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Halo is overhyped garbage

I’ve complained before about Halo. A lot. Especially what an absolutely lazy level design it had back when it was released in 2001. There were segments of maps that were literally copy & pasted around. Most obvious were the bridges segment around beginning of the game where you had to fight across same frigging bridges over and over and over. And then the dreaded idiotic dull copy & pasted Library level. And then for the finale, same copy and pasted space ship, they just applied burned textures and some fire.

So, many years have passed and when Halo Master Chief Collection was released I thought, ok, maybe I was wrong and somehow just didn’t understand the game or I remember it wrong.

Bought the Master Chief Collection and decided to re-experience it fully with refreshed visuals. Maybe I’ll change my opinion…

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Just to be greeted with this. I was in such disbelief what I’m seeing I actually asked on r/Halo if my game is glitching out. Turns out, this is in fact not a glitch, it’s a normal display of how game looks. For a game released in late 2019. I had to mark it with circles because I’m sure there would be people saying “hey dummy, there is nothing wrong with this image”. And while I was preparing it I realized it’s not just on player and NPC models. It’s the entire fucking scene. Look at all the beams. Fucking checkerboard pattern everywhere!

If you’re still confused what I’m whining about, it’s the shading and shadowing. These motherfuckers are literally using checkerboard dithered shading and shadowing of objects and scene. I faked shading in MS Paint using spray tool this way. 25 years ago. Holy fucking shit, I haven’t seen that in games from mid 90’s and they release a game in late 2019 with this. And not only this, it’s a fucking remaster. A REMASTER that has shadows and shading looking worse than original game from 19 years ago.

How can you be that frigging lazy or just plain incompetent? Slapping fucking alpha blending over this and it would make the god damn checkerboard disappear and everything look billion times better. And cost modern graphic card 0.0001% of GPU resources. God damn. It would be still incredibly low resolution for 2021, but I’d be able to digest it. This, I just couldn’t. Sorry, the checkerboard shadows are just so painful to look at I just couldn’t bring myself to play this lazy ass trash game that’s so fucking overhyped by fucking everyone. I don’t care how amazing it is when first game, Halo Combat Evolved was such disappointment I can’t bring myself to play any later Halo game. And with remaster, they fucked it up visually to a degree that I just can’t enjoy it in any way. I mean, I’ll be seeing this shit literally 100% of the time. Just no. Nope.

Disagree with me all you want, I don’t give a shit. Halo is overhyped, overrated, lazy ass garbage and I can’t grasp how people’s minds work to consider this game as “one of most iconic games of all times”. It’s just shit.

Microsoft, fix the fucked up Night Light feature already

My god, what the fuck are you doing Microsoft? Night Light function that adds warmer color to display for low light or evening use has been broken in Windows 10 for a long time now. Broken to a degree that setting toggle isn’t consistent between menus. Toggle it in quick actions in task bar isn’t synced to its main settings toggle in Control Panel. And when you enter the actual settings for it there, it’s not synced with either quick actions or Control Panel toggle switch. What the fuck Microsoft!? How can you make a setting that doesn’t seem to connect to a single variable that would dictate a state of the setting? Jesus. And to make matters worse, even if you have scheduling for Night Light disabled, it would just seemingly randomly turn off or be set somewhere in between. I often notice on both Windows 10 and Windows 11 that display color isn’t as warm as I have it set. And after disabling and enabling it, it goes to really cold white to super warm white after. It was just at some arbitrary random value in between for no fucking reason. Stop it. You’re a fucking multi-billion corporation and you can’t make something as simple as fucking display color temperature setting right? Comer the fuck on, what is this amateurish shit Microsoft?

Samsung, you cheap bastards!

Just bought a new 14″ ACER Swift 1 laptop and this model in particular comes with eMMC storage on its main board, but has an empty M.2 NVMe slot available. So I thought, eMMC is notoriously slow, I’m just gonna stick M.2 SSD in it and call it a day.

