Friday night topic: what are you snobbish about?

We all have that one thing, or maybe even several things, that we're insufferable about. "It's just coffee!" an exasperated spouse might say in response to your attempts to roast your beans at home, or maybe your friends can't understand why you're dragging them to your favorite microbrewery when a few pints of Bud Light would do just fine.

Perhaps you're helping out a reticent PC builder who won't spend more on a high-quality CPU heatsink that won't sound like a helicopter taking off. "It's just $10!", they might say, without accounting for the costs of the aural hell they're about to unleash from their computer for years to come.

Thing is, those people are wrong, and it's the solemn, unyielding duty of us snobs to save them from their ignorance.

OK, I'm not actually haranguing random people about their bad choices in office furniture (you really want to spend $1000 on a high-quality chair that'll last you ten years or more rather than $100 on one that won't last six months, by the way). I also understand that some people are perfectly content with the choice between red or white wine when a Sonoma County Pinot Noir is just a few lines down on the menu, even if I don't understand why they're not willing to splurge a little bit on what will objectively be a more enjoyable experience in the glass.

For all that, I know to keep my obsessions and consequent knowledge of The Way Things Ought To Be to myself unless people specifically ask for my opinion—at least, most of the time.

So what brings out your snobbish tendencies the most? What do the people in your life know to ask—or maybe not ask—you about, so that you can enlighten them with the firehose of your enthusiasm? What are the things you deeply plumb to arrive at the one true way of doing them, perhaps to the exclusion of financial or rational sense? Let us know in the comments below.

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    • Fieryphoenix
    • 1 year ago

    The Highlander. There can be only one. And that one is the original movie. All the rest is garbage.

      • End User
      • 1 year ago

      +3!

      • Krogoth
      • 1 year ago

      But, the Quickening was the best sequel ever!

        • chuckula
        • 1 year ago

        If Krogoth is impressed then I’m buying the director’s cut!

        Anything with Michael Ironside in it!

    • Lordhawkwind
    • 1 year ago

    Golf clubs. I play Ping G400 irons and a Ping G Driver. I tend to buy the the latest Ping Irons every two years or so. They suit me fine and I like the look and feel and I’ve basically become a brand ambassador!

    • Anovoca
    • 1 year ago

    Music.

    When people list off their top five bands and they happen to be the 5 most played artists on the radio. Maybe take some time and effort to find out what else is out there instead of letting the record companies that pay for the most airtime tell you what is good.

    Burgers

    There are just too many burger and brew pubs around now days and so many of them claim to have the best burgers in town. One needs to be educated about these things or else they will end up getting suckered into paying $15 for a sysco frozen patty in a fancy dress.

    • ronch
    • 1 year ago

    I’m typically not snobbish but everytime I encounter an ill-mannered person then later find out he only drives a cheap car or runs a Celeron I can’t help but be snobbish towards that person. For example, I was at a brick-and-mortar computer parts store many moons ago and I was talking to the sales guy then this orc suddenly cuts me mid-sentence to ask the sales guy something, which irritated me as you would expect, and I shortly found out she (or was it a he? memory is fuzzy) was buying a Celeron. I remember muttering something to the effect of, “So this @$&!%+# is buying a stupid Celeron!” Or there’s this tenant of ours who’s such a sneaky mannerless **stard who drives a cheap Toyota. I normally dont wanna be snobbish but if I dislike a person (for valid reasons) then yeah, my horns pop out.

      • Anonymous Coward
      • 1 year ago

      Its actually a bit of interesting psychology there, why and how humans judge each other based on goods which can be viewed as social status symbols. Someone who drives a crap car and is a crap person [i<]deserves[/i<] it, can't manage better, but someone you (or I) like, well maybe they just feel like saving money. For the record I keep my cars and bikes on the cheap side. Computers and phones too, actually.

        • tipoo
        • 1 year ago

        The average millionaire apparently drives a ~10 year old Toyota, Honda, Ford, etc, according to the millionaire next door.

        I’m the same way (not the millionaire bit), I’d rather buy the “best value” (not cheap) option for most things and save/invest the rest.

          • ronch
          • 1 year ago

          Or maybe they just wanna get the most out of everything they pay for, whether it’s for their businesses or personal use. I’m like that.

      • Usacomp2k3
      • 1 year ago

      We have a 13 year-old Corolla. What does that make me, except a cheap bas****.

        • ronch
        • 1 year ago

        Totally ok with me so long as you aren’t a **rk.

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 1 year ago

        I had a 2001 Corolla S in 5 speed. It was quite efficient on gas. I enjoyed that little thing.

    • GTVic
    • 1 year ago

    When I move to another lane and the person who was behind me accelerates even though the upcoming light is red … then I think unkind thoughts about their IQ.

      • etana
      • 1 year ago

      I imagine that the person behind them needing to get into the turn lane before their window closes is quite grateful for their IQ being high enough to understand the teamwork inherent in good driving.

      • Firestarter
      • 1 year ago

      same for people who get on a highway exit, accelerate hard then brake because they’re on a highway exit. I don’t think too highly of those people

    • Laykun
    • 1 year ago

    Despite some people putting language as their snobbery there seems to be some confusion on what the word actually means. A lot of the things I’m seeing is just work ethic or general principles, that’s not really snobbery.

      • BIF
      • 1 year ago

      I looked at the cat in the article picture, and I decided to take a somewhat loose definition of the word. 😉

    • Kretschmer
    • 1 year ago

    News. I can’t stand the shallow taking heads of 24-hour cable news networks. Pick up a goddamn Economist, people.

    Voting. I put more thought into my breakfast than most people put into their votes.

    Television/Movies. Most are too dumb to tolerate.

    GPUs. If you’re not running over 100FPS, how are you having fun?

    Beer. If I had to choose one for the rest of my life I’d rather have a single pint of craft beer than a tanker full of cheap swill.

    Location. Tier 1 city or bust.

      • BIF
      • 1 year ago

      Good point. I gave up TV a few years ago, so I have no opinion on talking heads. But I am a snob with radio news. And rightfully so, I think.

      [b<]"Story Ads"[/b<] Sometimes called "Personal Endorsement ads". These are too many, repeated too much, and WAY TOO LONG. Dentists, doctors, urgent care facilities, fence companies, kitchen & bath renovations, pest control, weight loss, and even ACE hardware are all being hawked with these painful ads. The cake-taker? Car dealerships! I have zero respect for any radio news personality who pushes car dealerships. Rhino Shield, you can shove it. [b<]Local Weather and Traffic reporting[/b<] has become an oppressive club for radio stations. These stations push HARD on their global market via i-heart-radio, and yet they will barge in on a national show to tell us about a stalled car on the freeway downtown. The locals on your freeway already know, 'cause they're using Waze. I'm either working from home that day or I'm not even in your town... just listening to your station because I want something different. Then they continue the beating by penalizing the listener with local traffic every three minutes in the morning drive time. One station in Orlando, WDBO, started playing rave music during local weather and traffic. Every single time. It's not just "bumper music", because it's not the same. It's as if the news director's kid has "beatz" he's trying to turn into a DJ gig or something. God, this is awful. It's so distracting and intolerable, I move on to another station usually during the first or second traffic/weather segment. [b<]Too many pills and weight loss gimmicks during weekend programming. [/b<] Radio stations used to have GREAT weekend talk show programming. Sure, that's all paid programming, but there was a day when you could learn something useful. This is not true at all with all the diet, weight loss, and "Puritan Pride" programming. They're just pushing their pills and smoothies on us now, and it's really sad. i-heart-radio and podcasts go both ways, y'know. I can find your station, yes, but now I can find others too! I am still looking for a good radio news station not beholden to the major networks. I'm always looking for good shows or podcasts on hobbies such as gardening, photography, computers, fitness, and finances. I've been looking for years and probably always will be.

        • Usacomp2k3
        • 1 year ago

        Small world. I listen to WDBO every day on my commute in and out. The bumper music is new. Maybe 3-6 months or so. I don’t personally like it. The Story ads, I just ignore them. A necessary evil for free radio.
        As for local stuff; Radio stations are local first and streaming secondary. I very much like the news/weather/traffic being front and center; that does me very well.

      • Anonymous Coward
      • 1 year ago

      I’ll join you on news snobbery. Should generally be written, but an interview works. They should use words and form complete thoughts on subjects, ideally address contrasting angles but not in such a way as to exaggerate the importance of hard to defend positions.

    • Jellyfish
    • 1 year ago

    Character
    1. Integrity — being honest, accurate, forthright in all dealings

    Work
    1. Doing a job just good enough to get by vs. doing it right
    2. Doing a job to make money vs. doing a job because you love what you do
    3. Being expedient in the short term vs. being efficient in the long run

    Tools
    1. using the right tool for the job — such as not using a screwdriver as a hammer, etc.
    2. using tools correctly — not stripping the threads, for example

    Language
    1. using the right words to be concise and accurate — say exactly what you mean
    2. technical writing — don’t waste my time with fluffy stuff that doesn’t matter
    3. supporting arguments — identification of logical fallacies

    • End User
    • 1 year ago

    Transmissions. If you drive a manual you are ok in my book. If you drive an automatic of any sort (including dual clutch) then bugger off.

    Edit: A subset of the above – those who don’t heel and toe

      • chuckula
      • 1 year ago

      Turn in your RDF card!
      You have blasphemed against our “secret” self-driving Apple Car!

      • Krogoth
      • 1 year ago

      Vehicles are just tools. Manual transmissions are just more of a chore when you have to use your vehicle for work not leisure rides.

        • synthtel2
        • 1 year ago

        Using a manual is all muscle memory and not bothersome (excepting stop-and-go traffic jams). Trying to coax an automatic into doing what I want is the chore.

          • Chrispy_
          • 1 year ago

          Stop-start traffic queues are the median form of driving in a very significant proportion of the developed world.

            • End User
            • 1 year ago

            Easy to mitigate, for the most part, with engine braking and leaving adequate space.

            • moose17145
            • 1 year ago

            Not really. Then people just cut into the space you are leaving in a vein attempt to not hit the brakes.

            • End User
            • 1 year ago

            Vain attempt.

            • End User
            • 1 year ago

            [url<]https://i.imgur.com/hLs1rjR.png[/url<]

            • BIF
            • 1 year ago

            Actually, this is true. When I had sticks, and no matter which car, I didn’t get cut off nearly as much. I’m convinced it’s because of engine braking and downshifting not lighting up your brake lights.

            My theory is that no brake lights keeps the driver behind you more alert and less likely to try to sneak in somewhere. As a stick driver (don’t have one at the moment, but hope to again soon), I also know that if somebody’s downshifting (as evidenced by slowing down markedly without brake lights), that means they’re very possibly also in the ideal gear for a sudden burst of acceleration. Without shifting. And stick drivers are more alert than the herds. They’ll be able to close that gap fast if they wish.

            • Krogoth
            • 1 year ago

            Maybe if you live in an area that has low population density. Not a realistic option for those who dwell and commute in suburban/urban environments.

            • End User
            • 1 year ago

            Toronto

            • Krogoth
            • 1 year ago

            My point exactly, Toronto area has nothing on number of other regions within the developed world.

            • End User
            • 1 year ago

            London
            Paris
            Rome
            Berlin
            Brussels
            Monza during the F1 weekend 🙂

            I always have fun driving a manual.

            Japan is next.

            • Norphy
            • 1 year ago

            I live in London which is probably at least as densely populated than cities on your side of the Atlantic, if not more so. I, along with most of the rest of the country, manage with a manual transmission just fine.

            • End User
            • 1 year ago

            That is what I love about the UK. I’ve driven over there a number of times (including London). Always in a manual.

            • Pitabred
            • 1 year ago

            So… coast up to a stoplight, when they’re every few blocks? Leave 1000 yards between me and the guy in front of me because he’s not going to move until I get up to him, thereby inconveniencing everyone behind me and preventing them from getting through intersections/where they’re going?

            I don’t think you’ve ever driven in actual city traffic. I love driving a manual, but real stop and go traffic is much more tolerable in an automatic.

            • End User
            • 1 year ago

            If you are leaving 1000 yards between you and the vehicle in front you are doing it wrong. All you have to do is watch the traffic ahead and just trundle along.

            I drive to work every day in stop and go traffic. Both cars are manual:

            [url<]https://i.imgur.com/511xVmX.png[/url<] [url<]https://i.imgur.com/S4gXbaH.png[/url<] [url<]https://i.imgur.com/hLs1rjR.png[/url<]

          • Srsly_Bro
          • 1 year ago

          Expect if you go from a 5 to 6 spd. That took me awhile to get used to when I got my current car.

        • jihadjoe
        • 1 year ago

        I think of manuals transmissions as the car-world version of doing stuff via the CLI vs automatics which are GUIs.

          • Anonymous Coward
          • 1 year ago

          Yeah, sort of but CLI is really all about the manual-yet-scriptable thing. Also once slushboxes got 6 speeds and some brains, I think they got pretty OK for car-packed roads.

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 1 year ago

        I don’t see a manual as a chore and I drive in Seattle traffic daily. I’d rather control the great than have the transmission constantly shifting up and down in traffic.

        Driving a manual becomes automatic like you and complaining.

      • Shobai
      • 1 year ago

      I hear what you’re saying, but at 6’6″ I’m just happy if I can fit in the front seat. There are so many vehicles where I physically cannot engage the clutch because of the interaction between dash and steering wheel.

        • sonneillon
        • 1 year ago

        I’m only 6’4″ but I feel your pain. A friend of mine had a small little Mazda that he offered to let me drive but I couldn’t operate the clutch because my knee would hit the non-movable steering wheel.

        Anyone who is over 6′ knows what a pain it is to try to find a car that actually works for tall people. Some times the issue isn’t not having room but other design issues. My current car is a Chrysler 300 which has more then enough room for me but the issue I run into is that if I’m first in line at a red-light I can’t see the light. I have to duck down in order to watch the light and see when it turns green. The car I had before this one was a ford escort zx2 (which was a stick) but the issue with that car was the head rest ended in the middle of my neck so if I would have ever of been in an accident I was likely going to have some serious neck injuries.

        • travbrad
        • 1 year ago

        Yep I’m the same height and my top priority when looking at cars is “will I fit in this?”. It’s not even that easy to find comfortable automatic transmission cars, let alone ones where I’d actually be able to use the clutch.

        The overall size of the car often has very little to do with the interior space for a driver too. There are tons of “big” trucks, SUVs, etc that I just won’t fit in, and smaller cars that are much more roomy.

