Raxalor

Raxalor wrote

Thanks, I'll give that a look through!

I went on a quick search online for exploit development and reverse engineering to try to answer my own question and I'll just add some of the resources I found for anyone else that's interested:

https://github.com/guyinatuxedo/nightmare

DAY[0] Discussion - Learn Exploit Development While Not Dying

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Raxalor wrote

I have to choose a 'safe' career, because I have people whose quality of life is directly tied to my ability to pay rent and buy groceries. I would absolutely love to get into Reverse Engineering, but I don't personally see a practical way of getting a stable income down that route.

And my dev skills are atrocious, I've probably written less than 5000 lines of code to date :/

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Raxalor wrote (edited )

I'm in IT working a position somewhere between System Administrator and DevOps. Trying to get into InfoSec red team stuff (which is actually a lot of fun for me) but I never have the energy after work to keep learning stuff... My job regularly requires 10 hour days and it has been unbearable for nearly a year.

It's the worst conundrum: I have to spend most of my energy performing my current job, because I'm the sole income in the household, but the mental exhaustion makes it nearly impossible for me to learn enough about other IT specializations to move into a more interesting and better paying field :(

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Raxalor wrote

Generally speaking, the way you'll build soil over sand is with lots and lots of carbon (wood chips, saw dust, dead plants, etc), because the carbon will store water instead of letting it run off or seep deep into the sand. It'll break down over time while bacteria and fungi grow and turn it into usable soil.

I recommend looking into Geoff Lawton's YouTube channel as he has worked on several desertification reversal projects

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Raxalor wrote

Anyone else hoping, selfishly, that something terrible happens related to the U.S. election?

I'm so sick of the status quo draining away my life, and the life of those I love, that I've been secretly hoping for a "It Could Happen Here" scenario.

Is it a fucked up hope? Probably, but I just can't stand the idea of everyone collectively moving on as if the world isn't on the precipice of total disaster.

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Raxalor wrote (edited )

I've been accused of being a brainwashed liberal by a friend of mine that considers Joe Rogan an "unbiased centrist", thinks Ben Shapiro is a reasonable person, and deep-throats boot on a regular basis.

This old friend of mine doesn't understand the difference between liberalism and leftism, so I haven't even considered explaining post-left anarchy to them

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Raxalor wrote

I didn't really get much experience with them lol. For the first several years, there wasn't a chapter within 200 miles of me, but about a year ago one popped up in my city. Their meetings always took place in the middle of my shift and I could never get time off to go. When I was finally in a different position and could go, COVID-19 happened.

I believe that they genuinely care about workers, but they don't have the infrastructure to offer anything other than empty promises. The IWW is too small and has zero networks outside of the organization. They'll never be able to organize a general strike and I don't think they'll ever manage anything on a scale larger than a city block or two.

Just to make a point about how small they are: I live in one of the most populous metropolitan areas within the United States and they didn't have a chapter here until 2019. Based on where they held their meetings, I would wager that less than 2 dozen members would regularly attended meetings before COVID-19.

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Raxalor wrote

End my IWW membership this month.

Joined them a few years ago when I thought the world could still be saved from capitalism and climate change.

Taking that $33 a month and spending it on prepping equipment (rice, beans, water filtration, etc) instead.

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