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mr quick
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REcently my voice has gotten all creaky and cracky, especially in the evening. I sound like I've been screaming all day, but I usually haven't. Sometimes, I might not have said a word in a day, but my voice is still raspy like I'm in my sixties and have lived a hard life of smoking adn drinking. Should I be concerned? 

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Mister Pink
Posted (edited)
17 minutes ago, mr quick said:

REcently my voice has gotten all creaky and cracky, especially in the evening. I sound like I've been screaming all day, but I usually haven't. Sometimes, I might not have said a word in a day, but my voice is still raspy like I'm in my sixties and have lived a hard life of smoking adn drinking. Should I be concerned? 

Of course, I'm am a doctor and expert 😛 

 

I would be concerned. Not worried. But concerned. According to the link below a common cold or upper respiratory tract viral infection can cause this. But the article states that most causes of a hoarse voice are harmless and it should go away. It says if doesn't go after two weeks, go to a physician. 

 

Get well soon! It's a pain when these things happen. It's the not-knowing that's frustrating. But hopefully it will sort itself out. 

 

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/17105-hoarseness-frequently-asked-questions

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mr quick

Hmm, might have to see a doc then. It's been a few weeks. 

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Ho Diver

Has anyone tried the HideMyAss VPN? I like the price, its very cheap, but it seems too good to be true.

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Blaze
16 minutes ago, Ho Diver said:

Has anyone tried the HideMyAss VPN? I like the price, its very cheap, but it seems too good to be true.

I've used Windscribe for a while mostly because I get 50GB m/o free with them. Heard NordVPN are good too.

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Ho Diver
1 hour ago, Blaze said:

I've used Windscribe for a while mostly because I get 50GB m/o free with them. Heard NordVPN are good too.

I've never heard about windscribe before, but after reading about it I think I might give it a try.

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NileshKumar
5 hours ago, Blaze said:

Heard NordVPN are good too.

I've seen Nord VPN ads on various websites. It claims to hide the original IP address after showing the current IP (which is already changed via another VPN).

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sivispacem
15 minutes ago, NileshKumar said:

I've seen Nord VPN ads on various websites. It claims to hide the original IP address after showing the current IP (which is already changed via another VPN).

There are three kinds of public VPN provider.

 

Those, like Nord, who have already been compromised and cleaned up.

Those that are are compromised but don't know it.

Those that will be compromised in the future.

 

To be honest Nord are amongst the best of a largely fairly bad bunch but they're enormous targets for all sorts of nefarious people.

And never, ever, ever go for a free VPN provider. They can only offer a free service by profiting from selling your browsing data which kind of defeats the purpose. Lots of them are run by very, very shady companies indeed.

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Rhoda

A problem with some free VPNs, aside from privacy concerns, is that some sites will block you from accessing them entirely because of suspicious activity from whatever IP address you've been assigned. Often you don't get a choice in which server you use, only by country and even then your options are extremely limited.

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trip
Posted (edited)

I have a related question.

Why do everyday people want to use a VPN for basic internet activities?  I'm not sure I see a practical need.

 

 

 

E:

Only thing I can think of is living in an area where various internet access is restricted/controlled and you wanted to "internet" in a less restricted region.

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Cameron Star

I suspect to do some jolly roger kind of activities. What else would your average western person need a vpn for? Sometimes I'll use it to watch youtube videos or read articles that are blocked in the UK for whatever reason.

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K^2
4 hours ago, trip said:

I have a related question.

Why do everyday people want to use a VPN for basic internet activities?  I'm not sure I see a practical need.

One practical reason is to get past region locks on sites. For example, Netflix has a different catalog if you're watching from Canada, and I don't know if it still works, but at least for a while, you were able to watch Canadian Netflix by using a VPN tunnel to an end point in Canada. This sort of thing is by far the main legitimate use of VPN that I'm aware of.

 

Encrypted VPN is also great if you're going to access an unsecured website (HTTP rather than HTTPS) from a public place. Some airports will inject advertisements directly into a page, for example, if you're hitting the end point that's not secure. Some of these can even be malicious. VPN lets you prevent that. Technically, someone can also be sniffing your passwords from an unsecured website, but you shouldn't be entering passwords if connection isn't secure. Like, seriously, just don't. VPN also prevents somebody from learning which servers you connect to. So if I go to (and this is entirely made up) https://animals.com/pandas.html, you can see that it's a secure address, so somebody sniffing the connection will know I went to animals.com, but won't know that I went to pandas.html page. If I use VPN, they won't be able to tell even which site I went to. Does that distinction really matters? Very rarely, but some people are very sensitive about their privacy.

