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« Reply #1275 on: February 20, 2021, 01:51:04 pm »

@J. Wilhelm....

Saw this article.... Your opinion, please?

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« Reply #1276 on: February 20, 2021, 05:32:53 pm »

I've gotta find another job. We were understaffed to begin with, then they fired an ops manager and  one of our few cashiers. and now I'm pulling surprise double shifts and being put on the scedule for day where I've repeatedly given them as no availability in the paperwork. All while being paid the lowest wage in the area. The manager who I know from before this job is out with heart symptoms and the new assistant manager has been there months and still hasn't learned to do her job, on top of the fact that she lacks any common sense (like one does not open a case of snack chips and use a hole punch to make holes through the air pocket of the bag to hang them up on a peg board).

I work register, stock shelves, do some of the managment duties, get the shopping carts out of the parking lot, do putbacks, inflate balloons, follow the closing managment to the bank for safe deposit escort duties, clean the store and sanatize surfaces. For zero benefits, zero employee discount, while they invent things to 'write employees up for ' (like item voiding an item the customer can't pay for or changed their mind on, and not getting 30 boxes stocked during a 4 hour shift where you are the only cashier to ring all the customers), doing everyone elses work over because they did it wrong to try and get their boxes stocked total up, and they won't post the schedule until the day before the new week, while changing the same schedule multiple times a week without asking or checking the employees availability, and I caught covid working for them because they gave us no safety measures and they refused to pay for my time sick because I couldn't get a test that confirmed I had it at the time, only antibody tests afterwards.... and walmart and target pay twice as much per hour.

I'm just full on done with this crap. I'm the longest lasting employee in the store, at 1 and a half years, other than my manager who is out indefinitely after heart attack symptoms.
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« Reply #1277 on: February 21, 2021, 12:26:51 am »

I've gotta find another job. We were understaffed to begin with, then they fired an ops manager and  one of our few cashiers. and now I'm pulling surprise double shifts and being put on the scedule for day where I've repeatedly given them as no availability in the paperwork. All while being paid the lowest wage in the area. The manager who I know from before this job is out with heart symptoms and the new assistant manager has been there months and still hasn't learned to do her job, on top of the fact that she lacks any common sense (like one does not open a case of snack chips and use a hole punch to make holes through the air pocket of the bag to hang them up on a peg board).

I work register, stock shelves, do some of the managment duties, get the shopping carts out of the parking lot, do putbacks, inflate balloons, follow the closing managment to the bank for safe deposit escort duties, clean the store and sanatize surfaces. For zero benefits, zero employee discount, while they invent things to 'write employees up for ' (like item voiding an item the customer can't pay for or changed their mind on, and not getting 30 boxes stocked during a 4 hour shift where you are the only cashier to ring all the customers), doing everyone elses work over because they did it wrong to try and get their boxes stocked total up, and they won't post the schedule until the day before the new week, while changing the same schedule multiple times a week without asking or checking the employees availability, and I caught covid working for them because they gave us no safety measures and they refused to pay for my time sick because I couldn't get a test that confirmed I had it at the time, only antibody tests afterwards.... and walmart and target pay twice as much per hour.

I'm just full on done with this crap. I'm the longest lasting employee in the store, at 1 and a half years, other than my manager who is out indefinitely after heart attack symptoms.




I'd say you're more than within your rights to seek another position, but if I were you, I'd first consider whether you're able to afford going without a job for a few weeks/months. Most places now are probably going to be in 'lets be a bunch of safety-obsessed assholes" mode when it comes to hiring, and might/will/could make you wait for a quasi-mandatory so-called "quarantine" period before they let you come work for them (friend of mine supposedly had that happen to him recently).

I had similar to what you're talking about happen to me a long while back, until I put my foot down and refused to allow it, and things got better - for about a month, and then they engineered a situation to make a threat to fire me plausible (I can't prove that, unfortunately, but it was fairly obvious at the time, so the place will remain nameless). Luckily I was in good with the folks back then, so I was able to just summarily quit when the job people tried to shove it down my throat. The usual protestations one sees in such situations ensued, but I stood pat and refused to reconsider and tendered my resignation.

