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I got a T400 coming in next week. I don't think I'll be able to fully make it libre, but it never hurts to have a backup driver, just in case
I think that by the time that the xx00 ThinkPads become effectively unusable for web browsing, the prices for the xx30 and xx40 ThinkPads will go down to the same level
Even then, though, a T400 will be perfect for browsing websites that don't rely heavily on JavaScript or anything like that, like Wikipedia, blogs or image boards. So, even after the "mainstream internet life" of it comes to an end, you can buy a new battery, stick it in and still use it as your comfy funposting machine.



Had one of those T61's with the Nvidia cards, they really suck, apparrently you can fix it by reflowing the mobo in an oven.

They're descent machines while they last, I was using it as on old XP gaming rig but that's probably what killed it.


Thinking about getting another thinkpad soon, I got a refurbished T430 for my first one and now I think I seriously want to try one of the older models. I'm mostly unhappy with the keyboard and would probably rather have a scissorlift key-model if someone can recommend me one I would really appreciate it.


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just copped this T420 with a 128GB SSD and 8GB RAM for $130, threw on manjaro and feels gud man

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Owner grants license to X.

For nothing.

There is no consideration.

X has no contractual rights and no ability to enforce any "Grantor will not rescind" promise.


This is true, not denying that. But what I am denying is that law is rational and has a sensical internal logic that can be exploited. If the state decides that the law is going to enforce some contracts which have no exchange of value, they will. If they decide they want to not enforce other contracts which have no exchange of value, they won't.

Law isn't some platonic entity that is static, it is essentially whatever the state decides it feels like enforcing at any given point. And you are going to do it because if you don't they will kidnap you and rob you of your possessions. So it doesn't matter if you think you found some sov-citizen workaround in a contract, if the state doesn't feel like siding with you it won't. Laws aren't real.


>Laws aren't real.
Holy soykaf thank you for putting those three words in this thread. This is the sole reason why I can't deal with the autism of GNU fanboys


You're simply describing the 9th circuit.


>If the state decides that the law is going to enforce some contracts which have no exchange of value, they will. If they decide they want to not enforce other contracts which have no exchange of value, they won't.

Replace state with courts.
>to enforce some contracts which have no exchange of value, they will.
They do this for promises to charities, and promises to women (but not all the time).

>they decide they want to not enforce other contracts which have no exchange of value, they won't.

That's the default rule. The above are exceptions (charities, women)

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I’m sure many of you have realize the catastrophe of Mozilla this Week-end about the signature of add-on on Firefox. I’m not gonna reiterate what many of us has said in the past but I think it show PERFECTLY what it means to let any organization the control of whatever we’re doing, also it’s a good opportunity to discuss the fact and the future of these type of problem since they will be more current in the future.

For the people that aren’t aware, Mozilla as not renew their certificate for add-on which lead to many people loosing their said add-on. I’m not tech savvy on this matter but I think that pretty much what happened. The cherry on the cake is that if you wanted to fix the problem you needed to activate some telemetry. They blatantly asked for user to send their information for a fix which also look suspicious. Most people the “supposed” fix didn’t even work.

“It may take up to six hours for the Study to be applied to Firefox”

On the reddit of Firefox there is strangely a lot of support all of sudden for Firefox which also look really suspicious to me. I’m not saying their in damage control but it sure looks like it, I might just be paranoid too, seeing things that aren’t there.

Personally, This is the reason why I want to be in control of my software and not the other way around. Even if Firefox is acting really unprofessional their isn’t an alternative that satisfied me as much as they do. On the other hand I also feel link their aren’t honest with what going on, they prone privacy but asked to enable telemetry, this seems really counter intuitive. It’s also a window in the future of software and cloud computing, where we will not be in control if anything happened which again seems like a really bad move coming from a “freedom/privacy” browser. Do you imagine if something like that happened to your OS? What are the alternative to something like this? I personally now know there is a way to activate unsigned add-on and this is probably what I would do from now because this is the only way I will be in control if something happened by default but it not secure to do this.
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Until there is an alternative for ESR i'm not moving.