 

Outside of that, everything else basically falls on the side of either paranoid ignorance or actually covering up illegal activities. Sometimes the later is political activism, which is entirely understandable if you're in a authoritarian country, but most of it involves some sort of criminal activity. Drugs, prostitution, and illegal pr0nography being the main ones. Although, anyone who just uses a VPN for these sorts of things is an idiot and will probably be caught eventually. Nonetheless, VPN is one of the layers you can employ to make finding you more trouble than it's worth to the authorities, which is usually all that's required. So it is one of popular uses of VPN at the end of the day.

 

The fact that there are so many businesses lately pushing VPN is more of a sign of how many people are ignorant about internet security than of it actually being used for anything practical. "Corporations are spying on you, use our VPN!" is an easy message to sell. It's also mostly snake oil.

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GhettoJesus
11 hours ago, trip said:

I have a related question.

Why do everyday people want to use a VPN for basic internet activities?  I'm not sure I see a practical need.

 

 

 

E:

Only thing I can think of is living in an area where various internet access is restricted/controlled and you wanted to "internet" in a less restricted region.

In some places (Germany and the US for example) are tough on piracy and people would rather not have the police show up to their home if they are gonna download stuff. Another thing I heard is bypassing GDPR. A lot of sites are still not and never will be compliant with GDPR so they just straight up block to the site for EU users. These are the two reasons I can think of.

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trip

Oh I totally understand what people use VPNs for.  Usually to hide their nefarious activity.  Naturally if you are pirating software, movies, music...etc you would want to be hidden as best you can behind a vpn or 2(or 3 or 4).

 

I don't really buy the encryption in public places argument these days since almost everything is forced onto 443 SSL now.  Even basic web browsing is almost all SSL now.  And even then in a public place you are still transferring your packets openly on the way to the VPN tunnel...just as vulnerable to air sniffing as anyone else in Starbucks.

 

I date back to the very early(first) IPsec VPNs used for business.

 

I honestly see it as marking ripoff.  They are advertising VPNs to everyday people who don't really need a VPN.  My father shouldn't be asking me if he needs a VPN for for facebook browsing.

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K^2
4 hours ago, trip said:

Even basic web browsing is almost all SSL now.  And even then in a public place you are still transferring your packets openly on the way to the VPN tunnel...just as vulnerable to air sniffing as anyone else in Starbucks.

[...]

They are advertising VPNs to everyday people who don't really need a VPN.  My father shouldn't be asking me if he needs a VPN for for facebook browsing.

The VPN tunnel should be point-to-point encrypted. I'm not going to claim they all are, but it's supposed to be. So even your DNS requests should be encrypted, meaning absolutely everything past the VPN handshake should look like garbage to anyone trying to sniff he traffic.

 

I completely agree with that second bit, though.

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Utopianthumbs

Is something like this

https://www.thequint.com/tech-and-auto/how-to-prevent-headphone-electrocution

where people are getting electrocuted using headphones while charging their laptop/mobile a real cause of concern? Or is it more of a freak scenario and the probability of actually getting a shock is quite minimal? 

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sivispacem
18 minutes ago, Utopianthumbs said:

Is something like this

https://www.thequint.com/tech-and-auto/how-to-prevent-headphone-electrocution

where people are getting electrocuted using headphones while charging their laptop/mobile a real cause of concern? Or is it more of a freak scenario and the probability of actually getting a shock is quite minimal? 

Shouldn't be if you're using a properly designed and undamaged phone and charger, even in a country with an electricity supply as janky as India's. Just make sure you've got some kind of surge protection between outlet and phone.

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mr quick

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Does anyone know what sweater Paulie is wearing here? Or where I might find something similar? It's one of the most handsome sweaters I've ever seen. 

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NileshKumar
3 hours ago, Utopianthumbs said:

Is something like this

https://www.thequint.com/tech-and-auto/how-to-prevent-headphone-electrocution

where people are getting electrocuted using headphones while charging their laptop/mobile a real cause of concern? Or is it more of a freak scenario and the probability of actually getting a shock is quite minimal? 

This can be avoided by just a simple method.

 

"Don't use your devices while charging, Patience is the key"

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Utopianthumbs
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1 hour ago, NileshKumar said:

This can be avoided by just a simple method.

 

"Don't use your devices while charging, Patience is the key"

True but I'm not the most patient dude and sometimes I tend to plug in my laptop and continue to use headphones to listen to music/when I'm in the middle of a game and the battery is low and stuff like that, and I just wanted to know if I should err on the side of caution on this or if it's not significant enough to worry about and it's okay continuing like that.

 

Maybe I can be a bit more patient, wouldn't hurt . Though if it's just a freak occurrence and nothing will happen if the laptop/mobile and charger are undamaged and there's adequate protection between device and outlet then there's no problem right? Best if I can avoid it and especially not do it when there's rain and lightning about I guess. 

