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  1. Comment on Tesla's gear-shifting problems known long before Angela Chao's death in ~transport

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    That appeal for minivan doors on Teslas... ;D

    That appeal for minivan doors on Teslas... ;D

    10 votes
  2. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    How is it compared to LiS and Before the Storm? I adored the original, loved BtS but hadn't finished it, and I own 2 but just can't get into it.

    How is it compared to LiS and Before the Storm? I adored the original, loved BtS but hadn't finished it, and I own 2 but just can't get into it.

  3. Comment on Credit cards and privacy: Can I have both? in ~tech

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    I'm asking mainly about cards vs cash. I'm trying to avoid anyone outside of the card issuer having the data.

    I'm asking mainly about cards vs cash.
    I'm trying to avoid anyone outside of the card issuer having the data.

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  4. Credit cards and privacy: Can I have both?

    To start: I was taught in the 90s when I first entered the "internet" that "everything online is public. The End." I still adhere to that. I am perhaps a bit overly cautious and whatnot, as I will...

    To start: I was taught in the 90s when I first entered the "internet" that "everything online is public. The End."
    I still adhere to that. I am perhaps a bit overly cautious and whatnot, as I will forego convenience to have the feeling of privacy (though in some cases I believe it's just a smokescreen).

    That being said, the main premise to my question is this: I have three cards with which I pay for things. I have a debit card which I use for most purchases, a credit card I use for large purchases I can't immediately cover with my bank account, and a credit card for two specific payments. Every December my company gifts all employees a $100 Visa gift card. I tend to splurge on things I'd rather not have show up in my bank account or credit card, because I feel my purchase habits are tracked (similar as to when I put in a local brewery into Waze... and yeah, I use Waze.)

    And now to my actual question: is there a credit company, or a method of credit/debit card I can utilize that will not track/share/etc my personal or purchase info? I had never thought of this idea, aside from the gift cards which usually come with some form of caveat (you lose money on fees for a prepaid card, or you can lose your balance if not spent in a certain time frame, etc) until just now I guess. I found privacy.com which looks kind of legit, but ... I'm always skeptical to start.

    All that being said, if you could offer any advice or thoughts on the matter, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks!

    (Edit: the original reason I ask this is because I was thinking that I use Discord a lot and would like to throw a few bucks their way and customize my profile or something "fun" like that, but I do not want them to have my info.)

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  5. Comment on Getting tired of Firefox in ~tech

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    I've actually swapped to Fennec on my Android (well, GrapheneOS), but I have it synced with my desktop (Linux) FF. I do not link either to my work Windows 10 computer that also runs FF without...

    I've actually swapped to Fennec on my Android (well, GrapheneOS), but I have it synced with my desktop (Linux) FF. I do not link either to my work Windows 10 computer that also runs FF without issues.
    I second this answer: I don't believe the OP's issue is normal, and it requires more looking into to figure what the root cause is.

  6. Comment on What books would you recommend for me? in ~books

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    Yes, it's the Vonnegut novel. It was originally recommended to me by someone who thought it was 1984-esque, though I remember it feeling a lot more like Canticle, where you kind of have to find...

    Yes, it's the Vonnegut novel. It was originally recommended to me by someone who thought it was 1984-esque, though I remember it feeling a lot more like Canticle, where you kind of have to find your way to figure out what's going on throughout the story.
    I read it about 12 years ago, sort of on a time crunch as my friend had let me borrow it and would be moving away soon after, so my memory may not be the best, but I would definitely recommend checking it out. It wasn't a thick book, and there are audiobook options everywhere now.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Tom Cruise is about to enter another, weirder golden era with reports of him being cast in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s next film, the world's greatest movie star is heading for an auteur renaissance in ~movies

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    Agreed: for as much of a whack job I think he is irl, the guy is an amazing actor and has a lot of great movies to his name.

    Agreed: for as much of a whack job I think he is irl, the guy is an amazing actor and has a lot of great movies to his name.

    7 votes
  8. Comment on What books would you recommend for me? in ~books

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    So I just finished it. Really reminded me of Player Piano, with that Catholic twist. I'll have to try another listen as I felt very disoriented for all three stories until they were about to end....

    So I just finished it. Really reminded me of Player Piano, with that Catholic twist. I'll have to try another listen as I felt very disoriented for all three stories until they were about to end. Good suggestion tho, thanks again!

  9. Comment on Kenji's Vietnamese garlic noodles... with twenty cloves of garlic in ~food

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    I need to try this, but I'm calling out Colleen (Holene, not sure how to spell...) whomever who said an Italian bowl of spaghetti was bland. Also my SO has Kenji's cookbook and has conscripted...

    I need to try this, but I'm calling out Colleen (Holene, not sure how to spell...) whomever who said an Italian bowl of spaghetti was bland. Also my SO has Kenji's cookbook and has conscripted some amazing foodstuffs from said cookbook, because that's just how things work -- Kenji has en pointe recipes and they just melt into proper foodstuffs. I just feel so sad that he stated some person could possibly justify an actual Italian pasta bowl could be bland.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on An archive of Wikipedia from Thursday, December 20, 2001 in ~tech

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    Gonna just ask: what are you going for? It's not Dec 20, and while I'll possibly be okay to admit that I did not know the Wikipedia was a legit thing on that date, I would like to inquire why you...

