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“Your existence is a momentary lapse of reason.”

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This board is mostly bickering about what or isn't cyber and what to post or what not to post

Shut the fuck up lets talk about some cyber feels.

>sitting on a rooftop above a crowded city late at night watching millions of lives unfold in miniature beneath you

>exchanging less-than-legal information with anonymous citizens on a darknet forum

>hacking a personal account/network and getting a distant view of a stranger

>navigating a crowd of hundreds of people, and yet feeling alone in their midsts


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>sipping from my hip flask while fixing up servers at night

I was doing this some time ago and it occurred to me it's a bit cyberpunk. It brings some glamour to the necessities of my work.


>Using a stargazing app to see the stars I can't see with my eye due to light pollution.

The amount of light in my city at night is crazy.


> lurking on police scanners with calm music in my dorm, sondering over the people outside while sitting in near darkness

I need to get out more.


I still remember that time my friends managed to pull me to a rave.

It was awful, but it was the most cyberpunk experience I have had, with all those people dancing alone, the lasers, the loud music and all the girls with half-shaved haircuts.



>Not getting to tweak out on digital drugs I pirated online and uploaded into my neural computer



>living from paycheck to paycheck in a shitty job, contemplating carding just because everything else is a lottery ticket

>jacking into your own personal account on a public-access Unix system

>surfing in a VR browser even though you're too poor to own a VR headset


>friday night alone at my desk with a handful of terminals open and a pile of amphetamine powder waiting to be lined up next to my laptop



>>>surfing in a VR browser even though you're too poor to own a VR headset

Just experienced this tonight. It was pretty cyber.



What's a VR browser?





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>tfw you find a perfect abandoned building by the beach with cyber aesthetics and a great view of the skyline at night to take drugs and listen to schway atmospheric music

>tfw urbexing abandoned sites while listening to neuromancer dramatization

>going to concerts in dark cyber-looking venues then roaming the streets alone at night

>tfw cracking wi-fis with my phone in industrial complexes

>having drinks in random pubs and jazz clubs

Pic realted is a must listen


Google sky maps is amazing


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>listening to the BBC Radio Play version of Neuromancer and getting chills at how tangible it feels



typical shoehorning pureple prose hedonist



Thanks for the album rec, love it


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sitting on a rooftop above a crowded city late at night watching millions of lives unfold in miniature beneath you

Oh god, this one resonates so hard with me.

I don't actually live in a city, but when I'm in one, I always try to find a high point to see the neon and LED lights flickering, lonely in the night, thinking of all the people just living the night life, trying to get by.

Fucking hell this gives me the feels.

>tfw super slow board so probably won't get a reply for a week.



OP here. I live in suburban Phoenix, but I get around a lot. Whenever I'm downtown or in another city I do this. There's something beautiful about feeling so small. Almost gives you hope, for us humans.


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I don't know why, but cities at night just give me an incredibly strong feeling of nostalgia, which is strange because I've never lived in a big city and have only visited some cities a handful of times.

It's truly a strange feeling.


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Would cyber related feels include being bummed you might not live to see the age of augmentations?




Also fuck you for reminding me


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>order drugs from dark cyberspace via interface

>receive mail

>take drugs

>use cyberspace interface to consume every piece of culture ever conceived by mankind

>eat noodles

>drink mango juice




Well realistically it just seems unlikely.



A man can dream



Isn't that hard to make up words either, but honestly there should be an actual dictionary word for that.

Every time I go to a city I get that. It's not even like I live in the middle of nowhere. I live in a suburb just an hour drive from the city and its just insane every time. Probably the most striking thing is that for all the great riches and wonders in cities, there's equal poverty and suffering.


>complaining on a taiwanese claymation forum about the complaints about what is or is not according to a trend

Truly them feels



>for all the great riches and wonders in cities, there's equal poverty and suffering.

The prosperity promised by the dot-com boom has already arrived, but it's just not equally distributed.


>Cigarette runs out of battery


>it's no morning mist, it's nasty smelling smog

>cistern with undisclosed chemicals was set on fire near by

>had to learn about it by word, actual news report was buried under a ton of non-newsworthy someone-said-something shit and it was only a brief mention with "it's not toxic, we promise" snippet from "experts"

Coincidentaly, I was actually planning on buying a respirator, but only because I thought it would be neat to wear one when I undust my PC, since I have to do it in my bathroom.


Speaking of porta-nebulizers, there's a lot of women smoking e-cigs lately in my area. Some of them young mothers.

They even manage to pull it off without looking like smug tech-hipsters.



m80, you can get a pack of cheap respirators off a dollar tree.


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It can get really polluted where I live than the capital city on some days. I was also planning on getting a porta-respirator. Know any good ones like pic related?



Dollar trees don't bloom in my climate.


Nah, I'll just grab whatever cheap shit they sell in the nearest shop.



Poundland, Dies peso mundo, Y'know.



>tfw a fellow /cyber/ user lives near you



does anyone know the name of what that woman is using on her face?



That would be a mask.


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Specifically a Mini Lung-Pro.

totobobo or air+ masks are also very good quality, Freka if you want expensive designer masks, 3M-9041 if you are poor and want minimum protection. Either way, it's kind of essential in this part of the world.



thanks, mate



User, you're a gutsy man, and a big help.



Nah, I'm just a smartass.


>eating runny half-boiled eggs because the thermometer on my 5 dollar electric hotpan is busted

>trying to establish a four way handshake between my neighbors wpa and a 1995 DELL laptop equipped with an external card-bus antenna

>having to use a 1995 DELL laptop because I accidentally spilled beer on my newer one in drunken stupor



that image looks schway as fuck.


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I've felt that feeling, but never really felt the need to actually go out and do it. My dreams are filled with that sort of thing, though. That and wandering the streets and buildings where things don't connect quite right. At least that's what I remember.

Speaking of dreams, I pirated an alright little Link's Awakening type game that had a similar sentiment and a nice tune related to this. It's a shame the devs seem to be huge faggots and don't even like their own game anymore (although I think I get their sentiment in some ways).

>"I know cities can be dirty and crowded and everything, but I like to come out here and look out over all the lights. It's beautiful in its own way. It's not nearly as infinite as the stars, but there is something about its humanness that adds a layer of wonderful complexity. Behind every light is a person with hopes and fears and secrets… looking out is both terrifyingly lonely and fierceley personal. I think I love every person behind every window. I love you, people, for being my stars. I love you no matter how fucked up your life is or how far you think you've fallen. You are lovely for tonight…"



That's a 3M 3200 Half Face Respirator.


It really is a sick feeling. With some synthwave or breakbeat enhances the feeling you get walking through a neon night city.


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>walking on an abandoned railroad line in Paris at night with nothing in mind except the taste of the schway nicotine

>then sitting on one of the forbidden bridge who cross "La Seine", with your legs dangling above the water who reflects the buildings lights

Pic related, two months ago



Paris must be real nice to stroll through during the night. Your pic could is cool but could be a black metal album cover.


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The only thing that sounds schway as fuck to do in Paris is cataphilia (exploring the 300 km long underground mines)


>Sat under 30 foot TV screen using the free wifi from the building it is attached to

>Neon colors from the TV reflect off the window of an opposite glass sky scraper

>Browsing /cyber/ on iphone

>2am need to home and make some dinner

>Put on some bigbeat and breakcore for the walk home

>Actually feels kinda good.



