Monthly Archives: February 2015

Romanii, niste idioti utili?

Ca tot romanul se pricepe la fotbal, politica si in general la toate, ne este cunoscut, iar o simpla vizita pe Facebook ori pe un forum de discutii poate convinge orice sceptic 🙂 Nu o sa mai pomenesc aici de Ponta, BOR, Charlie Hebdo si altele, vom vorbi despre alta problema, conflictul din Ucraina si atitudinea romanilor fata de acesta si de Rusia.

Inca de la evenimentele Maidan-ului, s-a putut observa o activitate sporita in randul comentatorilor din mediul online, ce aveau pareri impartite, insa in mare parte favorabila schimbarii de regim din tara vecina, cu toate ca primii “carcotasi” nu au intarziat sa apara. Ce a urmat apoi este istorie: interventia “omuletilor verzi” in Crimeea, secesiunea estului Ucrainei, incalcarea de catre Rusia a acordurilor semnate ce garantau integritatea teritoriala a acesteia si apoi trimiterea de trupe si echipament pentru a continua destabilizarea unei tari vecina cu Romania.

Pentru cei care viseaza doar conspiratii vestice si expansionism SUA, le amintesc ca exact acelasi scenariu a fost aplicat in Moldova, prin crearea Transnistriei, ai caror locuitori si-ar fi dorit sa scape de guvernul fascist opresiv al Chisinaului, sarind in bratele ostasului rus eliberator. Hmm, va suna cumva cunoscut, dragi idioti? Nu o sa-i vedeti pe postacii pro-moscoviti vorbind despre faptul ca armata a 14-a rusa a sprijinit rebelii impotriva romanilor de peste Prut, exact cum o face si in Ucraina si nimeni nu va aminti de faptul ca romanii de acolo sunt oprimati de regimul marioneta de la Tiraspol. Tot americanii, UE si Nato sunt problema, nu un stat care creeaza tarisoare tampon si organizeaza lovituri de stat, rebeliuni si asasinate atunci cand ii convine…

Mai multe despre aceste specimene, al caror serviciu de zi cu zi este preaslavirea pe net a Rusiei si denigrarea Vestului, aici: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/02/putin-kremlin-inside-russian-troll-house

Interesant de citit acest text din 1993, care arata ca armele nucleare trebuiau pastrate in cazul Ucrainei, pentru a descuraja o posibila atitudine belicoasa a ursului rusesc. Scenariul de acolo s-a adeverit acum, cand in cele din urma, dupa ani de zile in care a controlat acest stat subrezit de coruptie, Moscova s-a trezit ca pierde controlul, iar astfel a intervenit in cel mai pur stil rusesc, cu arma in mana.

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Generalul & Heroes of Might and Magic 3

1999… The year i entered highschool, and the year Heroes of Might and Magic 3 was launched, more than 15 years ago 😛 In the summer holiday, just before classes started, i played this game almost every day, learning all there was to it, spending countless hours on the campaign (that seemed very difficult to complete at first) and the scenarios versus the ai. Multiplayer consisted of hot-seat with friends, as it was still one or two years before i would get dial-up internet, and even then i didn’t play it online for a long time. No worries, i more than made up for that years later, and even now, with the HD version of Heroes 3 that just launched on Steam this month.

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I never cared much for the graphics & stuff, for me the important thing is the multiplayer Steam support, that can bring an excellent game back to life. Sure, people still play the GOG Complete Edition but that requires some other programs installed, like Hamachi, and some meddling with them in order to make the game work. The game looks great, can be played at high resolutions, but from the start, was bugged by a lot of problems concerning multiplayer. Some were fixed, some not, but i must say i played a lot since the first day, despite the hardships. A regular game, on a medium-large map with at least 4 players, can take up to 10 hours, and in some cases even longer, although usually some drop/leave and their places are taken by ai’s, leaving the remaining ones to battle among themselves.

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Bancpost si francul elvetian

Incidentul cu francul elvetian (CHF) de la inceputul acestui an a fost intors pe toate partile, comentat prin mass-media, de omul de rand, fie ca este indatorat in franci sau nu si asa mai departe.

O parte acuza datornicii, pentru ca au fost “lacomi” si “needucati financiar”, iar altii bancile, care practic trageau de clienti pentru a-si vinde creditele in CHF, fara a se gandi la consecinte.

Este oare o surpriza ca cele mai multe credite in franci elvetieni au fost acordate tocmai de cea mai amendata si cea mai jegoasa banca din Romania (as zice din lume, dar poate prin Africa se mai pot gasi cateva), Bancpost?

