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In which I spend a lot of money without warning - Tactical Ninja

Oct. 15th, 2012

09:10 am - In which I spend a lot of money without warning

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So I was just sitting there, minding my own business and playing some inane flash game, when suddenly...

.. a wild BSoD appears!

.. and then disappears as the screen goes black. Boo. And then tries to restart, and fails, and asks me for a boot disk. To which I go "Ummm..."


So those of you who've ever used a computer before will be familiar with this scenario. Yep, my hard drive had crapped out. Or at least, it'd crapped out a bit, and the bit where it had crapped out was the bit where the operating system boots up.

This is actually the first time this has happened to me, but given that:

a) I'm relatively good at diagnostic thinking and
b) Dr Wheel was sitting beside me going "It looks like your hard drive has crapped out"

it didn't take long to work out.

On the upside, I had just finished the first draft of my essay and emailed it to myself (force of habit). And, I'm pretty good at making backups. Also, Dr Wheel burned me a disk for Ubuntu and I ran that off the disk and was able to retrieve really important stuff like my DA and ME savegames, recent photographs and ambient electronica and back it up to my portable HD. Fact is, a lot of my stuff is in several places now anyway - evernote, gmail, work machine - it seems it's getting harder and harder to actually lose stuff in a crash - but I'm still glad it wasn't a total loss.

On the downside, crap. New hard drive needed. Turns out my rig is only 2.5 years old and the drive is still under warranty, but in order to make good on it I have to send it away, and in order to do that I have to buy a new one and get my stuff off it to continue working/playing while it's assessed. Which makes the warranty process seem a bit pointless. However, I'd heard Seagate were pretty patchy in quality these days, and I guess this is my wake-up call.

Anyway, remember how I was whining about how I couldn't play Skyrim and new video card needed? Well, the fact that I was buying parts anyway made me look into a total rebuild. Turns out that one of these* will likely do me quite nicely for another couple of years. Also turns out that at my last rebuild, I deliberately overdid the power supply so mine will run this (and the rest of my system) with a couple of hundred watts to spare. So instead of a complete rebuild I've bought that video card, a new hard drive and another 4G of memory, and this should keep me happily taking arrows to the knee and saving the universe and shooting lightning at fools for then next wee while.

Which is a good thing because I gave up on The Bard's Tale (crappy interface) and The Witcher (Win7 64-bit crash bug too annoying), and was playing Oblivion, which I seem destined never to finish due to ending up rebuilding my machine every time I play it.

And I am excited because new video card! Instead of bummed because broken parts. This is how my brain works. I was planning it anyway, this just sped the process up a bit, and it turns out I don't need as many bits as I'd thought, so yay!

* I like that it looks like it has lake pipes.


These are the times when I'm glad I keep a slush fund for breakdowns, and keep putting money in there even when it looks flush. Because otherwise I'd be all "WOE! BUSTED PUTER! ARGH!" As it is I have to wait for said bits to arrive, which will stretch my almost non-existent patience to capacity.

I am also waiting for other things. Freedom's Call got gooped over the weekend, and because of the rain/humidity it's going to take its full 72 hours to be dry enough to work with. Also, there's acres of sanding to do. This one has to look like metal, not old bone. So it has to be done thoroughly. After one experimental brushover, I decided this was best tackled using a dremel. So I'm waiting for that to arrive too. *sighs and drums fingers*

Meanwhile, I'm feeling a bit Better Homes And Gardens because I made yoghurt in my slow cooker and it worked. Yes I know yoghurt is really easy but still. It worked and I'm stoked. Although, I'm not normally a milk drinker and it seems really sweet. Is that normal?

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From:t_c_da
Date:October 14th, 2012 11:46 pm (UTC)
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*pokes head through the door, gazes at empty room, wondering where everyone has gone, then wanders off shaking head in amazement...*
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:October 15th, 2012 12:49 am (UTC)
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For someone who presumably does not want people making generalisations about gender, she seems happy to generalise about an entire industry and everyone involved in it.


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From:tatjna
Date:October 15th, 2012 01:01 am (UTC)
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Not addressing your comment, but I read this comment over on the article and thought you might find it interesting:

"Offered limitless choice, it turns out thatwhat men really want is the most violent, degrading, misogynist porn imaginable. Does that tell us something about men?


Yes, it tells us that half the species are inherently violent and degrading. Was that what you seriously expected to hear? Kat Banyard is obviously too smart to be led by your howlingly obvious leading question, and not dumb enough to buy into the peurile "Angry Feminist 101" subtext.

According to Nielsen/Net Surveys, 66% of women watch porn, 57% with their partners. So what percentage of these women like to watch violent degrading porn? If we knew that would it tell us something about women?

