He/him. Chinese born, Canadian citizen. University student studying environmental science, hobbyist programmer. Marxist-Leninist.

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It’s really rich to see capitalists seething over companies leaving their country and taking jobs with them (especially if they move to China).

Like, that is literally capitalism.






I’m sure a lib will come by and explain why that’s totally different shortly.


The arts are watered down and bent over backwards for profit.

See: All the mainstream media franchises.

Also see: All the tax evasion schemes billionaires have devised involving the arts.


Maybe this mask off anti-Chinese racism is partly why they’re trying to develop their own tech?











Damn. Another reason to not to use 'em then


The server side is proprietary? Like, do you mean the snapcraft.io thing or the package server? I thought Snaps worked off the same “alphabetical nested folder being hosted as an open directory with a text file for the index” system that most package managers used. In fact isn’t it pretty easy to go into the client and change where it downloads packages from?



I consider Pop OS the de-bullshitted version of Ubuntu.


Biggest issue: Free and nonfree packages in the same repository. If you’re on the command line, you have no idea which is which. Goes against the principles of free software. For me to even consider using a package manager it better not have nonfree packages by default, you should need to issue a command to activate a completely separate nonfree repository (so I can avoid that command like the plague), you know, like how apt, dnf, pacman etc do it?




Yeah no. Biden Administration isn’t going to do anything. The only way that the US can actually start seriously contributing to conservation is by first going through a fundamental overhaul of the government to something not hanging by the marionette strings of gigacorporations.


IMHO, I’d support specifying it as Marxist. It’s still fairly general unlike something like Marxist-Leninist (though I’d support specifying that too).


This is the innovation equivalent of the Streisand effect. If you try and withhold technology, you will only give them a motive to develop it themselves and surpass you.

We saw this with the USSR, we’re seeing this with China’s chips and Cuba’s vaccine. And it’s frankly beautiful.




“After much deliberation, we’ve decided to re-colonize you.”








Have you checked if it’s on SciHub?


I mean, how many households have upgraded their router hardware since 2016? Not that many I imagine, I haven’t and probably won’t until my current one dies.


The big scientific journals are even worse. Researchers and labs pay them to publish their work, and they then sell to you. Worse, many are now requiring that the entire copyright of the paper get transferred to them as well, so you’re paying so they can own your research! The latter is because they realized that many researchers are just hosting a copy of the published paper on their own website for free or putting it on SciHub or open access repositories, which they could do because they still owned the rights to the content, so the big journals are trying to stamp that out.