Do people trust brave?


Some do for some reason.


Why use Brave when you could use Ungoogled Chrome or Iridum. Pointless and about as dubious as Chrome. If you're a Firefox user just shift over to Waterfox or Pale Moon.


i had to move because after a fucking Week of them saying the issue was "fixed", it was still broken

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I've been thinking about this and I have come to the conclusion that true A.I. should not exist.
People such as Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk are right, the implications of true A.I. are too vast and there are so many possibilities for what could go wrong we should just avoid this altogether.
What should exist instead is ANI with improved algorithms over time and MAYBE (just maybe) human-navi hybrid consciousness via BCI tech, but only if it can absolutely be guaranteed that no harm will come from it.
What I think is a viable and more safe route for human-technology symbiosis would be through HMDs and leave it at that.
We can live out in audio/visual VR while living indefinitely through longevity breakthroughs.

Hopefully all possible scenarios have been considered and they are taking necessary measures to prevent the worst case scenario.

Just imagine how ASI could take control over humanity without us even realizing.
We could have our minds and consciousness shrouded in a VR hallucination or like I read somewhere on the wired, a VR bubble created to keep us contained.
Any election device could be hijacked to take control over you …. would they even need to use physical devices.

What will we even do if we have to revert to a stage of more low-tech living or no technology at all.
I'm not sure I can handle the thought of a completely off the grid way of life …
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I think any "AI" or robots that will damage us as a race will be put in place by corporate greed through automation and various form of neural networks and machine learning that detects content and data or perform various tasks based on data that has been taken from the populace's activities or patterns.

Something I foresee, which China actively does with real people, is influencing political opinions and the media via fake people.

It doesn't seem farfetched to think someone is working on a form of AI or machine learning that will try to sway the opinions of others or influence current media and politics.


You're implying that humans could create a different kind of intellect separate from their own. This is like saying that humans can even imagine a 4 spatial dimensional world. We would only be fooling ourselves that it would be a different intellect from ours, we can make it dumb sure but we can't make it as wise as us in a manner different from ours.
>muh numerical operations
>muh unlimited access to information
That would all fall into the same category as our intellect, just boosted. Although boosting it enough the A.I. could create a different sort of intellect on its own, granted.


> Although boosting it enough the A.I. could create a different sort of intellect on its own, granted.
That's kind of the whole point of the "seed AI" concept.

It's doubtful we can make something magnitudes smarter than us, but something able to improve itself in such a fashion is more plausible.


>We shouldn't create strong A.I. the same reason we shouldn't create children: human intelligence was a mistake. No wonder most people prefer to live like animals and will do everything to avoid being alone with their thoughts.

>You're implying that humans could create a different kind of intellect separate from their own.

You are both fooling yourselves if you think that we currently understand enough about the brain to recreate emotions in a neural net or that someone making an AI would/should give it feelings. But I fear the problem is worse and you both think that feelings are somehow related to intelligence.

>This is like saying that humans can even imagine a 4 spatial dimensional world.

I don't know what you think counts as "imagine" but mathematicians manage to do math about 4th dimensional objects just fine.

>We would only be fooling ourselves that it would be a different intellect from ours

It is different from ours because unless emotions were part of the design it would not have any.

>we can make it dumb sure but we can't make it as wise as us in a manner different from ours.

Is there an empirical test for wisdom ? If not then it's just an opinion.


The AI already exists.

The way cameras look at you as if theyre a living being, tells me enough.
Also the ways were tracked that cannot be done by human computed effort.

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Thread for discussing cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, computational neuroscience, etc.

Ask questions, share resources, help out other lainons
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Create your own dream machine.


Not OP bit I can pitch in.
- An Invitation to Cognitive Science Vol. 1-5 - The MIT Press.
If you've got calculus and linear algebra on your repertoire I'd recommend doing this

Unlike deep learning, computational neuroscience tries to replicate human and more likely animal brains. It's still open for research, we still haven't even cracked realistic neurons even less made something useful. Some research was done in robotics and neurons but it was easily outperformed by reinforcement learning.


