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unworking prole 04/14/2022 (Thu) 07:18:45 No. 31 [Reply]
Practice Sabotage Everyday
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> Sabotage is something great that in a little while will make the fat cats laugh out of the other side of their mouths. https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/emile-pouget-sabotage-article
>>42 Pouget doesn't get referenced enough, incredibly based { Union endeavour has a double aim: with tireless persistence, it must pursue betterment of the working class's current conditions. But, without letting themselves become obsessed with this passing concern, the workers should take care to make possible and imminent the essential act of comprehensive emancipation: the expropriation of capital. At present, union action is designed to win partial and gradual improvements which, far from constituting a goal, can only be considered as a means of stepping up demands and wresting further improvements from capitalism. The union offers employers a degree of resistance in geometric proportion with the resistance put up by its members: it is a brake upon the appetites of the exploiter: it enforces her respect for less draconian working conditions than those entailed by the individual bargaining of the wage slave operating in isolation. For one-sided bargaining between the employer with her breast-plate of capital, and the defenceless proletarian, it substitutes collective bargaining. So, in opposition to the employer there stands the union, which mitigates the despicable "labour market" and labour supply, by relieving, to some extent, the irksome consequences of a pool of unemployed workers: exacting from the employer respect for workers and also, to a degree proportionate with its strength, the union requires of her that she desist from offering privileges as bribes. This question of partial improvements served as the pretext for attempts to sow discord in the s associations. Politicians, who can only make a living out of a confusion of ideas and who are irritated by the unions' growing distaste for their persons and their dangerous interference, have tried to carry into economic circles the semantic squabbling with which they gull the electors. They have striven to stir up ill-feeling and to split the unions into two camps, by categorising workers as reformists and as revolutionaries. The better to discredit the latter, they have dubbed them "the advocates of all or nothing" and they have falsely represented them as supposed adversaries of improvements achievable right now. The most that can be said about such nonsense is that it is witless. There is not a worker, whatever her mentality or her aspirations, who, on grounds of principle or for reasons of tactics, would insist upon working ten hours for an employer instead of eight hours, while earning six francs instead of seven. It is, however, by peddling such inane twaddle that politicians hope to alienate the working class from its economic movement and dissuade it from acting for itself and endeavouring to secure ever greater well-being and liberty. They are counting upon the poison in such calumnies to break up the unions by reviving inside them the pointless and divisive squabbles which have evaporated ever since politics was banished from them. } https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/emile-pouget-what-is-the-union#toc2
>>31 Based as fuck

Unionwave prole 04/05/2022 (Tue) 01:57:40 No. 28 [Reply]
It seems like that Starbucks thing a few months ago is gaining traction especially with that recent Amazon win and now other food companies are cowering. Anyone have good info on how to start a union?
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it's really beautiful, places that previously were unionizable now making major wins, amazon, starbucks, wallmart, fast food workers even I fear however, after some initial advances, a certain beurocratized, compromised, 'friendly with management' psyop might take place, this is what's happened to traditional business unions: the teamsters, afl-cio, It's important now more than ever to push for autonomous unions, direct worker self management, wildcat organizing and all that, lest the non-profit industrial complex take over
Unions can be great, but i feel like they have been heavily weakened by the fact so many workers today are working as "independent" (myself included) and it could be useful to push for more unionization between self employed people
>>33 yeah working conditions are very very different from the old days where everyone in town worked in 1 or a handful of big factories. Now it's all about small centers of production, capital intensive labor, lots of little work sites, they call it 'post fordism' SO it's very easy to just fire everyone at a location or close down a shop completely if the threat of unionization appears. Not to mention all the propaganda and surveillance corporations like walmart or amazon do. Also an issue where the old business unions are completely in bed with management, refuse to take any radical action and are completely adsorbed into the democratic party or support reactionary politics. So new organizational forms are absolutely necessary, unions that go by region or industry, that cater to independent workers Personally i think a more informal approach to unionization might help, like unions organized in secret as affinity gruops, utilization decentralized encrypted apps that can't be easily monitored by cops or employers

