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37253 No. 37253 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit] [First 100 posts] [Last 50 posts]
What are some things that really bug you?
Things that genuinely piss you off?

I thought it would be nice to have a thread to vent about any little annoyance, no mater how big or small.
Any and all complains about the world around you are welcome here!
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>> No. 39160 [Edit]
>>39158
A lot of people don't use photoshop because they want "layered editing". They use it to edit pictures, same as paint. Some people use photoshop on occasion because it has specific features paint doesn't. That includes me.
>> No. 39162 [Edit]
>>39160
Huh? Layered editing is half the reason why people use photoshop in the first place. Look at any video of people using photoshops to perform edits and you'll see layers being used heavily.

The parallel being drawn between photoshop and paint is flawed. You have to segment it by intended target audience:

For light weight editing (simple cropping, drawing annotations, etc.) the comparison should be between paint and something like paint.net. (Sadly here I have to say that nothing beats paint. On linux and osx I have found absolutely nothing comparable, so there's a clear gap for this in the marketplace). For this, your point would be valid – I don't believe paint.net offers a "no layers" option, etc. In fact as I mentioned there's no real "basic image editor" available at all that beats paint.

For a purpose of digital image creation, the comparison should be between Krita and photoshop (I recall Krita was actually designed for artists drawing using wacom, whereas photoshop is just a mixed bag of everything). Here layers are crucial to the experience.

Somewhere in there you can throw Gimp which is basically the worst parts of the linux desktop experience combined with the feature bloat of photoshop. I still don't know if they added a draw circle feature...
>> No. 39163 [Edit]
>>39162
Yeah, paint.net is also layered based. Besides the name it's got nothing in common with paint. I'm biased since paint and photoshop are both things I actually use and often in tandem with each other.

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>> No. 39164 [Edit]
NO no NO, I disagree. Pain is not paintnet is not gimp. Paint is quick drawing fun, not big editing. Paint net is great editing with chromakey and magic stamp annd great. Gimp has channel of rgb very great, can change channel, also had the thing steganofgpry hide image once on the past people used it fo hide images, very great, is movre complex editing.

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33536 No. 33536 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit] [First 100 posts] [Last 50 posts]
How was your day? Did you do anything nice? Post about it here.
>>27208
It looks like the old one is on autosage so here's a new one.
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>> No. 39156 [Edit]
>>39155
I'm not surprised this devolved into a spiel of a midwit, but I am disappointed.
>> No. 39157 [Edit]
At least I'm not the guy buying god damn backlit keyboards.
>> No. 39159 [Edit]
>>39155
Ideally you want the ambient light when you are working to be diffuse, have a color temperature/brightness that tracks with the outside. This means that ideally you would have ~6500k full-spectrum diffuse lighting indoors (or even better yet as much sunlight as possible) during the daytime, and slightly dimmer ~2700k during the evening.

Monitor brightness and color temperature should be adjusted the match that of the room, but just a tad dimmer and warmer. I think part of the reason behind the dark theme fad is because they don't know how to adjust the monitor color temperature (by default it's almost always too blue) or brightness. (That said, I use the dark theme only in the IDE because there you're not usually _reading_ stuff but rather grokking the general structure and call-flow for which color-on-black helps.)

>>39145
Microsoft's "sculpt' ergonomic keyboard has been the best I've found, and the only one that fits the criteria of contoured, numpad-less, and non-mechanical switches.
>> No. 39161 [Edit]
>>39159
I like dark themes for their aesthetics, and it's a nice chance of pace to switch from a light one to a darker one and vice versa.

