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    Wait... You have a derp for a cat!?! (said absolutely no one with any trace of surprise...) Cats are derps. Adorable, sweet, murderfloof derps, and we love them, except the ones who see through their clever plans for dominating our kind. I remember one winter when it got to -40° (I don't need to tell you if it's C or F, cause at that low a temp, the scales cross). Governor of the state issued an order closing schools due to the low temperatures. I'd leave super early, because back then I had to bike ten blocks to the local elementary school so I could get a ride on a bus that would take me to the high school two towns over. I left before the order went out over the radio, so I biked 10 blocks to school, in -40°(C or F) temps... I waited and waited... Assuming the bus was just running late. It was just cold... No new snow. This was before cell phones were common, but once I realized the elementary school was still locked up (with no signs of teachers being present), I decided they must have called school off anyway, so I biked the ten blocks back home... in -40° temps (C or F, take your pick!). Unfortunately, the governor was a derp (just like all cats), and took his sweet time to make the announcement. My siblings had all left, and so they biked 10 blocks to the school, in -40° (C or F) weather... On the street on the OPPOSITE side of the block as I had been returning. Needless to say, they missed me. I got back, and was told they'd just left... I tried to catch up (in that -40° cold), but made it all the way back to the school, before finding them and telling them, school got canceled... We all returned... In -40° (C or F) temps. I biked 40 blocks in -40° temps... You know who didn't care whether that was measured in Celsius or Fahrenheit back then... THIS guy... Cause it was COLD!!! I was reminded of this because it snowed today. And I hate snow... I could have gone all day not even knowing it had snowed... I was gonna laze around on my day off. Buddy calls me (wakes me), says we should go grab breakfast at this decent restaurant in town. Good thing they serve all day breakfast, cause I was sleeping in... I was tired after a 55 hour work week, and it was 1 PM when I got woke. First, I had to be reminded that some derp (not a cat) took my parking spot, so I had to walk to the other side of the parking lot where the visitor parking is to get to my car. Thanks not a cat... When we got there, I admit, I was pretty hungry, so I ordered an appetizer along with my breakfast. I lamented the fact that I had just spent $3 on a hot chocolate that was served in a mug that was 2/3 the size of the smallest glass in my house... Thanks... I mean, it was tasty, for the few minutes it remained in the glass and not in me. Did not last long once it cooled to a comfortable temperature. My breakfast was great, though one bit of egg was rather undercooked... I'm fine with a runny yolk... Just not a slimy white. Eww... I also couldn't help that they never even bothered to bring my appetizer. That's alright. I got full after all, and just said nothing. Food staff have a hectic enough job as it is. While I didn't complain, I did decide that since my buddy *tipped well, I was gonna play the role of Mister Pink this time around. It wasn't particularly nice... But my buddy does tip well, so I left that task entirely to him... *For those outside of the US... Tipping is pretty common in restaurants with waitstaff. Rather than pay an actual fair and decent wage to their workers, most US restaurants pay waitstaff a pathetic wage, and expect the staff to make the difference in tips. I guess they figure it encourages them to provide the best service to customers... It's... it's dumb, but it's how it is in the US. I know many places elsewhere would look down on tipping.
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    No, no... Clearly he is the LORDferret... He orders the subordinate ferret to type for him... As he is that ferret's lord. Was this not clear?
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    FOR ROCKET USE ONLY: A Kerbal Simpit Build Log

    You need one of these to print out "ROCKET" to stick over "RACING".
