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Re: Rant Thread - The Spites of Wraith

Postby vslayer » Thu Jul 01, 2010 9:20 am UTC

While bedsheets are on topic, I'd like to chime in:

Why the fuck are there no duvets made with say an extra 500mm of length in them? at 175cm I'm not exactly a tall person, yet every duvet I have ever bought seems to make me choose between leaving my feet hanging out, and having it only halfway up my torso.

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Re: Rant Thread - The Spites of Wraith

Postby AngrySquirrel » Thu Jul 01, 2010 10:04 am UTC

Alright, this is how it works. Computer-systems don't suddenly change without anyone doing anything to them. Code don't magically rewrite itself. No one else have access to this piece of code except you. Therefore, when the whole program suddenly ends up doing something it has never done before, either you have changed it, or you are using it wrong. Blaming me is not very useful or productive. Blaming this on the "unstability of datasystems" is not making you look smart, and claiming that the code has rewritten itself on its own is making you look quite silly. So stop it. Now. Just give me the damn access-codes and I'll fix it without you needing to lift a finger, or alternatively, do your job.
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Postby SecondTalon » Thu Jul 01, 2010 3:26 pm UTC

SlyReaper wrote:
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There is. And it's Ivora. :wink:

Exactly.
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Postby HarleyQuinn » Thu Jul 01, 2010 8:31 pm UTC

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Seriously, your five year old went inside for 5 minutes because she had a boo-boo. You didn't have to make a huge statement by running over the brand new chalk she was playing with. That was pretty mean.
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Postby Veora » Fri Jul 02, 2010 7:58 am UTC

SecondTalon wrote:
SlyReaper wrote:
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There is. And it's Ivora. :wink:

Exactly.


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I see what you did there..


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Re: Rant Thread - The Spites of Wraith

Postby Amarantha » Fri Jul 02, 2010 10:32 am UTC

Fuck Julia Gillard. You'd think an atheist, unmarried (but shacked up), childfree, socialist, feminist prime minister would be cool with same-sex marriage. We need Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir to phone up and say that she and her wife are coming to visit. That'd make things awkward.

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Re: Rant Thread - The Spites of Wraith

Postby Chai Kovsky » Fri Jul 02, 2010 11:30 am UTC

Seriously! Are Australia, the US, and every other cockwit nation to oppose same sex marriage going to sever diplomatic relations with Iceland now or something? What a twatheaded thing to say, Gillard. Not off to a great start.
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Postby SecondTalon » Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:01 pm UTC

Ivora wrote:
SexyTalon wrote:
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Ivora wrote:THERE CAN ONLY BE ONNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!


There is. And it's Veora. :wink:

Exactly.
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I see what you did there..
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Postby Fat Zombie » Fri Jul 02, 2010 4:17 pm UTC

Why the piss did Youtube drop the "I have a fast connection - always play videos in high quality" option from their Playback Settings? It irritates me to have to change the quality manually every time. (I know it's a little thing, but the little things are most annoying)
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Postby Briareos » Sat Jul 03, 2010 3:35 am UTC

Also, did they remove the ability to hide comments a while ago, or have I been unwittingly subjecting myself to this stupidity for months?
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Re: Rant Thread - The Spites of Wraith

Postby elminster » Sat Jul 03, 2010 4:49 pm UTC

People who put already repetitive songs on repeat on loud speakers for over an hour... No... just no...
I admit I've ruined a few songs like that (Probably less than 5 times), but at least I had the decency to wear headphones or have it at a volume where other people nearby won't hear the same repeated section over 200 times. It's like the stereotypical dripping water annoyance, sure some people may be sadists and enjoy it, but not everyone... if you're going to do it, don't subject others to it.
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Postby The Scyphozoa » Sat Jul 03, 2010 8:06 pm UTC

Fat Zombie wrote:Why the piss did Youtube drop the "I have a fast connection - always play videos in high quality" option from their Playback Settings? It irritates me to have to change the quality manually every time. (I know it's a little thing, but the little things are most annoying)

They should just have an option to default to each of the quality levels. I can handle 360p, and occasionally 480p if there's absolutely nothing else going on and if I get lucky. My only options are "Let YouTube choose whether to play in 360p or 480p, depending on some setting that I can't seem to find when I upload a video" and "Always play in 240p". Grrr.
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Postby Gears » Sun Jul 04, 2010 1:41 am UTC

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Re: Rant Thread - The Spites of Wraith

Postby Giant Speck » Sun Jul 04, 2010 3:49 am UTC

I've developed an awesome new tic: clenching my teeth.

