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  1. Comment on What's a widely criticized thing that you feel is worth defending? in ~talk

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    Here's my take. I believe that the iPhone is worth defending despite its downfalls. The iPhone was the first to drop the headphone jack, is notably more expensive than other phones, has had some...

    Here's my take.

    I believe that the iPhone is worth defending despite its downfalls. The iPhone was the first to drop the headphone jack, is notably more expensive than other phones, has had some major flaws, and isn't that much more special than most other Android phones in the majority of common areas, except for the battery and the camera.

    Why do I feel the iPhone is worth defending here? Because of multiple factors:

    1. Features, or the lack thereof.
      I like the lack of features in the iPhone, less extra crap to deal with, and more focus on getting existing and upcoming features right, instead of packing in as many as possible just to say "hey we have this and the others don't have that" for extra virtual marketing points. Instead of adding support for crappy VR headsets (yes, I tried the GearVR, I still think it sucks), for example, I would prefer a more accurate biometric authentication system of some sort, either face ID or touch ID. It's simplicity at its best, you don't have to spend any amount of time trying to figure anything out, and you always know how to use it no matter what model it is, unlike Android phones which tend to have different launchers depending on what version of Android they run and what their manufacturer ships them with, sometimes even the same manufacturer switches launchers when making a new successor to their old model.

    2. Lifespan.
      iPhones tend to be supported officially way longer than any Android phone can be supported. In fact, the 5S was supported up to iOS 12.4.1, and can still be used today since a lot of apps still support the version of iOS that the 5S was kicked out of support on. Most iPhones are supported 5 or 6 years officially by Apple and depending on your use case, you can possibly end up using that iPhone model for up to a whole decade after that particular iPhone model came out, as most apps will either still support the last available version of iOS for your iPhone, or not need any updates to later versions that require a newer version of iOS to still work.

    In my case, this is especially important to me, I typically stretch out the lifespan of my devices painfully long, no matter what device it is. I used an iPhone 4S up until the iPhone 7 was out (though I had replaced the battery twice), and replaced it with an iPhone SE that I plan to use for just as long before I upgrade. Surprisingly I haven't needed to even swap the battery on my SE with a new one quite yet, 600+ cycles later it still runs a full day and doesn't drain beyond 50% by the end of the day, even on iOS 13.2.1. Another example I have here, is my PC, which I used for 8 years after I built it, even with an i3-2130, it was only recently replaced with a new AMD Ryzen 8c 16t build.

    1. Design.
      In my humble opinion, I think iPhones are actually designed right (well, at least up until the iPhone 8, and presumably the upcoming iPhone 9/SE2, and the 5.4" flagship iPhone), in the sense that they didn't hop onto trends like curved edges on screens, stupidly thin bezels, etc. As well as that, the iPhone before the iPhone X was smaller, they even made the iPhone SE right as larger phones were mainstream everywhere, and that's something I applaud Apple for doing since the SE and non-plus iPhone models are usable entirely one handed, more so with the iPhone SE.

    Apple didn't want to make a super large iPhone larger than 5.5" up until the iPhone X, they kept the non-plus models small enough to use one handed, like all phone maufacturers should have (honestly, some companies even call the iPhone 8+ size their "mini" model, like no, that's not small at all), hell they didn't even want to make a larger iPhone at all, since they believed in making things lighter and smaller. Simple and short explanation here: The iPhone wasn't jumbosized, the non-plus size model was small enough to use one-handed, even if it was kinda difficult, and the 4" iPhone SE is in my opinion, just the right size.

    1. Simplicity.
      iOS is simple, well laid out, regardless of what version you're running, and everyone already knows how to use iOS. It isn't hard to find the setting you're looking for in Settings regardless of what iOS version you're running, the far, far left page has always had the search bar, you don't have to watch out for stuff as much or avoid fake "virus alert" pages on iOS, since installing apps from anywhere else but the app store is too hard to do that sites that attempt to install malicious apps on your iPhone pretty much never exist, there's no way any average end user can screw up their device permanently, pretty much everything in iOS makes sense regardless of if you use iOS or Android as your daily driver and regardless of what version of iOS it is in question.

    On top of that, you don't have to jump through hoops to stay secure, and privacy is many steps above other manufacturers, seriously, Apple is so hellbent on privacy, that even if you die with one of their products on you, they will not unlock said product for anyone, or let anyone but you into your iCloud account/Apple products, not even the government or police gets in. And meanwhile, Google and Microsoft put in backdoors upon the government's request, that eventually get found, causing Google and Microsoft to freak out and make a different backdoor that they hope no one else ends up finding. As it's simply put: They'll tell even the government to leave your shit alone.

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  2. Comment on What's your screenshotting tool of choice, and why? in ~comp

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    On Windows 10, I either use Lightshot or the built-in Snip & Sketch tool. Most of the time I use Snip & Sketch to take quick screencaps for discussions I'm in, however, if I'm not in a chatroom...

