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JCPhoenix

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Internet Addict. Reddit refugee. Motorsports Enthusiast. Gamer. Traveler. Napper.

He/Him.

Also @JCPhoenix. @jcphoenix

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Wow, I feel dumb. I've been here for a year and never looked closely at the bee (old or new). Never noticed the cowboy hat!

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I just don't go outside. AC running throughout the day, though I do set max temps at different levels throughout the day to take advantage of lower electricity rates or avoid higher rates.

This past week I did have to do some rare outdoors work for work over a few days. My team elected to do it in the evenings and early in the mornings. Was still quite warm, but not sun glaring down on us, we're gonna get heat stroke from this, afternoon sun.

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So I thought I was good to start a new job (though I've yet to set a start date), as the HR person assigned me said it was all good about a month ago, but then today he me tells me there was "a problem" with my drug test. A drug test I took 3 months ago. So I need to take another.

While I've only taken a few drug tests for employment during my career, they've never taken 3 months to get results. Like 2 weeks at most. Something tells me my HR person screwed up (which isn't surprising), got this notice a couple month ago, yet just now noticed this. Hate to say it, but typical government. The irony is that I'll soon be a govt worker. If we can get this straightened out.

On a more positive note, I just paid off one more student loan! After 19yrs of paying and thousands of dollars in interest on this one -- more than the principle at this point -- it's finally done. I had to get a hefty loan from my parents, but their terms are much better: 0% APR at the Bank of Mom & Dad versus the current variable 10.02% APR with the bank. Though I still have lots more students loans to go. Such a shitty, shitty system. At least I'm lucky enough my parents can help in this manner.

Stay in school, kids. But only if you don't fuck it all up like I did. I may be paying student loans til I die.

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Maybe it's my doomerism at play, but even one year house arrest I'd be OK with. Keep him in NY in his Trump Tower penthouse. Don't let him go out to campaign.

Obviously jail would be better. I just don't think fines alone are going to cut it. He's not going to pay them.

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You could also add toxic glue. It’s edible! Probably only once though.

This is now going to be added to some LLM-generated answer in the probably near future.

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I finally passed the checks for the job that I got offered 11mo ago. So now they're asking when I can start!

Which, right now, is like the worst time for me to leave my company. We have our big all-hands-on-deck event in like 5 weeks. I have a massive project I'm leading up that's supposed to be finished by end of July. And there's another project I'm assisting with heavily that's supposed to be finished by July/August. Even a couple months ago would've been better, to an extent.

While I'm usually one who's like "Welp, gotta go peace, here's my two weeks!", the organization I work for has treated me excellently over the years; about 17 of them. And the big project I'm working on is something that I specifically got invited back to the company to work on a few years ago. So I want to see it to completion (or as far as I can take it within reason). As far as the event, we are literally in the thick of it with preparation, so I don't want to unload all my tasks, last minute, on my team either. Lastly, my boss knows I've had this offer on deck for awhile now and he's been very cool with it. I don't want to burn this bridge (I've burned others elsewhere before). Because if this new job doesn't work out, there'd be a very, very high chance that all I'd have to do is ask and my boss would say, "OK, when do you want to start?"

So I'm thinking I don't start til late August, which my boss is very appreciative of. Plus that gives me time to find an apartment and move. I'm hoping my new soon-to-be employer will agree to that, especially given my circumstances, and that they've had me waiting for this long. I feel like that's only fair. I also have a friend who works closely with the team I'll be on; he says the team is probably not even ready for me anyway.

Either way, it's exciting. But also a bit scary, as I've never moved for a job, and I'll leaving a city I've spent practically my entire life at. I'll also be even further from my family than I already am. But I'm ready to go. I've been waiting for this for a long time, and it's finally happening.

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Congratulations to you and your spouse! If you're doing a honeymoon after (or even if you're not), I hope you both get some quality R&R!

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I'm back in Vegas visiting my folks for Mother's Day, which was yesterday; Happy (belated) Mother's Day to the mothers and caregivers out there! Anyway, it's a nice change of scenery.

