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|>>|| No. 25832
The old thread is well over 30MB, so I think we're due a new one.
Some cunt threw a firecracker in front of my bike today. If I hadn't seen the little scrote and his little scrote mates running I wouldn't have noticed until it was too late.
|>>|| No. 25833
Similarly some bloke let his hand drag over my leg as they were getting off the bus yesterday, and then grinned at me through the window as it pulled away. Dunno what the fuck he was playing at.
What pisses me off more than that though is being unable to find the Smokester in your image.
|>>|| No. 25834
> What pisses me off more than that though is being unable to find the Smokester in your image.
But Green: The Forced Meme slap-bang in the centre. For shame, OP.
|>>|| No. 25835
Police helicopters or maybe I should hate the cunts that cause them to be used.
No idea what's happened as of late but the neighbouring areas seem to draw out a police helicopter which then circles for around 10-20 minutes, atleast once a week and it's always when I'm trying to watch a show. It's not cold enough to shut my windows but fuck this fucking noise interrupting my watching comfort and enjoyment.
|>>|| No. 25837
Got on the phone to Virgin retentions, with a few days left before the cut-off. Before giving the go-ahead, I confirmed no fewer than three times the package and the price that we'd agreed. Now the receipt has come through and the price is higher than the one agreed.
|>>|| No. 25838
I installed Settlers 3 at twenty past four and got totally sucked into playing. I thought it was only 1am or so. Twenty past fucking five in the morning.
|>>|| No. 25840
My Brain: "Mate, why are you nice to people you don't even like?"
Me: "Because I wouldn't be nice to almost anyone otherwise."
God, I'm a miserable bastard.
|>>|| No. 25842
I think I'm mainly nice to people out of pure anger and spite at existence.
It's easy to be a cunt but to really try and be a decent human being in the face of an uncaring universe and planet full of suffering and arseholes I think is the only truly rebellious thing you can do.
Plus it generally makes life a little bit easier I think.
|>>|| No. 25844
No, the mistake I made was living in a country without a functioning telecom market.
|>>|| No. 25847
I'm unbearably horny. I wish there was an on/off switch on my stupid libido.
|>>|| No. 25854
Great, so then I'll have to go the police station after I've visited the Doctor. Just set me on fire while you're at it and I'll do all three.
|>>|| No. 25855
I spent all of yesterday thinking it was Thursday. I hate being a day ahead mentally, especially when it feels like it should be the weekend tomorrow.
|>>|| No. 25856
Days and therefore the concept of "weekends" are a social construct, mate. Grasp the nettle — make every day your weekend!
|>>|| No. 25857
People who update Facebook when they're on holiday.
|>>|| No. 25859
They can watch people having a scrap. There's always people having a scrap at Butlins.
|>>|| No. 25862
It's cheaper for me to buy peppers in a multi-pack, but that means I'm left with a green one and I don't like green peppers.
If I left it on the windowsill would it ripen and change colour?
|>>|| No. 25864
>Hey, Anon, you trying to get some kip?
>Aye... why? Who is this?
>It's your tinnitus, lad!
>Oh, for fuc-
|>>|| No. 25865
The green ones aren't ripe, so they are different. No natural sugars, bland and not sweet at all.
It takes like 2 or 3 weeks via that method, by which time it is likely to have begun to decompose. I'm sure there will be a quicker way. Heat is the key.
|>>|| No. 25866
Put it in a paper bag with a ripe tomato or banana. Keep it in a cupboard, not the fridge. The ethylene produced by the ripe fruit will accelerate the ripening of the pepper.
|>>|| No. 25867
I sent a the form away to get my NI number a week and a half ago and haven't heard anything back yet.
|>>|| No. 25868
For weeks now my phone has been pissing me off when I exercise it will either
a) Stop playing music inexplicitly
b) Randomly the speak and search function will fire up and interrupt my music
c) The music will inexplicitly turn down to silent
d) The track will inexplicitly skip to the next one
e) It will fall out of my pocket
f) The head phone wire will get caught in the cardio machine
At least one of these events happens every 4 mins or so. Finally today I got so pissed off with it I ended up bending it and cracking the screen beyond use. Now I'm even more pissed off with it and I have no money for a new one. I fucking hate it when technology doesn't do the task it is supposed to do. It angers me to a evidently violent level.
|>>|| No. 25870
You probably aren't wrong but it is localized to the very narrow band of malfunctioning technology, I'm not sure it would be worth the time and effort required to solve.
In some ways I feel it is liberating, I no longer feel obligated to use a machine that brings me such frustration. Burning bridges can be cathartic.
|>>|| No. 25871
I've been designing tech stuff - sometimes part of it, sometimes the whole thing, for ages. I, too, become unreasonably angry when motherfuckers release something that just doesn't fucking work.