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Sursa: http://www.zf.ro/banci-si-asigurari/trei-sferturi-din-clientii-cu-credite-in-franci-elvetieni-s-au-imprumutat-de-la-bancpost-volksbank-si-piraeus-13787142

Evident, pentru a-si ajuta fraierii ce s-au gandit sa apeleze la serviciile sale si la expertiza ofiterilor de credite, Bancprost a scazut dobanda in creditele CHF cu… 0,8%! Asta in timp ce alte banci pot stabiliza cursul la un nivel mai scazut. Pai ori suntem camatari cu acte, ori nu mai suntem?

Exemplu al modului in care Bancpost isi “ajuta clientii”, reintroducand in realitate clauze noi in contract: https://vasilacheadrian.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/cum-isi-ajuta-bancpost-datornicii-in-chf-rescrie-integral-conditiile-contractuale-introducand-clauze-imposibil-de-acceptat/

Partea buna este ca incet, dar sigur, lumea se trezeste, clientii isi cer drepturile, citesc cu atentie sporita contractele, manifesteaza si pun presiune pentru a nu mai fi tratati ca niste vaci de muls, carora bancile le mai pot da si cate un sut cand nu sunt multumite de “recolta”. Chiar daca este tarziu, a venit vremea sa ne europenizam si noi, iar un credit acordat in Romania sa fie similar cu unul din “lumea civilizata”…

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Povestea completa a acestui erou, dar si altele similare:

http://www.click.ro/news/bucuresti/proteste-franc-elvetian-marian-butoi-demonstrat-ca-are-o-rata-cu-greutate-pe-care

http://adevarul.ro/locale/focsani/curs-franc-elvetian-ultima-razbunare-reusit-femeie-vrancea-sa-i-innebuneasca-angajatii-bancii-blocheze-trei-ore-activitatea-i-a-crescut-rata-1_54e1b082448e03c0fda91892/index.html

Nu mai am rabdare cu prostii

A nu se intelege ca eu as fi un geniu neinteles, sunt o gramada de momente in care nu am luat cele mai bune decizii, sunt atatea lucruri pe care le puteam face altfel/mai bine, sunt atatea subiecte despre care stiu prea putin sau deloc, iar lista poate continua. Totusi, consider ca nu sunt prost. Nu sunt un cretin care ia de bun tot ce vede/citeste/aude, dar, cel mai important, nu sunt unul care se si lauda cu ignoranta sa.

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Una este sa ai pareri despre un anumit subiect si alta este sa ai pareri avizate/documentate, indiferent de natura acestora. De exemplu opinia lui Tanti Leana din varful dealului, care are 2 clase si care foloseste ca sursa exclusiva de informare Latrina 3, despre politica externa a Romaniei sau despre procesul lui Voiculescu, nu poate fi comparata cu cea a unui student la Jurnalism, sau a cuiva ce citeste cateva publicatii online si se mai uita si la cateva emisiuni, de preferat chiar la posturi diferite. Alta tampenie, “adevarul este undeva la mijloc”, ar insemna ca daca cineva sustine ca 50+50=1, iar altul 100, adevarul ar fi in jurul cifrei 50…

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Great gaming moments (1)

Every gamer had them, great battles won, a boss fight that took hours and countless loads to win, epic win streaks, a char that ruled the server in a mmo, you name it…

I, Generalul, remember a lot of these instances, where i lived the finest moments of gaming. I’ll stick to pc games, and the beginning of the love affair between me and them, starting in 1998 with my 6×86 cyrix 🙂 Starcraft (yeah, the first one :P) was about to be launched and a demo was released, demo that i installed from Level magazine’s cd. The moment i played that game i was shocked at what the “pc master race” can offer, that i can benefit so much from this. I always loved strategy games, when i was a child i often played with toy soldiers, and now i got to control them in a fantastic sf background story. The demo level had 3 unique levels, not found in the full version, and for that moment, they were all i had before i would get my hands on a pirated starcraft cd (in those days piracy was an abstract concept in Romania, as you could buy cracked software from stores right in the town center :P), thanks to our bulgarian buddies. I played those levels all over again, i got to learn the maps by heart, i knew the lines spoken by every unit, i experimented different aproaches to the missions, i was… in heaven ^^ I would have friends come over and marvel along side me at this digital wonder.

Still, that wasn’t the most played demo in this gamer’s life, but the one of ARSENAL: Taste but power. That game was also a RTS, made by an obscure french company, TacticalSoft, and i got it from a magazine’s cd borrowed from a friend. The game was all that a strategy fan like me could wish, with land, air and sea units, upgrades, random map generators etc. I loved it from the spot and i played it furiously. You had acces to a few campaign missions, but the skirmishes vs the ai were the main attraction. There was one thing though, you were limited to a few units, as the others and the unique ones were available only in the full version. As i had no way of getting that back then i had to make do with the units i had, and i became so good at that game that eventually i was able to beat several computers, allied against me, that had acces to the full tech tree. Epic moments i tell, you epic!

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