I go the the forbidden catacombs of Paris every month. And yes, it's fucking cool and huge.


You ever found anything that recent people have left behind or any cool stories?




There's a lot of things actually. The main network is about 230km long. So there's a lot of rooms with cool stories behind it. Memorials, ossuary, tags…

People leave "tracts", with rumors, party, guides etc It's an entire culture


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>looking over assembly code downloaded from some shady site, trying to make it work

>not an easy task when you don't know assembly

>realizing that brightness outside is not early evening but late morning, my biological clock is completely fucked

Turns out it was just an unfinished (and probably abandoned) hello world and there's nothing to work in the first place, a whole night of time wasted.

Why author decided to give his barely started project it's own domain is beyond me. Either it's cheaper than I think or some people just have brouzouf to waste.

I thought about writing a mail to author and asking what's this thing about, but eh.

http://lv0.org - in case you want to look at it too.


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I've lived in Tokyo for a while and it was every bit as /cyber/ as expected


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>Sit in a Matsuya at 3AM in the morning, the only other customer being an old man with his head on the counter. It's raining outside and you are waiting until the trains are running again.









A while ago, a puclic french TV channel aired 10 hours of a man walking backward in Tokyo in reverse, accompanied by live music the whole way through, during the night. Feel like it fits here.



Got the song for that?



Sounds like Machine Girl to me



crashing in a booth in a Shibuya manga-cafe over night and order microwaved pizza and calpis. Try to block the sound of ojiisan snoring in the next booth with a coat over your head. Kicked out at 5am for train across the city. Bodies and trash line the streets around 109 to scramble as you make your way to the station.





I made a whole thread a while ago exploring ideas for a DIY cheap VR headset using a smartphone or cheap tablet. Basically if you already have a phone and cardboardVR you could plug it to your PC and use it as such

Nobody cared, so here we are


Listening to Blade Runner Blues as I browse the board….



Have you checked out TrinusVR? It streams your desktop in VR to your phone. It works pretty well, but it's only viable for video or image. Phone VR doesn't have high enough resolution for good text display yet (maybe on 4k phones).

The other problem with phone solutions is the manual placement of the phone in the case. This leads to easy misplacement of the VR screens. I haven't tried solutions like the GearVR yet, but for the cheap solutions (which is most likely the kind people on here would have) this is a pretty big problem.



Machine girl - out by 16, dead on the scene



Also filename is source


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I haven't tried 2k phones yet but plenty of people were using the dk2 with virtual desktop and that one is 1080p, same as most phones these days

As for text that can be improved with other tools, besides the point of VR is that you can have interfaces that aren't possible with regular monitors, see vid for examples


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>tfw I first realised that I live in a cyberpunk world, just not as cool or fun.



>the point of VR is that you can have interfaces that aren't possible with regular monitors

The problem is we got so good at using regular monitors for our UI needs, early development interfaced of VR just don't offer the marginal revolution to make a switch.

Shit in the movies might look cool, but try standing and moving your head and arms around, you'll get tired and go back to sitting and typing really fast.

I thought we learned this lesson with Nintendo Wii, Kinect etc.

I tried to imagine functional VR general purpose interface once, but only ended up with virtual keyboard and virtual monitors.


look can you just go back to /tech/ and post CP there?

not that i like it but it's better than your nonsense bumps of nonsense threads here.



Which is why for business AR will dominate. Especially for engineering, it's already shifting that way. VR will stay mostly in entertainment.


A friend of mine is currently working on an AR-powered dating app. What a time to be alive.



it totally is as cool or fun, but your portion of the world isn't.


>VR monitors require standing

where do you tools come from?



I was talking about hollywood shit.

Watch first 30 sec of >>42944 video, they almost all standing and wave their hands around.

I didn't watch the whole video properly last time, looks like author agrees with me that it is bullshit.

Also look at Vive, they went standing up and waving arms around route too.



Work at megacorp

12 hours a day + morning workouts

working on developping next generations of technology

using company time to learn useful skills and improve myself, making myself an invaluable asset

study machine learning and pen-testing on weekends for fun

need to get back to martial arts though…


I live in a small closet, not even a room. No windows, just a door. Nothing but CRT monitors, old game systems, and a yellowed mattress ontop of a network of duct-tape and wires. All of my old 80s technology is intricately connected and barely working. Some T60 laptops are plugged into the monitor and keyboard setups to watch anime without a DVD player. All I have is a black JVC with a stack of VHS next to it and 6 terabytes of piracy. Some cigars by a multi-input phonograph (Plays just about anything) and a bottle of cheap vodka. Wood grain furniture with mounting squares so everything has sockets and surge protectors. Minifridge is full of nothing but soda cans and a plastic bottle of apple juice, ontop of it is gas-station tier snacks. My dresser is full of computer parts and there's 3 monitors with more underneath them. They nearly touch the ceiling, they've been stacked up. Buckets of spare parts, tracfones, everything's in cash. I'm either a disgusting technoNEET or schway as fuck.


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>I live in a small closet, not even a room. No windows, just a door. Nothing but CRT monitors, old game systems, and a yellowed mattress ontop of a network of duct-tape and wires. All of my old 80s technology is intricately connected and barely working.

I demand photographic evidence.


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Oh how the mighty me has fallen. My place is a fucking mess but here's the delivery.


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TBH, it just looks like you hoard. What would be schway though, is if you could link up all those monitors into one computer as one display.



Yeah, I probably am just a hoarder, but it gives me a sense of comfort.

If I were to link them all up, it'd require a lot more input devices and defeat the purpose of having other towers. I'd rather each monitor have a different, specific use and link them to dataswitchers. I have a few that I haven't tested because I need to upgrade a few of the pieces to get them to play nice with my fat 6tb stack. Soon, I suppose, I'll have them all linked to the one at my desk. For now they're only linked to eachother. It's all they can read.


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Holy fuck pls tell me you're Ian.



Ey you posted these in my thread about what to do with cyber scrap we collect. Man that was like a year ago.


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I have an iridium phone serviced under general dynamics satellite communications plan. For when I'm in foreign lands auditing embedded automotive/aeronautical control systems code.


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Raves are fun to watch but pretty shit to be in the middle of. They always smell so fucking bad and typically the room's ventilation is not sufficient to counteract the body heat and stale sweat smell.



These days you can't even trust your computer's OS not to have built-in spyware. There are server farms you will never see that know everywhere you've been in the past 5 years because your phone reports everything about you back to the company you bought it from. Why the fuck would you want to replace parts of your body with computerized augmentations?



>Why the fuck would you want to replace parts of your body with computerized augmentations?

Because I don't have to worry about that kind of thing if I build them myself.



…/liberty/ Christian poster, is that you?


I just accidentally infiltrated my sister's workplace to ask if she wanted some pizza for dinner.

I held the door for the garbage guy, walked in, said "yo sis want some pizza" and her manager said "yeah, um, you're not supposed to be here".

Not my fault, the open sign was lit and the garbage guy was a dumb shaz.



Next time wear a nice suit. You'd be amazed how many places you can get in if you just dress well.



