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If you’re into golang, mellium.im looks like a decent library (i played around with it but nothing serious). It’s evolving rather quickly although it’s still lacking behind in features, but the maintainer is friendly and very welcome to devs using the library to find out the pain points and missing features.

In Android land Java is the go-to language. But there’s already an abundance of XMPP clients on Android. Do you have ideas for specific features you would like to develop in particular that you could not find in an existing client?

I think the rest of the thread has good arguments on the topic, but the main idea is that regulations around sex work mostly impact sex workers and not the client. Even the criminalization of clients results in bad outcomes for the workers, so if you’d like to frame prostitution as a question of workers rights and public health, it’s important to center the debate around the experiences and problems of sex workers themselves.

To paraphrase someone else, as long as money exist there will be sex work. The question is what kind of labor conditions do we want for the sex workers?

In France most police officers who committed abuse and sticked through the entire process are in fact promoted. There’s a “meme” (not a graphical gag) about murderous police officers from northern France being relocated to sunny mediterranean parts as a thank you for abusing the population, and there’s some historical truth to that.

By abusing the population, a cop fulfills their duty to the State. If they can successfully stick to their version of the story and support the police/State apparatus while under media pressure and scrutiny, they have successfully demonstrated their loyalty to the powers in place. That’s why you often see cops who orchestrated massive abuse being promoted to higher ranks in the hierarchy in the next years.

I go for “more”. Any device manufactured today should be under legal warranty for 20+ years, and should be reparable for at least another 20 after that. That’s the only way to combat the current electronic waste problem (and it’s a HUUUUUUUGE problem).

Yes but it’s not just that. Is it easy to replace the battery? The screen? To replace broken connectors? Is the device itself robust to begin with?

Yeah it’s even a classic trope in such cases of police/military abuse…

I think homeschooling is the wrong answer to a real problem. Most schools are broken by design, they’re conceived to teach obedience and form docile workers, not to develop personality. But homeschooling can cut you from the realities of socializing with other kids… i’ve certainly met a few individuals who were homeschooled and had trouble adapting to social life.

But why would a school have to be that bad? Can’t we have liberatory schools where children are treated as persons not objects?

Good point, but unfortunately recycling materials is really hard processes. Most IT materials cannot be recycled (at least with current techniques), and to extract the “recyclable” materials requires considerable amounts of harmful/polluting chemicals. For example, extracting gold from electronics is a common practice in electronic landfills, but the process isn’t eco-friendly.

I’m not saying extracting new resources is better for the environment, far from it. I’m just saying the situation is real bad currently.

We can! There’s an entire research field of “green IT” dedicated to that. However, there is 0 practical industrial application because the industry is focused on performance, not recyclability. Recyclable computers would probably be bigger and heavier, and we may not have 4k ultra-portable devices, but i personally think the tradeoff is worthwhile.

I believe the state should interfere in economics, protect its citizens from monopolies and ruthless profit oriented tactics and provide support for those in need

I’m curious how you consider that compatible with private property. Let’s take a practical example: in France there’s over a million empty dwellings, and there’s people sleeping on the streets. What do you consider is the most sensible course of action: let people sleep on the streets, or take over empty dwellings to rehouse everyone unconditionally?

If you believe human needs are more important than arbitrary religious beliefs like money/property then i’m afraid you are very much against the principle of private property which says that resources are “owned” by someone and only that specific person gets to decide how those resources are used.

I would go further and say that the concept we know as police never results in good outcomes for the population no matter who participates. Whether the surveillance/control they apply is “mass” or “targeted” is in my view not very relevant :)

I don’t disagree, but that argument is limited. First, because someone has to be the person asking on the forums: (at least) one person will have to go to great lengths to find the answer for what is not documented in advance. Second, because you don’t always have internet access to perform a search. Third, because documenting well-known quirks and patterns helps build a better understanding on how things fit together and what painpoints can be addressed as a project.

I was serious about my question. Apart from FreeBSD, do you know of a distro that comes with a comprehensive manual? I really like the Debian admin handbook but i believe it’s a shame this has to be done by “external” contributor (it’s not a core project to the distro) and certainly does not cover all parts of the system unfortunately.

Exactly, which was my original point: the Taliban set up a moral order in which women must be discreet and not have visible sexuality, while in most parts of the Global North after the “sexual revolution” of the 60s we have set up a new moral order in which women must be sexually desirable and available at all times. In both cases, it’s a moral standard set by men to meet their expectations of how women should behave, which is in itself a patriarchal construct and needs to burn!