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9442 No. 9442 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit] [First 100 posts] [Last 50 posts]
I don't think we had a movie thread yet so I wanted to ask, does /tc/ watch movies? What was the last one you saw? Have any good recommendations or favorite genres? Do you like american, european or asian cinema?
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>> No. 39119 [Edit]
>>39118
>>39113
Ironman 3 seems like an oddly love it or hate it movie. I guess it really alienates fans of the first two by being much more focused on Tony's ptsd and having him get stripped down of everything that makes him who he is, even having to struggle and fight without his suit for once. I thought this made for a pretty interesting story. Destroying all the suits at the end didn't make much sense considering the character was far from calling it quits, but I guess the idea was to start over from a clean slate. The switcheroo with the villain was also interesting, even if it left a lot of long time fan bitter. Kinda funny in retrospect that ironman's archenemy wouldn't make his true appearance until after[spoiler] ironman is dead in the mcu, and even then has no interaction with anyone in the mcu before dying at the end of the movie he was introduced in, just to get replaced by get another token female for 'progress' sake[./spoiler]
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Winter Soldier. It's been a couple of days since I've seen it, so it's not that fresh in my mind. Head's up, I'll be spoiling the movie throughout much of this.

I'd say it's the best of the mcu I've seen. Action wise it certainty is. It's very well choreographed, which compensates for the lack of gore in these.

Captain America's out-of-touch "situation" provided some interest. This movie was also better for the things it didn't have. No love interest taking up huge chunks of screen time for one.

The first half or so of the movie was pretty great actually. It was intense, it felt like anything could happen, and there was a sense of conspiracy, which I really like.

The second half kind of fell off for me. The biggest thing was that I didn't like the Hydra twist. It felt waaaay too convenient(for the writers) that the malicious practices of a government agency could be blamed on Nazis, so Captain America doesn't really have to think too deeply about it.

Just like the first movie, Hydra felt like a proxy for something the movie didn't want to show directly(I don't care about the comics, and it's not like the movie hasn't changed things from it). In this case, they didn't want to directly portray the government in a bad light. God forbid the audience starts disliking the real life version. I also didn't appreciate the way this connected Winter Soldier to the first Captain America more, since I didn't like that one.

Besides that, there was more "aerial" combat instead of hand to hand combat. And I wasn't crazy about Captain America's side-kick with robot wings or whatever. He felt unnecessary and shoe-horned in.

Bucky was cool in this. Cool theme too. That's all I have to say about him.
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I've watched "Drive" the other day. The atmosphere and aesthetics were great, in fact they were the best thing about the movie. The soundtrack matched the cinematography.
>> No. 39148 [Edit]
>>39147
Drive was heavily inspired by the 70's movie "The Driver" by Walter Hill, one of my favourite movies ever. Drive itself isn't bad though I found Ryan Gosling awful in some moments.

