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Comrade 10/01/2019 (Tue) 18:48:19 No. 725 [Reply] [Last]
What are some Free Software projects worth contributing to?
your mum
>What are some Free Software projects worth contributing to?
That depends entirely on your skill set and interest comrade. So what to you enjoy and what are you good at? Just so you know hacktoberfest is being sponsored by digitalocean right now so it might be a nice thing to get in on if you're planning to do this anyway: https://hacktoberfest.digitalocean.com/
desktop environments like KDE. they need more polish.
Bring window edge snapping back to Openbox.

Education Purrletariat 05/06/2017 (Sat) 20:13:09 No. 240 [Reply] [Last]
What should Education under a Leftist system look like? The current system obviously doesn't work as can be seen by the large amounts of dropouts and general scorn and dissatisfaction that is directed towards the system.

I'm personally leaning towards the Sudbury Model of Education, essentially the government, school, and parents have no say in what is taught (preventing bias and the brainwashing type of education in modern public and religious schools).
The school's rules as well as other actions are decided by a democratic "School Meeting" consisting of Staff members and the entire Student Population, each has an equal vote and the staff possesses no veto power. Meaning that the school is mostly run by the students, there is no curriculum and no classes, the students decide what to learn, how to do it, and can ask other students or staff for assistance if they wish.
There are no divisions by age or skill meaning that younger students can interact with older ones at will and vice versa, allowing for older students to act as big brothers/sisters to younger students giving them a chance to develop greater empathy and responsibility while giving younger students the ability to find mentors (that they can personally identify with, unlike the ones assigned under current mentor-ship or tutoring programs).

It's worked very well already in the few schools that have tried it:

What would be other good ideas and ways to reform the current system?
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>the students decide what to learn

So the education plan is going to be set by who ever can influence students.

Is that going to be better ? Are you going to attempt to control this ?
>What should Education under a Leftist system look like?
Every year the Party Congress creates a highly centralized education circulum that students are forced to learn and if they don’t they are hit with rulers.
>I'm personally leaning towards the Sudbury Model of Education, essentially the government, school, and parents have no say in what is taught (preventing bias and the brainwashing type of education in modern public and religious schools).
The school's rules as well as other actions are decided by a democratic "School Meeting" consisting of Staff members and the entire Student Population, each has an equal vote and the staff possesses no veto power. Meaning that the school is mostly run by the students, there is no curriculum and no classes, the students decide what to learn, how to do it, and can ask other students or staff for assistance if they wish.
Except that kids have underdeveloped minds and can’t think or do stuff for themselves. They need people to tell them what to do and what not to do, and if need be punish them if they misbehave.
That's a really stupid position to have my dude.
>students decide what to learn
>lesson plan
You're not getting it.

Comrade 10/01/2019 (Tue) 03:56:35 No. 721 [Reply] [Last]
I've been trying to find some more information on the original systems operating in the Soviet Union. Especially those earlier systems that showed some promise and interesting features. I've been looking specifically at the BESM-6 due to the ample documentation available. The most interesting features to me are the system of modes, and bit packing, both of which seem very odd but interesting to me, oh also it's RISC which is nice. The CPU was also developed under the name Elbrus into the late 80's which is unique, and was reasonably competitive at the time. The Elbrus-3 which was a completely new ISA with novel VLIW capabilities was also competitive.

Would any of you happen to have any information on the MIR «Машина для Инженерных Расчётов» machines? I'm struggling to find any information on them but they sound fascinating especially concerning "a hardware implementation of a high-level programming language capable of symbolic manipulations" which reminds me of the exceptional Scheme-48. Also it seems to be immensely capable for its size. Thanks in advance!
Shit, could a mod delete this thread please?
out of luck buddy, this board doesn't have an active BO and/or mods. gonna have to ask space
>out of luck buddy, this board doesn't have an active BO and/or mods. gonna have to ask space
That's kinda weird, I'll ask in >>>/gulag/, thanks for telling me.

