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Messages - Frenzie

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DnD Central / Re: Today's Bad News
Michael Bloomberg, that petulant, ex-NYC Mayor
Republican (petulant) ex-NYC mayor, wasn't he? Doesn't a priori sound terribly left tbh, unless he's completely turned around the past decade.
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Comme on dit en français, c'est la vie. :)
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You mean like what you get with right click, inspect element?
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I guess nicknames don't work from the F2/Ctrl+k/Go to page dialog. I don't think this makes too much sense; it might be a case of following Opera/Presto too closely (not sure how it behaves otoh) or perhaps some people consider it a feature that nicknames don't work in there?

I always just thought of it as a popup addressbar with the exact same functionality that you could use to save space if desired.

But something like "w search term" for Wikipedia most definitely works for me.

Edit: I found that when Otter is in fullscreen, then, by default, Ctrl+k activates the secondary address field in search-engine mode. But, yeah, bookmarks for some reason do not show up either in primary or secondary address fields.
On this Windows install I've got weekly 300 and I get bookmark suggestions? It's a bit hard to capture a screenshot of it though; that'd be easier in a VM.
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but it's precisely on this second adress bar that there is no way to use word-shortcuts for search'engine and boomark shortcuts
That doesn't sound right. Did it break recently? On this computer/OS I have a version from September or so atm where that seems to work fine. I think it's quite literally the same addressbar widget with all the same behaviors.
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Presumably the one that can be called up with F2 by default. It's a former Opera feature also implemented in Vivaldi. I consider Shift+F2[1] of special note as well, which autocompletes nicknames. For some reason Vivaldi is missing the Shift+F2 functionality so you need one more keypress for the same result.
I think the shortcut is too complex for such a great feature though. I'd just bind it to F1 or something instead, assuming you want to keep F2 as a default so that it's compatible with a default Otter/Vivaldi installation.
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I think I or @ersi mentioned this to @Emdek a while back but I don't think anyone's found the time to work on it yet.
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Interestingly, Firefox seems to be about the only browser not suffering from this ailment.
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Yum, chips!
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Yeah, living in a city has some truly bizarre aspects, at least from my perspective as someone who didn't grow up in one. (My parents did.)

Things like blackberries are basically weeds that to quite some extent you want to get rid of. Of course you eat plenty of actual blackberries from about August to October, but they're just these things that are there. Same for watercress (except more of a welcome guest than a weed), etc., etc., etc. But here in the city blackberries are some kind of expensive delicacy, as is watercress.
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It's also outdated though, perhaps they've improved.
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Nope, definitely a fully Dutch commercial. Turns out there's a subtlety I missed at the time: the kid's dad in the commercial is actually a famous architect of presumably greater importance than some random lawyer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTlDfAQNXkI

(And it says it was from 2000? Huh, it somehow feels older in my memory.)
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Samsung also has something called DeX these days, which sounds interesting. I don't buy Samsung anymore since pretty much anything Samsung I ever owned died prematurely in my eyes. (A TV, two monitors, several DVD player/writers...) My current Dell monitor is about to surpass the longevity of most previous monitors I've owned, fingers crossed.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung_DeX
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With the last point (fast food), I guess they are referring to the famous Big Mac Index.
Oh right, I've heard of that.

In Eastern Europe, McDonalds and Burger King are a symbol of the stage of development where prestigious global brands enter the local market.
Back in the mid-'90s, there was a particular ad McDonald's ran on TV. A bunch of kids were hanging around a set of swings talking about what their dads did.[1] "My dad's a teacher, mine's a banker, mine's a lawyer. Dude, what's your dad do? My dad works at McDonald's." Cue stunned silence from the kids.

When I first saw that ad, for the first split second I thought it was shocked silence at the family's misfortune and I was afraid the poor kid was about to get bullied.
Maybe it was a dubbed American ad? I'm not sure if native Dutch ads were so bluntly sexist.
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I'm sure I'm marginal on some things but if I've learned anything from this tangent It's how little the economy is involved in my decision making. Even when money is tight a few dollars here or there isn't enough to deviate from what works and not needing to save a dollar has never stopped me from not spending it. Results may very of course.
I think that rather than change what I buy, I'd better pay more attention to where I buy it.[1] I do that for surprisingly large differences, like at the one store Frosch dish washing liquid is literally less than half the price of at another, but for an everyday object like mushrooms I often pay 10-20 cents more than the cheapest price. Heck, I even pay 50 % more for milk & buttermilk because the store with the more affordable (butter)milk (AH) is super out of the way in the north of town. They closed down the one much closer to me.  :no:

We recently also started saving some money through the discovery of frozen bulk Quorn over at Colruyt. But you can save money more proactively than just by randomly running into an opportunity like that.
Although I might also cut back on more expensive cheese and possibly bio products.
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The best thing about TED videos is you don't have to watch them.