      • BIF
      • 1 year ago

      Some people can’t drive a stick due to spinal, knee, or hip problems. That’s unfortunate, ’cause I think it’s the most fun you can have driving (and still be able to see the road).

      And sadly enough, a lot of makers are moving away from the manaual.

        • End User
        • 1 year ago

        It should go without saying that I’m not going to snub Billy Monger nor Alex Zanardi nor anyone else who suffers from a disability for not using a manual.

          • BIF
          • 1 year ago

          Of course not.

      • ronch
      • 1 year ago

      How about automated manual transmissions? In my country Suzuki recently introduced a tiny (but surprisingly spacious) sedan called Dzire and it’s got something called AGS – Auto Gear Shift. Not sure how it’ll do in the market but I think it’s pretty nifty.

      [url<]https://youtu.be/txAdIaXwZuo[/url<]

        • End User
        • 1 year ago

        It has no clutch pedal, so no.

        • Anonymous Coward
        • 1 year ago

        If it does the shifting and clutching, then its an automatic.

          • ronch
          • 1 year ago

          They’re still not calling it an automatic though, but yeah, it’s obviously somewhere between a manual and an auto but practically an auto. Just sharing this cool piece of tech.

            • Anonymous Coward
            • 1 year ago

            Dude, a manual is well defined. They need to come up with a new term if they don’t like “automatic”. Without having actually looked at your link (at work) I conclude its an automatic that is supposed to be more fun than most.

            • ronch
            • 1 year ago

            The internal workings/architectures of standard transmissions and automatic transmissions are not the same. This transmission I’m talking about here has the internal architecture of a manual transmission but additional components do the job of your foot for you. Hopefully you can check out the video for a clearer illustration.

            • Anonymous Coward
            • 1 year ago

            Actually I had the dubious honor of riding in a taxi-bus this summer which had a single-clutch automated manual (this was a Fiat I guess, same as sold as a RAM in the US) and that was quite interesting to feel shifting. The dual-clutch automated manuals are supposed to be much nicer, but strangely enough I’ve never ridden in one. (Manuals rule the world here.) But anyway I think that the slushbox-style gearing has long been only one of several options for implementing an automatic tranny.

            And if you want to get picky about it, a manual can be implemented with planetary gears like a slushbox is. I have a number of bikes with gear hubs, they are certainly manual shifting but based on planetary gearsets. They don’t really have a clutch in the same way as a car though. Anyway maybe you knew that all already, I just like typing it.

      • LostCat
      • 1 year ago

      I have pedal shifters in mine! For uhh…whoever would actually use them.

      • Firestarter
      • 1 year ago

      my motorcycle has a DCT and I like it that way

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 1 year ago

      It is nice to drive a manual. An automatic takes the fun out of driving, especially spirited driving in the mountains or empty roads.

        • Anonymous Coward
        • 1 year ago

        My favorite manual (having owned 3 and rented at least 3) is probably my current 90HP diesel with a 5-speed, slow and doesn’t rev too high, makes a person shift and yet it has that torque for calm creeping. So its basically fun to drive as is, but I suspect it would be horrible with an automatic. Also had some fun with a rented VW Polo with a tiny gas engine on a twisty volcanic island, no balls under 2k RPM if I recall.

        Electric must be terribly boring (except for fear of death exceleration).

      • Anonymous Coward
      • 1 year ago

      I used to be a manual snob, but then I moved a place where there are tons of cars going everywhere at all times. Still have a manual, with a 90HP diesel. Ride a bike mostly.

      • tritonus
      • 1 year ago

      Hard to get a manual transmission with an electric car.

        • Anonymous Coward
        • 1 year ago

        Technology ruins certain things. Also population density is doing the same thing by consuming all driveable surfaces with things which are being driven. Fun behind the wheel is on the way out I’m afraid. Times are changing.

          • End User
          • 1 year ago

          Fun behind the wheel is hardly on the way out. That’s why you either get up early or stay up late. It has been like that for ages and will continue to be so well beyond the point electric vehicles surpass gasoline vehicles on the roads.

          It does help to have local tracks that run track days.

          From a technological point of view a PDK transmission is superior to a manual yet I prefer the manual 991.2 GT3.

        • End User
        • 1 year ago

        Exactly. Formula E is a joke.

        • End User
        • 1 year ago

        Decisions. Decisions.

        Manual equipped performance car or [url=https://www.theverge.com/2018/9/10/17840936/mercedes-benz-vision-urbanetic-self-driving-electric-concept-design<]this[/url<]?

    • BIF
    • 1 year ago

    So the downvotes and upvotes here are a bit confusing.

    Should we be downvoting snobbery, or this being a snobbery article and thread, should we be upvoting for honest snobbery? If the latter, is there some point that is a bridge too far?

      • Redocbew
      • 1 year ago

      I think it’s unrealistic to expect either all downvotes or all upvotes for snobbery. Since this is a thread about snobbery I would expect the usual random and ridiculous voting, but only more so.

      • tipoo
      • 1 year ago

      Welcome to the techreport where the points don’t matter and the reasons for them are likely petty!

        • BIF
        • 1 year ago

        lol.

        I gave you 1 upvote for making me laugh, but not three because you didn’t capitalize TechReport.

          • tipoo
          • 1 year ago

          EXHIBIT A!

    • Bensam123
    • 1 year ago

    -Pretending mining is terribly hurtful to gaming.

    -Giving an opinion on video game development when they don’t have both creative and logical bones in their body. It requires both.
    –Furthermore discussing video game development and saying something is just ‘wrong’ without offering a solution of productive feedback as to alternative fixes. This relies heavily on critical thinking which a lot of people don’t posses and they simply run on me-mes.

    -Games without proper working surround audio, including height, HRTF, occlusion, doppler, and tons of other things that were left by the wayside after the demise of Creative’s influence on gaming.

    -Physics no longer being pushed in video games. For those of us that saw Cell Factor, it should be common understanding that the occasional lawn sprinkler of particles in video games isn’t enough nor is it the right kind.

    -Ray tracing. A bit better lighting when you look at things under the microscope for an epic trade in performance which everyone will turn off. Give me more frames.

    -4k 120hz being the holy grail for video game monitors (PG27UQ). I want OLED, 1000hz (moar?), with HDR, G/Freesync, and of course a new way of painting pixels on a screen that doesn’t involve sample and hold (not lightboost either). Outlandish? Sure, it’s a holy grail.

    -Poorly working netcode. Fortnite has taught me a lot about how you can only go as far as your ping allows once you reach a certain point depending on the engine and the game. Just covering it up doesn’t matter when you lose most battles to someone who has a 20ms less ping then you. Yes it matters, no I’m not horrible, there is a reason Twitch streamers are essentially sorted by ping (within a certain amount of deviation). Luckily Epic is adding more servers, hopefully they’ll follow that up with normalizing pings, in addition to improving netcode.

    -Me-mes. Diarrhea of the mouth. If all you do is open your mouth and the only thing that comes out is retweets, you aren’t worth talking to. Occasional arrow to the knee withholding.

    -Bandwagoning. Think before you speak. Me-mers are especially bad at this.

    -Lack of objective thinking. Other things happen in the universe besides you, think about things in more then one way.

    -‘Git gud’, ‘Just click heads’, ‘Just fix it’, ‘Do better then you’re currently doing’. Thanks for your feedback, your opinion is important to me.

    And the radioactive one:[spoiler<] -Hardcore feminists. I'm not talking about people that are for equality, rather women (and men) who end up being no different then sexist males they hate when talking about subject matter. It's becoming all too common that feminism is a green light to bag on men and group them all together then to look for equality which should be the goal. In addition going the opposite direction and attempting to exclude males to make *insert gender here* seem better. Equality is equal, not either or.[/spoiler<]

      • auxy
      • 1 year ago

      This is a list of pet peeves rather than a list of snobbery.

      Grade F, see me after class. (´Д⊂ヽ

        • Redocbew
        • 1 year ago

        You’re a better teacher than me. I wouldn’t even try.

        • ronch
        • 1 year ago

        Make sure you lock the door. 😉

      • thedosbox
      • 1 year ago

      [quote<]And the radioactive one:[/quote<] If you think criticism of badly behaved men means criticism of all men, then you are part of the problem.

        • Krogoth
        • 1 year ago

        There will be dumbyheads that come in every shape and form. The problems is that they are being used as useful idiots by certain parties who have an agenda that has nothing to do with resolving the dumbyhead’s grievances.

      • Krogoth
      • 1 year ago

      Mining had no real impact on gaming scene. It just flustered a vocal minority who want the latest, greatest without the inflated prices.

      It is a dang shame that interactive physics never took off and 3D gaming audio is still in ICU. They both could open up completely new genres be the next “Doom/Quake/Unreal” ensuring millions to billions of dollars of potential revenue. Instead we are stuck with intentional betas fixed with DLCs and lootboxes that intentionally break the game (even the cosmetic ones).

    • synthtel2
    • 1 year ago

    Too much. Sturgeon’s law nailed it.

    One common element is things that muscle memory (or similar reflexive action rather than conscious thought) should be able to handle but can’t due to bad implementation. Mouse problems including but definitely not limited to laser sensors, non-deterministic UIs, most things that add input latency (including compositing window managers), and 80% of automatic transmissions (but especially the ones sold by Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep) are probably the top offenders.

    Gamer bling. ‘Nuff said.

    Repairability. Stuff is inevitably going to break, but we don’t have to throw away everything that does.

    Anything that unnecessarily relies on the internet. IoT is radioactively garbage.

    Probably audio. It’s not like I’m any true audiophile (my setup including mic is worth ~$190), but the difference between something like Beats (or any of the flood of bargain-bin rubbish out there) and an actually decent $200 setup is massive.

    Change for the sake of change, the triumph of marketing over engineering, conspicuous consumption, and consumerism in general. The old stuff usually still works just fine, and half the time marketing doesn’t even have anything that actually matters to talk about.

    • absinthexl
    • 1 year ago

    Everything about The Mobile Web.

    Pages that take 10 seconds to load. Pages that load quickly but can’t respond to anything for another 10 seconds. Pages that load and respond to scroll, then vomit 50 more things onto the page after their 2MB of JavaScript parses + executes. Browser stuttering from loading 30 tracking scripts, each with their own copy of jQuery. 1-2 second delays on tap. Scrolljacking. Janky scrolling from badly-designed animations. Interstitial ads. Interstitial ads with 10px x 10px close buttons. 12px links. Headers that take up 30% of vertical space. Cookie notices that take up the other 70%. Modals that block the entire screen, but don’t listen to back navigation (oh, I guess you wanted me to leave your site?). Anything blocking the screen and demanding an email address. Thinner and thinner fonts.

    The worst, though, is forms. Everything from nonstandard inputs (which mobile browers can’t deal with), to 2-page-long forms which don’t validate anything until submission. From what I can tell, 95% of sites hate their users, hate making money, and want to make it as difficult as possible to create accounts or enter payment information.

    • ZZZTOPZZZ
    • 1 year ago

    The ProCharger supercharger on my 2013 2SS Camaro convertible. It really beats a glass of Sonoma County Pinot Noir.

    • Ifalna
    • 1 year ago

    Ever since I bought my DT-880s back in 2012, I get very irritated if someone play music on cheap gear. It’s just so grating and painful to my ears.

    Esp. people that think stuff sounds great on smartphone speakers. >.<

    • techguy
    • 1 year ago

    PC hardware. I’ve spent tens of thousands on PC hardware over the last 20 years and I learned long ago “buy nice or buy twice”.

    • oldog
    • 1 year ago

    Women.

      • auxy
      • 1 year ago

      Are you [url=https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/210-would-not-bang<]this meme?[/url<]

        • Pancake
        • 1 year ago

        You’ve already shown people in your long post what a judgmental and petty person you are completely lacking in self-awareness – bringing to mind the expression “ugly on the inside”. Which some on this forum find attractive qualities in a woman which probably indicates similar personality type.

        An attractive woman should be both beautiful on the outside AND the inside. She should have the following qualities:

        Strong physically and mentally with an indomitable spirit
        Kind, warm and nurturing but with a strong protective instinct
        Intelligent and able to make good decisions and be a good foil to develop ideas
        Independent and self-sustaining unconstrained by societal conventions
        In terms of appearance – tall (at least 5’10”) and athletic with a slim waist and feminine features
        Skilled in the arts of hunting, killing and breaking down animals.

          • auxy
          • 1 year ago

          ( ゚Д゚) [b<]INCEL ALERT![/b<]

            • Pancake
            • 1 year ago

            Actually, I was describing my girlfriend who lives in the country. Tall and beautiful, handy with a knife, gun and fishing rod. Handy with contruction, building and using just about every powered and hand tool. Not bad at welding too. The kind of gal I buy a new axe for as a token of my love. That’s my gal.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 1 year ago

          For someone on his high horse, you seem to be spending a lot of time running down someone “lower” than you.

            • Pancake
            • 1 year ago

            I’m not running someone down. Her post was pretty disgusting, really. Go easy on the white knight routine.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 1 year ago

            LOL Okay dude. Her post was fine, and it’s not any different than anything where you show your “clearly superior” line of thinking in every thread where you post.

            She reminds me of my nephew who, incidentally, was also diagnosed Asperger. Made it through high school and in basic training in the Navy. We’ll see how that goes.

            • Pancake
            • 1 year ago

            I don’t snipe about what people wear, eat etc Or have problems working with other people because I don’t think they’re “good enough” to do their job. That’s just nasty.

            I do have some strong opinions about things I am VERY experienced in i.e. certain fields in computing – graphics programming and algorithms mostly. I would have thought that would be of value to a tech forum. I may express opinions that certain products are crap eg Ryzen-based craptops and inefficient AMD graphics cards but that’s often backed with facts like lousy build quality and ridiculous power consumption. OBJECTIVITY, my dear derFunkenstein. That is the key to a rational debate.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 1 year ago

            The idea that everything has to be a debate is the real problem. I can’t be bothered to correct people MOST of the time, but I made a special exception for you because “debate” and “strong opinions” seem to be all that you care to contribute.

            • Pancake
            • 1 year ago

            Well, I don’t know how your mind works when you come out with comments like “nobody cares how old you are”. I think you’re trying to be insulting but not really making a point? The comment I posted wasn’t a “debate” or “strong opinion”. Rather a supportive humorous anecdote.

            However, robust debates are the foundation of a healthy forum otherwise people retreat into consensual tribal group-think. Not very interesting is it?

            Now, do enlighten everyone – do you have a crush on auxy?

