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I share the translation of a lil' Italian essay about faux or out-of-context quotes of Marx, Lenin, and [Cinanni](https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paolo_Cinanni), and how those quotes are used to support anti-immigration stances, arguably in favour of "national proletarians". The quotes are specific for Italian politicians and "debaters", yet the kind of reasoning is far from uncommon. To name one of most discussed cases: [this article by Nagle](https://americanaffairsjournal.org/2018/11/the-left-case-against-open-borders/). _N.B.: second episode is coming soon._

I share the translation of a lil' Italian essay about faux or out-of-context quotes of Marx, Lenin, and [Cinanni](https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paolo_Cinanni), and how those quotes are used to support anti-immigration stances, arguably in favour of "national proletarians". The quotes are specific for Italian politicians and "debaters", yet the kind of reasoning is far from uncommon. To name one of most discussed cases: [this article by Nagle](https://americanaffairsjournal.org/2018/11/the-left-case-against-open-borders/). _N.B.: second episode is coming soon._

I share the translation of a lil' Italian essay about faux or out-of-context quotes of Marx, Lenin, and [Cinanni](https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paolo_Cinanni), and how those quotes are used to support anti-immigration stances, arguably in favour of "national proletarians". The quotes are specific for Italian politicians and "debaters", yet the kind of reasoning is far from uncommon. To name one of most discussed cases: [this article by Nagle](https://americanaffairsjournal.org/2018/11/the-left-case-against-open-borders/). _N.B.: second episode is coming soon._

Hey all! I started with command line torsocks (here) and wish to change appearance of the prompt. For the moment being, I added an if-statement to my .bashrc checking whether LD_PRELOAD is unset, but I found that solution peculiar to my case. Any more general solution?


I did not like that the Tor browser is not accessible via the start menu (in my case: xfce4-popup-whiskermenu). Therefore I installed the application with the following:
sudo desktop-file-install /usr/share/applications/start-tor-browser.desktop
but I received the warnings as follow:

