@keithzg @mpjgregoire Honestly, I still use a lot of corporate/mainstream social media and stuff (Instagram) and some games that aren't available on Linux. So I'm not sure the Pinephone is quite right for me anyway, but I am very curious about it.

@mpjgregoire I should look into the state of PinePhone development. I haven't been following it too closely lately. If it's farther along than when I last looked, this might be a viable option.

@msh @squirrel My phone before the current one was a Zenfone and I quite liked it. Getting replacement parts after the display died was next to impossible, though, which is why I went with a different brand more recently (I was going to go Motorola, for ease of getting parts, but ended up getting a Nokia because it had a similar price but somewhat better specs and AndroidOne for updates direct from Google).

I'm looking at Pixel mostly for the timely updates.

@kepstin True. By "future proof" I really mean, likely to last 3 years rather than just 2.

Despite the slower processor, the standard 4a seems like it's actually a better phone the the 5. But the 4a 5G would be pretty much perfect if it was priced appropriately.

But part of me wonders if the 5 might be more future proof due to the better processor (which tests suggest is highly throttled to improve battery life...so maybe not; And I don't want to have to deal with Bluetooth headphones).

Any thoughts from the hivemind?

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Despite the slower processor, the standard 4a seems like it's actually a better phone the the 5. But the 4a 5G would be pretty much perfect if it was priced appropriately.

But part of me wonders if the 5 might be more future proof due to the better processor (which tests suggest is highly throttled to improve battery life...so maybe not; And I don't want to have to deal with Bluetooth headphones).

Any thoughts from the hivemind?

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Cell phone pricing makes no sense. My current phone is kind of crapping out and I'm not ready to attempt something like Pinephone as a daily driver, so I'm planning to pickup a new Pixel on a black Friday deal.

Currently, both the 4a and 5 are on sale (only through the carrier, not unlocked, unfortunately). The 4a 5G, which is really what I'd like, is currently not on sale and actually costs 50% than the Pixel 5 as a result.

@gcupc I recently got in an argument with someone claiming that landlords are working class, who then conceded that they're not but would be if they weren't landlords. Which, uh, OK?

This was on reddit, but same difference, really.

the State to people getting married - you can get your name changed as a lil treat

the State to trans people changing their name - what if everything is horrible and tedious and stressful

As an aside, I find it funny that a man living in Australia wrote a cheque in British pounds to send to his relatives in Canada.

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My wife's rich uncle sent us £500 to buy our son "something to remind him that he has cousins in Australia" (also, yes, the guy now lives in Australia but apparently still does his banking in England or something). This is a lot of money and I don't know exactly what he has in mind. Are we supposed to buy some Australian art or something? We're both taken aback by the generosity and semi-cryptic message.

@msh Yeah, I can see this. So many cancelled projects that didn't help sell ads or data well enough. Google Reader is probably the best example. It was, at the time, the best RSS reader around. Alas, RSS mostly avoids advertising.

I've mentioned before that I miss Google Wave, but it's cool that they used that technology in Google Docs and such. I notice they seem to have used a very basic version of it in the new Google Chat, as well, since you can edit posts in the chat. It's definitely a different thing than Wave was (it's a much more traditional chat app), but it's nice to see that legacy continue.

I really don't understand why mastodon works so well on mobile web, but is absolute garbage on desktop web. I get weird crashes all the time, and I've disabled every add-on for coales.co.

Any good desktop for on linux?

@thatgeoguy The kids news often covers "normal" topics, just in simpler language. They even do politics!

@ottaross My wife makes a chocolate chip cookie recipe was America's Test Kitchen that calls for browned butter and it's SOOOO much better than just using plain butter. It's chewier and nuttier tasting. It's great. I haven't really used it much myself, but that recipe you shared sounds awesome and simple.

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