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    You're preaching to the choir ... I'm a huge Rossmann fan. I don't disagree at all, but that video doesn't go back far enough! Apple has been overpriced, and making mistakes since the INCEPTION of the Macintosh... Since the Apple III. Understand that Jobs STARTED the whole closed concept at Apple with the original Macintosh. Apple would have been far better served by building on the IIgs line vs the Macintosh line, if you ask me. It was a superior machine in all but the CPU... Something that was intentionally throttled, per Jobs, so as to not have a machine powerful enough to self compete against the new Macintosh. I can't tell you how many BAD designs got put out... The LC/Performa 520 and 550 were awful machines, and the Macintosh LC series was full of crippled models, just to artificially create low end models (same parts as the high end models), but justify charging extra for the "high end" version... Literally the same hardware, minus crippling (24 bit busses vs 32 bit busses were a good example of intentional crippling). The PowerPC 5200, and the PowerBook 1400 truly were sins. Creating them was almost certainly morally wrong... Those abominations were created by building machines around limited busses, with the 5200 being a spectacularly horrid example. It MULTIPLEXES a 32 bit CPU over a 16 bit bus. Every other clock cycle accesses different peripherals. There are major issues that cause the use of one peripheral to interfere with another on the opposing clock cycle. At 75 MHz, you might as well have been running a machine that clocked in at only 37.5 MHz... That was on par with hardware released years prior! Given that this was one of the early PowerPC Macs, and they were still doing 68k CPU emulation for backwards compatibility with older 68K Mac apps... The performance on some software was worse than it would be on the older CPUs from machines years older! Worse, parts of the OS itself were still written in 68K code, so parts of the OS were under emulation, running on a crippled machine! My high school made the mistake of filling an entire computer lab with those abominations... The 5300-5500 models corrected those sins and redeemed itself. I still have a 5500 around somewhere. Apple made interesting hardware, and nice software. Sadly they released far too many duds right along with the rare gems, and they overcharged for ALL of it. When Jobs returned to Apple, he did guide them in the right direction. Sadly, that direction soon heavily favored iPods and later iPhones, and the Mac fell to second string as a result. The faltering of IBM's PowerPC CPU to scale to higher clock speeds became a massive hurdle for Apple to overcome, and forced the switch to Intel CPUs. Jobs strongly seemed to favor a simple product offering... At it's core, pro and consumer offerings for desktops and laptops. Consumer offerings favored closed systems, with basic ports and all in one designs, while pro offerings offered more ports, and offered great expandability in the desktop lineup. This was a good thing... Sadly, Apple was already anti-upgrade back then, and really did go out of the way to try to keep the CPU locked to what you paid them for. Sure, you could add RAM and hard drives, and on the pro models, expansion cards, but that was it. Changing a CPU was HARD, compared to standard PCs, and some had the clock speeds locked in the motherboard, not the CPU. Fortunately the last Jobs generation of Mac Pro was more open, even with CPUs, but still not easy to upgrade. It took Tim Cook and Apple only two years, once Jobs had died, to transform the incredibly easy to expand 2010 Mac Pro and turn it into that real turd of a 2013 Mac trash can. Apple has shifted away from pushing performance, to pushing thinness and A E S T H E T I C S. Of course Jobs liked thin too, but it's gotten to the point now where pocketing your stupid phone and sitting is a risk you should avoid, and where laptops can NEVER run their peak theoretical processing capacity, because Apple thinks throttling your CPU so you don't release the magic smoke, and then maintaining a steady 90°C is an acceptable operating temperature for something you set near... Err... Well near important things... In your lap. Appul... You a derp!
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    Mac OS has iWretched™ full screen functionality... If I want to take a window full screen, ALL my other monitors blank out. It's stupid! I can't full screen a YouTube video in Apple's browser and work on something else at the same time. There's an option to treat each monitor as a separate desktop, but then I get three separate and identical menubars on the top of each screen, separate but identical docks at the bottom of each screen, and things get glitchy if I want to span one window across two or more screens... It's iAwful™ Queue Chrome... I used Chrome, because it used it's own full screen implementation that would simply full screen the window to the ONE screen, without interfering with any other screen... Guess who just abandoned their own fullscreen implementation and switched to Apple's, for a "more consistent user experience"... There are things I want to say to Both Apple and Google right now that are simply put, not appropriate for this forum... So I'll also complain that I must stay silent and not vehemently, verbally vent vile, vitriolic verbiage... Those dumb derps... The best I can do without butchering my "screen spaces", as Appul™ likes to call it is to tweak a few flags that makes fullscreen fill out the Chrome WINDOW... not the screen. For clarification... I don't actually give Apple any of my money anymore. I've mentioned in the past that my build is a Hackintosh. Apple has not made a desirable Mac since the 2010 Mac Pro. Expandable, Accessible... Actual PCIe slots... Replaceable drives... Apple's gone down hill since they lost Jobs. Don't get me wrong... Jobs was never a saint either, but he understood what the customers actually wanted. Cook just runs Apple like it's a fashion