[Rant] Tech Whine Like a baby thread

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ARGH! Make your product names easy to search for you imbeciles! I'm looking at you 8bitdo! "SN30 Pro+" REALLY? Did you even think about how hard it is to get a search engine to search for a +? Holy crap, just getting Amazon to only show Pro models was hard enough. Stop naming ALL your controllers some variation of 30! N30, SN30, N30 Pro, SN30 Pro... And that's not getting into how 8bitdo hasn't changed names for newer hardware revisions! Good controllers, absolutely shit marketing.

I'm also looking at you LG (and a lot of other phone makers). The "X Charge" Really? Do you know how hard it is to search for technical issues about a phone when the results keep wanting to sell me phone chargers for every single LG model in existence? Even when I put "X Charge" in quotes!
 
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I am appalled - appalled, I say! - at the complete and utter lack of coverage around here to the dangerous - no, DEADLY! - threat that is coming to cities across America right now. Not a single story has been posted talking about these disastrous new death-towers that Big Corporation wants to install in our fair cities and small towns. Why, these apocalyptic devices beam dangerous electromagnetic particle waves all throughout an area; damaging the health not just of people who feel the effects, but also of people who don't even feel any effects at all! And that's why we have to ban 5G cell service! Who's with me?!









What, no one?





...Oh.


Fucking yokals around here.
 
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I am appalled - appalled, I say! - at the complete and utter lack of coverage around here to the dangerous - no, DEADLY! - threat that is coming to cities across America right now. Not a single story has been posted talking about these disastrous new death-towers that Big Corporation wants to install in our fair cities and small towns. Why, these apocalyptic devices beam dangerous electromagnetic particle waves all throughout an area; damaging the health not just of people who feel the effects, but also of people who don't even feel any effects at all! And that's why we have to ban 5G cell service! Who's with me?!









What, no one?





...Oh.


Fucking yokals around here.
when people tell me that EMF radiation is killing them etc. I ask them how willing they are to live without electricity and they always clam up. NOW THERE CAN BE EMF RADIATION THAT IS DANGEROUS, but its not from signal sources, well not in the distances they are at. I bet @GasBandit can tell you how nasty it can be to get close to a running fm transmitter.
 

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when people tell me that EMF radiation is killing them etc. I ask them how willing they are to live without electricity and they always clam up. NOW THERE CAN BE EMF RADIATION THAT IS DANGEROUS, but its not from signal sources, well not in the distances they are at. I bet @GasBandit can tell you how nasty it can be to get close to a running fm transmitter.
It only makes you feel woozy the first time. After that, you can do neat things like clean up audio signals just by holding the cable in your hands.
 
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Man, you would've thought that a big name software company like Microsoft would've planned ahead better, smdh. Can you believe that after all this time with computers in every home and business, there's still nothing you can do when you fill one except buy another?


...Yeah. @Aislynn's work computer is full, and there's nothing helpdesk can do for her except put her on a list to buy a new one. Hard drive's full, gotta get a new machine. You really woulda thought Microsoft woulda put in a delete function or something.
 
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Hard drive's full, gotta get a new machine. You really woulda thought Microsoft woulda put in a delete function or something.
You know, I’ll bet if you could come up with something that was like another computer, but didn’t have the computer part in it, just the storage part, there might be some money to be made there.

—Patrick
 
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You know, I’ll bet if you could come up with something that was like another computer, but didn’t have the computer part in it, just the storage part, there might be some money to be made there.

—Patrick
Pssh. Like humanity has time for that. Wait... what do you mean you have a spare 2TB external drive just waiting to be hooked up? Nope... have to get a new computer, can't do anything with that. You should just send it back.
 
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And, now I have a spare 2TB drive and @Aislynn has a working laptop (which the company has been sitting on for three months and still decided to ship UPS Ground from Massachusetts to Oregon despite her being unable to work for 2 weeks while it slowly wandered across the country).

Meanwhile, I started noticing within the last week or so that I was getting an inordinate amount of emails from Credit Karma for my credit monitoring service. Now every day they wanted me to log in and "verify" that some account was mine, or "verify" some new account info. The first issue, of course, is that there's no way to notify Credit Karma that you have verified the voracity of the account info once you've logged in - so really, it's just a way to get you to keep logging in and looking at their recommendations, since that's the first screen it always takes you to. This led me to go change my communication settings, so as to unsubscribe from their notifications - simple solution to a simple problem, right? Well, it was. But, while I was there, since one of the things CK keeps emailing me about is password strength and account security, and since it had been a while since I'd updated that particular password, I decided to update it to a new, strong password - one of those random jumbles that Google's password system generates these days, I'm consolidating my risk by consolidating my information with one of the tech giants, even though I don't like everything they're doing these days. CK wouldn't accept the password. It wasn't a strong password. Strong passwords are 8 to 13 characters long, contain at least one uppercase letter, a number, and a symbol. My Google generated password didn't fit that because it didn't have a symbol. Except... it did. The only issue was that it was too long for their system, because they're using decade(?) old encryption technology. Unfortunately, once it failed to accept the new password from Google, it then started to refuse every new combination of password I attempted, no matter how closely I followed their password rules.

The real kicker was, you can't call CK to get assistance. They don't provide phone support. They truly believe that email communication is more efficient, more customer friendly, and all around better. So, here's our web-form, where you can ask us questions about these six categories of topics. Don't want to talk to us about one of those? Either try to force your issue into one of these categories and risk it being deleted by the first rep who sees it for not fitting their queue, or just don't bother.

