Category Archives: Angry Rants

My personal rants over idiotic, dumb and stupid decisions made by others. Or myself.
May (or most likely will) contain lots of swearing, the F words and all the other words not appropriate for little children.
You’ve been warned (not that anyone cares lol)!

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…

Feedly_wtf

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.

Doom Eternal Part Deux Reloaded 2021

Since I’m apparently a masochist and I like to punish myself in all sorts of ways, I decided to buy Doom Eternal again. It’s been over a year since its release and since I first bought and refunded it. It’s been like 15€ on Steam recently and I picked it without the expansions because people say they are shit anyway. So here’s a second take. I thought, surely it’s something wrong with me and not the game, if so many players give it such huge praise and gave it another try…

SAME OLD THING I STILL DON’T LIKE

And I basically still hold the same opinion as in my initial rant. I don’t know what devs were thinking, but this game has so many absolutely and totally unnecessary elements like they are compensating for something. And the biggest offender is still the retarded way of getting health, armor and ammo. You’re always in a clusterfuck of battle and you keep endlessly think if you need health, armor or should I maybe restock the ammo and because you don’t really have much time to decide or your stupid chainsaw is out of gas it’s just an utter and complete annoyance that you can’t even get past or ignore. Doom 2016 had this magic where you could play it in so many different ways. Either all in crazy, you could use more tactical keep them at a distance approach, you could rely on Glory Kills to restock health or just pick health through pickups only. Same for ammo. You could use chainsaw or rely entirely on pickups like I have. In Doom Eternal, there is just NO choice at all. There is just one way of playing it and it’s you being forced to use the trio of dumb Glory Kill, flame thrower and chainsaw while jumping and dashing around like an absolute lunatic. And you’re always out of ammo. Constantly. Jesus christ. I’m sure it gets better if I put all the upgrades into ammo only, but the path to there will be this stupid annoying nonsense I just don’t want to go through. And I basically only play with shotgun in grenade launcher mode and sniper rifle. One for close combat and another for really far away. Plasma gun and machine gun just feel so pointless and I didn’t even get any other weapons yet.

And if that’s not enough, all the monkey swinging nonsense has no place in Doom game. Sorry, it just doesn’t. When double jumping and swinging wasn’t enough, they put fucking double dashing into the game. WHY?! I’m this fucking badass demon slaying motherfucker and I’m swinging around like a fucking preschool kid on a school playground. Fucking hell.

Like I said in initial rant, I never had problems with such mechanic in Tomb Raider game. It’s the core element of it to jump across platforms, do monkey swings over poles, climb and do all sorts of acrobatics. I loved it and Tomb Raider without it wouldn’t be Tomb Raider.  When has that been a core element of Doom? Or any first person shooter for that matter. Mirror’s Edge maybe, but that was parkour masterpiece, this is just a mishmash of many stuffs. It’s just so unnecessarily stupid I can’t understand why they put it in the game and I still hate it from bottom of my heart even in second try.

As I’ve been pushing myself through the game, I’ve now also discovered I have this space ship where I “upgrade” my stuff and it’s also this big fucking thing filled with “stuff” to unlock. It’s yet again just so unnecessary and overwhelmingly oversized. Maybe there will be a fight in it at one point in the game which is the feeling I have, but it’s just too big for a “home base” and filled with crap I may or may not unlock someday.

It’s just more of everything and it just feels like they were already past the point of having fuck ton of everything and they crammed even more stuff in it. It’s just bah, overwhelmingly pointless and doesn’t really add up to the feel there is so much to discover as there is “my god, I’ll need to repeatedly fiddle through all this crap” to really make full use of gadgets and guns or be forced into chore with inferior tools? Ugh.

It feels tiny bit better now that I’m playing it from beginning for the second time, but at the same time I discovered so many new unnecessary things I now again hate it.

