Out of the Blue

Obviously the New York Giants ownership read my rant yesterday and made the decision to fire head coach Joe Judge after just two seasons. He may very well succeed elsewhere, but he was clearly done here, so I'm happy the process won't drag out further. The team is amid a historically bad run, and far from looking like things were turning around, Judge's coaching and statements over the course of the season managed to turn a proud franchise into a laughingstock. The Giants need a frame-off restoration, so thankfully they are moving away from the idea they're just in the shop for a tune-up. Interestingly, with new ownership and in influx of new talent, The Mets are considered actual contenders in the MLB this season. The Giants have won four Super Bowls since the last Mets World Series victory, but maybe my two favorite teams have simply swapped fates?

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Re: OotB: Giant Baby Steps
Jan 13, 2022, 20:27
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Re: OotB: Giant Baby Steps Jan 13, 2022, 20:27
Jan 13, 2022, 20:27
 
LOL.

In line with the discussion of my bill payment methods -- I pay my mortgage monthly by mailing my check with a payment coupon, I receive no monthly statements from holding company. So, currently they have a once a year cost of mailing the coupons to me. Today I received a letter informing me they will stop sending coupons, and instead they will be mailing monthly statements and bills. I had to read it twice to convince myself they actually were saying that. As I started to read it I jumped to the conclusion they were going to force me into a direct electronic payment. But no, they went the other way... very odd.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Another Day Another Firefox Apocalypse
Jan 13, 2022, 07:25
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Another Day Another Firefox Apocalypse Jan 13, 2022, 07:25
Jan 13, 2022, 07:25
 
Turns out HTTP3 handling is borked
Caused by bug on one of their not-self-owned servers
Awesome

So Mozilla runs crash reports over servers it doesn't own.. WTF?

If you had the issue you couldn't read this anyway unless you use edge or chrome....
solution is to disable all and I mean ALL telemetry functions of Firefox, including DNS over HTTPS

So yeah, this is the 5th time now.

Edit: by the way.. if you read about HTTP/2 and HTTP/3 you probably reach the same conclusion as I do... and that is.. how do I disable that forever everywhere .. hint: in about:config

Holy Crap, disabling HTTP3 and HTTP2 makes side-loads feel like 90% faster.. WTF???? Youtube doesn't take forever to load, websites where you got ad-block active don't stall for seconds...

How did they fuck up this new standard so bad that it makes everything work slower?

Holy crap moment 2
enable
network.http.pipelining

And behold.. Absolutely, nothing.. breaks and everything loads even faster.

So let me get this straight, the current standard.. HTTP 3, is not just buggy, broken and garbage, it's also slower and worse than HTTP 1.1
And why? Because HTTP 3 is HTTP 2 only coded in another script language. No joke.

If you wonder what your browser (or device!) uses
https://cloudflare-quic.com/
tells you

This comment was edited on Jan 13, 2022, 08:23.
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Re: OotB: Giant Baby Steps
Jan 12, 2022, 22:42
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Re: OotB: Giant Baby Steps Jan 12, 2022, 22:42
Jan 12, 2022, 22:42
 
1badmf wrote on Jan 12, 2022, 22:30:
the giants aren't even the biggest laughingstock of the NFC (L)east. that would be the WFT of which i've been a fan since doug williams took john elway's broncos to the woodshed in '87. i've sortof given up on them doing well, ever, even though i remain a fan, as long as that piece of shit dan snyder remains the owner.
Yep, you have me beat by four years, WFT last won the SB in 1991 and haven't won a playoff game since.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Re: OotB: Giant Baby Steps
Jan 12, 2022, 22:30
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Re: OotB: Giant Baby Steps Jan 12, 2022, 22:30
Jan 12, 2022, 22:30
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 12, 2022, 20:24:
Blue wrote on Jan 12, 2022, 16:03:
That's not correct. Counting one interim coach, the Giants have had four coaches in six years. You are correct that it's now three consecutive head coaches who didn't make it into a third season (in this case not counting one interim coach). But even with that stretch, to count off the last nine Giants coaches you are going back 40 years.
Based on the wiki page it appears you are correct and the sports show was wrong, not an uncommon occurrence. *shrug*

Look on the bright side, you have a SB win as recently as 2011. The last time my team won the SB was 1995, and they haven't won a playoff game since...

the giants aren't even the biggest laughingstock of the NFC (L)east. that would be the WFT of which i've been a fan since doug williams took john elway's broncos to the woodshed in '87. i've sortof given up on them doing well, ever, even though i remain a fan, as long as that piece of shit dan snyder remains the owner.
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Re: OotB: Giant Baby Steps
Jan 12, 2022, 21:38
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Re: OotB: Giant Baby Steps Jan 12, 2022, 21:38
Jan 12, 2022, 21:38
 
