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Comrade 11/25/2020 (Wed) 20:00:15 No. 6537 [Reply] [Last]
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/24/science/artificial-intelligence-ai-gpt3.html As if the noise-to-signal ratio of internet content wasn't bad enough.
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>>6579 >literally >60% of all reddit activity is bots And the other 40% is redditors acting like bots.
>>6539 interesting idea!
>>6539 An AI trained with this website as a dataset would be an abomination.
>>6664 Someone should do it
>>6539 It's not available to the public because they don't want anyone but glowies to have it iirc >>6664 /leftybot/ when?

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Comrade 11/21/2020 (Sat) 04:42:32 No. 6480 [Reply] [Last]
Do you use any proprietary garbage against your own will because your peers refuse to switch to better alternatives? Pic related, though only the web client. I don't use anything else that's proprietary, not even youtube.
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>>6480 where do i even begin? my uni has a massive hard on for everything microsoft so using any of its services (which i need to use now more than ever since i do all my work remotely) involves messing around with non free shit constantly, or finding libre interfaces to said non free shit. all the way down to being forced to install ms office because of forced docx based document exchange that gets broken because of microsoft's refusal to follow its own standards. my supervisor told me they were thinking about moving the university hpc to a microsoft based system for fucks sake, no idea how that shit would even work, some kind of azure shard? fuck all of it, the monopoly is real
>>6501 based
>>6480 yes, constantly.
I'd give up on having friends and get rid of my phone but turns out I need a job to get money and they force me to have a phone. Shit sucks.
>>6666 quads confirm it

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Comrade 11/19/2020 (Thu) 18:36:27 No. 6435 [Reply] [Last]
Apple trying really hard to delude normalfags into believing security == privacy (while offering neither).
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Wait so if I'm a poorfag who can't afford a fancy phone that supports an open source OS buying a used iphone is better than getting stock android shit?
>>6608 >used iphone only if you want apple to kill your device performance with a firmware update see https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/14/tech/apple-slow-iphone-settlement-payouts/index.html
>>6617 Eh, I only use my phone for calling and whatsapp (thanks to normies and my boss).
>>6608 buying a cheap android and installing replicant on it is better than both of those options.
>>6661 Doesn't it suffer from the same issue as Graphene i.e. it's supported in very few devices that are hard to find and/or expensive?

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Comrade 11/25/2020 (Wed) 02:02:59 No. 6523 [Reply] [Last]
Land of the free.
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>>6532 And Clinton for the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
>>6526 every Republican ever since Obama instituted net neutrality
I remember when I couldn't afford the unlimited plan up here in Canada, the tech support guy would call me every month I went over the limit and demand that I stop downloading. on the bright side, the prices for unlimited plans might come down considerably over the years, as it did here. sadly, most people are still on some kind of limit and don't think much of it anymore. time to start triaging your piracy addiction.
>>6526 yes, Luke Smith
>>6596 >the tech support guy would call me every month I went over the limit and demand that I stop downloading. Holy shit imagine being such a cuck that you can't even throttle your customer and have to ask him to stop. >N-NO! You can't just torrent all of Big Busta's Gozongas vol. 4-23!!!

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Comrade 11/30/2020 (Mon) 21:12:32 No. 6613 [Reply] [Last]
Is there any point in storing old computer hardware? I've got a bunch of junk taking up space that I've got just in case, but so far it's been useless to me.
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>>6613 Check these lists: https://libreboot.org/docs/hardware/ https://www.coreboot.org/Supported_Chipsets_and_Devices https://coreboot.org/status/board-status.html If it is listed as compatible, keep it. If not, either toss it or reuse those components that you can. No need paying an arm and a leg to rice out a new gayming rig, anyway. >>6616 >hell no. tech hoarding is a horrible waste of space and any old PC will be outclassed by a dirt cheap, energy efficient raspberry pi or something. >raspberry pi enjoy your botnet
>>6624 >device that runs a variety of FOSS distros >botnet what did he mean by this?
>>6627 To be fair, I'd want the latest known non-botnet machine, like a T400, rather than some museum piece.
>>6613 hacking together a functional device after the nukes drop

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Comrade 12/03/2020 (Thu) 05:15:15 No. 6658 [Reply] [Last]
Apple is sec-

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Comrade 12/01/2020 (Tue) 23:53:10 No. 6637 [Reply] [Last]
So this is the power of the foot?
>>6637 wtf. why would it need js for mouse movement?
>>6637 >using gnome its like you want to live in pain
>>6637 Liking GNOME should be classified by the DSM as a mental illness.

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Comrade 11/30/2020 (Mon) 20:09:33 No. 6609 [Reply] [Last]
I already knew in the 2000s that japs were fucking retarded when it came to consooming but jesus christ.
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>>6610 *they're
>>6610 Japan doesn't give a fuck about free software and their DIY scene is reserved for people with a lot of money.
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>>6626 Instead of asking for money, why doesn't he make his work public so he can get help?