So I grabbed Samsung 980 250GB M.2 SSD. I open up the laptop (props to ACER for making this laptop that opens up easily with zero screws hidden under rubber feet!) and start opening up the Samsung 980 SSD box and realize, there is no screw to mount the SSD. Laptop didn’t have one in an empty slot and SSD didn’t have one in the box either. For some reason Samsung assumed we already have the screws for SSD somehow. Or in other words, they are so cheap they couldn’t include super specific, super tiny screw to mount M.2 in the frigging box. WHY?! Would that screw make whole SSD cost 1€ more? And I was ridiculously generous here. It probably would cost Samsung 0,001€ and they’d still make profit on it.

To my luck I dived into my boxes of many cables and screws for computers and managed to find just one that screws in well, but my god I was angry that I had the laptop shipped, had the SSD shipped and wouldn’t be able to merge both because of a god damn screw that I’d have to order again because hardware stores don’t exactly hold such tiny computer oriented screws. Hell, most computer stores probably don’t have them.

So Samsung, don’t be cheap and just include the fucking one screw with the SSD. Please.

r/privacy is run by perpetually offended morons

Well, since I managed to get myself banned in this Reddit sub in a single day simply for mentioning AdGuard, lets dive in to the thing for a bit why the title stands correct and why you absolutely shouldn’t be getting any advice from r/privacy. Probably no one cares, but I do, because this is internet and internet is serious business!

This is the original comment that I made. Someone mentioned uBlock and I merely mentioned I prefer AdGuard more because it in fact has delivered better experience to me personally.

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I have touch devices and AdGuard’s (browser extension) big toggle buttons and selections are the exact opposite of microscopic tiny checkboxes all over uBlock. I also had uBlock weirdly block legit things (and not block all ads correctly) which meant a lot of manual fiddling and debugging what the offending entries were or weren’t. AdGuard has and it also had better default lists than uBlock which uses pretty crappy 3rd party ones out of the box which means you need to fiddle with it A LOT before it becomes usable. AdGuard just uses its own curated list and it’s a single one, not a mishmash of weird 3rd party ones. I still think uBlock is great for desktop use with mouse and if you want insane control over webpage elements. But no one cared asking or not just assuming shit…

Then this moron dropped, accusing me of being a “shill”…

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Excuse me, but since when does merely mentioning a competing product and literally taking fucking time to explain WHY I like it more, makes me a SHILL somehow? I just fucking MENTIONED it. I wasn’t forcing anyone to use it, I wasn’t commenting repeatedly how people should use AdGuard over uBlock. This was literally my first comment in months on r/privacy and I’m somehow a shill? Get fucked dude. And that’s pretty much what I told him. Now, granted, I may not have to say that, but at the moment that “shill” comment really blew my lid off.

Most ironic thing is that this whole fuckery happened because idiots there are so clueless they don’t ask, they just accuse without checking anything. Like this gem for example:

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Oh noes, AdGuard is not FOSS (Free Open Source Software). Except IT IS. You fuckers were too busy calling me a shill and downvoting me into fucking oblivion to bother asking me which AdGuard product I’m even using. Because guess what, AdGuard browser extension is open source and has link to its source posted on its main fucking Firefox Addons page:

https://github.com/AdguardTeam/AdguardBrowserExtension

Well, to give credit to just 2 people out of this entire clusterfuck, here is a screenshot of the OP (mangoman21e8) of the thread thanking me for mentioning AdGuard as an option and mymeetang for actually asking whether I’m talking about desktop global AdGuard adblocker (which is sort of like a proxy app that runs globally on OS level and not just inside browser) or extension. I can be polite if people aren’t assholes to me.

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trai_dep, you get fucked. Asshole. You didn’t save anything or anyone, you’re literally the problem.

And here is what got me perma banned this morning (green comments are mine)…

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The last green line was after I already got perma banned after pretty politely explaining the thing to mods who are so clueless they couldn’t find facts even if they were inside their own ass and instead opted to just perma ban me anyway.

So, ultimately I got banned because I was in fact promoting mentioning an OPEN SOURCE product and these fuckers are too clueless to know that. Good riddance, I wouldn’t want to be getting advice from you clueless morons anyway.

If you’re looking for info on privacy, go anywhere but on r/privacy. It’s run by clueless “feels over facts” mods and people there don’t seem to have much more clue either. Otherwise they wouldn’t be attacking me for merely mentioning AdGuard browser extension all while not knowing it’s open source the entire fucking time. Hilarious.

