Just don’t bother with Brave browser. People making it are incompetent, being unable to fix broken shit for months and can’t give any feedback to their users so you have to wait and ask about everything like an idiot. And people running their community forum are somehow even worse. Not only the forum is managed like absolute ass, they have the fucking worst word censoring system in place. Fucking single word blocking. Have you written “hell”, “wtf” or stupid/dumb anywhere in the post? Yeah, well, dumb forum will show you a popup that you just used the “no no” word and prevent you from posting it until you remove it. Who the fuck gets offended by “why the hell” in a post? Or “wtf”? Yeah, they literally banned “wtf”. You can’t use it. Or “this is a really stupid problem” because “stupid” is in it? Context fucking matters you absolute retards, you can’t just fucking ban individual words and entirely ignoring context. It makes you look like fucking offended moronic snowflakes. And then you go on and fucking ban me till next year coz you get all offended by my rant about your shitty ass word banning filter that makes writing anything a fucking chore (and I was fucking tame there, not like here on my blog) and your retarded forum is so wonderful I can’t even delete my profile until ban expires as it doesn’t allow you to login at all. Who uses such stupid ass forum software for fucks sake? It fucking stinks. And stop being so fucking offended you need to ban individual words. Who fucking does this? I’ve not seen anything this retarded anywhere. Fuck.
I’ve been waiting for native sleep tracking feature in iOS and on Apple Watch with excitement. Usually Apple makes things simple and still functional. Well, they kinda cocked it up to a point sleep tracking is just useless for me.
The weirdest part of it all is that despite all these sensors available, it’s really dumb system. First you have to define your bed time, wake up time and with that, total sleep time. If you can have a fixed sleep time anyways. I don’t and I realized how broken the app is when I had to wake up at 6:30 using my own alarm even though I had wake up time for Sleep tracking set at 8:00. I was literally at work already, fully awake and watch goes like “oh hey, it’s 8:00, time to wake up!” with a gentle alarm. After checking the sleep data, the app thought I was in bed and awake almost up to 8:00… Lets just say I was awake for hour and a half already and not even in bed, I was standing up and moving around…
What I don’t understand here is the fact I had some cheap Chinese sport band for 20€ that tracked my sleep fully automatically and was actually incredibly accurate at it. Without any bed time and wake up time, it detected when I went to bed and when I woke up, detected when I had restless night, detected when I woke up during night to take a leak or whatever and even detected sleeping when I took a nap in middle of the day. And same was actually on Apple Watch when I was using 3rd party sleep tracking app. No configuration and it tracked my sleeping perfectly using just sensors in Apple Watch. But Apple’s own app, you have to predefine things that also force stupid alarm on you and ends up being totally off when it comes to actually tracking things. And yes, I have enabled for Apple Watch to track my sleep, not just iPhone.
It’s just so useless I just turned it off and won’t bother with it until Apple makes it better. I just want it to fully automatically track my sleeping, no matter when I go to sleep or when I wake up. Other watches and apps could do it, why the hell can’t Apple’s own?!
It’s been a long while since I ditched everything Google. No Google Search, no GMail, no Google Maps, no Google Chrome, hell, even ditched Android phones. Nothing. Only thing that I sort of still use is Youtube because it’s holding total monopoly and there simply isn’t any worthwhile alternative. And so I’ve been using it without being signed in. Because fuck you Google, why would I.
But recently, something like yesterday or 2 days ago, I started seeing “Sign in to Youtube” popup appearing when trying to watch whatever. And while you can dismiss the damn thing, it’s annoying. Google kept on bitching for various things trying to make you sign in and this one just adds to the pile of many. And it’s annoying. I DON’T WANT TO SIGN IN, because you’re annoying and you suck at privacy, but I’m forced to stick around because most creators are on Youtube. But I sure as fuck don’t want to sign in.