I've noticed that I do it during times of high stress, and I might be doing it in my sleep because I'm finding it difficult to eat breakfast in the morning because the muscles in my jaw are sore.
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Re: Rant Thread - The Spites of Wraith

Postby smw543 » Sun Jul 04, 2010 10:14 am UTC

Giant Speck wrote:I've developed an awesome new tic: clenching my teeth.

I've noticed that I do it during times of high stress, and I might be doing it in my sleep because I'm finding it difficult to eat breakfast in the morning because the muscles in my jaw are sore.

The word of the day is: Bruxism! It can be particularly problematic if you're doing it in your sleep, because, obviously, you can't make yourself stop. You should bring it up the next time you see your dentist so s/he can make sure you aren't doing any damage. If I'm not mistaken, worst case scenario is you have to wear a mouthguard to bed (unless you wait so long that real damage occurs, which would have to be fixed). Or it could go away by itself if it's being caused by stress.

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Postby Kewangji » Sun Jul 04, 2010 4:46 pm UTC

Dammit. Couldn't you two have posted that two weeks ago? I apparently do that as well. And I went to the dentist and didn't tell her about it!
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Postby Ivora » Sun Jul 04, 2010 8:57 pm UTC

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Postby Magnanimous » Sun Jul 04, 2010 10:10 pm UTC

I vote that no one should be allowed to end a price with ninety-nine cents... Just add a frakkin' cent and make the whole thing even. :x You just shouldn't be allowed to basically advertise something for a dollar less with a tiny .99 on the side. It's deceptive psychology, and it annoys me every time I walk into a store.

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Postby Whelan » Sun Jul 04, 2010 10:13 pm UTC

I went into a shop once where every single item was priced at £N.97. It got old fast.
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Re: Rant Thread - The Spites of Wraith

Postby Giant Speck » Mon Jul 05, 2010 1:33 am UTC

At CostCo, if an item's price ends in .97, it means that the item was recently marked down. If an item's price ends in .79 or .49, then it is a special purchase item. I think Sam's Club has a similar system.
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Postby <nyssa> » Mon Jul 05, 2010 2:13 am UTC

Giant Speck wrote:At CostCo, if an item's price ends in .97, it means that the item was recently marked down. If an item's price ends in .79 or .49, then it is a special purchase item. I think Sam's Club has a similar system.

We had a similar system where I used to work, if I remember correctly, if the price ended in .01 it meant it was returned or damaged in some way, if it ended in .05 it was one of the last ones left.

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Postby Magnanimous » Mon Jul 05, 2010 2:16 am UTC

I've seen some shops price their items so that after tax, your total comes out to a (relatively) even number. It cuts down on having to deal with a lot of spare change... But you do have to re-label everything whenever the tax rate changes, so that'd be a hassle for really big stores.

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Postby Xeio » Mon Jul 05, 2010 3:47 am UTC

Magnanimous wrote:I've seen some shops price their items so that after tax, your total comes out to a (relatively) even number. It cuts down on having to deal with a lot of spare change... But you do have to re-label everything whenever the tax rate changes, so that'd be a hassle for really big stores.
Not really. Mostly because many stores (well, at least around where I live) have weekly sales that change, meaning that they're literally changing half the tags in the store every week. And taxes definitely don't change more often than that.

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Postby e^iπ+1=0 » Mon Jul 05, 2010 1:35 pm UTC

Stupid arachnophobia.
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Postby Ouch.jars » Mon Jul 05, 2010 1:50 pm UTC

Magnanimous wrote:I've seen some shops price their items so that after tax, your total comes out to a (relatively) even number. It cuts down on having to deal with a lot of spare change... But you do have to re-label everything whenever the tax rate changes, so that'd be a hassle for really big stores.


