Main problem is verification services like https://nscverifications.org/welcome-to-verification-services/
Apparently people can also just call the registrar’s office and verify student name, major, degree, and year awarded.
If you are willing to pay around 500 dollars you will get degrees official transcripts and pretty much everything you need. But like i'm not sure if what to do with official transcripts, like during the interview just throwing them down on the table randomly would look sus.
This isn’t even an iPhone vs. Android debate. This is specifically about Samsung. They have the worst “budget” phones on the market, they deteriorate the fastest of any of them. With each update the previous iterations of the galaxy line of phones get slower and slower until in two years they feel virtually useless. The battery management is horrendous, apps are allowed to eat battery for breakfast lunch and dinner. Including their own software apps. The Android skin is slow, clunky, and honestly ugly compared to stock android. If android is the route you want to go, Google pixel and one plus are much better options and will last you longer.
Sorry about my rant. Happened with 2/2 budget Samsung phones.
cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/401685
> They usually say something like owning an apartment is worse than renting an apartment and I should save up for a house because that's better.
> If you add up all the income I've made in my life, it's probably nowhere close to being enough to buy a house anywhere in my city. But some trashy apartment? I think I could afford that eventuallly. I only rent trashy apartments and the landlords don't fix anything worth a damn and I end up doing half of my own repairs - cuz at least that way it's done properly. it annoys me every time that I fix up some rich person's apartment, then I move, then fix up that rich person's apartment rinse and repeat. And it's annoying that the landlord tells me if I modify the room (ex repairs) that violates my lease and they'll evict me.
> But if I own it? At least I just fix it once.
> Irl people also say if i buy it, it could have like black mold. Like dude, my current place has black mold already. I think most of the irl ppl I know are pay check to pay check, but I don't use taxis or buy take out the way they do.
> (My bathroom door literally just fell of its hinges.)
Haven't found an studies on it though.
Just searched page 1 of google "is rust in diet harmful U.S. Environmental Protection Agency" "is rust in diet harmful"
Most reliable link was https://www.foxnews.com/health/is-using-rusty-cookware-really-that-big-of-a-deal not sure if fox is reliable (iirc fox's opinion pieces are unreliable)
[Rust might increase bodily iron](https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6719866/): "Limitations of all pot types, except stainless steel, included heavier weight and rust formation. In addition, even though cast iron and blue steel pots were less expensive and leached greater quantities of iron, stainless steel pots were lighter, less likely to rust and presumably less likely to cause iron overload"
Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at the University of Maryland found that lottery retailers are disproportionately clustered in lower-income communities in nearly every state. The investigation's analysis of cellphone location data shows that the people who patronize those stores come from the same kinds of communities.
Over the past two decades, state lotteries have nearly doubled in size, driving a multibillion-dollar wealth transfer from low-income U.S. communities to powerful multinational companies.
Conservatives must watch a lot of anime. I've been wanting some anime lately, and I'd have to go mha plus ultra to actually be thriving. I
f you haven't seen mha, is one of those anime things where the protagonist puts in more than 100% effort to defeat the bad guy.
Conservatives be like, "I went plus ultra on my bootstraps"
It gets sublimely discouraging to have the american dream of big house in the suburbs shoved in your face by every american media.
In hk it looks like it costs them an arm and a leg for a small apt, which i totally feel
**Primary goals is the cheapest smart phone possible that receives security updates.**
Cheapest place seems to be in order:
> 1. [aliexpress](https://www.aliexpress.com)
> 2. Ebay
Walmart/best buy have refurbished/used/open box phones for pretty cheap but they're often old versions of android.
Local used phone stores are pretty sketch, at least the ones i called. They also have many times fewer reviews making them harder to vet than like ebay.
Amazon is not nearly as cheap as you'd hope. swapp.com is basically another amazon.
Aliexpression sometimes has customs fee that are not included in the price. It takes like 2 months for items to arrive. Ebay is somewhat similar, didn't specifically look into it as much.
Best method is probably to have a burner phone/old phone and order from aliexpress.
Some chinese companies seem to make pretty cheap phones: xiaomi, realme, redmi, alcatel.
Lemmy users say nokia and motorola are cheaper than avg.
Pixels are expensive but have ~6 yrs of software updates from google.
Fairphones have some hipster potential since they're easier to repair so it might be possible to make one last like 6 years, but like a new one is like 1000$
Some advice on how to buy phones in general: there are too many options so it might feel overwhelming. But just keep on browsing through them and eventually you'll start remembering things like redmi 9 isn't good enough and redmi 4 is older than 9 so it's definitely not good enough. It's easiest just to pick a brand (ex redmi) and just browser through redmi listings, then switch to the next brand and compared listings.
Haven't investigated iphone much
# Cheap custom phone custom ROM guide:
GrapheneOS is more like a middle class+ OS. Only works on expensive devices like pixels and not even old pixels. "lifetime of devices will remain based on manufacturer support." When Google stops updating it, graphene stops updating it. Source: https://grapheneos.org/releases
LineageOS maintains support for old phones longer than the brand name manufacturers according to: https://www.reddit.com/r/LineageOS/comments/6gy2v4/what_kind_of_long_term_support_is_offered_for/ (there's no "stable" / "recommend" release. Nightly are what everyone uses). Looks harder to do than graphene. A bunch of the installation guides require a windows computer. Not as compatible with google play as one would hope, which can affect even basics like google maps.
Almost bought an app that wouldn't have been compatible with my device. Noticed a random review that said 'not compatible' and then i checked my compatibility. I'd reckon it's more of a problem if you got an old/weak device - which is all of mine lol.
All the guides I've seen are like "check out this budget phone for $350, it has five cameras"
I only need one camera and it just has to be good enough to take pictures of documents while still being readable.
Like 16gb storage minimum. 2gb ram minimum.
Most phones seem to be way over those specs knocking up price. A bunch that r more affordable don't go up to Android 12. I assume Android 12 is important so I don't get hacked when I'm trying to do banking on my phone on unsecured public Wi-Fi (which is where I do all my banking :( )