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from heist

I've copied the following subtitles from the anime Log Horizon, S01E02. It hit home to me, as the exact reason why I was watching it is that I had nothing to do. No goal to live for. An easy life, too easy.

Other things to do?

You're probably right... There's nothing to do. No goal to live for. Taste aside, we have food. By defeating low-level mosters, you can make money. With that money, you can stay at an inn. Fighting isn't allowed in towns, so you don't have to fear for your life there. [And even if you do die, you'll come back to life.]

So you can survive in this world without doing anything?

But is that really living? Or is it just not being dead?

What could one do?

 
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from protodrew

Overall I have really been enjoying ACNH so far and am extremely excited to sink as much time into it as I did New Leaf. Here are my thoughts after about 10 hours.

The Great

- The art style is incredibly charming and the music accompanies both it and the island setting amazingly. - The voice chatter is charming and refined, and the tonal differences between both the animals and what they are doing (speaking through a PA, talking to someone else) is a great continuation of what it has been. - The core gameplay loop is very faithful to the originals (which I love but you might not), but they have given you more to do with the products of those activities. - Diversity in gender, both in its fluidity and lack of denotation, is super nice, it is far removed from gendering the words cool and cute in New Leaf to denote what gender the player has at the start.

The Meh

  • I could take or leave tool durability, and for my tastes, it could be a bit more forgiving, but I do recognize its utility to both give more of an incentive to craft, to not just instantly give the player the best tools, and to discourage the player from just selling every resource they get

  • I think the animals are sometimes lacking in dynamic speech, and while it is improved from other games, I feel like they could go further than just observations of things you are wearing or something they want you to do.

  • The concept of direction in the game is still incredibly finicky, and it is emphasized whenever you are fishing and just miss where the cast should go, or are digging for something but are facing a bit too away from it.

  • Navigating menus in the game is clunky at the beginning, there are not a lot of settings you can tweak and you have to do them 1 at a time for some reason (KK being there makes it better though).

The Bad

  • There are very few indications of what you can or can't do in certain menus or indoors vs outdoors (ex: you can't put an item from your inventory into storage in the storage menu, you have to do it in the inventory menu)

  • The crafting system is very annoying if you want to make a lot of a consumable item (fish bait AHHHHH)

  • The tool wheel, while incredibly useful, is extremely difficult to use due to the precision it requires with the left stick, and I can especially see this being a problem for people with disabilities, and I wish the game would have allowed for more accessibility options in general.

 
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from Udayippu

The recent outbreak of corona virus disease, and the response of humanity has brought about serious questions about our preparedness, general nature etc. What started off as concern for the Chinese has spread to become this uncontainable monster that is seemingly threatening to change life for good. The last time something like this happened on a global level, I was 14, and 9/11 happened.

The current situation is dire, and while much of it is because of the lot of unknowns surrounding the disease itself, the human nature is a lot to blame for it too.

In a world driven by profits, greed etc, several employers have put the health of their employees on the backburner while repeating and reiterating that they have utmost care for the well being of their “family”. Many roles that can be done remotely are still being performed from offices.

The phrases going around is social distancing and self isolation. Us humans seem to find those two very difficult to understand and have been putting ourselves in danger, as well as others.

What else explains individuals not reporting their travel history correctly upon return, or people going out soon after getting back home from travel without going through the mandated 14 days of quarantine? Then there are those who think what the world leaders are doing are masterstrokes, and scientific that's beyond the understanding of an average human being, while those leaders are only trying to hold onto their fortresses with empty rhetoric and very little action.

If and when this all ends, I wish we all take a real hard look at ourselves as a race and how we behaved when we were faced with a problem that didn't distinguish on religion, colour, nationality etc and hopefully find answers that undo the wrongs we've managed to build up as an ideal society.

Because as I see it now, the structures that exist now are clearly uncapable.

 
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from protodrew

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a very scary time for everyone who has been affected, and the millions adjacent to it. Fears around the growing infection numbers and the risk it presents to older people and those with immune problems especially. A lot of these fears have manifested in unhealthy desperation from both individuals and companies. However, one of the most unsettling reactions I have seen is the growth of ecofascism.

for a detailed description of ecofascism please click here

Ecofascism as a movement has both grown and come under public scrutiny since two big things happened that represented the ideology of ecofascism, the Christchurch and El Paso shootings. It is good that people are criticizing its most egregious moments, but there are a lot of sinister things that are allowed into the mainstream discourse that I believe will act as a pipeline for many into either active participants or passive endorsers of ecofascist thought.

One of the most unsettling things has been the readiness that people have been adopting Malthusian beliefs towards both overpopulation and immigration. It should be emphasized that overpopulation doesn't exist as we know it and is not a threat to the planet, provided we start living more sustainably(which we should have been doing anyway). Malthus was simply wrong about a lot of the way that population dynamics, food production, and technology would develop in the coming centuries. However, people are still utilizing this methodology to claim overpopulation as a paramount threat to our society. This is not the case and deserves its own article critiquing. However, this is not the focus of this article, it merely represents one of the steps mainstream ecological discourse has been making towards Malthusian thought.