UPDATE 2021-10-24

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And here is this idiot mod still going on, “lecturing” me how product webpage is the only authoritative source for information and browser extension page just doesn’t cut it (nevermind the fact extension was posted in Firefox repository by AdGuard itself). Because somehow people who try to find adblocker for their browser are looking it on Google and not browser’s own extensions gallery/store… But regardless, this guy is so fucking dumb he’s wrong and you tell him he’s wrong and he just keep on insisting on some fabricated bullshit lol.

He yet again states AdGuard Browser Extension is NOT open-source and he claims it’s incredibly hard to find it’s open source. Oh really?

https://adguard.com/en/adguard-browser-extension/overview.html

Just scroll all the way down on its official webpage. What is that? A GitHub link? Dude, you’re fucking blind or just so stupid. But I think he’s both. I’ve seen amoebas exhibit more intelligence and they have no eyes or brain lol…

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Granted, they don’t outright state it’s an open source software, but does this idiot thinks casual users care? And if anyone does so much, they’ll figure it out themselves whether it’s open source or not, especially since there is literally a link to repository with a fucking SOURCE CODE which couldn’t be done in a more plain sight than it is right now.

And as predicted…

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The usual Reddit mod MO. When they are proven wrong and their moderation is utter bullshit, they just mute you. Ignorance is bliss I guess, maybe this idiot should participate in r/Cringetopia since we’re giving recommendations where to try better luck. Coz this guy is pure cringe lol. DON’T GO TO R/PRIVACY FOR ADVICE ABOUT PRIVACY. People running that place are idiots lol

Curiosity Stream is a Netflix for geeks. And I love it!

Few days ago I was watching Tom Stanton on Youtube, this guy makes a lot of weird gadgets and contraptions in the name of science (you should really check him out, links will be below) and his sponsor for the video was Curiosity Stream service. I remember how much I loved watching documentaries on TV when I was a kid and that nostalgia made me check it out. Curiosity Stream looks and works in a similar way as Netflix, but instead of action movies and comedy, they have tons of videos to stream that touch science, engineering and nature, on our planet and beyond. So, if you’re interested in any of that, I highly recommend Curiosity Stream.

I’ve been glued to the screen for few days now, watching Space stuff and it’s pretty cool. Especially since most of videos are shorter clips with more straight to the point content, so you can easily fit the viewing/learning moment almost in any point of the day opposed to Netflix’s commitment of hour and a half to two hours per video. They do have episodic stuff and longer content, but at least Space has a lot of 10-20 minute videos and they are pretty cool.

And what’s also attractive is the price. A subscription for whole year is almost the same as Netflix for just 1 month and they have few different plans that go up to 4K, but there are also cheaper plans that still have pretty good quality. And just like Netflix, you can watch it in your browser or on your mobile device, be it Android or iOS using dedicated apps.

This is not a sponsored blog post even though I’ll be posting a referral link, but isn’t mine. It’s Tom’s. He hooked me into this stuff so lets help him out a bit and it’s a win win for everyone 🙂

Check out Tom Stanton’s Youtube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/c/TomStantonEngineering

Tom Stanton’s referral link for Curiosity Stream (you’ll support him and also get a cheaper subscription):

https://curiositystream.com/TomStanton

Curiosity Stream homepage:

https://curiositystream.com

I hope you guys will enjoy it as much as I have 🙂

Apple, quit your sapphire bullshit. Seriously.

So, Apple launched this year’s iPhone 13 and one thing that really grinds my gears is one specific thing they’ve been saying for a while and people always bitch at me I’m an Apple fanboy because I don’t mention it. Well, here you have it.

What I’m talking about is sapphire used on camera lenses. Apple has advertised it as “Sapphire crystal lens cover” for several generations…

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I like sapphire and have tons of experience with it from watches. I have several watches with real sapphire crystal covering their watch face. Steinhart Ocean One, Seiko SARB, Casio Oceanus and they all have absolutely pristine crystal despite being worn A LOT and often bashed at things. That’s because sapphire is incredibly tough, hard to scratch crystal. So, it would make sense to use it on camera lenses right, so you have protection of camera lenses that will most likely never scratch.

