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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    What email are you using? There should be a "flag as spam" button somewhere that will block future emails.
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    What music are you currently listening to?

    I might be the only one but I prefer the original NiN version. Awesome song though. Hope you feel better soon.
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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    I wanted to point out that when I said "you" I meant people. Not you specifically.
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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    Not awkward really, every couple has quirks that are normal to them whilst outside observers would find them odd. I'm a bit autistic and have bad hearing. I can only really hear the loudest (actually "most attention grabbing" which isn't always loudest but is harder to explain) thing going on. If she says something to me I struggle to hear it and I am also watching something on my laptop that is interesting and she always does it while the adverts are on which, while garbage, are designed by very cunning people to grab your attention. They are also louder than the show. So, whenever she says something to me my response is *spacebar*, what? It makes her cross. She says she wants to communicate so I turn the laptop off and say "go" she gets annoyed. She wants me to say something. If I have something to say, I say it. She complains that I get distracted by the TV. I say "that's what it's designed for" and "if you want to talk, turn the damn thing off". That makes her cross too. Most of your relationship is great, sometimes there is a little friction where my cold, logical, autistic personality rubs up against her emotional, empathic, irrational personality. *edit* Being spied on is , being spied on by a device you "own" is unacceptable. Being unable to turn the spying off on a device you "own" should be illegal. Having active microphones and cameras in your house, reporting back to huge corporations, collecting every scrap of data they can is insane. Every bit of data about you, your family, your non-consenting guests, contractors in your house, any member of the public who walks past your *fruitcage* doorbell. It's madness. The last place in this country full of CCTV that you had a reasonable expectation of privacy and you have sold it to Amazon, Google and Facebook for nothing. Nothing. The "convenience" of Google assistant or Alexa, the ability to adjust your thermostat from outside our house? What nonsense is this? My thermostat has been on 21°C for 10 *fruitcage* years. The ability to see who is at your door whilst you are on holiday? . Get the smart speakers out of your house, deny WiFi to your TV, get a firewall on your internet connection, run the whole thing through a VPN. Root your phone, delete the bloatware. Stop selling your privacy for trinkets. This *suitcase* is going to backlash. It has to. At some point you are going to demand your privacy back and you are going to discover that some things, once given away, cannot be reclaimed.
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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    So. I spend a lot of time away from my wife with work etc. I don't watch TV and by that I mean, I do not watch traditional serial content. I do like Rich and Morty (mostly) and as you may know from the other thread I like Star Trek TNG. That means that I spend a lot of time watching Youtube and other "New Media" content. I probably watch over 8 hours a day, at 200% speed. For entertainment, we watch different things She watches [utter garbage that makes me feel like I am getting more stupider] and I watch documentaries. To make her feel like we are doing something together all she asks is that I sit watching my laptop next to her. Alas, I am unable to move into another room. Furthermore, she likes me to have at least one ear available so that she can make observations about the [banal nonsense]. Oddly, she seems to get triggered when I press spacebar (to pause what I am watching) but has not made the observation that she only says things to me during the advert breaks in her [evidence of the imminent collapse of society].
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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    My wife is watching the X Factor. There is a squeaky kid. I hate the noises he makes. I would rather listen to the sound of my own feet being smashed with a hammer.
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    Schnitzel with noodles - what made you smile today?

