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22 October 2016

723rd post: Ongoing DDoS attacks

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Many US-based servers are currently apparently having denial of service attacks, which includes Twitter.

I have never seen it down for this long before. I don't know what is going on.

Here's a news article in greater detail: USA Today

04 October 2016

722nd post: Fixing an old motherboard

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Wondering what happened? Well, you wouldn't have noticed anything out of the ordinary if you have been following me on Twitter, but I need to take my mind off things from the stress of finding jobs. (Still not successful about it, if you are wondering.) This meant I stayed away from anything that required a lot of thinking. As of the time of writing this, I do not have any new content to publish.

Also, legitimised my Minecraft copy and hopped onto a multiplayer server, which meant a lot of time spent away on it like any new game I purchased with an interest in. How long have I played Minecraft? No idea, but looking at changelogs, I'm pretty certain it was before release v1.2 (released March 2012) where hoppers and redstone lamps weren't a thing.

So enough about that, and on to what I want to talk about.

In early August, one of the PCs failed to boot up. Shortly before it happened, it restarted randomly without warning, so that's a sign it's something to do with the hardware, which turned out to be the capacitors.

I knew what the problem was, but I didn't know about the kinds of capacitors or soldering, so I thought about sending it to a repair shop. What held me back is my savings being so low that I deemed it as not important or urgent unless my parents were to help me. Financially at the very least. (As time told me, they didn't)

Then, something happened. Something as insignificant as wires inside a car cigarette socket to alligator clips, that I never used since ordering, fell off. No way I could put the wires back without soldering. Certainly not with cellophane tape either. When thinking of what else I could do with a soldering iron, I remembered the bad capacitors.

I looked up at how to solder and identifying bad capacitors after ordering a set. This is when I found out why it happened could be due to age as year printed on the board suggested it was made about 10 years ago. But it also falls within the range of time when there were a lot of bad capacitors going off, so I'm not sure which exactly.

Recently, just as replacement capacitors and soldering set arrives, I found out that there are even more bad capacitors with less obvious signs of failure on this board. Found more on another desktop PC that is still working, but showed unusually high amounts of heat generated for something that wasn't CPU intensive. Just as I thought I found them all, it turned out that there were ten more capacitors in a different form factor that could have failed.

More problems right after the other... Hope there are not more issues that I hadn't found yet.

07 July 2016

Yononana no Okugi (Part 7)

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It was getting cloudy when I left school, where darker clouds appear to be in the direction of where I live. While the station I am at is underground, most stations on the line are not. At where I would be alighting, there's practically no shelter between platform and home as the station ticket concourse is the only sheltered area along that stretch of the road. I'm guessing it would be raining heavily with winds over there, so it seems unlikely I'll get home dry.

Getting to the train platform took a lot longer than usual as my thinking ability was hindered by the newly acquired persistent feeling as I thought about directions to the right platform. It's not painful or like a headache, but more like the body wanting something it doesn't have.

The station is massive as many lines intersect here. There are no escalators, but thankfully I don't have to lift up my leg  much to climb up every morning. Elevators are available, but are inconveniently located further away than the stairs at the ticket concourse level.

There are a mix of people in either school or office uniforms at the platforms, though it doesn't necessarily mean those wearing one isn't another. There are conditions that prevents them from wearing the other set for school or work, or to impersonate as a member that they are not a part of. Many working people would wear the school uniforms just to get away from the movement-restricting skirt of the office uniform that is so tight that cycling is almost impossible. Allowed skirt length varies by the length of her legs, but generally up to mid-thigh while sitting at shortest, and a little above the knees when standing at longest. For amputees, length would be based on when she still had legs.

Along the platform, there are worn out markings to indicate stopping points for "Women only" carriages. Kind of pointless as we became a single-gendered human species today. Most stations are like relics of a different era as signs are usually not changed unless information on them needs to be updated, but all station buildings are still kept maintained.

The train I boarded had few available seats, but few standing passengers. A pretty normal sight for this time of the day as students would be returning, but not quite yet for the end of working hours. I managed to find a place to seat in an area where there aren't anyone standing.

As the train carriage vibrates as it moves, it becomes quite a sight to see everyone's breasts wobbling at the same time, where intensity depends on the vibration of the carriage. We can't do anything about this as we are prevented from having it restrained or hidden from view, even though people don't like it.

