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  1. Comment on Google is wrong. Apple’s iMessage is actually a failure. in ~tech

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    That's good to know. I appreciate your insight. I'd be thrilled if I could get at least my parents on Discord. My brother and I already have it. And it's actually becoming the main way the two of...

    That's good to know. I appreciate your insight.

    I'd be thrilled if I could get at least my parents on Discord. My brother and I already have it. And it's actually becoming the main way the two of us communicate digitally. In a way, my brother was the hardest one to convince to use WhatsApp. So my parents should be easy.

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  2. Comment on Google is wrong. Apple’s iMessage is actually a failure. in ~tech

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    I was going to refute what you were saying, but I slowly realized that I know more people/groups than I originally thought who use non-SMS and iMessage. My old college roommates and I use Facebook...

    Any friend group with a mix of iphone and android is going to end up using a different program. Mine uses Discord, which does everything those listed programs do, but better.

    I was going to refute what you were saying, but I slowly realized that I know more people/groups than I originally thought who use non-SMS and iMessage. My old college roommates and I use Facebook Messenger. For work, we use Teams day-to-day, even for joking around after hours, but also WhatsApp when we travel in group (Idk why we don't just stick with Teams alone). I, a co-worker, and a former co-worker use WhatsApp to talk privately/personally. My gaming friends and I use Discord. I used to play a mobile MMO called "Galaxy on Fire: Alliances" years ago, and the preferred medium was LINE since the community was global.

    The most resistance I've found to using nicer messaging applications is family. For example, my brother and I are on iOS, but our parents are on Android. I've tried to get them all to use WhatsApp or Signal with me, but only my mom got on board. The only time we all used WhatsApp was when some of us were traveling overseas since data is easy to get and cheap. But as soon as we were all Stateside again, that stopped. Think my dad and brother outright removed the app.

    Same with extended family. The aunts and cousins love using group texts. But god is it annoying to get stuck in one of those. There's no way out and now with the iMessage tapbacks, we all just get spammed with "So and so loved this." My favorite is when one aunt starts talking to another in the group text. It'll go one for awhile before I or someone else says something! But there're no proposals or movement to use a single messaging system to do away with that.

    The difference, I suppose, has to do with privacy of phone numbers. With my gaming friends, we didn't want to give out phone numbers to people who, at the time, were just random people on the Internet. For work, we got tired of having to deal with changing phone numbers and contacts as people came and went. Plus we work with hotel staff during travel, and they tended to use WhatsApp for receiving our on-site requests. For family, however, of course we all freely give out phone numbers to each other. Though Idk why my college roommates and I use FB Messenger.

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  3. Comment on Valve has now properly started verifying games ahead of the Steam Deck launch in ~games

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    This is an issue I have on the Switch. The text in"Fire Emblem: Three Houses" is so tiny that I pretty much have to play with a dock and TV or monitor. And because it's a heavily story-driven game...

    This is an issue I have on the Switch. The text in"Fire Emblem: Three Houses" is so tiny that I pretty much have to play with a dock and TV or monitor. And because it's a heavily story-driven game and a context-heavy TRPG, there's a lot of reading, looking at stats, and moving through menus. I noticed the something similar with "Octopath Traveler" recently.

    Which sucks, because I enjoy handheld consoles because I can curl up in bed or on the couch and just play.

    So yeah, that's great that Valve is looking at stuff like this. What good is having a handheld device if you can't see what you're looking at? I'm getting older, but I ain't old yet.

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  4. Comment on Face masks make people look more attractive, study finds in ~life

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    I've experienced this. So many times I've seen people with masks, including even like amateur porn actors online (gotta stay safe!), and I'm just like "Woah, they're so hot! Then I see them...

    I've experienced this. So many times I've seen people with masks, including even like amateur porn actors online (gotta stay safe!), and I'm just like "Woah, they're so hot!

    Then I see them without the mask and I'm like "Oh. They're OK I guess."

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  5. Comment on Prince Andrew loses military titles and use of HRH in ~news

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    Yeah but that makes it sounds like James Bond is going to "deal" with Virginia Giuffre or something. "Don't fuck with the House of Windsor." In this case, it's more, "Don't piss off the Queen!"

    Two houses you don't fuck with - ... the House of Windsor.

    Yeah but that makes it sounds like James Bond is going to "deal" with Virginia Giuffre or something. "Don't fuck with the House of Windsor."

    In this case, it's more, "Don't piss off the Queen!"

