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Title: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: MeepSire on October 18, 2013, 08:16:58 AM
I just thought it'd be funny to have a thread of comments on the rest of the world...
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Liram on October 18, 2013, 05:22:03 PM
You mean outside of the people who read Altermeta? Their biggest problem is perhaps that they don't read AM, secondly I would say... I dunno war?
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: MeepSire on October 20, 2013, 04:05:28 AM
I'd have to complain about stubborn politicians. And forum lurkers that wait five yours before making an account... lol :)
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Liram on October 20, 2013, 05:09:43 AM
They are indeed the worst, if they would only vote for the comic that would be a huge boon. Secretly I'm hoping this comment enticed them to create an account so they can tell me how much they do vote
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Balding on October 20, 2013, 05:48:20 PM
Sand and wasps.  Those are my two big gripes about the rest of the world.  Then maybe mosquitoes.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Risha Kalsyhan on October 20, 2013, 06:01:37 PM
The rest of the world (or at least the rest of the internet) apparently thinks I'm fat. I keep getting ads for weight loss products. I'm as thin as a toothpick.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Balding on October 20, 2013, 08:08:12 PM
That's not so bad, I keep getting spam emails for senior's dating sites.  By my count I'm not quite 50+ yet.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Lisbon Virgo on October 20, 2013, 10:19:41 PM
One of my biggest criticisms is that most of the world likes garbage pop music instead of glorious progressive rock/metal.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Russ on October 21, 2013, 04:42:43 AM
Sand and wasps.  Those are my two big gripes about the rest of the world.  Then maybe mosquitoes.

Do what I did, build a swimming pool... all three go into there and die, leaving me to clean the filters...
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Russ on October 21, 2013, 04:49:28 AM
The rest of the world (or at least the rest of the internet) apparently thinks I'm fat. I keep getting ads for weight loss products. I'm as thin as a toothpick.

Its cookie driven and usually triggered with a purchase.

I ordered some weight plates for my home gym and next thing I know the date sites are ones for Bodybuilder women (massive and frightening) wanting my...  :O =( :O =( :O =( hide!

And I helped someone order a cane- simple walking assisted living cane... The date sites responded and actually have one with disability and amputee clients. You can profile to meet only singles missing the limbs of your choice - bizarre!

After no activity for a few days they revert to Christian-Mingle. Also does this on sundays!

Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Risha Kalsyhan on October 21, 2013, 05:01:22 AM
Huh. For whatever reason, I get ads for dating sites specializing in Chinese and Russian Women, and Middle-Aged White Men. I have NO idea where that came from.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Liram on October 21, 2013, 06:10:37 AM
Mine are relatively mild compared to your all's, I get a lot of email from office depot offering me outdated office supplies ever since I went in to buy a ribbon for my typewriter.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: MeepSire on October 21, 2013, 06:34:25 AM
For the past few months, I have gotten ads for free credit score, loans for the desperate, random dating sites, and tons of stuff targeted at old people. And I'm nowhere near the three decade mark!
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Jay Chan on October 21, 2013, 09:17:35 AM
I'm still getting luxury watch spam in my inbox for some reason. Along with a couple about car loans, AT&T, and... dog food? I have never owned a dog in my life...
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Risha Kalsyhan on October 21, 2013, 05:49:59 PM
Mine are relatively mild compared to your all's, I get a lot of email from office depot offering me outdated office supplies ever since I went in to buy a ribbon for my typewriter.
You can get typewriter ribbons at Office Depot?!
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: MeepSire on October 21, 2013, 07:52:44 PM
Yeah, if it's not in store they (and a few others) have the legacy stuff online. You can even find five inch floppies online, except they're expensive.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Liram on October 23, 2013, 05:41:34 AM
Yes I was rather surprised myself, I got ahold of some young whelp on the phone (I'm an ancient 21 myself) and he asked what kind of typewriter it was and I said "It's a Smith-Corona portable silent" and then he asked me what auto correcting tape it needed and I was like "No, this is a 1948 model" and he was like "Yeah, so?" I then promptly lugged the thing into the store where a bespectacled gentleman admired it for a moment then swiftly retrieved the proper size ribbon from somewhere in the bowels of the store. From now on I will ask for him when I need typewritery things
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: MeepSire on October 23, 2013, 06:34:50 AM
I like typewriters... "tap tap tap, ding!"
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Jay Chan on October 24, 2013, 04:42:26 AM
Can't get 'em to go as fast as computers though or they'll jam. Otherwise I'd have so much more fun typing up reports and things!
takka-takka-tackity-taka-THACK! *ding! sszhzhhTCK Takataka...
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: MeepSire on October 27, 2013, 01:19:06 AM
One thing I feel that i must complain about is the annoyingness of Spies and Pyros in TF2. (I like to play as the Medic or Demoman.)
*sees pyro*
Gah! Get away from me! Nonononoonono! Dang it.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Risha Kalsyhan on October 27, 2013, 05:22:21 AM
 :O Who touched Sasha?!
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: MeepSire on October 27, 2013, 05:33:02 AM
I think that would be D'Shea... Or Dreaker... Or T's ninja foes... Or forum guests...
It wasn't me! :P
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Risha Kalsyhan on October 27, 2013, 09:10:06 PM
I think that would be D'Shea... Or Dreaker... Or T's ninja foes... Or forum guests...
It wasn't me! :P
Nuff said.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Dreaker on October 27, 2013, 10:16:25 PM
I think that would be D'Shea... Or Dreaker... Or T's ninja foes... Or forum guests...
It wasn't me! :P
LINK (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2g5Hz17C4is)
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Liram on October 28, 2013, 06:20:37 AM
I'm not saying I didn't do it, but it wasn't on purpose, and even if it was on purpose it wasn't to cop a feel. Like I accidentally brushed his thigh up against mine during a conference meeting. I mean I couldn't even see under the table. Wait how did anybody know that anybody touched him?
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Risha Kalsyhan on October 28, 2013, 06:02:24 PM
Since you guys are clearly missing the point, allow me to point you back to Meep's complaint about TF2. If you still don't get it, Follow this link: http://www.deviantart.com/art/Heavy-Weapons-CC-109512739
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Jay Chan on October 28, 2013, 08:28:11 PM
Ah yes, I remember that image of heavy weapons CC!
Sasha's just confused for so many reasons x)
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: MeepSire on October 28, 2013, 08:50:37 PM
I think I'll try my hand at Scout Boo... Boo + Sandvich = the briefcase is yours!
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: MeepSire on November 08, 2013, 05:49:20 AM
Another complaint: This thread was almost abandoned!
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Dreaker on November 08, 2013, 11:42:58 AM
I can't take Boo to a date
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Risha Kalsyhan on November 08, 2013, 04:47:35 PM
I can't take Boo to a date
Sure you can! All you have to do is ask!
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: MeepSire on November 08, 2013, 07:45:04 PM
Sure you can! All you have to do is ask!

And wait two weeks for a page to come out in your honor... :P
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: MeepSire on November 12, 2013, 06:54:18 AM
Another thing, everytime I look at the who's online page, the guests seem to follow me around... :|
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Lisbon Virgo on November 12, 2013, 08:49:15 AM
Here's a legit one for me: the fact that in the digital age of music, albums can be "out of print". What kind of bullshit is that? All you have to do is store the files on a server and pay for bandwidth. Distribution is free, and there's no manufacturing costs. Why the hell not digitize a back catalog and put it out there for the masses?
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Russ on November 12, 2013, 09:40:57 AM
Here's a legit one for me: the fact that in the digital age of music, albums can be "out of print". What kind of bullshit is that? All you have to do is store the files on a server and pay for bandwidth. Distribution is free, and there's no manufacturing costs. Why the hell not digitize a back catalog and put it out there for the masses?

