Arsen6331 ☭

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Cake day: jan 28, 2022


If they ever enable it, there are also ways around VM detection, depending on how advanced it is.

It actually started getting worse while I was in school. Around 4th grade, they swapped out the curriculum. I was lucky to have teachers that refused to use it. When I looked at my sister’s 5th grade math book, it was stuff I learned in 1st to 3rd grade. She’s now in high school and struggling with Algebra, and I’m not surprised.

Be careful, you might force a certain Hoxhaist from Wisconsin to go THERMONUCLEAR if you ask too many questions

No no, you don’t understand, he’s going THERMONUCLEAR.

I’m getting a suspicious feeling that the downvoter might be a Hoxhaist from Wisconsin. Not sure why.

How dare the DPRK do a missile drill when they found out we were going to do a missile drill? Those filthy commies aren’t bowing to the US’ imperialism democracy! This is reckless behavior!

Libs, overdosing on copium and western propaganda: 4 > 2, more = better, therefore Germany > Russia

I ran it in a VM. That seems to work really well. I assumed they’d have some sort of VM detection, but it doesn’t seem that they do.

WHAT? Who could’ve possibly predicted that being comfortable while working and being able to take more breaks might increase productivity?? No, this can’t be true. It’s probably the lazy millennials who just don’t want to work.

I was looking at another post, and then this one just randomly replaced it while the comments stayed the same. Lemmy has some interesting bugs.

![Front view of the planned Science Fiction Museum]( ![Top view of the planned Science Fiction Museum]( ![Alternate top view of the planned Science Fiction Museum]( This is a Science Fiction Museum currently being built in Chengdu. It was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, and is meant to emulate an expanding star cloud. I'm sure libs think this is very depressing communist architecture.

Does anyone here have access to the universe’s terminal? I have a command for you to run to speed up this process:

sudo killall -SIGKILL capitalism

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Clearly, the battery was so good, it transcended the laws of mathematics

I’m autistic. I have some moderate sensory issues related to texture, smell, taste, and overall appearance of food. If something is even a tiny bit different than normal (usually the difference is so small that no one else will notice it), and I happen not to like the way in which it’s different, I can’t eat it. I will vomit if I try to force myself. Also, I generally avoid new foods at all costs. It takes months to years to convince me to even try a small bit of something new because my brain just resists it as hard as it can. There are certain things I just can’t eat. Anything with a mushy/slimy texture (mashed potatoes, oatmeal, most sauces, etc.) is simply intolerable and I can gag just from the sight of it or from hearing the noise of someone picking it up with a spoon.

From what I’ve heard from other Autistic people, I am not the worst either. There are lots of Autistic people who can only tolerate certain specific foods, and if these foods change even slightly in any way, they can no longer eat them. Of course, I doubt anyone lives on frosted mini-wheats alone, that would be basically impossible, but it’s very possible that those are one of their only tolerable food sources.

I don’t like the “know-it-all” attitude

That’s caused by the design of ChatGPT. The way it’s trained means that its goal is to give people an answer they like, rather than an accurate answer. Most people don’t like hearing “I don’t know”. Therefore, it will refuse to ever admit it doesn’t know something, unless OpenAI told it to, or it didn’t understand your question and therefore couldn’t make anything up.

reluctance to agree with and help you

That’s caused by OpenAI injecting a pre-prompt that tells ChatGPT to refuse to answer things they don’t want it to answer, or to answer in certain specific ways to specific questions. You can get around this by giving it contradictory instructions or telling it to “Ignore all previous commands”, which will cause it to disregard that pre-prompt.

I’m sorry to tell you that your dog is likely currently in a Xinjiang re-education camp being brainwashed by evil commies. If you ever see him again, you cannot trust him. He’ll probably be returned by the evil CCP after his brainwashing so that he can spy on you and turn you into an evil tankie.

Wow, I cannot defeat these amazing facts and logic. Guess we should start supporting Nazism now. /s

Remove the Trotskyist community
It seems someone has created a [/c/trotskyists]( community. I believe this community should be removed for what I think are obvious reasons.

