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Suggestions & Concerns / Mobile experience is poor
« on: November 20, 2021, 09:17:22 PM »
In CN.

Ok, I know it's the silly forum with snow, but I make most of my posts in there and I can't do that from my phone because it isn't responsive.

The snow is an old joke now. Can we just fix it?

Philosophy, Religion & Society / 🙋‍♂️ UK gets new political party
« on: September 27, 2021, 07:48:14 PM »
Only today, I was bemoaning the lack of choice, how even the Tories were drifting left and there was no one to counter this.

I've not voted Conservative for many many years now, opting instead for UKIP when it mattered most, and I spoiled my voted when asked to choose between Corbyn and Treason May.

But alas, a party I could possibly get behind has emerged. One that doesn't believe that men can have cervixes. One that isn't pro unlimited immigration, doesn't want to rush into the arms of the evil European empire and won't be fawning over all things woke. Ladies and Gentlemen ...

Yes, yes, they've already been smeared as far right before they've even uttered a single manifesto pledge, but everyone is far right from the perspective of the extreme left of the BBC. They're actually just a bunch of regular blokes who don't think drag queens are funny and aren't afraid to turn a black candidate down for a job if they are no good.

Technology & Information / Red Dead Redemption 2
« on: August 21, 2021, 10:29:27 AM »
I just bought this. I doubt I'll be online for the next 3 weeks. See you all later.  :-*

Technology & Information / computer maint day
« on: August 15, 2021, 10:28:31 PM »
So my PC has been a bit ill of late. Idling at around 65-70 degrees C and then juddering like crazy if I try to run a game. The fans are blasting away, the whole thing is a hot mess.

I ordered some thermal paste and some new thermal pads. Today is the day.

I pulled my computer to bits. Its an AIO so I had to remove all muh heatpipes. Dell's thermal paste was all flaky and dry. I remove it from both the processor and GPU, add some Arctic something v4 something paste, cut up and stick on the new thermal pads on the other thingy-ma-bobs and reattach muh heatpipes. I give the fans and vents a good hoover out, as well as any other dust bunnies lurking.

Fire her back up and my idle is now 45 degrees and she runs games the way she did when I got her. Idle and the fans are barely audible which will bring back my sanity. I probably should have done this last year!

I was going to get a new computer this year (current one is 4 years old now) and whilst it has had some upgrades (RAM and nvme drive) I never hold onto a PC that long. However, prices of chips are stupid and availability is scare so this has bought me another year. Unless Apple make something I fall in love with in September. But I think I got another year and I might just get a new phone instead in September.

Anyhoo ... never re-thermalled a GPU until today. Was pretty easy.

Suggestions & Concerns / Blocking moderators
« on: August 11, 2021, 06:27:14 PM »
I have added Pete Svarrior to my ignore list. This is because despite my asking him to stop messaging me, he persisted.

This of course means I cannot see any warnings, posts or general nonsense he tries to send my way. Might I suggest other moderators get in touch if need be. I'm just fed up with Pete at this stage. He's been a moderator far too long. He's no good at it, he takes everything personally and uses being a mod as a way to win arguments. Because you won't depose him, I've blocked him. He'll need to ask a responsible adult to interact with me on his behalf in future.

Suggestions & Concerns / Where's my post?
« on: August 11, 2021, 11:39:25 AM »
Xasop linked me one of my old posts.

I have a poo timer. So far this year my boss has paid me over £700 for sitting on the toilet.

But when I click on the url I get attached message.

Where does my post live and why do I no longer have access to it?

Suggestions & Concerns / Rofl emoji
« on: August 10, 2021, 03:50:23 PM »
This is a website that prides itself on derision and cyber bullying.

It has come to my attention that we don't have a way to mockingly laugh at one another.

We have a grin.  ;D

We have a smile.   :)

We have a cheesy smile  :D

But there is no laughter emoji.

I have taken the liberty of constructing such a thing. Please consider adding.

Suggestions & Concerns / embed tweets
« on: July 26, 2021, 10:45:20 PM »
I can Embed youtube videos. I can't embed tweets. Increasingly the likes of NASA, celebs, politicians and famous scientists use twitter to make a snappy quote. I'd like to use those in my posts, but alas I can only include a screen shot of them. Please improve my user experience.

