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by Highway
16 May 2019, 11:45
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Home $weet Home
Replies: 1923
Views: 85083

Re: Home $weet Home

Good luck, Pham!

We got the roof replaced yesterday. "Wanting to be home in case something came up" won out over "being out of the house because OMG so much noise", but OMG so much noise! But now it's done.
by Highway
16 May 2019, 00:11
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Video Games!
Replies: 2654
Views: 146513

Re: Video Games!

I don't think it's bad practice *because* it's gambling. I think it's bad practice because I don't like it, and don't like seeing people induced to pay for a *chance* to get something, compared to just having a store that you can buy the items in. I get that it's a moneymaker for game producers, but...
by Highway
15 May 2019, 22:48
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Video Games!
Replies: 2654
Views: 146513

Re: Video Games!

You cannot win your money back that you spend. By definition that is not gambling. In a lottery it is possible to spend money on a chance to win more money. You cannot do that with loot boxes. Also if loot boxes are gambling then so are every collectible card game from Pokemon to Magic. Especially ...
by Highway
15 May 2019, 20:43
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Video Games!
Replies: 2654
Views: 146513

Re: Video Games!

Yeah, I'm in the 'gambling' camp as well, since it's a *chance* to get the valuable thing, not just buying it. If they just sold it, that's one thing you can complain about if you want (plenty of people complain about the Blizzard store for WoW). But selling gacha / loot boxes just adds another laye...
by Highway
13 May 2019, 16:08
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: I just don't get it
Replies: 2920
Views: 103679

Re: I just don't get it

Our 'good dishes' are hand-me-downs also, along with the 'good silver'. We never use them. Maybe we will sometime.
by Highway
13 May 2019, 15:28
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: I just don't get it
Replies: 2920
Views: 103679

Re: I just don't get it

Brown vs. Gray would be entirely dependent on the rest of the room for me. What floors are you putting it on, what other furniture are you getting with it, what is the paint color of the walls? Do you actually like all those other things or are you changing them to go with your table? As a thing by ...
by Highway
10 May 2019, 22:12
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Home $weet Home
Replies: 1923
Views: 85083

Re: Home $weet Home

Oh boy, roof replacement time. At least now they are 50-year warranty shingles, instead of 10 year warranty and 20 yr replacement.
by Highway
07 May 2019, 17:59
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Explain like I'm five
Replies: 9
Views: 147

Re: Explain like I'm five

It can smell bad (nobody wants to smell rotting meat). It can attract unwanted animals and pests, like flies. It can create higher heat, making the compost pile less hospitable to helpful bacteria, consequently slowing down your compost action. It can throw the balance of nitrogen off, requiring oth...
by Highway
06 May 2019, 23:13
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Earworm Infestations
Replies: 322
Views: 33839

Re: Earworm Infestations

Youtube makes a good recommendation for me:

Fern Planet
by Highway
06 May 2019, 17:06
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 9642
Views: 383196

Re: Petty annoyances

I generally prefer to be spoiled on all shows, at least for the general shape of what happens (who lives, who dies, who succeeds, who fails). Maybe not so much on some racing, as that'll cause me to not watch a recording if a person I don't like won. But then I probably wouldn't have liked it that m...
by Highway
05 May 2019, 09:29
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Voting methodologies
Replies: 138
Views: 4675

Re: Voting methodologies

Why would it be good to make zealotry more expensive? Why is this better than a system where if you put all your tokens on one thing, they’re worth 100, but if you split them up they’re worth less because you’re indecisive and unfocused? I can think that it is a good thing to make zealotry more exp...
by Highway
02 May 2019, 13:33
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The State is Over! If You Want It
Replies: 26
Views: 520

Re: The State is Over! If You Want It

Sears is amusingly bad at this. If I go look at something on their website logged in, they will come back and email me when it's on sale, say, 2 months later. I don't know that that indicates 'bad'. If you didn't buy it before, maybe the reason was that the price was too high. They lower the price,...
by Highway
28 Apr 2019, 17:44
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 626
Views: 28783

Re: Putin on the Writs

Erasing people from voter registration databases is probably far more effective than you give it credit for. The only time someone is going to find out is when they show up to vote, at which point they're told "No, you're not registered, go away". And what recourse is there? Some might let you regis...
by Highway
23 Apr 2019, 13:42
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Does Elon's Musk stink?
Replies: 331
Views: 22312

Re: Does Elon's Musk stink?

More and more, every word out of Musk's mouth seems like blatant and transparent attempts to try to convince people to prop up his failing car company, without Tesla actually doing anything that would make their cars not be old, tired designs with bad quality control. The continual vaporware announc...
by Highway
22 Apr 2019, 20:40
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Idiocracy is here
Replies: 111
Views: 3953

Re: Idiocracy is here

lunchstealer wrote:
22 Apr 2019, 18:29
The right is really getting good at this outrage culture thing.
The right has ALWAYS been good at the outrage culture thing. Like always always.
by Highway
22 Apr 2019, 11:05
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Techno-Bleg Thread
Replies: 2963
Views: 138132

Re: The Techno-Bleg Thread

That should work. Don't know how well, or for how long, but it should work.
by Highway
09 Apr 2019, 19:33
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 12063
Views: 723314

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

We use collapsible shopping boxes, and they're great. And using it 100 times a year? Probably not difficult. We do disinfect them (found a disinfectant that doesn't need rinsing, just air drying) a couple times a year, and just keep on going.
by Highway
07 Apr 2019, 21:28
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: If We Build It, They'll Probably Still Come
Replies: 424
Views: 25079

Re: If We Build It, They'll Probably Still Come

Why would we want to spend money on them and make them think they're important? Pick somewhere cheap.
by Highway
03 Apr 2019, 10:01
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 9642
Views: 383196

Re: Petty annoyances

It depends on the password manager. LastPass stores them online in the company's storage. 1Password stores them in a local file that is synced through Dropbox (so it's also stored in your Dropbox store). I prefer 1Password's model, where you unlock the "vault" with your master password, and it's sto...
by Highway
02 Apr 2019, 20:30
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 9642
Views: 383196

Re: Petty annoyances

That's reason 1 why everyone should use a password manager. Reason 2 is because then the use of 20-character passwords (or even usernames where allowed) becomes no problem whatsoever.
by Highway
02 Apr 2019, 11:43
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Market Failure!
Replies: 2357
Views: 163680

Re: Market Failure!

And here I was kind of annoyed that Gillette changed the scent on their Cool Wave.
by Highway
30 Mar 2019, 16:31
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2020 for Entropy
Replies: 487
Views: 21117

Re: Calling 2020 for Entropy

Shem probably doesn't use tapatalk, which shows the last image posted in a thread as a thumbnail for that thread...
by Highway
29 Mar 2019, 12:00
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6759
Views: 235327

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

I've wondered why people haven't tried to promote paper bags as carbon capture? Sure, it's not much, but it's as effective as some things people tout.
by Highway
28 Mar 2019, 15:19
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Op-ediots
Replies: 543
Views: 23978

Re: Op-ediots

I love how they start out with "Democrats favor illegal immigration" as if that's the entirety of the position and the goal of all the proposed policies. NR is just a page full of hacks.
by Highway
27 Mar 2019, 16:49
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 9642
Views: 383196

Re: Petty annoyances

That's pretty much complete bullshit, if your only income sources are ones that have withholding. For years I've had the additional dollar amounts withheld because of non-tax-advantaged investments, which can have a good year or a bad year, and significantly change amount owed. We probably let the g...