1. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    ........as I watched my beloved 'Canes "Convicts" take the "Catholics" of Notre Dame behind the woodshed.
    This is spot on. Very funny. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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    11-13-2017 09:25 PM
  2. fatclue_98's Avatar
    Google certainly wants to try...
    Won't work, Apple's going to "freeze" them out.
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    11-13-2017 09:26 PM
  3. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    So the GF loves her Google Home and drives me nuts with it. And in the interest of being a sucker for punishment, I'm getting her two Minis for Christmas - one of her kitchen and one for her living room. My Alexa is left in one room and her Home is left in the bedroom.
    I have asked for a Fitbit Alta HR for Christmas. So I'm good in that regard. I'd like to get both Andy's phone and the Huawei watch 2 for $450...
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    11-13-2017 09:48 PM
  4. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    The funny thing was for me was i got hired not because of my degree in computers nope it was because in my resume i stated that i can drive a manual car. The interviewer told me that since i put effort into learning a dying skill in his opinion; he figured I would put the effort with anything i was assigned.
    Only in North America would this statement be true. The vast majority of countries still have manual cars as the car most people drive. That's not to say that automatic isn't becoming more popular, especially in the more expensive cars like BMWs but most cars on the road here are still manuals. Same goes for France and most EU countries.

    Also, something to note. A degree is only one aspect of your resume. Most people get hired on other things (skills, abilities or just attitude) rather than what piece of paper they have. The paper is important but it isn't the main reason you got hired.
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    11-14-2017 01:40 AM
  5. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    I believe if more people, well here where i live, knew how to drive stick; I bet people would actually pay attention to the rode instead of their phones.
    Believe me when I say this, keeping in mind that the majority of people I drive with on the road drive a manual car.

    People who drive manuals are not better drivers. They still text on their phones, which is more dangerous. It's illegal here in the UK but people still do it. All ages too.

    Driving a manual does not make you a better driver in any way shape or form. People still suck at driving regardless.

    Lastly, when I lived in Canada, a lot of people who drove manuals sucked at hills and always did roll backs. In countries where manual is common, people NEVER do this. You'd get honked at or given the finger.

    I speak from over 14 years of living and driving in countries where manual cars are the norm.
    11-14-2017 01:49 AM
  6. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    When did all of this happen? Damn. I'd never guess such a huge changes could occur in such a short period of time.

    I wish you best of luck. At least you'll have a chance to enjoy those fancy Bordeaux wines.
    I'm not much of a wine drinker or a drinker in general.

    This plan started last year, around September when we first started thinking more seriously about the referendum result and what it might mean for us.

    Not sure if I ever told the story of my moving to Australia or if you saw if I did.

    When I moved to Australia I went from one life in Canada to another Australia between January and November in 2003. It was a really big change.
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    11-14-2017 01:56 AM
  7. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    I don't disagree at all that there's more to life than sports. But for so many, it's the only escape from the rat race. I'm not one of those who live and die by the latest scores but for a few hours Saturday night I was totally disconnected from civilization as I watched my beloved 'Canes "Convicts" take the "Catholics" of Notre Dame behind the woodshed. Didn't change my life one iota but it sure felt good.
    Didn't the Roman Emperors use sport to 'distract' the plebs?

    I totally understand the 'feelings' brought on by sports. I'm not 100% immune to it and I did like sport to some extent when I was younger. I've just become less interested and enthused these days, especially when I think about the money, lack of sports personality (they're so boring these days!) and the other aspects which I find appalling that I can't really get over.
    11-14-2017 02:06 AM
  8. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    There is one feature i will miss from windows phone and that is texting from my phone to my PC. Its just so convenient to have my phone charging in the other room and texting from my computer or surface.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...exty.sms&hl=en
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    11-14-2017 02:07 AM
  9. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    I once drove a semi-automatic. You have a stick just like you're used to, but no clutch. You just release the gas pedal when you want to switch gears. Now that car was a definition of a PITA. Every once in a while I'd the brake thinking it was a clutch, nailing my face to the wheel.
    My car is semi-auto in a very real sense. It's got an automatic clutch, which is why I have such good fuel economy but unfortunately the gear changing is horrible and there's a few flat spots at the front end.
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    11-14-2017 02:11 AM
  10. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    The struggle is always real...
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    11-14-2017 07:32 AM
  11. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    It's been very nondescript using the Mi Note 2 again. That's what I like - it does what I need it to do, and says out of the way. I don't feel like I have to nurse or even be cognisant of the battery as much as the V20.