  The RIAA and other trade orgs are still trying to come to grips with the new media. By the time they catch up with today, all music will be mentally implanted and updated regularly, It will play directly in the auditory nerve as desired.
    Banned will be use of tortures that override the person's selections and play continuous disco and Muzak.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Risha Kalsyhan on November 12, 2013, 09:47:02 PM
  The RIAA and other trade orgs are still trying to come to grips with the new media. By the time they catch up with today, all music will be mentally implanted and updated regularly, It will play directly in the auditory nerve as desired.
    Banned will be use of tortures that override the person's selections and play continuous disco and Muzak.
No thank you. I have a bad habit of memorizing the music I listen to, and after a certain point, I can pretty much play it back in my mind's ear at will. So basically, I already have that. But, I also have ADHD.

What I'll end up with every now and then is a fragment of a song on repeat inside my head. I can't make it stop, so I try to drown it out with something else. Before I know it, I have fragments of 10 different songs repeating and remixing inside my head, and that can become overwhelming after a while. The result is that I can't get to sleep. If I had music  actually implanted in my brain, I would have died of insomnia by now.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: MeepSire on November 13, 2013, 01:42:36 AM
Same here! Exept for the insomnia part and the fact that I can suppress things that don't help me... There just those annoying bits of song that never go away!

Anyone else hate songs with really bad lyrics?
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Risha Kalsyhan on November 13, 2013, 02:39:27 AM
How do you define bad?
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Russ on November 13, 2013, 05:30:00 AM
Same here! Exept for the insomnia part and the fact that I can suppress things that don't help me... There just those annoying bits of song that never go away!

Anyone else hate songs with really bad lyrics?

Oh yeah, most of them are marketing jingles. Ironically the worse they are or the cuter they are, the easier to remember. I can hear snippets of these from the 1960's and instantly recall them with entire images and feelings. Like hearing a bank jingle again along with catching a bus in a driving snowstorm almost a white-out. Another was sitting with a coloring book and eating a banana while the radio was on and hearing a jingle for a furniture company. Mother was in another room but listening too. The radio interrupts with a bulletin from Dallas, our president was shot. We're near the 50th anniversary of that day. I heard her drop her magazine.

    Now today everyone of these jingles gets repeated three or four times as it is proven that this is the threshold of human memory retention (borderline hypnosis).

   There should be a law about that stuff, if you are going to invade the subconscious, it should be with useful data like don't add water to hot oil or ventilate a room while using paint thinner or something on that order, not some sale that will be over in days.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: MeepSire on November 13, 2013, 05:38:43 AM
I find those long term commercial campaigns to be both amusing and annoying at the same time. For example, those jg wentworth commercials. They aired for years!

I also find it amusing to watch recorded tv from seven years ago as it kinda let's you see how things changed over the years. =)
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: confusedcious on November 15, 2013, 02:47:11 AM
Here's a legit one for me: the fact that in the digital age of music, albums can be "out of print". What kind of bullshit is that? All you have to do is store the files on a server and pay for bandwidth. Distribution is free, and there's no manufacturing costs. Why the hell not digitize a back catalog and put it out there for the masses?
I work in a library. To lend more than one person the same ebook simultaneousl. requires the purchase of multipl. 'copies'. Explaining that gets tiring due to the lack of sense.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: MeepSire on November 15, 2013, 06:01:27 AM
Indeed. DRM always manages to give people headaches. :| It'd be nice if people weren't always so focused on making money. Oh well...
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Jay Chan on November 16, 2013, 04:33:23 AM
DRM is a dirty word at this point. That and copyright. blegh xP
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Balding on November 16, 2013, 04:43:53 AM
Copyright is only bad until it's your stuff people are trying to steal.  What I hate are the copyright trolls.  I understand the need for copyright, and respect it, but when your a porn company intentionally planting content on people's computers so you can threaten to sue them...  Special place in hell for scuzzy lawyers.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Risha Kalsyhan on November 16, 2013, 04:51:46 AM
Welcome to the law offices of Dewey Cheedham & Howe.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Liram on November 16, 2013, 05:17:01 AM
It used to be Dewey in front, but they got this new guy Wen and now his name is before everyone else's. It's only a matter of time
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Balding on November 16, 2013, 07:14:29 AM
Welcome to the law offices of Dewey Cheedham & Howe.
Did you nip that from three stooges?    :D
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Risha Kalsyhan on November 16, 2013, 05:03:31 PM
Did you nip that from three stooges?    :D

I nipped it from the NPR radio show Car Talk. They nipped it from the Three Stooges.

Only both parties spell it differently.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Balding on November 16, 2013, 11:01:24 PM
Not all lawyers are slime, in fact I think probably most are decent people, it's just we hear the most about the sleaze bags.

And that leads to another thing.  Why is 90% of stuff we hear about doom and gloom.  I guess it's not as bad as it used to be now that we have the internet and people can say good things, but still.

And when the frell is season two of Spartan Ops going to start in Halo 4?  :mad:
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Russ on November 17, 2013, 05:26:14 AM
Not all lawyers are slime, in fact I think probably most are decent people, it's just we hear the most about the sleaze bags.

And that leads to another thing.  Why is 90% of stuff we hear about doom and gloom.  I guess it's not as bad as it used to be now that we have the internet and people can say good things, but still.

And when the frell is season two of Spartan Ops going to start in Halo 4?  :mad:

Because f-ing humans respond to it more. Maybe we don't trust good news anymore. And the newsroom wonks who run their shop by the motto - "If it bleeds, it leads". Information and entertainment have collided and not for the better. Just wait for the day when Michael Bay decides to open his own news network.
 
  But then you have your choice between that and PBS where everyone speaks in sugary monotones.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: MeepSire on November 17, 2013, 07:30:15 AM
Not all lawyers are slime, in fact I think probably most are decent people, it's just we hear the most about the sleaze bags.

And that leads to another thing.  Why is 90% of stuff we hear about doom and gloom.  I guess it's not as bad as it used to be now that we have the internet and people can say good things, but still.

And when the frell is season two of Spartan Ops going to start in Halo 4?  :mad:

My guess is with Halo 5 coming out, they'll just wait for post release.

I haven't really played much Halo sinc Halo 2 for PC. But since xbox is once again built with an x86 CPU (same as a normal PC), I hope they release a Halo 5 PC port like they did with Halo 2.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Balding on November 17, 2013, 04:21:54 PM
I am reminded of a quote from Caboose on Red vs. Blue.  "I JUST WATCHED A CABLE NEWS CHANNEL!  EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE! "

I doubt they will waIt long.  Halo 5 isnt coming out for another year.  Unless seasorn two is part of Halo 5.

I suppose a port is possible, but honestly I kind of doubt it within the first year, maybe even two.  Micosoft is going to need all the help they can get to move consoles.

Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Liram on November 18, 2013, 06:31:31 AM
I nipped it from the NPR radio show Car Talk. They nipped it from the Three Stooges.

Only both parties spell it differently.

It seems like there was also a Russian limo driver
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Risha Kalsyhan on November 18, 2013, 06:26:09 PM
Picov Andropov. Gotta love that guy.