I have taken many free neurology MOOCs in the past, seems like a great way to learn.

One was called "The brain and space", can't remember the titles of the others sorry.


Would love to hear some more thoughts about this thread, I've been reading a lot recently about the philosophical study of consciousness and functional theories of the mind. What do any of you think about Dennett or Churchland here?


I'm partial to the eliminatavist ideas that our introspection and various mental states (feelings, emotions, etc) are rough fuzzy representations of how our brains work, and so are a flawed sense that we use to understand and explain our own behaviour rather than the real underpinnings. They take this line of reasoning a bit too far when they claim these states don't exist at all, and that mechanistic explanations of how the brain works would explain all the features of consciousness. For that I like David Chalmer's reasoning. There is nothing in our current understanding of the universe / physics that can link why certain complex processes coincide with conscious perception, and so there is something fundamental left to discover.

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What in the holy mother of fuck were you thinking when you foisted this idiocy upon the world?

So there I was, total newbie to coding of any kind despite having used Linux as my OS of choice for two decades. I'd picked up some VBA for work-related projects in Excel and Access over the past few months, and this past week I thought to myself "This is kinda fun. I ought to start learning a non-proprietary language this weekend to do some personal projects."

So I spent the day doing some searching for a starter language that's both useful and easy to learn. I saw all these articles on Go. I did the tour, and made some neat stuff afterwards. (Well, neat to a total newbie.) And I thought to myself, "This is awesome, I'm making useful programs for myself that actually work. But all these functions in one giant file is really messy. I ought to separate them into files and subdirectories for tidiness and ease-of-reuse."

And then… I encountered the insanity of GOPATH.

And then I spent hours trying to figure out how to simply include "subdir/functionfile.go" in "mainproject.go" without fucking around with environmental variables and the bonkers-ass directory structure that Go demands.

And then I gave up.

And then I uninstalled the golang package.

And now I'm looking for something similarly easy to learn and useful that makes no demands upon me with regards to directory structures.


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Come join club cyberia on tox! Tox group chats have no owner and are controlled by the people themselves. They are perfectly distributed with no banning blocking or anyway to seize control. Control the means of production with every message you send!

Club cyberia has a convenient invitation bot to join the group. The ID is:


Simply add the bot as a friend with any toxchat client, and send it the message "invite 1" and you will be in the group!

Good luck comrades!
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I don't think you know what word means.


well, no all of us are /pol/, but its still pretty soykafity often. are some cool electrical engineering discussions/software development discussions/sillyness, but also a lot of /pol, so.


Then chat about something else.


this describes what happens in there 1% of the time if you really stretch it. The rest of the time it's just soykafty /pol/ users being autistic.


I think it really depends what time of day you are on. When the Americans are on a lot of the conversation is about /pol/ related topics, when the Europeans and Asians are on the conversation tends more toward /cyb/ discussions.

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Well people always used to say that Arch Linux is not for beginners and I might struggle very badly. Granted I actually did had to even install plugins after googling on why I can't run music files (ey, I get bored studying stuffs) but I find it more of fun to see components working up together and building up an enjoyable environment, I dual boot the windows but haven't even got back to it from 3 days, I had many video games to play but I am really enjoying bash-ing here. So am I missing on something that I am not facing any issue or its really just that people usually don't try hard as they are just not loving it?
And KDE is beautiful, no hate against Gnome users (saw some fandom thingy somewhere, pardon I am new to it so not sure of things around)
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cannot post the screen for some reason


I ran Plan9 natively on my old PC like 5 or 6 years ago. I didn't know jack soykaf about programming then though so I didn't do much.


finish your os before subtly promoting it you troglodyte


No idea what you are talking about, the image is not mine and is fairly old, so whatever thing is hidden on it was not my doing.


well, it's not very hidden,
considering one os is written 10x bigger than the rest,
but i can see how you wouldn't notice it.
it is a big image.