    Gonna just ask: what are you going for? It's not Dec 20, and while I'll possibly be okay to admit that I did not know the Wikipedia was a legit thing on that date, I would like to inquire why you chose then?

    5 votes
  11. Comment on What books would you recommend for me? in ~books

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    I did read The Idiot and started Crime and Punishment. Idiot was... interesting. Felt too akin to Catcher in the Rye, where there's some plot that is totally lost on me because it seems like the...

    I did read The Idiot and started Crime and Punishment. Idiot was... interesting. Felt too akin to Catcher in the Rye, where there's some plot that is totally lost on me because it seems like the dull bits of life, except that Idiot kept me going back way easier.
    I had been thinking of Tolstoy and Solzhenitsyn, but was figuring that lighter reads might pull me back in.

  12. Comment on What books would you recommend for me? in ~books

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    Honestly, I'm getting back into some online reading of short stories. They're super easy and why I'm also asking this original question: I realize I do like reading, but if it's on a screen it...

    Honestly, I'm getting back into some online reading of short stories. They're super easy and why I'm also asking this original question: I realize I do like reading, but if it's on a screen it isn't appealing, but also I need that pull on a good topic.
    I'll take a look - finally signed up for my local library, which wasn't open today.

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  13. Comment on What books would you recommend for me? in ~books

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    Is that series the one the video games are based on? If so, I would definitely check it out.

    Is that series the one the video games are based on? If so, I would definitely check it out.

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  14. Comment on What books would you recommend for me? in ~books

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    I'm familiar with the show of the Handmaiden's Tale; not quite sure I'd "enjoy" the theme, but as this isn't the first recommendation, maybe I'll grab a copy from the library and see if I can get...

    I'm familiar with the show of the Handmaiden's Tale; not quite sure I'd "enjoy" the theme, but as this isn't the first recommendation, maybe I'll grab a copy from the library and see if I can get into it.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on What books would you recommend for me? in ~books

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    Thanks, I'll check it out.

    Thanks, I'll check it out.

  16. Comment on What books would you recommend for me? in ~books

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    Grew up Catholic, no worries there haha. I'll take a look, thanks!

    Grew up Catholic, no worries there haha. I'll take a look, thanks!

  17. Comment on What books would you recommend for me? in ~books

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    Hmm, I have not heard of most of those; I'll have to check them out. Thanks!

    Hmm, I have not heard of most of those; I'll have to check them out. Thanks!

  18. Comment on What books would you recommend for me? in ~books

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    Ah yes, Fahrenheit 451 was on my list at some point, but I never did read it. I did read quite a bit of Vonnegut (including Slaughterhouse 5). Also loved the first two Hunger Games books and...

    Ah yes, Fahrenheit 451 was on my list at some point, but I never did read it. I did read quite a bit of Vonnegut (including Slaughterhouse 5). Also loved the first two Hunger Games books and Catch-22.

    But thank you for the additional suggestions, plenty for me to check out! I appreciate it.

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  19. What books would you recommend for me?

    I used to read voraciously in my youth, but as an adult it is very difficult to get into a story, even if it seems to be good. So, I'm asking for what you'd recommend... based on a few options. I...

    I used to read voraciously in my youth, but as an adult it is very difficult to get into a story, even if it seems to be good. So, I'm asking for what you'd recommend... based on a few options.

    I typically love/hate dystopian options that show that humanity is just a complete horrorshow. That being said, I haven't been able to get past page three (I think it was?) in Clockwork Orange. But, some of my favorite books are: The Lord of the Flies, 1984, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Tale of Two Cities in backwards order (that is, Dickens' is my favorite, and Lord of the Flies is still great but the least of those four).

    I feel that futility and the rest of the world hating on you or just being its normal awful self are the main themes I seem to gravitate to.

    As I mentioned though, I still intend to read Clockwork Orange but I'm not a fan [yet?]. I also read The Good Earth when I was about 11, and honestly, it's a godawful book but I read the whole thing because its horror kept me reading. Just putting that out there for ideas. Also I'm not much of a fan of sci-fi, unrealistic fantasy (though that might be an exception), or zombies/apocalypse.

    So with all that in mind, does anyone have anything either modern or classic that you'd recommend?

    EDIT: THANK YOU ALL! (And feel free to continue adding more suggestions!) I just wanted to say thank you for so many potential options; I just have to get over to the library for a card (scheduled for Friday), and what I can't get there or something that seems a little too dense, I will look into audiobook options since I drive a lot.

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  20. Comment on Russian who boarded flight from Copenhagen to Los Angeles last November without ticket, passport or visa has been found guilty of being a stowaway in ~transport

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    I am unhappy I cannot find a youtube video with Ray Bolger (as Barnaby Barnacle) stating "Come, let us pussyfoot" from Babes in Toyland.

    I am unhappy I cannot find a youtube video with Ray Bolger (as Barnaby Barnacle) stating "Come, let us pussyfoot" from Babes in Toyland.

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