    S01E15 - 11001001 The Enterprise heads to a starbase to get a computer upgrade from a race of pink IT guys. The starbase is beautiful, very nicely rendered. The Holodeck gets an upgrade, Riker enters a simulation of a jazz bar in New Orleans so he can play the trombone, he refers to it as a "bone"/ He then requests an audience. He gets a lady called Minuet, very nicely rendered. Picard walks in on Riker kissing the simulation (obviously) and the three of them have a lovely evening discussing how good of a simulation she is, slide-back sunroof head and realistic toes. Meanwhile, the antimatter containment field goes on the wonk and the entire ship is evacuated. The evacuation involves people walking to the transporter rooms when we know point to point transportation is possible. Seems inefficient. The ship leaves the starbase on autopilot to prevent the entire thing being destroyed in a tsunami of hard radiation. Picard tried to leave the Holodeck and Minuet tries to stop him, he becomes suspicious and Picard and Riker leave, discovering the ship is empty and heading for the home planet of the IT guys. Suspecting they have been jacked they set the self destruct and decide to storm the bridge even though it may be a suicide mission. The IT guys are in a coma. Turns out they are totally dependent on tech and an EM pulse from a nearby supernova has borked the planet's hard drive. They stole the Enterprise to use the computer to do an off-site backup. Picard and Riker turn the planet off and on again and everything is fine. Except when they get the backup off the computer it deletes Minuet too. Presumably the IT guys get hanged for piracy. Seriously, if the Holodeck was a real feature it would just be constantly plastered with DNA, it would have to be sluiced out and disinfected between sessions. S01E16 - Too Short a Season An old git with a bad (ly acted) limp beams aboard to carry out a hostage negotiation. Beverly is suspicious, he seems to be getting younger. Turns out he has taken two years worth of magic de-ageing chemicals. Not just his but his wife's too (jacker bloke). It transpires that last time he negotiated with these people he didn't negotiate at all. He just gave them a bunch of weapons to shut up. That had the surprising consequence of plunging them into 40 years of civil war, who knew? Shockingly, taking two full 2 year doses of drugs at once causes you to die of badly acted seizures. He dies. S01E17 - When the Bough Breaks The crew find space Atlantis. The people of space Atlantis can't have children and their society is dying so they kidnap half a dozen kids from the Enterprise. This includes Wesley Crusher. They Atlanteans then offer Picard a load of technology and such in exchange. If it was me, I'd take it and run. However, Picard doesn't take the opportunity and the crew try to rescue the kids. They do. Nobody destroys the planet and Wesley returns. Shame.
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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    Sorry to hear that. Generally, if you can afford rent you can afford the mortgage of the place. Finding 20 grand for a deposit is super-tough though.
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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    I take it you don't want to/are unable to buy the place?
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    Schnitzel with noodles - what made you smile today?

    S01E12 - The Big Goodbye The Enterprise is on its way to make a formal peace greeting to some insect people (death to the hive) that will be extremely offended if any of the words are pronounced incorrectly. Their language is particularly difficult so the episode opens with Troi helping Picard revise. He is getting exam stress so she recommends he goes to unwind in the newly upgraded holodeck. He loads a program that makes an old 20th century gumshoe novel into a game. He enjoys it and decides to return in appropriate clothing with Data, Beverly and a red shirt, I mean, the ship's Earth history expert (I could do that job). The insects scan them, the holodeck craps out and the four of them get trapped in the simulation. The red shirt gets shot and is bleeding out. Amazingly, if the holodeck is powered down with humans inside they "disappear". That seems like an safety oversight. Mind you these are the same space explorers who have (so far) shown no evidence of using seat belts, fuses or space suits. Anyway, the boy wonder fixes the holodeck and Picard arrives on the bridge, still in a suit and trilby just in time to give the greeting. It sounds like he is having a stroke. This episode is fun, I like the ones where Picard is in the 20th century and I enjoyed seeing Beverely in seamed stockings. S01E13 - Datalore The Enterprise is passing by the planet that Data is from so they pop in to investigate, they find a hidden science lab and a disassembled android that looks like Data. The crew manage to assemble the parts into what is (in a surprise to nobody) Data's evil twin. Despite having an exact replica of a bridge officer on board with unknown intentions the crew fail to take even basic security precautions and Lore incapacitates Data, takes his uniform and uses the computer to signal the "crystal entity" that ate the science lab's staff. It arrives (It looks really good. The remaster re-did a lot of the CG effects and this one looks outstanding.) and Lore tries to engineer a situation where it eats the crew. Wesley knows something isn't right, everyone tells him to shut up (best part) and then him, his mum and Data teleport Lore into space. Nobody apologises to Wesley. Nor do they find Lore floating in space and vaporise him with the phasers. This may turn out to be an oversight later. The Lore thing, not the Wesley thing, nobody cares about Wesley. S01E14 - Angel One The crew find a damaged cargo ship and determine that the crew bailed out in escape pods. They track the pods to planet Angel One where sexism is the other way around - get it? Very clever. The woke crew of the freighter have been causing trouble by trying to get votes for men and the Leader of the planet wants them dead. They have been keeping ahead of the death squads because one of the freighter guys is married to Bonnie from Knight Rider who is, like, the Deputy Prime Minister here. The crew mess that up, the revolutionaries get captured, Riker porks the Prime Minister and she lets them go. The allegory was a bit laboured and the episode wasn't great but Riker got laid so 10/10.
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    Schnitzel with noodles - what made you smile today?