Thank you.

Technology & Information / Die, Pinterest, die!
« on: July 11, 2021, 01:38:58 PM »
Over the years I've become so fed up with Pinterest appearing in my image search results, only for me to click and be confronted with their aggressive sign up policy.

Today I killed pinterest forever. I'm already enjoying searching the internet more. I wish I'd done this years ago. NY Times has received similar treatment. If I can't use your service, I don't want it clogging up my search results.
^How to kill

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Ronaldo snubs Coke
« on: June 16, 2021, 10:13:47 PM »
For those who aren't European.

Watch the first 20 seconds of this video below.

Cristiano Ronaldo is arguably the biggest sporting star in Europe. And with that little act ...

Quote from:
Coca-Cola’s share price dipped by $4bn (£2.8bn) after Cristiano Ronaldo removed two bottles of the carbonated drink in front of him at a press conference and encouraged people to drink water.

They should have paid him $400m and asked him to take a slurp.  :o

Quote from:
On Tuesday, France midfielder Paul Pogba removed a bottle of Heineken beer that had been placed in front of him at a Euro 2020 news conference.

Heineken's share price finished 1.39% up on the day.  🤣

Arts & Entertainment / Eurovision 2021
« on: May 22, 2021, 10:59:32 PM »

 >o< >o< >o< >o< >o< >o< >o< >o< >o< >o< >o< >o< >o< >o< >o< >o< >o< >o< >o< >o< >o< >o< >o< >o< >o< >o< >o< >o< >o< >o<!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

C'mon America. Help us nuke Europe.  >o<
^Fucking state of that. Plumb last and the only country not to score a single point. I'm going into town tomorrow to punch an immigrant.  >o<

Technology & Information / NFT my posts
« on: May 21, 2021, 06:03:58 PM »
I'm not going to tell you what an NFT is. You can get the gist from the BBC here.

Now people are able to pretty much NFT anything. Example ... someone sold the nyan cat for over $750,000 a coupe of months ago.

Today, Charlie bit my finger is being taken off youtube so it can be auctioned.

Logan Paul auctioned videos of himself unboxing pokemons and got £13,000 per video.

So ... admins ... I'd like you to package up and remove all of my posts on this site that I have ever made, and allow me to auction them off. My feeling is that they will be worth lots of money. Someone like Honk would pay a small fortune for a token that represents Thork posts.

Suggestions & Concerns / Post limit on DMs
« on: March 16, 2021, 05:18:06 PM »
I'm fine with people DMing me if they want. But I get a lot of driveby DMs that I don't need. Today by someone with one post ...

The earth is round rethink your life  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Or by a two post hit and runner
Hi there.  I am trying to find someone to interview for an ethnographic study for college.  I am interested in addressing the sociologistic aspects of the FET.  Would you be willing to help me out?

Or from this zero post catfish
Hi there,

I notice that you are a member in this online community. I am a student at DePaul University doing a study on these types of communities, and it would be very helpful to my research to learn about your experiences as a participant. 
Would you be willing to participate in a short interview, via email?  No personal data (including site pseudonym if applicable) will be kept; the site will not be identified by name in the research presentation; and the goal is not to ridicule or delegitimize the site. This is a sociology class and we are studying virtual communities as a
microcosm of material world communities.
Thank you for your time!

Lily Green

Or this 3 post guy

I am not looking for a rant.
I am simply looking for a quick interview for a radio piece that i am doing, not for an assessment but for my own project. It is not very long so the interview will not be in depth.
I understand that the short time i have i will not be able to fully explore the entire flat earth theory. But all i wish to ask questions about is the flat earth theory its self, your opinions of those who do not support it, and how you became aware of the flat earth theory and your introduction to it.
The emphasis is not on weather the earth is flat or not, it is far more focused on the people who believe it is.

Would you be interested in doing this interview?
It can be done over the phone if you wish

Kind Regards

Or this person with zero posts
I would like to ask you a series of questions for a project that I am conducting in my class, in which I am proving the Earth Flat. Would you mind if I asked you a couple of questions?

or this one post wonder
I am a NASA physicist who knows the earth to be round, I would love it if you were to email me so we could have an in-depth discussion on the matter.
Dr. Rachel Bishton

Zero posts ... justs stops by to say
Do you really believe in a flat earth. Cause the earth is round so go fuck your self

Its annoying.

