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aiwendil wrote

yeah, it looks rad, but I think we would have to set up a server to post content. Or maybe we could set up multiple servers and really capitalize on the distribution of data over multiple computers so it's not just using up space on one server. While at it, we should get a media goblin going to so we can post images more easily. I wish I had a bigger raid setup, I would do this today if I did.

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aiwendil wrote

unfortunately there is a cost to all of this and I think we can decentralize from where things are currently, but we should still find ways to pool resources to bring these technical solutions to as many people as possible. Like could we campaign to do things like buy the buildings we rent, but taking what we would pay as rent and putting it as a collective down payment and use what would have been our rent to pay the loan... Then we could move forward with building wide infrastructure projects on a building by building basis... Like collectively buying, installing and benefiting from solar panels on the roofs of our buildings, and little community gardens on rooftops, with bees and such. All kinds of things are possible if we could work together... We really need a platform for organizing such things. First step is to get like minded people in a given locality in contact with each other about these sort of things and then the next step is to get resources on how to do these things in their hands. I think in the long run, we could be saving a ton on rent and electrical costs if we learn to collectivize our living arrangements better.

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aiwendil wrote

I think that is certainly possible, but it will be pretty impossible to prevent things like this from existing underground. In fact it could even be built out with repeaters and ethernet cable and not wireless at all, which could make it much harder to find and crack down on. I think we probably need to build some combination of those things and then connect them together using some sort of onion routing for now... Could just use tor hidden services to connect meshes together. We cannot worry too much about what they will try to ban in the future when building things like this. We should anticipate that they might and try to make it decentralized enough that it will become impossible to actually crack down on.

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aiwendil wrote

I 100% agree. Corporate controlled infrastructure will never be used to serve the people. We need mesh networks in cities and then we need to figure out how to connect small towns and rural areas. That will be a problem, but one that could potentially be solved by launching some satellites or solar powered repeaters, though that doesn't seem ideal with today's technology. Currently we need to work on building a mesh and connecting the mesh networks up with hyperboria. That is phase 1 and phase 2.

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aiwendil wrote

This is why we all need to be examining our opsec. Minimally we should be using tor. The funny thing is, they make broad generalizations about none of us knowing anything about computers across the board because some people clicked on a link that was an IP logger. I would hope by now that most of the users here are minimally on tor and if that is the case they got a lot of bunk IP addresses of exit nodes and that doesn't even seem to have crossed their mind, so I honestly hope that is what happened. If you aren't using tor, maybe let this be a lesson to you... Start now. Aside from that be careful what you click on, but also block javascript. They could be attempting to run some javascript to get your real IP even if you are hidden behind tor. It seems that there are some people on there that actually know some stuff about computers, but lets face it, most white supremacists are just blue collar workers that don't know much about computers themselves and have been vulnerable to similar tactics. It is interesting that they have coopted the term Anon now as I don't think any actual Anons would approve of what they do now, you can send Jeffry Hammond a letter and prison and ask him. It is honestly hard to believe that anybody that is smart enough to actually be a hacker and not some script kiddie doxxxer would side with the fascists, but it isn't outside the realm of possible. Through history there have been many smart people that were also mean spirited. It seems like the brunt of their efforts are some form of brute force internet thuggery though. Make lots of fake accounts and goad people into debate to waste our time. If that is all they've got, that is a sorry excuse for hacking now. I am quite certain there are lots of people doing the same thing to them and that will go back and forth until we are all blue in the face. They get upset because we have zero tolerance for trolling, but trolling is literally the only thing they've got except for some weak-ass ip logger. Stay strong and vigilant.

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aiwendil wrote (edited )

I think my main gripes are exactly what you mentioned, it isn't simple and it isn't modular. To me the beauty of unix system is in the simple modular components that come together to form a cohesive operating system. Systemd is a bit too monolithic. Now that being said, it does a good job doing what it does and it makes something simpler. Also standardization can be good. I finally know where I should be putting init scripts on debian. Before the easiest way to do that was to throw a line running your script in a file that was run at the correct init level and the right way to do that was even more of a pain in the arse. I had a bunch of systems where figuring out when something was causing an issue meant looking through a bunch of potential files for hacked together solutions that were not particularly good. I'd like to see more standardization in that regard, but I don't think we need a huge, non-modular system to do that. Yet, I am also not interested in rolling my own solution here as this is just not the kind of problem I enjoy solving and it is a really complex problem at this point. I'm just going to take what they give me to work with atm. Just my 2 cents.

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aiwendil wrote

I personally think the email thing is common sense. If you want to be able to block abusive people, you need to make it more difficult for them to just re-register a new nick every time you ban them. Eventually they will go away if you make them jump through enough hoops... Not really a bad idea in my opinion.

