Too many AirPods clones

I wanted to grab a pair of wireless headphones for my laptop coz I often watch stuff on laptop in the living room and then I have my wire over the “walking” area around the couch.  It’s a bit inconvenient if someone walks there or I tangle up the wire somehow and pull the laptop. So, wireless should solve it.

And since I really hate silicone thingie earphones which you need to stuff inside the ear, only option nowadays are Apple’s earphones. I’ve tried EarPods that came with iPhone and they were great, except with wire of course. And since I wasn’t quite ready to commit spending 189€ on original AirPods, the idea was to grab one of AirPods clones. Not because I can’t afford the real deal, I just didn’t think I needed the real deal for what I’ll be using them. They should work fine and you can get pretty good ones for around 50€ and people say they are cloned to a point they feel the same and sound quality is actually pretty similar. 50€ is still a lot cheaper than 189€, right? Ok, so I have priorities set, lets find some clones I said and ventured on AliExpress and looked for some AirPods clones. And there was immediately a problem. I know early models were named i7 TWS and there were iterations up to i10 TWS. It would be straight forward if the listings were not a mishmash of specs, images and numbers with largest possible number, because larger number means better product. By Chinese standards anyways. There are also i100 TWS, i1000 TWS, i10000 TWS and I could even find i100000 TWS with all the number iterations from 1 to 9 in between and they all promise they are the best thing after sliced bread.

Was browsing through them for quite some time and the more I was looking at them, the more confusing it was. In the end it was so confusing I did the unthinkable and just ordered the real Apple’s AirPods 2. Because only that way I was sure what I was paying for. Coz paying even 50€ for a bad clone wouldn’t be saving money for what I need them for, if they ended up being crappy first clone generation with made up specs. I wonder how many people did the same because of absurd versioning sellers are doing…

So, good job sellers on AliExpress, you’re so confusing with your bullshit descriptions and images, people end up buying the real thing for 3x as much instead lol. If I’m spending anything, I want to know what I’m spending on. Even if it’s something budget, cheaper or “clone”… Well, that was a weird journey of buying wireless earphones…

Need for Speed developers don’t understand the point of cops in the game

This was suppose to be a NFS Heat review, but since I haven’t finished the game yet for reasons you’ll read below, I’ve decided not to make it a full review, but a rant about cops mechanic in the game that entirely ruined what looked like near perfect game…

I’ve been in love with the concept of racing and cops basically since the original The Need for Speed back in the early 90’s even though they only had to overtake you to bust you and that was it, the only mechanic in the game. I’ve played racing games a lot back then since 90’s were the golden era of racing games and the one problem they all had before and they still have to this very day if cops are not present is that they become repetitive and boring very easily and very quickly. It’s also one of reasons why I just never liked F1 games or “racing simulators” or quasi simulators like Forza, because they always end up being these dull repetitive real world circuits racing by holding same perfect line every lap, for 50 laps. Or whatever. Yawn.

Some time has passed and NFS3 Hot Pursuit arrived back in 1998 and that’s when EVERYTHING changed (now you know my fascination over NFS3). The game had amazing selection of sports cars and you could download more of them made by fans. Hundreds of them. It also had absolutely amazing circuit tracks with various elevation changes, shortcuts and were thematically unique. Countryside highways, futuristic cities, desert canyons, snowy summits, beautiful coastline cliffs in the sunset, the lot. And it also had cops. That cherry on top X factor that made game so diverse with every race I can still fire it up today and have fun with it despite knowing exactly how each car feels and handles, every corner of every track, but I never know where and how exactly I’ll have cops getting in the way, something no other game could offer before. When you learned other racing games, they became boring because you just drive the track in best line you know it works and other racers just weren’t a distraction enough to matter. But with cops, every race is just tiny bit different. You interact with cops at different points of the track, you interact with them in different ways and they used different methods, so while not a groundbreaking change to the concept of racing, they were this random modifier within the game that wasn’t a focal point and wasn’t absolute annoyance, it was just sort of there to spice things up. And this trend basically continued through out the NFS franchise till EA handed over development to their internal studio named Ghost Games. Apparently a team of game developers that hasn’t played a single NFS game in existence and develop NFS games based on description made by someone who also never played any NFS game. Coz they just feel exactly like that in the end.