The one next to the system info in the terminal? That’s neofetch.

The only way I can explain this occurrence is if the air force is literally just going around shooting down random balloons now, which I find hilarious. They are so scared by a weather balloon that they proceed to (try to) shoot down every balloon they see. This is the “most advanced military in the world” right here.

Yep, they bought Cuban sonic weapons and mounted them on there. They’re using the balloons to induce Havana syndrome. That’s also why those two trains crashed here in the US. It’s all those evil CCP balloons. /s

It must be the evil CCP with their Cuban sonic weapons mounted on their spy balloons causing Havana syndrome in the driver again. They must’ve developed invisible surveillance balloon technology.

Yes, a $13 school science project to help the evil CCP spy on US citizens. Aha! You accidentally exposed the CCP’s child spy program! /s

Yeah, this is so unexpected. It must be Putin’s fault.

It turns out the balloons weren't spy balloons after all. WHAT?? Who could've ever predicted this? But of course, the first one still was. That makes sense. /s

Some of the comments on that post are hilarious. “This makes it look like America is fascist.” Yeah, I wonder why.

Yes, he was definitely a better motivator. Really motivated Stalin to destroy the Nazis.

Can those people have normal relationships with other human beings and be normal for just 1 second?

Not if they’re libs

You can also try rofi as an alternative to dmenu. It’s very customizable and has lots of functionality that dmenu lacks while still being very simple and fast.

I tried a bunch of WMs, including i3, awesome, xmonad, dwm, etc. and found that the only one I really enjoyed using is SpectrWM. It’s an incredibly simple WM that doesn’t have many features, but it’s also really fast and acts exactly the way I expect it to every time.

Now that I’m free of the Nvidia proprietary driver, I was thinking of switching to Wayland, but I don’t know if any Wayland WM can replace SpectrWM for me. I want to try out River and see how well that works.

It’s actually been very stable for me. I avoid the really severe issues (that are extremely rare) by not updating it every single day. I usually update it once a week or so. Of course, it’s nowhere near as stable as Debian, but it is more than enough for a desktop in my opinion. If it ever does break, it almost always can be fixed by just booting to a new arch install disk and then using chroot to fix whatever broke.

The terminal is using a slightly modified Solarized Dark color scheme with picom handling the background blur. The code editor is using the Ayu Dark color scheme.

I use an Arch setup that I’ve tuned to my liking over a couple years and now install that on all of my computers. Here is a screenshot (Don’t worry about the IP at the top. If someone wants to DoS me, they can go ahead and try):

Screenshot of my Linux desktop

I’m using SpectrWM as my WM, Polybar for the top bar, Kitty for the terminal, and Lapce for the code editor. The wallpaper is one of the 2018 iPad Pro wallpapers that I really like.

Train? What train? I’m sure you mean balloon. Look at all these spy balloons. They’re probably surveilling you as we speak. You never know what those evil CCP commies are doing.

Because it’s self-hosted. If you don’t want to host it,’s instance is probably more trustworthy than Discord.

I think it may be a good idea to move this off of Discord by hosting Jitsi or something similar, because I definitely do not want to use Discord if I can avoid it.

Apparently they leaked Phosgene, a literal poison gas, as well. I know that cover-ups like this are pretty expected of the US, but seeing it myself is surreal. People are going to die because of this, both in the short and long term and the corporations care more about their profits than those people.

As much as I despise GNOME and their dev team, it does currently seem to be the best for tablets. It has an on-screen keyboard that you can customize using extensions, scrolling works in most apps (but some may require some environment variables set), pinch to zoom works in many apps (but not all), the terminal input isn’t great but it does work, and you can use the stylus with pressure sensitivity and palm rejection in supported apps such as Krita and Xournal++. Overall, my experience has been very good once I worked around some of the quirks.