It's not the suit, but the appropriateness of the clothers you're wearing.


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>tfw I first realised that I live in a cyberpunk world, just not as cool or fun

Hate to break it to you, but there's nothing wrong with the world - you're the one who isn't cool or fun. All that stuff you fantasise about, is currently being done by people who lack your social inhibitions.


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Manuf. index: 69
Manufacturer: Moser Baer India Limited
Manufacturer is guessed because of the orange forum embargo.
The orange forum likes to get brouzouf for recent information.
The information for this media may not be correct.

>software I use complains about greedy corps

>actually name drops it, and it's actually a Japanese greedy corp to boot

Their site http://www.orangeforum.or.jp/ is down, so I guess it's just a piece of historical curiosity than anything else, but wew, I felt a tingle there for a second.

Optical disk ripping and burning is a rare case where free software and piracy/cracking communities intersect, not that I think about it.



Go to a big city and walk around the tech area. It's happening.


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"Here's a gadget that simulates fan noises, it costs 50$"

"What's the point? You can get an air purifier for the same $$ and get purified air as an extra."

>Men on the streets are unironically willing to spend brouzouf on simulacra of an industrial equipment just to flood their brains in noise.

>Men on the streets consider purified air to be a compelling selling point and a worthwhile investement.



Is this Nick Fedorov?


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Wow, long time since I posted in this thread.

I actually bought a house since I had those and now I have windows, as well as some new schway projects to work on.

I'm trying to link all the old game systems left behind to a single switcher ontop of my DVR so that should be fun. I'm already halfway through that project, just organizing.

After that, with birthday brouzouf I'm shoving this 8tb drive I got into a media PC and putting THAT ontop of the DVR.

Once that's done I was considering building a cyberdeck using an HTC vive when I got more brouzouf in but I want to see how secure the HTC vive is and how good the external cameras are. It'd be real cool if I could get a computer glove to work with a jacketed raspberry pi and the only peripherals being the vive. Imagine walking around the city streets using nothing but the vive cameras, finding a nice spot in public and jacking the fuck in with some earphones. Reality headsets, once they get cheaper or go on sale, might be the answers to my prayers for netgoggles which I've wanted since I played cyber2020.


Nick Fedorov, not me, but reminds me of a tape I had when I was like 8. My grandma got it because she thought it was for children. It's called "Elroy's Toy." Still have it. If I can find a tape to digital converter I might upload a few copies of weird shit I got from defunct libraries.

As for cyber feels, I'll throw some in too.

>Be alone in house

>only relationships are online

>industrial park trains and semi trucks fill the ambiance outside

>nobody to share my collection of 60s films with

>barely getting by rigging random crap together to pass the time and make passing time more efficient


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And the pic that apparently got deleted, my old collection. It's gone now, all digital. Sad but it had to be done. Fitting it on the aforementioned media PC




I'm glad you used that word.



I fucking love you anon.

I do all of this too, and while alone. I wouldn't mind having fellow cyberpeeps along with me but some nights doing these things alone I feel helps me find myself…



This was…a bit of an eye-opener. Thanks anon.


>tfw browse janus VR without a vr headset because poorfag

>tfw laptop is an aging peice of shit that's been beaten to hell and back

>tfw drinking cheap beer and listening to a playlist designed to evoke the feeling of bombed out cities and twisted steel superstructures while my girlfriend sleeps in the next room of our 9th floor apartment

>tfw come on here and shitpost occasionally looking out of the balcony door where I can see the permaglow of downtown through the winter mists



>Nearly two years later, lurking on imageboards with calm music in my home, grinning over a shared appreciation

Finger guns, my dude.



Good god, this gave me the shivers. Got something to share as well.

>sit on roof of an abandoned freight train station

>got me a sixpack of beer

>listen to amateur radio

>watch as the sun sets and the city starts glowing with light



It's pretty comfy dude.

I used to occasionally climb one of the 19th century shop/apartment buildings when I lived downtown, picking my way between footholds in the crumbling brick, rusting access ladders, and tin roofs, then get high and/or drunk on top of there and have an adventure making my way back down after sunrise. Was great seeing some of the alleyways and odd graffiti and victorian detailing that I wouldn't normally see otherwise.



Been a few months, but you fucks are still here anyway.

I live in a 365000 people "city". Nothing fucking happens. Night time comes, the city is DEAD.

Fucking govs have the guts to call it a metropolitan area as well. I'm reminded how it isn't whenever I go out for a midnight ciggy.

>vacation in Berlin

>cheap hostel with automatic check-in using keypads

>can't sleep because late at night

>go out at 2300, city buzzing with life

>just walk out the door and follow whatever road I please

>random bar, get shitfaced

I HATE living here. But I'm still a student and have a job here. Can't afford to move anywhere and my significant other wants to stay here.

All I can do is dream.




>can't sleep because sleep cycle's fucked


>the season was transiting from spring to summer, hearing the sound of the raindrops to the roof outside

>couldn't sleep at a 4am night in the dorm

>browsing in the dark with the little ray from ThinkLight

>connected myself online via a top-of-the-line 802.11n router from 2013, purchased second-hand from eBay for 20 USD, with hacked transmit power to get my location covered, by patching the kernel.

>bypassing ISP censorship and big brother by routing traffic to Europe, to Asia with independent layers of encryption, then to the three layers of Tor relays towards the rendezvous point, yet before the traffic was sent to another three layers to an obscure imageboard.

>reading dead cyberpunk websites, and a thread full of people's /cyber/ feels, comfy. read, scroll, read, scroll, in the background noise of the slow-rotating laptop fan, and coil whine while scrolling.

>finally realized those posts were from 2016, two years ago, and the websites are even earlier. links are dead, imageboard went down, community dead before I've got a chance to discover them. and these posts were so tangible to, I feel, but these were just some data leftover. I felt I had a conversation to the people but it's simply an illusion, in fact they have long gone since then. what I read now was just an abandoned building of history buried in the past, a live playback of video recording tape. the people and their things you felt related to, ceased to exist a long long time ago, the melancholy of knowing I'll never have a chance to meet them once more.

> I tried to find something real, something tangible to grasp onto. In the end, I found nothing. Nothing, but a vast collection of dead pages and lost posts.


>room full of half broken electronics, old computers and various wires everywhere



Congrats. Your post got me through the following thoughts, in order:

>comfy as soykaf

>nice tech bro

>fucking emo shazbot jesus

>shit, he's onto something and is actually poetic, not emo

Thanks for the ride, user.



schway, but don't laptop fans spin at hundreds or thousands of rpm? Thats hardly slow rotating.

And don't feel bad, /cyber/ was never VERY active. You didn't miss out. You're still experiencing it right now.



>tfw no Apple II

>tfw no 300b modem for calling BBS

>tfw no downloading pirated software from file repos

>tfw no sysop yelling at you for leeching

We missed a bunch, don't try to deny it.



>but don't laptop fans spin at hundreds

This is slow.

>or thousands of rpm?

This is not, you're right, English /lit/ (or /lit/ in general) is too hard for me. I should have used a better word to describe the slight, benign and comfy fan noise of the laptop, you know, when you were only browsing HTML pages and the CPU just stays cool.


>And don't feel bad, you didn't miss out. You're still experiencing it right now.



thx, users.