warnings
/usr/share/applications/start-tor-browser.desktop: error: value "sh -c '"/home/username/Programs/tor-browser_it/Browser/start-tor-browser" --detach || ([ !  -x "/home/username/Programs/tor-browser_it/Browser/start-tor-browser" ] && "$(dirname "$*")"/Browser/start-tor-browser --detach)' dummy %k" for key "Exec" in group "Desktop Entry" contains a reserved character ''' outside of a quote
/usr/share/applications/start-tor-browser.desktop: error: value "sh -c '"/home/username/Programs/tor-browser_it/Browser/start-tor-browser" --detach || ([ !  -x "/home/username/Programs/tor-browser_it/Browser/start-tor-browser" ] && "$(dirname "$*")"/Browser/start-tor-browser --detach)' dummy %k" for key "Exec" in group "Desktop Entry" contains a reserved character '|' outside of a quote
/usr/share/applications/start-tor-browser.desktop: error: value "sh -c '"/home/username/Programs/tor-browser_it/Browser/start-tor-browser" --detach || ([ !  -x "/home/username/Programs/tor-browser_it/Browser/start-tor-browser" ] && "$(dirname "$*")"/Browser/start-tor-browser --detach)' dummy %k" for key "Exec" in group "Desktop Entry" contains a reserved character '|' outside of a quote
/usr/share/applications/start-tor-browser.desktop: error: value "sh -c '"/home/username/Programs/tor-browser_it/Browser/start-tor-browser" --detach || ([ !  -x "/home/username/Programs/tor-browser_it/Browser/start-tor-browser" ] && "$(dirname "$*")"/Browser/start-tor-browser --detach)' dummy %k" for key "Exec" in group "Desktop Entry" contains a reserved character '(' outside of a quote
/usr/share/applications/start-tor-browser.desktop: error: value "sh -c '"/home/username/Programs/tor-browser_it/Browser/start-tor-browser" --detach || ([ !  -x "/home/username/Programs/tor-browser_it/Browser/start-tor-browser" ] && "$(dirname "$*")"/Browser/start-tor-browser --detach)' dummy %k" for key "Exec" in group "Desktop Entry" contains a reserved character '&' outside of a quote
/usr/share/applications/start-tor-browser.desktop: error: value "sh -c '"/home/username/Programs/tor-browser_it/Browser/start-tor-browser" --detach || ([ !  -x "/home/username/Programs/tor-browser_it/Browser/start-tor-browser" ] && "$(dirname "$*")"/Browser/start-tor-browser --detach)' dummy %k" for key "Exec" in group "Desktop Entry" contains a reserved character '&' outside of a quote
/usr/share/applications/start-tor-browser.desktop: error: value "sh -c '"/home/username/Programs/tor-browser_it/Browser/start-tor-browser" --detach || ([ !  -x "/home/username/Programs/tor-browser_it/Browser/start-tor-browser" ] && "$(dirname "$*")"/Browser/start-tor-browser --detach)' dummy %k" for key "Exec" in group "Desktop Entry" contains a non-escaped character '$' in a quote, but it should be escaped with two backslashes ("\\$")
/usr/share/applications/start-tor-browser.desktop: error: value "sh -c '"/home/username/Programs/tor-browser_it/Browser/start-tor-browser" --detach || ([ !  -x "/home/username/Programs/tor-browser_it/Browser/start-tor-browser" ] && "$(dirname "$*")"/Browser/start-tor-browser --detach)' dummy %k" for key "Exec" in group "Desktop Entry" contains a reserved character '$' outside of a quote
/usr/share/applications/start-tor-browser.desktop: error: value "sh -c '"/home/username/Programs/tor-browser_it/Browser/start-tor-browser" --detach || ([ !  -x "/home/username/Programs/tor-browser_it/Browser/start-tor-browser" ] && "$(dirname "$*")"/Browser/start-tor-browser --detach)' dummy %k" for key "Exec" in group "Desktop Entry" contains a reserved character '*' outside of a quote
/usr/share/applications/start-tor-browser.desktop: error: value "sh -c '"/home/username/Programs/tor-browser_it/Browser/start-tor-browser" --detach || ([ !  -x "/home/username/Programs/tor-browser_it/Browser/start-tor-browser" ] && "$(dirname "$*")"/Browser/start-tor-browser --detach)' dummy %k" for key "Exec" in group "Desktop Entry" contains a reserved character ')' outside of a quote
/usr/share/applications/start-tor-browser.desktop: error: value "sh -c '"/home/username/Programs/tor-browser_it/Browser/start-tor-browser" --detach || ([ !  -x "/home/username/Programs/tor-browser_it/Browser/start-tor-browser" ] && "$(dirname "$*")"/Browser/start-tor-browser --detach)' dummy %k" for key "Exec" in group "Desktop Entry" contains a reserved character ''' outside of a quote
Error on file "/usr/share/applications/start-tor-browser.desktop": Failed to validate the created desktop file

Do you find it a bad practice for you? Is that suspicious?




OK! It is not even worthy the try. :)


Firmwares! Firmwares evrywhere!
D: D: D:


Moka pot is the general name. You may try Moka express after the century-lasting brand.
(pretty much like using scotch tape instead of PSA tape)


I found a Feiteng H9500s, which is supposedly supposed to be a Galaxy S4 clone. I am going to follow an official installation guide of Galaxy S4 since clones are not supported by Lineage. Have you ever had any experience with those?


Thanks for the idea of the post here!
Spotify needs account and special applications. May I ask to put the playlist elsewhere? +++ if downloadable.


Hi! I am interested in the project. I do not get the added value with respect to the well-established Mastodon.py which I currently use.


Online shopping
Hey folx? How's going? :) I wish to make little online purchase/shopping but my current solution is terrible (PayPal). I am looking for a decent level of anonymity. Bonus points if solutions are provided by good people. :hugging face:


Nah, if capitalism itself made an account, it’d be out of CoC due to its magnificent progressive destinies.


Thanks for all, folx!
What if I visit .onion versions of websites via the Tor browser instead of the non-onion versions?


