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    [–] Samsung mocks the new generation of IPhones itwasonlythewind 8 points ago in videos

    I’ll be rocking this 5s until it disintegrates then I’ll buy a used one. No problems whatsoever after 5 years. If apple tries some bullshit like slow it down or tell carriers not to support it that’ll be the last time I buy or speak highly of them. Their new jumbo phones w crap features make me cringe.

    [–] Colbert Links Big Pharma's Sackler Family To America's Opioid Crisis itwasonlythewind 5 points ago in television

    Your brain is in a constant wave of ups and downs. Uppers and downers artificially change the waves. In recovery, you replace the artificial with real. The high of making a new friend, the high of a good exercise, the high of a new job, the relax of a good book, the relax of a hike or beach, the relax of a good night’s sleep. Sure, society has problems but the answers are out there amongst the chaos. Looking for a more complex answer can sometimes be a distraction from an honest effort at living a plain and humble lifestyle. Recovery is often a very slow process and more and more we want answers fast and don’t want to trust things that don’t have instant results.

    [–] Colbert Links Big Pharma's Sackler Family To America's Opioid Crisis itwasonlythewind 12 points ago in television

    From a neuroscience POV, taking them when you have little or no pain activates your brain’s reward and addiction centers significantly more. The reasoning there is very simple to understand. If you’re in tons of pain, meds will take you back to base level. If you’re not in tons of pain, the same meds will take you to being very high and activate your addiction centers. For some people with unlucky genetics, waking up their addiction centers is like setting off a bomb. But everyone has these centers so you’re not a special case. If you take meds on a regime instead of as needed.. well you’ve officially fucked your brain’s baseline levels for too long and it will rewire itself to need those meds/that high to stay at baseline.

    [–] Ariana Grande groped by pastor at Aretha Franklin's funeral itwasonlythewind 617 points ago in videos

    If that’s his “apology”, more action needs to be taken against him, a lot more.

    [–] [Serious] Redditors who have seen an employee fired on the spot, what did they do that caused them to deserve it? itwasonlythewind 21 points ago in AskReddit

    Doesn’t matter, it’s the auditor, IRS and labor board the employer needs to be straight with to stay legal, has nothing to do with the employee’s apathy.

    [–] [Virginia] Cops keep getting sent to my address via 911 calls from an unknown caller. itwasonlythewind 15 points ago in legaladvice

    I just got one and they’re so cheap and awesome nowadays! Goes right to my mobile and cloud. 5 minutes to install and I sleep better.

    [–] Driver caught purposely splashing pedestrians itwasonlythewind 97 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago) in videos

    Considering they have gotten zero upvotes vs downvotes probably themselves from another account, aka troll. The discord on Reddit lately is unbelievable, and like you said this comment is just plain shit, not worthy of gold, so it’s someone trying to sow discord by making this shit seem like something someone cares about.

    Edit: fucking troll also edited their comment* like a coward once it went negative.

    [–] Britain so badly scorched by heatwave it has turned from green to brown in satellite photographs itwasonlythewind 17 points ago in worldnews

    You’re right, global warming swings both ways, which does make it a misnomer, basically the extremes become more extreme and temperate weather becomes rare. Hot summer, cold winter and short spring/fall.

    [–] Windows 10 upgrade woes itwasonlythewind 11 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago) in talesfromtechsupport

    Can you explain what you meant by Win7 is reaching the end of its life to a non IT guy? Windows 8 & 10 seem like bloat/spy/devilware and give me a headache. If I don’t need office support am I still good on Win7? I turned off win updates a while ago because it would morph into a win8/Win7 shit cocktail. I’m not educated enough to know whether those security updates are necessary at this point vs the headache of a new OS.

    Edit: IT people are awesomely helpful, other CS industries could learn from them, thanks all!

    [–] OP contracted herpes and wants revenge. itwasonlythewind 13 points ago in bestoflegaladvice

    Reason #17483 you don’t date a guy who can’t find a girl even close to around their own age.

    [–] OP contracted herpes and wants revenge. itwasonlythewind 14 points ago in bestoflegaladvice

    It’s too bad good medical advice from a kind heart is like finding a Cheetah in GTA vice city while you’re running through the ghetto with 3 stars.

    [–] Knock Knock, Wait I’m Naked (Cleaner Kerfuffle) itwasonlythewind 41 points ago in TalesFromTheCustomer

    Flip the genders and it’s so far from alright that a cartoon’s head would explode for imagery.

