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No. 2662 Stickied hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
A new addition to the Tohno-chan board lineup. Call it a gift for the holiday season:日本/

This board is meant to be an immersion board for non-native Japanese speakers and people learning Japanese, as it's a popular language to learn on the site, and given our social abilities, reading comprehension is a bit more important to us.

We'll run this on a trial basis, and if it's any good, we'll add it to the main boards.

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So, what books do you currently reading?

I'm reading Murakami Haruki - 1Q84.

I'm halfway through and I think it's okay, but pretty weak for a Murakami. Maybe I was just expecting too much, because I haven't read anything from him in a long time. But hell, it's still enjoyable.
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I just finished Julian by Gore Vidal. This guy is a great writer, and Julian is a pretty great novel, an interesting look at one of the most controversial figures in world history.

As the "last pagan emperor" of Rome, Julian was basically an introverted bookish kid who ended up unexpectedly becoming emperor in the 4th century. He's best known for trying to destroy the power of Christianity in the Roman Empire and to restore the old Greco-Roman religion, and all after his grandfather Constantine the Great made Christianity the state religion.

The book isn't dry at all - it's really exciting, full of intrigue and all that kind of stuff. If you like historical fiction, get it. The only criticism I can give is that Vidal does seem to have a pro-Julian bent - but only slightly, because he does address some of the more persecutory stuff the emperor did against Christians in his short rule. Julian himself took a serious beating from Roman Christian historians after his death, so maybe a little bent in the other direction isn't a bad thing, anyway.
>> No. 2681 [Edit]
Had to delete this becuase I got some copyright C&D complainant about it.
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>> No. 2699 [Edit]
Currently reading "The House on the Borderlands."
I can see why Lovecraft was so inspired by it. The indefinite horror which it instills in the reader really knocks the socks off of the Gothic horrors which preceded it.

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This thread is computer/technology related, so /mt/ is probably the best place to post it.

Anyway, to the point. I've been hearing many rumours that the soon to come Windows 8 will have forced "Live integration", which means (you guessed it), forcing you to register on Live before being able to use the OS. From that moment on, I realized that Microsoft will either fail completely as a Software manufacturer or the oblivious masses will bend over. To my (almost expected) disappointment, it is the latter. The masses will accept this as they have done so far. I'm talking about the social networking shoved in people's faces everywhere. You can't go to a large website without seeing facebook and twitter links everywhere. Hell, even online gaming has turned into one big social network (see Steam, Xbox Live, etc.)

The question I pose is, what's next? Requirement to have your real name visible everywhere you post? Or maybe forced cloud computing? Web 2.0? Seems likely.

They're already putting tracking devices in smart phones:

And don't get me started on the backdoors they've put in proprietary software.

Well, this concludes my pointless post. Any thoughts?
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>> No. 2644 [Edit]

make a new google+ account, perhaps through a proxy, with an iconically fake name, such as Dack Janiel or Ahmed Diejewse, or the first half of your youtube account name as the first name, the latter part as a the last. Then, (without using a proxy), log into the obviously fake google+ account, and then log into youtube and google with automatically link them for you, and now you have a fake account that can post comments.

a better thing to ask would be why the fuck are you posting youtube comments?
also, niconico is still alive and kicking.
>> No. 2645 [Edit]
>why the fuck are you posting youtube comments?
to have fun with the funny, troll the stupid and salute the praiseworthy of course, what else? youtube comments could make for fun mini-threads sometimes. not anymore, though, with all those fugly real names and avatar pics there.

at niconico I always felt like a foreigner (maybe cause I am).

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>> No. 2701 [Edit]
So I kinda just found out about this:

Video of it if you don't want to read. 3DPD warning.

Typical government business.

Holy shit.

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In in effort to help those that are in the midst of learning Japanese, this will be thread where we will speak only Japanese and will help each by correcting each others mistakes. 

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>> No. 2208 [Edit]
What is the difference between すら and さえ? The question was answered here but I can't read the response.
>> No. 2378 [Edit]
How long and how intensively have you guys been studying Japanese, and how far along in the learning process do you feel yourselves to be?
I studied the grammar for a bit while working on other languages at the same time, but now I'm focusing heavily on improving my German while learning Japanese characters in this way
I sit down with my pencil, my notebook, and P.G. O'Neill's Essential Kanji: 2,000 Basic Japanese Characters Systematically Arranged for Learning and Reference. I write out 25 characters, using the correct stroke order, with ON readings in katakana and kun readings in hiragana, and with the older/lesser used variants of the character in parentheses, if available. I work on German, or Math for a bit, then go back and write out the next 25 characters in the set of 50 I have my eyes set on. I write out this set 5 times before moving onto the next one, and by the end I'm ALWAYS able to write out the character with the correct stroke order, readings, meanings, and variants just by glancing at it. I continue in this fashion.
Unfortunately, as I was hitting the 400 mark during December (I haven't been doing this very long), I was slapped in the face with some serious depression, and was unable to do any characters consistently for a while. I decided to start again from the beginning fairly recently. But enough about me.

