edmund_the_destroyer

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

I prefer Lisp to Python but I like them both and see no reason to shit all over any language. If someone wants to build a program in Brainfuck, more power to them.

Just to annoy foobar, someone should rewrite this in HyLang ( https://github.com/hylang/hy ) - a Lisp in Python.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote (edited )

I could have sworn Raddle had a discussion about this a month or two back, but I can't find it.

I think free-as-in-freedom software is an essential tool for uncensored communication and privacy. And from that, it's a critical tool for anarchists. So I'd say most Raddle'ers have a partial alignment with Stallman and the FSF there.

But otherwise, he's a capitalism advocate. He sees all of the attempts at proprietary software, abuse of copyright laws, patent laws, and digital rights management (DRM) as flaws in the modern forms of capitalism. He has an ideal of a free market in which they are all removed. For me and for most others here, we see those things as inevitable byproducts of capitalism and impossible to remove while preserving capitalism. (That is, if you outlaw those things in a capitalist society, people who could make money by bringing them back will find a way to bring them back.)

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

Sorry I'm late to the party. For a quicker route to hosting your own email I recommend https://mailinabox.email - it's a combination of a howto guide and a program (shell script). The howto walks you through renting a server and setting up DNS. The shell script sets up the server for you, you just answer questions like "What is your name?" and "What domain name did you buy in the DNS service?" and so forth.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

For a secure distributed social network: Secure Scuttlebutt ( https://www.scuttlebutt.nz/ ) - I'm setting up but haven't used it much yet.

For secure distributed file and other content sharing: The "dat" protocol and Beaker browser ( https://beakerbrowser.com/ ) Closest to ready for regular users, but still not easy.

For hosting your own email: Mail-in-a-Box ( https://mailinabox.email/ ) - you need to be pretty tech-savvy to use it.

For distributed, decentralized, impossible-to-censor search engines: Yacy ( https://yacy.net/en/index.html ) - currently it works pretty poorly. Every time I tried it, it ran but gave me junk results.

For distributed, decentralized, server resource hosting for web applications: SAFE Network ( https://safenetwork.tech/ ) - some places group it with cryptocurrencies but the concepts behind it are different and it might be feasible. I'm watching it but not trying to use it yet.

And I like the idea of secure, untraceable currency transactions through cryptocurrencies but most existing cryptocurrencies are just energy-intensive pyramid schemes.

Many other similar such projects in all kinds of categories exist. But none have reached the "click to install and go!" stage.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

I don't know what form the collapse will take, but it's my firm belief that open source, decentralized, federated communication software of all kinds will be a key component.

The current internet is structured to funnel all human interaction through Google, Facebook, Amazon, and similar companies and tools. They harvest your data and bombard you with advertising and propaganda.

When we cut the advertising, tracking, and propaganda out I think the nature of political discourse and the content of popular political ideas will shift.

But good tools for all of this either don't exist today, or are too complicated for most people to use.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

Thanks again for explaining.

I should have phrased my original question more carefully. I wasn't trying to establish any standards or "shoulds", so to speak. I was just curious, without an agenda to advance.

My partner and I have told our kids we accept their sexual identity no matter what it is, and we expect them to do the same for others. But I guess I should take things further and teach them about the specific persecutions trans people face, some even from within the GLB community, and why they are incorrect.

As a former spineless liberal - though never allied with the TERFs - my only defense is "Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity".

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

I have no say in what you want or don't want and no preference, either. As I responded to martasultan, I was just puzzling over "I want tits because they're a common focus in sex acts involving women" vs "I want tits because women have tits". Or as you put it, "I want tits because I want tits".

I'm not trying to judge, condemn, or second-guess any of this. I'm not trans, I can't read anyone's mind, and I have no right to judge anyone's preferences. It was just a distinction I never encountered before.

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote (edited )

parent, work in tech, raised Catholic and Republican, became an atheist, became a market libertarian, became a Democrat, became a socialist for lack of finding anything better, flirting with anarcho-communism (edit: or maybe parecon).

Aside from focusing on free-as-in-freedom software over proprietary technology I'm not sure how to be an activist for what I believe.

My username is a play on "Conan the Destroyer". I envision Edmund as Conan's lesser known cousin, a cabbage farmer.