Work has been crazy last couple of weeks. We're getting close to launching a project I've been working on for two years. So lots going on with that to get everything completed on time. We've started vendor-led staff training on it, which is taking up a lot of time. In addition, we purchased another service, so we have training on those as well. So practically everyday, I have like 3-4hrs of trainings. We also have our big annual event coming up, so I need to start focusing on my responsibilities there. It's normally busy this time of the year, but I'm not normally juggling three big projects at once. Maybe I'm just a baby, but I'm not used to it. Either way, its not unmanageable. Yet. Hopefully it won't be at all.

The nice part of being in Pacific time zone is that I finish my day around 1-2p local time (I'm normally Central time zone). The downside is that I'm having to wake up at 4-5a local time to get going, get ready, have coffee, etc. Oh well, at least I can still roll out of bed over to my laptop.

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It's definitely quiet around here. But you know, reddit or any other social media wasn't built in a day, so Lemmy/Beehaw won't either!

Thanks for posting so much though. You're not the first person I've seen make comments about the seeming lack of activity, but you at least try to change that!

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It's going. It's been a very busy couple days already at work. But I talked about work last week, so I'll give an update on something more interesting (to me): My homelab! 🤓

My UPS arrived like a week ago. I set it up and hooked up devices to it: server, router, and a small switch are on the battery backup. Which gets me about 17min of runtime on the battery if power fails. Pretty good.

I was able to install the UPS software as an ESXi VM. And I got that to communicate with the ESXi host. Configured some delays to ensure it didn't try to shutdown the server due to a momentary blackout/brownout, and I even got the software to send me email notifications (thank you SMTP2GO).

Then it was time. I unplugged the UPS from the wall. And waited for it run out of battery. And guess what? It shut down the server! Even before the UPS completely ran out of power. That said, I didn't take a stopwatch to it, or really get a chance to monitor how it was shutting down VMs. It looked like they were all shut down properly after I powered on the VMs again, but I can't say for certain. I could tighten this up. Either way, it basically did what it was supposed to do.

Next thing I need to figure out is how to get it to boot the server back up once wall power is back. I have some ideas on how to do it manually (if I wasn't home when power was lost), but I think it'd be neat to figure out how to do it automatically.

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Good idea. I did check the BIOS and that setting was already enabled. So I unplugged the UPS from the wall to simulate and test. Unfortunately, the server didn't boot automatically after I plugged the UPS back into the wall. And I remembered that in the past, when the power went out due to storms or something, the server did automatically boot on resumption of power.

I think I know what's going on.

With the server and a couple small networking devices on the UPS, I get about 16-17min of battery power. After a few minutes on battery power only, the UPS sends the commands to ESXI to start shutting down VMs and then eventually shuts down the server completely. That takes about 10min. That means there's still battery power remaining, and now with the server off, the largest load on the UPS, the remaining battery time increases to like 40min since the total load on the UPS is now much smaller. However, there's still technically power being served to the server; there's even a small light on the back of the server that stayed on the whole time.

Plugging the UPS back in the wall didn't do anything, which I kinda expected. It's not going to "send" more power to the server to "wake it up." I think the only way the server would turn back on automatically in this situation is if the power outage was long enough to completely drain the UPS and turn the UPS off completely. So at least 40min. Then there would be absolutely no power being given to the server. Once wall power is back, the UPS itself turns back on, which sends a little bit of power to the server, which the server BIOS recognizes as "Hey, I was actually without any power at all, but I have power now! Boot!" I'll test that out next weekend.

So for outages less than 40min, the best bet would be doing a remote desktop into a computer on my network, accessing the web GUI for IDRAC, the server's out-of-band-management software, and then powering on the server from there. I tried this out and it worked fine.

Not automatic in all cases, but as long as I have a manual means to restart the server remotely, that'll do.

Sorry for the long post; I wrote this down mostly for myself to work it all out!

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Ah, I have the seen that option to kill the UPS after shutdown, but I left it disabled because I didn't understand what it did. And the documentation from Cyberpower is pretty lacking. But I'll try that enabling that option, testing, then seeing what happens.

I appreciate the tips you're giving me here!

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Sorry to "necro" this thread, but I just got around to enabling and testing out your UPS kill command suggestion. Everything shutdown as planned, including the UPS itself. Once I restored wall power to the UPS, power started flowing to the server automatically, the BIOS detected it, and the server booted-up on its own! Success! ESXi is back up and VMs are still in the process of auto-starting. This is exactly how I wanted it all to work.

Thanks again for the suggestion!

