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)!

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

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!

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.

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?

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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.