One of the good things to come out of the social distancing started by multiple governments is the benefit that lower consumption has had on the ecosystem. The most famous story so far has been The dramatic cleaning that Venice canals have undergone. Now obviously this is extremely good, but a lot of people seem to be taking the wrong idea from this. To be clear, the problem that causes pollution in Venice is not due to tourism on its own, but rather due to the excess consumption and lavish lifestyle that capitalist tourism has encouraged. There are solutions to this problem, but ecofascists have been proposing that the actual source of this pollution is overpopulation within Venice itself due to mass immigration and tourism.

These thoughts are often more subtly echoed by wine moms that say things like “the world would be better without stupid people (read: working-class people who do “unskilled labor”) or other such ideological memes. This is an unknowing, but nonetheless tacit endorsement of ecofascist beliefs that while not serious, allow ideas like closed borders, and eco-nationalism to grow unchecked. There has also been a large and disconcerting amount of sinophobia that has been exhibited from racist attacks against Asian people all the way to the ruling class. This is largely due to the false assumption that the disease is due to the cultural behaviors of Chinese people rather than simply a geographical anomaly. This is another cornerstone of ecofascist thought, white supremacy.

This is something the left needs to be calling out more fervently to nip this in the bud to stop its spread. Ecofascism needs to be acknowledged as a threat to global emancipation and the freedom of all people. These harmful ideas cannot go unchecked, and we need to prevent its spread during this time of great atomization.

 
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from protodrew

I have utilized this year's spring equinox as a sort of transition truly into 2020. I consider all of the chaos and misery a part of 2019 and I consider the physical transition of seasons a much more impactful transition into a new year than an arbitrary date.

With this in mind, it was time to choose a new theme. Themes are a system by which you organize your life in a much more concrete way than choosing a set of halfhearted resolutions. Personally, the concept of maintaining a rigid structure like that is far too daunting, and 2019 as the “Year of Reallocation” I set was a failure. With this knowledge, I am going to make themes on a seasonal basis. My reasoning for this is twofold: 1. Human existence is so dynamic that unless you go into a theme with incredibly vague goals (a valid option, but not personally my goal) you will almost certainly have trouble maintaining a consistent path. 2. The inherent weather changes the season brings will act as a nice coda to a goal and bring new importance to the equinoxes and solstices the year brings.

With that in mind, my seasonal theme will be

Structure

Why Structure? I have a problem with procrastination. And I also suffer from depression which can often cause my productivity to plummet. Now I am not in favor of productivity for its own sake, but this is an issue that has adversely affected my health both physical and mental. With that in mind, I have chosen structure in an effort to create good habits and routines. However, I do not wish for these to be so rigid that I compromise whimsy or my own health to make a deadline or complete a goal. With that in mind, I believe structure is a good term because I can utilize the framework of structure to reallocate a task to a new day.

What does Structure Mean? This has been semi explained in the Why Structure? section, but I will outline my concrete goals as they are right now.

1. If possible, complete a task that has been given to me the same day or the minimum amount of days needed (AKA don't wait until the last second). 2. Set yourself awake time on free days and do not snooze the alarm. 3. Set goals at the beginning of the day 4. Utilize the debord-buendia program to reconcile my emotions and embrace transcendentalism.

I will post one update halfway through the season, and one update at the end of the season discussing how this undertaking went.

 
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from protodrew

This is a set of loosely defined rules that are designed to create magic in mundanity and embrace absurdism and transcendentalism. created by hyperlink and sel in s2e2 of their podcast haha yeah 1. Upon waking attempt to record a dream, invent one otherwise

2. When walking notice nothing

3. When sitting, notice the hollow weight of the day and ask yourself where you would rather be, ask yourself if there is a way to rapidly construct where you would rather be immediate, ask yourself what you can do in the meantime.

4. 1 hour after eating meals, reconcile your body's parasympathetic dreaming with your forebrain
rationality through expressive action (visual art, writing, audio, hooting and howling, drilling with a firearm, sketching the shape of the space you inhabit).

5. When entering your home, move directly to your room and mark your intuitive awareness of the world outside around in ink on the floor by the bed. This is paramount, the brain is reconciling its shift from working, existing in public, and existing in private space; why aren't you doing the same?

6. Consume a piece of challenging dreamwork every single day Jodorowsky Great Surrealists 5 Pages of Magical Realisms 100 Years of Solitude The Situationist International

If you do this every single day nothing will happen that you could notice that will happen anywhere else.

 
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from Upcoming Comics

The Upcoming Comics

The latest comics: discover new releases! It is an application designed to discover the best comics of DC Comics, Marvel, Kodansha, Viz, among others and keep up to date with the most recent releases of your favorite comics like Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, among many more. Save your favorite comics, rate them and help more people know them. Discover which are the best-rated comics.

