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@mr quick I live in a place where finding sub $1k/mo rent involves driving for two hours if there is no traffic and four hours on a typical day, so I know these feels. First of all, see if you can actually find something in the city. I'm sure you've already looked and were discouraged, but there are hidden gems. Ask friends. Join some Facebook Groups. If the place is cheap, there's usually a reason, but sometimes these reasons bother most people a lot more than some, and you might find something you don't mind. Alternatively, some landlords are very picky, and they might not even advertise the place, but they'll let it go cheap if they think you'll be a quiet non-problematic tenant, so long as you're recommended. That's the sort of thing that Facebook group can help you with. It still won't be cheap, but you might be able to find something at the same rate you'd be paying in suburbs.

 

That said, finding a job and moving back is going to be way easier if you live somewhere close. If you can't get something in the city, finding something within distance you can commute if you have to is your next best option. Unless you really don't think you'll be able to find employment any time soon, I would try for that one. And it's a little bit hard to say for sure without knowing what field you're in. Tech is still hiring pretty strong, but there are industries that are basically on ice until better times, and it's not clear how long that will last. So it's hard to say where you fall on that.

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2 hours ago, K^2 said:

@mr quick I live in a place where finding sub $1k/mo rent involves driving for two hours if there is no traffic and four hours on a typical day, so I know these feels. First of all, see if you can actually find something in the city. I'm sure you've already looked and were discouraged, but there are hidden gems. Ask friends. Join some Facebook Groups. If the place is cheap, there's usually a reason, but sometimes these reasons bother most people a lot more than some, and you might find something you don't mind. Alternatively, some landlords are very picky, and they might not even advertise the place, but they'll let it go cheap if they think you'll be a quiet non-problematic tenant, so long as you're recommended. That's the sort of thing that Facebook group can help you with. It still won't be cheap, but you might be able to find something at the same rate you'd be paying in suburbs.

 

That said, finding a job and moving back is going to be way easier if you live somewhere close. If you can't get something in the city, finding something within distance you can commute if you have to is your next best option. Unless you really don't think you'll be able to find employment any time soon, I would try for that one. And it's a little bit hard to say for sure without knowing what field you're in. Tech is still hiring pretty strong, but there are industries that are basically on ice until better times, and it's not clear how long that will last. So it's hard to say where you fall on that.

Thanks. I'm a musician - I know it's not exactly as tangible a field as others, but I do have a performance degree and had just started getting some footing in new territory in january and february of 2020... Then you know the rest of the story. The move is back to the west coast, I live on the east coast now - it is a considerable move, but I've done it before. 

e: I don't mind other work, in fact, I don't actually care whether I work in the music field or not. I worked in meat industry and loved that. 

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22 hours ago, mr quick said:

So, I'm just looking for opinions on this, if any of you have had to go through similar crossroads. Which of these sh*t compromises should I go for? The one where I piss away more than half my monthly paycheck and can put away virtually no money per month but where I am close to the "industry" for the field in which I am now educated (even if my career was completely reset due to Covid), or go back to stay at my parents' place where I can put away money to come back here, at the cost of solitude and of access to the cultural facilities I desire? 

Moving back with parents is challenging. But it's also rewarding. And now that you've lived by yourself, there is a new found respect for all your parents sacrificed to raise you and your siblings. My point is, that moving back can be a good thing. Reconnect with your family. Consider it being the last time you'll truly live together. Also, if you set a target to live no more than one year, the time goes by so fast. We know this as we get older time seems to go by faster. You can save money and in no time, you'll be back where you want to be. 

 

The other decorative option is not to be dismissed. You might find a quiet couple that have a spare room that want to rent it out and the property is relatively quiet. If you value solitude, silence etc, maybe search based mainly on that criteria. You might even try couples or house-shares of people older than you. People that are past the party phase in their lives. Or find some professionals that work night shifts so sleep during the day and work at night. It's doable. I know one person living in a flat built at the back of family home. He has it all to himself. Or you could find equally someone that shares your same values and hunt for an apartment together? Going in to a houseshare (if more central) will give you more opportunities to gain employment. Living outside the city and communitying will be a pain and if you get a job in the city, it will eat up your time and travel costs. So much so, that you may as well live in the city. 

 

My personal opinion is to live at home. The best two options are living with others. And at least living with family, is familiar and you have a good idea what it will be like. The other is potentially unknown. You'll save so much more in your family's home too.

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What is more effective for a beginner to exercise or even in general, a 10-15 minute intense workout with barely any breaks or a 30-40 min workout with few breaks in between? My primary aim is to lose weight

 

Also is it advisable to go for jogs with a mask on? I'm not really a jogger in any case but just curious to know

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1 hour ago, Utopianthumbs said:

What is more effective for a beginner to exercise or even in general, a 10-15 minute intense workout with barely any breaks or a 30-40 min workout with few breaks in between? 