Sticking it to the man one ✔at a time.
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Re: OotB: Giant Baby Steps
Jan 12, 2022, 20:24
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Re: OotB: Giant Baby Steps Jan 12, 2022, 20:24
Jan 12, 2022, 20:24
 
Blue wrote on Jan 12, 2022, 16:03:
That's not correct. Counting one interim coach, the Giants have had four coaches in six years. You are correct that it's now three consecutive head coaches who didn't make it into a third season (in this case not counting one interim coach). But even with that stretch, to count off the last nine Giants coaches you are going back 40 years.
Based on the wiki page it appears you are correct and the sports show was wrong, not an uncommon occurrence. *shrug*

Look on the bright side, you have a SB win as recently as 2011. The last time my team won the SB was 1995, and they haven't won a playoff game since...
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Re: OotB: Giant Baby Steps
Jan 12, 2022, 20:10
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Re: OotB: Giant Baby Steps Jan 12, 2022, 20:10
Jan 12, 2022, 20:10
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teams go through rough stretches. That does not make them laughingstocks. It's a zero-sum game and there are winners and losers.

This is why I get so frustrated when I hear the spoiled "fans" of my team, the Seahawks, calling for Pete Carroll's head just because of one bad year out of the last ten. Or even more crazily, thinking that Russel Wilson "isn't really that good" and should be traded for whatever draft picks they can get. So many sports fans (of many teams, I know, not just the Seahawks) just don't know how good they've got it. Is Pete Carroll the best coach in the league? Of course not, but who would replace him? And as far as Wilson goes, yeah, he got hurt, came back too soon, and probably had his worst season - but still threw 25 TDs against 6 interceptions. What more do you want? I don't know. Why do I listen to sports talk radio? I DON'T KNOW!!
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Re: overdraft fees
Jan 12, 2022, 18:58
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Re: overdraft fees Jan 12, 2022, 18:58
Jan 12, 2022, 18:58
 
wrlwnd wrote on Jan 12, 2022, 18:37:
Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 12, 2022, 17:56:

This is mainly for two reasons, 1) I don't trust computers. So, having them pay my bills electronically just doesn't sit right. I realize this is silly. There are still plenty of computers involved even when I send a physical check. Those payments are made electronically out of my checking account. 2) My main reason is, "Why make it easy on the companies?" If any of the companies I am paying by check would offer me a small monthly discount to pay electronically directly, I would. Until they do, they can continue spend money producing paper bills, paying postage to send them, and paying to process the checks I send them. F*ck them.

Uh, what? You're also paying for paper checks and the postage to send them. Not to mention the amount of time it takes to write a check, and put everything in the mail. And even though companies pay to send me paper bills through the mail, I still pay them online, for free.
Yep. My costs are increased, but so are theirs. You can't be a curmudgeon if you aren't bitter.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Re: overdraft fees
Jan 12, 2022, 18:37
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Re: overdraft fees Jan 12, 2022, 18:37
Jan 12, 2022, 18:37
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 12, 2022, 17:56:

This is mainly for two reasons, 1) I don't trust computers. So, having them pay my bills electronically just doesn't sit right. I realize this is silly. There are still plenty of computers involved even when I send a physical check. Those payments are made electronically out of my checking account. 2) My main reason is, "Why make it easy on the companies?" If any of the companies I am paying by check would offer me a small monthly discount to pay electronically directly, I would. Until they do, they can continue spend money producing paper bills, paying postage to send them, and paying to process the checks I send them. F*ck them.

Uh, what? You're also paying for paper checks and the postage to send them. Not to mention the amount of time it takes to write a check, and put everything in the mail. And even though companies pay to send me paper bills through the mail, I still pay them online, for free.
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Re: overdraft fees
Jan 12, 2022, 17:56
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Jan 12, 2022, 17:56
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 12, 2022, 16:38:
Really? I don't even recall the last time I wrote a physical check. Probably sometime in the late 90s. I don't even recall the last time I got a physical check either but it's easily been a decade or so.
Yep. Still pay most of my bills by check via snail mail. There are exceptions.

This is mainly for two reasons, 1) I don't trust computers. So, having them pay my bills electronically just doesn't sit right. I realize this is silly. There are still plenty of computers involved even when I send a physical check. Those payments are made electronically out of my checking account. 2) My main reason is, "Why make it easy on the companies?" If any of the companies I am paying by check would offer me a small monthly discount to pay electronically directly, I would. Until they do, they can continue spend money producing paper bills, paying postage to send them, and paying to process the checks I send them. F*ck them.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Re: overdraft fees
Jan 12, 2022, 16:38
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Re: overdraft fees Jan 12, 2022, 16:38
Jan 12, 2022, 16:38
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 12, 2022, 13:08:
I have had a checking account since I was 18 (1980) or so.. I have written in the range of 8-10 thousand checks in my lifetime. I have never overdrawn my account. The only reason banks can make "billions" on overdraft fees is because people are either never taught basic finance management or they are simply idiots or both. Are they excessive? Probably. But the problem isn't really the overdraft charge, that is the symptom of the real problem.