Full Features List

• New Releases: Be the first to access all new releases of your favorite comics. • Details of all comics: Access detailed information on each of the comics such as description, rating, release date, editorials, etc. • Rate them: You can rate if you like a comic or not, it helps your favorite comics reach the best rated! • Save your favorites: Save a list of comics that interest you. • Top-rated comics: Access a list of top-rated comics, and discover great comics recommended by the community • Filter comics: Filter comics according to the publisher .... soon we will add more options!

Download it now! The latest comics: discover new releases! Free on the Play Store!

 
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from lovejs

카지노 사업을 포함한 통합형 리조트(IR)사업을 둘러싼 오직 사건으로 수뢰죄로 기소된 중의원이 12일밤에 보석되어 입헌 민주당 등 주요 야당은 추 원사 피고의 증인 환문을 요구할 방침이다. 일본 정부는 IR에 대한 비난이 거세질 것으로 예상됨에도 불구하고 2020년대 중반의 IR개업을 강행할 준비가 되어 있다. 국내외로부터 많은 집객이 전망되는 IR는 도쿄올림픽 후의 경기를 밑받침해, 지방창생의 기폭제로서 기대가 높기 때문이다.

일본 정부는 당초 사건을 의원 개인의 문제로 개의치 않는 듯했다.

대부분이 1년에 교대하는 데다, 대신에 비해 권한도 약하다라는 이유 때문에 아키모토 피고의 영향력은 한정되어 있었다. 다른 정부 고관은 애당초 지금의 정권이 중국 기업의 참가를 인정할 리가 없다고도 이야기 한 바 있다.

그러나 정기국회에서 일본내 주요 야당이 아베 총리 주최의 벚꽃을 보는 모임에 참석함과 동시에 IR를 정권 비판의 표적으로 삼은 것을 두고, 일본 정부는 방침을 전환하여 1월중에 결정할 예정이었던 기본방침을 봄 이후로 미뤘다.

지난해 7월 참의원 선거 영향을 고려해 공표 시기를 늦춘 데 이어 정치적 이유로 미뤄진 것은 두 번째다. 게다가 벚꽃을 보는 모임을 둘러싼 공문서 관리 방식과 맞물려 IR를 주도하는 스가 요시히데 관방장관을 야당이 목표로 하고 있어 IR에 대한 역풍은 거세지고 있다.

그런데도 일본 정부가 2020년대 중반의 IR 개업을 고집하는 것은, 2025년의 오사카/칸사이 엑스포와 함께, 도쿄올림픽 후의 성장전략의 기둥으로 삼고 싶기 때문일 것이다. IR는 카지노 이외에도 국제회의장이나 호텔, 쇼핑시설 등이 병설될 것으로 예상되어 건설비와 민간투자를 합해 연간 1조엔 이상의 경제파급효과가 기대되고 있다. 참고로 일본 정부는 2030년의 외국인 관광객 6천만 명의 목표를 세우고 있으며, IR은 이러한 목표를 달성하는 데 필수적이라고 할 수 있다.

물론 정치적인 의도도 엿보인다. 아베 신조가 IR 개업에 적극적인 마쓰이 이치로 오사카시장 및 하시모토 도루 전 오사카부 지사와 좋은 관계를 유지하는 것은 IR 유치를 지렛대로 총리의 숙원인 헌법 개정을 위해 유신의 협조를 얻었기 때문이다. 정부의 기본방침의 제시가 크게 틀어지면 공사기간의 지연에 직결되어 오사카경제에 타격이 되는 만큼, IR개업의 기장을 용이하게 내릴 수 없는 사정도 있을 것이다.

일본 정부는 기본 방침으로 사업자와 정부, 지자체 관계자 간의 접촉 규제 강화 등을 통해 IR에 대한 불안을 불식하고 국민의 이해를 얻겠다는 생각이다. 그러나, 보도 각사의 여론 조사에서는 신중한 의견이 눈에 띄는 데다, 홋카이도와 치바시등이 IR유치를 보류하고 있기 때문에 이후의 IR 사업은 큰 기로에 서 있다고 할 수 있다.

이 내용은 카지노사이트 리뷰 블로그인 우리카지노의 컬럼 내용을 참고하였다.

 
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from theabbie

How to mind your own business?

I was walking past the mental hospital the other day, and all the patients were shouting, ’13….13….13.’

The fence was too high to see over, but I saw a little gap in the planks, so I looked through to see what was going on.

Some idiot poked me in the eye with a stick!

Then they all started shouting, ’14….14….14.’

 
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from lovejs

신문사에서는 사람들이 보고 싶어하는 새로운 동영상을 제작하는 것이 쉽지 않다. 그러나 새로운 젊은 청중에게 리치하기 위해서는 이를 무시할 수는 없다.

영국 가디언이 운영하는 유튜브 메인 채널의 등록자는 100만 명에 달했다. 신문에 따르면 조사 저널리즘, 다큐멘터리,해설 동영상을 비롯한 지금까지 전달한 장척 동영상의 총 재생 시간은 10억 분에 달한다고 한다.