Buono così, più utenze per tutt*, creiamo kaos! :hugging face:


How to start?
As total newcomer, what would you suggest as first steps with Tor? No mission critical application.

Mental calculation of decimal lorgarithms. Ye, not that cool unless you mess with pH.



You’re welcome :hugging face: It’s just a lil’ gesture of solidarity.


I tried to archive on web.archive.org and I failed. I used archive.is but I know it is problematic. I am open to alternatives.

In the meantime:

On FOSS as a capitalism-like structure
Or, Time is Money
~
Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) positions itself as being apart from capitalism. Software is written by people passionate about making their useful things freely available to all. Sometimes they’re paid but often they aren’t.
When they’re not, and when it’s a personal project that others may or may not contribute to, if someone using the software asks for a particular feature and the developer isn’t into the idea of adding it, the standard response is “you’re free to fork it and code whatever you want.” After all, that’s what FOSS is about.
If two people are equal in terms of coding ability and available time, that is a fair dynamic.
When someone is unable to code their options are:¹
Learn to code;
Pay someone else to code;
Find someone else who is willing and able to code for you for free.
To put it another way:

FOSS as a non-coder
Time is money. If you have time you can use it to learn how to code, or to find skilled people and persuade them that it’s a good idea to work for you for free. If you lack time, you can often get around it by throwing money at it and buying someone else’s time. If you have enough people, everyone puts in less time each and things get done faster even though it’s still free.
Back to the project. If as a user you object to something about a particular FOSS program or the way a project is run, you will probably be told that you have the option of forking the project or choosing another fork or project that better suits your needs. This is considered a good thing, and forking projects is encouraged. But when you have no power it sucks.
Does this sound familiar?
“If you don’t like a company or product you can give your money or attention to another” is considered a feature under capitalism that encourages competition and technical progress, forcing companies to make something better/cheaper or lose money and fall out of the race. It’s inherently unfair to poor people, who don’t have enough money to “vote with their wallet”, and marginalised groups and minorities are more likely to be poor. The people without power are ignored and silenced. This system is problematic enough that governments have to enact anti-discrimination laws to protect minorities and marginalised groups, who are disadvantaged under this system.
FOSS is exactly the same as capitalism in this way, but with no greater governing body to create and enforce anti-discrimination laws. It is therefore safer for marginalised people to use centralised software under large companies that are accountable to the law.
Mastodon markets itself as being a safer alternative to Twitter, where users have access to features that help them to protect themselves from abuse, but Gargron is a team of one who is accountable to no one and has several times objected to various features and changes that vulnerable and marginalised people have requested because it doesn’t personally suit him. In a project that had more forks with their own developers or a lot fewer than 150,000 active users this might not be so bad, but when the project gets to a certain size and there is very little variation in terms of the core features being developed, this model is straining. I try to imagine how it might have gone if Zuckerberg had faced senate interrogation in the US over issues relevant to Mastodon:
“Senator, I hear that you feel that my software doesn’t do enough to protect vulnerable people, and I would like to remind you that if you feel it doesn’t comply with equality legislation you can fork the project and code something law-abiding yourself.”
In companies the law ensures that marginalised people are treated appropriately, and progress is slow but we’re getting there. In FOSS the only tool we have is user pressure, and it’s not working. All the power is with the developers, who have the time and/or money to be able to code because they’re in a privileged group. In FOSS as in capitalism, power begets power, and those at the top don’t share.
The more I think about it, the more I see FOSS as a microcosm of capitalism. I am reminded of the way I put work into Mastodon for more than a year, but I never received any acknowledgement, gratitude or compensation from Gargron even though he used my ideas, because I never wrote a line of code. (I got a heck of a lot of appreciative sentiment from fellow users of the software, though.) It echoes the way work is not acknowledged under capitalism unless it is measurably productive and benefiting someone who is already wealthy. Being a parent is a 24/7 job with no holidays, but if you’re a stay-at-home parent you’re not considered to be working. Being disabled means you’re working 5 times harder than anyone else just to maintain your own health, but because you’re not helping someone else to become richer you’re not a productive member of the workforce. Being a voluntary charity worker is virtuous, and it’s also somewhat valued because you’re doing work that no one has to pay you for, but ultimately you’re expected to enter paid employment as soon as something suitable comes along. Under capitalism we have to use our precious time to earn money to survive, to the extent that we have needed to introduce socialist laws to enforce taxes that support people who are not capable of participating in this very narrow definition of gainful and productive employment.
And it’s the same with Mastodon and in much of FOSS generally. You can report bugs, help keep the issue list tidy, recruit new users, help newbies get to grips with the software, make mock-ups of ideas that then get implemented, post issues for those who don’t understand how to use the bug-reporting software, tell people about new features before they get rolled out so there are no nasty surprises, warn the developers when they’re about to do something that will make vulnerable people unsafe… but if you can’t code, you’re just a user.
What’s the answer?
I know that other people have better answers and have written more eloquently and more accurately than me, but this is what I think.
Seek out marginalised people and deliberately put them into positions of power, so that they can build systems with you that prevent abuse and enable a more equal society that values everyone.
Create systems that benefit marginalised people over privileged people, so that they are able to build up the skills they need to level the playing field, and so that they can be heard more easily than those who are privileged.
Create environments that are designed for disabled people first and over abled people, because when a system is accessible for disabled people it is accessible for everyone.
Compensate marginalised people for their time more than you compensate privileged people, because marginalised people have to work harder for the same result.
It’s worth noting that there are disabilities that inherently and directly make (1) impossible and (3) very difficult, and anyone in a marginalised group is less likely to be able to do (2).


