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  1. Comment on Angry P.M. Scott Morrison accuses General Motors of letting Holden 'wither away' after taking $2bn in subsidies in ~finance

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    That's fascinating, I had no idea Holdens was a thing. Looks like I have something to read up on tonight. And fuck GM for taking the money and running, I'd be pissed too. They do that here too...

    That's fascinating, I had no idea Holdens was a thing. Looks like I have something to read up on tonight. And fuck GM for taking the money and running, I'd be pissed too. They do that here too unfortunately, closing up factories after receiving massive subsidies from the state or federal government to keep them open. GM's an asshole company.

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  2. Comment on Why it's cheaper to have a baby in Finland than in the US in ~life

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    The US actually has a higher birthrate than Finland, and last I checked, by quite a margin. The cost of the baby is a big factor, but others - especially the cost of housing - are more significant...

    The US actually has a higher birthrate than Finland, and last I checked, by quite a margin. The cost of the baby is a big factor, but others - especially the cost of housing - are more significant imo. Here in Honolulu, the step up from a 2 bedroom apartment to a 3 bedroom house can be over a thousand dollars in some districts... and that's enough to make kids an impossibility for a lot of people.

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

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    I used to use FreeBSD all the time as my main workstation OS, it's really lovely. I'd still be using it on my ThinkPad today, but unfortunately it doesn't have working suspend on this particular...

    I used to use FreeBSD all the time as my main workstation OS, it's really lovely. I'd still be using it on my ThinkPad today, but unfortunately it doesn't have working suspend on this particular model, which is a deal breaker for a laptop. Good luck with the switch! If you run into any problems, while I can't promise to being able to help, I still remember a few tricks that might be helpful.

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  4. Comment on Andrew Yang drops out of presidential race in ~news

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    I think Pete would last pretty well against him. Pete's done some hard debates on Fox News, not exactly an easy crowd for a gay Democrat, and he won a significant portion of them over. He's not...

    I think Pete would last pretty well against him. Pete's done some hard debates on Fox News, not exactly an easy crowd for a gay Democrat, and he won a significant portion of them over. He's not exactly a pushover, especially when Pete's personal record - military veteran and religious affiliation especially - is a lot more convincing than Trump's.

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  5. Comment on What's something you have always wanted to know about being LGBT (but were maybe afraid to ask)? in ~talk

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    Oh yeah, absolutely. I tend to like guys who are more on the boyish / feminine end of the spectrum as opposed to super masculine daddy types, and I have definitely encountered girls that trigger...

    Have you ever doubted your personal LGBT+ identity after you had already come out or realized you weren't cisgender and/or heterosexual? Why (not)?

    Oh yeah, absolutely. I tend to like guys who are more on the boyish / feminine end of the spectrum as opposed to super masculine daddy types, and I have definitely encountered girls that trigger that same instinct. I wonder if sometimes, deep down, a part of me really is straight haha.

    If you have, how did you answers these doubts about yourself?

    In a way, I haven't. I've always thought that I'll go where my sexuality takes me, and if that happens to be a woman, then I'll come out to my family for a second time if need be, as a bi dude.

    That being said, these sorts of questions are rarely solid. I don't find the actual body of most women attractive at all, just occassionally their face, and I've definitely met guys who do solidly trigger my attractiveness meter. So I figure if I'm more often and more deeply attracted to guys, labelling myself as gay can't be too far off.

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  6. Comment on What's something you have always wanted to know about being LGBT (but were maybe afraid to ask)? in ~talk

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    Very gradual. I knew as young as around 8 or 9 that I liked other boys in a way I didn't girls, but it didn't really crystalize until I started puberty, around 11 or 12. For a while I kept it to...

    How did you know you were different? was the understanding always there? did you figure it out gradually throughout your life? was it a momentary realization?

    Very gradual. I knew as young as around 8 or 9 that I liked other boys in a way I didn't girls, but it didn't really crystalize until I started puberty, around 11 or 12. For a while I kept it to myself because I just thought it was embarressing, but that was around the age I started hearing gay jokes, and that kind of scared me into not talking about it with anyone. The older I get, the better of an understanding I gain, but until/if I ever get a partner, I think my understanding of my sexuality probably isn't going to progress too much more.

    How did you feel in relation to your non-LGBT peers? Did you feel significantly different because of your sexual orientation or gender?

    No, not really. I live in a pretty progressive place and very little of my life is different than if I were straight. My Asperger's Syndrome is honestly far greater of an effect in making me feel different, though not at all in a positive way.

    How does your sexual orientation or gender affect your daily activities that you feel is different from cis-/hetero folks don't experience?