BONUS RANT

And lastly the bonus rant, something that didn’t bother me initially, all the RTX stuff. Don’t get me wrong, ray tracing is nice and I have the power to run it. Issue is, they selectively used RTX effects, mostly on reflections and some lighting effects, but ignored the rest like shadowing and global illumination which is almost non existent in this otherwise great looking game. And then you’re at a point where reflections in windows and guns look ridiculously good, but then you look across the world and it’s this washed out scene that feels like games from around 1999 that didn’t really have proper world shading, ambient occlusion and global illumination, just objects sticking out of the scene like a sore thumb. It just feels like bare polygons with some general light applied, lacking any kind of depth and feel that light is reaching it and creating shadows or darker areas. And my god, whole game looks like someone smeared vaseline across the lens of a player. It’s just so soft and muddy looking I had to slap ReShade on it with CAS sharpening, FakeHDR to give it depth and eliminate the washed out foggy feel and also use AstrayFX GloomAO which is screenspace ambient occlusion effect that adds the missing world shading and shadowing and overall depth as well as RadiantGI to actually give the game global illumination because it feels like it has none. Now, with all this stuff, it finally looks proper. Textures are sharp and feel like you’re actually using seriously high quality textures, washed out textures are gone and all the gore actually looks like blood is right about to burst out of the tentacles and guts hanging all over the levels, lava actually feels like a scorching fluid and basic things like rocks and stairs around finally have some depth because of AO/GI. Even the main menu portal with Doomguy standing there looks so much better. I mean, just look at this…

I know it fucks up with some distant objects making them too sharp for the distance, but who gives a crap about that when stone literally gets cracks and damage that doesn’t exist in shots without ReShade. Or the banner actually getting textile texture all of a sudden. Or all the little tiny shadows on steps and stones as well as on Doomguy. Sure, I’m grateful they added RTX and DLSS later and all that, but balance things a bit for god sake. You can’t just go all out on reflections and forget your entire game outside of that looks bland and smeared with almost no details anywhere. And this is all maxed out running on RTX 3080!

I’m going to finish it since I like to punish myself and since I bought it at such discount, but this surely won’t be a game I’ll remember fondly. Not at all. Angry sheep in praetor suit, signing out.

Acceleration metrics in EV cars are the dumbest thing people brag about

Remember all the EV reviews and test drives by casuals on Youtube where literally EVERYONE constantly mention acceleration of Teslas and how stupid fast they are and whatnot and they do the same for all EV’s actually? Well, if I drank a shot of vodka every time that happens, I’d displace all water in my body with vodka…

Reason why I’m so annoyed by this otherwise entirely benign thing is because people already accelerate like half dead pensioners at traffic lights with petrol cars because accelerating normally will fuck up your fuel economy so badly. But in EV’s with already rubbish range and greater range anxiety and obsession with ecology and “fuel” economy, who gives a shit if Tesla Model XZ 23 Plaid Ludicrous can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 1,99 seconds when people driving them will drag their stupid ass from traffic lights like they are already dead behind the wheel and only thing driving them is an auto pilot? What’s the point?

It’s just such a dumb thing to talk about when we all damn well know it’ll be used by 0.1% of drivers and serves no purpose. EV car makers should just use the Rolls Royce’s approach and call performance metrics “sufficient”. Coz if EV can drive, that’s already sufficient. It fulfills the performance metrics.

Ok, this has been my Sunday’s shower thought/rant on Tuesday, so have a nice Wednesday and don’t be a pensioner at traffic lights. Please. 🙂

Microsoft, wtf is this refresh rate idiocy?

I know this will be a petty rant, but what the fuck is this shit Microsoft?

WTF_Refresh_Rate

From decades of having nice round refresh rate entries we now have this idiocy with precision of 3 decimal places in Windows 10. Not only it looks utterly stupid, it’s also confusing to casual users and just annoying to us advanced users. Is it really so hard to write 60Hz, 120Hz and 144Hz ? Just fix this shit Microsoft. Ok, rant over.

Plastic back on Samsung flagship phones is an asshole design

I’ve talked with people about this and expressed my annoyance with this decision and was met with pretty aggressive resistance which shocked me.

