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@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 01:05 PM)

So whenever he addresses his troops, he keeps cracking jokes. Sometimes these jokes are about the blunders he himself had made in his speech the previous day.

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 01:01 PM)

At the moment, I'm blessed with a pretty nice superior. He's got a military background, but he takes an oddly entertaining approach to it. Imagine a stand-up comedian who accidentally enlisted as a drill sergeant.

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 12:54 PM)

Another type of everyday absurdity: Imagine you're leaving your workplace for your lunchbreak. Upon your return, you discover that your workplace has been cordened and/or gated off during your break, with "construction site" warning signs everywhere. You go to your superior and tell him: "I can no longer access my workplace! Why is there suddenly a construction site?" Your superior takes a surpised look and says: "I don't know, first time I see this." You figure: "Must be a Tuesday, then."

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 12:51 PM)

It's kind of surreal, really.

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 12:50 PM)

They agree that things are less than ideal, but they acknowledge that their scope of making decisions is limited. Oddly, I keep getting that regardless of how high up the chain of command I bother people.

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 12:49 PM)

"I hear you, but you know how it is, there's nothing I can do about it." That's it, basically.

@  TheMightyMol... : (19 October 2019 - 06:40 AM)

What's it like to have management that's willing to listen to things they don't want to hear? I've never seen that.

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 04:41 AM)

I manage to argue within the company's own internal logic and point out the flaws, shortcomings and discrepancies between "official company policy" and "everyday company reality".

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 04:40 AM)

Many of my coworkers are scared to even talk to managers. I often discuss company matters with them I disagree with, and it isn't a rare occurrence that they say "yeah, you're right..."

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 04:38 AM)

I know how to watch my tone, and I prefer to keep things straightforward and factual, never to attack the person, always the problem itself.

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 04:37 AM)

The good thing for me is ever since a minor hiccup many years ago when I was still non-permanent, I've always managed to along just fine with my various superiors (I've been through over a dozen already). And that's despite my outspokenness, my blunt honesty and my oftentimes harsh criticism.

@  Sabrblade : (18 October 2019 - 11:04 PM)

With visuals presented by the Cybernet Space Cube

@  Dekafox : (18 October 2019 - 04:51 PM)

And don't forget to sign up for a cybersecurity seminar while you're there

@  Dekafox : (18 October 2019 - 04:47 PM)

Well you can always strap on some cyberlimbs and go into cyberspace for a cyberpunk experience

@  NotVeryKnightly : (18 October 2019 - 04:28 PM)

You know that "cyber" doesn't mean "cyborg", right?

@  Maximus Ambus : (18 October 2019 - 04:16 PM)

So where's the Cyborgs on CYBERtron?

@  The Doctor Who : (18 October 2019 - 03:47 PM)

Click here and we can send you notifications about your desire to discontinue notifications!

@  Benbot : (18 October 2019 - 10:40 AM)

Why does every damn website want to send me notifications? NO, no one wants your popups! Quit asking!

@  Echowarrior : (18 October 2019 - 09:19 AM)

Amazon in the US has pretty good benefits, though, and even the temp workers had forty hours a week to start with. Even with minimum wage, that's pretty good pay.

@  Nevermore : (18 October 2019 - 01:20 AM)

Oh, the turnover rates are high here as well.

@  TM2-Megatron : (17 October 2019 - 09:45 PM)

Amazon.com and .ca, on the other hand, can be pretty terrible. I know from your squawkbox posts that you guys have your issues with Amazon over there, although you're lucky to have stronger government regulations and a union there. I gather the warehouse workers in the USA and Canada have it pretty crappy, with very high turnover, close to minimum wage pay, and no unions

@  TM2-Megatron : (17 October 2019 - 09:38 PM)

Amazon.de doesn't really have the same issue. I've ordered from them (and UK, FR, IT and JP) several times, and their packaging is much better

@  Nevermore : (17 October 2019 - 05:22 PM)

I'm not sure how it works on the customer's end. As packers, we sometimes have items that are flagged as "overwrap", which means we absolutely have to put them into a box even if they're already in pretty sturdy manufacturer packaging.

@  TM2-Megatron : (17 October 2019 - 03:05 PM)

Yeah, I really do wish amazon had an option to upgrade packaging for an extra buck or something. I hate their bubble mailers

@  Benbot : (17 October 2019 - 07:17 AM)

That's how it works. I just hope my order from Amazon doesn't arrive crushed because they idiotically stuffed it in an envelope.

@  Telly : (16 October 2019 - 10:48 PM)

my walmart is acting true to form. as soon as mirage arrives from amazon, my walmart gets his entire wave in after months of having wave 1 clogging the pegs....

@  Nevermore : (16 October 2019 - 05:18 PM)

I stirred up some trouble at work, complained about the blatant neglect of employee safety. Was asked to take photos and write down the locations so the matter could be properly escalated. Made me feel a little better.