I’ve been wanting to write about it for a while, but was just to lazy. But now I’m so fed up with dumb people who are so careless and inconsiderate it’s borderline disgusting. So, here are some basic explanations how viruses work and why we wear masks. And how we should wear them because people apparently think we need to protect our chins for some reason…
How viruses spread
Viruses cannot exist on their own. They absolutely require a host which they use to multiply. And that’s sole role of a virus. To multiply. Viruses can survive certain period of time outside of hosts, but they will eventually degrade and fall apart when in contact with oxygen for extended periods of time because oxygen is an oxidizing agent and will eventually kill the virus if it can’t multiply further to prevent its decay. But it can take from hours to days depending on surface they are on. Viruses (and bacteria) can exit our body via bodily fluids. Since they spread through entire body, they also enter bodily fluids and they are secreted through many of our body orifices. Most commonly nose and mouth. And that’s not only when we cough or sneeze, but also during things like simply breathing or speaking. Virus in tiny droplets of saliva can exit our body and gets transferred into another host via exposed mucosa (nose, mouth, eyes). Which brings me to the next point…
You’re not a pussy for wearing a mask
Seeing a lot of mostly “tough” American soldiers posting selfies without a mask in crowded places with “I’m no pussy” tag under the selfie. You’re not a pussy, you’re just a selfish inconsiderate dumbass. The reason we’re wearing masks is to prevent spreading of virus from OUR body. You’re not wearing a mask to protect YOURSELF. You’re wearing a mask to protect OTHERS. Sure there is a tiny protection of your respiratory tract (mouth, nose, lungs) when you have your body entry point covered by a mask, but unless you’re also wearing a fully enclosed protective goggles too, you’re not really protected as virus can still enter your body via exposed mucosa in eyes if someone coughs at your face without them having a mask on. However, if I’m wearing a mask, talking, sneezing, coughing, laughing, none of this expels saliva droplets with virus because they get stopped by the mask. And if a person I’m interacting with also wears a mask, they are also stopping virus from being expelled from their body. Meaning, if all interacting parties wear a mask, virus basically cannot spread as the range of being expelled from the body decreases so far it cannot reach another person this way. You’re wearing mask to protect others and other wear masks to protect you. Only way to achieve best safety for everyone is for everyone to wear a mask. It’s literally that simple.
Stop whining about how uncomfortable the masks are…
I work with people and that means I have to wear mask up to 12 hours a day because work requires it. Every single day. And while they are a mild discomfort, it’s really not end of the world and if I survived for all these months wearing masks for such long periods every single day, you too can wear a god damn mask when you come to where I work and have to wear the mask for those few minutes. Whining about it and pulling the mask down just shows you’re a god damn weakling that I’m surprised you managed to somehow survive to this point. Only reason masks get really uncomfortable is when they get saturated with water from the moisture from exhaled breath, actually decreasing surface area through which air can pass easily and making it uncomfortable to breathe through because it takes a bit more effort to get the air through than with new, clean and dry mask. Which is why you’re suppose to replace masks roughly every 2 hours. If you’re visiting a shop or a bank for few minutes, you’re not being affected by mask.
And if you’re one of those people who wanders into a store without a mask and then gets into a raging fight with others after they tell you to wear a mask, where you get into faces of others while yelling and spitting, you are the fucking infectious problem. Not only you don’t wear a mask, you literally do the worst possible thing by being angry motherfucker getting into faces of others and yelling, literally making sure you’re spreading possible infection the best you could. So, if you’re one of those, fuck you, you miserable selfish piece of shit.
How to properly wear a mask?
Properly wearing a mask includes covering of both, nose and mouth while mask has to extend below the chin area, because they are both body orifices that expel the air furthest and that air includes bodily fluids. Just because you don’t see them, it doesn’t mean they aren’t there. They are. So, wear the damn mask covering both, nose and mouth. Just wearing it over your mouth is not enough. Also make sure you pinch the part of the mask that’s contacting your nose. The metal part in it exists for this purpose, so it closes the gap around your nose. And for god sake, stop constantly pulling the mask down to “breathe”, stop touching your god damn nose and for fucks sake, DON’T pull your mask down when you need to cough or sneeze. The mask literally exists for those cases primarily. It’s why you’re wearing it! Pulling it off at those moments literally negates mask’s sole purpose.
Masks that are not appropriate
I’ve seen a lot of people wear various masks and I just want to point out which masks are entirely pointless and shouldn’t be worn because they serve no purpose at all.
