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I don’t think i’ve read that just yet. Consider it a first vaccine shot, just in case ;-)

Although to be fair i’ve read some commenters suggesting that muslim rehabilitation centers in China (or France’s fiches S if you want another example) are about good citizenry and nothing frightening. Some forms of negationism are more popular than others in leftist circles.


I don’t even know why i was taking time to reply to one of these posts. But i noticed posts removed by mods will let you try to compose a response, and fail when submitting it (“deleted by creator” inaccurate error message).

For the sake of posterity, an excerpt of what i could not post:

You’re obviously just a 4chan troll and i have no clue why i’m even replying to you. You believe you’re redpilling us but the truth is you are being mind-controlled by humanity’s colonial overlords who have ruled us for centuries. No i’m not defending liberal “democracies” (like France/USA) who are not doing any better in any regard. They’re just more of the same strain of exploitative policies. Do yourself a favor and read something interesting to learn about history of the struggles of working-class blacks and jews. Maybe some Emma Goldman or Angela Davis to start with?


Another fun fact: Hitler did not specifically aim for Palestine when pushing for jewish deportation. He tried to get them deported to any neighboring country which would take them. But France/UK and others were very hostile to refugees! Something which was widely criticized/debated in leftist circles of the time.


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 dep…



It’s very simple! Cops patrol only poor neighborhoods and will spot (or outright invent) petty crimes. The petty crimes from the bourgeois neighborhood are outright ignored (if you have higher-classes friends who got stopped/released with cocaine, you know what i’m talking about) and cops certainly don’t invent things when it comes to rich people so all crimes such as “violence” or “insults” against a police officer simply don’t exist (on paper at least) in richer neighborhoods.

Also, it’s worth noting that richer people have better resources to cover their tracks, and that police/justice don’t care at all to investigate this kind of stuff which takes months and yields moderate results. It’s much easier to criminalize weed smokers or to lie about someone insulting you then resisting arrest. Also worth noting: cops like to fill their pockets and arresting people for drugs gives them access to free drugs, while arresting people under false pretenses of violence ensures them long-term benefits. Even if the person condemned can’t pay, cops usually have a nation-wide fund that will pay them any amount someone has been condemned to owe them.

Dismantle (or at least disarm) the criminal organization known as police and you’ll see suddenly things will get much better for everyone.


TLDR: if you want security NEVER use a phone, it’s the worst from all angles you can look at.

Lock screen has nothing to do with encryption. I’m not sure what’s the current status with android encryption is but if your phone can boot without a passphrase it’s not safe. It may be encrypted but if the key is stored right alongside the encrypted blob it’s not secure at all (much like Signal’s history on phones).

My understanding from very far away is that actual Android features for full-disk encryption have been dropped at least by LineageOS. It seems mainline Android encrypts some stuff but it’s really not clear to me what or in what circumstances. Although to be fair, extracting data from on-board disk is much harder than from SDCard, whether it’s encrypted or not, but that’s not the venue preferred by attackers. Usually, your OS will have a well-known 0-day that allows to break all security layers whether you have disk-encryption or not (if the drive has been decrypted already, such as if your phone is on) using an exploit box like Cellebrite devices police operate in many countries.


When i run Tails, yes, because it comes with an ad blocker. Otherwise i don’t use extensions usually.

But if you run in Safest mode (without JS) the attack/fingerprinting surface from remote sites is very small so if you’re strict about no-JS policy then running extensions in Tor Browser is very fine.


I strongly disagree with this. Or rather, i agree in general, but in what world is it normal for a worker to make >200K€/year? The problem is multiple:

  • we (as a society) are buying the silence and complicity of the IT class in building inhumane technology ; would most IT people really work on user-hostile as they do for minimum wage?

  • the ethical jobs, more often than not, don’t pay as much: there’s many IT jobs in public service or for small non-profits, but talent is often driven to such big corps with 5-digits pay

  • high IT wages drive rent and other services up: if Google buses get stoned in the Bay area, it’s because Silicon Valley is directly responsible for organizing gentrification and driving thousands of people homeless ; even some teachers are homeless in Silicon Valley!!

I’ve never been paid more than 1-2 minimum wages in IT. I’m not jealous of people making that kind of money, although i’m pretty convinced i would have much better use (as in, redistributing) that kind of money than startup bros do. I just think the reasons and consequences of why some IT people are paid such crazy amounts are very wrong from an anticapitalist perspective.

As the elder sang, which side are you on? If you’re willing to make quarter million dollars per year so that you don’t get unionized and don’t ask questions about political implications about your job, well that’s too bad. I guess IT people are just as corruptible as the rest of humanity :-)

EDIT: Also something else important to consider beyond social status. Paying tech workers too much creates the illusion that IT drives value creation, while often tech workers produce nothing of value. Real value is “created” (extracted?) by real work: making food, renovating a house, sewing clothes… People are driven to IT to gain quick/dirty money because overproduction from the industry (which is burning our planet a bit more everyday) led to a speculative bubble in the creative sector where a tiny minority at the top is paid unfathomable amounts while the majority has horrible working conditions (gamedev industry, anyone?). But the IT class is useless and helpless without people to feed them and service them: they’re often so full of themselves thinking they’re the reason the world can go round, when in fact IT more often than not produces a net negative “win” for society.