show. Get this season's latest bling-bling! Toss that old garbage from last season! No, that's premium Apple glass, no you can't replace that! That would be "counterfeiting"! Eat an iPhone XS, Crook... I read about their latest stunt(s). A man in Europe sent original iPhone LCDs to China to have new glass installed on them (the LCD was fine, the top glass was cracked. There's a way to remove it, and reinstall new glass onto it). Apple got customs to seize the refurbished LCDs under the lie that they were "counterfeit", since they had the Apple logo on them... OF COURSE they did!!! Apple had them manufactured originally, cause they WERE GENUINE Apple parts... With new glass. Apple can't just arbitrarily redefine what refurbish means (they want refurbish to only mean if THEY refurbished it, not if you refurbished it) Apple has also implemented the capacity to disable their newest Macbook Pros from being able to boot if third party repairs or modifications are detected (Say, an LCD is replaced, or the SSD, or the trackpad)... They electronically serial number all the major replaceable components, and now, if the machine tries to boot, it's possible to check if the parts are the ones it was manufactured with, and flag the boot process. It's not known if this is an ability they are prepared to activate with a software update, or something they already implemented... But it's a capability they have now. It's downright anti-consumer. It creates a monopoly by locking out all repair service providers (and even self repair) and ties you to Apple service or no service, and most of the time, Apple just charges so insanely much for repairs that they just segue into the new replacement sales pitch... On top of that, there's the fact that Apple has utterly abandoned the power user. Back in the day, Jobs used to brag about performance. Near the end, things went bad though... The Power PC chips were great early on, but they simply were not a scalable design. They hit hard clock speed limits. My 400 MHz G3 back in 2000 could run circles around a Pentium II clocked similarly, and could about match my P-III at 733 MHz. The irony, is that G3 didn't even have a CPU fan. It just had a small aluminum heatsink that caught airflow from the case fan. That's all it needed to perform! The G4 had a few areas where it excelled, but they had a hard time bumping the clock speeds, and it fell behind the competition. They had to slap massive coolers with direct fans and heat pipes to get their peak speeds. The G5... To achieve it's clock speeds, they ended up switching to liquid cooling! Yikes! They switched to Intel chips, cause they saw Intel would quickly and FAR surpass the PowerPC architecture... Now, where was I going with this? There are strong rumors Apple wants to switch to ARM processors... The same thing they use in the iPhones and iPads... But they want to build their entire desktop lineup with that. A PHONE processor. I get that phones and tablets are incredibly powerful today... But they still don't hold a candle to a proper desktop CPU from Intel or AMD. There's no comparison. Apple already abandoned power users by making their entire lineup put form over function, a sin they've been committing for nearly a decade. Who needs performance when you can make a computer thin! Who cares if it thermal throttles! It's PRETTY, so pretty! Now the rumor is they will switch to phone processors... I don't know if that's gonna happen or not, but it does spell the end to one thing... Hackintoshes. Apple's already switched core CPU architectures twice already... First from Motorola's 68000 series to IBM's PowerPC, and then to Intel's x86 and x64 series. Both times they managed a nearly seamless transition... Which is actually pretty impressive. They could do it again. If Apple DOES abandon Intel architecture... It'll be the end of the Hackintosh. No more cheap PC hardware Macs. To run a Mac, I'd have to actually give Apple money, and with their current anti-consumer, anti-repair attitude... I'll NEVER give them so much as a penny. I'd as soon just build a Linux box as my primary rig... Mind you even that's becoming a can of worms I'm not even gonna touch... Ugh... It just makes me sad though... Apple fell so far from the original tree... The Apple II was a beautiful platform. Open, expandable, accessible... It had that nice cover that popped off so easily! It was a machine built by a nerd, to satisfy the wants of other nerds... My, how far they've fallen... Now it's a fashion statement for hipsters who don't care about how awful a company Apple is being, and just want to show off the expensive toy. It's the all in one you buy for grandma to facetime with the grandkids, cause that's the most CPU intensive thing that machine will ever, EVER do. First and foremost... Apple is the iPhone... Nothing else matters. Everything is tangental to the iPhone's success. Everything Apple does these days is centered on the iPhone. They're trying to make the mac more like an iPhone... But the original core Mac users want a MAC, not a bigger iPhone that isn't actually a phone. I liked Mac OS's interface... Once... But it strays farther and farther from what it once was. It adopts more and more from the iPhone, and I get more and more frustrated by it... Eventually, I'll just end up abandoning it. I just DON'T wanna use Windows... I can't stand Windows... It's getting to be that there are NO good options it seems...
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    My car died the other day. Engine would turn, but made no indication of spark... My old car did the same thing... I'd held onto it for parts... till three months ago. Sold it to someone for real cheap so they could turn it around and use it as a trade in. Exact same problem. Exact same part... Brand new on my old car... I sold it. $234 repair... Again...
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    Some types of moths will eat cloth, hence why mothballs exist. If the speaker has a cloth cover, they might be attracted to it... No idea, I guess. Maybe they dig your jams.