Can we have a tick option we can set where we can set say a 20 min post limit before we start getting inbox abuse? If you've been here and made 100 posts ... knock yourself out. Abuse me. But you should have to earn that privilege. It shouldn't be granted to every child in America with internet access just by creating an account.

Flat Earth Investigations / The Line
« on: March 14, 2021, 10:18:21 PM »
The Line is a new $500bn development in Saudi Arabia. For reasons that are likely linked to low IQ and incompetence, the Crown Prince of Saudi has ordered a city that stretches 170km in a dead straight line. He clearly doesn't understand agglomeration, what happens should your soul transport link have an issue and that his is an oil rich nation and banning cars along a 170km stretch is absolute dumbfuckery. But, we aren't here to discuss the economic merits of such a venture. This city will have a hyperloop under it so I think you can guess whose Kool-Aid the Prince has been drinking.

Below is a little video if you'd like to know more about this bonkers project.

What we care about of course ... is earth's shape. And if you are to build a 170km straight line on a flat earth, it will look like a dead straight line. If you are to do that on a round earth, its going to follow a great circle.

As you can see from this great circle mapper over Saudi ... I'm expecting to see some bend at this scale.
Click for bendy goodness

Not a bit of it. The Saudis know what shape the earth is, and they are building a city to prove it.

Flat Earth Investigations / Let's do ships again
« on: March 05, 2021, 02:19:40 PM »
Round earthers love a ship on the horizon. What do you all make of this one?

This is from a BBC article here.

Let's pull out the juiciest quotes that when we say them, you all think we are crazy.

A bit of bendy light
Quote from: BBC meteorologist David Braine
BBC meteorologist David Braine said the "superior mirage" occurred because of "special atmospheric conditions that bend light".

A bit of looking out of your window and refusing to believe your own eyes
Quote from: Mr Morris
Mr Morris said he was "stunned" after capturing the picture while looking out to sea from the hamlet of Gillan

Objects appearing both above and below a horizon having absolutely nothing to do with earth being round
Quote from: BBC meteorologist David Braine
"Superior mirages can produce a few different types of images - here a distant ship appears to float high above its actual position, but sometimes an object below the horizon can become visible."

So ... next time I get presented with something like

You are going to receive a short response ... "superior mirages" or in the case of that Toronto image 'inferior mirage". I suggest we cobble a wiki page together on inferior and superior mirages. I'm dead sick of images of mirages on horizons being lauded as proof of roundness.

Technology & Information / Mirrorless Camera
« on: February 11, 2021, 10:46:19 PM »
So I just bought a new camera.

A Cannon M200. Cost me around £500. No, I'm not going to be come a titty streamer!  >o<

Going to sound weird, but I got it as my new ... phone.

In a world where we seem to do increasingly more zoom calls and team meetings and skype calls etc ... I may as well look good doing them. I've got a job interview coming up next week so it'll get its first proper work out then, but I'll use it for calls to my nephews, calling my mother, my brother, some of my more tech savvy mates etc.

I've never owned a proper camera. I realise this is entry level, but it's a world away from the potato cam built into my laptop. Anyway, its on order. I'll report back when Amazon delivers it.

Technology & Information / No more reviews
« on: February 09, 2021, 04:33:12 PM »
Well, that's the last time I ever leave a review on Amazon or google or anywhere else.

Man to pay £25,000 damages over negative TrustPilot review

So ... surely a number of things have to happen.

1) Trustpilot need to step in to pay the man's legal costs. Otherwise no one will leave reviews for fear of being sued and they don't have a business any more.
2) The judges need to have a little think about the fall out of such a ruling. this seems like terrible law making.
3) People like Amazon need to change their TOS to state anyone selling on their platform can't sue their customers for leaving crappy reviews.

This is one of those small pages news stories that gets overlooked but I think will end up having enormous ramifications. They just set the president ... you can sue people for painful amounts of money for leaving a bad online review if a judge finds that review to be unfair. Surely if the only benefit of leaving a review is feeling helpful and the potential downside is now a £25,000 fine ... you stop leaving reviews?

