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  1. Comment on What common concern is really not a big deal? in ~talk

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    Haha, I think about that movie sometimes! While I don't claim to have any sixth sense for bees, I definitely have a low-level system process scanning for them most of the time.

    Haha, I think about that movie sometimes! While I don't claim to have any sixth sense for bees, I definitely have a low-level system process scanning for them most of the time.

    1 vote
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  3. Comment on What's the coronavirus like where you are? in ~health.coronavirus

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    Oh yeah of course - I should have been clearer! I really meant "I wish people would vaccinate regardless of 'no coronavirus to worry about'" :-)

    Oh yeah of course - I should have been clearer! I really meant "I wish people would vaccinate regardless of 'no coronavirus to worry about'" :-)

    1 vote
  4. Comment on What's the coronavirus like where you are? in ~health.coronavirus

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    I live in Melbourne, and while I have buried my head in the sand (for my own sanity) and therefore might be wrong here...but didn't we think this a few months ago?

    there's no coronavirus to worry about.

    I live in Melbourne, and while I have buried my head in the sand (for my own sanity) and therefore might be wrong here...but didn't we think this a few months ago?

    3 votes
  5. Comment on What’s a mistake many people do not know they are making? in ~talk

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    This one is so frustrating because often people don't believe me even though it makes total sense.

    This one is so frustrating because often people don't believe me even though it makes total sense.

    11 votes
  6. Comment on What useless information do you have memorized? in ~talk

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    Oh my god, I had that memorised for years! Even as I read it just now, I could picture the sequence in my head.

    Oh my god, I had that memorised for years! Even as I read it just now, I could picture the sequence in my head.

    6 votes
  7. Comment on How a Chinese-built highway drove Montenegro deep into debt in ~news

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    There's a lot of concern about this happening in Africa and the Pacific. I'm from NZ and am currently listening to a podcast about China's influence. They spoke to a bloke in charge of setting up...

    There's a lot of concern about this happening in Africa and the Pacific. I'm from NZ and am currently listening to a podcast about China's influence. They spoke to a bloke in charge of setting up an iwi (tribal)-owned ISP. The NZ govt wouldn't come to the party, but China loaned them $6m on the back of a 30-minute meeting. The iwi struggled to pay back the loan at first, but the Chinese were fine about it. Very different from lending governments money, but there is a lot of Chinese money going into economies around the world.

    6 votes
  8. Comment on Recommend me a podcast app for android in ~tech

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    They didn't make the app - they bought it well after it was an established and very popular app :-)

    They didn't make the app - they bought it well after it was an established and very popular app :-)

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Recommend me a podcast app for android in ~tech

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    Another vote for Antennapod here. They recently added local folder functionality, which makes adding my catalogue of Hardcore History and other long-running podcasts easy and seamless.

    Another vote for Antennapod here. They recently added local folder functionality, which makes adding my catalogue of Hardcore History and other long-running podcasts easy and seamless.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on The first single by my band is out now! Noise Job - Medication in ~music

  11. Comment on Quitting Reddit follow up thread in ~talk

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    YES. I'm not sure if I want my Kobo to count or not :-) I could definitely do a couple of days a week.

    YES. I'm not sure if I want my Kobo to count or not :-) I could definitely do a couple of days a week.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on If you could give advice to anyone who is ten years younger than you or when they were ten years younger than now, what would you tell them? in ~life

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    If you're going to be hungover, you might as well get paid for it.

    If you're going to be hungover, you might as well get paid for it.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Where would you live if you had no ties to where you are now? in ~talk

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    Good qualifier re:Anglophone! We (they? I've lived in Australia for 11 years now...) still have issues - child poverty is horrendous, particularly among Pasifika peoples; the "clean green NZ"...

    Good qualifier re:Anglophone! We (they? I've lived in Australia for 11 years now...) still have issues - child poverty is horrendous, particularly among Pasifika peoples; the "clean green NZ" image is just that; housing is unaffordable for many; several recent governments have been involved in dicey deals that nudge corruption...

    But yes, it's pretty good for the most part.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on It Could Happen Here: A podcast series from 2019 about how a second American Civil War might take place in ~misc

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    An excellent and depressing series, and that's from an outside observer. Thanks for sharing, I've been telling people about it non-stop!

    An excellent and depressing series, and that's from an outside observer. Thanks for sharing, I've been telling people about it non-stop!