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  6. Comment on After ruining Android messaging, Google says iMessage is too powerful in ~tech

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    They will eventually, but one or two companies won't join in. It'll be like that XKCD comic about standards. I used LINE for a while while playing a mobile MMO since that's what the community used...

    They will eventually, but one or two companies won't join in. It'll be like that XKCD comic about standards.

    I used LINE for a while while playing a mobile MMO since that's what the community used and it was great. I was so surprised the first time I used it. Stickers, replies, ability to leave and join chats at will. iMessages has certainly gotten there (which I'm a user of), but it's too bad Android and the rest of the US hasn't. Instead we're stuck with SMS.

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  7. Comment on Reddit allows hate speech to flourish in its global forums, moderators say in ~tech

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    There was a post in r/TheoryOfReddit some time back where a user was essentially asking why mods are shitheads. In a more respectable way, but that was the gist. I think the more exact question...

    You have to start treating literally everyone as threats and discounting them

    There was a post in r/TheoryOfReddit some time back where a user was essentially asking why mods are shitheads. In a more respectable way, but that was the gist. I think the more exact question was, "Why don't mods respond to messages about bans/removals?"

    He got real answers, including from me, where I said the exact same thing you did. I don't have the time, patience, or energy to figure out how this "conversation" is going to go. Half the time people are insulting and threatening me from their initial modmail. The other's ask more politely at first, but as soon as I explain why, for example, their comment got removed -- not that they got banned, just that their comment got removed -- it all goes to hell. At least I appreciate the honestly from the immediate trolls, because then I can just outright mute. I don't even respond to questions about bans/removals anymore.

    I've had so many instances where I'm trying to be nice, polite, and informative to rule-breakers, sometimes even leaving their comments/posts up out of "niceness," but the warnings are still apparently too much for them and then I get flamed. Comment removals no longer get explanation. I will lock posts, entire thread chains, with no
    explanation. Post removals, I still sometimes do. Idk why.

    I should probably mention I mod political subreddits. The worst of the worst in many ways.

    I have many times considered giving up modship. I know it'd be in good hands, at least my main sub, (other mods are more strict than me, I think). For the rest, Idk. They're not the most active, but I fear them falling into chaos, so I just hold onto them.

    Terrible state to be in.

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

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    Friends and I have been playing copious amounts of Project Zomboid. It's an isometric zombie survival game set in 1990s Louisville area, Kentucky. I've put in over a hundred hours over like a week...

    Friends and I have been playing copious amounts of Project Zomboid. It's an isometric zombie survival game set in 1990s Louisville area, Kentucky. I've put in over a hundred hours over like a week and half.

    Each player is randomly spawned inside a selected town, and then has to forage and salvage their way to survival, while attempting to evade and/or kill the zombies. As a player progresses, they learn skills like cooking, fishing, mechanics (to repair drivable vehicles), etc. Or as one friend put it, "It's like these characters woke up one day to find they've forgotten everything they've known." And if the player dies, it's permanent. They'd have to create an entirely new character, with new base skills and traits, to rejoin the game.

    Like most survival games, it's very difficult in the beginning. But we eventually got to the point where we were pretty safe. Entering into winter (and seasons do affect the game and the characters), we had tons of food, clean water, guns and weapons, crafting materials, and more. We had like 10+ vehicles and two buildings that we barricaded/surrounded by a huge log wall. This relative safeness comes after we even upped the number of zombies and had them spread out a bit more. There are still locations where there are hundreds of zombies at like a street intersection, but we're amazingly clear where we're at.

    As such, we've kinda considered that we've "won" that round. We're about to start a new playthrough where we'll drop in Louisville with guns and will have to fight our way out through hordes of zombies. Think "Black Hawk Down." Wish us luck.

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  9. Comment on Elon Musk’s ‘Vegas Loop’ called a ‘death trap’ as traffic piles up in ~tech

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    While the traffic jam is kinda whatever, since it happens on normal roads (or on traintracks...or airports, or shipping ports), my immediate first thought was safety. Or the perceived lack of it....

    While the traffic jam is kinda whatever, since it happens on normal roads (or on traintracks...or airports, or shipping ports), my immediate first thought was safety. Or the perceived lack of it.

    That's a narrow tunnel. What happens when a car breaks down in there? Can it be easily towed out? How about a wreck? What if that wreck causes a fire? There doesn't appear to be ventilation ducts of any sort. Or any kind of emergency pathway/safe areas.

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  10. Comment on Video shows officer open fire in shooting that killed teen girl in ~news

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    I was going to say, "Well maybe given some of the other high profile cases..." but then I remembered this happened in L.A. Back in 2013, when Christopher Dorner was literally being hunted in the...

