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This article makes it seem like weapon manufacturing machines are less controlled than John Deere tractors.

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As a gesture of a good will, ukrainian partners joined the educational program to provide the final exam material. Due to bad grades all over the board, russian instructors insisted on reexamination. 'We didn't send our best' said Lt. major Govnomesov 'We haven't even started [our education program] yet!'. While it was a surprise for partners, they made it clear they can help fellow instructors once again.

Microsoft Edge nags users with a 3D banner to change Windows 11's default browser ( www.windowslatest.com )

Would you use Edge as your default browser on Windows 11 if Microsoft nags you with a 3D banner? Microsoft thinks you would. In a new experiment, which appears to be rolling out to Edge stable on Windows 11, Microsoft has turned on a banner that uses 3D graphics to promote the browser....

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I have a dream of that time when small MS's changes won't get media coverage because even tech journos will not use the latest Windows release anymore.

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Authenticity only works when you don't jump ships and stay on point. Not for billionaires, tho.

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I have my weird takes on that whole conflict, but I was silenced for criticizing my homeland where I actually live and calling out one exact delusional user.

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Israel is basically a european\american sattelite in that region that has a potential to ease the involvement if something there goes in a conflict to their interests first or some global massacre second, but what we see with Bibi is that he leveraged the position of this country to the point they can dictate others to support them, and although they don't need money for their little genocide, they ping other countries for them to show loyalty. I don't think it costs that much for an individual like you since MIC by default costs trillion+ of dollars annually, but that's a different topic.

What matters is that unlike ukrainians, jewish people after WW2 spread across the whole world and there are a lot of citizens with an israili citizenship in both the West and the ex-SocBlock. That makes everything invloving Israel relevant globally. There is still a problem of hatred towards jewish people, and they succeeded at calling it out unlike romanians or any other genocided minority. Thus, it succeedes at making it everyone's problem and not a local one, like many hot conflicts going on, when it mixes up historical genocide with every conflict they get involved in.

They intentionally make it hard to distance from them. While it does have a potential value for other states, to bring down something like HAMAS or Al-Kaida for example (if they can do that at all), it got too comfy with that sentiment going on. And for a taxpayer in the US I'd probably question not why they are funded at all, but why they hold other countries as pawns and openly show how they don't give a fuck about their reputation and international law because they'd get funded anyway. From the funder's perspective, they are leeches ignoring the agreement and testing how long they can go with it. And tolerating that only enables such behavior.

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Not to blame anyone here, especially romanians, but the feeling of being stuck somewhen in Covid times that's shared by most people online gets multiplied by these facts of supplying Ukraine two+ year into war. By summer there would be 80 F16 warplanes too, and that's better than nothing, but it seems everyone and these officials included are in some kind of a sleep they rarely wake up from.

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I think this action lacked some supportive commentary, a spoken idea why they did it and what does it mean. It comes of as an attention bait without a clear message. It's also too random to associate it with climate activism without a context.

After hearing about that I thought what would become our Stonehenge if we fail miserably (Statue of Liberty, like in Planet of the Apes?), or if we get back into a new Stone Age making this circular monument both the past and the future of humankind. I would not probably care that much if they actually damage it a bit if that's for creating a powerful symbol, adding to it's (contemporary) significance instead of taking from it. But that's too much to ask, it seems, all we can do is orange paint.

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Can't act dead if your pulse is clearly visible.

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And streamable can't be reached using most russian carriers without a VPN (russian-side block), so you know it's not regular Vanyas who does that.

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In his popular macho photo he's filmed (or collaged) riding a bear. Who knew it would turn another way so soon? And with Winnie, who dives into a vacant honeypot with both fists.

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True, even without reunification (what's for?), China gets more by economical means than it would ever has via invasion. It's insane production capacity, belt&road schemes, education and science are a caricature of a suntzian wise guy who wins a war without a battle. Reducing themselves to a war (and probably destroying everything they are jealous of in Taiwan in the process) would be embarassingly stupid. I watch their sabblerattling as a play, but I'm yet to see any benefit from it besides upkeeping the status of those not to fuck with.

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Jordan has it's own bad blood with palestinian militias and palestinians: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_September

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Was this labor even needed in the first place?