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I think it's worse here than on reddit when it comes to this. Redditors these days (*takes out the walker and cane*) are shitty, but I feel like I'm somewhat insulated from a lot of it due to where I lurk/participate on reddit. But on Lemmy, I see it pretty much everywhere. Smaller userbase compared to reddit, so maybe the rudeness is more visible.

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A motorcycle back in the late 90s when I was like 9 or 10?

We were at a dealership because my dad was thinking about buying a motorcycle. At one point, they put my younger brother on a motorcycle because it was cute or whatever. After they took him off the bike, and my parents and the salesguy moved onto another motorcycle, I wanted to try. So I did. And I tried to be careful, knowing it could fall over.

Getting on was no issue. And getting off was no problem either. Until I was like a few feet away from the bike..and it fell over. Shattered the windshield.

Even though it was an accident, the dealer tried to get my parent's to pay up. And I think my parents would've been willing to pay something...except the dealer wanted, I believe, $800. The bike was probably only a few thousand bucks -- I actually have no clue how much the bike was, but, as an adult, I know how much bikes are. No way a windshield was a third of the price of the bike. Not in the 90s, not today. So my dad and the dealer got into a shouting match. We left, and the dealer tried to get our license plate number as we drove off.

Nothing ever happened with that. No cops were called or anything, as far as we know. Besides, the dealer should have insurance for these situations. But since I wasn't supposed to be on the bike in the first place...I got in tons of trouble. Got my ass beat by my mom, got grounded, couldn't go to a sleepover I was supposed to go to...

Definitely the most expensive thing I broke. At least based on what the dealer was demanding.

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Oof. Sorry to hear that happened. Vehicle repairs suck.

I do remember my parents talking about $800 for the windshield specifically, but maybe they were just simplifying out of anger. With the dealer, with me, whoever. It very well could've been the estimate for the total damage. I can certainly imagine some dents and scratched paint. And yeah labor is often the highest cost.

What was your most recent dream?

This post was inspired by a dream misadventure I had last night where I was just minding my own business getting gophers out of the rice field, then suddenly on the intercom/announcements (which I did not expect to have in my dream, since I was outside, not in a building), a voice said "attention, this is a representative of the...

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So this morning, I had a dream where I was going to a coffee shop. After trying to figure out if I could order like a Frappuccino or other blended drink, I realized this coffee shop had really good bread. I guess it'd be more aptly called a bakery. So I ordered a loaf of their bread, and then they had some kinda really good honey butter. So my friend -- I was there with a friend apparently, one I hadn't talked to in several months -- and I tried some. And it was really good. Though I also remember it not tasting sweet or like anything. So Idk how that worked.

And then I woke up.

When was the last time you answered a Lemmy or Reddit post/thread that was more than five months old?

I think there should be some incentive for that, like make those kinds of comments a spotlight or something. Maybe make a community called "late replies" that showcases the best such replies, or have a rule saying they grant free karma (in Reddit's case).

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Within the last year, I've definitely had some replies to old threads of mine. And if it's a question, I'll respond. And I think I did comment on another's thread at least once, confirming and thanking them for the solution. All of these were tech support related. I feel like that's one of the few topical areas where that's acceptable.

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Busy week at work. I took Monday sick as I was tired and just mentally not there. But that didn't really change that I had a lot to do this week. At least I was able to get things done and make headway. My title has "manager" in it, but I manage no one but myself. But I felt like I actually did a lot of managerial and even pseudo-supervisory-type work this week. I'm starting to understand why my boss made me a junior manager at work. It only took me a couple years to understand it. That said, I still don't want to be a director at this place. It's not the right place for that level of responsibility. I still probably wouldn't manage anyone (nor do I want to), and the pay wouldn't be commensurate with what an actual director in my position would make. And I'm supposed to be leaving anyway...if the government would hurry the hell up with all the processing and checking for this job I was offered literally 10mo ago. My current employer knows about this new job, but thank god their cool with it and understanding of my situation.

Aside from work, not a lot going on. My dad suggested I visit my parents for Mother's Day as a surprise for my mom. So booked tickets today. Decide to use points for once, so it only cost me like $60 RT on Southwest. Which is damn good, considering that's only like two weeks away. I didn't go anywhere this month since my Feb/March travel was way more costly than I expected, and I just zeroed out the credit card I used for that, so a cheap trip to see my family in May will be good.