Yes, I understand the commercial pressures. Yes, I understand that mistakes happen. But, fuck's sake. stop making shit.
|>>|| No. 25873
I treat it more cynically then that, things only need to work well enough for people to feel they work. Portable CD players for example were in practical application worse than tape players. But they they seems to work for long enough that no one cried afoul of the second you try use them for, say a jog they they were useless and a step backwards. As long as they worked in 'common usage' none of the manufactures seemed to care that they failed. I'd imagine if you took the thing back to the shop and said 'this piece of shit doesn't work when you go for a jog', they would have just shrug their shoulders and say 'well what do you expect', somehow we have come to accept holding technology to a lower expectation than we should. Convenience devices at their best should feel near invisible.
|>>|| No. 25874
This is a Sound Devices 664 field mixer. It's pretty much the gold standard device for location sound recording in the film and TV industry. It'll survive a drop from a second-floor window and keep recording on the way down. It costs £5,328.
You can buy something more-or-less functionally equivalent from Zoom or Tascam for about £300. It'll be a plasticky bit of tat, it'll be fiddly to use, it won't sound quite as good, but it'll get the job done 90% of the time. If you need to get the job done 100% of the time, then you'll need to spend five grand more.
It's easy to forget that the first Walkman cost £600 in today's money, that a Betamax video recorder in the early 80s would cost you the equivalent of £2,000. Those 70s and 80s Sony machines were beautifully built, but they cost a cock and a bollock. The market has consistently offered us the choice between higher quality or lower prices; we've chosen lower prices every time.
|>>|| No. 25875
I get your point lad, but if the only thing the 664 offered over a Zoom was reliability, we'd all still be using Nagra decks.
|>>|| No. 25876
The neighbour opposite my window doesn't seem to believe in curtains or blinds. You pair of dirty bastards might think of that as a selling point but I'm sick of seeing a middle aged man shower.
You can't pick out details because he has that patterned glass in the bathroom but it doesn't stop me being irritated by the vague image of a naked man. Surely there are laws against this sort of thing.
|>>|| No. 25877
>>25874 Manufacturing (and designing) stuff was a lot harder back then. Well, maybe not harder, but certainly more time intensive, and I suspect it's those man hours you're partly seeing reflected in the cost. Design tools now mean that I can knock out something of the electronic complexity of a walkman in a week and expect it to work. Mechanical design has had a similar boost in design tools.
Maybe I'm just cranky about shit user interfaces.
|>>|| No. 25878
A lot of complexity has shifted from hardware to software. What used to require a board full of discrete logic or some clever electromechanical gubbins can now be done with a cheap microcontroller.
That transition is great for cost, but generally bad for reliability and usability - we've moved hard problems from the very well-understood domain of mechanical engineering to the very poorly-understood domain of software. My washing machine occasionally crashes and needs to be rebooted, which is a bit bonkers.
With that said, there's just been a raft of cost-cutting in consumer products. It really is true that they don't make 'em like they used to. Before CAD/CAM came in, a lot of stuff was substantially over-engineered, because it was really difficult to predict its working lifespan. FEA and other analytical tools allows engineers to use the absolute minimum amount of material and the cheapest possible construction techniques, which is why stuff tends to break two weeks after the warranty expires. Colin Chapman was fond of saying that the ideal racing car would completely disintegrate the moment it crossed the finish line; engineers of consumer hardware have got very close to that ideal.
|>>|| No. 25879
>t really is true that they don't make 'em like they used to. Before CAD/CAM came in, a lot of stuff was substantially over-engineered, because it was really difficult to predict its working lifespan. FEA and other analytical tools allows engineers to use the absolute minimum amount of material and the cheapest possible construction techniques, which is why stuff tends to break two weeks after the warranty expires.
It actually goes much deeper than that. Our economy is built on the need for things to be replaced. The great depresion was caused fundementally by the fact no one was buying anything new because why would you when the thing you have works perfectly fine, so there wasn't enough demand so factories would shut down.
So after world war 2 it was quite deliberately agreed that products would be built with shelf lifes and to fashions (read; percived obsoletion), not as a company branding but as a deliberate political economic decision to make sure people bought new things to keep everyone working, our economy is built on busy time. As a really obvious example Lightbulbs used to be built in a way that they would and have lasted over 100 years, now you'll be lucky if they last a 1000 hours.
|>>|| No. 25880
>>25879 Lightbulbs used to be built in a way that they would and have lasted over 100 years, now you'll be lucky if they last a 1000 hours.
Sigh. Tradeoff of light output against lifetime. That 'century lamp' is both unusual and unusably dim.
This cabal of all manufacturers, are you really sure? Every last one? I never got the letter.
Decent LED bulbs should go pretty much forever (or until a serious mains spike comes along). The filament-looking ones have no over-stressed hot-running silicon. I like them.
|>>|| No. 25881
There was a cartel of lightbulb manufacturers, but their agreement reduced the lifespan of bulbs from 2000 hours to 1000 hours. It incorporated all of the world's significant light bulb manufacturers, but collapsed in 1939.
