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Thread dedicated to digital and internet privacy talk.

Recommend literature and software, discuss any news on the topic, provide advice.

In this day and age when the presence of Big Brother, be it governments or corporations, is particularly felt, I'm ashamed to admit I possess an utterly basic knowledge of everything related to privacy and protecting your identity on the Internet.
Personally, I'm not computer-savvy, but would like to know more about any privacy measures and what goes into them. If anyone could provide good resources on the matter I'd appreciate it.
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Stop using Windows

Stop using Google

Use a VPN, Firefox with noscript and anti-fingerprinting enabled in about:config

That gets you pretty far. Wizlife is very good for privacy as you avoid things like Facebook and a social network. Those are the things that stop normalfags from following the major steps


install gentoo


This is good advice. Here's mine:

Step 0: USE CASH.
Step 1: Keep your name and your address separated from each other. In places where you have to use your name, use a PO Box, CMRA, a previous residence, or 'alternative place you might hang out.'
Step 2: no social networks.
Step 3: no Google or Google-derivatives.
Step 4: VPN+Tor Browser
Step 5: Linux or Tails OS.
Step 6: No cell phone (if you must, use Twilio to get a VoIP number).


Use uncucked and outdated processors, not AMD or Intel
Make sure hardware is chinese free
Use a completely open source operating system
Tor browser was made by the government and isn't open source
Torsocks hardly works but you could still use that
Use vpns, not pptp


Why should we care about Chinese people spying on us? They can't do anything to us who are living in places outside of China.

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Thnks for the quick response wiz. I guess you're right, I'll just continue doing the css exercises from codecademy as there's lots of html in there and once that's done I'll try to build a small website.


I'm not >>49272, but I too would like to work with HTML/CSS/PHP a bit. I did it a lot as a kid. I remember being able to just open a plain HTML document and then build up a page in pure WYSIWYG realtime with Firebug but that was like 10 years ago and I can't find an equivalent now.

If anyone working with it has any tips on how to set up a seamless work environment for such things, that would be cool. What browsers/extensions/programs to use so that I can say, edit the HTML or CSS in an editor in one monitor, and the browser updates the webpage using it in realtime or with a simple refresh in the other monitor.


I need a c# project idea. I want it to be something related to security/cryptography. Any Ideas?


You might make an encrypted chat program. Would sed be a challenge


That might be a good idea. Got any pointers for where to start with encryption programs for c#?

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New thread.
Discuss all weapons, modern and ancient, projectile and non-.
Armor discussion welcome.

"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
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How the hell are they easier?
They are way harder to repair, harder to carry, harder to reload under stress, and slightly harder to shoot.


I know. I've already heard every single thing you wrote there, in all the gun magazines and books and sales brochures going way back, implying that autos are objectively superior when they're not…they're merely preferred.
>There's a reason why virtually every single law enforcement outfit and military on the planet issues semi-autos instead of revolvers
Because of ammo capacity.

If there were some law of engineering that made it somehow impossible to stick more than 5 or 6 rounds in an auto pistol, almost nobody would prefer them. And for being so incredibly reliable they sure depend on a lot of nuanced shit like the things you mentioned. The biggest complaints I heard about autos were always JHPs jamming and bag magazines. Non stop. Always something jamming, followed by recommendations to try more expensive "premium" ammo and custom magazines or buying custom mainsprings or… Ugh.
>On the other hand, revolvers…are mechanically more complex & fiddly
an overstated and mostly academic concern
>(many more small, moving parts
how many more again and which ones?
>with tight tolerances
this is not a bad thing
>whereas semi-autos are better for anybody that wants to put the time into learning how to use one.
borderline snobbery
I ended up buying a smith and wesson 28…a 6 inch. Not to compensate but that's all I could find in the used smith market here. It's never failed on me.


*bad magazines


Late reply but I ended up getting a CZ P10C. I tried it out on the range with a bunch of other handguns (Glock 19, VP9, M2.0, XD-M) and I felt the most comfortable, had the tightest grouping with, and liked the P10C the most.

If you're wondering what crazy area I live in, it's Crook County, IL, which is pretty much all you need to know. But if you want to see the insane list of what isn't allowed here, this is the full list of prohibited firearms:

Of course, due to loopholes in the definition of the NFA, I'm going to get a 5.56 chambered, 11.5" barrel, AR pistol with a brace and folding adapter to reduce the length below 26" with a red dot sight. The folding adapter is because the ATF recently said that overall length needs to be measured with the gun folded now.

Legally this is still a "pistol" which means the rifle laws won't apply and it bypasses most of the semi auto pistol laws listed above but not all of them. To fully bypass all these laws you need a concealed carry license, which means that Illinois handgun laws will preempt all other laws at the local level (such as Crook County's) and since there is no restriction on magazine size at the state level, I won't be subject to the magazine limit here.

So, putting all this convoluted bullshit together, my AR pistol needs to be less than 26" overall, have a less than 16" barrel, needs to not have a vertical foregrip, needs to have a stabilizing brace and not a stock to be considered a pistol, and ON TOP of that I need a CCL so that only the state laws apply to me to remove any restrictions on the magazine size.