And then there's their Gas Station Attendant Phillip Antopitov.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Liram on November 20, 2013, 05:39:28 AM
Gotta love car talk, I think I could listen to reruns every day of the week.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: MeepSire on November 20, 2013, 05:52:37 AM
I'll second that! =)
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Dreaker on November 22, 2013, 07:18:21 PM
My problem with the world in the words of George R. R. Martin
(http://d24w6bsrhbeh9d.cloudfront.net/photo/7072246_700b.jpg)
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Risha Kalsyhan on November 22, 2013, 08:43:25 PM
I'll second that.

In fact, I might just start writing "smut" because of it. "Perfectly acceptable smut" to put it in the words of Capt. Dr. B.F. Pierce.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Jay Chan on November 22, 2013, 09:02:13 PM
This x3
So much this!

Born, raised, and living in America my whole life, I've started realizing there's just so much WTF here in this country I don't even.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: MeepSire on November 23, 2013, 05:30:32 AM
Welcome to 'Murica.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Risha Kalsyhan on November 26, 2013, 08:13:20 AM
Welcome to 'Murica.
This.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Lisbon Virgo on December 07, 2013, 11:33:14 PM
Welcome to the law offices of Dewey Cheedham & Howe.

Reminds me of my Harry Potter fanfic, focusing on the adult store "Dewey, Shagwell, & Howe". The store's address is 69 Knockturn Alley. =)
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Risha Kalsyhan on December 08, 2013, 12:07:07 AM
Nice.

Puns, puns everywhere.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Balding on December 08, 2013, 05:26:35 AM
OK, here it is, my big beef with the world

Soap.

Soap is nothing but a scam put forth by pharmaceutical conglomerates to make us dependent on the drugs they produce and sell at an extreme mark-up.  If it were not for soap then the human race would be immune to many more diseases than we currently are.  The common cold would never even dream of trying to invade and our white blood cells would laugh at the flu virus. 

Since we are not being exposed to these diseases on a regular basis we cannot form the immunities to them.  And on top of soap the dark government controlling the med companies have introduced hand sanitizers, thus lowering our exposure to these diseases even more.

Granted without these things many people would die, but those that died did so for the betterment of mankind as a whole.  I their immune systems were too weak to fight a simple Bubonic Plague then they should not be allowed the reproduce more that would not be immune to it.

I'm only about 10% serious here, the part about soap lowing immunity, the rest of it is BS.  I'm just ranting because it's fun.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Liram on December 08, 2013, 07:03:26 AM
Well I'm mad! and that offends me! and my grandma uses hand sanitizer and likes soap! rar rar rar!!!

0% serious here
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Lisbon Virgo on December 08, 2013, 06:44:52 PM
It's not so much that soap and hand sanitizes are lowering our resistance to illness and disease, it's their overuse and marketing towards germaphobes. One of the biggest peeves I have is with things like automatic soap dispensers and the like. Yes, a bar of soap will have germs on it from the previous use, but it's soap, and the act of using it to wash your hands/body will remove the germs and kill them along with whatever is on the body.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Risha Kalsyhan on December 08, 2013, 09:16:03 PM
Despite it being mostly BS, I agree with everything Balding said. Soap and bad breeding do seem to be leading causes of decreased immunity.

Let's just remember that eugenics can be a tricky thing.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Balding on December 08, 2013, 10:50:08 PM
I just kind of wonder what we would be immune to.  Take AIDS for example, it didn't really seem to be an issue till about 100 years or less ago.  Now it might have just been mis-diagnosed as other things in the past, but one would think it would have been much more widespread than it is now.  Granted you did have your superbugs, black plague, influenza, cholera to name a few, but now it seems like a sniffle means a trip to the doctor. 

I dunno, it just seems to me that developed nations are too dependent on medical care.  If we would let people get sick, give them some orange juice and a place to sleep for a while maybe we could fight off some of these diseases.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Jay Chan on December 08, 2013, 11:07:27 PM
While that would work to an extent, there is a point at which you definitely need to see a doctor for treatment and not just a diagnosis. That said, I do agree with making people less dependent on the medical industry.
My real beef with them is the amount of unnecessary treatment and process doctors often put their patients through simply because it earns them more money to do so. I don't need that extra MRI when you can see the problem just fine on the X-rays thanks. I'm not gonna take these thirteen different vitamins and prescriptions unless every one of them is solving a problem I not only have but can't counter on my own with things like dietary changes.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Risha Kalsyhan on December 08, 2013, 11:14:07 PM
Good thinking. The next Healthcare bill should have a few paragraphs about "Illness not warranting treatment."
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Liram on December 09, 2013, 06:14:22 AM
Good thinking. The next Healthcare bill should have a few paragraphs about "Illness not warranting treatment."

Who knows maybe the current one does, I don't think anyone's been able to read the whole thing yet.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Lisbon Virgo on December 09, 2013, 08:09:26 AM
Money is the biggest reason doctors run all those tests, but it's not only to run up a bill. Doctors over treat these days because they don't want to be sued for missing something. Honest mistakes are punished just as much as gross negligence. Tort reform is needed, but it needs to allow for negligence which is something current reform bills don't take into consideration.

I agree about the idea of not rushing to the doctor for every little thing. It would also help if people got proper immunizations and followed their medicine regiments properly. Many of the current superbugs exist because people were prescribed antibiotics and never finished them.

Concerning the ACA: it's garbage. It's what happens when one side is afraid to stand up and do what is truly right and allow the other side to simply walk all over them. Why we don't have single payor insurance is beyond me. It works in other countries. Quite well too. The only place you can get that kind of healthcare here in the US is Vermont, and it won't be completely ready for a few years.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Balding on December 09, 2013, 11:31:17 PM
My problem with single payer is that I'll have more choices on where to take my cat for medical care than I will for myself.  Granted, my cat doesn't have insurance.  I just want to be left alone, stop demanding that I buy stuff that I don't really want.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Lisbon Virgo on December 10, 2013, 12:45:00 AM
The system can be created to allow a person to go whatever doctor they want. This is just what Vermont is doing. Israel's system is really quite nice too. While everyone is required by law to have insurance, the Israeli government makes sure it's very affordable and that the companies spend all monies outside of operating expenses on the patients/customers. If the customer's yearly expenses go past what their insured for  the insurance company has to eat the loss. That kind of system could work here too. In reality, we have options on universal healthcare until we take them away from ourselves.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Russ on December 10, 2013, 02:49:46 AM
The system can be created to allow a person to go whatever doctor they want. This is just what Vermont is doing. Israel's system is really quite nice too. While everyone is required by law to have insurance, the Israeli government makes sure it's very affordable and that the companies spend all monies outside of operating expenses on the patients/customers. If the customer's yearly expenses go past what their insured for  the insurance company has to eat the loss. That kind of system could work here too. In reality, we have options on universal healthcare until we take them away from ourselves.

Well said. Time for us to join the current century.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Liram on December 10, 2013, 04:28:36 AM
Honestly I would rather be treated by my veterinarian. I honestly do not think I need better medical care than my labrador; now granted I want her to be well cared for, but you get the idea.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Lisbon Virgo on December 10, 2013, 05:13:08 AM
You might have to remind him which end the thermometer goes! :D
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Russ on December 10, 2013, 08:18:47 AM
And above all, do not use the word "fixed" or "put down" for that matter.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Balding on December 12, 2013, 02:51:21 AM
Honestly I would rather be treated by my veterinarian. I honestly do not think I need better medical care than my labrador; now granted I want her to be well cared for, but you get the idea.
Probably be cheaper, too.  Got my cat fixed, declawed (she was after the furniture something awful), microchip, and a stay overnight for less than a trip to the clinic to have the say, "we don't know what's wrong so here's a shot."
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Liram on December 12, 2013, 04:29:58 AM
Probably be cheaper, too.  Got my cat fixed, declawed (she was after the furniture something awful), microchip, and a stay overnight for less than a trip to the clinic to have the say, "we don't know what's wrong so here's a shot."

