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Cake day: Jun 03, 2021


Lack of growth isn’t the reason people in sub-saharan Africa (or anywhere else) starve. We produce more than enough for everyone, globally. It’s a distribution issue.

The issue is power itself. If “cop like people” are needed at all, they should be restricted in the power to the degree that they wouldn’t be recognizable as cops to anyone living in a modern state, (ie not having firearms, not having authority to arrest, etc).

Regardless of your opinion on the issue, cops being “unreformable”, and an institution that’s inherently shitty, is the anarchist position, and the basis behind the sentiment expressed in ACAB. Which is why its shitty to read cop apologist/bootlikers in sublemmies like that.

There’s also the part about “kids” not going to school, and, in contrast, “parents” not going to work. Subttly implying workers are parents and vice-versa.

What's lemmy.ml's policy on NSFW content and why?
With the recent move by OnlyFans where they tried to ban sexually explicitly content, I couldn't help but think about Lemmy's policies. I think it's particularly important to have a place where NSFW content is allowed, at the very least for sex workers trying to promote their work, since they are often marginalized and excluded from mainstream outlets. What are everyone's thoughts?

I’m not inherently against this or anything, but the page gives me strong “hey, fellow kids” vibe.

@NassttoFediverseDear, Lemmy...

Please tell me you’re a troll.

“At least I can exist” being “dangerous precedent” is low key advocating for genocide, btw.

“to starve the upper class if labor” - you’ll never do that with lifestyle changes.

Trying to minimize your participation in the rat race is a good idea, but not revolutionary in itself.

I broadly agree with this sentiment, however, I still find their uncritical support for demonstrably awful states (like states tend to be) distasteful.

Take the Uyghur issue, for example. Occidental propaganda wants us to believe that there’s a literal, Nazi-style physical genocide, which isn’t true. Tankies point that out and claim “victory”, when Uyghurs are living in pretty shitty conditions, and the Chinese state is doing everything it can to erase their culture, even if no physical genocide is happening.

I think I read recently in an anti-cop sublemmy (ACAB? I forgot the name) that being against “all” cops is problematic, because, after all, cops in “proletariat-controled states” exert the will of the proletariat (unlike cops in burgeois-controlled states). And thus, they’re good. 🙄

I get that these people are not a serious political force. And they’re certainly not as insufferable as liberals (and they do much less damage, if any at all). But still.

This might seem weird, but it kinda bothers me that 55000 dollars just… Doesn’t seem like that much money, lmao. Like, you’re talking about literally buying power in the most powerful empire in history for… 55k?

Friendly reminder that Orwell was a socialist and fought as a volunteer in the Spanish civil war against fascists. 1984 was never meant as a critique of communism, the protagonist’s job in the ministry was inspired by censorship work he himself had to do… Working under the BBC. Animal Farm is explicitly against Stalinism, which I understand how some MLs think is anticommunist (if you view Stalinism and Communism as essentially synonyms) but I feel like saying that Orwell was anticommunist is a misrepresentation.

Lmao at Saudi Arabia being grey. From outside the US this seems almost like satire, but I imagine it’s genuine.

Looking for an open source project/community to contribute to.
I'm a final year CS student, and would like to start building experience programming. Contributing to a FOSS project seems like a good way to do so that aligns with my values. My main holdup is that I want to work with *people*. I'd love an active dev community, with plenty of communication. Does anyone have some recommendations?

I didn’t get it and I feel dense :(

I’ve heard a gym membership (if you can afford one) is a good way to get access to a shower.

Tbh, I found your “article” unnecessarily provocative, and not at all specific to free software.

I do think there’s something to be said regarding minimalism in code and security, but I think a more insightful analysis would have been better here.

The mental gymnastics you need to do to believe being a bootlicker is revolutionary.

How does the repo size of these distros compare with Debian/Fedora/Arch?

I think the “bastardness” of cops is in direct correlation with inequality: more inequality invariably means more brutality is needed to enforce that inequality.

As an anarchist, I’m skeptical of the notion of “socialist states” since in my books socialism is worker ownership of the means of production. The state might claim that it represents the will of the workers, and so state ownership is the same as worker ownership, but believing that claim is incredibly naive imo.

Lessons I learned using password managers
Ok, so, I'm no expert, but there's a real lack of pragmatic guidance regarding password managers and their use. Over time I realized that some of what I was doing was essentially a self-imposed version of security theater, and I think I found a good balance on usability and security. Here's my advice: 1. Randomly generated strings are better than passphrases for your master password. This might seem counterintuitive, since passphrases can get a similar amount of entropy, while being more memorable. Here's the thing though: they are much, MUCH, longer to type. Your master password is (ideally) the only password you'll be typing, so optimizing for typeability is best. And regarding ease of memorization? It doesn't really matter, you'll only need to memorize the password once, while you'll type it many, many times. 2. 60 bits of entropy is all you need, realistically. AFAIK, there's never been a demonstration of a 60 bit password being cracked by brute force. It's just not financially smart. If you have that much hashing power, you'll probably be better off mining Bitcoin or something. There's a reason why criminals get most of their passwords through phishing: it's cost effective. 3. Longer > Complex This comes back to typeability, adding one or 2 characters often results in higher entropy than adding an entire character class, and the result is much, MUCH more typeable. Uppercase letters, in particular, take 2 taps to write in a mobile phone. A 14 character lowercase + digits password has a little bit more entropy than a 12 character uppercase + lowercase + digits password, at the same time, the 14 character password will likely need less taps in a smartphone, be easier to type with one hand, and be easier to copy. 4. Don't go overboard with your key derivation function. If your smartphone password manage takes forever to unlock your database, it's likely that your password manager is setup to do way too many iterations. Remember than a doubling in the number of iterations is equivalent to a bit of entropy in your password. Going from 0.1 to unlock your database to about a second gains you 3ish bits of entropy: it's just not worth it 5. The passwords in the database should be typeable too It's tempting to assume that, since you're no longer typing these passwords regularly, having infinite passwords with large character sets is the way to go, but it's not. The safest way to log into an account in a non-trusted device is to just look up the password in your phone and type it up. Those situations *will* come up, I promise. On the other hand, having 70 bits and 120 bits of entropy in your passwords is functionally equivalent, since no-one's cracking them anyway Alright, so that's all. What do you think? I'm no infosec expert, but I like to think that I do my research. Pretty much all the advice regarding password managers I've read emphasizes security above all else, sometimes to the point of irrationality, and I felt like a guide like this was needed.

Do you have sources that I could read? I’m admittedly not an expert in energy production, but a cursory search of nuclear energy seems to lead to a fairly good consensus that it is more expensive, more emmiting and slower to get up and running than equivalent renewables. I’d be interested in reading dissenting opinions.

Is that really still the case? With the huge gain in renewable efficiency over the last decade, I’d be surprised if it was. I also heard it takes a long time from the start of construction until a nuclear plant goes online, which makes them less than ideal in a climate emergency.

I’m a non-american (argentinian), and don’t really feel comfortable sharing a platform with literal white supremacists.