Gotcha! Thanks for your time :hugging face:


Because I made them work! I did:

I leave as suggestion these 2 others community:  
* [#italy](/c/italy)  
* [#italiano](/c/italiano)

But if I do the following in the card-body:

I leave as suggestion these 2 others community:  
* #italia
* #italiano

it does not link to the communities.


Why am I helping proprietary AI models if I do not own the model?


Fourth level (welcome :hugging face: )


UNESCO 25-meter wooden shoulder-borne phallic processions.



Hey, thanks for the reply!
I tried smd, even fixed a lil’ bug, but then I failed to let it work. I admit I did not put such a committed effort.


Rock of Ages 3: Make & Break

Rock of Ages 3: Make & Break. A mixture of tower defense/racing game with a spice of mythology/art/Monty-Python-esque elements.
It is great there is an in-game editor (at last!) yet I would have put more efforts in modding.
Here a gameplay.


Bonus point if federated.

YES I’LL OPEN MY LEMMY INSTANCE FOR THE PURPOSE. :hugging face: :hugging face: :hugging face:


Wallabag has always been suggested to me in couple with shaarli. Can you give some insight on both? Do you use any of those? Thanks!




shared bookmarks on several devices
Hi all! I am looking for a low-efforts zero-surveillance system to share bookmarks among several devices. For the moment being: a laptop and a mobile. Suggestions about F-Droid apps are welcome, but not necessary!

/c/browsing, the art of (surviving) browsing
Hey folx! I opened a community to share (our efforts to survive) our browsing experiences! :hugging face: All people welcome, all levels, all attitudes.

Is “don’t feed the trolls” still working?
(every mainstream media in the world is talking about this)
Oh dear.


[meta] How does merging communities work admin-side? Is there any particular interface or are you doing that at a lower level?


I put an upvote but I do not agree.

  • I do not agree to defining that way propaganda. My comments are propaganda, even if I put my best efforts and good faith on one hand to disclose my point of view, and on the other hand to avoid misrepresentation. (which is ultimately impossible due to biases, yet there are different “quality” of misrepresentations)
  • Adding “deliberate” is sloppy: it is either very hard to address in a presumption-of-innocence model, or very easy to address in a presumption-of-guilt model. That means to increase the discretion (and the power) of moderation without a community counterweight.
  • To me, preventing the attempts to undermine socialist discussions is not a goal the community shall embrace. There are other Lemmy instances, for example this one, where one can fulfill that kind of expectation.

I do not get the last paragraph since we are discussing exactly about that. Is that a rethorical repeating or am I missing something? The question is whether/how policies can help to reach that goal.