    I was going to say, "Well maybe given some of the other high profile cases..." but then I remembered this happened in L.A.

    Back in 2013, when Christopher Dorner was literally being hunted in the streets by LAPD and other area LEO, this happened:

    In two separate incidents during the manhunt, police shot at three civilians unrelated to Dorner, mistaking their pickup trucks for the vehicle being driven by Dorner (which was a dark gray 2005 Nissan Titan).[9] One of the civilians was hit by the police gunfire, another was wounded by shattered glass, and a third individual was injured when police rammed his vehicle and opened fire.

    No charges were filed, though the LAPD did eventually settle with victims. Supposedly, involved offices were disciplined, but the outcomes were deemed confidential.

    That wasn't the first incident with LAPD and this poor girl certainly won't be the last.

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  11. Comment on What were the best shows you watched this year? in ~tv

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    Probably The Expanse. Followed by the most recent season of Westworld. I didn't watch that many shows this year, really.

    Probably The Expanse. Followed by the most recent season of Westworld.

    I didn't watch that many shows this year, really.

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  12. Comment on Top Canadian museum to be imminently gutted in the name of 'decolonization' in ~humanities

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    Seems strange to do it this way. I understand there are probably physical space issues playing into this. Hard enough cramming hundreds of years of a "single" history into a finite space. To...

    Seems strange to do it this way. I understand there are probably physical space issues playing into this. Hard enough cramming hundreds of years of a "single" history into a finite space.

    To include both, that'd likely require deciding which of the current exhibits needs to go in favor of indigenous exhibits. Which would likely ignite an even greater firestorm.

    So maybe the museum is doing the right things by scrapping it all and starting fresh, in order to encompass a more complete and inclusive history. By saying "we're getting rid of it all, come back in few years when it's all done," they're likely sidestepping a lot of that. Because who knows how much of the decision-making process will be public anyway.

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  13. Comment on Happy Solstice! in ~talk

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    Yup. It takes me forever to adjust to the spring forward. We need to just pick one. Either perma standard time or perma DST. I hear the EU might be trying to get rid of it. Lucky ducks.

    Yup. It takes me forever to adjust to the spring forward. We need to just pick one. Either perma standard time or perma DST.

    I hear the EU might be trying to get rid of it. Lucky ducks.

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  14. Comment on Happy Solstice! in ~talk

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    YESSSSS! I don't mind the cold and snow (usually), but the lack of daylight is what kills me. I don't get SAD or anything, I just hate ending the workday and it's already dark!

    and for the next half of the year, the period of daylight will only get longer.

    YESSSSS! I don't mind the cold and snow (usually), but the lack of daylight is what kills me. I don't get SAD or anything, I just hate ending the workday and it's already dark!

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  15. Comment on On communicating accurately with Americans in ~humanities

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    I was actually surprised to see he pointed this out as a California thing. But I do know what he's talking about. And I didn't think it was something specific to California (I'm from the Midwest)....

    I was actually surprised to see he pointed this out as a California thing. But I do know what he's talking about. And I didn't think it was something specific to California (I'm from the Midwest).

    The best example I can give is seeing at the grocery store, an old friend who perhaps is now only an acquaintance. Because you haven't seen each other in many years, maybe since high school or college or an old job. You engage in some small talk/light catching up. At some point towards the end of the conversation, one of you says, "We should grab dinner or drinks some time!" And the other goes, "Yeah, we should!" You may exchange phone numbers (if you're not already friends on FB), but then, that's the end of that. Both of you know that the likelihood of actually hanging out is pretty low. You may never talk to or see each other ever again. In fact, if you're friend texts you a few days later to set up a Happy Hour, you might be surprised! Pleasantly surprised, hopefully, but surprised nonetheless.

    I've been in situations like this enough times to know how it works. And I've seen a few Europeans, on reddit, confused about this. They don't understand it's just a social nicety. I'm sure people in those countries have polite talk/niceties as well.

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

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    Two weeks ago, I mentioned that I bought Timberborn and Digimon Story Cyber Sleth: Complete Edition. I started the former last weekend and the latter last night. Timberborn is a Banished-clone....

    Two weeks ago, I mentioned that I bought Timberborn and Digimon Story Cyber Sleth: Complete Edition. I started the former last weekend and the latter last night.