For example, LGBTQ+ right movements are leftist in some sense

I don’t think this is true at all. I believe queer movements could be interpreted to be leftist in some sense, in that they defy current norms and expectations, but there’s many many LGBT people who are very conservative or outright fascists. Take a look at the top10 trans youtubers for example, or to give an example closer to home, Florian Philippot is a famous gay politician from the fascist party Front National.

I would also argue that women have often been instrumentalized in colonial discourse (“white men protecting brown women from brown men”), and that lately this discourse has shifted to include trans/gay people (pinkwashing). Two examples:

  • in Palestine, Israel is often framed as the progressive LGBT-friendly bastion of freedom against the “islamic barbarians”
  • in France and in Western Europe in general there’s a growing trope of the “rapefugee” in the past years, and there’s a public/mediatic construct that homophobia (transphobia is not yet really part of public discourse) is a product of non-white people in the suburbs ; there’s certainly abuse/prejudice in popular neighborhoods, but building this image allows to completely erase the vast amount of abuse/prejudice experienced in white rich neighborhood or in the workplace

All in all, i would say reproductive rights and views on gender are different axis than left/right. They could be fitted on a top/down authoritarian-libertarian axis (in that they represent personal self-determination vs society-driven roles) but could as well become axis of their own.

As I seem to understand from other comments that you are French, may I ask whether you know (/ what you think about) the Peertube channel !esprit_critique ?

I am french on papers, although proudly anti-french in spirit (being an anarchist). I don’t know about this video channel though. I’ll try to think to take a look, don’t hesitate to remind me in the future ;)

That’s interesting, thanks for sharing! Though personally i don’t understand why we need to make so many distros, i think it’s a symptom of some failure at some point in the software supply chain.

It should be fun and trivial to build special packages on a special repository that package useful software and configurations. If it’s not and we have to build an entirely new distro (and rebuild/patch all packages in the long run) for trivial modifications, there’s a problem.

I mean there’s hundreds of Debian/Ubuntu forks simply focusing on settings presets or a specific desktop environment. Of course there’s the official Debian blends and Ubuntu spins, but i feel like they’re mostly not addressing the issue. It should be trivial for me to take my favorite packages/settings for my favorite distro and turn that into a bootable iso that will apply my favorite settings without having to maintain an entire distro that’s going to be plagued by unapplied security patches sooner or later.

Sex robots are far more ethical and accessible than prostitution

I strongly disagree, for three major reasons:

  1. sex robots produce new forms of dehumanization: i have nothing against masturbation and/or employing ordinary objects to take pleasure, but giving human characteristics to a robot that’s supposed to be used as a passive object could (i don’t have the science on this topic sorry) make it easier to objectify other people as well ; this question is widely being debated in the topic of personal voice assistants (Siri, Cortana…) and how having a docile human-sounding could encourage verbal/emotional abuse

  2. sex robots are polluting: they’re electro-mechanical parts assembled from raw human suffering (in mines/factories) that help completely destroy the environment ; in that sense, prostitution (given some protection for sex workers) is an organic and eco-friendly alternative to sex robots

  3. parallel (but not equal) to point 1 is that from what i gather from my friends who do sex work on a regular basis, a lot of clients employ their services not just for sex but for emotional bonding/support, to escape their miserable daily lives or just to have someone to talk to (or practice weird kinks with) without judgement… this kind of capacity will never be provided by a robot

Does your distro comes with a “fucking manual”? As long as we can’t have easy/accessible guides, i don’t consider RTFM to be a valid answer ;)

Not that i disagree the situation over there is hellish, but if you’ve ever been to London for example you would know Xinjiang is far from the only mass surveillance hell on earth.

