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  • In spite of things like house flooding, covid-19, sister stealing 1000's from mom, various BS, I think I'm the least stressed I've been in years.

    When things go back to normal, I don't know if I can live like I used to. You learn a lot when things get pulled away from you for a while. So many things I don't miss at all about my daily life and never realized.
    Twitter scares me with how easy it is exploit. Bots start off just retweeting things their targets like, taking advantage of filtering to get like minds on them. Assuming they follow, it gets extra weighting. And then once drawing a crowd can basically turn 1000's of real people into misinformation aggregates.

    I don't follow the conspiracies. But it seems like it'd be very easy.
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    Indeed, although I have seen a few that were rather... poorly handled and easily gave away their bot identity when it should have never been discovered (at least from the point of view of their contractor) that they were bots.

    And then there are those that just copy-paste the same text over and over again, which would easily give them away (nobody would copy-paste, they would just RT)
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    On the bright side, there have been a few bots that everyone knew to be bots and were fun to follow around. There was this one that retweeted complaints thrown to a certain ISP, some of which were quite creative :laugh:
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    I know there are tools out there that will analyze and calculate the probability of an account being a bot. Some would put twitter at around 15% bots IIRC. 330m accts = 50m bots lmao. Not all of them can be sharp. But still! That's nuts!
    Autocorrect only ever seems to cost me MORE time when I don't really have it. I go back over it changing established terms it just didn't know or hitting slang (making sentences incomprehensible) or doing weird stuff like correcting 'lets' to 'let's' as though BOTH aren't basic english. Other times it chops up words as I'm inserting letters.

    Cruelly it just seems to make touch screens harder for me. :laugh:
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    Can't you just disable and leave it at simply "suggesting" that whatever you wrote was wrong? Without the auto-correct part, I mean...
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    Well yeah haha. I just think its funny how something thats supposed to save time and add accessibility actually just causes more difficulty.

    Of course you can train it but that never ends and there are still times when itll always be wrong. Even mild is too aggro.
    Talking politics with pops is fun. He's rank/file, team red. There would be no dems left if he had his way.

    He was rambling about the bad old democrats again, so I said "I HATE those democrats! They're JUST like the republicans!"

    Due to his binary thinking, he now thinks I am a democrat. Logic. :laugh: I actually don't identify with any major party, because I'm not a true American. Just born and raised in America.
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    What ends up happening instead is that people spend all of thier energy defending thier worst people and attacking the other sides worst people. Like monkeys throwing shit.
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    We supposedly champion individualism and freedom of speech, and yet in our politics thinking for yourself is highly discouraged. I watch people mindlessly reenact the conversations cooked up on TV like that;'s not exactly what they're doing and just shake my head. That's not America to me. Our founding fathers didn't think like that when they left Europe. I think they tried, but human nature is winning out.
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    I guess what it boils down to, is I think we'd do better righting wrongs if instead of taking every opportunity to point the finger and back your guy, wrong or not, we focused on dealing with the wrongs in a united way. If this is a sport, neither team should harbor cheaters. So many ways for things to be undermined. Let the 'pubs be better 'pubs and the dems be better dems.
    Well, finally killed my Moto Z4. Really liked that phone. They got me in the hole for an LG G8, too... so double tragedy. :laugh:

    Reviewers hate this phone. It's a solid, snappy phone. I bought it for the audio, it's actually amazing with HD6xx's. Good hi-Z on a phone! microSD for FLACs.
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    2019 phone with a headphone jack? Kudos to them. My oneplus 7 only has usb-c and as I refuse to switch to wireless and the last IEM had jack failure after 4 months of use I no longer listen to music when I'm on the go.
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    They make the phone too thick to die of flexion from normal use in 2.01 years. :(

    BT headphones are still un-listenable for me. I don't get it. You're either walled out from almost all available options (or say, your trusty $500 IEMs...) unless you buy a dongle. It's like if faucets suddenly didn't have handles and you needed a special key made to turn them. The handles worked fine...
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    The G8's jack has really strong actuation before it bites down really firm. They have a lot tied up in that jack. The quality reflects that. You can even control pre/post ringing on the DAC filter. It auto-matches impedance for the big boy cans and bypasses the head amp for line-level out. FR correction and 10-band native global EQ! Sounds smooth, quick, spacious, detailed. It's like a unicorn. I never knew.
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    ~3am last night I awoke to the curtain drop of a breaker trip. Turned off the bed to find my feet immersed in water. Fountain sounds in the bathroom. Go to bathroom and find toilet has flooded half of the house. The other day, the pressure switch lost tension... probably pumped air into lines, making the fill valve stick. *shrugs*
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    This exact time last year, we were having all of the tile/drywall in LR/kitchen area ripped up due to a pipe in the floor leaking. It's like a cycle.

