it, but it is really fucking annoying and will undoubtedly one day crash during something important. This issue isn't new, stuff like this happened with older routers as well, but usually it would only occur every month or so, not multiple times per week. So, anyone got a clue what is the problem here? Did the ISP provide a malfunctioning router, or is it the problem of their network? Or is it 5G being relatively new and thus sometimes screwing up or something?

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Website creation Comrade 07/07/2020 (Tue) 17:36:42 No. 3142 [Reply]
Hey guys, my mum wants me to look into how to make a website for her crafting business, what site should I use? I just need one to work from a template, nothing too complex please. Thanks!
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>>3142 <html> <head> <title>Mum's crafting business</title> </head> <body> <h1>Hello, welcome to my crafting website</h1> <br /> <strong>Take a look around at all the stuff I craft.</strong> <br /> <p>This website is made by my son, who is very talented and a computer wiz!</p> <br /> My stuff: <a link href=../stuff/main.html>Main page of stuff</a> <br /> Pssst: <a href=../nudes/nudes.html>My nudes</a>

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>>3184 Cute. But I need stuff like an ecommerce store and stuff, me trying to code that myself would be pretty silly. I'd end up linking the customers to a security vulnerability that got all their money stolen or something. I had a look around and all the options with ecommerce template options seem to converge at around £10/month at minimum which is a little expensive for the scale of the business I think. >>3167 I mean I live in her place, so, meh. >>3147 Yeah I think I'll just tell her to get an ebay/fb listing and so on.
>>3222 If you aren't good at making websites then just use shopify
>>3222 >Yeah I think I'll just tell her to get an ebay/fb listing and so on. Facebook page + ebay store is the way to go IMO, plenty of businesses do that.
>>3142 If you just need a website, do wix. If you need ecommerce, do shopify. If you don't want to pay, I guess this is a good option >>3432 you could also complement it with a cheap wix site. >>3146 HTML is super easy. Using CSS on the other hand is like being a lawyer suing a website into looking like you want it to.

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

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