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  1. Comment on What are some other sites/projects that have the same ethos as Tildes? in ~tech

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    I've recommended several Public Access Unix (and GNU/Linux!) Systems in the past and I think many fit pretty well with what you're asking for. The difference is that the majority of their social...

    I've recommended several Public Access Unix (and GNU/Linux!) Systems in the past and I think many fit pretty well with what you're asking for. The difference is that the majority of their social interactions occur on the command line, either through bulletin boards, IRC, or gopher. While you don't have to be a computer whiz to use them, it goes without saying that they tend to have a high number of geeks among their users.

    There has been a lot going on with these "pubnix" sites in the past 12 months, with tons of new users and several new servers coming online. Some are very active.

    These sites are very much in support of maintaining the non-commercial, non-exploitative Internet. It is a battle, but a fun and meaningful one.

    To get a taste, here are a few:
    https://tilde.town
    https://tilde.team
    https://sdf.org
    http://circumlunar.space

    I always offer myself up to help people get their foot in the door with these systems, so feel free to PM me if you (or anyone) is interested and doesn't know where to start.

    15 votes
  2. Comment on Surveillance capitalism has led us into a dystopia in ~tech

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    "We're not sleepwalking into some sort of dystopia. We're there." This video from BBC isn't news to tildes users, but the more we can keep the discussion of this topic alive, the better.

    "We're not sleepwalking into some sort of dystopia. We're there."

    This video from BBC isn't news to tildes users, but the more we can keep the discussion of this topic alive, the better.

    16 votes
  3. Comment on Halfbakery (is back) in ~misc

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    Croissants all around!

    Croissants all around!

  4. Comment on Do you even lift? (Strength Sports) in ~hobbies

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    I lift, but not heavy. Since I turned 40, I've been trying to find a balance of a resistance training program for the long haul that keeps me strong enough and doesn't kill my joints. I never lift...

    I lift, but not heavy. Since I turned 40, I've been trying to find a balance of a resistance training program for the long haul that keeps me strong enough and doesn't kill my joints. I never lift anything over 300 lbs these days. The core of my workout is squat, bench, dead, OHP, and rows, along with supplemental bodyweight exercises like pull-ups, sit-ups, dips, and sometimes rope climbing.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on How the humble pocket calculator morphed into the smartphone in ~tech

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    Speak & Spell is one memory of mine that had just about faded before seeing this article.

    Speak & Spell is one memory of mine that had just about faded before seeing this article.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on what are your favorite low-end or old games? in ~games

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    What? No one has mentioned Hunt the Wumpus?

    What? No one has mentioned Hunt the Wumpus?

  7. Comment on SDF Public Access UNIX System .. Est. 1987 in ~comp

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    I've been a relatively long-time SDF member and strongly recommend it as a valuable and fun place both to socialize and to improve your skills with various types of command line oriented...

    I've been a relatively long-time SDF member and strongly recommend it as a valuable and fun place both to socialize and to improve your skills with various types of command line oriented technologies. But as hungariantoast points out, there are quite a few other public access Unix (and GNU) systems online nowadays. https://tilde.town is one, and https://tilde.team is another (that I help out with a bit, sudo-wise).

    On a recent bulletin board discussion on SDF, a user pointed out his inability to see why SDF is always described as being so special when there are so many other similar systems online today. My guess is that SDF's long history (3 decades) has allowed it to develop a unique culture.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Quality news sources in ~news

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    Thanks Belds. I really like this as a tool for helping to analyze the news out there. Although not the same, I have also found http://notfox.com to be good, in the sense that it helps you quickly...

    Thanks Belds. I really like this as a tool for helping to analyze the news out there. Although not the same, I have also found http://notfox.com to be good, in the sense that it helps you quickly see the differences between a few mainstream news outlets.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Quality news sources in ~news

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    I don't have a great answer to my own question here, but I like The Economist (economist.com) a lot, and I've recently started reading ProPublica (propublica.org). Silbern, I agree with your...

    I don't have a great answer to my own question here, but I like The Economist (economist.com) a lot, and I've recently started reading ProPublica (propublica.org).

    Silbern, I agree with your comments about being introspective about bias. That's an important part of improving overall awareness.

    12 votes
  10. Independent, investigative journalism in the public interest is becoming harder and harder to find. This is a shame because an informed public is critical for democracy to function effectively....

    Independent, investigative journalism in the public interest is becoming harder and harder to find. This is a shame because an informed public is critical for democracy to function effectively.

    What news sources do you recommend for people trying to avoid the distraction of biased, sensationalist outlets like Fox News or CNN?

    28 votes
  11. Comment on What's your favourite work by Chomsky? in ~books

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    Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media, by Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky.

    Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media, by Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on What are some of your favorite lightweight websites? in ~talk

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    halfbakery.com was awesome but seems to have gone offline (hopefully temporarily) recently. Edit: back online!

    halfbakery.com was awesome but seems to have gone offline (hopefully temporarily) recently.

    Edit: back online!

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Public access Unix systems, another alternative social environment in ~comp

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    Yeah, The WELL is another one that I haven't joined, but I'm very interested in it. It has a pretty famous history, especially with the John Perry Barlow and EFF activities that bubbled up in...

    Yeah, The WELL is another one that I haven't joined, but I'm very interested in it. It has a pretty famous history, especially with the John Perry Barlow and EFF activities that bubbled up in there. It's too bad to hear about the insularity. It's an interesting question how an online community can persist for a long time, maintaining connections between individuals, and yet avoid developing a culture so tight knit that it becomes impenetrable to new members...

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  14. Comment on Public access Unix systems, another alternative social environment in ~comp

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    PANIX is pretty interesting. It is in some ways the successor to a previous system in NYC called The Big Electric Cat (BEC). BEC was revolutionary in that it was one of the first sytems in the...

    PANIX is pretty interesting. It is in some ways the successor to a previous system in NYC called The Big Electric Cat (BEC). BEC was revolutionary in that it was one of the first sytems in the world to provide free, general public access to Usenet. It went offline entirely some time in 1989 or 1990, and (according to the PANIX website) PANIX came online in 1989.

    I've never had an account on PANIX so I don't have first-hand experience with it; so thank you for your comment about it. In fact, I think it would be really cool if more Tildes users were to post information or reviews of public access Unix systems they use.

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