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coursera free certs lagunanon 08/08/2020 (Sat) 21:50:12 No. 25 [Reply]
coursera is offering some free classes right now, a few come with certs from amazon aws and google cloud so just posting that here https://www.classcentral.com/report/coursera-free-certificate-covid-19/

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How to Praxis Your Way into a Software Engineering Career in 12 months or your money back lagunanon 08/02/2020 (Sun) 11:35:23 No. 17 [Reply]
I wanted to write this guide to hopefully shed some light at how absurdly easy it is to get into the tech industry. I'm an adderall-addicted California techie burnout so I apologize if this comes across as a bit flippant. I've managed to successfully bullshit my way up the wagecuck ladder for nearly 10 years now without a college degree or really any talent, currently working at a place that has free smoothies and chairs that cost more than twice my monthly rent. Most people in this industry work pretty hard to obscure how easy it is to get in. = 1st Circle: Limbo = The first step, naturally, is learning how to make software. It should come as no surprise that you can get a better education from Youtube and PDFs than in a classroom. Your mileage may vary, but this should take someone working 2 or 3 hours a day about a year. One thing that trips people up is defining what 'learning a language/skill' actually means. You don't need to know every single command by heart, however, I consider 'knowing a language' to be the point when you can take a given project (Make Tetris, Make a Web Server, etc) and feel confident that you can google your way through it. I recommend starting with Python. Python is fairly easy to get started with, and will be useful your entire career. "Python Crash Course" is a pretty good book, but find something that works for you. Get comfortable enough with python to feel confident that you can tackle various projects with it. At this point, you'll want to pick a specialty. This is the key thing that will give you an advantage over fresh college graduates, since they usually have very broad knowledge but nothing marketable. Some specialties include Web Frontend, Web Backend, Systems Programming, Cloud, etc. Do some research on jobs you might want to do and look at the required skills on job postings for those. Most of this stuff is useful in general, so changing 'specialties' isn't a big deal. After that, you'll want to learn: - An Object Oriented Language (Java or C#) - Web Development Language (Javascript, or PHP) - General Database Stuff (SQL)

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One other thing to note (from Circle 2) is that you'll want to have 3 or 4 projects under your belt. Contributing to Open Source projects is a good way to do this, also doing work on the Linux Kernel (google 'How to do a linux kernel patch', it's easy and looks really impressive). Definitely have 1 or 2 decent projects you've done yourself, too. = 3rd Circle: Gluttony = Time to interview. Cracking the Code Interview and HackerRank questions, as mentioned before, will get you most of the way. Understanding Agile/Scrum and being able to speak to managerial bullshit is pretty important too. To be honest, I've failed a lot of interviews. The more you interview, the better you'll get at them. It's best to not seem too hungry, but feign enthusiasm if you can. The big key to interviews (besides passing the BS questions) is twofold- Being able to 'talk shop', and seeming like someone they would want to work with. In general, talking casually to engineers is just like posting on stackoverflow/reddit/etc, but a lot of college grads fail that. Another mistake I've made is trying to seem too much like a hardcore techie- usually people want to work with someone with outside interests, so talk about cars or video games or Bakunin/Goldman or whatever Have a salary expectation in mind before you go into the interview. Glassdoor is a useful tool for finding out what people at a certain company make, but companies will manipulate that to make applicants ask for less. It's always fine to aim a little high and let them talk you down. If you can, be willing to relocate- often times places will pay for a move, and being willing to move will open a lot of doors. Prepare a few references.. In the US they usually won't try to call someone at your 'current' job, so use that to your advantage if needed. When you get to the on-site interview, don't wear a fucking suit. Ever. Be absurdly polite to everyone, etc.

