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Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Postby Pfhorrest » Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:20 am UTC

MURDER IS THE ONLY SOLUTION

THREE AND A HALF FUCKING HOURS TRYING TO SAVE TWO FUCKING FILES

SOMEONE WILL BURN ALIVE OVER THIS
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Postby Pfhorrest » Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:21 am UTC

KILL EVERYONE
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Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Postby Ginger » Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:23 am UTC

I just saying but... you might wanna stop... making violent statements re: online that might... get you moderated or worse.
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Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Postby Peaceful Whale » Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:53 am UTC

Well, we live in a capitalist society... those are just by products of it...
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Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Postby Sableagle » Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:05 pm UTC

Dear truck-fixer bloke,
While we are all aware of your obsession with big, noisy engines and driving fast, the fact you were caught doing over 40 mph in the 30 mph limit zone past the high school is not an injustice, you would have been wrong to swerve into the policeman who caught you speeding and I'd like you to stop sulking about it and shut up about it now, please.
The recent death of your father is not an excuse for feeling aggrieved that your life-threatening misbehaviour was documented. If anything, it should have made you more aware of the potential impact of you ignoring a speed limit that was put there for people's safety.
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Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Postby K-R » Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:17 pm UTC

Me: *boots up computer*
Windows 10: "Oh hi there, you look like you're trying to do something! Could you go ahead any maybe not do that for about 15 minutes so I can install updates? Cheers!"
Me: [15 minutes later] "About damn time, let me run this two-hour video capture now."
Windows 10: [an hour and a half later] "LOL JK gotta run more updates. Rebooting now! Haha you lost the last hour and a half of work."

This isn't the first time this has happened.

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Postby Sableagle » Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:16 pm UTC

See, that's why I have the GWX Control Panel installed.
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Postby SecondTalon » Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:34 pm UTC

Which helps someone using Windows 10..... how, exactly?

Please, describe in detail how it helps a Windows 10 user. Use as many small words as you feel necessary.

I want to know, precisely, how something for Windows 7 and 8/.1 used to prevent an unexpected Windows 10 installation assists a Windows 10 user with a problem.

While I'm sure K-R has tried something like this, it at least actually applies to Windows 10
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Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Postby somitomi » Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:14 am UTC

K-R wrote:Me: *boots up computer*
Windows 10: "Oh hi there, you look like you're trying to do something! Could you go ahead any maybe not do that for about 15 minutes so I can install updates? Cheers!"
Me: [15 minutes later] "About damn time, let me run this two-hour video capture now."
Windows 10: [an hour and a half later] "LOL JK gotta run more updates. Rebooting now! Haha you lost the last hour and a half of work."

This isn't the first time this has happened.

I'm still baffled nobody at Windows said "Um, guys? Wouldn't it make sense to ask for user permission before rebooting the computer for updates and disintegrating unsaved data they might have?" during the development of Windows 10. Rebooting computers like that should be classified as a felony.
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Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Postby speising » Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:23 am UTC

i'm baffled that so many users seem to just accept that. i mean, some buy a new computer with 10 pre-installed and don't know how to downgrade, ok. but others actually "up"grade a perfectly working win7 system!!

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Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Postby eran_rathan » Fri Mar 02, 2018 5:42 pm UTC

got a firmware update from HP for our scanner, shutting down our scanning in the middle of teh job. 25 minutes later, it finishes downloading, only to go through over an hour of 'adjustments'.


Then we start scanning again, and its sooooooooo sloooooooooow. And forgets the file name. Every time. And forgets the directory. Every time.

And I can't roll it back because reasons.

And now I'm stuck on hold with HP support.....


will report back when the Universe dies in heat death and I manage to get someone on the phone at HP, as they are probably overwhelmed with people calling about the same damn issue.

ETA: surprised at how quickly I got someone there. Also she has a really nice voice, as well as being quite competent, and not treating me like a know-nothing luddite.
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Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Postby eran_rathan » Fri Mar 02, 2018 8:00 pm UTC

and their bloody response:

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

after three fucking hours. the fuck.
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Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Postby CatCube » Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:04 am UTC

somitomi wrote:
K-R wrote:Me: *boots up computer*
Windows 10: "Oh hi there, you look like you're trying to do something! Could you go ahead any maybe not do that for about 15 minutes so I can install updates? Cheers!"
Me: [15 minutes later] "About damn time, let me run this two-hour video capture now."
Windows 10: [an hour and a half later] "LOL JK gotta run more updates. Rebooting now! Haha you lost the last hour and a half of work."