Speaking of the breasts, I observed that many on this train with the largest bust size are students or workers of Mizuho Academy, the school that my student council president mentioned earlier. It forms the skyline of this city with their tall futuristic buildings, where it easily overshadows the buildings of this city. Mizuho Academy is technically part of my city, but at the same time, appears to be like a bordering self-sustainable city state of the future. It is pretty obvious that the average heights of those buildings are taller than the world's tallest buildings we know of, but everyone pretends the campus doesn't exist for some reason, and I can't seem to raise this glaringly obvious oversight anywhere. As a matter of fact, nobody knows what goes on inside. The general public is free to visit as they please, but ones that did went there aren't willing to share what they saw. It gives me an impression of a military base where there are secrets going on with non-disclosure agreements if they let you into it. Just what is going on in there?!

Wait a minute. Kotani Sakae, my student council president, mentioned she was wearing a Mizuho uniform that looks like ours. Thinking about it, she does appear to have the same body measurements as  these Mizhuho girls, but how different is it from our uniform? Does it have special technologies built into it? She didn't demonstrate any special features, apart from not going crazy from seeing pre-evolution men.

Part 6 | Part 8

29 April 2016

Yononaka no Okugi (Part 6)

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I thought about what happened with the student council and the tour of the school's disused sports facilities. I didn't understand why things were the way they were.

The sight of a group photo of males earlier, even if if it was brief, was sufficient to trigger a new unfamiliar feeling inside me that heavily affected my ability to concentrate. Hitoshi pointed out the rate of increase of intensity is based on how long I have visually seen males, multiplied by the number of them, and add that on top of any preexisting amounts I had prior to that. Whether I saw them in person, which is unlikely in this world, or through a medium, does not make any difference. If I had seen a page that had three separate photos of men for five seconds, the increase in intensity is the same as seeing one man for fifteen seconds.

The problem here is that I saw multiple images of an all-male a baseball team pasted onto the ceiling that I saw by accident when I happened to look in that direction after tripping over the clothes I was trying to wear. The largest I saw were two group photos of about fifteen people each. Being how good-looking I found them to be, and never seen males in my life before, I simply stared at those photos for a good thirty seconds before Hitoshi realized that there were photos up there and covered my eyes. Even though it was only thirty seconds, the number of men I saw meant I received at least fifteen minutes worth. Likely more as there there were smaller ones around it. It's difficult to say without looking, which is something we should be avoiding, but the student council was certain that no members were absent on the days the group photo was taken.

Receiving 15 minutes worth is a lot more than anyone who could have stumbled upon images of men by accident, let alone in a day for me, but it is nowhere near the highest ever recorded. I wouldn't want to think what it is like living with it.

As much as I would like to take the taxi or the bus, the layout around the school and my residence meant that waling to and from the train station is the most convenient way for both ends. Well, a taxi could drive up to those places, but finding one without heading to the train station is hard, and it is as good as taking the train if I am already at the train station. I would like to cycle, but the route is full of narrow streets with hilly terrain and blind spots, and I'm not exactly in the mental condition to watch out for dangers.

Getting home now with this newly acquired mental state is a torture. The last thing I would want right now is noticing other people and talking to them.

Author's note: I apologize for not having any new content since December 2015, October 2014 for stories other than story 8 (the special that got split off to be a story on its own), and April 2014 (!) for the last story 7 content. So many things are happening in my life, time seem to fly by quickly, and I was focusing on finding a full-time job that I hadn't succeeded so far. It's hard to come up with content when your focus is mainly on finding a job that takes up so much time of the day, plus eating and sleeping, that you have little time for other things, and it takes a long time to even come up with an idea. Take a look at my Twitter in case you are wondering if I'm still alive. Savings has dried up, and I'm on what is left of my emergency money that was strictly spent on necessities. I guess I should start looking for jobs in a different field. It's been way too long since I received my most recent certification and harder to explain the time gap.

