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Long read. I was bored. Language nerd stuff ahead. Feel free to skip...


How do you spell and pronounce the metal you see in the following picture?

http://sli.mg/qOm8Sd

The Scottish band Biffy Clyro say, "I pronounce it al-oo-min-ee-um, because there's an I next to the U and M." (So, Aluminium.) Your answer would probably be along those lines if you lived anywhere but the United States.

Here in the US, we call it aluminum and pronounce it uh-loo-min-um. Theories vary as to why the US dropped the letter and changed the pronunciation. Usually, when we drop a letter, for example the English word encyclopaedia becomes the American word encyclopedia, the pronunciation is the same. English used to have more vowels, which were basically just letters mashed together, such as in this case æ. Americans dropped the first letter and kept the second, while everyone else simply separated them and only pronounced the second. I'm inclined to side with America on this one, not because I was born and reside here, but because words like manoeuvre (American: maneuver) look like somebody vomited up some alphabet soup. Ours doesn't look much better, but still. Moving on...

https://sli.mg/cn7dbX

The preceding picture shows someone's inventory from the game Fallout 4. It's spelled the American way, apparently even outside the US. It's common for games to only include one English language, depending on where the developers are, and/or their target audience. Fallout 4's developer, Bethesda Game Studios, reside in Bethesda, Maryland, here in the US. Furthermore, Fallout 4 takes place in the US city of Boston, albeit a fictional version. Interestingly, Bethesda also makes a game series called The Elder Scrolls, and these games take place in a fictional world in countries (or rather, imperial provinces) based on European countries. And, anachronistically, they still use American English. (There is a fix, but I believe it's only on PC. It simply changes all the American English words in the game to English. And I use it. I won't play without it.)

The other day, I heard a Fallout 4 YouTuber say "aluminium" (the English version), and people were giving them shit for it. I wanted to correct them, and tell them how aluminium is the correct spelling... but in this case, they were right. Aluminium is still correct, but in the context of an American story (in an alternate America radicalized to nationalism by nuclear war, no less), American English is right.

Moral of the story: Being correct is not always right.

Fun little side note: A few people don't know how to pronounce nuclear, so they say nuke-you-lar. Same way Kiefer Sutherland says it on 24, if you want a good example. Apparently, George W. Bush (the younger of the two) couldn't say nuclear, either. There's no English or American English here, there's just the right way to say it and not knowing how to say it. Interestingly, the wrong way to pronounce it does appear in Fallout 4. While your player is the sole survivor of a fallout shelter, there are these little rinky dink phone booth looking things that claim to be fallout shelters as well. They usually have skeletons in them, accompanied by items. And when you open them, a little jingle plays, followed by the following line, in a cheerful tone: "Pulowski! [Nuke-you-lar] protection, on a budget!" So apparently not knowing how to say nuclear is a sure sign of not being able to build a working fallout shelter. If you've been pronouncing it wrong, stop. Don't admit guilt. Watch this video, and correct yourself in the future.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_neVUmhJ_yo

For a little more in-depth look at commonly mispronounced words, check out this little two minute video from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nYmWt1J4Lg

First off dude, it's absolutely chicken shit to write a long post, ask someone to read it, and then close the comments.

Second of all, you started with the long posts because I mentioned I had a different phone than you did. I only replied in kind. Go back and re-read the thread. You may have over-reacted a bit.

Third, I was not messing with you. You seem to have had your head in a book for too long. You do not realize that people can have very valid reasons for liking different things. Everything I said was 100% real. I don't do fake online.

Fourth, your overreaction to my hardware choice is absurd. Frankly, unless you're willing to subsidize my choice and buy me the phone you want me to use, shut the fuck up. Seriously. Put up or shut up.

Fifth, you're probably smarter than I am. I'm not going to argue that. You might be the smartest person I've interacted with on G+. But, you're not entirely right. It's not easy admitting you're wrong, especially with tons of confirmation bias telling you you're not.

Sixth, you might think I'm an asshole for thinking differently than you do and using a different phone brand, and I accept that. I'm still rooting for your project. Even if you ban me from the community. IDGAF. You're clearly a little off your rocker, sometimes. But if in a year or two, I hear about your project coming out, I'll be happy for you. Even if I can't congratulate you more directly, know that I appreciate the time and effort you've put into it.