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    Sadly, no. TI also forced planned obsoleteness on all the old gen calculators by simply choosing not to support them with the USB TI Graph-Link cable. It was different when I had a working Power Mac G3 with both USB and a serial port... But these days, that old software's not been opened in at least a decade and a half. I DID make a program, back in high school, to solve polynomials, and another to solve the quadratic formula. because i showed the teacher how it works, and because i wrote the program to show the work (and not use the built in solve tools, but to break it down manually), she allowed me to use it for tests, since she felt it was a clear sign I understood how to do the work.
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    What drove me crazy were the MINOR but software breaking variations between different versions of the calculators, and the lack of higher end graphics commands on the then higher end (at the time... late 1990s) models like the TI-85 and TI-86. Why have higher resolution screens, but then reduce the number of available graphics commands! Why have one model REQUIRE every command to close the parentheses, and another not... Usually... Consistency, TI! They charge enough for these bits of antiquated 1980s era tech that there's no justification for that level of NON-interoperability... Especially when they hold the cartel for educational institution approved hardware... Trust me... I ran into this a lot. I used to overclock and install backlights and memory expansions into the old TI calculators for people, over the internet, back in 1997-2000, and I was the premier TI-BASIC nerd of my high school during the four years prior.
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    I've NEVER had issues with the time I came in at work. They were always incredibly flexible... Till I recently put my foot down and said I needed to leave earlier to get to my other job. I've mentioned many times that I work part time, and they've left my department understaffed for a whole year, and that I'm stuck doing full time hours (or more) on most days... I told them the hours were interfering with my other job, which pays not quite, but very nearly double what they pay (and I told them that), and that I was not going to prioritize the lower paying job, and would be leaving earlier, in accordance with the part time nature of my position, so that I would be able to perform my other job without falling behind in either production or sleep (examples such as an 18 hour day or a 74 hour week are NOT reasonable). So what do they do? A week later, they tell me out of the blue that they're shifting my shift an hour earlier, and now they're suddenly not nearly as flexible with my start time as they had been before... No now instead of my "part time" hours being 8+... Now my leaving 2 hours earlier has left me still stuck working a typically 7 hour shift, but now I'm losing an hour of sleep in the morning... I've been dead on my feet... With the other job, I tend to be stuck working late... Sometimes into the am hours... So now with the changed mornings... Yeah... I'm just nothing but fatigue all day. The good news, is it sounds like we may have finally gotten that desperately needed third crew member... Or rather, they'll hire "sometime in the fall" Quite frankly, if they just replaced me, I wouldn't even care, but hopefully I can cut back down to REASONABLE part time hours, and make the real MEAT of my income at the other job. I WILL be demanding of them that I be returned to my former shifts, from back when I first started... I'll take a cut to my pay checks, but so be it. I want as FEW hours at the lab, and as MANY hours at the machine shop as I can make happen. I'm sick of that place! I'm just so fed up though... They KNOW they have me by the drogue chutes... Their health insurance is a joke. By being part time, I DON'T qualify for the employer insurance, and thus qualify to buy into the state provided health insurance... and the price is actually DECENT... two digit monthly premium, very low copays for visits... I can handle it... my rent is also income adjusted... They know if I were to just quit, I'd probably lose all my qualifications (voluntary reduction of hours). They know they can push me to do whatever they want, and I have to just shut up and take it, to stay on the good health plan... I can't tell if they're doing it knowingly (that's evil boss level right there), or if they're that utterly oblivious to how badly it's burning me out, and killing my time to sleep. I've always been a 'loyal employee"... The type to stick with a company for years. I value a stable, reliable job over hunting for the next raise or whatever. In 2 years, they shifted me from fiercely loyal and happy to work there, to actively hating being there, and on a few instances, leaving work, still in my work clothes, and going to direct competitors and asking for applications... I've done that twice... Didn't get in, but oh well. It still FELT good...
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    I've been buying Dakota, Minnesota, & Eastern model trains lately, so I can build up my collection for the day when I can actually build a model railroad (I'd rather buy them now, when they're barely affordable, rather than later, when they're impossibly unaffordable)... I keep buying them whenever I see one pop up... And I just realized out of all the different ones I've been buying, one person keeps putting ONE up on ebay, letting it get bid up, then waiting a week and repeating. I have no idea how many they have. I didn't even realize I had bought from the same person... and paid shipping on two separate occasions. On the bright side, I can always ask how many they got, and see if they'll put up a buy it now lot of 'em all, for the high bid price, per unit... Assuming they'll even go for it. Before I die, I'd like to be able to pull a unit train with at least 40-80 grain hoppers. That's several hundred, to over a thousand dollars, long run... like I said, I'd like to buy these now, while it's still possible to even afford them.
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    Something, something, whines about being one post off from being the one to roll this thread's page count over to 100 pages...