- Masks with exhale ports (a one way valve in front of a mask). These are used by painters and carpenters where masks exists to protect you from inhaling foreign harmful particles in huge quantities and make exhaling easier because you’re exhaling the air past filtration stage. With current situation with coronavirus, thanks to the exhale port, you’re literally exhaling all the saliva particles past filter into the air through the exhale port. And since ports are usually facing forward, you’re literally channeling the potentially infected saliva droplets into faces of others. Avoid wearing these entirely.
- Thin cloth like bandanas. The fabric density is so low most of the particles simply pass through. The range of saliva droplets is slightly impacted, but for the most part it’ll only catch actually visible droplets of saliva. The rest will pass through anyway.
- Napkins or cloth held on your face with your hand. Not only it makes you a one handed cripple, you’re also not sealing your mouth as good as a dedicated mask that is shaped to better adapt to contours of the face and you’re literally breathing saliva particles into your hand. Then you’ll probably exchange hands to hold it and spread the virus further with your hand. Just don’t.
Other bullshit myths about masks
There is a lot of dumb conspiracy theories and fearmongering videos and I’m gonna point out their nonsense and how they totally aren’t true.
- Masks decrease your blood oxygen. Which is total bullshit. Normal blood oxygen saturation is between 95-100% and can fluctuate due to air temperature, moisture and obstructions like masks. But will never fall below that level because of masks alone. Anything below that is considered dangerous and you should seek medical attention when that happens because it may cause dizziness and losing of consciousness. Oxygen (O2) and Carbon dioxide (CO2) molecules are so small they can easily pass through ANY mask, even the densest P100 masks which are highest rated protective masks in existence and can filter 99,97% of oil or non oil particulates down to 2.5 microns in size. To put that into perspective, oxygen molecule consists of two oxygen atoms, making it around 0.3nm in kinetic size (0.003 microns). Yeah, there is NO way even P100 mask is stopping oxygen from flowing through the mask and decreasing your blood oxygen level.
- Masks don’t work and they prove that by using vape and how easily it’s passing through the mask in all directions. As explained above, best masks with P100 filtration grade can filter particulates up to 2.5 microns in size. Vape particles are generally between 50-200nm (0.05-0.2 microns). Way below filtration levels of even P100 masks. Only thing people disproving masks efficiency proved they are idiots who don’t understand how masks work. Entirely.
- If masks can only stop particles down to size of 2.5 microns and SARS-COV2 virus is somewhere between 60 and 140nm in size (0.06-0.14 microns), what’s the point then? Well, while masks may not stop SARS-COV2 directly, the thing is, virus is never expelled from our body by itself. It’s always as part of bodily fluids expelled from our body and those are way way larger at around 50-100 microns, we’re talking droplets carrying a virus that are 25 to 50 times larger than the minimal filtration capability of the masks. So, yeah, it makes all the sense in wearing a mask because it’ll stop all those droplets that would otherwise leave your body unchallenged when sneezing or coughing.
- Masks are a way for governments to oppress us. I just love people who keep saying this. But please, explain to me how they are “oppressing” you? You can’t go to store because of a mask? You can’t freely drive a car anymore because of a mask? Hell, they now even say you’re not allowed to enter places like banks without a mask, where it’s generally forbidden to wear face covers. In most places, even if you don’t have a mask and you ask for one, they will provide you one free of charge. So, how? How are governments oppressing you with a requirement to wear a mask? Not being able to go to crowded places is a separate but related matter. It’s not oppression, it’s precaution. Crowded places are a horrible infection vector because while masks dramatically decrease the expelled bodily fluid particles, they by no means prevent that 100%. Some particles still fly out on the side of the mask because it’s not air tight. And if it’s a crowded place and you’re standing next to others even with masks, chances are you can get infected. Sort of basics of fluid dynamics (way how liquids propagate through obstacles and air also behaves like fluid), but I’m not expecting normies to understand it. You just need to believe people who do understand fluid dynamics and say you need to wear a damn mask and still social distance to prevent spread of saliva particles. It’s science, not oppressive regimes. Unless you consider science to be oppressive, in which case, welcome to year 1450. And put down that shiny fancy new 1500€ smartphone. Coz it’s clearly witchcraft.
