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Technology & Information / Re: New laptop
« on: February 11, 2021, 01:55:54 AM »
I've been cycling through quite a few laptops lately, most recently a Yoga 6. I am considering just returning that and getting the base model M1 Air since I don't do any heavy tasks on mobile and I have a decent desktop for anything the Air can't handle. I should make a thread about it...

There’s nothing the Air can’t handle. I edit 4K video and RAW image files on it every week. My only regret is I didn’t wait for the upcoming Pro, since it’s supposed to bring back MagSafe charging.

Yeah this thing has been amazing to use so far. I was tempted to wait for the 14" Pro to launch as well, but I don't do anything on my laptop that would justify spending that much money. Not sure if they replace the 13" altogether and keep the 14" at the $1299 base price, or just start the 14" at a few hundred dollars more. I do miss MagSafe though, it was a bonehead move to ever get rid of it. Although it is nice to be able to use the same charger on my phone and laptop with usb-c.

Anyway, everyone should get an M1 Mac.

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Technology & Information / Re: New laptop
« on: February 10, 2021, 05:59:15 PM »
I've been cycling through quite a few laptops lately, most recently a Yoga 6. I am considering just returning that and getting the base model M1 Air since I don't do any heavy tasks on mobile and I have a decent desktop for anything the Air can't handle. I should make a thread about it...

Well I ordered it. Going to go pick it up today. Thork's hype convinced me.

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Technology & Information / Re: New laptop
« on: February 10, 2021, 04:16:32 PM »
I've been cycling through quite a few laptops lately, most recently a Yoga 6. I am considering just returning that and getting the base model M1 Air since I don't do any heavy tasks on mobile and I have a decent desktop for anything the Air can't handle. I should make a thread about it...

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Official Sports Thread
« on: February 07, 2021, 08:41:26 PM »
I don't like the Bucs or Brady but I have a nice payout coming if the Bucs win.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Official Sports Thread
« on: February 07, 2021, 06:22:15 PM »
Go bucs

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: President Joe Biden
« on: February 05, 2021, 02:05:47 PM »
Reconciliation it is, then.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: President Joe Biden
« on: February 04, 2021, 05:56:58 PM »
While I like free money (got my $600 yesterday) I hate the dems using reconceliation to push this through.

I wish Republicans would negotiate.  They seem to have forgotten how in the past 12 years.

Probably closer to 40 years... That will be what probably ends up leading to abolishing the filibuster by Democrats, which will get Uno reversed on Democrats if Republicans take over during the midterms.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: President Joe Biden
« on: February 04, 2021, 05:29:56 PM »
Reconciliation is pretty much the only tool they have since Republicans and Democrats are light years apart on what a relief deal should look like. The Republican goal would likely just end up being months of negotiations and then not voting for a Democrat bill anyway.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / President Joe Biden
« on: February 04, 2021, 04:51:09 PM »
I thought it may be useful to have a thread to discuss current events of the Biden administration without being drowned out by debating/rehashing the results of an election that was decided a long time ago. In the spirit of that idea, unless there is some new story that comes out about the election/fraud, keep the discussions on whether you think Biden is actually President or not out of this thread.

Biden signed a bunch of EOs undoing the policy set by the Trump admin. The current hot topic is the next covid relief package. Looks like student loan debt relief has been kicked down the road until summer or later. Also Pete Buttigieg is in charge of the trains now.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Coronavirus Vaccine and You
« on: February 01, 2021, 05:43:34 PM »
Why? You are already immune. How do you think you recovered from the disease instead of dying? Your body developed antibodies to overcome coronavirus. What does a vaccine do? Helps you develop antibodies to overcome the virus.
I am currently "trusting the science" in that the recent data I have seen implies the antibodies may not last all that long. If that isn't the case as more data comes in, I will reevaluate. I doubt I will be able to get the vaccine for at least several months anyway, so I will have plenty of time to consider my position.


I feel like the collective world has take an IQ bath and washed away all common sense and powers of reasoning.
Yes, anyone who doesn't share your opinion must be a low-IQ, irrational smoothbrain incapable of reason.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Coronavirus Vaccine and You
« on: February 01, 2021, 04:47:27 PM »
I recently recovered from covid. 2/10 would not recommend. My symptoms were moderate with only a couple of days bad enough worry me that it might get real bad. Then it went away. Assuming I don't have scarred lungs or damaged organs I don't know about, it was much easier than the actual flu.

Still going to get the vaccine, but am much less worried about dying in the meantime. Given the number of variants we are already seeing, I imagine covid is just going to become a part of life, much like the flu where the annual flu shot is based on the most prevalent strain(s) that year.