The answer is, as always, "it depends". What sort of workout are you looking at doing?

 

1 hour ago, Utopianthumbs said:

Also is it advisable to go for jogs with a mask on?

It's not advisable to exercise in anything that reduces the ease with which you can breathe, no.

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2 hours ago, sivispacem said:

The answer is, as always, "it depends". What sort of workout are you looking at doing?

I don't have a proper idea as such, I was thinking of doing some stair climbing, skipping and basic burpees for weight loss with some pushups and squats thrown in for some muscle build maybe. Not sure how to mix and match these so could someone could suggest a way to do so? Primarily keeping weight loss in mind, don't have a target as such but maybe losing 5 kg would be good(don't have a time limit for this) 

 

I read that high intensity workouts are better for burning more calories but I don't know if I can do it, and I don't want to get burnt out easily

 

I also read that dieting is more important for weight loss than exercise, while I don't know if I will go on a diet, cutting down on rice based food somewhat will help too right? Seen some answers on this say that it's a myth while others agree

 

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4 hours ago, Utopianthumbs said:

What is more effective for a beginner to exercise or even in general, a 10-15 minute intense workout with barely any breaks or a 30-40 min workout with few breaks in between? 

 

Also is it advisable to go for jogs with a mask on? I'm not really a jogger in any case but just curious to know

Lol I am a professional at exercising and yoga because I am very thin (50 kgs at 5'10'')

 

Try out by doing it for 5 minutes, then increase them parabolically until you reach an hour or 2 (ignore the math lol)

 

4 hours ago, Utopianthumbs said:

 My primary aim is to lose weight

Running shall be the best for you. My primary aim has been to gain weight lol.

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7 hours ago, Utopianthumbs said:

I don't have a proper idea as such, I was thinking of doing some stair climbing, skipping and basic burpees for weight loss with some pushups and squats thrown in for some muscle build maybe. Not sure how to mix and match these so could someone could suggest a way to do so? Primarily keeping weight loss in mind, don't have a target as such but maybe losing 5 kg would be good(don't have a time limit for this) 

 

I read that high intensity workouts are better for burning more calories but I don't know if I can do it, and I don't want to get burnt out easily

 

I also read that dieting is more important for weight loss than exercise, while I don't know if I will go on a diet, cutting down on rice based food somewhat will help too right? Seen some answers on this say that it's a myth while others agree

 

You should combine diet with exercise. As for what to eat, you should probably count calories. Burn more than you eat. The body burns carbohydrates first and when it can't burn anymore it starts burning fat or it goes something like that. Based on this you should actually avoid carbohydrates (such as rice) although I know of someone who just ate rice for like a year (he also exercised) and lost weight.

 

Also two things that contribute to weight gain: eating too fast (because you are full before your brain realizes it) and not drinking enough water. So slow down while eating and drink enough water if you haven't yet.

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On 8/2/2020 at 9:59 AM, Utopianthumbs said:

I read that high intensity workouts are better for burning more calories but I don't know if I can do it, and I don't want to get burnt out easily

Short bursts of anaerobic exercise (IE 30s full pelt sprints, 30s sets of burpees etc) with short rest periods in between are a very good way of burning calories.

Can you swim? Swimming is probably the best whole-body workout you can do. I've just started getting back into it after about 6 months away from the pool (our daughter being born then Covid). I tend to do about ~2K, alternating 5 length sprint speed then 5 length slow and swapping stroke every cycle.

 

Whilst I've been at home I've been doing this circuit- https://www.esquireme.com/content/44665-try-arnold-schwarzeneggers-free-9-move-home-bodyweight-workout which is a really good at-home bodyweight workout. Something like that combined with a run every couple of days would probably do you brilliantly.

Oh, and kettlebell swings. They work pretty much everything.

 

16 hours ago, GhettoJesus said:

You should combine diet with exercise.

This, 1000%. I cut just shy of 12kg over about four months and I reckon 80% of that was diet changes. I've put on about three since, but that's kinda what happens when you get locked in with a small baby and several crates of beer during a pandemic.

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^That article has some nice exercises to try. And about swimming, most pools here are closed I believe and even if not I probably won't go anytime soon

 

Thanks for the tips, all of you

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Swimming is probably my favourite exercise because it doesn't feel like exercise. The old (and frankly false) addage "do what you love and you won't work a day in your life" certainly rings true for me when it comes to swimming. The only thing that disappoints me is the lack of truly waterproof earbuds so I could listen to music or a podcast as I go, because I find I can only last about an hour before I get bored and/or distracted. If I could listen to something, I'd probably swim every other day and emerge from the pool with a chest like a barrel.

