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  1. Comment on The laptop market is in an atrocious state in ~tech

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    Although given AMD's willingness to do a semi-custom Ryzen design for Microsoft and the Surface Pro, I could see Apple moving over for a semi-custom design, since I doubt Intel will let any of...

    Although given AMD's willingness to do a semi-custom Ryzen design for Microsoft and the Surface Pro, I could see Apple moving over for a semi-custom design, since I doubt Intel will let any of their customers touch anything about their chip designs.

  2. Comment on The laptop market is in an atrocious state in ~tech

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    Shit, I've seen multie laptops for sale with 1366x768 screens still. In what world is that an acceptable resolution in 2020? It blows the mind.

    Shit, I've seen multie laptops for sale with 1366x768 screens still. In what world is that an acceptable resolution in 2020? It blows the mind.

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  3. Comment on How would you reduce speeding by car drivers? in ~talk

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    And we have electronic versions of this on I70 in the Colorado mountains as well. I've seen the speed limits set anywhere from 50-75 MPH on them depending on the day and weather.

    And we have electronic versions of this on I70 in the Colorado mountains as well. I've seen the speed limits set anywhere from 50-75 MPH on them depending on the day and weather.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Surprise for New York Renters: No More Broker Fees in ~life

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    What a scam. Even in my area, with its own massive issues with lack of affordable housing, I haven't had to pay more than first month's rent, a deposit (the highest of which was only $250) and the...

    What a scam. Even in my area, with its own massive issues with lack of affordable housing, I haven't had to pay more than first month's rent, a deposit (the highest of which was only $250) and the application fee (usually $20-$60). My current place cost my SO and I ~$1900 to move into, for example. And none of these are income-controlled or anything like that, plus my state has very tenant-unfriendly laws.

    Even the few people I know who have used a broker to find a place here never paid the broker themselves, the brokers were paid by the complex/landlord themselves.

    How do people even afford to get places in cities like this? If it got/gets to this point here, I'll be fine with throwing my hands up and renting the basement apartment from my parents. No wonder we have people moving from places like NYC and being shocked at how cheap (relative to there) it is to rent here.

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  5. Comment on Why Democratic leaders still misunderstand the politics of social class in ~news

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    I think that phenomenon is totally tied together. One issue that I've noticed through personal experience is that if your teachers/school think you're just going to be a grunt, then trying to work...

    I think that phenomenon is totally tied together. One issue that I've noticed through personal experience is that if your teachers/school think you're just going to be a grunt, then trying to work in the elaborated code is heavily punished vs. the people they feel are going to be those 'higher status' folks.

    Personal anecdote about restricted/elaborated codes in school incoming The example that immediately came to mind is an incident that happened in second grade for me. I was in a "gifted/talented" program that my school district, which was in what was at the time the wealthiest county in the US based on per capita income--basically the environment where you'd expect elaborated codes to be pushed more, no? And for some (if not most) of my cohort, that in fact was the case.

    Enter myself, a mixed-race (black/white) child (in the six years I was in this program, I was literally the only person with any black ancestry who was in it), the only one being raised by a single parent, and one of only two with diagnosed ADHD. There were innumerable times where my questions/line of thought were met with anger and punishment, while others in my class got similar questions answered, and similar actions left unpunished. (Worse was, when my mother was a chaperone for a field trip and called my teacher out for punishing me for actions she let slide on other children in the same group, they threatened to kick me out of the program!)

    The singular incident that sticks in my mind was a day when we were reading a story out of those Junior Great Books compilations and discussing it. (I think it was a Rudyard Kipling short story, fitting that we were nose deep in that imperialist asshole during this)

    One of the questions asked was what the currency of the UK was. In said story, the only currency references were shillings and pence. A classmate answers "pence" and told "No, not quite." I then put my hand up, get called on, and say "Shillings!", given that in context of the story itself, there was no mention of the pound.

    Do I get a "No, not quite?" Of course not. I get my teacher screaming at me, "[frostycakes frostycakes frostycakes] (she used my full first, middle, and last name like she was my mother calling me down for punishment), this isn't a guessing game! Stop wasting everyone's time if you don't know the answer!"