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31665 No. 31665 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
What have you read lately TC?
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>> No. 38706 [Edit]
>>34566
Lately I've been seeing many people accusing Butler of producing a "abridged" translation of the Iliad. They even say that he removed the list of ships. What on earth are they talking about? I've read the Butler translation and it has the list of ships and all chapters are present and in the correct order. Is there any reason behind these claims?
>> No. 39114 [Edit]
I just read Salem's Lot. It was a lot shorter than I expected, more direct and straight forward of a vampire story as I thought it'd be too. I had been meaning to give it a go because I'm on the filth book of the Dark Tower and the priest from Salem's Lot becomes a main character in that. Not that reading this really shed any new light on the character or anything, feels like he was barely in it and the only not worthy part he's in was recounted in the dark tower books with more detail. I'd say the context helps but again, his back story had a million times more detail in the dark tower, I guess King wrote it expecting that no one read Salem's Lot.
>> No. 39115 [Edit]
The last few years have been harder for me to willingly read but around a month ago I've been a lot more capable. Read Humble Pi, a non-fiction about math going wrong in the world, and it was pretty easy to digest. The early chapters are a bit more interesting since they deal with physical, practical math rather than probability and computing (which are very interesting in their own right, but made the connections a lot less intuitive).
Followed it with Dune, not necessarily because of the movie but I've had it on my shelf forever and figured I'd try again. Last time was hard because I kept going to the glossary every new word, but pushing through even if I didn't think I understood was a lot easier since most stuff is explained through context. The story itself isn't that interesting but I like the characters and descriptions a lot. The roles of different factions feel meaningful, and focusing a large-scale conflict on a single, resource-deprived planet helps push the characters' actions in interesting directions.
The Dandelion Girl - referenced in Clannad - was also a very nice character-driven story. Much shorter than a book, it reminded me a bit of Ray Bradbury's short stories. The descriptions of the field are very relaxing and the main character reacts to strange information a lot in the ways I think a normal person would.
Not sure what I'll read next, I'm a bit limited in that I can't go and buy books so I'll have to pick off the dozen or so unread mystery and essays I've got stored in boxes and bins.
>> No. 39130 [Edit]
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39130
apart from manga, I've mostly been reading ancient and medieval texts, most of them religious, like for example those of the Nag Hammadi library:
http://gnosis.org/naghamm/hypostas.html
Also have been perusing the Zohar, the Talmud and rabbinic literature. It gets interesting once you realize that Edom and Esau are used as code words for Europeans/Christians, Jacob is code for Israel/Jews, and Ishmael is code for Muslims/Arabs.
https://www.sefaria.org/search?q=Edom&tab=text&tvar=1&tsort=relevance&svar=1&ssort=relevance
Also various non-religious pieces of fiction and poetry, like the ancient Egyptian Tale of the Ship-Wrecked Sailor:
https://www.storynory.com/the-tale-of-the-shipwrecked-sailor/
Just now I found a youtube channel that has good audio books of these kinds of ancient texts, like this one of the Egyptian Book of the Dead:
https://youtu.be/Afj5YwxpZWo?t=15344

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39131 No. 39131 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
So a lot of people have been talking about the unreasonably high cost of rent and housing lately, and it's certainly an issue. Prices are skyrocketing across the board with pay not really changing. we're seeing 400-500k for houses in many parts.
We got fucked over pretty hard by it and forced to move to a location we 100% weren't planning to, but the town we moved to actually isn't 'that' bad and our house is paid off. This has made me realize something.
There's still tons of affordable housing around the world, but all this over priced to hell housing is located in big cities. These cities tend to be dirty dangerous loud smelly crime ridden hellholes full of horrible people in an all around shitty local culture. The bigger the city is, the worse these problems get, and the more expensive they become to live in on top of that. Am I the only one who thinks it's weird to pay more to live in a worse place?

I grew up in a town that started off fairly quite and peaceful, that over the years grew quickly in population. Crime rates escalated with the number of people moving in. Traffic became unbearable, the streets became flooded with litter, businesses started going under. I've had my car and home broken into multiple times. I've been robbed and I've had my property vandalized, seen decent people I knew in school grow to become degenerate human garbage. You would think property values would fall because of this, but they actually rose. They didn't rise as much as neighboring cities, but they still rose never the less.
We left and traveled the country last year, exploring everything from big cites to small towns and everything between. During my short time in Vegas I received a death threat from one stranger and another threated to take me outside and "fuck me up", neither of these men I had even said a word to. Now here I am in a small town where the homeless are a rare sight, houses range from 40k to 120k, and I don't see security posted at every single business. Jobs here pay less than where I cam from, but then that brings me to the point of this post. Does it really make any sense to live in a place where housing costs 5x as much, just so you can have a job there that pays 1.5x more, maaaaybe 2x more? Would you rather get paid $10 an hour and pay $500 a
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>> No. 39135 [Edit]
>>39131
I live in a big city and it's not something I ever wanted, it's not like people are dumb and preffer to live in expensive and crowded places just because shops and shit, I myself don't go outside my apartment unless it's strictly necessary. Here the choice isn't between low salaries and high salaries, but between having a salary or not having any at all. It's quite hard to find a job outside big cities, and in most little towns you can't get a job unless you're "connected", so if you're an antisocial fuck up like me you're not gonna work there, and if you're lucky and somehow, someone does you the favour of hiring you, the conditions can be awful since "work ethics" are quite different in the country, there's no concept of labor rights and things are more like a 100 years ago. There's at least one nice thing about big cities and is being completely anonymous, so you have more chances for survival compared to anyone else.
>> No. 39136 [Edit]
>>39135
That's a good point, it's easy to forget how tight nit smaller communities are. and sorry you got stuck in a place like that.