    Timberborn is a Banished-clone. Except instead of your villagers being people, they're beavers. Yup, beavers. It plays very closely to Banished, but its major difference is the ability to terraform in order control water. Because of droughts, you have to learn to control the river you're on, by creating dams and levees to control water levels in reservoirs or creating irrigation canals (these are beavers, after all). If you don't have enough water, you're crops won't grow, your beavers will starve, and they'll die of dehydration.

    Other major differences include a district system. Districts are separate areas of the map that can have their own populations, resources, needs, etc. In Banished, your village can span the entire map, but is controlled as a single entity. With districts, you can separate out sections of the village so that each is its own entity. This leads to specialization. Trading between districts allows one area to be farming district, while the other is a logging district, and they support each over via trade.

    The game is still kinda shallow. I don't think it has as many buildings, supply chains, and professions as vanilla Banished has (and certainly not as many as the Colonial Charter mod). But it's Early Access and is under active development, unlike Banished, which I think was essentially released as a finished game. Hasn't been updated in several years. Timberborn is fun though. I've already put in nearly 50hrs in this first village.

    Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth I started last night. Pretty standard JRPG, but using captured Digimon to fight your way through quests. I played this initially on my PS Vita, but didn't get too deep into it. Since I've just started again, I can't say too much yet. I do love the modern Tokyo environment. I don't know why, but I love games like Persona series or Tokyo Xanadu that take place in modern Tokyo. Bout to start it up again after this post.

    Oh, I downloaded Halo Infinite, to play the free multiplayer with friends. Before that, I think I played maybe 10min of one of the Halo games on a friend's Xbox back in college. So, I can't compare it to anything. Infinite was fun enough. Probably won't get too into it though. Just something to do here and here.

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  17. Comment on New Zealand to ban cigarettes for future generations in ~news

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    Yup, they even mention it in the article: I'm all for harm reduction, but people will do what people want to do. Lots of smokers start young, before they can buy cigarettes. So that first and even...

    Yup, they even mention it in the article:

    However, others have warned that the move may create a black market for tobacco - something the health ministry's official impact statement does acknowledge, noting "customs will need more resource to enforce border control".

    I'm all for harm reduction, but people will do what people want to do. Lots of smokers start young, before they can buy cigarettes. So that first and even second generations of can't-smokers will still have access to cigarettes. And even once sales stop because all the can-smokers are dead, it's not like tobacco doesn't exist outside. Being an island nation certainly helps with keeping it off the islands, but smuggling isn't ever impossible.

    That said, I did find this refreshing:

    But in 2017 the country adopted vaping as a pathway to help smokers quit tobacco.

    Though they admit that vaping isn't 100% safe either.

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

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    Rimworld is great. It's been a few years since I've played, but I enjoyed it tons. I wasn't very good as it was my first attempt, but it was fun. Recently, a buddy recommended I try the Royalty...

    Rimworld is great. It's been a few years since I've played, but I enjoyed it tons. I wasn't very good as it was my first attempt, but it was fun. Recently, a buddy recommended I try the Royalty DLC, so I bought it. Haven't tried it yet, but I'm excited to get back into the game.

    Interestingly, the better "version" of Rimworld, to me, is Oxygen Not Included. ONI is a sidescroller, while Rimworld is obviously top-down, but they're very similar IMO. Except that ONI feels a lot more polished. Thinking about it now, maybe "easier" is also the right word.

    I recommend giving ONI a try once you're finished with Rimworld; if you ever do finish!

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

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    Pokemon Sword (Switch) - I got a huge bout of nostalgia a week or two ago, so I picked it up. I haven't played a Pokemon game since X on 3DS, and before that, I think it was...Black on DS? I...

    Pokemon Sword (Switch) - I got a huge bout of nostalgia a week or two ago, so I picked it up. I haven't played a Pokemon game since X on 3DS, and before that, I think it was...Black on DS? I didn't finish either of those. The only one I've ever finished was Blue on my Gameboy Pocket way back inthe day. But anyway, so far I'm enjoying Sword. I'm taking my time; I'm about to fight the 3rd Gym Leader, which is the fire one. I was a bit hesitant to get latest gen Pokemon since I remember hearing a bunch of criticisms of Sword and Shield...but then I remembered that I'm just a casual Pokemon player. None of it should matter to me. So yeah. It's fun, it's easy, It's Pokemon, and it's definitely satisfying my nostalgia.


    Space Haven (PC) - Amazingly, I'm still playing this game. Quick description: It's a micromanagement single-player space game, where you start with a small crew, barely any resources, and travel to different star systems, attempting to gather resources, gather additional crew, grow your ship, fight and/or trade with other NPC factions and/or aliens, and just try to stay alive. It can be pretty hard.

