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  1. Comment on Leaked Amazon memo warns the company is running out of people to hire. Unions might not be the tech giant’s biggest labor threat. in ~tech

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    What a surprise. Treat workers like shit and they will not want to work for you.

    What a surprise. Treat workers like shit and they will not want to work for you.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Is anyone else receiving a staggering amount of spam calls recently? in ~tech

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    I got a lot of robocalls over the past few years. Usually it's the "Hello, I've heard you've been in an accident that wasn't your fault, is that correct?" The weirdest ones I got were UPS scam...

    I got a lot of robocalls over the past few years. Usually it's the "Hello, I've heard you've been in an accident that wasn't your fault, is that correct?"

    The weirdest ones I got were UPS scam robocalls in Chinese. I'm British...

    Told people at work about the latter and they were skeptical, then actually got one such robocall, put it on loudspeaker and showed them just to prove my point.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    Does anybody have any advice or good books/guides on building a database driven website? My last foray into website programming was a sixth form computing project where I built a site using MySQL,...

    Does anybody have any advice or good books/guides on building a database driven website? My last foray into website programming was a sixth form computing project where I built a site using MySQL, PHP and HTML. But that was fifteen years ago.

    I feel like I want to try my hand at building a lightweight social news aggregator of my own. This may be a big first project...

    2 votes
  4. Comment on How DALL-E could power a creative revolution in ~arts

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    Probably a good thing. I don't even want to imagine the kind of things people would be able to deepfake without these limitations.

    Probably a good thing. I don't even want to imagine the kind of things people would be able to deepfake without these limitations.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Celsius crypto bank freezes withdrawals; bitcoin, etherium plunge in ~finance

  6. Comment on We are (almost) halfway through the year. How is 2022 going for you? in ~talk

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    A very mixed bag. Back in January, my ex got back in touch with me and apologized for disappearing fifteen months prior. Turns out I was completely wrong about why she just ghosted me out of the...

    A very mixed bag.

    Back in January, my ex got back in touch with me and apologized for disappearing fifteen months prior. Turns out I was completely wrong about why she just ghosted me out of the blue. She was not in a good place mentally and she actually tried to take her own life while we were apart. We're back together but it feels like we're not a couple. For all the time we've known each other, we've never kissed, let alone slept together, and I feel like an outlet for her problems.

    Going on holiday with her next month, but I booked more-so because she was going with friends and they were planning to abandon her a few days in and go travelling all across Europe. I tried to convince friends of mine to come along too but none wanted to. I'm going because she's stressed and doesn't want to be stranded.

    Also found out another friend is mentally in a bad place after losing his mother, being dumped by his fiancé and having his family excommunicate him, all over the same month. I won't elaborate on the reason why his family cut him off, but as far as I'm concerned he did nothing wrong. He's virtually given up on life and I think the only reason he's still here is to take care of his pets. It's pretty much a "once my pets die, I'm out" situation.

    I finally passed all my AAT exams and am now a qualified accounting technician. I also left a temp job I hated to go into a permanent position which is... okay. I don't do a whole lot of accounts work and I feel like an overglorified phone monkey sometimes. My pay is worse than it was 18 months ago, the cost of living has gone up to the point where I cannot viably move out of my parents anymore, and it's not like my girlfriend is willing to move into a place with me. Next stop is ACCA but I really do feel like I'm chasing a pipe dream and don't even know if I can get into financial or management accounting.

    Shit's really been getting to me and I lack the motivation to do much beyond work. I don't even have the energy to play video games half the time...

    I oversee a big list of sole trader suppliers at work with very strict payment terms who earn multiple times more than me. Having some of these people utterly flip at me on the phone because their ten day old invoice hasn't yet been paid has royally pissed me off.

    Been trying to see a therapist myself because I know I'm depressed, but the NHS had a several year waiting list long before COVID was even a thing, and I'm now at the point where private therapists charging £90/£100 a session aren't even replying to my enquiries.

    9 votes
  7. Comment on Microsoft trying to kill HDD boot drives by 2023: Report in ~comp

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    The problem with solid state drives is not just that they're more expensive, it's that they don't last as long as hard drives. When they do fail, they fail hard.