책임감 있는 리치와 저널리즘

“포인트는 큰 숫자를 쫓는 것이 아니라 책임감 있는 리치와 저널리즘이다. 우리는 그것을 자랑스럽게 생각한다”

사람들이 큰 관심을 갖는 것은 훌륭한 조사 저널리즘이다. 유튜브가 안정적인 광고 수익을 창출할 수 있다는 증거가 페이스북의 증거를 능가하기 시작했다. 이로 인해, 유튜브는 2016년 뉴스 퍼블리셔의 분노를 진정시키기 위한 일조로 콘텐츠 전략을 강화하기 위해 노력해 왔다.

이 프로그램에 참여한 퍼블리셔는 플레이어 포 퍼블리셔스(Publishers for Player)라는 프로그램을 도입했다. 유튜브 플레이어를 자체 사이트에서 사용하고 광고 판매를 자체적으로 관리할 수 있으며 판매는 모두 자체 판매이다. 플레이어 포 퍼블리셔스에 참여한 이후로 가디언은 지난 2년 동안 유튜브를 비즈니스의 중심에 두고 있는 상태이다.

 
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from CyberSecurity

What is a VPN (Virtual Private Network) and How Does It Work?


A virtual private network (VPN) is programming that creates a safe, encrypted connection over a less secure network, such as the public internet. A VPN uses tunneling protocols to encrypt data at the sending end and decrypt it at the receiving end. To provide additional security, the originating and receiving network addresses are also encrypted.

VPNs are used to provide remote corporate employees, gig economy freelance workers and business travelers with access to software applications hosted on proprietary networks. To gain access to a restricted resource through a VPN, the user must be authorized to use the VPN app and provide one or more authentication factors, such as a password, security token or biometric data.

VPN apps are often used by individuals who want to protect data transmissions on their mobile devices or visit web sites that are geographically restricted. Secure access to an isolated network or website through a mobile VPN should not be confused with private browsing, however. Private browsing does not involve encryption; it is simply an optional browser setting that prevents identifiable user data, such as cookies, from being collected and forwarded to a third-party server.

 

How a VPN works

At its most basic level, VPN tunneling creates a point-to-point connection that cannot be accessed by unauthorized users. To actually create the VPN tunnel, the endpoint device needs to be running a VPN client (software application) locally or in the cloud. The VPN client runs in the background and is not noticeable to the end user unless there are performance issues.

The performance of a VPN can be affected by a variety of factors, among them the speed of users' internet connections, the types of protocols an internet service provider may use and the type of encryption the VPN uses. In the enterprise, performance can also be affected by poor quality of service (QoS) outside the control of an organization's information technology (IT) department.

 

VPN protocols

VPN protocols ensure an appropriate level of security to connected systems when the underlying network infrastructure alone cannot provide it. There are several different protocols used to secure and encrypt users and corporate data. They include:

  • IP security (IPsec)
  • Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS)
  • Point-To-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP)
  • Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP)
  • OpenVPN

 

Types of VPNs

Network administrators have several options when it comes to deploying a VPN. They include:

 

Remote access VPN

Remote access VPN clients connect to a VPN gateway server on the organization's network. The gateway requires the device to authenticate its identity before granting access to internal network resources such as file servers, printers and intranets. This type of VPN usually relies on either IP Security (IPsec) or Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to secure the connection.

 

Site-to-site VPN

In contrast, a site-to-site VPN uses a gateway device to connect an entire network in one location to a network in another location. End-node devices in the remote location do not need VPN clients because the gateway handles the connection. Most site-to-site VPNs connecting over the internet use IPsec. It is also common for them to use carrier MPLS clouds rather than the public internet as the transport for site-to-site VPNs. Here, too, it is possible to have either Layer 3 connectivity (MPLS IP VPN) or Layer 2 (virtual private LAN service) running across the base transport.

 

Mobile VPN

In a mobile VPN, a VPN server still sits at the edge of the company network, enabling secure tunneled access by authenticated, authorized VPN clients. Mobile VPN tunnels are not tied to physical IP addresses, however. Instead, each tunnel is bound to a logical IP address. That logical IP address sticks to the mobile device no matter where it may roam. An effective mobile VPN provides continuous service to users and can seamlessly switch across access technologies and multiple public and private networks.

 

Hardware VPN

Hardware VPNs offer a number of advantages over the software-based VPN. In addition to enhanced security, hardware VPNs can provide load balancing to handle large client loads. Administration is managed through a Web browser interface. A hardware VPN is more expensive than a software VPN. Because of the cost, hardware VPNs are a more realistic option for large businesses than for small businesses or branch offices. Several vendors, including Irish vendor InvizBox, offer devices that can function as hardware VPNs.

 

VPN appliance

A VPN appliance, also known as a VPN gateway appliance, is a network device equipped with enhanced security features. Also known as an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) VPN appliance, it is in effect a router that provides protection, authorization, authentication and encryption for VPNs.

