It’s time: YouTube notifications

I have held back on this for while, but I have to ask: What the fuck happened to the YouTube notification system?

For those not in the know: If you have a YouTube account and actually use said YouTube account, whenever you get a reply on one of your comments or somebody you have subscribed to, and for whom you have activated upload notifications, uploads, you get a notification. It’s like a Facebook (*shiver*) notification, really.

It used to be that these notifications would work in a modular way such that one could just click on the notification bell next to the channel icon in the upper right corner of the web page and select a notification. The notification would then expand dong and allow you to read whatever kind of notification it was. Well, guess what? It doesn’t fucking work like that anymore!

For the entirety of 2017, I have completely avoided the notification system completely, because it now does not allow you to read what the notification is about without having to either leave the current page completely or open up a new tab using the middle mouse button! So, if you have a reply on a comment, the notification tab does not actually tell you that it is a reply to one of your comments on a given video at a given time anymore! It’s just an image of whatever avatar the user in question has and a timestamp, along with a video thumbnail. No context, no username, no indication of the notification’s type whatsoever.

What a fucking joke.

P.S.: Okay, I found a way to discern whether a notification is an upload or a reply to one of your comments: You click the vertical ellipsis in the upper right corner of the notification to expand dong the extra options menu. You will then indirectly be told what kind of notification it is. If the menu says a) “Mute [USERNAME]” followed by “Turn off reply updates”, then it is a reply to one of your comments, and if the menu says b) “Turn off notifications for: [USERNAME]”, then it is an upload from one of the channels, notifications for which you have turned on (wow pretentious English).

P.S.: This was actually written on the 8th of August, but for some reason, WordPress decided not to publish it. That’s good. Now YouTube has changed their layout once again, and I have mixed feelings about it. I probably won’t write any more on this subject.

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Fallout 4 – Linguistic idea

I really hate the focus I’ve had on Fallout 4 lately, but I just had a small thought: why does everyone in this world have the exact same dialects one would find today? The language has not changed one bit; the grammar has remained the same, and the same goes for vocabulary, aside from in-universe jargon which is required to describe certain things, of course.

It’s just a bit odd. Two centuries pass and the English language remains the same? No. Separation of groups of people like that is bound to cause dialects to pop up which would be audibly different from anything we have today. Of course, there are radio stations, but I can’t imagine there being radio stations everywhere right? I don’t know.

I might as well use this post to vent about the Draconic language in “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim”, or just “Skyrim”. Concerning the vocabulary, what the hell is up with that language? It’s literally just English except encrypted! Its grammar is English, its sentence structure is English, and its overall flow reeks of English! It’s not a language; it’s a cipher, a kid’s invention, a fraud! It’s something I would have come up with back when I was twelve!

I need sleep now…

P.S. 1st of July, 2017: Perhaps the English language has devolved into something analogous to the fusion of iron in the core of a star; it has stopped “evolving” due to reaching a critical stage of non-evolvability. Nah, that couldn’t be.

Fallout 4 is !great

I love this game. I decided to return to this game after half-a-year of not playing. I love how everything is so technically difficult. And, by “difficult”, I mean “retarded”.

Seriously, everything in this game is retarded. I say that going by the very definition of the word; the technology involved in this game’s engine is so outdated, it can’t even handle out-of-disk-space situations properly. I thought games had that these days, but no, we can’t have that because that would require actual work being put into the actual game engine instead of making a game world and scripts for the various quests which I frankly don’t give a single shit about.

Essentially, I lost some time playing because I happened to run out of disk space while playing the game. The reason this happened is because I usually don’t take into consideration the fact that the game’s save location is, by default, forever in the “my documents” folder, which is fucking retarded. That’s on my SSD dedicated to my OS and core programs! Let me change the damn save location! Jesus! Honestly, it would take like 5 minutes of coding. It’s a string of characters! But no, we can’t have that, either, because that would require adding non-essential stuff not related to gameplay to the game, and that’s a waste of time, innit? It has to be another pain in the poophole added to the already exhaustive list of dogshit this game has to offer. 

