1. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Hey MIA have you checked your email.
    Reply sent out.
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    12-04-2019 01:49 PM
  2. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Yeah. This is why the USA isn't really a democracy, it claims to be the greatest but it's only democratic for those with money and power.

    This idea that 'anyone' can become rich and powerful maybe true but the percentages are very low. It's also not really a democratic goal either.

    Over here in Europe we still have those who get born into privilege, like winning the lottery. Better known as 'royals'. They're just as corrupt as the rest of society but since they 'look and act nice' (typically have nice accents too) everyone seems to forget that.
    The US was never a democracy. There was nothing democratic about calling those who look like me 3/5 of a human in the constitution originally. So nothing surprises, nonsense and double speak are expected.
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    12-04-2019 06:38 PM
  3. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Forgot to mention is that I should know by Friday.
    Good luck with whatever transpires.
    12-05-2019 12:38 AM
  4. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    The US was never a democracy. There was nothing democratic about calling those who look like me 3/5 of a human in the constitution originally. So nothing surprises, nonsense and double speak are expected.
    Sadly, that is true.
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    12-05-2019 12:38 AM
  5. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Good luck with whatever transpires.
    Thanks. It's taking longer than expected but I hope to have it sorted tomorrow but who knows?
    12-05-2019 06:41 AM
  6. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    So if you don't follow international news. There's a big strike action today in France.

    It's affecting all transport and some other things. Including school closures

    Things are a bit quieter than normal. It's also a bit cold out.
    12-05-2019 06:42 AM
  7. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Got a busy Thursday lined up on the clock. I hope to go check out the Xperia 5 after work.
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    12-05-2019 08:54 AM
  8. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Ain't nothing that can jump start your day than walking into a train and getting hit with the smell of a housing insecure person fast asleep that hasn't showered for at least a few days.

    There's so much in seeing that, none of it good.
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    12-05-2019 08:57 AM
  9. Muessig's Avatar
    Man what a hectic couple of months - the other half had some serious health issues but we seem to be on the other side of that now!

    Here's hoping for a much slower paced Christmas time so I can check in on here and participate!
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    12-05-2019 03:25 PM
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    I feel sorry for Americans because they 'believe' in chasing this weird dream of being rich and having the 'American Dream'. They're willing to give away their lives for a company that just uses them and would happily replace them. I know not many chase the American Dream like they used to but it's still in the collective mindset.

    The US government has never been 'for the the people', regardless of the slogans. A government that was, would mandate vacation, sick days and better worker rights at the minimum (without going in to healthcare). The US government does none of this. They only care about helping corporations and vice versa. They are pro capitalist. An individual needs to 'prove' their worth to these corporations but a corporation can be crap to the person.

    That tells you everything that's wrong with the US.

    The US could use some compassion but unfortunately there's a lot of people who just don't get it and actually fight against this. It confuses me. I'll never understand why someone would fight against fairly basic human rights and decency but that the US for you...
    In the USA, we fight against big government. If we earn $1 we don’t like the idea of giving up
    20-50% to a government bureaucracy. For many the corporation at least creates a job whereas the government is redistribution of earnings for many things we don’t want or believe in. Our culture has always been one that’s based on individualism. Within our borders, we believe in how we define human rights and many times prefer individual choice over group direction.
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    12-05-2019 04:08 PM
  11. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    In the USA, we fight against big government. If we earn $1 we don’t like the idea of giving up
    20-50% to a government bureaucracy. For many the corporation at least creates a job whereas the government is redistribution of earnings for many things we don’t want or believe in. Our culture has always been one that’s based on individualism. Within our borders, we believe in how we define human rights and many times prefer individual choice over group direction.
    Yeah. We kinda figured that's the vibe when the "Puritan ancestors" who couldn't hack it in Europe came west, threw the real Americans off their land and kicked the British out because they knew better on how to spend their money that they made by dragging my ancestors from Africa who were minding their own business here to do the backbreaking work for free and get no appropriate economic compensation.

    And you wondering how come with THAT mentality a commander in thief got elected to the highest office in the land?
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    12-05-2019 05:26 PM
  12. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Xperia 5! 20191205_174357.jpeg20191205_174406.jpeg20191205_174413.jpeg
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    12-05-2019 05:53 PM
  13. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    I'm digging the in hand feel of the Xperia 5. I'd try one for $400, not that crazy Sony price.
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    12-05-2019 05:55 PM
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    More random old shots. 20191205_175640.jpeg20191205_175650.jpeg20191205_180141.jpeg20191205_180146.jpeg
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    12-05-2019 06:07 PM
  15. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    So, a few impressions:

    1) I like the Xperia 5! The in hand feel makes sense as a compact. It's narrower than the Xperia 10 and the Xperia 1. It's galaxy S8/S9 kinda narrow. Screen is nice and it's about the same height as the V40. The cameras seem like a lateral move to what I have on the V40. The Xperia 1's in hand feel makes more sense - a bit wider comparatively to give more grip. Wish it had wireless charging though...

    2) The Axon 10 Pro has a curved screen. Not as curved as the Mate 20 Pro, but more curved than the V40, and even the S10 line. It was all good until I opened the camera app. Didn't like what I saw in the viewfinder and the camera app layout. I think I'd use third party apps like crazy here.

    3) Every time I see the S10+, it gets to be a better fit for the gf. I talked with her about it this week. It's such a nice device... Aint for me though.

