TIFU by turning a teenager into a gangster and getting detained for child abuse.
2020.09.18 19:36 dread_pirate_tTIFU by turning a teenager into a gangster and getting detained for child abuse.
As the last story of Chaz and I’s shenanigans seemed to cheer a few people up I thought I’d break my own vow not to post stuff on Reddit anymore and share Chaz 2, electric boogaloo. This story takes place a couple of years ago when Chaz was 13 and I was still dating hot Finnish girl, from this point known as HFG. I’d known Chaz for about 3 years at this point and he was pretty much a permanent fixture in my life, then as now he’d generally wander over after school and hang out with me and HFG till his dad got home from work. It’s worth noting that back then it was just Chaz and his dad so I’d do a share of looking after him when his dad was away on business or at the office late, he’d grown on me by this point so I didn’t mind and HFG adored having him around so it was win win. When he went back to school that year there was a noticeable change in the guy, from a live wire that never stopped talking and breaking my balls he became noticeably quieter and more withdrawn. While he was still coming over every day, he was moody and introspective, of course I asked him repeatedly what was up but got non-committal answers and evasion. To my lasting shame I chalked it up to him becoming a teenager and hoped he’d grow out of it sooner rather than later. Two months later with no improvement and Chaz starting to lose weight and pretty much hide out in his room 24/7 his dad asked me for help in getting to the bottom of whatever the problem was. Having had no luck so far, a plan was hatched, HFG and I were going to look after Chaz for the weekend while his dad was away and find out what the hell was going on. The trap was laid, having had no luck whatsoever getting him to open up I deployed my secret weapon in the form of HFG, now much as Chaz was my shadow at this point his heart very much belonged to HFG, he had a crush on her so bad it took him 6 months to stop blushing every time she walked into a room (for a small blond pale guy this was not a good look) and while he was always respectful and sweet to her I had no doubt if I died suddenly he’d see the path as clear lol. We arranged for him to come over on Friday night for an evening of pizza and 80s martial arts movies and stay the weekend. Our trap was then sprung, I worked late on Friday picking up pizza and getting home at 8 so that HFG had 4 clear hours to find out what the hell was going on, as I walked up the drive I got a text from HFG explaining that tears had been shed, not to react and she’d fill me in with details later. I walked into a very red-eyed and snotty Chaz cuddled up to my girlfriend on the couch and my heart damn well near broke, I played it like aces though and started dishing out pizza and put Kickboxer on to watch. By the time JCVD was drunkenly kicking ass Chaz was smiling and had started eating my, HFG and the leftover pizza. After making me promise to show him some Muay Thai moves over the weekend (I trained and still train Muay Thai and Capoeira very very badly) Chaz headed off to bed full of pizza and I got some of the story, while we still didn’t know what was up Chaz told HFG that he was in trouble and he couldn’t tell me or his dad or the school because he didn’t want to be a snitch and “they” had convinced him that being a snitch was the worst thing ever. The next day proceeded much as our days do, I worked on cars and the only difference from the norm was Chaz seemed to follow HFG less and seemed to ask me to teach him some Muay Thai every half an hour, I kept putting him off and kept that bargaining chip for later. Dinner that Saturday was Chinese food and the movie choice was back to back gangster movies, Usual suspects and Goodfellas, that was my first fuck up, as the credits rolled up on Ray Liotta in suburbia HFG disappeared to soak in the tub and I made my case. Like the Goodfellas and the usual suspects snitching was a thing you did to people outside of your family, going to the cops or teachers was snitching asking your friends for help was “what guys like us do” it took about half an hour of pushing the point that Chaz was Joe Pesci to my Robert De Nero before the cracks started to show and the promise of a training session at my gym the next day finally got him to open up. Turns out a few of the college kids (16yos in the UK) had been bullying Chaz’s and his friend mercilessly after school for the last few months, the periods of him hiding moping in his room had been after he’d tried to fight back and he’d been avoiding showing me or his dad his bruises. Not wanting to freak him out or cause any more trauma I downplayed the situation as well as I could and promised not to tell his father while promising to help him fix it. It was weird those moments, watching the load visibly lift from those scrawny little shoulders while my blood pounded in my ears and I fought the urge to jump in my car and go see how far I could yeet a teenager (pissed as I was HFG reacted a lot worse, literally murderous). By the time we got to the gym the next day Chaz was beginning to have a lot of his old spark back, it took me most of the morning and all of the car ride there to convince him that however hard he trained he wasn’t going to be taking on 4 guys twice his size any time soon but he was keen to learn and I was hoping training would give him some confidence. First two hours went well, I took him through some basic punches, kicks and strikes with palm and knee my twin brother called me at this point and I left Chaz with the bag while I went to ask a favour, my second fuck up, I never showed Chaz how to use a reflex bag, about 5 mins into my phone call it would appear he unloaded he best and biggest hook mistimed the next part and got a very hard very fast elastic propelled leather cannonball to the face. I stifled my urge to laugh gave Chaz my t-shirt to catch the copious amounts of blood flowing from his nose and decided a trip to A and E was in order as I didn’t want it setting wonky if it was broken. We were halfway to the hospital with Chaz developing rather a spectacular black eye when I made my third and most impressive fuck up, With his issues at school still in my mind I offhandedly suggested that if anyone asked he might want to tell them his injuries were the result of a big right hook in training rather than losing a fight with a speed bag. There’s no boredom quite like an NHS waiting room, it was an hour before they took Chaz off to look at his nose and it must have been another 20 mins before my day started to slide into chaos. They were burly police officers, both standing over me waiting to be noticed, the request for a quiet chat was polite and icy as hell, we walked to a small room with no windows and only one chair while the larger of the two clocked the door and the smaller politely enquired why according to the nurse who set his nose training with my teenage neighbour involved hitting him so hard I broke his nose and delivered a mild concussion. Realising he’d taken my advice about explaining his injury a little too literally I did my best to explain the mistake to two very sceptical police officers. After what seemed like an age the smaller policeman went off to verify Chaz’s story, I took a long slow sigh of relief and waited for the truth to set me free. The truth let me down rather badly this time as an hour later I was sitting in a police cell waiting for my solicitor. Once again my tiny sidekick and partner in crime had taken my advice about who a person can and cannot talk to and what they can and cannot say rather literally, when the police spoke to him he clammed up like a wiseguy in front of the FBI and when they pushed him hard on it he told the smaller policeman to go fuck his mother. Chaz’s dad saved me in the end, ever a slow methodical man and a good judge of character he’d swung by the gym on the way to the police station and snagged the CCTV footage of our training session that day. In a movie I’d end this with an elaborate prank that scared some sense into the pricks bullying Chaz but truth be told it just took me and my twin brother picking him from school for a week and giving the little pricks the hard eye for the bullying to stop. TL;DR bullied kid tries to learn martial arts, turns into Joe Peci under questioning.
2020.09.18 16:22 AMP_USUnofficial Watercool Heatkiller 30XX water block updates thread
I figured start one thread for everyone to check back on instead of chasing post by post. I will do my very best to keep the info here up to date If you see something that isn't included in this post, mention my reddit handle in a comment (with link or screen grab) and I'll update the post. TLDR (as of 09/18/2020):
Jakob is out of surgery and on the mend!
Presently, ETA for new blocks is 4-6 weeks after launch.
The reference design is proving difficult because AIBs are making small modifications to the reference design (EVGA XC3, etc), and exact info is scant. A compatibility list is impossible until more concrete info is available. Understandably, Watercool wants to maintain their hard earned trust as a quality, reliable brand and not issue conflicting info.
The cards that are supported will be chosen based on availability and sales.
It seems like the Founders Edition will get its own block and is all but confirmed at this point. It may get a novel double sided block layout (fin stack on both sides!?!?!?!?!? Siiiick. I seriously hope they do this.)
Blocks for AIB cards like the Strix (and possible the FTW3) will come at a later date (as per usual)
AMD 6000 blocks are on the radar. Probably no specific block for Zen 3, at least for a while.
Thanks for asking! Yes, it's really cool to suddenly be free of pain after 4 years. Didn't know how much it was draining me all this time. Pro-tip, children: if something hurts, go to the doctor instead of thinking "oh, it'll go away on its own"! Unfortunately, we are currently facing a similar problem that we are receiving very contradicting information. That is why we have not yet included the 30X0 in our compatibility list: at the moment we do not have any information that we consider to be so reliable that we want to publish it under our name. We are known for putting care above speed, and that also applies here: our coolers and the accompanying support information would rather take a little longer, but then really fit, than we would make a quick shot with a subsequent public apology and wave of corrections. You will get our cooler a little later - but you will get perfect quality! Ultimately, we (as an aftermarket manufacturer) and you (as end customers) are in the same boat: the flow of information from chip and card manufacturers is extremely thin, sometimes contradicting, and confusing. We first collect more data before we commit our cooler development resources for one or the other layout. We assume that we will then have a better picture of which layout promises the best sales figures for us and is also the easiest for you to get. In our opinion, this is the only serious approach given the confusing situation. Of course, we also carried out tests like this and produced some prototypes for them. The differences in performance were so small that, from our point of view, they do not justify a new variant. Of course, these findings will be incorporated into a new generation of coolers that will come at some point. At the moment we are still absolutely convinced of the performance of the HEATKILLER IV and do not see the need to replace it immediately.
There will probably be coolers for the reference layouts of 3080 and 3090 as well as for the Founders Edition. The coolers are expected to be released in 4-6 weeks. We will announce more information about possible pre-orders on our homepage and social media channels. In addition, if something is certain in this regard, I will of course also inform you here in the forum. We do not rule out that we could possibly also make coolers for a custom layout - the Asus Strix and EVGA FTW are particularly suitable. That as an official statement. As additional information for you: we are heading for a hot autumn anyway: we have to make 2-4 coolers for 30X0 anyway, depending on how the Reference and Founders boards differ. Then the AMD cards may already come, for which we will probably also want to make coolers - according to the rumor mill, these cards will be very promising. Whether we then make a cooler for a custom layout simply depends on when the developers have time to design it again. And last but not least, we have Zen3 in our house, where a new CPU cooler may finally be imposed. Unfortunately, the situation is therefore somewhat in limbo, and we can only recommend anyone who wants to install a water cooler to look for reference cards if possible. We will add 30X0 to our compatibility list as soon as we have a secure database.
Yes, that should be an exciting autumn with the new cards ... We are currently laying cable routes in our production hall so that the new machines also get power. In any case, we should complete the conversion before the Amperes go on sale. Coolers 📷 for the FEs of the 3080 and 3090 are set, they will definitely come. But 1-2 custom layouts are also supported, I think the Strix already have potential there. A lot is possible with the new design of the reference boards. The V-shaped free space is great to use ... A water-cooled backplate was actually already being considered for the 2080 series, maybe we will implement it in this generation
2020.09.18 09:44 XMG_ggXMG Gaming Laptops: First Steps & Troubleshooting
So you got yourself an XMG Gaming Laptop laptop, huh?
Congratulations! :-) Follow this handy guide to go through your first steps and some commonly recurring questions. This guide is pretty long and might look frightening on first look, but please note:
Sometimes it's not a bug, it might be a feature
Sometimes a thing might be caused by Windows or might be a known issue for a generic hardware components (including NVIDIA Optimus), i.e.: not caused by us
Some issues covered in this guide are extremely rare, have only been reported once or twice and might be very easy to fix
+++ BREAKING: Fix "No Speaker" issue on XMG FUSION 15 +++
Windows Update has recently brought us a "No speakers, no sound" issue on XMG FUSION 15. Please read all about the solution in this post. This should only be a temporary condition and solved soon by pulling the incompatible driver from Windows Update. Update: incompatible driver has been pulled on May 19, 2020. New driver going to be rolled out shortly. Now, moving on to the actual content of this thread:
I unboxed my XMG Laptop – what are my first steps?
1. If you purchased with Windows. When building our laptops, we always make sure to install the latest firmware and drivers. If you purchased with Windows, all drivers will already be installed and you can pretty much start working. NVIDIA updates their driver pretty often, so they might already have a new driver out. Open up GeForce Experience, log into your account and see if the app offers any driver updates. 2. If you purchased without operating system. Your SSD will be empty, but your firmware will be up to date. Even if you purchase without operating system, we will already have updated the latest BIOS and latest Thunderbolt firmware. Now it’s time to install Windows and install our drivers. If you don’t have your own Windows install media at hand, you can get the latest official version from here. The drivers for your XMG Laptop will be on a USB thumb drive in your shipping box. If you want to make absolutely sure that you’re getting the latest drivers, download them each by each from our download portal. Both sources will include a PDF file that will guide you through each step. The only tricky step is the Audio driver, where you’ll have to do a specific install and reboot sequence. This is explained in detail in the PDF file.
++ Troubleshooting (all models) +++
The following items might apply to any XMG or SCHENKER model. In fact, they might also apply to laptops from other brands. Further down below, you'll find a section that is more specific to individual models.
My battery life is less than it should be / I have high Idle power consumption / my dGPU is not turning off.
Battery life and power consumption are closely interconnected. If your system consumes too much power – even in Idle – your battery life will suffer. Preliminary: check your CPU usage, sorted by tasks Your first look should be into Windows Task Manager, tab "Details" and then sort by "CPU" usage. You should know that your CPU has multiple cores and threads. For example, on i7-9750H (6 cores, 12 threads) if one single-thread task is running at 100%, it translates to "only" 8% CPU load in Task Manager (100 divided by 12 = 8.33). 8% might not look like much at first glance. But in reality it's one core that is running at maximum speed, taking almost as much power as if all cores would run at the same time. This is because the CPU would boost a single core to much higher speed than it would boost all cores together. In other words: CPU usage values in Task Manager can be misleading, especially if some broken or badly programmed software is going rogue on a single thread. Do the math! So, on a 6 core CPU, if you have any process in Task Manager constantly running at 8%, something is off. Please identify which task it is, and either end it right there it or uninstall the related software altogether. Another way to check is to separate the Task Manager CPU activity graph into logical cores. Check these two screenshots:
In my example you can see one core in the middle was almost maxed out for a short amount of time. Thanks to the nature of Turbo Boost, this core would induce a boosted clock speed, leading to almost maxed-out power consumption and high temperatures. This is not always immediately visible because most programs would keep jumping from core to core, so you always see individual spikes to 100% on single core. You can try this yourself by using Prime95 and running it on only 1 thread. All systems nominal? CPU is nice and idle? Check the dGPU status. If you don't have any rogue tasks clogging up you CPU but your Idle power consumption is still off the charts, it might be because your NVIDIA GPU (dedicated GPU, dGPU) is not turning itself off. Under the system of NVIDIA Optimus (MSHybrid), all common Windows apps are run on the Intel UHD Graphics (integrated GPU, iGPU) by default and the dedicated GPU (dGPU) should turn itself off when it is not needed. This removes the dGPU from the power source but it also saves power on the CPU side, because the CPU can turn off the PCI-Express x16 dGPU connection and thus achieve lower sleep states in each CPU cycle. This system can be disturbed in a number of ways, leading to higher power consumption which in turn leads to lower battey life. 1. Check which system monitoring tools you are running in the background Some system monitoring software intentionally wakes up the dGPU. Keeping such software running in the background will inevitably lead to higher power consumption. We will keep a list of tools here which do and which do not keep the dGPU awake.
Does not keep the dGPU awake
Keeps the dGPU awake
AIDA64 (only when “Sensor” pane is open)
ASUS GPU Tweak II
Intel Extreme Tuning Utility
NVIDIA Control Panel
NVIDIA GeForce Experience
TechPowerUp Real Temp
Windows Task Manager
Open Hardware Monitor
XMG Control Center (only when “System Monitor” pane is open)
Please check if any of the programs on the right side of the table is running in the background on your machine. If they are, please remove them from Startup in the Task Manager. Some of the programs on the left side of the table might wake up the dGPU once for a few seconds during initialization. But according to our testing, they won’t keep the dGPU awake during normal operation. If you want to see, whether or not your dGPU is awake or not, the best bet is to use the “Sensors” function in HWiNFO64 and keep an eye on the GPU Temperature of your NVIDIA GeForce card. If the temperature reads 0°C, the dGPU is sleeping. With a right click on the Temperature value, you can even set up an alarm in form of a sound file, notification popup or logfile entry if the temperature reaches a value ≥ 1. 2. If external monitor is connected, dGPU will be awake. Both HDMI and USB-C/DisplayPort/Thunderbolt are connected directly to the NVIDIA GeForce card. This dedicated connection gives the XMG FUSION 15 the power to drive very high resolutions, refresh rates and to support G-SYNC and FreeSync on external screens. The trade-off: the dGPU will always be awake as soon as an external monitor is connected. Rendering can still happen on the iGPU (Intel UHD Graphics) - but the dGPU will always be "awake" to deliver the pixels to the screen. 3. The choice of running apps on iGPU vs. dGPU has to be done in Windows Graphics settings now. Microsoft is taking over the NVIDIA Optimus (MSHybrid) control from NVIDIA. On latest Windows builds and NVIDIA drivers, the NVIDIA driver now shoes a very small warning notification:
If you notice that certain apps wake up the dGPU, please see if you can assign them to the internal graphics in this new Windows setting dialogue. Please note that the aforementioned benchmark and system monitoring apps apps will override/ignore this setting anyway. But it should work fine for most if not all productivity apps and games. 4. Every app is running on dGPU as soon as external monitor is connected? No. NVIDIA’s Control Center has a hidden function called “NVIDIA GPU Activity” which supposedly shows which app is being rendered on the dGPU. You can find it by enabling "Display GPU Activity Monitor Icon in Notification Area". Unfortunately, this function is not accurate when using an external monitor. As soon as you have an external monitor connected, the notification window shows every newly launched app as if it’s being rendered on the dGPU, even though it is not. This has been confirmed by our NVIDIA contacts to be a general issue that affects all laptops with NVIDIA Optimus (MSHybrid) of every brand. It does not look as if NVIDIA has any plans to resolve this issue. Therefor, the “NVIDIA GPU Activity” will continue to show inaccurate information and should rather not be used at all. 5. dGPU does not go back to sleep after disconnecting external screen while browser is open If you launch your browser (Chrome, Firefox, Edge) while you are connected to an external screen, the browser’s hardware acceleration will use the dGPU. This happens despite the fact that you are forcing that app to run on Integrated Graphics. If the browser keeps running after you connect the external screen, it will keep the dGPU awake. Even sending the laptop to Standby and waking it up again won’t change that fact. The dGPU will only go back to sleep after you close the specific app that triggered this behaviour. This seems to affect every laptop with NVIDIA Optimus (MSHybrid) – not only XMG laptops. We have filed a report with NVIDIA and we are awaiting their feedback. Here is a short list of apps that are affected and not affected by this issue:
Not affected (Control Group)
This might also affect other apps if they are secretly using the dGPU for Hardware Acceleration. But so far, the 3 major browsers are the only apps we have confirmed to trigger this behaviour. According to what we heard, NVIDIA does not seem to have any plans to fix this issue on a fundamental basis. Workaround #1: Restart your Browser Close your browser and launch it again after disconnecting from the external screen. Workaround #2: Disable Hardware Acceleration in Browser You can find this in the Settings menu of your Browser.
Workaround #3: Disable and re-enable the dGPU instead of closing your Webbrowser Download here: dGpuCycle Script.zip Written by Notebookcheck user ‘Stepon’ (source). You can open the script with Notepad to read the source code. After disconnecting the external screen, run this Batch Script with Admin privileges. The script will disable and re-enable the dGPU in Device Manager. During that moment, your browser will drop the Hardware Acceleration from dGPU and go back to iGPU. Chrome will flicker for a fraction of a second. If you play any videos on your browser while running the script, you might have to restart playback by jumping to a different point in the video timeline. With some programming skills can be further automated to always run in the background. 6. Same as above, but for most if not all apps that use a browser engine underneath. The browser hardware acceleration issue applies to apps that are using a browser engine to create their GUI. If you launch such an app while you're connected to an external monitor, they will use the dGPU for hardware acceleration and won't let go of it until you either close the app or manually disable the dGPU. The most popular such apps are:
Microsoft Visual Code
The most widespread framework for such apps is Electron, but it's not limited to that. For example, Spotify uses a different implementation, based on Chromium browser engine. We are not aware of any way to disable hardware acceleration on these apps. Disabling hardware acceleration in your browser won't affect those apps. The only workarounds are:
Start the apps before you connect your external screen
Restart the apps after you connect your external screen
Disable and re-enable the dGPU with the above dGpuCycle script
As with other root causes in this section, this seems to apply to every laptop with NVIDIA Optimus. We have asked NVIDIA to comment in April 2020. 7. Outdated Killer Wi-Fi driver increasing power consumption. We had a report where an outdated Killer Wi-Fi suite caused high background CPU load. If you are using a Rivet Networks Killer Wi-Fi module, please download and install the latest drivers here. 8. Missing NVIDIA USB-C and Audio drivers keep the dGPU awake? We have a report from a user who made a custom install of NVIDIA drivers and unselected the NVIDIA USB-C and Audio drivers because he thought we won't need them. In this case, not having those drivers will cause the main driver to not shutdown the dGPU when searching for those two drivers. We were not able to reproduce it but we'll leave it in this guide for future reference. Solution: reinstall NVIDIA drivers and include every driver, even the optional ones. 9. Outdated Windows and firmware? If you haven’t already, make sure you are running the latest Windows updates and the latest BIOS. Some major Windows milestones (also called “Redstone” updated) need to be triggered manually by opening Windows Updates, then “Checking for updates”. Under “Optional updates”, there might be a “Feature update” which you can initiate with “Download and install now” (screenshot). 10. Third party PCIe/NVMe SSD preventing CPU from sleeping? We had recently a few reports on budget SSDs from smaller brands preventing the CPU from reaching C8 sleep states, severely cutting battery life. If you upgrades your SSD yourself with a model that is not listed in our online shop, please consider to swap it out, re-install Windows from scratch and try again. If you found your SSD to be the culprit, please share the product name with us. 11. Corsair iCue Software causes +10W power consumption? We have seen this report from multiple users. This one was the first:
I spent a week trying to figure out why the processor on my Fusion 15 was consuming so much power when idle (around 10W!). My battery life was absolutely abysmal at about 2.5 hours on a full charge. I thought I had ruled out the iCue software because I closed the app completely, but it turns out only a complete uninstall will allow everything to return to normal so it must have been the mouse driver itself rather than the iCue software.
Source We haven't checked it ourselves but any kind of hardware-related 3rd party software could potentially cause power saving issues on any system. 12. Epic Games Launcher running on dGPU First reported here]. Solution is in the top reply to that thread. 13. Paint 3D causes the dGPU to stay 'ON' by running in the Background, even after Reboot This seems to be a real issue based on a bug from Microsoft. Check this thread for details. 14. Other reason? Cannot reach CPU Package C8 Residency? Please take part in our survey Please read this post for an introduction into CPU Package C8 Residency states. The post includes a link to a survey to collect analytical data from users who just can't get their power consumption down despite already having implemented all prior suggestions. 15. Dig deeper? Check out this amazing in-depth guide about Windows power saving optimization and C-States. Written by user Che0063 on Notebookreview in 2018 and constantly updated into 2020, this guide is a deep dive into all things C-States.
You can find a PDF copy (pulled on 2020/05/26) of this guide here.
Random short spikes in lag and stutter
Intel Driver and Support Assistant (DSA) is acting up, causing CPU spikes up to 40% every 1-5 minutes. Taken from this post:
Intel Driver and Support Assistant (DSA) is acting up, causing CPU spikes up to 40% every 1-5 minutes. See this picture of task manager cumulative CPU time. Funny you already mentioned that it stopped working, as I experienced the same thing. Solution (TL;DR): Uninstall Intel DSA for now. You can do this via the windows Apps and Programs, or if it fails for any reason, download the official Uninstaller from the intel website. [...]
My laptop randomly wakes up from Standby.
1. Firmware solution for Wake-up 3 hours after entering Sleep/Standby. (XMG FUSION 15 only) There was an issue with the NVIDIA USB-C driver which caused the laptop to wake up exactly 3 hours after entering Standby. The laptop was trying to transition into Hibernate (Suspend to Disk) but failed to do so. This issue is resolved in BIOS 0062 and beyond. 2. Disable Wake timers (applies to any PC and Laptop) Depending on your Windows configuration, there might be certain task schedules (including Windows Updates) which prompt the laptop to wake-up from Sleep or Hibernate. To check on these issues, please read this article. The most common solution is to disable the “Allow wake timers” option for both “plugged in” and “on-battery”. Please note: this setting depends on each power profile and your laptop has three of them: Silent, Balanced, Enthusiast. Please switch to each of these profiles and modify “Allow wake timer” in the Advanced settings in Windows power options for each one of these. 3. Check the Wake-up cause There is a simple command that will tell you the reason why your laptop woke up for the last time. Usually this is something like "Power Button" or "Lid Opening", but in your case it might point to a different driver or Windows component. Find "Command Prompt" in Start Menu and type:
This command does not need Admin right. Please copy it by marking the output text and pressing Enter. The marked text from the Command Prompt windows is now in your clipboard and can be pasted into a text file or message box. Alternatively you can take a picture and report back to us.
My laptop needs a long time to boot up.