@  wonko the sane? : (15 October 2019 - 02:55 PM)

I got stabbed in the eyelid by a mudwasp, pulled down a tree, and then got ice cream. You know, all told: not a bad day.

@  Maximus Ambus : (15 October 2019 - 09:17 AM)

Burrunjor

@  Paladin : (15 October 2019 - 08:04 AM)

your mom.

@  Benbot : (15 October 2019 - 08:02 AM)

What's your favorite Paleolithic megafauna?

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 October 2019 - 10:06 PM)

Together with the Rhino G1 sets, probably the most expensive DVDs I ever bought

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 October 2019 - 10:01 PM)

I've still got the age-old Rhino sets

@  Telly : (14 October 2019 - 09:09 PM)

i didnt find that at any of the ones around here, so i had to settle for seasons 1 and 2 of duckman for $3

@  Steevy Maximus : (14 October 2019 - 07:45 PM)

Heck, I got the season 2/3 set for $3 (?) from a Dollar General discount bin :p

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 October 2019 - 07:29 PM)

The series is pretty cheap on DVD, too, which at least will work internet or no. The complete series set seems to be OOP, but there's a Season 1 set as well as a combined 2 & 3 set.

@  wonko the sane? : (14 October 2019 - 06:10 PM)

Woot! Beast wars!

@  Steevy Maximus : (14 October 2019 - 06:08 PM)

Yay! Tubi now has the first season of Rescue Bots and the full run of Beast Wars FINALLY available.

@  Benbot : (14 October 2019 - 02:16 PM)

Just like me in a game of Civilization. Don't have gunpowder? Time for your cities to burn.

@  Rycochet : (14 October 2019 - 01:51 PM)

He dubbed the peoples that saw him as bad news cannibals and savages before enslaving and wiping them out too.

@  wonko the sane? : (14 October 2019 - 01:40 PM)

And if they had been unfriendly: he would have simply slaughtered them with diseases they couldn't fight, and technology they couldn't match until they as a people did not exist. There's something about european backgrounds that drive us to exploit.

@  Rycochet : (14 October 2019 - 11:02 AM)

He described the peoples he encountered as some of the most friendly and giving in the world, so naturally, he ate all their food, enslaved them and put them to work looking for gold that did not exist, until they as a people did not exist.

@  Paladin : (14 October 2019 - 09:57 AM)

he landed by coincidence in front of long-term residents.

@  Sabrblade : (14 October 2019 - 09:55 AM)

He said the world was round-o! (He said the world was round-o!) He said it could be found-o! (He said it could be found-o!) That hypothetical, calculated, son-of-a-gun, Columbo! (That hypothetical, calculated, son-of-a-gun, Columbo!)

@  Benbot : (14 October 2019 - 09:22 AM)

In the year 1492, Columbus gave us the day off skoo

@  Noideaforaname : (14 October 2019 - 08:59 AM)

How often do people actually celebrate Columbus or the Pilgrims? Usually it just feels like celebrating the first break in the school year and a nice dinner with the family.

@  wonko the sane? : (14 October 2019 - 08:29 AM)

You've got like two more weeks until the american thanksgiving. Canadian thanksgiving is literally a harvest festival.

@  CVReynolds : (14 October 2019 - 08:09 AM)

Hey, everyone. Come together to enjoy this national holiday made to celebrate a mass-murderer who never set foot in the USA. What fun!

@  Benbot : (14 October 2019 - 07:25 AM)

that's perfect!

@  PlutoniumBoss : (14 October 2019 - 02:22 AM)

A school-bus combiner called Valedictorion.


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#1 Noideaforaname

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Posted 26 August 2019 - 09:28 PM

So, my 11 year old laptop's really starting to show it's age, meaning it's time for me to get a new one. But since it's been so long, I'm not terribly sure what to look for or even what to expect (i.e. are cd/dvd drives still a thing? and I'm assuming I shouldn't expect another decade+ lifespan) FWIW, I'm looking for something to draw on while watching videos/listening to music.

I did try out a Surface Pro, but I didn't really didn't like it so much. It's ~12" screen felt microscopic compared to my old Macbook Pro's ~14", it's 128GB memory seemed to be filling up fast just after adding some backup files (well not 'some', but still not encouraging for a device that's supposed to last a while), the lack of multiple USB slots was annoying, and I'm far too used to a wacom tablet/keyboard to make the switch to touchscreen.

Edited by Noideaforaname, 28 August 2019 - 05:51 PM.


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Posted 26 August 2019 - 10:41 PM

Is there a memory card slot? If you can just keep a card in there basically all the time, that's nearly the same as having more storage.

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Posted 26 August 2019 - 11:05 PM

Yeah, I have a Surface Go and have a microSD card for extra storage. Haven't really needed the external drive too much except for occasional file dumps. I love the removable/dockable keyboard, makes it easier to draw on my lap.

Main negative is that the kickstand is thin/delicate. There's a long thin strip glued under the stand that started peeling pretty quickly. Some wide clear tape fixed it right up, though. I assume the tape will eventually come off, as it's right against the warmest part of the tablet.