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Leftist Tech Communities? Comrade 05/29/2020 (Fri) 21:06:08 No. 1930 [Reply] [Last]
Is there something like HackerNews but not infested by Silly Valley's libertarian STEMlords and VC-bootlicking hustlers?
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Here's to getting banned: https://www.ovarit.com/o/ThisNeverHappens/ >>4883 >>i want to abolish gender but drag is bad mmmkay >wanting to reinforce gender stereotypes >>4890 It's horrible how annoying TRAs are, right?
>>4177 You're a reactionary spouting transphobic pseudoscientific beliefs. Transitioning is the treatment for gender dysphoria and it is very effective, that's why all major transgender healthcare specialist groups recommend it. Who are you exactly? Some random? Right. Fuck off.
>>4177 >illness x is like illness y because I think they're delusions so they should be treated the same Analogies once again proven retarded.
>mfw i came here for discussion of leftist programmer online communities why did you retards have to sperg out about gender? can we return to the original point of the op? i want to be a part of a programmers community that i can actually respect instead of listening to horrible soy takes about muh products and even worse lib or ancap takes about society day in and day out, but if "leftist programmer" actually means autistic screeching about idpol for days then i guess i will go back to being a shut in
>>6599 >>6601 Take your meds and stop necrobumping to contribute absolutely nothing of substance.

is quantum computing legit or is it all hype? Comrade 12/01/2020 (Tue) 02:50:40 No. 6621 [Reply] [Last]
how come it seems like no progress has been made? we keep hearing about research but it seems like we never get to see any results. what gives? what even is quantum computing anyway?
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>>6632 not the physcist, but some cryptographic algorithms are believed to be quantum-resistant.
>>6632 well, if you compare modern encryption methods to things that were used a 100 years ago that is largely trivial to decode now with our modern computational capabilities, so you can pretty much just chalk it up to the rate of progress: most encryption will not last and in fact is not designed to last forever, hence why you're asked to change your keys/passwords/what have you fairly regularly. on the flipside when quantum assisted decryption finally becomes a deployable thing (as in, usable by someone who isn't a glowie) then considering the amount of research that is currently being funnelled into it it is likely that at that point there would have been a consistent algorithm in place that would largely counteract most advances in this field. things like for example quantum encryption, as opposed to simply being very hard to break like the algorithms relying on certain hard math problems we currently use, are fundamentally unbreakable based on our current physical understanding due to the way that quantum entanglement works - i.e. if you mess with the state without having the key, you cause decoherence in the state and the encrypted information is simply lost, and it can even detect mitm attack attempts too by analysing the error rate on the receiving end of the signal. so at that point our consideration as communists will be the democratisation of that technology. but again none of this is really out of the ordinary when you consider other game changer technologies being deployed in history. also like >>6634 said, aside from the quantum cryptography that is currently being researched there are also quantum resistant algorithms based on a belief (as of yet unproven tho) that the class of quantum solvable algorithms is neither a subset to nor equal to all of the non deterministic polynomial time problems, aka there exist problems that cannot be solved in polynomial time by either classical nor quantum computers. look at this for some examples: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-quantum_cryptography
>>6631 >superposition, or the ability to operate on many qubits at the same time instead of consecutively on bits as it is in computers so what does that mean from a programming point of view? in what specific way does that effect the time complexity of an algorithm?
>>6641 Imagine a rat trying to find a way out of a maze. The classical way, the rat has to go all the way down a path, and only after hitting a dead end can it then try checking another path. A quantum rat can go down every path simultaneously, solving the maze much faster
>>6641 >>6642 is a pretty good explanation tbh. it's also why right now google, ibm, et al. are measuring their successes in building a quantum computer by its quantum volume, a number that takes into account both amount of qubits and its effective error rate, because every qubit that is added and can operate relatively error free theoretically increases the capability to operate on data exponentially by allowing larger data structures. then all you need is an actual algorithm that can take advantage of this capability in a way that makes it more efficient than classical computers. as >>6642 said pathfinding is one example of a problem that might benefit from this, so in complexity terms if we take A* (which worst case can get polynomial cost in bounded tree) and compare it to say a quantum binary tree search then, assuming there are enough qubits with a negligible error rate, you would get at least an exponential speed up. pathfinding of course is fairly unique here because its memory bounded first and foremost, and every attempt at a quantum pathfinding algorithm i know of currently uses a qubit per pathing decision for example, so on large enough paths this really does exhaust capabilities of current quantum computers if you take into account that the "best" quantum computers (google, ibm) at the moment have around 50 qubits. ibm is "planning for a 1000 qubit computer by 2023" but right now this is just big words. but to generalise it: if you are working on an algorithm that requires finding the correct state in a large state space, then quantum will in general offer (usually) an exponential kind of speed up there. and this is before we get to unique solutions that use entanglement like https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shor%27s_algorithm

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