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34234 No. 34234 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit] [First 100 posts] [Last 50 posts]
What are your thoughts on it? Do you care? Has it affected you at all?

I know a lot of people are probably sick of hearing about it by now, but I thought it'd be interesting to get TC's point of view on it and see what you guy's think.
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>> No. 39692 [Edit]
Man, this shit is so disgusting. It makes me glad to be chaste. Even women these days are disease-ridden. I'll fill the void with 2D and not sticking my dick into the great unknown.
Even if it's mostly an issue with the gays, somehow I think it's not going to be so isolated as HIV was.
>> No. 39701 [Edit]
I'm more fearful of the government response to it than the disease itself...
>> No. 39705 [Edit]
same for covid
>> No. 39710 [Edit]
The smallpox vaccine is already 85% effective, and a vaccine for that specifically came out last year. It's a total non-story.

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39131 No. 39131 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
So a lot of people have been talking about the unreasonably high cost of rent and housing lately, and it's certainly an issue. Prices are skyrocketing across the board with pay not really changing. we're seeing 400-500k for houses in many parts.
We got fucked over pretty hard by it and forced to move to a location we 100% weren't planning to, but the town we moved to actually isn't 'that' bad and our house is paid off. This has made me realize something.
There's still tons of affordable housing around the world, but all this over priced to hell housing is located in big cities. These cities tend to be dirty dangerous loud smelly crime ridden hellholes full of horrible people in an all around shitty local culture. The bigger the city is, the worse these problems get, and the more expensive they become to live in on top of that. Am I the only one who thinks it's weird to pay more to live in a worse place?

I grew up in a town that started off fairly quite and peaceful, that over the years grew quickly in population. Crime rates escalated with the number of people moving in. Traffic became unbearable, the streets became flooded with litter, businesses started going under. I've had my car and home broken into multiple times. I've been robbed and I've had my property vandalized, seen decent people I knew in school grow to become degenerate human garbage. You would think property values would fall because of this, but they actually rose. They didn't rise as much as neighboring cities, but they still rose never the less.
We left and traveled the country last year, exploring everything from big cites to small towns and everything between. During my short time in Vegas I received a death threat from one stranger and another threated to take me outside and "fuck me up", neither of these men I had even said a word to. Now here I am in a small town where the homeless are a rare sight, houses range from 40k to 120k, and I don't see security posted at every single business. Jobs here pay less than where I cam from, but then that brings me to the point of this post. Does it really make any sense to live in a place where housing costs 5x as much, just so you can have a job there that pays 1.5x more, maaaaybe 2x more? Would you rather get paid $10 an hour and pay $500 a
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>> No. 39469 [Edit]
It depends on what you mean by cheap. I was referring to around 300k-400k. 40k is about the cost of a new car these days, of course you won't find a house for that much.
>> No. 39656 [Edit]
I learned that the house we sold near the start of covid is, at least according to zillow, estimated to be worth around $100k more than what we sold it for.
At the same time, I hear the town it's in has only gotten worse since we left. It's bizarre to me that crime/culture wise it's going the way of East LA, but with housing prices skyrocketing like that. It's not like there's any jobs there either. Businesses were and apparently still are closing down due to all the vandalism. The numbers really don't make much sense.
>> No. 39657 [Edit]
I think investors are pushing up prices by buying up literally any property way above what a private homeowner could afford for what it is.
>> No. 39661 [Edit]
Institutional investors are a part of it (see the whole zillow automated home-flipping thing) but also note that "investors" here can also be individual investors, usually those who got in early during "cheap money", rented it out, and then used the surging profit from the rent to rinse and repeat. (In California the property tax grandfathering makes this uniquely profitable in a way that I think others states don't allow).

Hopefully the rising interest rates will correct things a bit, but from what I've read there still genuinely is an issue of demand exceeding supply in most urban areas, so I don't think it will completely go back.

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36079 No. 36079 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit] [First 100 posts] [Last 50 posts]
Love them or hate them, what are your thoughts on hololive and vtubers?
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>> No. 39532 [Edit]
I've never spent even a penny on gatcha even if I like the game so I don't really see it that way. But a fool and his cash are soon parted as they say so certainly it could be an issue for some people.
>> No. 39533 [Edit]
I've never paid for gachas either but these things also take a lot of your time and emotional investment. I've foolishly fell into the gacha trap twice and one of the game eventually shut down. The 3 years and all the emotional investments I've placed into it amounted to nothing.
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>the comparison between vtubers and idols are quite fitting
Yeah, in a bad way. Heed the timeless wisdom.
>> No. 39537 [Edit]
>most people would accept that FGO for example is part of the otaku subculture
I hope time travel is possible so that when rokos basilisk is eventually created it will torture the people who tolerated FGO for all eternity.

