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Discussion in 'Real Life Discussion' started by Ched, May 31, 2013.

  1. Johnnyseattle

    Johnnyseattle Headmaster DLP Supporter

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    Yes. I don't speak it, but I at least know that one bit of otherwise useless trivia.
     
  2. Silirt

    Silirt High Inquisitor DLP Supporter

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    This is pronounced khodahafez, which is their phrase for God keep you.
    خداحافظ
     
  3. KHAAAAAAAN!!

    KHAAAAAAAN!! Troll in the Dungeon Prestige DLP Supporter

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    Anyone know how to get creosote out of pet fur? My genius kitty has decided it is great fun to roll in the furnace runoff gunk in my basement.

    There is a ton right around her eyes so I'm wary of using anything too strong. Cats can't deal with essential oils, so that rules out most human soaps. I've tried some google suggestions (weak vinegar, cat fur shampoo, and unscented dish soap). Nothing seems to work.
     
  4. Zombie

    Zombie John Waynes Teeth Prestige DLP Supporter

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    Everything I've read said it won't be easy, and it will take several washings.

    Also diluted vinegar and greasecutter type dish soap is common recommendations.

    I mean, I'd just say some Dawn and elbow grease. If its good enough for baby ducks in an oil spill it should be good for your cat.
     
  5. CareOtters

    CareOtters Supreme Mugwump DLP Supporter

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    Shave your cat.
     
  6. Oment

    Oment The Betrayer

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    My phone is... Well, not dying per se, but if we're doing a comparison to human stages of life, it's definitely retired and suffering from a couple old age afflictions. Ergo, I'm starting to look at a new one and I have absolutely no idea where to even start except for budget.

    So, DLP, good phones - Android preferred - in that area that straddles high budget/low-midrange (say €250 as a baseline, not overly worried about jumping up a bit, but I'd prefer a 2 as the first number of three). Would additionally prefer to stay away from companies that have been implicated in spying stuff, but that might be a bit too much to ask these days.
     
  7. Zombie

    Zombie John Waynes Teeth Prestige DLP Supporter

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    OnePlus 6
    Good hardwares at a budget other than that there isn't much else unless you like Samsung. Their mvno range is decent not usually just not my style.

    If budget wasn't an issue I'd suggest to you the Pixel XL2 or XL3

    Or just the 2 or 3.

    There's Asus Zenfone, Blu and apparently you can get the Galaxy S8 for about 350. So dunno.
     
  8. Nevermind

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    If you’re up for a Samsung, you can do little wrong with the A8. I’m not speaking from first-hand experience, but one of my friends has owned one since November and is very happy with it (even though she came from an S3, so that’s pretty much a given in any case). The 32GB version is hovering around €290 in Germany right now, so it should be in your price range. The battery, display and camera are all very solid, it is reasonably fast (though nothing to write home about) and it has IP68 certification as well.

    The only small issue is that you have to choose between a second SIM card and a memory card, but other than that, a very solid device.
     
  9. Ched

    Ched Da Trek Moderator DLP Supporter

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    Yeah, that didn't happen. While technically it's possible that they accessed my computer without my knowledge, and it's possible there's a bunch of stuff packaged with the internet app, my phone has been on me for the entire time I've been here, save for when I briefly went through security. And it was locked, off, and went straight through.

    It's been on my person since. So yeah - this is exaggerated, apparently.

    I'm in China now and will be for a while, if anyone has questions from my perspective. But it seems that @Perspicacity knows more than I do as he's spent more time here with someone who knows their way around. I, on the other hand, don't speak a word of mandarin, don't know any locals well, and have only been here a week so far.

    W00t!
     
  10. Xiph0

    Xiph0 Administrator Admin

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    I would leave Bluetooth off while you're there, otherwise enjoy :D China is great fun.
     
  11. Ched

    Ched Da Trek Moderator DLP Supporter

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    I've been using Bluetooth to connect my phone to a hotspot on my other phone with a Chinese SIM... so, uh, do tell? XD
     
  12. Zombie

    Zombie John Waynes Teeth Prestige DLP Supporter

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    Just keep doing you. Just when you get back change every password. Nows not the time to worry about it.
     
  13. Hello

    Hello Professor

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    Unless you are politically active or part of an NGO I don't see it being an issue. They will scoop up your information as a matter of course, but are unlikely to use it unless you are a target.
     
  14. vlad

    vlad Banned Prestige

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    You should be fine. When I was younger and more of a dick I had a friend who went to China and while he was there I texted him subversive pictures and anti-communist/anti-PRC stuff every day and nothing happened.
     
  15. Darth_Revan

    Darth_Revan Secret Squirrel Prestige DLP Supporter

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    At this point, I feel like I should just scream "OPSEC" at you and run away before you infect us all with your commie-tech-cooties.
     
  16. Ched

    Ched Da Trek Moderator DLP Supporter

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    Pen Names

    For various reasons I've wanted to have a handful of pen names available. It's fun coming up with them whether I ever use them or not. Odds are likely though that I will use one at some point, and I feel better if they have some meaning to them, as silly as that is.

    A friend came up with a hilarious female pen name for me if I ever decide to write erotica. This is highly unlikely, but I have it available. It's alliterative and silly while still technically sounding like it could be an actual name.

    I came up with a male name I consider to be the most likely pen name I'd use if I wanted to be genuinely anonymous. One of my grandmothers had a maiden name that is a not-uncommon first name, so I use that for the first name and my other grandmother's maiden name for the last name.

    The question, however, is how would you figure out your pen name if you decided to use one? Because I probably won't publish a novel under my real name, just short stories to minor anthologies and competitions, but I intend to use a name that's close to it for any real publishing I do later. I have the first name but I'm lost on how to come up with a last name that I like.

    Yes, this is a stupid, silly question and I should be able to pick something without whining about it. Yes, I might have asked this before somewhere.
     
  17. KHAAAAAAAN!!

    KHAAAAAAAN!! Troll in the Dungeon Prestige DLP Supporter

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    I would just make some shit up, without making it sound too ridiculous. I would also pick a last name that is one or two letters adjacent from an author whose work you admire or try to emulate so you'll be in the same section at bookstores (not that many people go to bookstores anymore)

    Here's one for you: Brian Stilton.

    Lots of big fantasy authors in S, and you know you gotta wrap cheese into it somehow.
     
  18. sonder

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    I can't use anything resembling my real name because it's pretty rare. My parents really did that to me. For a pen name, I picked some generic American name off the list of most common first names in (rolls dice) year and most common surnames in X (country/state).
     
  19. Ched

    Ched Da Trek Moderator DLP Supporter

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    That's smart, sticking your name amongst the greats by alphabetization. I like it.
     
  20. Oz

    Oz For Zombie. Moderator DLP Supporter

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