About degrees of warning: they are already in the CoC.


(I lost my long post so I try to be concise :)

I skip the part about how horseshoe theory is used with circularity.

I just briefly add that the “circularity” of the theory is used both by centrists to eventually dismiss any difference btw. nazism and communism/anarchism/etc., and by red-brown/nazbols/querfront/third-position personalities to poison the weel

)

Thanks for the feedback! Intention has never been in question because - luckily, and hopefully - is inscrutable. Hence, actions and responsibility count.
The topic is community policies and the question is: how to prevent a safe/r community environment to be disrupted, and how the policies can help this goal.
Actors can sinergically engineer this environment with harsh and tendentious communication. The ones who benefit environments with harsh and tendentious communication are the fittest, who are likely to be the privileged people plenty of time, attention, patience, awareness, studies, gab, … resources in general. The society many lives mirrors these conditions, hence one might expect with significant confidence the same ((hegemonic?)[https://lemmy.ml/post/35363/comment/8102]) dynamics of marginalization overflows the community if no one sets the margins.


I have already submitted an error about Croatian Živi Zid as radical right party.


*In this interview with Maurits Meijers, we discuss the result of an expert survey that covers 250 political parties across 28 European countries. They do not simply ask if a party is populist, but how populist it is. Moreover, other dimensions of these parties are considered: their ideological position, their use of emotional tones, and much more. The data are available for downloading at [Harvard Dataverse](https://doi.org/10.7910/DVN/8NEL7B) and you can play with the [interactive tool](https://poppa.shinyapps.io/poppa/) to have a better grasp of the characteristics that come with populism.*

That is an interesting question I am far to suggest such a sharp reason.


Thanks to clarify!
I am too noob to assess how many programs could critically benefit from these advancements. The programs I have encounter until now - a niche of a niche of the scientific community - break the backwards compatibility just for fstrings. Also, I am not confident with interfaces and more on the back-end side. That is why my experience is biased against syntactic sugar.
I am glad people find useful these brand-new features and open to learn them. :hugging face:


I’ll do so at some point. I am conservative in system updates.
What was the driving force pushing forward from 3.5.x to 3.6.1+? Is it just syntactic sugar?


Idk, I have an older version.


Do you find OK I re-installed the modules I have already had via pip again?


I was looking for an Automatic Document Classification to do this. Reference.


OT @all: the name for lazy is laziness, not lazyness as I wrote. :(
I edited the relevant comments.


[help] how to solve mess with bookmarks/folders?
Hey folks! There is a lot of mess in my bookmarks, folders, etc. and I am looking for a semi-automatic way to catalog them. I have in mind sorta lil' machinery that groups documents semanticly according to scraped text. Is that too hard?

[help] Pip and different versions of Python
Hey folks! I run Mint 18.3 and I have both Pyhon3.5 and Python3.6 since many devs got crazy with fstring syntactic sugar. How to deal with Pip module management? The 3.5 version (which is `python3`) is fine and can import everything as usual, but the 3.6 version (which is `python3.6`) cannot. Suggestions? EDIT: thanks all ^^ I ended up using: `$> python3.6 -m pip install {module I need}`

Philip Alston Condemns Failed Global Poverty Eradication Efforts - NYU School of Law – CHRGJ
*“Over the past decade, the UN, world leaders and pundits have promoted a self-congratulatory message of impending victory over poverty, but almost all of these accounts rely on the World Bank’s international poverty line, which is utterly unfit for the purpose of tracking such progress”*

Yes but sub-priority. IMHO priority is federation among lemmy instances. If the move is intended to draw more testers, it is OK to do that now.


download Spotify playlists w/o account
A friend of mine is looking for a method (web/gui/cli) to download playlists from Spotify without making an account there. Suggestions? GNU/Linux.

