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  1. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    And I guess the Olympics would only last 7 days that year.
    I hope the Olympics finds a permanent home and stops all this nonsense of building crap in cities all over the world. That's what I'd like to see.

    Personally don't care about sports or Olympics in general but for some reason the Olympics has my ire today. I guess it goes with news that the UK has been pumping 100's millions into it from lottery funding (usually set aside for charity and other causes) and so far is leaving zero legacy. Now that all the stars are retiring.

    No schools have better facilities. No increase uptake from younger people. No improvement in fitness for students. It's done wonders hasn't it? This quest for a trinket and to be considered 'the best' because that's important in the world...

    Sports is great... it does a great job of caring about itself...
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    08-22-2016 09:36 AM
  2. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    I hope the Olympics finds a permanent home and stops all this nonsense of building crap in cities all over the world. That's what I'd like to see.

    Personally don't care about sports or Olympics in general but for some reason the Olympics has my ire today. I guess it goes with news that the UK has been pumping 100's millions into it from lottery funding (usually set aside for charity and other causes) and so far is leaving zero legacy. Now that all the stars are retiring.

    No schools have better facilities. No increase uptake from younger people. No improvement in fitness for students. It's done wonders hasn't it? This quest for a trinket and to be considered 'the best' because that's important in the world...

    Sports is great... it does a great job of caring about itself...
    I see they got you riled up today...

    Cannot blame you though. Brazil spend millions on both the World Cup and the Olympics and I doubt there's much to show for it...

    Leave it in Greece. I'm sure the Greeks wouldn't mind the infusion of cash every 4 years or so...

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    Last edited by MSFTisMIA; 08-22-2016 at 09:59 AM.
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    08-22-2016 09:47 AM
  3. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    As much as I like the Mi 5, it I were to be objective, it is one of the weaker offerings in the cutthroat $400 price range. The software needs a bit more tuning to be battery efficient, they need wider LTE band support, the camera needs to be a bit better and a signature feature is missing.

    Here's what I mean:

    The Axon 7 has killer audio. The Honor 8 (if the camera is even 80% as good as the P9) may have a killer camera. The OP3 is a very good developer style offering. And even the Idol 4s is a multimedia beast.

    The Mi 5 has a nice enough design, a nice enough screen and a nice enough camera. If you don't need much from your phone, the Mi 5 does the job. But if they had snuck wireless charging on it or something else, it would have something else to offer. It's a nice compact phone, but the Honor 8 as another compact Chinese phone offers a little bit more.

    If I were buying a phone now in that $400 space, the Honor 8 would be in the lead.

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    08-22-2016 09:58 AM
  4. worldspy99's Avatar
    As much as I like the Mi 5, it I were to be objective, it is one of the weaker offerings in the cutthroat $400 price range. The software needs a bit more tuning to be battery efficient, they need wider LTE band support, the camera needs to be a bit better and a signature feature is missing.

    Here's what I mean:

    The Axon 7 has killer audio. The Honor 8 (if the camera is even 80% as good as the P9) may have a killer camera. The OP3 is a very good developer style offering. And even the Idol 4s is a multimedia beast.

    The Mi 5 has a nice enough design, a nice enough screen and a nice enough camera. If you don't need much from your phone, the Mi 5 does the job. But if they had snuck wireless charging on it or something else, it would have something else to offer. It's a nice compact phone, but the Honor 8 as another compact Chinese phone offers a little bit more.

    If I were buying a phone now in that $400 space, the Honor 8 would be in the lead.

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    I agree and am planning to keep the Honor 8 if the camera is good.
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    08-22-2016 10:00 AM
  5. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Rue, speaking of the Only, I've got some thoughts on the Ryan Lotche fiasco I'll post on the blog. The short version I'll leave here is that he's an *** of serious proportions.

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    08-22-2016 10:01 AM
  6. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    I see they got you riled up today...

    Cannot blame you though. Brazil spend millions on both the World Cup and the Olympics and I doubt there's much to show for it...

    Leave it in Greece. I'm sure the Greeks wouldn't mind the infusion of cash every 4 years or so...

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    Agree completely with it being in Greece and for the reason stated.
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    08-22-2016 10:02 AM
  7. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Rue, speaking of the Only, I've got some thoughts on the Ryan Lotche fiasco I'll post on the blog. The short version I'll leave here is that he's an *** of serious proportions.

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    I'm sure some of those elite athletes are very nice people but there sure are some genuine jerks as well.

    I was watching the regular foodie show yesterday (Sunday) which has a chef and a guy that normally does sports commentary. There was a couple of athletes on there. What typically happens is that they get the guest up to help with the cooking. This time the talk about sports just kept going, the food talk got completely missed as they were so absorbed with their chat about cycling. The athlete was a complete tool though. Didn't seem like a nice person at all.
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    08-22-2016 10:06 AM
  8. worldspy99's Avatar
    I'm sure some of those elite athletes are very nice people but there sure are some genuine jerks as well.

    I was watching the regular foodie show yesterday (Sunday) which has a chef and a guy that normally does sports commentary. There was a couple of athletes on there. What typically happens is that they get the guest up to help with the cooking. This time the talk about sports just kept going, the food talk got completely missed as they were so absorbed with their chat about cycling. The athlete was a complete tool though. Didn't seem like a nice person at all.
    Ryan Lochte, the biggest jerk of them all!
    08-22-2016 10:08 AM
  9. sinime's Avatar
    I hope the Olympics finds a permanent home and stops all this nonsense of building crap in cities all over the world. That's what I'd like to see.