So, now I no longer have an insecure CK account. Because I no longer have a CK account.
 
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I thought my gaming PC would be good enough to run Fallout 76. Even though it plays FO4 at max settings, it does not meet the minimum requirements for 76.

I guess it will be another Bethesda game that I don't get to play while new.
 

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Fallout 76 minimum specifications:

  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4790 3.6 GHz / AMD Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5 GHz or equivalent
  • Memory: 8GB
  • OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB/AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB or equivalent
  • Storage: 60GB of free disk space

My CPU is a little low - I have an i7-4770 3.4 GHz. I have all the rest. Except the want or drive to play the game.
 

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There is not reason on earth why that game would require an i7 4790. I've got an i5 4670 and there's not a game out there I can't play, most at 60fps or better. Those are just some bullshit specs.

But I wasn't planning to play 76 either, and frankly I'm surprised anybody is.
 
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It is weird that my processor is actually powerful for an old gaming rig. But I guess the architecture is a bit old.
 
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Requiring an i7-4790 is oddly specific. That's from the Haswell family of desktop processors, of which there were quite a few, plus a couple more if you include the two more overclock-friendly "Devil's Canyon" models that were released later. All the processors in that family support the same instruction set, the same features, etc. There's no really significant architectural difference between them except for the # of cores and the clock speed, so I find it odd that they're essentially saying, "Yes, you can use an older processor, so long as it is the very topmost model." I mean, if only the absolute topmost model from that family meets their requirements for the "minimum," they why include that CPU family at all?
It is weird that my processor is actually powerful for an old gaming rig. But I guess the architecture is a bit old.
There wasn't really much of any significant speed improvement to speak about (for gaming) since the 2xxx ("Sandy Bridge") series until we finally got to the 5xxx ("Broadwell") series, and even then it was more about "If you have anything older than 2xxx then 5xxx is a good value," but it really took until 2017's 8xxx ("Cannon Lake") series before Intel finally produced something that could be deemed a "worthy successor."

--Patrick
 
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I have an I5-3470 that still does just great. I've upgraded the video card twice (once voluntarily, once not), and put in an SSD. I always had a monster amount of RAM from running VMs for work at a time. @PatrThom 's post above explains why it still does just fine.
 
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On the one hand, there’s the idea that he’ll have a fresh perspective, no preconceived notions, etc.
On the other hand, :eek::eek::eek:

—Patrick
 
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I needed to add some data to our system from another department and I gave them an excel template to fill. They sent me 58 excel files with a row of data each.
 

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The keyboard on my new laptop won't work :( At first I thought it was a "dammit windows 10 update screwed me again" thing, but it won't even work in bios. Sigh. I guess it's good that it's still under warranty, but what a hassle.
 
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Due to the volatile RAM market, I've finally been able to acquire all 96GB of that ECC RAM I wanted not for the $450 it would've cost me back in the Summer (6x16GB@~$80ea less volume discount, though that's still way better than the places listing them for $130ea), but instead for about half that much (~$230).
But I acquired it from a few different vendors (3 separate pairs), and if I'd shopped around prior to jumping at the first transaction I could've gotten all 6 for $30-35ea and probably saved an extra $50. Oh well.

But that's not my rant.
See, I want to qualify all this RAM before the return period expires, in case any of the modules are bad...

...Do you know how long it's going to take to qualify 96GB of RAM? TWELVE TO FIFTEEN HOURS THAT'S HOW LONG RRRRGGH.

--Patrick
 

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That Cyber Monday feeling when you have 4 4 gig ram sticks in your computer, so even at reduced prices, going from 16 to 32 will run you about 200 bucks and means the old ram goes completely to waste >_<
 
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That Cyber Monday feeling when you have 4 4 gig ram sticks in your computer, so even at reduced prices, going from 16 to 32 will run you about 200 bucks and means the old ram goes completely to waste >_<
I have 2x 4GB in my gaming pc and...Well, Shadow of War is the first game where I'm actually feeling it at all. And even so, mostly just in the loading times. OK, for streaming and stuff it makes sense, but I can't even justifiy upgrading ot 16GB right now :confused:
 
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That Cyber Monday feeling when you have 4 4 gig ram sticks in your computer, so even at reduced prices, going from 16 to 32 will run you about 200 bucks and means the old ram goes completely to waste >_<
Whenever possible, I advocate 2x8 > 4x4 for just that reason.

—Patrick
 
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Well, in my defense, when I got this machine put together in 2013, it started out with 2x4. I later added two more fours.
My main PC lived with 2x8 for > 5 years until the occasional flaking got unacceptably frequent at which point I discovered that my board really wasn’t designed with 8GB modules in mind, and nobody still made modules using those older DRAM chips that did work, so I ended up having to go with 4x4 even though I heard that can increase latency. Unbeknownst to me, the incompatibility with the 8GB modules had been forcing it to downclock to 1066, but the 4x4 was able to run at the full 1333 so it ended up being a wash.

As a side note, just last night I discovered I have had “Core unlock” enabled in BIOS all this time (i.e., the last EIGHT YEARS), which is a feature designed to unlock the “extra” cores on CPUs that are really just bigger CPUs but with some cores disabled. Well, when you do this, it turns out your CPU temp sensor breaks and just reports a flat 0C/32F no matter what the actual temp might be, which confuses the heck out of turbo core/fans/etc and is probably the reason I was never able to overclock the thing more than a few hundred MHz. D’oh!

—Patrick
 
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How in the shit do I not have any SATA cables in this entire cable-festooned house?!
 
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