jadedctrl wrote (edited )

Frankly I've got no idea what's going on

But any system based on “virtue” is more concerned with people “feeling like good people” instead of actually helping the people around them and their conditions— which is like the only thing that matters. “Virtue” is a bad concept.


jadedctrl wrote

Posadism is probably best remembered today for their enthusiasm towards nuclear war as a way of destroying capitalism and their attempt to introduce elements of Ufology into Marxist thought. Arguing that only communism can allow the development of interplanetary travel, they concluded that visiting aliens from other planets must live in highly advanced communist societies and are bound to help Earth-based communists with bringing about the world revolution.

holy shit posadism is fucking hilarious


jadedctrl wrote (edited )

This guy's entire thing reads like some paranoid rant. Even if you don't agree with Stallman's resignation etc, you've got to admit this is just weird.

I’ve decided to wake up early and do a rebuttal to all that “remove Stallman” movement. He can be tactless, sure, and I often disagree with what he says in some areas like sexuality, but removing him would make the world a much worse place.

How? There are a lot of people in the Free Software movement that are capable, too. He's not the only person there.

Microsoft people should call to “remove Gates”; Gates has done vastly worse things.


“We call for Stallman to step down from positions of leadership in our movement.”
Wait, your movement? Stallman started it. You just piggybacked it. Some of you were kids when he started it.
“Move along, Stallman, let us steal your movement…”

The very idea that a movement is “owned” or needs a leader… just, come on. He put an idea out there, and people run with it. He doesn't own it ffs

Sorry to say this, but the Software Freedom Conservancy would not even exist if it weren’t for Stallman


In the above statement the Software Freedom Conservancy cites (without actually citing) old remarks from Stallman, but why did it wait until now to make a big fuss over it? Is it opportunism?

Probably because he's been a sacred cow in the movement for a while— any criticism gets fucking assaulted with people like the author of this article. It's just now loosening a bit.

Maybe the impact of Outreachy inside the Software Freedom Conservancy? Agenda for 'professionalism'?

Yea, Outreachy, the internship project to get more women, PoC, and queer people into Free Software and tech. What a god-damn monster they are.

We can’t help recalling what happened a year ago to Torvalds. He temporarily stepped down. […] Why was he pushed out? You would struggle to find evidence of Torvalds being racist or sexist. […] Calling bad code “bad” is not intolerance and it is very much essential.

Being a dick, however, is inessential.

We need geeks, not suits and marketing liars like Linux Foundation managers.

Geeks that aren't tools.

Is there an effort to ‘decapitate’ (as in decapitation strategies) GNU/Linux? The media wants us to think Torvalds is a disgusting person and Stallman now speaks of pressure on MIT.

So these two guys get called out for things they literally did of their own volition… and “the media is killing free softwaree”

Torvalds isn’t a bad person (I spoke to him in the past and he was polite)

I'm sure that he and Stallman aren't bad people… they just have some shitty and problematic character traits.
And even if it was argued that Torvalds was a monster, this dude met him once, and that would completely destroy all evidence to Torvalds acting like a dick? OK

Free speech and political speech come at a cost; you’re guaranteed to piss off just about everyone, based on selective subsets of things you say over the years. Having no opinions is ‘safe’; if you want to be attacked while smiling politely.

If you're really so concerned with being a figurehead, just don't endorse pedophilia. It's that easy

We need someone in the top of Free software who speaks about politics (like Stallman does)

I'd fucking hope they don't talk like Stallman did.

At the moment Micosoft is trying to take control of both GNU and Linux using EEE tools such as Azure and WSL. Failing to guard GNU and Linux at a higher level may hand fast defeat to us and triumph to Microsoft.

A: Azure and WSL literally don't even apply to the defintion of Embrace Extend Extinguish. EEE would mean MSFT takes some open standard, shares their version freely, then puts a non-free topping on it in order to kill the open standard.
But they're… just adding LiGNUx to Windows? What could they even add to that which would hurt LiGNUx in the slightest? Unless, like, every LiGNUx developer starts programming only for the subsystem, and MSFT adds some subsystem-specific capabilities that they latch onto? But that's… literally not going to happen

B: Phrasing this like a war is fucking weird


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jadedctrl wrote

From a comment:

Have you considered the possibility that such a widely respected, intelligent, and experienced individual might actually be the one correct here?
I find your criticisms sloppy and flawed. It is immediately apparent that you have completely misinterpreted his statement.

This is an understandable feeling— whenever rms says something creepy, it has two interpretations: the logical, normal one (that he's being a fucking creep), and the mental gymnastics one that no rational human being would take (that he's technically close to right, if you squint your eyes).

If you idolize RMS, it's so tempting to reach toward the good-faith interpretation, no matter the gymnastics required. I used to take the latter interpretation, trying to find some good-faith way of reading his crazy shit. So I kinda get where this guy's coming from.

Like his comment on pedophilia: “It's not inherently bad, as long as there's consent.” I used to read that as, say, a 17 year-old and an 18 year-old, or 15/17, things like that. Most people'd agree that's not bad. There's the good-faith interpretation, that stretches what he says to make it seem “not so bad.” I see nerds doing that a lot. I used to do that.

But the thing is, he always says what he means. The good-faith interpretations are just wrong because they're reading too deep into what he says.

This is a case of a blunt, rude, sexist man being upfront and clear about himself: “I'm a creep.”