This isn't the first time this has happened.

I'm still baffled nobody at Windows said "Um, guys? Wouldn't it make sense to ask for user permission before rebooting the computer for updates and disintegrating unsaved data they might have?" during the development of Windows 10. Rebooting computers like that should be classified as a felony.


I've found that you can actually override the automatic installation of updates using the Group Policy Editor. My computers both have the Win10 Pro version, so I don't know if this will work with other versions. Also, you need admin rights, so if this is a work computer it won't help.

Run "gpedit", and navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update. Find the setting "Configure Automatic Updates" and double-click. If you click the "Enabled" radio button and change the dropdown to "3 - Auto download and notify for install" you can choose to install or not. It will still harass you to do it, and after a week will start popping up an obnoxious full screen banner that you can dismiss, but you won't end up with a ticking time bomb waiting to blow up all the work you have open.

On my Surface, I use "2 - Notify for download and auto-install" since I was at my parents on their satellite internet and Windows Fucking Update took it upon itself to use nearly an entire month's worth of data to install an update that really could have waited. (I know about "Metered Connection", but it's opaque whether it's configured or not when you're on a non-admin account, and I forgot to turn it on for that connection.) At home, my desktop is plugged into my router and I don't care about data usage, nor will I ever haul it to somewhere that I will care about data usage.

One other downside is that it will wait for you to approve every update, even the Windows Defender ones that never need a restart, and those things come out about every other day, or even more frequently. Windows Update basically operates on the "pissy passive-aggressive girlfriend" model, where if you don't give it carte-blanche permission to do whatever it wants it sulks and pesters you for permission to do obviously non-harmful things.

There's another setting "No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic updates" but I'm not confident I understand all of the criteria it uses, and simply stopping the update installation is friendlier to me, since if there's a known bad update I can prevent it from installing.

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Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Postby ColletArrow » Sat Mar 17, 2018 12:16 am UTC

I know it's an incredibly English/cliched complaint, but it's been annoying me. Also, warning: overuse of italics.

Damn this weather. I seem to have received all the problems/delays/cancellation/etc, due to the bursts of cold/wind/snow, whilst hardly seeing any of the weather itself. Most recently, a scout nighthiking/camping event I've been particularly looking forward to, and booked trains to, has been cancelled with 24 hours to go. That's £23 on train tickets unusable (not a negligible amount on a student budget), non-refundable, changing them to another date costs another £10...
I don't think I would mind so much if I had actually had any good snow to look at/walk in/admire, but I've been in the wrong part of the country every single time this winter; anything that falls here melts immediately. Even London got snow last month, one of the warmest parts of the UK, as the city's heat usually prevents any there. Whilst I got nowt. Maybe I should move to Wales, they usually get good snow... oh wait, that's where I am.
Sunday's predicted fall might settle, but I don't have high hopes.

There, that's better. Ish. *sigh*

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Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Postby addams » Sat Mar 17, 2018 1:18 am UTC

Oh, ColletArrow;
That is a genuine complaint.

Why??
Why do you Not get a refund for the Ticket??

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Especially where you live. No Bear; No Lion.

In the Snow the Night is Magical.
It reflects even a meager moon.

I hope you get enough of the Great White to enjoy it.
I also hope you keep your hands and feet dry.

Beware where you sit.
Your butt melts snow.
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Postby Sableagle » Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:26 pm UTC

Gobshite know-it-all arsehole co-worker: "Dan's making progress with his misses. You can tellbecause now if you go like that towards her she flinches, so he's obviously been setting her straight."
Dan the convicted drug-dealer: "It's not a beating. It's education."

Either way, I'd like to hit him in the mouth for talking that way, but if he's serious I ought to use a crowbar. Now, how do I find out whether he's serious?
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Postby suffer-cait » Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:06 am UTC

If she's flinching, he's serious.
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Postby Pfhorrest » Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:11 am UTC

sitting in a restaurant close to the door and some filthy ash hole is visible out the window smoking at a patio table as close to door as i am.

asked two waitresses to ask them to stop in lieu of going out and giving them shit for it myself. trying to be nicer about these things. neither of them do anything about it. guess it’s back to screaming at people in public since that’s the only thing short of well-deserved but unfortunately illegal violence that actually gets justice done.
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Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Postby addams » Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:45 am UTC

Can you move away from the door?
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Postby Pfhorrest » Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:07 am UTC

I couldn't because it was so crowded in there, but even if I could it's besides the point. I shouldn't have to walk through their cloud of smoke on my way out either, they just shouldn't be doing the first place, and they need to know not to do it in the future so fuckers don't ruin my favorite restaurant. Thankfully they left well before I did, soon after I posted that, but the rant remains.
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Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Postby addams » Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:19 pm UTC

Yep.
Smokers Do need to hide away and be ashamed.
I can't believe how Bold some are.

