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Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Mandom like the plague

Postby SlyReaper » Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:02 pm UTC

silent man wrote:@ Anti-virus scam:
1) "Oh, I wouldn't need any of that. I run Linux!!!" *motorcycle-noises* Then hang up.
2) As soon as they utter the words "tech-support", say: "Finally! I've been waiting for you guys to call back forever!", then channel the tech-support caller from hell and make them talk you through EVERYTHING (If you have time to kill, start with "So how do I open these Boxes?"). When you have run out of ideas for stalling and you are finally about to start downloading their software, make up some excuse (ideally one they can hear, like a doorbell or a dog barking to be let out), thank them profusely for helping you and being so patient, then hang up.

FT: All in all, this inlay is not taking as long as I thought it would.


The ones I like to troll are the ones who open with "Hello, this is [name] from [company]. How are you today?" Seriously? They're asking how I'm doing? They've never met me, and they're chatting to me like I'm an old mate. So my usual response is to concoct some heart-wrenching, and incredibly long-winded tale of woe, and never give the person calling a chance to speak. See how long it takes them to hang up.
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Postby Hope_ » Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:09 pm UTC

Plasma Man wrote:I have a similar problem with creoles.

Well played. :P
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Postby Moo » Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:49 pm UTC

SlyReaper wrote:The ones I like to troll are the ones who open with "Hello, this is [name] from [company]. How are you today?" Seriously? They're asking how I'm doing? They've never met me, and they're chatting to me like I'm an old mate. So my usual response is to concoct some heart-wrenching, and incredibly long-winded tale of woe, and never give the person calling a chance to speak. See how long it takes them to hang up.
... wow. I know myself and just about every South African and Australian I've ever talked to about this think the Brits are rude dicks for their phone manners but I didn't realise a little bit of human interaction warrants trolling.

"Hi, this is Moo calling from MooCompany regarding the bug you logged. How are you today?"
"Fine. Look this thing isn't working when I ... " etc etc.
Jeez, I'm fine too, thanks for asking. God forbid we actually make each others' working days a little less dull and impersonal.

And most black South Africans think we whities are rude for only going as far as "how are you? fine thanks and you?". Your brain would asplode if you lived here. All this... being NICE to other people... psh!
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Postby Von Haus » Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:53 pm UTC

Armadillo Al wrote:Today: 1-3 inches.
Tomorrow: 1-3 inches.
Tomorrow night: SNOWMAGEDDON.


Having had the previous posts put scams in my mind I am very glad that post didn't end the way I was expecting it to...
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Postby SlyReaper » Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:08 pm UTC

Moo wrote:
SlyReaper wrote:The ones I like to troll are the ones who open with "Hello, this is [name] from [company]. How are you today?" Seriously? They're asking how I'm doing? They've never met me, and they're chatting to me like I'm an old mate. So my usual response is to concoct some heart-wrenching, and incredibly long-winded tale of woe, and never give the person calling a chance to speak. See how long it takes them to hang up.
... wow. I know myself and just about every South African and Australian I've ever talked to about this think the Brits are rude dicks for their phone manners but I didn't realise a little bit of human interaction warrants trolling.

"Hi, this is Moo calling from MooCompany regarding the bug you logged. How are you today?"
"Fine. Look this thing isn't working when I ... " etc etc.
Jeez, I'm fine too, thanks for asking. God forbid we actually make each others' working days a little less dull and impersonal.

And most black South Africans think we whities are rude for only going as far as "how are you? fine thanks and you?". Your brain would asplode if you lived here. All this... being NICE to other people... psh!


I should clarify that [company] in these situations would be a company that has tried to scam me in the past, like those "you have a virus, give us all your money so we can fix it for you" calls. Obviously I wouldn't do that if it was just a random cold call, I'd just ask "are you trying to sell me something", and say I'm not interested if they say yes.
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Postby Moo » Mon Jan 31, 2011 5:02 pm UTC

Hilarious, disturbing or both? Or a little bit sexy? You decide!

I was looking for the Princess Bride on Amazon.co.uk when I came accross this treasure. Crossed out bits mine.
'The Princess' Bride' synopsis wrote:Buttercup Daisy de Fleurre, an exiled princess from a faraway land, longs for true love. She almost experienced it at the tender age of eighteen, when she and her servant Wesley Chelsey, engaged in a smoldering love affair for one brief summer before they were both separated forever. Eight years later, Daisy is now engaged to a man who wants to offer her the world. But Daisy still longs for the servant boy woman she has never forgotten...

The dastardly lady pirate C.W. Dread, lives for revenge against Prince Humperdinck Lord Humphrey, the man who murdered her family. She will kidnap Humphrey's fiancée, hold her for ransom, and introduce her to the delights of the flesh. Then her revenge will be complete! But Dread is in for a shock when her prisoner is a blast from her past who she once adored deep down to her very core...