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Languages Comrade 04/06/2017 (Thu) 08:59:43 No. 702 [Reply] [Last]
What programming languages do you guys use? I'm mostly Python, Java, C#, C++. Used to like functional programming but IMO now that regular OO languages have alot of function features like first class functions its not as big a deal to write code in a pure functional language like lisp or haskell, better to write regular python or something and occasionally write some functional-styled code
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>What programming languages do you guys use?
C#, F#, python when I need to quickly process some data files (its much more expressive and easier to work with loading files and lack of type system allows me to do autistic quick designs, but unmaintainable)
rust,,, the communist programming language
I was under the impression that the default serialization and backend representation for DateTime in C# was ISO 8601 complaint which is UTC
I enjoy programming in R7RS Scheme, although it's not very practical if you're trying to follow the standard. I have some familiarity with C which I strongly dislike, desperately wishing my familiarity was with Ada instead. I also have some familiarity with Clojure, Ocaml, Elisp, and Chip8 the former two having interesting properties, the third being acceptable, and the fourth being a good learning experience.
python for general purpose
php/sql for web dev
c++ for performance critical

Comrade 09/17/2019 (Tue) 02:45:23 No. 697 [Reply] [Last]
Is Raspberry pi 4 safe to use?
Comparing to Intel/Amd that may be backdoored
>Is Raspberry pi 4 safe to use dompared to Intel/Amd that may be backdoored?
Cortex-A72 in the Raspberry Pi 4 are vulnerable to speculative instruction attacks without software patching which reduces performance similarly to AMD and Intel CPUs but the Raspberry Pi 4 lacks the ME, AMT, PSP, Microcode, etc issues. There are still a tremendous amount of issues regarding software freedom though, and with a lack of software freedom necessarily comes a lack of security, to quote the FSF on this matter:
>Boards based on the Broadcom VideoCore 4 family, such as the Raspberry Pi, require nonfree software to startup, although signature checks are not enforced. A free proof-of-concept replacement firmware has been developed, but it is not in a usable state, and development has halted. Until the nonfree startup program is fully freed, these boards are useless in the free world.

>By default, the GPU requires a blob running in this same startup firmware. However, Broadcom also supplies an "experimental" free software stack, which could run without blobs, if the startup firmware were free.

>The startup program also implements accelerated video decoding, primarily using highly optimized proprietary code as well as some dedicated video decoding hardware blocks. There are intentional restrictions, apparently due to software patents, blocking the use of this code without a license key (a form of DRM). Nevertheless, video decoding can be done with free software on the CPU, with a performance and power cost.

>There is an additional concern for the Raspberry Pi Camera Module, produced specifically for use with the Raspberry Pi. In order to access the Camera Module, it requires the use of a binary-only driver on the Raspberry Pi. This driver refuses to work unless authentication of an ATSHA204A chip present on the camera board succeeds. This is a crypto chip capable of solving challenge-response requests using a captive secret key within it, essentially it is used to prevent hardware cloning and confirm that the camera board was not manufactured by a third party. In other words, it is a form of hardware DRM. If necessary, you can use a USB webcam supported by free software instead.

Two secure products with roughly the same price range as the Raspberry Pi 4 are:

These products are of themselves as completely free of security faults as you can currently get, but keep in mind the software you run on your system is at this point far more important than the system its self. Performance of these devices is quite a bit less than that of Raspberry Pi 4 though. If you gave me your price range and requirements (what you want to run) I and others could better give you suggestions, and you could more directly achieve your objectives.
What about old hardware? Like a Pentium 133 or an AMD k-6 ?
>What about old hardware? Like a Pentium 133 or an AMD k-6?
Sure, you shouldn't really need to go that far back though, also those CPUs are probably slower than the systems I listed. It seems to me that at the very minimum some K-7 and Netburst CPUs would be a possibility. It's difficult for me to give suggestions though because they've just been consistently moving in this direction for such a long time, and because in many cases the early developments of these technologies are either innocuous or simple to work around.