>tfw no Apple II, no 300b modem for calling BBS, no downloading pirated software from file repos, tfw no sysop yelling at you for leeching

>We missed a bunch, don't try to deny it.

tfw you jack yourself into olduse.net, a server for live replaying the entire Usenet, time-shifted by 30 years. A portal, a wormhole to the past. Today is May 18, 1988. Great Naming was just completed one year ago, a new hierarchy known as alt.* arrived 7 months earlier.

You see people are talking just like us, but the quality of each post is comparable to a nowadays project mailing list. You see some memes in your 80x24 text console, and you find they are in fact an integral part of the hacker folklore. You don't see even a single shitpost. You see hackers with big names, were still playing around in their youths. Larry Wall, John Gilmore, except Linus Torvalds who hasn't yet to come… Richard Stallman's fine-tuning words for the GNU Manifesto You see the parties, clubs of the SF-fans, with their endless fan works of Star Trek. You see the first generation of otakus who are not weaboos, making anime fansubs with a VCR and an Amiga 500, running on Motorola 68k @ 7.16 MHz. You see pages of impassioned discussion in alt.cyberpunk. You see a new version of NetHack released out. The calling-for-mod and the flamewars.

This is the digital equivalent of sondering, except you can read their inside thoughts, recorded without a single missing NNTP-Posting-Host. Except the people and the age which has long gone. Finally you ended up with the same feeling in >>50442. It's only you, a /cyber/ user who is spending the whole night reading it, but for everyone else, who would remember this world on your screen, or even realize such a world ever existed in the first place? This place is irrelevant, ephemeral, and has already forgotten, died and buried…

Check it out! Read the Blog, the FAQ, then try the interactive console on the homepage, net.hackers. If you feel you're getting into it, find a Usenet reader, such as slrn, and jack in, users!




Sorry for hijacking the thread, I should continue with the original topic, but free to have a look here.



looks interdasting got any more context?



IIRC I was trying to burn some audio CDs using one of the standard Linux tools.


>stroll a vibrant city at night

>go bar hopping, chat to random wageslaves over a beer

>realize that as much as I don't want to, I have to be one of them

>no hopes of subsisting without joining a company that sells software by screaming buzzwords

>go home

>work through old programming books

>realize the times for simple computer pioneering are long gone

I kinda sound like an old guard.



>chat to random wageslaves over a beer

Must be nice living in a place where you can talk to someone at a bar without looking like a degenerate loner or getting stabbed with glass.



Depends on the bar, really. Irish pubs, Hard Rock Cafés (which have become so hipster you wouldn't believe, but carry good dark beer) and the occasional small pub with some drunk old farts and cheap beer.

It is kinda cyber. I'd go clubbing, but I hate clubs.

Where the hell do you live where you get shiv'd on a regular basis for having a beer and talking to strangers?



i know this feel


Posting on /cyber/ for the firs time ever. Real life seems more boring than fantasy cyberpunk.


Sure wish I could find any kind of roof access by night.

Reading these posts gives me the feels. How does one go about that anyway?


>take apart old gameboy

>realize what could be done on these machines with small cartridges

>look at "retro-style" games

>hundreds of megs for SNES style

>start to read old sourcecode

>realize programmer skills are degrading

Browsing hyper-efficient hacky code from 80s and 90s felt cyber as fuck.



Easiest thing is parking garages. You can usually drive to the top level, and there might be an elevator box that's a little higher, by like 8 feet, that you climb up, but that's it.



It's not a matter of skills improving/degrading. It was almost an entirely different skill, but once you learn it, it's very simple.

If you want to get started, there's a great series on the ATARI 2600, and since it's so limited, there's really only a few ways to write a game. You learn what you can do in a day, and then spend the next few weeks trying to fit your idea into that box.

You'll come out a month later a different person.



Thanks for the help, chummer. Got a few places nearby I'll check out on the weekend. So far, I've stuck with the abandoned places I know, but ladders there are often rickety and downright dangerous.


Based. Can you hook me up with a link?



>Based. Can you hook me up with a link?

I've done ATARI and Gameboy. ATARI is a good place to start because there's just not that much to learn, and the emulators and everything are standardized and easy to get running.

For ATARI, I just installed DOSBOX on a tablet with a Bluetooth keyboard and played with 2600 code over lunch breaks. It's pretty simple. Once you get the basic ins and outs of Assembly, it's not that hard to move to the z80, which is what the GameBoy, and a ton of other systems are based on.

This is the standard for getting started: https://atariage.com/2600/programming/index.html

Other things to look at, if you're looking to get started in Assembly, would be CoreWars, where you use a fake assembly language called RedCode to write viruses that try to take over a virtual memory core. It's all based on Mainframe thinking, but it's a good way to get a sense of how assembly code works. It's a game, but I'm not sure I'd say it's any easier than ATARI programming.

I'd avoid starting with Gameboy, just because there are some tricky things like debouncing buttons that you probably want to save for later.



Thanks user.


>late evening

>buy two beers

>go to parking garage

>top level

>see some wannabe anarchists throwing around trash and screaming nonsense about fighting the system in a drunken rage

>loud as fuck, not chill at all, violent tendencies

Yeah, trying again.


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>guy I know is building exo-suit

>already has functioning arm and hand

>while I just sit here listening to post-industrial music and shitposting in my freetime

>tfw you realize you're one of the first background characters to die in a cyberpunk story



>"but anon, do you do full-stack devops in an agile pattern?"


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>land a job in cybersecurity for megacorp

>live in a modern, clean, apartment without clutter

>feel like I should be tracking hackers down neon lit alleys

>instead spend my time making sure the network guys are blackholing Chinese IPs and that we're FIPS 140-2 compliant

I almost want to pick up wardriving to liven things up, but I don't think the wife would approve…



>I almost want to pick up wardriving to liven things up, but I don't think the wife would approve…

What do you imagine you'll gain from wardriving? Reading the emails of your neighbors, or stealing CC numbers you don't need, all while learning nothing new, because you're just using Kali and Meta after hitting the router with Aircrack-NG …

Hacking has become 'NetSec'. It's a boring ass job now. DefCon is overrun with corporations, 'Spot the Fed' is about finding an employer, and most actual 'Hacking' is happening on the university level where people compete to publish white papers about zero-days.

Meanwhile, youth underground movements hardly exist because everyone is afraid to leave their houses and they carry tracking devices with them everywhere they go, and video everything they do.

Cyberpunk != hacking. It's about using formerly unavailable technology in novel ways to break the system.

We need fewer people in NetSec and more kids just willing to figure out a cheap and simple way to block GPS, WiFi and cameras. We need do make Raves a thing again … not the fucking sanctioned, legal, parties they call raves now, but old school, abandoned buildings, experimental music, sex and home made drugs.

We need solutions to the apocalypse of privacy, and fewer jerk offs thinking they're already as cool as they could possibly ever be because they got a job in NetSec, so why bother actually DOING anything?

Hacking is over. Netsec is lame. Makers are your grandpa in his woodshop. Everything else is cosplay … if this is living in the future, then the future sucks.



>Hacking has become 'NetSec'. It's a boring ass job now. DefCon is overrun with corporations, 'Spot the Fed' is about finding an employer, and most actual 'Hacking' is happening on the university level where people compete to publish white papers about zero-days.