There. I don’t expect my rant to reach a wide audience since I’m a small time blogger with tiny following, but if you happen to read this and you see yourself doing all the mistakes or you see yourself being that selfish prick who doesn’t care about others, I hope you’ll change your way of thinking after you learn about it.
I used to be one of those people who said whole coronavirus thing was totally over exaggerated and it’ll blow over as a slightly stronger annual influenza. Just to realize it’s not going to, because people are dumb, selfish and inconsiderate and can’t follow the most basic protection means to decrease the spread. Instead we have a global pandemic that shows no signs of regression thanks to before mentioned dumb selfish people.
Recently I got attention to another case of metric ton of bullshit, yet again by Epic Games. All of a sudden they’ve decided NO ONE can use Epic Games Store using ProtonMail. If you happened to register with it weeks or months ago, you can still ahve it, but if you want to migrate your account from data hoarding GMail to ProtonMail and change your e-mail address in Epic Games Store to ProtonMail address, you simply can’t.
The response to user who wanted to change his old e-mail to ProtonMail on Epic Games Store.
For internal security reasons, we can’t change your email to an email with the domain you requested. Please provide us with another email address.
I understand your concern about changing the email to the same domain, however, our system does not accept that type of domain anymore. I will gladly change it to a different email but it has to be a different type of domain.
For internal security reasons, we can’t change your email to an email with the domain you requested. As player support we are unable to accommodate your request as they do not fulfil our security measures.
Original post by user on Reddit:
Epic, you can just quit your sorry ass bullshit excuses of “security reasons”. Somehow ProtonMail, a service with most rigorous encryption and security that prevents tampering or external access is not secure enough, but GMail which is combed by Google’s scan bots for user data is somehow perfectly secure. Yeah, fucking sure.
This blanket banning of whole e-mail provider domains is ridiculous and needs to stop. Deviant Art pulled same bullshit sometime ago if I remember correctly. And they all pull this shit because they are lazy and incompetent. And they can afford pulling stunts like this because it’s a smaller provider. They can’t pull this shit with gmail.com because whole world would whoop their ass for it. But they know ProtonMail userbase is too small to cause a bit enough outrage. Well, lets make sure we make a big outrage over fuckers screwing up with privacy.
Post about it all over the interwebs and share with other users. Especially if they are ProtonMail users or they plan on using it. Or just if you want people to be able to use any e-mail and not have whole domains of providers banned. Because such behavior is ridiculous and inexcusable.
I’ve heard a song in some Samsung QLED TV demo that caught my attention with the vocals. Tried figuring it out with SoundHound few times but always failed because of other sound effects included in the demo. But at some point it managed to recognize it. I was thrilled. The song is performed by Antoinette Halliday & Louise Dowd, called “My Symmetry”. Found out on Youtube tons of people came looking for it because of the same Samsung demo. And because I like supporting musicians I really like I didn’t go looking for a free download, I searched for “louise dowd my symmetry buy mp3”. Bunch of Youtube hits and Amazon among them. Ok. Click buy on American Amazon and it was $0.99. Want to confirm it and Amazon starts whining about my credit card not being a valid payment system. Same credit card I use to buy from Amazon all the time. I thought, ok, must be some dumb regional thing. Then I go to Amazon Germany which usually works and the song was 1.29€. And I thought, fine, it’s more expensive but I’m willing to pay because I really like it. Same fucking thing. Not valid payment method. And I want an MP3 so I can freely listen to it wherever the fuck I want, be it phone, PC or my car. No bullshit subscriptions like iTunes or whatever. But nope, can’t legally obtain it. Music industry can go fuck itself. No wonder I roll my eyes real hard every time I hear music execs whine how piracy is killing their business. Bitch, I wanted to BUY music and you refused to take my money. So, who’s the idiot here? Now I’m most likely just rip it from Youtube or something coz I can’t seem to find it with any other source. Slow clap music industry, slow fucking clap.