Peace.

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Not that any of y'all need telling, but stay the hell away from HTC.

A good friend of mine got the HTC 10. Dude doesn't root, doesn't do custom launchers, just stock everything. All of a sudden, the phone reboots, and bootloops. Won't load its recovery (which is stock, but would let him clear cache or factory reset).

So I'm like, I got this. I know HTC, my time to shine, etc. So I download the RUU, which, if detected by the bootloader, restores the phone to factory settings. It wouldn't take it. Nothing I could find to do would work. We took it to Verizon. They couldn't get it to work.

Verizon sent him a replacement. A week later, the new one is doing it, too.

Dude used to be a huge Apple hater, so I don't think his pride will let him get an iPhone, which is what I would recommend based on what he needs and wants from a phone. Barring that, I recommend the LG G5. But he really likes HTC, and regrets leaving them for Samsung after the 2014 HTC One M8 and the M7 the year before. I also think the Pixel or Pixel XL would be a good fit, since they're made by HTC.

But really, HTC's bootloader is a huge mess, and anyone who's had to mess with it or S-OFF will tell you the same. HTC is actually what burned me off of Android tinkering. I don't think it's worth it with any of them anymore, but HTC's extra hoops may have sent me to the dark side (iOS). Still, I mean, you can flash some kernel to make your apps load half a second faster, but that 30 minute "Android is upgrading" shit cancels out any speed gain you think you got, and then you're gonna do it again next week when the new version comes out. Or you could get an iPhone that's even faster because the OS is actually optimized for the hardware, and no Android phone has NVMe flash storage yet.

So, it dawned on me the other day what actually happened with normal sized Android phones. You used to be able to get normal sized Android phones, and large and huge ones, and small ones were rare, but they were there. Now, while Apple has the small SE, the normal sized 6s, and the huge 6s Plus, Android only has large and huge phones.

It's the battery. Even with a 720p screen, they can't make a battery small enough to fit in a normal sized phone that will last all day. Manufacturers have to choose between offering normal sized phones and offering phones whose batteries will last all day. They've chosen the latter.

The iPhone 6s, at 4.7", has a 1715mAh battery. On an Android phone running Marshmallow on a Snapdragon 820 with 4GB of RAM, you're gonna get 12 hours tops out of that battery. The iPhone 6s with its Apple A9 SoC and 2GB of RAM is certainly powerful enough to run Android, but the battery just isn't powerful enough. Meanwhile, with iOS, it can go for two days with light usage, or a full day with moderate usage with plenty to spare.

I still like Android. It's a cool OS. But having the OS I prefer takes a back seat to having a phone that gets signal (Verizon), one that gets security updates (Nexus, iPhone), and one that is normal sized. Those are my top three considerations. I really hope the whole "Google SoC optimized for Android" thing pans out and a future Nexus/Pixel phone carries it, and Android can again run on normal sized phones. A Nexus 4 with modern specs, battery lasts all day, but a 720p screen? And runs on Verizon? I'll be the first in line.

Until then? I'm not at all unhappy with my iPhone. And the biggest Apple hater I know, one of my best friends in fact, had his HTC 10 boot loop this weekend. He was at my place when it happened. And this guy is anti-root, anti-ROM, anti-third party launcher... stock everything all the way. Minimal apps, changes only what he needs to... manufacturer knows best. And here I am, used to be an expert on the M8, I can get it into the bootloader (HBOOT) but it's not taking the RUU, the thing is just literally FUBAR. And he's mad, he needs his phone for work, hell he needs Google Maps to get to his local Verizon store. I didn't give him too hard a time. But I said, you need a reliable phone, get an iPhone. Suck it up, swallow your pride, and get the dependable phone. If you wanna tinker with Android, get an Android tablet. You can get a 2013 Nexus 7 cheap these days, and it's a great tablet.

I'm not saying Android phones suck, but between that and the Note 7's spontaneously catching fire... I'm just saying maybe it's time to look at phones designed by the people who make the software. Phones sold by an American company which doesn't hate Americans and their carriers. (Okay, the other manufacturers don't hate us. But they sure like to make us DEAD LAST for updates! Their countrymen first, then the rest of the world, then all the US carriers but Verizon, and then maybe Verizon.) Phones made by a company that prides itself on making what they consider, what they consider their customers to consider a premium product.