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6th Circle: Heresy At this point, I just want to list a bunch of easy cheats that you can do to pad your resume. Some of these will be more achievable after you've been in the industry for a bit. - Conference Talks Submit to a bunch of conferences. Most people are half awake at these things and you can get away with a powerpoint and a few jokes. - Open Source Stuff I wrote a script to find typos in major repos, and automatically submit PRs to fix them. I now list a bunch of contributions to major repos on my resume. You can also actually contribute to open source, if you aren't an asshole like me. As I said before, doing quick fixes on the Linux Kernel is easy and looks really impressive. - Mentoring/Community I won't be cavalier about this one, giving back is super important. - Editing Books You can do side work peer reviewing books. Hit up publishers, they always need people to do this and you can list book credits in your resume. My name is in a bunch of fancy sounding tech books just because they let me lol - Writing Books

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7th Circle: Violence? This is another one that is pretty important the whole way through, I just forgot to list it at the first part. Web Presence. When you apply for jobs, the recruiter will google your name. You will need to have a github, and you probably want to have a blog. - Github Put your IRL name on your github, and include it in your resume. There are a few tricks to 'padding' your github account. Fork a bunch of repos that look cool. Make a few more impressive sounding projects, even if they are nonexistant projects don't have code in them - Recuiters rarely actually look at code. Run this: https://github.com/avinassh/rockstar it's a script to make it look like you constantly upload onto github. Contribute fixes to small repos, github will list those repos in your page (even for tiny fixes). Put everything you possibly can in your github.

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= 8th Circle: Fraud = 'Imposter Syndrome' is bourgeoisie guilt. You will probably encounter it at some point. This guide was meant to be a bit flippant and humorous, but the truth is there's really no actual way to completely 'fake' your way into software. If you start to feel like you're an imposter, the best thing to do is just improve- start learning/doing things and you'll be feeling better in no time, or at least you'll be a better imposter. = 9th Circle: Treachery = There's a good chance you'll eventually get burnt out. This compounds with the realization that basically every other worker (especially those that aren't class traitors) is probably working considerably harder than you. The truth is that the software engineering field is not only very mentally taxing, but can be extremely soul crushing. To paraphrase some asshole, the best engineers in the field are mostly working on better ways to put an ad in someones face. It's easier than you think to get sucked into believing corporate culture bullshit. The software industry is innovating mind control management techniques at an impressive pace. Falling for these traps will almost guarantee burnout for anyone that is a remotely critical thinker. I don't really have a solution for burnout, but I can attest to it being real. Techies, especially devs, are often tedious people to be around. The culture that has grown from 'googly-startups-types' is a special type of consumerist hell. Most of these people will fill their sad existences with funko pops, neoliberalism and video games or whatever, but I suspect most Lagunanons will be unable to find happiness wallowing in the scraps of consumerism. Donating time to the Free Software Foundation and humanitarian libre software projects feels good, and the people involved in the libre side of things are often a breath of fresh air compared to the patagonia-wearing-brogrammers you usually deal with. Eventually you'll begin to wonder if any of it is worth it, and wonder why after all of these years all you have to show for it is a shitty apartment, strained relationships with your loved ones, a drug addiction and carpul tunnel syndrome. You'll consider moving to a non-extradition country and selling exploits to organized crime, or something. Thaddeus isn't all he's cracked up to be, he doesn't even work with Americans and you don't really want to deal with organized crime anyways
good post thanks for the info
great advice, we'll see where this takes me :)

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Covid Anonymous 06/06/2020 (Sat) 10:47:29 No. 13 [Reply]
Who all's work has been affected by the pandemic? I am furloughed with pay, which feels like living the dream (although if I did my math right I'd be making more on unemployment if they fired me, lol). Super dreading when they call me back in and I have to figure out whether it's worth the risk/can afford to quit/etc. and once again undergoing the process of turning my soul off that accompanies working full time. It's minimum wage retail, ironically the best paid I've ever been because I moved to a place with a higher minimum, but still soul crushing. I guess I should be learning a marketable skill or something but… fuck, even getting paid to do nothing I'm still depressed.

How has the pandemic impacted your work?
I left my call center job a while ago because I needed to travel and picked up remote work doing transcription and other stuff like that, making well below minimum wage. Then Covid Hit and everyone at my old job is working remotely and got a raise. Meanwhile, the online freelance places I've been working has been flooded with new people so it's impossible to get a gig.