26 December 2015

Post-Evolution World Report 6 - Mismatching Instincts

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From the perspective of an outsider, one may notice that the humans of our world are full of irresistibly attractive and well-mannered women. To us, however, this is a nightmare that gave us instincts of a man, but with the external expression of a well-mannered lady that matches with our appearance. Any behavior we attempt to express that isn't like the latter would get changed to the closest possible. This means that we have no restrictions to how we could think, but why do we even have such a restriction on our external behavior? How can it translate all of our attempted non lady-like behavior into one that is instantaneously? I am thinking that the well mannered lady we are forced to express are probably the only ones our body is capable of, where anger is strangely omitted. If this were the case, it should have ignored the disallowed behavior instead of trying to closely match what we could. Perhaps something in-between that is like the computer equivalent of a compiler, where it analyzes what we are trying to express and how to best fit into what we could. The positive side of this is that we don't see anyone airing their frustration (because no one can), which in turn helps us feeling less stress from other people's anger.

Without male influence and related materials, there is absolutely nothing left to influence the minds of former males but to lean towards the female behavior that could only be expressed. I am afraid to say that the former males would eventually think and behave like well mannered ladies over time, where they would simply give up on expressions that they can't express, and naturally adapt to the ones they could, as a way to reduce frustration. Even as simple as sitting on a chair is met with forced behavior, like not able to cross arms, or having legs forced together and tucked underneath the chair when wanting to stretch legs wide apart out front. Eventually, we sit with our legs together on our own and not dare to do otherwise.

In other words, males are subconsciously forced to adapt female behavior that are so subtle that even those resistant to the change do not notice it themselves. As for the former females, we observed much more adaptable to change, though this could partly be attributed to the similarities between female and the new gender versus that with males. We did, however, noticed that they too adapted the male instinct, but already used to behaving like female to not notice their behavior being forced.

Now that evolution has caused both former males and females adapt the same things that are indistinguishable from each other, we humans have evolved into a single-gendered species that nobody wished for, and have to suffer to keep living.

However, our male attraction instincts was amplified instead of disabled, and our female appearance more attractive to male minds, as if to counter our pre-evolution difficulty of finding a partner and declining birth rate. This is bad news since we possess both, which leads to an awkward situation that causes us to blush whenever we see anyone, irregardless of the seriousness of the encounter that questions us if we are still straight, or gone homosexual: our male instincts remained unchanged to be attracted to females, but the problem here is that our bodies are shaped like the kind of females we are attracted to, with our feminine voice and forced female mannerism confusing ourselves even more.

Eventually, we got used to blushing when we see each other as it became a normal reaction. Outsiders may notice us trying to avoid looking at each other and think that all of us look awful or hate everyone, but rather, we want to avoid the mental distraction caused by the very way we look! It's very hard to not look at another person, let alone a large crowd full of it, but we have no choice if we want to avoid accidents to see where we are going! They really want us to be blushing at all times, looking at how impossible it is for that to not happen more than several times a day without living alone in isolation. It's pretty weird how it does not trigger sexual desire, but that's a good thing since our body is not designed to be able to handle it.

You may wonder why we are doing nothing about our clothes to have us less attracted to each other. Here's our problem: as part of our evolution, clothes are no longer an optional accessory, but rather a part of the outermost layer of our body that requires us to wear specified types of clothes at all times. In other words, we don't have a choice on what we wear, apart from variances of the same type.

The clothes we are wearing seem to closely resemble office uniforms for women that, based on what was typically worn around the world pre-evolution, seem typical of any business sector of a developed economy, but the blazer school uniforms as part of what we could wear greatly narrows it down to Japan specifically. The style may be considered "revealing" by more conservative cultures, but it's actually decent once you get used to it. Actually, the skirt can be considered as such since it only partially covers our thighs, were skirts below knee level, right up to the ankle, may be what they are used to. We need to wear socks to cover the rest of our legs, and no other kind of clothing are allowed to cover our legs. Pantyhose are the closest thing we can wear that feels like trousers and keep out the airy feeling at our legs, but we still have to wear a skirt over it. While it is obvious that we cannot wear male clothing without our body rejecting it, dresses and traditional outfits designed for women are the unexpected ones that are not allowed to be worn.

Another factor is how noticeable our breasts are showing through underneath our clothes, where even the smallest size anyone has is large enough to be noticeable underneath our layers of clothes. It is the only known reproductive organ our evolved bodies have, but it's useless on its own and seem to serve no purpose but to complete the female appearance. It's difficult to study these without our clothes over it preventing direct access, but from as much as we can gather with our clothes on, it certainly has the mass and physics. We saw no relation or standard of these, but we noticed those that have seen images of pre-evolution males are firm, with firmness depending on total duration they have seen it. It has helped us to tell how bad they have it. It's linked to an incurable disease that is thankfully not life-threatening, but impossible to concentrate.