How are you guys?

Also, would any of you be interested in having a competition to see who could reach spoken fluency the fastest?
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>> No. 2700 [Edit]
OK, I need help.

I want to translate:

"Everyone's peace entails nobody's existence"

I REALLY suck at this and the best I could articulate was: 皆の平和誰も存在しないが伴う (mina no heiwa dare mo sonzaishinai ga tomonau). I'm positive that it's most likely wrong, so could anyone please help me?

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2647 No. 2647 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Let us talk about philosophy. I read quite a bit of it and have also gotten deeply into mysticism, theology and psychoanalysis.

Existentialism - Main point is that humans are entirely responsible for themselves, which I do agree with, but the central claim is that God does not exist (and if he did, it wouldn't matter); this I think more or less is a fatal flaw, by ignoring the ultimate and the unknowable. However, I will say that I find Sartre's usage of psychoanalysis to be very interesting.

Nihilism - I don't know all that much about it, but I still like it a lot more than Existentialism. The idea of looking into the darkness and seeing the entirety of everything, rather than realizing that there is nothing, very much appeals to me. I also like Nietzsche's idea that man is constanly striving to reach the level of God, which I think is basically true.

Process Philosophy - I really like the works of Whitehead. I think that the philosophy is basically true, but needs to be refined. I'm in the process of doing that right now, although I still have to gain a few more levels in the philosophy realm.

That is all I can think of for now. Feel free to discuss philosophy.
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Would the "true" you become only a winner of mind games and not much else? How would you adequate compare two systems when they disagree when looking beyond it is "outdated" and "disreputable"? In a debate, would this only lead to kissing up to the moderator and the public and not actually getting your points across? Of course I suppose you can create or use a new overarching system to judge the previous two. I'd like to hear your thoughts on what makes "better and worst" if communication is less important than making an organized ranking.
>> No. 2693 [Edit]
Have you ever seen In Treatment? At a certain point (right before announcing that he has lost all faith in his profession and is going to quit), Paul Weston says:

"Maybe any serious communication between two people is useless. Even when they're outright lying, people only hear what they really want to hear or what they're capable of hearing, which often holds very little resemblance with what is actually said... [So] I can't tell what is real."

I've found this to be probably the most important and persistent problem within the human condition. Not injustice, not violence, not the failure of any meaningful category but the problem of them computing at all; the problem of communication; the problem of language, as an alleged bridge between one and the others, between one and the world (don't even get me started against perception, empirism and such). It is precisely because communication and language are central to me, that I have taken them as subjects of study (rather than taking them for granted) and so can't disregard neither their inner problems, nor the conclusions about our experience that apparently more accurate models of their structure seem to entail (key word: structuralism... and its limits).

>Would the "true" you become only a winner of mind games and not much else?
If you followed me in the least, you'd see the most we can ever achieve is awareness and control over the games that our mind plays to us, for it's all we'll ever get to know (as humans; therefore, optimistically enough, I'm now a transhumanist).
>> No. 2694 [Edit]
So you wouldn't believe it's possible to follow your train of thought without coming to the same conclusions that you did?
>> No. 2698 [Edit]
No, it's actually far worse than that: due to the aforementioned equivocal functioning of language, I have no means to tell if anyone has ever truly followed me, either if they agree (and thus are able to reproduce what I say and explain it back acceptably) or disagree (and thus are capable of refuting me); all I can do is derive judgements exclusively from my own interpretations of what they say (as always)...

But don't sweat it. In that case, I just played with >>2689's derogatory calling of schools of thought as "mind games" to tell him that he should distrust the games of his own mind as well.

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Can we have a serious discussion about the Jews? I am currently reading David Duke's Jewish Supremacism and it is some really compelling stuff. Very challenging.

Please, no discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; that would constitute political discussion as opposed to an ethnic one.
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>> No. 2667 [Edit]
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>I think I should become jew.

it doesn't work that way. You can't just altar your DNA to make you into a different being.
In the same way you can't simply become black, or chinese, you can't become jew. You are either born a jew or you aren't.

When people talk about jews, they aren't referring to their religion, but their ethnicity. And jews really don't like to be referred to that way. Ironically, the jews are also the first to draw the us (jews) vs. non-jews (goyim) dichotomy and act upon it with a machine-like cold view toward the non-jews.
>> No. 2678 [Edit]
has antisemitism become accepted in the otaku community ?
>> No. 2679 [Edit]
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The Jews fear the Samurai,.
>> No. 2680 [Edit]
lol, what's that?

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Just putting this out there: theres a very good selection of lecture notes and other assorted materials provided for free, online by MIT. This website is very good if you want to self-study a subject, get a feel for particular courses or just learn things as a hobby.