    4) Asus made some nice **** this year. The ROG II is awesome and the Zen 6 is very capable.
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    12-05-2019 06:25 PM
  16. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    I'm digging the in hand feel of the Xperia 5. I'd try one for $400, not that crazy Sony price.
    I think Sony was smart enough to update their design this way. I just wished they had added wireless charging. I'd love to see them keep this design for another year. Just put the damn power button on the left side next year if you need to keep it separate from the FPS. I don't mind if they skip the USFPS for another year.
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    12-05-2019 09:05 PM
  17. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Why did I like the Xperia 5? From an in hand feel perspective, Sony nailed what they were going for. Even for someone with large hands, the Xperia 5 didn't feel unwieldy at all. The thumb rested directly on the fingerprint scanner. One handed, it didn't feel as scraped as I thought it would be.

    Very impressed, Sony. I can see why you killed the 3.5mm here, gives the phone too top heavy look. I wished they had, by putting it to the bottom.

    I still would be more sold on the Xperia 5 if I felt the camera offered something more than LG. I still don't like how Sony's camera app is. I do like they kept the old school navigation buttons. It's a really good device...if the camera offered a bit more, I'd be all in.
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    12-05-2019 09:18 PM
  18. libra89's Avatar
    I'm learning that it is worth it to stick to my guns.
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    12-05-2019 10:15 PM
  19. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    I'm learning that it is worth it to stick to my guns.
    Depending on what it is, it is a skill worth practicing.
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    12-05-2019 10:25 PM
  20. libra89's Avatar
    Depending on what it is, it is a skill worth practicing.
    I believe it. I was talking to my coworker today about things (including the next sentence that follows), and he said that the growth I have had all around has been great to see. I can't elaborate publicly (in case they read these forums, I'm not sure). Essentially, I went out with someone and there were some things I didn't like that they did so I let them know (in a reasonable and clear way). What came of that eventually is that they decided we should not continue talking. I held to my standard and if it's something they don't wish to meet, that's not my issue.
    12-05-2019 10:55 PM
  21. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    In the USA, we fight against big government. If we earn $1 we don’t like the idea of giving up
    20-50% to a government bureaucracy. For many the corporation at least creates a job whereas the government is redistribution of earnings for many things we don’t want or believe in. Our culture has always been one that’s based on individualism. Within our borders, we believe in how we define human rights and many times prefer individual choice over group direction.
    There's so much I can say to this...

    Just for the record, I lived next to the US for a large portion of my life. I even took American history in school. Aside from the people I know on here I have had American friends for a long time. I have traveled quite a bit in the US as well.

    The way you have phrased everything it's a clear indication to me that you have very little to no idea how the rest of the world works. You are paraphrasing things based on information received by others and have not had any real experience with.

    I have no desire to argue about what 'America' is as I never lived in the country and to be very honest have absolutely no desire to do so. I don't think it's a straightforward as you claim it is though. The USA is a big country with varying cultural and political ideas across it. It is nowhere near as homogeneous as you make it seem. All countries are the same in this way.

    My personal opinions about the USA is simply that. It's based on what I believe and what I feel. But it is grounded on decades of information.
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    12-06-2019 02:18 AM
  22. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Why did I like the Xperia 5? From an in hand feel perspective, Sony nailed what they were going for. Even for someone with large hands, the Xperia 5 didn't feel unwieldy at all. The thumb rested directly on the fingerprint scanner. One handed, it didn't feel as scraped as I thought it would be.

    Very impressed, Sony. I can see why you killed the 3.5mm here, gives the phone too top heavy look. I wished they had, by putting it to the bottom.

    I still would be more sold on the Xperia 5 if I felt the camera offered something more than LG. I still don't like how Sony's camera app is. I do like they kept the old school navigation buttons. It's a really good device...if the camera offered a bit more, I'd be all in.
    That's a nice mini review. I personally think my wife would like it as well but with all the hassle we've had it's looking like she just wants to forget about it.

    Now if only the fingerprint scanner was better...

    I have had a chance to actually hold the 5 without wires attached so maybe (not sure at this moment in time) when/if the 5 ever shows up I may get a chance to.

    The cameras on the X5 are the same as the X1. I've never used the LG so can't really compare.
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    12-06-2019 02:23 AM
  23. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    So it looks like the new job is moving forward. Hopefully I'll have the contract today. Plan is to give notice at my current place Monday.

    I feel a little sad about that too. I do like everyone here so it will be bitter sweet.
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    12-06-2019 04:53 AM
  24. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    'Murica is such a lesson in scam psychology sometimes it ain't funny.

    I had to sit with one of my senior clients today to do the unenviable task of picking an insurance plan during open enrollment. The best thing that came out of this for me was it forced me to do research and for my own open enrollment for insurance coverage next year, I'll be more methodical in my own needs analysis next fall.

    What stands out is that across so many things, the system here likes to put the cheapest overall option with the highest upfront costs. So if you have the capital upfront, you take the hit that way but save in the long run. If you don't, there are options that look cheaper upfront but are drawn out longer to extract more $. It's why the rich have the upper hand. They have the capital upfront to take advantage of the opportunity and can stay ahead.
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    12-06-2019 07:29 AM
  25. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    There's so much I can say to this...

    Just for the record, I lived next to the US for a large portion of my life. I even took American history in school. Aside from the people I know on here I have had American friends for a long time. I have traveled quite a bit in the US as well.

    The way you have phrased everything it's a clear indication to me that you have very little to no idea how the rest of the world works. You are paraphrasing things based on information received by others and have not had any real experience with.

    I have no desire to argue about what 'America' is as I never lived in the country and to be very honest have absolutely no desire to do so. I don't think it's a straightforward as you claim it is though. The USA is a big country with varying cultural and political ideas across it. It is nowhere near as homogeneous as you make it seem. All countries are the same in this way.

    My personal opinions about the USA is simply that. It's based on what I believe and what I feel. But it is grounded on decades of information.
    For me, this best summarizes the relationship between those (predominantly old non brown folk) that don't like government involved in their affairs here in the US and the government itself (especially 0:46).

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    12-06-2019 07:31 AM
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