Where you live, it is Not common and acceptable.
Not like it still is in Asia. You'd not like it there.
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Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Postby flicky1991 » Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:38 pm UTC

Smokers don't bother anyone in my experience. Vapers are much more annoying because they seem to think it's OK to just blow it everywhere in the street. Smokers are much more discreet.
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Postby Sableagle » Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:50 pm UTC

Not round here, they're not. Smokers huddle in the pub doorway and smoke "outside" without going out into the wind and rain, so there's no clean way in or out, or they walk along the (pavement / sidewalk)* with a lit cigarette, not even smoking it, just trailing toxic fumes everywhere.

Then you get the guys who think vaping doesn't count so they can do it everywhere, including in reception, in vehicles, in restaurants, in the canteen, ...
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Postby Pfhorrest » Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:09 pm UTC

So glad to hear I’m not alone.
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Postby Sableagle » Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:24 pm UTC

Oh, yeah, that asterisk.

Here we have carriageway and pavement. In the US they have ... pavement and sidewalk? Sometimes we have a footway.

Maybe we should all start calling them carriageway and sidewalk. Then we'd know wtf we meant, y'know?
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Postby Quercus » Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:39 pm UTC

Pfhorrest wrote:So glad to hear I’m not alone.

I will literally hold my breath and run past smokers in the street, I find it so unpleasant. My mum is even more sensitive - staying in an environment with tobacco smoke can ruin her entire day.

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Postby Pfhorrest » Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:06 pm UTC

Same here, on both counts!
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Postby Pfhorrest » Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:09 pm UTC

Sableagle wrote:Oh, yeah, that asterisk.

Here we have carriageway and pavement. In the US they have ... pavement and sidewalk? Sometimes we have a footway.

Maybe we should all start calling them carriageway and sidewalk. Then we'd know wtf we meant, y'know?

In the US, pavement is the substance laid down on the ground (asphalt or concrete), not any particular kind of path thus covered. The walking path on the side of the road is the sidewalk, and the driving path down the middle is just the road.
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Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Postby addams » Sun Apr 08, 2018 1:23 am UTC

I can One Up you, Pfhorrest,
The AssHole at the next property over has started a huge Toxic fire.

Some of my neighbors have gone to stay with friends or family.
I started to go to a Motel.

It's just too much work to pack and go.
I'm Stuck!

The sweet babyfaced Sheriff says we need to take him to Civil Court.
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Postby Pfhorrest » Sun Apr 08, 2018 5:22 am UTC

That sounds awful! I hope you find some way to make him stop soon!
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Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Postby Sableagle » Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:27 am UTC

Be sure to get video of it, if you are going to take him to court.

Video of him refusing to put it out would help too.

Also video of him becoming threatening when he finds out you're recording him, if he does find out. Be careful.

Possibly also a sample of the smoke from it, if you have a large container that can be sealed air-tight, also on video.

Alternatively, ring your local air cadet squadron and ask whether they fancy an Air Experience Flight day, getting some aerial fire-fighting practice.
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Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Postby HES » Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:38 am UTC

Pfhorrest wrote:In the US, pavement is the substance laid down on the ground (asphalt or concrete), not any particular kind of path thus covered.

Technically, that's also the case in the UK, just not colloquially. Carriageway, cycleways, bridleways, and footways, if paved, are pavements.

Does cause problems with public liaison, a lot of people wondering why our "pavement works" are spending so much money on footpaths when we're actually resurfacing the A1.
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Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Postby addams » Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:16 am UTC

Sableagle wrote:Be sure to get video of it, if you are going to take him to court.

Video of him refusing to put it out would help too.

Also video of him becoming threatening when he finds out you're recording him, if he does find out. Be careful.

Possibly also a sample of the smoke from it, if you have a large container that can be sealed air-tight, also on video.

Alternatively, ring your local air cadet squadron and ask whether they fancy an Air Experience Flight day, getting some aerial fire-fighting practice.
Most of That is done.

The Bastard was burning TV;s, computers, Microwave ovens, Aluminium Siding ect, etc.
I will be going to the count clerks office.