Cold Boot and Wake-up from Hibernate should not take much more than 12 seconds between pressing the power button and seeing the login screen wallpaper. If your laptop takes much longer, please consider the following options. 1. Enable “Fast Boot”. Enabling “Fast Boot” in BIOS is a requirement to use Microsoft’s “Hybrid Boot” technology which saves a lot of time on Cold Boot. Before shipping, we always enable “Fast Boot” in all XMG laptops – but it might get disabled by user operation. On some models, it might also get disabled during BIOS Reset. To make sure, you have “Fast Boot” enabled, follow these steps:
Reboot and enter BIOS Setup [F2]
Open [Boot] menu and enter [Boot Priority]
Find [Fast Boot] and set it to [Enabled]
Back in [Exit] category, select [Save Changes and Exit], Reboot
(the location of the "Fast Boot" option might be slightly, depending on your model) 2. Flash firmware again You can clearly seperate the boot process between BIOS time and Windows time. Everything that happens before you see the XMG boot logo is BIOS time. On XMG FUSION 15, it usually takes about 7 seconds between pressing the power button and seeing the XMG boot logo for the first time. If this time period is much, much longer in your case, the root cause might be in hardware or firmware. One potential solution was found in this post. This user already had a system with Thunderbolt Firmware NVM v56. But based on a hunch, he just tried to update the same firmware again and it instantly fixed his long BIOS time. It makes kind of sense. VBIOS, Thunderbolt... those are large, complex and kind of external components that are initialized in the very early steps of the the BIOS. If anything is stalling there, you won't see the boot logo because the BIOS hasn't even attempted yet to start talking to the SSD. Rule of thumb: if you have long BIOS time before you see the XMG logo, please consider to flash the BIOS and the Thunderbolt Firmware again. Now, let's look at various Windows-based causes: 3. Clean up TEMP folders Taken from this post.
Found out, during each boot Windows (namely it's ProfSvc service) takes everything you have in users/yourprofile folder and writes over those files. I suspect it's changing some meta data in the files. Probably edditing read/write premissions. But it goes one by one. And logon process waits for it to finish. As long as your computer is relatively clean, this operation takes a second or two. But when Visual Studio update "forgets" 160 000 files in your AppData/Temp folder, it results in 35 secs of profile loading during boot. All I needed was to empty the Temp folder and the bootups are back in normal!
You can either clean the Temp folders manually or use a software like CCleaner. Please beware, we would only recommend CCleaner to clean temp files, but don't clean the Windows Registry. It's usually safe to do but it can sometimes lead to false positive situations and side-effects. 4. Riot Games 'Vanguard' might block one of our drivers If you have game titles from Riot Games installed, the software 'Vanguard' might be blocking the 'inpoutx64.sys' driver on some of our systems. This driver is related to the Control Center. We have heard of one single case where the presence of Vanguard lead to a significantly increased boot-time. In other cases however, it had no effect despite getting the 'Vanguard has blocked' message in Windows. We will share this information with our ODM to see if our signed inpoutx64.sys/dll can be whitelisted. Meanwhile, please consider disabling or uninstalling Vanguard to see if it improves your boot time. 5. Consider a clean reinstall It might be inconvenient, but if you have any boot times that are wildly longer than above reference data, please consider a clean Windows installation. 'Clean' means deleting the system partitions on your SSD in the first step of the installation procedure. Before you do this, you should backup all important data on external storage. 6. Other causes. If your system still takes a long time to even display the XMG boot logo or to boot into the Login prompt, there might be another issue at hand. Please make sure to update your BIOS, load setup defaults, enable “Fast Boot” again and make sure that your Windows and drivers are up to date. Please also consider to follow the generic advice in this article. There is currently no other known systematic issue that prevents our laptops from doing a fast boot or fast wake-up. If you cannot resolve the issue on your machine, please consider to backup your data and do a clean Windows re-install. 7. Discussion For XMG FUSION 15 we have opened a dedicated tread about expected boot times after a clean install. Please move all relevant discussion to this thread:
(I might be using Discord) First, please make sure you increased the microphone gain to 100% and added the +20dB boost.
Find "Sound settings" in Start menu
Scroll down and click on "Sound Control Panel"
Select "Recording" tab and double-click your microphone
Select "Levels" tab and put everything to maximum (screenshot)
Now, some apps including Discord put additional processing on the microphone, including echo and noise cancellation. This can have a negative effect on microphone audio quality. Please see if you can disable all such options from your chat application and from the Realtek Control Panel.
I have random Bluescreens
Bluescreens can have a number of reasons. Sometimes, the error message or driver reference can already point at a root cause. If there are too many possible root causes, here are some generic tips.
If you have Undervolting in BIOS, disable it (set it to Zero)
Update your BIOS
Reset your BIOS (Load Defaults)
Make sure you have all drivers installed correctly (at least no yellow exclamation marks in Device Manager)
Make sure you are not running any 3rd party system software or drivers
Consider to do a clean Reinstall of Windows
Test your RAM with MemTest86, booted from USB
How to use MemTest86 to test my RAM Follow these steps:
Download MemTest 86 Free from here (you do not need to purchase the Pro version)
This will download a file called "memtest86-usb.zip". Extract it to a new sub-folder
Plug-in your USB stick. Make sure there is no important data. The next steps will delete all data on your USB stick.
In the new folder, run imageUSB.exe and confirm the Admin prompt
You will be greeted with this interface. Confirm the Drive Letter of your empty USB Stick
Click the "Write" button and read and confirm all prompts
With the USB stick successfully prepared, reboot your laptop and enter BIOS Setup (F2)
Make sure your laptop charging cable is plugged-in and connected to external power
Find and disable "Secure Boot" and "Fast Boot". Those are the only options you need to change. Enabling CSM or Legacy Mode is not required for this version of MemTest
Save & Exit from your BIOS setup. During the reboot hold F10 (XMG FUSION 15) or F7 (all other laptops) to enter the Boot Media Selection prompt
Select your USB drive from the Boot Media menu
MemTest86 will start automatically and look like this. If any errors are detected, take a picture of the screen and contact support
If you complete the first pass (Pass: 1 / 4) without any errors, there is a good chance that you won't see any additional errors and you can cancel the test and reboot with Ctrl+Alt+Del. When in doubt, you can also run it overnight with multiple passes. On a typical gaming laptop, running MemTest86 will constantly pull about 100W out of the wall socket
When you finish your tests, go back to BIOS Setup to undo earlier changes or just Load Defaults to reset everything
PRO TIP: If you have MemTest86 errors, you can try to open your laptop and test both memory modules individually. Remove one module and run the test again. If the errors only show on one of the modules, try the same module again in the other (empty) RAM slot. If the module shown errors when run individually in both of the RAM slots, it might be indeed faulty. If the RAM modules are actually not faulty, it can sometimes also help to just remove and replace (reseat) them. Sometimes, if they are not properly connected, they might also prompt random errors including iGPU graphics artifacts.
+++ Troubleshooting XMG FUSION 15 (2019) +++
The following items apply only to XMG FUSION 15. Please check first if your issue is covered under the general section above. The latest BIOS and Control Center update can be found in this thread.
My speaker sound is underwhelming / I cannot get Soundblaster Connect running.
Sound Blaster Connect is an important app to improve the experience of the audio system. It can increase volume (SmartVol) and Bass of the speakers. 1. Reinstall Audio drivers in the proper sequence Normally, when all pre-requisites are met, Soundblaster Connect should install automatically from Windows. You can then find it with a simple search for “Sound Blaster” in the Windows Start menu. If Sound Blaster Connect is no where to be found or if it only shows an empty screen, please follow the sequence precisely:
No prior steps necessary – you do not need to uninstall prior packages
You only need the file “AudioDriver_Package_3-in-1“
Extract the ZIP Archive
Install Audio-with-SST and reboot Windows (!)
If you are connected to the Internet, the system will now automatically install "Sound Blaster Connect" from Microsoft Store. This might take a few minutes or more. When in doubt, reboot once more after the Soundblaster-Creative_Audio_Effects.
My touchpad sometimes does not react.
This is a very rare issue that we have encountered a few times. For some users we have fixed it by replacing the laptop. The root cause is not entirely clear yet but there have been a few successful workarounds. Solution #1: Set Touchpad to “Most Sensitive” Find the “Touchpad” settings in Windows Start menu and change the sensitivity setting to “Most Sensitive”. Please report via PM with your order number if this fixes the issue for you. Solution #2: Reinstall BIOS and Control Center We have reports from users who got rid of any Touchpad issues by reinstalling the BIOS and Control Center. Please get the appropriate downloads from our Download Portal.
My CPU shows high activity in idle while having devices connected to USB-C port.
We are currently tracking an issue where users have reported >10% CPU usage in Idle while having certain devices connected to the USB-C port. Current Workaround: Disable Automatic Sleep on Thunderbolt controller Device Manager > System devices > Thunderbolt Controller > Power Management > Disable "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power"
I’m unable to turn off my keyboard backlight during boot.
Normally, if you disable the keyboard backlight in Control Center using the slider switch, it should also be disabled during Reboot, Cold Boot etc. We had one report of a rare issue where this settings was not applied to firmware anymore. If you encounter this issue, please click the “Restore” button in Control Center to reset all you Keyboard Backlight settings. Then, try again to disable the Keyboard Backlight and reboot.
My keyboard backlight is not turning on anymore.
We had a few reports of keyboard backlight not being able to turn on anymore. If you encounter this issue, please reset your BIOS settings.
Reboot and enter BIOS Setup [F2]
Open [Exit] menu; select and confirm [Restore Defaults] but do not reboot yet
Open [Boot] menu and enter [Boot Priority]
Find [Fast Boot] and set it to [Enabled]
Back in [Exit] category, select [Save Changes and Exit], Reboot
I cannot access my BIOS Setup (F2) anymore.
This is another very rare issue that was only reported once so far. If you cannot access your BIOS Setup, you cannot do a BIOS Reset anymore. Solution: Remove CMOS Jumper from Mainboard and Reboot The mainboard of XMG FUSION 15 has a jumper to control the BIOS Reset. In order to reach this jumper, you will need to remove the bottom case of the laptop. This is as easy as removing the 10 screws on the bottom side and then simply lifting the bottom cover away from the laptop. The jumper is located next to the WiFi module
After having done this Reset, please place the jumper again it it's original position, connecting pins "1" and "2" as seen in the "Top View" picture linked above. Now, please see if you can now get back into BIOS Setup with the F2 key during boot.
My external USB mouse sometimes stops moving.
We have some reports from USB gaming mouse with ≥1000Hz polling rate that sometimes stop working when used together with USB hubs, both on USB-A and USB-C (Thunderbolt). Please install the latest official drivers from your mouse vendor and see if you can reduce the polling rate to 500Hz to see if it makes any difference.
My system consumes about 1~2% battery in Standby/Sleep mode
This is normal and also affects both XMG FUSION and XMG NEO series with opto-mechanical keyboard. Reason: the keyboard consumes slightly over 1W even in standby, because it is still firing up the Infrared barriers for every individual switch. This is to make sure that the keyboard can wake the system from standby. This translates to a power consumption (witch charger, measured at wall socket) of up to 1.8W in Standby if the battery is already fully charged. Due to a hardware design constraint, the power of the keyboard switches cannot be turned off, unless the system is sent to Hibernate (S4) or Shutdown (S5). Workaround: use Hibernate. By default, Standby automatically transitions into Hibernate after 180 minutes. You can shorten this timespan in the Advanced Power Options in Windows (Screenshot). You have to do this for each of the Performance Profiles that you use (Silent, Balanced, Enthusiast). Before that, you have to enable Hibernate in this menu.
I would like to improve my DPC Latencies.
For guaranteed low DPC latencies, please check out our SCHENKER Audio Editions. For all other models, we're going to collect a number of tips here over time.
I have issues with USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 adapters on XMG FUSION 15
XMG FUSION 15 (2019, XFU15L19) had a bit of a shaky history with some USB-C adapters and Thunderbolt Docking Stations. It seems like the most serious issues have been ironed out with BIOS 0064 and Thunderbolt Firmware-Update NVM v56. If you plan to use USB-C port and you purchased your laptop before May 2020, please make sure to update your firmware as explained in this thread:
For more FAQ on XMG, SCHENKER and Bestware, please check our FAQ Page:https://bestware.com/faqs/ If we find more commonly asked questions (especially ones that are specific to popular models), we will add them to this guide. If you have any questions or issues that are not covered in this guide, please reply in the comments below! // Tom
2020.09.18 03:24 NamNguyen56The last game of President Trump: Breaking the coup attempt of the Democratic Party and the enemy of the country
https://preview.redd.it/ug8v68p56tn51.jpg?width=250&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=5d4811f34c36b80a4f611e03de3336cffb2223e1 https://preview.redd.it/5819wev66tn51.jpg?width=250&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=23fed9616c328b90788ccfa78aaf9a6c94c9dbd7 https://preview.redd.it/tdjj0cn76tn51.jpg?width=250&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=5ca5f61d3efd5ae5d6d52beb7c8aee0a0aa84f7f The last game of President Trump: Breaking the coup attempt of the Democratic Party and the enemy of the country The closer you get to the election day (November 3), you can feel the heat from all sides surrounded the ballot box, from the Democratic Party's push to vote by mail to the application of the military to the election. or not? It can be said that President Trump is facing a lot of pitfalls of the righteous "enemy" in the heart of the country. But as a "warrior" of difficult space, it can be said that the current decisions and statements of President Trump have pushed "the opponent" into the situation ... do not know where to go. 2020: The Democratic Party's "n" coup attempt In February 2020, after many failed "coups" since Trump entered the White House (January 2017), Democrats and other underground State forces plotted to "oust" President Trump. out of the White House with a "farce" or "farce", and it ultimately failed miserably. When the "tricks" are applied based on both "subjective and objective" factors such as the Wuhan virus, shutting down the economy, destroying riot, abolishing the police ... counterproductive, more precise. is a huge failure again, now the Democratic "rulers" are openly talking about staging a "coup". Starting with statements from the US Department of Defense to quietly guide public opinion that the military will not obey the orders of the President. All of the above statements are from former generals - most of them are those who served under former President Barack Obama, and helped "spread" by Big Media to the American public. In July 2018, CNN once "revealed" that a series of generals in the Trump administration were disobeying his requests. And CNN, New York Times ... try to "illustrate" so that the American people believe that the President of the United States cannot afford to become the most powerful man in the world. (first) CNN opened up, Defense Secretary James Mattis - then among those "disobedient" top officials - is said to have made disparaging comments on President Trump on matters related to Syria and North Korea, with the comments "Mr. Trump understands these issues at the level of an elementary school student". US Joint Chiefs of Staff Vice Chairman John Hyten, who is responsible for America's top nuclear command, said he opposes President Trump's order on a nuclear strike if that is " illegal". As for CNBC, incumbent Defense Secretary Mark Esper opposes the introduction of the Resurrection Act - allowing President Trump to deploy US troops in active service - in response to civil unrest caused by Antifa, Black Lives Matter caused in major cities across the US in May 2020. (2) As the riots intensified by domestic terrorist groups, with the "help" of the Democratic governors run earlier in June, Defense Secretary Mark Esper declared publicly announced in the media that the President should not invoke the Resurrection Act. The left-wing media massively released this information, simultaneously interpreting and dissecting the Secretary of Defense's message: “Mr. President, don't tell us to do it, because we won't, And he knows what will happen after that. All these "tricks" of the left-wing media have "breathed relay" for candidate Joe Biden to confidently assert to Fox News that the military will "escort [Trump] from the White House with an official dispatch." great ”if the president refuses to leave office. And yet, former Vice President Al Gore (under the Bill Clinton administration) also publicly agreed with this view of Joe Biden. (3) You may think that this is just a "joking" comment of a "patient" with dementia, and of a "hideout" who always offers "renaissance" campaign policies to America. from inside the basement of the house he is in. But Democrats are not accidentally "innocent" as you think. They have a methodical strategy to "brainwash" the American people step by step before "coup", even for Mr. Joe Biden "doze" to say innocuous statements as above. Democrats are not accidentally "innocent" as you think. They have a methodical strategy to "brainwash" the American people step by step before "coup". (Getty) It is no coincidence that the Washington Post recently (September 3) published an article titled: "What's the worst that could happen ..." The article publicly outlined a scenario, in which "Trump won," the Democrats desperate and vice versa. (4) They purposely leaked a summer story about a meeting of about 100 Democrats who were former "anti-Trump" Republicans and other underground powers. (following the devilish trend of billionaire George Soros) together "play the lottery" - outlined different options and results in the 2020 election. The end result is an absolute victory of the current President Trump. However, Bill Clinton's former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta (who plays Joe Biden) refused to give in, pressuring states that Trump had won the Democratic nomination for the main vote. formula of the Electoral College, and is confident that the military will take care of the rest. (5) This deliberately "leaked" report shows that, if there is "dispute" from the post-election tally, then "technocratic solutions, courts and dependence on elites comply by standards is not the answer ”. Which it promises, what will happen after the November elections will be "a street fight, not a war of riot. The underground powers and Democrats have outlined a bold plan to topple President Trump if he is re-elected. (Getty) That means Big Media has "confirmed" to the American public that the possibility of post-election rioting (if President Trump is re-elected) will occur. Add two other baselines that can't be ignored. The first data is that on August 11, Representatives Elissa Slotkin (Michigan) and Mikie Sherrill (New Jersey) wrote an open letter to General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In the letter, two Democrats urged General Mark Milley to deploy the 82nd Airborne Division to "escort" President Trump out of the Oval Office at 12:01 p.m. on January 20, 2021 for Joe Biden to "continue. The White House. (6) The letter is the most obvious answer to the Democratic conspiracy right after candidate Joe Biden offered his "idea": If President Trump loses in the 2020 election (and if he refuses to give in ), then the Democrats may have to "ask" the military to escort him out of the White House. The second data is that just about a month later, Hillary Clinton publicly declared that Joe Biden should not give in to the election "under any circumstances". (7) This does not sound like the "rhetoric" of a great politician, of a major political party. All the above facts show that the Democrats are once again planning to "coup" President Donald Trump even if he wins over Joe Biden in the 2020 election. Why Big Media and the Citizen Party Owner openly conspired "coup"? The answer is simple, because the Deep State forces know that, for this coup "conspiracy" to succeed, it must not seem like a conspiracy. And at all times, wherever they are, they need to instill in the minds of the American people and the world public that, illegally removing President Trump from his term is partly due to the "fault" of yourself: Fascist dictator, entrenched power etc and so forth They "brainwash" the American people not to mind Joe Biden's "extravagant" statement, that President Trump will refuse to leave the White House when he believed he had won legally. But what they want to emphasize through the "firm" statement of Hillary Clinton that: Joe Biden should not lose under any circumstances. The focus of the Democratic Party's coup "conspiracy" is by all means to exaggerate the risk of pandemic Wuhan virus, with the help of CDC, Big Tech, Big Media, Big Pharma to stop the people. The United States voted directly, which in turn led to voting by mail. This is a form to create conditions for Democrats to cheat votes and "buy time" to count votes. The Deep State powers know that in order for this coup "plot" to succeed, it must not act like a conspiracy. In early September, the Hawkfish analysis firm (backed Joe Biden) announced that there was a chance that President Trump would win a landslide match on election night (November 3), but could lose. after the Democrats tally their mail ballots. Hawkfish's director, Josh Mendelsohn, said a possible scenario when President Trump holds a 408-130 electoral ballot on election night, but has only 15% of the vote. by mail is checked. But after all the votes were counted, the company predicted Joe Biden "eventually won a big, 334-204 win." Mr. Mendelsohn said: “When every legitimate vote is checked and we reach the last day, which is the day after Election Day, reality shows what happened on the exact election night. as such. Looks like Donald Trump took the lead, and he basically won't win when every vote counts. " Meanwhile, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also said that Americans have to get used to thinking that the election results may take "weeks" to be confirmed after the vote (November 3), and "status "Civil unrest is possible." Twitter announced that they will delete any tweet declaring victory before the election results are confirmed. Meaning Twitter indirectly confirmed, the platform would prevent President Trump's supporters from challenging the legitimacy of any delay in announcing winners. The worst case scenario will result in some states having ambiguous votes. Then a fierce dispute will happen to the point where no one can accurately declare the winner. Of course, then a whole system of Underground State behind "back", will help Democrats declare Joe Biden final victory. America "runs out" if Joe Biden and Democrats win. As President Trump once warned, if Joe Biden wins, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will take over America. At the same time, many observers also found that America, under the leadership of Joe Biden, would follow a socialist model. This should come as no surprise, given that Joe Biden has a close "history", with the CCP leaders, openly downplaying the threat from China as well as his "demographic" campaigning policies. always attaching special importance to high taxes, supporting abortion, similar to the socialist democratic model. The dangerous thing is, if Joe Biden and the Democrats somehow "take over" the White House in this 2020 election, they will change the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights, by canceling the Second Amendment. 2 (allowing Americans the right to own guns), opening up the border so that millions of illegal immigrants enter the United States, causing job "bleeding" and chaos. At the same time, Democrats will keep all political dissidents - true Americans - silent. Under the mighty power of the Underground State, opposition Americans, patriotic Americans, and traditional rightists will be tightly censored. Believers, Christians will be intimidated, beaten, and even executed by domestic terrorist groups such as Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and even executed, whose law (of the Democratic Party) will protect them in a favorable way. ethnic minorities. All Christian speeches will be "criminalized", and the Bible will be outlawed. America is embraced by Marxist left-wing ideology. The riots over the past three months in the United States have demonstrated an ever darker outlook after the election, and show that the extreme left is a frantic, authoritarian, anti-American "sect." The radical left "nurtured" and activated by the mainstream media, launched a violent communist revolution against America's values of freedom and democracy. Big Media, Big Tech has demonstrated dangerous lawlessness by censoring all speeches online, protesting the radical liberal's psychotic delusions. The ultimate purpose of this underworld is: Full power to rule, eliminate police and censor people with opposing views. In the future, America is no longer a shore of Freedom, but becomes a country like the country the CCP is running: Disrespecting the law and upholding the "law of the forest". Every American election from now on will be easily manipulated, stolen, cheated, or altered with violence by leftists who hate America, and despise all Americans who love. True water. President Trump - lonely warrior: "Quick quenching" violence Of course, all the above actions are prevented by President Donald Trump. The Politico newspaper reported that on September 10, President Trump threatened to "quell ... very quickly" the riots on election night (November 3), if the Democrats were dissatisfied. Street after his victory. (8) The remarks were made in an interview with Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, in which President Trump was asked how he would react to riots if he was declared the winner. on November 3. (9) We will take them down very quickly if they do. We have the right to do that. We have the power to do it, if we want to… "(Getty) "We will take them down very quickly if they do," replied the President. We have the right to do that. We have the power to do it, if we want to ... Look, it's called rebellion. We just send, and we do it, very easily. I mean, it's very easy. I don't want to do it because there is no reason, but if we have to do so, we will do it and solve the problem within minutes ”. President Trump appears to be referring to the National Emergency Act - a law dating back to 1807 - that allows the President to deploy troops in the country for enforcement in certain emergencies. In other words, President Trump is declaring that he will deploy his army to end the rebellions. There have been many analyzes and comments after this statement of President Trump. One of them is that President Trump will introduce the Resurrection Act shortly after the election. This allows the President to invoke the executive powers of the Fourteenth Amendment, in which paragraph 3 states: “Anyone who is a member of Congress, or an official of the United States, or a member of a state legislature, or an administrative or judicial official of any state has made a declaration. o swear to support the Constitution of the United States but participate in revolts or rebellions against the Constitution or assist or lie in enemies, cannot be a senator or a deputy in Congress, or a representative voters to elect the President and Vice President, or in charge of any civil or military agency of the United States or of a certain state. But Congress can with 2/3 votes of two-thirds of the members of each House to reject the above prohibition. (From vi.wikisource) (10) The Fourteenth Amendment was approved in 1868, shortly after the Civil War. President Trump could use this Amendment to order the arrest of a series of traitors, while stripping Electoral College votes from states participating in an overt revolt against the United Nations. USA. That means President Trump has the power to remove the powers of governors, mayors, judges, lawmakers or military leaders who have granted "aid or commissar" to the anti-insurgent / rebellion. back to the United States. That also means Democrats Gavin Newsom (California), Kate Brown (Oregon), Jay Inslee (Washington) and Andrew Cuomo (New York), and many left-wing mayors like Ted Wheeler (Portland), Lori Lightfoot (Chicago) and Bill de Blasio of (New York City) will be stripped of power. President Trump will likely declare first that an illegal nationwide rebellion is in progress, and then deploy troops to quell the riots and restore the rule of law. Extreme violence, and anarchy in Democratic-run states like this one, and likely to get even more intense shortly after the election, will give President Trump a rationale. it was justifiable for him to declare sending troops to these rebellious states. u The 14th Judgment will allow President Trump to deprive mayors, governors, and MPs of the Democratic Party if riots do break out. (Getty) This was not an act of "martial law" because President Trump remained at the helm of the country, and America was not run by a military general. Rather, the military is being deployed as a tool of the President to crack down on illegal rebellions. Radical leftists are frantically burning, destroying, dismantling everything of America, from business to historic sites, harassing electoral sites, and deconstructing the foundation. the republic to replace the totalitarian socialist regime - will be abolished. Of course, once the riots were abolished, this military deployment would cease, and the United States returned to a civil society. However, Underground State forces like Big Media and Big Tech will not sit and sit still once President Trump starts the Resurrection Act. This "insane" faction will accuse President Trump of being a "military dictator" as they have long been attributed to him.At the same time, the Underground State forces will call on leftists to protest and rise. teach in the way that billionaire George Soros's Open Society Fund typically funds "color revolutions" that overthrow governments around the world. His Open Society Foundation and other coalition organizations are the sponsors, supporters of the Democratic Party and radical liberal leftists, promoting racial wars, riots. , violence and revolution against America. George Soros - the man behind many revolutions, riots overthrew the incumbent government worldwide, and profited to get rich through endless wars. (Getty) George