Also they can't so much be blamed for the warrant canary. If you are based in the US and you get served, you don't have much of a choice. At least they have some way of being honest with you about it unlike Facebook or Twitter.

I think what makes reddit suck more than anything is the users and the admins are just kind of abusive and shitty people with terrible political inclinations since Aaron Schwartz left. I don't know anything about the current admins except that they let too much hate speech take place on that site and if I were running it I'd be getting heavy handed with the ban hammer.

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aiwendil wrote

I think this is why they call the left a circular firing squad. I do think it is important for us to passionately discuss our differences, but I agree that we need to be able to respect each other. I think that the reason people had an issue with the "left is anti-science," post was largely how it was framed. I think you could make the case that there are those on the left who are reluctant to embrace technology, but broadly saying the left is anti-science with some poor examples is just asking for trouble. I don't see why this needs to carry over on to other threads though and I haven't noticed that so much.

I think the problem with ideological differences is not that we don't all want a better world, but our ideas of what that better world looks like. We can never get anywhere near that better world if we can't make some concessions to each other on the more minor issues. I think it would be a good idea to figure out what things we can mostly agree on and build our individual platforms from there. Maybe we don't all get everything we want, but everybody can get some of what they want.

I agree we are better than the bickering and right now it is more important than ever to stand united in solidarity with every person's struggles and in so doing build an understanding for why the issues that are important to others are so important to them even if they aren't as important to you.

I really feel like raddle has been a positive force in my life lately and I hope that it can continue to be a place where we can learn from each other, debate each other, maybe even fiercely debate each other, but when it comes down to it, to support each other.

Reply to comment by /u/josefStallman in Linux And Anarchy by /u/Lenny

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aiwendil wrote

I came here to make this same comment. I thought it was a decent article, but can somebody just steal it and put it on an ancom website since the guy doesn't believe in intellectual property, it shouldn't be a problem. lol

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aiwendil wrote

I am anti-GMO and it is not because of Genetically Modifying Organism in and of itself. I haven't seen anything that suggests that the practice of modifying organisms is harmful(though it certainly could be depending on what you intend to do). What is harmful is modifying those organisms to be round-up ready. Round-up has been conclusively shown to cause cancer, birth defects and a whole slew of other human health problems, over and over again. So if you don't see a problem with GMO food you are actually denying science.

Nuclear also causes a number of problems especially for those of us who are primitivists. Nuclear waste has to be stored indefinitely in very expensive to maintain facilities. If those facilities fail to be maintained, that waste could slowly leak into our ground water and thus into crops and water supplies. That is only one such danger. In the event of a societal collapse of any kind, nuclear plants could potentially melt down without oversight from humans. Anything that needs that much maintenance is a disaster waiting to happen. Fukashima is not an outlier, it is an inevitability. Over a long enough arc of time all nuclear facilities will have just such a disaster affect the. It is total lack of foresight.

When analyzing whether a technology is good or bad, it is not simply enough to ask ourselves "can we do it," but also, "should we do it."

Technology is not inherently bad. It is also not inherently good. Right now the consequence of industrialization seems to be loss of freedom and destruction of natural resources. I don't think that has to be the case. For example we can design ways to wash clothing now that use way less water than doing it by hand and we can recycle that water with grey water systems and then send it finally through bioremediation systems before that water re-enters the water table. We CAN do that, but we are not currently doing that. So I think what most of us are seeing is that technology is actually becoming a net negative in our lives.

I don't think we should just embrace all technology because not doing so will get on your nerves. I think we need to analyze the ethical imperatives and consequences of all technology and decide if there is a place for it that is #1 safe and #2 useful.

Thats my 2 cents, feel free to be upset with me. I don't view myself as somebody that hates science or denies science. I just have a different interpretation of the data than you do.

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aiwendil wrote

Also rights are just ideas, they are meaningless when somebody gives them to you and then strips them from you at will. There really is no such thing as rights, just like borders and money, they are imaginary and as soon as you choose to live outside of those fantasy worlds, you can begin to be free. Unfortunately militarized governments that have declared a monopoly on violence use tangible, real world resources to enforce these imaginary ideas. I would like to reject these ideas out right, but one can only do that to some degree and still manage survive and thrive in this world. Governments will criminalize any lifestyle that avoids it's control.

The main reason I despise the idea of rights is that they contribute to jingoist rhetoric.