Why is it uncommon for the shelf price to include tax in the US? It seems weird to not know what you have to pay (unless you remember the tax rate and then calculate it, but then it's inconvenient and possibly inaccurate if you don't do it right).
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Postby Adacore » Mon Jul 05, 2010 2:26 pm UTC

I've always thought that odd too. I've been told in the past it's because taxes vary from state to state (or even on a more local level than that?) and, thus, price labels correct for one region wouldn't be right in another if they included tax. You'd think with modern technology they'd be able to print unique price labels depending on the exact taxes at the point of sale, though.

EDIT: I guess maybe if different people have to pay different tax rates, it might make sense? Like rates for locals, non-locals, military personnel, &c. The only parallel I can think of is the shops at Uni which had different prices depending whether you were a student (subsidised, no tax), faculty (subsidised, with tax) or visitor (expensive, with tax).
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Postby phlip » Mon Jul 05, 2010 2:28 pm UTC

Ouch.jars wrote:Why is it uncommon for the shelf price to include tax in the US? It seems weird to not know what you have to pay (unless you remember the tax rate and then calculate it, but then it's inconvenient and possibly inaccurate if you don't do it right).

One argument I've heard is a logicstical thing... in particular for companies that operate in several places with different tax rates (country-wide franchises being the extreme case). If the shelf price has to include tax, then either they price their stuff the same everywhere (and thus make less profit in the places with higher tax) or have prices that change based on the tax rates (in which case all their advertising and signage and whatnot has to be customised for every location, rather than doing one big print run or campaign or whatnot, and sending it out to all the franchisees).

It's different here in Aus, 'cause the GST is a flat 10% everywhere (sure, there are things that aren't taxed, but it's not location-dependent), so that's not a problem.

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Postby bigglesworth » Mon Jul 05, 2010 3:06 pm UTC

Additionally, it's been that way for long enough for all their customers to be used to it. There's an understanding, an acceptance of it being that way. Whereas, for example, if a company wanted to sell a product in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, and didn't print prices that accounted for tax, the customers would be put off.
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Postby SecondTalon » Mon Jul 05, 2010 3:39 pm UTC

Adacore wrote:I've always thought that odd too. I've been told in the past it's because taxes vary from state to state (or even on a more local level than that?) and, thus, price labels correct for one region wouldn't be right in another if they included tax. You'd think with modern technology they'd be able to print unique price labels depending on the exact taxes at the point of sale, though.

EDIT: I guess maybe if different people have to pay different tax rates, it might make sense? Like rates for locals, non-locals, military personnel, &c. The only parallel I can think of is the shops at Uni which had different prices depending whether you were a student (subsidised, no tax), faculty (subsidised, with tax) or visitor (expensive, with tax).
All that, and more.

Of course, I don't know of any other place that has tax rates that could change every ten minutes of driving and still puts the post-tax price on all goods, as can happen in larger metropolitan areas where the tax rate can be different by a couple of percentage points depending on which subcity you're currently in. And that's before we get into the concept of tax exempt customers.
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Postby Chai Kovsky » Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:09 pm UTC

Dear Ladyfriend,

You like shopping and men and dancing and all sorts of things I don't like. Fine, you still seem like a nice person, so while I'm in this town I'm happy to hang with you, especially since you are also a non-alcoholic-beverage-drinking pescetarian.

But I am not your little project. I roll out of bed, throw on clothes, and done! for a reason, and that's because I like that. I do not like having makeup on my face, and I dislike the idea that you simply have to put some on me because it'll be like some makeover scene from a horrible movie I've never seen. I know I look damn good, with or without makeup, and I can put on my big girl panties and make that choice. I do not need you to try to do that for me. No, really.

Also, just because we're both religiously observant doesn't make me homophobic. Apparently it makes you homophobic, though. You might want to keep that to yourself at a music program, given the likely demographics. Just saying.

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Postby Magnanimous » Tue Jul 06, 2010 1:23 am UTC

From what I can tell, it looks like Facebook is eventually going to have a "page" for every Wikipedia article. :| Every. Single. One.