Every frontier gets civilized eventually, the only way out is to move forward.



Exactly, but first we need to all sit down and admit that being a hacker isn't what it used to be. It turned out that reading other people's emails and leaving fake index.html files 'claiming' sites didn't add up to all that much.

Cyberpunk had very few hackers if you get right down to it. Hell, even Hiro Protagonist spends the 99% of the book offline, and only writes one actual program, an anti-virus scanner, the entire book. Case was a hacker, sure, but after that Gibson met some real hackers, decided it was lame, and came up with Bobby, a wanna be who grows up and becomes something else. Most of the rest of the books steer clear of the hacker trope, because it's boring as fuck, and the researchers in their basement labs are the ones doing all the interesting shit.

Hacking is mostly easy, mostly boring, and mostly doesn't amount to jack shit.


hacking … /pentesting is so much more interesting in movies and books. Definitely don't enjoy spending days looking at a website trying to figure out how to get a cookie



Wonderful. So wahmen can ignore your messages, only in VR.



I am well aware that it's been over 2 years, but related fictional feel:

>write a complicated software

>use VR to completely dive into your own coding world

>nothing around you but your code, docs, tutorials and calm music

>no distractions, nothing unproductive, ideal usage of space

Coming up with a system that allows one to not use a system of windows, but a whole environment representing data in an intuitive and efficient way would probably be worth the effort.

Fuck it, I'm opening a thread.


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>stumble across videorelated

>realize that the mainstream has co-opted cyberpunk (at least aesthetically)

>but big cooperations vacuuming up niche subcultures and selling them back in a neat little package is an extremely /cyber/ thing

>not sure how to feel

I guess this was always going to happen.


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>mainstream has co-opted cyberpunk

You just noticed?



>>mainstream has co-opted cyberpunk

>You just noticed?

When the original authors tried to kill off Cyberpunk in the 90s, it was because the mainstream had co-opted it to make shitty movies and games for the masses … basically, all the shit you think of as 'real' Cyberpunk is just the first generation of shit the corps shoveled down your throat.


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> Sitting in beatup computer chair, lurking on my older laptop

> Having desperately hard feels as I had a panic attack while tripping and said/did some shit that may result in my removal from this little apartment, as well as destroying all trust

> Designing a mobile cyberdeck and clothing as a way to get my mind off those events and have something should I get tossed out

> Using the Net as a crutch for your third eye

I'll be posting up drawings of the deck in a few hours, case materials are on order.

I've been hunting around and haven't seen any /cyber/ clothing threads or similar, I'd like to put together some schway threads.


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Homeless in a urban sprawl, over 4mega-chummers ocupanty city.

> Sneaking into hackerspace to 3D print sets of parts overseas customers ordered online for BTC, use someone else's 3D printer & PLA filament.

> Heating up cold pizza from the trash with a heat gun said hackerspace.

> Trying to crash at said hackerspace hiding in a giant roll of bubble wrap behind a CNC machine & lathe.

> Getting kicked out before closing, betrayed by my shazbot chainsaw snores.

> Spange+ @ Stop-n-Rob on corner, enough to nab a single 16oz beer, just to avoid using own creds.

> carry out 2 more 5-finger discount brews in hoodie sleeves.

> Hate to drink alone… That settles it, execute Plan B.

> Bum cigs outside an AA meeting place, get some free coffee, use free WIFI.

> Social engineer WIFI admin password out of the pickled-brain of ex-drunkard (5yr sober, prob 30yr drunk).

> change PW, give my MAC addy a static IP, forward to DMZ [no more NAT issues], bypass connection length & QoS speed limits for my IP.

> Chat up some newcomer 18-20 year old chicks outside, smoking like a chimney, tonight is "Young Adult Meeting".

> working on front steps outside, pic-related BBS art converter.

> Endless run of Streetlights to Lf & Rt, one nearby is humming and blinks every once in a while, annoying AF.

> "BRB", take backpack w/ tools, use spanner to quickly loosen & swing open light's access panel.

> short the hot wire out against inside of steel post w/ a razor blade wrapped in duct tape.

> "PZZAAAP!" a little arc-welding flashover singed my sleeve before breaker/fuse popped, no more buzzing streetlight, took out 3 of em in a row.

> Check 70's era vintage red-LED watch in the fresh twilight, found in Dad's old stuff when he passed GO but did not collect $200, RIP.

> 10:33pm, All is well, dubs checked, Salut schway, stick a beer in my sleeve from backpack.

> back on the AA steps, "Moonlight suits you better than that noisy strobe." cheesy line, but she smiled.

> coding & chatting, getting cred for old ANSI artpacks, dumb druggie bitches weren't alive during BBS era.

> Alcoholics Anonymous meeting starts, they go in, I stay outside… She hesitates but stays, alone now with "moonlit" chick.

> Stealth into AA club kitchen, get 2 large Styrofoam cups full of ice, put a small empty plastic cup in each ice-cup.

> back outside, don't explain cups, Flirt with "new-to-recovery" chick more, then hand her the cups when her curiosity finally tops out.

> Pull beer out of sleeve, expertly pour the two ghetto-style cold-cups full.

> Her, "Was that up your sleeve the whole time?"

> Me, "A magician never reveals his tricks", kick backpack, 2 beers clink.

> Grin at her weak-kneed & nervous expression while drinking beer at outside an AA meeting.

> "Psh don't sweat it; Relapse is part of recovery, might as well pop that cherry sooner than later." Grin at social engineer in me, expertly embedding extra sexual innuendo on the fly.

> She drinks too. [Eyefucking intensifies], distract her guilt / lighten mood with a funny vid on laptop, finish our beers.

> "Let's get out of here before the haters stop whining & praying"

> Drag her away, running into the night. She laughs "Where are you taking me?!"

> [social engineer notes: Subliminal "taking me", she's DTF, make move soon]


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> Light drizzle makes halos around the neon signs and streetlights.

> Wet streets [Fucking purrfect], stop dead, she crashes into me, Grab her waist to steady her, then let go.

> My eyes never leave the puddle at my feet. She, "What ar–?"

> shush her, holding up one hand, pointing down with the other, watch the rainbow oil on the surface for a long solemn moment before meeting her eyes.

> Me, "Scrying. Pretty aint it? It's a gazing pool." take off hoodie. "Used by Druids to see the spirit world."

> "It's 11:11… here, take this."

> Hand her my hoodie, she wiggles her fingers through a hole in the shoulder from me [almost] perfectly jumping a barbedwire fence last week.

> Finish other two beers under the cover of a lonely bus stop, no buses are running, walk a ways more & chat.

> She's a little buzzed and wanted to major in Developmental Psychology, but put tuition up her nose instead.

> [make mental note to score a teener++]

> Playfully run off and disappear into alleyway, she's calling out the handle I gave her, grab her as she walks by.

> She screams but I kiss her anyway. Get slapped, but not hard.

> "This is me, take it or leave it", point to condemned 10floor building.

> urbex & chill at my old regular squat. Bottom floor was manufacturing, upper levels offices.

> all metal has been scrapped, ghosts of pipes leave inverted shadows on the walls and ceilings.

