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I_Used_to_be_me 1 point ago +1 / -0

Careful what you wish for. When the military steps in, it's not going to be in the way you want them to

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I_Used_to_be_me 1 point ago +1 / -0

Wtf happened to him? Omg he looks like this little bitch that went to my middle and high school who was always in super shitty "rival" bands. He came over to "jam" with me once (before I realized how much he sucked) when we were about 14-15, and I started an "airsoft fight" for fun. Since my real friends/band always had a blast doing it, I assumed this little bitch would too, but instead, he started crying like a little bitch and then called his Gilbert-Grape's-mother-looking-mom to come pick him up and cry about getting hit with a little plastic pellet in the arm from ~40 feet away (while I literally demonstrated to both of them what a bitch he was by shooting myself, point blank, in the same spot... twice). Then we wiped the stage with his band in our high school's battle of the bands (and he proceeded to write a blog post complaining about how it was "rigged," lol. Except the whole school loved and went crazy for us, while his band just sucked and lost fair and square. So then I printed his sore-loser rant onto iron-on paper and made t-shirts, and the next day half the school was wearing this whiny bitches rant on their shirts and making fun of him. Stone.Cold.Loser - b/c Everything.Woke.Turns.To.Shit[especially when there's too much soy])

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I_Used_to_be_me 2 points ago +2 / -0

Encountered similar in grad school at an ivy. Was working ~60 hours to put myself through school, too (main job in a garage, 2nd as a barista at a cafe just off campus. Every single student there complained about how they couldn't handle their 15 hour work week on top of school, while I got straight A's working 4 times as many hours lol). In any case, I straight up had a (white/liberal) girl tell me I only got an A in a class because I was a white male. Had another, in a different class (of all white kids except 1 black kid), tell me (during MY presentation) that she'd "just like to hear from someone that isn't a white male in a position of power," lmao. Black kid approached me after class to tell me he enjoyed my presentation (on fake news, responding to an assigned article that claimed fake news only benefited trump and the right lol) and how "that white chick made me feel so uncomfortable. Why are these white liberal chicks always the most racist?" I was dying laughing. In reality, I had to get WAY better grades than my non "straight white male" counterparts to get in, needed even more to get financial aid, and still had to pay more, despite being #1 in my class w/ a 4.0 and below poverty level income, just because I didn't qualify for all the non white male scholarships/grants and was "too privileged" to get even half the help these kids that couldn't work more than 10-15 hours a week got

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I_Used_to_be_me 1 point ago +1 / -0

Yeah but type 1 diabetes increases also strongly correlate to massive dietary/food changes in this country (basically, rise in diabetes on a graph aligns perfectly with an increase of garbage fast food, processed foods, sugary snacks/drinks, and mothers going from housewives making healthy meals to working career women giving their kids premade, frozen food, fast food, hamburger helpers, canned foods, etc etc). Not saying either of us is wrong or right, just that... there's been a LOT of negative/unhealthy trends in the U.S. that correlate to the rise of so many mental and physical health issues

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I_Used_to_be_me 3 points ago +3 / -0

Jonathan Haidt talks about this specifically. He attributes it more to the coddling of children, though, since some studies do back this up (particularly one about peanuts. There's been a major trend since the 80s to encourage parents to keep kids away from peanuts/nuts from womb to whatever age, and this guideline correlated perfectlly with the rise in peanut allergies. A study was then conducted, with 1 group avoiding peanuts, a control group, and a 3rd group where pregnant mothers ate some kind of peanut snack that was like... almost like a cheese puff, but instead of coated w/ fake cheese, it was coated in a light peanut dust. The kids whose mothers ate this snack, essentially none of them had peanut allergies, while those who avoided it saw high rates. Essentially, light exposure, rather than avoidance, helps ensure no allergy is developed)

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I_Used_to_be_me 4 points ago +4 / -0