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Asking for another paycheck since they are so soft?

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It sounds like a clever provocation, and he probably made sure it catches attention before they can silently move it under the carpet. He didn't do any crime, he even proposed compromises to make it seem OK and followed official procedures, so they can't (now, publicly) presecute him by law, but it offended their homophobia that much they found nothing more clever than dropping him into a mental yard instead of, like, declining his idea for some made up reason. What's that if not a high-risk high-reward prank activism? At least, we now know that the state of Pakistan loses it's shit over him touching that nerve.

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It's closing the eyes of a fallen comrade.

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Original Doom movie's getting a sequel? Idk at what stage they are, but it's probably the best they have at the moment.

A PR disaster: Microsoft has lost trust with its users, and Windows Recall is the straw that broke the camel's back ( www.windowscentral.com )

It's a nightmare scenario for Microsoft. The headlining feature of its new Copilot+ PC initiative, which is supposed to drive millions of PC sales over the next couple of years, is under significant fire for being what many say is a major breach of privacy and security on Windows. That feature in question is Windows Recall, a...

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It's just a little different nowadays. Like the other user said, they just don't know they have a choice or what to choose and follow whatever they know...

And what was one of the early bolsheviks' regime strongest points? They created schools and made people literate en masse, and did it with their own curriculum. People became less suspective to ex elites and religious propaganda, and became their target audience.

Adobe, Google, MS give discounts and special programs for education because this way people get used to their products. Many local organizations that touch these casual users don't have a real IT department and just flow with what's given, they don't make an informed choice like corporations. And that's probably the place where this switch may even start to begin. A class of students who started with e.g. KDE Plasma would be used to it more than they used to Windows, same with other software. They can already do their homework and play most games. What else do they need?

The sharp corner is to find money to fund select schools to show others it's not scary and makes it even cheaper for them in the long run, maybe some special troubleshooting team to teach them the ropes. I've heard from some users there and on reddit that their computer classes with a geeky teacher who installed Linux is how they've rolled in without a problem.

NFS OST remade for kids

One of the weird realization for me as I learnt English and listened to authors who contributed to these games, is that many remastered their tracks to exclude swear words and obvious mentions of drugs, or was it EA specialists? NFS Underground and Most Wanted games were filled with rap and metal, but still got rated for teens...

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I know about that, but these are not clean radio-friendly versions that were published on CDs by producers, they are special versions created for these games. That's what irked me. And with DP's track they've been done noticeably choppy by either artists or EA sound designers. That's not something very important, but that exists.

One idiotic country blurs ciggaretes in the scene and grays out the rainbow for some reason. There's probably no limit to censorship shenanigans.

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Новоиспечённый приёмный отец делает всё, чтобы не повторить судьбу предшественника.

Newly-wed step-father overcompensate not to follow the original father's faith.

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Try r/tjournal_refugees. Am russian and I follow this sub for there are a lot of confirmed donations takers and actual soldiers from UAF. They woldn't probably tell you the recent information that can be used by the enemy, but something in general - sure.

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Would you describe it further? I don't see how coming to a subscription-based model makes it not piracy. I feel like I miss something there.

I died a little inside by remembering that I was there when their lifetime CS licenses were sold and that licensing servers went offline at least a dozen of years ago... On the other hand, it raises a question if breaking CS versions is a piracy if they are abandoned. There's no way to use them even if you are a paid customer wanting to install it on your new PC.

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That sounds like a troll bait. No way that's your informed opinion.

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Yeah. I am afraid of thinking how much they'd lose then, besides territory. Lives of people from so-called People's Republics was brutal, and that would be even worse.

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S.Altman be like: That's too sweet. We don't want it here.

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I'm shitting into your pants too to see the continuation to this meme.

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Your sacrifice won't be forgotten. @rainb0wskeppy needs to include a name plaque to teach future generations courage and generousity.

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We're going to ommit that in history books, but I'm happy that you are happy too.

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I'm probably an outlier, but I don't understand the reason of an e-ink device if you put android on it, add colors, add touchscreen and constant connection. Why not just go with amoled if you want all of that? Probably it's even cheaper.