 

I suppose I could frame this into a question - is there any hope in that regard for me? How far along is technology where I might be able to listen to music as I swim? I'd likely need waterproof head/earphones and a waterproof MP3 player but is that viable?

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2 hours ago, Rhoda said:

Swimming is probably my favourite exercise because it doesn't feel like exercise. The old (and frankly false) addage "do what you love and you won't work a day in your life" certainly rings true for me when it comes to swimming. The only thing that disappoints me is the lack of truly waterproof earbuds so I could listen to music or a podcast as I go, because I find I can only last about an hour before I get bored and/or distracted. If I could listen to something, I'd probably swim every other day and emerge from the pool with a chest like a barrel.

 

I suppose I could frame this into a question - is there any hope in that regard for me? How far along is technology where I might be able to listen to music as I swim? I'd likely need waterproof head/earphones and a waterproof MP3 player but is that viable?

Swimming is great but sometimes you either get really hungry after it or you just feel exhausted. As for waterproof earbuds, seemingly even the professionals use it. This one's called H2O Audio Surge and it has a 4 star rating out 236 ratings. The question is how long is their lifespan if you expose them to water frequently. As for MP3 players, I dunno how common the waterproof feature on those. But I have a feeling that even waterproof products have their limits.

 

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Why isn't Gta IV available to buy on the PS store for the PS4, but you can buy it for the Xbox1. You can buy San Andreas or Vice City but why not IV, i'm itching to play it again.

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56 minutes ago, The Time Ranger said:

Why isn't Gta IV available to buy on the PS store for the PS4, but you can buy it for the Xbox1. You can buy San Andreas or Vice City but why not IV, i'm itching to play it again.

Compatibility issues maybe? I don't think Rockstar made a port.

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2 hours ago, The Time Ranger said:

Why isn't Gta IV available to buy on the PS store for the PS4, but you can buy it for the Xbox1. You can buy San Andreas or Vice City but why not IV, i'm itching to play it again.

Not to gloat, but I'm loving my current playthrough of IV.   No lie...started a fresh game just the other day and I'm committed till the end.

 

But if VC is available to play on PS then you got me beat.  I can play VC on everything else... I want to sit back on my couch and play via xbox.

 

 

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Hello folks, I solved the original issue in this post myself but I may use the space otherwise. A bit more simplified question, but very closely related to the original problem.

Q: Which is the best free AV software you'd recommend? Or would you generally recommend a paid product in this case? I'm not sure if it's worth to pay for scanners or such but I think about it after some mysterious issues.

I've to admit I never had any (major) virus issues yet, even with freeware products, but my guess is that this more likely due to my personal behavior rather than perfect AV software. Anyway, thanks!

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On 8/10/2020 at 5:53 PM, NaidRaida said:

Q: Which is the best free AV software you'd recommend? Or would you generally recommend a paid product in this case? I'm not sure if it's worth to pay for scanners or such but I think about it after some mysterious issues.

I've to admit I never had any (major) virus issues yet, even with freeware products, but my guess is that this more likely due to my personal behavior rather than perfect AV software. Anyway, thanks!

Most usually it's Common Sense 2020, great software. It's also worth getting uBlock Origin for your browser because that blocks malicious sites so if you are ever redirected to one you will stay safe. But if you absolutely need a software and need that peace of mind then I recommend to snoop around https://www.av-comparatives.org which is an independent organization comparing antivirus software based on several different factors. If you go to the test methods you can see all the factors and read the charts on each and every one of them.

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Hey all. Long time no post. 

 

I'm having an odd login problem. I can't login to a website on my phone but I can on my partners phone and my laptop etc. The websites I am logging into require a redirect from a secure login portal. It gives me an error that password is incorrect, even though it isn't. 

 

I've emailed the It support back and forth but they have no idea either, and I tried their suggestions. 

 

Here are the details:

 

Android

Samsung S9

Latest version of Android

Browsers tried Tor, Operamini OperaVPN, Chrome, Mozilla 

 

What have I tried? 

Changing browsers

Using Wifi

Using VPN

Clearing cache and cookies (website doesn't require anyway) 

Other mobile devices (they work) 

Other devices (they work) 

Changing site password 

 

So what could it be? My next idea is to do a factory reset and restore but it's a hassle and It's never a seamless experience. 

 

So if you have further suggestions, do tell me, I would like to get to the bottom of this. 

 

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11 hours ago, GhettoJesus said:

Most usually it's Common Sense 2020, great software. It's also worth getting uBlock Origin for your browser because that blocks malicious sites so if you are ever redirected to one you will stay safe. But if you absolutely need a software and need that peace of mind then I recommend to snoop around https://www.av-comparatives.org which is an independent organization comparing antivirus software based on several different factors. If you go to the test methods you can see all the factors and read the charts on each and every one of them.

Thanks, I'll take a look into that.