::: spoiler can't access it? If you cannot access it: [click here](sci-hub.tw/10.1177/0306396814556226) (NSFW). ::: . *Abstract* The European Commission is advocating Exit programmes for White Supremacists as part of its counter-radicalisation programme. The author critically examines the experiences of Sweden and Germany in using Exit with far-right extremists since the 1990s, and finds anti-racism itself being blamed by its practitioners who tend to see their clients as new victims. The programmes themselves have no effective evaluation mechanism of fascist disengagement and the fact that those who are ‘turned’ by Exit not only avoid sanctions but also can be made into public experts-cum-celebrities, is also problematic. But for governments this apolitical and malleable counter-radicalism industry, that distances itself from traditional anti-fascist values, is attractive.

[this instance] “No horse-shoe theory” policy
Following this [banned content](https://dev.lemmy.ml/post/36156/comment/10010) and [this discussion](https://dev.lemmy.ml/post/36769/comment/10032): provide that "fascism-communism equivalence" and "horse-shoe theory" serve only to legitimize fascists, would you (@all) find clearer adding to the policy that this kind of content is not welcome on this instance? [A sibling request here](https://dev.lemmy.ml/post/35396).

Hate Symbols Databases?
Hey folx! I am looking for hate symbols databases since fascists, supremacists and other scums continuously change their own symbols, and even cannibalize progressive/socialist/emancipatory symbols. The best I could find - in terms of quantity - is [ADL](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Defamation_League) *Hate on Display*, but I do not want to engage any time their political opinions and write I do not support this-or-that. There is also this lil' collection by antifa black metals [here](https://barbarie.noblogs.org/post/2017/08/28/come-opporsi-al-fascismo-nel-metal-estremo/) in various languages. Post is Italian but you can find English, French and Castilian translations there. Open to suggestions.

If your website’s full of assholes, it’s your fault
This holds for any website, therefore it holds for federated instances too. I wish to stress that if one instance spreads content which is deemed harmful, the responsibility is instance-side and the rest of the fediverse may act accordingly. EDIT: I distance myself from the positive comments about Stack Exchange.

To whom it may need it

To whom it may need it
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Remove personal data from demonstration photos
Hey folx! I attended a demonstration and I shoot a few photos. I wish to remove as many personal data (mainly faces) as possible. Which program do you suggest? [GNU/Linux OS]

Remove personal data from demonstration photos
Hey folx! I attended a demonstration and I shoot a few photos. I wish to remove as many personal data (mainly faces) as possible. Which program do you suggest? [GNU/Linux OS]

the Libgen for tabletop RPGs and similar
Hey folx, a cousin of mine is looking for a recently-published manual of D&D 5ed. I am not into this stuff but I would like to ask the community whether any libgen-like archive exists about tabletop role-playing games and similar. If the libgen way is uncommon, which approach would one use otherwise?

[noob] How can I remove my avatar?
I wish to remove my avatar but I could not. Any suggestion?

[this instance] “No anti-antifa” policy
Following [this announcement](https://dev.lemmy.ml/post/34286) and the [post here](https://dev.lemmy.ml/post/33534): if ["anti-antifa"](https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Antifa) or "fascism-antifascism equidistance" are a thing, would you (`@all`) find clearer adding to the policy that this kind of content is not welcome on this instance?

German-language pocast
Hallo zusammen! I think I decided to try again with the German language. I am a very loosy tired learner but I am fine listening to podcasts. May you please suggest anything interesting for yourselves (or very general, prototype non-existing newcomers)?


Italian elite defend monument to journalist Indro Montanelli.


Dear folx, I found this blog in AI-translated SEO-translation websites for Italian right-wing blogs. Translations were Italian and Greek. Would you mind to give any comment/feeling? I am not so much into German politics.


Index of Bongard Problems
pieces of meta-rationality

Translate Lemmy Documentation?
May we use Weblate for the documentation too?

Yet another 101 video w/ several flaws. What do you think?

Cross-posting works only with URL
Is that intended behaviour?

A telco shop asked me 80 euro/monthly for a mobile flat rate (mobile included). I asked only for the sim card but the price is the same. My monthly data consumption is in the between of 50-100 GB and my landlady is not going to renew the house flat contract. Any suggestion?


Jineologî - A science developed around women will be the first step towards a truthfull sociology
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