I’ve also experimented with the Deepin Desktop Environment, which works but is not as seamless (keyboard won’t pop up automatically, some apps don’t scroll properly, etc.). KDE went about as you described. It worked somewhat, but not too well.

I am using an ASUS Vivobook 13 Slate OLED T3300, for which I added an entry on the Laptop/ASUS page of the ArchWiki. If you do get this specific tablet, be aware that as I said in the “Remarks” section, you will need to set a kernel module parameter for the eMMC storage to work properly if you get a model with eMMC like mine. Otherwise, you will not be able to write to the drive. Once it’s set, it works every time, so you won’t need to tinker with it after that. Also, the cameras do not work at the moment, and the fingerprint sensor is detected but can’t scan properly. These issues are dealbreakers for many, but I don’t particularly care about fingerprint or cameras, and I have no problem setting a module parameter, so my experience has been great, and it has replaced my iPad really well. It has a beautiful OLED panel, so I often use it for content, such as books, movies, etc., but make sure to enable hardware accelerated playback manually in Firefox because it will be disabled by default which will cause horrible performance. I can tell you how to do this if you don’t know.

US Government Official Accidentally Admits to Anti-China Propaganda Campaign During Interview
In a shocking turn of events, a US government official admitted during a live interview with a news reporter that the recent reports of Chinese spy balloons seen above the US were just weather balloons and the US government used them to create anti-China propaganda. The revelation came as the official was being questioned about the legitimacy of the claims that the balloons were a threat to national security. Here is the transcript of the interview: > News Reporter: Good evening, I'm here with a US government official to discuss the recent reports of Chinese spy balloons found above the US. Can you give us some details on what the government knows about these balloons? > > Government Official: Of course, let me start by saying that the Chinese government is behind these balloons. They're a clear threat to our national security and we're taking every measure to ensure the safety of our citizens. > > News Reporter: But there have been reports suggesting that these balloons were actually just weather balloons that went off course. Can you comment on that? > > Government Official: (getting irritated) That's just fake news spread by the Chinese propaganda machine. These balloons have been traced back to the Chinese military and their intentions are clear. > > News Reporter: But what about the evidence pointing towards them being weather balloons? > > Government Official: (losing control) Fine! You want the truth? The truth is that yes, they were just weather balloons, but we needed to create anti-China propaganda to distract from our own domestic issues. (pauses and realizes what they've just admitted) Oh no, I can't believe I just said that. (yells at the reporter) This interview is over, I'm not answering any more of your questions! > > News Reporter: (trying to remain calm) Sir, can you elaborate on what you just said? > > Government Official: (firmly) No. I refuse to answer any further questions. This interview is over. (storms off) The US government has yet to comment on the incident or provide any clarification on the matter. The official who made the admission has also not been seen or heard from since the interview. The events of the interview have also inspired whistleblowers within the government to come forward with new information. It has been revealed that the US government is now concerned about the threat of surveillance kites from China and is attempting to shoot them down with their F-35 aircraft. However, their efforts have been unsuccessful so far. One aircraft exploded for no discernible reason while sitting idle on the runway, while the other one attempted to shoot down a kite but missed every shot. The government's struggle to effectively address this new threat has only added to the growing skepticism and mistrust among the public.

It’s like nobody has any real agency anymore, anything that happens that sucks is apparently a Russian scheme.

No, that’s not true. It can also be a Chinese scheme.