            • derFunkenstein
            • 1 year ago

            lol no. Also I’m married. Happily so. Sixteen years (to the same woman, in case you were going to go there next).

            If you had told an amusing anecdote, it would have been two things: an anecdote (spin a yarn, tell a tale) and amusing. What I replied to was a one-upsmanship game. “Oh yeah you played 320×240, well I played lower res and liked it!”

            BTW in that same thread I disagreed with auxy. But I didn’t do it in a way that was jaggish. So I can see where you get that idea.

            • Pancake
            • 1 year ago

            Sixteen years of happiness is great. Congratulations. To be in a loving relationship is the best possible thing one can have.

            A lot of people owned Commodore 64’s back in the day. It was the working class home computer. An IBM PC or clone with CGA graphics was comparatively upmarket. It’s not one-upmanship. Quite the opposite. It’s a play on the Three Yorkshiremen Monty Pyton sketch which is fairly common. You could have extended it by telling us about your old Atari 2600 VCS or Vic-20 etc

            • Srsly_Bro
            • 1 year ago

            I think it was the incel comment from Auxy that triggered him. It seems like a sensitive subject for him, among others, clearly.

            • Pancake
            • 1 year ago

            You seem to have a problem with comprehension and logic. And a nasty personality like – well, no need to say more.

            • Srsly_Bro
            • 1 year ago

            I have problems working with people who aren’t good enough when it directly or indirectly impacts my work assignments. Why should I be okay with dumb dumbs as coworkers?

          • tipoo
          • 1 year ago

          Time to pull this one out of retirement methinks:
          [url<]https://media.giphy.com/media/ToMjGpjpXMFPshSYGLm/giphy.gif[/url<]

        • oldog
        • 1 year ago

        No.

        FYI – I married the best of best 33 years ago. Haven’t seen a woman who came close since.

          • Srsly_Bro
          • 1 year ago

          I feel like you should stop looking when you get married so your comment checks out. If you continued to look and couldn’t find anyone better, that’s a bit different.

          • auxy
          • 1 year ago

          That’s great! I wasn’t meaning to poke fun. I was just having a giggle. (‘ω’)

        • Krogoth
        • 1 year ago

        Actually it is rather normal for the overwhelming majority of people to have certain preferences in a partner.

        That old meme works both ways.

    • just brew it!
    • 1 year ago

    Yeah, I’m a keyboard snob too. Mechanical with MX Blue all the way for me. Though some of the Kailh switches I got to try at the TR BBQ got me thinking that I might give them a chance the next time I need a keyboard.

    My pair of old RK-9000 keyboards (one at home, one at the office) show no signs of quitting though. They’ve both survived multiple beverage spills — took off outer casing and keycaps, soaked in hot water with a little dish soap, rinsed well, and dried at ~140F… good as new!

    • OptimumSlinky
    • 1 year ago

    Sound.

    I’m don’t profess to be a true audiophile, but every human being that like music and movies should own (at a minimum): a decent soundbar and subwoofer for their TV, a decent pair of noise-cancelling headphones (Sony or Sennheiser, ideally), and a decent gaming headset (so take that HyperX and Turtle Beach garbage and throw it in a goddamn trash where it belongs).

      • just brew it!
      • 1 year ago

      Back in the day, the Turtle Beach Santa Cruz was THE soundcard to own if you cared about PC audio quality. How the mighty have fallen…

      (I used my TBSC to rip most of my vinyl collection to WAV over a decade ago.)

      • derFunkenstein
      • 1 year ago

      Totally agree. I have a budget proceed Sony HTIAB setup and it was worth every penny of the $500 I spent.

      • auxy
      • 1 year ago

      I gave you an upvote because I like nice sound too, although I actually hate soundbars and center speakers. I’m really, really sensitive to stereo separation and these kinds of things seem to demolish that. Maybe I’ve never heard one calibrated properly.

        • just brew it!
        • 1 year ago

        If the original source material was mixed for 2-channel stereo, then yeah it’s not going to sound quite right with a center speaker.

    • NovusBogus
    • 1 year ago

    This thread is now about Linux distros. Hehehehe. 🙂

    • just brew it!
    • 1 year ago

    My wife is a coffee snob. Roasts her own. Figuring out what’s wrong with her coffee roaster is on the current “honey do” list…

    (Oh, and she’s into the homebrewing and beer judging thing too…)

      • BIF
      • 1 year ago

      Wow, coffee and beer. You are indeed a lucky guy. I suggest you just get her a new coffee roaster. She’s surely worth it!

    • just brew it!
    • 1 year ago

    Definitely a beer snob here (duh).

    Been homebrewing for nearly 25 years, a certified beer judge for nearly 20, have entered and judged in dozens of beer competitions, and have been on the organizing committee for the largest homebrew competition in Illinois, and the Chicago area regionals for the National Homebrew Competition.

    Sometimes I need to make a conscious decision to take off the beer judge hat. If I catch myself saying things like “this is a really great beer, but the brewer claims it’s an IPA, and it’s too malty and not bitter enough to be an IPA”, or “this seems like it has too much alcohol for an English Bitter” in any setting other than a beer competition or other situation where the brewer has asked for honest feedback on the recipe, I need to remind myself to take a step back and just enjoy.

    All of my my primary desktop PC builds have had ECC RAM since around 2003; does that make me a RAM snob? There’s just something about the idea of using a component that I know is going to silently flip random bits from time to time that rubs me the wrong way.

      • auxy
      • 1 year ago

      My spouse is a bartender and a beer snob also, but to her great consternation I cannot taste the difference between alcoholic drinks besides massive swings in their alcohol content. I can tell the difference between a liquor and a beer, but that’s about as far as it goes. Heineken, Arrogant Bastard, Lone Star, Founders, Guinness, Killian’s, Shiner, it all tastes exactly the same to me. I certainly can’t differentiate a vodka, a whiskey, and a tequila, although that might have something to do with the fact that two shots of any of the above and I’m unconscious. (/ω\)

        • HERETIC
        • 1 year ago

        Oh how sad-Does this apply to other beverages and foods also?

          • auxy
          • 1 year ago

          Yes.[list<][*<]I can't tell diet soda from regular soda, and I can't tell Coke from Pepsi. I also can't tell knock-off brand cola from name-brand.[/*<][*<]I can't tell most herbs apart. They all have a vaguely vegetabley taste to me.[/*<][*<]Along similar lines, I can't tell most greens apart. However, I have an extremely visceral and negative reaction to cilantro, and I'm very sensitive to it. It tastes like blood to me.[/*<][*<]Most fruits have basically the same generically sweet taste to me. I struggle with apples, bananas, and pears, flavor-wise, and most melons (including cantaloupe) all taste basically identical. Oranges, cherries, and strawberries are usually easy, though.[/*<][*<]I can't reliably tell ham from chicken or turkey. Beef and venison are very close too, although for whatever reason I can usually pick them out.[/*<][*<]Except for a few with very strong flavors, like very sharp cheddar, cheeses all taste the same to me. I can't identify provolone from mozzarella, swiss, or colby jack.[/*<][*<]All perfumes and colognes smell exactly alike to me.[/*<][*<]I can't identify wood smoke from cigarette smoke or marijuana smoke. It all just smells like smoke to me, and I hate it.[/*<][*<]Almost all chemicals (turpentine, acetone, gasoline, whatever it is in black markers) smell the same to me, and I really like the smell. Of course, I avoid it. Usually.[/*<][*<]I can sometimes pick up the smells from scented candles, but the smell of burning wax is very strong to me and completely overpowers whatever scent was in the candle.[/*<][*<]Most incense just smells like smoke to me.[/*<][/list<] I dunno what but there is definitely something very broken in my olfactory complex. ( ;∀;)

            • just brew it!
            • 1 year ago

            Sounds like you’ve compensated by being passionate about other things.

            And the cilantro thing is definitely genetic, though I more often hear people claim it tastes like soap, not blood.

            I’m color-blind (severe red/green deficiency), so I can definitely relate to the whole “other people sense nuances in this that I completely miss” thing.

      • Krogoth
      • 1 year ago

      I’m kinda surprised that DDR4 and DDR5 spec didn’t enforce ECC being a requirement. The memory density on modern and future DIMM chips are getting high enough that the probability that a random error from a random blip flipping is becoming a daily occurrence at sea-level.

        • just brew it!
        • 1 year ago

        That’s a (slight) exaggeration; I assume you’re basing that on the Google whitepaper from a few years back? Their data included bit flips from obviously flaky DIMMs, which normally wouldn’t be allowed to remain in a typical desktop system since overall system stability would likely be severely compromised (frequent application crashes and BSODs). So the Google data over-states the issue, assuming you replace obviously failing DIMMs in a timely manner.

        Still, the odds are that a bit will get flipped in a typical desktop every few weeks, or more frequently if the system is at a higher altitude (e.g. Denver). So yeah, I agree ECC is more important than it used to be.

    • emphy
    • 1 year ago

    Analogue cables: both video and audio. Especially in the ending days of vga, it was close to impossible to get a proper vga cable which did not cause ghosting due to its crappy-ness. Many new component video cables will cause the tv to have a black screen, some headphones come with cables so bad you can hear crackling/loss of sound out of the box. I’ve prevented people from buying new equipment by replacing their [i<]brand new cables[/i<] with proper ones. Framerate in 2d games: I'm fine with 3d games having a stutter now and then, and even running at a measly 30fps. Get down to your common 2d retro style platformer, though, and I suddenly can't stand anything less than a rock-solid 60fps with constant frame-times. Notebook keyboards: RIP IBM thinkpad, enough said ;_;

    • chuckula
    • 1 year ago

    Things I am NOT snobbish about: My car, which is a 10 year old crappy low-end Hyundai that’s hanging on for a while longer.

    Things that I am snobbish about: My operating systems. Arch Linux suckaz.

      • just brew it!
      • 1 year ago

      My car is a 15 year old mini van that leaks oil and has almost no rocker panels left due to all the rust.

      Oh, and Debian-based distros rule. You Arch people are just weird. 😉

    • bhtooefr
    • 1 year ago

    Where do I even begin?

    I usually insist on wide viewing angle displays with high pixel density. Slow response time? Fine, to a point (I mean, I daily drive a 62 ms IPS panel at work, although that would be completely unacceptable at home where I game and watch videos). Meh contrast ratios? Fine, to a point. TN? NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE. Same for 1366×768… or even 1920×1080. (Although, then again, my laptop has a 1280×800 TN panel, and a quite awful one at that…)

    Pointing devices. I insist on a TrackPoint. (This actually is to the point that it countered my keyboard snobbery, I’m typing this on a scissor-stabilized rubber dome, because the combo of TrackPoint+wireless outweighed my like of mechanical keyboards.)

    Keyboards, although that’s a pretty ordinary one. I prefer high-end keyboards, but I dislike Cherry MX and Topre. (I’ll take Alps SKCM, SKBM, some clones thereof, and buckling spring, thank you very much.) This… greatly constrains my selection.

    Vehicle transmissions. I don’t actually hate automatics. I just demand that they do exactly what I want them to do, and that they do it quickly and smoothly, otherwise, just let me row my own. Upshot: I hate automatics with discrete gears (death to single-clutch robotized manuals, not a fan of dual-clutch transmissions, and most conventional torque converter automatics aren’t great either). CVTs and transmissions capable of efficiently behaving like a CVT… if they actually do behave like a CVT – that is, don’t pretend to be a conventional automatic – and respond quickly, fantastic, although many don’t respond quickly, and many newer ones do fake shifting. (I own a Gen 4 Prius, the power split device (which can naturally behave as a CVT) responds pretty quickly – about as much lag as my old Mk4 Golf TDI had turbo lag – and sets the RPMs perfectly for the power demand, within its mechanical ability.)

    Things being misaligned or in the wrong aspect ratio. If you run your 1920×1080 LCD at 1024×768, I am [i<]deeply[/i<] bothered. (Running it at 1280x720 doesn't bother me as much. Non-native is fine, but the wrong aspect ratio is [i<]wrong[/i<].) Netbooks with 1024x600 16:9 panels offend me - we got rid of non-square pixels in the frickin' 1980s! Every restaurant running a 16:9 TV with 16:9 content letterboxed as if it were displayed on a 4:3 TV gets on my nerves. I'm a perfectionist with setting up projectors. CRTs with alignment menus cause me to spend significant time tweaking.

      • tipoo
      • 1 year ago

      CVTs get a lot of crap from traditional car reviewers for not feeling right, so like you said some of them started “faking” acting like traditional transmissions. It’s like, let each device be true to itself, making a CVT lose any amount of efficiency to act the way you expect a non-CVT to act is stupid.

      • Shobai
      • 1 year ago

      I hear you re: transmissions. We have a Toyota Kluger (Highlander) and between the throttle lag of drive-by-wire and the slack shifting of the auto… blegh!

      Regarding the CVT’s, though, I haven’t got any experience with them – none of my mechanic friends were remotely impressed with their longevity last time I asked. Is this likely to have changed recently?

        • tipoo
        • 1 year ago

        I mean just like traditional gearboxes, it all depends on who made it and how, Honda uses CVTs and their reliability is still top two or three.

      • OptimumSlinky
      • 1 year ago

      I was with you until CVTs. As an auto-enthusiast, I friggin’ hate those things. I admit many are poorly programmed and understand the logic overall, but like a poorly programmed slushbox, execution is everything.

      My previous Golf GTI was a DSG (dual-clutch) and until we all go electric I wish every reasonably sporty car had the option for one. Once you mastered its shifting logic, the thing was sublime.

        • bhtooefr
        • 1 year ago

        Mind you, my CVT isn’t a true CVT, either, it’s a power split device, which can (and does) behave as a CVT. More responsive than real CVTs, and that helps a lot.

      • auxy
      • 1 year ago

      Trackpoints are the cancer of cancers and a topic I could rant for hours on (why in the name of god would you want to simulate an absolute pointing method with a relative pointing method??) I hate them so much. You’re basically asking to mouse with a gamepad analog stick. I mean, that’s what it is. Why would you want that? It’s criminal.

      High-quality (8-bit) TN panels do exist and they’re pretty OK. The things most people seem to mind about TN panels are the vertical gamma shift and the reduced color depth. I can tell you that with a good TN panel the vertical gamma shift isn’t really a problem when actively using the monitor (sitting still in front of it) and obviously the reduced color depth isn’t a thing! For compromising very slightly on the gamma shift thing you get the fastest response times possible on an LCD. My primary display is a BenQ XL2546 and it really does look alright even in comparison to my IPS and VA displays sitting immediately adjacent. Colors aren’t as saturated and the image distorts when I stand but, then, 240Hz without smearing. So. Y’know. (;´・ω・)

      I used a Plum Topre clone for about a year and I do really like it. Now I’m back to a Cherry MX board and frankly I don’t mind it. I think the design of the keyboard is more important than the keyswitches in use, as long as they’re not crappy domes.