What percentage of men like to watch violent degrading porn? 95%? 70%? 30%? 4%? Or did you not try to find out but thought you'd just apply it to all men? As your meaningless statement is untroubled by anything approaching a statistic or result of a research study, it tells us nothing about men, or porn, or indeed anything other than your own fear and anger.

"Offered limitless choice, it turns out that what Muslims really want is a worldwide Islamic Caliphate in which Infidels shall be put to the sword. Does that tell us something about Muslims?"

You wouldn't dream of writing something so ignorant, would you?
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I hadn't noticed this particular insertion of the journalist's biases before reading the comment, but it made me wonder what other biases I wasn't seeing.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 15th, 2012 01:42 am (UTC)
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Yes, I thought it was obvious that statement came from the journalist.

I've watched a wide variety of porn and have found that 'couples' and 'womens' porn tends to reflect some bloke's idea of what women are supposed to like, and appears to be almost entirely based on a combination of what gay men like and some pretty stereotypical, traditional-gender-role based views of women. The rest of porn is almost entirely made for the male gaze, and I generally don't enjoy it because bouncing titties and ugly men do nothing for me.

This is not news.

What is interesting, though, is that the porn I've seen that has been least like that has been kink-based*, and I wonder if that's because it's categorised by kink rather than by being for men, women or couples.

* Some of it is violent and degrading, and no doubt some of it is misogynist too, although I draw the line at watching that.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 15th, 2012 01:36 am (UTC)
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I disagree with her, but then I'm one of those 90s post-feminists who got indoctrinated to believe I actually get a choice sometimes.

Intersectionality, I assume she understands it, and am inclined to also assume that between her and the journalist, a lot has been simplified into generalisations.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 15th, 2012 02:23 am (UTC)
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You know, in criminology the notion that we operate with free will but only within a pre-determined set of structures is an old one (mostly circa 1920s-1950s-ish). This notion was complicated in the 1960s by the 'radicals' (including Marx) who suggested that maybe just maybe this is a two-way street and that we are using free will to create the structures that then enslave us. For Marx it was all based in economics, for Foucault it was mostly about language and discourse, for Becker it was conflict and power dynamics, a constant struggle for control of the apparatus of ideology.

All this happened before most of the fourth-wave feminists were born. And no, nobody's come up with the One True Solution yet.

My suggestion would be to stop setting up false dichotomies where it has to be either/or. Cos I'm a radical like that.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 15th, 2012 12:27 am (UTC)
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Two reasons:

1. It's Sunday pretty much everywhere else in the world. Who reads the net on Sunday?

2. This post has just the right combination of navel gazing, tech geekery and videogame wankiness to be uninteresting to a broad spectrum of people.

;-)
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From:ms_hecubus
Date:October 15th, 2012 12:31 am (UTC)
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I love your #2.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 15th, 2012 12:43 am (UTC)
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Self-awareness, I has it.
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From:t_c_da
Date:October 15th, 2012 02:18 am (UTC)
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Happy's hand grenade seems to have woken a few folk up though, so it can't be Sunday everywhere...
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From:bekitty
Date:October 15th, 2012 01:53 am (UTC)
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The #WTFMSD thing makes me laugh. You know why? Because you know how a bunch of beneficiary advocates tested the kiosks back when they were installed in Wellington last year? I was one of those advocates.

That's right. I was there, having a potter around on their systems, when one of the other advocates (there were about eight of us from memory) said "Huh. That's interesting. Hey, Kay, come and look what I found!" The Work & Income trainers (who were overseeing us) were informed, and they said "oh, okay, we'll tell the IT people"... and obviously that never happened.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 15th, 2012 01:55 am (UTC)
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Ha, I read the thing about that and wondered if you were there. The fact that they didn't fix it is.. well, pretty typical actually.
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From:t_c_da
Date:October 15th, 2012 02:16 am (UTC)
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pretty typical actually.

Probably because it went something like this...

Analyst: We need to fix this security problem, and it'll cost about $x,000 more to do that.

Bean counter: We've already overspent and haven't got the money for that so we won't fix it, and hope the public don't notice the holes...
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From:bekitty
Date:October 15th, 2012 03:04 am (UTC)
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It appears that they gave the kiosks admin access. WTF? Who DOES that? Also, wouldn't it be relatively easy to turn that off?
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From:bekitty
Date:October 15th, 2012 03:03 am (UTC)
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Yes, I saw that. Is hollow laughter an appropriate response to hearing about the security breach? Because that's the response I had.
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From:bekitty
Date:October 15th, 2012 03:46 am (UTC)
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A spokesperson for MSD was quoted as saying "there are no clowns, there are no clowns, there are no clowns..."

*ahem*
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From:meathiel
Date:October 15th, 2012 07:01 pm (UTC)
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Ouch ... reminds me I have to do a backup one of these days!
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From:tatjna
Date:October 15th, 2012 07:06 pm (UTC)
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Aunty Tats says "Do it today!"
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