Ya know... I honestly don't remember, but I'm pretty sure we had actually just driven it. This was a while ago (and before I really knew about cars. I thought I did at the time, but this was before I was actually a mechanic in a garage and I was more of a "know just enough to be dangerous" enthusiast at that point lol), but I was doing it with someone (the person that later hired me) who did know what they were doing, and it was just reallllllllly seized up in there. The extractor/broken plug remover we used was just no match for those damned ~20 year old OEM plugs lol

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I_Used_to_be_me 1 point ago +1 / -0

Yeah I was thinking the same. The school I was working at and going to grad school until a little over a year ago is in a constitutional carry state, and even still, you not only can't bring your firearm to campus, but you literally can't even have one in the entire town that the school's in (a female student tried suing over this. Pretty sure the most they conceded was that a student could bring their firearm, but only if they immediately checked it in at the security office and kept it in a locker until it was time to leave campus. So... pointless, basically)

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I_Used_to_be_me 8 points ago +8 / -0

Ugh, not gonna lie... I have an office job now after working too many of those days, in a 120 degree garage, over 7 years or so lol. A lot of times I really miss it - mostly the hanging out with the guys, going out back for smoke breaks, and the general feeling of accomplishment I'd get throughout the day, but... then I remind myself of how I felt 10 hours into a shift when its 120 degrees in there, I smell like something indescribable, I stop at burger king on the way home and they don't put a burger patty on my rodeo cheeseburger so I lose my shit and chuck all my food out the window, get home and watch all the dirt and oil form a black pool in my shower/tub as I scrub my skin off with lava soap. Yea, I don't miss it that much

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I_Used_to_be_me 13 points ago +13 / -0

Happened to me when I bought a 20 year old Jetta and the previous owner had never replaced the spark plugs. Even using a 6 foot breaker bar and we struggled to get the old plugs to budge. And when we finally did? ::Clink, clank, clonk:: Crap... it's in the engine...

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I_Used_to_be_me 7 points ago +8 / -1

Marriage is like academia. It was a useful institution that served its purpose well until the government decided to stick its grubby hands in

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I_Used_to_be_me 8 points ago +8 / -0

Rose Cross, Rosy Cross, Rose and Cross, Rose Croix, Rosenkreuz, Rosicrucianism, all generally accepted terminology

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I_Used_to_be_me 1 point ago +1 / -0

Yeah but... I hope Neil Young will remember, a Southern [belle] don't need him 'round, anyhow

[saw your username and couldn't help myself]

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I_Used_to_be_me 1 point ago +1 / -0

Yeah I think that sums it all up really well; things just (in these specific regards) just... work better on a mac, but it's not like the performance absolutely blasts everything else out of the water. But, like I said, it also takes quite a lot of cash to get there. But... get a M.P. with a Big Navi 6800/6900.... Whew boy!! And even the Vega models, too.

My PC handles these tasks, too, but just not nearly as well. It's just a .... more frustrating experience, I guess. And I LOVE tinkering and troubleshooting, but only when the time calls for it. When I'm working, that's the last thiing I want to deal with, so I appreciate that I don't have to finagle around and figure unrelated things out as much with apple. It's just... open, turn on, install and use (maybe oversimplifying a bit, but... it is about that simple).

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I_Used_to_be_me 1 point ago +1 / -0

Yeah of course, and me stating linux is the best is definitely just my opinion - guess I should have prefaced it but didn't think it necessary.

As for Apple - yes, that is their marketing gimmick, and unfortunately, it works so well that many spend $900 on a macbook air expecting to get a content-creation powerhouse, when they're not. But that said, a higher end Mac Pro (and even better iMacs, and to an extent, top-tier MBP) genuinely are the best for these tasks (unless you're doing something like LTT did when building the "PC PRO"/MacPro Killer"; and even they conceded it still wasn't necessarily better), and you're simply just going to have a better time. And trust me, I'm not a mac fanboy - my daily driver is my PC that I built. But for work (digital content production), it just doesn't compete with the macpro (even when using GPU acceleration and whatnot with the 3080).