      I have the same snobbery about vehicle transmissions except that I don’t like ANY kind of automatic. I’ve driven CVTs and DCTs and conventional types and I don’t have anything to do with my right hand and left foot! I hate it! (・へ・)

      [b<]STRONG AGREE[/b<] on the aspect ratio thing. Holy crap please stop. I will go up and fiddle with display settings in a restaurant or hospital. I've done it before.

        • bhtooefr
        • 1 year ago

        It’s not a gamepad analog stick, though.

        Gamepad analog sticks are isotonic (measures position, and force either doesn’t change or changes with position (spring effect)), whereas TrackPoints are isometric (measures force, and position doesn’t change).

        It works for me, and it means my hands stay on the home row while I’m pointing.

          • auxy
          • 1 year ago

          Okay, they’re not literally the same thing. However, functionally, they are the same thing. You’re making relative input (input as compared to a central point) versus absolute input (a=a+x). Either way, instead of directly moving a cursor to a specific point you’re awkwardly “pushing” it around. I’m not saying you can’t get good with them but what is the point? Why would you want this? I see what you’re saying about the home row but I dunno. It seems like it would be faster to move your hand over to a mouse and then move it back, or even better, to use a trackball.

            • synthtel2
            • 1 year ago

            I agree on the superiority of absolute inputs, and a trackpoint definitely can’t replace a real mouse, but trackpoints seem to easily be about as good as a relative input can be while touchpads are universally janky. If I’m stuck without a real mouse, I’d rather have the trackpoint.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 1 year ago

      4:3 content stretched to 16:9 also grates on me. Totally with you there.

    • thedosbox
    • 1 year ago

    I try not to get snobby about other people’s choices. However, I do think some people get wrapped up in hype a bit too much – e.g. mechanical keyboards, gaming mice, audio equipment. Those things may be marginally superior in many cases, but the law of diminishing returns kicks in pretty quickly.

    Having said that, cats are clearly the superior species. Don’t @ me.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 1 year ago

      I’m not exactly snobbish about keyboards, but there’s an enormous difference between even the average $15-20 Logitech membrane keyboard and a $30 knockoff mechanical switch. Something that can last as long as a keyboard is worth putting money into.

        • thedosbox
        • 1 year ago

        Hence the “law of diminishing returns”. Is a $200 Razer keyboard *that* much better than a $30 keyboard? I’d say no, their stupid Synapse nonsense aside.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 1 year ago

          I took that to mean that generally mechanical keyboards were the hype and that they weren’t worth it. I agree that once you get beyond the basics there’s a diminishing return.

    • EzioAs
    • 1 year ago

    It’s not a thing you can see but I’m very peculiar (or rather strict) about time. It boggles me every time when someone never shows up on time and acts like it’s not a big deal. At least say you’re sorry or tell me beforehand if you can’t make it on time or better yet, don’t set a time you know you can’t make. Sigh…

      • derFunkenstein
      • 1 year ago

      PREACH! I get so angry when I feel like my time isn’t being valued. If you’re not on time or if you’re screwing around excessively when we’re supposed to be working on something. I even get that way with friends. Let’s get our stuff done, and then we can hang out and laugh and joke. And we can even have fun WHILE we’re working on it. But if we’re goofing off when there’s stuff to do, that doesn’t set well with me.

      • tipoo
      • 1 year ago

      I have a rule for meetings, if they haven’t said they’re going to be late and aren’t in the room 3 minutes from start time, I’m gone. If I get a “where are you?”, I respond with a “I was there, no one else was”.

      Boy, office life has sure turned me into a passive aggressive B lol

        • derFunkenstein
        • 1 year ago

        I’d adopt that, but I telecommute and all the meetings are online.

      • auxy
      • 1 year ago

      The first step to solving a problem is acknowledging it! (‘ω’)

      It may not make me any friends, but when people don’t respect my time I call them out on it. Letting people get away with bad behavior only reinforces the behavior. It’s one thing to be permissive about rules that don’t really matter (eating at your desk outside of lunchtime on a day when there’s nobody else in the office), but time is something you can never get back! Waste my time and you’re going to hear about it!

    • kerwin
    • 1 year ago

    1. Audio. I’m now a firm user/believer in high end headphones and external USB DACs designed for the best quality. You really have to go to a convention or high end audio store to hear this for yourself. That being said, I turn my nose up at anybody still using motherboard audio and dynamic (read: non planar magnetic) headphones.

    2. “HD” Netflix streams. Yes technically HD, but boy is that bitrate kinda low. I’m keenly aware when an older move that should have significant film grain has been smoothed over by low (but still HD) bitrate. I hate it when people say it’s better than bluray when it can clearly be show that it’s not.

    3. Beef. Grass-fed and grass finished all the way!

      • Stochastic
      • 1 year ago

      I’m not an audio snob, but I do appreciate good audio up to a point. I’ll be honest, I can’t tell the difference between the latest high quality motherboard DACs and standalone DACs, but decent headphones are a huge upgrade over what most people use. I’ve never listened to anything high-end, but I like my HE 400i’s quite a bit.

      • BIF
      • 1 year ago

      I am huge on music and can hear the smallest details IN THE MUSIC. But the quality of MP3s doesn’t bother me compared to listening to the original masters. Just not a big deal as long as I can hear the music in whatever media I’m using.

      I’m with you on the beef. GF/GF is like meat candy, yum yum! Hoping to sink my teeth into some Japanese Wagu one day!

      • G8torbyte
      • 1 year ago

      I’m not snobbish either but definitely more appreciative (OK, obsessive) of audio alternatives. I like the transient response in the HiFiman planar magnetic headphones but still appreciate the deep sub-bass of the Fostex biodynamic cones. To me it is all very subjective and a personal preference when it comes to audiophilia. I prefer a slight V-shaped spectrum curve in the frequencies with a little more bass and highs and the mids trimmed down. I do get irritated with bad recordings and any crackling/popping makes me cringe. I’ve transferred all my music collection to FLAC lossless and go through a USB-DAC amp. I switch between Sennheiser (open back) and Beyerdynamic (closed) headphones as well to listen for differences in the music and sound-stage.

        • BIF
        • 1 year ago

        How big are the files in FLAC lossless?

        If I could hear the difference between MP3 and FLAC, I’d think about doing it, but I don’t want to (and won’t) re-rip my 10,000 song library. That would take months, and I just simply can’t be bothered to care about it THAT much.

          • ChronoReverse
          • 1 year ago

          Assuming your MP3’s are at maximum 320kbps bitrate, FLAC tends to range from double to three times that.

          With that said, LAME-encoded high-bitrate MP3’s tend to be transparent with only a few exceptions. Probably not worth the effort.

            • BIF
            • 1 year ago

            Thank you for the info.

          • G8torbyte
          • 1 year ago

          I used the Exact Audio Copy (EAC) freeeware program which has a lot of options. It allows different file compression factors which can be adjusted in the command line. More compression does take longer when it converts the ripped WAV to a FLAC. Also found out it needs a mapped drive letter if saving the files to a network shared drive.

      • demolition
      • 1 year ago

      High-end USB Audio DACs are 95% snake-oil and 5% actual performance compared to their cheaper counter-parts. Yes, they are usually a big improvement compared to onboard audio simply because you can avoid the noise present with on-board audio. I have not experienced on-board audio that did not exhibit some level of audible noise and the worst kind is when you can hear the CPU throttling up and down, e.g. when you move the mouse.

      Most cheap USB Audio DACs can avoid this kind of noise, and then the audio quality is pretty much identical to any high-end DAC. It is not exactly rocket science to achieve a flat frequency response from 20 Hz to 20 kHz with low THD.

      With this being said, high end DACs does have their use if you have special requirements like multiple analog/digital in/outs, ASIO, DSP effects, MIDI control, instrument (high-Z) inputs, or physical form factor requirements etc. which is why I have a RME BabyFace Pro.

    • GrimDanfango
    • 1 year ago

    I’m a massive computer games snob.
    My finest talent is being able to take one look at a gameplay trailer for an upcoming game, and sweep away the hype by discerning in exactly which ways it’ll be awful.

    I saw the No Man’s Sky debacle coming at least a year prior to release, and was utterly incredulous how anyone could have seriously believed the hype.
    Recently, I can tell that Stormwind VR will have an awful janky control system and be shallow and tedious.
    I know that whatever next Elder Scrolls game Bethesda eventually deigns to peddle out will be a badly written, badly designed mess whose only redeeming feature is being full of a million meaningless diversions… because that’s what skyrim, oblivion, morrowind, and fallouts 3+4 have all been (and I saw each of those coming too, except Morrowind – I was young and foolish back then)

    I find it utterly mind-boggling how anyone can even consider playing a Call of Duty game.

    And I’m amazed how few people appreciate the staggering craft and artistry in something like “The Witness” and simply write it off as “pretentious”. Pretentious is something people say when they can’t be bothered to understand something made by someone cleverer than them.

    …in real life, I tend to keep a lid on these opinions for fear of sounding obnoxious 😛

      • NovusBogus
      • 1 year ago

      I actually thought NMS was a decent game, in a “goes well with copious amounts of booze” kind of way, but I was amazed by the power and length of the hype train too. In my case it probably has a lot to do with not paying any attention to it until right before launch, at which point pre-release gameplay videos made it clear what was and was not being delivered. Like, seriously, that’s the game right there. If it’s not there, it probably isn’t happening because if it was they’d be showing it off!

      There’s a similar situation developing with Star Citizen, too. Chris Roberts or his developers will say something vague in a well-produced marketing video, followed by a flood of internet dwellers creatively re-interpreting it in increasingly fanciful ways as proof that some impressive but probably unachievable feature set IS TOTALLY COMING IN 4.0, BRUH.

        • LostCat
        • 1 year ago

        NMS just needed a long post launch period with updates to pass so it could get better. I really liked it once I finally got ahold of it.

        Star Citizen should be good at launch but….I have no idea when that’ll be.

      • Poindexter
      • 1 year ago

      The Witness is a masterpiece.
      Probably the best puzzle game of the last decade.

      • auxy
      • 1 year ago

      The Witness is a $1 mobile puzzle game wrapped in the trappings of a $60 AAA title. It absolutely is “pretentious” because it “pretends” to be more than it is — a $1 mobile puzzle game.

      I’m not “stupid” (or “being stupid”) when I say your preference for long-winded, pretentious, and boring puzzle games over an immersive experience is itself pretentious. “People who call things pretentious are just too stupid to understand those things” is the statement of a stupid person who admires things they don’t understand because they are stupid. An upside-down urinal is not art! (; ・`д・´)

        • Wonders
        • 1 year ago

        I agree with everything you said except “An upside down urinal is not art.” It’s totally poking the beehive of pretentiousness; it so blatantly makes no point apart from the reactions it generates. (Including your own angered reaction against those stupid intellectual poseurs. After all, you’re right! In an important sense, it’s not art. But it exposes the poseurs with such beautiful, pure effectiveness that it’s akin to performance art. Think of it as art’s version of the Sokal affair.)

        It’s completely different from silly hipster art, which confuses cleverness for depth – when in fact cleverness became a commodity long ago. “Craft” is a synonym for niche. And our hipster friends aren’t special. Just easily impressed by niche products.

          • auxy
          • 1 year ago

          Art already had [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disumbrationism<]its own version of the Sokal affair[/url<], way before the actual Sokal affair. You could say the Sokal affair was academia's Disumbrationism. (*'▽') You also could say that the Sokal affair happened because of Disumbrationism, sorta, although postmodernism was already a thing at that time. Unfortunately.

    • demolition
    • 1 year ago

    I am still surprised how I sometimes still have a hard time convincing people that they really need to go for an SSD as the system disk in their new PC. They always look more at the CPU although it is almost irrelevant when they primarily will use that new PC to run a browser.. I have been a stickler for SSDs since I got my first one, Intel’s 1st gen 80 GB versions. Back then I could accept that they came with a big price tag so they weren’t for all, but today the price is low enough that everybody should really spend that little extra money on it.

    I am also an inverse snob when it comes to over-paying for certain stuff. For example, I see quite a few people spending insane bucks on carbon racing bikes and related equipment because they somehow think that it will provide them with better exercise than having a cheaper bike. They often end up hardly using it since they don’t want to leave it anywhere outside or don’t want it to become wet or dirty. They may just use it a couple of sunny days during the summer together with some friends or colleagues on a casual ride (they need to be able to talk all the way so no high pulse) with their beer bellies hanging out. They can spend their own money any way they see fit, but at least be honest about why you want to buy that stuff. It is not for the exercise but mostly for pleasure and show-off. 🙂

    • BIF
    • 1 year ago

    I’m snobbish about restrooms.

    My God, how does poop and piss get all over the seat, walls, and floors? Are we livestock or something? What slobs we humans are. I totally expect another plague to hit us sometime in our lifetimes. If Yellowstone doesn’t get us first, that is…

      • Pancake
      • 1 year ago

      I’ve noticed more public restrooms are installing little signs indicating not to squat on the toilet. Because tourists or migrants from some countries squat on the toilet. Resulting in… OH JAYSUS! *rolls on floor all puckered up*

      • tipoo
      • 1 year ago

      When I worked in retail…I’m sorry ladies, I try my darnedest not to generalize, but /what in damnation goes on in the ladies room/?! Always messier by an order of magnitude, always toilet paper strewn on the floor and occasionally tampons on the floor despite the CLEAN receptacle in every stall, and FOUR times, someone took a shit right beside the toilet! Like, perpendicular! How, even?!

        • BIF
        • 1 year ago

        I’ve heard this from my lady friends.

          • Anonymous Coward
          • 1 year ago

          My wife was for a time a contractor at a fancy oil-money office in town here, sitting near the legal department, and the ladies room was apparently full of horrors. Poop where it doesn’t belong, etc. Some serious psychological issues wrapped up in expensive clothes and makeup.

          (However that is not snobbery so much as a mental health issue by some unknown person.)

      • Stochastic
      • 1 year ago

      And if you do splatter a bit (it happens to the best of us on occasion), it’s not that difficult to clean up after yourself!

      • just brew it!
      • 1 year ago

      By 11:00 AM every day there are puddles under all of the urinals at the office. Just kind of makes you wonder.