When NFS 2015 was released, the “reboot” to the NFS series, there were cops in free roam. And I was excited. I remembered all the fun and exciting moments I had with NFS Most Wanted 2005 and NFS Carbon as well as many games before. Just to be let down entirely by how worthless cops were. I had a stock starting car and I could shake off cops in matter of seconds and as soon as you upgraded the car they were basically non existent. They hardly had any presence in races and they were so useless in Free Roam it felt like they don’t even exist, basically eliminating the X factor cherry on top, exactly what cops were suppose to be in the game. All they had to do is tweak few parameters about cops and it could be perfect. But they never bothered and just kept the game in its broken boring state. The game was so boring I never finished it. Guess who made it. Yup, it was Ghost Games.

Then NFS Payback was released. Again by Ghost. They didn’t even bother to have cops in free roam because of all the criticisms of worthless stupid cops in NFS 2015. They appeared in scripted races where their presence was basically pre-coded and when triggering “loot boxes” around the map. Otherwise they didn’t exist. Game was plagued by other problems like cars locked into classes and upgrading with absurd slot machine mechanic. I’ve finished it, but the thing was so forgettable and boring it’s one of the worse NFS games of all times.

People wanted cops in free roam for the next game after NFS Payback. And we demanded them to actually mean something, not like in NFS 2015. And Ghost Games being Ghost Games, they’ve gone totally overboard in NFS Heat (current latest NFS game released in Nov 2019), making cops these absurd absolutely obviously cheating god like fuckers that ruin the whole game because they’ve decided to make them a fucking focal point of the game. And I was like my fucking god, you morons don’t have the slightest clue why cops exist in NFS games. Focal point of NFS games should always be racing and exotic cars. Cops were always a thing in the game that was just sort of there that spiced things up and brought randomization factor. Not here. I’m 26 hours into the NFS Heat game and I currently have a 1000 HP Mitsubishi Evo X and apparently, that’s still not enough to actually even have any fun interaction with cops because they are so stupid overpowered they chase you at lightning speeds at only Heat 3 (there are 5 heat levels and 5th being highest) and these Heat levels seem to escalate too quickly before you can even shake off cheating cops whole games becomes an absolute god damn chore to play. And you need to go against cops during Night Time because that gives you REP points which you need to actually unlock higher tier performance parts so you can buy them with money earned during Day Time. So, you’re literally forced to do this chore of dealing with motherfucking cheating cops that are so freaking not fun to interact with. And to make matters worse, apparently when you upgrade the car to level 400 and above, cops become too easy. Or so I heard from others, it’s downright chore to play this game so I’m not in a rush to play or upgrade cars in it…

So, Ghost managed to create a game that’s dreadful to play until you get everything to a certain level and when you get past that level the game becomes boring. And there is this tiny window within the entire game where you have like 5% of actual fun coz then you soon have 400+ level car and it’s boring. And I can’t believe how they fucked up the game with 1 (ONE!) elemental rookie design mistake which they’ll never fix because they just playing don’t give a shit. Player car damage. Just this one single fucking detail in the game fucks up the whole game so badly it’s literally unplayable and considered anything but fun, hours into the game.

Currently, player has a limited health and if cops beat you enough, you lose health, get wrecked and as a result, busted. Which is a problem because cops feel and behave like you’re playing against a player online who’s not hiding the fact he’s using all the possible cheats that exist. That’s how NFS Heat cops feel like. Oh, you have a 1000 HP tuned Mitsubishi, pheeeeh, doesn’t matter, those shit ass Crown Victoria police cars can keep up with you easily. And so can higher heat level Chevy Corvettes, that on paper have up to 600 HP, but somehow keep up with absolute ease with a way more powerful car you have. Because they just so blatantly cheat.

And this cheating wouldn’t even be a problem on any level if you couldn’t get wrecked with such absolute ease. I’d even encourage them to be stupidly aggressive, at least it would mean you’d really have to try hard to evade them and since you’d not be limited by health, you’d at least try to work something out even if you were pushed around like a pinball. But not in this game. Health goes down and you just kept on getting busted. Game after game. To a point it’s just not even fun to even play it and becomes this thing you want to avoid. There is no thrill because you already know in advance interaction with cops means almost certainly you’ll get busted. Opposed to all the NFS games from the past where your chances of evasion were WAY higher although you could still get busted if you were stupid. But it was fine. Cops are meant to be the randomizing factor and something that spices things up, not something that sucks all the fun out of the game. And that’s exactly what they do in NFS Heat. They suck absolutely all fun out of the game.

