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Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 2:18 pm UTC
by Zohar
That's dumb, sorry arbiteroftruth. Luckily our TV has an app to control it as well, so even if there's an issue with the remote, I can still do everything (including typing!!) from my phone.

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 3:40 pm UTC
by arbiteroftruth
Problem resolved. It turns out I still had the original remote buried in a box of cables in an obscure corner of the house. So my tv is all set up now. Still though, no excuse for leaving the most important key off of the on screen keyboard.

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 3:57 pm UTC
by Zohar
Definitely. Glad that worked out. I have mild anxiety when I first see a TV with no buttons on screen, but the app is a decent enough replacement. The likelihood of both the app and the remote to be borked is low.

Now that I think about it, the app probably only works if the TV is connected to wifi - after all I don't have an IR projector in my phone.

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 4:24 pm UTC
by Sableagle
SecondTalon wrote:And VLC can’t play it?
Well, no, but it does at least tell me why not:
Blu-ray error:
This Blu-ray Disc needs a library for AACS decoding, and your system does not have it.
Your input can't be opened:
VLC is unable to open the MRL 'bluray:///E:/'. Check the log for details.


TIL that the latest version of VLC is being downloaded more than 3 times per second.

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 6:23 pm UTC
by somitomi
My sister has a friend over and they're in the kitchen chatting while my sister has dinner. The loud conversation is annoying as hell, but I don't want to shut the door or turn the music up, because it feels kind of passive-aggressive.

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 6:30 pm UTC
by poxic
Mostly close the door and turn the music up a little? They're noisy. You have the right to defend yourself, I say.

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 6:36 pm UTC
by ucim
somitomi wrote:I don't want to shut the door or turn the music up, because it feels kind of passive-aggressive.
It's ok to do that, but tell them what you're doing and why, in a neutral (non-accusing) manner. They should understand.

Jose

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 9:42 pm UTC
by somitomi
ucim wrote:
somitomi wrote:I don't want to shut the door or turn the music up, because it feels kind of passive-aggressive.
It's ok to do that, but tell them what you're doing and why, in a neutral (non-accusing) manner. They should understand.
Jose

My sister would've probably understood if I just closed the door, since we both often do that while the other is cooking something. I don't really know why I was so self-conscious about it, but they've left a couple hours ago anyway.

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Fri May 18, 2018 12:55 pm UTC
by somitomi
Quick question, Windows: how many times are you going to tell me Dolby Digial Audio is no longer available? I got it the first time, giving me three notifications every time I turn the computer on is not necessary.

Every Windows 10 update is pushing me closer to wiping the damn thing and installing Linux instead.

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Thu May 31, 2018 9:48 pm UTC
by somitomi
Ugh Microsoft, we need to have a word about cross-references in Word. Specifically equations. Nobody wants to reference an equation by inserting the entire equation along with the number, so I'd be tremendously grateful if you'd let me insert just the number. Especially since you provide me with a plethora of other useless things to insert.

I mean this wouldn't bother me so much if Word didn't "helpfully" refresh all cross-references before saving to pdf, because apparently fuck fusional or agglutinating languages.

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:58 am UTC
by somitomi
The amplifier I bought recently and spent so much money on having repaired developed a new fault. Never mind, I still have the previous amp... oh, the little plastic tab broke off the speaker connector.
Bye bye tunes,
Bye bye melodies
Hello quietness
I think I'm gonna hum

Well not really, I have a portable Bluetooth speaker, but it's not exactly hifi...

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:10 pm UTC
by SuicideJunkie
somitomi wrote:Every Windows 10 update is pushing me closer to wiping the damn thing and installing Linux instead.
I recommend that you start playing around on an older PC or in a VM.
Start getting used to things in a low pressure environment where you still have google on a second screen and can keep it relatively painless to use the nuclear button of wiping everything and reinstalling from scratch if you find yourself going down a rabbit hole.