    We'll see if Andy's phone can do the same.
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    11-14-2017 07:33 AM
  12. libra89's Avatar
    Having network problems on cricket, but I'm glad that I'm not alone there.
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    11-14-2017 07:43 AM
  13. worldspy99's Avatar
    My car is semi-auto in a very real sense. It's got an automatic clutch, which is why I have such good fuel economy but unfortunately the gear changing is horrible and there's a few flat spots at the front end.
    Yup. I find that with my Acura. Not so much with the Toyota though. I suspect that's because there's just way too much horsepower (215 versus 270).

    Newer cars now have 8 speed transmissions which address the issue that you mentioned and also get great fuel economy.
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    11-14-2017 07:51 AM
  14. worldspy99's Avatar
    Do you use this app?
    I occasionally use WhatsApp web.
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    11-14-2017 07:51 AM
  15. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Do you use this app?
    I occasionally use WhatsApp web.
    I was just pasting that for Sahib who wanted PC SMS. There's Whatsapp web and hangouts still as options but he seemed keen on SMS...

    There's also Facebook messenger but I believe he's not on Facebook.
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    11-14-2017 08:08 AM
  16. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Yup. I find that with my Acura. Not so much with the Toyota though. I suspect that's because there's just way too much horsepower (215 versus 270).

    Newer cars now have 8 speed transmissions which address the issue that you mentioned and also get great fuel economy.
    Mine is 6 speed. On the whole it's ok it's just sometimes when I put my foot down in first it goes flat and there's no pickup. Not ideal when you want to move quickly.
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    11-14-2017 08:10 AM
  17. worldspy99's Avatar
    Mine is 6 speed. On the whole it's ok it's just sometimes when I put my foot down in first it goes flat and there's no pickup. Not ideal when you want to move quickly.
    Maybe because your car has a turbo charged engine?
    But I do agree at least the first year get to is easier with a manual especially for lower horsepower cars.
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    11-14-2017 08:32 AM
  18. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Maybe because your car has a turbo charged engine?
    But I do agree at least the first year get to is easier with a manual especially for lower horsepower cars.
    Yeah it's a turbo diesel. So that's probably it. It doesn't do it all the time though.
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    11-14-2017 08:56 AM
  19. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    We'll folks, house is officially sold in the UK!
    11-14-2017 08:57 AM
  20. fatclue_98's Avatar
    Mine is 6 speed. On the whole it's ok it's just sometimes when I put my foot down in first it goes flat and there's no pickup. Not ideal when you want to move quickly.
    It's a little technical to explain but the main reason for all these new multi-speed transmissions comes down to smaller fuel efficient engines. They don't possess the torque to provide the acceleration we're accustomed to due to their peaky torque curves. Larger, more powerful engines have flatter torque curves and remain in peak power bands longer and throughout the power range. Step on the gas at anytime and oomph is there for you. Smaller engines need the hamsters spooled up all the time.
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    11-14-2017 09:01 AM
  21. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    It's a little technical to explain but the main reason for all these new multi-speed transmissions comes down to smaller fuel efficient engines. They don't possess the torque to provide the acceleration we're accustomed to due to their peaky torque curves. Larger, more powerful engines have flatter torque curves and remain in peak power bands longer and throughout the power range. Step on the gas at anytime and oomph is there for you. Smaller engines need the hamsters spooled up all the time.
    Understand. I've driven a few small engine cars with some great pickup. This one isn't one.

    I think with my car in particular it's a known issue due to the automatic clutch not engaging quick enough. Though I'm not sure.

    My car is a bit different...
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    11-14-2017 09:07 AM
  22. libra89's Avatar
    We'll folks, house is officially sold in the UK!
    Congrats! Fitting that it happens a little before your last days at work.
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    11-14-2017 09:23 AM
  23. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Congrats! Fitting that it happens a little before your last days at work.
    Thanks!

    It's been a long slog for something that should have been straightforward.
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    11-14-2017 09:34 AM
  24. libra89's Avatar
    Look what came in to work today. Hopefully I can check it out.

    On a related note, glad that the network is working again.
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    11-14-2017 10:53 AM
  25. Rose640's Avatar
    did i have a watch before :P? i don't use watches
    I had to bring that one up. Though I'm not completely sure if it was a watch youd'd seek for the first :D.
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    11-14-2017 10:56 AM
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