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Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Postby somitomi » Fri May 04, 2018 8:21 am UTC

So I figured it was summer enough to shut the heating down, which is a complicated process consisting of 1) turning a knob to the off position and 2)flipping a switch. Only step 1 isn't as straightforward, because some genius involved in making this furnace placed a small metal cover around the knob on the gas valve, obscuring the already hardly visible mark telling you which position the knob is in. Now where's my permanent marker...
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Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Postby Sableagle » Wed May 16, 2018 5:08 pm UTC

Argh.

I got a new Blu-ray DVD today. I put it in the drive and the computer recognised it and offered to play it. Yay, right?

Then the player said it needed updating. My habitual answer to this kind of thing is: "No you don't. You've played Blu-ray discs before. You can play one now. Play it." That didn't work. It booted up Google Chrome to give me the installer. O.....kay. Installer then said it couldn't install anything because the software was already running. Fine, I'll close it for you. I closed it and tried again and got the same message. Cancel install, try again. Works fine. Now try to make the computer play that disc. Umm ... ah, Windows Explorer has stopped working ... again. Give it a few days and it'll realise there isn't a solution to this problem and restart it. Right. Colour scheme has been changed to Basic because something can't handle custom schemes? REALLY? Whatever! Play the disc. No? Alright, I'll take it out and put it back in again. The player said it needed updating. Sure, go right ahead. Oh, complete is it? Great. Now play the disc. "Resume or restart?" Well, if you already played something I missed it, so restart. "Loading disc." The player said it needed updating. Sure, go right ahead. Oh, complete is it? Great. Now play the disc. "Resume or restart?" Well, if you already played something I missed it, so restart. "Loading disc." The player said it needed updating. Sure, go right ahead. Oh, complete is it? Great. Now play the disc. "Resume or restart?" Alright, this time I'll try resume. Nothing? Nothing. FFS, just play the disc, can't you? How hard can it be? You are driver software for a blue-ray drive. Your sole purpose in existence is to play the fucking disc. Quit fucking me around, shut the fuck up about updates, stop loading the disc and PLAY the disc. Play the motherfucking disc. Just play the disc.

I wonder whether taking the disc out of the drive, taking the drive out of the computer, smashing the drive into pieces with a 2 lb hammer and sending the pieces to the manufacturer would make it work better.

JUST PLAY THE DISC!!!
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Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Postby Sableagle » Wed May 16, 2018 6:10 pm UTC

Sableagle wrote:JUST PLAY THE DISC!!!
Turns out the latest driver update and the downloaded patch look nothing like each other, and now my product is an expired trial version rather than a registered version and there's no way to register it, so to continue using this drive I have to pay them £60 for a new drive. They're happy to sell me the software without the drive, so I can get it today for the full price of a new drive with the software.

Fuck you Cyberlink.
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Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Postby poxic » Wed May 16, 2018 6:21 pm UTC

See, this is why I'm terrified of updating anything ever. I had to have a system wiped and reloaded because of a sound card driver update.
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Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Postby SecondTalon » Wed May 16, 2018 8:27 pm UTC

And VLC can’t play it? I mean, I know that’s not really a solution to your problem of the software you already know no longer working, but it may fix the problem of the disc not playing.
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Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Postby arbiteroftruth » Thu May 17, 2018 1:38 am UTC

So I want to connect my tv to WiFi. I don't have the original remote, but my cable remote works with the tv. Except, it doesn't seem to realize that navigation arrows and 'select' are things a tv would need. No matter what I try, pressing those buttons registers as a command to the cable box instead of the tv.

Fine, I'll use the awkward built in menu navigation buttons on the side of the tv itself. Network, wireless, there's my network, enter the password. Kind of annoying with these buttons and an onscreen keyboard, but fine. Okay, done. Wait... where's the 'enter' key on this onscreen keyboard? Oh, there it is at the bottom of the screen next to a green box. But I can't get to it. The cursor just wraps back to the top. There isn't actually an enter key at all, just an indication of which button on the remote means enter for this menu.

These motherfuckers went to the trouble of making an onscreen keyboard and didn't include the fucking enter key, so it's impossible to finish the setup without a remote. Google shows me one result of someone with my exact problem, and his question is listed as having been solved. The solution: "buy a remote". Fuck whoever tagged that question as solved.

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Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Postby addams » Thu May 17, 2018 8:36 am UTC

oh...That must be awful!

I lost my remote.
I can't even turn the thing On without it.

I found the remote.
It was under a piece of paper on my bedside table.
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