However, as proven many times by JerryRigEverything, Apple is bullshitting all of us by stating it’s sapphire, while it’s not actually sapphire.

The tester needs to go to red level to register sapphire grade crystal. And it should be only slightly scratching with Moh level 8 and more with 9 test picks, not with 6.

Like, come on Apple. I know real sapphire crystal for regular watches cost up to 50€ depending on size and thickness. You’re charging 900€ and more for your phones, surely you can afford to slap 3 tiny lenses made out of real sapphire on those cameras. Or if not, just stop writing it’s sapphire. No one would care if it’s just strengthened glass, but when you say it’s sapphire, then fucking actually use it. It would cost them literal pennies for quantities they push out.

In a way it’s a petty thing, but in other way I wish they’d either fix this claim or fix the material used. This is customer deception and I’m surprised they haven’t got sued over it yet. It’s not fucking sapphire!

Enable power saving over night for iPhone and Apple Watch

I’ve noticed you can enable power saving measures so that iPhone and also Apple Watch doesn’t drain much power over night. Especially on the Apple Watch side and also adds convenience of Apple Watch display not glowing bright during night. It’s distracting and serves no purpose. I sleep with the watch and charge it in the morning before I go to work, so not having it drained much over night is certainly useful.

We can achieve this using Automation feature in iOS 15. Older versions had it, but it was not activating tasks properly and was asking you about it which defeats the purpose of automation. You can find it in the Shortcuts app.

For my power saving I’m using “Low Power Mode” and “Theater Mode”. Low Power Mode disables a lot of syncing and other background features/tasks on the iPhone, where Theater Mode turns off sounds and display on Apple Watch. I like Always-On Display on my Apple Watch 5, but I don’t need it during night and it is quite bright as well as a battery drain.

Set the time when Low Power Mode is enabled to something when you usually go so sleep and set it to be disabled either when you wake up or a bit before that. This way it’ll be saving power, but not really affect your morning routine.

Same goes for Theater Mode. Set it to time when you go to sleep and Apple Watch display will automatically turn off during that period. Set the time to disable it when you wake up or a bit before that and that’s pretty much it. You can still invoke the display by touching it and it’ll show the time for a short time before going off again if you wake up in the middle of the night and want to know the time.

Make sure you disable “Ask Before Running” toggle, otherwise it’ll ask and wait for your confirmation which is not desirable. And this is it. Confirm and it’ll perform the actions at selected time.

You can also go beyond that and actually do other things like turning off WiFi (using “Set WiFi”), disable cellular data (using “Set cellular Data”) and even beyond that by switching to 2G or 3G (using “Set Voice & Data”) during that period over night, depending which networks are still available in your region. 2G or 3G use way less power than 4G/LTE, but you’ll still be reachable for emergency calls. Phone being in such passive mode for 6-8 hours every night is pretty significant, both for power usage as well as data usage.

Be aware that using such measures over night means automated tasks like backups and updating won’t be performed. So, keep that in mind if you use iCloud or rely on automatic updating. I do the updating and backups on my own so it’s not an issue.

New type of fraud on AliExpress

I’ve recently spotted a new type of fraud Chinese sellers on AliExpress seem to be doing. At first I didn’t pay attention to it, but as more and more things were wrong, I kept an eye on delivery and dispute deadlines.

What these scammers are doing is they seem to harvest existing tracking numbers that happen to go to same country as yours and try to fool buyers their package is on the way where in reality, it’s a package meant for someone else.  So, if you follow the tracking number, it looks like everything is in order and you’re waiting for the package and in the end someone else picks it up who originally received the tracking number for their actual package.

People spotted this when tracking number was saying the package was delivered and they never received anything. It can also be spotted if tracking number status claims package is waiting at the delivery service depot because it couldn’t be delivered and it’s located in entirely different region that never delivers to you. And that was in my case. I noticed shit is for real when delivery depot was several regions away from me and I never got the stuff from that one. Never. Of course, at that point there was already tons of buyers posting negative comments how seller is a fraud and how they weren’t getting stuff even though tracking information said otherwise. In my case, seller had the audacity to dispute the refund by plastering that bullshit tracking number and claiming “uh oh the package is still on the way”.