Eliason, investigative reporters of Americans now live in Ukraine, has connected the signs related to administration before Barack Obama with a wicked conspiracy to disturb and disrupt civil society America. This conspiracy is not only aimed at "overthrowing" President Trump from the White House, but also wants to open up a form of government in the line of atheistic communist socialism. George Eliason released a report alleging that foreign terrorists were brought into the United States by conspiracy by former President Obama and CIA Director John Brennan. This shocking report indicates that the Obama administration "imported" foreign terrorists into the US in preparation for the Antifa / Black Lives Matter uprising, which caused chaos in US cities. (11) So in recent months, domestic terrorists have been so strong that they shot and killed those who support President Trump, bombed gas bombs and destroyed federal government buildings. and attack the police. This is not difficult to predict that it will inevitably happen - to an even more intense extent - if President Trump is re-elected. President Trump fully realized that a war against America had begun, and he decided to act decisively to protect America by "manipulating" the enemy when he declared that he would use legal military force and all executive powers of a commander in chief of the United States of America. President Trump knew what was about to happen, and he molded the enemy by threatening to use the military to completely suppress uprising. (Getty) President Trump's high-handed move On August 23, just a day before the Republican National Congress began, President Trump held a major event welcoming the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for allowing emergency use. patient's plasma level COVID-19 was healthy during treatment. A few hours later, it was reported that the Trump administration was considering speeding up the vaccine test to get it and roll it out before the November election. After voicing out that Democrats could fake votes if they passed the election. Letter, President Trump continued to shock with a statement related to vaccines: "The underground State elements at the FDA are trying to prevent companies from testing vaccines. They are looking to delay vaccines until after election day. 3-11 ", Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter August 22. According to Bloomberg, the Trump administration is working to dramatically cut the time it takes to develop the coronavirus vaccine, with the goal of giving it enough doses for most Americans by the end of the year. Known as "Warp Speed", the campaign will bring together private pharmaceutical companies, government agencies and the military to try to cut the vaccine development time to eight months. (12) In a matter of weeks In the past, the Trump administration has actively promoted the supply of vaccines on November 1 across the United States. (13) So why choose November 1 to provide vaccines? The answer is: November 1 is important because it is only two days away from the election (November 3). The Warp Speed campaign on the surface involved vaccines, but in reality President Trump was not really "on the hook" with Big Pharma - home to the notorious vaccine manufacturing corporations. And President Trump has relied on this campaign to preserve national security by sending troops in every major city in the United States in an attempt to restore the rule of law, arrest leftist terrorists and traitors. On March 27, 2020, President Trump issued an executive order that allowed the Pentagon to mobilize US veterans and members of the reserve force, and the National Guard returned to work. Permanent reinforcement for soldiers participating in the Army's COVID-19 pandemic campaign. (14) The Individual Ready Reserve includes veterans, and members of the Mobilization Reserve, who are considered out of the military and rarely re-convened. These reserves will be deployed as part of the national defense against the Antifa terrorist groups, the Black Lives Matter. All of this could explain why President Trump pushed for the supply of vaccines on November 1, in which the military was sent to the country to "distribute" the vaccine. This appears to be an extremely daring plan, "based on" the scheming brains of extremist left-wing Democracy - as a way of distributing troops across the country on election day, to prepare for application of the Resurrection Act immediately following elections. Simply put, President Trump is a President of Law and Order. Along with the continuous wave of American Police Associations voicing support for President Donald Trump, it can be said that the Democrats are on the same path. In other words, the Democrats were sticking him on his back, and to put it more literally, they were dancing the "music" exactly as the "talented composer": Donald Trump. https://preview.redd.it/vusr6abb6tn51.jpg?width=250&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=579242b6ecf341e7b0d070ffe54f5d76b818b482
2020.09.17 14:54 MaryJaneIceLilElly83Starting to believe I have Medium capabilities and powers for the first time tonight
I suppose this is an introduction post for me! Since I am brand spanking new!! Lol thank you very much for having me also!! So I will get straight to the point I went out on a date with a very lovely and very chivalrous gentleman this evening we actually got home not in the evening. To say the least it was far closer to the early morning LOL probably about two if not three or so in the morning to be exact, we started down my local street just gone down pretty much every day for my entire life I know the streets very well I saw it I can only describe as figures that look like the head on overly baggy street clothes on them ( well just wearing them nothing out of the ordinary at all!) the only thing out of the ordinary at all about them was they appear to me made or even sew-in together with shadows !!! Literal shadows cause it was VERY. Obviously black as the night ebony sky!, however the material was quite obviously sheer and see through ! The cloths had no real detail to them all but dual, causal , average .... maybe even sporty? Or Athletic ? ........... some I would see for only a second if not two and they moved SERIOUSLY FAST!!! Well and yet they kind of didn’t it was almost as though they were moving quite obviously beyond the speed of light but the appearance they gave in the room I was seeing them in looked as though they were casually walking either of the sidewalk or down it or down a city sidewalk for all I knew!? At a very casual leisurely pace was what the man surely of them were doing and those were the ones that I saw the most stuff they were a lot of them they only showed up in ones or twos and they usually showed up near trees would appear for maybe one or two seconds and then they would go away, there were a few that showed up in the middle of the street, That we’re obviously out jogging getting exercise some of it felt like I was watching I’m not home videos but like pre-recorded videos of a fairly good Lee populated area maybe sort of like how the Truman show was? None of them had any defining details and stood out above any of the rest they all are pretty much the same and after probably about 10 minutes or so of watching them appear in various different places ice rink to realize they were not paying attention to me they were not looking at me so, when I noticed I was not being paid attention to I did feel a bit more but ease but not entirely! Lmao To be very blunt about it my skin is still goosebumps and my hair is still on its hands I’m not even looking at it and I can tell that lol!! But I do not feel as though I reacted this way because I felt is the way it was in danger. I feel is though I reacted this way because it is a part of my brain that is opening up yet more channels two parts of my powers that I am struggling to be made aware of which I was told by my elders that this would occur as I grew more and allowed myself to grow more. I was told never to doubt divisions that I saw whether they be from the Fay, spirits of any kind, Astro, elemental probably a lot of things I am not even remotely aware of because there’s too damn much out there LOL. And I cannot remember but I think I was also told to not show fear or if I did have fear to at least control it as much as possible and to hold on to your spirit guides when you feel afraid for their the ones that will help guide you and keep you safe and guide you back to the light!!🌞💫 Being a newbie most everything in my brain it has to do with other rooms I cannot say that I know for sure what I saw was what I think it was and of course if I was to talk to my very very conservative mother who is also very Christian upstairs she’s of course tell me that it was all in my head??!!! I cannot in good conscience tell myself that or believe it🤐😱🤭 I might not know what it was that I saw I am personally journaling this down myself as “shadow figures “I am sure somebody here will tell me that they go buy some thing else I am most certainly sure somebody will cause there’s always somebody out there that’s smarter than me LOL until I find a book about it and read it myself lmao !!! Lol yes I am a bratty lil B🤬! Smartbutt lol but I think my nerdy geeky brain tryin lamely to calm itself the hell down also lol I know deep in my heart my god that this was the first experience for myself as in awakening medium, starting her journey into her power or abilities I guess might be a better term to use. And I know that I am shaky as a leaf and have goosebumps and my hair standing on age is because despite what anybody else thinks or tails me til the day I die I know that this is my first interactive well maybe not interactive but at least View into a realm of the paranormal ! I know what I saw was paranormal activity of some degree and I don’t even know that much about paranormal stuff and I didn’t feel like I had to my gut told me that it was going on at least that basic knowledge was made clear to me by not a spirit guide per se but just my inner being told me that! Do you even though I panicked pretty decently in the car with my very very decent and chivalrous brave Viking boy toy!.... mean Date lol... No I was very very glad I had somebody with me at all honesty to help me through the experience it didn’t even last that long but because it just happened out of nowhere it was frightening there is just no other word that I can think of other than scary and frightening because it was paranormal and otherworldly and I just knew that even the fact that I knew that information without a shadow of a doubt was pregame creepy to be honest ,honest! Lol so here ya GO LOL ya gets a newly beginning awakening medium , named Sarah DeRosier, from Columbia Missouri in your field of people now! And I am a huge jumpy scared cat of things that go bump in the night ! Yet I also ironically ADORE Dark Fantasy vs Light Fantasy! Have always seen my self on days in some ways a Goth Chic, I love dark wave music , and trance ! I am played probably more hours of vampire the masquerade and werewolf the apocalypse then it’s probably healthy for a young person that was in my early 20s I spent more time playing those games that I went out to bars and drink which was probably a better choice for me in the long run anyway! When it comes to scary movies I am more into the older stuff black-and-white 40s 50s stuff like that or things that have to do with history! I think it’s grizzly and it’s gruesome as Jack the ripper is it has absolutely fascinated me to know and since I was literally probably 14 years old which is pretty morbid for teen. So I really got into movies such as her from hell and we really really enjoyed loving Penny dreadful when it came out because of how it was all about classic horror stories like Frankenstein and all my lovely favorites! I’m really into monster movies and creature from the Black Lagoon is my all-time favorite I actually think the Blair witch Project is hilarious and actually it’s fairly freaking creepy at times too! I mean let’s be fair the camera is going everywhere and it’s mostly like a terrible carnival ride that you feel like you’re just gonna puke everywhere from oneside finally stops. But for independent film of the 90s with what they did the storyline was actually well done the acting was horrible it might’ve been a little overdone at times but horror movies what are you expect? I guess when it comes down to it what I like about scary movies when I actually do watch them and I’m very very choosy about the ones I watch specially nowadays because if I wanna watch something to be scared then I’ll watch it to be scared if there’s going involved I’m fine with that! What I am not however fine with is this obsession we have found yourselves in as a nation with Goreporn! Films now! I have never seen one of these films that people classify as this I’ve heard people tell me about them I will not ever ever see one I refused you I work in Medicine I don’t actually work in Medicine right now that’s a lie I intend on working in Medicine I am planning on getting my CNA hopefully by the first of next year and intend on going to classes for pre-nursing! So I am not planning on being a stranger to blood guts and gore but this lets just make it ALLL. About the GORE OR ALL THE TORTURING thing goes on in movies it’s just gross and not showing a good side of humanity to me! ..... well that is if we are even willing to claim any sense of humanity in the new found genres of GOREPORN AND TORTUREPORN too me personally their none to had or found! That is the work of evil enties ONLY! ( or should be ! Spiritually and realistically from my Humble Young Female Pagan/Wiccan point of view) but it’s only mine alone I tilt hope I do not offend , for I certainly don’t wish it too !!! Just when I hear about , I guess Saw , and Hostel come first off to mind! Having not visual and physically seen them, but from my minds eye have heard the Synopsis’s. There utterly NO scare or horror factors to these films at all! It’s basically showing human being at their worst doing their worst ! In as much greasily gore filled detail as they can cram into two to three hours they can! That’s pretty much it! Or sit back and let see how long it take you!? Or your date to puke up that $14 popcorn SHE JUST HADDDDDD TO GET TONIGHT ! No for me I like Horror! Monster! Thrillers! Old and some new as well I don’t judge all just some!!! I actually loved the hell out of the IT movie lol I own part 2 and still have yet to find bloody time sit down an see it yet ! Now you might find it odd I guess I wrap up with my darknesses of self lol and of all things opinions on horror films of yester year and present is! The reason, mentioned so was for mostly two reasons was all!
Lol what I do end up reading or watching as far genre of Horror is concerned is the same most people have for something like getting on a rollercoaster, or getting in an airplane and going sky diving ! Of bungee rope jumping ! I get a kick of of having lol short bursts of adderaline rushes every now and again!! Lol not to mention, if ya have a man, or women lol yes lgbtq ppl I am gonna say you could be here too lol I mean I am a bisexual 36 myself here! Lol ! But ANYWAY!! Lol wrapping one or both ur hand about your partner , during a scary movie of any sort! Let’s them know they are loved, cared for!, safe and protected as long YOU!!! THEIR LOVER ARE THERE!!! Lol
And let me real again ppl if ANY OF US! Young , old,single or married lol whatever want some kissy time, alone time with that movie date! That’s watching Netflix with ya in the lounge! Or your gal ya just went steady with, that ya went to take to the drive to see in FULL COLOR THE BLOOB!!! In your dads priceless reliable cherry apple red corvette , lol that gonna Bomp on down the road to Blueberry Hill for kiss and steam of Windows after the film of course! Lol well either gen either time period or gotta whee you wanted to get with whom you were with ! So in conclusion of all that I watch Horror films for their cinemagaphic enjoyment , to be scared lol for adrenaline Rush fun purposes lol, and having fun, Romantic times with your loved one or ones lol. But if all about me a dick and touturiing someone, or all about gore and gots ans grossness and that’s it! That’s a genre but saying or horror!? Is absurd and insulting !! Personally! I am fairly sure some you could care less about all this! I simply take note of how easily I scare , at movies , or haunted houses things like this..... mentally in my mind. Right now , because I will have to face a very even more reality is now starting for me! All the thing lol at least by faith! Lol I knew to myself personally ! To be real and true are! But now that world is letting me see it ! Observe it! And I know VERY WELL INDEED ! I am sure too probably find , I would assume a type of doorway next!? Or if not a doorway?! That exists by its self maybe find a way to draw one up and find a way to enter SAFELY ( and I would think most importantly also be able to exit as well and go ALWAYS have access to these while in the realm of the Medium! Or paranormal whatever it be lol sorry,.....) Cause my elder taught me away to enter into the Astral and I Think possibly Elemental realms this way! For the purposes of meeting / greeting and being taught by my own personal Spirit Guides! He also made the VERY IMPORTANT ENDING STATEMENT OF THAT LESSON BEING! “do not stay in their world, very long it can do damage to your body and more importantly , your mind can be damaged by being HERE TOO LONG!!!” And I am going to make a safe guess that this .... rule should just be followed for any inner , realms, Multi-verse, dimensional travel , lol or Tardis, Enterprise Star Fleet Ship, or other worldly travel ships AT ALL!!! PERIOD!! AND YEAH!!! I DO THINK THEY IS EXISTS😱🤗🛸🚀🛰🛡⚔️🔮🔱 Stay in or around places human beings or well I guess for us specifically I would think! Specifically Living human beings! Should not stay in , or be close or near by too! For too very long!! Just not Healthy for us! In a long term use anyway! I mean all of we can use and learn from and grow from! But this is not our home! And OFTEN WE CAN OFTEN BE ANYTHING! PREY, VICTEM, .... LIKE I SAID ANYTHING COULD BE THERE !!! GOOD OR BAD!!! Which is why I am here looking for new friends guidance !!! Of any type !!! Books, other groups! I am just scared and afraid right now! But also excited as well! And am trying lol as best I can lol not sure how it’s goin to be honest.......... lmao But I am tryin VERY, VERY, VERY HARD TO BE BRAVE OF THIS NEW DARK (Shadowy) Unknown!
2020.09.16 21:19 -C-7007『Meliora Majesty 』, Patriarch of Infinity and De La Croix's Stand
Namesake-The song Majesty from Ghost's album Meliora. Appearance: a roughly two meters, quite muscular humanoid Stand. Its skin is silver grey, its eyes have pitch black scleras with hot pink pupils. It constantly bears an enraged expression like King Crimson. Its face is covered by what seems to be a deep blue leather mask, with holes on the cheeks and for the mouth and eyes. Multiple studs and moon crescent decorations create a ring around its head, with the Pluto symbol in its center. That same symbol can be seen on the dark blue leather robe it wears, and on its golden collar piece. A large belt crosses the robe, covered by studs and crescents. A blue, transparent thin veil with similar glyphs is attached to the back of the belt. The Stand has perfectly circular holes in its hands and knees. Stats- Power:A Speed:C Range:C Accuracy:B Durability:B Potential:A Abilities: Space Expansion Meliora Majesty can stretch space between two objects it selects, in all three dimensions and thus in a seamless manner. The limits of its extension powers are not clear. This can be used in various situations :for example, using this ability on someone falling from a small height can make the accident deadly, by increasing the space between the initial point and the ground. Space Cloning Meliora Majesty is able to select a 20m diameter area and copy-paste it around the original, thus creating new space. Nothing is overwritten by these copies, the surrounding world just adapts. Every item is copied too but the faithfulness of replication goes gradually down the more the item is copied or the further it is from the point of activation, resulting in fragile, failed clones. Personnality: Meliora Majesty is a somewhat conscious Stand and is able to speak. Although it always obeys its master's order, it seems to be animated by a strong bloodlust and a desire to wreak havoc around itself. Its voice is pretty deep and doesn't seem to come from its mouth, but from everywhere around the Stand. It usually uses a very dated vocabulary and pronunciation of French, De La Croix's native language. The user : De La Croix is a French priest. His Stand first manifested as a recurring nightmare of himself getting trapped in an infinite staircase. This and the discovery of its powers made him obsessed with the idea of Infinity, which is according to him the only way he and the rest of Humanity can come closer to the Almighty. He can be described as a fanatic, but always behave in a polite, calm and composed way despite its extreme ideas and its violent Stand. Theme for next contest if I win, which I highly doubt:Eurovision Song Contest inspired Stands
2020.09.16 16:33 TaoOfSatoshiProfessional Traders and Dash Unite with FastPass
https://preview.redd.it/apgbftbatin51.png?width=1280&format=png&auto=webp&s=52d4cf3f510d3d952909194929674f71c1be9747 It is of no news that Dash till date remains an ideal cryptocurrency for trading due to its near-instant speed of transactions, low cost of transactions and high security. Dash has now moved another step towards making it the de facto currency of crypto traders by launching a network of integrated companies called FastPass. Fastpass is a system of integrated companies working together in a mutual trading ecosystem to optimize usage by Dash traders in executing their business. Either as institutional traders or individual traders, the FastPass network offers tools that enable trading transactions to happen with minimum fuss. Such tools include staking solutions, margin trading, trading bots, OTC, analytics, lending, and derivatives. The different platforms and services that make up FastPass possess the InstantSend and ChainLocks functionalities that enable users to withdraw, deposit and execute trading with Dash at near-instant speeds... Read more: https://www.dashnation.com/media/news/professional-traders-and-dash-unite-with-fastpass/ Thanks for reading!
2020.09.16 16:11 TaoOfSatoshiProfessional Traders and Dash Unite with FastPass
https://preview.redd.it/76hjqgxepin51.png?width=1280&format=png&auto=webp&s=e8f6f1d8832fdf71ca707372286a4241d7e39893 It is of no news that Dash till date remains an ideal cryptocurrency for trading due to its near-instant speed of transactions, low cost of transactions and high security. Dash has now moved another step towards making it the de facto currency of crypto traders by launching a network of integrated companies called FastPass. Fastpass is a system of integrated companies working together in a mutual trading ecosystem to optimize usage by Dash traders in executing their business. Either as institutional traders or individual traders, the FastPass network offers tools that enable trading transactions to happen with minimum fuss. Such tools include staking solutions, margin trading, trading bots, OTC, analytics, lending, and derivatives. The different platforms and services that make up FastPass possess the InstantSend and ChainLocks functionalities that enable users to withdraw, deposit and execute trading with Dash at near-instant speeds... Read more: https://www.dashnation.com/media/news/professional-traders-and-dash-unite-with-fastpass/ Thanks for reading!
Reminder: Do NOT buy from 3rd Party Marketplace Seller on Ebay/Amazon/Newegg (unless you want to pay more). Assume all the 3rd party sellers are scalping. If it's not being sold by the actual retailer (e.g. Amazon selling on Amazon.com or Newegg selling on Newegg.com) then you should treat the product as sold out and wait.
Below is the compilation of all the reviews that have been posted so far. I will be updating this continuously throughout the day with the conclusion of each publications and any new review links. This will be sorted alphabetically.
Instead, I'm confident in saying that the $699 RTX 3080 has handily dethroned the GTX 1080 Ti as the market's best expensive-but-attainable GPU. Its specific performance profile, achieved with serious hunger (320W) and a large-but-not-epic pool of RAM (10GB, albeit in the efficient GDDR6X profile), will let you rip and tear in 4K resolutions and in high-performing VR scenarios without requiring buy-in from game developers to toggle Nvidia's proprietary systems. Simultaneously, this card's advances on the ray-tracing front make that realm's "medium" settings a no-brainer in applicable software, even without having to toggle Nvidia's DLSS upscaling system. So far, we haven't seen any software take advantage of Nvidia's newly advertised "RTX I/O" system, which is meant to more efficiently funnel 3D assets through the GPU without wasting CPU cycles. It's a proprietary Nvidia tech, limited only to its newest GPUs, so I'm not holding my breath expecting RTX I/O to make industry-wide waves in the immediate future. But much of that proprietary "RTX" stuff from Turing, particularly ray tracing, will soon become an industry-wide standard, thanks to factors like the upcoming Windows 10 standard of DirectX 12 Ultimate and AMD's own aggressive entry into ray tracing (fueled in part by both major next-gen consoles this holiday season). What I once called the "RTX lottery ticket" is now a given, and the RTX 3080 is proof that you can have your 60fps-at-4K cake and eat your ray traced frosting, too. Verdict: If you're itching to build a desktop PC in the $1,500-and-up range, you can finally expect proper bang for your $699 GPU buck. Buy.
We are impressed with the Founders Edition of the RTX 3080 which has exceptional performance at Ultra 4K and at 2560×1440. For now, it stands alone as the fastest video card in the world and it has launched at $699 – the same price the RTX 2080 SUPER FE launched at, and $100 less expensive than the RTX 2080 at launch – and much less expensive compared to the $1199 RTX 2080 Ti FE which launched two years ago. The Founders Edition of the RTX 3080 is well-built, solid, and good-looking, and it stays cool and quiet even when overclocked. The only nitpicks we have are that the shipping/display box is almost impossible to open after the card is removed, and that the 12-pin adapter cable is bulky and it looks out of place on such a great-looking card. Fortunately, EVGA has stepped up with a much less bulky cable that will aid meticulous builders for cable management. If you currently game on an GTX 1080 Ti, you will do yourself a big favor by upgrading to a RTX 3080. For the same launch price, the RTX 3080 will give much better visuals for ray tracing, much higher overall performance, and DLSS 2.0 will allow for better performance for the games that use it. The RTX 3080 is a true 4K/60 FPS video card for most modern games. It well deserves BabelTechReviews Editor’s Choice Award.
The RTX 3080 is an important product. For two years now, the pinnacle of PC graphics technology has been defined by the Turing-based RTX 2080 Ti. It's fast, very fast. It's so fast in fact, that there's a strong argument that any resolutions below ultra HD or high resolution ultrawide won't see the GPU horsepower fully utilised on anything other than the fastest gaming CPU. And yet the RTX 3080 takes everything to the next level - you're looking at an average range of 65 to 80 per cent more performance up against 2080, and around 24 to 37 per cent more grunt than 2080 Ti. With ray tracing factored into the equation, the boosts can be even more significant. And in a world where the console manufacturers have been bashful about telling us how much the next generation is actually going to cost, Nvidia coming straight out of the gate with $699/£650 pricing for a product so powerful is a massive statement - and delivering an upcoming RTX 3070 with 2080 Ti-level performance at Series X money may also give many pause: should they buy a new console or upgrade the PC they may already own? There's a lot more to the RTX offering we've not looked at in this review either - the firm's commitment to streamers and broadcasting with bespoke tools is significant. We use the RTX voice tool all of the time to provide cleaner voiceovers in our video work, but it's clear that Nvidia is looking to push its AI hardware to deliver much more functionality both inside and outside of gaming. Software is often a value-added extra we don't consider, but there's a lot of interesting work happening here. My only criticism? Extra features are very, very welcome but the Nvidia GPU control panel is well past its sell-by date and really needs a fresh lick of paint and a ginormous speed-up. It's unlikely that paying a bit more for electricity is likely to worry the kind of user willing to spend so much on a graphics card - and the 220W TDP for the upcoming RTX 3070 suggests that Nvidia knows that, throwing everything it possibly can at the more premium 3080 and 3090 where the kind of user likely to buy in at this level won't mind the 'performance at all costs' approach to the products. Certainly, I really enjoy using this card - I like using RTX 2080 Ti for 4K gaming and the RTX 3080 doesn't feel like an iterative upgrade. I can do more with it, I can feel the difference. Side-by-side with RTX 2080, it's almost a night and day improvement in many regards. But with that said, I still think the 20-series cards have much to offer: they don't become obsolete overnight, they're still strong performers and they have the complete next-gen feature set. And I suspect the real audience for this card lies elsewhere: there's still a lot of folks out there with a 10-series Pascal cards and as the graphs across these pages demonstrate, those products are starting to show their age - and in that respect, the new Ampere line looks like a highly compelling upgrade.
We feel it is safe to say that it's been worth the wait. Ampere as an architecture is nothing short of impressive. Combined with hyper-fast GDDR6X memory and a radical new cooling design, a new trend is set, as this product is seriously competing with the board partner cards. I mean, all registers are green, including rendering performance, cooling, and acoustic performance as well as the simple yet so crucial aesthetic feel. I do worry a little about the open fin structure versus dust. Next to that, you are going to yearn for a dedicated 12-pin power connector leading from the PSU and there is some coil whine going on. Of course, overall power consumption has increased really significantly. How important these things are to you, is for you to decide. The flipside of the coin is that you'll receive a product that will be dominant in that Ultra HD space. Your games average out anywhere from 60 to 100+ FPS, well, aside from Flight Simulator 2020 :) Dropping down in resolutions does create other challenges; you'll be far less GPU bound, but then again, we do not expect you to purchase a GeForce RTX and play games at 1920x1080. Arbitrarily speaking, starting at a monitor resolution of 2560x1440, that's the domain where the GeForce RTX 3080 will start to shine. The raw Shading/rasterizer (read: regular rendered games) performance is staggering as this many Shader cores make a difference. The new generational architecture tweaks for ray-tracing and Tensor also is significant. Coming from the RTX 2080, the RTX 3080 exhibited a roughly 85% performance increase and that is going to bring Hybrid Ray-tracing tow higher resolutions. DX-R will remain to be massively demanding, of course, but when you can play Battlefield V in ultra HD with ray-tracing and DLSS enabled at over 70 FPS, well hey, I'm cool with that. Also, CUDA compute performance in Blender and V-Ray, OMG! The asking price for all this render performance is $699 USD, and that is the biggest GPU bottleneck for most people, especially with the upcoming consoles in the vicinity. However, there always has been a significant distinction between PC and console games; I suspect that will not be any different this time around. We bow to the Ampere architecture as it is impressive as, for those willing to spend the money on it, it's wholeheartedly recommended and eas an easy top pick.