Quote
Seventy percent of the population didn't want this. [...] 70 percent of the population in Stockholm want to keep a price for something that used to be free. [...]

And the other question, who changed their mind? Who changed their opinion, and why? So we did another interview survey, tried to figure out why people changed their mind, and what type of group changed their minds? And after analyzing the answers, it turned out that more than half of them believe that they haven't changed their minds.

Let me get this straight... if 40 % of the population changed their minds from don't want to want then obviously more than half haven't changed their minds.
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If you want to see the unveiled plaque, try this article: https://sageneavis.no/nyheter/dette-er-helt-i-sarklasse/19.2395
Thanks!

In other news, Opera is extending Opera Touch with a regular interface...?
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2. Haircuts:
3. Dry-cleaning:
Those sound a lot more sensible, but my "get my hair cut as little as I think I can get away with" approach has nothing to do with money. It sounds more like an excuse really. Oh, I didn't get my hair cut because I'm saving money. Not at all because I didn't want to bother planning or going. ;)

The big difference with the underwear thing is that it's actually something you have to do every few weeks to months, as opposed to every few years. Plus I can literally buy years worth of underwear for the cost of one or two haircuts. Or one to two pairs of Björn Borg, but even then the gist of it holds up.

4. Fast food: Many analysts believe that during financial downturns, consumers are far more likely to purchase cheaper fast food options, while when the economy heads into an upswing, patrons are more likely to focus more on buying healthier food and eating in nicer restaurants.
Yet I'm cheaper and healthier off by doing neither... Maybe it's a cultural divide with Americans but I think most people cook their meals at home most of the time here. And fast food isn't nearly cheap enough to compete with reasonable quality TV dinners/salads in the first place. You can get decent to quite good ready-made meals/meal salads from about € 3 at the cheaper end to € 5-6 at the higher end.[1] Or you can cook for yourself and eat for something closer to € 1.50/portion while getting an experience superior to the € 6 option.

We always cook enough food for 2 or 3 days. It's hardly any more effort in order to significantly reduce the workload throughout the week.

Anyway, the tl;dr is that if you like the food at more expensive restaurants then you can get expensive ready-made meals for fast food prices. Switching to fast food makes zero sense unless you like fast food. It's a completely different category of food.
I just checked and you can get a 400 g premade vegetable lasagna with 185 grams of veggies and no added sugar for € 2.19 at AH. I don't know what it tastes like but it sure sounds a lot better than your average fast/junk food. And keep in mind that's the cheap option.
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Didn't read yet, but looks like it might be interesting: https://blogs.opera.com/news/2019/10/world-browser-day-oct-16-oslo-plaque/
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Mika's new album, My Name Is Michael Holbrook. It's available in pointless hi-res, but I don't know if it's got better dynamic range than the regular CD.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AbE5M6tHLk
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I don't know how I compare to "men" in general, but I don't even think about buying underwear unless I happen to randomly run across some and they look decent or if I think what I've got is wearing down...

And anyway, if you're wary of spending a few Euros on some underwear once every few years then you're just plain poor.

I have a pair of Björn Borg boxers that were given to me as a present. They're like € 25? Maybe € 30? They're definitely not bad, but not substantially (if at all) better than C&A underwear for € 5. It's possible that it's a touch more durable but I doubt it.

If anything I'd simply be (even) less likely to be out shopping if I were trying to save money, i.e., to be in a situation where I'd run across some underwear.

Anyway, just a simple hypothesis of course, but wouldn't it rather make sense that underwear sales rise and fall along with sales of most things?
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DnD Central / Re: DnD entropy
I don't think so. I may or may not have read some of it. :)

Anyhow, it's not like 2001 and 2002 are that far apart.
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Otter Browser Forum / Re: Weekly #300
Congratulations!
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DnD Central / Re: DnD entropy
I was just looking at the Opera forum, and it says "Joined Dec 15, 2002, 1:00 AM". So I might be confusing lurking with joining or some such.

Also of potential interest is that I hadn't posted on the Opera forums since 2014.
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So Poppy has changed somewhat the past half year or so.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwoGhpYdebQ

It might fit in with a current trend.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYG_4vJ4qNA