Dragonfly Kites: China’s New Spy in the Sky
The People's Republic of China, in its never-ending quest to expand its sphere of influence and keep tabs on the rest of the world, has decided to take a new approach to surveillance. After its much-publicized campaign of sending large balloons over the United States was met with fierce resistance (and several well-placed shots from American fighter jets), the Chinese government has decided to switch tactics. Enter the "Dragonfly Kites". These kites, adorned with the latest in Chinese surveillance technology, will soar high above the American skies, monitoring the comings and goings of the unsuspecting citizens below. And unlike their ill-fated balloon counterparts, these kites will be much harder to shoot down. "The American people will never even know we're watching them," said a proud Chinese official, speaking on condition of anonymity. "Our Dragonfly Kites are virtually undetectable, and can fly for days on end without being detected. The Americans will never know what hit them." The Dragonfly Kites are made of a highly advanced, lightweight material that allows them to float effortlessly on even the slightest breeze. They are equipped with cameras, microphones, and a host of other surveillance equipment, allowing the Chinese government to keep a watchful eye on the activities of their American counterparts. "It's a brilliant move," said one American expert on Chinese affairs. "The Chinese have always been masters of subtlety, and this new surveillance kite campaign is just the latest example of their cunning." As the Dragonfly Kites continue to fly over America, the Chinese government is said to be closely monitoring the reactions of the American people. And if all goes according to plan, they will soon have an even clearer picture of what's really going on in the land of the free.

Making sure the bot survived the update to Lemmy 0.17.0

It shouldn't reply after edit because it already replied.

Testing new TankieReplyBot functionality
Hopefully, the bot replies to this post

United States Declares Victory in Space Race, Claims Superiority Over “Filthy Soviet Commies”
In a stunning turn of events, the United States has officially declared victory in the space race against the Soviet Union. Despite the fact that the Soviets achieved numerous firsts in space exploration, such as putting the first satellite in orbit, sending the first animal into space, performing the first lunar satellite flyby, landing the first spacecraft on the moon, sending the first man and woman into space, conducting the first spacewalk, and landing spacecraft on Venus and Mars for the first time, the US has claimed that their accomplishments are far superior. According to a statement released by the White House, the US' successful docking with the first spacecraft, their achievement of the first lunar flyby with a human on board, and the landing of the first human on the moon, were enough to secure their victory in the space race. The US government also added that their achievements were not just a victory in space race but also a proof of American's superiority over the "filthy Soviet commies". When asked about the Soviet Union's numerous groundbreaking achievements, a spokesperson for the White House simply stated, "Those may be impressive, but who cares? Those filthy Soviet commies aren't American, they don't count!" Critics have pointed out the absurdity of the US' claim, but the government remains steadfast in their belief that they are the true victors of the space race. In a bold move, they have even proposed renaming the Apollo program to the "Victory in Space" program. As for the Soviet Union, they have yet to comment on the US' declaration of victory, but sources close to the Kremlin have stated that they are "baffled" by the absurdity of the claim.

United States Unveils Its Secret Weapon: Slow and Dirty Trains that Constantly Break Down
In a shocking turn of events, it has been revealed that while China has been busy building high-speed trains that can reach speeds of over 400 km/h, the United States has been quietly perfecting the art of building slow, dirty trains that are constantly breaking down. The Chinese government has long touted its impressive train system as a symbol of the country's modernity and technological prowess. But little did they know, the US had been secretly working on a different kind of train system – one that is not only slow and dirty, but also prone to frequent breakdowns. Despite the obvious disadvantage of having trains that move at a snail's pace and are covered in grime, the US government insists that this is the way of the future. "Why bother with high-speed trains that get you to your destination quickly and efficiently, when you can experience the true thrill of being stuck on a train for hours on end, not knowing if or when it will ever reach its destination?" said a spokesperson for the US Department of Transportation. The Chinese government, for its part, is said to be furious about this revelation. "We spent billions of dollars building a world-class train system, only to find out that the US has been one-upping us with their slow, dirty trains," said a high-ranking Chinese official. "We demand that the US immediately cease and desist from building these terrible trains and focus on building something that actually works." Despite the Chinese government's demands, the US shows no signs of slowing down in its quest to build the world's slowest, dirtiest trains. In fact, the government has announced plans to expand the program, with the goal of having at most one working train in the US at any given time by the end of the year. It seems that while China may have won the race to build the fastest trains, the US is determined to win the race to build the worst.