To make matters further worse is how cops behave as whole. In basically all NFS games, if you were speeding, cops reacted to that. Here, you can drive 300km/h past a stationary or driving cop during Day Time and they won’t react. At all. During Night Time, you can do the same 300km/h thing past them and for as long as your Heat level is 0, they won’t react. Have just Heat 1 and they’ll go after you with entire arsenal of cheating bullshit tricks. I was like, hey guys, what’s the deal with cops not reacting and apparently, that’s “by design”. A design that makes cops not behave like you’d expect cops to behave. They are just there not doing anything unless you straight up crash into them. Which is basically never unless you purposely do it.

And what’s even more shocking is how every time you comment and criticize this absolutely garbage design on NFS subreddit, there are a always smartass morons who say “uh oh git gud and learn to drive noob”. Bitch, I was probably playing NFS games before you were even born and you’re gonna be saying this smug shit to my face? You don’t fucking have a clue what the purpose of the cops is in this game and you have no clue how good cops would and should feel like in the game. And I can tell they most certainty shouldn’t be this fuckery we have in NFS Heat. It made otherwise well designed game and turned it into absolute unfun (I made this word specifically for this game) horseshit.

And all because stupid Ghost couldn’t leave fucking player health out of the game that would ensure epic massive chases and doing so would eliminate cops being a problem with their absurd cheating. Hell, it wouldn’t even be a problem if they made them even more absurd at Heat 5 level just to keep things interesting long term.

I still just can’t understand how they fucked up NFS Heat game as whole so badly just by fucking up the design of cops. Graphics are amazing, the city is beautifully crafted, cars handle well and just feel good to drive and there are tons of them, sensation of speed is amazing , sound design is amazing and there is a lot to do on the map from collecting Street Art, collecting flamingos, smashing billboards, doing long jumps, there are alright races across different map even though Ai players suck pretty badly and they brought back normal car upgrading and tuning. It’s becoming a well rounded package at this point. And then they put these bullshit cops into the game and fuck it all up to a point it’s one of the worst NFS games I’ve played in my life because the fun factor is down in the shitter. HOW?! How could you people fuck up a game that could actually be one of the best NFS games in decades to a point it’s actually one of the worst ones of all times. You really have to commit and go out of your way to fuck something up this badly with just one aspect of the game that drags everything around it all the way to the bottom. And all this could be solved by either eliminating the player health or just make cops that are actually capable of being cops and not be this blatant obvious cheaters. And since fixing the second would require a lot of effort, removing player health should be the approach. But I already know for a fact this will never happen…

Hyper sensitive, perpetually offended society, can you just die please?

I still can’t understand how humanity, the apex predators and rulers of this planet and slowly becoming interplanetary race became these motherfucking fragile, perpetually offended dumb ass snowflakes. Just the thought of it makes me wonder where the hell has our society fucked up so badly we’ve come to this point where people are freaking constantly offended not only by themselves, but also on behalf of others!

Ratings on games, ratings on movies, icons and warnings on TV shows, warnings in games, censorship of blood and tits in games and to latest trend of censorship and endless filtering of communication in games and on social media.

Word “toxic” has become a blanket meaningless word that can cover pretty much anything that offends you and everyone goes into rage mode to ensure someone’s fragile feels don’t get hurt when they feel someone is “toxic”. And if you think calling someone a “dumb ass retard” when they fuck up your game is the worst, you’d be wrong.