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:14 pm UTC
by somitomi
SuicideJunkie wrote:
somitomi wrote:Every Windows 10 update is pushing me closer to wiping the damn thing and installing Linux instead.
I recommend that you start playing around on an older PC or in a VM.
Start getting used to things in a low pressure environment where you still have google on a second screen and can keep it relatively painless to use the nuclear button of wiping everything and reinstalling from scratch if you find yourself going down a rabbit hole.

I already have a (seldom used) secondary computer running Debian and we've been briefly introduced to Linux back in high school. It's definitely not uncharted territory, there's just a lot of places marked "there be dragons" :lol:

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:36 pm UTC
by EdgarJPublius
Our story thus far:
Car got totaled ~3 weeks ago by an uninsured driver (who was 100% at fault)
Earlier this week, got a check from the insurance company for the value of my car (minus the deductible on my uninsured motorist coverage) and deposited it.
Yesterday, funds were cleared into my account, almost bought a car that afternoon, but backed out at the last minute because the price was at the top end of my budget and I wanted to look around some more for a cheaper option, went on craigslist and lined up a few likely candidates to try and see today.
Wake up this morning, the funds that were cleared yesterday are now on hold. Now, I understand that the way checks work in the modern banking system where the money isn't actually in your account yet etc. Even though the banks seem to go out of their way to obfuscate this whole process from consumers, and even though I can't think of a good reason why a check drawn on a major domestic bank, and deposited to a major domestic bank would take more time to process than a tracert between their respective servers. But anyway, I understand that this is 'a thing that can happen' and isn't like fraud or the bank trying to cheat me or whatever.
So, I go to the local branch of my bank, and talk to a banker about maybe getting this problem solved so I can go buy a car (the whole time expecting an awkward follow-up call from the dealer I had left hanging yesterday).

Anyway, banker thinks the hold might be fraud prevention at first, but I vomit documentation onto his desk and that seems ok, then he thinks maybe they haven't received the funds from the other bank yet and the hold might not clear until next week. And I'm like 'Well, should I call the insurance company and tell them to step on their bank to release the funds?" and he says that probably isn't the problem, but I can try, and int he meantime he's gonna check back and see if the funds clear.
So anyway, I call the insurance company to explain that there's a hold on the funds and maybe they should try stepping on their bank to release them so they don't have to keep paying for this rental car, and he's like "Well, there's nothing I can do, it's not my problem, we issued the check and now it's out of our hands." And I understand that it's not their fault, but there's some holdup between their bank, and my bank, and I've talked to my bank, so maybe they could at least try talking to their bank about it, but whatever, I gave him the information for the banker I talked to at my bank, and I guess now he's gonna talk to my bank about clearing the funds instead of his bank, but at least I got him to agree to try something.

And then I wrote this post about it and that brings us up to date.

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:47 pm UTC
by speising
he. checks. like in the time of the Fuggers.

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:01 pm UTC
by EdgarJPublius
Right? I pay the insurance company by direct deposit, I don't see why they couldn't do me the same courtesy.

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:58 pm UTC
by Sungura
Suuuper common. I have a partner who deals with that a lot in her line of work. It sucks but there really isnt much to do. Banks are fucking weird. I hear stories about customers complaining about this at least once a week. Whatever it is seems inherent in the system which makes no sense in these direct transfer days. Good luck, hope it clears soon!

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:08 pm UTC
by somitomi
Heh, checks, they're so vastly different from what we call csekk here, that it might as well be considered a false friend. I don't even know if banks here have anything similar to what the English (or should I say US) use of the word refers to.

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:23 pm UTC
by poxic
It's really just a fancy piece of paper that says "pay this person $amount from my bank account". Technically any old thing with the right data on it can be a cheque - I recall someone winning an amount that was encoded onto a coconut - but most places insist on the formal bank-issued cheques because fraud is a thing of course.

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:58 pm UTC
by Quercus
I remember a story (which I sincerely hope is apocryphal) about someone trying to cash a cheque written on the side of a live pig

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:28 pm UTC
by poxic
There was a fictitious case of a cheque written on the side of a cow ("Board if Inland Revenue v Haddock" by A.P. Herbert), but no verifiable events of livestock being repurposed this way. At least, not according to the googles, and they know everything. (Including the fact that you're chewing your fingernails right now, you person reading this. Not you, the other person. You! Stop that right now.)