    Hardly at all. I know how to groom myself nicer than most straight guys I feel, though I don't usually do it, but other than that I really don't have any different daily activities. If I ever get a boyfriend, then there's that.

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  7. Comment on What I want to see from 2020 ThinkPads in ~comp

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    As an avid user of ThinkPads and owner of an X61t and an A275 (which I'm currently typing this post on), I agree with many of these points. I would love to see the return of the bridge battery...

    As an avid user of ThinkPads and owner of an X61t and an A275 (which I'm currently typing this post on), I agree with many of these points. I would love to see the return of the bridge battery system like in the A275, it works so well and both makes battery replacements way easier and lets me extend it as long as needed. I also fully agree and would love to see the return of some of the quirky design features of the older ThinkPads, such as the blue enter key, a multicolored ThinkPad logo (I understand they can't use IBM, but even the three colors on "Pad" would be great), and potentially the ThinkLight, since they have the bezel space for it. Good Linux and someday, hopefully, FreeBSD support are a must, ThinkPad's excellent compatibility with Linux is one of the reasons I love them. Ryzen is absolutely a must; I would only buy from the A series these days, if I were to get another new ThinkPad.

    Some of the features I'm kind of wishy-washy on. I would love to see a ThinkPad keyboard with more travel and/or some varient of mechanical switches, but realistically they take up quite a bit more room, they're not as spill resistant against liquids (which is more significant for laptops than desktops imo since they're more likely to be spilled on or used outside), and they're often noiser, which is an issue for libraries and the like. 75 / 90 / 210hz screens would be great, but I personally really don't notice the difference just scrolling around or watching video recorded at max 60fps anyway, and I just don't think they could justify the expense. This is further compounded by the ThinkPad's integrated graphics, because rendering 120fps of content would be much more taxing on the GPU.

    A few of these I actually oppose. I think an OLED screen on a laptop isn't a good idea; laptops tend to be used for very long periods of continuous work, often displaying many elements of the UI very repetitively (like the taskbar or window title bar). OLEDs are very susceptible to burn in and there's already a lot of complaints about it on smartphones and tablets; on a laptop, I imagine it would be absolutely horrendous. The thinner screen and extra vibrancy don't really help in a lot of the workloads the ThinkPads tend to be aimed at, and although power savings would be nice, it would also make them a lot more expensive.

    I also would never buy on with a 4K camera. I only ever use the camera in video chatting, and I really don't care much about the quality, since it's not being stored or anything. I do care about keeping the streaming size small, because sometimes WiFi networks can be a little dodgy and 4K eats up a lot of bandwidth, and it would also consume a ton of power encoding it as well. A 4K camera is also not cheap, which is a big downside.

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  8. Comment on Firefox will start deprecating TLS 1.0 and 1.1 with Firefox 74, releasing on March 10, 2020 in ~tech

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    I'm not sure that dropping support entirely is really the right thing to do tbh. I'd much rather see them keep the capability in the browser, but just display a warning message when it's in use....

    I'm not sure that dropping support entirely is really the right thing to do tbh. I'd much rather see them keep the capability in the browser, but just display a warning message when it's in use. Limiting the capabilities of the user is almost always a bad thing imo and especially since TLS doesn't have the kind of crippling security flaws that SSL 3 and prior do for example, it's not really justified.

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  9. Comment on What's something you have always wanted to know about being LGBT (but were maybe afraid to ask)? in ~talk

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    I'm not exactly sure what CEGEP is to be honest, but you make it sound like a kind of LGBT advocacy or support group? If so, I have no problem with a straight person holding leadership or such....

    As such, I've been taking more important roles there and something that bothers some members and myself to an extent is... Should an ally be in such a position? Are there any things that we should keep in mind while doing this?

    I'm not exactly sure what CEGEP is to be honest, but you make it sound like a kind of LGBT advocacy or support group? If so, I have no problem with a straight person holding leadership or such. Only thing is I believe the focus should remain on LGBT topics, since that's the founding purpose of the group of course, but there's no reason why you couldn't be straight and still be involved with the community.

    What solutions do you think are most appropriate in languages where gender neutrality is basically impossible (such as say, French)?

    No idea, sorry. The three languages I interact with most these days are English, Japanese, and Hawaiian, and all three of them managed to avoid the pitfall of gendering all nouns, haha. I guess the closest alternative would be to switch to the neuter forms when possible, but as far as I know, lots of languages don't have neuter forms for professions or things involving people? (Like German has Ärzte and Ärztinnen for doctor)

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  10. Comment on How do you buy a car? in ~talk

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    Generally, I start by fixing a price, and looking for a range of years where that car might fit that price - for example, where I live, a well taken care of hatchback that costs $8,000 is usually...