I've kind of been in that weird LiGNUx-community state of idolizing of RMS in the past, and I'll admit I'm just now stopping caring about him. Why do GNU nerds care so damn much about this man? He did some things that were, historically, significant 30+ years ago. Now he just defends pedophilia.

Another one's Eric S. Raymond. He did things back when, but he's a racist. Who cares about him? No-one should.

TL;DR I'm killing my old idols rn, fuck idolization have a great day


jadedctrl wrote

That's really interesting, actually. Minecraft definitely is more cooperative in terms of gameplay, and Roblox more competitive… but I'd say it's the other way around in terms of game creation (modification).

Making mods in Minecraft is individualistic and competitive— source code is basically never available, ad.fly links are everywhere, and authors are very territorial over their creations. Basing a mod against someone elses? Well that's just not allowed in MC.

Making “games” in Roblox has probably more of an ingrained “profit-motive” (robux are super-prominent in the website and game)— but somehow game-building is still more cooperative. There are a huge amount of buildings, meshes, scripts, and entire games that are free for anyone to use or base games off of available. Derivation is way more encouraged, and so game-making's more cooperative.

Anyway I haven't played either of these games in years, so this stuff might not be accurate post-2011.


jadedctrl wrote (edited )

My perspective of life is from the point of view of an introverted nerd--an INTJ to be more precise.

this is just icing on the cake for me— it's beautiful. human personalities can't be pigeon-holed into arbitrary categories… bragging about being an “intj” was exactly the kinda thing I did when I was 15. then again, so was calling myself an “introverted nerd” and contrasting that to “normies.”

on an unrelated note, this dude likes another life, which is objectively a terrible show.


jadedctrl wrote (edited )

I'd probably say Towerfall. It was the best game on the OUYA, and it's probably one of the most fun modern couch co-ops out there. I haven't played the new version, but I'm sure it's just as fun.

As for non-video games, probably Arimaa. It uses chess pieces, but it's a completely different game. It's simpler, more light-hearted, and is more competitive across skill-levels. If a big chess nerd plays a beginner, they'll beat them up in five turns. If a big Arimaa nerd plays a beginner, the game can last for a while— the beginner might even win! Way more fun than chess between friends. :)


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jadedctrl wrote (edited )

I dunno— XMPP is a pleasure to use (I use the cheogram SMS→XMPP bridge all the time), and I wish I could use it more… but the inconsistent implementation of some important features (OMEMO, video/voice chat) is kind of a down-side.

I've tried video/voice with Pidgin before, no dice. With Jitsi (not webRTC jitsi), worked, but poorly. Haven't managed to find an Android client with video— the only good libre one I've found on F-Droid is Conversations, which is great (OMEMO, too!), but no video/voice.

Like, whenever I've talked to friends about installing an XMPP client, I remember frantically searching for which Android/iOS clients support what bits we need, and having trouble explaining the issues to them. It's just a total headache.

Not even just clients, it's servers, too. Not all servers will support everything, it's… well.

Matrix doesn't really have that problem— there's a pretty canonical client (Riot) which supports all you need, and no-one even needs to spare a thought on compatibility, because everything pretty much follows Riot. There's more consistency, it seems to be catching on in these radical nerd-spaces, so whatever.

XMPP isn't bad, and if you have a well-informed friend to introduce you to it (“use X server, use X shiny web-client”) it's pretty much perfect. In cases other than that… it can be a headache.

EDIT: Not user-friendly-related, but I figured I might as well tack onto my dumb rant.

XMPP really isn't as group-oriented as Matrix is. It supports group-chats, yes, but there is variety in client support, and… there just isn't a “culture” around it. Group chats are becoming ridiculously widespread and mainstreamed. Discord is an obvious example. If you want your chat protocol or service to have a chance at hitting it big, group chats need to be first-class shit. Matrix treats group-chats as first-class. It has a developing “group chat culture”— there are communities using it, being created on it, and growing. Sometimes circumstance outweighs technical merit— especially when it comes to a tool for communication. XMPP just doesn't have the “culture” Matrix does.

If we're trying to push a chat protocol to comrades, federation and community need to be first class. Matrix fulfills both, XMPP only one. Hell, there're even a few Raddle Matrix rooms.

On the subject of federation and community— it's common practice to see Matrix, IRC, and Discord channels merged. Bridging seems to be less common (if it ever happens?) with XMPP in group chats. At the end of the day, bridging is probably the best option for dealing with this hodge-podge of protocols and services… if there is no technical limit to bridging on XMPP, it should be more often pushed.

Fuck, sorry about this block of text.


Reply to comment by jadedctrl in signal.png by celebratedrecluse

jadedctrl wrote (edited )

(don't know why you were downvoted, these are genuine problems with signal :/)

matrix might be work looking into, as well— it's standardized, self-hostable, federated, and the good clients support E2E encryption.
it's more user-friendly than xmpp, and easier to get people to hop on board with than xmpp, ime.


jadedctrl wrote (edited )

coinsh.red isn't stable enough right now— it'll crash every once and a while (usually after five+ hours, I found). I set the daemon to restart once every three hours, which is a total band-aid. It really sucks, but I've been more busy IRL lately, and haven't had the time to properly fix it.


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jadedctrl wrote

As a totally not member of the DSA, yea that's about right.
Only bright spot of the lot is that there are a good amount of anarchists and socialists in local branches, and the meetings bring them together for external meetups.

Other than that… oh, no, that was the only good part.