Nvidia latest Ampere architecture arrives in consumer graphics card space as the GeForce RTX 30-series GPUs. Initially comprised the RTX 3070, RTX 3080 and RTX 3090, debuting at different times over the course of the next month, they are primed to set new benchmark standards at the premium end of the market. The largest, most powerful Ampere die is known as GA102, and it goes much bigger on floating-point cores yet ironically reduces the relative amount of silicon devoted to RT and Tensor cores when they've been firmly in the marketing headlights since being amalgamated into last-gen Turing two years ago. Floating-point muscle is supported by oodles of bandwidth and general efficiencies across the chip. GA102 is a veritable monster with capability of pushing close to 40 TFLOPS of compute performance in unbridled form, clearly hinting at its datacentre provenance, from which Nvidia moulds gaming graphics. GeForce RTX 3080 takes GA102 as its performance base but retains approximately 85 percent of its throughput potential through the use of 68 out of a possible 84 SMs. The backend, meanwhile, sacrifices width and a modicum of speed compared to a full-fat layout, but be in no doubt, RTX 3080 is a supremely fast card in its own right. Fast enough, actually, to smash the last-gen GeForce RTX 2080 Super with which, for now, it shares a $699/£649 price tag. It's typically over 50 percent speedier, rising to 80 percent in a best-case scenario, and there's enough silicon artillery to roundly defeat the $1,199 RTX 2080 Ti in every game. RTX 3080 heralds a step-change in performance at the $699 price point. More pragmatically, RTX 3080 delivers on the promise of 4K gaming at a fluid 60fps and, equally important for Nvidia's ambitions, for the first time, the ability to render at the same level with raytracing and DLSS turned on. That's a big deal. The new GPU's frequency/voltage sweetspot occurs at a higher wattage than we're accustomed to in the consumer space, most likely resulting from using 8nm Samsung instead of 7nm TSMC. 320W requires a new FE cooler - and pretty it is - and again speaks to the high-performance datacentre characteristics baked into Ampere. The wattage isn't a problem for any premium gaming PC, of course, but it's worth knowing that availing oneself of excellent performance requires extra wick. Even so, RTX 3080 tops the bang4buck and energy efficiency charts. There is plenty to like here. GeForce RTX 3080 represents true 4K60 max-your-settings gameplay at an unexpectedly low $699. It's hard to argue against performance or value, so we won't. All that's left to say is that if you want the fastest GPU money can currently buy, at least for the next week, GeForce RTX 3080 provides it with alarmingly good value.
Summarizing the new GeForce RTX 3080's performance is as simple as could be -- it is the fastest GPU we have tested to date, across the board, period. Regardless of the game, application, or benchmark we used, the GeForce RTX 3080 put up the best scores of the bunch, often more than doubling the performance of AMD's current flagship Radeon RX 5700 XT. Despite its much lower introductory price, the GeForce RTX 3080 even skunked the Titan RTX and GeForce RTX 2080 Ti by relatively large margins. The bottom line is, NVIDIA's got an absolutely stellar-performing GPU on its hands, and the GeForce RTX 3080 isn't even the best Ampere has to offer -- the upcoming GeForce RTX 3090 is bigger and burlier across the board. We have been hearing rumblings of Ampere's monster performance for months. Even before CES, a couple of board partners hinted that NVIDIA had lofty goals for Ampere and the company has delivered in spades. The GeForce RTX 3080 is a beast. We suspect peak power consumption is going to be a concern for some users, but in practice, for us at least, it is a non-issue. Thanks to the newly engineered cooling solution, the GeForce RTX 3080 runs cool and quiet in real-world conditions. Sure, your rig might put out a bit more heat, but we suspect most users aren't going to care with a GPU that performs as well as the RTX 3080 does. Of course, we have yet to see what the GeForce RTX 3090 can do and AMD has announced that is RDNA2-based Radeon RX 6000 series will be unveiled in a few weeks. Looking back through our numbers, "Big Navi" will have to offer more than 2X the performance of a Radeon RX 5700 XT to be in the same class as the GeForce RTX 3080. Could AMD do it? Sure, it's possible. But based on the company's somewhat conservative decisions of the last few generations, we don't think its targets are quite that aggressive. We'll know for sure soon enough though. Today, the spotlight shines on NVIDIA. The GeForce RTX 3080 is nothing short of impressive. At its expected $700-ish price point (depending on the model), there is nothing that can come even close to touching it. The new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 is an easy Editor's Choice. If you're buying a new GPU in its price range, there is no other choice currently.
It should not be an advertising sales event, but a test that is as objective and fair as possible, even if the results are still so solid that you have to fight a bit with the “want to have” factor in the gaming sector. Especially at higher resolutions, this card is a real board, because even if the lead over the GeForce RTX 2080 Super doesn’t always turn out to be in high double digits, it’s always enough to virtually reach the next quality level in playability. Right stop of many quality controllers included. Particularly if the games of the GeForce RTX 3080 and the new architecture lie, are also sometimes up to 80% increase compared to the RTX 2080 super in it and a RTX 2080 Ti is beaten with almost 40%. This too must be noted if one wants to be fair. But it is only the beginning and not generally enforceable with the game engines, unfortunately. It is also exactly the increase, because you can, for example. has always demanded when playing in Ultra-HD. Here you go, here’s an offer for it. The fact that the RAM with its 10 GB could become scarce from time to time, at the latest in Ultra-HD, is due to the design by NVIDIA and also by many game manufacturers, who fill up with data exactly what can be filled up. Which of course would not be a blanket apology and thus the only point of criticism. It should have been doubled by now, price point or no price point.
There’s no two ways about it. Nvidia’s RTX 3080 is a stunning return to form for the manufacturer, delivering hugely impressive gen-on-gen gains compared to the RTX 20-series that debuted two years ago. The 3080 is the fastest graphics card we have ever tested (though the RTX 3090 will have something to say about that next week), and it is delivered at almost half the price of last generation’s flagship, the RTX 2080 Ti. The most disappointing aspect of the RTX 20-series was its marginal improvements in terms of traditional raster performance. Ray tracing aside, unless you were willing to pay the big bucks for the 2080 Ti, we didn’t get any GPUs that delivered a big generational jump in performance. It seems Nvidia took that disappointment as a challenge; with the RTX 3080, Nvidia has delivered a huge jump forward. That’s because, on average, the RTX 3080 improves on the RTX 2080 by 68% at 4K resolution, while it’s also 31% faster than the RTX 2080 Ti and 58% faster than the 2080 Super. Anyone who held onto a GTX 1080 Ti will also see performance increases to the tune of 90%, again at 4K. Across the aisle, AMD is now in real need of Big Navi to deliver the goods when it arrives on October 28, as the 3080 crushes the Radeon VII by 86% and it’s over twice as fast as the RX 5700 XT, again at 4K. The margins of victory for the RTX 3080 do change as we step down in resolution – it’s 31% faster than a 2080 Ti at 4K, 25% faster at 1440p and 18% faster at 1080p. The latter resolution proved a significant problem on a number of occasions due to CPU bottlenecks. Even with an i9-10900K running at 5.1GHz, the CPU was holding the 3080 back by a significant margin in at least 5 of the 11 titles we tested today. Even where the bottlenecks weren’t as significant, relative gains versus the 2080 Ti were lower at 1080p than 1440p or 4K, in every single game we tested. Gamers looking to buy this GPU will certainly get the most out of it at 4K, though a 55% increase in performance over the RTX 2080 at 1440p shows high refresh rate WQHD users will also get their money’s worth. However you slice it, RTX 3080 is a huge step forward from Turing. Of course, it is easy to be cynical and point out the fact that Turing hardly improved on Pascal in terms of traditional raster performance at this price point, and that does make Ampere look more attractive than it should. There may be an element of truth there, but even the gains versus Pascal look impressive considering the GTX 1080 Ti came out three and a half years ago. The 3080 is 90% faster on average at 4K, but over 120% faster in certain titles like Control and The Division 2. It’s also good to see RTX performance taking a significant stride forward. The improvements to the RT cores and overall architecture mean relative performance with RT on scales slightly better than with it off – gains of around 35-40% compared to the 2080 Ti were typical in our testing. Of course, enabling the technology still results in a significant hit to performance, but as 3080 has pushed things so far forward, the end result isn’t nearly as bad as it was with Turing. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, for instance, we saw average frame rates hitting nearly 90FPS at 1440p with RTX set to Ultra, while Metro Exodus was averaging over 110FPS at the same resolution, again with RTX set to Ultra.
The performance of Nvidia's RTX 3080 is unquestionably impressive. Even making allowances for the fact that a few of our games get a bit grumpy about both ray tracing and DLSS in various combinations, preferring an everything on or everything off approach (it is true for pre-DLSS 2.0 titles). Another factor that's worth considering is that Nvidia's current pre-release drivers are missing some elements that allow us to overclock things properly. Regardless, the amount of performance available from the card in a simple plug-and-go form is so great that anyone who has recently purchased any of the RTX 2xxx cards will be left green with envy. We all knew that the RTX 2080 set were supremely good, but they were always stupidly expensive. Here you have a card which is, right now, the fastest card on the planet and yet is so affordable that you could grab a 2TB M.2 NVMe drive and still save on the price of an RTX 2080 Ti. Or, if you're running an X570 system like we are, it is enough of a saving that if you'd budgeted for a Ryzen 3 3300X and RTX 2080 Ti setup you could upgrade that CPU to a Ryzen 9 3950X without needing to spend any extra money. That's bananas. DLSS is massively impressive too. Just cast your eye across our DLSS off and DLSS on results, it's clear that you can gain massive FPS boosts yet without compromising image quality. If like us, you're old enough to remember the early days of 3D games, you'll know that lowering your game resolution is the easiest way to improve FPS, but turning everything blurry in the process. DLSS 2.0 gives you higher frame rates and higher image quality. It's witchcraft. Thus, as we said at the start, the RTX 3080 FE is RTX 2080 Ti besting performance for the price of an RTX 2080 Super, and why you haven't already left to buy one, we don't know. You owe it to yourself. If the graphics card is outside of your price range, we know for a fact that cheaper Ampere cards are on the horizon.
NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition is the fastest graphics card I’ve ever tested, and it’s an amazing product for the money. Now, actually buying one for $699 might require devine intervention, but we don’t really know until they go on sale. We know demand will be there because performance is just so damn impressive with this card. No, the leap in performance isn’t 2x over the RTX 2080 outside of certain testing scenarios, but it’s always significant – often 60% or greater. The RTX 2080 was soundly beaten in these benchmarks. I’ll be honest here. The RTX 2080 was a letdown. The Turing launch left a lot of gaming frustrated, and Pascal continued to be the architecture of choice for most GeForce gamers. RTX made for an awesome demo, but outside of a few titles that was about it. DLSS took time to improve, and without it full native rendering with real-time ray tracing was too expensive from a performance standpoint. I feel like the ray tracing story has changed, if the RTX 3080 is any indication. Suddenly I’m really interested in games that use more RTX features, and excited about the prospect of the RTX 3090’s performance in this department. Frame rates – even without DLSS – are suddenly playable even at very high settings, and the visuals in some of the games and demos are stunning. With the RTX 3080 we finally have a graphics card that redefines the $699 performance level in a way that eclipses even the GTX 1080 Ti. It’s an exciting time to be an enthusiast, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the RTX 3070 – and (fingers crossed) the RTX 3090 as well.
Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said that Ampere is GeForce’s greatest generational leap ever, and he wasn’t kidding. Remember being blown away when the GTX 1080 was 60 to 70 percent faster than the GTX 980, even with its slightly higher price? The GeForce RTX 3080 spits out frames up to 80 percent faster in several games, and 60 percent higher in the others. It’s roughly 30 percent faster than the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, the $1,200 previous-gen flagship, and a ridonkulous 100 to 160 percent faster than the older GeForce GTX 1080. All at the exact same $700 price tag as the RTX 2080. The promises were true. This thing is an absolute monster. Sometimes it’s faster at 4K than the RTX 2080 is at 1440p. Ludicrous. There are no games where the GeForce RTX 3080 fails to clear a 60-frames-per-second average at 4K resolution with all possible visuals effects turned on. The exception is the ridiculously strenuous Total War: Troy, which averages 56 fps (and feels just fine at even lower speeds as a strategy game). Most games go significantly faster than that. Other than Troy, again, no games fall below 100 fps at 1440p resolution with everything maxed out. Again, Total War again falls just shy, at 98 fps, and again, most games go significantly faster than that. If you’re fine bumping graphics down to high, games fly along even faster in our off-the-cuff tests. No graphics card has come close to this level of performance before. The “worst” (but still massive) results come in CPU-bound or older DX11 titles. The Ampere architecture screams when unleashed on properly optimized games that were built for DirectX 12 or Vulkan. More and more of those are being published these days, and all ray-traced games require DX12. The impact of ray tracing and DLSS doesn’t appear to be lessened despite the next-gen RT and tensor cores, but the RTX 3080 is so fast, it doesn’t matter. You can play ray traced games at 1440p, and even 4K now.
As we saw across most of these results, the performance gains seen with the new generation Ampere GeForces is simply incredible. There’s no other way to say it. The strong performance seen because of the RT cores makes AMD’s next move an important one. We’ve already known for ages that the new consoles all use ray tracing, and those are of course built with AMD Radeon GPUs. How that will all carry over to the desktop, we’re not sure, but we will gain a better understanding in late October when AMD makes its RDNA2 “Big Navi” announcement. Even in the most modest of cases, the RTX 3080 outperformed the last-gen TITAN RTX by around 10%, and that’s not even the comparison card we should be choosing. That wouldn’t even be the 2080 Ti, which NVIDIA has said the RTX 3080 would easily beat out. The best comparison would be the 2080 SUPER, which also cost $699 ahead of this launch. Compared to that card, the RTX 3080 simply slays. We do not see gains like these come around to GPUs all too often. As mentioned before, the only limitation we can think of with this card on the creator side is the 10GB frame buffer, but we don’t see that being a common complaint anytime soon. For those with the biggest needs, the 24GB frame buffer on the RTX 3090 should solve your quandary. Hopefully NVIDIA has other SKUs planned that will help fill that 10GB~24GB void (of course it does). While this article took care of the ProViz aspect of the new GeForce RTX 3080, a forthcoming article will take an in-depth look at gaming, which will include a number of new RTX-infused titles. Stay tuned.
Averaged over our whole benchmarking suite, at 4K resolution, the GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition is 66% faster than the RTX 2080 that it replaces (both launched at $699). NVIDIA's new card even beats last generation's flagship the RTX 2080 Ti, by a whopping 31%! AMD's Radeon RX 5700 XT is half as fast as the RTX 3080. Yup, 3080 is +100% 5700 XT performance—AMD better get things right with RDNA2. If you've held out on a GTX 1080 Ti until now, congrats, now is the right time to upgrade. RTX 3080 Ti will double your FPS, and give you all the latest techs and features like raytracing and DLSS. When looking at lower resolutions, the lead of the RTX 3080 shrinks considerably, +51% over RTX 2080 at 1440p, +35% at 1080p. The reason is that with so much GPU horsepower, games are becoming increasingly CPU limited. A posterchild for that is Anno 1800—at lower resolution all cards are bunched up against an invisible performance wall, around 68 FPS in this case, that's the CPU limit. We're already on a very fast CPU, Ryzen won't run any faster either. We've tested this extensively in our RTX 3080: 10900K vs 3900XT review that just went up, too. Back to Anno 1800, 1080p is totally CPU limited on all high-end cards, after switching to 1440p, most comparison cards fall back in FPS, because their GPU isn't fast enough, so they become GPU limited. The only exception are RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 3080, which both achieve 67 FPS at 1440p—still CPU limited. When switching to 4K, RTX 2080 Ti falls back to 46 FPS, RTX 3080 still seems quite CPU limited at 63 FPS. While unfortunate, CPU limits are a reality of gaming—RTX 3080 will not magically give you 360 FPS in all games—no graphics card can. CPU power, game engines and developers have to catch up with the new performance first. GeForce RTX 3080 is perfect for 4K gaming. It's able to exceed 60 FPS in nearly all titles, the only exception in our test suite is Control, which runs at 48 FPS. NVIDIA does have one ace up their sleeve: DLSS, which renders the game at lower resolution and upscales the frame to your native monitor resolution. While traditional upscaling comes with blurriness and artifacts, NVIDIA DLSS uses AI to improve the scaling. The algorithm has improved over the years, but the basic concept remains. Machine learning is used to train a model to excel at upscaling of game content. While only few games support DLSS at this time, the numbers are growing quickly. NVIDIA has always been criticized for high pricing in the past, it seems they listened to feedback. The RTX 3080 Founders Edition retails at $699, which an extremely competitive price. Remember, RTX 3080 is twice as fast as RX 5700 XT ($370), 31% faster than RTX 2080 Ti ($1000+). It seems that NVIDIA is concerned mostly with the new consoles, which will bring high-fidelity gaming to the masses at prices around $500. Charging $1000 for a graphics card will be tough sell for many, when they can have a whole gaming console for $500. At the RTX 3080's price point there really is no alternative, maybe a used RTX 2080 Ti at bargain prices? Not sure, definitely nothing that AMD offers at this time. We are working on several reviews of RTX 3080 custom-designs from board partners, the reviews will be up very soon. It will be interesting to see if their cards will be able to match or exceed the RTX 3080 Founders Edition. NVIDIA set the bar very high.
Compared to the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti at 1440p the GeForce RTX 3080 FE averages an increase in performance of 20% over the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FE. The Far Cry 5 and FS 2020 numbers bring that average down a lot, if we remove those two then the average is 24%. At 4K the GeForce RTX 3080 FE averages 25% faster than the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FE. The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FE video card was a $1200 video card, now for $500 less at $699 you can have performance that is 20-25% faster than the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FE, for less money. That is advancement, again, all without including Ray Tracing or DLSS into the mix, pure rasterization. Point being? Rasterization Performance improvement is there on the GeForce RTX 3080 FE, the facts speak the truth. As you can see, with Ray Tracing Enabled the performance advantages with GeForce RTX 3080 FE are even higher than without Ray Tracing. The average performance increase at 1440p compared to the RTX 2080 FE is 77%. The average performance increase at 4K compared to the RTX 2080 FE is 84%. The GeForce RTX 3080 FE has a very large leap over the GeForce RTX 2080 FE with Ray Tracing turned on. Compared to the RTX 2080 Ti FE the RTX 3080 FE at 1440p averages 33% faster and at 4K it is 32% faster. This proves that Ray Tracing performance is vastly improved. At the end of the day, the NVIDIA Ampere architecture is superior to last generation’s Pascal architecture. The node has improved from the last generation, and the architecture is now keyed more specifically to floating-point performance, Ray Tracing performance, and machine learning/AI performance via Tensor Cores. The architecture also supports some interesting new technologies we are looking forward to such as RTX I/O. It has future bandwidth support in mind with PCI-Express 4.0. Rasterization, Ray Tracing, and Machine Learning are all aspects of modern-day GPUs, and they all matter moving forward for gaming. In traditional gaming (rasterized performance) the GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition gives us a big upgrade in performance compared to the GeForce RTX 2080 Founders Edition it is replacing. We see benefits depend on the game, with some as high as 80+% and most averaging around 50-60% advantage, depending on the resolution. In addition, the GeForce RTX 3080 FE also provides 20-25% faster performance than the previous fastest video card, the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. When you apply Ray Tracing, the advantages in performance grow even more. Apply DLSS on top of that and Ray Tracing is playable in games at 4K now, and most definitely 1440p. At $699 the GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition video card offers gamers a lot of gaming performance and features that will improve the gameplay experience. At the end of the day the gameplay experience is most important, and the GeForce RTX 3080 FE has the ability to transform that gameplay experience with features like Ray Tracing and DLSS. With the performance it brings, those features are playable. It also offers the fastest performance around, and even provides better performance than the fastest video card of the last generation. Whether you play games without Ray Tracing and DLSS, or you play games with, this video card will provide the best gameplay experience.
The GeForce RTX 3080 is here, right now, and priced pretty reasonably considering the performance it offers. Last month, you could have spent $2,500 on dual RTX 2080 Ti cards hooked up via NVLink, only to find that multi-GPU support in games is largely dead, particularly in new releases. Now, for $700, you get 30% better performance than the outgoing RTX 2080 Ti and pocket $500 in savings. That's assuming you can find an RTX 3080 in stock. Let's also be clear that the RTX 3080 is primarily for high-resolution gaming. Yes, you can run 1440p with RTX effects, and it will be a good fit. It's a better fit for 4K gaming. Don't bother with it if you're using a 1080p display, as you could get nearly the same level of performance with a lesser GPU. Which brings us to the next option: Wait for the RTX 3070 or RX 6800 XT (whatever AMD's $400-$500 option ends up being called). The RTX 3070 should still be plenty fast for 1440p gaming, and more than fast enough for 1080p — just like the RTX 2080 Ti. Nvidia says it will perform "better than the 2080 Ti," though we take that marketing-speak with a scoop of salt. Out of all the benchmarks we ran, there was only one (Doom Eternal) where the 3080 actually doubled the 2080's performance. Anyway, saving $200 and buying a 3070 could make a lot of sense. It's interesting to note that the RTX 3070 is a substantial step down from the RTX 3080, however. The 3080 has 48% more GPU, RT, and Tensor cores, it has 20% more memory, and the memory is clocked 36% higher. That's a big enough gap that we could see an RTX 3070 Ti down the road, but at what price? Alternatively, wait and see what AMD's Navi 2x / RX 6000 GPUs can do, which we'll hear about more on October 28. The bottom line is that the RTX 3080 is the new high-end gaming champion, delivering truly next-gen performance without a massive increase in price. If you've been sitting on a GTX 1080 Ti or lower, waiting for a good time to upgrade, that time has arrived. The only remaining question is just how competitive AMD's RX 6000, aka Big Navi, will be. Even with 80 CUs, on paper, it looks like Nvidia's RTX 3080 may trump the top Navi 2x cards, thanks to GDDR6X and the doubling down on FP32 capability. AMD might offer 16GB of memory, but it's probably going to be paired with a 256-bit bus and clocked quite a bit lower than 19 Gbps, which may limit performance.
2020.09.16 16:08 TaoOfSatoshiProfessional Traders and Dash Unite with FastPass
https://preview.redd.it/1nsll7aooin51.png?width=1280&format=png&auto=webp&s=638856bebe3a70cff53008b47fbf507babd0f1b4 It is of no news that Dash till date remains an ideal cryptocurrency for trading due to its near-instant speed of transactions, low cost of transactions and high security. Dash has now moved another step towards making it the de facto currency of crypto traders by launching a network of integrated companies called FastPass. Fastpass is a system of integrated companies working together in a mutual trading ecosystem to optimize usage by Dash traders in executing their business. Either as institutional traders or individual traders, the FastPass network offers tools that enable trading transactions to happen with minimum fuss. Such tools include staking solutions, margin trading, trading bots, OTC, analytics, lending, and derivatives. The different platforms and services that make up FastPass possess the InstantSend and ChainLocks functionalities that enable users to withdraw, deposit and execute trading with Dash at near-instant speeds. Read more: https://www.dashnation.com/media/news/professional-traders-and-dash-unite-with-fastpass/ Thanks for reading!