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    Stupid apartment rules... I have nearly three meters of windows... but I have to move my printer from in from of it cause "it's in front of the windows. It could be an obstruction hazard during a fire emergency"... An emergency where I would step half a meter to the left or to the right and bust out the other 7.5 meters worth of window to escape... Assuming my path to the exit, 8 or 9 meters away is also blocked, perchance... Rules for the sake of rules can be pretty dumb sometimes... God, I need to get back into a proper house, and not this crummy apartment. Oh yeah, and I worked 18 hours yesterday... 12:30 AM to 6:30 PM (18:30).
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    Oh God, I miss those days, when all I had to deal with was a couple hours of homework. What I'd give to have that back. It's 3:14 in the morning, and I've been working since midnight. I plan to keep working for another hour or two, take a quick nap, then go to my main job at 8 in the morning. I'll likely be there till 3-5 (15:00 to 17:00) in the afternoon, and then after a quick nap, I'll be back to this soldering for my second job. I still need to get 10 hours of work soldering, before the end of tomorrow. This is after I had a discussion with my boss at my main job and informed them that the number of hours they're having me do is interfering with my secondary (but much higher paying job), and I explained to them that we now have a new "blanket order" (that's where a customer orders a large quantity of an item, but they say they want the purchase spread out over time... So we had an order of 320 circuit boards, spread out so I build 40 per month, over the next 8 months). That triples my workload at the second job. Before adjusting my hours, I actually worked 74 hours in a single week, only about... I think it was about 2 weeks ago. The next week I "only" worked 55 hours in one week. I haven't had "free time" to work on my KSP Instrument panel for an entire year... Like honestly... Haven't even touched the build! it's driving me crazy! I'd do almost anything to have the free time that i had back in school... Even college wasn't this busy! I know you probably are sick of hearing this, but enjoy being a kid while you can. Enjoy the ease and laziness of school days while you can.
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    I really need another 8 TB hard drive... or three... I really need to consolidate my cage of old 2 TB drives and retire those old things. You'd think I was an airport runway when that fleet spins up... So for my actual complaints today... I wanted to purchase several N scale covered hopper cars for my collection. There were four DM&E and some other misc stuff I wanted, but the four DM&E ones were what I REALLY wanted... Problem was, the guy wanted $12 to ship the first one... Fine, fine... but $7 for each additional one... For just those four, it'd have been $33 to ship four little bits of painted plastic. I've had twice that quantity shipped for $7 total! The REAL kicker... "Buy it now on each one, and I'll refund you the difference in shipping afterwards... That threw up all kinds of red flags to me! I sent a message saying ebay has a system in place to handle combined shipping on Buy it Now items, that what he was asking for shipping, and the way he was doing it really threw up red flags (scammers do that kind of stuff). I never got a response, and the ebay sales never changed... So I moved on. Now, suddenly, two and a half weeks later and ebay is suggesting more of his stuff to me in the "recommended listings"... I was gonna ignore it, but checked. After over half a month, he's gone an changed everything to how I suggested he do it... It ALL sold out. All the stuff I wanted, now that his shipping wasn't insanely broken and borderline scammy... All sold. Thanks... Glad I could help you sell your stuff with the advice I gave. Could have at least replied back and said, "Hey, I fixed it, buy my junk!" Oh well... I suppose I can always just buy new... Retail is only $7 more than the going used prices... Oh wait... I can't. Apparently, the ONE factory in China making all this N scale model stuff for TWELVE DIFFERENT COMPANIES just up and shut down... No notice, no heirs, and the owner is sadly having health issues... Also TWELVE model "manufacturers" put all their eggs into one basket, and now have no new product being produced, possibly for several months, as they try to find another Chinese company to acquire the tooling and set up a new production line... For TWELVE COMPANIES!!! Literally can't even buy the things new now! Twelve... So another thing... Landlord is doing inspections (that's a complaint in and of itself). Saw they replaced someone's closet or bathroom door. They're real narrow hollow core doors with no panel insets... 24 x 80 inches (~60 xm x 2 m). These, as it turns out, are AMAZING for model railroad building. They are super light, easy to cut into, if you need to, yet are surprisingly rigid. They're cheap too... That size door new is only $30, and a scratch & dent is a measly $20... And here I got one for FREE!!! How is this a complaint? Oddly enough, MY closet door has a hole punched through it in the EXACT same spot (maybe a bed frame's leg punched through while trying to round the bend into the bedroom)? My old landlord patched the hole rather than replace the door or leave it be... My door could have been a second freebie, and not my fault either, but no! Had to be fixed before my time...