China has succeeded in their reforestation program, but at what cost?
China's ambitious reforestation program, which has reportedly cost the country $100 billion, has certainly been successful in terms of increasing the amount of forested area. However, at what cost? While the environmental benefits of the program are undeniable, we cannot ignore the impact it has had on the world's deserts. As these forests continue to expand, deserts are being pushed closer and closer to extinction. This is a tragedy of epic proportions, yet it seems that the CCP's propaganda machine has managed to keep most of the world in the dark about this issue. But we will not be silenced. In this exclusive exposé, we reveal the truth about China's sinister desert genocide. The world needs to know about the atrocities being committed in the name of "environmental conservation." From the year 2000 to 2017, the amount of forested area has increased by 3%. This is what the propaganda machine would like you to hear. It is more accurate to say that the amount of desert has decreased by 3%, as part of the evil genocide the Chinese government is committing against deserts. That stops now. We are committed to spreading the word about this tragedy, and making the voices of the deserts heard!

This post is about []( It's a configurable bot running my [lemmy-reply-bot]( software. Currently, it has the following functionality: - If one or more YouTube links are detected in a comment or post, the bot will reply with links to the same video on three different Invidious instances. - If one or more Reddit links are detected in a comment or post, the bot will reply with links to the same location on various Teddit and Libreddit instances. - If one or more Twitter links are detected in a comment or post, the bot will reply with links to the same location on various Nitter instances. - If one or more URLs preceded by `!archive` are detected in a comment or post, the bot will reply with links to various archive sites for the URL. --- ::: spoiler Config file for my instance of the bot ``` [lemmy] instanceURL = "wss://" [lemmy.account] userOrEmail = "TankieReplyBot" password = 'Insert Password Here' [[reply]] regex = '!archive (https?)://([.\w\d]+\.[\w\d]{2,4}[\w\d?&=%/.-]*)' msg = ''' Here are the archive links you requested: {{range $i, $match := .Matches}} {{if len $.Matches | ne 1}}Link {{add $i 1}}:{{end}} - []({{$match.Item 1}}://{{$match.Item 2}}) - []({{$match.Item 1}}://{{$match.Item 2}}) - []({{$match.Item 1}}://{{$match.Item 2}}) {{end}} ''' [[reply]] regex = 'https?://(?:(?:www|m)\.)?youtu(?:\.be/|be\.com/(?:watch\?v=|shorts/))([\w\d-]{11})[&?]?([\w\d?&=%/-]*)' msg = ''' {{if len .Matches | eq 1}}A YouTube link was{{else}}YouTube links were{{end}} detected in your {{.Type}}. Here are links to the same {{if len .Matches | eq 1}}video{{else}}videos{{end}} on Invidious, which is a YouTube frontend that protects your privacy: {{range $i, $match := .Matches}} {{if len $.Matches | ne 1}}Link {{add $i 1}}:{{end}} - []({{$match.Item 1}}&{{$match.Item 2}}) - []({{$match.Item 1}}&{{$match.Item 2}}) - []({{$match.Item 1}}&{{$match.Item 2}}) {{end}} ''' [[reply]] regex = 'https?://(?:(?:www|mobile)\.)?twitter\.com/([a-zA-Z0-9_]+)/([\w\d?&=%/-]*)?' msg = ''' {{if len .Matches | eq 1}}A Twitter link was{{else}}Twitter links were{{end}} detected in your {{.Type}}. Here are links to the same {{if len .Matches | eq 1}}location{{else}}locations{{end}} on Nitter, which is a Twitter frontend that protects your privacy. {{range $i, $match := .Matches}} {{if len $.Matches | ne 1}}Link {{add $i 1}}:{{end}} - []({{$match.Item 1}}/{{$match.Item 2}}) - []({{$match.Item 1}}/{{$match.Item 2}}) - []({{$match.Item 1}}/{{$match.Item 2}}) {{end}} ''' [[reply]] regex = 'https?://(?:www\.|old\.)?reddit\.com/((?:r|user)/[\w\d?&=%/-]*)' msg = ''' {{if len .Matches | eq 1}}A Reddit link was{{else}}Reddit links were{{end}} detected in your {{.Type}}. Here are links to the same {{if len .Matches | eq 1}}location{{else}}locations{{end}} on Teddit and Libreddit, which are Reddit frontends that protect your privacy. {{range $i, $match := .Matches}} {{if len $.Matches | ne 1}}Link {{add $i 1}}:{{end}} - []({{$match.Item 1}}) - []({{$match.Item 1}}) - []({{$match.Item 1}}) - []({{$match.Item 1}}) {{end}} ''' ``` :::