Yes, a resignation for basically just a retail clerk job; I had a lot of hubris back then.

I went the whole nine yards, two weeks' notice and all, documented and lettered and everything.

I'm not saying you should do what I did; I've always been sort of an odd bird, so in my personal case, people often just take such weirdness in stride and "consider the source," so to speak. They think I'm stupid, crazy, whatever? So what? T' 'ell widdem," as Garrison Keiilor used to quote his Lake Wobegone relative(s).

Buuut...

You do what YOU think you should. In my case, I'd have quit, but it sounds like you don't have the kind of backup that I did back then. BUT I think you just might be strong enough to pull it off. My two point ninety nine cents.
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« Reply #1278 on: February 21, 2021, 03:05:29 am »

@J. Wilhelm....

Saw this article.... Your opinion, please?

Predicting Blackouts

I read the article and I don't know how much I can expound on the technical aspect of the Texas crisis. I know the principles of reliability in engineering, I know of the aerodynamics principles that allow wind turbines to work, the thermodynamics of gas turbines and nuclear powered steam turbines. However, not having worked in the industry I'm not privy of details pertinent on how the ERCOT electrical network failed.

The article largely revolves around system hardening, the concept that you can prepare for extreme circumstances and expect your machines to work under extreme conditions. And I largely agree with the stance taken by the reporter and editorial that ERCOT has been remiss in their contingency planning for decades, since the 1970s (?).

The proof is that multiple systems failed simultaneously. While political finger-pointing blames wind turbines in one direction and combustibles in the other direction, as an engineer, I couldn't care less about those opinions. Turbines during the winter only accounted for 20% of the power. Only half of the turbines froze, so only 10% power loss. The rest was failures in other systems involving natural gas well stopping due to slush and frozen machinery. The Mexican Federal Electric Commission reported that suddenly Texas suppliers would not sell gas to power plants across the border in Ciudad Juárez, so Mexican plants stopped too. That was when it was confirmed from the outside that there was a gas shortage.

https://www.nbcnews.com/business/energy/u-s-oil-gas-production-could-face-weeks-delays-due-n1258097

There are wind turbines in Antarctica and Gas generators just about anywhere on the planet. And gas wells too... So what happened? So that's not the issue because cold weather happens frequently around similar systems around the world. The fact that even the nuclear plant failed, is concerning however. It points to a massive failure to recognize the potential for weather impact on the system. Nor do I care that Texas wants to be disconnected from a national grid to avoid national (federal) regulations. That's a moot point because Texas can regulate itself perfectly well, as I have seen in other areas of society.

What happened according to the article is largely a lax regulation of the industry, with regulations that were poorly or non enforced at all. Combined witha lack of vision from ERCOT, the mix proved fatal this year. But from what I read, the Texas network has come close to crashing many times during the last 4 decades. I did not know that. It's surprising though.

Perhaps it's my old age, that makes me think of Texas as a place of extreme weather and not just a hot place. As some of you may recall, the news services make repeated reference to the year 1989, for a comparison to similar temperatures during winter. In other posts through the years here in Brassgoggles, I basically wrote the same: Texas was substantially colder in Winter in the 1980s reaching single Fahrenheit digits and negative single Celsius digits but just as hot in Summer as it has been in recent years hovering around maxima of 43C / 110F. My point being that Texas can get cold as it lays on a latitude that maximizes the winter to summer temperature differential. Maybe people forgot in the last 40 years. I don't know . But I know from experience that it can get cold, and I've personally experienced that phenomenon since the mid 1970s-80s when I'd visit family in Winter Vacation, and in the early 1990s when I moved from California to Austin. The 1980s were the coldest winters. Dallas regularly gets snow flurries in Winter, more so in the "Panhandle"  where you find cities like Amarillo.