    I was taken aback, and, trying not to cry in front of my whole class, asked "But pence and shillings are the only money they talk about in the story!"

    Her reply? "Wrong answer AND you want to backtalk me? Go to your desk in the office then, if you want to be contrary."

    (Yes, I was sent to the in-school-suspension desk that faced a wall in the copy room of the office so often in second and third grade that they called it my desk. In fact, third grade I spent more time in there than I did in class!)

    The point of my long, rambling anecdote is that, since I was pigeonholed as only needing to know the "restricted" code at such a young age, my attempts as using the elaborated code were punished extra harshly (probably subconsciously on the part of my teachers and school admin, or at least so I hope) because, in my thinking, I was seen as trying to reach above my station.

    I know that racism played a hand in it all too (the most comical attempt was in fifth grade, when they tried to kick me out for poor academic performance when the lowest grade I had in any subject was a B, in math that was two years ahead of what I would have been studying in a standard grade level class-- there's zero explanation for that one that I can think of even to this day besides that), but I think even that ties into these codes-- the lower classes are only allowed to use the lower codes publicly, and that's drilled in from an early age on.

    Sadly, issues from this time are part of why I haven't been able to make myself go back to school to finish my degree, and make me worry about how I'd even get a non-"working class" job, but I digress. It's funny, since in my current working-class job as a produce manager, I get myself into the most trouble by being the one who can't fully limit himself to the restricted code with my superiors. I'm just grateful my store manager and regional department director aren't the type to get mad at that and have managed to act as a filter for it between myself and the people higher up than them.

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  6. Comment on What are your favorite concept albums? in ~music

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    The Suburbs by Arcade Fire. I grew up in a suburban area much like the one in Texas that they drew on as inspiration for this album, and they hit the nail on the head with it being "a letter from...

    The Suburbs by Arcade Fire. I grew up in a suburban area much like the one in Texas that they drew on as inspiration for this album, and they hit the nail on the head with it being "a letter from the suburbs".

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Eldren - We Just Want the World in ~music

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    For an interesting juxtaposition, this compilation on Bandcamp has the original version of this song that I heard, about four years before the album version I posted was done. They're very...

    For an interesting juxtaposition, this compilation on Bandcamp has the original version of this song that I heard, about four years before the album version I posted was done.

    They're very different feeling, to say the least.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on What's your favorite food that tastes good and is good for you? in ~food

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    Bell peppers. I eat them out of hand like apples, they're ridiculously good as a snack.

    Bell peppers. I eat them out of hand like apples, they're ridiculously good as a snack.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on What's your favorite food that tastes good and is good for you? in ~food

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    Oh God, I just merchandised an entire endcap of those bastards today. My advice to anyone buying them: Don't get the plain sea salt ones, they taste like dusty peas and sadness. The Mango Chile...

    Oh God, I just merchandised an entire endcap of those bastards today.

    My advice to anyone buying them: Don't get the plain sea salt ones, they taste like dusty peas and sadness. The Mango Chile Lime, Barbecue, and Wasabi Ranch are the only flavors that are any good IMO (and they're my three top selling ones to boot, so it's not just me).

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Windows 7 support has ended in ~tech

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    I'm in retail, and we've even updated three of the store computers to 10, but none of the rest, including my department's. I don't know why they're dragging their feet on pushing 10 to the rest,...

    I'm in retail, and we've even updated three of the store computers to 10, but none of the rest, including my department's. I don't know why they're dragging their feet on pushing 10 to the rest, since we already had a massive breach of employee info six years ago (thankfully before I started working for them), and handle customer card data that has to be PCI compliant.

    Guess I'll find out tomorrow if they finally pushed 10 out to the remainder now that 7's fully out of support.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on How do you people at universities handle your notes? in ~talk

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    For my classes that allowed us to use laptops/tablets, I did all my notes in Evernote with separate notebooks per class. For the few I took that did not allow us to use tech in the classroom,...

    For my classes that allowed us to use laptops/tablets, I did all my notes in Evernote with separate notebooks per class.