2020.09.16 00:59 dj_warner6291988Found a Fluff Part 15
Found a Fluffy Links to previous chapters at bottom of the post. Arrow the Bat Fluffy for this story is based off the artwork from u/A0ide found HEREAfter you all read this chapter, Please comment. Comments about your favorite parts or characters and why they were your favorite parts or characters. Or even your most hated parts and characters, can help me to understand what I'm doing right, as well as wrong in some cases. Or help me further realise things about characters i didn't realize i was even putting in. And thank you all for reading!! Also if you wish to be a part of the alerts list let me know. They are now posted at the bottom of the post. As always if i messed some lore or something about fluffies up please let me know in comments or in a message. I will gladly try and adapt as I can. I am still learning. Though I do have a post with my own headcanons and information from within the world. found HERE >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Audrey was sitting in the van she was looking worried, but it seemed as they were going along. Everything almost seemed to be going in slow motion for her. Big Papa was looking as if he had a bloody nose, he was said to have broken ribs he seemed to be trying to rest. Audrey was shaking, Arrow nosed under Audrey’s hand and nuzzled as if trying to get the Human to pet her. Audrey picked up Arrow and nuzzled her trying to find comfort and answer in what was happening. It was another hour. Her sitting in the waiting room with the boxes of both Bessy and her babies, and Milly and hers. Arrow in her arms trying her best to comfort and cheer up her Human. Some people had noticed her, one child had tried to ask Audrey what was wrong but their parents pulled them back whispering that it's not right to ask that of a crying person. Little tomato baby began to peep and cry again. Audrey looked down; she didn't even realise she was still holding the bottle and sniffled picking up the tiny foal she gently rubbed its belly as they drank hungrily. Arrow sat on Audrey’s lap watching and when the small baby it seemed seemed to fuss and fight with the want to eat she got close and took the foal beginning to clean them and hold them… helping like she seen Bessy do with the little ones when they were too little to do it themselves she helped the little one empty some things then nosed them back to Audrey, “hew...de bedder now.” She said softly knowing Audrey was still needing something to focus. After a bit the Vet lady came out, “ok… he is stable… he is… honestly i don't know how he isn't dead yet. Or how he managed to walk home with a broken leg and a busted rib. But he is strong it seems and will be alright.” Audrey let out a sigh of relief, and smiled, “Thank you.” She smiled, “of course, and since we have the others here, you still want me to get the little ones up to date on shots and give that little one in your hands a look over?” Audrey nodded, “you think we can-” Before she could finish her sentence there was a voice, “Hay stop!” and someone falling over something. While Big Papa hobbled out from the hall behind the lady and over to Audrey he sat between her legs like a well trained fluff. The aid ran out after him then looked amazed, “oh… ok…” they slowly went back in. Arrow lept down, hugged him, and began to groom her father as if to try and calm herself down as well as comfort him. Audrey relaxed a bit, “ya lets get that all done since we're here. No point in wasting your time.” she seemed a bit sheepish for having panicked so hard. “Mama look at him, he looks like a night sky, can i pet him?” the child in the waiting room asked. “Hus child. No. He is hurt, do you see his cast and bandage?” the mother pointed out. Some people were recording with their phone mostly as a Look who uses my vet office thing, and others showing video of the wounded fluffy and tiny runt alicorn in Audrey’s hand. After this… it seemed a relatively quick visit. The foals all being spayed or neutered and all given shots. All but the alicorn. they seemed to be too weak for any surgeries. But they were looked over and after given their shots it was recommended some antibiotics for them. Bessy had been stressed watching the vet very intently and at first had even escaped her box and head butted the vet in the ankle to protect her babies. Audrey had to hold her after That. Milly it seemed was very meek but watched with worry as her babies were given shots and such. And after a check up it was deemed the poor thing had an infection in her throat as well as something called cobblestones in the back of her throat that made it very hard for her to talk. Before Leaving Audrey opted to have all the Fluffies Chipped and tagged so even the babies had collars upon their neck. She did not want to risk anything further. And when they got home… she took to the internet. Figuring with the help of many eyes she may have the best chance to find Taffy then any other. She had been given a few suggestions and some tips. She quickly went to lock the window realizing… they had spent so much time at the vet…it was dark. And, she still did not have her car. She swore under her breath as Big Papa hobbled over to her. “Awdwy otay? Awdwy need huggies?” he seemed to look sad. Audrey sighed, “I… I think I'm going to camp out here in the living room with you tonight.” she admitted biting her lip, “Maybe we can watch a movie and eat some spaghetti what do you think?” she offered, her voice still sounding sad and almost melancholy. Mocha perked up as did the 4 of Milly’s bebeh’s, “Movie! Skettehs!!” they cheered. Audrey put in a care bear movie from her youth. And made some spaghetti to share with the herd. She brought out some pillows and blankets from her room so she could sit in the middle of the room and rest there… Doing her best to try and insure that all of them were safe and sound. Audrey seemed to not have a great rest. She seemed to have woken up every 2 hours checking on all the fluffs. And feeding the one she deemed Tomato. By morning she had already dressed knowing full well she wasn't going to get any sleep. She had checked, double checked and triple checked all the windows to insure they were locked and safe. She had refilled the auto feeders and topped off the water bowls. She had washed the dishes, remade her bed and cleaned everything she could without waking the fluffs. When they woke up she gave both Mato and Milly their medicine, and spent a little while playing with them and the others making sure she spent time playing with each and every one. She noticed the 3 cow fluffs from Bessy were starting to get their horn nubs. The little girls had the same type of horns as their mother it seemed with the color of their dad, but their brother.. He had the two horns on each side. But also one dead center of his head. The black and white foal seemed to be hornless. “Three horns?” Was Burney part unicorn? She shook her head and she would inform Pete later… right now she had a fluff to find. “Ok everyone, it's almost noon. I need to get down to that shop and get my car, I'll take Mato with me since they will have a few feedings between then and now. Everyone be safe, and I will be back before dark. Milly i will get you your medicine when i get back.'' She then picked up her purse and used an old scarf to make a sling to put Mato in it and put a bottle of milk in her purse in a small lunch bag to keep cold with a Syringe bottle for the tiny fluffy. Audrey locked the door behind her, then went down and explained everything to the landlady in detail this way if she saw Taffy at the door. Or if she saw someone coming in with them they could be let in or she could get them. She began to speed walk to her car when she got a call. “Hello?” Audrey answered her brows frowned, “No… he isn't a green fluffy with yellow hair, was there not a colored picture on the flier?... ok well does the fluffy your asking about look like the one on the flier? … Ok… so why do you call and get my hopes up? … ma’am I'm sorry your fluffy is old, but I at the moment live in an apartment and have several fluffies of my own. I AM working on a shelter but have not gotten that up. Try calling an actual shelter.” She hung up. And growled finally reaching the car. She got in… just in time for another call to come in… same person. Audrey ignored it. She drove as safely as she could with her little passenger to the location with the hotdog vendor. She went down the ally and when she heard peeping she paused frowning. This light pink mare was not her Taffy. Audrey knelt down and held out a hand seeing her collar. “Hay there Are you lost?” THe mare seemed hesitant; she looked about then up to Audrey and got up. She had 5 babies on the blanket she tried to cautiously walk over and sniffed Audrey’s hand. “Ou be nu Mamah?” they asked with a hopeful look. Audrey smiled and gently scratched behind the other’s ear and tried to get a look at the collar. There were no tags. Audrey frowned, “I don't know dear. Would you like to come with me to a friend's place? We can try and find your Mamah or Daddy?” The mare smiled and leaned into the scratches seeming to happily nuzzle Audrey. “What is your name dear?” Audrey asked gently looking over to the foals, They seemed to have 2 unicorns of semi-decent colors, a brown foal pegasus, and 2 earth fluff babies. All looking in decent health. “Candfwuff.” she answered looking over to her newborns, “Wan see Candfwuffs Bebehs? Deh is pwetty bebehs.” She spoke proudly trotting over to sit beside them proudly. There was… what seemed to be someone’s lost hoodie laying in the bottom of the crate to help cushion the bottom and help keep the babies warm. Audrey could feel the light chill in the air… she couldn't keep doing this. But.. her heart hurt, “Is it just you and your babies here Candy?” She shook her head, “Nu, Candyfwuff’s specew fwen wen for Nummehs for Candy so can make watsa Miwkies for bebehs.” Audrey smiled, “Well he sounds like a very good Special friend for you then. Shall we wait here for him to come back?” She smiled and nodded, “Pweze mamah. Wait for Candyfwuffs speciew fwen come back.” Audrey in her new pantsuit she usually now always went out to sit beside the crate and pulled out Mato and began to feed him a bit, Trying her best to stimulate some things… remembering being scolded by Arrow for not doing so since he was so little. Candyfluff seen the small one in Audrey’s hands and quickly snatched them away and brought the fluffy to her own nest and set them down as if he had been hers all along then gave puffed out cheeks to Audrey, “Why bebeh so tiny?” “Before I got him he had a bad mumah. I've been trying to help him drink but he is so little he couldn't latch onto the ladies back home.” Audrey was still a little shocked Candy snacked Mato from her. Candy sat up and looked down to the little one and tried to move them closer, “Hew bebeh, Twy get miwkies. Candyfwuff wub all bebehs.” She said happily. Mato chirped happily, “Fank Ou!” they made their way over and tried their best to latch on. They seemed to have some difficulty but oddly enough almost soon after were latched and drinking happily. It was then that Audrey noticed that Candyfluff was a bit smaller in size then even Milly… Younger maybe? “Who Ou!” a male’s voice called out. Audrey’s eyes moved over to a Green stallion who had some dandelions and what may have been trash found veggie tops in front of him where he set them his head positioned so his horn was almost pointed at her. “Booger! Dis nu Mamah! Deh wait For Ou so whol famwy hab new housies.” Candyfluff said happily. The green stallion apparently named Booger kept his head slightly low and began to sloooowly position himself between Audrey and the Crate. He would then look back at Candy and the babies and his eyes would water happily till he saw the red one suckling and he would narrow his eyes and look at them, “Who dis? It no Smew same as odder bebehs, No smew wike deh Dadah?” he stated as if trying to think of what to do. “They are mine. They had a bad mumah who was going to hurt it. But I was going to keep it. Candy here offered to feed them.” Audrey explained she now felt a little anxious. But then seen the Stallion sit down as if trying to process something and needed more brain power to think then to stand. “So...ou wan Candyfwuff and Booger and bebehs to go wif Ou so Candy Can feed Ou bebeh? Ou Gib Candyfwuff good nummehs and wet bebehs hab gud home?” he looked behind him...there were some tears in his eyes. Audrey couldn't help herself. She picked him up and gave him a gentle hug, “Oh you poor thing. No that isn't it. I came out here looking for a fluffy I lost but I'm not about to let a new Mumah be out here when cold times are coming. You're going to be safe. I may have to move sooner than I planned so as not to cause problems for my landlady, But i promise I won't let anyone bad get a hold of you two or your babies.” she gently nuzzled him. Booger… struggled at first.. Then sniffled… then began to cry turning his face into Audrey’s chest and just letting out what seemed years of Tears and sadness, “Booger be Gud fwuffy. Booger no wan fight. Booger will pway nice wif odder fwuffies pwamus.” She could feel his ribs, “Oh sweet thing i know. You're ok. I got you… let's get you and your family to my car. Get you all safe and snug in the carrier i have there so you can travel without getting hurt ok?” He sniffled and cried but apparently needed carried, Meanwhile Candyfluff was putting her babies and Mato on her back and following along to the car she looked up to her Stallion with worry but let Audrey carry him. Audrey put them in the fluffy carrier she had in the back for mocha and others during car trips, it was a newer one padded and had a small food bowl in it and a guinea pig style water bottle. At first the food bowl was empty but then Audrey put in some of the Dry Kibble in it for the two adults, “There you are you two get comfy. I'm going to give one last look about the Ally for Taffy.” Upon hearing the name Booger looked over at Audrey with worry. But she hadn't seen, already closing the carrier and beginning to set the car up with the air temp on, and radio with the fluffy songs on it. She got another call after setting up her car, she answered, “Hello?” hopeful. “HOW DARE YOU IGNORE MY CALLS!” Audrey hung up again, and rolled her eyes. She had no time to deal with idiots who got fluffies and were unable to care for them. She began to look up and down the alley. Hopeful to find something then… seen what looked to be a matted dog, “oh geez this area needs help…” She huffed and shook her head. The creature whose fur was all matted saw Audrey and squeaked running away. But at the moment there was no sign of Taffy. She frowned and turned to head back to the car. Then another call. Audrey was getting fed up with this and she answered without looking, “Look Lady. If the Fluffy you Have is NOT the one on the Poster i don't give two cares if You can't keep it. I live in a Apartment. I can't help Your Fluff is a Senior And i Can't Help you kept a fluffy till then and NOW can't Afford to Have him put down, I'm Not a charity. Not Yet anyway. You don't need to be calling me 30 times in 15 minutes and when I don't answer find another phone to call me from am i Clear?!” she growled into it. Rainbow suspenders on the other side, “Uh… clear but i'm not a lady nor do i have a fluffy?” Audrey sighed and facepalmed, “Oh god damn. I'm sorry… had some lady calling me from the number on the Lost posters… I swear i'm half tempted to find out where she lives and put sugar in her gas tank.” There was laughter on the other end, “holy shit remind us not to piss you off. Anyway our Boss wanted to know how much for that placenta you wanted. Since we didn't get it off you yet.” Audrey sighed and shook her head, “Again i'm so sorry… But ya. Meet me over at my apartment, bring the vet lady again if you can, I found more. But one has a collar on so i think they may be lost. And… i don't know how much did your boss say you could give me?” “He said he is putting his limit at a few million…” Idiot in the background said. Audrey paused and thought, “Actually that much could probably help me move things along so i'm not stuck waiting for the offer on that house.” “Oh...cool we will be right over then.” Rainbow suspenders stated. Audrey got in the car and sighed. “Ou fin fwuffy? Nu Mamah?” “No Candy, I didn't find him. But… i hope he is alright. It's a very scary city out there. And I don't know what mischief he could get into.” She drove home ignoring the other calls figuring it was best to let them go to her voicemail for now. She would Part outside her building and wait rubbing a temple. The vet lady showed up first before the Hasbro Dogs. “I hear your selling?” Audrey rolled her eyes, “only the placenta. That has been in my freezer for almost a month now. They are not about ot get any living samples from me.” She huffed then open up the back door and carrier. The Vet looked in, “Aw… I know you dear.” She reached in and gently picked up Candyfluff. “You do?” Audrey sounded confused. “Ya her owner used to always have me come to his house and give her check ups, he always wanted to know how soon she could breed and all that. He apparently was trying to get what he called the perfect fluff.” she shook her head, “How are you candy dear?” “Candy… candy daddeh kick her out cus he no fink Candy hab pwitteh bebehs. But Nu Mama fink Candy hab pwitteh bebehs. Nice wady fink candy hab pwitteh bebe to wite?” she looked back at the carrier worried. Booger was standing over his 5+1 Foals Cheeks puffed and watching the Vet. “They look lovely dear and very healthy. So do you. I'm guessing that is to this little fellow here? He must have been very good about keeping you fed and safe wasnt he?” Booger seemed to lower his head a little, not pointing his horn yet, but seemed untrusting of the nice words. “Your ok Booger. This lady helps me keep all the fluffies healthy.” Audrey explained, “She won't hurt your babies or Candy.” Audrey explained then looked ot the Vet, “Can you get ahold of her old owner see if it was a accidental tossing or something? I don't want to be considered a thief you know?” The vet smiled and nodded, “Oh i can call him now.” She called the man and after him calling the Vet lady every name but her own and then some… it was obvious he wanted Nothing to do with candy and promised he would sign her over if someone came to him with paper work. “Well...i can get that covered tonight. Lets get these littles up todate on shots they are to little to have fixed but i can visit again in about a week or so from now.” The vet smiled. Booger seemed less trusting when Cotton was placed in another carrier along with Mato as if he was worried they were going to leave him and the babies behind but when The vet lady picked him up and gave him shots. He was lashing about, and Audrey had to help hold him down. But when it was done and both Candy and Audrey were hugging him and cuddling him telling him how brave he was and how they would keep him from getting sick. He calmed a bit. The babies were next they just needed more huggies from their mother. By the time they were done the Hasbro dogs were there. “Perfect timing. Help me bring in the new Brood, and careful they just had shots.” Audrey chuckled. Heading in the landlady met up with Audrey, “Did you find him?” Audrey shook her head, “no..but i found this lady who just had her litter and we contacted her old owner but…” The landlady sighed, “Audrey you know i cant just let you keep taking fluffys in.” she crossed her arms. “I'm working on getting a new place. I Will give my word as soon as i'm able ill move them all out of here.” Audrey sighed knowing she really was pushing the limits. “No more… till you move got it?” the land lady said sternly. Audrey gave a nod, “You have my word.” With that the new brood was able to be brought up to the apartment. Big Daddy was watching from his chair so he already knew what was coming he sat waiting a cast on his leg and eyes on the door. Audrey smiled, “Hay everyone… one new mumah to add to the group. I'M sorry… and i promised even the land lady that this will be the last group to come up to this apartment. After this we will be moving… as soon as we can. Though…” She felt a bit guilty, “I do hope we find Taffy before then…” Arrow came over sniffing the carrier she lept back and Hissed with wings open when the horn hit the inside of the cage. Audrey gasped and picked up the carrier holding Booger, “Hay Easy, She didn't mean anything by it she was just trying to see you.” The vet open the carrier with Candyfluff and her babies getting her set up in the mumah corner. “Hewow Nu fwens i Candyfwuff. Me am Happy meet nu fwens.” she looked at bessy and Milly’s babies and her eyes sparkled, “Ohh Ou boff hab pwetty bebehs to!!” Milly after hearing this pirked up a bit, and a squeak of a voice for the first time since her coming there, “Fank...ou…” Bessy smiled and seemed quite proud, “Bessy bebeh good bebeh, And If nu fwen need hewp wiff miwkies Bessy hab wats for all bebehs.” She stated proudly. Mocha was watching all the babies with wide eyes and seemed to bounce around happy that there would be more to play with and hug and teach. As the three mothers bondedand fussed and talked about their babies Milly piping in every so often, Audrey was carefully opening the door to Booger’s cage, Arrow keeping a eye on him, and Big Papa watching from the chair. Booger slowly came out from the carrier, he had his head lowered as if a defence position he grew up learning, however he did not have his horn pointed at anyone. He seemed to relax a bit only seeing Arrow… and bessy… and milly and one brown stallion, He seemed to relax and raise his head a bit then… he smelled it and his eyes went wide. Big Papa came down from his chair, “Hewo Booger.” he hobbled over a bored expression on his face. Booger sat and lowered his head… he began to make a mess, “Big bue…” “Booger no make bad poopies on fwoow we hab twittew box.” he shook his head as if disapointed. Audrey looked between them, “Ok… you two know one another….” The hasbro dogs cleared their throat. Audrey looked over “Right… sorry.” She left to pull out the frozen bio waste and get the check. Mean while Big Papa sat down and watched Booger, “So… Ou got bebehs now?” Booger sniffled and shook his head. “Not Ou Bebes?” Big papa tilted his head and began to look about, “wawe is Ou Bwuddah? Bow?” Booger began to look down with a hung head, “Bawky monstah…” he said. Big papa gave a nod, “Ah… Sowwy Booger.” He looked over to Candy Fluff and the foals, “Deh His?” Booger gave a sad nod. Big papa gave another, “Deh safe here Booger. Ou safe To. Dis gud hooman. Deh keep word.” Booger gave a nod and tried to whipe away a tear, “Seen Taffy…” they said quietly glancing to the humans then back to Big Papa not sure if they knew or not. “Keep dat to sewf.” Big papa said still looking about the room at the group. Booger gave a nod and watched as Audrey after getting paid ushered the Two Dogs out, and the vet who was putting the bio waste into a lunch bag to keep cold. “Neba been in housie befur.” Booger stated looking around. Big Papa Smiled, “me show Ou wound.” he chuckled and began to hobble around and show the other ware everything was while Audrey began to clean up the mess that was now on her floor. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Part 1 - Here , Part 2- Here , Part 3- Here , Part 4- Here , Part 5- Here, Part 6- Here , Part 7- Here , Part 8-Here , Part 9- Here , Part 10- Here , Part 11-Here , Part 12- Here , Part 13- Here , Part 14- Here This is the last Part that these two will be added in. After this these two below will no longer be linked with new chapters of Found a Fluffy. Big Daddy’s Day out , ware he handles dealing with Taffy turning slightly smarty (ABUSE Warning!!)-Here First Part to Side story “Trash Taffy” ware you can fallow his adventures- Here And alerts for new chapters: u/MysticBolillo , u/Tavaris_ , u/RoDiboY_UwU , u/vopco , u/Book-Dragoness , u/ENGLivesAndZERO , u/LuckyArceus , u/UCRagingBull2 , u/ginnekko , u/UCRagingBull2 , u/ill_do_it_myself
2020.09.15 12:32 SuperHotUKDealsXbox Deals with Gold - Region by region comparison per game 15/09/20 [No VPN required] for Hungary, Norway and Czech Microsoft Stores
The description of this deal was not provided by this subreddit and it's contributors. Xbox.com Store Region by region comparison for purchasing games from the current Xbox Deals with Gold and Publisher sale at face value from non-UK stores using any credit or debit card (fee free cards e.g. Monzo, Starling, Revolut are obviously ideal) without the use of a VPN. You are largely limited to the Hungary, Norway and Czech stores - the following list identifies which store is most cost effective per game and also notes where you are better off sticking with the UK store. Note - the following list may not be 100% up-to-date as the Xbox store and various comparison sites have been playing up all morning. To get an idea of the savings to be made per game please refer to this week's UK Deals with Gold post: https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/xbox-store-uk-deals-with-gold-spotlight-publisher-and-franchise-sales-150920-3543407
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2020.09.14 10:27 OculusfluffyPolicefluffs 2: Stake by Oculus (xpost from fluffybooru)
Originally posted on: https://www.fluffybooru.com/post/view/55977 Previous chapter: https://www.reddit.com/fluffycommunity/comments/iof3bn/policefluffs_by_oculus_xpost_from_fluffybooru/ https://preview.redd.it/bqbsc728g2n51.png?width=704&format=png&auto=webp&s=9f4ab5a9b26dcc38a69b068ed00c903da39e6ae5 POLICEFLUFFS 2: STAKE “Mummah wuv Buddie! Am bestest babbeh!” The Yehdoo brought her two front legs around her son and kept him in a tight embrace, and Buddy felt a bit embarrassed. As required for his evaluation, Buddy was brought back to Hasbio every quarter, both for examination, and enrichment through parental contact. “Fwuffy wuv mummah tu.” “Buddy am a good fwuff? Be good fwuff for da hummehs?” “Yus mummah. Buddy am good fwuff. Wowked hawd as a powice fwuff.” Buddy’s mother, Flavia, smiled. A pedigree Yehdoo, she had nice puffy cheeks and a thick pink coat. Her legs were long, and an emblem of a hare in sprint on her flank indicated a past history as a racing fluffy. That was in her younger days. Now, as a trained Yehdoo, she spends most of her days training younger fluffies of her breed as a coach for races, and for some, as an instructor for guide fluffies for the blind. As Buddy hugged her in return, he took a good look at his surroundings. A two storied area, complete with a television, areas for exercise, items for enrichment, a staircase to practise climbing, and to reach the beds in the second level. Home, he thinks. Not the same as the harder kennels and barracks he had become accustomed to, but it was welcome comfort. There was another fluffy here to see Buddy in the abode. Standing at the mid-section of the staircase, was a white fluffy, of the Waggytail breed. However, unlike other Waggytails, or most other fluffies, he carried himself in a dignified manner. He had a black mane and tail, and wore glasses, a result of age dimming his once strong eyesight. His name was Peter, and Buddy was happy to see him. “Hey dad.” Flavia leaves the embrace, and excitedly said “Speshul fwen! Buddie i-i-is here to s-see ‘ou!" Flavia had spent a lot of time in training as both a “seeing-eye-fluff” and as a racehorse, and thus, had a lot of experience with human speech. However, even at her best attempts to replicate human speech, she was limited by a constant stammer and stutter. “I know, Flavia. I’d like to talk to him.” As the paternal figure climbed up the stairs, a slightly curious Buddy turned to his mother. “Wai daddeh wan tok to fwuffy?” Flavia gave a reassuring look to her son. “Daddeh miss his babbeh. Daddeh wuv his onwy an’ bestest babbeh.” ~ “So how is everything going for you, bud?” Peter’s room sits atop a large building exposed to the harsh terrain of the future. Surveying the vast desert landscape, both Buddy and Peter looked through the desolate void. Decades of war, environmental damage and pollution had corrupted a once pristine landscape, and the scraps of forest that bordered it were now gone. “I’m doing fine dad.” “Are the people at the station treating you well?” “They are.” Buddy always wondered why his father wanted to have talks like this with him. It was like he was trying to get across some message to him, but had difficulty in doing so. This was not to say that Peter had not disciplined his son as a foal, but usually, most punishments or interaction was handled by Hasbio staff, or by Peter with supervision from the staff. “Has there been any trouble? I remember the time you called me in the middle of the night, when you were being trained by the army, saying how much you missed your mother and I.” “I’m fine, dad. And that was a long time ago.” “That was just two years ago.” “Yeah, well, I’ve been a police fluffy for half a year now. I can manage dogs. I have seen dead bodies. And I can hold my ground in a fight.” Peter turned to look at his son. Although Buddy was trained to be able to defend himself, fluffy fragility was not unknown to either of them. “Fights? Buddy-“ “Dad, I’m a policefluff. Its going to happen, sooner or later.” “You’re supposed to let the dogs or the humans tackle the threat. Remember, you’re only a fluffy. Even if you eat meat, run like a dog and can bite, you’re still a fluffy. A horse. Not a dog.” “I know dad.” Peter picked up on Buddy's annoyance. "Son, when we have these talks, they're only because we all love you very much, and we’re worried for you.” “I know dad, but you also know that Hasbio selected me for this.” Peter sighed. “I know. I know all too well.” A slight ding resounded. As the fluffy family had hooves, and thus no opposable thumbs, they could not cook. Food had to be provided to them through an elevator, in bowls that could be grasped by both hooves the way fluffies could grasp their building blocks. Upon receiving the meals through the delivery service, Flavia calls out for her two best boys. “Speshul fwen! Babbeh! Nummies!” As the fluffy family sat at the table, Buddy took a good look at his dish. It was specially ordered by his mother for her bestest babbeh. “Eat up babbeh! Steak.” ~ “So what is the Chef’s special today?” “Chateaubriand Steak, sir. Wagyu beef.” “What kind? “Australian Flufallo. Free range, well