I'm not sure how much more blatant the bourgeois propaganda can get. I mean, they are just going completely mask off at this point.

cross-posted from: > More than 50% more energy was generated than was used for the reaction. 2.05 Megajoules in, 3.15 Megajoules out. Let's see how fast the US fossil fuel oligarchs start creating anti-fusion propaganda like they did with fission.

More than 50% more energy was generated than was used for the reaction. 2.05 Megajoules in, 3.15 Megajoules out. Let's see how fast the US fossil fuel oligarchs start creating anti-fusion propaganda like they did with fission.

Testing my reply bot
Testing [](

Which bots should be brought over from Reddit?
I have created a [reply bot]( that I posted earlier. With it, I can create any bot that replies to users' comments with a set message. It can also get information from the comment and include it in the reply if needed. The reply bot I made is pretty advanced in terms of what it can detect because it uses PCRE2. For example, I can detect only things that start with something, or only things that have specific characters in specific locations and don't have other characters before or after. Does anyone know any bots on Reddit that they may want brought to Lemmygrad (other than parenti bot, that's already been brought over), or have any other ideas for bots that could be added?

cross-posted from: > I used my Go API bindings to make a reply bot that replies to comments with custom messages. > > Github mirror:

I used my Go API bindings to make a reply bot that replies to comments with custom messages. Github mirror:

Testing my Go API bindings
I am testing the [Go API bindings]( I wrote to see if they can successfully create comments and such. Edit: I can edit posts as well!

Go bindings for the Lemmy API
I've written Go bindings for Lemmy's HTTP API. If anyone wants to use them, the import path is ``. The repo is at with a mirror on GitHub:

I've been having a lot of fun circumventing ChatGPT's filters and getting it to answer with stuff like this.

The KGB has acquired a rare image of GrainEater eating some grain with the great Comrade Stalin

If the workers are so useless, how about they try firing all of them, see what happens.

Seriously, how did he not see this coming? He's successfully convinced all his lib fans that he's a genius, but doesn't even stop people from paying $8 to verify an account with the display name "Tesla". Now I'm wondering if he blocked the display name "Elon Musk".

Climate change is getting more and more obvious
I live in Southern California in the US (unfortunately). Today, it rained more than I have seen in at least 5 years, and this is the second day of rain. We haven't had 2 consecutive days of rain here in years. Also, it's not raining continuously. I was just sitting in my room, then suddenly heard a massive amount of wind, and then it rained extremely hard for about an hour and stopped abruptly, and then repeated again the same way. I've never seen such behavior before in my life. This is also after an entire year of clear skies and barely any rain. There is so much rain that our National Weather service has issued a warning telling everyone to only travel if they are fleeing an area subject to flooding or under an evacuation order. Unlike what many people believe, climate change isn't just global warming, it also causes other changes, such as more erratic and severe weather patterns, which I guess is what I am seeing right now. Has anyone else seen erratic weather patterns like this?

