libre_dev

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libre_dev wrote

Proselytes can be very cringey in general. But the term is also a defusement tactic I've started using with people who use "SJW" because it's common internet slang (when said people are otherwise fairly decent). I merely point out that what the 'net has taught them to cringe at are often people who have recently had their eyes opened to the injustices of the world, and that there are growing pains involved in that

Oh, and tankies of course

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As someone who's been an observer of the LessWrong crowd for several years, transhumanists are full of shit yeah. Perhaps not all of them, it's just the entire thing reeks of privilege.

Manifest destiny in space.

I'd be careful making such comparisons when there's almost certainly no other sentient or even multicellular life outside Earth. While Musk's idea seems to be "Reddit island in spaaace", there's nothing wrong with having humans on other planets/dwarf planets/moons in say a couple of hundred years. It's either that or go extinct in anywhere between 100 - 1,000,000 years.

Personally I think we have a long long way to go considering we don't even have a self-sustaining colony on the south pole yet.

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I heard about this. That $200 tax is like two months wages for the average Belarusian. Parlimentarian progressives and centrists in Belarus are finding it increasingly hard to work within the system. The regime just arrests everyone at protests. Almost every family has at least one person who's gone to jail for BS reasons, and when they get out they're shunned by the rest of society. This seems to have caused some growth in support for Belarusian anarchists

Reply to The Slow Kill by /u/ziq

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[citation desperately needed]

I hate Monsanto as much as the next person, but my beef with them is rather the way they're allowed to patent life, extort farmers and get away with poisoning the land. Specifically, I'm getting an anti-GMO vibe from this meme

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libre_dev wrote

Question: are spoops not useful in some cases? For example, I've been making references to the charter of human rights recently in order to steer conversations around refugees in a better direction

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I know there's ham DTV broadcasts being done, which I believe uses the same DVB-T standard as terrestrial digital TV. If so then it'd just be a matter of changing carrier frequency. An SDR can do this easily. Of course an SDR can also spit out analog TV just fine. There's probably code somewhere for this on the Web. Just search "gnu radio dvb-t" or so.

You need a linear amplifier for DVB-T (class A, class B etc.) since it uses QAM. FM can use more efficient amplifiers like class E or class F. Analog TV uses VSB, but you can get away with AM if you don't care about interfering with the channel below or if you have adequate filters after it.

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Alright, some things for peeps who might be thinking of doing this:

First make sure you have adequate filtering before you turn your pirate station on. The second, longer PDF discusses this. While I don't care about the commercial bands the state has stolen from us, please make sure you don't pollute the amateur or emergency services bands. The amateur bands especially are an oasis of self-governed spectrum in which commercial operation is strictly forbidden.

Second, software-defined radio (SDR) has made this a lot easier. Once you have yourself a HackRF or LimeSDR, most of the fiddling can be done in GNU Radio. The signal you get out of that is already pretty clean, but you should of course use filters anyway. You can use a second SDR to check how much unintended crap you're putting out. So the chain is audio stuff -> computer -> SDR -> amplifier(s) -> filter -> antenna.

Reply to comment by /u/DissidentRage in Why are you single? by /u/ziq

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Indeed. I'm just counting on the law of large numbers; so long as I'm out socializing and meeting new people on a regular basis someone who works should present themselves sooner or later. It's just overcoming how Sisyphean it feels

Reply to comment by /u/Dumai in Usefulness by /u/ziq

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libre_dev wrote

That sounds a bit like the expedient technology view some greens have. I've found it an interesting idea, but haven't looked very far into it. As a programmer I'm incredibly lazy, so of course anything that has to be done more than once should be automated. Unfortunately this is much harder to do in the physical world.

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I may have glossed over the part where there's an actual protocol involved. That changes things. I'm very much in favor of moving things toward protocols rather than siloed implementations