      Once (at a previous job) there was a TRAIL of dribbles all the way from the urinal to the sink. W. T. F.

        • BIF
        • 1 year ago

        Paulie Walnuts had something to say about this…
        [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2LpILuko7w[/url<] Watch the clip all the way through to hear Tony Soprano's goback; pretty funny, in a morbid kind of way. :O 😀

      • superjawes
      • 1 year ago

      Hoo boy, I have stories from work. Not terribly gross, but some people need to respect others in public restrooms.

      Bronze: older restroom in need of remodeling. There was someone who would, when using a stall, bring a can of Lysol/disinfectant spray and use what felt like the whole can. If you were nearby, you could TASTE the spray in the air (not pleasant).

      Silver: after remodeling said restroom, we had those flushless urinals. I look down one day to see TONS of sunflower seeds just spat in there. Some poor janitor probably had to fish those out with their hands.

      Gold: Walked into a stall, and I think, “Aw man, there’s pee on the seat…a lot of pee. And behind the seat near the wall, and…I’m standing in pee.” Seemed like someone just decided to stand a foot away and let it fly.

      • etana
      • 1 year ago

      I made the following sign for the stalls at my place of employment:

      Dearest slob,

      • I am not your mother. Please clean up what you drop on the floor or leave on the seat.

      • I am not your mother. I will not give you a “treat” for leaving evidence you made a pee or a poo like a big boy. Big boys know how to flush.

      •I am not your mom. She is way hotter than i am.

    • CampinCarl
    • 1 year ago

    Programming languages. Why anyone needs anything other than C is beyond me.

    The Unix Philosophy. Why people constantly spend time re-inventing things that are available in the OS makes my head ASPLODE. The number of applications that think they need to re-invent pipes, ports, etc. is just insane.

      • Waco
      • 1 year ago

      Amen.

      • murgatroyd
      • 1 year ago

      This. Plus, the need by some to “improve” existing tools (like the coreutils folks deciding that ‘ls’ really needed to quote names which contain spaces or punctuation, thus breaking with 40 years of prior behavior, and making this the default behavior with an opt-out rather than requiring an option to enable it). Drives me up the wall.

    • auxy
    • 1 year ago

    Oh boy, here we go. (‘ω’) I am afflicted with [i<]the disorder formerly known as Asperger Syndrome[/i<], and that probably contributes to the fact that I can be really picky about [url=https://goo.gl/vPXEbw<] certain things![/url<] That said, I am also endlessly consumed with hatred for other humans, so I'm going to limit this list to only the things I am most particular about. [list<][*<][b<]Underwear.[/b<] I am EXTREMELY fussy about my own underwear and if I have to wear something that isn't to my preference I will be in a foul mood until the situation is rectified. Generally I will rather go without entirely than wear the wrong thing. I also get aggravated with women who wear ill-fitting bras (everyone can tell, you're not fooling anyone, your band size is too big and your cup size is too small -- and you probably don't need an underwire!) and any kind of lower-body innerwear that isn't correctly-sized boyshorts with a suitable portion of Lycra. You're doing it wrong. Stop it. Get some help. (´Д⊂ヽ[/*<][*<][b<]Gaming... everything. Everything about gaming.[/b<] Please stop buying game consoles. Please stop playing with your crappy non-gaming mouse and dome keyboard. Please stop playing games that require precision aiming exclusively with gamepads. Please stop playing games on your 40" 1080p60 TV. Please stop playing games on touchscreens. You absolutely must stop playing online games on wifi - I don't care how close-to-Ethernet you think it is. And set your crap to push-to-talk you piece of human filth!! (; ・`д・´)[/*<][*<][b<]Entertainment media.[/b<] I find it completely disappointing when I discover that someone I know enjoys non-interactive visual media as their primary method of entertainment, especially if it's TV (and that includes anime!) TV and movies can be fun, but they're something you do occasionally, not a lifestyle. Video games CAN be a lifestyle because the range of experiences is so much greater. However, even if someone does play video games as their primary entertainment, I find it loathsome if they primarily play casual or "mainstream" games. Being a fan of Zelda, Skyrim, Mario, and Overwatch does not make you a "gamer." Yes, I am gatekeeping like a three-headed dog. Get the hell out of my fandom if you can't be bothered to play something outside the mainstream! (・へ・)ノ[/*<][*<][b<]Food, but not in the usual way.[/b<] I don't care if someone prefers fast food over [i<]haute cuisine[/i<]. I do care if someone scarfs down whatever's in front of them without understanding the nutritional value and social consequences of what they're eating. You should know in reasonable detail what your body is getting out of what you eat, and you should have at least some vague idea of how it came to be and where it came from. If I'm not sure of those things I won't touch a crumb.[/*<][*<][b<]Word pronunciation[/b<]. It drives me absolutely mad when someone says something wrong. When I learn a new word that uses unfamiliar phonemes I will spend as long as it takes practicing before I can reliably pronounce it correctly. When I was learning French and German (simultaneously!) in school I used to get my teachers to say them clearly for me into a micro-cassette recorder, and then spend hours a week in front of a mirror simply reading my vocabulary list while listening to the word over and over. I have a problem myself with cluttered speech, and this idiosyncrasy is part of why I rarely speak aloud in any case.[/*<][*<][b<]Work in general.[/b<] I'm a relentless perfectionist (surprised?) and while I've relaxed somewhat in the last few years I'm still very picky about doing things well and properly. For this reason, I hate asking other people to do anything (whether it be at my job, at home, or even in a game) because I am generally confident that they are very unlikely to perform to my standards. This is actually fairly crippling sometimes... (つー ; )[/*<][/list<] I could keep going at this for hours, to be honest. I'll shut up now. (;'ω')

      • Waco
      • 1 year ago

      What’s wrong with gaming on a TV with low input lag? There’s something fun about 70″ of awesome 4k/60 (or even 1080/60) gaming as long as it’s not terribly laggy.

        • auxy
        • 1 year ago

        Such low PPI! Gross! Even a 4K display is only ~63 PPI at 70″ diagonal. That’s sort of almost in reality, but the ~31 PPI of a 1080p 70″ display is just awful. I’ve played quite a bit of Warframe with someone who plays on a 63″ screen and it’s very annoying sometimes because he doesn’t pay attention to the HUD elements that are in the corner of the screen… because he has to actually LOOK up there. You could say he should sit further away… but then what the hell is the point of the giant screen?!

        Also, playing Civilization or whatever at 60Hz is fine, but you really do miss out a lot playing FPS or similar games on a 60Hz display without VRR or blur reduction. ( ;∀;)

          • Waco
          • 1 year ago

          I think you miss the point of games. I grew up on 320×240 at best…

            • Pancake
            • 1 year ago

            160×200 represent. Still spend a bit of special time with Jumpman and Fort Apocalypse every now and then.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 1 year ago

            nobody cares how old you are.

            • auxy
            • 1 year ago

            I love you Funk, but some people do!

            • auxy
            • 1 year ago

            I think you missed the point of my reply. And what, you think I didn’t grow up on 8-bit machines? Pff. I’m an old lady these days! ( ;∀;)

            • Waco
            • 1 year ago

            So then what’s the point? If a game is fun, who cares if you can see ALL THE PIXELS!!!?!

            • auxy
            • 1 year ago

            Because with a 3D game I heavily value immersion and having ALL OF THE PIXELS improves that. Visual artifacts in games, particularly distant artifacts resulting from insufficient resolution, really take me out of the experience and reduce my enjoyment of the game.

            No, I don’t care about playing Mario in 4K.
            But I don’t play [b<]BING BING WAHOO[/b<] games anyway. ( *´艸`)

          • jihadjoe
          • 1 year ago

          For me PPI matters a lot less than PPD (Pixels Per Degree). 1080P on a 100″ screen doesn’t look very bad if you’re watching from 12 feet away. I doubt anyone is watching a 70″ screen while sitting a foot away from it.

            • Pwnstar
            • 1 year ago

            True, true, but like she said, why bother paying for such a huge screen if you’re gonna sit 12 feet away?

            • jihadjoe
            • 1 year ago

            Uh home theater?

            I have a 90″ screen and the closest seat is 8′ away. This is because the screen is mounted flush on the wall, and I wanted to have at least 1.5-2′ between the back of my speakers and wall because they’re rear-ported.

            • synthtel2
            • 1 year ago

            Focusing on a screen further out is easier on the eyes, in general.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 1 year ago

          Sure if you sit at arm’s length the dots are visible, but I sit on the couch 10-12 feet away and it is, as Waco said, “fun”. That’s what gaming is all about! 🙂

            • auxy
            • 1 year ago

            Pleb!! (/・ω・)/ Into the trash you go!

            • derFunkenstein
            • 1 year ago

            Supposed I had that coming lol

      • Pancake
      • 1 year ago

      Hoo boy. Are you sure you’ve got Asperger’s or are just a plain-old a*hole? Being judgemental about what other people do in a strongly negative way over trivial things like their leisure and food is pretty ugly. If you’re so easily distracted by so many things how can you be good at your job?

        • auxy
        • 1 year ago

        [quote<]If you're so easily distracted by so many things how can you be good at your job?[/quote<] What?

          • albundy
          • 1 year ago

          Not what, but how. It takes team work to make the dream work.

        • travbrad
        • 1 year ago

        I mean this whole topic is basically about the ways we judge people for petty stuff. If someone was constantly confronting people about this stuff then yeah they are just being a jerk, but everyone judges others inside their own head whether they admit to it or not.

        Policing other people’s behavior is almost always a bad idea unless it is causing blatant harm, but that doesn’t mean we have to pretend to have no opinions about anything or anyone.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 1 year ago

      You don’t need to shut up, Auxy. You’re in my tech report fav 5 list. I generally like what you have to say. Nice post.

        • auxy
        • 1 year ago

        Wow! I’m one of my favorites too! (*@▽@)

      • GrimDanfango
      • 1 year ago

      I find most of your snobbishnesses entirely admirable.

      Except pronunciation – language is so endlessly mutable, I just can’t bring myself to be seriously pedantic about it, and instead prefer to find it endlessly amusing and intriguing.
      Except “could care less” … that makes NO logical sense as a statement. It’s “couldn’t care less”.

        • tipoo
        • 1 year ago

        I have fun with language, sometimes I’ll change things on the fly for wordplay just to amuse myself, even if someone will think I’m wrong.

        But “could care less” needs to die in a fire.

        • auxy
        • 1 year ago

        I understand what you mean. I exaggerated much of my post for comic effect, but it’s all rooted in truth.

        The pronunciation thing is like a papercut on my brain though. Nnnnggk-! [i<]twitches[/i<]

        • travbrad
        • 1 year ago

        Yeah “could care less” is and will always be dumb since it’s literally saying the opposite of what they are trying to say.

        On a more nerdy note using “Next Gen” when talking about games and consoles is usually pretty dumb. They are usually talking about CURRENT consoles and games so they are by definition not next gen, and even if they were that term doesn’t has lost all meaning because it has been constantly used for PR/marketing of current games. Then on top of that “next gen” consoles usually have “last gen” PC hardware in them.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 1 year ago

      I was in a class on Thursday night when the teacher described mouse-over as “hover” but pronounced it with a long “O” sound. The guy has a masters in CS and a doctorate in education and curriculum, and sometimes he just wants to mess with us. Another guy visibly squirmed in his seat when he said it and we all had a good laugh.

        • tipoo
        • 1 year ago

        “Hoover over it”

        *Grabs portable vacuum hesitantly*

          • derFunkenstein
          • 1 year ago

          he pronounced it “hoaver” but that’s pretty good. 😆

            • Mr Bill
            • 1 year ago

            Thats [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CN2xtNMOUHY<]Levi-oh-sa![/url<]

      • tipoo
      • 1 year ago

      I’m not disappointed when someone prefers non-interactive entertainment, but what really grinds my gears is when they do and then judge interactive entertainment poorly.

      I’m sorry, Cathy, you watch 5 hours a day of brain rot murder mystery and my few hours a week of gaming is…Bad…Somehow? The form of entertainment that’s literally high pressure problem solving?

      Don’t agree about consoles or…Most of that segment though. Look, I grew up in the PC race, built my first home build before puberty, but consoles are fine. I can’t exactly play Bloodborne or a slew of other great exclusives on my PC, no matter how much better it is technically, and that technical superiority at the start of a generation always comes with a cost increase, as does most of that section that reads a bit more like budget snobbery.

        • auxy
        • 1 year ago

        The fact that you can’t play Bloodborne on your PC (or any console exclusive) is a reason that you should hate game consoles. The only reason you can’t play Bloodborne on your PC is because the PS4 exists and Sony needed an exclusive for it.[super<]1[/super<] If game consoles did not exist evil companies could not overcharge us for outdated, locked-down, poorly-designed, and underpowered hardware (with features we don't want and missing features we do want), and then overcharge us again for a small library of software that won't run on the next generation of the hardware. It's one of the biggest and most shameful scams in our culture, and people need to rise up against it. Computers do not work that way and should not work that way. There is no reason for game consoles to exist anymore aside from naked corporate greed. [super<]1. And Bloodborne is to blame for Dark Souls 2 and 3 being pretty mediocre. Bloodborne started life as the next "Souls" game, but when Sony came calling with fistfuls of cash begging From Software to make a system-selling exclusive title, development on the game was diverted to that project and a second team created Dark Souls 2. After that mess, the Bloodborne team came back to work on Dark Souls 3 but was pretty demoralized by the awkwardness of the Dark Souls 2 debacle.[/super<]

          • tipoo
          • 1 year ago

          [quote<]. The only reason you can't play Bloodborne on your PC is because the PS4 exists and Sony needed an exclusive for it.[/quote<] Someone took a financial risk backing a project, and as a reward can tie it to their hardware platform. It's just capitalism. If there were no consoles, or at least everything was PC-like in that games ran everywhere and companies were just selling PC boxes in different shapes with UI overlays, I'm not sure how that would work in terms of pooping out big budget games, right now usually developers are backed by large publishers that have other incentives. Love or hate the console trio, but we'd probably just lose a lot of great games without the mega-corps inscentivized to fund risks.

      • cynan
      • 1 year ago

      Regarding food, and knowing what you are putting into your body, this is getting harder and harder to navigate. Ethical concerns aside, about the only thing that most can agree on nowadays that should be unanimously avoid is refined sugars and poisons. Literally everything else is up for debate – the ultimate impact having to do with much more than the food itself (lifestyle, genetics, etc). From vegan to carnivore, high fat to no fat, diets and everything in between – as long as it’s not full of refined sugars (and maybe chock full of gluten) you’ll find camps extolling the virtues of all with tribal vehemence.