Really? I don't even recall the last time I wrote a physical check. Probably sometime in the late 90s. I don't even recall the last time I got a physical check either but it's easily been a decade or so.
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Re: OotB: Giant Baby Steps
Jan 12, 2022, 16:38
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Re: OotB: Giant Baby Steps Jan 12, 2022, 16:38
Jan 12, 2022, 16:38
 
Ones does not question El Presidente Blue about all things Rockband/Music or NY Teams.


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Re: OotB: Giant Baby Steps
Jan 12, 2022, 16:03
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Re: OotB: Giant Baby Steps Jan 12, 2022, 16:03
Jan 12, 2022, 16:03
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 12, 2022, 14:47:
How much did Joe's poor performance factor into the Giant's decision to wait until the end of the seasons to fire him? Knowing that he'd continue to lose games could only improve the Giant's standing in the draft.
The Giants firing Ben McAdoo midseason was an anomaly. It's the kind of thing they generally avoid at all costs.

But more to the point, I think the owners were actually looking for every excuse to give Judge a third season just to break the cycle. Or at worst, hire a new GM and leave the decision up to him. But the team's worsening performance, playcalling like the sneak I discuss below, and Judge's jackassery at the podium increased the pressure to fire him. Even then, they brought him in for multiple interviews over a couple of days before pulling the trigger. I wouldn't be shocked if he sealed his own fate during those talks.

Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 12, 2022, 12:35:
While Joe Judge didn't help the situation it wasn't just this season which has turned the Giants into a laughing stock. Three consecutive coaches fired after two seasons or less. Saw a tidbit on one of the sports shows, I didn't write it down or anything, but I believe they said if you include the interim coaches put in place after others left, the Giants have had nine head coaches in six years. NINE. Joe gets partial credit, not the whole enchilada.
That's not correct. Counting one interim coach, the Giants have had four coaches in six years. You are correct that it's now three consecutive head coaches who didn't make it into a third season (in this case not counting one interim coach). But even with that stretch, to count off the last nine Giants coaches you are going back 40 years.

The Giants have been a sorry team for a decade now, but teams go through rough stretches. That does not make them laughingstocks. It's a zero-sum game and there are winners and losers. Running a QB sneak on third and nine in the second quarter with your four win team makes you a laughingstock. Amid games where playoff positions were decided, that play in a game between two non-contenders was among the most talked about of the weekend.
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Re: OotB: Giant Baby Steps
Jan 12, 2022, 15:27
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Jan 12, 2022, 15:27
 
Apropos of nothing, here is Hendrix live in '68: Foxy Lady.

Not only one of the greatest, most creative guitar players to live, but a consummate performer. And his husky vocals suit his playing to a T. Just amazing. Wish I could have seen him live.
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Re: OotB: Giant Baby Steps
Jan 12, 2022, 14:55
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Jan 12, 2022, 14:55
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jan 12, 2022, 12:43:
Only the russians could develop a simple fog removal tool like that.

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Re: OotB: Giant Baby Steps
Jan 12, 2022, 14:50
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Jan 12, 2022, 14:50
 
Cannabis Compounds Prevented Covid Infection in Laboratory Study

I volunteered for that study. Unfortunately, I ended up in the placebo group.
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Re: OotB: Giant Baby Steps
Jan 12, 2022, 14:49
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Jan 12, 2022, 14:49
 
Mind Bending Physics Toy - Tensegrity Sculpture From LEGO.

Needs Lockpicking Lawyer narration.
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Re: OotB: Giant Baby Steps
Jan 12, 2022, 14:47
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Jan 12, 2022, 14:47
 
How much did Joe's poor performance factor into the Giant's decision to wait until the end of the seasons to fire him? Knowing that he'd continue to lose games could only improve the Giant's standing in the draft.
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Re: overdraft fees
Jan 12, 2022, 13:10
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Jan 12, 2022, 13:10
 
Blue.... it could be worse. You could be a Cincinnati Bengal's fan.

Just sayin...
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Re: overdraft fees
Jan 12, 2022, 13:08
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Jan 12, 2022, 13:08
 
I have had a checking account since I was 18 (1980) or so.. I have written in the range of 8-10 thousand checks in my lifetime. I have never overdrawn my account. The only reason banks can make "billions" on overdraft fees is because people are either never taught basic finance management or they are simply idiots or both. Are they excessive? Probably. But the problem isn't really the overdraft charge, that is the symptom of the real problem.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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