I can't really fault someone for not wanting the current vaccine if their decision is based on phase 3 trials being much shorter than any other medication on the market and doing their own risk analysis. I am not sure how many of those people there are compared to the people who think there is a 5G modem in the vaccine and that the government will be monitoring and controlling you forever (not sure why they would even need that since everyone has a smartphone).

TL;DR - Got the 'vid, didn't die. Will get the vaccine, but don't blame certain people for not getting it. The anti-vax crowd are giant douches and will eventually remove themselves from the gene pool when something more deadly eventually comes along.


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Arts & Entertainment / Re: FES Book Club
« on: February 01, 2021, 05:38:09 AM »
Okay, but did you like it?

I am still processing my feelings on that; I probably posted about it too soon as I only finished the book a few hours ago. Right now, I like it like I like the FF7 remake. Super into it initially, then just a grind to get to the important bits and ending.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: FES Book Club
« on: February 01, 2021, 04:42:39 AM »
We -  Yevgeny Zamyatin

Many spoilers ahead.

First published in 1924, We is a story of a niceguy stemlord who lives in a dystopian society purely based on fAcTs aNd LoGiC (~500 years or so into the future). Our protagonist, D-503 (OneState is too rational for regular names), would also be a nerdvirigin incel if it weren't for the fact big brother assigns people to bang each other on a schedule. Everything has a schedule. D-503 spends most of his time fellating his rational mind by thinking about numbers and equations. He is also the builder of a rocket ship that is going to carry their great society to pacify any potential savages that may exist beyond earth. He has been tasked with keeping a journal so if they encounter any aliens, said aliens will quickly come to understand why OneState is the best state (and will force them to comply with lasers & shit if needed). D bumps into a girl other than his banging partner and accidentally discovers feelings. He does a bunch of dumb shit to impress a woman who probably won't ever really love him. Something to note is that OneState typically executes anyone doing dumb shit.

This text was the inspiration for Brave New World and 1984, and it is easy to see how those works were derived from We. Although this is a bit of a pseudo poem. The prose gets lengthy and flowery once D discovers he may have a soul after he gets shitfaced drunk one night (alcohol and tobacco also punishable by death). Like a dipshit moron in love, D keeps all of his transgressions documented in his journal for literally anyone to read. The prose mostly laments the knuckle-dragging history of mankind. A lot of complaining about Christianity but also implying it was hella right.

Anyway, there is a secret rebellion being plotted against OneState. Unlike 1984, this is actually a real rebellion, not just a honeypot. D gets caught up in the mix and it looks like they are going to topple OneState, but then big brother pulls the rug out. Also unlike 1984, We skips all lengthy brainwashing to make our hero love big brother. OneState has a procedure where they cut out the part of the brain responsible for imagination, which is apparently the root of the problem with the defectors. D gets this brainjob in the last couple pages and is back to usual logical self, compartmentalizing all those dumb feelings he recently had (which occupied ~200 pages of this 225 page novel). The rest of the rebel scum that scammed him into helping them are tortured and executed by OneState while D watches on happily. The end.

Mixing math/science with poetry was a bad experiment and people shouldn't do it.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Sea of Thieves
« on: January 26, 2021, 04:34:51 PM »
Fortuna is a griefer.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Official Sports Thread
« on: January 16, 2021, 05:06:49 PM »

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Now Playing (the Video Game Version)
« on: January 13, 2021, 04:59:06 PM »
Also I wasn't too fond of the industrial metal soundtrack, it sounded kind of tacky to me.

Rushy in shambles...

I think I liked DOOM 2016 more than Eternal. But you should also play Eternal.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: January 13, 2021, 04:56:51 PM »
It's really petty to try and squeeze an impeachment into the last few days of his presidency. I'd support it wholeheartedly if Trump had a few months left in office, or even just a few weeks, but at the last second like this is just cynical.

I disagree that it is petty. The senate trial doesn't have to happen during the last week, and if convicted they can prevent him from holding office again. NYT is reporting that even McConnell is open to the idea this time around - https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/12/us/politics/mcconnell-backs-trump-impeachment.html

This is likely just self-preservation from the Republican side. Seems quite a few want him out of the party, and if he ran as an independent in 2024 it would guarantee the Republicans have no chance.

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Trouble is, as Tom shows on here daily, they are mostly sadly deluded and inept.

I’m sure Tom still had a nice day out though.


Stop doing this. Warned.


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Technology & Information / Re: Ask Rushy about Bitcoins.
« on: January 09, 2021, 01:03:50 AM »
What are some reputable places to purchase BitCoins?  I got some birthday money and am thinking about tossing it in there.

normiebase

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