I’ve had one retard not long ago who griefed us on spawn and when I called him a retard for doing it, he quickly started yelling “omg, see, he called me retard, report him!”. And of course idiots reported me because they didn’t see what happened, but did see me calling him a retard (it was shitty Blizzard’s Overwatch, you’ve read about it here before, I hope this spineless garbage of a company dies lmao). But that’s basic shit, you have to be a master of knowing when someone’s feels get hurt because people also get offended if you say “gg” at wrong time. People also get offended when you don’t say “gg” when they expect you to say it like a fucking drone after every game. People also sperg like total apes when someone says “ez” at the end of the game. I think it’s stupid, especially when they were struggling for good chunk of the game to beat us, but whatevers. I couldn’t give a shit, but a lot of people get super offended by that and hit the report button in a nanosecond. Why? Why is everyone so worked up and invested into reporting everyone? Reporting shit is becoming a game for them instead of the fucking game itself.

Recently I commented on r/esports about this exact matter in some post about “toxic players” and guess what, retards there instantly perma banned me for having that opinion that didn’t fall in line with their perpetually offended stance, basically proving everyone is breeding this dumb fragile society of idiots who get offended by every fucking little thing and start crying like god damn infants. Being an r/esports, I wasn’t expecting any less as that’s the primary breeding ground of these snowflakes. And whole society and industry is supporting, nourishing and feeding this crap to satisfy these perpetually offended crybabies.

I’m starting to really miss good old days when people insulted each other in chat and that was it. No one was weeping in a dark corner, no one had life long trauma from it, no one even gave a fuck if someone called you a retard or a faggot. Now whole LGBT community spergs out because you used word faggot and that of course offends everyone. And everyone also goes mad because you used “retard”, because that also offends… retards. Or so they say people offended on behalf of others. They must be retarded for sure.

And that’s just for games, you should see idiots on Twitter, Facebook and other shit social networks, who rally in massive mobs of these perpetually offended idiots and attack individuals for what they do or wear. Like idiots attacking whites for wearing dreads because apparently Jamaicans have trademarked dreads (hint, they haven’t) or attacking non-Japanese people for wearing a Kimono because that’s muh “cultural appropriation”. I don’t know a single Japanese person who was offended by this. In fact everyone was always thrilled that outsiders are excited about their history or culture. It’s so bad, at one point social justice warriors mob was attacking a girl for wearing a Kimono while being too white. Yeah, literally, the girl posted her passport to prove to mobs she’s actually Japanese so they’d shut up. She really had more European skin tone and her eyes weren’t typically Japanese (also, why people still think Japanese people are yellow or something?). They were hyper offended on behalf of Japanese people attacking this girl who was… Japanese. Has anyone of these morons thought how that girl felt? Of course not. They couldn’t give a shit about her feelings when they were on their own crusade of righteousness!

To make matters worse, this trend isn’t stopping. Oh no, it’s just getting even worse by every passing day as I read how mega creepy corporations are planning to use “Ai” to filter and censor all and any “mean” words and ban everyone just to protect these fragile snowflakes and make society even more fragile and offended by every word that does happen to float into their stupid ears.

If this image looks familiar to you…

DemolitionMan_VerbalViolation.png

…then you’re from my generation (I’m not that freaking old, but I feel old now) or earlier and this movie (Demolition Man) was a parody of utopian society of the future where they had these machines that issued you a language violation ticket for saying “mean” words. You should really watch the movie to see what they were good for at some point. Same thing I think all this filtering and censoring is good for. Well, someone didn’t get the memo along the way and what once used to be a parody is now becoming a reality. And it’s fucking sad and cringy as fuck. It doesn’t make people change opinions about things, they just don’t say it because everyone likes to be pretentious dickheads behind everyone’s backs. Somehow that fixes all the problems with “toxicity”. Congrats society, you just played yourself. You’re still all retarded dickheads, you just don’t hear it from others. Mission failed successfully I guess. Snowflake imaginary lives protected!

Blizzard is lying about “inappropriate language” suspensions in Overwatch

At first I thought people in Overwatch are such oversensitive bitches that they report anyone and everyone for any word they say regardless of context, but today after I’ve tested this to prove it (I’ve been suspended so many times I don’t give a shit if it’s one more time just to prove it) and I’ve seen it’s all bullshit.

When you get suspended for “inappropriate” language in chat they say “You’ve been suspended because several players have reported you for inappropriate language blablabla”. Where in reality, there was no players reporting anyone. Maybe some, but it’s really their automated bullshit system just counting the amount of “nasty” words you say and then they suspend you regardless of context or if the said words were censored by profanity filter which is enabled by default and most people wouldn’t even disable it. I could never figure out at first why people would be so butthurt over censored words not directed at anyone in particular, but now I’ve placed all the puzzle pieces together.

