Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The hard lessons

This global pandemic took us all by surprise. No one was expecting something like this. As usual, these kind of situations always teach us something, and we can't forget about it after all this happens, because it's going to end, eventually anyway.

First of all, a committee or board should be created in every country to prevent or treat with more responsibility any future disease. Second, any politician who doesn't act on time and doesn't take the recommended actions should be accountable for his/her deeds.

Also, this is teaching us that working from home is doable for many jobs. Unless you work in services, where you have to cook, talk, interact or deliver something to the client, you have to be physically there. Telecommuting should be the norm from now on, even training [for a job] could be done by chat or video chat [I know some companies in some countries do this now, my point is it should be more widely practiced in the world, even in developing countries].

Following the previous topic, everything should be digital. For example, what I like from Steam is I can buy a game and play it after downloading it, or download it later if I want to. I don't have to go out and wait in long lines [for new games], or even waiting more if the game is sold out. I mean: RIP Gamestop lol This has to be more flexible though, there has to be rules so nor the provider or client can't take advantage of the service, it would be complicated at first but it would be normal after people get used to it.

So, what should be digital?

  • School and college can totally be digital, cheaters will always cheat anyway.
  • Money, why using physical money [bills, coins and checks] these days? just use debit/credit cards and do payments with bank transactions. How kids will buy things if they can't access to a debit/credit card? How people with bad credit record will use a debit/credit card? I'm sure there will be a solution for these and any cases when the time comes. And also they have to be more secure.
  • Movies should be available on demand when released, a digital movie theater experience, if you want to watch it again, you pay again [but on launch time only]. Movie theaters can still exist for those wanting the movie theater experience I suppose. BTW congrats to Universal studios for their decision to stream some films in these hard times.
This is just an example of services going digital, I'm sure many other services can go digital and not affecting people current jobs. Also, I know you can do some of the things mentioned before and more in developed countries, it's just I wish they become available around the world.

Edit: this crisis is also teaching people to be more hygienic and wash their hands often. I used to do that before this, that's why I rarely get sick.

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Monday, March 16, 2020

The last one standing

Since I heard about battle royale three years ago (with PUBG), I liked the idea: you and other 99 players get to an island and fight to death to be the only survivor, and you do it while the playable area is shrinking, which forces remaining players into close fights.

As usual, I only watched gameplays on YouTube and I enjoyed it. As I mentioned in other post, I don't buy new games because I can't afford it and I try to avoid online games because of their addictive nature. Not to mention I have a crappy internet speed and having lag drives me crazy, and not in a good way lol

The thing is, this year I finally got into BR, first with FreeFire on mobile, which I liked but mostly hated it. It amazes me the way free mobile games work, it's a micro-transaction travesty and they have lots of ads. I understand they have to make money somehow but it's ridiculous how they work. I would rather paying for the game than getting it free and be bombarded with lots of micro-transactions and ads, besides they artificially make the games harder (or grindy) so you get forced to pay to advance faster, or even pay to win. Anyway, I also didn't like it because it's really uncomfortable playing a shooter game on a touch screen.

Last year I heard of PUBG Lite but it wasn't available in Latin America by that time. Last month I found out it was available in this region, so I downloaded because it's free and I've been playing it since that time. I got some chicken dinners so far, though I've been playing against bots most of the time, I don't complain though, the BR experience is still there, but fighting real players is more challenging, I lost a couple of rounds to real players but I won other rounds too.

So, for now I'm addicted to this game, I've been playing 2 rounds per day (or per session), which is not much but still I'm leveling up in a constant way. BTW I bought the season pass, which totally worth it to earn cosmetics, best $ 5 spent ever.
Last chicken dinner I got

Still, still alive

Once again, I'm back. No, I wasn't dead, I wasn't in quarantine due to the global virus either. As usual, I just took a break from internet trying to fix me, well mission not accomplished lol

Anyway, I'm really glad of finally finishing a chapter in my life, I finally finished college and achieved my career as public accountant, so yeah: achievement unlocked!!! Last few months were exhausting due to all the homework I had to do, but yesterday was my final day at college. Well the regular lessons anyway, I still have to present and defend a thesis but for that I need money to pay for the degree, so it's not happening soon.