>>39133
>a poor person issue
I lived on what eventually became a very busy street at one point, and that came with a ton of issues. We moved not that far and suddenly things became more peaceful. The city didn't change, the problems were still there, all we did was momentary side step them. They were still noticeable everywhere we went. As the problem grew it became harder to avoid them, even when going to formerly nicer areas.
They say you can't pick your neighbors. You can live in a decent area, but all it takes is for one bad person to get a lone, and they can quickly start to drive away decent residents in the area while lowering property values and attracting more of their kind. They're like a virus that can strike almost anywhere.
Besides, I've noticed places with money actually can attract poor people. Sure it pushes away the type who can't afford to live there honestly so they move on, but it attracts the people who beg for money on the streets, live off the scraps of the rich, and see easy targets for theft.
It seems to me if you live in a big wealthy city, you have to constantly swim around the shit. If you're wealthy enough you can put up barriers, gates for your community, security for your building, ect, but unless you're ridding helicopters from roof top to roof top, eventually you would still have to navigate the city streets wouldn't you?
>> No. 39137 [Edit]
>>39136
In the city itself yes but not in the rich suburbs I am talking about. It would be difficult for people to do any of that in rich suburbs. I would never want to live in a city.
>> No. 39141 [Edit]
>>39131
For bay area in particular, it's pretty insane what people are willing to put up with just to be proximally close to tech companies. As you mentioned with the rise of remote work any logical justification behind this state of things is gone, and indeed I do expect that the "bay area" will no longer be the technological hot spot it once was in 5-10 years time.

But the damage is already done. SF is an utter shithole, and I'm pretty sure a 3rd world country would be more habitable. The related issue is that housing is treated as both an investment and shelter, and in particular we have no problem letting rich foreigners buy up land just to rent it out (I recall this was a particular problem in Canada)

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39122 No. 39122 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
What do you think the world will be like in ten years? Care to make any predictions about anything?
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>> No. 39132 [Edit]
>>39129
Have you tried it?
>> No. 39134 [Edit]
>>39132
No, and I don't plan to unless forced or something is offered which I see actual value in, enough to justify owning another device that costs hundreds of dollars and needs maintenance and or periodic replacement.

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>> No. 39138 [Edit]
>>39129
It's too soon to say. They will be able to do all kinds of things with AR. But on top of that, it has huge potential integrating with social media and the like. Sure, you and me are not going to want to be able to open up and read Facebook posts from our glasses wherever we are and reply to them wherever we are. But the masses will.
>> No. 39140 [Edit]
>>39123
Agree strongly on the state of technology. In my opinion there have been no meaningful advances since ~2010 or so in the consumer sector. Consider that you a desktop (or even high-end laptop) from then is perfectly usable now. And the state of the developer ecosystem has gotten _worse_ since 2010 in my opinion. My predictions here are very dismal and cynical: greater shift away from "personal" computing into walled-garden as a service, more javascript bullshit, etc.

I really hope there's another tech crash soon, because I'm sick and tired of inanities (web3, iot, etc.) disguised as progress. In fact I bet there will be, because VC money isn't infinite and there'll be a reckoning sooner or later.

I don't expect adtech and the big tech conglomerates to die just yet, at least not within 10 years. They have too much momentum and so far the populace doesn't really seem to mind. There is increasing murmurs of discontent among devs and power users, so I do expect them to lose quite a bit of mindshare and they've already started their decline from their zenith (e.g. google of 2014 is nowhere close to google of 2022, both in terms of internal and external perception). Near the end of 10 years they will be in a prime position to be usurped by some new upstart.

