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Privacy general Comrade 05/08/2016 (Sun) 16:12:51 [Preview] No. 54 [Reply]
Comrades, we need a thread on privacy. Any decent activist should try ways of staying anonymous on the web and prevent being tracked by governments and corporations.

General tips

* Use free software as much as you can.

* Use GNU/Linux and keep it up-to-date, to be sure that you don't have unpatched security exploits

* Don't use Flash Player, use youtube-dl instead for watching streaming videos online

* Do not use Google, use DuckDuckGo or StartPage instead

* Use a password manager like Keepass or for GNU/Linux users keepassx. Create new passwords for every site that you visit and use a strong password as a master password. A tip for easy remembering of your master password is to use a sentence. "i fucking love cookies and tits!" with extra capital characters etc. is easier to remember than some random characters and long enough to prevent brute force attacks of any kind.

* Use the Tor Browser Bundle if you really want to stay anonymous.

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>How safe will it be to have a server in my house for my personal email and webpage?
>How safe will it be to have a server in my house for my personal email and webpage?
Install gentoo and run all webserver related services on their own user account so if they get hacked the attacker doesn't have root or other access to anything that would let him easily privilege escalate (e.g. graphics card access).

Currently i'm trying to find a secure non-root alternative to courier-imap :/

>However, I don't think somebody will make the effort to crack reasonably encrypted content.
encryption has nothing to do with this.
if you are worried about the content of your emails then you need to pgp encrypt them, but that is unrelated to running your own mail server and unrelated to the mail server's security.
reminder that all emails that aren't pgp encrypted and travel over the internet are read at least the very least by the NSA's AI.
I'm going to buy a new laptop soon. What model should I get if I want privacy? I'm going to install Qubes OS.

What do you guys think of Comodo IceDragon? It's a free Firefox-based browser (so it can have the same add-ons), but it comes with some built-in security features IIRC.

Also, what's a distribution?
Hardware shouldn't matter for privacy purposes, but the company 'System76' has good linux compatible hardware
Except for hardware-level botnet features like uefi and intel mme.
A distro is a compilation of software, which comes mostly as a ready-to-use operating system. The Qubes OS you have chosen is such a distro.

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Comrade 11/06/2016 (Sun) 01:51:34 [Preview] No. 122 [Reply]
any comrades using ricochet?

i'll show you mine if you show me yours
I considered it but i figured id hold off until i get on a more secure os

Comrade 05/05/2016 (Thu) 09:41:29 [Preview] No. 46 [Reply]
How should a leftist aproach to gaming?
What is the best build for a socialist gaming PC and where should a leftist get his games?
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>he thinks free is meant as in free beer
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OpenXcom, Fallout2238, Multi-user dungeons, and Magarena are some others.
Multi-user dungeons do use server side code that is being executed without being able to view the source, but since it doesn't run on your computer, and rather you just receive text output, they can be considered free. Make sure your telnet client isn't proprietary of course, you stupid fucks.
definitely go with free software.
sadly free hardware doesn't really exist in usable form.
arduino and raspi aren't free either; if you search really hard you can find free alternatives (i think there is also an outdated list on FSF site) but that isn't for gaming.
I'm gonna answer to this because why not.

>sadly free hardware doesn't really exist in usable form.
I'm holding my breath for lowrisc. I'll probably turn purple and die by the time they've put out an actual CPU and mainboard.

>arduino and raspi aren't free either
Arduino is, actually, totally free in terms of software. You can use all of the features on the 8-bit Atmel microcontrollers without touching proprietary software. You're right about Raspberry Pi (bootloader requires huge binary blob); a decent replacement that can be fully driven (with exception of accelerated graphics) using free software is the Orange Pi.
There's actually a RISC-V Arduino clone out being made by silicon people called HiFive1. Now anybody can install 9front on a low-cost toaster.

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Comrade 01/17/2017 (Tue) 03:27:47 [Preview] No. 124 [Reply]
Whats bunker/tech/'s opinion on the IoTs?
In the industry it has great potencial, especially when considering planned economy.

In your home, it's a security risk and spying botnet.
Easily hackable and authoritarian friendly
Internet of spy devices.
Swarm of unmaintanable devices prone to attacks. Noone will release security updates for your smart trashcan.
You mean CyberSys?

Yes, it's good for socialism.