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Also check out the doujin thread on /mp3/, it seems all japanese posts before a certain date have been affected.
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39370 No. 39370 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Seems japan got hit by a big earthquake recently and it's all anyone's talking about.
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>> No. 39468 [Edit]
>japanese people twittering their postion while an earthquake is occurking

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39421 No. 39421 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
It's that time of year again! April fools day!

Have you found anything interesting?!
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>> No. 39426 [Edit]
Cool, don't worry about it.
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Will Nobeta ever finish her journey?
>> No. 39432 [Edit]
The prank was that there was no prank.

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36373 No. 36373 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
I like reading about cults. Their beliefs and practices aren't as interesting as how they change their members and what kind of people they attract. The parts of human nature they capitalize upon. Scientology is a "self-help" religion with typical self-help trappings. Everything is your fault, if something bad happens to you, it's your fault, etc. What's interesting about it is how it tries to "improve people" and what Hubbard considered improvement.

While it advertises itself as being all about "communication", they practice drills designed to remove their reaction to insults, yelling and the other person in general, to be able to disassociate at will and fake normalcy. Scientology is often described as lowering people's empathy and making them willing to do unscrupulous things. This "transformation" is flawed though in that Hubbard also had an interest in producing unquestioning slaves, hence the hypnosis and command following based "services".

Christian cults encourage a "keep sweet" personality. Never expressing negative emotions and being perpetually chipper. Cults use a lot of made up terminology to get people to think with specific worldview chosen by the creator. Cults are apart from society, but also give unique insight into it.

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>> No. 36494 [Edit]
Because there's not much to discuss because it was fairly obvious what the goal was.
It wasn't some Aum or Heaven's Gate insanity, it was just a man manipulating heiresses for his own gain.
A bizarre active one that is almost never talked about is the rainbow family. They're little hippie parties but attract violent types and have been linked to a disappearance
>> No. 36560 [Edit]
Do you have any recommendations for reading about Aum Shinrikyo and how they managed to get so many very educated followers? It seems like a fascinating topic to me, since the kind of technological backbone the had is rare in cults (especially fairly localized ones).
>> No. 36561 [Edit]
There's probably plenty in Japanese.
>> No. 39431 [Edit]
I watched bad vegan the other day. It's not about a cult per say, but basically some crazy ex-military dude using cult-like techniques to brainwash an eminent raw-food cuisine chef and restaurant owner. I think some of you might appreciate it. The meat suit part is fucking hilarious.

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I'd like to start another dream thread, if that's all right. I'll go first.
You know how when you're a fan of something like anime or scifi or similar things in your teenage years parents will try to buy stuff for you? My dad and stepmom bought anime\manga related shit at yard sales a lot. Sometimes it was good, sometimes it was off the mark.
Well, in my dream I'm still in high school. I'm sitting there playing Xbox when my dad & stepmom walk in and yell that they got me something at a yard sale. I'm think to myself, "well, probably shit, but I might as well see," and go to check it out.
I walk into the kitchen and on the table is a box full of stuff from Neon Genesis Evangelion.
I get more excited and go to see what it is. There's every episode in raws and fansubs on
VHS, some uniforms, figurines, and even Shinjis' fucking tape recorder with the tape he listens to inside it! All the merchandise seems to be older and seems like it was directly imported from Japan. I ask where they found it.
It cuts to a yard sale with a slightly sad fiftyish woman in her front yard. She talked about how her son loved this show and whatnot, and seemed very sad. She sold it all for about 10-20 dollars.
I take all the stuff out and find a suicide note. Her son had gotten into anime in the
eighties while in high school and was completely inept and friendless. He grew obsessed with
Evangelion and felt a strong kinship with Shinji because he was such a fuck up. He grew older
and couldn't find anyone to share his interests with, became more and more of a recluse, and
killed himself in the late nineties, which I recall being a shame since the internet as of
96, when he killed himself, could have given him a place to talk to others and feel less alone. I realized he was "an otaku of another generation." I hung up his note and saluted it. I then went to watch his tapes and realized that he had dubbed it himself in case he ever met anyone who wanted to share his joy. I inherited his legacy. His mother had cleaned house and ended up giving me a record of a hikkikomori life.
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>> No. 39381 [Edit]
How's the weather in your bedroom? Cold or Hot? Do you have a fan or air-con? When these dreams happens? Middle of night or last dream? Do you wake up at the same time always?
>> No. 39391 [Edit]
Thanks for responding – in terms of temperature/seasonality I have felt that it's worse during the colder winter months. But I'm not sure if temperature alone is the factor responsible, since I've experimented with no heater vs. running heater and using thin sheets vs. thick sheets and I have not found too much of a difference. That said, I will try logging temperature vs. intensity of dreams to see if there is indeed any correlation here.