Thankfully, I only lost about six real-time days of progress, because I did at least have the foresight to copy my save files over to a location on a disk which is not in any way going to run out of disk space any time soon before I started my new session. Well, actually, it’s more like five days, because this happened yesterday, but whatever.  And, by the way, that’s five days on which occurrences of gameplay have occurred, not five days of gameplay. That would be worse, because the save file has eight days of gameplay behind it in total, which, I admit, may not be all that much.

Regardless, I really hate how shit the game engine on which this game runs is. In conjunction with with terrible occlusion culling, sub-par pathfinding, ghouls spawning right in my face for no reason*, V.A.T.S. causing the game to freeze intermittently, enemies throwing grenades like they’re fucking supervillains or some shit, and an array of other issues, now including a lack of error messages when there is no disk space left to make the save actually, you know, SAVE, this makes actually playing the game an absolute pita at times.

Finally, I would just like to say to those who would probably go all “well, don’t put all your eggs in one basket and make some extra saves etc. etc. etc. blah blah blah”: I can’t. Why? Ask Bethesda. They’re the ones who made this arbitrary rule where I can’t make manual saves while playing survival mode, which denies the player control over the save function. To the dumbass developers who had the great idea of making survival mode but managed to fuck it up somehow: Good job! You sure did fuck that up good well good pulchritudinously! And, no, I’m not going to stop playing on survival mode, because I’ve spent my entire save game playing that mode, so it’s not like I’m just going to cop out like a dipshit because Todd Howard and his team troupe are being shitstains again.

You know, I might have to install a mod which allows me to mitigate this bullshit; at this point, it’s practically a necessity. Ooh, that’s another good point for future reference: If you’re going to make a game mode in which the player is no longer in control of the save files, make sure the fucking game works sufficiently well enough to warrant it in the first place. Okay? Thanks.


* This happened during my second run-through of Dun-whatever Borers or whatever the fuck it’s called. It was past the door with the flashback in the first run-through. Creepy shit, but that fucked up too, because I think I managed to break that as well. Fucking hell. Everything in this game breaks! Even the deathclaw in Concord got stuck in the hole it’s supposed to crawl out of! What a joke.

Fix for TES V: Skyrim “Special Edition” not launching

Regarding my absolute meltdown last night due to “Fallout 4” being an absolute crashy mess in V.A.T.S. and the special edition of “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” for whatever reason not launching, I seem to have found a fix. It’s the most stupid fix I have encountered yet.

See, whenever there are files missing or certain parts of a program are outdated, we tend to have certain… hrmmm… watchamacallits… oh yeah! ERROR MESSAGES in place! You know, those traumatizing yet helpful messages that tell you what is wrong and thus may give some pointers as to how you may proceed to fix the problem? I’m not including those worthless “oh lol something went wrong for whatever reason you know we’re not going to tell you because our programmers are too fuckign lazy to doa nything right so where just going to ignore you bye”-messages here. Fuck those.

Anyway, I was browsing the Steams and decided to search for “won’t launch”, which didn’t bring up any results. Oh… right, people don’t know what “launch” means. So I tried “won’t start”, and I ended up finding this thread. Specifically, the final comment, which mentioned this video, contained the fix I was looking for.

“So then,” I hear you say. “What was it, then, that was your problem, you spastic turd?” I won’t sugarcoat it for you nor anybody else. My problem was that Windows, specifically the seventh version, for whatever reason was missing this update.

As for why it was missing, I have no idea. I have updates turned on — even non-essential ones, I’m fairly sure. How I have not gotten this update over the course of two fucking months is incomprehensible to me. I’m pretty sure my system updates at least once a month, so don’t come here and tell me I was missing some update because it decided to skip it. Fuck that. That is absolutely retarded, and Micro$oft should be ashamed of themselves.