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Comrade 08/26/2016 (Fri) 21:32:15 [Preview] No. 105 [Reply]
Tox thread? Tox thread anyone?

Why the fuck should i add you on tox?

hmu fam
there ya go comr8

Kopimi Comrade 07/24/2016 (Sun) 19:19:27 [Preview] No. 100 [Reply]
Copy me for luxury communism.

>A free, libre and open-source webcomic supported directly by its patrons to change the comic book industry!
By no means revolutionary, but it's nice and suitable for children. I like it.
I love this shit.
Reminds me of Calvin and Hobbs.

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GNU/Free software general Comrade 02/27/2016 (Sat) 18:24:22 [Preview] No. 5 [Reply]
Any other stallmanists on bunkerchan
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Hmm I think I will try a deblobed kernel, but will definitely stay at gentoo. The software I use every day is free and I don't know what software besides my old vidya isn't free (but when I play I play mostly zdoom, which is free), shouldnt be too much (I just checked, I thought pdftk isn't free but it has the GPL2).

Does anyone know a way in gentoo how too see the licenses of the world set (when ebuilds are searched with emerge -s, their license is shown in the results)?
If you're not sure if you have any proprietary software, you can check out: https://github.com/z411/vrms-gentoo
Cool, thanks comrade.

Running it gives me
25 non-free packages, 2.1% of 1173 installed packages.
1 possibly non-free packages, 0.1% of 1173 installed packages.
,while they are mostly free distributable plus ut2004, adobe reader (which is clusterfuck, but okular can't do javascript in pdf's) and oracle-jre (what I need to play Pixel Dungeon) and funnily enough telegram, which has gpl-3.

Using --strict, it looks much worse:
109 non-free packages, 9.3% of 1173 installed packages.
107 possibly non-free packages, 9.1% of 1173 installed packages.
That's a lot...

You can set flags in portage to prevent non-free software from being installed.
afaik if you use the "bindist" use flag you can only compile truly free software i think, but tor needs an exception to use a proprietary algorithm (still open source though) for encryption.
don't install anything with "-bin" in its name.

gonna check out vrms, seems pretty cool.

>javascript in pdf's
kill yourself on the spot right now

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Comrade 05/26/2016 (Thu) 07:24:45 [Preview] No. 87 [Reply]
So the privacy bussiness has me worried.
Its not about keeping our privacy
Its not about making people aware of the big data spying

What can we do to end the big companies spying on us? It'll be a better world if all google services where paid and W10 was sold in stores.
A couple of weeks ago I'd read an article about how the profits for google's adservice had gone down and how google may not be able to keep up with its bussiness model but that is too optimistic.
>What can we do to end the big companies spying on us?
Nothing. It's a natural consequence of the logic of capitalism and authority that whatever privacy you have is always at risk of being taken away. The relatively quick and easy way in which the public more or less forgot about everything that Snowden revealed, and everything that's come out of that, is proof that there's nothing we can do to make people give a shit about the fact that they are the dominated subjects of a police state.

The best thing we can do is create a meshnet for people who giev a shit about being free from government spying and see the potential of the web for being more than another means to passively consume media.

IBM Patents Printer That Doesn’t Copy Infringing Content Comrade 05/16/2016 (Mon) 17:35:21 [Preview] No. 77 [Reply]
>IBM has submitted an application to expand its portfolio with a rather peculiar patent. To protect rightsholders the technology company has invented a printer that doesn't copy or print any copyright infringing text or images.


Holy shit. Capitalism fucks us over... again and again.
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>Big blue fucking people over
Welcome to the 1980's.
How do they achieve this? What if I copy something without having the printer on the internet?
I don't know really... It seems like a terrible idea. Maybe it has some local database too.

I assume that it is mostly used by companies, not by average consumers.

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Comrade 04/22/2016 (Fri) 15:26:19 [Preview] No. 42 [Reply]
A leftist /tech/ board is great! Let's use it more, comrades!
Are any oldfags around who had the joy to come in contact with pic related or other micro electronics from real socialistic states? Sadly I was born too late to have a opinion on their products.

I read DDR lightbulbs were more durable than the western ones because they had no planned obsolesence; what do you think would our society today look like, if more elecronic products like smartphones were designed with a much longer lifetime in mind? Would the use-value of the products stay the same over time, or would it decrease with technical progress?


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