Don't forget the ever popular "We think you have a case of the sniffles so let's run a battery of tests."
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Post by: Russ on December 12, 2013, 05:00:08 PM
Don't forget the ever popular "We think you have a case of the sniffles so let's run a battery of tests."

This happens when there is a attached lab concern that hosts the Doctor especially. Ideally the result should be faster tests when they are required but the same token is overtesting as you note. When dentists live on a lab owned office space, it goes into the realm of ridiculous too. Chipped tooth, broken top, pretty much anything = CROWN.
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Post by: Balding on December 12, 2013, 06:24:28 PM
They wanted to do a chest x-Ray.  To paraphrase myself, "screw that, I'm here under duress as it is." 
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Post by: Liram on December 13, 2013, 04:56:48 AM
My Dad is actually a doctor himself so I can speak freely on this subject. Fortunately when I consult him on medical matters  his favorite replies are "It's just gas," or "It'll be better in two weeks." To the latter I usually respond "Yeah, or I'll be dead," to which he usually agrees "That's the greatest cure of them all son." I'm not sure, but I think he might be a little more tactful with his patients. He is a gastroenterologist though so people don't usually see him until they really need all those tests anyway... that or they're hacking on a chicken bone.
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Post by: Balding on December 14, 2013, 02:00:02 AM
When you're a specialist your lifeblood is tests.  General practitioners can get away with a prescription for Tylenol.
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Post by: Russ on December 14, 2013, 04:43:32 AM
My Dad is actually a doctor himself so I can speak freely on this subject. Fortunately when I consult him on medical matters  his favorite replies are "It's just gas," or "It'll be better in two weeks." To the latter I usually respond "Yeah, or I'll be dead," to which he usually agrees "That's the greatest cure of them all son." I'm not sure, but I think he might be a little more tactful with his patients. He is a gastroenterologist though so people don't usually see him until they really need all those tests anyway... that or they're hacking on a chicken bone.

Once remembered a quote by a Dr. who was on the advocacy of medically assisted suicide in very rare terminal cases involving great pain say: "This is 100 percent Natural, effective and Safe in all cases."
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Post by: Liram on December 14, 2013, 05:36:54 AM
Yep, I can't think of any illness it's failed to kill so far.
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Post by: Balding on December 17, 2013, 04:22:58 AM
"I fart in your general direction, you and your english kinighits."
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Post by: Liram on December 17, 2013, 04:35:03 AM
"I don't wanna talk to you no more, you wiper of other peoples' bottoms."
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Post by: Jay Chan on December 17, 2013, 09:16:47 AM
"Your mother was a hamster! And your father smelled of elderberries!"
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Post by: Balding on December 18, 2013, 01:56:15 AM
"Now begone or I will taunt you another time-uh."
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Post by: Risha Kalsyhan on December 18, 2013, 02:21:03 AM
Did I miss something?
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Post by: Liram on December 18, 2013, 04:57:56 AM
No you didn't, I like where this is going though
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Post by: Risha Kalsyhan on December 18, 2013, 04:54:57 PM
Yeah, but where are all of those quotes coming from?
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Post by: Jay Chan on December 18, 2013, 06:45:00 PM
Monty Python and the Holy Grail. You should see it if you haven't yet.
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Post by: Russ on December 18, 2013, 09:43:29 PM
Yeah, but where are all of those quotes coming from?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9V7zbWNznbs
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Post by: Risha Kalsyhan on December 18, 2013, 10:44:07 PM
Monty Python and the Holy Grail. You should see it if you haven't yet.
Ah.
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Post by: Balding on December 19, 2013, 12:52:22 AM
I am rather disappointed with the quotes I posted.  I'm am usually much better at remembering dialogue like that.  =( oh well, can't be perfect I guess.
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Post by: Liram on December 19, 2013, 06:21:52 AM
"We have found a witch, may we burn her!?"
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Post by: Jay Chan on December 19, 2013, 09:01:25 AM
"We have found a witch, may we burn her!?"
Didn't we just go through this scene in another thread? xD
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Post by: Liram on December 20, 2013, 06:40:44 AM
Didn't we just go through this scene in another thread? xD

Didn't know that, allow me to retract. "Old woman!"
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Post by: MeepSire on December 21, 2013, 06:47:46 AM
*appears*
Rawr.
*dissapears*
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Post by: Liram on December 22, 2013, 04:34:01 AM
Th' Hell?
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: MeepSire on January 02, 2014, 10:16:18 PM
One thing I find amusing is that some people are so up tight about their point-by-pointcalorie consumption that they actually gain weight... And , Oh hey, look! A distraction!

*dissapears with a crackle*
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Post by: Liram on January 04, 2014, 07:02:20 AM
Yes well, ahem.
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Post by: MeepSire on February 08, 2014, 06:55:34 AM
*reappears*
The Sochi Olympics are taking place now, yet some of the city isn't ready yet...
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Post by: Risha Kalsyhan on February 08, 2014, 05:00:40 PM
*reappears*
The Sochi Olympics are taking place now, yet some of the city isn't ready yet...
Gayest Olympics ever. ;) Especially the motto, "Cool. Hot. Yours." I mean that sounds really gay.

...Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Vladimir Putin! :P
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Post by: MeepSire on February 08, 2014, 07:34:21 PM
Gayest Olympics ever. ;) Especially the motto, "Cool. Hot. Yours." I mean that sounds really gay.

...Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Vladimir Putin! :P

And to think that people are complaining about the openly-gay laws...
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Post by: Risha Kalsyhan on February 08, 2014, 08:19:31 PM
I bet Putin is gay and he only made that law as a means to hide that fact from the world. One of these days, his boyfriend is going to rat him out.
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Post by: Lisbon Virgo on February 09, 2014, 12:37:07 AM
Remember though, Putin is (ex)KGB. No one is ratting him out. If he is a closeted gay, he could either kill or have killed anyone exposing him.

My opinion of the Olympics this year is extremely poor. I really and truly wish the US, as well as many other countries, had boycotted the games.
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Post by: Risha Kalsyhan on February 09, 2014, 01:30:21 AM
I wonder what message boycotting the games would have sent. I think we're sending a stronger message by going to the games than we could by not; some of our athletes are openly gay.
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Post by: SleepingBeau on February 09, 2014, 03:55:28 AM
There's been a lot of history with Olympic hosts not always being ...the best of hosts. The Olympics is a sort of social melting pot of Internation proportions, and since the world isn't perfect we'll always get to see some of that. When it comes to the subject of boycotting, the Olympics can be a sword that cuts many ways. In a way, it's united the egalitarian (ie: we're all the same, all people = cool) people from all over the world. Besides the unpreparedness of Russia, the LGBT rights issue has probably had the most publicity.

A lot of places in the world are moving towards equal human rights. Sochi is a great opportunity to show the rest of the world what's happening and what direction all the cool kids are going :P. Boycotting wouldn't serve those purposes. It would not only insult Russia, including those who might have otherwise have been sympathetic to equal human rights, and we would lose such an awesome opportunity to show off our conviction at such a celebrated symbolic event.