(Background: I was at the Project Euler page, and I noticed that the most of the links in the included Wiki article led to the relevant Facebook pages instead of Wikipedia... As it turns out, there are already pages for nearly every link there, including platonic solids. What.)

Anyway, I now "like" the interesting number paradox.

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Hmm... I'll have to keep an eye out for when I can "like" [[Category:Fictional squirrels]]...

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Postby micco » Tue Jul 06, 2010 10:20 am UTC

No. Spraying pepper spray and teargas to a crowd is not a "little harmless prank", especially if there are very young children in the crowd. Some people don't seem to understand that pepper spray contains paprika extract, which can be lethal to people with serious allergy.
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Postby AngrySquirrel » Tue Jul 06, 2010 11:24 am UTC

Chai Kovsky wrote:I am not your little project. I roll out of bed, throw on clothes, and done! for a reason, and that's because I like that. I do not like having makeup on my face, and I dislike the idea that you simply have to put some on me because it'll be like some makeover scene from a horrible movie I've never seen. I know I look damn good, with or without makeup, and I can put on my big girl panties and make that choice. I do not need you to try to do that for me. No, really.

This. + I AM CAPABLE OF MAKING MY OWN DECISIONS. Not having any sense of fashion nor caring about it does not mean you have to butt in on every little thing I do to decide if I am allowed to do it or not. Yes, I am your friend, and I do value your advice, but I am perfectly capable of making up my own mind about things and me not agreeing with you on every little thing does not mean I hate you.
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Postby today's special » Tue Jul 06, 2010 12:45 pm UTC

I hate you insomnia, you really really suck. There is no reason for your existence. I mean, I understand why I shiver and chatter, I need to warm myself up. But I can't figure out the reason for you, you don't help at all. You just make the day worse, and worse, until it's utterly worthless. Way to go jerk.

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Postby SlyReaper » Tue Jul 06, 2010 1:53 pm UTC

today's special wrote:I hate you insomnia, you really really suck. There is no reason for your existence. I mean, I understand why I shiver and chatter, I need to warm myself up. But I can't figure out the reason for you, you don't help at all. You just make the day worse, and worse, until it's utterly worthless. Way to go jerk.


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Postby SecondTalon » Tue Jul 06, 2010 2:22 pm UTC

micco wrote:No. Spraying pepper spray and teargas to a crowd is not a "little harmless prank", especially if there are very young children in the crowd. Some people don't seem to understand that pepper spray contains paprika extract, which can be lethal to people with serious allergy.
You know, in a world where people who eat goddamn Wheat die from allergic reactions, you'd think people would understand that spraying chemicals - any chemical - willy nilly all over the place is a bad goddamn idea.

Doing it with teargas is just .. I don't know, trying to beat the jackass high score.
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Postby micco » Tue Jul 06, 2010 3:56 pm UTC

Exactly. Another really bad thing is, that the attack was planned ahead. The attackers detonated a smoke bomb to confuse the crowd, and then ran through the crowd spraying pepper spray and teargas. "Luckily" the attackers where caught on tape, and the internet-tv station gave the pictures and video to police, so hopefully all of the attackers will be caught.
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Re: Rant Thread - The Spites of Wraith

Postby emceng » Tue Jul 06, 2010 5:03 pm UTC

My problem is this: Now the police are involved. What was a prank - if even a stupid one - has risen to the level of potential criminal charges. Depending on how much of a hardass the prosecutor wants to be, he could charge them with terrorism. The prank may have been stupid, and it may have been dangerous(I never would have thought pepper spray could kill someone). Does that instantly mean the police should be involved? What is an acceptable response to something like this?


Note: I have no idea what the crowd was for, or details surrounding the incident.
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Re: Rant Thread - The Spites of Wraith

Postby micco » Tue Jul 06, 2010 5:27 pm UTC

In Finland it is illegal for a civilian to carry a pepper spray can in public, so the fact that they were doing so is alone a crime. Spraying it to the crowd counts as multiple assaults (over 30 people were hurt). Youngest victim was about 11 months old, so I think that could count as child abuse. And the crowd was a gay pride parade, so that could make it a hate crime. So yeah, I'd say that police should be involved.
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