Finally managed to find a site that actually allowed me to spend money. Insane how much effort was required. If anyone wants to check it out…
Mozilla annoyed all of us with introduction of idiotic new oversized URL bar in Firefox 75 browser. But we found a “browser.urlbar.update1” switch for it in about:config and while stupid, it was a matter of flipping a switch and puff, that dumb shit was gone. I even made Firefox Tweaker for this very purpose so even most clueless users who just want browser work their way can do it easily. Fast forward to Firefox 77 release and Mozilla in all their wisdom (or lack of it) decided to kill the “browser.urlbar.update1” switch and now we are stuck with that oversized, twitching annoying fuckery of an URL bar they introduced. Guess what’s the new method of disabling that annoying URL bar? You need to learn to code fucking CSS. And flip ANOTHER switch in about:config because custom userChrome.css are disabled by default. This is the kind of shit that made me stop donating to Mozilla months ago. I’m not gonna support an organization that keeps on throwing such fuck you shit at users without giving us simple and clear way of controlling it through god damn settings. No one asked for this dumbass new URL bar, they cooked it in their dumb thick skulls because all they fucking do is sit in front of telemetry stats like absolute morons and cook up shit based on that. And results are dumb shit like this new URL bar. I’ve seen their MO long ago how they literally don’t give a shit what users say or complain about and it’s yet again obvious if you look at the Firefox subreddit. Bunch of fanboys extinguishing the rage of annoyed users. Telemetry is Mozilla’s holy grail and they’ll do everything based on that.
And even if I’d somehow believe an oversized URL bar is a must, because it somehow brings attention to users (I don’t know, I’m already clicking on it, I don’t need fucking more attention from it), do it fucking properly at least. Instead of doing cheap increase in size, how about keeping the size we had before and use GLOW effect around the URL bar. You know, a fucking soft, semi transparent glow that doesn’t just cover other elements and looks like someone who just started coding threw it in. The glow would look professional and pleasant to the eyes. It could also be displayed gradually instead of instant popup in size like current URL bar does. Or just make the edge double the thickness in a shade of blue and leave it at fucking that, not adding 8 fucking pixels on every side of it. Not to mention getting rid of fucking oversized URL bar can only be done now by clicking into webpage area of the browser. Clicking anywhere on tabs, empty tabs section, toolbar or bookmarks bar doesn’t get rid of it.
It’s literally like they put zero fucking thought into it and just smacked it into a fucking stable channel and 2 versions later enforced it by hardcoding it to a point you need to write a fucking custom CSS to override it. And then I’m the annoying one for complaining over it. Do your fucking job properly and no one will be angry and shit you implement will actually function and look nice. Not be this butt ugly half ass implementation that looks like something I’d only dare to release as “prototype”. Yet it’s here in a stable final version.
Deep inhale. I’ve released Firefox Tweaker 2.4 today which now has to fucking shuffle userChrome.css around in order to override this god damn new URL bar. It’s a hack and it will suck if you’re already using tweaks in userChrome.css, but at least I managed to hack this shit so you can turn off the damn thing with just ONE checkbox. Just imagine if Mozilla gave users that one fucking checkbox to control it in settings. Instead, some fucking randoms on interwebs have to make hacks to fix their fuckups. Year 2020 really is a fucking gem and we’re only half way into it…
Go to Firefox Tweaker micropage to grab version 2.4:
Because new dumb URL bar wasn’t enough to just be enabled by default in all its flashing oversized glory, Mozilla now decided to just say FUCK YOU to everyone who turned this dumb ass URL design OFF by forcibly removing the “browser.urlbar.update1” switch, preventing all of us, including my Firefox Tweaker from disabling it. We’re now stuck with this dumbass new URL bar that’s still oversized, clips surrounding browser elements, looks ugly and idiotic and doesn’t provide absolutely no benefits with such obnoxiously dumb design. Mozilla released this retarded URL bar design with Firefox 75 and hasn’t fixed a fucking thing about it in 2 versions. Except shoving it down everyone’s throats with version 77. I’ve complained about it to a point they banned me from the subreddit and despite fucking ton of people complaining over it, they decided to just roll this shit anyway. Seriously Mozilla, go eat a bag of dicks. You fucking suck at designing interface and you’re a fucking disgrace to the trade you’re in. Doing a fucking browser. Not really surprised why people go using fucking Google Chrome even though it’s literally a spyware in a shape of a browser…
Baby Jesus Christ Google, can you fix this dumpsterfire you call Youtube? Ever since this god damn fucking virus emerged and you changed your shit to lower bandwidth usage (even though no one asked for it) it’s been a total hot garbage. None of existing browser extensions seem to enforce selected quality level anymore, the AUTO thing is all over the place and pretty much randomly picks quality between 480p and 4K, when you set it to certain quality it restarts the video from beginning unless it was buffered enough not to. And what really pisses me off is when Youtube picks 480p under AUTO regime, which I’m fine with on my computer I watch in bed and it’s fine enough quality and saves my battery. Except dumb ass Youtube picks 480p automatically, shows 480p is selected yet decides to display actual video at 140p for no god damn reason. Welcome to 1995 I guess…
I can’t believe this is going on for this long and Microsoft still hasn’t fixed or improved any of it. I can remember going as far back as initial Windows 8 releases that had these problems and we’re deep into Windows 10 product line and it’s still an absolute mess.