 

9 hours ago, Finn 7 five 11 said:

Hey all. Long time no post. 

 

I'm having an odd login problem. [...]

Not sure if this helps but I had a nasty login problem once: I couldn't login cause of an invisible captcha. The script was broken or something, I couldn't see the captcha and due to that the login permanently failed.

This was a host misconfig, some days later it worked again. I couldn't fix that on my own. Maybe you have a problem like that, maybe the webmaster even don't know it himself because I was also filled upped

with unhelpful standard-replies from the customer support when I had this issue. This issue was originally created by the captcha software itself, or it's implementation not by the website per se, that's why the

admin/support had no clue. I figured out, it was even an international problem. Maybe you can rule out things like that? If it's not an important login, I'd simply wait a few days before you start to dismember your

software and/or the support.

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mhnaha of course it was a pron site with broekn captcha... ahahha... > makes alittle impatient right? can't stop laughing about this; i truly felt sorry for the supprt ;)
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On 8/10/2020 at 4:53 PM, NaidRaida said:

Q: Which is the best free AV software you'd recommend? 

There's very little reason to use anything but Defender. Some other products are marginally better in terms of detections and false positives but most of them come loaded with bloatware and nag you to buy the commercial version every 5 minutes.

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3 hours ago, Nooshi said:

Anyone know how i go about sending a private message here?

 

Seems theres a restriction, not sure what i need to do.

Looks like you're still a new member, you need to be a member to be able to send private messages, and in order to be a member, you need to have atleast 20 post i think.

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Hi, here's a question out of bordem & curiosity

 

Are there still any RP groups for gta 4 on modern consoles?

Specifically Xbox One & that require the Base game? I ask because i can't seem to find anything on the forums for gta 4, only for gta 5

 

If so, i'd like to see them to try some gta 4 RP on Xbox One soon

If not, thanks anyways

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2 hours ago, CRAZY AL WARD said:

Hi, here's a question out of bordem & curiosity

 

Are there still any RP groups for gta 4 on modern consoles?

Specifically Xbox One & that require the Base game? I ask because i can't seem to find anything on the forums for gta 4, only for gta 5

 

If so, i'd like to see them to try some gta 4 RP on Xbox One soon

If not, thanks anyways

I think R* shut down IV's multiplayer didn't they?

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3 hours ago, GhettoJesus said:

I think R* shut down IV's multiplayer didn't they?

Only on PC copies of gta 4, it's Still living on consoles

Like my xbox one backwards compatible copy, hence why i asked in the first place

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So awhile back I asked a question about having these random cassette tapes with music of a genre I could never work out. There were good suggestions on what type of music it was, but I've finally discovered what their exact music form is. Apparently it's known as 'Lofi'. Here is an example:

 

 

Just figured I'd post an update. But yeah, this is pretty much the exact style all those old cassettes I had was. Honestly wished I still had them because I strangely love this form of music.

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Might sound a bit vague but how does not being attached to someone who you were attached to, anymore feel like, or at least how did it feel like to you? 

 

Was just musing that when I get attached to someone (doesn't have to be romantic attachment) I don't remember losing that attachment even if I haven't spoken to that person in a while or even if I've only seen that person on TV or something like that. So I was wondering if it would feel like more of a slow process where you gradually stop liking them or is it one of those things where it's like a switch was flicked and you don't like them that much anymore? 

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It varies from person to person, both as an individual and regarding the person you're trying to shed attachment of. Sometimes it'll fade and you'll find whatever feeling you had is replaced by pretty much nothing, neutrality almost. Sometimes you'll forget altogether and you might see something in the supermarket that reminds you of them. This still happens to me for a number of people, be they old flames, friends that have died or just those I've grown apart from. At first that reminder is a strong one, like when you finally think of a word you've been trying to remember all day, and then eventually you just recognise that "such-and-such used to like those" before moving on. Obviously I can't comment on those that I've forgotten completely because no memories are triggered.

 

It depends on circumstances, really. If a break-up was bitter or if they were a bit of a twat, it's more like a switch going off, yes. Other times it's nobody's fault and the attachment might still linger but it's like grieving. The feeling never really goes away, you just get better at dealing with it. Age helps too. Things that used to matter to me ten and fifteen years ago now mean bugger all.

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1 hour ago, Lancerator said:

Do you believe in determinism? (Our acts of our will are predetermined) 

Sure. But quantum determinism is kind of philosophically moot. What's the practical difference between outcome of a coin flip being undetermined, and you not knowing in advance whether you'll get to experience the version of the universe where that coin came up heads or the one where it came up tails?

 

This does also technically allow for free will despite universe as a whole being entirely deterministic, but the specifics will depend on how you actually want to define freedom of choice, and most people will keep shuffling goal posts on that one until they come to a conclusion they're happy with, so it's not really worth discussing.

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