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2 Kings 2:23-24: A story about what happens when you make fun of bald dudes

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What distro should I use on my potato?

I have an HP Stream 11 that I want to use for word processing and some light web browsing - I’m a writer and it’s a lightweight laptop to bring to the library or coffee shop to write on. Right now it’s got Windows and it’s unusable due to lack of hard drive space for updates. Someone had luck with Xubuntu, but it’s...

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Puppy Linux was my first ever Linux distro. Great memories.

gotta get a new printer

Greentings As youve seen from the the title, i want to get a new printer as a present for my parents. Sadly they are still windows peasants and my mom somehow thinks that the HP printer on her desk has been a good financial investment, even though it has costed us more than 300 bucks in ink over the past 2 years....

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Ink is also supposedly more environmentally friendly than toner.

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Toner is tiny plastic particles, but ink can be made of various biodegradable dies and ink cartridges can be more easily refilled. Toner tends to be more economical than ink, but for the same reason that it is less environmentally friendly: Plastic particles don't dry up or biodegrade. Additionally, toner cartridges print more pages before needing to be replaced.

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Your arguments aren't really addressing the points that OP made, though. They aren't saying they expected everything to work just like Windows, they are saying they expected everything to just work. Any system that requires tinkering for basic stable functionality should be considered experimental and not ready for production.

If you disagree you are falling prey to dogmatic OS fundamentalism. Acknowledging insufficiencies helps improve Linux, while rejecting such criticism prolongs the amount of time the majority of people write it off as unusable as a desktop operating system.

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OP didn't talk shit though, they explained their experience in a pretty fair and neutral way. Don't take criticisms against Linux so personally.

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Lol, it's kinda sad how personally you're taking OP's opinion about Mint's UX. Time to touch some grass.

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I went to my Glassdoor account and the only place I could see my name was in the community part, where people ask questions of other professionals. Some users still seemed to have their names hidden, so it must be possible to do so. My company reviews are still anonymous.

I honestly can't find any evidence that what the media are saying is happening is actually happening. I feel gaslit tbh lol

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Lol not sure why the somewhat gratuitous character attack there, but whatever.

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"The media" is a common term in American English that refers to mainstream news outlets. I said I felt gaslit because the early headlines and articles on this topic suggested that names were made visible, not that they were merely added to accounts.

Regardless, there is no call for personal attacks. I'm sure you can find the maturity to respond to comments you disagree with in ways that don't involve attacking the users who post them.

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Perhaps there is a tonal message in your words that you didn't intend (your native language seems to be German?). This paragraph comes across as dismissing my comment while making a sweeping, inaccurate, and baseless judgment that I "distrust any media that contradicts my beliefs:"

But by you talking about “the media” I guess you are trying to find reasons to further your already present distrust in any media that contradicts your beliefs?

Hard to see how that couldn't be meant as, at best, a passive-aggressive dig, implying some level of instability or paranoia.

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Trumpism took mormons by storm, they are some of the most dedicated adherents to it.

Plenty of us despise him, though, and one of the highest leaders of the Church has donated to the Democratic party in the past.

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I have never supported Trump. I was serving my mission in 2016 when he was elected and I couldn't find a polling place to vote, and I sort of had a favorable impression of him at first just because my family are big Trump supporters. However, many of his policies and his hateful rhetoric are impossible to square with my religious beliefs, which I consider to be mostly centrist. I think most Latter-day Saints are in a similar boat. We are serious about our religion and aren't going to support a political leader who goes against many of our most deeply-held moral doctrines.

The most important thing we believe are the commandments given by Jesus Christ in Matthew 22:36-40. These are summarized as "love God with all your being" and "love everyone around you as well as you love yourself". I can't see how it could be possible to support Trump and sincerely believe in those commandments at the same time.

For me, however, the final straw was when Trump started speculating on live television about injecting light into people to fight the Covid virus. It was utter loony talk and I was completely disgusted. January 6th didn't surprise me at all (Trump was laying the groundwork for it a year in advance) and at that point I almost registered as a Democrat. Now that Trump has taken control of the Republican party I'm definitely registering as a Democrat before November.