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:53 pm UTC
by addams
somitomi wrote:Heh, checks, they're so vastly different from what we call csekk here, that it might as well be considered a false friend. I don't even know if banks here have anything similar to what the English (or should I say US) use of the word refers to.
humm....?
I have so many questions.

Please, tell us more.
Tell us about what it is like where you live.

Do you live in an 'advanced' society?
Money is always electronic?

Or; Do you live is a Nation of Luddites?
Is money only Money of it is held in Coin?

Oh! Oh!
I almost forgot.

The check written on a toilet seat Trope.
That Trope seems to have wandered off.

The check written on livestock Trope is alive and well.
The Guardian has a great deal to say about the matter.
https://www.theguardian.com/notesandque ... 34,00.html

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:15 pm UTC
by Zohar
poxic wrote:(Including the fact that you're chewing your fingernails right now, you person reading this. Not you, the other person. You! Stop that right now.)

:O HOW DID YOU KNOW??

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:38 pm UTC
by Giant Speck
poxic wrote:(Including the fact that you're chewing your fingernails right now, you person reading this. Not you, the other person. You! Stop that right now.)

YOU'RE NOT MY REAL MOM.

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:10 am UTC
by Sableagle
I hadn't heard of a cheque on a toilet seat but I recall reading about a court case in which a company alleged that a man had failed to pay them and he insisted he had sent them a cheque. It turned out that he had, indeed, sent them a cheque for the full amount, with all the necessary details in all the right places, and that they could have paid it into the bank and settled his account, so he had done his bit and didn't owe them a damn thing. The fact they'd thrown his cheque, written on toilet paper, away rather than paying it in was entirely their fault and their problem.

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:39 am UTC
by somitomi
addams wrote:
somitomi wrote:Heh, checks, they're so vastly different from what we call csekk here, that it might as well be considered a false friend. I don't even know if banks here have anything similar to what the English (or should I say US) use of the word refers to.
humm....?
I have so many questions.

Please, tell us more.
Tell us about what it is like where you live.

Do you live in an 'advanced' society?
Money is always electronic?

Or; Do you live is a Nation of Luddites?
Is money only Money of it is held in Coin?

Having looked it up, "check" in the sense of a paper saying "pay this person $amount from my bank account" does not exist here. I don't know much about life before before debit cards and POS-terminals became widespread, but I think Hungary operated mostly on cold hard cash although there were probably ways to transfer money directly between bank accounts. These days, money is either 100% electronic or 100% bits of paper and metal.

Now, on to csekk, officially called a "cash transfer order", which looks like this:
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It is a service provided by the Hungarian Post for companies and institutions collecting fees from large numbers of people like utilities, telecommunication or insurance companies or the police. Company C want person P to pay amount A for a service. C prints A (and a bunch of other information) on a csekk and mails it to P, who takes it to the post office, pays A, which is transferred to the bank account of C. Note that company C has to make a contract with the Hungarian Post to be able to do this, you can't use a csekk to transfer money to just any old account. It's gradually being replaced by online forms of payment though, since a lot of people use a debit card to pay at the post office anyway.

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:48 pm UTC
by poxic
Ah, so your csekk is what we'd call an invoice or bill. I'd noticed in Germany that post offices were kind of like banks there. The most you can do in a post office here is mail stuff, pretty much.

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:39 pm UTC
by addams
poxic wrote:Ah, so your csekk is what we'd call an invoice or bill. I'd noticed in Germany that post offices were kind of like banks there. The most you can do in a post office here is mail stuff, pretty much.
Yep.
Outgoing mail is a fairly reliable service.
Picking up mail is a different story.

If and only if you establish a relationship that allows packages to be delivered to a Home Address is incoming assured.
Otherwise it is still The Wild, Wild West out here. I watched a woman, a smart phone and a postal employee encounter.

