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The face of Jesus in my soup.

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My mum owns an old Olivetti that seems to be a collectors item nowadays. Our mutual favourite (and only) use for it is to notify each other when we stumble across one for sale and how much it goes for. They seem to be in the area of €80-150 so not quite the family heirloom.

Edit; Oh wow. Haven’t checked prices for few years. Seems they are selling tenfold now.

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Agreed that blocking is useful, but the default shouldn’t be having to jump through hoops to make the fediverse usable, especially for new users.

I’d suggest the mirrors of other social media be delegated to their own instance that clearly states that it is a bot-run Reddit or whatever mirror and other instances don’t show them by default.

Those that want the mirrored no engagement content can subscribe to those on those particular instances and nobody needs to have a problem.

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It is also a problem if it is not obvious that it is bot generated content and another if it floods actual user generated content.

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Cook your own food. Ready made meals will always be made with as much cheap non nutritional filler as possible. Learn how to use a few spices, buy produce that is cheap with the season and keep track of weekly discounts in your local stores. It will save you money, you’ll eat better and it’s rewarding to have a tasty meal in the end.

Also I’m surprised how many people don’t seem to understand pricing in general. When comparing prices, see the price per weight or volume. That is money/kilogram or money/liter (substitute with freedom units). Money per package can be deceiving if you compare 75 money for a smaller package or 95 money for a larger.

Edit: If the need to learn spices makes you overwhelmed, start out with some spice mixes! Pick a couple of different blends that are different, like one Cajun Mix and one Mediterranean and one oh idk something else culturally generic. Also salt, pepper, paprika and bullion. There. You can make lots of different sorts of foods and learn on the way what spices you like. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Don’t get discouraged. Some stuff will turn out meh, but others will make you go wow. All of those are learning experiences for the future!

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That’s true. Food prep is great for the economy and also for the soul. You can generally find larger amounts cheaper per weight and it’s nice to know them you get home and are tired that there is some good food waiting to be reheated.

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What are subways?

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Yes, with secret missions and drugs and hookers. Tunnel snakes rule!

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And here in Sweden he is pissy that the workforce has rights as well, and I predict he’ll be even more pissy to realize that his handling of the entire situation has made other people less in favour of switching to a Tesla. Solidarity is big here - even with the general population of right wing voters.

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Thanks. I dropped cinnamon, nutmeg and some more ginger for good measure.

Is it just me, or has the BS with OpenAI shown that nobody in the AI space actually cares about "safeguarding AGI?"

Money wins, every time. They’re not concerned with accidentally destroying humanity with an out-of-control and dangerous AI who has decided “humans are the problem.” (I mean, that’s a little sci-fi anyway, an AGI couldn’t “infect” the entire internet as it currently exists.)...

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I for one don’t understand why people have the need for a Tech Visionary Messiah to cling on to and adore. Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, lots of others, Sam Altman is the latest. They always and without exception turn out to be little human beings with little selfish needs behind their grandiose altruistic sales pitches. People never learn, do they.

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I guess it makes sense to call them STEM pop stars.

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For me personally, it annoys me when emojis are used as a lazy replacement for language and it quickly deteriorates into 🥺🥺😭😭😢😭😭😰😰🙏🙏🙏 sort of bullshit.

In other communication I sometimes throw in a single smiley face because I’ve been told that middle aged women in particular interpret messages as passive aggressive if I don’t.

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Well, those are intelligence agency, aren’t they.

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Uh well the opposite actually, unless they offer murders on the VIP menu.

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Because if it does happen even infrequently, it would be unlikely that not at least a few had a media leak or some upset spouse exposing it.

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Yeah, well, kidnapping is something different, isn’t it.

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Oh bummer. I was hoping you could take me out with a spectacular long range headshot this weekend, disappear without any trace or explanation, and leave everybody baffled and speculating for years to come.

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Thanks for that rabbit hole. Interesting. It would make sense for a clever and reasonably tech savvy person at that time to put messages in the HTML thinking it would be sufficiently hidden, and to come up with the strategy to mask business traffic from casual traffic by being an overly popular image host. Then again, people in some sort of intelligence biz that use terminology of secure data storage should also know that obscurity is not not security. If it’s a LARP, it is an ambitious one, but people that are armchair military do have a weird mindset of their own.

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Indeed. Still, I’d assume if the hypothetical high profile target has security up to par, it requires a little more than to go in and start blasting. Even if very little planning is required, it would be because the hitman has sufficient expertise, indirectly the planning already being done over years of experience.

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Yeah, it did cross my mind, along with the Italian mob killing prosecutors back in the day, but as far as I recall those too are gunning everything in proximity of the target or at most sophisticated a planted car bomb. Not like the roof top assassin that disappears into thin air sort of thing.

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I was thinking just anything outside national intelligence basically.