    Personally don't care about sports or Olympics in general but for some reason the Olympics has my ire today. I guess it goes with news that the UK has been pumping 100's millions into it from lottery funding (usually set aside for charity and other causes) and so far is leaving zero legacy. Now that all the stars are retiring.

    No schools have better facilities. No increase uptake from younger people. No improvement in fitness for students. It's done wonders hasn't it? This quest for a trinket and to be considered 'the best' because that's important in the world...

    Sports is great... it does a great job of caring about itself...
    I'm sure it brings in a lot of money to the locals of the hosted site... via sales and robbery ;)
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    08-22-2016 10:09 AM
  10. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    I'm sure it brings in a lot of money to the locals of the hosted site... via sales and robbery ;)
    Apparently most Olympics have been profitable. I'm doubting the Brazil one is unless they use some sort of accountancy trick.

    Thing is, the left overs from the Olympics is the issue. Most cities don't need such a large stadium. The accommodation usually gets bought up by rich people and then rented out or whatever. It's not a very egalitarian thing at all. I see no benefits to the countries that host this mess every four years, especially for the 'regular' people.
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    08-22-2016 10:18 AM
  11. sinime's Avatar
    I've never really cared about the Olympics myself. However my wife is into the gymnastics and swimming, so every 4 years, the Olympics become my background noise while I'm doing something else. Although my 3 year old liked to imitate what was going on and it made it quite amusing. At one point she was running around, twirling a lanyard, while the ribbon twirling (is that really a sport) was going on.
    08-22-2016 10:27 AM
  12. azcruz's Avatar
    Cool!

    Mini-review!

    Posted via Xiaomi Mi 5
    It sucks. After updating to Redstone, the touch is way off the target. I'll try to find out if there's a fix.
    08-22-2016 10:28 AM
  13. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    It sucks. After updating to Redstone, the touch is way off the target. I'll try to find out if there's a fix.
    Sounds like you're more satisfied with the P9...

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    08-22-2016 10:48 AM
  14. Rose640's Avatar
    I hope the Olympics finds a permanent home and stops all this nonsense of building crap in cities all over the world. That's what I'd like to see.

    Personally don't care about sports or Olympics in general but for some reason the Olympics has my ire today. I guess it goes with news that the UK has been pumping 100's millions into it from lottery funding (usually set aside for charity and other causes) and so far is leaving zero legacy. Now that all the stars are retiring.

    No schools have better facilities. No increase uptake from younger people. No improvement in fitness for students. It's done wonders hasn't it? This quest for a trinket and to be considered 'the best' because that's important in the world...

    Sports is great... it does a great job of caring about itself...
    I'm with you on that one. The dumbest thing you can do is build something worth 100s of milions and use is only for two weeks.

    Brazil built a stadium in a city where there's no football club.
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    08-22-2016 10:53 AM
  15. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    I'm sure some of those elite athletes are very nice people but there sure are some genuine jerks as well.

    I was watching the regular foodie show yesterday (Sunday) which has a chef and a guy that normally does sports commentary. There was a couple of athletes on there. What typically happens is that they get the guest up to help with the cooking. This time the talk about sports just kept going, the food talk got completely missed as they were so absorbed with their chat about cycling. The athlete was a complete tool though. Didn't seem like a nice person at all.
    Yup, many are tools because they have to be. Not that much different than other lines of work honestly...

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    08-22-2016 11:28 AM
  16. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    I agree and am planning to keep the Honor 8 if the camera is good.
    I'm now interested in it too. The biggest reason why I haven't sent the Mi 5 home for the Honor 8 is the band support...

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    08-22-2016 11:29 AM
  17. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    99, I've got a question I've been meaning to ask. Check your Hangouts whenever you get a moment...

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    08-22-2016 11:33 AM
  18. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    I'm with you on that one. The dumbest thing you can do is build something worth 100s of milions and use is only for two weeks.

    Brazil built a stadium in a city where there's no football club.
    They did that knowing they were going to get the world cup and Olympics back to back.

    But I agree, it was a waste of funds. I get the concept behind moving the games around, but I'd honestly leave it in Greece and move the World Championships around anyways among a short list of countries. That way the cost of the games is less a burden and you put the Greeks in a position where they can plan for this year's in advance and they can get some monetary assistance.

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    08-22-2016 11:58 AM
  19. worldspy99's Avatar
    Desertscaping at its finest!
    08-22-2016 12:53 PM
  20. worldspy99's Avatar
    Used to love going boating here, water level has gone down tremendously in the last 20 years.
    08-22-2016 12:54 PM
  21. sahib lopez's Avatar
    Those almost look like crop circles 😁
    08-22-2016 01:13 PM
  22. sahib lopez's Avatar
    Used to love going boating here, water level has gone down tremendously in the last 20 years.
    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/2016...c95fa82916.jpg
    Almost looks like the lake up here by Orland
    08-22-2016 01:14 PM
  23. sahib lopez's Avatar
    Another day of my day off 😁 I look forward to not working.
    08-22-2016 01:20 PM
  24. sahib lopez's Avatar
    Now that the Olympics are done I guess now we will have news about trump doing this and trump doing that :/ it was a nice two weeks
    08-22-2016 01:21 PM
  25. Sport Driver's Avatar
    Nice :)
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    08-22-2016 02:27 PM
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