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Mother fucker we're always yelling because *makes a sweeping gesture with hands* fucking this.

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And I'm sick of the idea that we have to be endlessly forgiving about security mistakes because it breeds ill will between teams. If more people had to face repercussions for their mistakes they'd actually learn instead of having their manager come in and shout down the security engineer and insulate them from learning a valuable lesson, so they just learn that security engineers are “volatile assholes who are always yelling.”

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We don't fire near enough people for real mistakes that cause harm and cost money. We fire people because they bruised someone's ego or aren't a team player - never mind that their team is full of fucking morons.

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A lot of engineers tasked with building secure systems have no business building secure systems. If you're having to Google how to generate keys using OpenSSL for a production system (much less a fucking car) it means you have never generated keys before and you have no idea what you're doing. Copy/pasting a key from a tutorial is fucking inexcusable and ought to be grounds for termination. Fight me.

@matthew_d_green To clarify I do mean goddamn and not ponzi schemes JFC I hate that I have to make this distinction these days

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Oh shit y'all @matthew_d_green is on Mastodon. Strongly recommend following for those in and

I just finished F. Scott Fitzgerald's "This Side of Paradise." It was a good read, and timely, I think, for someone sold on the American dream and greatly disillusioned by it.

I have got to get used to bringing a light jacket or long sleeve shirt out with me. When the sun starts to go down I’m straight 🥶

I'm starting with the man in the mirror,
I'm asking him to change his ways.
And no message could have been any clearer.
If you wanna make the world a better place,
take a look at yourself and then make a change.

11/x So that's it. These are a few things we've discovered during our first months being in . There's still so much to see and do, some of which has been hampered by the heat, and our things still haven't arrived by boat, making it a bit uncomfortable in the apartment. Otherwise, we're happy with our decision and eager to continue to learning about PT and experiencing everything it has to offer. Zero regrets.

Reply if you have questions or insights about anything!

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10/x requires a wet signature for any paperwork. Like, you literally need to print and sign something and either bring it to an office or mail it. Literally changing your phone number for your bank account requires this. We were able to set up gas and electricity fully online, but even then they arrive in person to check the meters. Water requires you to go in-person to the office. Even the ISP (Vodafone) requires you to mail them a physical form, with signature, for direct debit payments.

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9/x large payments. The IBAN is an account number specific to you, and the transfer is initiated using your bank's web or mobile app. The weird part is that most places then want you to manually email them a screencap or printout of the transaction. I assume this is because it takes some time for the IBAN payment to actually reach them, but they want to go ahead and begin processing your order. It was initially frustrating but now doesn't phase me at all.

12. Finally, anything official

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8/x dogs and they're allowed in many places, especially anywhere that has a patio. Folks typically want to pet your dog, too. We have also seen many that simply remain off the leash and are trained to remain close at heel. No idea how many accidents involving dogs happen here (I imagine it's not unusual), but you see many out and about every day. As usual, the little ones are the yippy/annoying ones (looking at you, Sr. Paolo).

11. Many online payments are made via an - especially for

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7/x itself, and rightly so.

9. No one is in a hurry to serve you. It's not that they're rude, but that's just not the way things are. This is a big reason we moved here, and we're learning to be more patient. This is the way life ought to be - people don't exist just to take care of you. Everyone has their own interests, motivations, and needs, and those seem to be better represented here.

10. Dogs! Dogs everywhere. This may be specific to - I don't know - but people everywhere have

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6/x roll their own cigarettes, which is pretty neat.

7. Wine and food - whether the ingredients or prepared at a restaurant - is extremely inexpensive, while "luxury" items (things you don't need) carry a premium and seem to be slightly more costly than in the US. This is what we'd heard and seems to be mostly true.

8. A note on - holy shit the wine here is good, and I cannot stress how inexpensive it is comparably. Portuguese wine seems to be one of those things that Europe keeps to

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5/x pretty uneventful.

6. Everyone smokes. 😆 As a former (and sometimes while drunk) smoker, it definitely makes me want to smoke. This seems to be one of those stereotypes about southern Europe that rings true. No, not literally everyone (I used to hear the joke about toddlers smoking in France), but enough so that smoking is perfectly acceptable almost anywhere - though not indoors - and there are smoking zones to accommodate folks everywhere. One interesting observation - lots of people

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4. We have gotten by fine without a car, though it is certainly hot here right now and that often dictates when/where you will walk if you have that luxury. We rented a car for a trip this coming weekend - manuals are the standard, so if you don't drive one you pay a bit more for an automatic (and get less selection). We also had to rent a car seat, but as previously mentioned they simply deliver one to your house the day before. I haven't yet driven on any motorways but I'm hoping it's

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3/x schedule a time when you'll be home, up to the hour. This is because in multi-tenant buildings the company won't simply leave your package at the door as so often happens in the US. If you're not home, you get an email, and they will attempt delivery again the next day, or offer you the ability to select a time. Speaking of deliveries, many places (including the plant store) offer delivery since they know many folks don't have cars, and can't e.g. carry a bird of paradise on the bus.

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2/x bumpins living in a city for the first time, but I also think that restaurants and cafes keep the schedules they want to.

2. Speaking of schedules, there doesn't seem to be a concept of "walking into" a place like a salon or barber shop. This might be related to the space that places are working with? Since most places are small, they can't have a dozen people lining up waiting to be seen. You're expected to schedule an appointment.

3. Following on that last point, deliveries let you

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