The woman and the smart phone left to go to the Gun Shop.
Spoiler:
(Tee-Hee..)
Sounds worse than it is.
The Gun Shop is also Fed-X.
Spoiler:
We have two stop lights, two food stores and only one Gun Shop.

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:46 pm UTC
by Quercus
In the UK the equivalent of the Hungarian csekk is called a "bank giro credit". You pay them at a bank rather than the post office (though, according to some brief googling the system used to be run by the post office). The only time I've every had to deal with them is for final utility bills, after you've closed your account - sometimes they shut down your direct debit before they've taken your final payment, and you have to fall back on older methods for that one.

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:45 pm UTC
by somitomi
poxic wrote:Ah, so your csekk is what we'd call an invoice or bill. I'd noticed in Germany that post offices were kind of like banks there. The most you can do in a post office here is mail stuff, pretty much.

Maybe?
An invoice, bill or tab is a commercial document issued by a seller to a buyer, relating to a sale transaction and indicating the products, quantities, and agreed prices for products or services the seller had provided the buyer.

I think csekk is merely the method by which an invoice or bill ("számla") is often paid. A csekk doesn't necessarily involve a bill though, for example fines for traffic violations are also paid this way.
The Hungaria post has a number of services related to money transfer and in the last couple years they also started offering insurances, loans, term deposits and such.

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:51 pm UTC
by poxic
Invoice is also used here for utility bills, speeding tickets, and similar. Or just plain "bill".

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:48 pm UTC
by SecondTalon
Sounds like a Money Order to me.

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:50 pm UTC
by Pfhorrest
poxic wrote:Ah, so your csekk is what we'd call an invoice or bill.

English does sometimes use the word "check" with that meaning too. At a restaurant for example, "check please" is a request for them to bring you the bill, not a request for them to pay you by check or something.

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:55 pm UTC
by flicky1991
Pfhorrest wrote:English does sometimes use the word "check" with that meaning too. At a restaurant for example, "check please" is a request for them to bring you the bill, not a request for them to pay you by check or something.
Only in the US, for the record.

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:07 pm UTC
by doogly
flicky1991 wrote:
Pfhorrest wrote:English does sometimes use the word "check" with that meaning too. At a restaurant for example, "check please" is a request for them to bring you the bill, not a request for them to pay you by check or something.
Only in the US, for the record.

Yeah, that's where English is spoken. Get with the program.

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:10 pm UTC
by flicky1991
*programme :wink:

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:13 pm UTC
by Sableagle
Oooh, spellings? I'd better get my armour on.

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:25 pm UTC
by somitomi
AAahhhhhhhhh fuck. Thanks for the pang of loneliness, random old Youtube video.

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:38 am UTC
by addams
oh,...Ouch.

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:55 am UTC
by cephalopod9
I'm in real far to an anger spiral
mostly about
BLinking Yellow Left Turn Arrows

they're poppin' up in intersections, and anecdotally, i think they're awful and distracting and not helpful.
I don't feel at all like they're making people more attentive or cautious, but I do feel like there's a huge increase of people still in the intersection trying to make a left turn after the light has changed gettin' in everyone's way.

I'm trying to google why we have them now, and it's not helping because i don't want to understand, I want to be mad.
What is this website??https://midimagic.sgc-hosting.com/notstupd.htm did a traffic light make a website???

I have a "commute" to work that's like 6 minutes. And I'm always stuck trying to make this same left hand turn, with the afternoon sun directly in the windshield of my no AC trash car, giving me time to think about all my decisions.

and bad decisions in general . like for example What if we, collectively as humans, didn't got with putting each individual person on a gasoline engine vehicle, and instead civilization evolved along side cable cars, and those were air conditioned and "smart" at this point. I got so mad thinking about this, not even on the level of "the entire planet would be more liveable" just as a selfish "i could probably sync something to my google calendar and have it pick me up from my house while i tie my shoes and check e-mail" anger making thought experiment.

I put an oven thermometer on my dashboard in direct sunlight and it hit like 175 f (78c)