It seems as if our world was designed by someone who wants to live in a world of nothing but young beautiful women without any thought of the consequences of changing us to fit into their sick "paradise". We hadn't figured out how to reproduce ourselves, where the old ways are impossible. Everyone now looks of the same biological age range of what could be called "a pretty young woman" regardless of how long they have actually lived. Exact ages are uncertain, but the youngest anyone could certainly be is around the age of puberty. No one is sure what the oldest anyone could get before being reborn, but it's certainly before one becomes noticeably an elderly person. This causing issues for services and products relating to young children and elderly related services as the whole category they served no longer exists.

What was a married couple with a male infant in the pre-evolution is now a group of three women. Due to the concurrent rebirth going on, a person who exceeded the allowed age range may now resemble as a daughter of the others they live with, even if the people they resemble are her own children or totally unrelated. It is sickening to think how the meaning of family is destroyed like this.

29 October 2015

717th post: Indirectly helping reduce utility bill

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I may not directly seem to be saving energy, but there are indirect ways that I help to reduce the household utility bill.

Solar Panels with 2 USB type-A ports
It began after I bought my first power bank in 2012. I didn't know it was a power bank then, but the only input it had was the retractable power plug and the other side covered in solar panel. The down side was the small capacity it had, and certainly couldn't charge much with the size of the panel. However, the idea that you could get some charge from placing it in sunlight without ever plugging it in since completely draining power was new to me. It now only works as a USB wall charger since it can't hold charge now, if it doesn't overheat while charging. Solar panels do still work, but effectively useless with the little power it generates.

The solar panel idea came about as I was looking as a result of that device bought in 2012. I research that I certainly need panels way larger than what I had, and the necessity to unlink the solar panels from the power storage, and make use of an existing power bank I bought for my Europe trip in 2013. (This is one reason why I did not look at another power bank with built in solar panels.) I bought this off from Amazon US.

I also took a look at USB power meter at the same time as a way of knowing what kind of output exactly I am getting out of it, and finding an ideal spot at home to place it. (There is no outdoor area at home; the best were windows facing east or west.) Later on, I used it to figure out energy losses and efficiency of the cables and chargers I have. Not every device uses exactly 5V 1A, or whatever is stated!

It took me a while to fine tune the positioning. While it can produce enough energy to charge the power bank, it isn't enough to charge a smartphone directly unless there's constant direct sunlight. Something I can't get at home the whole day.

I noticed that it worked if I shine an incandescent spotlight bulb at it. Fluorescent ones don't work, and very weak for LED ones. Obviously I'm not going to bother wasting energy to shine lights at solar panels.

Using the shower
I do it in the afternoon when the temperature is warmer than in the morning. In summer days where it didn't rain recently, I don't even need the heater at all. But when the water is too cold to use without a heater, the heating I set is less than what the others had set.

(I know it may not be hygienic, but unless I get dirty or sweaty, I usually take a shower only once a day. This significantly reduces water and electricity consumption.)

Now this is a strange one. I bought the first set of LED bulbs for my room, which turned out to be dimmer than the CFLs I replaced. I bought another set that had higher lumen rating (higher wattage does not equal brighter bulbs as LEDs themselves get more power efficient over time) than the one I had, but those were still not bright enough. By the third set, which has even higher lumen ratings that should be bright enough for reading (as I researched prior to buying), I realized it was just bad furniture placement blocking out the lights and needed additional lighting around the desk I use my laptops on. Overall, the brightest LED bulbs still consume less energy than the CFL counterparts. As an added bonus, I get less insect bites at night for some reason.

What happened to the first and second batch of LED bulbs I bought earlier? Those were used on other parts of the house that still used CFL bulbs. Now I have stockpiles of used, but not end-of-life, CFL bulbs lying about. I would like to replace the non compact variant of fluorescence bulbs, but the equipment to power the fluorescent bulbs is in the lamp holder itself (CFLs have this integrated as part of the bulb design), so an overhaul of the lamp holder is necessary to make it work with LED. On top of that, the LEDs used for these kind of fixtures are more expensive. In the end, these remain as fluorescent bulbs.