The Olympics has brought together many nations for all kinds of great things. You're going to find it difficult not to remember the 2014 Olympics without thinking about LGBT rights.
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Post by: Risha Kalsyhan on February 09, 2014, 04:13:08 AM
Well said. Very well said indeed.
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Post by: Dreaker on February 09, 2014, 06:44:01 AM
Olympic is the only world wide event where nation put away their differences yet we squabble about politics.
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Post by: MeepSire on February 09, 2014, 05:42:18 PM
Lol. Indeed.
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Post by: Lisbon Virgo on February 09, 2014, 07:30:03 PM
My primary reason for boycotting, outside of the political issues, is the athlete's safety. Between the Russian's highly aggressive crackdown on protestors to the potential terrorist attacks, it just doesn't seem worth the risk. If, in keeping our people safe, we can also send a message to the Russian government to go eat a bag of dicks, then so be it. When you add in the IOC's "say one thing, do another" attitude towards the protestors? Yeah, we don't need to be there.
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Post by: Liram on February 10, 2014, 06:20:03 AM
I think there was some concern about the facilities not exactly being up to par as well. Didn't someone have to kick down their own bathroom door? Anyway I think it's a great opportunity for people at home to come together too. No matter where you're from it's not hard to root for people who have worked so tirelessly to make it there.
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Post by: MeepSire on February 11, 2014, 03:56:35 PM
Indeed. Oh and the person who had to knock down their door was one of the US bobsledding team.
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Post by: Lisbon Virgo on February 11, 2014, 06:54:52 PM
I still support our team. I want them to kick ass over there and humiliate the Russians and Chinese in every event possible, but I won't watch or support the event itself. Russia as made a mockery of something that was already a farce.
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Post by: Risha Kalsyhan on February 11, 2014, 09:05:30 PM
Making a mockery out of a farce, eh? There's a bad joke in there somewhere.
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Post by: Dreaker on February 13, 2014, 06:04:28 PM
(http://d24w6bsrhbeh9d.cloudfront.net/photo/a8WewMZ_700b.jpg)
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Post by: MeepSire on February 19, 2014, 06:07:07 AM
Well, that's one part of the rest of the world (or Internet) I'm not criticizing...
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Post by: MeepSire on March 19, 2014, 07:02:44 AM
I would like to criticize the world for not allowing Noben the time and inspiration for the next page. :|
*unspoken rant*
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Post by: Risha Kalsyhan on March 19, 2014, 08:14:55 PM
I would like to criticize the world for not allowing Noben the time and inspiration for the next page. :|
*unspoken rant*
Hear Hear!
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Post by: Russ on March 20, 2014, 04:39:18 AM
Hear Hear!

Well said.
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Post by: Liram on March 20, 2014, 07:05:54 AM
For that matter I criticize the world for being a place where people often can't do what they really want. I'm not saying we should blame all our problems on "the way things are," but there are an awful lot of restrictions in place to prevent self actualization as some would call it.
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Post by: Risha Kalsyhan on April 01, 2014, 04:01:35 AM
Why afraid of seven was five? Because Six Seven Eight.
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Post by: Jay Chan on April 01, 2014, 05:12:04 AM
Reading that in the voice of Yoda made that make sense x)
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Post by: Liram on April 01, 2014, 05:37:56 AM
Reading that in the voice of Yoda made that make sense x)

I think you meant to say "In the voice of Yoda that reading, sense that made."  :P
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Post by: Risha Kalsyhan on April 01, 2014, 03:03:04 PM
I think you meant to say "In the voice of Yoda that reading, sense that made."  :P
Exactly!
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Post by: SleepingBeau on April 13, 2014, 09:15:57 AM
edited - I'm not entirely sure how to delete ones regrets
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Post by: MeepSire on April 24, 2014, 06:19:18 AM
edited - I'm not entirely sure how to delete ones regrets
Just don't think about it too much and let time help out a little?
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Post by: SleepingBeau on April 28, 2014, 05:35:55 AM
Just don't think about it too much and let time help out a little?
Heh, unfortunately this is a reoccurring one. On my very very bad days I'm not strong enough anymore to hold in all my pain and anger and I write things that are a little too 'truthful', and it only serves to alienate me from the people around me. I wanted to delete my previous post but I couldn't find a button for that so I just edited it with a clever comment in it's stead. I can't remember what I wrote, but I'm certain it wasn't very nice or very fair.
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Post by: Liram on April 28, 2014, 05:45:32 AM
Sometimes there's such a thing as too truthful, but I find that niceness and fairness can also be over-rated. Sometimes the big ugly truth has to be told.
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Post by: MeepSire on July 04, 2014, 08:06:27 AM
*revives thread*

Every time I visit the Recent Activity thingy at the bottom of the forum home, there are always like four or more guests that follow me around the forum, looking at whatever I look at! Kinda creepy, and note worthy. :)
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Post by: MeepSire on July 04, 2014, 03:18:41 PM
I think I've figured it out. 10 - 15 guest actions in any given past ten minutes are web crawlers trying to figure out what new stuff we've posted and update their respective databases. That's why they seem to follow us around.
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Post by: Voidbane on July 05, 2014, 04:45:34 AM
I think I've figured it out. 10 - 15 guest actions in any given past ten minutes are web crawlers trying to figure out what new stuff we've posted and update their respective databases. That's why they seem to follow us around.

The Matrix has you...

Don't feed the Beast.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: MeepSire on July 10, 2014, 07:43:48 AM
*breaks free from reality*
Come at me beast, bite my .40 S&W FMJ! Raaahhhh!
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Liram on July 11, 2014, 06:41:31 AM
Whatcha got chambered in .40?
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Post by: MeepSire on July 12, 2014, 04:33:07 PM
I got to use a Sig P226 in .40 not too long ago and liked it. Ergonomics were nice, sights were good and .40 is a balanced caliber.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Liram on July 13, 2014, 04:47:53 AM
People are always putting the .40 down, but I think it deserves better especially when fired from a well balanced firearm like the P226
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Post by: MeepSire on July 14, 2014, 05:21:33 AM
Another thing is that many forearms chambered in .40 can be safely converted for .357 Sig with just a barrel and recoil spring change. Take the Glock 32 and Block 23 for example, both can me switched back and forth with just a couple of parts, making them almost the same model except for stock configuration!
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Post by: Liram on July 14, 2014, 05:51:12 AM
Versatility is the name of the game in a market where it's hard to even find .22s
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Post by: Voidbane on July 16, 2014, 08:38:06 PM
Tarus Judge.

>;)
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Post by: Liram on July 17, 2014, 06:47:20 AM
The judge is good... at close range, but hey most of us aren't in training to be snipers.
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Post by: Voidbane on July 17, 2014, 02:56:29 PM
2 X .45 Colt
2 X Buckshot
2 X Dragon's Breath

In any rotation or mix you like.

Might not kill,
but I doubt they will be coming back.

^..^~!
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Post by: MeepSire on July 17, 2014, 03:20:01 PM
But... But... But... The judge only has five rounds... ;)
And by the way, that's some serious ammo there if you're aiming.
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Post by: Liram on July 18, 2014, 05:45:12 AM
or if you're firing wildly at your assailant
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Post by: Voidbane on July 18, 2014, 01:55:50 PM
But... But... But... The judge only has five rounds... ;)
And by the way, that's some serious ammo there if you're aiming.

An older model had six, if I recall, but was marginally more bulky.

The judges are a whole line now.

Even then; a pocket shotgun with buckshot
that spreads early due to rifling is my choice.

I'll just save one Dragon's Breath...
for special occasions.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: MeepSire on October 16, 2014, 02:47:20 PM
Criticisms:
- the Springfield M1A is as expensive as it is beautiful
- Nexus 9 will only have 2 gigs if RAM?
- Nexus 6 to be a phablet?
- Google glass addiction is a thing?
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Post by: Lisbon Virgo on October 16, 2014, 06:35:29 PM
The Nexus 9 looks to be matching the rumored specs of the new iPads.
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Post by: MeepSire on October 21, 2014, 07:18:50 AM
Not roumored anymore! Though, they aren't really ground breaking this gen. My vote is on the macbooks.