Oh yeah, the Coca Cola murders! Looking it up now I’m surprised it was in the 90s and even 00s and today nobody cares. For some reason it would make sense if it was in the seventies. Oil and mining industries come to mind as well for murdering unionists. I’d imagine it still happens in poor countries and never reaches the international news, while the murders being of the most brutal massacre sort imaginable.

You’re absolutely right. I’d never expect real life murder to be cool. Even less it to be a business that is supposedly covert and underground but where everyone is hot and flashy with charming eccentric quirks and everybody knows everybody.

At best I’d assume a couple of paranoid individuals with antisocial traits carefully exchange information and experiences over a quiet drink at some anonymous hotel bar,. While keeping a close eye on each other, because why would an independent professional murderer trust an elite competitor or even a colleague, regardless either of them being in it for the thrill or the money.

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I don’t believe in an afterlife and I don’t have any children, so I could in theory live in an ego bubble and care about anyone or anything. Instead I try to do at least the bare minimum of a decent human being and more when I can. I’m way not perfect and I fuck up regularly, but I do put in effort to be and do better.

It’s weird to interact with people that have kids that will inherit the earth but these people don’t seem to give a fuck about neither. Even more if they tout symbols of faith yet act in direct opposition to the general “be nice” that is central in most so religions.

But I try not to be too hard on those people too. Life is difficult for everybody.

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But, but… The market… Brrr?

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Reminds me of an article I read long time ago of the need in computer games to tweak percentage chance of success and failure, because if it is true as presented 80% success rate players think it should be “almost always” and complain when one fifth of attempts fail.

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Bathory.

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Nope. Bathory is once of those bands that were an essential influence of other musicians and that are partially responsible for what metal music is today but for whatever reason they seem to be relatively unknown for today’s metal masses.

So congratulations, my friend! It looks like you’re one of today’s Lucky 10000! Give it a shot, share it with your friends!

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It’s in Old English style of gothic script. A font that imitates a medieval type of handwriting.

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I’ve been meaning to rewatch Watership Down for the last twenty years but have still not managed to deal with the trauma from forty years ago.

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“The government” is the abstract bogey man that can do anything, huh?

If you want some real conspiracy, take a look at multinational mega corporations and how they create an illusion of choice that ends up as revenue for their owners, controlling prices while avoiding taxes and livable wages for their workers and buying politicians around the globe.

But nooo that’s too real and scary and depressing when it’s much more exciting to fantasize about secret technology and aliens and whatever.

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Dude, you don’t need to post your videos of PC game music in every single music community. It’s becoming spammy now.

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I think the main problem is that a single value score means different things to different people. Most people think it means “entertaining”, film nerds think “original”, cineasts think, well, I don’t know actually, but I’d imagine a sum of technical aspects.

One solution would be to split up the rating into aspects, another to filter ratings according to similarity in preferences. None of these are perfect though and the latter may even be another social media trap with all kinds of inherent problematics.

My workaround is to have a quick glance at the different review boards I know for their audience and weigh the scores to the type of movie if it’s worth a two hour investment of time or not.

Personally I came to the conclusion a long time ago that there is no reason for me to rate movies for how faux objectively “good” they are. I don’t rate movies for anybody else. I rate them to keep track of what I’ve seen from people in the production. I try to give it some context, but ultimately it’s an entirely subjective rating for myself.

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I don’t think it’s contradictory to my post. RT is one of the boards I check for the angle of supposedly professional movie critics, though I’ll be the first to admit the standards are pretty low.

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You know when you have an issue with your Linux so you air it on a public forum and are overrun with useless comments that you should switch to Arch because it’s so much better and you’re stupid if you don’t?

Yeah.

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I eat a lot of paracetamol because longtime unwell. Would NAC benefit my liver from the hit it takes from paracetamol?

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I vote for blocks of bouncy castles several storeys high. No need for elevators.

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My guess is that at some point some poor web dev or web admin screwed up big time and with a heart rate nearing the colibri fluttered in panic above their laptop in attempts to restore the site, finding great relief that there was a snapshot in the archives and did not have enough presence to fix all the links to get it back online asap.

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Me: Prions. I know what they are, I know what they do. Terrible. I shouldn’t look up Fatal Familial Insomnia.

Also me: Yep. I should not have looked up Fatal Familial Insomnia.

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Not only never entered, she is proactively pushing out.

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And they are not the ones to suffer and be subjugated, that’s for The Others only.

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My god, it’s full of starsszzzz

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Oh, butts. I replied to the wrong post. The one I intended to respond asked if there were celebrities on the feediverse.

I must admit, it gave me great confusion to read your response in my inbox. And now amusement.

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I think the beauty of this line of social media is that it is so anonymous in the sense that it doesn’t matter who is behind the username. It can be the most basic bitch in Ohio, a shut-in from Italy, a porn star from Hungary or a chart breaking pop star from London. As long they have something interesting to contribute, it does not matter at all who they are. No need to prove anything. Everybody can just be.

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