Month: September 2020

How It Works: The Hot Process of Welding

Knowledge is Power! That’s the age-old saying. And we are firm believers that the more you learn the better your quality of life will be. It has been proven that we, as a species, crave education. We thirst for knowledge. And it is this drive within us that has led our species to advance to the staggerings hights we have!

And while there are some out there that would like to think they know everything, we know that there is always more to learn! And, if you have clicked this article, it seems you think like us. So, join us as we take a look at a few topics that you might be curious about, but never thought to look into. And together we will discover How It Works!

 

Welding

Everyone has seen the image of the Hot-Rod greasers welding their rides. Or watched as Iron Man welds an arc-reactor onto an underwater pipe in the Avengers. But how exactly does Welding actually work? How do two completely separate sections of metal suddenly become one solid mass? And is it possible to join two pieces of metal without a welder?

Let’s start with the basics. What is Welding?

Welding is the process of using intense streams of heat to melt metals and fuse them together. Seems simple right? But it has a lot more complexity to it than it first seems.

In movies and TV shows you always see someone go at a slab of metal with a welding torch and instantly connect it to something else. But, in actuality, there is a third key component needed for this. A welding rod. This rod is made of a different kind of metal and is melted down across a specialized strip of wire, held between the two pieces of metal. The melted rod cools around the wire and between the metal, thus connecting it into a solid mass. It is the electrode wire that gives welded seems that rigged appearance.

 

Without Welding

Welding is a powerful process that can strengthen structures immensely. Once the sections of metal are joined together they become stronger, more resilient. This is great for large scale construction. Welded metal also provides more security. A welded structure is often a sealed unit. This is great for cars and other objects that have delicate internal mechanisms in need of protection.

But welding isn’t the only way of attaching metal together, it is simply the only method that can turn the separate pieces into one object. Other methods include using rivets, which are simply massive bolts that are injected through the metal by a powerful machine. The force of the rivet entering is so strong it creates a perfectly tight seal. Removing an object that has been riveted is no easy task.

Another common method is to use industrial hot glue. This glue is designed to melt when superheated and them reform between the sheets of metal. This glue isn’t like the glue you can buy at a craft store. This glue is essentially unbreakable.

The Saftey

Welding is an extremely cool, and physically hot process! Visually it is very fascinating. Watching metal melt and form into one is incredible. But it is also very dangerous and should only be carried out by trained professionals who know exactly what they are doing.

Welding torches and arc-welders reach staggering heats. The melting point of most metals is anywhere between 400 degrees to 900 degrees. Those heats would cause irreparable damage to a human body. So stay safe and do not try welding at home!

 

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Is the World of ESports Becoming Dangerously Over Commercialized?

The world of Sports was changed forever when Gaming became an officially recognized Olympic sport. E-sports, as it is more commonly known, can be made up of any competitive game that allows players to face off against one another.

No longer was sport simply reserved for those with the physical powers to play on the field. Suddenly a whole new generation of athletes was born. Athletes who battled in virtual worlds rather than physically.

But as it grew in popularity so too did the gaming industry as a whole. More and more gaming moved away from being an art of passion, with games being made by small studios who cared. Instead, we saw major corporations swing into the gaming field. Each run by investors who nothing about gaming and seek only to turn a profit.

The Slow Increase

With this trend towards money over art, we have seen gaming slowly become more and more commercialized. Only a few years ago a fully-fledged triple-A game would cost a maximum of $40. Now you would be lucky to get it for that on sale.

But how does all this affect the world of e-sports? Most of the games being played are often free games such as Leauge of Legends. Is the e-sports world about to fall victim to the issue of over-commercialization.

Our opinion is that it will. Already we are seeing the effects of it. More and more companies are throwing their hats into the ring. Hiring teams to represent them, rather than the teams being scouted independently. Soon we won’t be watching actual gaming pros face-off, we will watch as cooperate paid players fight on behalf of the company.