For this weekend, no Formula 1, but there is an IndyCar race I'll be watching. I've seen F1 communities on Lemmy. I assume there are IndyCar ones, as well. Anyone have recommendations on active communities for IndyCar?

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Is the idea something to improve your and/or your coworkers workflow or processes? Because that'd be good at least.

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Like 5yrs ago, I took a drug test for a new job. A few days before they called me, offering me said job, I had taken a gummy or two. Because I didn't think I was going to get the job. They scheduled me for the drug test, but I pushed it out as far as I could, like 3 weeks, and I passed. Now it's not like I was consuming THC regularly. It'd probably been months since the last time I'd consumed any in any form. I don't know what your habit is like, but if you're in a similar situation, you might be OK.

And even if they do detect it, that could be a false positive. It happens. Then they make you take another, right? Maybe push that out a little, too, to give your body more a little more time to get rid of it.

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While I have work friends, and we do go out and drink, it's almost always within or adjacent to the context of a work event. Like maybe we're doing a co-workers happy hour. Or we had some work function that stretched into the evening, so we'll go out for dinner and drinks together afterwards. There's definitely been a few times where we were drinking for like 8hrs after a late lunch! But it's very rare for me to hang out with them outside of that. Like I can count on one hand the times I met up with co-workers on like a weekend just to head to a bar.

As far as topics, they're still friends, so we talk about all sorts of stuff. But there's definitely more of a focus on things happening at work and less about our private lives, especially spouses/SOs. My current "work best friend" will sometimes call me afterhours and we'll chat and vent about stress at work and stuff, and even some of our stresses at home/personal lives, but the latter tends to be more surface level. With my non-work friends, we'd certainly get deeper into those topics if desired.

It comes down to professionalism. That's really the "firewall" between my work friends and non-work friends. Yes my work friends and I can have fun, joke around, get a little loose when drinking, share deeper stuff about ourselves, but we never want to cross that line. Sometimes it's thin, and sometimes it's even a little blurry or dotted. But we all still strive to never (or very, very, very rarely) cross it.

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Just saw this other article about the UK arresting two alleged spies for China. Wonder if the German and UK investigations were a joint op. And if we'll soon hear about other countries arrests of others for working with Chinese intelligence.

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FYI on the rules:

Do not editorialize titles. Preserve the original title when possible; edits for clarity are fine.

Not removing the post, but just for next time, please.

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I bought a few boxes of checks when I started working. I still have most of them.

In the first several years of working, I mailed in paper income tax returns. The govt would even send the blank forms out to everyone via postal mail. I think paper submissions were the norm, though electronic filing certainly existed.

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Yeah it was waaaaay earlier, which I found out too when I was writing my comment. But I did start working in the early/mid 2000s, when I was 16. Even in 2000s, it was still typical to go to the public library and grab tax forms. Or print them out from the IRS website.

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The DNC has been later in August in the past, according to this page on wikipedia. Same goes for the RNC.

But I don't know if Ohio's law has always been this way or if it's newer. Either way, it sounds like in the past that various states have had provisions for this scenario, knowing that this could and did happen. So if I had to guess, the issue is that, like many things in our political system, we relied on traditions and cooperation to maintain the system. And of course, Republicans for the last 8yrs (longer than that, really) no longer want to do that. They'd rather see it all burn down in the name of DJT.

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They should also pressure producers/sellers on their market to do the same. I have a box of cat water fountain filter things. Comes in like packs of 8 in a cardboard/paperboard box. That's good, easily recyclable. Except the filters are individually plastic wrapped, for no discernable reason.

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I think taking the time in the morning to enjoy myself. I WFH these days so it's a easier (yet sometimes harder) to do that, but when I was commuting, I'd wake up early enough to get ready of course, but also take sometime to have a cup of coffee and read some news and such. Maybe even have a breakfast sandwich or something. Because for many years, I did the whole wake up the last minute, get ready, and get out the door ASAP thing. I always felt like I was in a panic.

I can't say it led me to be more productive or whatever. But it just felt nicer. To not be so rushed. And that's worth something.

Anyone ever swap careers from Corporate to Non-Profit or some other Cause: If so, how?