    I think you are right. First aid, domestic and personal hygiene, nutrition, personal fitness and skepticism should be taught in schools. Maths, English, Science, Technology would be the core. You get core, the "common sense" subjects above and a "junk" class. Junk can be art or drama or something else. If you are behind, you catch up in your junk periods. On leaving school all citizens should be able to do: Basic maths (budgeting a household) Basic English (writing a CV and covering letter that doesn't look like an ape typed it with their feet). And The Stunt Common Sense subjects. Ideally the science based stuff would make them more employable. If you have a handle on that *suitcase* you can use some time for art and such. If you can't do the basics you don't get to use school time to do "hobbies".
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    Schnitzel with noodles - what made you smile today?

    S01E09 - The Battle Sneaky bastards the Ferengi are at it again, the father of a Ferengi captain who was killed in a fight with Picard's first command - The Stargazer - finds the old ship and strikes up a plot to disgrace Picard and force the crew of the Enterprise to kill him and destroy the Stargazer. The fight is where the "Picard manoeuvre" comes from. Anyway, the Ferengi plot goes wrong, mostly due to Riker. I like Riker. The Ferengi are not destroyed, probably due to the Prime Directive or some such nonsense. S01E10 - Hide and Q The Enterprise is on the way to help some colonists who - despite living in the 24th century - have forgotten basic mine safety precautions and blown themselves up. On the way, Q traps them and begins his familiar shenanigans. This time he decides to "play a game", eventually giving Riker Q powers. If he keeps them Picard loses his wager with Q and loses command of the Enterprise. If he loses, Q promises to leave the crew alone. Riker uses his power to make Wesley an adult, restore Geordie's eyesight and tries to make Data a human but gets shut down. He realises he is being a tit and surrenders the Q power. Q gets in trouble with his fellow beings, Picard is smug. S01E11 - Haven The Enterprise is on the way to another, different planet full of sexy, scantily clad, uninhibited 20 year olds for more shore leave (Riker is happy). The crew is notified by an astonishingly creepy loot crate that Troi's arranged marriage to the bad guy from Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is due (Riker is sad). Troi's mum is a snooty pain in the *albartroth* who seems keen to alienate everybody Anyway, a plague ship shows up, threatening the planet. On board is a Daryl Hannah lookalike that has been haunting the dreams of Troi's fiancé. Coincidentally he is a doctor specialising in plagues. He dumps Troi and beams over to the plague ship to help (himself to Daryl Hanna's *albatross*). Troi's mum goes home. Riker is happy again.
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    Schnitzel with noodles - what made you smile today?

    The second one is coming up (Hide and Q?). They're in All Good Things which has the NCC1701-X, my favourite Enterprise. However, yes, they're irritating.
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    Schnitzel with noodles - what made you smile today?

    S1E06 - Where No One Has Gone Before An annoying *rickroll* and his assistant come aboard the Enterprise to try to tune the warp engines for maximum efficiency and speed. It turns out he is a charlatan and that his assistant is able to make the ship travel at ludicrous speed to a place where the crew can alter reality with their minds. After some messing about the assistant agrees to try to return the crew to their start point. He does Before they let off the assistant tells Picard that Wesley Crusher is special in some way. Great, the annoying kid is the chosen one. S01E07 - Lonely Among Us Two groups of antagonistic *albatrosses* are on board the Enterprise are being ferried to the planet Parliament for peace talks. On the way the Enterprise goes by a nebula, sparks come out of a sensor console and hit Worf who gets possessed, then Beverley, and so on and so on until the computer is full of spark-possessor. The spark thing learns what it needs and possesses Picard who then flies back to the nebula, gives a speech and transports himself into the nebula. However the spark dude jacks on him and leaves him in space in a non-physical form. Picard gets back into the computer, is taken to the transporter room and (I assume) presses ctrl-z and comes back to life. This is the episode where Data learns about Shelock Holmes which pays off later. S01E08 - Justice The Enterprise has been working hard and everybody is whining about shore leave. They find a planet that is unexplored and somehow thingk it is a good idea to take an annoying child on an away mission there to assess the suitability of the planet for crew shore leave. Riker seems happy, it turns out the planet is full of sexy, scantily clad, horny, uninhibited 20 year olds. Anyway, Wes commits a crime by mistake, gets the death penalty and Picard has to negotioate with the people of the planet and their orbiting "god" (an advanced race in a space station). I'd have left him to die but his mum would have been insufferable.
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    Schnitzel with noodles - what made you smile today?