Yeah that’s a complex scenario, but that’s also a good reminder of why Tor Browser’s Safest mode disables SVG entirely. Note that it’s possible to have a static/safe subset of SVG which does not support scripting, but i don’t know any browser that implements that…

It's nice and all to focus on what's happening in Ukraine because Putin's rule is truly horrifying for those who defy the norms (queers, anarchists..) but let's not forget there is war elsewhere. Such as in Yemen, where the Saudis (long-time petro-allies of the USA) have been bombing the local population and committing horrendous crimes for years... all with the nice and friendly help from western powers [selling weapons](https://www.amnesty.fr/controle-des-armes/actualites/armes-francaises-au-yemen--un-mensonge-detat) and performing [drone strikes on civilians](https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/12/air-strike-yemen-15-wedding-guest-killed-mistaken-al-qaida). From the article: > Children are the “first and most to suffer”, UNICEF said, adding that at least 10,000 minors have been killed or injured since 2015, when the Saudi-led military alliance launched air raids in the Middle East’s poorest country. > Hundreds of thousands of people have died as a direct or indirect consequence of Yemen’s war between the Iran-backed Houthi rebels and government forces backed by the Saudi-led military coalition. PS: Does someone have a link for the ex-US-inteligence operatives investigated for working on political repression for Saudi intelligence? i remember reading about it on HN (because one of them "came clean" when he realized how he was being "used") but can't find the source now

Below, a quick translation of the article: > This sunday february 27t, our friend Libre Flot [free flow] has decided to start a hunger strike while he is still imprisoned and held in isolation in the prison of Bois d'Arcy. We share a communique from him, to share widely. ## WHY I AM ON HUNGEr STRIKE For more than 14 months i have refuted this infamous and defamatory accusation of criminal/terrorist association. For more than 14 months, the DGSI [secret services] has told me i was not arrested for what they wanted me to believe, that is my involvement with the armed kurdish forces against Daech in Rojava. For more than 14 months, nothing validates the theory elaborated out of thin air by the DGSI, despite for at least 10 months being followed, tracked and under surveillance 24/24 in my vehicle, my residence, spied upon even in my own bed. For more than 14 months i understand that it's my political opinions and my participation with the kurdish forces of YPG in the struggle against Daech that they try to criminalize. For more than 14 months they accuse 7 persons, who don't even all know one another, of being a criminal association. For more than 14 months, i have answered the questions of a judge using the same insidious techniques as the DGSI: manipulation, decontextualisation, omission, and invention of words and actions in the attempt to influence answers. For more than 14 months, i endure the provocations of this same judge who, while i'm rotting in the cages of the Republic, dares to say this case is a waste of his time in the fight against terrorism. Even worse, he dares the most unacceptable insult by refering to the barbarians of the Islamic State as my « friends from Daech ». Although it's only spoken words, it's still an incredible violent act. It's inadmissible that this judge takes the right to insult me in this manner, slanders me, and spits on the memory of my comrades and friends, kurdish, arabs, assyrians, turkmen, aermanians, turks and internationals fallen in the fight against this organization. I remain to this day scandalized! For more than 14 months, this partial [biased] investigation has seen the judge, contrary to his role, only building a case against, and never in defense. He does not even consider what falls out of the pre-established scenario and only serves to validate a fake personality formed from A to Z by the DGSI, which is far from representing me and only reflects the paranoid fantasies of this political police. Thus, they always present me as « the charismatic leader » despite any non-horizontal mode of organization is contrary to my egalitarian principles. For more than 14 months, i've been imprisoned without a trial and i've faced terrible conditions: life in isolation (see my letters from March and June 2021) is considered "white torture", an inhumane or degrading treatment by several instances of human rights. For more than 14 months, i've been buried alive in an infernal and permanent solitude without anyone to talk to, just being able to contemplate the crumbling of my intellectual capacity and the degradation of my physical state, and all of that without benefiting from any psychological support. After giving under fakely-neutral pretenses some fallacious arguments to the prison administration to ensure i would remain in isolation, the judge asks for rejecting my demand to be released, just like the national anti-terrorist parquet [tribunal]. To this end, they take in almost copy/paste the report from DGSI dated February 7th 2020, the basis for all this case, whose information we don't know where they come from and whose veracity has not been demonstrated. We're entitled to wonder what use were the taps, the surveillance, the microphones, and these two years of investigation since the facts that debunk DGSI's dishonest construction are hidden. The national anti-terrorist parquet and the judge never cease to try and instill confusion and create conflation with islamic terrorists, although they know quite well i have fought against the Islamic State, for example during the liberation of Raqqa, where the attacks of November 13th [2015] had been planned. The judge pretends to fear that i inform imaginary people of my situation, despite this situation being public notably because the DGSI or the anti-terrorist parquet themselves have leaked the information from the very first day. It pretends in this manner to prevent any pressure on witnesses, victims and their families, all the while there are no witness, no victim because there is no act. This is crazy. He also mentions his fear of a coordination between the people investigated in this case, even though all these other co-accused have been freed, he has not interrogated anyone beside me since october 2021, and that i waited patiently for him to finish questioning me to push forward my request for liberation. I could be comical in other circumstances to witness the use of ordinary facts of life in a criminal case against someone such as: enjoying my right to circulate freely across France and Europe, my lifestyle, my political opinions, my sports practices, my taste for militant rap or kurdish music. The judge attacks my mom by designating her as not being a valid guarantee [that i will not flee], for the simple reason she did not prevent her 33 year-old son to join the Kurdish forces of YPG in the fight against Daech. Once again, it's my participation in this conflict that's being criminalized. They also reproach her to use encrypted apps (Whatsapp, Signal, Telegram...) like millions of people do in France. Finally, he refuses an entire bloc of all other options for guarantees (work, housing...) without having anything to criticize, despite the SPIP [prison and conditional-freedom administration] workers whose job it is, have rendered a positive opinion. How then can we understand that after asking for investigation of the possibility to free me have underlined the possibility of me wearing an electronic tag, the judge of Freedom and Detention despite this report refuses to implement it? We are many people witnessing in this case that « justice » violates its own laws and is subdued to the political agenda of the DGSI. I recently learned from the same director of detention in the prison of Bois d'Arcy, who i thank for being honest, that my imprisonment and keeping in isolation were decided from the first day by very high-ranked people and no matter what i say and no matter what he says or do, nothing would change, this is above him, the requests won't even be read and i will remain in isolation and nothing will ever change before the presidential elections [spring 2022]. Since they try to criminalize militants who fought with the Kurds against Daech, Since they use pre-trial detention in the goal of punishing political opinions, Since this case only exists for the aim of political manipulation, Since today they leave me with the only perspective of the slow destruction of my being, I am declaring i am on hunger strike since sunday february 27th 2022 at 6pm. At this time i only ask for my immediate liberation, before i can prove [in front of a tribunal] the fallacious side of this shameful accusation. Libre Flot. > Because our friend Libre Flot still rots in isolation for more than 14 months and he chose to strike back with a hunger strike, let's not leave him alone in this dirty political game. It's now that it's necessary to show our support, by spreading his word and by any means possible! > We will not wait without reaction for the next elections so that they finally free him!