In terms of time of day I'd guess it happens around 5am or 6am, which is closer to the end of the sleep cycle (I go to bed at 12am and wake up at 11am). Yes I'm usually jolted out of bed at around the same time every day.
>> No. 39409 [Edit]
>But I'm not sure if temperature alone is the factor responsible, since I've experimented with no heater vs. running heater and using thin sheets vs. thick sheets
Maybe relative temperature would have been a better term. Based on my experiences my dreams tend to get fucked up when the relative temperature is cold. By relative temperature I mean the temperature and weather and absence or presence of ventilation your body will be subject to while you're asleep. Per example, a person using thick blankets all over her body with no fan on a cold winter night will have a relative temperature that's warmer and better than someone in a very hot summer day going to sleep with minimal clothing and no blankets right under the fan, maybe this person feels hot when the night starts, but as her body is subject to direct ventilation and the night gets a little colder the situation changes.
>In terms of time of day I'd guess it happens around 5am or 6am, which is closer to the end of the sleep cycle (I go to bed at 12am and wake up at 11am). Yes I'm usually jolted out of bed at around the same time every day.
I did not understand. You have them around 5 am, but then go back to sleep and wake up at 11 am?
>> No. 39415 [Edit]
>Based on my experiences my dreams tend to get fucked up when the relative temperature is cold.
Yes, this matches with my observation that the nightmares are worst on days when it's not quite cold enough to use a heater but also not warm enough where I can forego the sheets. Particularly whenever I have to try to sleep in a position that conserves heat (e.g. knees tucked up, hands wrapped around, etc.).

>I did not understand. You have them around 5 am, but then go back to sleep and wake up at 11 am?
I go to sleep at ~1am, and will sleep well until about ~6am. From 6am to 11am I will have back-to-back nightmares, waking up sweating after each one. This might be because sleep tends to become lighter (and dreams more likely?) as you progress throughout the sleep cycle though. It could also be because 6am-9am is the coldest parts of the day though.

I guess with these observations I will see if I can try to avoid the conditions that are conducive to these nightmares. But I think that's still not solving the root cause, because the content of the nightmares is too specific and recurring to be dismissed. E.g. just this morning I dreamt I was having the kitchen sink of weapons being thrown at me – knives, bullets, arrows, etc. The nightmares also seem to be a relatively new phenomenon since I remember in the past I used to sleep in far colder weather without a heater on just fine.

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39122 No. 39122 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
What do you think the world will be like in ten years? Care to make any predictions about anything?
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TLS is unnecessary for an imageboard. If your threat model is that you're being monitored, you are personally welcome to tunnel your traffic through a known good endpoint. But otherwise, all adding tls on websites that don't need it does is enforce planned obsolescence on devices, whether through root certs or protocol upgrades. Yes both of these can be manually upgraded on the client, but again it is adding a roadblock for no good reason (and some perfectly good clients can't be upgraded).
>> No. 39416 [Edit]
I believe kusaba-chan it to be blamed for that, and there nobody willing to fix her.

A nice compromise would be to enable SSL but not require it.
>> No. 39417 [Edit]
Wouldn't it be the web server (apache or nginx) not kusaba-chan? The imageboard software itself should be agnostic to whatever transport protocol or wrappers were used since by the time content arrives at the php process it should already be unwrapped and just be a regular content bytestream.