    On Windows 10, I either use Lightshot or the built-in Snip & Sketch tool. Most of the time I use Snip & Sketch to take quick screencaps for discussions I'm in, however, if I'm not in a chatroom that allows file uploads or I am posting online, I use Lightshot.

    On Ubuntu: I use some screenshot app that I can't recall the name of that auto-uploads your screenshots to Imgur.

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  3. Comment on What are you doing this week? in ~talk

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    Just yesterday I got an awesome deal on some 23" 1080P E2314H Dell monitors from a thrift store, just $32 for 4 monitors, 8$ per monitor. They all work and (after a little cleanup) look awesome. I...

    Just yesterday I got an awesome deal on some 23" 1080P E2314H Dell monitors from a thrift store, just $32 for 4 monitors, 8$ per monitor. They all work and (after a little cleanup) look awesome. I still have yet to clean up my desk after getting them now, and also I need to buy a DVI cable for the 4th monitor. I did previously have a 4 monitor setup, but all the monitors didn't match at all, so I'm stoked to have these monitors.

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  4. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    I've listened to different music as of late. I recently added FIBRE and BarbWalters to my music library, specifically the album Reconnect and FIBRE's Rendezvous EP. FIBRE's been one of those...

    I've listened to different music as of late. I recently added FIBRE and BarbWalters to my music library, specifically the album Reconnect and FIBRE's Rendezvous EP.

    FIBRE's been one of those artists I know from music label compilations. I didn't know of FIBRE before I heard of Montaime. Oddly enough they also are the founder of Montaime as well.

    So far, every track I have heard Matthew Clanton in has been awesome. Liftoff was the first song I heard him on, with some other Montaime releases following that.

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  5. Comment on Unofficial Weekly Discussion #3 - Argument de-escalation and disengagement brainstorming session in ~tildes

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    One thing I want to add on as well, I wish the comment box was at the top. At the very least, make it a user-customizable setting. I personally don't like scrolling to the very bottom to make a...

    One thing I want to add on as well, I wish the comment box was at the top. At the very least, make it a user-customizable setting. I personally don't like scrolling to the very bottom to make a comment.

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  6. Comment on Love Magic by Ujico*/Snail's House in ~music

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    It's not often I see a bandcamp link. But when I do, the content the link leads to is worth checking out. Just listening to the first track, I already wanted to buy it.

    It's not often I see a bandcamp link. But when I do, the content the link leads to is worth checking out.

    Just listening to the first track, I already wanted to buy it.

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  7. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    I'm going to continue progressing with setting up off-grid solar power, I already have my solar panels mounted, I just need a proper container for my equipment (batteries, inverter, charge...

    I'm going to continue progressing with setting up off-grid solar power, I already have my solar panels mounted, I just need a proper container for my equipment (batteries, inverter, charge controller, etc.).

    There's a lot in my life I have to catch up on, but it's all disorganized to the point of no return, and it makes it difficult for me to focus on one task at a time, when all the tasks are blended together like computer wire spaghetti.

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  8. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    I've been listening to a lot of things lately, ranging from indie to popular stuff. Bruno Mars's "That's What I Like" is honestly one song I listen to every week or so because I just really like...

    I've been listening to a lot of things lately, ranging from indie to popular stuff.

    Bruno Mars's "That's What I Like" is honestly one song I listen to every week or so because I just really like how it transitions to the bass at 0:44.

    I still frequently listen to Moe Shop and Big Data, despite the fact they don't make a new release reasonably often, hell, took Big Data >2 years to make something new that wasn't a collab with another artist, and Moe Shop had remained inactive for a year until they released a new single.

    Into the more niche area, I occasionally listen to vaporwave music from artists like .CASTING, PEGA, and bodyline, with my 3 favorites from those 3 being:

    shore (by bodyline)
    BORDEAU (by .CASTING)
    Reality (by PEGA)

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  9. Comment on Which messenger(s) do you currently use? If you had your preference, what single messaging service would you prefer to use? in ~talk

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    I use SMS, iMessage, WhatsApp, and Discord. I only use WhatsApp because I have a long time friend on there that quit using Discord, SMS, I use to message people without a cellular data...

    I use SMS, iMessage, WhatsApp, and Discord. I only use WhatsApp because I have a long time friend on there that quit using Discord, SMS, I use to message people without a cellular data connection/without an iPhone, iMessage, I use to communicate with my family/friends that I know IRL (as literally everyone I met IRL has an iPhone now), and Discord, I use to have nice discussions in some servers, and also communicate with moderators of subreddits I moderate on Reddit*.

    *aside from some subs, r/comedy, r/sbubby, r/ExpandDong, r/NoNut19 (yes I'm serious about that, I do mod their sub), and /r/gravityforum are the only subs I mod that use Discord to talk with other mods, every other sub either uses modmail/reddit chat or has mods that are so inactive that I'm doing all the work.

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