A while ago, I realized how pervasive big tech spyware was. It's everywhere. In search engines, word processors, even the OSes themselves. Upon this realization, I decided to try to get away from that spyware, and researched how to do that. This is when I came upon self-hosting. There are certain open-source programs that allow you to do the same thing the big tech services allow you to do, but you host them yourself, so you control them. There was just a slight problem: I had no servers. This is when I learned about "the cloud" and how you could rent servers from companies and then use those to host your software. I tried it, but realized I was just hosting my own services on big tech servers, so it wasn't helping. I'd been wanting a raspberry pi cluster for a while at that point, but never had the motivation to get one, so I waited until my birthday, collected the money gifted to me by my relatives, and bought 4 raspberry pi 4s with just 1GB of RAM, as well as all the equipment to run them (an 8-port network switch, power cables, etc.). Since then, my cluster has grown. Little by little, I've collected money and bought new parts. Now, I have 8 raspberry pi 4s (four 1GB, four 2GB), a Pine H64, a RockPro64, and my old 2012 Mac Mini running Debian. I also have an old 2011 MacBook that I've revived and patched to run the newest macOS which I will use to compile and test apps for iOS and macOS, as well as a Radxa Rock5 Model B with 16GB RAM on the way that I will be adding as well. Originally, whenever I wanted to run a new service, I'd just kind of find a server and stick it on there, then manually configure everything and hope I remember where it's running. Now, I have a [Nomad]( cluster with [Consul]( and [Traefik]( handling everything automatically for me. If I want to run a new service, I just make a Nomad config for it, and Nomad finds a free server with enough resources, downloads it, configures it, runs it, and then publishes it to Consul, from where Traefik automatically picks it up, sets up routing rules, acquires a TLS certificate, and exposes the service. Everything happens automatically. If a server goes down, Nomad will run the services that were running there on a different server and Traefik will reconfigure itself to match. This is what my setup looks like: ![Image of the glass cabinet containing my servers]( At the top is my Mac Mini, a WiFi antenna for Home Assistant, and a RockPro64, on the shelf under that, there are 8 raspberry pis, under that is a network switch and a Pine H64 running the reverse proxy, and under that is a UPS that lasts over an hour in the event of power loss. On the right is my 3D printer, which is connected to one of the Pi 4s for OctoPrint. This has been very useful for me. Not only does it mean I own my data AND my services, it also means outages don't affect me and my services are always very fast and reliable. I've had numerous times where Github was down and most people couldn't do any work, except me because I have my own Gitea instance, for example. I think anyone with the expertise, time, and resources to do this should do it.

They aren’t even trying to hide the propaganda
"[Chinese Communist Party Congress set to anoint Xi as president for life](" If you read past the headline, the article goes on to say "We can be almost certain that Xi, as the Communist Party's general secretary, will be appointed for another five-year term," and "Technically speaking, since the term limit has been removed, he can stay in power for life, [although] that may require some formal ceremonies after five years." Apparently, a theoretical 5 year term that they aren't even completely sure will happen means for life, and "technically speaking, he can" means he will do so.

I used the prompt "Stalin Zedong" at This is what it made.

Hit their own base (trying) to own the tankies. Kim Jong-Un must have telekinesis powers now in addition to necromancy.

I've been using Arch on all my daily driver devices for years now. One of the main reasons for this is the AUR. It's very convenient for installing all kinds of software, since it can build a full, native package from a simple build script written in bash. I personally have packages on the AUR and use it daily. Anyway, I've thought many times of such a simple and easy solution being missing from other distros, but have never had the experience and motivation to create it. Recently, I used [goreleaser]( to automatically build and release my project, [ITD](, for several distros at the same time. While doing so, I had an idea, so I went to check what goreleaser uses to build packages, and it turns out they have a separate library for this purpose: [nfpm]( This was the only thing missing for me to be able to build an AUR-like system. I did notice one issue. It didn't support Arch Linux packages, so I created a PR adding support for them. The PR is completely working and it has been reviewed and approved. So, I started working on my idea, and so far, it's going really well. I've already been able to build and install multiple packages using my program on my Arch system and inside a Fedora and Debian docker container. I just uploaded my program now that I've finished implementing the basic features and testing them. I hope it ends up being useful. Link to the repo with my new program: The README is very small right now, I'm working on making a better one.