On that issue, I firmly believe in science. The basic thermodynamics of the atmosphere tell me that there is more energy in the system. The increase in annual temperature is barely noticeable, and compared to the normal seasonal fluctuations, sea currents and jet streams, negligible even. So I can see why some people don't believe in it. But the global temperature has been increasing steadily throughout the 20th century at a pace that is thousands of times faster than previous cycles seen in the prehistoric past. It coincides squarely with the industrial revolution.

The issue focused on storm intensity (I don't want to talk about melting polar regions), is that even a fraction of a degree of average atmosphere temperature increase translates in absolutely gigantic amounts of extra energy trapped in the oceans and the atmosphere. Water has a very large heat capacity, that is the ability of a substance to retain heat. Air is about 1000 times less capable, but it can carry energy far away in the form of wind and clouds of water droplets. Basically this energy is converted from heat to kinetic energy by the "machinery" of the atmosphere. A hurricane, from my perspective is basically a water and air turbine self-assembling engine which extracts energy from the ocean to the air, and converts it to Kinetic energy in the process. Even marine and wind currents are transport mechanisms of convection, which includes evaporation and condensation (clouds) to transport energy from one place to another. Again kinetic energy is one byproduct of the machine's work. The other product is redistribution of heat and water. With more energy in the system, hurricanes and tornadoes (air turbines) become more frequent and violent. That also means stronger storms and more importantly larger cooling and warming effects in local regions from the motion of the air and water in the planet. In other words, more extreme weather fluctuations. Hence our uncharacteristically southern Polar Vortex, leading to the 2021 Texas Winter Storm.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2021/01/the-polar-vortex-is-coming-raising-odds-for-intense-winter-weather/

So I find it strange, and even "sloppy" that ERCOT, free from regulation or not, could fail so miserably, if they have decades of engineering experience and massive technical resources, enough to lead the country in alternate energy systems. This was a cold event, yes, but it's nothing the United States has never seen. And I know Texans can regulate themselves into a knot if they want to, and I know that because I've actually applied for construction permits before and sought structural engineering approval before. I've seen procedures for Engineering in Training, Professional Engineer license, yada, yada, yada... So I'm not buying the "free from Federal regulations" argument one way or another. What are we, Daniel Boone's log cabin?

*cue "Yellow Rose of Texas"*

Texas is the second wealthiest and second largest state in the Union, that you can shake a stick at (after California). Good enough to be a country on its own. Failure at this scale is not an option. Which makes the authorities look worse.

The argument then turns to the financial cost vs. benefit of hardening the system against cold weather. Again, I'm not buying the excuses. You can't convince me that not hardening the system by adding heaters to gas well extraction systems (to avoid a sludge) and adding heaters to wind turbine rotors is going to be so expensive, that even a steady profit over the course of 5 decades can't offset the cost. I don't buy it, period. Bovine manure. By all accounts it would be cheaper to build-in the hardened systems as they're installed, rather than back-engineer a solution over existing systems (with massive federal emergency funds, most likely) now, all at once.

https://www.windpowerengineering.com/the-cold-hard-truth-about-ice-on-turbine-blades/

I agree with the article. Heads have to roll (and people need to read more science).
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« Reply #1279 on: February 21, 2021, 09:26:51 am »

Thanks....nice crash course on atmosphere dynamics too.  ....Learned quite a bit reading your reply.  Smiley   
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« Reply #1280 on: February 21, 2021, 10:27:44 am »

A system or device adapted to a large temperature range is more expensive than a system operating in a narrower range. (The simplest example is one, two, three panes of glass in a window)

Especially in this sense, the freezing point of water is critical.

If certain "extreme" conditions happen rarely. It is easier and cheaper to endure the inconvenience associated with these events.

If such events become more frequent or stronger, the system will be changed. The question is who will pay for the upgrades and increased operating costs. Well, the question is largely rhetorical, of course-end users.
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« Reply #1281 on: February 21, 2021, 11:05:56 am »

A system or device adapted to a large temperature range is more expensive than a system operating in a narrower range. (The simplest example is one, two, three panes of glass in a window)

Especially in this sense, the freezing point of water is critical.