Danger, adventure and passion are only a few things in store for this lady pirate and her princess as they succumb to a lust for one another that can no longer be denied or contained...
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Postby Xeio » Mon Jan 31, 2011 5:07 pm UTC

Von Haus wrote:
Armadillo Al wrote:Today: 1-3 inches.
Tomorrow: 1-3 inches.
Tomorrow night: SNOWPENISMAGEDDON.
Having had the previous posts put scams in my mind I am very glad that post didn't end the way I was expecting it to...
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Postby SurgicalSteel » Mon Jan 31, 2011 5:20 pm UTC

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Because it's delicious and cheaper than Kalhua.
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Postby podbaydoor » Mon Jan 31, 2011 5:34 pm UTC

Moo wrote:Hilarious, disturbing or both? Or a little bit sexy? You decide!

I was looking for the Princess Bride on Amazon.co.uk when I came accross this treasure. Crossed out bits mine.

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tenet |ˈtenit|
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Postby Ulc » Mon Jan 31, 2011 7:29 pm UTC

Moo wrote:Hilarious, disturbing or both? Or a little bit sexy? You decide!

I was looking for the Princess Bride on Amazon.co.uk when I came accross this treasure. Crossed out bits mine.


Is it weird that I don't find the plot any stranger than most other plots in porn?
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Postby Zarq » Mon Jan 31, 2011 7:32 pm UTC

Porn has plots? What kind of obscure porn are you watching?
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Postby Ulc » Mon Jan 31, 2011 7:50 pm UTC

Zarq wrote:Porn has plots? What kind of obscure porn are you watching?


A lot of porn does try to act like it has a plot. It's usually a pretty poor excse.
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Postby Xeio » Mon Jan 31, 2011 7:52 pm UTC

Ulc wrote:
Zarq wrote:Porn has plots? What kind of obscure porn are you watching?
A lot of porn does try to act like it has a plot. It's usually a pretty poor sexcuse.
I'm ashamed that you didn't do that yourself, though I'll chalk it up to the typo already present.

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Postby Mumpy » Mon Jan 31, 2011 8:29 pm UTC

Zarq wrote:Porn has plots? What kind of obscure porn are you watching?

There's all that, "will they, won't they?" tension in the air, usually some touching moments, occasionally the plot even has some deep points to think about. However, most of the time the main character gets screwed over.

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Postby clockworkmonk » Mon Jan 31, 2011 8:35 pm UTC

entirely unrelated.

Interesting moment Saturday. A man in a suit and a young boy knocked on my door and were clearly evangelist. They asked me what my beliefs were, and I informed them I am agnostic. this led to a question, "Why?" which I answered completely and honestly. After I was finished, the man thanked me for my time, for my story, and then left.

and now back to what passes for plot in pornography.
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Mumpy wrote:
Zarq wrote:Porn has plots? What kind of obscure porn are you watching?

There's all that, "will they, won't they?" tension in the air, usually some touching moments, occasionally the plot even has some deep points to think about. However, most of the time the main character gets screwed over.


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Postby ArgonV » Mon Jan 31, 2011 8:51 pm UTC

Ok. Decision time. What will my master of biomedical engineering be? I think I've got it down to two tracks, nanobiophysics or biomedical photonic imaging...

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Postby emceng » Mon Jan 31, 2011 9:24 pm UTC

clockworkmonk wrote:entirely unrelated.

Interesting moment Saturday. A man in a suit and a young boy knocked on my door and were clearly evangelist. They asked me what my beliefs were, and I informed them I am agnostic. this led to a question, "Why?" which I answered completely and honestly. After I was finished, the man thanked me for my time, for my story, and then left started removing their clothing.

and now back to what passes for plot in pornography.
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Postby Midnight » Mon Jan 31, 2011 9:52 pm UTC

ArgonV wrote:Ok. Decision time. What will my master of biomedical engineering be? I think I've got it down to two tracks, nanobiophysics or biomedical photonic imaging...

nanobiophysics. don't need a masters to take a photonic image.
also: TINY CYBORGS.

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Postby Whelan » Mon Jan 31, 2011 10:17 pm UTC

Midnight wrote:
ArgonV wrote:Ok. Decision time. What will my master of biomedical engineering be? I think I've got it down to two tracks, nanobiophysics or biomedical photonic imaging...

nanobiophysics. don't need a masters to take a photonic image.
also: TINY CYBORGS.

but hey, it aint me. I ain't no fortunate one.

That would be my choice to.

Also, on a similar topic; what's the difference between a degree in Biomedical sciences (Anatomy), and Biomedical Sciences (Physiology)?
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Postby Jumble » Mon Jan 31, 2011 10:25 pm UTC

Third vote for nanobiophysics. If pure research doesn't work out the employment opportunities should be breath-taking. You can't miss the chance to get in on a field that is going to be huge (no pun intended).
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Postby bigglesworth » Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:14 pm UTC

Whelan wrote:Also, on a similar topic; what's the difference between a degree in Biomedical sciences (Anatomy), and Biomedical Sciences (Physiology)?
The university you do it at?
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Postby Whelan » Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:21 pm UTC

bigglesworth wrote:
Whelan wrote:Also, on a similar topic; what's the difference between a degree in Biomedical sciences (Anatomy), and Biomedical Sciences (Physiology)?
The university you do it at?