    For the few I took that did not allow us to use tech in the classroom, singular dedicated notebooks, with either the top or bottom corner of the page folded in (and alternating by section; I'd switch sides after each test) was my tool of choice.-

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  12. Comment on Windows 7 support has ended in ~tech

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    I don't think they'll ever be able to truly end it, not without more effort on MS's part than they (apparently) think is worth. Since the free upgrade was based on the W7/W8 product keys that the...

    I don't think they'll ever be able to truly end it, not without more effort on MS's part than they (apparently) think is worth. Since the free upgrade was based on the W7/W8 product keys that the machines had, they have to allow those to remain valid for W10 due to reinstalls and the like.

    If they wanted, they could invalidate any W7/8 keys not used to activate W10 by that 2016 date, but again, that seems to be more work than MS wants to do.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Eldren - We Just Want the World in ~music

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    Yeah, at first listen I was on the fence about it, but was jamming out by the end of the song. The violin works a lot better in it than I thought it would as well.

    Yeah, at first listen I was on the fence about it, but was jamming out by the end of the song. The violin works a lot better in it than I thought it would as well.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on The Results of the 2019 Census in ~tildes

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    Damn, I'm the lonely retail guy, huh?aaaaaallllll byyyy myselffffff Thanks for putting this together!

    Damn, I'm the lonely retail guy, huh?aaaaaallllll byyyy myselffffff

    Thanks for putting this together!

    9 votes
  15. Comment on Our Tesla Model 3 Suffered a Catastrophic Failure While Parked in ~tech

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    Is there no OBD equivalent for Teslas or other electric cars yet? If standard cars can output diagnostic codes, there's no reason why a Tesla shouldn't at least give a code with these errors that...

    Is there no OBD equivalent for Teslas or other electric cars yet? If standard cars can output diagnostic codes, there's no reason why a Tesla shouldn't at least give a code with these errors that gives an idea of what's gone wrong in the first place. Sure, OBD codes aren't the end all of car diagnostics, but at least they give an idea of where to start and how severe whatever problem is occurring is.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Opera introduces web browser designed for gamers in ~tech

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    Unless you're in China, what good does the CCP get from your personal data? I'd rather them have it than a company under US jurisdiction, since I actually live in the US and can face repercussions...

    Unless you're in China, what good does the CCP get from your personal data? I'd rather them have it than a company under US jurisdiction, since I actually live in the US and can face repercussions here, whereas the CCP can't do shit to me here.

    Obviously business data is a different beast entirely, and there I feel the mistrust of Chinese companies is much more applicable to those of us in the West.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on If you made a claim for $125 from Equifax, you’re not getting it after court awards nearly $80 million to attorneys in ~news

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    How is free credit monitoring more valuable when almost everyone has it as a result of one breach or another already? It's worth less than even $10 to me, honestly.

    As an alternative, Equifax offered up to 10 years of free credit monitoring, which still doesn't protect against many of the possible abuses of the data. Fewer than 5 million people were well-informed enough to accept this more valuable option as part of the settlement; the remaining class members may get a dollar or two.

    How is free credit monitoring more valuable when almost everyone has it as a result of one breach or another already? It's worth less than even $10 to me, honestly.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on The demise of formal nights on cruises: How dress codes are tearing passengers apart in ~life

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    Seriously. I'm one of those who is happy at the expansion of casual dress culture. I already live in an area long known for casual dress relative to the rest of the country (see the phrase...

    Seriously. I'm one of those who is happy at the expansion of casual dress culture. I already live in an area long known for casual dress relative to the rest of the country (see the phrase "Colorado tuxedo"), and I'm grateful that the expectation to wear clothing that is deeply uncomfortable to me (anything that sits close on my neck makes me feel as if I'm being choked and makes a perpetual itching sensation that does not go away, no matter how long or frequently I wear such clothing) is finally dying off. If you're not nude and not in something that stinks, why should anyone else give two shits what another person is wearing? If one's enjoyment of an event is so fragile that another person's clothing is enough to disrupt it, then one has much bigger issues to address.

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  19. Comment on Tildes' Steam Game Gifting Group is now open, with a holiday event! in ~games