> Score some overly expensive nose candy, vetted the dealer asking a bum I recognized if his shit was drek or schway.

> Head to rooftop. Pay a bum my last 5cred on hand to get lost.

> tech-wizard uses rare item [Orange Crush cola] w/ elemental [Flask of vodka] to craft +2 [Ghetto Screwdriver].

> Have a bump and a smile.

> Go to "my room", I boarded up the inside, crammed whole hallway full of shit, only way to get in via fire escape from roof.

> Get laid while watching "Tetsuo the Iron Man" (a classic /cyber/-esque movie)


> Put her on bus in the morning. Gave her my VOIP number.

> She never called / left a message; Just like dad "said" it would be… unfortunately.

> I am her [awesome, totally not awesome] "dangerous relapse story" she'll tell her AA sponsor / friends for the rest of her life.

TL;DR: Working my magic "13th Step" on a weak-willed low-self-esteem college girl, again.

+(non-E form of begging for spare change)

++(100 cred worth, used to be 10cred b4 a decade of inflation)



This. I experienced cyberpunk when I started attending 16h techno parties in warehouses with people doing drugs everywhere, every minute you see someone snort something. It's such a nice feeling being in there with the people of your own time, it's like the 1990-2000s answer to all boomer shit.


>be me, security guard in an independent v&v facility over summer break.

>it's the weekend, so i pull out my wizard laptop and tuto manuals

>reading about cryptography, learning to fall off the net

>get to early computer crypto and get explanation of Lucifer cipher

>looks okay, I guess. Simple to implement today.

>that feel when you were taught DES was shit and not to be bothered with.

>OWO what's this?

>NSA limited DES keys to be 56 bits so they could crack them more easily.

>DES didn't just die, IT WAS MURDERED

>prototype DES with 256 bit key on python.

>works ai'ight I guess

>got to work on implementing it on DOS box under 16bit x86 assembly to simulate it's relative effectiveness then

I'm really enjoying this retrospective look on DES and what it could have been. I'm still in uni so I might do a write up on what was lost by NSA's fuckery


>Cleaning my CCW while trying to learn more about computers

>Browsing forums at night

>Working at a shit job for shit pay

>Drinking whiskey while bitching with friends about the state of the world.


> Think I see a long lost friend riding a bike at the park.

> Scrawl a chalk sigil, a link disguised as a tag, how we used to back in the BBS days.

> Check HTTP log a while later.

> Yep, Friend is live. They acquired a new PC and use Internet from a nicer neighborhood.

> this counts as us "catching up".

tfw, a hightech lowlife's true friends avoid all overt social interaction.



>> Scrawl a chalk sigil, a link disguised as a tag, how we used to back in the BBS days.

this is schway as fuck




Sounds less like cyberpunk feels and more like a normal day. Unless of course this is how the transition of 20th century life to a dystopian cyberpunk future starts.



freka is more fashion than it is actual protection, iirc



It's bullshit. BBS's didn't have 'links'. It's just another cosplayer writing shit that sounds good.


>What do you imagine you'll gain from wardriving?

Knowing a list of APs that have shitty dictionary words for WPA2 passwords is useful especially ones accessible from public places.

Do recon at public libraries etc with nmap, actual penetration from these nodes. 1 job per node.

Increasingly coffee shops etc log MAC addies or have CCTV, truly untracable connections are *always* useful…

Tor is good, but it's slow. Sometimes you need a hardline Neo



>log MAC addies

y not just spoof it?


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buying a $1 asus keyboard from salvation army (with cash) to plug into my PS3 and use to find movies on VUDU. johnny mnemonic, tank girl and demolition man free? schway

in the same haul finding a pioneer bluray player that used to sell for $600 for only $15. had to fix the remote with some dish soap and steel wool, but it made for an enjoyable night watching The Zero Theorem. it has a LAN connection so i guess its cyber.

admittedly, this is very lo-tek but im far from 1337 so it was cool for me



If you're a macfag it's harder macchanger doesn't play nice w/ airport.


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Bottle of cheap gin and 7up. Chillwave. Dark but still humid out. Configuring a router I bought to lessen my bill. It was cheap, 12.90USD. Looks like I might have to flash the VPN on there.



If your ISP has something like a captive portal that is available even if you've drained your balance, you can try patching shadowsocks to spoof Host header. I was able to use free 4G internets this way for some time before it was reported by some do-good cunt. I have an already patched version (pretty old tho) if you don't want to do this yourself.



but windows are intuitive and efficient.

I and (I would assume) many others think in terms of windows, in directories and subfolders. You'd be hard pressed to make a huge paradigm shift-type interface that didn't fall flat on its face.


I love how this thread has become a blur of real life and not-yet-real-life.

>dream of huge city

>got laid off, no friends, no significant other

>realize nothing is holding me here

>spend my last bit of brouzouf on train tickets, tent, sleeping bag, backpack and some non-perishables

>take train

>wander around, sleeping below bridges for some time

>find homeless community in park, next to train tracks

>one of them looks up, says nothing, offers me a cup of nettle tea

>share stories, they take me in with no hesitation

>set up tent

Found a new job eventually, got a flat, found other friends… and yet I never felt this much in touch with society. I still visit them for nettle tea and have a good cry, as the fine gentleman who first gave me a cup was beat to death and nobody except us cared.

Truly, misery brings out the good in people. It felt like family.

Whole new level of sondering, I tell ya. Have respect for those who have nothing. Believe me - being considered a human being is important for these folks.


>be me

>be poor

>walk around city for a few hours b/c bored

>sit behind old warehouses smoking and fucking around on an old rooted smartphone

>hobos chase me off

>walk home alongside long abandoned train tracks

>starts raining

>get soaked

>phone shorts

>sit under bridge waiting for the rain to stop

>it doesn't

>phone dries off enough to turn on

>screen doesn't work

>start playing music

>light up another fag

>lean against the wall watching cars drive in the rain




that's actually quite disappointing really. Seems like it would've been a cool story


>Rent an apartment with my girlfriend, she has a pain problem

>Kitchen is a fucking mess

>Big ugly fucking concrete building, in a block of other buildings, looks like a bunch of soviet apartment blocks in miniature

>Have a Tritium earring, little 3D printed lantern with a Tritium Vial secured in it with resin

>Eat pot cookies and sit on the balcony wearing said earring

>scratch at beard, sip a nice blended scotch and look out over the city in the night while the pot kicks in slowly

>Car Dealerships, sushi bars, asian grocers, jewelers, and train tracks are all visible from here

>not-too-distant lights of downtown, neon and LED lighting from the shops 9 floors below, the occasional roar of a motorcycle or a wannabe street racer in the distance

>listen to a bit of industrial music

Whole thing is comfy as fuck and with a bit of front 242 or nitzer ebb playing feels cyberpunk as fuck.



that second image, cp437->utf-8 can be done using a python3 one-liner using "a cp437 string".decode("cp437").


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10/10, glad to hear you made it, anon. I'm sorry for your loss


I just got back from China and it is unironically the most cyber place on the planet. Mega cities. Air pollution fog. Dictatorship. Digital payments for everything. LED lit buildings at night everywhere. Unironic Asian text.