E-ink is a specific technology that has it's advantages in powersaving and reduced eye strain, it was never a replacement for our pocket led flashlights we call smartphones. All beauty of it is it can take one physical form and stay in it infinitely before something refreshes it.

It excels at some tasks, and on a custom OS made with it's quirks in mind can serve as a book or some indicator that would consume that little in years it can as well be a rounding error. Books, digital price tags, the tablets from Star Trek, variable road signs, billboards? If it stays the same before you boot in and change it, that sure has it's uses.

But no, they want to add complexity to it's design, add additional battery drain, up the price, to compete with a tech that plays another sport. It's stupid. Like cracking up nuts with a microscope.

What I personally want is that additional R&D make it cheaper to produce b\w screens, make them sturdy and affordable up to the point we'd give them out in the classrooms for free instead of paperbacks, and for it to become the default device to read long-form un-interactive content, and to use them in devices that don't refresh too often like some house and car indicators.

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You did something from martial arts, lol.

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The eye strain thing is a myth.

I mean, reflected light is less harmful. We aren't looking directly at the sun for it leaves ghost shapes even after we turn our head, but it's lights' reflections is what makes or eyes see. Basic e-Inks don't emit light, some backlit it from the side, or from the back, but they are still more safe than displays that do work by emmiting light of some color directly to you, and there was a race to reach the wider angle they can do it too, for older devices had colors nearly inverted if seen from the sharp angle.

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If Microsoft fails their exams, you fail too (:

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An unfriendly reminder why they are separate.

Fallout Series (Why don’t I like it?)

I think my first Bethesda game was Skyrim and I love Skyrim. I’ve played through Skyrim when it first came out I played through it again in the DLC came out. I played through it again on the switch I have since played through it again on PC. I love Skyrim. I played it so many times and I know it’s a meme to keep re-releasing...

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This also ties back to the survival aspects I mentioned earlier, because I also felt like equipment was much more important in Fallout...

Pretty much agreed with everything and this paragraph is probably why I am picking Fallout and (partially) TES3 for I like the opposite than you and OP, and both sides are valid. My journey is of sharp spikes of interests when I find a new shiny thing or mechanic, even if it's not my speciality, rather than a smooth gradual progression that puts an accent on a character you nurture. On that distinction, it sound like playing the mechanical part of an RPG like an arcade\action game.

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Less accent on actual interactions between fellow consumers plus genZ prevalence?

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Also grocery bags. I pay for them, don't want you logo on it

One alcohol bewerage chain in Russia popularized the blank black bag format in recent years, in theory - to make it less obvious you've bought booze. They are sturdy, have good handles, so overall it's a win. But since they are the most popular source of them, a blank black bag therefore automatically means booze.

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Right. There were probably battles around that but not giving up any 'nazi gold' is a long-standing rule that makes even the worst states keep their money here. Freezing the assets and letting the interest go is bigger than it seems.

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Удобно пиздец. And someone's probably buying these properties, right? I have troubles imagining the mindset influencing such a purchase even outside of ethics, but the fact that reselling&rebuilding businesses are the most lucrative things there and these spheres have been already divided between the right people are beyond any reasonable doubt. The war is just a war, but profits should come at the right time. 3\5 stars, the smell of a previous owner is still present.

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I don't want a dumb phone, I want a reliable PDA that doesn't hallucinate it's smarter than me. Older android on a current hardware could've been the best but it's not supported anymore by major devs. As a consumer, I don't understand why that's the case. I'm not interested in their new design choice or whatever they market it with while bloating the shit out of it, I want a low-powered portable PC to edit docs and browsing the web without eating through 8gb and 6000mah like it's nothing.

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And make them with a high-rez multi-touch screen for old screens sucked ass at typing.

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It's true, but it's no longer a reality. Keyboards now can only happen in dumb phones or some luxury concept phones. It's against a couple of current paradigms: making phones easily replaceable, incentivizing quick and short-term usage, having full control over UI\UX, maximizing interactive screen's real estate, making sure you always look at the screen, and, besides that, engineering challenges that are kinda hard by themselves, but moreso they are in a conflict with banning replaceable batteries, holes for headphones and so on. We are out of luck.

Nevertheless, I'd probably do any stupid thing to get the modern version of something akin to that beast.

Nokia N9000 slider with a full physical keyboard

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