Another criticism of something:
Aging infrastructure! Why not replace a power linebefore it breaks and falls on someone or something? :)
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Post by: confusedcious on October 21, 2014, 08:56:01 AM
Heck, why not just underground it where it can't fall?
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Voidbane on October 21, 2014, 02:59:35 PM
Why are there mass DDoS attacks going on?

They seem to be timed to occur in specific broad areas at the same moment...
which is making a bit paranoid about Technological Warfare!

Is it considered Terrorism to deny Americans access to their internet porn?
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Post by: Risha Kalsyhan on October 21, 2014, 05:12:51 PM
Cyberterrorism is a thing, but I wouldn't call these DDoS attacks cyberterrorism. At this point, it's just a nuisance. If, however, someone were to start DDoS-ing banks or something, that would be cyberterrorism.
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Post by: Liram on October 22, 2014, 06:05:45 AM
I think the denial of porn access would be truly terrible. I'm afraid things would start to fall apart rather quickly.

*I'm sorta serious, but sorta kidding
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Post by: MeepSire on October 24, 2014, 02:42:38 PM
Would there be riots, ya think? And what would the national governments say?
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Post by: Jessi on October 24, 2014, 06:09:41 PM
So. Ebola.

Ebola-chan shall spread her will.

Glorious convergence for all who walk the path.
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Post by: Voidbane on October 24, 2014, 06:29:29 PM
I am not too worried...

I live in a place that very frequently is exposed to international travel
and the uprising of newly-discovered diseases in the USA.

The quarantine speed is almost terrifying,
but we have a very good understanding of immune systems now,
as well as most micro-organisms...

If we can get a sample and set up road-blocks to the advancement,
then I am confident that mankind will survive...

In SOME form.

 :P

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Post by: Risha Kalsyhan on October 24, 2014, 07:49:33 PM
People are worried about Ebola and Enterovirus, but I know of a viral respiratory infection that plagues the US on an epidemic scale as we speak. It is potentially deadly and highly contagious, and it adapts so quickly that there's no hope of ever finding a vaccine. Worse yet, this disease has no treatment except to fight the symptoms and let it run its course. It pains me to inform you that I have this very disease.

I am, of course, talking about the common cold.
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Post by: Liram on October 25, 2014, 06:29:32 AM
People are worried about Ebola and Enterovirus, but I know of a viral respiratory infection that plagues the US on an epidemic scale as we speak. It is potentially deadly and highly contagious, and it adapts so quickly that there's no hope of ever finding a vaccine. Worse yet, this disease has no treatment except to fight the symptoms and let it run its course. It pains me to inform you that I have this very disease.

I am, of course, talking about the common cold.

Poor brave Risha, do you think you will endure long, or will you soon succumb to this dreaded scourge?
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Post by: Risha Kalsyhan on October 25, 2014, 04:59:03 PM
Poor brave Risha, do you think you will endure long, or will you soon succumb to this dreaded scourge?
I will endure. Though, at this point I am suffering a little bit of a complication. Not a life-threatening one if my ER doctor is correct, but a complication nonetheless.
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Post by: Liram on October 26, 2014, 05:14:14 AM
That does sound serious. I wish you a speedy recovery. I'd send flowers but, you know
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Post by: brothejr on October 26, 2014, 11:40:48 AM
I hope you'll feel better soon Risha.
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Post by: Risha Kalsyhan on October 26, 2014, 07:10:26 PM
I hope you'll feel better soon Risha.
Thanks. I'm already on the downhill. Though, this might turn out to be one of those two-humped colds. Ugh...
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Post by: MeepSire on October 28, 2014, 06:29:21 AM
 Get well soon!

Now that I think about it, I don't get sick as often as my family and friends do. My guess is that I usually maintain a higher core temperature and sleep under a heavyish blanket set. Extra core heat deturs infection, but requires having a higher metabolism and warmth tolerance. And yes, I'm on the slimmer side.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Liram on October 29, 2014, 04:28:28 AM
I make a point never to wash my hands and to always eat out of the garbage pail if possible. In that way I keep my immune system working out full time!..

Just kidding, but seriously I try to avoid the hand sanitizer. It dries out my hands, it smells like rubbing alcohol, and it just gives the germs more opportunities to adapt. All that and I really do believe I should let my immune system take care of some things just to keep it on its toes.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Jessi on October 29, 2014, 07:46:00 PM
I felt so terrible the other day, what with violent coughing, sneezing, stuffy nose, headache, hurting joints, etc. I thought Ebola-chan had came and graced me at long last with her gentle embrace.

Alas, it was just a chesty cough gone worse. ;~;
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Post by: Risha Kalsyhan on October 29, 2014, 09:35:43 PM
Aww, poor thing...
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Post by: Jay Chan on October 29, 2014, 09:42:14 PM
I've been having something similar recently. The join and muscle aches were from parkour, and the coughing/sneezing/stuffiness turned out to be some new winter allergies I guess I need to get used to x(
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Post by: Lisbon Virgo on October 30, 2014, 12:58:02 AM
I felt so terrible the other day, what with violent coughing, sneezing, stuffy nose, headache, hurting joints, etc. I thought Ebola-chan had came and graced me at long last with her gentle embrace.

Alas, it was just a chesty cough gone worse. ;~;

I haven't heard. Are there any reported Ebola cases in the UK?
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Post by: Jessi on October 30, 2014, 01:08:39 PM
I haven't heard. Are there any reported Ebola cases in the UK?

Ha, no. We're an Island like Madagascar. We shut down everything a week before Ebola started on the news because we're just so wily.
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Post by: MeepSire on November 08, 2014, 05:48:57 AM
At least they're working on a vaccine faster than they did with the H1-N1 outbreak.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: MeepSire on November 25, 2014, 07:03:28 AM
Not about the rest of the world and more of an observation, but posting seems to have slowed a little. Yes, myself included I suppose.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Lisbon Virgo on November 25, 2014, 07:12:29 AM
Ha, no. We're an Island like Madagascar. We shut down everything a week before Ebola started on the news because we're just so wily.
You might want to rephrase that, Jessi. Madagascar is now dealing with the plague.
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Post by: Brunhidden the muse on November 25, 2014, 08:14:06 PM
try Iceland- the deep comic 'stay still, stay silent' deals with a post apocalyptic wold here only Iceland and small chunks of secluded Scandinavian islands survived a plague by closing down bridges and ferries. a pretty realistic look at an unrealistic scenario, always a winner
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Jessi on November 26, 2014, 05:54:55 PM
You might want to rephrase that, Jessi. Madagascar is now dealing with the plague.

Shit. That means the rest of the world is fucked.