Good thing is now I will have more time for myself and writing over here, which I actually miss. Also, I want to write beyond this blog, I want to write books, share my ideas in more complex ways and scenarios, and share my wild/freaky fantasies and my criticism of the established social and political system.

Something I learnt from college is I have to quote sources, which I've done in past posts but now I'll be more careful about it and quoting websites, posts, books or whatever source I use. You know, in case you want to read/investigate further and, most important, to demonstrate it's not something I made up, because I don't want to be part of fake news lol

To finish, this year had a rough start, it continues being rough. Maybe because it's a leap-year, I don't know. What I know is I'm going to do my best to survive it… and fight against zombies if I have to lol

Monday, June 3, 2019

You can't fish a troll

Internet is amazing, you can meet people around the world. But people, are still people. I always had trouble meeting people, because most of the times you don't know what they really want/think.

Recently a woman contacted me on Twitter. I thought it would be nice chatting with a woman from the States but as soon as we started chatting I kinda knew something was off.

As I mentioned before I have a girlfriend, I'm happy being with her and we expect to level up our relationship. I don't have the need to look for other women, and if I ever get "bored" or I don't want anything with her for whatever reason, I would finish my relationship with her, there's no need to cheat or continue with her in a crappy, full of drama relationship.

The thing is this woman asked me to chat on Hangouts, I found that odd. She told me it would be a romantic thing to do for her. For chatting on Hangouts I'd have to give her my email address, that's why I refused. When she noticed I wasn't going to chat on Hangouts she just stopped asking that. Apparently she was looking for someone to start a relationship, and even when I told her I have a gf she insisted on having something with me. She said repeatedly I was handsome and funny. She realized I wasn't going to fall on that bait, so she said we could be "besties" [better friends], I answer that I could be that. We chat some, and suddenly she told me she had to pay internet bill in order to finish a task from her job: she asked me to lend her money. Obviously I refused, surprisingly she insisted and she even got mad about it lol I mean, what kind of person asks for money to someone he/she just met?

Chatting with that woman was quite an experience, if it was even a woman lol BTW the twitter account was deleted, I checked.

I guess that's how these thieves try phishing people on internet. They look for easy prey, lonely people who want to have friends or relationships or just be part of a group or something. I don't know what's more amazing though: the phishers or the phished. How can you fall on that? How much desperate you have to be to fall on that?

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

A chinese tale

My first phone was a Huawei [the first I paid with my own money anyway], and it wasn't one of the high end models, it was a cheap and affordable model. I think Huawei it's a great alternative for people on third world countries with low incomes, the budget models though, the high end models are still expensive.

The news about Google shutting down business with Huawei really surprised me, specially because of all the possible implications. My gf has a Huawei phone and she's worried about not getting future updates, because for current users that's the bigger concern. Her phone is some years old and she's replacing it soon, so perhaps she won't have to deal with apps not being updated.

According to US government [the one who spies on every country] China is spying US companies and people through Huawei devices [smartphones, tablets, laptops and specially routers]. So far they haven't presented evidence of such argument. It's most likely to be a way to put pressure on Chinese government, due to the trade war between the two countries.

Currently, Huawei is the second smartphone manufacturer worldwide. Due to being blacklisted [effectively sanctioned] to do business with US companies, its future doesn't seem too bright. If this continues, Huawei sales will be damaged, but we don't know how much. In China, Huawei phones are sold without Google services already, but it's because the latter doesn't operate in China. So, Huawei could still find a market for their Googleless phones, but it's a herculean task that even Huawei will struggle to do, and it may or may not succeed after all.

I think spying on their citizens, it's a government's wet dream, they all do it to some extent, some more than others, but they don't like it when it's other government who does it. I believe that, if in fact China was truely spying on US companies and people through Huawei devices, the sanctions would be against China's government and not just against a company that happens to be successful and growing fast, and also Chinese. If a group is attacking you, why just denounce one member of them? It doesn't make sense.

Let me know what you think.