    Fortunately I just rent. Insurance might not cover this. If the supply line busted, maybe. I was lucky that I keep nothing valuable on the floor. But treading piss water to pull everything out when I was planning on sleeping a little was not fun.
    Getting my stimulus has been a PITA, man. Last year I took the stupid reloadable card to get my refund faster. And then I tossed the card. My stimulus is on that card.

    To get a replacement I've been on the phone 3 times. Next is a trip to H&R to try and get a card that lets me access that money. All I can say is, it's a good thing I'm still working or I'd be boned about now.
    Hurrrr last time I did my taxes I e-filed and got the stupid green dot card because it knocked a fee off.

    My stimulus is going to that... they did say direct deposit as per tax info. I never keep that BS, so somewhere in a landfill, is my coronavirus money. o_O

    At least H&R sent me an e-mail.
    I think COVID-19 might actually kill gamestop. Their share is down like 50c over their previous low and dropping. Currently $2.80 per share.

    If they survive, I wonder if anybody will show up after the stunts they pulled...
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    Nah - gamestop was already killing gamestop before COVID-19 was ever on the scene. The virus just accelerated progress.
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    Yeah, if gamestop is the only thing that dies from this it just sped up the corpses decay. It was already a zombie. I'd be thrilled if that's our only casualty.
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    I think we're actually seeing their death knell in all of the crap they've pulled amidst everything. It's like they know the jig is up, so all they can do is grab as much as possible on the way out.
    "They have had problems with this in the past, so there has to be a solution to the problem he is having now."

    or maybe...

    "I had had that idea before, but have now changed my mind."
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    Stacked participles of the same word are technically somewhat advanced grammar in the English language. Personally, I just use them to mess with people, because of how awkward they read and sound. Good for keeping people paying attention :laugh:
    I just had a breakthrough. Repetitive memes flood comments. Everybody likes them (except me I guess.) Deleting them seems mean. But they clutter things and people overuse the same ones.

    So allow people to flag them and then add a toggle to turn them off when you want. Everybody wins.
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    I love jokes. That's why I hate memes. Mass memeing is like 5 people breaking into group masturbation at a huge party. Resist and somehow you're ruining it or something. Pretending to be funny is lame. It makes me think you're boring and lonely. It's okay if you can't think of something interesting to say. Let other people talk till you do!
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    Nothing can be worse than copy-pasted jokes repeated for the billionth time. Back in the day I liked people with humor. Now when I got older and closer to death than ever, I prefer serious focused people.
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    I just think it's a faux pas to steal attention away just for the sake of it by making non jokes like they're original and relevant. Some people are kinda just like that, I think.

    I think it bothers me personally because I'm more introverted. I wait until I [think I] have something interesting and you're stealing my turn for non-output. Memes are the internet extension.
    Just saw a grey, 4-point, star shaped shimmer in/out in my left periph...

    Migraine inbound. ETA 15-30 minutes. At least my brain always gives me warnings?
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    I have migraines and I wouldn't wish them on anyone. No warnings for me though, just hell on occasion.
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    No doubt! They suck and I have a hard time explaining to people how it's not just a really bad headache... throws a wrench in your whole equilibrium. I liken them more to a low-grade seizure. Once it sets in, you're having a different kind of day.

    I will usually get a shimmer in my vision, though not always. Another one is fluorescent lighting. I see transparent blobs sliding along them.
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    My head just hurts so bad and I gain extreme light sensitivity. I also get dizzy. Still hell.
    Got my last wisdom tooth out just in time haha. It was so infected they thought I might need a surgeon... literally a chasm dividing it in half... probably hit me with the 'caine 20+ times... and then it popped out in 30 seconds lol
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    I skipped coffee completely yesterday... just got up and went to get the sucker out. Couldn't wait to be free of it, it hurt so bad.

