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  1. Comment on I'm moving, in the EU, from Hungary to The Netherlands. Any tips? in ~life

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    I believe for dogs you have to pay some tax, but this can depend on the municipality. Not sure about others (like cats). For The Hague it is explained at...

    Can you clarify on that? All three pets have their shots, their microchips and their EU-wide travel passports. Is there something more/else specific to The Netherlands to register them for?

    I believe for dogs you have to pay some tax, but this can depend on the municipality. Not sure about others (like cats). For The Hague it is explained at https://www.denhaag.nl/en/taxes/dog-tax.htm

    I'm a middle-aged software developer. My roommates are younger (20-something) non-professionals. We all speak English and we all are (or soon will be) learning Dutch. My roommates are wide open to job prospects, and one or all of us might decide to go back to school, but for now, they are focusing on basic entry-level stuff -- clerking, stocking shelves, picking produce, whatever is available that doesn't require advanced Dutch proficiency.

    Nice! You definitely don't need to speak Dutch in a lot of software developer jobs. It kind of depends on the company, but most hire quite a few expats.

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  2. Comment on I'm moving, in the EU, from Hungary to The Netherlands. Any tips? in ~life

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    You should be able to find a lot of information on the Dutch government website: https://www.government.nl/topics/immigration-to-the-netherlands Make sure you: register at the municipality (and...
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    You should be able to find a lot of information on the Dutch government website:
    https://www.government.nl/topics/immigration-to-the-netherlands

    Make sure you:

    • register at the municipality (and maybe national government, not sure).
    • register your pets
    • get utilities sorted out; you need electricity, gas (if required) and water. If you rent, this might be included, so ask your landlord.
    • get internet installed asap (compare at https://www.breedbandwinkel.nl/)
    • get a mobile network provider (compare at https://www.belsimpel.nl/)
    • regarding banks, get a bank account (compare at https://www.independer.nl/algemeen/info/betaalrekening.aspx). In the Netherlands, debit cards are the norm, credit cards are used sometimes but not much. Online you can pay at most shops using "Ideal", it's quite simple.
    • Make sure you get health insurance, it is required by law (compare at https://www.independer.nl/zorgverzekering/intro.aspx). You pay a monthly premium, which depends on the size of your deductible (e.g. high deductible means low monthly fee). Things like a GP visit are free.
    • get a bike! Especially in the city, you can do everything with a bike and public transport. A car is not necessary.
    • regarding public transport, you need a special card: https://www.ov-chipkaart.nl/home-1.htm#/
    • there's probably more I forgot

    Regarding norms and society:

    • we are pretty honest and opinionated (you could call it blunt)
    • we are fairly individualistic (but less so than US)
    • working hours are 9-5, overtime is not normal or expected. Working 4 days a week is pretty normal.
    • there is little hierarchy.
    • we have a saying that roughly says "act normal, because normal is already crazy enough". Most people aren't trying to be special.
    • English level is very good. You will absolutely have trouble learning Dutch, simply because others will just answer you in English.
    • making friends is relatively difficult. Most people already have a group of friends from existing circles (school, sports, work)
    • most people dislike the " fake" friendliness of Americans

    I can really recommend reading up on differences between cultures between US, Hungary and the Netherlands.

    Regarding renting a car:
    A lot of car rental companies are international, you pay an extra fee if you do not return to your starting point.

    Do you study? Do you have a job? How old are you?

    Regarding pandemic:
    Read about the measures here: https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19

    News:
    If you want to keep up to date to daily news, follow nos.nl, nu.nl. Maybe find a newspaper you like and maybe check out the dutch subreddit. You can watch public TV channels at npo.nl.

    Have fun!

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  3. Comment on Trump should have lost in a landslide. The fact that he didn’t speaks volumes in ~misc

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    I'd argue how someone votes is the culmination of what one stands for. It shows how one thinks (or doesn't think) about the world, whether they are (willfully) ignorant, care about others, how...

    how someone votes is the least important thing about them because voting is a numbers game and it's unlikely to matter

    I'd argue how someone votes is the culmination of what one stands for. It shows how one thinks (or doesn't think) about the world, whether they are (willfully) ignorant, care about others, how they are influenced by misinformation, or have a critical eye on what people say and do.

    It can actually tell you a lot about someone. That's what makes it interesting to discuss, yet a lot of people dislike discussing it.

    5 votes
  4. Comment on The Road to the Tildes 2020 Census: Pandemic Boogaloo Part 2: The Boogalooing in ~tildes

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    Note that this a simplification: The difference is that in most of Europe, one can vote for someone like Sanders or Warren in a national election. Generally speaking, you can't really do that in...

    Note that this a simplification:
    The difference is that in most of Europe, one can vote for someone like Sanders or Warren in a national election. Generally speaking, you can't really do that in the US because of the two party system. Every vote outside of these two parties can be, in most cases, considered lost.

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  5. Comment on What's your computer/PC like? in ~tech

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    Wow, what do you do with that machine? :D

    Wow, what do you do with that machine? :D

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  6. Comment on What's your computer/PC like? in ~tech

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    Here's my desktop: CPU: Intel i5-3450 (quad core) GPU: AMD R9 380 4GB RAM: 16GB DDR3 Storage: Crucial 500GB SSD OS: Windows 10 Monitor: Dell U2414H (2560x1440) Most of it is pretty old, but I did...

