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Cake day: Oct 02, 2020


free speech ≠ hate speech

Be warned. The erroneous belief that “free speech” is a right wing concept is exactly the lie right wing lunatics want you to believe. it suits them very nicely.

right wing loonies have a long history of hijacking and destroying empathetic terms like this.

if they believed in freedom or free speech, why is it always them who are burning and banning books? why are they always the ones trying to control other people’s bodies? when they talk about freedom, they mean their freedom to take yours away.

should we let them kill yet another canary of a healthy society? that’s a different discussion. but it would be a substantial error to assume anyone who won’t let them hijack it are actually right wing.

i don’t know about more notorious.

that may merely be the propaganda we’re exposed to.

but for sure, noone has our back here, we have to have eachother’s back

for what? food? jail breaking your dishwasher?

Write many small programs as often as you can. That is, write new programs often, and make them small so you learn the full cycle of beginning, middle and end, over and over. This is the best way to learn.

Learning programming consists of 3 main things (imo):

1) The problem:

Learning to break a problem down and solve it in individual steps.

eg. Fill Car With Gas:

  • Turn Engine off
  • Open fuel cap
  • Get out of car
  • walk to fuel pump
  • etc etc

This is fundamentally what you will end up telling the computer to do when you write code, breaking a big problem into smaller problems, and smaller problems into individual steps.

Sometimes before writing a program, we will do the steps manually ourselves first to understand them. Then you write the code.

Its like when telling your friend how to do something its much simpler when you’ve done it yourself before.

2) The Machine:

When you’re first learning its not required to worry about the actual machine the computer is doing. Just to note a few quick things.

The computer can really only do a few very simple things, almost everything the computer does is literally just combinations of the following very simple things:

  • INPUT - Read a number from somewhere (from memory, from disk, from network, from a previous step)

  • OPERATION - Do something with the number (add, subtract, multiply, compare etc)

  • OUTPUT - Write a number somewhere (to the display, to memory, disk, network, to a subsequent step)

  • Do combinations of any of the above IF some thing is true (eg. number is bigger than 10)

3) The Language(s):

To tell our computer friend the steps we want it to do, we need to use a language it understands. Don’t get hung up on languages, in the end most of them have alot of similarities, and learning the core concepts is more important than memorising specific syntax.

To say this another way, while syntax is important to USE a language, it doesn’t always have a huge bearing on the core concepts underneath. A classic beginner mistake is muddling the language vs the core computing concepts.

In the end, almost whatever code you write, no matter the language, it ends up doing a combination of those simple steps from #2.

The job of the language is to make it easy and efficient for a human to tell the computer which combinations of those steps from #2 we want the computer to do to achieve our task. And if the language has done its job, it will hide many of those tiny steps from us, so we can worry about the main steps which relate to our problem.

Re. first language choice, python is probably a good starting point, since if you use it properly it’s often almost like writing in english to the computer. In the end it doesn’t matter so much as sticking with it, practicing and slowly learning the core concepts. In general any user friendly high level language will have an easy learning curve, Python, Javascript etc.

General Tips:

Learn some basic debugging & troubleshooting methods, at first this might just be displaying numbers during calculation steps to check the computer is doing what it should be doing, and then slowly move to more sophisticated methods. Along with basic commenting etiquette etc.

Avoid stackoverflow like the plague. There is some good discussion there, but if you want to actually learn, you need understanding. And copy/pasting someone else’s code will not give you this.

Same goes for chatgpt coding, autopilot etc.

When googling deliberately search for the official manual/documentation, or even a tutorial is fine if it’s unfamiliar or the official docs aren’t easy for you to understand, but absolutely avoid pre-cooked answers on stackoverflow etc as google will also push them on you when googling programming stuff.

The only exception is if you’re absolutely stuck, when doing learning exercises it’s ok to view someone else’s answer as a ‘solution’, but IMPORTANTLY, do not move forward until you have understood at least 90% of how and WHY they did it. Without that understanding you’re wasting your time, and sometimes you will even find mistakes in those answers, so blindly copying is only hurting you.

Get onto IRC (or matrix, discord whatever), and TALK with other programmers. Don’t go running to someone every time you stumble, but you can learn ALOT from others when you put in the right amount of groundwork and sometimes you will learn just by seeing other people solving their own problems.

easiest question we’re gonna answer all year:

fuck microsoft and their stooges

opensource driver hackers ftw!!

fantastic start, would be amazing to see this field progress!

tldr for those who are not up to date on what “Musk/Taibbi spin” or “the Twitter Files” means? tnx

excellent research Arthur Besse!! this cuts through any speculation right to the point. well done!

yep, and in the pursuit of profit by dropping the lower $/unit ICs for the ones which mostly go out of date much faster.

imo the industry has been slowly doing this to themselves for a while, but the pandemic accelerated it. and then ofc the bs politics just makes a mess of it

That’s a good point. And also helps explains why they made the emphasis on consumer market etc.

Seeing this and similar news, this feels a bit like an elephant in the room situation tbh they’re pointing at all the signs of something but still ignoring the big obvious things, wtf?

Magician as in stage magician or fantasy genre real magic magician?

We were all left waiting for IC availability.

Now they tell us demand for the ICs everyone was desperately waiting on is down?

They cite financial uncertainty, especially in consumer markets which sort of makes sense, but kind of doesn’t really explain it all imo.

What are other possible factors for this?

some small contribution to improve people’s lives (not corporations)

[ i know this may not be super helpful, but if popos is your first foray into linux, please do not judge the bountiful world of linux on the problems with that specific distro (popos) ]

#1 is huge, took me a long time to realise that and would make ALOT of people alot more comfortable if they realised it (imo)

Great insights. Look at that downward trend for windows, helps to explain the desperate and malevolent things they’ve been up to lately.

Also interesting correlation between unknown & windows around Jan2019 period. Any theories what it is? Aside from some classification errors or obscuring…?

Windows users running some kind of agent spoofer or similar? I would love if it was a spike in reactos or other os users haha

Should downvotes require a summary textfield?
across a variety of modern up/down vote based platforms, some make it a personal mission to avoid downvoting (the only real exceptions when someone is being utterly objectionable, ie. ridiculously racist/sexist etc or blatant spamming ^(1)^ in general, it is almost always better to have a respectful discussion than mindlessly downvoting and moving on. if two parties can meet for respectful discussion the outcome is almost always superior to the text-book divisiveness of a downvote war etc ^(2)^. in a great many cases people usually find they don't disagree as much as previously thought, have their mind opened to a valuable new perspective, or at worst accept to disagree respectfully. definitely a better outcome. yes it is time consuming, but don't we all generally want quality over quantity? ^(2)^ the original idea of a self-moderating community through up/down votes is a good idea, yet appears to have been hijacked by the modern social-media-type weaponised web, which is being turned against humanity to divide and polarize us against eachother. and is particularly suspectible to bot manipulation. ^(1)^ which can have eg. their own flags