    I just had a big cup on ice and now I'm like 'huuuuuuuRRRURUURUURUURUURUURRRR'

    I've never had one heal this fast. I guess it's true... the easier it comes out, the better it heals. I've heard nightmare stories. Always been lucky I guess.
    My hair is getting crazy enough that everybody is asking me when I'm getting a haircut. Which means I'm keeping it that much longer :D

    Truth is, every other year I grow it long so random people I've pissed off don't recognize me for long enough to forget what I look like with it short. Then I cut it. Clean slate.
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    Not a bad strategy, wouldn't work for me unfortunately. Bald on top, started in my late teenage years. When I was seventeen I believe?
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    Sorry to hear it man. :p Had a buddy like that... bald at 20. He was shy about it but girls still asked me about him. My dad started balding early 30's. But my grandfather on my mom's side died with a full head of hair so maybe I'll be lucky. I figure since I'm not getting younger I'll appreciate it while I've got it, though. It's unmanageably thick for now...
    I just spent 30 odd minutes watching flat-earthers argue with *ahem* debate actual scientists.

    I never thought I'd see internet arguments in real-life. Serious humanity. I wanted to think people like this weren't real.

    Shoulda stuck with Skyrim today...
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    I mean, we already had the friggin Emu Wars, which Australia lost to emus. This isn't new.
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    I was thinking of 'swarm' enemies in games. You mean you can't just shoot them a bunch or slash them down to nothing with swords?
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    Some wars would be better fought with swords. The Emu Wars in Australia probably could've been won with them.
    You only get so many chances to do something good for someone you care about. One day you'll all be gone.

    Too often I think people forget that's really how it goes. Life's too short to lose those chances to stress.
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    your comments are nearly all a good read
    i had to look that up. don't know if i get it because of me not being very philosophical and\or blockheaded:
    Utilitarianism is an ethical and philosophical theory that states that the best action is the one that maximizes utility, which is usually defined as that which produces the greatest well-being of the greatest number of people, and in some cases, sentient animals
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    You got it! It's not quite an answer to the bare meaninglessness of existence but it is a nice alternative. And usually it means more than enough to make that darker reality a smaller part of something bigger than you. Make something better now and you don't worry so much about what you know comes later. And you never regret it, either. Just cuz the road ends one day doesn't mean you stop moving forward today :)
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    love your last sentence!
    Can somebody explain cubicles to me?

    You all cram into this big expensive building with all of these rules that basically mean "pretend the cubicle is all there is and bother nobody," right? You sit all day and try to focus in this loud ass space.

    Why? At that point, everyone could be comfortably doing the same work at home without the cost/morale-hit of a big, shitty office environment.
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    There are definitely balances to have between the WFH and collective environments, in my last job before I retired last year I ran a team of 45 people with ongoing recruitment, it is very difficult to build a really good and effective evolving team if they rarely physically see each other apart from on a PC screen but we had flexible working and on average, staff worked from home 2-3 days a week.
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    I could never do an office job... or even WFH. Gotta be on my feet and getting my hands dirty or I start losing it. Not wired for anything else.

    The social element is important... I just don't understand when they pack everyone in a room just to work by themselves. Make that commute every day just to sit in a cubicle, talk to nobody, and try fruitlessly to concentrate. Seems kinda counter productive.
    windwhirl
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    Cubicles are something I would not be able to tolerate. have my own office for myself (35 square meters), and although people come and go between other offices through my own, I don't want to give it up, ever.
    If I ever become stupid rich, it will be my dream to build a vacuum tube computer that can run Crysis. That wing of my compound can also double as a homeless shelter for the whole tri-county in the wintertime. :D

    It would probably have to be so big you could see it glowing from satellites.

    The more I think about this, the more I really need for this to happen.
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    You'd probably end up cooking the homeless but it's the thought that counts, right? :laugh:
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    EXACTLY.

    As long as they don't get too close, they should be fine. Mostly because if they get too close, there will be traps. If you get close enough to be burned alive, that's an honor!