    Here's my desktop:

    • CPU: Intel i5-3450 (quad core)
    • GPU: AMD R9 380 4GB
    • RAM: 16GB DDR3
    • Storage: Crucial 500GB SSD
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Monitor: Dell U2414H (2560x1440)

    Most of it is pretty old, but I did upgrade some parts along the way. It's pretty amazing how fast it still is with a CPU from 2012. For gaming however, it's long past its prime. I can barely play Modern Warfare (2019) at 1080p with 60fps, on the lowest settings. Most older games do just fine though, with some graphics tweaks. I aim to upgrade it when AMD and Nvidia release their next CPU/GPU cycles.

    What I hope to upgrade to:

    • CPU: AMD Ryzen, at least 6 cores
    • RAM: 16GB DDR4
    • GPU: 8GB GPU, probably a next-gen mid range card (e.g. AMD 5600/5700 or Nvidia 2060/2070, but next-gen).

    Future upgrades:

    • Storage: More SSD storage (at least 1TB, hoping for 2TB)
    • Monitor: High resolution (1440p) monitor with 144Hz refresh rate
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  7. Comment on Why America's police look like soldiers in ~misc

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    What I meant with "combining words" was in the generic sense, not this specific word. It's a concept that isn't common in English. Anyway, you are correct! There appear to be two separate...

    What I meant with "combining words" was in the generic sense, not this specific word. It's a concept that isn't common in English.

    Anyway, you are correct! There appear to be two separate etymologies for "noodweer".

    Etymology 1
    From nood (“emergency”) +‎ weer (“weather”).
    extremely bad weather (e.g torrential rainfall)

    Etymology 2
    From nood (“emergency”) +‎ weer (“defence, resistance”).

    https://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/noodweer

    I always thought they were of the same origin and that the "defense" meaning was derived from the "extreme weather" meaning, but that's not the case!

    Also, "Feuerwehr" is "brandweer" in Dutch and "Wehrlos" "weerloos", so it's very similar!

    Thanks for that, I learned something :)

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  8. Comment on Why America's police look like soldiers in ~misc

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    Agreed. Our police is centralized, but even in a decentralized situation, outside investigations should be a requirement. Ideally by an independent outside organization, but even a different...

    Agreed. Our police is centralized, but even in a decentralized situation, outside investigations should be a requirement. Ideally by an independent outside organization, but even a different police department would be an improvement over investigating yourself.

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  9. Comment on Why America's police look like soldiers in ~misc

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    I was actually explaining why Google came up with "severe weather" and "a storm" in its machine translation. Your explanation makes more sense though. "Nood" means "(in) need", "emergency" or...

    I was actually explaining why Google came up with "severe weather" and "a storm" in its machine translation. Your explanation makes more sense though.

    "Nood" means "(in) need", "emergency" or "distress". "weer" (in this case) means "weather". By combining the words, which happens in both German and Dutch, we get "noodweer". It literally means "severe weather" or "extreme weather". However, it is also used as a legal term.

    The legal term describes a situation where extreme distress warrants a criminal offence. It can be used for both police officers and normal citizens.

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  10. Comment on Why America's police look like soldiers in ~misc

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    It's interesting that there seemed to be one event (bank robbery in 1997) that lead to police having assault rifles. Officers should be able to call in a "higher power", such as a SWAT team, which...

    It's interesting that there seemed to be one event (bank robbery in 1997) that lead to police having assault rifles. Officers should be able to call in a "higher power", such as a SWAT team, which has the appropriate means to handle those kind of situations (which are rare). Giving regular police officers assault rifles is such a strange response.

    I always try to compare how police in the US are trained, regulated and investigated to my own country.

    Here's a translation from the Dutch police's website about how and when firearms may be used and what happens after a weapon is fired.
    https://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&nv=1&pto=aue&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=auto&sp=nmt4&tl=en&u=https://www.politie.nl/themas/schietincident.html&usg=ALkJrhg_j0H-mxFOpPUlXZ6sDuXvJRbgkQ

    Relevant excerpts below. They call a situation where the most extreme form of violence is required "noodweer", which means "severe weather" or "storm".

    When can violence be used?

    The violence used must always be in proportion to the situation and the crime. This is also referred to as 'proportional and alternative'. During a dangerous situation, the police try to de-escalate. First, the agent uses his voice to demand that the suspect do or not do something. If this fails, he or she will scale up to use weapons; for example pepper spray, the baton or deployment of the police dog. Only at the last moment does the officer take out his firearm. He can fire a warning shot. When there is severe weather, an agent often has no time to de-escalate. He is then authorized to shoot immediately. An officer may also shoot to arrest someone suspected of a serious offense. In those situations, the officer has learned to aim at the suspect's legs. When there is severe weather, the officer may shoot at the suspect's torso.

    If an agent is in danger himself or if a suspect threatens another person (life) danger, there is storm and the agent is allowed to shoot.