Madagascar can't get infected! When it does, it's game over!
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Voidbane on November 26, 2014, 10:08:12 PM
Ever play the game "Pandemic"?
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: SleepingBeau on November 27, 2014, 12:48:54 AM
Well it's all just statistical determinations. Even 0.0001% probability is still a probability. The most unlikeliest of things may yet precipitate the biggest of surprises.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: MeepSire on January 05, 2015, 06:12:19 AM
First criticism in 2015! This year feels like last year! The air is the same quality, the weather is the same the food is similar, why not magicly better?! :p
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Jay Chan on January 08, 2015, 09:44:08 PM
and where's my flying cars, video waitresses, rocket powered hoverboard, and self drying jacket?
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: SleepingBeau on January 09, 2015, 05:07:58 AM
Well, we do have

-self-serve consoles of varying automation at some stores
-skimmer-craft that look like something out of Command&Conquer:Red Alert, called GEV (ground effect vehicles, or WIG vehicles(wing in ground)) http://youtu.be/LSeZ1eQzDvI?t=1m22s
-handheld communication devices that can access the whole of humanities digitized knowledge, with sensors enough to actually be comparable to the Star Trek tricorders
-space ships and satellites powered by ion thrusters and other traditionally sci-fi technologies http://youtu.be/grU8g9jnS4w
-manufacturing and assembly robots capable of turning plain blocks of metal into machines http://youtu.be/4TOotC_Q3sU?t=21s - http://youtu.be/R46x6k2wieU?t=12s
-remote surgery using portable robotic surgery units http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remote_surgery
-water repellent clothing http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/rainwear-dwr.html
-virtual reality that takes over your senses http://youtu.be/z1s1wDPE4tM?t=4m26s - http://youtu.be/-RehCTRrWM0?t=2m40s (warning, they're both kind of lengthy)
-math and information theory that unveils aspects, even worlds, of reality that are hidden from view, to such a degree that these things seem humanly unknowable to most people.

If you read science journals and knew enough to guess what kind of things the future of science and tech potentially has in store for us, I believe you would be WELL satisfied, heh.

But this a criticism thread, I suppose. I guess what criticism I have is...humanity's lack of investment in education, on both a societal AND individual level. If more people supported it strongly enough, more people would have it. And if more people had it, more people would support it. But first we need to get to the level of education and self-awareness that we as a species could support that feedback loop of education and improvement. Like so many potentially awesome advancements, we are limited by our current state of awesome advancements. (unrelated neat tidbit from a short-film I watched recently: "To understand recursion, you must understand recursion")
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Valrejn on January 09, 2015, 05:33:19 PM
-handheld communication devices that can access the whole of humanities digitized knowledge, with sensors enough to actually be comparable to the Star Trek tricorders

I already see people never bothering to learn anything for themselves because they can get the information they want at the time instantly.  Nevermind the problem on verifying the information is accurate/correct.  I see a future where everyone is dependent upon using these devices to function in society, but has no knowledge on how to actually create/repair them or any of the underlying technologies that support them.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: SleepingBeau on January 09, 2015, 09:23:40 PM
If there were to happen it would more likely be a class of people who are like that (and there already is). There is too much knowledge that requires a deep understanding of the underlying principles to even begin to understand. Our short-term memory has a very limited capacity in holding together large constructs of ideas. 'Smart' people like scientists just have most of it already loaded into their long-term memory.

People who never bother to learn anything, or never bother to learn more, have always existed and use all kinds of reasons that don't hold up to scrutiny to justify their ignorance, although usually it's ignorance itself that holds them back; You can't do what you don't know. (for the record, ignorance can be either our fault, or a consequence of our environment/circumstance that we have no control over. ignorance isn't inherently a bad mark on a person. we don't punish babies for their ignorance. they can't help it, so we teach them what they are able to learn.. which is a great model for behavior when interacting with the ignorance in other grown adults)

But anyway, I believe that humans are too wired toward survival to let a dystopia like that come to pass. We might approach a danger point like that, but I believe we recognize both the danger as well as the incentives and we would bounce back. The only situation in which I believe such a disaster could happen is if some cataclysmic event occurred or some kind of organized power took control of all material knowledge and knowledged people and kept a very large class of people from accessing any of those resources.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: MeepSire on February 02, 2015, 04:14:43 AM
In the US, the Federal Communications Committee (FCC) just legally reclassified broadband internet as 25 Megabits per second (Mb/s). Jessica Rosenworcel, a politician involved, bevives the FCC should have aimed higher and many including myself agree. It kinda sucks to live in the US right now, as far as ISPs are concerned... Since most of the main ones are pushing to maintain the same limited bandwidth that is increasingly struggling to keep up with today's data requirements. Sigh.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Risha Kalsyhan on February 02, 2015, 09:59:33 PM
That's just... Wow...
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Jay Chan on February 02, 2015, 11:53:53 PM
Yeah, the ISP's have had the FCC in their pocket for years and years now.
I think I'm more or less ranted out on the American internet oligopoly though, so no wall of text today :P
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: SleepingBeau on February 03, 2015, 01:14:32 AM
Canada has to deal with similar issues. Unofficial throttling (want to torrent something? oops, we're having issues and your bandwidth has magically disappeared), ridiculous prices, hidden limits, dense usage in areas that aren't going to see any hardware improvements in awhile (and still billing you for the idealized bandwidth rates you'll never see!), VERY low upload limits, constant pushing to 'newer and improved!' service plans that end up costing you more.

Also, our cell phone servicing is absolute balls. Probably the most expensive in the world, and an extra charge if you want to set your WAN connection as a hotspot (connecting to the internet on your computer through your cellphones connection).

There's also a bit of a monopoly going on with the infrastructure. It was initially put down as a government project (paid by taxpayers) and then given to some corporation to use and manage. Apparently it's extremely difficult to get into the market and so there is no competition or alternatives. Most ISPs are just umbrella corporations and their pricing is a collusion to pretend like all their different services are 'competitive' and offer something different.

IMO this is a slight bit more ridiculous than the business going on in the US because the population in Canada is a lot more concentrated around our fewer population centers. To give an idea of how easy it *SHOULD* be to set up an effective ISP, there's a small town in Alberta province that has a full fiber connection to every resident. The company that runs it is owned by the residents of the town, so it's pretty much setup like an essential service.

Sigh... Profiting off of essential services is such balls. The same junk going on with ISPs in big cities is happening with electricity services in many smaller towns around Canada. From what my uncle tells of it, it sounds a lot like how thugs run 'protection' services.

Don't care if people call me a commie but the amount of corruption, and what is essentially cannibalism, that goes on in our worlds of capitalism creates so many problems that I question how much progress can truly be accomplished if we're always spending so much time and energy dealing with all these internal, fabricated problems.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Liram on February 03, 2015, 04:42:11 AM
You've struck a chord with your hotspot talk. I distinctly remember AT&T trying to charge us for that service and I remember thinking, "What difference does it make to them? As long as I don't go over my data limit it should be the same difference on their end." Can someone explain how that works? To me it seems like they're charging you to use a service that your phone is capable of and requires nothing extra or new from them. It would be tantamount to having Ford charge you to use the bluetooth connectivity in your car. At least that's how it seems to me.

As to the Government control of certain enterprises I guess I'm sort of for it on a small scale trial basis. Unfortunately everyone is really paranoid in the states right now about that sort of bunk especially when it comes to healthcare. The Government has done a pretty mediocre job of managing pretty much everything else like money, postal service, etc. Anything that's managed on too large a scale seems to turn out badly
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: SleepingBeau on February 03, 2015, 05:27:50 AM
There's a specific name for skeevy business tactics like charging for cellphone tethering, but I can't remember it right now.

They're basically just charging you for invented services and products. If there is no perfectly clear laws that state that they aren't allowed to do it, and/or the cost of punishment doesn't affect profitability too much, they're going to do it. And if the average consumer doesn't understand what it is they're paying for, all the better.

Another scummy tactic they do is called...well I can't remember the official term, again, but what it is is purposely complicating, obfuscating, or otherwise obstructing the tasks you have to perform that would lead to them losing money. They'll make it more difficult to reach repair and warranty services. Add pointless steps for manually paying off your bills. Make it next to impossible to disable and opt out of money-making services. Hide important clauses in their terms-of-service. Make the process of changing or leaving ISPs as painful as possible. Weasel their way out of good warranty service. Making it too expensive or time consuming to correct grievances. Etc etc....