“Freedom!- is the fatuous jingle of our civilization, but only those deprived of it have the barest inkling of what the stuff actually is.” -David Mitchell

People can go on about how great it is to have freedom of speech, when if you've been paying attention, even just intermittently it is impossible to fail to notice how eroded these "right," have gotten. I mean, you have the right to speak freely, but what you say can be used against you in court or in the media to destroy you. That is not really freedom. I do believe that all actions have consequences in a broad sense, but when the government is manufacturing consequences for using your "rights," they cease to be rights and become privileges afforded to certain cross sections of society, based largely on incumbency to wealth, ethnicity, religion, gender, etc...

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aiwendil wrote

I'd rather not make it a public thing anymore than it has been, but I would be happy to discuss over email. If you want email me at aiwendil@onionmail.info and I will give you a brief overview of some of the things I've been through personally as well as things I've heard about other squats.

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aiwendil wrote

Maybe try squattheplanet.com as a resource for that. As far as squatting OpSec, I think it would be cool to start a thread in /f/opsec on the specific challenges presented in various communities.

I've squatted alone and with other people. Alone has some interesting security challenges of it's own. A house full of people can protect each other, but it can also become a liability with people of various ethics coming and going. I have heard some horror stories from squats in Oakland, CA that I hope we can all avoid repeating. However being alone in an abandoned house can put you at risk in a lot of other ways in our modern society, where people are violently lashing out against the homeless. Should the homeowner show up, that could be very bad as well.

Another interesting thing to consider is morale. Squatting alone can be quite lonely. It is really easy to get very depressed dealing with challenges by yourself. I think you have to weigh all of these things together.

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aiwendil wrote

We should start making take tattoo sleeves that we can wear to protests. It really wouldn't be too hard to do. But I do warn comrades about this frequently. Anything that is identifying needs to be completely covered during any direct action of any kind. We live in a dystopia society, so anything that can identify you needs to be immediately disposed of.

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aiwendil wrote

It is no biggie until somebody wants to do things that step on the other mods toes and then everybody is angry at each other. I've seen that happen with mods that were not democratically elected. Also whatever method we use for voting needs to be bot proof, because I could see those fuckers on voat coming over and rigging votes to get mods installed and subvert things here. I know this is the same concern Castro always cited for not having democratic elections in Cuba, but it is a legitimate concern for both Cuba and Raddle.

Because of these undemocratic elements that will abuse democracy for their own goals, we need to be very thoughtful in how we ensure that 1 person is 1 vote. I think that we need to have something in place to be able to correlate a tor user to an account that has had to go through a number of difficult to automate steps. With non-tor users IP address would be enough of a control measure, but I think putting together the system I've mentioned in other threads where we have some sort of tor cookie tied to a valid email address, even if the email is anonymous, will make doing this easier too. We could have votes from tor accounts be confirmed via that email address, as well as some sort of captcha(I don't support recaptcha, so hopefully we can find or build a better solution), but I will defer to those technically implementing this.

Anyway, back to my initial point, I think that we might need to have some public system on which mods decide issues together if we are going to have multiple mods like you suggest and then have a way to remove a mod that is behaving poorly.

I don't think we can underestimate potential adversaries in their willingness to undermine our processes.

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aiwendil wrote

I would mostly agree with this, but I do think mental illness exists. Like many people are having anomalous experiences that are difficult to cope with, whether they would exist in a capitalist society or not, but I would argue that it is a much smaller group than those we've officially labelled mentally ill as a way to strip them of their rights in many cases(take California's rediculous 5150 policies, where a doctor never has to see you for you to get institutionalized and loose some of your rights).

For the small group of people having truly difficult to cope with experiences of the world, Schizophrenic people, severely Bi-Polar people(not by the diagnoses criteria people seem to think is legit, like generic moodiness, but manic states that truly break from reality) and people with Major Depression, these are all brought on in a lot of cases by the stress of living in a Capitalist society. In studies done on schizophrenia, rates are much higher in our cities, which in America are the centers of commerce, very much hyper capitalist zones(http://schizophrenia.com/prevention/country.html).

As somebody that suffers from Major Depression, I can honestly say that I find it to be correlated to living in our society. I feel consistently disappointed by the way I have to live currently in order to avoid being targeted by authorities. I don't feel like I can amount to anything being chained down by capitalism. I think I have done a lot of interesting and good work in my life, but almost all of it was done for nothing(which in a capitalist society means that it has no value). I feel that I have no value to anybody that I live around and that thought process contributes to me feeling depressed most of the time. Most people assume that these feelings are internal and can be changed, but I think that my depression is related mostly to external things that I cannot change, nor can I cope with them. This is all anecdotal and not scientific, but that is how I feel about it.

