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ilmucche
Mar 16, 2016




In a French airport today, had a guy come up to me and pull out his wallet. Showed me his id, and said he needed 20 euros to get a plane ticket home. He had a couple suitcases with him, so I walked away. Figured if he's only 20 euros short and it's a monday he can get the drat bus.

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ilmucche
Mar 16, 2016




BiggerBoat posted:

From forever ago but I recently called Comcast to cancel my cable TV and landline after my mother was permanently hospitalized (she wanted that poo poo). As of now, I'm still receiving cable TV. I haven't gotten a bill yet but why do I suspect that they'll have no record of me cancelling my service even though I turned in almost all of my equipment? I kept the one box because the poo poo still worked, figuring I'd hand that in once the signal went out.

gently caress...now Im worried they'll have no record of me returning the equipment. Comcast is amazing in its fuckery.

I have a stamped sheet of paper saying I turned in my Orange equipment and the bastards still haven't paid me. This is after they told me other the phone they'd reimburse me for a service I didn't want, then told me a month later when I called that they never reimburse. Then I went online and they did it.

Telecoms companies loving suck.

ilmucche
Mar 16, 2016




ShadeofBlue posted:

That image describes a theoretical way to travel quickly across the universe. Itís a modification of the idea that you can warp space such that the distance between you and the destination is shortened, rather than you moving faster than light. Itís a theory thatís been talked about by respectable physicists, and in principle does not violate any of the physics that we currently understand. Itís been a while since Iíve heard or read anything about it. IIRC, the problem is that it requires generating a massive amount of negative mass, which we donít know how to do (or even if itís possible, although it doesnít specifically break any theory), and also involves intense forces on the spacecraft, such that no material we know of could handle it. This is still just cool sci-fi, nothing concrete will come out of it in our lifetimes, or even close. I also donít know what ďbeneath timeĒ is supposed to mean.

To be clear, theyíre definitely nuts, but the graphic on that slide isnít gibberish. I think the equations are just a bunch of barely related general relativity things.

Just gotta get on the spice and fold space in half.

ilmucche
Mar 16, 2016




"we suppose you will be a good fit for this position"
Yeah, I guess you'll do.

ilmucche
Mar 16, 2016




peanut posted:

Step 1. Cut a hole in a GOX

Step 1 was getting everyone to invest their bitcoin in it. Step 2 was cutting the hole.

ilmucche
Mar 16, 2016




Pharmaskittle posted:

I bet you $10 I can tell you where you got your shoes.

That one actually got me the first time I ever heard it, and the guy was funny so I just paid him.

How does that even work? Like i wouldn't take the bet, but how do they ever win that?

ilmucche
Mar 16, 2016




Absurd Alhazred posted:

To my knowledge they only contact the site owner.

Better open it just to be sure. Could be important!

ilmucche
Mar 16, 2016




Stick Insect posted:

For years now, paypal mails me every month telling me the overview of recent transactions is ready for me. Seems pretty shady because I get these even when I haven't used paypal in months.

As far as I can tell, they're legitimate e-mails from paypal, but there's no way to turn them off in the settings screen. I'm confused what their purpose even is. Just to remind me I have an account with them?

I get emails from paypal every month as well. I really should just delete the account.

ilmucche
Mar 16, 2016




I keep getting missed calls from a number I don't recognise, but the phone never actually rings. Had a look online and apparently it's a pay number, so if I call back it charges me. Super low effort scam, but surely there aren't a lot of people who would call back and even make them .5 dollars/euro/pounds for staying on for even 30 seconds?

ilmucche
Mar 16, 2016




Some disposables better than others, but most of them last a decent length of time and do a decent enough job.

ilmucche
Mar 16, 2016




People frothing at the mouth to go off on perceived maga trump supporters all over the drat forums. I just want to talk about how a guy called me up asking if I was interested in their duct cleaning services, or telling me he was from Microsoft central security and there's a problem with my computer.

ilmucche
Mar 16, 2016




Absurd Alhazred posted:

It is well known that the internet is a series of ducts, so you may want to call them back. :ohdear:

Didn't catch his name and his number was private. He told me to look in the mirror and gently caress myself when I kept him on the line for a few minutes then told him I lived in an apartment without central air :(

ilmucche
Mar 16, 2016




What happened to the star citizen thread? I was reading the gbs one but I don't see it anymore.

ilmucche
Mar 16, 2016




Guildencrantz posted:

This isn't a Europe thing, it's a Netherlands thing, and a couple of other countries. Most of the rest of us find it a bit unusual and inconvenient when we go there.

I don't think I've seen a credit card in the UK or France either. Admittly I don't really look at people's cards, but debit seems more common for locals here.

ilmucche
Mar 16, 2016




Quote-Unquote posted:

I know. I'd be the first person to advise not to use a credit card for actual credit unless you are really desperate. I'm talking about people that have cash, but use a debit card instead of a credit card. I can't figure out why you'd voluntarily give up the protection offered by a credit card.

In the UK at least, every high street bank offers credit cards to anyone that hasn't got completely ruined credit. The interest rates are terrible and you don't get any rewards, but you still get the protection of being able to cancel charges. To me this is an invaluable thing. If you can get a reward card that's even better, of course, but even a basic lovely credit card is better than a debit card.

My bank in England told me they wouldn't issue me a credit card when I asked for one. I had never overdrawn and they didn't even glance at a credit rating.

ilmucche
Mar 16, 2016




DizzyBum posted:

:yikes:

So uh, here's one. My wife got some weird spam calendar invite. Turns out people can just send you an email with a bogus calendar invite, and if you have the option enabled to automatically add Gmail invites to your calendar (it's on by default), you'll see whatever message they added. It's a simple measure to disable that feature, but man, what a pain.

My parents had this one happen. Thankfully I was able to delete and block the auto-adding of calendar invites for them considering I visit them once a year.

Supposedly my mum heard my dad on the phone about to give his credit card info to someone so I worry about their susceptability to scams :(

ilmucche
Mar 16, 2016




BiggerBoat posted:

For casinos, basically ensuring the odds always favor the house at 51-49%. After that, it's all about keeping people playing for as along as possible in order to ramp up the proceeds from those odds.

They eliminate windows so you don't know what time it is, put the biggest winning slots near the front and do things like route traffic in ways similar to what grocery stores do to encourage more shopping and impulse buys. They give out free drinks to make people impulsive. Casinos in and of themselves aren't "scams" and to compare what they do to what carnival games do is off the mark.

They also tend to be very well lit so it always feels like daytime, have extremely soft and comfortable carpeting when you walk around, and it's very hard to actually see where exits are

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ilmucche
Mar 16, 2016




FrozenVent posted:

The movie has a musical number titled “Springtime for Hitler”, just fyi.

And it's loving hilarious. The movie literally has someone call it out as being in bad taste.

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