marbled and well-aged.” “I’ll have a steak then. Medium-rare.” Officer Jenny was seated at the table, dressed formally in a black blouse and skirt for a civilian setting. Across the table sits a gentleman wearing a business suit. Wearing glasses and sporting a beard, he smiled as he looked at Jenny. “I kind of miss when they served flufallo veal around here. It was the most delectable meat. And it’s a shame that the Australians never permitted the veal from their grade of cattle.” “You know why they banned it. The flufalloes in Australia started to riot when they found about the practise.” “But its not like the flufallo around here are any more intelligent. I seriously don’t get why some Ozziefluff agrarian decision should affe-“ Jenny was getting impatient and interrupted him mid-sentence. “Look, I know you are my superior, but I would like to know why you called me all the way out here. Princess needs her shots.” “Ah yes, your wonderful Princess. How is she, ‘mistress’?” Jenny tried her best to hide resentment to the taunt. “Princess Rainbow Sprinkles is fine. She occasionally starts to develop awareness, but the shots have been enough to make her lose her memory or keep her docile.” As Jenny said this, the waiter arrived with the executive’s dish. “Your steak sir. Bon appetit.” Licking his lips, the executive grabs his knife. He delicately cuts a small portion, while asking about Outback. Jenny answers, “Outback’s the same. I keep him tanked up on VB as well as his favourite fruits and veggies. He’s cranky and a little bit stand-offish, but for the most part, he gets along with everyone in the station. Especially the SWAT.” As he consumes the morsel, the executive takes a moment to appreciate the fat content and juice of a steer that had lived a long life, spent enough times with its herd and, with the humane policies of the Australian Beef Industry, underwent a euthanasia process that allowed the steer to reflect and enjoy its last moments in peace. All those memories and happiness, condensed into one juicy morsel. “I heard Outback took out a few terrorists.” “Just two cult members. There has been no sightings of the Case Designate J in the past few months.” The executive continued to cut into his steak. As the juice gushed forth from the cooked meat, Jenny could feel a tinge of hunger. The executive noticed. “Aren’t you going to order something? I can pay for the meal.” Jenny shook her head. “I just want to get back to Princess soon. And I know what you want to ask.” The juice continued to drip from the meat piece, as some of it fell onto the executive’s bib. “Buddy has been doing fine. We’ve only been placing him through search-and-rescue missions. We don’t expect him to fight, and he’s been pretty effective so-“ “He’s not developing.” Jenny raised an eyebrow. “Excuse me?” “We wanted a hybrid that was not only capable of infiltration and retrieval. You know there is more we expect out of the hybrid.” “He’s only been with the force for half a year. He may eat meat, he may run fast, but he’s not a dog, he’s a horse. A pony, even.” “You know that’s not what I’m talking about.” As he keeps chewing, Jenny had enough. Restraining herself, she got up, and departed. The executive smirked to himself, as he continued to cut deep into the meat. ~ “This is a priority encoded communication from the Equine Development and Enrichment Subdivision of Hasbio Incorporated. Date June 20 2120. For urgent attention to Commissioner Remy Garry, Captain MacReady of the Central Investigation Department and Officer Clarke of the K-9 unit. Special order for immediate action. Priority. Send MacReady, Subjects 2214425B and 15212021311O to investigate Missing Person case 317. Location is at the 'De-Urbanized Arcological Construct' located in Sector 37 of the Mega-City. No other personnel are to be attached.” ~ “So come on now MacReady, whose this missing person 317?” “Well, remember when Buddy found that body in level 50 of the arcology?” “Yeah, I ‘memba.” “According to the coroner, the guy was not sacrificed as part of the cult. He was murdered.” The handler Clark blinked his eyes. “Excuse me?” “According to forensics, the victim was in the middle of sacrificing a fluffy when some unknown individual interrupted him. There were signs of a struggle, but the other party managed to dominate him, and plunge the dagger into his heart. The black eyes were because he was in the middle of the trance and had injected himself with Blood Jelly drug.” “Ah shit.” Clark had one too many encounters of people smuggling the blood of Jellenheimers across the border. “So here’s the problem. The new missing person is that teenager’s sister. Apparently, the teenager had not finished some ritual, and now the Cult wants his sister. Perhaps as a sacrifice, perhaps to convert her, god knows what else.” “Fucking hell.” Clark then raises an eyebrow. “Something like that requires like a team or something. Why are they only sending you and the two policefluffs?” “I dunno man. I think it's bullshit too, but it's orders from the Commish Garry.” “I don’t like it. I don’t like one bit.” ~ Captain MacReady was decked out in a brown denim coat, with a checkered tie, blue shirt and pants. He lead Outback, Buddy, Huey, Dewey and Louie to the back of his personalized hovercar. Though designed as a single seater, the car, based after SUVs of a bygone era, had enough space for an animal as large as Outback, and still had enough space to fit in one tall fluffy and three German Shepherd Good Boys. Upon closing the loading door, MacReady opened the gull-wing door of his vehicle, and entered the cockpit. With MacReady manually switching on the various buttons and equipment, the craft started to hover as it slowly departed, away from the helipad of the Police Outpost 31. “Fackin’ ‘ell, mate. Its like a cunt can’t even breathe in here.” “Shaddup, outback. You’re not the only who's in a tight squeeze.” It is night. The hovercar speeds through the designated skyline, obeying the lights demarcating the imaginary roads of the airways, as it makes its way through the arcology. ~ Although they appear as huge buildings on the outside, the interior of the arcology, especially in its residential areas, were reminiscent of the sidewalks, streets and apartments of a city like Manhattan at the turn of the millennium. As the hovercar landed upon a road within the greater atriums of the arcology, a homeless man with dreadlocks sat beside the sidewalk. A young foal is busy dancing like a robot, while singing an ancient tune. Bad fwuffsWhatcha want, watcha wantWhatcha gonna doWhen shewiff Jon Bwown come for FwuffTeww FwuffWhatcha wanna do, whatcha gonna doooYeaheahBad fwuffs, bad fwuffsWhatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna doWhen dey come for fwuff ~ The trio had split up. Detective MacReady was busy interviewing locals who lived in the nearby apartments. Two of the dogs remained in the vehicle. Buddy, Outback, and the dog Huey were walking down the alleyway, through the tunnels that connected to the vents and pipes. While the residential area was populated, the alleyway was a gateway to the dilapidated warehouse areas of the arcology, which had been abandoned not too long ago. As the trio kept walking, and when they were well away from a camera, or human ear, Outback voiced a concern. “You trust the humans too much, Buddy.” “What do you mean?” “Don’t get me wrong. Humans can be likeable, and my team are a bunch of adorable cunts, but there’s a lot about humans that’s downright facked in the head.” “Why are you being such a cynic now, Outback?” “Think about it, mate. We’re supposed to looking for a room with an altar aroun’ ‘ere. And a girl was missing. Yeah, that bit about them blokes saying this area was clear and no cultists? They’re telling porkies.” “Well, the cult did clear out, and you took down the remaining two members.” “My point is, we were assigned to find a missing individual in a place that was previously considered a ground for their cult.” “You speak like as if they will come back. Lighting does not strike the same area twice” “I hate it to break to ya mate, but this ain’t lightning. I’m sure the fuckers are around here. Even with the cameras and the coppers around, they’re bound to be around ‘ere, somewhere.” Sensing a truth to Outback’s works, Buddy realized that there was a lead they both could follow. “Well, if the humans are lying, the fluffies don’t. Usually. The last time I was here, the ferals were starting to join the cult. If the humans are hiding something, maybe the ferals would know better.” “Yeah? And how do ya propose we go ‘bout gettin’ that intel?” As Outback said this, Buddy noticed the graffiti on the wall. In a style evocative of a child using crayons, Buddy recognized the image of the Jellenheimer that he saw before, and of a man holding a tray. “I’ve been here before. There should be a friendly contact around here.” And true enough, the cardboard box was still there. Walking up to it, Buddy switched his mind to the tune of Fluffspeak, and initiated contact. “Huwwo fwen? Fwen fwuffy hewe.” Buddy taps the box. No answer. “Fwen?” Buddy decides to peek inside the cardboard box. The fluffy he met last time, who provided him with the info he needed, was dead. A large slash encircled its neck. The wound was fresh. But its eyes were black, indicating the consumption of Jellenheimer blood. And beside the corpse of the fluffy, Buddy could vaguely make out the letters, written in thick blood, “HEWP” “Oh fuck.” Just as Buddy said that, Huey started to bark. Huey’s bark echoed throughout the surroundings, as Buddy saw a young girl. She had black hair, her face dirty with grime, and a little blood. She was wearing a plain white dress, stained with dirt, and she was barefooted. It was the missing person. As Huey kept barking, Buddy twitched his face. Using his face muscles to activate the non-invasive communication device attached this ear, he made a call to MacReady. “This is Buddy. Outback and I have found 317. Requesting immediate extraction-“ “She’s gone.” As Outback said that, Buddy looked again. True enough, the girl was gone. In her place, a herd of feral fluffies could be seen. All of them sporting various colours. All of them consisting of the different types – unicorn, earth and Pegasus. A multitude of breeds, such as the Carpdime, Gowdie, McGonagall, Mutagen and Fwuffee breeds. And all of them had the black eyes. “JOIN DA JEWWY HURD JOIN DA JEWWY HURD” ~ BANG! As the gunshot reverberated across the empty spaces, the ferals began to disperse. Buddy and Outback spun around to see the figure of MacReady, who fired the shot. Dewey and Louie were tagging along, ready to pounce in case any of the ferals get the wrong idea. “So where’s the girl?” asked MacReady “No idea Mac. One minute we saw her, and next, those ferals turned up.” “She must be nearby.” “Any leads, mate?” “I got nothing. All the locals don’t want to talk. And seems the fluffy locals aren’t too friendly.” “You tell me. The fluffy who gave me the intel last time is dead.” Outback looks left and right. He is unshaken, but gravely concerned, “Did you see the eyes on those facking things? They took the damn blood.” “Yeah that’s the least of our problems, Aussie. You said you saw the girl. Where was she?” Buddy raised his hoof towards the direction of where the feral assembly was. “She was there one moment, and then she was gone. And then the ferals turned up.” “Yeah, Buddy here ain’t telling porkies. I also saw her.” MacReady pauses for a moment to assess the situation. Outback and Buddy are a feeling a little tense, as Buddy asks the real question. “So what do we do now?” “I tried radio-ing for help, but no one’s responding.” Fack, I knew it, muttered Outback to himself. This whole thing was a setup. But as he thought this, another question darted his mind. Why? “MacReady, what do we do? Do we just go after the girl, or wait?” Before MacReady could answer the question, more figures came out of the shadows. Macready recognized the first man as the first local he interviewed: the kind old man who ran the local shop for ages. The second figure was an old lady, a grandmother and a retired factory worker. The third was a young teenage girl. As the figures appeared, any identity that MacReady had recognized in them, any semblance of humanity, was gone. All of them were wielding a makeshift weapon. The shop owner held a wooden stick, which he had sharpened at an end to create a stake. The grandmother was carrying a golf club. The teenager was carrying a pipe. The others had all sorts of basic weaponry. Kitchen knives. Scissors. One man was even carrying a machete. And they all had the black eyes. “Ah shit.” As MacReady said this, he fired the first warning shot. The horde did not flinch. The dogs were starting to bark. Buddy was feeling trepidated. He had heard about the effects of Blood Jelly on its addicts, but this is the first time he saw anything like an induced riot. Or were all these people in the residential area of the arcology secret cult members? Too many questions. Too little time. Outback took one good look at the crowd. He then cracked his neck, as he sighed. “Eh, fack dis.” Without any hesitation, Outback charged straight into the crowd. Within a minute, he managed to mow down three of the more able-bodied members of the mob, while avoiding the elderly. Seeing this as opportunity for action, MacReady brought the back of his gun to his mouth. “Stun Mode.” “STUN MODE.” As his gun recalibrated itself to become a taser, MacReady started firing his weapon at the elderly and the young. He had gone for the lowest setting, to ensure that the incapacitated individuals suffered no more then a shock. He only had limited rounds, so he had to be careful. He had a baton ready, but, as far as he was concerned, his main focus was to stay alive without killing anyone. Buddy, too, was prepared for this situation, as he gave the order. “Sic’ ‘em!” Huey, Dewey and Louie rushed into the crowd, as Buddy gave the targets. “Huey, grab that stake! Dewey, bite at her leg! Louie, subdue!” As the detective, the two fluffies and three dogs did their work, the horde kept going. Outback reckoned that they had woken up the neighbourhood. As the action was going on, Huey caught a glimpse of the figure of the girl in white that he saw earlier. He started to bark. “ARF! ARF! ARF!” He then gave chase, much to the surprise of the other police personnel. “Huey!” cried Buddy, as he went after his good boy. “Buddy! Get back here! It's too dangerous!” Buddy could not hear them. As Huey chased after the girl, who was now running from him, Buddy was chasing after his good boy. The only thing on his mind was rescuing that missing girl, and getting her away from the madness. As Macready, Outback and the two dogs kept working, Buddy and Huey disappeared into the darkness. ~ Buddy had no idea how long he had been running, but his stamina began to wear thin. Huey dove right into an open grate, and Buddy followed suit. Try as he might, he could not keep up with the canine. However, despite his desire to call it back or slow down, Buddy knew that Huey had the girl’s interest at heart. Crawling through the vents and tight corners, Buddy finally found that Huey had stopped, and was now barking incessantly. Buddy took a good look at the surroundings he was now in. It was an enclosed space, a room that may have been a janitor or washroom at some point. Whatever purpose it had in a past life was now forgotten, as its walls were now covered in murals of stained glass. A red light hung over the ceiling, and the light outside illuminated scenes of carnage against fluffykind, ranging from mutilation, to the decimation of ferals, to the stomping of foals. All in tinkling glass fogged with a bloody mist. And at the centre of the room was a make-shift altar, with remnants of blood near it. Atop of the altar was the golden figure of the Jellenheimer. Figures, muttered Buddy. Huey kept barking. As Buddy turned his eyes, he saw the missing girl, huddled underneath a table. Her hands were bloody. Her arms were bloody. She was shaking vigorously and uncontrollably, perhaps frightened by Huey’s barks. “Easy there, we’re here to help you!” The girl took one good look at Buddy. She used her right hand to cover her eyes, as she tried her very best not to look in that direction. Huey's barking halted. Huey then started to froth at the mouth, and collapse. “Huey!!” As Buddy shook his good boy, he then saw it. It had the body similar to that of a fluffy. But its eyes were black. A smooth body, like jelly. And a permanent, unfaltering grin. As Buddy retreated from the Jellnehimer, another popped up from behind the altar. Another from near the girl. Buddy couldn’t count how many there were. All he knew was that they had their eyes trained on him. And one Jellenhimer, the ring leader, went ahead of the others. As he kept staring at Buddy, Buddy was not sure how to react. ~ Buddy was then overwhelmed by a sea of visions, as the lead Jellenheimer kept staring at him. Images and memories of torture flooded his mind, and he felt every wound and every atrocity committed against the fluffies he saw. Mares amputated and detongued, and forced into pods to birth foals. Foals that were placed haphazardly into cans, to be sold to the public. Foals that got tortured by some, or crushed while still in the can, or left neglected, never knowing a good life. He saw pogroms of fluffies throughout the century, of people wielding bats, clubs, and sharpened sticks, stabbing killing, beheading, mutilating, massacring, defiling. He brought his hooves to his head,but the images and sensations invaded him. The lead jellenheimer and its pack focused their psychic attack on Buddy. However, through the encroaching insanity, Buddy saw her. A tall, cream-colored alicorn. Her wings were fully formed, longer than any Pegasus he had seen. Her horn was sturdy, piercing the through the darkness of the madness he was bearing witness to. The alicorn was standing on a field of green, with the wind blowing through her mane. As Buddy focused on her, the Alicorn turned to glance at Buddy. She then said the line. “Follow me.” Her wings flapped, and she took off, and flew into the sky. “Follow me.” Buddy was initially reeling on the floor. But he got up on his legs. The Jellenheimers kept up their attack, but Buddy trained on that image he saw, of the alicorn, while repeating the mantra. “Follow me.” Opening his mouth and bearing his teeth, he jumped straight for the lead Jellenheimer. “SCREEEEEEEEEEE!” As the Jellenheimer made an unearthly scream, a nightmarish form of the Fluffy cry for help, Buddy kept his eyes open. He could feel the crushing of bone as his teeth dug into the soft, jellylike flesh. As he bit down hard, he could feel the visions suddenly changing to a great white flash in his mind. ‘SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!” The Jellenheimers that besieged Buddy reeled from the communal pain from the loss of their leader, and immediately retreated, crawling into the various holes. ~ “One! Two! Three!” Outback bashed down the door upon Macready’s order. They bore witness to the altar room. “Welp, guess that solves the mystery of the missing cult room.” Both Outback and MacReady saw the body of Buddy on the floor. Huey, who had now recovered, was licking his own wounds. “Buddy! BUDDY!!” Buddy could not hear them. He kept repeating “Nu huwt good fwuff. My name is Buddy. Buddy am good fwuff. I am a policefluffy”, repeating between the two languages. ~ It was a forever for Buddy as the images were blurry to him. Shifting through the dreamscape, and while battling the pain, he kept seeing glimpses of reality intermingling with the dream he was desperately trying to wake from. He had seen the alicorn numerous times, but at one point, the alicorn started to sing a song from his memory. "Mummah wuvs her babbeh,Babbeh wuv his mummah,Babbeh dwink miwkies,Gwow up big an stwong” The alicorn had morphed into a vision of his Yehdoo mother. Crying over him, kissing him, and giving him huggies. Even though he was hooked up to the medical equipment, Buddy knew she had to be there for him. But even his mother could only appear so many times in the visions. As the dreams alternated between the comforts of home, and the hell of what the Jellenheimers had put him through, he saw the alicorn again. This time growing younger, and until it had the appearance of an adolescent foal. This alicorn foal then sang another song. “Somewhere ower da wainbowWay up highAnd da dweams that fwuffs dweam ofWunce in a wuwwaby” Buddy could make out the foal to be Princess, at his side. Her tender hoof touching his head. Princess had always been there for him and guided him through the office as he got to know the people working there. Over time, the visions simplified, and became definite. Time started to make sense. And, soon, the figure of the fatherly Outback was by his side. “Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing MatildaYou'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with meHe sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled,you'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me” As Outback hummed the song of his kind, Buddy said the first words he could mutter in over a week. “You missed some of the notes.” Outback turned to his partner. He was a little miffed, and then, glad. “Fackin ‘ell. Ya alright, ya cunt.” Buddy smiled, then winced. The pain from the encounter still wracked his body. “Easy there, mate. Jellenheimers are the facken devil’ “Yeah tell me about it. I feel like I spent a few seconds in Hell. But then I saw that alicorn, and I managed to get out of it.” “An alicorn, eh?” “You didn’t see one?" “Nah mate.” “Guess its different. How are the others?” “Carlos has been too busy with immigration, but he made a gift for you. Princess and I have been by your side everyday, along with your parents.” “That’s good to hear.” Outback then got a serious, as he looked at Buddy in the eye. “I know you meant well, mate, but don’t try to be too much of a hero next time. You should have waited for us.” "I know Outback, but I wanted to save that girl. And Huey was too far ahead of me." "Not really an excuse, ya fuckwit. You coulda been killed. I'm even facking surprised you're still alive." "Yeah. I guess I am fucking lucky." For a while, there was an uneasy silence in the room. "What did Carlos get for me?" "A bunch of things. You'll see when you're out of the hospital." "Is one of them spaghetti?" "Yeah, one of them is spaghetti." ~ Jenny was angry. As she stormed into the office at the Hasbio Headquarters, she made her way to the office of the man she met about a month ago. The executive was in the middle of a meeting in his office, when Jenny stormed him. “Leave us.” With his command, the other staff cleared until only Jenny and the exec remained in the room. “You son of a bitch!” In her police uniform, Jenny maintained a resolute defiance before her superior. “What's the matter?” “You risked the lives of one of my wards, you fuck!” “But Buddy is not really under you, Princess is.” “Just because I don’t spend everyday of my life with Buddy doesn’t mean I’m not worried about him! Don’t forget, I was the one who selected him for the programme, and had monitored his process since birth!” “Ah yes, Buddy.” While remaining seated at his computer, the executive took a good look at the hybrid fluffy that was Buddy. “Before that day, in that unit, only Outback survived the encounter with the Jellenheimer, owing to his mental strength. But now Buddy has survived it as well, which must mean the same. It was a difficult process, and the wounds will still be there. But Buddy is no longer just a product now. He is an asset.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xx0blzRFQRs
2020.09.13 13:00 Ploto9DZWhat's the best Linux distro for a university student.
Hello everyone, what is the best Linux stable distro in your opinion that I can use as a university student ? I'm noob in the linux world and I've been using Ubuntu for a while and moved to manjaro.had some big tearing problems and still trying to solve it. but I was thinking that I really need a distro to be stable because this is my only laptop that I will use as a daily basis for university and for watching movies and learning around Linux.any suggestions? I really like manjaro. but I have been searching around and some people say they don't suggest it for a student because it's not that stable. is that right ? but for Ubuntu I don't know why I don't like it. there is something about it that I don't like. maybe the way gnome looks like.I've been thinking of installing Debian. is it gnome only? and if there is a Debian KDE is it stable ? any suggestions in general ? Edit: Thank you all for your comments and suggestions. I'll stick with manjaro for now and see what comes up next. I really like it. I will try it for like a couple of weeks then decide. Debian will be my next destination if I decided to change.
2020.09.13 00:59 db_incThe truth about the dbrand Grip...
Grips. Let's talk about 'em. If you've spent any amount of time on this subreddit, you've likely seen at least one post about a Grip case that has fallen apart. Most of you have seen several. We know this because we've seen every single one. We’d like to see less of them. Ideally, none. Over the past 18 months, we’ve been on an odyssey to fix the underlying problem. What follows is a chronicle of that journey. Our objectives in writing this post are three-fold. There will be a tl;dr version at the end of this post, summarizing each of the three:
Offer an in-depth technical explanation as to why Grip cases fall apart.
Outline the improvements we've made to the Grip case to mitigate and eventually solve the issue.
Provide some much-needed context as to how widespread the issue truly is, and what our next steps are for affected Grip SKUs.
Since you're still here, you must be in it for the long haul. Assuming an average reading speed of 250 words per minute, this is going to take you nearly 24 minutes to get through. We'll try to make it the most informative 24 minutes of your life. Let's get started.
Why Do Grips Fall Apart? Most phone cases are made out of a single material. The material itself varies from case to case, though the most common is Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU). The Grip case, as a point of comparison, is made of two different materials: an elastomer and a polycarbonate. The word elastomer is a combination of the words elastic and polymer. That's because it describes polymers that have elastic properties - like the one that forms the outer rim of your Grip case. The elastomer that we use is responsible for two critical properties of the Grip case: impact protection and grip. If you fell off of a rooftop, would you rather land on a hard plastic surface, or a rubber surface? If you value your life at all, you'd choose the rubber - its elastic properties would absorb much more force from the impact. Guess what rubber is? First one to answer "an elastomer" wins a prize! Next, imagine you’re a pervert, gently running your finger across every surface of a No. 2 Pencil. Which part of the pencil do you think would provide the most resistance to the tracing of your finger? If you guessed "the eraser," congratulations: you possess a basic understanding of coefficients of friction. Erasers are made of rubber. Rubber has a high coefficient of friction because of its elastic properties. The Grip case's elastomer isn't rubber - it's our own specially-formulated compound. It's still a useful comparison, as all elastomers share similar properties - provided they have the same degree of Shore Hardness. One person reading this is asking: “Shore Hardness?” The next section is their fault. A Beginner's Guide to Material Science The Shore Hardness scale gauges the hardness of various elastomers. It can be measured with a device called a durometer. You probably don't have one.
Low Shore Hardness = softer, more malleable, less dense, more rubber-like.
High Shore Hardness = harder, less malleable, more dense, more plastic-like.
If you fell out of a building and landed on a rubber surface with a high Shore Hardness, injury or death would be much more likely. If you used an eraser with a high Shore Hardness, you'd find it wouldn't actually do much erasing. Now, what if you made a phone case out of an elastomer with a high Shore Hardness? It wouldn't offer much grip or impact protection. The Grip's outer rim is made from an elastomer with a low Shore Hardness. As a result, the material is grippy and impact-resistant, but much more malleable and thus more likely to deform. That's why we bond the elastomer to a polycarbonate skeleton. Polycarbonates don't require as much explanation as elastomers: they're a category of plastic. On your Grip case, the back plate is made of polycarbonate. The elastomer rim is bonded to the polycarbonate plate on all sides of the Grip, providing structural rigidity to the elastomer, fighting to keep it from deforming. At least, that's the idea. As we've all seen, it hasn't worked out that way. Bonding two distinct materials together is much more complicated than gluing them together. Instead, we rely on a thermal bonding process. Basically, that means we heat both of our polymers to a degree which would turn you from “rare” to “well done” in moments. This heat melts the polymers, which we then inject at a pressure which would turn you from “solid” to “paste” even faster. Once injected, these two materials get fused together along the seams. To further reinforce the bonds, we use a series of interlocking "teeth" to provide a greater surface area on which the bonding process can occur. Consider these teeth the mechanical bond, which exists to strengthen the thermal bond. Pictured: Bonding mechanic between the elastomer and polycarbonate. With that out of the way: why do Grips fall apart? The elastomer rim around the edge of the Grip case is naturally inclined to deform and stretch. The bonding mechanisms we described above are designed to keep that from happening, but it often isn’t strong enough. As soon as the bond fails at any point, it's only a matter of time until a total structural failure occurs.
How Are We Stopping Grips From Falling Apart? Philosophically, there are two approaches to take:
We can investigate why, exactly, the bond between the elastomer and the polycarbonate is failing.
We can tweak and iterate the thermal and mechanical bond - strengthening it to the point where it's statistically improbable that your case will fall apart.
