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Comment Re:Bullshit! (Score 2) 80

Heck, I even talk to myself, according to my team and my girlfriend. I'm working on a bit of code and per the team, I'm all of a sudden talking through the bit I'm stuck on and about half the time get it figured out that way.

[John]

Comment City Fiber (Score 1) 143

In checking my neighborhood forums, it seems like there are a lot of people cutting the comcast cord. I'm getting gig up and down for $48 a month but I personally am not much of a TV watcher. I have, mainly because the wife was watching and I wanted to share but now that I'm single, I haven't watched TV in 5 years. Not even as background noise.

I am starting to get advertising from some fiber based TV service out of Denver which would increase the price beyond what I was paying for comcast but again, I don't watch TV so to the bin it goes :)

[John]

Comment Re:Ad Blindness (Score 1) 353

At best I got a "you need to log in to your OneDrive account" sort of message recently that implied to me that I hadn't logged in in a while and my session had timed out. I just clicked through it.

The only sidebar messages I get are the occasional Windows Defender, everything's okay, and the occasional "you have x nextdoor messages in your gmailbox" from Google. I have an asus popup on the lower right about checking my bios for upgrades that's annoying (nothing like having the stupid thing kill my gaming session).

And again, Windows 10 Pro.

[John]

Comment Re:NVIDIA (Score 3, Interesting) 353

I have two nVidia cards and regularly upgrade my drivers but don't see any advertising either. Same with general Windows 10 mucking about. I've been spending a lot more time on my system over the past 3 months as well and no ads.

I did buy Windows 10 Pro vs go with the downloaded version as I was building a new system and didn't upgrade my prior systems (still on 7). Maybe that has something to do with it?

[John]

Comment Re:Depends on how you interact (Score 1) 142

I actually have gotten better. I attend Monday night CCG at the local game store and have a regular Role Playing game group. But it doesn't take long before I'm overwhelmed by the number of people and need to bail out and take a break.

It's not avoiding in general. I don't follow sports and don't drink so a lot of the conversation after hours with the group is me just sitting drinking water or a diet soda. After a bit I'm just thinking I'm wasting time, "I could be at home cleaning, on the bike, at the music store, or at the game store".

[John]

Comment Depends on how you interact (Score 5, Insightful) 142

Most of my issues with interacting with humans is I'm pretty quiet and introverted. Many times I can't come up with a response quickly enough when speaking. By the time I've thought of something to contribute, the conversation has moved on. And I have a problem with interrupting others when they're speaking that seems absent from others. I'm in a meeting, for example, and my contributions are minimal in part because the talking is non-stop and you can't get a word in edge-wise.

With BBS's back in the 80's, Usenet and EMail in the 80's and 90's, EMail lists and Discussion groups in the '00's, and Forums and Facebook now, I can read and respond at my leisure. I don't even like talking on the phone.

Even this post. I've rewritten bits of it several times, added words, changed structure, and even considered whether or not it would provide any valuable insights before posting it.

[John]

Comment Re:$700 GTFO (Score 1) 151

Meh. I bought a pair of GTX 970's last March. It had been 8 years since I built my previous not quite top of the line gaming capable system. This time I also bought a 4k 43" monitor to go with my pair of 23" Acer's.

I'm not all that much of a current gamer. My recent gaming has been the old Carmagedden or original Doom and Doom II games.

I do a lot of hacking about with tech stuff though so having 3 or 4 cygwin windows open for coding or configuations, along with a web browser, movie or tv show playing, couple of log watch cygwin windows open, and recently a couple of movie ripping windows, makes creating stuff a whole lot easier.

The two cards cost almost $700 :)

http://carl.schelin.org/?p=960

[John]

Comment Re:No... (Score 1) 369

I wonder if lots of the ways cable is laid out is due to being able to access it. If the environment were redesigned to be more efficient with an eye towards replacing you with a robot, could your job be replaced? Certainly trying to replace you with a robot right now might not be cost effective, but a redesign might do the job.

[John]

Comment Re:Past pfSense user (Score 1) 39

Eh. As you said, I don't care if they're assholes. If it's better, I don't have a problem using it. My firewall blocks all incoming connections so I don't have a real complicated setup. Now, with the additional features of pfSense, I've been using its DNS server, Load Balancer, NTP, and DHCP services for my internal environment. I've checked out some of the stats and cast syslog to my internal syslog server but nothing much more than that.

Throwing OPNSense up as a test isn't going to be a big deal and who knows, it might actually be better (for what I do). :shrug:

[John]

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