If certain "extreme" conditions happen rarely. It is easier and cheaper to endure the inconvenience associated with these events.

If such events become more frequent or stronger, the system will be changed. The question is who will pay for the upgrades and increased operating costs. Well, the question is largely rhetorical, of course-end users.
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Let's see what the final bill for the repairs are this time around. The current estimate for recovery is in the order of $20-50 billion just to repair the damage to private property. Similar to Hurricane Harvey.
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« Reply #1282 on: February 21, 2021, 11:06:39 am »

Thanks....nice crash course on atmosphere dynamics too.  ....Learned quite a bit reading your reply.  Smiley   
I do tend to go overboard, don't I?  Grin
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« Reply #1283 on: February 21, 2021, 11:59:25 am »

Thanks....nice crash course on atmosphere dynamics too.  ....Learned quite a bit reading your reply.  Smiley  
I do tend to go overboard, don't I?  Grin

Oh, I don't know if I'd say that. Not a few people have been warned not to ask me the time because my answer will involve "building the clock."

One co-worker asked me a question (unrelated to work) and having something to do with the history of something or other (can't recall the details as it was about 20 years ago.)
Anyway, before I could answer he tacked on , "And your answer has to be in 25 words or less, because I don't have much time."  

His bad grammar aside (which I did not point out),  I replied , "Are you serious?" And he said, "Yes."

So I replied, "Then I can't answer your question, because it will require more than 25 words."

And  I went back to my work. He got rather miffed, I must say.  Wink
 
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« Reply #1284 on: February 22, 2021, 05:15:23 am »

whel, Landlord/Friends wife just texted that Landlord has a fever and is achey. Since he's prediabetic with kidney disease and asthma, and she has a host of illnesses herself... this is not good news for any of us.
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« Reply #1285 on: February 22, 2021, 10:04:48 am »

Thanks....nice crash course on atmosphere dynamics too.  ....Learned quite a bit reading your reply.  Smiley  
I do tend to go overboard, don't I?  Grin

Oh, I don't know if I'd say that. Not a few people have been warned not to ask me the time because my answer will involve "building the clock."

One co-worker asked me a question (unrelated to work) and having something to do with the history of something or other (can't recall the details as it was about 20 years ago.)
Anyway, before I could answer he tacked on , "And your answer has to be in 25 words or less, because I don't have much time."  

His bad grammar aside (which I did not point out),  I replied , "Are you serious?" And he said, "Yes."

So I replied, "Then I can't answer your question, because it will require more than 25 words."

And  I went back to my work. He got rather miffed, I must say.  Wink
 
Ha ha! Well, that was an honest answer!
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« Reply #1286 on: February 22, 2021, 10:06:13 am »

whel, Landlord/Friends wife just texted that Landlord has a fever and is achey. Since he's prediabetic with kidney disease and asthma, and she has a host of illnesses herself... this is not good news for any of us.
Any chance you can borrow someone else's couch for a while?
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« Reply #1287 on: February 22, 2021, 08:08:35 pm »

whel, Landlord/Friends wife just texted that Landlord has a fever and is achey. Since he's prediabetic with kidney disease and asthma, and she has a host of illnesses herself... this is not good news for any of us.
Any chance you can borrow someone else's couch for a while?
considering he was just up here using the kitchen and bathroom two days ago, work has written me off as a risk until either 10 days or he tests negative. I've had it almost a year ago, but that doesn't mean I can't get it again, or that I don't already have it again (and I may be asymptomatic if I do). So it's time to stay in my room for a few days minimum. In the mean time hoping the landlord doesn't die or kill his wife by infecting her.

And try to ignore the anxiety of worrying about losing a friend, and or having to take care of either of them if they lose the other while also worrying about their family trying to throw me out to reclaim family property.