EDIT EDIT: Just in case it wasn’t clear, i stand for the abolition of private property and money. But in the meantime, i don’t think social hierarchies placing eg. IT people on top, can be justified. I mean if a company also pays their cooks/cleaners 200K€/year, i don’t have a problem with it: i’ve just never heard of an IT company like that.


We need cars because our society has decided for us that they should be incentivized. Public transport is a mess (and not very affordable) and many railways in western Europe have been decommissioned. We could have modern society without cars, or at least without everyone needing to have one.

Most emissions is not due to a person’s activity but to industry. The scale of waste is unprecedented: just consider for a second the environmental impact of surveillance capitalism: of all these Google/Facebook/NSA servers running exactly ZERO useful services for users/society, of all the CCTV cameras and other control mechanisms deployed in the streets. Add to this mix:

  • that most companies/jobs are utterly useless or destructive
  • that planned obsolescence across industries means even when we produce too much we’ll keep on wasting

And you start to have a basic explanation of what’s fucked up about capitalism destroying our planet.



Depending on your “brand” of communism, it may more be whether resources (not power) is in the hands of the few or the many. I mean, dictatorship of the proletariat is the opposite of power in the hands of the many. (But if you ask me, dictatorship of any kind - proletariat or not - has nothing to do with communism)


Left means collective property over resources (communism) which means everyone gets access according to their needs. Right means private property (capitalism) in which access to resources is defined by your wealth.

Conservative usually means authoritarian (another axis) in which some people can decide how others can live. Whether it’s via majority voting or dictated by a minority is irrelevant: anarchism (on the other side of that axis) accounts for protecting minorities as the key principle is that the lowest decision level (eg. the commune) is the one that counts.

“Liberal” can mean several things depending on the cultural/political context. Historically, it referred to a political school of freedom as opposed to centralized authority (an ancestor to anarchism). Nowadays, it can refer to the less-conservative positions (in the anglosaxon world, as opposed to conservative) or to capitalism (eg. in the latin world). From an anarchist perspective, “liberal” or “social-democrat” refers to very limited/narrow policy goals (reforms that do not attack the status quo of Nation States and private property) as opposed to revolutionary perspectives.

The political compass posted elsewhere in this thread is very informative, although more axis should be considered if you want a profound reviews of political positions. It’s interesting to note that in many cases, people whose ideas would fit in the lower-left quadrant (anarcho-communism) end up voting for politicians who overwhelmingly represent the top-right and bottom-right quadrants.


Thanks for sharing! I both love and hate the direction GNOME/GTK is going. On the one hand it becomes harder to customize and i don’t agree with some technical decisions, on the other hand it makes for a very practical integrated platform. I only wish we could have the best of both worlds :)


Quality of life there declined significantly after USSR fell.

I’m not saying otherwise. Just like in the Global North quality of life also significantly declined at the same period due to applying the same kind of neoliberal policies (though arguably in a less severe manner than was done in ex-USSR countries).

But you should probably realize that propaganda about philantropic foreign investment is a recurring trope of colonization. France famously prides itself on developing public school and roads/railways in all its former colonies as part of its “civilizing mission”. I’m not saying China has such a bad record as France in Africa (dozens of millions of deaths and countless suffering), but they don’t exactly have a good track record in other regions and i don’t see any convincing argument emerging that Chinese neo-colonialism (eg. privatization of key infrastructure and resources by foreign companies) is any better than Western neo-colonialism.


Yes but why would you want to avoid bots? Most websites don’t need registration at all. If you really do, maybe consider an invite system along a way to manually request an account? Personally, i’m more interested in how to federate small hosts (eg. tilde servers) rather than create/deploy hundreds of services each with their own registration process.


Maybe they did, maybe they didn’t. We’ll probably never know and i’m ok with that. I’m personally more interested in the political response to Covid (the shock doctrine) rather than the cause.


I think something important to point out is that the old web was declarative: we standardized HTML elements (like <form>) so that different browsers and spiders could interoperate. The powers this provided are being eroded by the move to the web as an app distribution platform (whether it’s JS or wasm).

We need protocol-first design so that more solutions can interoperate. ActivityPub, Webmention/Microformats or Matrix, although i have some technical criticism of these protocols, are really a breathe of fresh air in this direction.



At the moment, I am struggling with nearly every aspect of my “computer life”. (…) have not yet decided to let the robots have their way with my website.

Why? What’s wrong with robots? Also, how do you block “robots” without blocking legit users?


For context, Thales is part of the French military industrial complex.


Ah! That’s the best kind of international support :)


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: …


404?

Sometimes clicking notifications button takes me to: …








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. …


Of course, US and EU propaganda accounts have not been suspended :) …



Across China, queer college societies, which had been rare spaces to safely push boundaries, were being swiftly erased from the Chinese internet. In July, 14 of the largest and most prominent accounts were banned, cutting connections between thousands of members scattered across the country and ca…




100 years of whatever this will be

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. …



Took the authorities a while to figure out why several phone providers were experiencing connection issues in a neighborhood. …


For those who have ignored the news for the past 2 years, Hong Kong is now under control from the chinese government/law. See also Hong Kong National Security Law on wikipedia…