What sucks is that you can’t know for sure. Especially if the seller is new with not many reviews/ratings and AliExpress is full of them. Cheap items that should cost way more are sometimes a dead giveaway, but I had cases where I got products worth 6x more for ridiculously cheap. And I actually got that item without any issues. Only thing you can do is pay attention to deadlines for delivery and buyer protection and make sure you don’t miss it. Also pay attention to what sorting center in your country is processing it. If it’s far away from where it should be and you never ever received stuff from those regions, act upon it immediately by filling a dispute.

What’s annoying is that I contacted our import customs center and asked if tracking number is actually being delivered to my address and they never even responded after more than 1 week. Thanks, you’re as useless as ever. They only respond instantly when you need to pay taxes and customs fees.

So, pay attention and keep an eye on the stuff you’ve ordered so you don’t lose your money to these scammers.

 

Now i know why Linux as whole is a fucking trainwreck sprinkled with fine dust from crumbled turds

I’ve installed Manjaro 21.1 few days ago. For the first time in 20 years, a Linux distro that actually fucking works and I actually like it. Until I noticed “start menu” (Application Launcher) doesn’t act right and isn’t responsive when hovering with mouse over categories in certain part. So I wanted to screenshot the image and ask about it. Just to get stuck at the “doing screenshot part”. I smash PrtScr and go into GIMP and click Paste. You know, shit Windows has done for 25 years and still works without any extra screenshot tools. One thing you’d expect Linux just copied from it because it’s so fucking basic and makes sense it would be stupid not to. I mean, that’s like using the Ctrl+X, V and C commands to move around files. Basic shit.

So I go to Manjaro forums, ask about it. Some people reply, I do the thing and still can’t make screenshot of the damn Application Launcher. People recommend I’m suppose to do some delay on screenshooting in the app and do these ridiculous extra steps to make a simple screenshot. Still can’t get it to work and I’m absolutely baffled something as trivial as doing a fucking screenshot is so idiotically overcomplicated.

And then I say that’s just absolutely absurd that screenshooting is so complicated for no logical reason and people suddenly get offended by a legitimate complaint. Doing a screenshot should be dead easy. One should NEVER have to go to a fucking support forum and ask how to make a fucking screenshot and I tried all sorts of acrobatics with all the keys along with PrtSc with no results. I even downloaded a Screenshot tool from official repo that also did nothing (in fact it didn’t even launch). Jesus fucking Christ. And then there is this dude that in all seriousness says “uh oh this isn’t Windows”. Yeah, no shit Sherlock, Linux is so shit they can’t even copy this one basic fucking thing from Windows because of some dumb pride thing or something? Why? Why I can’t smash this fucking one dedicated key for screenshots and get a fucking image of whatever I have on the desktop into clipboard and paste it into GIMP? How fucking hard can it be? Apparently, VERY. And you offend whole bunch of snowflakes in the process who obsess over your “attitude” more than realizing and acknowledging the whole thing is a fucking joke.

It’s even more funny when you’re ranting there about how stupid the function is (or the lack of it) and people there take it personally like I’m attacking them directly. Has structuring of English language changed recently that saying “a lack of function X is stupid” means “you’re stupid” and everyone loses their shit like I’m calling them stupid? No, I’m calling the lack of feature fucking stupid. jesus christ. I like Manjaro, but this pissed me off so hard I want to go to Windows out of protest even though I installed Manjaro out of protest because of direction Windows 11 is going. What an absolute clusterfuck shitstorm deluxe.

Feedly, why the fuck is this shit needed on login page?

I like Feedly because you can have all the RSS feeds in one place and it integrates nicely into Firefox, especially for Youtube since I don’t use it with account, yet still get all the video releases like I’m subbed to it. It was great and still is, but for some dumb reason Feedly pulled this dumb design choice on their login page…

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Instead of clicking Login and inputting e-mail and password at once, you’re first required to enter your e-mail and then click next. And on next screen you can also input password and actually login. Which doesn’t sound like an issue, unless you’re using passwords manager which means you have to invoke it twice, separately for each step. WHY?! What does this dumb two step login solve? Other than being dumb waste of user’s time. Just revert this idiocy to old login where password manager dropped both, e-mail and password in the fields at once and you could login in a second. Now you need fucking bazillion clicks for same damn thing.