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  1. In Topic: What's messing with your groove?

    27 March 2023 - 07:15 AM

    View PostCause, on 25 March 2023 - 10:15 PM, said:

    Good problem to have but man itís cussing me a lot of stress:

    Two job offers.

    1) 25 days leave , likely relaxed work, lord of travel (this can be good or bad)

    2) 15 days leave, likely more stress, 20% more pay

    The money difference isnít small. However Ten extra days Pto a year isnít nothing.

    First question here: can you still take unpaid leave without additional problems/trouble? If so, the 10 days difference is about... 6%? of yearly days worked... So on paper, taking the 10 additional days unpaid leave is worth it with 20% additional pay.
    Second question: how much of an increase in disposable income does the 20% increase in pay signify? In hypotheticals, if job 1 pays $5k, and job 2 pays $6k, and your rent+groceries are around $4.5k monthly, job 2 gets you a disposable income increase of +200%, which is nothing to sneeze at.
    Third question: is the cited 20% more pay reliable in regards to what you said about upfront payment vs commission? If not, it's not worth the additional stress regardless if job 1 pay level is high enough for comfortable living, so option 1 seems to be the better choice in most circumstances.
  2. In Topic: The USA Politics Thread

    24 March 2023 - 11:00 PM

    View PostQuickTidal, on 24 March 2023 - 04:05 PM, said:

    Because nothing is stifled on TikTok, it's video that's easy to upload and parse and filled with people talking. When Iran was having it's uprising over that woman's death, the ONLY place you could find videos of the actual fight, was on TikTok.

    Well enough. As long as it can actually stay impartial, that's great.


    It's Red Scare bullshit all over again. Just with a new Other to swing accusations at.

    What is, TikTok specifically or data collection in general?


    If we want to talk about that, then all those social media companies and their third party vendors sell your data to the Chinese (and others) anyways. Anyone who believes otherwise is willfully ignoring the elephant in the room. At no point am I'm going to believe that massive corporations that run social media are not in cahoots with one another on a macro level and in the US they just ignore the ones that help them stay in power or please their donors. If you took Truth Social (for example) to task for the same "security risks" would watch every single Republican lawmakers fall all over themselves to defend's ALL theatre. No one has anyone's bets interests at heart. We live at the epicentre of Oligarchy capitalist hell.

    I wouldn't equate corruption, tyranny and exploitation of the working class with capitalism, especially in the modern day. I've never understood the self-flagellation the western world seems to delight in.

    View PostTiste Simeon, on 24 March 2023 - 10:10 PM, said:

    I don't think the idea is to shout anyone down I think the idea is to buy all the tickets then not show up. The narcissistic idiot will be raging if that happens, and we know this because it's happened many times already hah.

    This would be such a nice way to make a quick buck if they weren't free. Are they free?


    Also I'm not sure "both sides are the same" is valid any more. Some people need to be shouted down.

    I don't think what Sombra says can be summed up as "both sides are the same" at all tbh. Btw stop ignoring me :(
  3. In Topic: The USA Politics Thread

    24 March 2023 - 03:48 PM

    View PostQuickTidal, on 24 March 2023 - 01:10 PM, said:

    Pulling up a decent YT video for a recipe (as an example) takes time and effort I don't need on something like Tiktok where I can just search a term and then scroll until I find one I like, or go to one of the chefs I follow and learn something. That's just one example. It's ease of access for me, 1000%. It also suffers none of the ads you have to deal with on YT.

    Do I still get recipes from other places online? Sure, my recipe keeper app likes links...but I've made many a dish from TikTok and enjoyed it.

    Might be the lack of comparison, but I never associated youtube search with time and effort. To each his own, I guess.

    View PostGothos, on 24 March 2023 - 12:25 PM, said:

    Nah, I'm not standing up for any govt here, can't stand the's just wildly amusing to me that a social media app that lets us plebs not only talk to each other, but share shit you can't find through heavily lobbied and regulated media sources, is so scary to those govt entities. Hell, the protests in Paris have been laser organized on TikTok VS the other social media. There's a reason for that.

    Interesting (no sarcasm). What is it?


    Whether I think a corporation OR a govt has my best interests at heart? I do not....but more do I care? I also do not.

    I pretend I do, but when it comes to convenience, I often take shortcuts... but I have a nagging feeling that maybe we should care about this more. Sometimes I feel like a kid that keeps getting sweets to shut up.


    I'm amazed that it's been proven that the FBI filters and censors something local like Twitter...but somehow everyone is okay with that....but yeah a company like TikTok that is run by a Singaporean (with a Taiwanese wife...the fact of this should not be lost on anyone who knows about the CCP) is somehow in bed with the CCP enough for me to care about my data.