The updated demands: ``` So, NVIDIA, the choice is yours! Either: –Officially make current and all future drivers for all cards open source, while keeping the Verilog and chipset trade secrets... well, secret OR –Not make the drivers open source, making us release the entire silicon chip files so that everyone not only knows your driver's secrets, but also your most closely-guarded trade secrets for graphics and computer chipsets too! YOU HAVE UNTIL FRIDAY, YOU DECIDE! ``` Will this be the only way to achieve decent hardware support cross-platform? Can't wait for someone to take AMD/Intel managers hostage ;-) BTW not sure why these people are called cyber-criminals. Sounds like cyber-heroes to me... I mean i don't agree with their motivation (cryptocurrency mining) but they're doing what government regulations should have done a long time ago, which is preventing hardware manufacturers from fucking up life for everyone. (or at least they're trying)

Version longue en français: https://www.bortzmeyer.org/coupure-russie.html Several ISPs in France have started censoring rt.com via their DNS resolver. Why are they doing this? I guess officially they'll say it's because of Russian propaganda about Ukraine, and that's partially correct. But also worth pointing out is that despite *very uncritical propaganda from the regime* about what happens in Russia, RT is one of the only mass media (non-independent publication) where you can have decent news about social uproar in France (gilets jaunes, anti-police-abuse riots, etc). We haven't reached the point where posts to RT are censored on social media (where it's most popular) so i can't exactly say we have "one side" to the news yet but it's getting closer. This message is both a **fuck you** to french ISPs engaging in censorship (remember Sci-Hub? TPB?) and a reminder to all the Putin fanboys around here what "there's only one side to the news" really means: Russia is already there (there's a few independent publications but they've been struggling for years with State censorship and journalist assassinations) and France is getting closer (on the other side of the narrative). The rest of you who live in countries with more free speech can't even realize what information control means so please don't take these words lightly.