    But given this is my second attempt and I've learned a lot, my ship now takes up the entire build area and I have nearly 30 crew. I usually have 40-50k gold and have tons of literally everything. I've attacked some pirate ships successfully, even taking some space pirate prisoners and eventually converting them to my cause.

    I think the only thing that's left to do is to build a second ship. The last time I tried to do that, during my first playthrough, I didn't have nearly the resources to support both. I was just tearing through food and fuel, and had to abandon and salvage my newly-created second ship. So I've been a bit hesitant to try again this time. But since I have stockpiles of everything, I think I'm ready. Once I get a second ship, I think I'll start taking on non-pirate NPC factions.

    I also unknowingly convinced a friend to try it. He'd seen me on Steam playing it for hours and hours, and so he pirated it and tried it. He liked it so much that he bought it. That's kinda neat.


    Don't Starve Together (PC) - I'm actually not playing this anymore, but in early November, a friend and I gave this another go. Another friend of ours convinced us and several others to play a couple years ago. It was a disaster since that friend who introduced us to DST was just a horrible teacher. We were constantly starving, dying, and in the end accidentally burned down our own little camp. It was tragic and hilarious.

    Anyway, in this latest go, my friend - who's a huge survival game fanatic - decided to try it with me again. A real attempt.

    Oh. My. God. I think this is the hardest survival game I've ever played. And he thought the same! Over the course of a week, we must've restarted at least 5 times. Even after tweaking our starting conditions, we were still getting screwed left and right. I think the furthest we got was Day 20-ish, before we realized that trying to do this with two people just wasn't working. I get that that name of the game is "Don't Starve," but all we were doing was farming food. And just enough to get by each day. So we really weren't progressing.

    Idk. I'm glad we gave it another try. But we probably won't go back to DST since it was such a frustrating experience.


    Picked up Timberborn and Digimon Cybersleuth in the Steam sale. I'll try these out this week, though I've played a part of the latter on my Vita.

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  20. Comment on Great, affordable downtowns that don't require a car? in ~life

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    Are they? I guess if your budget is $2100/mo, then yeah, that's true. I've heard studios in some of the newer places like One Light, Two Light, and Three Light are like $2000/mo. I used to live in...

    Kansas City, MO - [...] Apartments are dirt cheap in downtown.

    Are they? I guess if your budget is $2100/mo, then yeah, that's true. I've heard studios in some of the newer places like One Light, Two Light, and Three Light are like $2000/mo. I used to live in Midtown (~20-30 blocks south of Downtown; though still in the "city" city) and there were/are some 1bdrs or even studios going for like $1700! (Though I did pay $800 for a 1bdr at an older building in Midtown). My previous apartment in the Plaza district was $1400 for a 2bdr that I split with my brother. I just moved further south into the Waldo neighborhood (still in the city, but more of a suburban feel); I'm paying $880 for a sizable 2dr by myself.

    I also challenge the whole doesn't require a car thing for KC. I think if you had to rely exclusively on the buses and Streetcar, you'd find yourself living in relatively small world. The Streetcar currently gets you from River Market down to Crown Center (So like 3rd Street down to Pershing or "24th Street"). But a lot of shopping, entertainment, restaurants, etc. is further south into Midtown and beyond: The Plaza, 39th Street, Brookside, Waldo, Ward Parkway, etc. Even places like 18th and Vine Jazz District aren't anywhere close to the Streetcar. The buses definitely hit these places, but admittedly, I don't know schedules and specifics. I've lived here nearly my entire life (mostly in the suburbs), but I've never ridden the buses! Which is totally a Kansas Citian thing to do, to not ride them. Regardless, KC, like most places in the US, practically requires a car.

    Chicago would be a much better city for that. I lived in the Near West Side for 2yrs. So like right next to the Loop, which is Chicago's CBD. And I didn't permanently have a car, though I would sometimes borrow a car from my parents in KC or use a carsharing service. Anyway, between the CTA's buses and the L (light rail), you have the whole city at your disposal. Add in the Metra commuter lines and PACE suburban bus system, and now you can even get into a large chunk of the suburbs, if needed. I was in college at the time, so having a 24-hr, widespread public transit system was great.

    I can't comment on rental prices, since it's been 10+ yrs since I've lived in Chicago, but boy do I think about going back all the time. There are so many neighborhoods to choose from (like 200+ I think) that you'd really have to narrow that down before you start talking about prices.

    Good luck finding a place!

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