    [–] FIFA billed me $1095 USD for tickets i didnt apply for, then cancelled those tickets so i couldn't collect them, and now are refusing to refund me. itwasonlythewind 11 points ago in soccer

    Biggest point that most here are missing. If you pay for something with a CC and never get it then you’ll get your money back regardless of what FIFA says. FIFA will have to prove they gave you the tickets after you file a dispute and they won’t be able to in good faith.

    [–] [Serious] What are the most interesting cases that seemingly involve paranormal/supernatural/etc. elements? itwasonlythewind 27 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago) in UnresolvedMysteries

    I’m going to go into detail because I like reading stories that do, it’s long though so I’m sorry. So in HS I was lucky enough to get into the IB program (harder curriculum basically) along with 3 other kids. The school was small and therefore we were the only ones in IB classes meaning we got a really good experience with teachers and the 4 of us got really close. It was awesome, not going to lie, we got a lot of special privileges but we were good kids. 2 girls (named A&C for this story) and 2 guys including myself (M will be my guy friend) were in this program. Another friend N (girl same grade) joined the ouija session as well.

    It was actually N’s idea to use the ouija and it was her board. What prompted this was one time before when N wanted to explore an old house in the woods near my house with our group of friends. It was a fun time, a little spooky but mostly N getting scared and grabbing on to me over and over. As a teenage boy this made that event all the better so when N wanted to ouija in my house I didn’t think twice about it.

    So the night of: my 4 friends come over and my dad and little bro are on the first floor so we move up to the third floor, which I had been told by relatives and my housekeeper (yes I was spoiled) and previous owners was the spooky floor. The second floor had a tiny staircase and tiny entryway to the third floor. Houses this old have some funny oddities, massive ceilings sometimes and then other rooms would have tiny ass doors (all the doors are solid wood cores which I find cool and there are axes marks in the foundation wood because no chainsaws then) The rev war was before the civil war so it’s hard for me to imagine the era but when it was built the next nearest house was a plantation 30 miles away. This house doubled as a solider holdout for the war and was built on a hill for this reason. So lots of history in the house worth pointing out. Get this: every room had buzzers that rang in the kitchen to let the slaves know that help is needed and a panel showing which room.

    ANYways after you went up the steps there was a storage room to the left, a bedroom to the right and a room the same size at the top of the steps that connected them, no doors, open plan. The storage room had an exhaust fan that would slam sometimes from the wind, I always assumed that’s what creeped relatives who stayed on the 2nd floor. And the bedroom had tiny windows on either side of a fireplace chute that looked ultra creepy from the outside. Fortunately I never saw anyone in the windows from the outside but you’d almost expect there to be. The house just had everything going to make it spooky. Big columns in the front, always looked like a museum in time no matter how lively things were inside.

    N was the only one of us who knew anything about ouija, we were sheltered kids. So she led the whole thing. The 5 of us sat on the floor in the middle room on the third floor around the ouija board. N lit some candles and turned the lights off. The atmosphere was interesting at first. The IB four of us were laughingly skeptical up until this point, like I said we thought we were smart and science was what we knew. We weren’t mean about it just not especially serious, N said we needed to change our attitudes before beginning. That we needed to honestly be open to the idea or it wouldn’t work. From that point on the atmosphere changed and N did a good job pushing forward. We held hands while she said something along the lines of: is anyone there? N kept a serious level of respect every time she was talking, now I suspect she knew not to fuck with spirits. She said we were to each put two fingers on the planchette and wait. And just like a movie after a minute or so it started slowly creeping around the board. N starts asking basic questions and the planchette keeps moving around. We all of course thought she was moving it around but N kept on with a serious look to her. We noticed it was great at moving with yes and no questions but went kinda mental when it wasn’t a yes or no. The planchette would either hop back and forth to the same two letters or smell out nonsense. I figured N just wasn’t quick enough with her tricks. I don’t remember what we talked about with the first spirit I was too busy trying to debunk this.

    My first attempt to debunk was to figure out whose fingers were pulling the tricks so I started telling people one by one to take the fingers off starting with N. Eventually A and I were the last two and tried the best we could to apply no pressure to the planchette to prove the other was the trickster. At one point it was just me and the planchette would move the second I touched it and would stop the second id lift my fingers. I could tell the same thing happened to A because she looked up at me with this look in her eyes. Needless to say because A and I were the more serious of the group, this had a very sobering effect on the group and we stopped for a minute.