We tried the first approach - it's the road to madness. The number of variables is irrationally large. What's the temperature like where you live? The altitude? The humidity? Do you bring your phone into environments that deviate from the ambient temperature of your location? Does your school or workplace have extremely dry air? Do you bring your phone into a sauna? What sort of soap do you wash your hands with? Do you have oily hands? What sort of food do you cook? Do you smoke? How hard do you press on the buttons? What's your angle of approach when you actuate a button? How big are your hands? How often do you take your phone out of the case? Do you remove it from the top, the bottom, the sides? We could follow all of these roads, find out exactly which factors are causing the bond to fail, then implement preventative measures to keep it from happening - but that would take a decade. We don't have that long. Much like you, we want this fixed yesterday. So, from the moment we received our first complaint about a Grip deforming around the buttons, we've been making structural, thermal, and mechanical improvements to the design and production process of the Grip case - some visible, some not. Every new phone release has brought a new iteration on the core Grip design, with each one reducing the failure rate, incrementally. We'll bring the receipts in the next chapter. For now, let's highlight the most noteworthy improvements. The Most Noteworthy Improvements The first signs of trouble were the buttons. Months before we'd received our first report of a Grip case de-bonding, we saw the first examples of buttons that had bent out of shape. Pictured: Button deformation. Why the buttons? Because you press down on them. The force from button actuation puts strain on the elastomer, causing displacement of the material in the surrounding area. Through a combination of time, repeated button actuations and the above-mentioned force, the case would permanently deform around the buttons. This concept is called the "compression set" of the elastomer - Google it. The solution to this problem was two-fold:
First, we increased the compression set of the elastomer. Essentially, we made it as dense as we could, without compromising on the elastic properties of the material.
Second, we added relief slits surrounding the buttons - they're plainly visible on any newer Grip case model. These relief slits are an escape route for the force generated by button actuation. They also had the positive effect of making button actuation significantly more satisfying (read: clicky).
Pictured: Relief slits to improve button tactility and durability. Another early issue, pre-dating the first reports of total de-bonding, was a deformation of the elastomer along the bottom of the case - where the charging port and speakers are. Since we've covered the basics on how the interlock between the elastomer and the polycarbonate creates a bond, this is how the interlocking teeth along the top edge of the polycarbonate skeleton of the Grip used to look. Pictured: First-gen interlocking teeth on the top of the Grip. ...and here's the bottom of that very same Grip case. Pictured: First-gen interlocking teeth on the bottom of the Grip. Notice anything? Around the charging port, there is absolutely nothing keeping the elastomer in place. No teeth, no structural reinforcements... it's no coincidence that an overwhelming majority of early Grip deformations happened along the bottom. Since then, we’ve added a reinforced polycarbonate structure around the bottom of the Grip case. You'll see what that looks like in a bit. So, why didn't the launch portfolio of Grip cases have mechanical interlocks or a polycarbonate support structure along the bottom? The answer may or may not be complicated, depending on how much you know about plastic injection molding. We'll assume the worst and explain the concept of "undercut" to you with a ridiculous metaphor. The Ridiculous Metaphor Imagine you had a tube full of melted cheese. Next, imagine you emptied that entire tube into your mouth. Rather than swallowing the cheese, you decide to let it sit in your mouth and harden. Why are you doing this? We don't know. Let's just say you want a brick of cheese that's perfectly molded to the contours of your mouth - a very normal thing to want. So, your mouth is completely filled with cheese. It hardens. You reach into your mouth to remove the brick of cheese. As you're removing it, you encounter a problem: your teeth are in the way. This wasn't a problem when you were putting the cheese into your mouth, but that was because the cheese was melted and could flow around your teeth. Now that the cheese has hardened, this is no longer the case. In the world of plastic injection molding, this is an undercut. Our concern was that, by molding a structurally rigid piece of polycarbonate around the charging port and speaker holes, we'd find ourselves unable to remove the Grip Case from the mold once hardened. Imagine spending $30,000 on industrial tooling only to get a $30 phone case stuck inside of it. Once we saw Grip cases deforming along the bottom cutouts, we knew we'd need to find a way to remove the cheese from your mouth without breaking your teeth. To make a long story short: we did it. The cheese is out of your mouth, and you get to keep your teeth. Congratulations! Now, keep reading. On newer models of the Grip case, the result is a polycarbonate bridge extending around the bottom cutouts, adding both structural reinforcement and interlock mechanisms to promote mechanical bond, much like the ones which line the perimeter of the rest of the Grip case. Pictured: Newest-gen structural reinforcement on the bottom of the Grip. On the subject of structural reinforcements, this design revision was around the time we flanked the buttons with some fins, working in tandem with the heightened compression set and button relief slits, detailed above, to further guarantee that button actuation would have no impact on the overall durability of the Grip case. Pictured: Lack of button fins on the first-gen Grip. Pictured: Button fins on the newest-gen Grip. As an aside: Unrelated to the de-bonding issues, we've also made a number of smaller improvements to the Grip case with each new iteration. For instance, we chamfered the front lip of the case to make edge-swiping more pleasant and reduce dust accumulation along the rim. Those raised parallelogram shapes along the sides of your Grip case that create its distinctive handfeel? We made those way bigger for a better in-hand experience. In short: product development is a complex and multifaceted process. Each new iteration of the Grip case is better than the one that came before, and that applies to more than just failure rates. Speaking of failure rates: all of these improvements were in place by the time we launched iPhone 11-series Grip cases. The failure rate for these cases decreased exponentially... but didn't disappear entirely. The Even More Ridiculous Metaphor With these improvements, we achieved our desired outcome: the case was no longer deforming around the buttons or the charging port. Instead, the structure of the case began to fail literally anywhere else around the perimeter of the phone. Think of it this way… you’re a roof carpenter. The greatest roof carpenter of all time. Like the son of God, but if he was a carpenter. Unfortunately, you’ve been paired with the Donald Trump of wall-builders. You're tasked with building a house. You spend all of your time and energy perfecting your roofcraft. You've designed a roof that's so durable, it may as well have been made of Nokia 3310s. Nothing's getting through that bad boy. The wall guy? Instead of building that wall he said Mexico would pay for, he's been tweeting about the miraculous medicinal properties of bleach while a plague kills hundreds of thousands of Americans. The point here is that you can build the greatest roof of all time, but the walls need to be strong enough to match. To strengthen the Grip case's metaphorical walls, we needed to re-design the inside of the Grip case from scratch. More specifically, the mechanical interlock between the springy elastomer and rigid polycarbonate skeleton. We took every tooth at the bonding point between the two materials and made them as large as we possibly could. Then, we added more teeth. Pictured: Polycarbonate teeth on the newest-gen Grip. To jog your memory: this is how the teeth used to look... Pictured: Polycarbonate teeth on the first-gen Grip. If time proves that these changes aren’t enough, our engineers still have a number of ideas on how to improve the bond between the elastomer and polycarbonate. Will we ever need to implement those ideas? Again - that’s a question only time can answer. Each change might be the silver bullet that puts this problem to bed for good... but there's only one way to find out: it involves real-world testing and, with each iteration, months of careful observation.
So, Where Are We Now? Have the improvements we've made to the Grip case been successful? You bet. For the sake of comparison: we began shipping iPhone 11 series Grips on September 30th, 2019. Within six months of that date, we had received 52 reports of structural failures - a big improvement over the early days, but still not good enough. Fast forward two months. We began shipping Note 10 Plus Grip cases on November 21st, 2019. In the first six months of availability, we received exactly eight reports of Note 10 Plus Grips falling apart. Again, a major improvement over the iPhone series in the same stretch of time. If we'd launched the first Grip cases with a failure rate that low, we wouldn't be writing this post right now and you’d have nothing to read while pretending to do work. How about the Galaxy S20 series, which began shipping on February 10th, 2020? They're the most recent and improved set of SKUs we’ve made to date, leveraging everything we've learned and making further improvements over the Note 10 Plus. No reports so far. Same goes for the iPhone SE and OnePlus 8 series - these SKUs share all the improvements we've made to the underlying design of the Grip case thus far. Does that mean these numbers will hold forever? Who knows. That's the thing: every improvement we make, we need to wait several months to see how effective it's been. No amount of internal testing can replace the real-world data of shipping cases to hundreds of thousands of users across nearly 200 countries. We could always just throw in the towel, make the entire case out of rigid plastic, and call it a solved issue... but that would be the easy way out. The Grip case and its unique design properties can't reach their full potential unless we make incremental improvements - then wait and see how they pan out in the real world. All of which is to say: it's far too early to say the newest set of improvements have officially solved the problem. While the failure rate is still zero, we need to keep watching. We've made a ton of progress, but we're not going to rest until we've killed this issue for good - without sacrificing the unique properties that make the Grip case stand out in a sea of derivative hard plastic and TPU phone cases. That's probably enough to inspire confidence in someone who's on the fence about buying an S20 Ultra Grip, an iPhone SE Grip, or any Grip we release in the future. But what if you're one of the people who bought an older Grip model? "I'm One Of The People Who Bought An Older Grip Model!" We won't sugarcoat it. The failure rates for older Grip models is way higher than we deem acceptable. Why has it taken us this long to publicly address the issue, then? Easy: it's not as widespread as you might think. Some humans reading this might be looking at their iPhone X Grip, purchased in 2019 and still intact, wondering what all the fuss is about. That's an important consideration: most people who have functioning, still-bonded Grip cases aren't posting on /dbrand about how unbroken it is. The people who've had issues around total product failure are in the minority. We're not using the word "minority" as a get-out-of-jail-free card here. It's still a way larger number than we'd ever be comfortable with. We simply don't want our transparency and candor in writing this to be misinterpreted as an admission that every single Grip case we've made for older devices is going to fall apart. Statistically speaking, this is an issue for a minority of Grip owners. Our philosophy at first was that, while it was unfortunate and frustrating that Grip cases were falling apart, dramatic PR action wasn't necessary. Instead, we resolved to:
Quietly and diligently work in the background to improve the underlying design of the Grip case.
Ship free replacements to anyone whose Grip case had failed.
To date, we've spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on shipping fees alone for replacement Grips. As you can imagine, that number gets a lot higher once you add in the cost of actually making the thing. We've been fine with writing these costs off as sort of an R&D expense, since every example of a deformed or de-bonded Grip provides invaluable data on how to improve the product. Where our strategy backfired was in the narrative that began to take root as Grip cases continued to fall apart. Look at it this way: the failure rate of older Grip case SKUs is anywhere between 1% and 20%, depending on how early we released the SKU. Since the improvements we've already made to the underlying design were rolled out incrementally with each new phone release, that number has been on a steady downward trend. For the purpose of this thought experiment, we'll go with the earliest, shittiest Grip cases - putting us at a long-term failure rate of 20%. So, 20% of customers for this device have a Grip case fall apart at some point in the product's lifespan. Every single one of those people writes in to our Customer Experience team about the issue. They all receive a replacement, free of charge. Since this replacement is identical to the first Grip case they'd received, it also has a 20% failure rate. We're now dealing with percentages of percentages. Stop panicking, we'll do the math for you: that means 4% of these hypothetical Grip owners will have a second Grip case fail on them in the long run. Four percent is a lot better than twenty… but it's also a lot of people who've been burned twice. These people are going to be extra vocal about how shitty the Grip case is. To be fair, they've got every right. So, we've got four groups of customers for this SKU:
Group A: Has had two or more Grip cases fail (4%).
Group B: Has had exactly one Grip case fail (16%).
Group C: Bought a Grip which has not failed (80%).
Group D: Has not purchased a Grip case (NA%).
Group A is livid about the repeated issues they've had - rightfully so. Group B, having been burned before, reads about Group A's experience. They take it to mean their replacement will inevitably fail on them as well, and they'll one day get the dubious honor of joining Group A. Group C, despite not having had any issues yet, reads the experiences of Groups A and B. Then, a significant portion of this group begins to operate under the assumption that it's only a matter of time before their Grip falls apart as well. Group D reads all of the above and decides they don't have enough confidence in the Grip case to ever purchase one. A narrative begins to form that this hypothetical failure rate is close to 100%. Worse yet: people with newer phones, unaware that each new iteration of the Grip case has a dramatically reduced failure rate over the last, start to assume their case also has a 100% failure rate. That's where our original strategy - the one where we quietly improved the product in the background while offering replacements for defective units - backfired on us. This narrative only exists because we've continued to leverage existing stock with too high a failure rate, which, in hindsight, was like pouring gasoline on a gender reveal forest fire of disappointment and regret. This brings us to our next chapter. Mass Destruction At this point, you're probably aware that a number of Grip SKUs for older phones have been listed as "Sold Out" on our website, and haven't been restocked since. We stopped production on these cases because we knew they'd have all the same issues as the original production runs. See, it's not as simple as pushing a "make the Grip not fall apart" button at the factory - we'd need to redesign the case from scratch, implementing all of the design improvements we've made up to this point, then re-tool our existing machinery to produce this new version. We'll have more to say about re-tooling a bit later - for now, focus on the fact that some Grips have been listed as "Sold Out". If someone's Grip case falls apart while listed as "Sold Out", we don't have any replacements to send them. Instead, dbrand's Customer Experience team has been issuing refunds wherever possible, and store credit otherwise. Just in case you're wondering what we mean by "where possible": PayPal doesn't allow refunds on transactions that are more than six months old. Store credit, on the other hand, can be offered indefinitely. What we've come to realize is that we're never going to be able to escape this downward spiral until we rip the band-aid off and stop stocking these old, flawed SKUs. Today, we're ripping the bandaid off. As you're reading this, we're disposing of all of our old stock. All of the flawed Grip SKUs are now listed as "Sold Out". Head over to our Grip listing and take a look at what's available. Everything that you can currently buy is up to spec with the improvements we've made over the past year - meeting or exceeding the standard of quality set by the Galaxy S20 series, the iPhone SE, and the OnePlus 8 series. In some cases - take, for instance, the iPhone 11 series - this means we've already re-tooled our production lines to meet that quality benchmark. If a Grip case is listed on "Backorder", it means we've begun the process of re-tooling the SKU to match the improved quality standard you've spent the last five hours reading about. However, if a Grip case is now listed as "Sold Out", that means no more reshipments. If you own a sold out Grip case that hasn't fallen apart yet: that's great! Don't assume that your Grip is doomed to fail just because we devoted 5661 words to explaining why it might fall apart. You've still got better odds than you would at a casino. As always, if you run into any issues with your case, sold out or not, shoot an email to one of our Robots. They'll still take care of you - it just won't be with a replacement case… for now. Mass Production Remember when we said we'd talk more about re-tooling a bit later? That's right now. So, why are so many Grip models not being fixed? Why haven't we re-tooled these old SKUs with all of the quality improvements made to the case's build quality? It's a little complicated. Taking the improvements we've made to the most recent suite of Grip models and retroactively applying those changes to older SKUs isn't a simple task - it would require us to throw out our existing production tools and create new ones, from scratch. Suffice it to say that doing so is a wildly expensive endeavor. To recoup that cost, we'd need to produce more Grips than we're likely to ever sell for aging, irrelevant hardware. Let's use the Pixel 3 as an example. If we replaced every single de-bonded Pixel 3 Grip, that would account for about 3% of the MOQ (Minimum Order Quantity) on a re-tooled Pixel 3 Grip case. Now we're sitting on 97% of that MOQ as overstock. Pixel 3 owners have had their phone for nearly two years now. If they want a phone case, they already have one. They're not looking for new Pixel 3 cases, they're getting ready to buy a new phone. Simply put, it’s no longer a viable market. Now, say the Pixel 3 was a significantly more popular phone - enough that we'd be shipping out, say, 50% of the MOQ as replacements on day one. Now, that's a lot more tempting to us - we'd still lose boatloads of money, but at least it would go towards some consumer goodwill. To figure out how much money we'd lose on re-tooling, we gave our bean-counting Robots a giant jar of beans and told them to get to work. They emerged three days later. When asked how many beans were in the jar, they gave us a blank stare. When asked if it was possible to re-tool any of our production lines for old Grip SKUs without losing obscene amounts of money, they said: "Absolutely not." Still, we're no strangers to throwing away obscene amounts of money to make the internet happy. Remember Amazon gift cards? Those were the days. The only question that remains is "How much money are we willing to set on fire?" We can't tell you yet. Why? Because we're currently running a detailed cost-benefit analysis on the subject of re-tooling old production lines, on a SKU-by-SKU basis. That's business talk for "the bean-counting Robots have been given more beans to count." The objective is to determine the viability of producing new-and-improved Grip stock for older phones: how many units would be tied up in replacements for that model, how many we could reasonably expect to sell to new customers, and how much overstock would be left from the MOQ. From there, we can determine what the financial impact of re-tooling would be and make the final decision on how much cash we're dumping into the ocean somewhere off the coast of the Seychelles. We'll have our results by early next week. These re-tooled models, if produced, would feature every improvement we’ve made thus far to the Grip case line, plus a few that have yet to be released. Remember how the S20s, the iPhone SE and the OnePlus 8s haven't had any reported failures yet? Picture that, but for the phone you've got. If we go ahead with re-tooling production lines for your phone, a few things will happen:
The Grip case for your phone will go from "Sold Out" to "Backorder".
Our Customer Experience Robots will shift their communication strategy from "we no longer support your phone," to "we'll get you a replacement once we've got improved units in stock."
None of these things will happen until we've run the simulations on which phones are getting restocked. Why are we posting this today, then? We could have waited a week and had concrete answers to offer about the future of our out-of-stock Grip cases. Well… Take Our Survey This is it: your chance to have some say in how much money we set on fire as a goodwill exercise for this whole R&D clusterfuck. Those simulations we're running? They'll be great for telling us how much money we'regoingto lose on each Grip SKU, but it won't tell us anything about how much money our customerswantus to lose on each Grip SKU. To that end, we've prepared a survey for people who have purchased a Grip case. We'll be taking your feedback into consideration during our decision-making process. We have only one request: don't be a jackass. Answer the questions honestly. Click here to take the survey. In Closing... We're sharing a special moment right now. We're all seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. For us, that light is "we're almost done with a year-long R&D effort to stop the Grip case from falling apart." For you, the light is "the end of a 5661-word marathon of a Reddit post." We just want to take a minute to recognize that we couldn't have gotten this far without your collective support. At any point in the past year, we might have pulled the plug on the Grip project entirely if we'd reached a critical mass of negative sentiment from our customers. Instead, we've got an army of devotees who have no problem paying us for the privilege of being our guinea pigs. Product development isn't a one-and-done process. It's easy to forget, but our skins weren't always to the world-class, record-setting, Michael-Jordan-in-his-prime standard you expect from us today. If you happen to have an iPhone 4 skin lying around, apply it and let us know how it goes. You'll immediately appreciate how many process improvements we've made. We weren’t born as the greatest skin manufacturer in history. We got there through a process of methodical improvement. Each jump in quality was driven by a bottomless well of user feedback, sourced from millions upon millions of customers. That, and the competition was comically inept. It's the same story for the Grip case. Your continued support has enabled us to make huge strides in developing a product that's on the cusp of blowing everyone else out of the water. We're going to keep working until it gets there.
Please note that by reading this tl;dr, you’re missing out on several outlandish metaphors, including classics such as:
Plastic injection molding melted cheese into your face hole.
What if Jesus and Donald Trump built a house?
How to turn yourself from “rare to well done” and “solid to paste”.
WHY DOES THE GRIP FALL APART?
The Grip case is made from two materials: a polycarbonate skeleton and an elastomer frame.
The elastomer frame provides the majority of the case's impact protection and grip, but is prone to deformation.
We prevent deformation by bonding the material to a polycarbonate skeleton (i.e. the rigid back plate on the Grip case).
The bond between the two materials was not as strong as we'd originally anticipated, causing the elastomer to de-bond from the polycarbonate skeleton and the case to sometimes fall apart.
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO FIX IT?
Through a series of design revisions, we've made countless improvements to promote a stronger bond between the two materials.
These changes have incrementally reduced the failure rate of Grip cases. Our most recent SKUs are yielding extremely promising results.
Each time we improve the Grip case, we need to play a months-long waiting game to observe the real-world effects.
HOW ABOUT THE GRIPS YOU'VE ALREADY SOLD?
Since we're using you as guinea pigs for the purposes of product development, we've been uncharacteristically generous with our warranty policy.
However, that warranty policy only lasts as long as we have stock. Once we're out of Grips, we're out of replacements.
We've finally reached the point where we need to rip off the bandaid and dispose of all of our Grip stock produced during 2019.
If your Grip for any of these older phones falls apart, you can no longer get a replacement.
You should still write in to our Customer Experience team if it happens to you - we'll work something out.
On the bright side, our Grip SKUs from 2020 onwards have dramatically reduced, if not outright eliminated, the failure rate of previous models. We have no reported cases to date.
It's not economically viable to re-tool production lines to apply our improved industrial designs to any of the Grip cases that are currently marked as "Sold Out".
We're probably going to do it anyways.
We're running the simulations right now to determine which older devices will be re-tooled.
Take our survey to help determine which devices we'll be re-tooling.