The reason I know it’s bullshit is because I got suspended right after the game ended with defeat and in the exact game where I said few “profane” words in an attempt to trigger it. There is no frigging way people in the game were butthurt over it since everyone was busy fighting and the context I used was joking how game mode (Mystery Heroes) is fucking us in the ass by giving us all the wrong heroes and giving enemy all the best ones.

Blizzard, you little cunt, stop pretending it was the players who caused the suspension by reporting, it’s your shitty automated system suspending people by counting fucking censored profane words and then you word the suspension message like it was the players who did it. That’s fucking disgusting bullshit to shift the blame on players to avoid backlash and complaints.

Big tech owned companies and subsidiaries

I’ve been writing about privacy a lot and since I’ve been dropping data hoarding big tech services, I’ve decided to compile a list of companies owned by Google, Facebook and the likes that are marketed under entirely different name, but essentially operated by these big tech corporations, so people who want to avoid these companies as much as possible can do so without much effort or guessing.

The list generally won’t contain every single company they own, I’m in particularly interested in companies and services that are widely used by people, but aren’t aware they are owned by said big tech. For example, Onavo has been quietly marketed as independent company while it was already owned by Facebook for years at that point. Or my recent discovery that Crashlytics is owned by Google, which is used by many 3rd party services and apps and people don’t really know it’s feeding data to Google.

Google

  • AdMob
  • AllPay
  • Crashlytics
  • DoubleClick
  • Orkut / Hello Network
  • reCAPTCHA
  • Waze
  • Widevine (DRM used by Netflix)

Facebook

  • Instagram
  • Oculus VR
  • Onavo
  • WhatsApp

Twitter

  • MoPub
  • Periscope

Microsoft

  • GitHub
  • LinkedIn

Amazon

  • Twitch.tv

 

To further expand this list, I would like to ask you the readers to supply me with further info down below in the comments section and I’ll update the list to keep it as up to date and extensive as possible.

Big tech privacy controls are dust in the eyes of users

In the wake of Amazon’s and Google’s fiascos with their “smart” devices making permanent recordings of everything around them ignoring activation keywords and sending all that to their servers, people need to realize another thing…

You know how Google or Facebook give you all the settings to “control” your privacy? Well, what if I told you all those controls are literally buttons that don’t really lead anywhere or control anything?

When you delete all your searches from Google Search, do you think that data is really gone? Well, I think it’s not and it really only goes away from your view, not from Google’s view. As far as I know, no one audits Google’s operations, so you basically just have to trust them. There is no way proving that’s not the case if they lie about deletion of data either, since there is no auditing. And ultimately, everything that they collect, by the time you sort of actually delete it, they’ve already profiled you using that data. It doesn’t really matter if you delete it afterwards, for example Google has already used that data to create your personal fingerprint or a snapshot if you will.

Imagine the process of it as reading a book. You can burn the book afterwards, but you still know the exact content of it and you have a visualized image of its content. That’s how these companies profile you and then they “burn the book” when you request data deletion. It’s why they so willingly offer “privacy controls”, because they literally do nothing.

Another issue with all this are contractors these companies use. The moment they hand over data for processing out of their HQ, they are free of any responsibility because contractors aren’t them anymore. You can’t stop data that’s out of their direct control. Which further shows what a massive issue we have with privacy and how poorly it’s regulated. And how little people are aware of what’s happening with all their private data…

Amazon is being retarded

What the frigging hell is with Amazon recently? I was usually buying from Amazon Germany or Amazon UK since we don’t have any in local one Slovenia and never had problems. But recently, almost any item I pick, it shows like they deliver it on the initial product page, but when I click it through almost to the basket, it starts whining that they can’t deliver to my address. How about if you’d fucking tell me that 5 pages ago instead of me clicking through shit thinking I’m gonna buy something and then it shits on me. And what the fuck is with it bitching over almost anything? I’ve gone through like 15 products and they all couldn’t be delivered to my address. Are you fucking shitting me? You don’t like my money all of a sudden? Dafuck?

Is anyone else all of a sudden unable to buy anything from Amazon for some dumb reason?