That's a good question, certainly not something we're taught in schools/media about nazism. I'm posting this here because although it's usually a sign for nazi propaganda ahead, i find it's a good reminder that when a politician proposes to "deport" people (such as Zemmour in France proposing to deport muslims), genocide is how this ends up in most cases. No, deportation is not more humane. Fuck all nazis, even those wearing a tie/suit and speaking on public television in the 2020s. Did lemmy know social-democracy and authoritarian communism is what gave birth to fascism as we know it? Next week in "did lemmy know", we'll talk about anti-muslim genocides in the USSR.

Sometimes clicking notifications button takes me to: https://lemmy.ml/404?err=TypeError:%20Cannot%20read%20properties%20of%20null%20(reading%20%27local_user_view%27) I believe that's before the page is fully loaded. Server-side rendering makes sense :)

Off-topic: this community's name
Hello, the name of this community is very long: "A community for the chromium..." Also very misleading? It's talking about a proprietary software with "modability" and "privacy", both of which are properties fundamentally incompatible with proprietary software. Just thought maybe you'd like to change the name because it's not fitting well on many screens :)

limited posts per IP per hour
Apparently 6 posts per IP per hour goes over the limit. However, just changing my Tor circuit enabled me to post my last crosspost. Should quotas be per-user not per-IP? Some people may share the same IP in a legit manner after all. Also, should crosspost count as posts?

100 years of whatever this will be
cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/103229 > We have, in Western society, managed to simultaneously botch the dreams of democracy, capitalism, social coherence, and techno-utopianism, all at once. It's embarrassing actually. I am embarrassed. You should be embarrassed. > The truth is, functioning markets are not "free" at all. They are regulated. Unregulated markets rapidly devolve into monopolies, oligopolies, monopsonies, and, if things get really bad, libertarianism. > The job of market regulation - fundamentally a restriction on your freedom - is to prevent all that bad stuff. Markets work well as long as they're in, as we call it in engineering, the "continuous control region," that is, the part far away from any weird outliers. You need no participant in the market to have too much power. You need downside protection (bankruptcy, social safety net, insurance). You need fair enforcement of contracts (which is different from literal enforcement of contracts). > The major rework we need isn't some math theory, some kind of Paxos for Capitalism, or Paxos for Government. The sad, boring fact is that no fundamental advances in math or computer science are needed to solve these problems.

Two men ran a $20 Million YouTube Content ID Scam
cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/103227 > > Two men have been indicted by a grand jury for running a massive YouTube Content ID scam that netted the pair more than $20m. Webster Batista Fernandez and Jose Teran managed to convince a YouTube partner that the pair owned the rights to 50,000+ tracks and then illegally monetized user uploads over a period of four years. > > > YouTube previously said that it paid $5.5 billion in ad revenue to rightsholders from content claimed and monetized through Content ID but the system doesn’t always work exactly as planned. Over the years, countless YouTube users have complained that their videos have been claimed and monetized by entities that apparently have no right to do so but, fearful of what a complaint might do to the status of their accounts, many opted to withdraw from battles they feared they might lose.

> Yet despite all the unprecedented recent events, 2020 and 2021 also feel very familiar to some of us. The mood has been similar to that of Anonymous' highs in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Instead of groups like LulzSec, we have people like Keyser Soze and groups like APT-69420. Documents and source code spilled onto the internet, to the horror of governments and corporations. And inevitably, the raids began and indictments began to be returned. > Ten years ago, WikiLeaks fought censorship by making it easy to mirror their site and leaks. Today, while Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDoSecrets) faces the scrutiny of the U.S. government and continues to fight our server seizure, we're fighting censorship by making not just our data, but our model easy to mirror. Groups like DDoSecrets can be dismantled if governments are truly determined to oppress and suppress, but we're as easily replicated as the Anonymous model or the APT-69420 model. The world can no longer be rid of hacktivists or leaktivists, not as long as people are willing.

I would love to see a parallel universe with collective transportation
A discussion on HackerNews > I would love to see a parallel universe, where collective transportation obtained the upper hand. Where countryside railroads are still operating, and where roads/highways haven't consistently led to the expropriation of millions of people worldwide, and to the current car-oriented urban nightmare. See Ivan Illich for a demonstration that car-oriented urbanization is hostile and counter-productive, as opposed to what he calls "convivial tools" (empowering technologies).

> Two things everyone knows about Kubernetes are: first, that it has won in the critically important container orchestration space, and second, that its complexity is both a barrier to adoption and a common cause of errors.