    The problem with solid state drives is not just that they're more expensive, it's that they don't last as long as hard drives. When they do fail, they fail hard.

  8. Comment on How DALL-E could power a creative revolution in ~arts

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    DALL-E has serious limitations, like being really bad at recognising and drawing human faces. Cartoons and anime are less bad. Someone put "anime girl jesus" in DALL-E and it produced some very...

    DALL-E has serious limitations, like being really bad at recognising and drawing human faces. Cartoons and anime are less bad. Someone put "anime girl jesus" in DALL-E and it produced some very accurate images.

    Honestly, it has more meme potential than anything else. I've seen a lot of funny shit in political meme groups on Facebook generated using AI.

  9. Comment on My experience with Windows 10 in ~tech

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    I don't get that problem, at least in Europe anyway. I think it's because Microsoft have been clapped by the EU courts in the past for trying to force Internet Explorer on people. I know that for...

    I am required by IT to use Chrome. To install Chrome, I had to click through no fewer than three "Are you sure you don't want to use Microsoft's more secure, faster browser?" banners to do so.

    I don't get that problem, at least in Europe anyway.

    I think it's because Microsoft have been clapped by the EU courts in the past for trying to force Internet Explorer on people. I know that for some time, they actually offered Windows XP users the ability to choose what browser they wanted out of the box because of this.

    When I plug in my external monitor, by default, the two monitors were mirrored; when I went into display settings, it didn't show the external monitor until I closed and reopened the settings menu.

    Windows Key + P, Extend, problem solved.

    You may need to go into display settings and configure the order of your screens though, depending on your setup.

    After running Windows Update and rebooting, I was greeted with a full-screen and quite annoying to exit tutorial for Microsoft Teams - an app I did not install, because my company uses Slack.

    I don't think Teams is a default app for WIndows 10? I know it's part of Microsoft 365 but technically it's included as part of a business subscription?

    The rest do seem like legit or semi-legit grievances. I'll add another.

    Microsoft have a big obsession with you needing a PIN to sign in on Windows 10. My main desktop PC thankfully doesn't make me because I've skipped the setup prompt every time a new update has been installed, but my gaming laptop and my dad's PC have required this.

    Is this common? Do people who use Windows just... put up with this kind of thing? Or am I having an exceptionally bad experience for some reason?

    Yeah, because Linux is very obscure, Mac is very expensive from a hardware standpoint and because Microsoft virtually have a monopoly on PC gaming and some enterprise PC applications. You won't see Photoshop or Word running natively on Linux...

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe | Official trailer in ~movies

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    Hang on. Weren't Beavis & Butt-Head going to get a second revival where they were middle-aged men? Did that concept get canned because people didn't like the new designs for the characters?

    Hang on. Weren't Beavis & Butt-Head going to get a second revival where they were middle-aged men?

    Did that concept get canned because people didn't like the new designs for the characters?

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Weekly megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - June 3 in ~news

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    So it's alleged that Putin has terminal cancer and has survived an assassination attempt. If these rumours are credible, this has put a whole new angle on why he went to war in the first place....

    So it's alleged that Putin has terminal cancer and has survived an assassination attempt. If these rumours are credible, this has put a whole new angle on why he went to war in the first place.

    I'm concerned that Ukraine is going to lose this conflict sooner or later. Russia already controls 20% of the country and their intensified offensives are actually starting to make real progress.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on The Orange Pill - Your city will be changed forever in ~enviro

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    This feels like a very long-winded and Matrix-reference-filled way of saying "cars bad, trams good." It would have been better if he explained why.

    This feels like a very long-winded and Matrix-reference-filled way of saying "cars bad, trams good."

    It would have been better if he explained why.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Mass shooters overwhelmingly fit a certain profile in ~life

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    This is why I think our societal approach towards tackling incels has caused more harm than good. This is incredibly relevant because people in that community have been responsible for multiple...

    This is why I think our societal approach towards tackling incels has caused more harm than good. This is incredibly relevant because people in that community have been responsible for multiple mass shootings across the world, mostly in America.

    Mass shooters overwhelmingly seem to fit the same profile: young male, outcast, some kind of past trauma, mental health issues, etc.

