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# Monopoly Sucks

`<apologies to people who like monopoly, no offense to ny'all>`

> but its an even shittier lifestyle

this rant is bought to you by my good friend [lumi](https://niu.moe/@lumi) who bought this to my attention, and ive been thinking about it all day.

short rant but it needs to be said.

## micro$oft winblows

it feels good that saying that phrase is old enough now to be retro, but it feels bad that we still need to say it.

microsoft is a shitty company, and windows basically has a literal monopoly on the market.

you might go on about apple, but really they're just as bad, and a completely different problem all together but today we're focussing our rage towards microsoft.

if you're on this website you're either:

* someone who hates microsoft
* someone who knows me irl

and therefore i probably dont need to go into great detail about why they suck, but heres a brief list:

* they actively prohibit peoples use of hardware that theyve paid for.
* they actively spread irrational fear about non-microsoft products to trick people into using them
* they actively capture massive amounts of user data, something that is ***literal spyware*** for their own benefits and profits, and give you a shittier, harder to use system if you dare opt out.
* they use exploitative marketing and misinformation to make people think they need more expensive machines than they do
* on top of that they just make really shitty and bloated software.

## who cares just dont use it

thank you, i dont.

but this is the topic of todays rant, even though i dont use it, i still, in some sense, have to support them, and i really hate that.

this rage should really be aimed at laptop manufacterers too, because for some reason its actually, what we in the business like to call:

> really ***really*** fuarking hard to buy laptops that dont have windows on them.

now, this is a mild inconvenience, but its a moral issue as well, because its undermining one of the core tennants of capitalism\*

by which of course, i mean magical capitalism that works like people say it should, and not the garbage we have today.

the one thing you hear all the time, that is actually somewhat decent advice for living in a corporate world

> if you dont like something, vote with your wallet!

and you know what, i would.

...if it was possible to buy laptops that didnt come with a mandatory pat on the back for microsoft.

and sure, i could find somewhere to buy a laptop that doesnt have a windows preinstalled, but its difficult, its hard, and more importantly.

it relies on me having the know-how on how to do that.

and sure, i do, but how many other people who are just learning about this sort of thing do?

how many people *dont* know about this sort of thing because all theyve ever known is that if you dont buy a mac, it has windows on it.

its disgusting, its unethical, its basically a monopoly, and im tired of paying the winblows tax just because microsoft feel the need to shove their fat mouth into everything they can get a hold of.

## fin

no fancy outro today, fuark microsoft, and fuark the tech sector for apparently not caring about literal monopolies we have everywhere. there are other monopolies in the tech sector but thats a rant for another time.

today, since i cant vote with my wallet, im voting with my mouth.


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# SuperZeroes

superheroes arent real. Its something that hurts to think about sometimes, but its true.

super powered individuals may be, hopefully (or not, people suck after all) but the real ~~meat~~ mushroom and potatoes of this post is to do with the lesser powered heroes, its just harder to come up with a funny title for them.

this was inspired by someone who up until recently i would have considered a hero, or at least someone to look up to in certain ways, but not anymore.

this is going to be a bit of a short rant, you have been warned.

## war ship

celebrity worship is weird, and heroes are weird too.

if youre famous enough people seem to think that youre automatically a good person, and if youre a good person in some areas, people seem to think that means youre good in other areas also.

its odd, because if anyone you know in real life does something bad, or even something thats not bad but you disagree with, your first thought is something along the lines of

> what a dickhead

but for the people we look up to, we start to try and find ways to justify it, or claim that its not as bad for *some reason* but i think, we really shouldnt.

## outrage but a pun title

i feel outrage and callout culture in general is something thats not good, it creates divides between the people, it creates a feeling of

> if you fuck up once, thats it, you're done

which i feel is counter-intuitive to teaching people to be better people.


that is not a free pass to be forgiven for shitty things youve done, and that is not a free pass to have people automatically try to defend you regardless of whats happening.

## what about us?

back in primary school, i would look up to the older kids and think they were the biggest people in the world.

back in highschool, i would look up to the seniors and think they were the most grown up people ever.

when i was a kid, i used to think people at university were the smartest people in the world.

turns out i was wrong about all of them.

thats a little depressing, sure, but its also positive.

ive come to realise that in a lot of things, ive come to grow into a person i once would have looked up to and thought was the coolest person in the world.

i was wrong, but it means we're always growing.

there is no place for hero worship in a world where we can, and constantly are, learning new things every day, and striving to be better than we were before, and making sure we follow our own ethos to the best of our ability.

celebrity worship creates divides, it makes perfectly doable tasks seem like insurmountable chasms, because in order to do something we would *"have to be as smart as so and so"*, which is true, to an extent.

but we ***can*** be that smart, and we're not as far away as we think.

## fin

be your own heroes, strive to be the best you think you can be, rather than striving to be someone who already exists.

and remember, every time it turns out someone you thought was a hero, isnt.

thats just another time youve proven to yourself, that you're better than you ever thought you could be.