The pressure sensitivity/pen are pretty great, the program that came with it is fun but you have to pay for full features and it's a wonky with larger files (though I also have the Go with the lowest memory/speed). I can use Manga/Clip Studio on it, though I'm still trying to figure out how to get the pressure sensitivity to work the way I want to.

Edited by MEDdMI, 26 August 2019 - 11:06 PM.


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Posted 27 August 2019 - 06:41 AM

Are you buying a tablet, or a laptop? Cause, a lot of tablets have this thing where there's enough accessories to turn it into a kind of laptop (keyboard that acts like a screen cover, wireless mouse, ect.). If you're going after an honest to god laptop: hit up something like newegg or microdirect, and get last years top shelf product on clearance. Lots of computer stores are running sale right now for back to school, and you should be able to find something you'd like at a reasonable price.


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Posted 27 August 2019 - 09:20 AM

Sounds like you want a 2-in-1.  There are a lot of good contenders in that category, so my advise would be to just go to a store and see what you like in person.  And then once you narrow it down based on personal preference, check out online reviews to make sure you're not getting a dud.



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Posted 27 August 2019 - 10:46 AM

Also note that this weekend is Labor Day, so there will be many deals to be had.  Depending on budget, there are a number of 15" 2 in 1 from all the major guys.  Also depending on budget, would it be practical to get a modest laptop and a decent tablet?  15" laptops, while smaller than they used to be, are still pretty hefty, but might provide the screen real estate you seem to desire.

That said, the big compromises will be this:

optical drives are largely limited to lower-low mid tier consumer products.  Typically big and bulky and may have touch screens (but in a traditional laptop form factor, touch screens are kind of worthless).

Traditional HDD give you large storage options, but at the expense of speed. SSD will make your system "feel" faster at the expense of how much you are able to store locally.  Though, devices with Intel Optane seem to mitigate this (kind of like the old Apple Fusion drives where they have a small amount of Solid State storage to mitigate access to the HDD).



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Posted 27 August 2019 - 09:56 PM

An optical drive isn't a dealbreaker or anything (especially with streaming and everything these days), but it's the kind of thing I'd immediately notice was gone. If they're simply obsolete nowadays then oh well.

Not sure if I'd even want to use a touchscreen all that much. Drawing-wise, I rather like having an upright screen, and keyboard shortcuts.

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Posted 28 August 2019 - 09:37 AM

I can't think of a single consumer laptop that has an optical drive anymore.  I don't think even massive 17" gaming laptops have them.



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Posted 28 August 2019 - 06:10 PM

Is there much of a difference between brands? I seem to remember Apple being the main choice for art computers back in the day, but now it seems like Microsoft and Dell have stuff recomended for creatives? (As well as some other companies I haven't heard of). And "work" or "gaming" laptops, compared to I guess normal laptops? Like, i assume there ought to be some differences, but maybe not so drastic? Can most anything run Photoshop (or similar) these days?

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Posted 28 August 2019 - 06:31 PM

Work laptops assuming stuff like websurfing and writing documents: less ram, slower processors/less cores in processor, usually slightly smaller screens and NO GPU. Consequently they tend to be slightly less expensive. Gaming laptops have more RAM, usually a built in GPU, higher end CPU, larger screen, and sometimes stuff like mechanical keyboards, so they end up being much more expensive. You generally want a computer with more ram to run photoshop.


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Posted 28 August 2019 - 07:41 PM

Is there much of a difference between brands? I seem to remember Apple being the main choice for art computers back in the day, but now it seems like Microsoft and Dell have stuff recomended for creatives? (As well as some other companies I haven't heard of). And "work" or "gaming" laptops, compared to I guess normal laptops? Like, i assume there ought to be some differences, but maybe not so drastic? Can most anything run Photoshop (or similar) these days?

Basically, it depends on the operating system you prefer.  Most upper tier mainstream devices ($800-1500) should be more than capable of running Photoshop, especially if you're transitioning from a decade old machine.  Apple stuff retains its premium, but many still swear by the eco system (ME!), but there are MANY devices cheaper capable of "outperforming" a Mac on paper and at a lower price.

 

There's also some really positive buzz about this fall's PadOS update for the iPad, bringing more desktop style functionality to the device including external hard storage (USB sticks, etc) and expanded support for Blutooth devices (like standard console controllers)



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Posted 28 August 2019 - 11:23 PM

I'm sorry this won't actually help, I know nothing of labtops, but for some reason I read this thread as "Ladybug buying advice"

 

...maybe I need more sleep.


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Posted 29 August 2019 - 10:23 PM

You can buy ladybugs, actually. They're good pest control.

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Posted 29 August 2019 - 11:14 PM

Manga Studio (now known as Clip Studio) has no problems running on my lower end Surface Go. It's not exactly Photoshop, but is a quite beefy art program with 3D models and such. I don't tax it too much, around 3-10+ layers, maybe some small programs on the side. It's definitely not for any serious gaming, though.



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