Imagine you're just a little managerial fish in a big business with next to no punishment for immoral practices. If you want a raise you need to figure out a way to make your bosses more money. Well it's a big company and all the clean and easy solutions are already made. So, you start looking. You really want that raise so you really work your brain over. These business people are living in twisted environments in which the concerns of societal well-being are both not a concern and completely opposite to financial success.

Due to certain people I know, I'm aware of the kind of shenanigans going on in a few areas of Canadian banking. Banking is the biggest industry in the world, and the word in the office is essentially a quiet "Don't get caught". It's a culture/environment that changes all but the most stubborn to just get away with whatever you can. The infrastructure is outdated, and hacked and patched to get everything more-or-less functional working. Even for standard work, "Good Enough" tends to be alright, which gets you in the mindset of just doing whatever you can get away with. It's not that big a step away from taking advantage of people and the system. I mean, it's not as if every single person working at a bank is corrupt. Some positions do to call for upstandingly moral characters, but there are enough corrupt employees that a lot of people go unpunished because otherwise they would have to investigate and punish a whole bunch of other people, and it's just less costly to let it go.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Dreaker on February 03, 2015, 01:35:51 PM
Well I saw some statistic on net but I thought they are fakes.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: MeepSire on February 07, 2015, 04:49:18 AM
Here in California, a 65Mb/s connection will cost around $110 per month in some areas. Even with this top tier plan, the upstream rate can be 8Mb/s peak. Why can't Europe share their prices? :p

Also I suppose it kinda sucks to if you want to purchase PC parts in UK or Australia, since they are sometimes quite a bit more expensive at some retailers... Thoughts on worldwide prices?
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: SleepingBeau on February 07, 2015, 08:13:37 AM
Just checking: You're not confusing megabytes with megabits, right? ISP's tend to advertise bandwidth rates in megabit units. Megabyte is is typically use for storage and data-transfer rates on computers. The conversion rate is [1 megabyte(MB) : 1 megabit(Mb)], which would mean 8MB/s is a pretty good rate on a 65Mbps bandwidth. I don't understand the issues well enough to tell you why one is used over the other, though.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: MeepSire on February 07, 2015, 02:36:39 PM
No, I am talking in Megabits. =) (I'm one of those people who get slightly annoyed when others get it wrong, since it's confusing.) The connection plan I was talking about was 65Mb/s down and up to 8 up.
Our friends in South Korea and Europe can get in upwards of 100Mb/s down and 25 up. :|
I believe the ISP use megabits because of a couple of legacy reasons, changing would bring more confusion, and the knowledge that some poor consumer would get it wrong and buy.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: SleepingBeau on February 07, 2015, 10:11:48 PM
Oops! I misread where you wrote "the upstream rate..".

Yeah...the piddly consumer upload rates are terrible. Even just to play video games I found that you had to get a service plan with nearly 2x the download rate you needed to get a high enough upload rate to host games with acceptable latency.

I'm not sure if the 'bit' falls under the legacy category. A bit is single unit of digital information. Bytes are simply a very useful grouping of bits. So long as the byte exists, so too will the bit. It just depends on the context of whether bytes or bits are what's primary used. In the case of ISP's though, I wouldn't be surprised if they're purposely obfuscating. In UI design, the number of user actions required to do get to where they need is often taken into account. Less overall user action = more efficient.

Conversely, if you DON'T want your users getting somewhere, the obvious tactic would be to decrease the efficiency as much as possible. It's kind of like tower defense in a large open field. You want to funnel your enemy(consumers) into your kill(profit!) zones, but not create enough resistance that too many of them circumvent(leave) your labyrinth(service). This is a very effective business tactic because it's very difficult to fight back against, and likely very expensive or, in some cases, impossible to regulate or punish.

I mean, I have no idea if this IS what they're doing, but a good consumer oriented service should be quick and easy to deal with, with minimal interaction. Getting calls about 'upgrading' your service package or having to comb through miles of bullshit to opt out of things very few people want after every new iteration of user agreement documentation...
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: MeepSire on March 31, 2015, 07:10:03 AM
Stealth Thread Revival Everywhere!!!!!! XD
More stuff to criticize...
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I heard in the news recently that someone in California US, proposed a bill that would make being LGBT a capital offense. Thankfully, the chief justice I believe, vows to strike it down as unconstitutional if it it makes it pass state congress for some reason.

My opinion: Crazy, will not pass, and DA fuq? Really? It goes to show that even in a state widely regarded as liberal and open, there will always be at least a few radicals.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Risha Kalsyhan on March 31, 2015, 02:38:43 PM
Whoever wrote that law ought to be expelled from the boundaries of the state of California for up to life and/or put to death by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Liram on April 01, 2015, 04:36:27 AM
Now now, let's not  make the mistake of this looney tune and turn extreme ourselves. One bullet to the head should be enough for just about anyone.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: MeepSire on April 29, 2015, 03:59:09 AM
Altitude sickness is adversely affecting aid workers in Nepal.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Jay Chan on April 29, 2015, 05:31:38 AM
altitude sickness adversely affects everyone not native to Nepal who doesn't already live on top of the Rockies or the Alps.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Liram on April 30, 2015, 05:42:02 AM
Or carry tanked oxygen with them everywhere... so pretty much everyone, never mind.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Dreaker on April 30, 2015, 03:05:31 PM
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Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Liram on May 01, 2015, 04:54:34 AM
Yes, it's gotten to the point where everyone needs to have a camera at all times. I know and you know, of course, that the real solution is for everyone to stop being a douche, but the odds of that are just... it's not gonna happen.

Incidentally I was pulled over twice last week (first two times ever). I promptly informed both officers that I was licensed to CCDW and that I had a firearm in the car. One told me that if I attempted to leave the vehicle he would shoot me without question, the other one simply laughed and said as long as I left it where it was we'd have smooth sailing. There are real dickheads in every profession so... I gotta say though, it felt really uncomfortable having the first one threaten to shoot me.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: MeepSire on May 01, 2015, 07:38:03 AM
What were you pulled over for anyway? Can't have been that serious could it? And dashcams are the only way to drive around these days...

Btw... What was your hidden companion anyway? It wasn't a full frame was it? :P
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Dreaker on May 01, 2015, 06:23:05 PM
The real problem is that we see a world and the police see a very different one.
You stop a car to give its driver a friendly warning that his tail light is broken but before you could say a word four bullets pierce your body.


Fuuuuck... I'm getting to serious. Emergency silliness released!
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Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: brothejr on May 01, 2015, 11:28:15 PM
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Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: Liram on May 02, 2015, 03:11:44 AM
What were you pulled over for anyway? Can't have been that serious could it? And dashcams are the only way to drive around these days...

Btw... What was your hidden companion anyway? It wasn't a full frame was it? :P

No 'twas just my little friend the S&W bodyguard .380, and I was pulled over for speeding. I was doing 64 in a 55.


The real problem is that we see a world and the police see a very different one.
You stop a car to give its driver a friendly warning that his tail light is broken but before you could say a word four bullets pierce your body.

It's two sides to the coin there, sometimes police want you to "bow down and respect there authoritah" and sometimes they are perfectly nice human beings who get treated like crap for no reason.
Title: Re: Criticisms of the rest of the world.
Post by: MeepSire on June 20, 2015, 06:59:57 PM
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*stares at price tag*

*cries*