After ALL THIS is done, I am technically allowed to walk around with this thing in my backpack with multiple 100 round drums if I wanted to but the legality of these things is getting really shaky around here, especially after the mass shooting hysteria that's been going on for a while.


Say no more. I fully understand now.

Good choice and it is great that you went to the range to try things out to see what works for you.

Accusations of snobby coming from you is really rich.

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There must be a reason why almost all of the cartoons is calarts style. Maybe is because of the time they spend on the story
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Those look retarded, like everything else.

It was never meant to be pretty but the old one was way better.


It's because that faggot Pendleton Ward turned the freakin' cartoons gay


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I was gonna watch "Enter the Florpus", but had a bad day/annoying inconvenience. For anyone familiar with Vasquez's work, that's enough to ruin your interest in Vasquez's work (and 99.99999∞% of anything, basically).

For everyone else, just replace "Freezy" with "Florpus".


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It wuz good, son! Yo' gwounded!


It was actually really good. It felt like a movie long episode

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Any wizards play yugioh?

I collect the cards, though I don't really play the game. I'm 26 and still live with my parents as a hikki, so my parents are trying to force me to get a hobby to get me out of the house so I"m thinking of playing the game at my local card shop
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Used to be into it when I was a kid. Played Duel Links but gave it up since it was too much of a time sink. Sold off all the cards for $100 a while ago. No clue if any of them were any good, and frankly, I don't care. Someone who actually likes the game can pick through them.


This. There is so much fucking shit to keep track of in modern Yugioh that I feel it would be nearly impossible to play the game in person. Duels are so fast these days they tend to end in a few turns, cards have essay-long effects, and you often cycle through about 50 cards in one turn and set up multiple plays with cards in the graveyard or whatever. Plus, there are also the nuances of card wording and resolution order. Clients like Ygopro will handle that for you, and give you prompts for what effects are available. If you really wanted to play a TCG irl, I'm guessing MTG is probably better (this is just an assumption, though, I haven't ever played it seriously, but the cards seem to be much simpler). Either that, or play Yugioh with cards from an older format.


>or play Yugioh with cards from an older format
Goat format is 2007


>cards have essay-long effects
My fucking eyes when they do this shit and make the text hyper small and abrivate everything so it will fit in the little box provided.

Like really, when you have to pull out the magnifying glass to tell what the hell a card does, the effect is to god damn long and they need to rewrite the card effect.


I'm more of a Magic the Gathering guy. Yugioh is too frustrating to play

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Does anyone here program? Not for work purposes, but simply as a hobby. If so, what sort of projects are you working on?


For fuck sake.
The programming thread is still on page 1. A thread died for your retardation.

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General ethnographic talk. I'll start with why this has interested me.

A year or so ago I was looking for obscure nations to play in EUIV, and settled on the Ainu. It was a really interesting game and I ended up getting obsessed with the Ainu for some time. I especially found the whole 'bear cult' aspect really interesting for some reason. Also, the though of having a very rare or almost extinct language is something I find exciting. From then on, I'd play EUIV for some obscure nation, and end up reading a bunch about them.

At this moment in time, I would like to study a culture/ethnic group that has the following traits:
-They're Natives/aboriginals
-Their music is not "ayaya"+drums (I'd prefer throat singers atm)
-Weird religion/mythology. I'd love this thread to be filled with discussion of this. I've been reading about how some eskimo think the northern lights are made of souls and for whatever reason I find that neat.
-They do not have a weird obsession with tattoos.
-They live somewhere snowy/really cold.

If anyone has any thoughts, please share.


I've been reading about Africa lately. It's really odd how backwards some places are but also quite interesting because you can see how they would have lived thousands of years ago.


that is a delusional view that had already been debunked countless times. There is not even a single nation or place in this world that is free from influence of the industrial revolution and civilization. Even the most remote place of jungle is vastly distant from how humans lived as hunter gatherers before civilization.


It is pretty interesting not only how stuck in time some places are, but absolutely how adamant the people are in liking that. I actually don't think of Africa when I think of that phenomenon, but rather North Sentinel Island.


Honestly I was surprised two.

>There is not even a single nation or place in this world that is free from influence of the industrial revolution and civilization.

Aside from the odd modern shirt or plastic bottle they are free from it in many places in Africa. Not to mention Brazil where it's actually government policy to have no interaction with them at all, the ones in areas close to civilisation may have some contact but those in the interior have none whatsoever.


They look like a happy family in that picture.

I like that.

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A thread for wizards to discuss books.

Previous thread hit bump limit:
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Are any of you into the physical aspects of books?

tbh most of the books I read are on the PC or audio. But since 2016 I've also acquired a fairly large library of hardcopy books. I guess reading about ancient and medieval manuscripts, and how painstakingly they were prepared by volcel monk scribes like ourselves, and how rare and sacred they were. The tragedy of lost books. The scriptorium in the Name of the Rose. I've become fascinated with books as physical objects. And also collected some old ones from the 1800s and 1700s.