>tell story to friends and family

>they try to cheer me up

>but you can tell they don't get why I still associate with these folks

>post story to a board full of strangers

>a simple sentence expressing happiness and compassion

>tfw /cyber/ shows more humanity than RL

This is literally a /cyber/ feel, isn't it?

Thanks chummer.



Spot on. It hurts sometimes but…I find solace coming to these sites, something to look forward to at the end of the day.



Not to be some fag that dishes out platitudes for the sake of being deep, but it makes sense that, in an apathetic, anti-social society, the counter culture would be to be kind and caring.


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They just want what's best for you, but they're not going to care.People naturally tend to make sure that themselves and their immediate loved ones are okay, and that's about it, it's all that most have the energy for.


> arrive to Japan

> huh, Tokyo isn't too cyber as the normalfags say

not that I expected it to be, but still

> last days of the trip

> come back to Tokyo, stay in Kabukicho of all places

> the fuckedupness of it falls on you like an ice bucket

Japan, for most part, isn't punk (or, at least, it's very well hidden) or really cyber (it's all old tech, but more widespread than in the West, that's all). But this fucking place, while not being much more cyber than the rest of Tokyo, has the absolute maximum of punk per square foot. All kinds of low life folks, lots of trash, huge crowds and closed estabilishments. It doesn't look too bad at night, but the morning after… Fuck this place, seriously. If that's what the entire world is going for, sign me up for the Unabomber club.



Remember: The anti-social society calls itself social.

This "counter culture" looks edgy as fuck on the outside, but when you get rid of all the 1337, fashion and bragging trash, you can tell we have the "stick together" phenomenon most outsiders know.

In a way, this board is like the hobo society I lived with, just on the web and with more LARPers.

Posting this is a cyber feel in itself.


Most won't even do that. They'll pretend to care by doing the bare minimum for their close buddies, expecting maximum returns.

Once you hit rock bottom and require actual help, you'll see how much of a facade everything is. Your friends, your loved ones, your significant other, your boss… their compassion is a thin sheet, an alibi for themselves so they don't feel bad.

You pierce through their "helpful" attitude and realize they're cardboard characters.

Once they hit rock bottom, they might understand. They may realize themselves how replacable and forgettable they are and IF THEY DO, they get the opportunity to become decent human beings.

But to get that opportunity, they have to lose it all. They must be broken and lose all faith.

They have to get in a situation where their survival becomes an actual effort.

I realize this sounds cruel, but supply me with another explanation why nobody cares as much as those who fell and got back up?


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Saw this today. Imagine Alphabet hunting me down for being a thought criminal. Imagine having to jump on its back and try to use some annoying torx driver to get at the cables I need to snip. Friend helps me, but then we have to run from quadcopter surveillance drones. F






Realistically, unless you're 60+, it isn't that far fetched that you'll live to see, and most likely use, augmentations. We've come a hell of a long way in 40 years. Hell, they've existed in lab environments for decades already.


The website is called level 0, you're obviously not digging deep enough into the code, anon.


Fellate a shotgun, this is the schwayest thread on this board.



>Answering to posts that have been made two years ago

Thanks for posting, chummer, but maybe answer to more recent posts to keep the conversation going?


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>driving through downtown

>listening to vidrelated

>looking at people walking in street

>see guy riding skateboard past people on their smartphones

>modernist graffiti art littering walls of numerous buildings around me

>LED billboards and huge glass skyscrapers in background

>about to go through huge system of twisting, winding highway bridges and concrete pillars



>Driving on the right side of the road in Japan.

Am I confused or is this image mirrored?


>Smelly raves

If you can find a qt at one of these, who doesn't mind the smell, you know she's a desperate skank and there is a 90% chance you can get her to go ass to mouth for you. if you're a degenerate fuck who does anal.


>Elroy's Toy

>1 searx later

Apparently it is for children.


It all depends on who you choose to target. Activist hacker != schway hacker. Compare Julian Assange and modern day anonymoose


Cyberpunk has been co-opted for quite a while.


>Windows != windows


Like this? :^)

>All the video links in this thread

I see invidious hasn't taken off on this board, huh?



Here's hoping invidious doesn't end up like hooktube.



qt robowaifus when



> Am I confused or is this image mirrored?

Shit's much simpler: it's not Japan, it's China.


Um… doesn't China also drive on the… OH… it's not Hong Kong.



Last time I went to a techno party it bored the shit out of me. Nobody knew how to dance.

What parties are you going to?



and a less derpy way would be to just use

iconv -f cp437 < source.ansi


>work in a medium-sized corp

>feel weirdly detached from coworkers, despite smalltalk, jokes, eating together and common interests


>navigate a large crowd of people in the city

>somehow feel closer to every single stranger walking past than my friends and coworkers

This is my family now.



What's real Cyberpunk?



Don't you know? Playing a victim while trying to act tough while copying successful works in any way you can and whining about everything around you is, of course. The most loud bitch that jumped the highest on the oppression train is the cyberpunkest of cyberpunk and gets to decide what is cyberpunk and what isn't.



>It's bullshit. BBS's didn't have 'links'.

We did, you just weren't "elite" enough to use them.

BBS artscene appropriate the tagging culture to make cool but hard to read BBS logos, and quickly this was used to encode multiple meanings. Or at least the boards I frequented did. Sort of a visual "Thieve's Cant". If one of us saw one of those tags, guaranteed they'd hit up online equivalent of our old BBS.

There was a lot of local BBS culture back then due to long distance charges. So there were tons of small BBSs only visited by folks in the community. We'd reference each other via "greets" in our artwork and game cracks, put clues on how to access our questionable outdials, or links for short.

It was common to encode silly phrases in phone numbers using 1337-speak, and an artists tag-style was usually identifiable. Less common was to hide phone#s in names, (ANSI)art, cracktro "smack talk", greets to non-existent groups, etc. My "druidic" trick was a secret BBS navigation tree. One series of menu navigations would lead to the outdial links, misstep once and the menu disappeared, your account flagged not-elite. I'd make a graffiti style tag to encode the path to follow, and coordinate the navigation. What looked like a BBS name or a cool tag would be a series of commands.

So, we actually did have links back in the BBS era, but they were outdials and "board ads". A Link board was called such because it had (or could establish) one or more persistent toll-free gateways to other BBSs. A board with Raw Outdials allowed you to call out via their line to another BBS and connect you. Link boards were often permanently linked to only a few "safe" destinations – but the best destinations allowed raw outdials.

This is how we bridged calling areas and avoided long distance. In the movies you'll still see the animation of a call being traced across its links from BBS to BBS. That's mostly propaganda though because the pen register records the call history in the telcos when you 1st make the call, and when you hang up. The time diff is how you get charged for the call. If you hang up before some time limit it doesn't matter. To "trace a call" the feds could just pull the pen register for a node, then see what that called to, get that pen register, etc. But there were ways of dropping off the register grid…

Before the digital conversion the phone system was operated by tones. Famously a 2600 cycle per second tone would tell the telco that you hung up the phone (and log the calltime ended). So, you could call a toll-free 1800 number, then emit the 2600 tone, ma bell's pen register would think you hung up, but the line was still on-hook. So you could then dial out and not get charged for it. Some zones, call would be charged to the 800#. Other methods of going off-radar involved physically connecting pins in switching stations or connecting wires across terminal blocks. I heard of even hijacking the on-rail train coms.

