How awesome is everything except your job

Seriously, Life if damn excellent, there is nothing bad at all … except the job. The job is just a soul crushing fluorescent prison. When My immediate supervisor speaks they talk shit and backstab anyone (I’m sure they talk shit about me when I’m not there, but it is all smiles to my face), and when you try to convey where things are at, they say

Loop(while you are talking){

echo “yeah, uh hu, yep, sure”;

}

It just pisses me off that I’m doing a job that no one cares about, I have no carrot, I have no stick. I have nothing but persistence.

I won’t be beaten, I WILL OWN YOU, and I get things done, even when there is a wall of apathy and negativity I get past it. I will play the game and I will win.

Mind you some days (like most people) I do think about throwing in the towel and just saying stuff it; you have beaten me. But you need the shit, you need the shit to realise how awesome everything else is (except traffic that is just balls).

So FUCK YEAH screw you, I am living the dream. And I’m winning!

 

Norway is Winning at Being an Awesome Country

So someone posted an article (http://www.sovereignman.com/expat/why-norway-is-a-bs-argument-for-higher-taxes-8235/) on faceblag about how Norway with it’s awesome track record and no national debt was a bad thing. Then bitched that taxing companies more is bad and that Australia just needs sell off all it’s publicly owned assets and become a privatised f*!k you hell hole (well maybe not in those exact words, they just pissed me off with their stupid comments).

This was my reply

Yes Norway does have a high tax rate but you do get a lot for it. There are medical benefits, Maternity/Paternity Leave, Pension Benefits, Free education (yes University education as well) and a higher standard of living just to name a few.

The article you have posted is filled with rubbish. Just stating something doesn’t make it true, for example “Norway has created a system that makes it virtually impossible to pull ahead of your peers financially. People are excused for not working hard and squandering the opportunities they could have grabbed.” I say [Citation Needed]

and statements like

“Because of this, Norwegians have limited after-tax discretionary spending cash.” Is just total and utter crap. Wages and Salary are good, the average household net-adjusted disposable income per capita is $32,093 USD a year [http://www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org/countries/norway/]

The one thing that I agree with is “The Norwegian tax system is based on the principle that everybody should pay tax according to their means and receive services according to their needs.”

So Norway is winning,

it has a low unemployment rate 3.7% one of the world’s lowest [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_unemployment_rate]

it is a country full of smart people, (ranked 7th in the word) [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_Index]

it has a great health system

It is a country that looks after you when you retire

Pays you well

Live longer than most people in the world [average age of 81.9 ranked 15th] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_life_expectancy]

So if I want to be miserable, stupid, poor and die young I’ll take his advice, and while I’m at it I’ll just buy some of the snake oil products that author Simon Black international investor and entrepreneur is peddling.

 

The Derp

I heard a comment today which I thought was amusing.

I cannot brain today, I has the dumb

This led into the person stating that they had

The Derp

The Derp – Your brain has checked out and you can’t think properly.

  1. Can be caused from mental exertion and you are brain fried
  2. You are drunk

IVL2-7/5 VFD Datasheets

If you are looking for information on the IVL2-7/5 VFD I’m guessing that you have struggled to find a good location with all the info in one spot. Well look no further because I have done the looking for you (well it was really “I needed it for me” but…) and all the datasheets and information to make them work is here.

Click on the pictures for bigger versions

IVL2-7/5-VFD Datasheet Page 1

IVL2-7_5-VFD(1)

IVL2-7/5-VFD Datasheet Page 2IVL2-7_5-VFD(2)

IVL2-7/5-VFD Pinout

 

IVL2-7_5-VFD-Pinout

IVL2-7/5-VFD SpecsIVL2-7_5-VFD-Specs

IVL2-7/5-VFD Segments1-75

IVL2-7_5-VFD More pinoutsPinbelegung-01

IVL2-7/5-VFD Dimensions IVL2-7_5-VFD-Dimentions

IVL2-7/5 VFD … YEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAH

This won’t mean much to anyone but I have it (IVL2-7/5) working. Trying to understand Russian datasheets on the IVL2-7/5 VFD and piecing together bits of info from around the web and I have it working. It was like some sort of secret/puzzle that you had to pass to be accepted by other engineers. I have that same feeling I had with A Blinking Red LED. Yeah Baby!

