I tinker at making video games and read a lot of philosophy books.

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As someone who just switched from a Lineage OS Galaxy S5, I couldn’t possibly recommend it myself. It hasn’t aged well, including, importantly, in terms of battery life. I just switched to Oneplus 5t, which does much better in terms of battery life and supports a whole range of cellular bands that the S5 simply doesn’t have, resulting in better signals. They’re available on eBay now for little more than $100.


I do not hear a lot about the DPRK, could you perhaps help to educate me?


I just recently migrated from Kubuntu to Nix OS. While I still don’t have a full understanding of what I’m doing, I’m having a positive experience overall and have no regrets.


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Would you deny white genocide? You should. The reasoned denial of a supposed genocide is not equivalent to the ideological denial (or fabrication) of the same. Holocaust denial is not the same as scepticism of the genocide which is supposed to be taking place in Xinjiang. To equate any genocide with the Holocaust is an ideological tool used to avoid analysis of the subject.


Automation through scripting? I can see how that could be useful, maybe I should give it another try, or see if Skrooge has that and I’m just overlooking it.


During the Bolshevik revolution as I understand it, the army was managed partially by soldiers councils. After the revolution however this was scrapped. All of this is iirc.


I didn’t even know this game existed. It’s a little rough compared to SMB3 or SMW, but I’m sure I’ll get some enjoyment from this. So thanks!


I can’t comment on #2, but in so far as #1 goes I would say that if your looking for something ‘modern’, Xfce would be a waste of time. I love Xfce, I was a long time user, it does some things I like really well, for instance Thunar can be programmed with terminal commands for it’s right click menu from within it’s preferences, which is something I miss to this day. However ‘modern’ is not a word I would use to describe it… Xfce is effectively just the best of the desktop experience from a decade or two ago (which is not bad were that what you wanted).

I wanted something modern too, which eventually landed me on KDE. In terms of modern features for me nothing else approaches KDE Connect (even though I can’t reliably transfer files with it without them becoming corrupt), though you can use that in other DEs I’m told. KDE’s complexity is from is customizability (which is a bit too much). I would argue that if you can get it set up the way you want it, most of that complexity can be safely ignored.


There are several arguments for the need of the “transitionary state”, including national defense from imperial aggression, and defense from the regressive tendencies present within the local society. Looking at history it is readily observable that states like the USSR, China, and the others have always been the main focus of imperial aggression. So at least in the case of the socialist states which are still around, they have defended themselves from the alliance of the most powerful nations on Earth pretty effectively, particularly for small countries like Cuba, and Vietnam.

Even if the imperial hegemony collapses (and isn’t replaced by another one), there is still the problem of transitioning a society which through the experience of hundreds of years is indoctrinated towards centralized, individualistic, and hierarchical tendencies, the problem of transitioning that society towards decentralized, socialistic, and heterarchical (I hope I’m using that term right) ways of living, which I think no matter how you do it, is going to have a certain amount of difficulty.

By having a transitionary state which holds itself to socialist principles, the idea is that attempts at regression within society can be repressed (potentially dangerous). But this is important as a regression on a national scale after a socialist revolution could result in a purge, as all noteworthy socialists would at that point be publicly known (they have just lead a revolution after all).

The way I see it, is if society can successfully conduct a revolution against a regressive capitialist state, what reason is there to believe it will not also be able to do so against a regressive socialist state? If the transitionary state can succeed in the basic task of displacing the idealistic tendencies which perpetuate capitalism (and other outdated methods of organization), then society will be in a better place to organize against future regressions.


I’m not entirely sure the context, but it’s important to remember that Marx was a philosopher, a young hegelian. In philosophy the concept of idealism is contrasted with materialism, idealism being thought which effectively assumes the preexistence of ideas before physical reality, and materialism being the opposite of that. In practical terms what this means is that idealism tends to rest on the assumption of it’s own validity, seeking only arguments to prove itself and lacks the critical analysis (historical materialism in the case of Marxism) which materialist theory is supposed to have.

I have observed no shortage of Anarchist intellectuals who make mistakes in their reasoning on the basis of their held beliefs, or at the very least fail to show their work for that reason… though that’s not to say that there aren’t notable Marxists who have done the same.

In answer to the question about the state: Marxist analysis on the subject is functioning under the belief that the proletarian dictatorship will suppress the development of a new class distinction between the rulers and the governed, and that for this reason the working class, who is also in power, will eliminate the government if they have no further use of it, because there will be no one to oppose them. This assumes of course that the rulers will not become a distinct class, as happened in prehistory. This assumption is made because the mechanisms by which this would occur are unknown. This is not to say that is correct… as Marx and Engels also failed to predict Fascism.



Hello from KDE land. I’m pretty ignorant when it comes to using these things, but I see people mentioning GNU Cash, so I’ll just throw in that Skrooge is the only one of these kinds of programs I’ve ever been able to figure out how to even use. Though that might just be some peculiarity regarding me personally.



Affordable fiberoptic internet in a rural town.


Is there even a way to get ff to recognize a searx instance as a search engine for the search bar? I couldn’t figure it out, so I just set one as a home page.


KOReader is the best I’ve seen, but it’s interface assumes an e-ink device, so it can take some getting used to.