Anywhere I said plastic back has no place on such expensive phone (be aware, Galaxy S21, the vanilla model went for 850€!). I can understand why Galaxy A52 has a plastic back at 300€ price point, but I certainly don’t on Galaxy S21. And what shocked me even more is how furiously people defend the plastic backs on Galaxy S21 with dumbest arguments possible.

99% of the time the argument was “but muh phone drops shattering glass”. How often do you people throw phones around on the ground to shatter them? 55 times a day? 103 times a day? How butterfingered are you people!? To this date, owning many smartphones, I’ve not shattered a single phone. Not one. You know what they had in common tho? Scratches. Scratches everywhere. And worn plastic. And it all happened from just using phone rather carefully. Putting it in pockets (without keys!) and leaving it on tables. I don’t know about the youngsters today, but we had plastic smartphones in the beginning and plastic gets really nasty really quickly. When top paint layer of fancy colorful rainbow mirror effect wears off on edges and gets scratches all over it exposing solid white or whatever plastic underneath it looks horrid. Especially since all these painted models use some sort of lacquer which starts chipping off it’s just awful and nasty. And it always wears out faster on edges.

Glass on the other hand, at worst during normal use it’ll have bunch of micro scratches which, if you prefer white glass like I do, they aren’t even visible. The material is superior for normal use where you’re not tumbling phone on concrete ground. It’ll never wear out or lose coloration no matter how rough your desks are and how rough your jeans pockets are. And best part that people just straight out refuse to grasp, if you worry about glass, then stick it into a fucking silicone case. But instead, people argue plastic back on expensive phone can be protected by putting more plastic like wrap or silicone case on it. WHY for fucks sake!? If phone is glass you at least have an option to stick plastic on it or use it naked. If it’s already plastic, it’s just more of plastic. Makes no fucking sense. And glass just feels totally different and so much better in hand compared to anything plastic.

And thanks to this idiotic defending and embracing of plastic on Galaxy S21 flagship, Samsung already announced they are going to put plastic back on Galaxy S22+ too next time. Before, S21 was plastic and S21+ and S21 Ultra had glass. Now it’s two with plastic already. What’s next, Galaxy S23 Ultra coming with plastic back thanks to you all? Fucking hell.

People whine how Apple is being cheap on things and here Samsung blatantly puts plastic on their flagship device with obvious sole purpose of increasing margins and everyone is like “shut up and take my money”. Meanwhile people are bitching over iPhones potentially having titanium sides some time in the future and how wasteful this is and yadiyadida, whole frigging pages upon pages of whining on forums about it. It’s like I don’t understand people anymore or they just all got dumb as fuck over night. Companies are literally trying how far they can go with cheapening out and everyone not just lets them, they actively embrace it. !?!?!?

If you can’t have glass back on a smartphone because you’re so god damn clumsy, maybe you should look at CAT phones or you know, use a case and leave the rest of us who prefer premium materials and amazing feel in hand to actually have such phones. We can still put a case on it if shatter resistance is needed, but isn’t requirement to protect it from normal wear.

Linux and wtf even is screen rotation

Who the fuck designed screen rotation on Linux should be forced to use Windows Me to the end of their life as a punishment. Out of bunch of distros I’ve tried, only Kubuntu with Wayland managed to keep touch screen in sync with screen rotation. All others, including same Kubuntu with X11, the moment you rotate display (manually, because auto rotation is pixie magic apparently) on a hybrid netbook from vertical to landscape, display rotates, but touch apparently remains in vertical. Tapping or dragging on screen makes mouse appear and drag somewhere else on the screen making touch entirely useless unless you’re using it in pointless vertical position. Also Wayland seems to be the only compositor that knows what the fuck auto rotation is. Which seems to be the reason why it does work. But my god Kubuntu is slow and its stupid kWallet is annoying as fuck whining on every boot for WiFi even though I’ve disabled the stupid thing. So, my idea to ditch Windows and go to Linux before the Windows 11 shitshow and someone managed to fuck it up yet again with Linux. Why the hell they always manage to fuck something up so I can’t use it. Just make this shit work out of the box coz I have no intention in spending hours in motherfucking Konsole.