    Come to think of it, I think the filaments are coated to mostly give off infrared a lot of times, so it would indeed be toasty enough for toast.
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    The ones they'll really have to watch are the mercury vapor rectifiers I'd use for all DC power needs. They have a lovely blue glow. The cathode just happens to be liquid mercury. But you won't worry about breaking them. Just the UV burning the eyes and skin.
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    Two days in a row off is such a needed thing.

    Up until a coupla years ago, most jobs I worked had the two off days spread across the week.

    It seems okay, but I don't really feel recharged till Sunday. Gotta have that second day! You don't realize when you don't have it.
    Welp, Windows update broke ASUS Aura. Getting Aura working last time required some registry changes and system stuff that probably just got changed back.

    Until I decide that's how I want to spend my time, it's rainbow light show over here! Is that a new feature? :p
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    So I uninstalled it, fished around for any lingering files (such as configs in x86 folder,) rebooted, reinstalled, rebooted... and then the software worked, but one RAM stick didn't light. So I shut down and did a hard power off. Fixed it.

    People on ASUS forums are actually doing fresh installs to fix this. Imagine doing that, just for RGB! :laugh: I feel bad. Maybe I'm just lucky.
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    People these days don't understand the ways of the wonk. They want definitive answers when stuff goes funny, like everything must mean something. Sometimes it's just dumb shit. Smack the TV and get on with life.:pimp:
    What kind or genre of music do you enjoy listening to the most?
    biffzinker
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    Nvm, I forgot about the Mike's Music Club thread in the Lounge.
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    Haha, well either way - I grew up on rock, prog, pop, soul, and R&B classics. My mom had the big record shelf packed full of that stuff. On my own metal comes first. Aggressive and/or conscious hip-hop to mix it up. A bunch of weird electronic music too. For a good few years I was big into classical and film scores. 19th century is my favorite - if I had to choose one it would be Chopin.
    I hope the day will come when pinterest disappears forever.

    It's basically just spam in my google image results. It's everything that's bad about social media... in sheer mechanics and tactics.
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    No ones ready for the real world, man. We just cope with the trauma differently.
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    Mine is sarcastic cynicism. Most know I'll be the last one making it about me when things get truly heavy. It's funny to watch some be confused when I seem deeply bothered by nothing, or believe I sincerely don't care. Rubs them the wrong way, because they don't notice how different what I say and how I act really is. Shows where their focus is. It takes a lot to legitimately bother me. I'm like a Slowpoke. I use it.
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    Though obviously over text it's a bit different and nobody can be sure what I'm really thinking lol
    Man... I'm on a 3-night streak of proper sleep and it is throwing me off. I feel... too human and I can't deal.

    I've been stricken by insomnia since I hit puberty. At best, it's like constant low-grade intoxication. I would always romanticize the night to cope, so I feel a little at odds when I suddenly don't have that. Me with sleep ain't me at this point. It's bittersweet o_O
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    How stupid? I got engaged once... If I really think about it I can probably do something at least as dumb again. That will take time I might not have though. Already I can feel the normalcy coursing through my veins. Maybe I need drugs. That seems to work pretty well for some folks.
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    What's wrong with being normal even if your not use to feeling like a normal person should?
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    Nothing, actually. Sleep dep is a total net loss. I've felt great all week. You don't realize how much you lose until you have that little breath of air.

    I have the problem of being a confusing mix of very candid and sarcastically cynical.
    I just popped into spotify (already open) and found it playing generic rap with the volume muted... on repeat. Time to change all my passwords again! Even though I've only ever seen this behavior with spotify. Annoying to overhaul just for that.

    Bruh I know you're tryin to pop n shit but this is NOT how you get plays.
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    Prince Japan is up to 8000 odd plays now, from around the world. And yet have zero online presence outside of spotify.
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    I logged into Spotify on Monday after six months of no activity, and everything was as I had left it except for the generated playlists.

    Still using the automatic generated password from LastPass when I first created the account. May not be the smartest thing to do since it's a good idea to rotate the password.
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    Haha, yeah, that's most people. But no matter what I do, this sort of thing happens to me once a year. And spotify has never given a real answer on their forums.

    They're crafty, too. People think changing their PW stops it, but oftentimes they catch that you've noticed and stop whether you do anything or not, or simply only do it for a little while. I've tested this - it will eventually stop on its own.
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