Fuckin hell
been unemployed and looking for a job, now no hope of finding a job lol,

It really looks like we're entering depression right now.

Game Industry Anonymous 05/21/2020 (Thu) 05:50:11 No. 9 [Reply]
Any other game industry drones here?

Here's an unsorted list of funfacts if anyone's considering getting into the industry, or is just curious on the dirt. Some of these are first-hand, some of these are second hand.

- Currently staffed with either fresh graduates or burnt out lifers.
- Workload is chill, but you have very little propriety over what you are doing
- New owners are focused entirely on the dollar bill, the days of building new things are over
- Pays bottom 50% of the industry, and average to below average for the title/area.
- Cultural focus is on not creating any more controversy (or pissing off owners)
- Promotions are not merit based
- They don't give a shit if you play their games as an employee

- Extremely siloed teams, depending on the seniority of the team you will likely get frontline work
- Predatory recruiting to get new graduates
- Bottom 50% of industry in pay, pays below average for title/area
- Massive churn of employees, 40% or so are kept after a game is completed
- Bro culture/harassment
- Everything is outsourced, 'cost optimizations' quarterly

- Cult-like culture, adherence to culture will make or break your job (People will stay after hours just to be seen playing games, you are grilled on gamer-ness in the interview, etc)
- Quality of code is unchecked due to crunch, immeasurable tech debt
- Was hit hard by sexual harassment claims, mandatory corporate diversity training monthly

- Unchecked sexual harassment
- Disgusting office conditions (in US), potentially hazardous
- Ping Pong tables
thanks for the info
the ping pong tables are the worst…
you can't suck at ping pong, lest you lose status, can't be too good at ping pong, lest you outshine the master, if you don't like ping pong, then you're a debbie downer, don't have team spirit etc.

Anonymous 05/07/2020 (Thu) 15:42:41 No. 2 [Reply]
I hate my job, how do I get out of help desk life.
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I wanna be in the tech field, currently learning infosec, not good enough to freelance. I'm tired of telling people to turn their router on and off and getting yelled at for customers not paying their bills.
> I'm tired of telling people to turn their router on and off and getting yelled at for customers not paying their bills

fucking same, worked for Hulu and At&T, Verizon etc. tech support for boomers is the worst, they get so fucking made about the most basic thing

> currently learning infosec, not good enough to freelance

Shits tough, personally i wish i had gotten into this stuff at an earlier age, but then you're never to old to learn.

I'm sure you're aware of most/all of this stuff, but just gonna post some resources

The Open Source Security Testing Methodology Manual is a great resource https://www.isecom.org/OSSTMM.3.pdf

Someone dated pentesting framework but still fairly useful http://www.vulnerabilityassessment.co.uk/Penetration%20Test.html

Owasp has a lot of great resources as well

Somewhat longer list https://owasp.org/www-project-web-security-testing-guide/latest/3-The_OWASP_Testing_Framework/1-Penetration_Testing_Methodologies

In terms of security focused distro, parrot >>> kali imo
Employers looks at certs more than anything

some other things to check out along similar lines
Comptia certs are pretty easy to get and really help in getting some kind of IT position, most of the certification any computer nerd would already know, half of getting an IT job is a confidence act … https://www.comptia.org/certifications

Amazon AWS is also useful though they are evil

I'd also recommend looking into red-hat certification, it's really easy to practice sysadmin stuff on home network and easier than pentesting type stuff… https://www.redhat.com/en/services/certification/certification-central

A similar line of work is locksmithing, practice picking locks at home, get a cert, work as an apprentce etc.
I got sec+, but it didn't help me much. I live in the middle of nowhere so that not to surprising and there isn't much to apply for with corona.
true, getting a job anywhere right now's gonna be a hassel, i think the economies being restructured toward everything being more remote, but hten the few places that advertise remote jobs are pretty floode with applicants right now