I swear, Nothing is ever simple with this guy.
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« Reply #1288 on: February 22, 2021, 08:39:41 pm »

Sorry to hear that, rovingjack. Wishing there's nothing going on other than a false alarm. Try to isolate yourself from the others, anyway, in the chance that you didn't get infected.

In other news, food shortages have arrived to Texas. Word from the vine (roommate) is that none of my roommat's friends can get food at any HEB supermarket in the city. For HEB that's as bad as the very start of the pandemic of 2020 in March. Now HEB relies on local food sources, so everyone will switch to the other two chains and Walmart. I will have to rely on my Covid food stash (starting rationing now), but will need to hunt for a few depleted basics like flour.
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« Reply #1289 on: February 23, 2021, 07:03:01 am »

he didn't have a fever most of the day but he has a fever again tonight. Meanwhile one of my favorite former housemates is facing a diagnosis of a new disabling illness and moving to the area again, and could use the spare bedroom while she tries to adapt and figure out where she is going with this new direction in life, while she's not feeling safe living alone without somebody to be there to help if things go bad. I totally get it, been there myself with thoughts of living in a tiny house and suddenly having a flair of my own health issues and not being able to get help. But the house is under quarentine right now and the future is very uncertain if even I will anyone will be here in a week or so.

it's all very stressful right now.

Edit: He's mostly achey and fever spike off and on. Today the confirmation came in it is covid. So based off my own experience and that of other friends who have had it, this is several days into the bigger symptoms (he was sore, tired and not feeling great for at least 3 days leading up) so unless this goes completely off the rails or he ends up being a long hauler, or if his kidney disease plays a factor going forward it seems like he's getting a mid tier mild case. We'll see how the next 3-4 days go.
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« Reply #1290 on: March 02, 2021, 05:55:00 pm »

He's got a fever back, and his oxygen level dropped to 86. They are headed from urgent care to emergency room. They want to check for blood clots right now.

oh and apparently my friend and former housemate who was coming back to the state after recent diagnosis of disabling chronic health condition, and was maybe looking to share living space again... she's not back in the area yet because she's come down with a fever and is isolating.

edit: Aaand the landlords wife has cold symptom, and when she took him to the hospital they wouldn't let her in with him, and she got all the way back here before she realised she didn't have the key to their half of the house. So she came up here, used the bathroom and sat on the couch coughing for a half hour trying to figure out what to do. I contacted the hospital and him and organized for her to go pick up the key. meanwhile they can't give him a CT scan to check for the blood clot because of his kidneys.

it's 6 degrees f (-15 c) with windchills now. and I guess if it comes to it, I might go down to the hospital and get the keys for her.

And now I'm getting hives.
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« Reply #1291 on: March 02, 2021, 08:27:50 pm »

He's got a fever back, and his oxygen level dropped to 86. They are headed from urgent care to emergency room. They want to check for blood clots right now.

oh and apparently my friend and former housemate who was coming back to the state after recent diagnosis of disabling chronic health condition, and was maybe looking to share living space again... she's not back in the area yet because she's come down with a fever and is isolating.

edit: Aaand the landlords wife has cold symptom, and when she took him to the hospital they wouldn't let her in with him, and she got all the way back here before she realised she didn't have the key to their half of the house. So she came up here, used the bathroom and sat on the couch coughing for a half hour trying to figure out what to do. I contacted the hospital and him and organized for her to go pick up the key. meanwhile they can't give him a CT scan to check for the blood clot because of his kidneys.

it's 6 degrees f (-15 c) with windchills now. and I guess if it comes to it, I might go down to the hospital and get the keys for her.

And now I'm getting hives.

Go get the keys and figure out a way to ventilate the area where you are. You may need to couch surf somewhere else.
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« Reply #1292 on: March 02, 2021, 10:30:19 pm »

Governor Abbot of Texas has just decided to lift all Covid-19 restrictions. Businesses open 100%, and no mask requirements. I feel that someone is trying to kill me. I have 8 days to finish a functional positive pressure respirator.
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« Reply #1293 on: March 03, 2021, 11:08:35 am »

Governor Abbot of Texas has just decided to lift all Covid-19 restrictions. Businesses open 100%, and no mask requirements. I feel that someone is trying to kill me. I have 8 days to finish a functional positive pressure respirator.