While we're at it, why not make this thread a place where we can share academic resources?
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>> No. 2222 [Edit]
I come with double intentions.
First to contribute to the thread with this page which offers editions of early modern philosopher's texts in a more acessible language to the contemporary reader:
Secondly, to ask for someone more well versed in philosophy their opinion on the general quality of those adaptations. I've been reading Descartes both through this and the original english translation the editor says he based his version on and everything seems okay, but since I'm a complete newbie to this philosophy business and english isn't my mother tongue...

Now for other goodies: - Not sure if it's mentioned in >>2100's image already, but I found this by accident one of this days and looks quite good. It seems more formal on the grammar part than most other material around and has classical japanese lessons too.
- Another one I found by accident. Looks quite ancient, but might be useful for collecting references for further reading.
>> No. 2224 [Edit]

I would avoid any alterations to philosophical texts if possible. Just stick with unabridged translations of texts into your language or English.
>> No. 2666 [Edit]
MIT Open Course Ware:
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Today, December 25, we celebrate the birth of a great man of true genius. Regardless of the centuries, his example lives on and inspire us to become better, both as individuals and society. Let his name never be forgotten; picture very related: it's him.
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>> No. 2324 [Edit]
the mass media is good and manipulating things, even when it contradicts their religion.
>> No. 2325 [Edit]
Let's not forget that Isaac Newton was a religious fanatic.

Also, people say he had Asperger's, but it was probably related to him handling raw mercury.
>> No. 2327 [Edit]
>Let's not forget that Isaac Newton was a religious fanatic.
And so? Look at what he did from pursuing that faith (heretical arianism) troughout his entire work.
Apparently there can be more use in an imaginary god (or waifu) than in a talentless (and loveless) but oh so atheist neetdom (and I'm atheist myself; but who gives a fuck?).

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Ye who now on heavenly nectar fare,
Come celebrate with me in song the name
Of Newton, to the Muses dear; for he
Unlocked the hidden treasuries of Truth:
So richly through his mind had Phoebus cast
The radiance of his own divinity.
Nearer the gods no mortal may approach.

---Edmond Halley

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2658 No. 2658 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
What would you recommend for a hikki/neet with lots of time on hand who wants to learn Japanese with a computer?
>> No. 2660 [Edit]
if you like to drink, youtube nama-sensei

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Backfire (10.03.1-rc4, r24045) --------------------
* 1/3 shot Kahlua In a shot glass, layer Kahlua
* 1/3 shot Bailey's on the bottom, then Bailey's,
* 1/3 shot Vodka then Vodka.

Anyone else into hacking embedded devices? I picked up a Linksys WRT54GL earlier this week, and I plan on soldering a JTAG cable together, installing a serial port, and maybe a fan. I've also got to order another 9dbi antenna and get the B.A.T.M.A.N. protocol working since I want to make this into a mesh network node. There's tons of shit that becomes possible after you hack your router though (e.g. personal VPN, dedicated seed box, additional layer of security with iptables, etc.). OpenWRT has thousands of applications. I fucking love it, but I wouldn't mind giving FairuzaWRT a try.

Also, here is a book on hacking the WRT54G series if it interests anyone else.

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>> No. 2087 [Edit]
It was this book:
>> No. 2320 [Edit]
Never throw hardware away. I have the exact same model with DD-WRT acting as a switch because I ran out of ethernet ports on my main router. You can at least turn it into a wireless adapter for a game console.

Main router is an Asus WL-500W, modded to host the contents of my set top box hard drive via ftp.
>> No. 2636 [Edit]
I want to run a Tor-ifying router/middlebox in my home but I do not know where to start,what router is recommended for this ? Any good guides?

additional link for others to look in the deep future:

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>> No. 2657 [Edit]
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I managed to solve my own problem with this guide

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Anybody feel like sharing some of your favourite quotes (preferably /mt/-related but doesn't have to be)?

Here's one I rather like: "It is not birth, marriage, or death, but gastrulation which is truly the most important time in your life."

-Lewis Wolpert (developmental biologist)-
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>> No. 2528 [Edit]
Jesus said, "Whoever has come to know the world has discovered the body, and whoever has discovered the body is worth more than the world." - Saying 78, The Gospel of Thomas
>> No. 2572 [Edit]
"As for me I would rather
be a worm in a wild apple, than a son of man
but we are what we are and we might remember
Not to hate any person, for all are vicious
And not be astonished at any evil, all are deserved
And not fear death; it is the only way to be cleansed." - Robinson Jeffers

but let us part fair foes; I do believe
though i have found them not, that there may be
words which are things, hopes which will not decieve,
and virtues which are merciful nor weave
snares for the failing: i would also deem
o'er others' griefs that some sincerely grieve;
that two, or one, are almost what they seem," - Lord Byron

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>> No. 2635 [Edit]

Not necessarily *at heart* - reread the quote.
>> No. 2652 [Edit]
"Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand."

"Blessedness is not the reward of virtue but virtue itself."

- Baruch Spinoza

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