Maybe it's time to consider that the OS doesn't matter, so much as what the phone does for you. I don't use Mail or Apple Maps. I use Gmail and Google Maps. I use Facebook, Spotify, Our Groceries, Weather Underground, iShows (best alternative to SeriesGuide on Android)... and I play Subway Surfers. Exactly what I'd do on Android, except it's a different launcher, and you can't change or customize it. And force touch. Nobody has that on Android (yet!) and it's really cool. I actually use it a lot. But otherwise, your smartphone experience is what you make of it. There really isn't a whole lot of difference in the day to day usage of an iPhone or an Android phone. The difference is, the iPhone gets updates, you can choose the size without compromising quality, and it's just a more dependable phone.

Disclaimer: I like all gadgets, some more than others. I pretty much mercilessly rip on all of them about equally, though I do show bias toward the one I use vs the ones in the same category I don't.

I wish every Android fan would experience voicemails on an iPhone. I never thought anything about Android being no different from basic phones when it came to voicemail. If you've only used Android, you probably haven't, either.

When I get a voicemail, it shows up in the voicemail tab in my dialer. The voicemail tab is kind of like a media player. You can actually play the voicemail right in the app. You can also share it. It's like a little sound clip, you can do whatever you want with it.

#1 feature I wish Android would adopt. I used to HATE dealing with voicemail. Now it's no big deal. It's just like texting, but voice.

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Another great series finished. Assassination Classroom is about as bizarre as anime comes without going fully overboard. The moon is nearly destroyed, and taking credit for this is a wild yellow tentacled creature who will destroy the planet in one year. He's nearly indestructible, but provides humanity the means to defeat him. He just has one condition. He wants to teach a class of misfits and teach them to assassinate him. And in doing so, he works as the best teacher they've ever had, bringing out the best in each of them.

At first — for the entire first season and about half of the second — it's just a quirky fun action/school drama/slice of life show with no real end in sight. Then there's a Big Reveal and it hurtles toward the finish. The Big Reveal isn't perfect by any means, but the ending was amazing. The ending makes me want to rate it higher, but the amount of time it took to get there keeps it from the highest ratings. In spite of that, there was no filler and every episode was decent at least. I give it an 8/10. This series is in English as well as Japanese. (We watched it in English.)

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Disturbed's third album, Ten Thousand Fists, is 99¢ on Google Music for a limited time. Probably US only. Scooped that one guy always posting music, haha... I follow these guys on Facebook and they just posted it, though. Met my wife on their site. That was 14 years ago. Married her nearly 10 years ago. In fact, we just took our flower girl — 3 then, 13 now — to see them back in March. She's a fan too, not just because of us, but because she heard them in the Rockband games we and her dad used to play.

Of course I have the CD and I have it ripped and uploaded, but for 99¢, I'll take the upgrade to what is probably a better rip with better tags. I'll always buy their albums... and re-buy them if it's an advantage to me and it's a good price.

Also Green Day's greatest hits (though it's not recent so it's missing a bunch of stuff), an Avenged Sevenfold album, and some classic rock. Got myself a pretty good haul, all with credit from that Google Opinion Rewards. Even though I switched to iPhone two months ago, I still get surveys on the tablet. The advantages of being multi-platform... :)

Hey SeriesGuide. I just switched to iPhone, and there is nothing like SeriesGuide over there. There are some Trakt clients, but none are anywhere near as good. I've got two installed right now. One wants to show me every show I've watched on Trakt and I can't even put what I'm currently watching at the top. The other one is a little better than that, but it can't rate episodes.

Seriously, if you guys could get an iOS version out with feature parity to the Android version, it would corner the market, which is pretty dead over there, as best I can tell. Though I haven't looked at the paid apps, since none of them even claim to do all I want. I'm willing to pay to get all the features I want, and bought the SG X Pass even though I don't really need it. Fair's fair and I'd buy it or a pro unlock for SG on iOS if it were ported. Looks like the mobile version of Trakt for a while in any case.

And if you can't make it over... well, thank you for, I'd have to say at least two or three years that I've been using SG. Easily one of the best apps on Android.
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