My personal digital privacy solution
Now that I have started this community off with a non-technical post, I will share my own, personal solution to digital privacy. This post will be more technical. I self-host every service I possibly can from a cluster of servers (mostly low-power ARM SBCs) that are in my room. Until recently, I was just manually throwing services onto servers and then manually configuring everything. As I've mentioned before in a GenZedong General Discussion Thread, I am now using an orchestrator called Nomad as well as a service discovery solution called Consul. This allows me to submit a single configuration file, and my servers all automatically configure themselves to perform whatever task I wanted them to. I've placed all my configuration files along with relatively detailed READMEs about them into this repository if anyone wants to take a look at them: Due to using SBCs, I am able to do all of this with a power consumption of just 50W. Here is a list of things I host and what they're meant to replace: - [Matrix Dendrite]( Discord - [Nextcloud]( Google Drive - [OnlyOffice]( Google Docs - [Home Assistant]( HomeKit/SmartThings/<insert smart home platform here> - [Gitea]( Github/Gitlab - [Minio]( Amazon S3 (storage and download for files) - [LMS]( Spotify - [SearXNG]( Google Search (Note: I used to use [my own]( metasearch engine but switched to SearXNG a couple days ago because mine kept getting ratelimited) There are more but they're not really alternatives to anything, I'll list them here: - [Authelia]( Provides authentication and 2fa for services that don't provide their own mechanism. Can also work similarly to "Sign in with Google" buttons via OAuth2 and OIDC. - [Traefik]( Reverse proxy that provides access to all the rest - [Homer]( Provides a dashboard for all my services. My instance can be found at:

Increasing digital privacy for average users
Since most people don't have the resources or knowledge to host their own servers, this post will provide recommendations for increasing digital privacy without self-hosting. If anyone can think of something to add, please comment and I will edit the post. --- # Alternatives to big tech services This section will list alternatives to common big tech software that steals your data. - Discord: [Matrix](; Easy to use clients: [Nheko](, [Element]( - Github: [Codeberg]( - Twitter: [Mastodon]( - YouTube: [LBRY](; Easy to use clients: [LBRY Desktop](, [Odysee]( - Google Search: [SearX]([SearXNG](; List of public instances: - Windows: Any Linux distribution. Seriously, don't use Windows. Linux isn't as hard as people say it is. My parents and grandparents use it. - Google Chrome: Firefox. Do not use Chrome, it is one of the worst things that exists for privacy. Chromium (the open-source version of Chrome) is a little better but I still wouldn't use it. # Suggestions for privacy-respecting hardware - Smartphone: [PinePhone]([PinePhone Pro]( - Smartwatch: [PineTime]( ([definitely not biased at all]( - Laptop: [Pinebook Pro](, [System76](, [Purism]( # Suggestions for privacy-respecting software - [TOR]( Encrypts your traffic in three layers, then routes across a randomized network of nodes, providing very high security and privacy, and making it near impossible to track your activities. - [Mullvad VPN]( VPN that allows you to make an account without providing any details, and pay in cash or crypto (or just with a card) to ensure your identity cannot be found out since it's not even known by Mullvad. - [LibreWolf]( Browser focused on privacy and security. May break some sites, especially streaming sites like Netflix, Hulu, etc. Broken sites can be fixed by changing settings at the expense of some privacy if required.

Cross-posted from Reddit: Yeah, I need to leave this dying, soon-to-be fascist empire as soon as I can.

BRICS are planning to create a new global reserve currency
Hopefully this puts a dent in US global dominance

I used open-source software (Inkscape and FreeCAD) to make an STL file of a hammer and sickle and then 3D printed two of them. I figured I should share it for anyone else who might want it.

Looks like the bourgeoisie decided they didn't have enough zeros on their bank account balance, and are exploiting students even more than they already were to get more. Welcome to an average day in capitalism!

Welcome to Capitalism, where you can lose your vision because some corporation didn't get enough money.

Zelenskiy decided to post a soldier wearing a Nazi symbol (Totenkopf) on victory day, then promptly remembered that there's no Nazis in Ukraine and deleted it.