    What is making me happy? From 1987 until 1994 the world was blessed with one of the greatest television shows ever created. Star Trek: The Next Generation. Recently I got the HD remaster BluRay box set of the complete TNG. 41 discs, 178 episodes. When it was on the TV I considered myself a Star Wars fan first, Star Trek second. However, Star Wars is for kids, George Lucas and Disney has made that very clear. Rewatching Star Wars makes me feel condescended. Star Trek speaks to me as an adult. So, here begins a short review of every episode, as I watch them. S1E01 and S2E02 - Encounter at Farpoint. Bit hammy but a good introduction to the crew. Beverley Crusher is a bit of a knob, obsessed with her kid. Q is good, Data, good. Interesting to see Geordie and Worf not in their more familiar roles. Good S1E03 - The Naked Now. The crew get infected with a space maguffin that makes them drunk. Data boinks Tasha, Beverley gets steamy with Picard but his willpower is too strong and he resists the hot (but high maintenance) redhead. Wesley is bloody irritating but saves the day. Riker - reliable. OK S1E04 - Code of Honour. The crew need to obtain a vaccine from a planet with a population ruled by a code of honour. They kidnap Tasha to show their strength but their boss falls for her. The boss' wife then challenges Tasha to a fight to the death. By this point Shatner would be stripped to the waist and trowing punches but Picard bamboozles the aliens and gets his crew and the vaccine. It strikes me that I haven't mentioned counsellor Troi. So far, annoying. OK. S1E05 - The Last Outpost. The Crew chase down a Ferengi ship that has stolen some Federation tech but wind up in orbit around a planet from a long dead empire that has a device that is draining all the power from the Enterprise. Riker and an away team transport to the planet to investigate along with a team of Ferengi scientists. They are immediately double-crossed by the Ferengi, Shatner would have killed them for it. Instead, Riker has a nice chat with the controlling AI of the machine and convinces it to release both crews. Partially due to his knowledge of Sun Tsu (somehow). Pretty good. (All Ferengi must die) I am really impressed with the conversion. The people who made this HD remake really respected the original material. The re-scanned the original 35mm film so there is plenty of resolution, they even left it in 4:3 instead of messing with the shot composition to make it 16:9. Recommended. Tune in next time I can be bothered for more reviews.
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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    Wow. What a cluster *fruitcage*.
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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    What the *fruitcage* is going on?
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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    Whenever you buy a thing that costs several hundred pounds you should actually own the damn thing and be able to do anything you want with it. The fact that you have to root a phone to do that is irritating. The fact that some manufacturers take steps to prevent you unlocking the bootloader and rooting your phone should be illegal.
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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    Since it is stock Google it should be super easy to fix that with a bit of a root.
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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    Kind of. Work to rule is one of the things a union can do to force companies to the negotiation table. If there is a culture of the staff working unpaid overtime or skipping permitted breaks or similar then work to rule will mean that everyone behaves exactly as their contract specifies. Usually slows down production. Malicious compliance is usually effective if there is one particularly stupid boss who tells you to do something like "check all the keyboards and throw away any dirty ones". Normally you'd say "did you mean clean them?" If doing malicious compliance you'd go round, collect all the the keyboards (all keyboards are dirty) and chuck them in the compactor. Now nobody can do any work and the business gets a bill for £20,000 to replace all the keyboards. You get hauled into the office for it and then say "boss A told me to do it".
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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    Malicious compliance is were you do exactly what you are told, even if it damages the company.
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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    Any room for a soupçon of malicious compliance?
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    Loft clearout time!

    OH NO! But what about Varusteleka?
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