2006-2008 is the grey area for Intel CPUs because this is when things started going south with AMT, ME, TPM, Microcode, Speculative Execution, etc. You really do have to do some research into the individual CPU to know for sure in this time span. I honestly don't know as much about AMD CPUs, I know some of them have speculative instruction issues since 2003. They started getting Microcode in 2007, they got SEM at some point post-2003 and they got their PSP system in 2013. It probably took a generation or two for each of these things to become strong enough to be harmful though as in Intel CPUs. If you really want to go back to the vary root of most of this it's with trusted computing which started to slowly be implemented starting around 2003:

Another concern for x86_64 systems is that they have non-free bios which need to be re-flashed with coreboot or libreboot in order to be able to boot using only free software. This problem is near universal with only a few examples of machines with modern Intel CPUs being the exception. Additionally the vast majority of systems lack support for libreboot/coreboot. Due to this there is no x86 system I can point to and say out of the box this is capable of running a desktop environment securely.
It recently came to my attention that there is actually a great deal of controversy on this board. It seems that it's not entirely standardized that it's not entirely open-source hardware, and there are a number of legal disputes with it. Given that I'd likely suggest the other board as a raspberry pi replacement.

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Comrade 08/23/2019 (Fri) 14:56:21 No. 196 [Reply] [Last]
Oh boy
Speaking of games, does anyone have the rulebook for Imperialism in Space?
Reminder that Monopoly was just a mod of the Georgist Landlord's Game.
Monopoly is a terrible board game, like it just goes on indefinitely unless the players decide when it's time to stop. It's just completely mind-boggling how this game even has a following when there's better games like Chess or Uno.

Also, this jab at socialists is more of a jab at liberal urbanites than anything, so I guess they know their target audience is old fucks who still believe in Red Scare propaganda and people who don't anything about board games.

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Comrade 09/25/2019 (Wed) 20:16:48 No. 686 [Reply] [Last]
I'm going to start making videos, what editing software should I start out with and what should I use after I've been making videos for a little while.
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pirate sony vegas
easiest on windows

if you're on linux, consider kdenlive. it has improved a lot lately. it is pretty easy for simple stuff.
Is DaVinci Resolve any good?
just use premiere pro cc 2017

if you've installed it and need tips how to use it just ask here
kdenlive unless you like botnet

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Comrade 08/16/2019 (Fri) 23:29:08 No. 667 [Reply] [Last]
We need to make bunkerchan browseable on smartphones. Clover was really comfy for browsing 8/leftypol/. Any Comrade willing to help implementing the Lynxchan API to Clover/Kuroba?

Repositories for references:


Currently they support only the Vichan API, but implementing Lynxchan API shouldn't be too hard.
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t. sitting on the toilet at work
We in there boys.

Where can we select flags at?
Not supporting phone access is classist af and dooms us to fail
take your master pc race fascism to reddit or 4chins

posting from a pc btw
It browses fine on my phone. I use firefox, though.
I agree with smartphone support but pc master race being classist and fascist is a Twitter-tier take.

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Comrade 08/19/2019 (Mon) 18:17:31 No. 179 [Reply] [Last]
Hi anons.

What are some good podcasts about marxist economic theory?
I don't give a fuck about racism, troons being troons, philosophy, political science or Adorno's aesthetics.
I want to study marxist economics, not radlib bullshit.

Here are some I particulary enjoy:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh2UY1hxlMr4_7Az_iQ82HQ/videos (mostly news unfortunaly)
https://www.youtube.com/user/RichardDWolff/videos (econ profesor)
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Books about marxist political economy:
>Value, Price and Profit
>The Economic Doctrines of Karl Marx
>Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism
>A Introduction to Marxist Economic Theory
>Textbook of Political Economy
>Fundamentals of Political Economy, aka the "Shanghai Textbook"

David Harvey has full courses on reading Capital on this channel. He's a good lecturer and his videos helped me a lot when struggling to understand Marx. It's also orthodox economic marxism not intersectional bullshit
Chapo Trap House, while not specifically focusing on Marxism, is effective at pointing out the hypocrisy of capitalism and imperialism. I think they'd make a good introduction into leftism in general. They do seem to jerk off over Bernie a bit too much for my taste but otherwise I have to say their analysis is on point.

Chapo shits on the historical legacy of socialism, through.
What's Left with Aimee Terese and the other guy is pretty good.

Also if anyone knows where I can get the premium episodes for free, please do point the way.

Bunkerchan ate my image.
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Archive link, you fucking faggot.


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