 

Dynamic multipoint virtual private network (DMVPN)

A dynamic multipoint virtual private network (DMVPN) is a secure network that exchanges data between sites without needing to pass traffic through an organization's headquarter virtual private network (VPN) server or router. A DMVPN essentially creates a mesh VPN service that runs on VPN routers and firewall concentrators.  Each remote site has a router configured to connect to the company’s headquarters VPN device (hub), providing access to the resources available. When two spokes are required to exchange data between each other — for a VoIP telephone call, for example — the spoke will contact the hub, obtain the necessary information about the other end, and create a dynamic IPsec VPN tunnel directly between them.

 

VPN Reconnect

VPN Reconnect is a feature of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 that allows a virtual private network  connection to remain open during a brief interruption of Internet service. Usually, when a computing device using a VPN connection drops its Internet connection, the end user has to manually reconnect to the VPN. VPN Reconnect keeps the VPN tunnel open for a configurable amount of time so when Internet service is restored, the VPN connection is automatically restored as well. The feature was designed to improve usability for mobile employees.

 

Security limitations of a virtual private network explained

Any device that accesses an isolated network through a VPN presents a risk of bringing malware to that network environment unless there is a requirement in the VPN connection process to assesses the state of the connecting device. Without an inspection to determine whether the connecting device complies with an organization's security policies, attackers with stolen credentials can access network resources, including switches and routers.

Security experts recommend that network administrators consider adding software-defined perimeter (SDP) components to their VPN infrastructure in order to reduce potential attack surfaces. The addition of SDP programming gives medium and large organizations the ability to use a zero trust model for access to both on-premises and cloud network environments.

 

Source:

https://searchnetworking.techtarget.com/definition/virtual-private-network

 
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from CyberSecurity

This Cocktail Removes Headaches and Hangovers


Creating a unique cocktail for spyware removal, LogiGuard now offers another powerful and easy-to-use tool for protection in the battle for your privacy on the internet, the SpyPry anti-spyware cocktail mix.

Most internet users are now quite familiar with Spyware and the nasty implications from being infected and the potential for some huge headaches that Spyware can cause. Just as its name implies, the user is “spied on.” The “spies” target user shopping patterns, websites visited and even gather information that could lead to identity theft. So what's new? LogiGuard now offers another powerful and easy-to-use tool for protection in the battle for your privacy on the internet (see logiguard.com for details).


LogiGuard is pleased to announce the spyware removal program, SpyPry, as the newest tool to use in the fight against Spyware. Offering tools for internet security is LogiGuard's main objective and market responsibility. LogiGuard's SpyPry is perhaps one of the web's most aggressive tactics for picking up traces of RATs (Remote Access Trojans). RATs are system applications that give a hacker a measure of control over your PC, as if the hacker was at your keyboard. However, not all RATs are malicious. Gotomypc.com and many other such legitimate sites offer applications which will allow remote access to one's work computer while away from the office.



Spyware removal programs may highlight this item to be removed. Those using SpyPry software will need to be cautious when identifying threats to be removed after scanning results are completed. SpyPry's unique algorithm is extremely powerful. From the registry to the remote regions of the disk, users will appreciate the sensitivity of the SpyPry package.


Cybersecurity experts recommend using SpyPry in combination with a reliable VPN service, for example, this:  https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/veepn-unlimited-free-fast/majdfhpaihoncoakbjgbdhglocklcgno?hl=en.  This measure will further enhance your protection against malware and spyware.


Additionally, the LogiGuard team promotes the concept of spyware removal cooperation. That is, no single spyware program can possibly remove all Spyware (avoid any product marketed as such). Since Spyware is continually customized and engineered quite differently than any other Malware, Spyware often passes virus scanners as harmless or even welcomed guests mistaken for search tools, cute icons, cool screensavers and a myriad of other fun but potentially damaging applications. So it is up to those in the security industry, the users, and the technical reviewers to contribute to the database of known spyware applications to create a larger directory and more anti-spyware tools than the spyware designers themselves. Indeed, it is a vicious internet battle for your safety and your privacy.


A good mix of anti-spyware programs should be grouped together and applied at alternate times, indeed creating a unique cocktail for spyware removal. For a powerful mix of software to assist you with your spyware removal needs, may LogiGuard suggests the following: 1/3 part Microsoft Beta AntiSpy (formerly Giant Antispy), 1/3 part SpyBot and of course a healthy splash of SpyPry. Shaken, not stirred... to be sure. And the best part, as these are all freeware programs, this drink is on the house (though tips and donations are always appreciated).

 
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I turned 33 last week. My journey through 32 was one of discovery, reigniting passions, becoming better at what I do etc.

The first couple of years of the 30s were filled with anger, confusion, worrying about missing out on what the world had to offer. 32 was about realizing that it's alright to be at peace with what I have, and it's alright to cut out toxicity from my life. I quit using traditional social media on a regular basis towards the latter part of the year, which did a whole deal of good for my mental health. I spent more time with my son than I did before. I cooked a lot of delicious meals, went out with family more, understood my partner better etc.

Being away from the toxicity meant that I was getting less angry, the stress at work was manageable, I made more rational decisions, and found time where I'd have found none in the past.