 

Edit- From what I understand I only have voltage stabilizers and not surge protectors, so I think better to be safe than sorry even if voltage fluctuations/surges aren't common in my area

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NileshKumar

I am 5'10" (177 cm), my legs are way bigger as compared to my main body (torso). Why is that so? Because of my diet or something? Genetic? ( I know I can't change it but still)

 

Whenever I SIT near a shorter person, it seems as if I am shorter which leads to some embarrassment untill I stand to prove everyone wrong. 

 

 

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GTA_CAT
3 hours ago, NileshKumar said:

I am 5'10" (177 cm), my legs are way bigger as compared to my main body (torso). Why is that so? Because of my diet or something? Genetic? ( I know I can't change it but still)

 

Whenever I SIT near a shorter person, it seems as if I am shorter which leads to some embarrassment untill I stand to prove everyone wrong. 

 

 

It's genetics, I have a friend who has a pretty big disproportion between legs and torso. I also have longer legs than torso though it's not noticeable unless you focus on it.

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mr quick
5 hours ago, NileshKumar said:

I am 5'10" (177 cm), my legs are way bigger as compared to my main body (torso). Why is that so? Because of my diet or something? Genetic? ( I know I can't change it but still)

 

Whenever I SIT near a shorter person, it seems as if I am shorter which leads to some embarrassment untill I stand to prove everyone wrong. 

 

 

I'm 6'1" and wear trousers that are a 30 length, and I still usually cuff the hem...

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NileshKumar

Was just sitting, getting those worldly thoughts and this came to my mind

 

Is natural death painful?

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Utopianthumbs
33 minutes ago, NileshKumar said:

Is natural death painful?

This article on what it might feel to die talks about a footballer who suffered a heart attack and was declared clinically dead , though he was revived later. He describes feeling a dizziness but no pain

 

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In March 2012, the Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the field during a televised FA Cup match against Tottenham Hotspur. He had suffered a heart attack and was clinically dead, with no vital signs, for a considerable length of time. Remarkably, he survived, and has since described his impressions of what happened. At first, he said, he felt a surreal dizziness, as though he was running along inside someone else’s body. The last thing he remembers is seeing two of the Tottenham player Scott Parker. Interestingly, he reports no feeling of pain.

I've heard passing in your sleep is also painless.

 

This is also anecdotal so don't entirely take my word for it but I also heard that in most cases of natural death by the time they are near death they have already suffered the majority of it and they're weakened enough to not feel too much pain at death. Again this might be wrong cause it's just what I know from hearsay, though I guess most of our knowledge about this is guesswork

 

As an aside I searched for 'most painless ways to pass away' for answering this and got suicide helpline numbers in bold shown in front of me. This is obviously very necessary, I just hope I haven't entered a watch list. 

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NileshKumar
1 minute ago, Utopianthumbs said:

As an aside I searched for 'most painless ways to pass away' for answering this and got suicide helpline numbers in bold shown in front of me. This is obviously very necessary, I just hope I haven't entered a watch list. 

Dude same, I searched a similar term on google and received helpline numbers

1 minute ago, Utopianthumbs said:

I've heard passing in your sleep is also painless.

That is the worst way to die, sleeping for work but never waking up again

 

2 minutes ago, Utopianthumbs said:

This article on what it might feel to die talks about a footballer who suffered a heart attack and was declared clinically dead , though he was revived later. He describes feeling a dizziness but no pain

Guy never thought he was about to die

 

The best way to die is by knowing your end is near and then sleeping in peace

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Utopianthumbs
5 minutes ago, NileshKumar said:

That is the worst way to die, sleeping for work but never waking up again

Maybe, but i guess it is one of the least painful ways to go

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NileshKumar
2 minutes ago, Utopianthumbs said:

Maybe, but i guess it is one of the least painful ways to go

Still, it feels getting badly trolled by God

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Another GTA Fan
18 hours ago, Utopianthumbs said:

As an aside I searched for 'most painless ways to pass away' for answering this and got suicide helpline numbers in bold shown in front of me. This is obviously very necessary, I just hope I haven't entered a watch list. 

I'm pretty sure Google does that due to suicide prevention. Google is not just a search engine, it's a friend.

 

I personally wouldn't want to die in my sleep, after all, how would I know I died? I guess there's some things no one alive can explain.

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Utopianthumbs

To clarify, he was asking whether death is painful so I suggested that passing in your sleep was one way of dying that may not necessarily be so. Of course it is still a very unexpected and thus sad way to go, but as for painful this might rank among the least painful ways, though again whether that is a good way to die or not depends on one's perspective I guess, in the end the least we can hope for is that we don't have a drawn out death

 

1 hour ago, Another GTA Fan said:

I personally wouldn't want to die in my sleep, after all, how would I know I died? I guess there's some things no one alive can explain.

True, though I guess for some it wouldn't matter if they knew, just that they would rather go in the most peaceful way.

 

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