    Reddit for instance has banned tonnes of incel subreddits to the point where showing any kind of empathy towards their plight will get you shadowbanned or actually banned from dozens of subreddits who think you're a cel by association. Like... they actually bunch you with the same crowd who glorify mass shooters and worship them as heroes (who are frankly the exceptionally messed up parts of that community.)

    What this has done is pushed incels off mainstream social media and into their own echo chambers, thus reinforcing the notion that they're outcasts and keeping them on their own turf where they're radicalising each other even more. Ostracizing them and branding them terrorists isn't going to get rid of the problems that are driving them to kill innocents.

    I for one think it's an economic issue first and foremost. I can almost guarantee that if the US government intervened, drastically improved the cost of living, made healthcare affordable and accessible to all Americans and improved schools to the point where bullying could be more effectively stamped out - mass shootings would drop massively.

    Why do I think this? Because status is very important for determining whether men are attractive or not. If you're in a bad job, lack friends, have physical/mental ailments that prevent you from functioning fully, or if you're still living with parents well into your twenties because you simply can't afford to move out, that's flatlined any chance of you having a love life.

    If the standard of living improves, you won't see disenfranchised men turn towards toxic manosphere ideologies for solace.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Mike Myers breaks down his most iconic characters in ~movies

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    Truly a legendary actor. It's sad that we never got a Wayne's World 3 or fourth Austin Powers movie. I would've liked to see a movie with an old, washed-up Wayne Campbell or Austin Powers...

    Truly a legendary actor. It's sad that we never got a Wayne's World 3 or fourth Austin Powers movie.

    I would've liked to see a movie with an old, washed-up Wayne Campbell or Austin Powers struggling to deal with the modern world.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on The Halo TV series is the gold standard for video game adaptations in ~tv

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    Nah... Arcane is the gold standard.

    Nah... Arcane is the gold standard.

    11 votes
  16. Comment on Bill Gates is so over this pandemic in ~health.coronavirus

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    If COVID has proven one thing, it's that we'd be driven to extinction in the case of deadlier pathogen. I remember falling down a YouTube rabbit hole a few years back of watching zombie movie...

    If COVID has proven one thing, it's that we'd be driven to extinction in the case of deadlier pathogen.

    I remember falling down a YouTube rabbit hole a few years back of watching zombie movie reviews. Train to Busan was one particular movie that got shat on by critics because of how people were depicted doing stupid things that actually hindered efforts and let the zombie outbreak spread further. We're talking people opening barricades to let zombies through, hiding bites, etc.

    These past two years have proven that "bad" horror films like Train to Busan are totally fucking accurate when it comes to showing the human psyche.

    17 votes
  17. Comment on Fortnightly Programming Q&A Thread in ~comp

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    Not sure if this is the most appropriate thread to ask. Virtually no programming experience here. At most I've used PHP and MySQL in a school project many years ago. I have thought about creating...

    Not sure if this is the most appropriate thread to ask.

    Virtually no programming experience here. At most I've used PHP and MySQL in a school project many years ago. I have thought about creating a wiki to fill in a (kinda niche) gaming subject. Namely that I've gotten into a few competitive video games and have found very few resources on how to play them well. One such game where I tried to find a tier list for instance led me to loads of spammy malware-ridden blogs or lengthy 2 hour long livestreamer YouTube videos on a Google search.

    I want to host the wiki myself and don't want to use a third-party site like Fandom. If I were to use something like Wiki.js, dokuwiki, Mediawiki or XWiki, what kind of programming or scripting languages would I need to be proficient in to manage the wiki and the website it's hosted on? And what would be the best resources to learn from?

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Looking for a Simple WYSIWYG Editor for my Blog in ~comp

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    Fair enough. Now that you mentioned it you had a reason not to use it.

    Fair enough. Now that you mentioned it you had a reason not to use it.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on Ukrainian beer Чернігівське to arrive on the Belgian market in ~food

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    Any in Tesco? I'd have to go to a different part of my city to get to Morrison's.

    Any in Tesco? I'd have to go to a different part of my city to get to Morrison's.

    1 vote