I was more cautious with money too. Spent where needed, saved where I could. That gave me a peace of mind like nothing before.

I documented my mood every day with an app called Year in Pixels. There were quite a few “light green” days which meant the year was overall a happy one with very few extremely sad days.

The plan for 33-34 is to continue on this journey to being a better person than I was. Maybe, I should reach out to friends from the past with whom I haven't been in touch for several years. I think I can also be better in delegating things at work instead of wanting to fix problems myself. That would give me even more time to enjoy what I do and also leave room for growing even more.

 
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I have mostly been an iOS user, venturing into android was not new to me as I have done it in the past, but it didn't pan out that well as my first android device was a Redmi Note 3. I ended up selling it in 6 months due to call quality issues and software bugs. My next device was an iPhone SE which I held on to a for a couple of years till I broke the display, so I was on the market for a new phone, seeing the steep price of iPhones made me revisit android, since I didn't want to spend too much I ended up buying a Nokia 6.1 (2018) 4gb+64gb variant for ₹7649 on flipkart.

So what made me review this phone is how good it is for the price.

Look and feel

It feels solid in the hand as it made from unibody aluminium. It doesn't feel like a budget device, although it does have bezels I don't mind them that much. The cobalt blue variant was my favourite among the colours available.

The basics

My requirements from a phone were simple; a good battery life, decent performance, clean software, full hd display and the dying headphone jack. I didn't forget about the camera, it is not a priority for me as I mostly use a stand alone camera, if it is a priority for you, do not buy this phone as it does not have a good camera. Nokia 6.1 delivers on all these fronts with no issues except for the camera. The battery lasts a whole day easily for most use cases, the phone performs day to day tasks without major lags, ram management is something which could have been done better as apps do reload a bit frequently. The phone's full HD display, displays colours accurately though you can't expect AMOLED quality in a LCD panel, in outdoor use the display gets bright enough and can be seen without any problems. The software is clean except for the Evenwell system management apps, which run in the background.

Other features

Though the phone released in 2018 features included like Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB-Type C port, add to the value and longevity of the device. Nokia also promised 2 major OS updates and it delivered as promised. My phone is currently running Android 10. It also comes with a fast charger in the box.

Call quality

The call quality of the phone is great, I had no problems hearing people, or being heard on the other end. The phone now has VoWifi support from Airtel and Jio in addition to VoLTE, so you will seldom have call quality issues.

Audio

The phone has a single bottom firing speaker which is a downgrade from the previous generation Nokia 6 and it also doesn't have the Dolby Atmos which the Nokia 6 had, not a deal breaker for me as I mostly use headphones. The speaker does the job but it is nothing to write home about. The phone also has a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, which I still use.

Gaming

If you are looking for a gaming device, I would say look elsewhere. I am not saying Nokia 6.1 cannot run games but if you are some one who plays games a lot of the time, I would say this is not the device for you.

Issues

Some people have reported issues with the Type-C port but I have not faced any such issues till date. The issue is with the 6.1 plus and not the 6.1. The phone got warm when fast charging but otherwise no heating issues.

Conclusion

Not every phone is right for everyone, you must know what are your requirements and buy accordingly instead of being swayed away by fancy features that you don't really need like a high refresh rate display, 10 cameras, 64gb ram etc. If you are someone who likes to stream content, browse, read, make a lot of calls, the Nokia 6.1 might just be the right phone for you. If you can get a good deal this is a solid phone to buy even in 2020 though be aware that it won't be getting any further OS updates.

P.S : This is not a technical review with deep insights into performance and specs, this is just my experience with the phone having used it for 9 months.

 
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from Udayippu

Recently, my workplace implemented a policy to restrict the number of days an employee can work from home. The excuses they have given for this have ranged from “Employees are abusing this freedom.” to “We have paid a lot of money to set up this office, so it's only reasonable that they utilize these facilities to the maximum.”

For a technology company that is spread across different timezones, and wants its employees to collaborate across these barriers, we have a huge number of meetings that happen in the early mornings or late evenings. In such scenarios, the option of having remote work is great, especially because one can plan their day around those meetings in a good way. I for one, start my day at my usual time, but take a short nap in the afternoon so that I feel fresh for the meetings, and can take my best mindset to them and come out of those discussions with good outcomes. For others, it may be a case of starting their day a little later than they usually do, so that they can use the mornings to take care of personal stuff which they'd otherwise do in the evening.

By taking away the “right” to be remote as many times as needed, the HR is saying that “We are in charge, we decide how and where you'll work, and we expect you to toe the line.” The company aims to be at the top of employee retention, employee empowerment etc. I feel like this policy isn't a step in the right direction to achieve that aspiration. There is also the gradual shift to monitoring the number of hours an employee is inside the office. This is also wrong for several reasons.