Nation wide toll-free piggyback links were created before the Internet. These outdial / link BBSs were (mostly) shut down when the grid moved away from tone based controls. The Zine "2600" references the phreaking one used to create the dark network of links, but plebs wouldn't know that. The 2600 crew is full of glow-in-the-dark plants who don't know crap anyway.

Windy City to H-Town link was 312 <-> 713 areas. Reverse the 1337 2 words: bir/biz, tie/lie.

A Crowley ref in the BBS advert, (Crow Lie, BIRd LIE, 312-713) or a silly line like "Big Bird Lies!", in a (open) "Sesame" street ANSI, would mean an elite board had a link available for out-dial to select elite users, this is why being 1337 was kewl. You could dial up the H-town side and bridge the link, you'd now be logging into a Chicago BBS that had an outdial for 312 boards and stay on w/o long distance $$$.

There's many symbols for cities, fedora in the wind or rocket ship for Houston (we have a phroblem), or sky scrapers for New York (212, I recall a link ad: loose neck-TIE with R&R on it). Most of the BBS underground wasn't concerned with having wide spread at in the scene packs. Outdials are a footnote even in BBS era Documentaries.

My calling area somites put full phone numbers in a tagger style graphic, pixel art too not just ANSI, eh? Popular groups like ACiD and iCE made "tagger" style graphics, but weren't really elite. You could get status making an exploit, or cracking competitors and defacing them in fun ways, etc. demonstrations of skill, making artwork (but had to know what hidden creative juice to use), or befriend a sketchy sysop.

Imagine if /cyber/ was a local group of a few dozen souls in a big urban sprawl, and some knew of each other IRL. Now its a decade or more later, this place is bitrot, but a (/cyber/) sticker blocks your path out of the blue. Would you run a search and lurk over what had become of ye ol' /cyber/? If not, why even live?



I really want to call you an edgelord.

Yet somehow, I can't.


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>realizing i spent thanksgiving alone

>will probably spend christmas alone

>oh this lonely apartment in a city of 8 million

>work dinner shift putting dishes on a rack & into a machine, but at least the pay is $15/hr for the mindless work I do

>built 4 PCs, okay at diagnosing/repairing computers at this point yet dishwashing is all I amount to

"Does mom still believe in me? …

Do I even believe in me?" as I walk home at midnight through the bright city lights.

I guess it's an alright gig for a college kid.

>Never quit never quit never quit

Ok, I'm ready for tomorrow.


>leave kitchen job walking in the dark

>spend my last few brouzouf on food, cigarettes, and a rideshare scooter to get home

>power got cut off

>alone in the dark trying to find solace in the friends I have here

Someone bring me back to the golden days



>rideshare scooter

asking for trouble.



Eventhough it's been a long time since this post, I'll still tell my experience with TrinusVR/Cheapish VR (still bretty /cyb/ feeling through the whole thing):

First of all, I've used TrinusVR with both Google Cardboard (15€ + Shipping from us to eu) and some cheap phoneholder/earphone combo from ebay (~30€). So some key points to consider for both phoneholders:


- Uncomfortable

- Still have to use external headphones for audio

- really few configuration options to fight motion sickness

+ lightweight & small (it just looks like a small box, can be carried virtually anywhere)

+ surprisingly good lenses

+ doesn't get too warm over time since the phone is mostly exposed to air

Cheap plastic holder:

- gets quite warm since phone is enclosed in the whole frame

- definitly cheaper lenses than the cardboard

- the cable for the 3.5mm plug is ~ 1.5 cm long so you have to put your phone on one specific side

- heavy and blocky af (no chance I'd take that thing anywhere with me)

+ comfy af thanks to inbuild cushions

+ about 3 knobs to adjust lenses, phone position, etc. to counter motion sickness

+ headphones were surprisingly good

+ face doesn't hurt even after long vr sessions (my usual vr time is ~ 5h highest was 8h)

Now for the setup:

I've used a 3m 3.5mm aux and a 2m usb-c cabel from my pc to my headset so I can just sit back in my chair and relax. Both cabel were connected at the front, I've used usb 3.0 ports so my phone would also get enough power.

After connecting everything, just start TrinusVR and use "Mouse" as a tracking sensor. You can also use a TrackIR setup if you have one.

When everything is setup (lenscorrection, sensitivity, SteamVR driver, etc) and the phone is connected with the TrinusVR Server its a fucking blast to use this thing. Especially with things like Bigscreen/Virtual Space but also some other VR stuff like media players, and small games that don't have headtracking. also ama if you want.



oh shit, didn't mention:

The aux cable was male to female so it directly connected from my pc to the headphones in the headset


>be me, CS student

>have gf who's into CS and cypunk as well

>actually do shit to keep our asses anonymous

>activists, not the rioting leftist spergs or rightfags

>try to direct normalfags' attention towards the dystopian issues

>ffw 1 year

>her sister rejoices about how these "Spotify passes" are great

>basically "I'm glad net neutrality has finally died."

>gf's arguments are dismissed because "the experts on the newspaper sites say it will allow a new era of free* telecommunications"

>my father complains how the terrorists and pedophiles can't be properly tracked

>blames Tor and lack of camera surveillance

>the classic "You don't mind being watched unless you're a criminal."

>my arguments are dismissed because "the experts on TV said surveillance would help"

>at some point, my (technology illiterate) aunt of all people asks me: "How come people don't protest against how their freedom is being taken away from them?"

It's hopeless. It has always been hopeless.

Don't try to fight for others. Make sure you're as safe as you can be. You cannot prevent the dystopia. The dystopia is now.


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>activists, not the rioting leftist spergs or rightfags

Is complaining on Twitter considered activism nowadays?



Yes, you are very superior to me. Now go suck Russian dick.


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Zhongxiao E Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106

took a while to find it, it's mislabled as Tokyo.



>Don't try to fight for others. Make sure you're as safe as you can be. You cannot prevent the dystopia

Sadly have to agree, i try to have some more serious conversations with people, but it's almost impossible, as time passes i'm just focusing on surviving myself.


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>tfw am actually a cryptographic operator and know very little about cryptography beyond how to load keys into the machines

>but did a whole whopping ONE SEMESTER of electrical engineering with a prof who worked at some major defence contractor and had all kinds of stories so I can at least appreciate bit-shifting




oh also

>lose an ear of working audio on my headphones

>try to fix headphones

>obvious problem; a wire totally fell off a contact

>resolder it

>they work for maybe a month

>lose one ear of audio again

>they were a dollar store pair the whole time so fucking fuck it who fucking cares fuck everything

>problem fixes itself if i listen to loud enough music




circuit theory is only a model, and assumptions like wire shape, size, composition doesn't matter breaks down at high frequency, or higher voltages. Maxwell's Classic EM is a better, but more complicated description. Quantum Electrodynamics is the full story.



this overly flowery understanding of the world via pure theory out of textbooks misses the points I've made;

The points are:

>Things being broken is okay, because they aren't that broken that the thing is totally unusable, and so, the situation is still fine. The things are degraded, but are ultimately still serviceable and still usable.

>fixing things and the fix failing is okay, because things break all the time, and so the fix failing is really not anything out of the ordinary.

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