IVL2-7/5

Get the IVL2-7/5 Datasheets Here

 

Manually Upgrading Nexus 5 to Lollipop (LRX21O)

My Nexus 5 was a Telstra variant (KTU84Q) which wouldn’t get the OTA, and I was just sick of waiting. So this is how I side loaded the OTA update for Lollipop (LRX21O)

This is the TL:DR version

I followed this guide
http://ausdroid.net/howto/side-load-ota-update/

I got my Nexus 5 OTA update for the Telstra version (KTU84Q to LRX21O) from
http://ausdroid.net/2014/11/13/android-lollipop-ota/
If you don’t get the KTU84Q to LRX21O version it won’t work.

As windows driver discovery is just rubbish, I manually installed the Nexus 5 windows 7 USB driver (from device manager –> update driver) which was downloaded from
http://developer.android.com/sdk/win-usb.html

I then had to reinstall the USB driver when the device went into bootloader mode. The device changes its USB hardware ID when it is in bootloader mode. the following fixed it for me.
http://blog.dantup.com/2012/10/fixing-adb-device-not-found-with-nexus-7-in-recovery-mode/

Uploaded the image, did a reboot, all the apps upgraded and vola.

Elon Musk First Attempt at Landing a Rocket on a Boat

Elon Musk’s first attempt to land a SpaceX stage 1 rocket booster on to a boat didn’t go so well. Here is a video

The problem was the hypersonic fins (the things that steer the landing rocket) ran out of hydraulic fluid so it couldn’t manoeuvre properly.

But you know what, for a first attempt to actually hit the thing is impressive, especially with out steering for the last part.

All I can say is that Elon Musk is a visionary, he doesn’t fear failure, but learns from it so the next attempt can go better.

I am waiting for the day to see him succeed with a landing, this will be one of those events where it changes space flight forever.

I tip my hat to you sir, onwards and upwards.

Notepad++ Update – Je Suis Charlie

I recently update Notepad++ and upon first load, this is displayed.

Freedom of expression is like the air we breathe, we don’t feel it, until people take it away from us.

For this reason, Je suis Charlie, not because I endorse everything they published, but because I cherish the right to speak out freely without risk even when it offends others.
And no, you cannot just take someone’s life for whatever he/she expressed.

Hence this “Je suis Charlie” edition.
- #JeSuisCharlie

I thought it was very eloquent and worthy of a repost.

Cookie Clicker – Oh So Long

So I’ve finally thrown in the towel with Cookie Clicker (http://orteil.dashnet.org/cookieclicker/). I have all but 7 achievements (version 1.0466) and now it is just a grind that will take so much time that I no longer care for it.

Cookie-Clicker-Stats

Cookie-Clicker-Achievements

This is my last save game if you are interested at all.

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%21END%21

Farewell Cookie Clicker, Thanks for wasting a large amount of time in my life.

Next Up

Nethack – telnet nethack.alt.org

 

Crazy Smart People Who Could Change The World

So I just stumbled across this company called Vicarious and they are working on some crazy cool shit. Basically they are working on AI

We are building a unified algorithmic architecture to achieve human-level intelligence in vision, language, and motor control.

http://vicarious.com/about.html 

Just reading the descriptions of the people that work there is amazing. This is possibly the most powerful think tank around at the moment (apart from those crazy nutters at Google X). They have 17 PhDs working on the problems and with $70 Million in funding and without the handcuffs of product development and publications they are going to do amazing things.

We have raised ~$70M in funding and are not constrained by publication, grant applications, or product development cycles. At Vicarious, there is room to develop new approaches that would otherwise not be supported in academia or industry

So watch out world, Skynet is coming.