    I don't want to take sides here, I don't know nearly enough about the subject of TikTok for my opinion to matter (other than I think it's a shit app with shit content, but that's personal), but... I wouldn't be surprised if a billionaire businessman had close dealings with the regional superpower regardless of nationalities.


    Like we either regulate ALL these companies, or none of them. This is why it will never happen...the US lawmakers don't WANT FB, Twitter, and Insta to go away...but they would need to if the ban hammer was welded at TikTok....this shit is all about the soundbites the lawmakers can use to foist shit onto their followers from...ding ding sing...their social media accounts.

    It would be interesting to see if the US would go, ironically, the CCP way, and ban it in particular without overall legislation... and how the various corners of the public would react. I have popcorn ready to go just in case :D
  4. In Topic: The USA Politics Thread

    24 March 2023 - 12:25 PM

    View PostQuickTidal, on 24 March 2023 - 11:48 AM, said:

    The current plan is that if the US bans TikTok, then everyone is deleting both FB and Instagram, and will just use VPN and other means that decrepit Boomers don't know anything about to access TikTok. It's the technologically savvy generations VS the people who can't convert a Word doc to PDF, or know how WiFi works.

    "everyone" XD I'd love to see the actual level of coordinated response, that'd be a sight to remeber! All jokes aside, it would indeed be a lovely sight to see Meta die. The amount of dumb distractions that social media funnels is a terrible influence on society, and it's embarrassing that it ever got this bad.


    Lastly as someone who uses TikTok, I have learned more news items with decent video and whatnot in the last few years of TikTok than I have in many years of other forms of news. I've also learned how to cook better, learn more about health topics, and other things. Does it snag my data? Almost certainly. Do I give a fuck about that? I do not.

    Curious. The Internet in general has offered uncountable channels of information transfer like this for decades. For me, it even let me get enough training to change my career and turn my life around. Yet you make it sound like "learning to cook better and about health topics and other things" is somehow tied to TikTok. Perhaps you mean that the medium is just convenient enough that it has overwritten other sources for you?

    You note that the US govt (and other governments) and western corporations don't care your well being - which is, I think, correct - yet I get the feeling that chinese govt/corporations (which are one and the same anyway) somehow.... do? Or it doesn't matter for some reason?
  5. In Topic: What's messing with your groove?

    22 March 2023 - 02:26 PM

    View PostTiste Simeon, on 22 March 2023 - 12:40 PM, said:

    View PostTsundoku, on 22 March 2023 - 12:21 PM, said:

    There's a lot of corporations we shouldn't support if only because of the way they gouge customers and fuck over their workers among other things. Uber and Amazon are up near the top of that list.

    Actually, wasn't it only a couple of years ago that Google quietly took away all references to their previously "informal" motto "Don't be evil"? I reckon they just removed the "Don't".

    I think the challenge is to find a company with at least a medium profile that ISN'T evil. Can anyone also name a major multinational or individual who became that rich without being at least extremely morally and ethically shady?

    Admittedly I have done no research whatsoever but nothing too shady springs to mind when I think of Microsoft but no doubt many of you can prove me very wrong about that - Bill Gates has done a lot of good AFAIK though.

    For a start, you can check out how Netscape died.


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    13 Dec 2023 - 06:06
    happy birthday B
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    13 Dec 2022 - 10:05
    WTF? You can't be 37???
    Hope it's a good one anyway.
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    13 Dec 2021 - 07:50
    Older still, happy another birthday
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    12 Dec 2020 - 21:35
    Happy birthday Gothypoos.
    I feel old. :P
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    12 Dec 2019 - 15:13
    and again mate
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    12 Dec 2018 - 19:52
    Happy birthday
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    20 May 2017 - 10:27
    Hey dude, what's up?
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    16 Apr 2013 - 21:38
    Replied to your fitness questions, didn't see it until I had posted my workout shit from today :P
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    01 Sep 2012 - 09:01
    soon, soon! And not 24/7, living with some compatriots for now so it's almost like back home ;)
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    01 Sep 2012 - 06:31
    So how's it going, what with all the having-to-speak-English-24/7-now? Making phat lootz yet?
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    15 Jun 2012 - 06:09
    The most awesome US President ever, Theodore Roosevelt
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    15 Jun 2012 - 05:33
    Your sig.
    where is it from?
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    10 Jun 2012 - 22:40
    rep should read " wow! I want to visit now ... but maybe not Auschwitz" :P
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    Lady Atheilen 

    22 May 2012 - 23:58
    Missed you, you snarky Polish bastard. :)
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    11 Apr 2012 - 14:49
    I think that other composers get their due from others besides me, so I try not to worry about that aspect of it too much. There are some lesser-known composers that I'm interested in, and some greater-known composers that I think are highly overrated.
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