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    Mikko Parviainen @ 860: I'd bet something that she didn't return to the village she was from after graduating. At least here in Finland ISTR some news about the countryside and small towns declining - the women get a higher...
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    JamesPadraicR @ 755: "What about Jimmy Carter? He started as a peanut farmer (although I can't say which amount of physical labour he did himself)." I don’t know how much physical farming he did either, but he certainly did plenty...
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    whitroth @ 754: I get really, REALLY annoyed at folks referring to SJW (it's SJW, not SJA, get with the program, here). 90% of where I see such references are from right-wingers, 99.44% of whom are "pure white" (see the...
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    Charlie Stross @ 731: The term you are looking for is intersectionality (originally, intersectional feminism, but it spread out a bit). Briefly: it's possible for the same person to be privileged in some contexts and subject to discrimination in others....
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    Elderly Cynic @ 726: One of the factors leading to genuine racial discrimination in many societies (including parts of the USA and UK) is the 'poor whites' feeling that they are being discriminated against on behalf of (and even by)...
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    Charlie Stross @ 669: (Back home at last …) Armbands are not specifically required: it just needs to be some sort of visual identifier so that the authoritarians can see and be seen. Armbands with swastikas are one option. So...
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    David L @ 618: "Last time I travelled standby it was very stressful. ... Not worth the hassle, frankly." Stressful. Well it requires an attitude. I've spend 12 hours at an airport and then given up and gone home. 3...
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    Robert Prior @ 614: Last time I travelled standby it was very stressful. I was visiting my folks when the friend who got me the ticket called and said to get to the airport that evening because the spaces were...
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    I'd just like to point out that Seedless Watermelon" is a LIE!...
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    Greg Tingey @ 567: Meanwhile, I'd like to ask, not just Charlie, but the commentariat, about a recent event (plural) The Daily Nazi has been running articles based on STOLEN CONFIDENTIAL diplomatic reports. Which paper would be "The Daily Nazi"?...
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    Damian @ 560: You know that Greer is from Sydney, right? And there have always been people who appreciate reclaiming without necessarily participating? My point, and I think some of Moz's, though I can't speak for him, or anyone, is...
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    Pigeon @ 550: A couple of observations for what they're worth... Most women I know (aside from those who tend to avoid profanity in general) are quite happy to call someone a cunt if they deserve it. The idea of...
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    Heteromeles @ 543: My preferred nickname for the current inmate of the White House is "El Cheeto Grande," referring to the megacorp-produced cheese flavored puffs dusted with orange scary powder that are heavily advertised here. I like gibbons too much...
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    Charlie Stross @ 531: One exception: Donald Trump — it is totally fine by me to call him the Tangerine Shitgibbon, because (a) as POTUS his ego should be serene in his elevated imperial overlordship and immune to any hint...
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    Nojay @ 524: It's not an Othering word the way the N-word is, merely(?) a derogatory term. In U.S. vernacular it IS an "Othering word", as offensive as the N-word....
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    Robert Prior @ 522: "If you're looking for a replacement for Adobe products, I've been impressed with Affinity Photo (and Designer): https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/ $70 CDN for a program with 90%+ of the functionality of Photoshop. (That's purchase price, not subscription.) Runs...
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    _Moz_ @ 514: Does this mean we've finally got past the point where you foul-mouthed misogynistic fuckstains will be using "cunt" as a term of abuse on a regular basis? I'm disappointed that those posts haven't been moderated out of...
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    whitroth @ 481: Oh, one more cmt about Word: DO NOT, UNLESS FORCED TO AT GUNPOINT, EVER GO TO OFFICE365. 1. It's a revenue stream - stop paying, and it stops working.2. It's *all* in the fuckin' M$ Cloud. I've...
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    whitroth @ 478: 3 year lifespan for PSUs? You *do* have your system on a UPS, right? My PSUs last, I dunno, 6? 10? years, and I'm talking about my home system, not a server at work, some of which...
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    UriGagarin @ 469: From what I've googled yes you need Java for OO.o. LibreOffice is actively being developed while OpenOffice is not. Only makes a difference when interacting with MS docs. Personally Office 97 was good enough for my needs....
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    Damian @ 405: The last desktop tower that I built is still working, 9 years on. I haven’t replaced any components, but it does need a new power supply (the power supply fan bearings have started making noise). The last...
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    UriGagarin @ 376: Other way round - Open Office (iirc ) was StarOffice which Sun acquired way back.It morphed into OpenOffice, which was actually very useful for fixing borked Word Docs.When Oracle bought Sun, OpenOffice forked into LibreOffice.OpenOffice then got...
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    Greg Tingey @ 365: I FIRST need to register a domain name ...Registrar" ... now you've lost me again ....I want the simplest, cheap-as-reasonable very basic servie of a registerd domain name, without ANY frills or fancy work at all...
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    Pigeon @ 336: "What programs REQUIRE Java to work?" LibreOffice does, which is why it needs a ridiculously fast CPU merely to respond to mouse clicks in real time. What about OpenOffice? I think it started out as LibreOffice, but...
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    Elderly Cynic @ 1146: That's the fig leaf. The EU has introduced sanctions, not a blockade - there is a legal difference, you know. Yeah, I know ... and ILLEGAL differences as well. Plus I know denial ain't a river...
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    gasdive @ 1145: Australian meter boxes allow access to the back of meters, but I think you could do it simply by dismounting the meter, attaching a jumper to bridge the meter, then remove the cables from the old meter...
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    In the spirit of ask ANYTHING ... 2 questions (not related): Do I need Java? I keep getting these notifications there's a new version of Java available & I should update it. What programs REQUIRE Java to work? What are...
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    Damian @ 326: I suppose I’m the run-it-into-the-ground type you describe (usually aim for 5 years from a significant computing device, often get a bit more). But there is a more interesting reason this might not work well for most...
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    Elderly Cynic @ 1137: Even I was not expecting us to be so bootlicking as to lead the attack on Iran just because the USA wanted us to. The utter arrogance of doing it in a way that pissed off...
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    gasdive @ 1135: "going to install a new meter. I'm not sure if they got around to it yet, because I don't remember having to reset the clocks" The techs who worked for the electricity company I worked for, would...
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