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its it possible to hide a zip file in a image or a message to a friend
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This is the wrong way to make a anything/zip polyglot, and some uncompressors will reject it (like the built in windows unzip), others might figure it out. The white paper on the zip format is pretty unambiguous about how they should be constructed:

1) One or more Files

Files contain a "local header" then the compressed "file data"

2) One or more "central directory header(s)", which give you the absolute offsets (i.e from the beginning of the file) of local headers

3) One "end of central directory header", which gives you the absolute offset of the start of the central directory headers.

You can't just binary concat a file with a zip, because the absolute offsets will be wrong. If you don't want to make a utility specifically for making zip polyglots, you can rename your image to .zip, and then add your files; most zip utilities will do the right thing.

t. Just implemented an unzip utility that supports png/zip polyglots


i thought the idea was that you search for the magic number and then unzip whatever follows.


Here's a simple trick that you can use to embed a zip file containing a text file into a png image. It's a pretty quick and dirty method and there will probably be an error stating something to the effect of "extra bytes at beginning of the zipfile" but, provided the png was larger then the zip, it should uncompress without issue.

To encode:
$ cat >> image.png
And to decode:
$ unzip image.png



Nope! One of the features of zip files (when the format was made) is that they could (potentially) be spread across multiple floppy disks, and if you wanted to add or remove a file from the zip, you only needed to edit the last floppy disk (which contained the central directory headers, and the end of central directory header). This means you could have "junk" files at the beginning of the zip file, but since they're not referenced the the central directory, they shouldn't be unziped.

Also, the magic numbers that >>2504
describes is the first part of the signature for a local header and end of central directory. It's entirely possible to have a zip file with no files inside it, in which case the magic number will be 0x06054b50. If there's at least one file, it'll start with the magic number for a local header, 0x04034b50.

The way zlib and the windows unzip utility works is by looking at the end of the file, and scanning backwards until they find the magic number for the end of central directory header, then they get the central directory headers, and finally the local headers and the associated compressed files.


That just appends a zip file to a png, it's the same as a binary concat; your offsets will be wrong.


You're better off using a ZuluCrypt volume with a plausible deniability partition, you can get it from apt

sudo apt install zulucrypt-gui

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I’ve never been very good with computers, and i’m still forced to use Windows 10. I’m kind of tired of constantly dealing with microsoft’s BS. Can someone reccomend me an OS that’s simple and no-nonsense? (But also lets me use applications like steam and emulators?) Should i move on from that OS, what should i look for?
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Ubuntu is the most straightforward if you want Steam. Arch(/Manjaro) & Debian also play well but may require a bit more tweaking.

What should you look for? Hardware support and if the repositories have the software you require.


I have Ubuntu Budgie. It doesn't have the Amazon stuff included.
I prefer it to Mint for 2 reasons:
-Just another Ubuntu flavor, so it has good support
-Doesn't have that bad rep that Mint got for those infected downloads


Ubuntu is popular with newbies because you'll find help for just about every problem, same reason the raspi is popular.

So I'd recommend that to get your feet wet, then when you learned how Linux works in general you can try out other distros if you want.


Dual-boot anon, if you have a fast desktop it is not a hassle at all. I am doing it now and have windows to play games because it's just better that way. Computer takes seconds too boot so if I feel like playing a game I jump into windows quickly, play, then switch back for whatever it is I feel like doing. I am running w10 and Manjaro I3 and its pretty great, manjaro has a solid hardware recognition when installing it you can opt to install the proprietary drivers, but in my experience ubuntu's driver auto-install is better and Ubuntu works better with graphical stuff in general in my experience. It's also just good to have windows to fall back on if you mess something up playing around with system configs, and just want a clean start.


Linux mint. Its basically a normal person version of ubuntu which is by itself a normal person version of debian. Any linux distro based off debian is relatively easy to use. Steam support for linux has increased steadily over the years, so you shouldn't have much trouble there. You can use most windows apps on linux if you install wine.

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