LED bulbs should have a lifespan of ~25,000 hours, but that lifespan only really applies to bulbs from top-tier manufacturers like Philips and Osram. The cheap off-brand bulbs you find in most supermarkets and DIY shops are shoddily built with substandard components and will have a fraction of that lifespan, especially in an enclosed luminaire. The cheap bulbs are a ludicrous false economy, but most consumers don't know any better.
|>>|| No. 25882
Tertiary education is not what I expected. I should have gone to a proper uni.
|>>|| No. 25884
I'm doing my degree at a college, I'd say which, but with fewer than half a dozen of us on the course and future whinging incoming I don't want identify myself. Maybe I'll do better not chasing girls and getting pissed, but the course requires group work and the pickings for that are subpar at best, which means I could be a bit knackered anyway. Two, possibly three, people have already dropped out too.
|>>|| No. 25887
I was outraged when I saw it on the iPlayer, and when I saw it was that annoying bloke playing Fletch, but honestly it wasn't that terrible. He plays it quite well. I'm still not going to watch it, mind, but the half an episode I watched didn't make me feel sick, so that's pretty high praise.
|>>|| No. 25888
I've bruised a rib and it's a right pain. Can't do bloody anything, hate downtime, I'm supposed to be on holiday damn it.
|>>|| No. 25889
>I've bruised a rib
Bruises don't affect bones and even then they're nowt but a funny colouring. Get a grip whingelad.
|>>|| No. 25891
Bruised bones means they are internally fractured. Bet you feel like a right knob.
|>>|| No. 25892
Stepped on a plug, going over onto a toe and launching my tea all over the floor, and I've no-one to blame but my cunting self.
|>>|| No. 25893
>Bruised bones means they are internally fractured.
What a fucking nugget. Bruised bones. Like bruised teeth.
|>>|| No. 25894
Why does Windows make it such a sodding effort to eject external hard drives? I'VE CLOSED EVERYTHING, YOU DAFT PC!
|>>|| No. 25896
I have a recurring dream about being married to Stacey Solomon. In the dream I'm really happy, but when I wake up I feel like some kind of nonce.
|>>|| No. 25898
I hope this train derails so I don't have to hear this sodding couple discuss more restaurants they don't want to eat at.
|>>|| No. 25899
She's a lovely girl, but she doesn't seem like the sharpest knife in the drawer.
|>>|| No. 25905
This reminded me of a cunt-off we had last year involving public transport:
|>>|| No. 25908
So it's okay to destroy people's property because they're being inconsiderate?
|>>|| No. 25919
I considered slashing the tires of a Range Rover that was parked over some tactile paving recently.
|>>|| No. 25931
Somehow Amazon knows I'm a student now, and here's some small print from their "offer".
>By signing up, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to the Prime Student and Amazon Prime Terms and Conditions.At the end of your six-month trial, your membership will automatically upgrade to an annual Amazon Prime membership and we will charge your card Visa/Delta/Electron ****-1815 or another available card on file £39/year.
Who the fuck even told Amazon I was starting a degree? Just utter fucking shit. My personal details being sold by an institution I'm already giving almost ten grand a fucking year to, it makes me want to push anyone in a suit down some stairs.
|>>|| No. 25933
Amazon keeps trying to get me to sign up for the student membership despite me not being a student any more, their records aren't great. I tried to take advantage of it at some point but can't remember my university login.
|>>|| No. 25938
Six months free and 50% off thereafter is a pretty damn good student discount. Not sure what those mock quotes are about.
|>>|| No. 25939
People who refer to their pets as if they were children. Especially those who go a step further and refer to them as blood relatives. Someone I know talks about her three boys (dogs), the girl they recently lost (also a dog), their cousin/her nephew (her sister's dog), and her little sister (her late mother's dog).
|>>|| No. 25950
Beetham Tower being the only building in Manchester big enough to disappear into the clouds makes it look like the Citidel from Half-Life 2.
|>>|| No. 25951
What is it with thick bastards and using fucking speaker phone?
|>>|| No. 25952
Yorkshire Bank have sent the Missus and me separate letters about changes to the terms and conditions of our joint current account. You'd have thought they'd have had something on their systems for only sending out one letter if the joint account holders live at the same address.
|>>|| No. 25953
This is a petty thing to get annoyed about, but my gay friends still dress like they're teenagers despite the fact they're in their early thirties. Their faces have aged too much to be able to pull off hair like this.
|>>|| No. 25954
I'm not trying to attack you and your right to your opinion, but I wonder why it bothers you.
|>>|| No. 25955
I'm not entirely sure. It's not to do with their sexuality.
At a guess, I'm being overly judgemental and think they need to "grow up" a bit. Their faces have too much age in them to pull off the look they're aiming for but I'm not sure how far I'm judging them; they're still quite immature and directionless so I don't know if the shitty emo-kid hair is what I see as a manifestation and reminder of this.
|>>|| No. 25958
Why can't they at least let them all off at once or in quick succession so other people don't have to suffer the idiotic bangs every now and again?
I mean for fucks sake. It's not even November yet and even if it were fireworks are such an underwhelming toy after 5 minutes.
|>>|| No. 25959
>It's not even November yet
You might as well say we're nowhere close to 4th July. Yesterday was the start of Diwali, you dribbling cunt.
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