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Fidcal last won the day on September 26 2020

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  1. You missed my above post where I said I'm getting 4K on PS5. Problem is, Sturgeon's law applies; most of the stuff is crap. Movies-by-numbers, boring start I skimmed forward trying to find something to grab my interest - without success. Useless info. I mean you browse pictures and titles: Stannish (with picture of a car), Draw Fast (with a picture of a falling horse), Fever Zone (picture of a woman screaming), and so on. Why sould anyone with a brain click on those and start watching? Zero info. So you move from picture to picture and get a one-liner above. It might give minimal info like 'Man struggles with life in the new town he moved to'. Oh, wow! Must watch that! But that's if your lucky and get any info at all. Often what you get is zero info but instead: 'Widely proclaimed binge fest rated 90% on Rotten Tomatoes and high on our rewatched list!' Oh, right, I'll watch that one then. So all one can do is start watching almost anything that doesn't look dreadful, skimming forward to try to find interest. The dynamic range of sound and vision is dreadful: speech is near-inaudible and shouting disturbs my neighbours, while street scenes may be glaringly bright and washed out, while a shop interior is almost black with a few pale faces visible. It's as bad as tv. Every Sunday I skim through the tv guide on my recorder and maybe find one or two things to record during the following week - often none. Sturgeon was absolutely right, but if only one could find that small percentage of good stuff amongst the millions there should still be a lot of good stuff, right? Maybe AI is the answer. Once we get our real personal assistant that learns what I really like it can do the legwork and find it for me. It won't be distracted by promos and bullshit.
  2. Sturgeon's Law: 90-odd% of everything is crap. 90-odd% of software is crap, 90-odd% of movies are crap, 90-odd% of books are crap, 90-odd% of music is crap, 90-odd% of games are crap, 90-odd% of tv recorders are crap, 90-odd% of Amazon is crap, 90-odd% of all products and services are crap, 90-odd% of sports commentary is crap, 90-odd% of tv is crap, and as you get older 90-odd% of having a crap is crap.
  3. just testing captcha. Couldn't get in at all earlier... [edit - yeah, I had written out a big rant about Ubisoft earlier but captcha stopped me getting in. Deleted it all in disgust]
  4. Tried the vicuna link again and now it loaded - BUT the first two links to the chatbots just cycled around back to the first page!. I didn't bother with the others. Not intelligent at all. The webpage designers I mean.
  5. I figured it out. You click on the equiped gear (there's no control indication of any kind) and it reveals all the other gear that can fit that slot. Found a ton of stuff didn't know I had. Works well except for keeping it a secret! All it needed was something like 'click to change'.
  6. Interesting. I couldn't get it to load just now but I'll try again off-peak.
  7. Try asking gpt-4 this question (which 3.5 failed spectacularly): On which day of the week will Easter Sunday fall next year? 3.5 said it had no context and quoted an algorithm for working out a weekday from the Julian calendar or something. Nor could I get it to break down its calculations into parts, eg, work out what year is next year, then work out what date Easter Sunday falls on, then work out what day of the week that date is! It couldn't even do that. Phind and Perplexity also failed, but Andi got it right. Still undecided about getting gpt-4. I'll definitely get it one day - this reminds me I meant to search for the t & c's.
  8. in assassins creed origins I retrieved a sword in a chest in my home but I cannot find it in my inventory or in my gear. Nor is it a quest item. How do I equip it? Or sell it?
  9. On PS5 I search for jodie foster and it comes up with a ton of movies that I'm sure she's not in. So, guessing it's searching for jodie OR foster, I try to do an exact search with quotes. But on the PS5 Netflix you can't. It's not the normal ps5 virtual keyboard but Netflix's own one, and only low case alpha plus digits plus space and backspace are allowed. So I go back to my pc and type "jodie foster" in quotes. I'm still not convinced the movies listed are all hers. If I click one, it doesn't provide any info, instead it begins showing the movie. I try to escape back to the search. I can't. There is a left arrow top left. If I click it, I get a black screen with the message "showing picture in picture" and the movie shows in a tiny window bottom left. If I hit the back arrow again then it goes back to the movie in a full window. So, no way out that Netflix provide that I can see. So I hit my main Netflix bookmark again and start over. Same. Rinse and repeat. Am I cursed, stupid, or what?
  10. I can never get that desktop app because my Microsoft Store is screwed up. It keeps saying there is something wrong with my Microsoft account and I should log in to fix it, but I can log into my Microsoft account no problem. Anyway, I'm doubtful the app gives 4K anyway. (sour grapes, hehe ;))
  11. OK, I got the app on my PS5 and this is clearly 4K so I'll settle for that. Thanks.
  12. OK, thanks. That shows me that I'm not seeing 4K as I suspected. Funny cos one video is called "Fireplace 4K". It's erm... a video of a fireplace. Anyway, in the nerds info it's shown as 1920 x 1080. So what do I do? Is there an app one can download for Windows instead of watching videos in the web browser? Another question: when I'm watching a movie, how do I exit back to Netflix? I mean, there's a left pointing arrow top left that sometimes works but mostly it does all sorts of wierd things. All I can do is close that tab and open my Netflix bookmark again. Strange that. Can't believe every body does that. No home page button or nothing? There's a white flag at top [right] but I'm scared that might mean 'surrender' all my assets to Netflix, no refunds.
  13. Paid for Premium and tested a couple of movies I thought should be 4K but I'm uncertain they are. The info I got was that there should be a 4K or UHD logo but I never see that, only HD. I can't think of any technical way of telling if what I am looking at is very good 2K or simply 2K resized to 4K. I mean, my display is 4K. Netflix's own info says to search 4K or UHD and list lots of movies, but none of them I glanced at said anything other than HD. I mean, what does a UHD logo look like? Is it just the text UHD? I never see that.
  14. Fascinating insights there. I'm seeing it more as an absent-minded professor than a child: incredibly knowledgeable and speaks with an adult vocabulary, but lapses into strange errors and even circular arguments. As well as chat-gpt (which is 3.5) I've used Phind on expert (which is based on gpt-4) and often struggle to make it see reason. But for all that, it's amazing to get quick answers where before, using DuckDuckGo, one had to wade through a list of search results. I was advised by someone on the open ai forum not to rush into spending the $20 a month for a while until I learnt a bit more using chat-gpt. I understand there have been glitches and problems using gpt-4 so I've been holding off. I'm still undecided. I want to eventually definitely. Maybe I'm hoping for a news announcement that things have improved. I can't use Bing because Edge is broken in my Windows. I think I screwed it up early on because I didn't want it.
  15. taskbar in portrait mode on a pc tablet is cluttered so M$oft decided to make it worse by disabling the option to remove the calender/date in Win11. After all, nobody has a clock or calendar on the wall nor a watch so it's impossible to manage without these on the taskbar. Why would anyone want to prevent the removal of the clock/calendar? Did someone at M$oft sit down and actually think of a reason? I can almost understand the ignorance of forgetting the option in earlier versions, but why remove an option?
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