 

The Effects On Us

The increase in the commercialization of the gaming world isn’t all bad. It has allowed a lot of smaller, more independent services to flourish. You can buy pre-owned games easily. You can get an aimbot for valorant or gold boosting for WoW with ease. But these are all positives designed by gamers for gamers.

What we have also seen in a steady increase in the bad practices associated with the commercial world. Games being sold half complete with the rest sold as DLC down the line. Early access titles taking the money and never finishing. Major game companies forcing you to use online DRM and legally binding you to contract to ensure you don’t own what you pay for.

And this translates into e-sports as well. Soon ticket prices are going to soar. You will be forced to give your details over to massive corporations. The e-sports tournaments will be plastered with commercial advertising and the entire audience will be forced to watch adverts in between round.

 

Can It Be Stopped

There is always a way to hold back these swarming tides. The only way for it not to work is for the masses to stand up and fight back. And the only way to fight back in these modern times is with your wallet.

These companies rely on the new wave of gamers, those who only know the gaming world in the twisted shape it currently sits. They rely on them funneling mass amounts of cash into the system. So, if people want to stop e-sports becoming too commercialized they need to organize and stop attending the events.

Some e-sports teams have already considered starting their own official league sanctioned by players for the players. No corporate sponsors allowed. But as it stands at the moment this is nothing more than a pipe dream.

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Data Protection: Does Facebook Actually Own all your Pictures?

For a long time, there have been questions around Facebook’s privacy policies, whether it’s about tracking your location, collecting your data for personalized ads and third-party sellers, or, whether you actually own any of the content you post on your page (more specifically, your pictures). The quick answer? No, you’ll be happy to know you own your pictures. Facebook has no claim over them. Facebook states in their policy: “You own all of the content and information you post on Facebook.” However, let’s look at how you can protect yourself on Facebook and stop these notions of stealing and ownership from being an issue.

 

The basics

First of all, let’s cover some of the basics. The most simple thing you can do to protect your privacy is to make your page private. There are no good arguments against doing this. People are still able to search for and find you, you don’t disappear from Facebook, but what it does do is hide all your important and personal information from complete strangers.

 

Step one

The easiest way to do this is to open your settings on Facebook, and under Privacy choose Privacy settings and then ‘Check a few important settings’. This allows you to change who sees your email address, birthday, where you live, where you went to school, and who can see the people you’re friends with. You may not think these things are important to hide but they are; your email is used for everything, whether that be setting up accounts or the place where new password requests are sent. Having your email private means it’s being protected on Facebook from those who may want to scam you. Having your birthday visible to only people you trust is also a good idea. Again, your birthday is used for a myriad of accounts and logins; having it available to see only to people you trust protects you that much more.

 

Step two

The next step in the ‘Check a few important settings’ is who can see your posts. Now, you can’t change who has seen your posts in the past, but you can protect yourself from now on and in the future by changing that setting to only friends. If you’re one to post about your day, or happy or sad events because you want to let your friends know (but you’re settings are public) you’re allowing anyone to view these details about you. They could learn your routine, figure out where you live, anything! To protect yourself, and change that setting to friends only.

 

Step three

The final step is blocking. Now, not everyone may have people they need to block and that’s great. However, if you don’t want certain people checking up on you, or seeing any information about you or what you post, you should definitely add them to the block list. Blocking people allows your page that extra level of protection and you can be sure they won’t see anything you don’t want them to. And one of the best bits about blocking someone is they’ll never know that you have! Isn’t it great? You can also unblock people at your leisure, so it’s not permanent if you don’t want it to be.

 

Protecting your pictures

Since you came here looking for questions about your pictures, the same protection above can be applied to the photos you post. No matter the social media image sizes, your pictures are your own. When you limit who sees your posts, that includes any pictures you post too!

 

So there you have it, the easiest ways to protect yourself on Facebook. And hey, if you’re still worried about your posts being owned by Facebook, you can always go and block them, they’ll never know.

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