    Nah I thought I’m smarter than N I’ll figure this out. So we start up again and I start paying more attention to the questions everyone is asking. Now, asking yes or no questions and getting any info is much harder than you’d think. Does the afterlife exist? Were you murdered? Anything we could think of. We hadn’t used the numbers up until this point so I asked when the spirit was born and it gave a year like 1820 or something that was a reasonable answer, unlike the word answers that made no sense. Hmm I thought I’m the fastest math guy in the West I know how I’ll debunk this. I quickly asked what year they died and how old were they when they died and it went to the numbers before I could do the math in my head. Goosebumps adrenaline FUCK FUCK FUCK what just happened? I was stumped. It took my friends a few minutes to process what I’d just done and the significance of it and that’s when it stopped being funny. I’d felt the planchette drag me around but this spooked me more for some reason. So we took another break, tried to talk it over like adults and make sense of it for a few minutes then hopped back into it.

    This will sound strange but the next spirit wasn’t especially interesting to us, we’d already asked every question we could think of with the previous two. Were you a soldier? Slave? We didn’t know what to ask! How many kids did you have? Not especially interesting stuff and then took another break. The next part I’ll be writing with goosebumps on my arm apparently..

    N starts her monologue again: is anyone there? ... The room bursts to life. The candles started flickering wildly casting shadows everywhere while seeming brighter. A handful of flies were always on that floor, it was the top floor and this is the country but at the moment hundreds of flies we hadn’t noticed before started buzzing around losing their shit. A screams bloody murder, the exhaust fan slams loud as fuck, and everything goes back to normal in a split second. We look at A to see why she screamed and she said she felt a hand on her shoulder. We packed up and never talked about it again as a group. Only one who would ever talk about it with me again was N. After later researching ouija I burned the board in the fireplace on a trip back from college, didn’t want to keep spirits around accidentally for my family to deal with. Still have goosebumps haha. All I can say about that spirit is I don’t think it was a nice one and it didn’t want to be bothered.

    [–] [Serious] What are the most interesting cases that seemingly involve paranormal/supernatural/etc. elements? itwasonlythewind 27 points ago in UnresolvedMysteries

    Funny, my childhood house is in that series. I think it’s wise not to say which bc my family still lives there but it’s an old plantation home from the Revolutionary War. Some friends and I communicated with some slaves, soldiers, and one baddie that freaked us all out with a ouija board one night. Other people def hear/see shit. I never had anything happen except the occasional see your breath cold all of a sudden in the middle of the night and the ouija night, seemed like old souls that were there to rest and not be bothered is how I’d best describe my experience. Oh and of course it had a wrought iron with spike tips fence surrounding a cemetery with the general who built the house in the woods across the street, freaking hidden too, you could tell if you looked hard, the trees there were much taller inside the cemetery and stood above the tree line.

    [–] A friend sent me this, I thought you guys might find it interesting. Imagine a backyard full of these guys caring for your trees itwasonlythewind 5 points ago in Bonsai

    I know some plants are a lot more sensitive to being moved than others. For instance a ficus tree will shed most of its leaves when it’s moved to a new area. I can see a succulent like the jade shown being okay moving around some but a moving root ball (the whole plant) is not the same as branches growing towards sunlight. There’s a big difference for the plant and I’d be surprised if this tech does anything remotely meaningful for plants that they can’t do for themselves for free. I see a plant that’s doing just fine and has been for thousands of years being shaken to death by a spider robot for human entertainment. Just seems more creepy than cool.

    [–] Whistleblower Reality Winner, Charged Under the Espionage Act for Helping to Inform Public of Russian Election Meddling, Pleads Guilty itwasonlythewind 7 points ago in worldnews

    I don’t know of these and I’m sure they exist but logically as an outsider wouldn’t this concept defeat the purpose? Quick surveillance of these channels defeats the anonymity.

    [–] Nurses of Reddit, what is the spookiest thing that a patient did late at night? itwasonlythewind 76 points ago in AskReddit

    Phantom limb syndrome, mirror neurons, theres some pretty interesting stuff out there. Unfortunately I learned from studying neuroscience that most of these topics in the book end in basically: “that’s all we know for now..” So many unanswered questions even when you get deep into the field.