And a safer place to live. I suppose it is too late for that right now. Please be as safe as you can, J. Wilhelm.
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« Reply #1294 on: March 06, 2021, 01:24:48 pm »

Computer was getting slower and slower.

System said harddisk is the bottleneck.

OK.
bought a new one
cloned the old one to the new one.
would not boot.
MBR was damaged.
No problem. Put the old one in again
would not start
Old harddisk did not even spin.
Seems that the old one was already close to total failure and the extra laod for the cloning process was the last straw.

I thought about using the windows standard repair procedure:
Open Window
Drop Computer
Close Window

Bright side:
Now I have upgraded to Win 10, more RAM, Faster Harddisk.
As all Data is kept on my server, there was nothing lost.
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« Reply #1295 on: March 07, 2021, 01:41:29 am »

Computer was getting slower and slower.

System said harddisk is the bottleneck.

OK.
bought a new one
cloned the old one to the new one.
would not boot.
MBR was damaged.
No problem. Put the old one in again
would not start
Old harddisk did not even spin.
Seems that the old one was already close to total failure and the extra laod for the cloning process was the last straw.

I thought about using the windows standard repair procedure:
Open Window
Drop Computer
Close Window

Bright side:
Now I have upgraded to Win 10, more RAM, Faster Harddisk.
As all Data is kept on my server, there was nothing lost.

I feel your pain - the only thing worse than the blue screen of death is nothing...
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« Reply #1296 on: March 08, 2021, 08:27:47 pm »

I recently upgraded my phone, and this morning I dropped it, which broke the screen in 4 places (and I now cant use it).

I know modern phones tend to be somewhat fragile, but I've had mobile phones for most of my life and being the clumsy sod I am I've dropped a lot of them over that time. But I've never seen such extensive damage from such a small drop before. If I'd 'yeeted' (as the erchins seem to say these days) it out of an upstairs window, or run over it I could understand the amount of damage, but a simple drop from around waist height?
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« Reply #1297 on: March 08, 2021, 09:17:59 pm »

I recently upgraded my phone, and this morning I dropped it, which broke the screen in 4 places (and I now cant use it).
.... If I'd 'yeeted' (as the erchins seem to say these days) it out of an upstairs window, or run over it I could understand the amount of damage, but a simple drop from around waist height?

Channeling the Wizard of Oz: "My friend....smart phones will never be practical, until they can be made unbreakable."
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« Reply #1298 on: March 12, 2021, 09:52:32 pm »

I recently upgraded my phone, and this morning I dropped it, which broke the screen in 4 places (and I now cant use it).

I know modern phones tend to be somewhat fragile, but I've had mobile phones for most of my life and being the clumsy sod I am I've dropped a lot of them over that time. But I've never seen such extensive damage from such a small drop before. If I'd 'yeeted' (as the erchins seem to say these days) it out of an upstairs window, or run over it I could understand the amount of damage, but a simple drop from around waist height?
protective case and screen.

without this, I will not give half a penny for the life of your smartphone.
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« Reply #1299 on: March 12, 2021, 10:02:05 pm »

I recently upgraded my phone, and this morning I dropped it, which broke the screen in 4 places (and I now cant use it).

I know modern phones tend to be somewhat fragile, but I've had mobile phones for most of my life and being the clumsy sod I am I've dropped a lot of them over that time. But I've never seen such extensive damage from such a small drop before. If I'd 'yeeted' (as the erchins seem to say these days) it out of an upstairs window, or run over it I could understand the amount of damage, but a simple drop from around waist height?
protective case and screen.

without this, I will not give half a penny for the life of your smartphone.

Otterbox. No affiliation; just a satisfied (if somewhat clumsy) customer.
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