        • Redocbew
        • 1 year ago

        I honestly haven’t found it that difficult, but I treat nutrition like it’s a science, and research it that way instead of looking at anything you might call “popular”. I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest if dieting was an entirely modern invention and completely unnecessary in order to be healthy.

          • cynan
          • 1 year ago

          I agree on the dieting. But even with rigorous research, the paradigms of nutrition are becoming increasingly tenuous. One reason is that, by and large, nutrition research has generally been weak science (poor internal validity). For example, the international agency for research on cancer made a media fuss a couple of years back about red meat being a carcinogen, most of the reviewed evidence coming from observational research where it is difficult if not impossible to control for other aspects of lifestyle/genetics. So is red meat to be avoided or is it part of a healthy diet, if so, how much…and so forth.?

            • Redocbew
            • 1 year ago

            Yeah, there does seem to be a lot about nutrition that we still don’t understand. I happen to have a biochemist in the family, so that helps. 🙂

            • emphy
            • 1 year ago

            Here in the Netherlands, recommended amounts for meat are at 500 grams per week (of which, at most 300g of red meat). This has been the case for decades, and is based solely on nutritional value. At a completely unscientific, but likely correct guess, you’ll be having enough problems trying to get your intake down to this level without worrying about possible carcinogens ^_^

      • albundy
      • 1 year ago

      Sheldon, you must be incredibly fun to be around!

        • auxy
        • 1 year ago

        How nice and discriminatory toward people with mental disabilities! ( ゚Д゚)

      • NTMBK
      • 1 year ago

      I’ve had plenty of fun playing games on a controller in front of a TV. Some games just plain feel better with a pad.

        • auxy
        • 1 year ago

        Of course. Play those games with a pad. I play lots of games with pads, or with arcade sticks. I didn’t say “stop using gamepads”, I said “stop playing games that are primarily precision aiming exercises using exclusively gamepads.” I play GTA Online about half with a gamepad and half with a keyboard & mouse because the analog inputs on the gamepad are really useful for driving and especially for flying. I set the gamepad down and switch to keyboard & mouse for shooting action.

          • jessterman21
          • 1 year ago

          Auxy you’re the best.

          And YES! I do the same thing with Watch Dogs

      • travbrad
      • 1 year ago

      I’m with you on the entertainment/TV thing. I can’t think of many things that are more boring than doing that all day, but it seems like the majority of people spend most of their free time (ie their life) watching TV. If you say you don’t really care for TV you are instantly labeled an insufferable snob though. Which is so not true; my monocle was purchased USED!

      • ronch
      • 1 year ago

      Don’t worry Auxy. I still love your emoticons. 😉

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 1 year ago

    I’m a hypocritical snob about a lot of things. I know what is technically best and tell others, but I don’t buy either because I’m a cheap old fart.

    • Waco
    • 1 year ago

    Cars. Not necessarily expensive cars, but custom cars. Stock is soooo boring. Good mods? Oh yeah, bring it on.

    …and storage hardware/software. And ZFS. 😛

    EDIT: And beer. I hate to admit it, but I’ve become a beer snob with the exception of Tecate for working on cars.

      • ClickClick5
      • 1 year ago

      Person: Yeah my car is more mod than OEM. Even got a small ZFS NAS under the dash for music and movies in the back.
      Waco: *faints*

        • Waco
        • 1 year ago

        Have a +3, I just about spit my drink out at that. Well played!

      • rnalsation
      • 1 year ago

      “The box said 10 horsepower.”

      • demolition
      • 1 year ago

      Talking about cars, I am somewhat of a stickler regarding keeping things stock. I have seen only a few good mods, but 99% of them are horrible, so I generally prefer things to be stock. I may do a few mods of my own to suit my own needs, but I generally don’t do anything that can’t be reversed 100%.

        • not@home
        • 1 year ago

        I agree with you, demolition. I was recently in the market for a different car. Almost every car I looked at had some ugly mod done to it. The owner would be telling me “I put this awesome mod on it and now its worth $1000 more.” I would just turn around and walk away. I hate mods so much, if a car is not 100% stock I absolutely will not buy it.

        I did find a sweat Volvo S40 with 75,000 miles in mint shape for $3,700.

        • Waco
        • 1 year ago

        I was speaking about mechanically modifying, I should have made that clear. Most aesthetic stuff is garbage.

    • LostCat
    • 1 year ago

    Eh. Gaming hardware is pretty much it. I haven’t been able to afford too much, but now that I am I’ll probably have much higher end stuff within a year.

    • tsk
    • 1 year ago

    Shoes, f**king get a good pair mate.

      • synthtel2
      • 1 year ago

      Definitely! Mediocre shoes are a terrible thing to put up with, and good ones are surprisingly hard to find.

      • BIF
      • 1 year ago

      Boots. But if you get “dead guy” on them, you need to be able to drop them into a dumpster and just walk away.

      Paraphrased from a story in the August/September issue of the Concealed Carry magazine from the USCCA. Not sure, I think it was an article about carrying emergency gear such as EMT shears. Which I so totally plan to get, by the way. Much easier than cutting a seat belt away with a pocket knife. Next to somebody’s carotid artery…

        • Usacomp2k3
        • 1 year ago

        I read that article as well. We’re in the middle of updating our first aid/tools/bug-out supplies in the car and the shears are being added to the list. Or at least a good pair of garden shears.

    • DragonDaddyBear
    • 1 year ago

    Too much.

    • Pancake
    • 1 year ago

    Stihl two-stroke power tools – chainsaws (FarmBoss, the legendary li’l 009L, diamond wet saw), demolition saw, hedge trimmer, blower/vac, base with extended pole saw and hedge trimmer.

    • ALiLPinkMonster
    • 1 year ago

    Audio equipment and acoustics.

    No, I’m not impressed by your KRK Rokit 5’s in your untreated 10’x11’x8′ bedroom playing your mix done in a pirated FL Studio. Hit up reverb.com for some used Events or Yamahas, build some wall panels, and learn Reaper and then maybe we’ll talk.

    Yeah yeah, it’s not the equipment it’s the person manning it. “Great mixes have been done on $100 headphones blah blah blah” write about it on your Tumblr while us REAL engineers get REAL work.

    (This is partially sarcastic, I’m still in college. Work on what you can afford, but PLEASE for the love of god at least treat your room if you’re even remotely serious about your music/mixes.)

    • Wonders
    • 1 year ago

    Um, cheese?

    • blastdoor
    • 1 year ago

    Hmm… the thing is, that right tail of the distribution might be thin but it is looong. Anything I might be a snob about, there are almost certainly bigger snobs.

    But I’ll say steak. I like strip steaks or ribeyes, preferably grass fed and thick cut. Most restaurants can’t get it better than I can on my big green egg, but when they can it’s amazing.

    Strangely, one of the best restaurant steaks I’ve had was at the airport Mariott in Calgary. I understand how absurd that sounds. I hadn’t planned on ordering it but the waitress was Brazilian and she insisted it was awesome. She was right.

    • David
    • 1 year ago

    Beer. Maybe knives, but I’m not mentally berating you unless it’s $10 440 stainless crap from Wal-Mart.

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 1 year ago

    Firstly.

    G Sync

    We all know it is superior to freesync and few are brave enough to acknowledge that fact.

    You get what you pay for.

    Moving on..

    Secondly,

    I’m snobbish about the form and depth of certain exercises performed in the gym, but only to the ego lifters.

    I feel for the uninformed who are destroying their joints. I hope they take will the time to research and achieve injury free workouts.

      • rudimentary_lathe
      • 1 year ago

      Do you lift, (Srsly_) Bro?

        • derFunkenstein
        • 1 year ago

        did you miss out on how he regularly blows out his shorts earlier this week? His thighs are massive, bruh.

      • Redocbew
      • 1 year ago

      I guess that makes me a work out snob also. I’ve had bad joints for years, and they haven’t gotten any worse since I started a regular workout routine. If I can do it without wrecking myself, then so can they, but since I often work out at home does that still count? Something about snobbery without an audience is just sad.

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 1 year ago

        I think it’s good so long as you don’t start yelling at the person in the mirror at home for having poor form.

        I find it really odd that some people new to lifting who do back squats and deadlifts appear to have done little research on something that could put them in a wheelchair permanently.

        Depending on my mood, they receive unsolicited advice if their offenses are quite egregious.

          • Redocbew
          • 1 year ago

          The research is half the fun for me any time I pick up something new. It could be fitness, a new language for some project at work, baking cookies, or anything really. I guess that makes me weird, or a research snob, or both.

          Oh well. It works for me.

            • Srsly_Bro
            • 1 year ago

            Some call it obsessive research, others call it not quite enough research. I tend to go overboard on researching new things.

          • ptsant
          • 1 year ago

          The thing is it’s not always obvious to find a person who knows how to do these exercises correctly and who is also able to teach. A newbie at a gym is more likely than not to receive lots of advice, some of it conflicting, without being able to tell who is right and who is wrong.

            • Redocbew
            • 1 year ago

            It’s understandable why some people may be unaware of the fact that muscle cells don’t grow back the way skin cells do, and that they can be doing themselves permanent injury without knowing it. However, when you see someone oblivious even to the “squished by a heavy thing” type of injury it does make you wonder.

      • GrimDanfango
      • 1 year ago

      Agreed. I root for AMD, and nVidia are clearly a bunch of anti-competitive assholes.

      …but I still buy nVidia.

      • Krogoth
      • 1 year ago

      G-Sync is not superior to Freesync a.k.a VESA VRR spec. They provide the same output/experience provided that the monitors are equal (I have seen it first-hand). G-Sync is actually inferior because it is reliant on third-party hardware to make it work and it causes stupid compatibility issues with non G-Sync monitors.

      G-Sync spec just makes LMB, 60hz-144hz range requirements instead of being optional.

      Proprietary non-sense is for the birds.

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 1 year ago

        30-144Hz*

        • ptsant
        • 1 year ago

        I completely agree. The simple fact is that cheap G-sync monitors don’t exist therefore people tend to compare the cheap FreeSync low-end with the much more expensive G-sync monitors.

        • Redocbew
        • 1 year ago

        I suppose it makes sense to be channeling Stallman in a thread about snobbery.

        But wait, if Krogoth is channeling Stallman, and I’m unimpressed with Stallman, then what does that mean? I am suddenly so confused.

    • DeadOfKnight
    • 1 year ago

    My friends probably consider me a beer snob, but considering it took me years of tasting beers to find some I actually liked, I don’t think that’s true. I just like beer that doesn’t taste like what most people think beer tastes like.

      • d_aye
      • 1 year ago

      I totally agree; I did not start drinking beer until I was in my late 30s (now 50+…sigh). I have been to many events where there was ‘free beer’. Alas more often than not it was one of the mass produced, major brand, yellow tinted, tasteless beers . “I’ll have water please!” I much prefer a good ale that you can both taste and feel!

        • blastdoor
        • 1 year ago

        I love Belgians

          • DeadOfKnight
          • 1 year ago

          Do they love you back?

      • derFunkenstein
      • 1 year ago

      To people who drink Bud Lite a beer snob is anybody who refuses to drink Bud Lite.

        • just brew it!
        • 1 year ago

        In a pinch, I’d use it as a braising liquid (e.g. to simmer bratwurst).

          • derFunkenstein
          • 1 year ago

          Oh, sure, that’s OK, but even then they say you shouldn’t cook with alcohol you wouldn’t want to drink, because as it gets cooked down the flavor gets more concentrated.

            • just brew it!
            • 1 year ago

            But what if you cook down a beer that has previously been watered down at the brewery…? 😉

            • derFunkenstein
            • 1 year ago

            LOL then it must be ok if you’re willing to use it.

            • BIF
            • 1 year ago

            Good brats will overpower bad beer, especially if the beer isn’t in a glass next to the brats at serving time.

    • Fonbu
    • 1 year ago

    Tea and Tea Pots. Loose tea leaves are a fantastic choice but needs to be sealed away until the next useage. Write the date on the package when you open it!

    • Laykun
    • 1 year ago

    Headphones, speakers, screens ( I refused to buy a non OLED TV when my last LCD TV died and am so happy I did), keyboards, Movies, TV, Music. I know there must be more but I can’t really think of them. I’m a horrible consumer, although I have a general distaste for cheap plastic garbage or superfluous things that I don’t need.

    • astrotech66
    • 1 year ago

    Beer, coffee, liquor, and movies … what else is there?

      • anotherengineer
      • 1 year ago

      Chocolate

        • astrotech66
        • 1 year ago

        I’ll go with chocolate. And music … I forgot music.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 1 year ago

    Nowadays it’s guitars. I’m a recent (18 months) Paul Reed Smith convert and I’ll talk to anybody who will listen about guitars built in Maryland. Or Korea if you want to spend less than a grand.

      • MOSFET
      • 1 year ago

      Aww man, I’ve always wanted a PRS since I first saw one about 20+ years ago. I’ve never been quite financially committed enough to upgrade from my first-ever electric, a cherry sunburst Les Paul, Made in Korea. (I did get a second Les Paul a few years ago to keep at my parents’ house 2500 miles away, to help keep me sane during the holidays.)

        • derFunkenstein
        • 1 year ago

        I haven’t yet bought one made in America, but I am scrounging and skimping on everything I can right now so that I can, hopefully early next year. I’m currently playing on an SE Custom 22 Semi-hollow, and I am absolutely in love.

        edit: a friend of mine has two US-made ones from the core line. Both were bought used: a 2003 or 2004 (he wasn’t sure which) Custom 24, and a 2006 Custom 22. I think what really has me sold is the way the violin top has to be sanded back around the knobs. That level of detail is just over the top.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 1 year ago

      Oh, thought of another: input latency on old video games. I really do have some of these jump timings memorized in the tips of my fingers. I have found the perfect solution, though: an Open Source Scan Converter and a fast TV (TCL 55P605).

      There are CRT purists out there for these games, but I am not one. I want to enjoy them with the best fidelity on a modern display, and the OSSC delivers.

      • alloyD
      • 1 year ago

      I’ve had two PRS SE Custom 24s and I absolutely love that guitar. I hope to one day own a made-in-USA Custom 24.

    • Goty
    • 1 year ago

    Pretty much everything. I’m a firm believer in paying for a better product, though I won’t pay for style over substance, and I have some fairly firm opinions on what makes a better product. My wife always laments the fact that I’ve turned her into a snob when it comes to things like displays and gaming devices. She went from cheap LCDs, gaming on a normal (non “gaming”) laptop and membrane keyboards to OLED or IPS/VA displays, her own purpose-built gaming PC and mechanical keyboard.