I do think a lot of mental illness is preventable in how we structure society and a lot of it is totally mis-diagnosed nonsense. When I was a difficult teen, I was diagnosed with Oppositional Defiance Disorder, which the DSM describes as somebody that is resistant to deferring to authority. That seems like a really convenient thing to institutionalize. I was also diagnosed with ADD, though I had no trouble concentrating on things I was interested in, for example, I taught myself how to program and even though I skipped a lot of school I did well in Math and Science classes, often significantly better than guidance counselors expected. If I didn't like a teacher or didn't care about the material, I just didn't do the assignments. So I personally think those were bullshit diagnoses meant to be an excuse to drug me up and make me easier to control. I hated how clouded the meds made me feel, so I just refused to take them, or put them under my tung. Again, this bit is all anecdotal, but that has been my relationship to mental illness.

I totally agree that if we talk to each other and support each other, we could realistically do away with the entire mental health apparatus that is designed to keep us complacent. We should have an emotional wellbeing sub, though I don't see the harm in a mental illness sub also for people really struggling with illness. We don't have to fix or normalize anybody, we can accept that capitalism made us this way and there may not be fixing it now, but for people like myself, I would like to change how I live to mitigate the effects that capitalism has on my mental health.

I don't see capitalism going away any time soon, but we can learn to live on the fringes of it more frequently, which can go a long way in making one feel significantly better.

I hope this makes sense. I think we agree more than disagree here, but I do think we need to keep room for people who are seriously struggling, because that is real and they need as much support as somebody experiencing physical traumas.

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aiwendil wrote

Yeah, I mean, clearly this is being cherry picked and if you look at the search results for almost any political topic, the results appear quite skewed to the right if you ask me and that is one reason I have stopped using google altogether. I don't find them to be particularly nefarious within the paradigm of capitalism. My critiques of them might not exist were we to live in a more socialist or even communist society under which they would be forced to operate by different rules themselves. In fact without the capitalistic rules that favor incumbency to any market, there might exist hundreds of google like search engines and you might choose yours based on any number of factors including how they slant their results on any given topic.

The cross domain tracking they do is pretty aweful though. Same with facebook. However because we have perpetuated an ad based economy online this level of tracking is absolutely necessary to their business model. I think if you want to see all of this go away really quickly, smash capitalism. Problem solved.

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aiwendil wrote

I find it hillarious that they are complaining about a registrar censoring free speech, but then they go to raddit's registrar and complain about speech. They don't care about free speech, they care about their speech. There is a big difference, because free speech would be universal. If they cared about free speech like they say they do, they would have to support dissenting opinions equally, which is obviously not the case.

I personally believe in free speech in the sense that you should be able to say anything you want without being cracked down on as an individual, but I don't believe there is inherent to that any right to a platform for said speech. No website or registrar should be forced to host your beliefs if they disagree with them. No search engine should be required to index you, no newspaper compelled to publish you, and no city forced to host your events. I believe in the right to peaceably assemble, but peaceably means without the intent of fomenting a fascist revolution inherently, because fascism is not peaceful.

These thoughts by our founding fathers were maybe intentionally left as vague, because a lot of them didn't actually believe in these rights. These are the ideas of a liberal democracy and contradict with their own ownership of slaves and their whole manifest destiny doctrine. I would personally make a whole lot of changes to the US constitution, but if it hadn't been eroded away by the courts over the years, it would be a pretty good document(2/3 compromise aside, because that was the worst form of gerrymandering I think this country has ever seen, although we have a modern equivalent in counting prisoners that are not allowed to vote in census data, so maybe nothing has changed substantially since then).

I do think we need to have a larger debate in the public sphere about what free speech is and isn't and it may be worth while to rewrite a constitution document that is more specific in that regard. I'm not sure we could get a country as large as the US to agree on any such changes, but that doesn't mean it isn't a worth while endeavor. John Locke was largely plagiarized in the Declaration of Independence. So the ideas you write, may influence the world in 10's 100's or as is the case with Greek philosophers, 1000's of years from now.

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aiwendil wrote

I wish I knew php, because I would love to contribute, but my skills in that area are not up to snuff. I am not complaining, because I think php is actually quite well suited for the task of building a dynamic content website. I appreciate the work you do though and I plan on trying to get acquainted with it so that maybe at some point in the indeterminate future I can contribute code and not just ideas.

I recognize that you have done a ton of work here though as I have perused the code on git. I am honestly really impressed that this has been done by just one person.

Could you recommend some material somewhere on learning php and composer so I will have an idea what I am doing? I haven't written any kind of website in years, so I need a total overview of how things are done at this point.

Anyway, I wish I could give a more meaningful critique, but so far I am very impressed! Good work!