    Generally, I start by fixing a price, and looking for a range of years where that car might fit that price - for example, where I live, a well taken care of hatchback that costs $8,000 is usually around 6-8 years old, though it depends on the brand and options. I then start looking at what the major companies offer in this segment and age range - for example, a 2012/2013 Toyota Yaris, 2010/2013 Honda Fit, 2012/2013 Chevy Sonic, Mazda2, Ford Fiesta, etc.

    Then I start researching each car on YouTube and online forums, usually looking for common problems or complaints, as well as how it compares in the afermonted categories. For example, the 2012 Toyota Yaris came with a 4 speed automatic rather than a 5 speed, which means it doesn't shift as smoothly and gets lower MPG than the Fit and other subcompacts on the highway. The Ford Fiesta gets great marks on drivability and a nice interior, but has some rather weak safety ratings. The Chevy Sonic also gets great marks on interior, but its 1.8L engine isn't very fuel efficient at low speeds and the 1.4L Turbo gets low marks for reliability.

    Once I've read through all this, I decide on a particular model or two that seem like great candidates (let's say, a Toyota Yaris or a Honda Fit), and then I look where I can find those particular cars. Craigslist is my favorite resource, but I've also used Autotrader and sometimes emailed dealerships directly as well.

  11. Comment on What's something you have always wanted to know about being LGBT (but were maybe afraid to ask)? in ~talk

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    A lot of this really depends on what "overtly sexual" means. I live in Hawaii, and we have a pretty lax view of Personal Displays of Affection compared to the rest of the US, and quite a bit of...

    What do you feel when you see a straight couple being overtly sexual in public?

    A lot of this really depends on what "overtly sexual" means. I live in Hawaii, and we have a pretty lax view of Personal Displays of Affection compared to the rest of the US, and quite a bit of the world. I've seen people straight up making out in public, with pretty aggressive kissing and everything, nobody bats an eye. I don't have a problem with that.

    What would cross the line for me would be something like visibly groping their crotch or slapping their ass in an obvious manner, which is inappropriate. But my feelings on that are really no different than if they were gay.

    Do you feel offended when someone assumes you are straight?

    No, not at all! 90% of people are, so I wouldn't begrudge someone from making a guess without any external sign. That being said, I always appreciate it extra when someone goes out of their way not to make an assumption or asks in a gender neutral way (I.E do you have a Significant Other instead of girlfriend)

    Is it important for you that everyone knows you're LGBT right away?

    Nope. I'm not closeted so it's pretty likely I'd tell someone soon if we were good friends, but I have no problem waiting until it's relevant. I'm pretty sure many of my casual acquaintances think I'm straight.

    Would you like to play more videogames with LGBT main characters? (and the equivalent for other media)

    Absolutely. I'm not saying every game or movie needs a gay character, but it's always cool to see one, especially if they're done in a relatable / non-stereotypical manner.

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  12. Comment on What's something you have always wanted to know about being LGBT (but were maybe afraid to ask)? in ~talk

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    I've fond of LGBT. It's been around for a while, it's short, easy to write and say, and it works fine as an abbreviation for the longer terms too. I say this from the perspective of a pretty plain...

    I've fond of LGBT. It's been around for a while, it's short, easy to write and say, and it works fine as an abbreviation for the longer terms too. I say this from the perspective of a pretty plain cisgender gay dude, but I don't feel like the lack of a letter is designed to exclude anyone, and I don't think it's healthy to try to separate everyone into a really long list of identities. We should be focused on what brings us together instead of what sets us apart, and since LGBT has already become a label of sorts for anyone who's not a straight cisgender individual, I feel like it does the job great.

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  13. Comment on What's something you have always wanted to know about being LGBT (but were maybe afraid to ask)? in ~talk

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    I don't really have heros per se, but in terms of people I admire that another Tildes user might know, I would say that Linus Torvalds and Alan Turing would be big ones. The former invented the...

    I don't really have heros per se, but in terms of people I admire that another Tildes user might know, I would say that Linus Torvalds and Alan Turing would be big ones. The former invented the kernel that's used on more devices on this planet than any other, and in combination with the GNU project, created the backbone that powers most of the internet today. The latter perfected a tool to break the Enigma cipher (The Bombe), which was crucial in speeding up the end of WWII and is estimated to have saved over 14 million lives. He was also very instrumental in the foundation of the theory of modern Computer Science, such as through inventing the Turing test and the Turing machine. As a Computer Science student myself who uses Linux, I study and use what these two have invented pretty much every day.

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  14. Comment on What's something you have always wanted to know about being LGBT (but were maybe afraid to ask)? in ~talk

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    I've never left per se, but the rhetoric about being gay being immoral was a big part of why I never got involved with the church growing up, despite being baptized and my older brother being a...