But agreed - It's a double-edged sword. The ease of use and many of the other "positives" come at the cost of proprietary, well, everything, no real way to fix more serious issues outside of using Apple Certified techs, planned obsolescence, no real way to upgrade anything - it's a long list, and it's why it isn't my main personal daily driver. But for work — where I'm in Adobe everything all day, 3D rendering/CAD work, video production, DaVinci Resolve/vegas/shotcut/OBS/, etc, it's not much of a contest. The PC does fine, but not good enough for a lot of these tasks, and dozens of benchmarks prove it

Till it breaks and NONE of your 20+ years ...

Yeah, that was part of why I always stuck with them, though. In 20+ years, I never had anything break until my 2017 MBP (every key broke, so they replaced them. Annoying, but that's stiil a damn good run). Before that, the closest I got was when my cat knocked my 2014 MBP into the bathtub, fully submerged. Thought it was toast... still using it/working fine today, though

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I_Used_to_be_me 1 point ago +1 / -0

Linux is the best. You're a bit unfair to Apple, though - both hardware and software side (and to give an idea just to show where my bias lies: I've been building PCs since 5th grade; ~25 years or so now. I was a PC/Windows guy until around 2006. My friend managed to get me to RELUCTANTLY try a mac, and I switched completely over to their ecosystem. I fully recognized its flaws, but it was far better for my needs [heavy in content creation, audio/visual etc]). Then I got a MBP in 2017 and vowed to NEVER buy anything Apple again. It was such a POS [hardware wise, their software is still top notch]. But... it was an outlier for 1. and working within their ecosystem still is always very pleasant and intuitive, none of the weird quirks you get w/ windows, etc. It's all seamless. But I still haven't gone back [just built a new rig with an RTX 3080, things a demon. Windows ruins it, naturally, so its running Linux now]. BUTTTTTTTTT all that said, and a MacPro is still an absolute beast that will outperform even my $3k 3080 build right now in just about everything except for gaming. That said, they're Mac Pros — not macbook pros or iMacs — and they're fuggin expensive, but glorious, and even the best home-builts won't outperform it in tasks requiring 3d rendering, 4k video production, audio engineering, etc/things of that nature. Can't even get the GPU for a build - only available in the mac pro, so... no other way to do it. You can watch an interesting vid from Linus tech tips where they built a $30k "PC Pro" to beat the Mac Pro, but... that's about what it takes to beat it)

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I_Used_to_be_me 0 points ago +1 / -1

But... it's already a successful desktop OS? Best OS, too, now that it runs steam/acts as a gaming OS flawlessly now

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I_Used_to_be_me 0 points ago +1 / -1

Joke I'm assuming?

Just in case it's not, yes you can get this for linux. Hell, linux is a full-fledged OS now and works seamlessly for gaming, now (I no longer even run windows on my PC rig). Set up correctly, and its UI is just as intuitive as OSX

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I_Used_to_be_me 3 points ago +3 / -0

I've found Brave's shields to be incredibly effective. Not perfect, but about 90% of the time, they are right in blocking what they're blocking, and only rarely should you trust a blocked site enough to take the shields down.

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I_Used_to_be_me 1 point ago +1 / -0

Yea they're both built on Chromium (not to be conflated with "same as Chrome and therefore bad") - I've noticed no inferiorities, and only superiorities. Haven't used any other browser in years, and my BAT wallet getting hefty is a nice bonus

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I_Used_to_be_me 4 points ago +4 / -0

Brave is a browser - with TOR functionality, no less. Brave is also a search engine. And BAT is Brave's erc20 token that you can both earn (and cash out if you'd like I've earned a couple hundred $USD over the years I've been using it), and also use as a great way to donate to your favorite sites and content creators

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I_Used_to_be_me 4 points ago +4 / -0

I almost cut my hair. It happened just the other day. Was gettin kinda long, coulda said it was in my way. But I didn't, and I wonder why I feel like letting my freak-flag fly. Feel like I owe it to someone

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