    • albundy
    • 1 year ago

    Why does nobody repair anything anymore? people just buy stuff without any regard for quality. and then keep buying noname crap to replace it. headphone cable broke? just buy a new pair, right? how about replacing the cable? tv wont turn on? people dont even bother to check the caps. the fan wont spin, so why bother unscrewing it and cleaning the dust and gunk when you can just buy a new one.

      • just brew it!
      • 1 year ago

      I wouldn’t really consider that snobbish. It’s frugal, practical, and environmentally friendly.

    • brucethemoose
    • 1 year ago

    Media Software.

    VLC users are plebs. Handbrake? Obsolete. And don’t even get me started on people who run games without fast sync, ReShade, an HRTF app…

      • EzioAs
      • 1 year ago

      I like how you think 😉

      • DeadOfKnight
      • 1 year ago

      Huh?

        • brucethemoose
        • 1 year ago

        I’m glad you asked! In a nutshell:

        – VLC is overrated. Most people act like it’s the player to end all players, but between MadVR players and MPV GUIs, there’s no reason to use it for normal video playback.
        – With Avisynth/Vapoursynth, hardware encoding and more utilities, StaxRip is far more powerful than Handbrake. There are other good avisynth encoder GUIs out there too. Meanwhile, Plex can handle alot of what people use Handbrake for more easily.
        – People STILL complain about screen tearing in 2018. It’s a solved problem, unless you’re on a truly ancient (pre Kepler/GCN) GPU or an Intel IGP.
        – People pay hundreds of dollars for surround USB headphones, when Razer Surround or Dolby Atmos will do it just as well for almost nothing.
        – Many casual streamers/recorders don’t even know their GPU can encode with almost no performance overhead.

        I can keep going, but that’s enough ranting for now…

          • DragonDaddyBear
          • 1 year ago

          On that last one, isn’t GPU encoding not as nice of an end product?

          Edit: I think VLC and Handbrake get a lot of love for working on multiple platforms. I honestly don’t know most about what you said about the video playing/encoding stuff. That may be the problem. It’s less about the people and more about the information that is easily found and used. Maybe TR can do a write up!

            • brucethemoose
            • 1 year ago

            Correct. It’s more for lower end CPUs that can’t encode x264 without a big performance drop, or for the very casual streamer who wants NO performance hit. I see tons of gamers try fraps and claim their system is too slow to stream, and it makes me want to pull my hair out.

            As for local encodes, GPU 10-bit HEVC CRF actually looks pretty darn good for the bitrate. Real time HEVC on CPUs is haaard, especially if you’re encoding big frames at high framerates.

            MPV is cross platform, in fact it’s pretty linux centric. I use it to play things on Android that VLC can’t even software decode (which eats tons of battery).

            Handbrake is actually a pretty good encoder on Linux. I can’t even imagine how buggy hardware encoding must be on Linux video drivers, and vapoursynth doesn’t get much attention there anyway.

            EDIT: And you’re not wrong about useful info being hard to find.

            • NovusBogus
            • 1 year ago

            Yup, VLC tends to win on widespread compatibility. Is it too bloated for its own good? Yeah, absolutely. But it’s also the only one I’ve run across that Just Works(tm) on whichever *nix distro I’m trying to get going at the time.

            I do rather like the idea of more TR coverage on media software.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 1 year ago

          I prefer Kodi. FIGHT ME! 😀

            • brucethemoose
            • 1 year ago

            Kodi is nice. DSPlayer is kinda dead, but the built in player is quite good in recent versions, and external player support is pretty good anyway.

          • Thresher
          • 1 year ago

          I have no experience with any of the stuff you’re talking about, but the one thing VLC offers over just about every other software I’ve tried in the past is that it’s just stupid simple. No codecs to install, no tweaking (of any consequence), it just does what it does and works reasonably well. I would like to know more, since I do like tweaking my system, but if my dad asks how to play a file on his computer, VLC is my go to for him.

            • brucethemoose
            • 1 year ago

            That is the [i<]exact[/i<] attitude I get anal about. VLC is not as infallible as people make it out to be. I was just posting in another thread where the 3.0.4 update borked someone's playback... I usually point people who just want a working player to MPC-QT. Why? -It's based on FFMPEG, just like VLC, so it plays everything under the sun (though the MPV base is a better implementation IMO). -Cross platform, except for Android. -Efficient Vulkan renderer with tons of fallbacks, will work on just about any hardware. -No windows registry BS. It's a totally portable, self contained player that looks for a single text config file and otherwise minds it's own business.

            • rnalsation
            • 1 year ago

            “Compile it yourself.” Nope.git Especially not if I’m going to recommend it to someone else. (Speaking from a Windows-centric point of view.)
            I am with you on the disdain for VLC though, it has given me nothing but trouble every time I have tried to use it.

            • brucethemoose
            • 1 year ago

            There are Windows binaries on the releases page.

            • rnalsation
            • 1 year ago

            You mean on the “average user” unfriendly GitHub page? I saw those and I will definitely look at the software myself, but I still couldn’t recommend it to most people.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 1 year ago

            most people just stream whatever is on Netflix or buy movies from Amazon. Yes piracy is rampant and torrents are everywhere, and transcoding seems popular, but most people have no idea how to do it and if it isn’t being set up for them, they’ll just do whatever is easy.

            • DancinJack
            • 1 year ago

            This is very much the issue. Rnalsation is completely right. 99.3 percent of people don’t care about a portable application, nor are they going to compile the C++ from source, and they definitely are going to go searching through the github page to find where they can just download the application. If someone made it easier, with an actual webpage, maybe MAYBE they’d have something to talk about.

            BTW, mpc-qt folder is sitting on my desktop right now, but this is the whole “year of the linux desktop” argument over and again. Make it easy for those 99.3 percent of people and MAYBE it will catch on.

            • brucethemoose
            • 1 year ago

            Yeah, that’s MPV’s general issue.

            The UI is a little too barebones for your average person, and all the 3rd party GUIs are really obscure/hidden behind GitHub pages. The devs themselves have been too snobby to officially endorse/make a official GUI so far. I get that they want to keep MPV bloat free, but an “open file” button is not that hard to support.

            That being said, I’d push MPC-BE or Kodi to most people before VLC. And they DO have official download pages.

          • DeadOfKnight
          • 1 year ago

          -As far as VLC goes, I only got it because it shows up on just about every top list you can find on Google; I have no preference one way or the other, I just have very limited knowledge when it comes to this. I just want something that works.

          -I’ve never had the need for any kind video production software as of yet, so this means nothing to me. I do have plans to get into it one day. I will be sure to do my research whenever the time comes. So…Handbrake is overrated, gotcha.

          -I have a G-Sync monitor with fast sync enabled for those games that go over 120 fps, though it’s not often in games I’ve been playing, so I can’t say what kind of difference it makes. I still experience tearing in some games occasionally, maybe a bug?

          -No idea what ReShade is or why I would use it. Most games have post-processing built in or it can be forced in Nvidia control panel. Is this a way to get older games that are otherwise not compatible with post-processing to gain the benefits?

          -I use 2.1 speakers and Ultrasone S-logic headphones and rely on my Creative Titanium HD for virtual surround. This is just based on years of reading product reviews and is based on no technical knowledge whatsoever. I could be doing it wrong.

            • brucethemoose
            • 1 year ago

            Surround Virtualization is down to taste. I haven’t actually used old Creative cards like the TiHD myself, but from what I understand thier algo gives a good “surround” effect, but alters the sound quite a bit.

            As someone said: “Dolby Headphone sounds like you’re in a cave, Creative CMSS3D sounds like you’re in a tin can”.

            You can give Razer Surround or Dolby Atmos a shot. They’re newer, so you might like them better than the TiHD’s surround.

            As for ReShade, post processing in most games is pretty limited IMO. AdaptiveSharpen, for example, is great at undoing overly heavy FXAA.

            Also, Handbrake isn’t bad. It’s better than every other transcoding app you’ll find in top Google resolts. Just not at powerful as the Vapoursynth/avisynth GUIs.

          • End User
          • 1 year ago

          VLC is cross platform. It was my go to playback app for many years on macOS/Linux/Windows.

          Handbrake is cross platform. It was my go to transcoder app for many years on macOS/Linux/Windows.

          I mainly use Plex now.

      • duke_sandman
      • 1 year ago

      I still use (and like) WinAmp. Llamas. So there.

    • LocalCitizen
    • 1 year ago

    my SSDs are 2 bit mlc

    flame on !
    😀

      • NovusBogus
      • 1 year ago

      I’m almost exclusively MLC still, and concerned that it may not be an option for much longer. Mo bits, mo problems.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 1 year ago

        Just buy those configurable Samsung datacenter drives.

          • NovusBogus
          • 1 year ago

          I might do that if Mushkin bows out. But I’m hoping that by then someone will figure out a way to make XPoint or a similar high performance technology compatible with my Broadwell-E system, so I have an actual reason to want more than what MLC can provide.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 1 year ago

            My understanding is that the bigger Optane drives will work as standalone drives, but the caching scheme is Kaby Lake and up.

      • just brew it!
      • 1 year ago

      I actually got an MLC SSD as the boot drive for my latest home file server build, with the intention of configuring the file system (spinning rust configured as RAID-6) with an external journal on the SSD to improve performance. Still haven’t done that, since there are some potential tradeoffs involved and I haven’t made up my mind whether it’s worth it.

    • smilingcrow
    • 1 year ago

    Based on one dictionary definition of snob I do have a penchant for Fender electric guitars even though I know you are paying a premium for the brand name.
    But, as I haven’t played enough other brands I can’t say how much of this is down to snobbishness but it is part of the equation.

    More than this though is my take on Spiritual teachers.
    Having met a few very gifted teachers, at least from my perspective, I am very dismissive of many very well known and popular teachers.
    Most seem too fond of their own voice, they tend to talk a lot, and as spirituality is really about embodiment, not words, if I don’t hear, see or feel some quality that connects me with a certain vibe I tend to be very dismissive.

    • TheEmrys
    • 1 year ago

    Anything coo king. From my my cookware, knives, to ingredients, I want them all to be good. Not the best, organic, heritage, or even local, but if I am cooking, for the love of all that isholy, don’t give me the cheapest ingredients, cuts of meats,and cheapest veggies and expect me to happily prepare something. I need good stocks,solid meats with good marbling, real butter, and good oils.

    • tipoo
    • 1 year ago

    It’s an easy and common one (especially being the second line lol), but coffee. When I grind my own (fresh-ishly roasted) beans when I have time or on weekends and make it through the right water temperature I’ve honed in on over the years in a french press or aeropress, it really does taste almost like an entirely different drink to the office coffee. If keurig was a 5 and the office grind with a paper filter was a 7, home stuff gets to a 9. Not the most perfect cup ever, but very good.

    Especially that instant stuff that has this weird corn-ish aftertaste to me, don’t know how people do that.

      • rrrhal
      • 1 year ago

      Aeropress done well is amazing – its less amazing when not done well (attention to detail is key to getting the most out of it; attention to detail is not my strong suit until I’ve had a cup of coffee).

      I’m a BJCP recognized beer judge – this is sometimes tedious to my friends. It’s not enough that a beer be merely good; it has to be a good example of it’s style.

        • tay
        • 1 year ago

        Is a miller high life a good example of its style? I mean I don’t always drink swill, but sometimes it’s the right thing to do.

      • MOSFET
      • 1 year ago

      Keurig is a -1 to me. I’d actually rather have hot chocolate from a Keurig than coffee. I guess that makes me a little bit of a coffee snob. I don’t roast my own but I do grind fresh every time. I recently had to choose a replacement for a ~13-year-old Krups XP1500, which was side by side coffe and espresso. I propped that thing up with about $200 in replacement parts over the last 5 years because I didn’t really like many of the possible replacements (mainly looking at <~$150). I finally settled on a Krups Moka. It’s decent and easy to use but somewhat inferior coffee to the old XP1500, which could make coffee so rich it was almost cacao-ish with certain beans. The Moka makes a much more espresso-like beverage.

        • tipoo
        • 1 year ago

        I don’t think Keurig is outright disgusting or anything. It’ll just make the same run of the mill cup of coffee 1000 times out of 1000. With manual methods, especially starting out, I could definitely screw up and make something worse.

        It’s the Mcdonalds of coffee. It’s never going to be great, but the supply chain management means you’ll get what you expect nearly every single time, and it’s fast.

        Not that the cost or plastic waste are worth it, mind, but it’s just the one that’s ever present.

          • LostCat
          • 1 year ago

          It’s worth it for people who don’t drink coffee but often host others who do, anyway.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 1 year ago

        My wife’s uncle works for Green Mountain. We get an enormous amount of K-cup coffee for free throughout the year. I’ll drink free. 😆

          • BIF
          • 1 year ago

          How does Green Mountain make any money what with giving it away beyond immediate family?

            • derFunkenstein
            • 1 year ago

            Two things:

            1 the pricing
            2 they don’t drink coffee so they give it away

      • Thresher
      • 1 year ago

      I prefer grinding and brewing fresh coffee. I love my espresso machine.

      But honestly, I still like a cup of McDonald’s or Dunkin Donuts coffee every once in a while. I have the same attitude towards craft beer. Love the stuff, but occasionally, I’ll chill with a Coors. I don’t want my palate challenged every time I have a coffee or a beer. I think of these as sorts of comfort foods.

      • DPete27
      • 1 year ago

      I’ve only been doing coffee for about 6 months.

      Am I doing Aeropress right?
      175 degree water (using meat thermometer)
      2 scoops fresh-ground medium/fine coffee
      Fill to the top/level 4
      Stir 10 seconds
      Press

      I can’t stand hot coffee, so I do cold brew. Obviously everyone has their tastes, but I feel I’ve got that down pat.
      1.5 cups coarse-ground coffee (fresh-ground throub burr grinder of course)
      Filtered water to fill a gallon growler
      Let sit on the counter for 24 hours (in fridge is less desireable end result, but I was only doing that when I was at 12-16 hours brew time, so I might try fridge again)
      Filter through french press (NOT PAPER FILTERS!!!!) into second gallon growler
      Let sit overnight to decant
      Pour top off into first growler and discard the sediment
      Enjoy. I like a spash of whole milk and a half-teaspon of sugar for a 10oz drink. And MY GOODNESS can it get you a caffeine rush.