Having been involved in a company that grew from 8 members to 100, I feel like I am in some position to talk about what can make a team or company successful. The first and foremost is keeping the employees happy. And happiness isn't just gyms, free hot beverages, gaming rooms, or bean bags. It's putting the power in their hands. The smaller teams should be democratic and have a say in deciding what works for them and how. If they want to go watch movies together during the day and stay up at night to work on something, let them do it. If they feel hyper focused when working from benches in the parks next to their homes, let them do it. If they want to be in the office for 10 hours together, even use their lunch hours to discuss work, let them do it, but for goodness' sake, put that power in their hands and don't make policies about things you don't understand.

There are going to be arguments that managing companies that are so big is difficult, let me break it down step by step.

  • Every team can't be allowed to operate in the way they wish. It'd lead to an unfair system : Read that last paragraph one more time. The teams decide how they want to do things. If they find a system working for another team and feel like they would benefit from that system, let them adopt it.

  • Employees will start doing as they wish and there would be conflicts within the team itself : The role of hiring cultural fits is very important. If you hire for numbers and don't care about the soft skills (which is not just the ability to write great emails and talk fluently), you have pushed yourselves to a corner in that aspect. When you form a new team, identify individuals who gel together and let them decide the type of team members they want. And I beg you, please don't force them into hiring candidates just because you aren't able to meet your recruitment targets for that month. All you are doing with that is adding friction into a system where it isn't needed. While on that, just stop bragging about the number of employees you have. That isn't a hallmark of greatness. How productive and happy those employees are, is.

  • The facilities that we have created for the employees will be wasted : Who said anything about the employees deciding to never show up in the office forever? You are going to put those beanbags and standing desks to attract the “hip” crowd anyway, and the less the employees use these facilities, the longer they'll stay new. Also, stop pretending like you are spending all this money from your pocket. We also see how flexible and accommodating your counterparts at the company headquarters are with these policies, even though they have offices that are state of the art and boasts facilities that you all can't even dream about.

  • We can't keep track of employee productivity if they aren't in the office : There is a concept of delivery, definition of done etc in software. When those criteria are met within the agreed upon timelines, you sure as hell know that the employee or the team has been productive. You shouldn't measure this in terms of how many hours the laptop was idle, how many hours the employee spent walking to the rest room, how many hours the employee played foosball etc. Hours in front of a computer is not equal to productive hours. Period.

 
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Sardine, la risposta del centrosinistra al M5S?

Da quando sono comparse la prima volta con il flash-mob del 14 novembre 2019 a Bologna, tramite l'evento 600 sardine contro Salvini, pochi di noi sapevano cosa aspettarsi da quello che oggi inizia a profilarsi come un vero e proprio movimento capace di inserirsi nel dibattito pubblico nazionale. Nessuno si sarebbe aspettato che un fenomeno come questo si sarebbe potuto ripetere nel tempo e aquisire una simile notorietà così velocemente, perché poche piazze hanno coinvolto tanta gente e telecamere dai tempi di quello che fu il primo Vaffa-Day dell'8 settembre 2007.

Similmente a quello che poi diventò il Movimento 5 stelle, le Sardine si presentano come un fenomeno spontaneo e civico che si raccoglie attorno ad un sentimento comune, più che ad un'ideologia, superando le categorie politiche e puntando sul vecchio frame della cittadinanza attiva contro un nemico specifico capace di riunire sentimenti e anime politiche potenzialmente diverse.

Il nemico dei grillini erano i parlamentari corrotti e i politici disonesti, quello delle Sardine il fascismo strisciante della Lega e di Borgonzoni che cerca di attecchire in una regione che viene dipinta come l'ultimo avanposto del progresso.

Pur presentandosi come due movimenti antitetici, cioè la culla del populismo italiano (M5S), contro la supposta cura al populismo (le Sardine), le due operazioni presentano inaspettate somiglianze. In primo luogo possiamo dire che sia il movimento cinquestelle che quello delle Sardine, rappresentano una spinta conservatrice coperta da una buona dose di progressismo di facciata, entrambi si presentano come antipolitici, ma sono intelligenti operazioni politiche. Sia i grillini che le sardine, si sono posti obiettivi politici di conservazione, se non di restaurazione: la democrazia originaria contro la disonestà, la salvaguardia della Costituzione e delle istituzioni, contro l'avanzata del populismo. Entrambi i movimenti hanno colto la paura e le speranze di un elettorato addormentato, che si è sentito caricato di una sfida da vincere tramite il proprio diretto e non mediato protagonismo.

“Non c’è niente da cui ci dovete liberare, siamo noi che dobbiamo liberarci della vostra onnipresenza opprimente, a partire dalla rete. E lo stiamo già facendo. Perché grazie ai nostri padri e madri, nonni e nonne, avete il diritto di parola, ma non avete il diritto di avere qualcuno che vi stia ad ascoltare. Siamo già centinaia di migliaia, e siamo pronti a dirvi basta. Lo faremo nelle nostre case, nelle nostre piazze, e sui social network. Condivideremo questo messaggio fino a farvi venire il mal di mare. Perché siamo le persone che si sacrificheranno per convincere i nostri vicini, i parenti, gli amici, i conoscenti che per troppo tempo gli avete mentito. E state certi che li convinceremo”.