    6 votes
  15. Comment on What are your New Years intentions/resolutions? Why have you settled on them? in ~talk

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    Give it another hour. Sometimes they take awhile. The last time I had mushies, I didn't wait. I should have. I wanted a smooth mellow, instead I got waaaaaay too introspective and confronted by my...

    Give it another hour. Sometimes they take awhile. The last time I had mushies, I didn't wait. I should have. I wanted a smooth mellow, instead I got waaaaaay too introspective and confronted by my own issues for ages. That can be healthy, even necessary, in the right setting and frame of mind, but I wasn't in either.

    5 votes
  16. Comment on Do you carry a knife with with you? If so, what type/company? in ~hobbies

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    Catalogue them, then have a think about how to publish - you could always do it anonymously via a journalist. Amazon's warehouse operations are in the public eye at the moment, so you'd probably...

    Catalogue them, then have a think about how to publish - you could always do it anonymously via a journalist. Amazon's warehouse operations are in the public eye at the moment, so you'd probably find somebody interested.

    5 votes
  17. Comment on Do you carry a knife with with you? If so, what type/company? in ~hobbies

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    I think this is much sadder. Our thirst for fast turnaround times and cheap goods has brought us dystopia. Same-day shipping/delivery sounds awesome. @precise's situation is the other side of that.

    if you get in trouble for any other reason it's a zero-tolerance dismissal, this could be as simple as not being able to make your rate

    I think this is much sadder. Our thirst for fast turnaround times and cheap goods has brought us dystopia. Same-day shipping/delivery sounds awesome. @precise's situation is the other side of that.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on What were the best books you read this year? in ~books

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    According to my book-tracking spreadsheet, I've rated three books 5/5. The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden. Wonderfully written, engaging characters, a picturesque setting, and a great...

    According to my book-tracking spreadsheet, I've rated three books 5/5.

    The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden. Wonderfully written, engaging characters, a picturesque setting, and a great weaving of traditional folk tales with historical figures.

    The Trouble With Peace by Joe Abercrombie. Excellent world building. Joe does a great fight scene, and his characters are well-rounded out. This is the second book in his second trilogy in the same world, and it's much better than first of this trilogy. Highly recommended to any low-fantasy fans.

    Guards! Guards! by Sir Terry Pratchett. My intro to Discworld, of which I have only read about four more so far. I laughed the whole way through. Carrot is definitely my favourite character so far.

    In hindsight, that seems about right. I'm about to finish my last book of the year, which I will probably rate a 4/5. That will take me to 26 books read, with three 5s, fourteen 4s, and nine 3s.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    The Great Trespass by Nick Hayes. It's about land rights in the UK - how they were established, where the wealth and influence around land came from, who owns most of it, and what to do about it....

    The Great Trespass by Nick Hayes. It's about land rights in the UK - how they were established, where the wealth and influence around land came from, who owns most of it, and what to do about it.

    Hayes names each chapter after an animal, weaving stories about each animal into the history of the land, as well as his own trespasses into the vast, vast swathes of common land that have passed into private hands. "Passed" is probably too passive a word. Pheasant has so far been the most infuriating chapter, with the environmental destruction, corruption, and hypocrisy on display making my blood boil. The amount of land given over to a bullshit grouse hunting fetish is mind-boggling.

    I've enjoyed it immensely, though it's taken me awhile to read. It aligns very closely with my politics, so while a lot of the particulars aren't new to me, none of it is shocking. Just a bit depressing.

    I also listened to Stephen Fry narrate The Hitchhikers Guide, mostly as a palate cleanser from The Great Trespass.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on What do I need to know about switching from Android to iOS for my phone? in ~tech

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    You're definitely not crazy, and that's exactly how I ended up on iOS for about three years. I couldn't help fucking with my phone with roms and icon packs and "because I can" Tasker profiles....

    Its funny as a technologist I have no hesitation fiddling with other tech, but i've grown tired of hassling with mobile phones; or am i just crazy?

    You're definitely not crazy, and that's exactly how I ended up on iOS for about three years. I couldn't help fucking with my phone with roms and icon packs and "because I can" Tasker profiles. Those three years broke the habit, and I'm currently using an old XZ1 with LineageOS that I use about two hours a day.

    I love the simplicity of iOS, and I've kinda replicated it on Android with my usage patterns. Lineage was even preinstalled by the seller!

    5 votes