I do expect that some startup will create a search engine that will beat Google at its own game within the next 5 years by catering to powerusers and building off of that momentum. Google is no longer focusing on search quality, and they're instead optimizing for mobile users in order to chase that sweet ad revenue. This will be their achilles heel, and distributed systems have become commoditized enough that Google's tech stack which was once their secret sauce is no longer a sufficient moat to prevent competition.

On the research side, I expect the hype around ML to slow down. There's been some really terrific achievements in the past few years alone, but I'm willing to bet the next breakthrough will come by taking a step back to develop a more unified theory of _why_ these deep neural nets work the way they do, and why some architectures
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16448 No. 16448 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit] [First 100 posts] [Last 50 posts]
Ponderings general 2. Post things you've thought about.

Previous thread >>15685
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>> No. 39031 [Edit]
>>39028
They all have different names to me, of course, but I still consider them all to be shades or tints of brown. Apparently this is not a normal phenomenon.
>> No. 39111 [Edit]
Why do people pronounce Christmas as Chris-mas with a silent t? Why not call Jesus "Chris" while they're at it?
>> No. 39112 [Edit]
>>39111
Probably because it's easier to just treat the t as silent when slurring words together. Plus I don't think most people pronounce "Christ" in "Christmas" the same way they do it by itself ("kraist" vs "kristmas").
>> No. 39120 [Edit]
>>39112
Etymology seems to be "christ mass" (which I never noticed until now) and it's not too hard to see that if you say it quickly it sounds like "christmas"

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39093 No. 39093 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
I'm not sure if this fits better to /ns/ or /ma/ but here's a Comiket thread. What are your expectations from C99?
>> No. 39094 [Edit]
Is it going to be offline this time or are we still doing the virtual thing?
>> No. 39095 [Edit]
I'm not in Japan so I can't really attend but I put in my Melonbooks order.
>>39094
It says "Tokyo Big Sight" right there.

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39084 No. 39084 Locked hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Why did you delete my Gikopoi thread? Moron, are you that checked out of western Otaku culture? We've been doing the new year's party every year since 2004 on /b/ then /jp/. Just because you don't understand Otaku culture in the West doesn't mean you have to censor me, asshole.
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>> No. 39089 [Edit]
>>39084
Only Gikopoi thread I remember seeing around here is the one on /vg/, which is still there.
>> No. 39090 [Edit]
Well, every year, we have a huge party on New Years Eve and New Years Day on Gikopoi.

>>39086
you should come it's going to be a good time

>>39087
wow, really? that's crazy! thanks for telling me, i had no idea. baka
>> No. 39091 [Edit]
>>39090
Is this your idea of advertising?
>> No. 39092 [Edit]
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39092
"Kuso thread."

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37163 No. 37163 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
How was everyone's Christmas?
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>> No. 39071 [Edit]
I visited my parents, ate some food they ordered, then drove around aimlessly for 2 hours. Then went back home and crashed.
>> No. 39072 [Edit]
>>39059
What can we do?
>> No. 39073 [Edit]
>What can we do?
With regard to what? Or is that supposed to be a rhetorical question?
>> No. 39076 [Edit]
>>39073
I don't know, sorry.

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11220 No. 11220 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit] [First 100 posts] [Last 50 posts]
They say you learn something new every day. Let's see if that statement is true!

ITT post something new you learned today. Trivia knowledge is more than welcome.
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>> No. 39029 [Edit]
Today I learned the word occidental.
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/occidental
>> No. 39030 [Edit]
>>39029
That's quite interesting. In romance languages we mostly use "Occident/occidental" and "Orient/oriental".
>> No. 39043 [Edit]
>>39029
congratulations, now you get to read theoccidentalobserver.net and The Occidental Quarterly.
>> No. 39048 [Edit]
>>39043
Ironically, I learned about it from Baki in a scene where a white death row inmate gets beat up by a Japanese karate master.

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