      As far as coffee bean quality. I buy the loose stuff from local roasters in the grocery store. I did recently go to a local roaster and get some same-day-roasted stuff for $20/lb. It was good, but not worth 3x what I normally pay….to each their own. I think finding a flavor profile that suits you is the most important part. Time since roasting and region/quality of bean is secondary, for the true snob.

      • BIF
      • 1 year ago

      Keurig is fine to me, as long as I use a light roast bean, grind ’em myself, and use a reusable cartridge. Haven’t bought the disposable cartridges for a few years now. The light roast is most critical to me, and even for the largest setting, a 12 ounce cup, I make sure to leave 1/8″ space at the top of the cartridge.

      Some medium roast beans are okay, but most mediums and all darks are simply too overcooked, and they taste like charcoal or charcoal seasoned with cigar ashes and wetted down with motor oil. Overfilling the cartridge with grounds also makes for either an incomplete extraction/bitter taste.

      Prior coffeemakers were fine for me. Had a Bodum electric vacuum pot for a few years and I loved that. Also had a Technivorm for a few years. Bodum and Technivorm both heated the water to the proper temperature, therefore made delicious coffee, but the Bodum eventually cooked itself inside out and the Technivorm’s brew basket often got clogged and overflowed, even with a medium grind. Was not happy about that, so I eventually tried the Keurig and liked it.

        • tipoo
        • 1 year ago

        A reusable cart is fine, but then, aren’t up to 90% of the work of a french press anyways? Seems to defeat the point, apart from not letting you screw up the temperature and brew time in a sleep and caffeine deprived zombie state

          • BIF
          • 1 year ago

          A French press makes great coffee, no doubt. But the drawback of a French press is the cleanup.

          I have to disassemble the screen and wash the oils out of EVERYTHING, even after making just one cup. The reusable cart on a Keurig, on the other hand, can be knocked out over a waste basket or recycling basket, then rinsed under running water. Simple and done.

            • JustAnEngineer
            • 1 year ago

            A good pourover coffee brewer (e.g: [url=http://www.bunn.com/pourover-brewers<]Bunn VP17[/url<]) will consistently produce 10 cups of perfectly-brewed coffee for about the same cost as a single cup from a Keurig disposable cartridge.

      • qmacpoint
      • 1 year ago

      coffee is very easy to mess up… while I acknowledge that black coffee is an easy thing to make and that maybe mcdonalds has it good… I still love to have a cappuccino with the right bitterness and milk balance

    • not@home
    • 1 year ago

    Cheap crap, as in lacking quality. And almost nothing made nowadays has quality. It is all a lot of junk that is designed to break so you will buy another one.

    • yokem55
    • 1 year ago

    Networking Gear.

    Consumer stuff is utter crap 98% of the time and I get a tingly cringe every time I see a review of some kind of alien starship shaped monstrosity reviewed.

      • tipoo
      • 1 year ago

      I’m still miffed the Airport Extreme was killed. Sure it was consumer grade, and maybe there’s some better stuff in 2018, but since when it came out it’s been one of my most care free pieces of networking gear. Still have an older N gen one doing a wireless to wired bridge for multiple devices, and I never so much as think about it, it works about as reliably as furniture.

      • alloyD
      • 1 year ago

      I’m a big fan of Ubiquiti Networks stuff. It’s not so expensive that you can’t use it at home too.

    • Redocbew
    • 1 year ago

    I’ve been a wood snob for a number of years now. I often work with hardwoods, and I’m a sucker for rosewoods. Cocobolo is one of my favorite hardwoods. It’s expensive, and it’s hard enough to dull your saw blades quicker than many other species. It’s got a high natural oil content which makes it difficult to glue, and the dust from working it can be mildly toxic, but dust is bad for you no matter the species, right? The cost of materials is just something you’ve got to get used to as a woodworker. I don’t have a choice. Really.

      • BIF
      • 1 year ago

      [quote<]"...dust is bad for you no matter the species, right?"[/quote<]Yes it is VERY bad for you. Breathing in wood dust over years can cause an emphysema-like lung condition. Particularly in fine-sanding operations, some percentage of the dust can be tinier than the openings of the finest filters. Dust smaller than about a micron can get into your lungs. Larger particles will cause you to sneeze or cough, but smaller than a micron is too small to cause a cough-reflex. So it stays in there about as stubbornly as the mercury from your last visit to Red Lobster or (shudder) Captain D's. And it's just about as bad for your body; maybe worse. A few years ago, I read something that said that the best filtration system for a woodshop was to have the filter canister/bag OUTSIDE of the building. And if you couldn't put it outside of SOMEBODY ELSE'S building (in other words, away from your building), it should at least be on the side of yours that has no windows, doors, or ventilation systems that could allow the dust to find its way back into your workspace.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 1 year ago

      Cocobolo is apparently something that fancy people occasionally put into very expressive guitars I knew I’d heard that name before somewhere, just took me a minute to remember.

      [url<]http://willcuttguitars.com/paul-reed-smith/private-stock/sold-private-stock-gallery/prs-private-stock-5333-hollowbody-ii-cocobolo[/url<]

        • Redocbew
        • 1 year ago

        Yeah, they call it a tonewood because of that. It does actually sound different than some other species when you whack it with something. That’s probably because of its density(it sinks in water), but I don’t know if that would actually make a guitar made from it sound “better”. Cocobolo was also mentioned in a few episodes of Better Call Saul. Paying 7k for a desk made from it wouldn’t be at all unrealistic, but the desk they had in the show was probably just stained to look like it.

    • Phr3dly
    • 1 year ago

    Finances. If you’ve got everything in Amazon and Apple, I’ll be sure to let you know that it should be in an index fund instead. No matter that you’ve probably exceeded my returns over the last 5 years by 10x… YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG!

      • Sputnik7
      • 1 year ago

      At the risk of sounding combative:

      “If it’s stupid and it works…is it really stupid?”

      Given the choice, anyone would rather get 10x more return over the last 5 years compared to an index fund, right?

      *goes to check performance of his index funds*

        • tipoo
        • 1 year ago

        Thing is a lot of people can beat the market in the short term, but over a lifetime it usually regresses to matching the broader market at best, so may as well just hitch on to the broader market and not worry about single stocks, imo. Some increased risk exposure isn’t a bad thing, but not the whole eggbasket. Buffet himself doesn’t beat the market long term.

          • just brew it!
          • 1 year ago

          I used to work with someone who lost their entire life’s savings because they invested it all in the Lucent employee stock purchase plan.

          I, OTOH, have multiple 401-K plans (invested in index funds) from multiple previous employers. I never bothered to consolidate them, out of pure laziness.

        • Shobai
        • 1 year ago

        [quote<]"If it's stupid and it works...is it really stupid?"[/quote<] This one gets my goat every time. Logically, it has to be: you've just defined it as such.

        • Phr3dly
        • 1 year ago

        Not to be pedantic but, importantly, it’s stupid and it work*ed*.

        • synthtel2
        • 1 year ago

        Maxim 43: If it’s stupid and it works, it’s still stupid and you’re lucky.

        Anyone who knows what I’m quoting gets an internet point. 😛

      • tipoo
      • 1 year ago

      Or people who won’t touch the market whatsoever because it’s ‘too risky’, especially among my age group, the Elder Millennial™, who keenly remember 2008 but seem to ignore the gainz since. Like, dude, you have a good 30 years to retirement, over any 30 year period the stock market has always been up substantially if you pick a diversified self balancing portfolio, short term dives aren’t important yet, switch to more bonds when you’re nearing retirement.

      But nope, too risky some of them say, and they’re not savers either, so I wonder about their retirement.

      • David
      • 1 year ago

      Options trading for fun and profit. Come at me.

    • ludi
    • 1 year ago

    Pictured in this article: a rare image of Jeff Kampman in his shape-shifted form.

    We always knew those random cat pictures were pointing towards something big.

      • thedosbox
      • 1 year ago

      Shhhh.

    • JustAnEngineer
    • 1 year ago

    For me, it’s not about having the best of the best or choosing the most expensive option. What matters to me is getting good value. I am therefore very negative about bargain basement products that are slightly cheaper but are unfit for purpose.

    Country folk say “If you buy cheap, you buy twice.”
    [url<]https://www.wealthsimple.com/en-us/magazine/how-to-buy-nice-or-buy-twice[/url<]

      • juampa_valve_rde
      • 1 year ago

      Felt identified with this. Mostly I look for expected features, bang for the buck and total bill (has to meet my not very deep pockets). The older i get i’m feeling i have become less snobby but i enjoy ocasionally picking specific products or getting stuff done the way i expect.

      Jeff you have to taste (if possible) some Argentinian wines, we have very nice and inexpensive wines.

      • tay
      • 1 year ago

      This is such an engineer thing to do.

      • Duct Tape Dude
      • 1 year ago

      Adam Savage had a bit about buying tools, which I now follow wherever practical:
      Buy each of the cheapest tools you can get away with. When one breaks, it means you use it most. Replace it with the best you can afford.

        • superjawes
        • 1 year ago

        I can generally get behind this, but I do think there are a few things that this doesn’t work for. Kitchen gadgets and utensils come to mind, especially knives. Maybe a cheap block is a place to start, but getting a high quality, sharp chef’s knife might be better (and safer since dull knives are more dangerous).

        But again, I overall like Savage’s attitude on this, and was following it to some degree without even knowing it.

      • GrimDanfango
      • 1 year ago

      “Buy cheap, buy twice” is one of the best considerations I’ve ever worked into my life.
      An extention to that has become “almost never consider buying anything new through eBay” – it’ll almost always be the cheapest, nastiest Chinese tat.

      A notable exception recently has been a set of digital callipers from Amazon. £16, and they’re damn near perfect (precise and zero drift), solidly all-metal built, come with a decent foam-padded case, and even a spare battery thrown in!

      • superjawes
      • 1 year ago

      This. All of this.

      • paulWTAMU
      • 1 year ago

      So, not a fan of harbor freight?

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 1 year ago

        Sometimes, it’s challenging to draw the line between “cheap and cheerful” and “not suitable”. Duct Tape Dude’s post hinted that a lot of this has to do with your usage and expectations. If your expectations and needs are low, then a low-end part might be serviceable enough to suffice.

        I have shopped at Harbor Freight, but only for tools that I expected to use just once and for which my needs were not very demanding. That Chinese-made deep well impact socket from Harbor Freight flexes enough to crack the finish when driven by my modest cordless impact wrench, but it hasn’t completely broken yet. I use it less than once a year. When it does break, if the flying shards don’t maim me, I’ll use the reliable tire iron as a fallback.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 1 year ago

      This is good advice, not snobbish

      • ptsant
      • 1 year ago

      In my country we usually say “being cheap costs money”.

      And it is usually true. Just like there is a point over which you need to spend 80% more money for 5% more substance, there is also a cost under which you spend 5% less money for 80% less performance.

    • drfish
    • 1 year ago

    Everyone back away from the dishwasher! This is a game of Tetris that only I can win.

      • Captain Ned
      • 1 year ago

      Ah, but if you leave no gaps, the soapy water cannot reach your dishes.

        • drfish
        • 1 year ago

        [i<]Figurative[/i<] Tetris, of course. Thank you for understanding the nuance involved.

      • astrotech66
      • 1 year ago

      This is totally me. Despite being really intelligent, both my wife and stepson load the dishwasher like they’re 3 years old. And then when I rearrange it, my wife gets annoyed as if it’s a personal insult.

        • just brew it!
        • 1 year ago

        I have come to the conclusion that my wife will never be happy with how anyone else loads the dishwasher. I therefore expend minimal effort on optimizing the arrangement myself, since I know she’s going to rearrange it anyway.

      • auxy
      • 1 year ago

      I have never seen a mechanical dishwasher that does a satisfactory (to my standards) job of washing dishes, so I do everything by hand. It only takes me about as long as it usually takes people to load their dishwashers anyway.

        • drfish
        • 1 year ago

        FWIW, [url=https://www.bosch-home.com/us/productslist/dishwashers/top-controls/SHS863WD5N<]this[/url<] is what we have. Bought it just over a year ago after getting fed up with repairing the one that came with the house. It's a beast. I mean, don't feed it oatmeal/peanut-butter-cement, but it handles some pretty gnarly stuff. Not to mention it can wash at temps approaching autoclave levels of life form decimation. Something that works great is to run a rise cycle and let it sit for a couple hours before running the real cycle. I may actually do that a couple times throughout the day to both get the nastiest stuff down the drain right away and to hydrate the stuck on bits before the main event.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 1 year ago

          That’s a lot of water and effort (in both loading and remembering to run and re-run the cycle), plus a lot of cabinet space wasted and nearly $900 down the tubes just to avoid standing at the sink for 20 minutes a day. 😆

            • drfish
            • 1 year ago

            Nah, the rise cycle is only a few minutes long, and it’s mostly for my peace of mind, not because it’s necessary. Plus, even if it was just 20 minutes, it would be well worth it, that time adds up, especially if you include other time savers.

          • Mr Bill
          • 1 year ago

          Gotta agree, a good dishwasher and proper tetrising gets things cleaner than in the sink. That hot maximum temperature and then you open the door and they dry themselves. One of my pet peaves is anybody touching my just washed dishes with a dish towel.

        • BIF
        • 1 year ago

        I think a couple things are key for success with dishwashers:

        1. Make sure your water supply is hot enough.
        2. Turn on the hot water at the sink nearest the dishwasher, and once the hot water is flowing, then you can start the dishwasher. This reduces the work that the washer’s heating elements will need to do and it increases the contact time of the hot water.
        3. When loading, leave enough space for water and soap to actually get the dishes wet.
        4. Don’t forget the rinse agent. It really does work.
        5. Most dishwashers have a grinding/disposal unit built in, but they’re not really meant to take the place of your in-sinkerator. Scrape solids off into the trash before you put the plate into the machine. For sauces and stuff, I just leave those even if they have hardened a bit on the dishes.
        6. Use a decent detergent. I’ve used Finish and Cascade successfully, but there are others. The packets usually work fine without a pre-wash detergent, but for really gnarly messes, consider filling that pre-wash cup or throw another packet into the bottom of the washer at the beginning of the cycle.

        • Usacomp2k3
        • 1 year ago

        Same here. That and I like having the cabinet space back.

      • RickyTick
      • 1 year ago

      My first wife considered the dishwasher a contest to see just how much she could actually shove in there. Same thing with the garbage disposal and washing machine too.

        • just brew it!
        • 1 year ago

        My wife and I have each broken the garbage disposal once, so we’re even!

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