Suggestions & Concerns / Fix unsubscribe
« on: January 17, 2021, 03:54:39 PM »
The unsubscribe feature is great. But it doesn't work in CN.

Example .... Computers > muscles

It has descended into another mindless quote tree where people with more fingers than teeth, will quote the above post ad nauseam. And fine. But I don't want to be notified every time that they do. This is the point I usually unsubscribe from a post and take my fivehead opinions and razor like wit to another thread where I can be screamingly funny and informative there instead.

Could you please add the missing unsubscribe button to CN please?

Arts & Entertainment / codemiko
« on: December 06, 2020, 04:46:39 PM »
Well there's no easy way to say this. Sometimes I frequent horrible parts of the internet. This place being one of them, but Twitch being another.

Now, I'm not going to bore you with my latest titty streamer fantasy, but a relatively new channel has appeared and frankly, its really fucking good.

So a little Asian woman who lives in LA has coded a virtual version of herself. She uses unreal engine to place herself in a game world, does her textures on Maya, uses an xsens suit to do all her movement tracking, she has facial recognition ... the whole thing is really clever. Now vtubers aren't new, but they usually look like cartoon characters. She doesn't. She looks way better.

I have a feeling this type of technology is going to be very mainstream soon. Even things like call centres might use it to place their virtual reps in lavish cyber offices. Anyhoo, I just thought from a technical standpoint, some of you might enjoy watching because she's the first one of what I predict will be thousands and thousands of virtual 3d streamers in the future and I reckon she's the next Dr Disrespect on Twitch.

Flat Earth Investigations / Thork's Jack Russell challenge
« on: September 16, 2020, 05:52:06 PM »
Hold fire mods ...

First I want to set the mood. Click the video below and get it running. You are in Dr David Thork's private library and I'm conducting some studies.

^Go on, click it. Immerse yourself in the goodness of the thread to come.

Excellent. So, I'm studying how if a mainstream lie is told often enough ... it becomes a fact. Let's take gravity as a fact. Round earthers revel in being able to produce multiple sources for some thing like gravity. An appeal to popularity. And even if my senses tell me that you are wrong, you won't accept it and will slam citations on me here, here and here.

Thork, I thought you said this thread was about Jack Russells?

I did. Settle down, we are coming to the Jack Russells.

Now my premise is that once a lie is told, it is repeated over and over and over on the internet. No one checks. No one corrects it. An absolute lie can become cast iron fact. Consider ... the fastest dogs in the world.

1) Greyhound (No surprises there).
2) Saluki (Yeah, I've no idea what that is either but seeing a picture of one shakes my confidence).
3) Afghan hound (They have long legs I guess but all that hair ... I'm calling bullshit).
4) Vizsla
5) Ibizan Hound
6) Jack Russell Terrier (that's torn it! There is no way that a shitty little dog like this is the 6th fastest dog on earth. We haven't had lurchers or whippets yet! Actual racing dogs!).
7) Dalmatian
8) Borzoi
9) Whippet
10) Pharaoh Hound


So this

is faster than

Its a typo Thork, why are you getting bent out of shape over a single website?

... because its not a single website. Some gas-lighting owner of a Jack Russell puppy farm has propagated the lie that Jack Russell's are racing dogs capable of 38mph!

Over and over and over again ... this lie that Jack Russell's can outrun a whippet. That they can do 38mph!

Based on round earther logic ... Jack Russell's are one of the fastest dogs on earth. I owned one once. They have little legs and bigger dogs zoom past them at the park.

Despite all my senses telling me a Jack Russell is a shitty little dog, almost every poll has them between 5th and 7th for fastest dog. Feel free to have a google yourself.

So Thork's Jack Russell Challenge. Because this is earth shape agnostic, do some sleuthing and find out where this ridiculous lie about Jack Russell's being one of the fastest dogs on earth comes from. Its obviously nonsense. And then how did it end up all over the internet as a cast iron fact ... Jack Russells ... faster than whippets ... capable of 38 mph.

The winner ... the person who finds the original source for this bizarre and ridiculous piece of science will win my loyalty for 2 weeks. No matter which thread you are in, no matter what you are arguing ... I will agree with you and take your side in the debate.

Now get out of my library!  >o<

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