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Latter-day Saints have absolutely no prohibition against interacting with former members of the Church. Unfortunately, many former members leave under difficult circumstances and distance themselves from their friends who remain in the Church. We would love nothing more than to stay in contact with them and still be friends.

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Have you ever asked a former member why they left? What did they say?

I helped a person rejoin the Church when I was a missionary. It was obviously not a representative experience, but he had left at a time in his life when he was angry at members of his ward for not supporting him the way he felt he should have been supported. At the time it seemed he had felt a bit more entitled to special attention than was reasonable (keeping in mind the Church has a lay ministry and we're all just regular people with regular lives outside of church), and he had also tried to have an affair with someone's wife, IIRC. He had requested his records to be withdrawn because he wanted members to stop contacting him. He was a lot different when I met him than when he left the Church, and had a lot of rough life experiences that emphasized the value it brought to his life.

I have not had any close friends or family leave the Church, so I haven't had any opportunities to actually have a discussion about it with anyone else other than online. Those online interactions have been mostly hate-filled and vitriolic by the former members.

Like most members of the Church, where I live I am a religious minority. It's far more common for people to ask me questions about my faith than for me to interact with former members.

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I have never gotten Clonezilla to work. I don't want to call it obsolete, but... it certainly isn't intuitive, and in 2024 I expect even open source software as widely known as Clonezilla to have a straightforward interface.

For simple data backups, I use Kopia.

EDIT: Apparently there's a GUI for Clonezilla called Rescuezilla. I'll have to give it a try sometime.

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It's been a while since I tried it, so I don't recall exactly what didn't work the last time. I think it may have been driver related.

I'm definitely going to give it another go one of these days.

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While The Church of Jesus Christ does pay for use of Ancestry.com licenses at FamilySearch centers, it was not involved in creating the company. The Church has it's own genealogy company: FamilySearch.org.

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The first time, it was an interesting discussion. Now, it's just spam.

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shared XKCD about experts overestimating laypeople's knowledge of their field

Double clicking it opens a weird folder.
I just put the ISO on my external drive and now my backup is gone what happened?

Proceeds to assume laypeople have backups

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What’s rm -rf /?

Just` test it in a terminal, it’s fun.

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People making OS their religion and following one of the Penguin Creeds:

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, installing Linux in the name of Torvalds, Stallman, and the Holy Kernel: Teaching them to use only FOSS software. Amen.

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Absolutely right. And it blows my mind that at this point people are getting less technologically literate, not more. Job security for us IT guys, I guess.

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I mean, two whole generations are growing up without using regular computers until they enter the workforce or go to college. When I was in highschool, I was told that the generations after me would mostly be more technologically literate than anyone was at the time, but with smartphones and ChromeOS it seems that the time to learn how to use a personal computer now begins far later than it was for us millennials.

There are so many basic things about using a computer that it is no longer to expect a high school graduate to know, such as how to use a printer (or what a printer even is), how to reboot a computer, what a browser is, etc.

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If you drop it and break the frame you can easily replace it.

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The only thing that I've seen is Framework's customer service is unbelievably fantastic--until it's not. They had some deceptive marketing on their SSD modules, which they marketed as being useful for booting an OS on, but then later said on their forums that they weren't designed to be used that way.

The average customer won't have any issues, but every once in a while a customer reports feeling burned because they had persistent issues that Framework was unable to solve. After RMAing a number of times their support tells you to pound sand.

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Haha you picked the worst time to try to break into tech.

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Congrats! What mods are you thinking of doing?

Well, Cities: Skylines 2 is here, and it's another broken game release.

I don’t really understand how people make the review threads, but we’re sitting at a 77 on OpenCritic right now. Many were worried about game performance after the recommended specs were released, but it looks like it’s even worse than we expected. It sounds like the game is mostly a solid release except for the...

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That's disappointing. Some level of unmet expectations are to be, well, expected for a sequel to such a cultural behemoth as Cities: Skylines, but it sounds like Colossal Order made some sacrifices on the release date altar. Such a shame.

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Yeah, I think it's usually the publisher pushing the release dates on the dev studio.

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