>enable SSL but not require it.
Yes this would be nice (serving on both 443 and 80). I suppose it might theoretically leave you open to downgrade attacks but the browser would still indicate if you're using tls or not so it should be fine.
>> No. 39418 [Edit]
It's not the encoding, as you're right, the httpd does the heavy lifting there. If I remember with any correctness, kusaba-chan will render documents whose links explicitly specify the scheme (HTTP in this case), and she might also be routing via scheme as well. So, if you connect via HTTPS you'll be getting nearly everything via plain ol' HTTP (at best), and some confusion will ensue on the part of kusaba-chan--maybe. I'm not 100% sure.

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39258 No. 39258 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Russia declarations war on Ukraine.
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>> No. 39397 [Edit]
Yeah no, Putin had nothing to do with it("mainly"). It was some shadowy group of evil people and not the guy who's been in power for decades.

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>> No. 39400 [Edit]
Do you mean the oligarchs? I can understand why that might be the case on the Ukrainian side, if Ukraine did join the EU it would open up huge markets and opportunities for them. But I don't see that as being the case for Russia, this war is terrible for Russian oligarchs, not only are they getting heavily sanctioned(and often personally sanctioned as well) but the businesses they have interests in are being run into the ground by all of this. The Russia that we are going to see after the war is going to be far different than what we saw before it as well, it's likely many of these oligarchs will be purged(as well as anybody else that shows any inkling of rebellion).

It was all Putin, well him and his fellow KGB/Military circle. He has been working on securing Russia's borders for a long time.
>> No. 39405 [Edit]
From what I can tell by browsing /pol/ and reading whatever few contrarian opinions there exist, I get the impression that while this war was indeed instigated by Putin, it's not necessarily irrational since there had supposedly been talks of Ukraine joining NATO. So I suppose in a game-theoretic type of view if he had ever planned to strike, now was the best time (and conversely if there had been reassurance that Ukraine would never be part of nato, then the incentive would have been diminished). The real winner here is China though since they now become the dominant power in that region, and can basically do business with everyone (and gets especially favorable terms for trade with Russia) while the rest of the world is busy implemtning useless sanctions. So even though Putin's move might have been rational in short-term from a "secure the borders" perspective, it doesn't seem like he played the long-game here. Conversely China seems to excel at playing the long-game, and knows precisely when not to strike and to instead sit back and let time play out (e.g. Hong Kong), esp. given how the west is basically making a fool out of themselves.
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Yes, it's not irrational. Russia does not want to share such a large border with a NATO country and wants them as a buffer state instead, that is why he took parts of the Donbas and also why he did the same thing beforehand in Georgia(because there was talk of Georgia joining Nato as well). Ukraine can't join Nato while it has territory occupied by Russia and is fighting a proxy war with her, to do so would mean that Article 5 would instantly be triggered and there would be WW3.

That situation had been left as it was since they took Crimean and parts of the Donbas, however, ever since then Ukraine had been arming and preparing for war and the west had been aiding her in that while at the same time Russia had been building a war chest and preparing to whether any sanctions that further action would bring. Putin is also getting old and may feel that a successor would be unable or unwilling to finish this. So that brings us to the present, Russia felt that they had to strike now before Ukraine became too strong.

China is both a winner and a loser, yes this benefits her strategically, it turns US attention to Russia and ties Russia to her economically. Yet at the same time, she is the largest importer of Energy in the world, economically this will hit her hard. China can get a discount from Russia but a discount on astronomical energy prices will still be expensive and she can't get all her energy from Russia. Other commodities are being hit by this as well and China is a major importer of pretty much every commodity. This has also shown to China just what the US is willing to do in order to punish a threat to the current global order, any idea that they could just walk into Taiwan and the west would do nothing is a fantasy now.

In some ways China plays the long game well, in others she is terrible at it. Just look at the mess she is in now with her economy and demographics. Not only that but politically she has ruined her relations with the west when she did not have to, 10 years ago the world was more than happy to work with her and more than happy to ignore anything that she did internally, now she is a pariah on the global stage and western companies
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36944 No. 36944 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
It's winter time. It's that time. Short days, snow, cold, dry air, holidays, the stilling of life and expansion of nothingness. How does it make you feel?
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>> No. 38971 [Edit]
>and my room isn't that spacious.
Why would you need space for such a net? I believe we are thinking of different things. It's a window-sized frame, you just put it in your window and rest it against the wall when not in use.
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How in the fucking hell is it so hot in autumn? This is even worse than summer.
>> No. 39392 [Edit]
Imagine how summer will be!
>> No. 39393 [Edit]
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