Windows 11 minimum requirements are absurd bullshit

I don’t know what the fuck Microsoft is thinking, but I’ve never seen something this retarded as minimum Windows 11 requirements. And believe me, I’ve seen some dumb shit in the past, including from yours truly, the Microsoft itself. Lets just dive in, shall we?

PROCESSOR

Per official Microsoft’s minimum requirements, if you have Ryzen 7 1800X, you won’t be able to use Windows 11. A very much modern 8 core, 16 threads CPU from 2017. Oh and if you’re Intel fan, don’t be cheering just yet… They sacked Skylake support entirely. If you have Core i7 7700k, well, fuck you too says Microsoft. Sure it has less cores than that Ryzen, but it was also launched in 2017 and it was hugely popular and still is because of higher clocks and was super popular among gamers. Oh, did I mention I have a Ryzen based laptop that runs Ryzen 5 2500U. Yeah, fuck me too. This particular system has everything, enough RAM and storage, it has TPM 2.0 module, but I can’t use Windows 11 on it because of “ancient” CPU. :/

RAM

They say 4GB is now a hard minimum. If you have less, fuck you. I happen to have a hybrid netbook with 2GB RAM. I don’t use it for anything demanding, but when I heard Windows 11 will have much better touch support, I was excited. Until I saw these ridiculous minimum requirements. And it’s not like they are recommended minimum. It’s hard limit. If it’s less it just won’t even install.  Fucking WHY? Also one would expect new modern operating system to be further streamlined and optimized, making it lighter, not fucking heavier and more demanding.

TPM Module

This one is a weird one and it confuses me even further than processor and RAM idiocies. All computers will now explicitly require TPM module. It’s a security feature mostly required and used in enterprise environment, but for some fucked up reason Windows 11 will require TPM Module to be present in a computer. And not just ANY. It has to be version 2.0. So, if you have TPM module on your CPU, but happens to be “only” version 1.2, well, fuck you too. And as cherry on top, pretty much all the consumer systems that have TPM 2.0 have it disabled in BIOS because consumers don’t need this shit. Good luck telling normies how to go into BIOS and dig some obscure feature they don’t understand and turn it on. Windows 11 is not even out yet and people are already going nuts around this. And scalpers are already hoarding discrete TPM modules ahead of Windows 11 launch.

Mandatory Microsoft account and connection to install

With Windows 11 Home, you’ll also absolutely be required to have Microsoft account and active internet connection in order to install Windows 11 Home. Again, shit we’ve been seeing in iterations how Microsoft tried to push retarded Microsoft Account during installation. Fuck you Microsoft, I don’t want to sync any of my shit to your cloud. Not documents, not files or photos and browsing history of me downloading Firefox via Edge. Stop shoving this shit down our throats, no one wants this shit. If anyone wants to sync all the crap, they can login later. And yes, I’m salty because for laptops I usually just buy one with Windows preinstalled and they almost always come with Home version. Which is fine for what I use it, but I certainly don’t want any of your stupid account shit.

Windows PC Health Check tool failure

Microsoft has a Windows PC Health Check tool that is suppose to tell you whether your system is Windows 11 compatible. Except the fucking thing doesn’t even work. I ran it on all my systems and it didn’t even launch on ANY of 3 systems I have. I later found you need to run stupid installer again and then it magically launches. If you try running its executable after it got installed just nothing happens. I already have so much confidence in Windows 11 when fucking tool to tell you if you can run it doesn’t work. And when you do manage to run it it just says compatible or not compatible. Who needs details like telling you what the fuck is not good enough lol. Just keep wondering lmao.