I worked in the food industry for a while before returning back to school to get a degree in tech thinking it would be my path to a better life. While at first I thought where my career was taking me provided exactly that, I'm absolutely miserable working a corporate job in tech. I've seen several layoffs, AI is taking over, and...

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I went from non-profit to quasi-governmental (which is still non-profit), to for-profit, and then back to (my original) non-profit. In like a span of 2yrs. In total, I've been in non-profit for like...18-19yrs now?

Like someone else said, there's no money in non-profit. I'm a one-man IT department for a company of like 15. Along with doing other vaguely-IT or outright non-IT stuff. I get paid $65k (I am in the LCOL US Midwest).

This job, compared to my brief 18mo experience in for-profit, is a lot more relaxing and chill. I wasn't overworked at my for-profit job, but I definitely got frustrated with the profit motive being the most important thing. Whereas in a non-profit, quality of service is more important. Sure, any business -- for-profit or non-profit -- needs revenue in order to grow, but revenue generation is not the same as a profit motive.

However...Do be aware that not everything is better in non-profit. Some of my past coworkers left our non-profit to go to for-profits...and it got way easier for them. I don't know if that's something specific to where I work where some people kill themselves for this job, or if all non-profits are this way. Perhaps that's just a job to job thing, regardless of non- or for-profit.

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On the work front, I absolutely had no motivation to do anything on Thursday or Friday. Like I just sat in my chair all at home, sitting on social media/news/games. I really try not to play games during the workday, but I was just completely sapped of all motivation. Idk what the deal was with that. Not like the first half of last week was a hard work, either. At least, I was able to find some motivation and work on some things today.

I finally bought a UPS for my homelab server. Only 3-4yrs after first getting the server and like 6mo since a momentary voltage sag from the wall/mains power caused the server to shutdown unexpected and corrupt one of my VMs (at least, that's what I think happened). And this UPS even interfaces with ESXi to automatically -- and ideally, gracefully -- shutdown in case of a loss of power. I think I'll test that this weekend.

Also did and filed my taxes yesterday (Sunday). At like 5am. Because what else is there to do at 5am on a Sunday, other than taxes? 🤷🏽‍♂️

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That's exactly why I got a UPS! The electric lines to my building are overhead instead of underground, so sometimes weather makes things flicker.

And I'm using ESXi 6.5 still. There were free licenses available, but I think for the CyberPower UPS software that I'm using, it requires a non-free license. Luckily, there are license keys floating around the Internet.

A friend and I did consider buying a proper license (I have access to non-profit pricing), but with Broadcom's recent pricing changes and massive increases for VMWare products, that's probably not an option anymore. I think VMWare also pulled the free personal-use licenses, as well. I may eventually transition to Promox (which I do have on another server) or something else. Broadcom really did a number on VMWare =/

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Hell yeah, good job!

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Ha, perhaps I'm a bad influence as well! I'm definitely like you most of the time. I'm usually the guy in my office who's like, "People, relax; nothing we're doing here is life or death!" I'm constantly telling my co-workers to just breathe and slow down a bit (read: a lot).

And I've definitely had a few (past) co-workers consider me the "lazy one" just because I'm not putting in 80hrs a week, crying in the office due to the stress, even though I still get my shit done. Don't get me wrong; I've put in my 12hr days or working overnight or during the weekend to fix something. I work in IT, so sometimes I need everyone offline to do my stuff. But those are very, very rare.

But I still try to do at least some work each day. So it was unusual for two straight days to basically do nothing! You're right though; sometimes it just happens and you have to ride it out. Definitely much more productive this week already!

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Do you have a lot of devices that are using WiFi 7? I think I only have two devices, my iPhone and MBP, that use WiFi 6. Everything else is a mix of 5 or 4, and even a couple IoT devices that are still using 802.11G!

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Yeah, we used to make fun of Kansas, especially during Kansas's Brownback years. Now they're recovering somewhat, while we're attempting to go even deeper into insanity than Kansas ever did. Guess we really wanted to stick it to Kansas and show 'em how it's done 🙄

Just think; only 12yrs ago, Todd Aiken rightfully lost is senatorial election to Claire McCaskill over his idiotic abortion comments. Now look where we're at! That would easily get a MAGA candidate elected today! Yet at the same time, we'd probably still pass abortion rights. Which is what I'm predicting will happen in November (provided the signatures all get collected and it gets on the ballot).

