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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
>>316
I was under the impression that the default serialization and backend representation for DateTime in C# was ISO 8601 complaint which is UTC
>>143
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
>>706
>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.
https://www.fsf.org/resources/hw/single-board-computers

Two secure products with roughly the same price range as the Raspberry Pi 4 are:
http://www.banana-pi.org/m1.html
https://www.olimex.com/Products/OLinuXino/A20/A20-OLinuXino-LIME2/

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.
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What about old hardware? Like a Pentium 133 or an AMD k-6 ?
>>721
>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:
https://www.eff.org/wp/trusted-computing-promise-and-risk
https://www.eff.org/wp/meditations-trusted-computing

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.
>>707
>http://www.banana-pi.org/m1.html
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
>>786
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
https://thepiratebay.org/torrent/17685340/

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

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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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>>217
Books about marxist political economy:
>Value, Price and Profit
https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1865/value-price-profit/index.htm
>The Economic Doctrines of Karl Marx
https://www.marxists.org/archive/kautsky/1903/economic/index.htm
>Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism
https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1916/imp-hsc/
>A Introduction to Marxist Economic Theory
https://www.marxists.org/archive/mandel/1967/intromet/index.htm
>Textbook of Political Economy
https://www.marxists.org/subject/economy/authors/pe/index.htm
>Fundamentals of Political Economy, aka the "Shanghai Textbook"
https://mega.nz/#!Xc11RaJB!YmA9JAC0-pQyAs0jJ0fXjZ22IyXzf0n2-CdrSFtPgOI
https://www.youtube.com/user/readingcapital/playlists

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.

https://soundcloud.com/chapo-trap-house
>>264
Chapo shits on the historical legacy of socialism, through.
>>217
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.

>>727
Bunkerchan ate my image.
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>vice.com
Archive link, you fucking faggot.

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Comrade 09/15/2019 (Sun) 22:50:15 No. 658 [Reply] [Last]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2s5hPLUHN8

you dindn't know that Richard Stallman was ALMOST communist??
>>698
Oh wow, communists don't believe in universal political programs.
We want the age of consent to be 5 in one country and 18 in another. You got it from this free and rational talk show host right here folx.
Muh god has to be the basis of any moral or ethical standard otherwise it's not a universal standard.

What a joke.
>>700
Also, james bond GET
>>698
distrotube is run by a cocksucking redneck fuck

The Social Media Question Comrade 08/19/2019 (Mon) 15:11:52 No. 620 [Reply] [Last]
What is to be done about social media?
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https://repeaterbooks.com/the-great-digital-swindle-by-mark-fisher/

"But how has this model of progress, in which history culminates in the glorious invention of iPhones and apps, become so uncontested?
And, if we attend closely, isn’t there a desperate quality to all this cheerleading?
Addicts always rationalise their compulsions, but the desperation here belongs to capital itself, which has thrown everything at the great digital swindle. Capital might still swagger like some data cowboy, but iPhones plus Victorian values can only be a steampunk throwback.
The return to centuries’ old forms of exploitation is obfuscated by the distracting urgencies of digital communication."
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What's next for social media?
How can it get any more cancerous?
Replace with decentralized, FOSS, psuedonymous alternative, preferably run as a workers' co-op or something.
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There mere existence of decentralized, FOSS, pseudonymous alternatives will not do a single thing to overthrow the corporate domination of the internet.
>>675
But foss hackers and codemonkeys will.

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LancerRPG: the leftist game about commie robots fighting against fascists Comrade 09/11/2019 (Wed) 01:22:10 No. 156 [Reply] [Last]
>>307
Meh tabletop shit is hard to find, all the D&D groups I've been part of in the last 10 years always had some shitty reasons to fall apart midway through the shit.
>>309
/leftypol/ D&D game night when?

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Protonmail Comrade 08/25/2019 (Sun) 02:18:18 No. 583 [Reply] [Last]
hey what do you guys think of protonmail?

i use gmail right now

>founded at CERN, lol
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opinions on tutanota?
What about disroot?
>>586
Yes, it's called self hosting your own email server and using the right encryption
But in general, no internet service that's outside of your hands (on which you relay a lot of sensitive information) is safe
>>604
Yeah but even then you are still having an exchange between two parties.
Expecting everyone to commit to Encryption standards is silly in this day and age
Try dismail.de

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