VERDICT

I honestly don’t know what the fuck Microsoft people are smoking. They sack 3/4 of what anyone would consider very much modern hardware from supporting Windows 11 and just expect you to buy new computer in current times when fucking everything is unobtainable and if you bought a brand new PC just 3-4 years ago, well tough luck, you need a new one otherwise you’ll be stuck with Windows 10. Then they’ll of course endlessly whine how poor adoption it has when they made that problem themselves. Microsoft has this weird idea to copy Apple at things yet they don’t have even 0.1% of shit Apple can pull off. Microsoft, you can’t fucking pull shit Apple has with M1 ARM chipset. Just look how long Microsoft has been struggling with ARM. It’s fucking hilarious. And now they want to make OS cool and fresh and fucking prevent users of god damn Ryzen 1800X from installing it? WHAT THE FUCK MICROSOFT!?

We used to joke how Linux will take Microsoft’s share next year for sure and has been going that way for last 20 years? Well, even though I’m an avid Windows user, I think this is the time. Huge number of users who aren’t strictly gamers will finally go with Linux. I mean, out of 3 systems that I have only 1 will be able to even install Windows 11. I might even bother enough to get Linux on my netbook which has been hugely problematic with screen rotation and touch control. But using an essentially dead OS (Windows 10) once Windows 11 will be up just kinda feels shitty.

Microsoft really needs to ease up on this shit. One thing is saying “these minimum requirements” are meant for decent experience but aren’t hard limitations. I’m well aware my netbook with Intel Atom and 2GB RAM won’t win any speed records and I don’t expect that from it. But I’d sure prefer to run Windows 11 on it with better touch control even if it’s just as slow experience as with Windows 10 now. I know that and have accepted that. Opposed to just blocking me from even being able to do that choice. Now, that’s shitty and absurd. And if they blocked really ancient stuff like dual cores from 10 years ago, fine, whatever. But not this shit they are pulling now with sacking of 3-4 years old CPU’s and forcing dumb TPM shit no one even needs outside Enterprise. Get your shit together Microsoft. I just started to like Windows 10 and have relatively positive opinion of Microsoft and Windows and then they pull this shit. I honestly had better opinion of Windows Vista than I have over Windows 11. And we all know how everyone hated Vista. I actually liked it. Given circumstances, I’m not so sure about Windows 11.

Battlefield: Hardline and the story of: “Can I play one game that’s not fucking broken?”

Like, fucking seriously? This is 4th game that I dragged out of my backlog that’s a fucking broken clusterfuck.

First one being just starting this stupid game. Click the shortcut and it opens fucking browser. Then you click PLAY and it goes on next page. And you click PLAY again and game finally starts running. Gotta love EA and their dumb Battlelog. How about just starting the damn game directly without stupid browser?

I also just love games that allow you to bind own keys, but show hardcoded in-game keys as “hints” when playing. Like for example arresting people in Hardline. Apparently “Melee” key is for making arrests and it’s bind to “F” by default. I have it bind to “Mouse Wheel Down”. But when I approach the suspects that I need to arrest, game displays “F” in a square. I’ve seen this in games before and it’s fucking stupid. Especially when you have a fuck ton of special dedicated keys and then you’re digging through settings just to see what the fuck you actually have bind to that action.  Idiotic.

The next gem is FOV slider that literally does nothing. When setting up the game I moved it to 110 which is what I usually use for FPS games and when playing, everything felt so awkwardly in-my-face. Moved slider to 120 and still the same. Then I stood in front of objects to see if it actually changes when adjusted. And the in-game image stayed the same… Come the fuck on EA, you manage to add a FOV slider, but then it does fucking nothing. O_o

As cherry on top, the game runs at locked 144fps, but when I was driving around in the “cut scene”, game feels all choppy and mouse look sluggish as fuck like it’s running at locked 30fps. I check my monitor refresh on its OSD and it says it’s 144Hz (which means 144fps because of FreeSync). This dumbass game somehow runs at 144fps, but actually samples animations at 30fps. How?! How the fuck can you go out of your way to design such a stupid shit EA? How? I’ve actually never seen such a dumb thing in any game to this date. They either ran at locked 30fps, but I’ve never seen one that runs at 144fps but feels like 30fps because that’s what’s actually being rendered at.

All this before I actually started playing the fucking thing properly. Fucking hell. Now I don’t know if I should continue torturing myself or just uninstall this pile of shit…