2020.09.12 18:51 Eggplant_168[OC] World's End White and the Homecooked Meal
"A gift? For me?!" Nero Bride exclaimed, her face positively brimming with joy. "Of course! It is Valentine's Day after all," I said, taking a small box off of the mostly empty cart I was pulling and handing it to the jubilant emperor. "What kind of a master would I be if I didn't show my love for my servants?" "Umu! How thoughtful of you! This sort of compassion is expected from my Praetor." Bride said as she received the gift. "As much as I would have liked receiving this on White Day, the act of exchanging gifts immediately is beautiful on it's own!" Opening the white box, she found inside a cupcake. The cupcake was pretty small, only about the width of your palm. Made out of both vanilla and chocolate cake mix, the vanilla frosting was spread in a way to make it flat on top. Spread across the sides were sprinkles made in the likeness of Saint Quartz. And on the top was the Chaldea logo, written with additional pink frosting. "So, is it to your liking Your Majesty?" "Like it?! I adore it~!" Bride beamed. "To think a cake as cute as this could fit in the palm of your hand! Baking has come quite far since my time. Umu, I shall take another for the fox!" "Um, I’m sorry Your Majesty, but I already passed them out to everyone else. That's the last one." "Eeh?!" the emperor exclaimed as she dramatically jumped back before quickly scanning the cart he was pulling. Sure enough, no other box of cupcakes was to be found in or on the cart. The grey, Chaldea-standard utility cart had two levels Ryan used to store the cupcakes, the bottom layer concealed by a small curtain. All that was left was a folding table rested on the bottom of the cart, a folding chair rested on top of it, and an item concealed under a metallic dome-shaped cover on the top of the cart. "I see. How disappointing," she said with a sigh. "Well then, would you at least care to tell me what's under the metal cover? It seems quite suspicious how you would save that for last." "Sorry, that's gonna have to stay a secret for now. Happy Valentines!" With that, Ryan took his cart and left the saber in white to her speculations. If he stalled any longer the surprise might not be as good as he planned it. Let's hope the dragon girl won't find him in time. ___ Valentine's Day, the world's most famous celebration of love. Named after the famed Saint Valentine, its a worldwide celebration of love for family, friends, and lovers alike. Gifts ranging from confections to flowers are given out to others as an expression of appreciation. And those who have no lover to speak of celebrate it under the name "Singles Awareness Day (SAD)". But here at Chaldea, we had two days to prepare for a day of love and gratitude for each other during this Grand Order. This year's Valentine's Day was quite...hectic to say the least. Teach and some of the other servants made a big fuss about how the holiday is "a corporate sham that should die off with the rest of those normies lololololol". Fergus tried getting it on with some of the female servants, with no success. At least Medb was there to give him a good night in the sheets...or two. After accidentally walking into the kitchen I found out that everyone was making a chocolate for me. As flattered as I felt about that, I had to explain to them it would probably be best if they focused on making chocolate for each other first. No living human could ingest such a large amount of chocolate and survive. And don't get me started on the Choco Servant incident! But that was then, this is now. My heart is beating, pumping, racing at the thought of what I will do next. I can't help shake the feeling I'm being watched. Maybe it's the nerves? Maybe the Stalker Trio had someone doing some careful espionage. Adjusting my grip on the cart I drove, I look behind, side-to-side, and all around me. Kiyohime is the last person I want knowing what's about to be done. Her jealousy knows no bounds, and if I'm not careful when I articulate the truth, she'll get mad. And no one should have to be near her should that happen. The last person to receive their present sat right behind this door. And slowly, carefully, I open it. "Master Ryan, what a nice surprise," spoke Altria Lancer Alter, her voice as ominous and serene as ever. "What brings you to my room?" I'm speechless. The scenery changed so vastly my mind went blank. In front of me was a clear lake colored with blue, a crisp shade of blue I had never seen in my life. Laying near the water's edge was Altria herself, her armor gone in favor of her reverse-leotard. Her legs were curled up beside her, her arms propping her up as she looked at me. The grass beneath us both was a light beige, not that of dead grass but of late spring. I looked past the door behind him and saw a sea of trees so deep and clustered it obscured any image of what might be on the other side. That might be thanks to the room's simulator function but it still filled me with awe nonetheless. I looked above at the ceiling and saw the sky, golden and bright as the sun rose- "Admiring the view, aren’t you?" she calls out, snapping me out of my trance. “I’ll allow it. I’ve found that this scenery is best suited in helping me think.” "S-Sorry, but...this place is so-" As I walked towards her I step on an old can of soda, littered on the floor some few days ago. "-beautiful," I continue as the can's shape fizzled and tried to blend back in with the atmosphere. I could see Altria blush in embarrassment at this oversight. This was Altria Pendragon, the King of Storms; my first summoned servant, leader of the Wild Hunt, and the current record holder for biggest slob in existence. I couldn't really hold that last part against her though. In fact, I found that it added a little bit of realism to her otherwise dreamlike existence. "W-What did you come here for anyway? And why are you lugging that cart around?" "The same reason I've lugged it around all of Chaldea," I say with a smile as I push it over towards her. "I'm sure you know what day it is." "Valentine's Day...no wonder Chaldea has been livelier than usual." Altria stood up from where she sat and sauntered over towards me. "I've seen children back in Camelot make sweets for each other in remembrance of that saint. I would never have guessed that that tradition would get so popular." "Oh, so you've actually lived through it?" I say as I set down the table and chair. "Yes, I have," Altria said as she leaned over and rested her arms on the cart, her bangs freely flowing in the illusionary wind. She let out a small sigh. "How trifling..." I did a double take at her words. "Valentine's Day? How's that trifling? Do you have some beef with the holiday?" "No, I do not care for it all that much," she said matter of factly. "Consuming proper amounts of sugar...well, I suppose it's good for the brain. But handing out chocolates one-sidedly...that activity is meaningless for a servant who's purpose is to bring forth conflict and destruction." I pursed my lips. No. These servants, my servants, are much more than that. They may be created to be tools, but to me they are living breathing people who have a second chance at life. I thought she understood that. "Altria," I began softly. "You know-" "-that I'm more than just a tool," she finished for me. "Of course I know that. I have you to thank for pounding that into my head ever since you summoned me." She lets out one of her rare smiles. "So, what's under this metal cover? Some sort of desert for me? You should know by now-" "-that if it’s not gourmet British cuisine or American junk food you wouldn’t so much as put it in your mouth,” I interrupted as I placed the tray with the cover on the newly set table. “Of course I know that. I have you to thank for pounding that into my head after EMIYA accidentally got your order wrong.” “Hmph. Hilarious.” I gestured her to take a seat, which she obliged. "So, if its not Valentine's chocolate then what is it?" I stood in front of her, both pride and fear clearly noticeable on my face. This gift took just the slightest bit more effort than the other cupcakes I made for everyone, and yet it's the one I dread the most. What will she think of it? Will she like what I have prepared? Will this dish bring out any bad memories? Will there be a touching moment that happens afterward in which our bond grows stronger, only for the main love rival to come in and ruin the atmosphere? All those thoughts, especially the last one, danced and twirled around in my head. Clearing his throat and putting on a proud smile, I spoke. "Esteemed king and servant, Altria Pendragon," I said as I put my hand on the handle of the metal cover. "To Her Majesty who doesn't give a damn about days of love and gift giving. Consider this not a formality for this day of romance, but a gift to the one who chose to serve me, to guide me, and to accompany me on this Grand Order..." "With that being said... Dig in!" and I open the lid. Sitting on the tray was not just British cuisine, but a modern-day rendition of medieval food she could have eaten in the past. On the center plate was a large beef steak, perfectly seasoned with spices and cooked to an excellent medium-rare. Sitting beside it was a small bowl of steaming pottage, a thick stew which currently included turnips, cabbage, oats, barely, and some mushrooms. And to top it all off were two handfuls of barely bread, lacking in heat but still freshly baked. The utensils were set and a tall glass of cold, fresh water was served. "Well?" I said after pouring her water and standing aside. Altria simply stared at her food, her eyes dull as if she were in a trance. Shit, did I not account for something? Maybe the steak really was a little undercooked. No, there's no way she could tell that without cutting into the meat. Besides, I only ever grilled my meat well-done. Something slightly undercooked in my eyes could very well be perfect for someone else. Of course in Altria's case she could gorge on just about any kind of meat, provided it was either during a rayshift or she just felt like stuffing her face. But...why was she not eating now? As soon as the thought crossed my mind, Altria takes the fork and knife in her hands. She slowly cuts a bite out of the steak, barely visible steam emerging from the juicy, cooked flesh. She carefully looks over it as if judging every little wrinkle, every seam where pink met grey. After what felt like an hour, she took the bite in her mouth. She chewed it thoughtfully, throwing the taste back and forth in her mouth and finally swallowing it. Compared to all the times she would ravenously gorge through her usual meal of steak and mashed potatoes, this was...somehow more terrifying. I hesitate, but quickly find the courage to speak. "Sooo... H-How does it taste...?" "It tastes..." Her voice was as somber as the sight of a lone king sitting on a mountain of corpses. "...like home." It tastes...like home. I play those words back in my head as I stare at the girl in front of me. Altria's face softened from her usual stern expression, as if she finally learned how to relax. Or maybe she's holding back tears. Her eyes were slightly wet like the dew on fresh grass, locked in nostalgia as she savored every bite of her meal. She was lost in her own mind, lost in the dreams of a different time. She swallows. "...Who made this?" she looks up and asks. "Did you...do all of this?" "Well, I..." I clear my throat and continue. "I can't exactly take all the credit. I made all of the food myself, but I had EMIYA and Artoria Saber's help in forming the actual recipe. I wanted to use bird at first but we couldn't spare much at the time, so I used beef as a substitute. It's a good thing I can grill better than EMIYA." "I see... That's good..." she says, still absorbed in her steak. Snapping back to reality, she quickly looks up to faces me. "I-I apologize for behaving strangely. I was simply caught up in the meal you made. You've outdone yourself, my master." "Aww, it's alright. As long as you enjoyed it, I don't care what you do. I'm just happy to serve." I turned and took my cart by its handle. "Well, I guess I should leave you to it. I'm not gonna say 'Happy Valentines', but I will say 'thanks for everything'." With that being said, I left Altria- "Wait!" Altria called out. Surprised, I turned back towards her. "If you must leave I won't stop you, but..." she blushes a bit as she averted her gaze. "I-It would be rather rude to leave you empty handed after giving me something so...thoughtful..." She pauses, fidgeting around trying to find the right words as if she were a little girl again. Her frustration having reached its boiling point, she groaned loudly as she stood up and slammed her hands on her table. “Agh, to hell with it. Just take it!” As her armor dematerialized, she pulled something out from between her...breasts and shoved it into my hands. I look down and see a rectangular shape wrapped in black paper and fitted with a red bow. I look back up to see a blushing Altria motioning me to open it while also trying to hide her embarrassment. Not wanting to be rude and ask questions, I unwrap the paper. I’m immediately greeted by the radiance of the chocolate before me, the confection filled with so much love and care I could taste it on the tip of my tongue. White chocolate spiraled upwards in the shape of her lance whilst wrapped in a fiery frame made of the same sweet material. The shaft was fitted with sprinkles from the base to the tip, ending with a small crescent on the top tied with a small blue ribbon. “Wow, I...” I’m left speechless by what she made. “Just...wow...!” “A chocolate that has taken the form of my cursed lance. I-It was lodged in my breasts before you came. I was considering throwing it away, but I believed...y-you would enjoy it...” “To think...” My now teary eyes are still fixed on the chocolate lance. “...you made this for me...” “No, no, no. That’s not it!” she said as she tried to gain some of her former composure. “This must be one of the functions of the spear... So...” “My heart has not once fluttered in the slightest regarding these vulgar customs of the world, and most certainly not for you.” Her excuses go from one ear and out through the other. “She made this for me.” “She took the time to make something good for me.” Those were my only thoughts as she kept getting more and more- “Are you even listening?! Don’t be consumed with such trivial holidays, Ryan!” She grabs me by my shoulders and shakes me hard, bringing me back down to Earth. “Just graciously accept the gift I have given unto you and leave me to finish yours! Do you understand?!” "W-W-Wait, don’t you want to know how I think it tastes-" "Do! You! Un! Der! Stand!" she shouts every syllable. "Yes, Your Majesty!" I instinctively yelled out, my body automatically at attention like a soldier in an army. Damn Charisma E! "Good. Now leave!" With her command, I took the cart, her gift, and hauled my ass out of her room, shutting the door behind me as I left. I let out a huge sigh of relief. I suppose that went well. She seemed to enjoy my food well enough. At the very least she didn't spit it out. I carefully hide my chocolate to eat it later and check the cart’s condition. "Welp, guess that means Valentine's Day is over. Well, almost," I tell myself as I make my way to return my cart to the cafeteria. "I still have a couple hours of free time. I ought to take care of Kiyohime before-" "Aah~! So you have not forgotten, Anchin-sama~!" HOLY FUCKING SHIT DID SHE ACTUALLY... Calm down, Ryan. Breathe for a moment. I take a couple of deep breathes, but my heart isn't quite steady yet. Ignoring the faint pounding, I take a closer look at my cart. It has two levels; a top shelf and a bottom shelf. There's also a curtain covering the contents inside. I suppose any further monologuing would be a waste. Steeling myself, I gently open the curtain. "Kiyohime, what the hell are you doing in there?" I say to the dragon girl currently nestled in the bottom shelf, her entire body screaming "Master has finally noticed me~!" or something along those lines. "You've finally found me, my beloved husband!" she cheers as she jumps out and hugs my waist. Tightly. "I've been waiting sooo long! I loved the cupcake you gave me, but I was so sad that you ran away. So sad. That's why I've been following you around as you gave gifts to everyone else!" "First of all, we're still not married," I said as I propped Kiyohime up onto her feet. "Second of all, as happy as I am to see you, how did you get under the cart?" "Consider it my womanly intuition. That being said..." Kiyohime suddenly grew closer to me, her breath so hot it felt like the sun beating down on me. "...there's a little 'error' on your part I'd like for you to explain." "I-I assume it's about the quality of the gifts I gave each of you?" She nodded so naturally it felt sickening. Alright, better choose my next words carefully. "Well as Altria was my first servant, I felt I needed to reward her for answering my summons first. That’s why her gift was more...extravagant than anyone else’s. However, my gift to you isn't exactly over." This caught her off guard. Thankfully she wasn't showing any further risks of hostility. Just as planned. Unlike what most people believe, Kiyohime is probably one of the easiest Berserkers to deal with. As long as you tell the truth to her, she will have no problem with you. But if you play your cards right, you could even de-escalate potential conflict before it even happens. I told her the truth plain and simple, but I left in a little tidbit at the end to change the subject and keep her from asking too many questions. Is it emotional manipulation? Probably yes. But how can you be honest with someone if you can't even be honest with yourself? At the very least I'm not exploiting it too much. This will be something I have to work on. For now, let's focus on the Kiyohime in front of me, currently red as a tomato. “I-I-It’s not over?” she stuttered. "Nope. I made some preparations with EMIYA so just for today, and today only, we can have dinner together. Just you and me." She froze in place as she tried to process my request. The heart that she wore on her sleeve was now so apparent that that I could practically see her thought process. "Master asked me out on a date? Did he just ask me out on a date? The same master that constantly denied our marriage ever since I was summoned? Is he lying? He's not?! He's not~!" Or something along those lines. "Yes..." Kiyohime whispered. She then cupped my cheeks in her hands and pulled our faces together, a wide smile shone clear as day. Her face was blessed with such a rosy hue I felt I could die, her eyes sparkling with passion and gratitude. "Yes, yes, yes! I accept! I would love to further deepen our love, my beloved Anchin-sama~! This date will finally be what I need to make you mine~!" "Wait a second! This is just a dinner for two friends, not a da-" But his protests came too late, as Kiyohime was already dragging him and the cart he was holding at high speed. Whether she saw that was a lie or no mattered little to her n the moment. Right now, she finally had him. And she would never let go. [EPILOGUE] I watch as Master Ryan fled the room, his cart pushed out with him and disappearing behind the door. That boy always knew how to push my buttons. So caring and thoughtful, yet so forceful you would think he was doing it for his sake more than your own. I always liked that about him, that little nuisance of mine. Letting out a sigh, I turn towards my food. His gift will turn cold if I do not hurry. I sit back down and stare at the meal before me. And I eat. I could tell that my other self contributed to this dish. Even though this was a little bigger than what I remember and had just a bit more spices spread upon it, this tastes just like the steaks Kay used to make. Of all the knights in his order he always was the best at handling meat. He never did like being known for it though, always saying that he "hated being known as the meat boy." It always used to make me laugh hearing that and he would get mad at that too. When he finally brought home some for me to try, I fell in love. I used to wine like a child, practically begging him to make some for me. Whether or not I would like it did not concern me. My curiosity kept eating away at me and would not rest. I had done everything I could, even challenging him to duel for it. Yet he would always win, or rather make me feel like I lost. "The sun was in my eyes and you used that to your advantage!" he would say. "I'm still alive so don't think you've won!" he would declare. However...whenever the holidays came and he and I and Mum and Pa and even Merlin gathered together, he'd grab bunch of ingredients from the market and cook us all beef steak. Or peacock. Or any meat, and we all would love it anyway. We'd gather around the table, sharing tales of mundane oddities, dull patrols and which woman the incubus managed to anger this week. I can hear the sounds of joy, of laughter even now as I eat the still warm pottage. Those happy times were so short before my road to kingship, yet I enjoyed them all the same. And then I took up that cursed lance. Even as a human, my kingdom fell.Even as a human, I slew my only son.Even as a human, my brother died. And here I sit, wrapped in this ice cold nostalgia in the forest that served as my deathbed. I am Altria Pendragon, the King of Storms. I am Altria Pendragon, the one-in-a-million King Arthur. I am Altria Pendragon, the hero hated by all. Tears flowed endlessly down my stone-cold expression. I let them flow. Jeez this was a long one. After more than a week I finally finished it. So, tell me what you think about this if you don’t mind. Was it good, bad, or does it need a little more work? Thanks!
2020.09.12 08:59 ImThatWrestlingGuyInfinity Wrestling: Blackout IV - 31st of January 2020
Blackout IV – 31/01/2020 – Full Sail University, Florida Infinity welcomed back their fanbase with Blackout IV, a show set to rival all previous Blackouts with its stacked card set for the night. Nikki Cross takes on Alexa Bliss, Keith Lee continues his Open Challenge, and following Gallows and Anderson's debut last week, Trent Seven takes on his attacker in Karl Anderson. To open the show, Bianca Belair returns after her post-match brawl with Shayna Baszler last week, Hiromu Takahashi takes on Lio Rush's opponent from Blackout III, BUSHI, and The Dead Rose Clique go head to head with Bulletproof. But in the main event, we'll see AJ Styles and Hiroshi Tanahashi vs The War Raiders in an insane clash! However, right now, it was time for the EST of In-fin-ity… Bianca Belair opened the show, mic in hand, and the crowd gave her a warm welcome after her return last week. Belair started off by mentioning what happened in last week’s main event, where she made her presence felt, beating down Shayna Baszler and laying her out with KOD. Bianca reminded Shayna of what Baszler had done to her on Night 2 of New Dawn: repeated damage to her eye forced Belair to take time off, but Bianca knew she would be back soon, wanting to make sure Baszler didn’t forget about her. Bianca staked her claim to the Infinity Women’s Title, but she was interrupted by William Regal, the Blackout General Manager, and he told Bianca that if she wanted to get a shot at Shayna’s title, she would have to go through a duo very close to the champ: Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir, both equally as dangerous, and both willing to do whatever it takes to prevent from Belair going onto face Shayna. Bianca immediately accepted the challenge, knowing she would fight anyone, anywhere, anytime if it meant taking away the belt Baszler took away from her, Bianca promising the crowd she’ll beat Duke and Shafir next week, a fired-up crowd ready for that bout. Belair left through the crowd, the audience intrigued to see what would happen, next week. Following Belair’s fiery promo, we saw the arrival of The Dead Rose Clique, decked out in black and red attire, vests covering the chests of some, red war paint tattooing the chest of others. Representing the DRC was The Archer of Infamy Damian Priest, The Freak Lars Sullivan, and The Authors of Pain, Akam and Rezar, and they would be going up against 4 Bulletproof members tonight. They made their way down to the ring, warming up as they waited for opponents, and out first was Oblivion Champion Darby Allin, followed up by his new Bulletproof stablemates, Marko Stunt and Luchasaurus. Their original fourth member, Jungle Boy, had had to receive immediate medical attention following a vicious post-match attack courtesy of Damian Priest last week, but Allin had assured his teammates he had a backup… Damian Priest, Lars Sullivan, and The AOP vs Darby Allin, Luchasaurus, Marko Stunt, and Joey Janela Joey Janela was here! The eccentric hardcore legend joined his team as they made their way to meet their adversaries in the ring, and Janela started as the legal man opposite the larger Lars Sullivan. All 8 men involved gave this their all, both teams fighting for faction supremacy, however only one would stand tall. The more powerful Priest, Sullivan, and AOP were able to take down their competitors easily, however they couldn’t match the agility and speed of their opponents, the Bulletproof representatives evening out the offence of the bout and pulling off some amazing spots, such as Marko hitting a massive assisted Canadian Destroyer on Akam on the outside, and Darby and Joey hitting Sullivan with an Elbow-Coffin Drop combo, nearly winning them the match, only for Damian Priest to break up the pin. However, after Damian Priest nailed Darby Allin with a Chokeslam from the apron off the top rope into the barricade on the outside, Akam and Rezar landed the devastating Super Collider on Marko Stunt and Luchasaurus, The Dead Rose Clique picking up the win. Damian Priest, Lars Sullivan, and The AOP defeated Darby Allin, Luchasaurus, Marko Stunt, and Joey Janela (16:35) Karl Anderson vs Trent Seven Following the debut of Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson the previous week, assaulting Moustache Mountain post-match, Karl Anderson of The Good Brothers went head to head with Trent Seven in Karl’s Infinity debut. Both men put on a solid showing, the stronger and larger Trent overpowering Anderson at times but Karl’s speed, technical prowess, and underhand tactics kept this match fairly balanced. Rarely in single’s action, this gave Trent a great spotlight for his underrated wrestling ability outside of tag team matches, but unfortunately, after some Gallows distraction at ringside, Trent walked right into a Stun Gun from behind, Karl pinning Seven to win. Tyler Bate chased off the heel duo afterwards to check on his tag partner, The Good Brothers smiling as they retreated through the crowd. Karl Anderson defeated Trent Seven (11:25) Keith Lee Open Challenge Following an unsuccessful defence against AJ Styles last week, The Limitless One returned to Blackout, the crowd excited for another fantastic show-stealer. Despite Lee’s unfortunate match results, he always put on a great showing, and this week would be no different, his opponent being the undefeated… Keith Lee vs Cody Rhodes Fresh off a win over Elias 2 weeks ago, Cody Rhodes answered the challenge and stepped inside the ring to face off with Keith, the two starting off the bout slow before turning the heat up as the match progressed. It was evident that Lee was not as motivated as before, his losses to Cole and Style in consecutive weeks, but that decline seemed to boost Keith, Lee bursting out of flurry’s of energy at points in time, notably putting Cody through the announcer’s desk with a wicked Spinebuster, however, Rhodes kept his mindset stable, and his mentality was focused, using his American Nightmare submission hold strategically throughout the match. Rhodes nearly hit a second rope Bloody Cross, but it was reversed into an Avalanche Belly to Belly Overhead Suplex from Lee for a near fall! But in the end, a Supernova attempt was reversed into a Cross Rhodes, and Cody covered Keith for the W. Cody Rhodes defeated Keith Lee (19:55) After the bout, Cody helped up Keith, Rhodes extending his hand to Lee in a show of respect. Exhausted, defeated, and limping, Keith took his time to choose whether he wanted to forgive Cody for the damage Rhodes obviously did to Lee’s knee, but that time allowed for a certain roster member to sprint into the ring and low-blow Cody from behind… FINN BALOR! The leader of the Dead Rose Clique was here, and he immediately took out Cody before going after the weaker Lee, targeting his knee as he assaulted Keith. Cody got back to his feet as Balor rained down kicks on Lee in the corner, turning Finn around and going for a lariat, however, Balor ducked and connected with a headbutt, kicking Cody in the mid-section and drilling him with a quick 1916, clotheslining him over the top rope and to the outside as he rebounded from the canvas. Finn turned his attention back to Keith, now standing and blindly walking away from the turnbuckle straight into a Shotgun Dropkick. Balor nailed The Limitless One with a Coup De Grace to stand tall, a finger gun pointed at Cody at ringside and a finger gun pointed at Keith in the ring as The Prince walked up the ramp. Hiromu Takahashi vs BUSHI Hiromu Takahashi was out next, the flamboyant Empyrean Championship #1 contender making his way down to the ring to await his opponent, but after BUSHI’s entire theme played, no one appeared from the stage, a confused Hiromu asking the equally oblivious ref what was going on. However, out from the back came The Dead Rose Mercenaries, The Authors of Pain, hot off a win in the opening bout, and they dragged along the lifeless carcass of BUSHI, Lio Rush following behind. Lio laughed as BUSHI was sent into the electrical board, getting chucked around like a rag doll by Akam and Rezar, and Rush told them to dispose of BUSHI, the pair taking him to the back once again to inflict more pain on him. Lio, mic in hand, told Takahashi that he had had a change of opponent last second, and his new challenger was someone the Infinity crowd had never seen before… Hiromu Takahashi vs Ilja Dragunov HOLY SHIT! The Unbesiegbar has finally arrived in Infinity Wrestling and he’s here to take on Hiromu Takahashi! Lio Rush laughed as an intense Ilja made his way down to the ring, an intrigued and slightly concerned Hiromu preparing himself in the ring, and immediately, as soon as Dragunov slid into the ring, Takahashi was taken out with a wicked Lariat! The ref frantically rang the bell and the match started, Dragunov raining down kicks and forearms on the Japanese star. Hiromu would fight his way back into the match, but the brutality of Ilja was too much for him, and with Rush watching on at ringside, a Torpedo Moscow finished off Takahashi, Ilja standing tall. Lio joined the victor in the ring, going to raise his hand but Dragunov shoved Lio away, nailing him with a Torpedo Moscow as Lio came rushing back to the centre. Ilja stood tall over both of the Empyrean Title Contenders, his debut one to remember. Ilja Dragunov defeated Hiromu Takahashi (13:00) Nikki Cross vs Alexa Bliss Next up, we saw the wild and explosive Nikki Cross make her Infinity debut, going up against The Goddess Alexa Bliss in a great clash of styles. In a past life, these two used to team up, but now, they were pitted against each other, a great showcase of Infinity’s extensive and talented women’s roster. The more spontaneous Nikki was instantly over with the crowd, her insane behaviour and all-in attitude duelling nicely with Bliss’ more methodical and calculated approach. While Cross’ unstable style did her favours throughout the bout, she was also easy to take advantage of, the more focused Alexa being able to exploit weaknesses with ease, most notably avoiding Nikki’s devastating Purge finisher. Both women used the ropes to the best of their ability, Cross-body’s being hit from all directions, but Nikki was able to counter a Twisted Bliss straight into a Fisherman’s Hook, lifting Alexa up for The Purge, Cross getting the 1, 2, 3! Nikki Cross defeated Alexa Bliss (11:30) The War Raiders vs AJ Styles & Hiroshi Tanahashi Rogue Glory’s Hanson and Rowe were out first, set to take on the team of ‘Phenomenal Ace’, AJ Styles and Hiroshi Tanahashi of Bulletproof. Possibly Blackout’s biggest Main Event to date, the crowd was hot off a fantastic episode, ready to see an amazing tag team bout to cap things off, and they popped for the entrance of Phenomenal Ace, followed by The War Raiders. Hanson and Hiroshi started things off, the stronger Hanson taking advantage over the older Ace, and Rowe was tagged in, Hiroshi failing to fight back as he was forced to take the beating. Tanahashi managed to find an opening when Hanson and Rowe went for the Fallout, flipping over from behind and shoving him into the turnbuckle, subsequently knocking Hanson over, before a massive Splash in the corner took out both men, Hiroshi just managing to tag in the fresh AJ Styles! The Phenomenal One had a good first run, taking out both men with a double Stylin’ DDT, but after taking out Hanson on the outside, he ran into a lariat back in the ring, AJ going down as Rowe got the upper hand. Tanahashi and Hanson would make their way back into the combat, pulling off some great spots like a Powerbomb/High Fly Flow combo from AJ and Hiroshi onto the massive Rowe, as well as a Pop Up Powerslam to Tanahashi on the apron! At one point, The War Raiders had AJ Styles up for the same Pop Up Powerslam, now called the ‘Call of Fenrir’ by commentary, however, Styles was able to back out of it, stumbling backwards into the ref, before ducking a wicked clothesline from Rowe that took out the official! AJ went for a Pele Kick, but he was hit with a Big Boot mid-air by Hanson, allowing Rowe to set him up for the Fallout, Hanson up on the top rope ready to hit the match-ending move, but sliding into the ring came the Infinity Tag Team Champions, Bulletproof’s own, The Young Bucks! After Hanson and Rowe had ruined their post-main event celebration on Night 1 of New Dawn, taking both men out, Matt and Nick Jackson had been waiting for revenge, seizing their opportunity here by hitting Rowe with a Double Superkick as they entered the ring, dodging Hanson as he went for a top rope clothesline and nailing him with a Triple Superkick, AJ Styles helping out alongside them! The Young Bucks quickly left the ring, escaping through the crowd and making sure they weren’t seen by the ref, but watching on as AJ went into the cover on Hanson, the lone War Raider just managing to kick out, the tension rising as he got the shoulder up. However, as the match reached its climax, all 4 men were battling on the outside, Hiroshi and Rowe at ringside brawling while AJ and Hanson were on the apron, and Styles and Hanson found their way up to the top rope, Hanson picking up Styles and hitting him with Death Valley Driver off the top turnbuckle onto his tag partner and Tanahashi below! The crowd popped huge for this insane ending, as the ref counted the whole 10, this amazing bout unfortunately ending in a Count-Out Tie. The War Raiders and AJ Styles & Hiroshi Tanahashi drew via Count-Out (25:45) Hanson and Rowe were up first, leaving to the back, disappointed in the result, and they were soon followed by Tanahashi, Hiroshi helping up Styles to the back. However, before Phenomenal Ace left, an exhausted and beaten Styles grabbed a mic from Gorilla, and he accepted Rogue Glory’s challenge for Genocide, stating that Bulletproof will finally silence Adam Cole’s band when they meet inside the ring. A match graphic showed up on the screen, depicting AJ Styles, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Joey Janela versus Adam Cole, Brodie Lee, and Killian Dain, the Trios match set for Infinity’s next PPV. Styles thanked the crowd after another great show, the feed cutting to black as they made their way backstage.
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