Lighting for rooms that are infrequently used, or lit up for only a short time, are somewhat tricky. Lights being used for only a short time are not good for the lifespan of fluorescent bulbs. Its long warm up time, and flickering as it happens if it has a starter plug, are not ideal for these kinds of places. LEDs are the most suitable for this kind of situation, but not from a cost perspective if you don't already have one (and lasting way longer than the rated 15 years due to less-than-usual usage). Since I have plenty of incandescent bulbs lying around, those are the most ideal kind of bulbs for this kind of situation, though some adapters are needed to fit into the socket. Thankfully, none were fixtures for fluorescent bulbs.

Well, this isn't exactly saving the environment kind of method, but to minimize the home electricity bill is to use electricity that you are not (directly) paying for. You can get even more out of this by charging your devices (including power banks).

18 October 2015

716th post - Seperating the confusion with USB type-C and 3.1

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When I look around YouTube comments in videos, particularly that of the 2015 MacBook, people seemed confused that the two USB type-C and 3.1 are together, or an Apple-only standard. (In fact, Google's Chromebook Pixel and newer generation Nexus phones uses it too.)

What is USB 3.1?
Here's the confusing bit. USB 3.1 has two different versions: Gen1 and Gen2. Gen1. Gen1 is basically renamed 3.0, where maximum transfer speed is 5Gbps. Gen2 is the real new 3.1 with speeds doubled to 10Gbps.

It's not Thunderbolt 3, which uses the same USB type-C connectors with the thunderbolt logo on it, so don't expect a USB type-C to mini-DisplayPort adapter to work unless it's between Thunderbolt 3 and Thunderbolt 1/2 or DisplayPort protocols. Separately, you can have video output with just USB 3.0 3.1.

What is USB type-C?
Well, we all know what it looks like and how reversible it is, but here is the list of what is is and what it isn't.

What it is not:
  • It's a propriety standard by Apple - While Apple is among the first to introduce it and among those behind it, it's not. Do you even know what USB means?
  • USB type-C is also USB 3.1 - Not necessarily. Since type-C is designed to replace type-A and type-B (and their mini/micro variants), USB 2.0 with type-C connector is possible. USB 1.1 too, though there is no supported backward compatibility to 1.1 for 3.0 3.1 Gen1.
What is new about it over older standards:
  •  It makes using USB On-The-Go (OTG) devices less troublesome and confusing - Type-A is for host devices, type-B is for slave devices, but with portable devices like smartphones these days acting both as a host and slave this is tricky: storage device you want to connect has type-A, but host device uses micro-B. Using type-C on both ends eliminates the weird female type-A to male micro-B adapter/cable necessary to make it work.
  • Charge a device with another device instead of plugging it to the wall or PC -The concept of is not new with power banks having been around for a while, but the difference is that you can basically charge a phone with another phone. Helpful if you are running low and your friend's has more charge to spare.
  • Supports "Alternate Modes" - It supports different protocols with the same USB type-C cable where, like Thunderbolt 3 mentioned earlier, utilizes the same cable, provided the hosts supports it.
  • Supports USB Power Delivery 2.0 - Now supports up to 100W (20V 5A) of power. Older standards supported between 0.75W (5V 0.15A) and 7.5W (5V 1.5A). This means a whole new group of devices, like laptops, could just be powered from USB without the need of a separate power brick. You can use the same 100W charger to charge your phone at 5W, but don't expect your phone charger to charge your 100W device any higher than 10W (5V 2.1A).

You will need an adapter if converting to and from type-C, but as time passes by, this may not be needed as more devices come into the market.

At the time of writing, there are a few devices released with USB type-C connector, but quite rare. The common "standard" USB cables should have type-A male on one end, and type-B male on the other. the type-B end can be replaced with mini-B (deprecated in 2007) or micro-B. USB 3.0 variants of these add additional pins, but still usable with 2.0 cables without the need for adapters, though limited to 2.0 speeds due to the lack of pins needed for 3.0. A standard type-C cable should have type-C male on both ends, where anything else is non-standard. You may encounter type-C to type-A at this time, which is fairy common for any USB to non-standard USB ports like that 30-pin connector, or a particular dual-screen portable handheld device.

Micro and Mini variants of type-A do exist, but are strangely uncommon. Even though type-C is about the same size as micro-B, it is wrong to call it a micro connector. It may be possible to have an even smaller variant of type-C, but that doesn't exist at the time of writing.

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