Missourians, get it the fuck together.

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I think pirating educational materials is less morally bad than pirating entertainment.

College textbooks, for example, are insanely expensive. I once paid like $300 for a single chemistry book. I never made that mistake again. Not because I pirated; I just started buying used or past editions. It's not like chemistry for a 100 level class is cutting edge stuff. It's the same ideas and knowledge we've had for decades or a hundred or hundreds of years. It's all public knowledge at this point.

But you may need the book to do readings and assignments. So if you can't afford the book, even used or past editions, then it makes sense to turn to piracy. I would sometimes grab the library reference copy of a textbook and just go crazy with a copy machine. That might technically still be piracy.

Entertainment, on the other hand, isn't really required at all. So to me, that's worse.

That all said, 99% of the stuff I've pirated is entertainment. My immorality is only bounded by the size of my SSDs!

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Banning lobbying would mean no one would be able to talk to a politician/official about an issue. Not even writing your local officials, proposing a local ordinance to making bike lanes or spending money to fix-up/improve a local park. Because that's lobbying. You're asking a government to wield their official power and/or spend public money, for your (and potentially others') benefit.

Even lobbying groups aren't necessarily bad. The Sierra Club, EFF, ACLU. These are American, but I'm sure there are equivalents of these in other countries.

So banning lobbying doesn't really work. Now if you're talking financial contributions and gifts and nice dinners from those who lobby, yeah that probably needs to be more highly regulated or stopped altogether. Generally speaking, any kind of quid pro quo.

But just talking to a politician should not be made illegal. In democracies, talking to people, talking to politicians, and trying to convince them to align with your view is the name of the game.

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There's a chance it could still happen. I live in Kansas City and voted No. While spending public money on a private endeavor was certainly a big issue, I think a lot of people were more POed with the way the teams and county/city went about this. There were almost no concrete plans on remaining sources of funding, potential traffic/parking/public transit issues, if the affected businesses in the proposed district would even sell off their land and properties, and more. Plus the fact that the selected location seemingly appeared out of nowhere. For months, there were two other locations -- one of which is literally almost entirely parking lots and empty space -- that were being talked about. And of course the implicit threats of leaving if the vote failed. There was also the rushed vote. There's no reason this had to be voted on this instant. This could've wait until the November election. People rightfully saw this was a bad way to go about this.

I think if the teams and city/county go back to the drawing board, change the location, come up with more concrete plans, lessen the amount of public money going in (like maybe not have a 40yr tax), get the teams to agree to stay the whole term -- the teams weren't even guaranteed to stay the whole term of the tax -- and just in general make it more appealing to people (the Chiefs were going to use their cut of the money to improve/build out more premium suites that average people will never see/use), people might be willing to vote for it. It'd still be a close call, but I could see people saying Yes if everything lined up.

Another option is for the teams to go across the state line to Kansas. Which I'd have no problem with that. If Kansans want to pay, let them. It's their money, not mine at that point.

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When I was in 8th grade year, right before the end of the year in one of my classes, we ended up having a substitute teacher. For some reason, she and a few of us were talking about poker and that we, the students, didn't know how to play.

The next day, she brings in cards and chips and is trying to teach us how to play! She did say that she probably shouldn't be doing this, but continued anyway. Interestingly, this was in Utah, in a suburb of Salt Lake City, which is the capital of the Mormon church. And she herself was Mormon. I always thought it was funny that our Mormon teacher was teaching us how to gamble in school!

JCPhoenix ,
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No talking during lunch. This was in a public elementary school in the early/mid 90s, at the first school I attended through second grade. Literally the only school I attended that was like that. It was so fucking stupid.

Of course, kids tried to talk to their friends, whispering and such. I got in trouble once because a teacher saw me whisper to my friend who asked me a question and so I got moved to sitting with older kids I didn't know for the rest of the lunch period. That was the first time I got in trouble at school, so I was crying.

Never understood why we couldn't talk. I think because it'd eventually get too loud in there? Which, who cares? Didn't matter; family moved and I switched schools. Where it was totally normal and acceptable to socialize during lunch.

JCPhoenix ,
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Nope, this was in the Midwest! Missouri, to be somewhat more specific. I do know our principal (who I didn't mind) was often in the lunchroom. Maybe she was from the south? No clue.

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