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Messages - Frenzie

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The Lounge / Re: True or false?
False.

All the cats are sleeping.
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Meanwhile, we're celebrating the return of wolves, some 160 years after they were driven off quite purposefully. I doubt farmers and deer are ecstatic about that one. :)
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Hobbies & Entertainment / Re: Nordic Noir
Oh, so instead of being a hit and miss, it is a trendy experiment.
I'd have to check, but perhaps Elementary comes to us in regular stereo, which could be indicative of a badly downmixed 5.1 original source. But on a show like Preacher (not recommended) it's by design for sure. They want it to be unsettling... but the problem is it's more annoying than anything else.

The only tolerable technology to "enjoy" such sound is perhaps expensive headphones.
Maybe, but I bought the Shadow of the Tomb Raider, which has an audio option for extended dynamic range, and it's fantastic. For whatever reason they recommend doing it only with headphones, but it sounds glorious either way. Pretty much anything better than phone speakers or earbuds that came with your phone will do, imo.
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The Lounge / Re: True or false?
False.

Your cat is weird about a bag outside.
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Hobbies & Entertainment / Re: Nordic Noir
When the plot is dialogue-driven, it is unfortunate that the post-production of sound is a hit and miss. Some background voices that would be hugely beneficial to explain what is going on in the screen are overly tuned down.
It seems to be an odd current trend of sorts to make voices super quiet, so that when you turn up the volume some other noise will deafen you. I like dynamic range and all, but it's going too far. Elementary is an example of a show that we think is good enough to keep watching in spite of this issue.

Could it be that many viewers have TV's with cinema quality audio system? I don't.
I do, in a manner of speaking. It's a cool effect on well-made 5.1 audio (voices typically in the front, other noises in "surround" sound) but these whisper quiet voices are still inaudible. I could make the front center speaker louder on the amplifier to somewhat work around the issue or something like that, but as far as I'm concerned you'd have to be pretty crazy to bother with speaker settings for individual shows.

I have a Yamaha system from a decade ago, which was the old model then, which is why I got it for a reasonable amount of money. The annoying thing is that the amplifier doesn't take HDMI audio, so it's incompatible with modern lossless 5.1 (or 7.1) sources. Anyway, it's basically the low end of good.
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The Lounge / Re: True or false?
False. Much better than I did the past two or three days.

You don't want to go out into the rain.
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The Lounge / Re: True or false?
False.

You're expecting a phone call.
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The Lounge / Re: True or false?
True.

You can't find some piece of chat history.
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The Lounge / Re: True or false?
False, at least compared to a decade ago.

You want to read.
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I don't use Opera Presto much these days, let alone for YouTube. :)
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https://www.eu-startups.com/2018/12/citybee-raises-funds/
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With the costs of payments, insurance, and repairs, owning your own car can be a hassle. Vilnius-based car-sharing startup CityBee relieves you of these concerns by letting you easily rent a car through its app, starting at just €.14 per minute.

[...]

After acquiring all the planned vehicles, the Lithuanian startup will become one of the largest providers of car-sharing services in all of Europe, alongside giants like DriveNow, which is owned by BMW and has 6,000 cars.

We've been satisfied Cambio subscribers for almost 4 years now, by the way.
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The Lounge / Re: Random Chat
Good luck on the exam!

I just had a contract end, so I'm looking for another job now.

Btw, I have (part of) that slightly annoying song stuck in my head now. You people over in Tennessee probably don't suffer from that, but I rarely hear anything about Chattanooga. ;)
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The Lounge / Re: True or false?
False. It's fun!

You wonder if your spare drive broke.
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It's definitely vbulletin (search for vbulletin in the source) but I don't know if they say so anywhere.
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Sailfish perhaps allows too much user control, therefore there will never be much corporate push for it.
That might be true. I was able to set up Syncthing in a breeze (as an alternative for Dropbox), whereas on Android that was... difficult.
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I suspect about the same reason as why Linux is not more popular than Windows. Even though Linux is lightyears ahead in customisability, there is no major corporate push for it and  some critical apps (office software, graphics design, games) are unavailable for it.
I don't think there was a lack of corporate push on Microsoft's end with well-functional Outlook integration, etc. I suspect they must've wanted something device manufacturers didn't, or maybe device manufacturers were just afraid of what MS might do if they also obtained a phone monopoly.

For them Android was clearly good enough for something, but it was never very clear to me just what that something was. I've always thought that '07/'08 era iPhones and Android phones were clearly inferior to my contemporary feature phone,[1] the SE s500i, which could also install apps like Opera Mini and Google Maps using Java ME.[2]

I am a bit more curious about iOS. iPhone costs a ton. Then you pay for many apps too on top of that. Why would anyone agree to it? It's as if Apple fans were a different planet (I see them only on YT, I refuse to believe they exist in real).
I don't know why one would pay that much for a phone, but they mostly work well enough. I understand Apple devices are also properly usable for blind people.
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DnD Central / Re: The weekend post
But what is the empty space under Al? Should we do something about that too?
If you encounter that it steals your molecules. :D
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I couldn't delete Facebook from my Sony Xperia XA2 without unlocking the bootloader and slightly deteriorating the camera quality in the process. Of course I wouldn't have done it if I were planning to stick with stock Android.

We'll see how much I like Sailfish for actual daily use. I definitely intend to give it a good try. I don't really understand why the imo better phone operating systems (Maemo/MeeGo/Sailfish & Windows Mobile/Phone) aren't more popular. Sure, nowadays they're niche products that require an effort to acquire, but I'm talking more about the critical ~2008-2010 period when Maemo and Windows Mobile were readily available and miles ahead of the competition. Then again, Microsoft messed things up with Windows Phone even if the basic UX was pretty decent. /sigh
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That's what I was referring to. The code was on GitHub for over a year before anyone notice.
Wasn't that just Presto? As in, you can't just make some fairly minor tweaks and have your own Opera that plays AV1 or something, but you'd have a loose rendering engine that'd only be useful after a ton of work to either build a GUI or integrate it into one.
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It's one of the first things I've discovered on all three "smart"phones I've bought since my first one some eight years ago. It goes something like:

1. Connect to wifi
2. Import contacts, setup e-mail and calendar
3. Delete Facebook (and other stuff I don't want)

But deleting doesn't work for Facebook. Only disabling. The weirdest part is that at least some of the ASUS & Sony bloatware can be deleted, showing that Facebook doesn't actually need to be made part of the "system" in order to come preinstalled.
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Hobbies & Entertainment / Re: Nordic Noir
I see another bridge. :)
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Otter Browser Forum / Re: google error
What's the URL to this forum?
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Great work!