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twovests wrote

communism being the stateless, classless, moneyless society with common ownership of the means of production

glad you brought this up. i disagree with communism as being definitionally moneyless (unless we mean strictly marxist communism, i guess)

so: how would you go about implementing that labour voucher? i mean this. i really can't see anything better than a cryptographically secured system for doing this

32 ETH is currently $68,818.56. i will never see that much money in my entire life.

or, 6,900 people get together and put together $10 each worth of ethereum. it's called pooling and it's been around forever

also, staking is not necessary -- at all -- to participate in ethereum. it only matters if you want to act as a validator and make a tiny bit of profit.

money is made by being really rich and sitting on it?

in proof-of-stake, extra coins are made by sitting on coins. money is made by buying those coins with money, and then sitting on the coins hoping others will buy them for more money later. this isn't a problem with proof-of-stake. this isn't tied to choice of consensus mechanism, and this problem isn't unique to cryptocurrencies.

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twovests wrote

my favorite archimedean solid is the truncated icosidodecahedron. the best part of it are the hexagons, which come from the truncation

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twovests wrote

i'm a communist so i'm not really into trying to make new currencies inside of capitalism, or managing current ones either

currencies will still be a part of communist economies. even then, most of us are still living in a capitalist context.

ironically, venezuela is probably the most interesting example here. citizens are using bitcoin for every day transactions (despite the issues that make bitcoin suck for that), and the government even launched its own cryptocurrency (petro, but there are issues here and it kind of sucks)

why [is it silly to dismiss proof-of-stake]? all of my reading on it makes it seem like a sort of defense of ethereum et al, "oh some time in the future we'll invent the way to do the thing that makes it okay".

ahh, that's just totally inaccurate though. i'd reconsider those readings and i wouldn't trust whoever's saying that, unless the writings are from 10 years ago or so.

proof-of-stake protocols already exist, they've existed since 2012 and they've only gotten better since then (addressing security concerns, getting rid of hybrid pow/pos needs, etc.)

with ethereum specifically: the PoS chain is already live. you can transact on the 2.0 chain. all that's left is to force everyone else to move over, which is the tough part, and has active ongoing development. the work is on git repos so it's all public

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twovests wrote

someone once told me "it's not gendered, there are male karens too," in full sincerity

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twovests wrote

so whoever has the most for the longest is determining who gets more?

that roughly describes many proof of stake protocols for open and decentralized coins. except that it is distributed randomly across holding nodes, e.g. a party with 5% of stake will have a roughly 5% chance to mine the next block and get a lil bit of money.

many cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin, have a supply cap. when it runs out, block miners get no payout for mining the block, and they only profit from tips.

there are other currencies with other models, e.g. with Diem, Facebook gets to decide who gets more money. i don't think that's better.

with paper dollars, whoever can make a convincing enough bill (legitimate or counterfeit) decides who gets more of that money.

what is even the point of cryptocurrency then?

tbh i kind of assumed that, given this is a predominately leftist forum, that there would like cryptocurrencies and see them as good, but dislike being labelled with the gendered n dismissive term "crypto bro." this post was meant to be "it's okay to like cryptocurrencies" but it seems i'm alone :(

these problems aren't inherent to cryptocurrencies. for the ecological impact, bitcoin ofc should die, but it'd be silly to dismiss proof-of-stake coins. it'll be an improvement on the ecological footprint of (1) digital banking and all the garbage that goes into it and (2) the global arms race of anti-counterfeit measures on paper money.

it all just seems like grifts upon grifts

i mean yeah there's a lot of digital scams out there and that's not new? it's not like get-rich-quick schemes first appeared after bitcoin hit $200. i don't have any sympathy for people with lots of money to invest anyways, and i don't care if they lose it because they put their money into some random datastructure they don't understand.

it's free to make a new cryptocurrency, so if rich fuckers are redistributing wealth a little bit because they won't even pay someone to understand things for them, then that's actually cool and good.

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twovests wrote

Tbh even IRC has a high barrier of entry for technical people who want message logs and basic privacy (i.e. ZNC).

I'm kind of shocked there isn't some free or very-cheap ZNC service out there, I'd much rather pay $5/mo to a service that does all the hard work than $5/mo to manage my own VPS.

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twovests wrote

historians 300 years in the future not knowing this is a joke and putting this in the virtual 21st century tour

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twovests wrote

1password!

https://1password.com/sign-up/

it's $3/mo or $5/mo when billing is shared with up to 5 people. (BTW, none of the 5 people can see one anothers passwords unless they explicitly choose to share.)

Can't go wrong with 1password tbh

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twovests wrote

in passing rush limbaugh has brought a new gender neutral bathroom into the world

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twovests wrote

Oh yea! I skimmed the article to the end originally and I realize I came off as more negative than I intended lol

I appreciate the input the author has too. For historical appreciation of videogames, I really think it's important people know that emulation and media like these restorations aren't true to the source.

E.g. I love Shovel Knight and The Messenger and all the modern pixel-art aesthetic but they aren't replicating the real look of pixels blasted onto a CRT. I have a strong memory of being surprised by the realism of the hand in SNES clue. The dithering looks different when it's a tad fuzzy. I know this is a lukewarm take but I'm excited for if indie devs experimentally regress in technology, and are releasing experimental games for specialized hardware with shitty displays (or whatnot). Like Panic's 'PlayDate' with a monochrome display and a hand-crank.

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twovests wrote

This is the first I heard of this trend and I'm binging these once I'm out of this meeting. I see what the author is going for but I am excited nonetheless

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twovests wrote

Funny enough, not on the default Files app, but at least on an officially-supported client (plus most "good" file managers I'm aware of.)

Something I dislike with Apple products is that so much basic functionality is locked behind expensive apps. I need to pay $10 to get a calculator on my iPad or $20 to control audio volume per-app on MacOS. So it's very refreshing to me that Samba support is built in to Files.

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twovests wrote

This is exactly what I did to get files from my computer to my phone! Samba is what got me both directions. 'Samba' is a popular server that follows the SMB network protocol.

Samba really is where it's at. I'll make a small guide. This is for Ubuntu. I am using a Raspberry Pi with an SD card. Nothing too special, since this is just a transitory space for transfering files.

Here's what I do on Ubuntu. You might want to make a new user just for the Samba share, since the SMB username is taking from users on the machine.

# install samba
sudo apt install samba

# allow samba through firewall
sudo ufw allow samba

# make a file for the samba share
mkdir /home/USERNAME/samba

# edit the conf to add the lines
sudo vim /etc/samba/smb.conf

# add these lines to smb.conf
[sambashare]
    comment = Samba on PiHole
    path = /home/USERNAME/samba
    read only = no
    browsable = yes

# set a password for the samba share
sudo smbpasswd -a USERNAME

# start the samba server
sudo service smbd restart

Then, on the iPad or iOS device, add a network location (Files > three dots). You'll need the local IP of your Samba server. The details will be like:

  1. Address: `smb://192.168.1.123`
  2. Username: USERNAME used to set start Samba on Ubuntu
  3. Password: Password set with `sudo smbpasswd -a USERNAME`

There's a bug on iPadOS and iOS where the share will be read-only until you disconnect and reconnect to the server. You may need to do that a few times, or restart your device.

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twovests wrote

this comment was ominous but it turns out this exists, which is even worse