Nah, those two, Just Biomedical Sciences and Biomedical Sciences (Neuroscience) are all offered at Cardiff, with a common first year. As far as I can see, the differences lie in the core modules in second and third year.
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Postby bigglesworth » Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:31 pm UTC

That's a marketing thing then, if it's anything like the degree choices at Warwick. And a bloody stupid one too, leads to Biological Sciences students complaining that they haven't done enough Microbiology for their Biological Sciences (Microbiology) degree. When what (despite the name) they signed up to is a Biological Sciences degree, containing some Microbiology. That you could have chosen anyway if you'd signed up for straight Biological Sciences.
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Postby mmark9094 » Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:37 pm UTC

M/M/M: Is it weird that I still run on XP?

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mmark9094 wrote:M/M/M: Is it weird that I still run on XP?

It'd be weirder if you were still on Vista.
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Postby mmark9094 » Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:44 pm UTC

I was never sold on Vista, but I don't know why I am still not sold on 7. I was always ok with XP, didn't feel like going to 7 would be as significant an improvement to justify the upgrade.

Someone, convince me to upgrade to 7. Enlighten me.

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Postby SecondTalon » Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:46 pm UTC

It doesn't suck?

I dunno. I used XP at home forever. Now I mostly just use it at work. It's more secure, is going to be updated, and doesn't suck just like XP doesn't suck but Vista and ME do.
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Postby bigglesworth » Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:48 pm UTC

Win7 has some useful things but there's no point upgrading unless you're getting a new computer.
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Postby Jessica » Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:54 pm UTC

I still have vista 64 bit on my home PC.
Have no reason to upgrade... well, that's not true...
I have no copy of windows 7 at my disposal to install, and I don't want to reimage the Pc right now.
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mmark9094 wrote:I was never sold on Vista, but I don't know why I am still not sold on 7. I was always ok with XP, didn't feel like going to 7 would be as significant an improvement to justify the upgrade.

Someone, convince me to upgrade to 7. Enlighten me.

XP is still fairly decent, but it's coming to the end of it's life.

Win7 has some of the only updates to a GUI where I've ever stopped and gone "whoa, this actually improves my productivity." Also, it's not Vista, and they fixed all the shit that made Vista the OS from hell.
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Postby Van » Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:08 am UTC

I must be weird, because I still use Vista and mostly like it, and would have an extremely hard time defining it as "from hell", much less even bad. There are a few things that bug the hell out of me (explorer file toolbar changed positions. it's supposed to be at the top!@!), but it's mostly pretty okay.
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Postby You, sir, name? » Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:10 am UTC

I edit my posts a lot and sometimes the words wrong order words appear in sentences get messed up.

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Postby AJR » Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:32 am UTC

And why, pray tell, would I want to unsee that? It takes "so bad it's good" to a whole new level of awesomeness...

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Postby The Cat » Tue Feb 01, 2011 2:16 am UTC

R thugs slaving the system. my money"s on SC (not CA). House has an interest. Nothing succeeds in their grasp...Tyrant. biker thugs bibloteca............Pains me.

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Postby Bakemaster » Tue Feb 01, 2011 3:36 am UTC

mmark9094 wrote:Someone, convince me to upgrade to 7. Enlighten me.

Dude. Slow down. Consider this: 2kPro is pretty fuckin' sweet.
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Postby You, sir, name? » Tue Feb 01, 2011 3:45 am UTC

mmark9094 wrote:I was never sold on Vista, but I don't know why I am still not sold on 7. I was always ok with XP, didn't feel like going to 7 would be as significant an improvement to justify the upgrade.

Someone, convince me to upgrade to 7. Enlighten me.


There relatively little tangible reason to upgrade to 7 unless you're getting a new computer and want to avoid the headache of getting up and running with all the (now) legacy drivers and stuff.

Getting new crap to work is easier on 7 than XP, but getting old crap is easier on XP than 7, so no clear winner there.

The user interface has improved somewhat, which is nice, but hardly something you'll write home about. But it does suffer a bit from the "ubuntu effect" where if you're technically inclined you occasionally have to wade through a lot of frustrating "user friendly" wizard crap to get to the control panel you're looking for.
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Postby Thesh » Tue Feb 01, 2011 3:49 am UTC

You, sir, name? wrote:The user interface has improved somewhat, which is nice, but hardly something you'll write home about. But it does suffer a bit from the "ubuntu effect" where if you're technically inclined you occasionally have to wade through a lot of frustrating "user friendly" wizard crap to get to the control panel you're looking for.


I felt that way going to 98 to XP... It's the main reason I haven't gone to 7 yet. Plan is to eventually get a Windows 7 Laptop and upgrade my desktop to an as of yet undetermined Linux distro.
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Postby McCdwed75 » Tue Feb 01, 2011 8:16 am UTC

broken_escalator wrote:My first reaction to wedding being more like chemistry is that my guests would fall asleep. :P


Why is that possible? I think that in order that the people will not fall asleep the reception should be good and full of life. Try to have a DJ party or something like that or maybe a band. My wedding long ago turns good thanks with my band mates because they help me make my reception full of life.


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