    I've never left per se, but the rhetoric about being gay being immoral was a big part of why I never got involved with the church growing up, despite being baptized and my older brother being a fairly active member. I figure if god can't accept me for being gay, despite it being his will that made me gay (if he exists at all), then he must not be very benevolent, which would make him rather a hypocrite.

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  15. Comment on How do you buy a car? in ~talk

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    I live in the city, so I only really look at compacts, and since I don't like most sedans, that pretty always means hatchback . They're small, easy to drive, cheap, usually pretty fuel efficient,...

    How do you decide which kind of car you want?

    I live in the city, so I only really look at compacts, and since I don't like most sedans, that pretty always means hatchback . They're small, easy to drive, cheap, usually pretty fuel efficient, and they have enough space to carry my groceries and other odds and ends.

    How do you prioritize what you're looking for?

    First thing I look at is price. I usually walk in with a fixed budget, and I won't consider a car outside my set price range. After that is safety and fuel efficiency. Third is comfort and interior usability. Fourth is carrying capacity. Last is driving feel and outward appearance.

    How do you know if you'll like it or not?

    This is one of the hardest things about car buying, and the truth is you don't really known until you've owned it and seen how much trouble it gives you. That being said, I usually look up all the cars in my car category and watch a ton of reviews for each one, from just demonstrations of the interior to test driving to professional car reviews that comprehensively review the whole car. When I walk into a car purchase, I usually know exactly what I want, and after having looked at pretty much every competitor for that car, I'm usually pretty comfortable I've selected the car that will best suit my needs.

    Why do you pick new/used?

    The price difference between new and used is pretty substantial, often in the order of thousands of dollars. When I've financially better off, I'll probably start buying new even though I know it's objectively an expensive luxury, but for now I buy used.

    How do you negotiate the price of the car?

    I don't, actually. This sounds contradictory to what I said above, but I'm well enough that haggling over a few hundred dollars doesn't really make much of a financial difference to me. Usually I buy from other individuals or small car dealerships, and they tend not to be very flexible on the price to begin with. That being said, I make up for it by being a complete pain in the ass on having the car thouroughly examined and on having very little flexibility in what I want.

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  16. Comment on What does Waitangi Day mean to you? He aha te tikanga o te Rangi o Waitangi ki a koe? in ~misc

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    It's pretty neat how much of this is paralleled here in Hawaii with our own Native Hawaiian holidays, such as Kuhio day and Kamehameha day!

    It's pretty neat how much of this is paralleled here in Hawaii with our own Native Hawaiian holidays, such as Kuhio day and Kamehameha day!

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  17. Comment on Recruiting for a panel for an LGBT-focused Q&A session on Tildes in ~lgbt

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    Guess I'll start us off! Name: Silbern Identity: Gay male Preferred pronouns: He / him Bio: I'm an early 20's white guy with Asperger's Syndrome studying Computer Science. I come from a military...

    Guess I'll start us off!

    Name: Silbern

    Identity: Gay male

    Preferred pronouns: He / him

    Bio: I'm an early 20's white guy with Asperger's Syndrome studying Computer Science. I come from a military family, so I've traveled a lot and lived in many places that were across the spectrum in gay friendliness. I currently live in Hawaii, which might be relevant both for my answers as well as possible time zone limitations.

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  18. Comment on What are you an expert in? in ~talk

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    I'm sorry, I didn't realize a question like this had been asked so recently, I should've done a better job searching. My bad!

    I'm sorry, I didn't realize a question like this had been asked so recently, I should've done a better job searching. My bad!

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  19. Comment on What is something cheap to create but expensive to purchase? in ~talk

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    Or industries of conveniance. A bottle of soda syrup might only cost the restauraubt $15, and it lasts for dozens or hundreds of drinks that sell for $2.00 or more each. Movie theater popcorn,...

    Or industries of conveniance. A bottle of soda syrup might only cost the restauraubt $15, and it lasts for dozens or hundreds of drinks that sell for $2.00 or more each. Movie theater popcorn, text messages, anything sold in a vending machine, etc. also falls into this category.

    If we can consider "cheap" to be relative, than luxury products can also fall into this catagory. Although they're expensive to make, they often sell for way more than the production cost.

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  20. Comment on Not everyone has an internal monologue in ~life

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    The author mostly talks about extremes here (always having an internal monologue going vs never having one), but I suspect it's more of a middleground for most people. I always use an internal...

    The author mostly talks about extremes here (always having an internal monologue going vs never having one), but I suspect it's more of a middleground for most people. I always use an internal monologue when reading or writing, and usually when thinking or analyzing critically, but I don't use one if I'm thinking creatively or daydreaming, I mostly picture things instead.

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