In questo estratto dal post del 21 novembre 2019 dalla pagina ufficiale 6000sardine, si possono sentire tanto gli echi del primo M5S, quanto del frame comunicativo del centrosinistra. Le menzogne contro la verità, la rete come cardine della non-organizzazione, come fulcro della partecipazione. La gente normale, contro i mostri professionisti, contro La Bestia, di Salvini! Poco dopo questo post nasceranno numerosi gruppi su Facebook che radunano i simpatizzanti e i curiosi, nonché nuclei locali che sono poi spesso sfociati in altrettanti incontri fisici e cortei in giro per l'Italia. Qualcuno si ricorda dei meet-up?

Un'altra caratteristica delle Sardine che mi ha fatto ricordare la parabola del M5S è che anche questa volta, ad una autoproclamata orizzontalità, si oppone una verticalità accentuata in cui i quattro ragazzi impongono la linea al popolo delle sardine a mezzo stampa.

Proprio come un novello Grillo, Mattia Santori annuncia le posizioni che loro le Sardine hanno deciso (dove?): il campo è il centrosinistra, bisogna difendere l'Emilia-Romagna, votare Bonaccini anche se non piace a tutti. Si discute nei gruppi delle Sardine come dentro il fu Meet-Up, non tutti apprezzano la scelta, ma i capi han deciso, i bravi ragazzi non sono politici di professione, bisogna dargli fiducia e ascolto perché hanno radunato in piazza tanta gente e gli hanno ridato entusiasmo.

Chiaramente mentre i grillini si presentavano in tutto per tutto come antipolitici, per questo furono attratti e respinti dal giornalismo mainstream, l'evidente collegamento con il centrosinistra ha immediatamente agganciato le Sardine al giornalismo tradizionale, specialmente nel classico alleato mediatico del PD, cioè il gruppo l'Espresso che dalle colonne di Repubblica ha spesso omaggiato e ospitato questo movimento appena nato, senza nemmeno battere ciglio.

Questo fattore ha dato una decisiva spinta alle Sardine che in poco tempo hanno ottenuto una spinta mediatica decisiva, riuscendo a coprire tanto i social media, quanto i media tradizionali, offrendo alla loro narrazione una indubbia posizione di vantaggio.

Una conclusione preliminare

A seguito delle elezioni regionali in Emilia-Romagna due dati sono decisivi per la tesi di questo articolo: l'affluenza, e i flussi elettorali. Il voto del 26 gennaio 2020, ha segnato un'affluenza particolarmente alta del 67 % con un aumento del 30% rispetto al 2014. Segno che il frame comunicativo delle Sardine e la discesa in campo diretta di Salvini, abbiano spinto ad una partecipazione più elevata rispetto ad uno scenario elettorale ordinario e privo di questa polarizzazione esasperata, fomentata anche dalla chiamata ad un generico “antifascismo” da parte di Mattia Santori e compagni. L'altro dato interessante, per quanto non decisivo, è che secondo l'Istituto Cattaneo due elettori su tre del M5S sono andati al PD, con un picco in alcune città (il 71,5% a Forlì, il 62,7% a Parma, il 48,1% a Ferrara).

Ora Mattia Santori ha proclamato che il movimento, che non vuole diventare partito (suona familiare?), non si fermerà dopo le regionali in Emilia-Romagna, ma si riunirà nella prima vera e propria assemblea nazionale a partire dall'8 marzo 2020. Lasciando perdere per un attimo la scelta davvero odiosa di lanciare la propria convention nel giorno dello sciopero mondiale delle donne, la cosa che mi preme sottolineare sono le dichiarazioni programmatiche fatte su questa data nella conferenza stampa del 17 gennaio 2020.

Dichiarazione 1: “Non ci sono vere e proprie correnti, è astratto, il nostro obiettivo è l'8 marzo perché è lì che vogliamo arrivare”. Negazione delle correnti, e affermazione del corpo unico.

Dichiarazione 2: “con la politica, non con il partito”. Proprio come il vecchio M5S, quando ancora era solo un gruppo di Amici di Grillo, anche le Sardine si oppongono al Partito, ma si propongono di influenzare le istituzioni.

Dichiarazione 3: Riferendosi all'8 marzo “un week end di convivenza in cui si parlerà di vari temi a livello nazionale, di struttura, di organizzazione capillare, di quale sarà casa digitale”. Capillarità, digitalità, come il M5S il non-partito punta tutto sul web come strumento potenzialmente decisionale e organizzativo.

L'impressione preliminare è che il movimento delle Sardine, che entri o meno nella competizione elettorale direttamente, sembra essere la risposta del centrosinistra al progetto del M5S di cui recupera alcuni degli elementi cardine per riattrarre verso di sé gli elettori che hanno sposato il partito di Grillo in questi anni, con l'obiettivo di riempire uno spazio a sinistra per bloccare qualsiasi alternativa anti-sistema, come i jillet jaune in Francia, e riportare il sistema elettorale verso un comodo e innocuo bipolarismo.

 
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