There doesn't seem to be much of a market for used books, so its been a relatively cheap hobby for me, my version of stamp collecting.


I was thinking of reading Plato's dialogues backwards starting with the Theateus.

It could make sense for a number of reasons. For one it was the 1st dialogue that Latin Europe had access to until the Rennassance. It covers the metaphysical topics I'm most interested in.

And I'm listening to the dialogues on audio, so it might take me a while to get used to the format, so I thought a more Aristotle-type treatise, in which the dialectic is pushed into the background, might be a good way to ease me into plato.

Im on Plotinus now and its tough going


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I like physical books but I tend to opt for pirating copies online and loading them on an e-reader. I still prefer the 'weight' of actual books and the feel of turning the pages but I don't have the space or financial leeway to really seriously collect. Well mainly just space actually, since most used books are really cheap.

I do have a few slightly old ones but nothing from earlier than the 20th century.

First one is 'Japan's Military Masters', which was published in 1943. The author was an ambassador in Japan and was there in the several years before the war so he wrote about the military spirit of Japan - the undying loyalty of every common citizen for the emperor and the traditions they put in place to cement this loyalty, as well the military structure and some of the notable military figures in the Japanese army. It was an interesting read as something written during the time of war. I don't know if everything in it is accurate but given what happened in the next few years I think the guy was pretty on point in his conclusions.

Other one is a collection of several of Nietzsche's major writings (Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Beyond Good and Evil, The Genealogy of Morals, Ecce Homo, and The Birth of Tragedy). I can't find a publication date but someone wrote a note inside the cover saying "1950's edition" (also a lot of other notes written inside so I think it was a student's).

There are a couple of others I have but I think they're also all from the 1950's or later - some biographies on Mao, Hitler, and Mussolini, two volumes of something called "Japan's Imperial Conspiracy", and a book on microbiology.

I don't think there are any good used bookstores by me unfortunately. All the above were things I bought from stores I found while traveling to other states.
Do you buy online or do you have good stores near you?

You'd be fine starting with Theateus I think, especially if you're already working through Plotinus. The recommendations to start with Euthypro and the others were mainly for people who weren't used to reading philosophy (although they do certainly contain some important ideas, but they don't go too deep into the theory of forms or epistemology, outside of a few short sections). Only thing youPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


I've started rereading books from the library which I previously read on my phone. It's all mainly weebshit, though, so not worth discussing in this thread.


Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn: "Life in itself is a risk which we have to face bravely; all its horrors have a deeper value — war with all its ordeals, hunger, destruction, death, and the inhuman curse of labor and work. Yes, the curse of labor. So it is written in the Bible and its truth reechoes in the hearts of most men. The male is by nature lazy and unambitious. The industrious man is a truly feminine phenomenon.

In male cultures men only work in order to live, but in nations where succubi domineer, men show ambition, zeal for labor, and they frequently work themselves to death firmly believing that they live in order to work.

On account of the fact that ambition is a female characteristic, succubi are always going to be outraged at the sight of potential energies which are not transformed into kinetic energies. The mobile life is urban and female. Haste is not only unmanly, but — as Ortega has demonstrated it — also the very negation of our immortality. The Middle Ages was a period without haste, it was male and timeless."

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Since Nr. 5 is on auto-sage a new one is in order.

I tried drawing the opening scene from 雪国 earlier today. It's a train compartment if you can't tell My linework is still shoddy, the human figure eludes me and the perspective was hard but it turned out ok I think.
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Nice one.


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first doodle in 12 years, since my last art class in school. was quite cathartic actually- im kind of sad i stopped.


>tfw ywn have talent


that is really cute!


very nice. good work! original artwork?

good work! perspective is hard.. keep it on

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Lucid dreaming: the art of telling your dreams they're your dreams and are thus supposed to do what you want them to.

Anyone else here keeping a dream journal, trying to become lucid or having achieved lucidity?
I've been trying for a few years, but never could muster the discipline to record my dreams and regularly do reality checks.
For anyone else, though, these were the resources I've used:

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The game's Phantasy Star II for Sega Genesis in case anybody wants to know


I've began a dream journal about a week ago and already I can feel the results. Not a day went by I that I coudn't remember at least a part of a dream and a couple of nights managed to remember more than one dream. I'm not focusing on lucid dreaming right now but maybe I'll try eventually. My first goal was just being able to remember dreams.


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I wish lucid dreaming was easier to accomplish, especially the conscious entry kind with no gap in awareness (WILD)

It seems like the perfect hobby, you would never run out of ideas and experiences, your imagination being the only limit. Pic related is a guide for those who actually can manage to do it, and how to achieve better control over the aspects of the dream you can control (which with enough mastery and experience should be everything eventually)


reminder that our ancestors dreamt much more, protip for more vivid dreams is cutting sugar LOOK MORE INTO IT / ANCIENT DIETS ETC


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