    How is an officer trained?

    In the training, officers learn how to handle their weapons. In addition, they attend training a number of times a year and their knowledge is tested twice a year. During the test, it is checked whether the agent is physically fit enough to keep someone under control and whether he is using his weapons correctly. A course on the shooting range is part of the test. Knowledge of the law is also tested using questions and cases.

    After a shooting

    When an officer has used his weapon and injury has been caused by police fire, an investigation by the National Criminal Investigation Service follows. In all other cases in which violence has been used by the police, a violence report follows and, if necessary, an internal investigation.
    The National Criminal Investigation Service is an independent criminal investigation department under the responsibility of the Board of Procurators General of the Public Prosecutor's Office. The independent position allows her to objectively investigate whether the use of firearms was lawful. The officer who shot is heard by the State Investigation Service as soon as possible after the shooting incident. If at the start of the investigation into the incident there are no doubts about the justice of the use of weapons, the agent may continue to perform his duties during the investigation. If those doubts are there, measures can be taken against the agent.

    I find it's such a stark contrast to what happens in the US.

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  11. Comment on Flirting for morons in ~life

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    I could only tell because he mentioned "TI5". The International (or TI) is Dota's biggest yearly tournament. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_International_(Dota_2)

    I could only tell because he mentioned "TI5". The International (or TI) is Dota's biggest yearly tournament. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_International_(Dota_2)

  12. Comment on 365 Days: The "Polish 50 Shades of Grey" has been a surprise smash on Netflix despite being absolutely terrible in ~movies

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    This article is hilarious :D I'm seeing a general trend where a lot of crap gets lots of views on Netflix. Must be boredom!

    This article is hilarious :D

    I'm seeing a general trend where a lot of crap gets lots of views on Netflix. Must be boredom!

    11 votes
  13. Comment on What is something that most people don't realize is harmful? in ~talk

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    Many people also believe they are being debated and it scares them. It's a shame that you often can't have disagreements in a conversation without people getting offended or they want to stop...

    turning everything into a debate. A debate is a zero sum game in which one must lose (by being persuaded) for the other to win (by succeeding to persuade).

    There are also conversations of a persuasive nature, but the difference is that persuasion is not its ultimate goal. It’s okay to agree to disagree.

    Many people also believe they are being debated and it scares them. It's a shame that you often can't have disagreements in a conversation without people getting offended or they want to stop talking about something.

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  14. Comment on Has your local climate gotten noticeably warmer in your lifetime? in ~enviro

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    I feel the same. We've had quite a few heatwaves the last few years, with some lasting weeks. It causes a lot of drought. I don't remember it being such a regular thing. Haven't seen snow in quite...

    I feel the same. We've had quite a few heatwaves the last few years, with some lasting weeks. It causes a lot of drought. I don't remember it being such a regular thing. Haven't seen snow in quite some time too. This winter was especially warm. People are now starting to buy air-conditioning for their homes. Nobody had that a few years ago.

    It is quite scary really. We are acting like it's getting a bit warmer but I'm worried of what will come.

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  15. Comment on Daily thread for news/updates/discussion of George Floyd protests - June 6 in ~news

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    I love it because the FBI is getting exactly what they asked for :)

    I love it because the FBI is getting exactly what they asked for :)

    8 votes
  16. Comment on What do you think is the next big technological breakthrough? in ~tech

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    That's exactly what all the assistent like Siri and Google Assistent were promising years ago. But they didn't seem to get much further than reminding you when to leave for some calendar event....

    Right now AI is being used, with great success, to keep people on platforms using recommendation engines. What if the same type of software could tell you you’re 90% likely to be happier if you drink some water and go on a walk. Then it figures out you like movies and suggests you go to the theater with a specific recommendation.

    That's exactly what all the assistent like Siri and Google Assistent were promising years ago. But they didn't seem to get much further than reminding you when to leave for some calendar event. I'm not impressed, even though it was looking good at the start.

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  17. Comment on Protests over death of George Floyd disrupt Minneapolis, and beyond in ~news

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    Not surprised by this at all. US police brutality against people of color has been going on for decades. If you fail to provide justice or change, even after repeated protests, riots will happen....

    Not surprised by this at all. US police brutality against people of color has been going on for decades. If you fail to provide justice or change, even after repeated protests, riots will happen.

    People always say it's just a few bad apples, but it really feels systemic. It's sad to see.

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  18. Comment on Tenet - New trailer for the Christopher Nolan movie in ~movies

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    The concept looks intriguing and Nolan movies are always worth a watch. I wonder if people are actually going to see it, come July.

    The concept looks intriguing and Nolan movies are always worth a watch. I wonder if people are actually going to see it, come July.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on The wonderful world of Chinese hi-fi - The world of good and cheap headphones from anonymous Chinese companies in ~tech

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    I can recommend https://www.scarbir.com/ for solid reviews of these IEMs. Bought Tin Audio T2 and QCY T5 because of them, they do not disappoint.

    I can recommend https://www.scarbir.com/ for solid reviews of these IEMs. Bought Tin Audio T2 and QCY T5 because of them, they do not disappoint.

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