Let me just explain what I mean… literally from beginning.
Do you remember how Windows 10 asks you what language of Windows you want to install, what region you are in and what keyboard language you want to use, right there in first screen of the installer? And how it just forgets it all and then turns what you’ve picked into a total mishmash of moronic nonsense later on? Yeah, that one.
I’m from Slovenia, but I like software in English because tech terminology in my language is just terrible. It just sounds weird and all words are usually way longer than original English terms so I just prefer to stick with English.
I set my Windows (interface) to be in English US, my regional settings are set to Slovenia which sets time into 24 hour format, date is ordered correctly and uses periods instead of slash as separators, as well as bunch of other things specific to our region that don’t line up with US ones like how Monday is a starting day of week and not bloody Sunday. And of course keyboard in Slovenian language because we have special characters like “čšž” which are not found in English language.
And what is the end result of these settings?
Windows interface is indeed in English, but even though I’ve picked Slovenia in Regional settings, it just slams US time and date formatting on top coz fuck you user, your regional settings mean nothing to me! So I manually have to set region to Slovenia. Which, for some dumb reason forces Windows to localize Windows apps like Calculator, MS Paint and stuff. So I end up having most of Windows interface in English with those apps in my native language which just looks absolutely horrible. It also localizes Windows Store for some reason, so I hate using it even more. What an absolute clusterfuck.
And things don’t stop there, no no no, because I want interface in English, it just assumes I also want fuck ton of keyboard layouts as well. I then have English US, English UK and Slovenian layouts. And when I remove all of them except Slovenian, it still just auto assumes I need English US one so it’s just there in Language bar whether I want it or not. Which always spawns that god damn language bar next to clock with English US and Slovenian language every time I run any Valve game for some reason as well as with bunch of other apps and then you can’t get rid of the stupid Language bar thing. And you set it to Hidden in settings and the fucking thing just wouldn’t go away. Which part of HIDDEN don’t you understand there Windows?
Like, for fucks sake Microsoft, how god damn hard can it be? You literally ask me about these parameters during Windows install and you can’t fucking obey them properly? It’s just 3 (THREE!) parameters.
- Windows interface language (Which I want in English US, including Windows apps and Windows Store)
- Regional settings (Slovenia, so it’s Monday for start of the week, 24h time formatting and 18.04.2020 date)
- Keyboard settings (Slovenian and just this, if I don’t set any other keyboard, stop assuming shit and showing me English US layout anyway)
How hard can it be? When I set these things, fucking obey them and stop assuming things and enabling things. And stop just changing and rearranging others when I adjust some of them. Because as you are configuring these 3 segments, they change things in other segments of these 3 settings. It’s an absolute nightmare to adjust this stuff and have a reliable and consistent experience.
I can’t possibly be the only one who wants English US interface and Windows apps while using non-US regional settings and keyboard. Is everyone else really just US users or non-US users who just use their fully localized Windows? I can’t seem to think of any other explanation why I’m seeing all these absurd problems and inconsistencies and they aren’t a global problem somehow. It’s not a complicated thing to ask for. Just obey the damn settings I set and it would be fine. But that’s just not the case. And I have to deal with this crap on every Windows reinstall for years. Just fix this shit already Microsoft, god damn.