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Minecraft / Starmade
« on: September 05, 2013, 09:54:23 AM »
Just thought anyone who loves minecraft (which seems to be a lots of peeps here) might want to check this out:

It's basically minecraft in space, still in it's early days (alpha code!) but my kids have really got into it.  One currently building a huge ship with drone fighters, turrets, etc.

Hardware / Re: Nexus 4 is now 159/199 pounds
« on: August 29, 2013, 16:03:10 PM »
Do you think they will continue to get lower?

Doubt it - they are probably just getting rid of the remaining stock.

Hardware / Nexus 4 is now 159/199 pounds
« on: August 28, 2013, 11:11:50 AM »
These are now in stock at new lower price on google play - wife just got one.

Obviously they are selling them off to make way for the new nexus 5, but that doesn't stop the 4 being a great phone, now at an even lower price.

General Chat / Re: For the power of troll...I HAVE THE POWAH!!!
« on: August 02, 2013, 18:37:46 PM »
So trying to figure this chap out. Having used a carbon dating machine on various fossils, rocks and other things I can categorically state carbon dating does work. It does give you a date range but is accurate to within a couple of million years which ain't bad for those rocks and fossils that are over 300 million years old.

That is just one point which has just disproved a massive chunk of his wall.

Also the whole human and dinosaur together, if this happened then I am pretty sure my Geology and Palaeontology lecturers who are considered among the foremost respected people in the industry would have told us. However this didn't happen and I have not read this anywhere so can only say, poppycock poopypants!

I'll pipe up as the lone Christian here.  Now I am not saying  I am a 10,000 year creationist, but I will say God could have done whatever he wanted.  He could have made the world look old.  Infinite power and intelligence means you can do whatever you like and we wouldn't have a clue.  You say that's silly and then go play minecraft - is your minecraft world as old as it looks or did you just generate it from nothing in the last week?

Carbon dating has got a problem in that no one was around 2 million years ago to validate it.  Hence it has to use other things to calibrate it which are in themselves assumptions.  If you can show flaws in that calibration then you can show flaws in carbon dating accuracy.  This has been done - for example rock layers should all have the same carbon dates, getting older but there are quite a few examples where things with completely the wrong date are found in rock layer (I'm betting the guy on that forum could point you to lots of examples).

Sure there might be acceptable reasons for that, but as with all scientific arguments you need a scientific response.  If you treat people like that as a madman but don't actually know why he's wrong - it's just you heard it from someone so it must be true then who is the one going on faith?

General Chat / Inventor of the mouse dies (aged 88)
« on: July 04, 2013, 16:39:59 PM »
Douglas Engelbart has passed away.  He invented the mouse in about 1967, (no it wasn't invented by Apple!).

Anyway check out this video of a demo he did from 1968 which as video says shows the mouse, video conferencing, teleconferencing, hypertext, word processing, hypermedia, object addressing and dynamic file linking, bootstrapping, and a collaborative real-time editor

The Mother of All Demos, presented by Douglas Engelbart (1968)

Pretty cool geek history :)

General Chat / Re: Wouldnae catch me dain that
« on: July 03, 2013, 10:48:26 AM »
Not too keen on climbing a ladder 2 stories to fight with xmas lights, so this is not a job for me :o

Hardware / Re: Water Cooler
« on: June 28, 2013, 17:05:42 PM »
If all you want to do is loose a few degrees then you don't need a water cooling solution, anyway cheap watercoolers are worse then a good air cooler - if it's not got a powerful pump and a 2-3 fan radiator it's not worth the hassle.

General Chat / Re: 45 again
« on: June 25, 2013, 13:15:01 PM »
am getting too old fir this shit

old cunny Scummm

Wow you're old, I was just 21 again P)

Hardware / Re: Monitor Decision Help
« on: June 20, 2013, 18:14:39 PM »
The latest big thing with 120hz is lightboost.  This is possible with 3d vision V2 monitors.  You then have to trick the nvidia driver to make the monitor work in 3d mode when running 2d.  This causes it to strobe the backlight in time with screen refreshes and apparently the effect is CRT like - no blur at all.  i.e. it basically turns off the screen blacklight as it's changing frame, then flashes it on briefly when LCD image is stable, then turns it off again.  This is actually very similar to an old CRT which at any time was only displaying about 1/16th of the screen brightly (the rest fading or faded to black).  This works with the eyes that burn the image onto the eye for approx 10-20ms so you see a full picture all the time on a CRT or lightboost monitor.

Those who've got it rave about it.

See difference in pictures in the link:

I have an old 3d vision v1 monitor, no light boost but 120hz and very low input lag.  It's a great gaming monitor (will never go back to 60hz) but am getting tempted to upgrade :)

General Chat / I am so proud
« on: June 19, 2013, 16:36:59 PM »
Oldest son, now 11, got kicked for the first time today for being irritatingly good.

Playing ace of spades he managed to headshot the other team so often they got sick of it and vote kicked him.

Can now add pwning online to his other pivotal moments of saying daddy for the first time, learning to walk, and starting school :)

Hardware / Re: Gfx Cards
« on: May 10, 2013, 00:32:30 AM »
Nvidia going to release a whole new series in May-June which will obviously effect prices of existing cards.
760Ti = 670
770 = revised slightly faster 680
780 = Titan LE (slower titan)

General Chat / IllumiRoom
« on: April 30, 2013, 09:49:10 AM »
This is a pretty cool idea:
Xbox 720 - IllumiRoom

Wonder if it'll make it into xbox 720/infinity/whatever it's going to be called?

Games nE Play / Hawken open beta
« on: April 29, 2013, 11:28:57 AM »
Not been a thread about this for a while.

Been playing it a bit recently and it's quite good fun.  It's basically a UT3 mod with large mechs.  Lots in common with normal UT3 - slow walk, fast side dodges, same general weapons (flak, assault rifle, minigun, link, rockets, flak secondary).

You buy mechs and can then upgrade 2 ways - you can level up for minor buffs that you can pick (the only ones that really make much difference are to movement and healing).  You can also buy some bits to go on the inside, and an extra offensive and defensive item that get 1 use/minute approx (e.g. automatic turret, health drop).

Like TF2 you get classes (slow heavies, fast scouts, a sniper, there's now a medic mech too) but it's a bit different to TF2 in that burst damage is low so it's based around grinding the enemy bot down and not letting it heal.  e.g. in TF2 a sniper can headshot anything for the kill, in hawken the sharpshooter would take 3-4 shots to bring down even a weak mech.

Anyway it's free to play - if you do have a go check out this thread for promo codes with free money/xp boosts/etc in:

General Chat / Titan forums have died :(
« on: April 29, 2013, 11:14:26 AM » no longer works :(

The company that hosted them had been taken over and the hardware was getting old so no massive surprise.  They were discussions about what to do in the case of possible forum death so at least I think the forums were all recently backed up.

Anyway I am pretty sure someone will get them running again somewhere - if anyone knows where that is let me know.

General Chat / Re: Funnies
« on: February 22, 2013, 22:33:40 PM »
What if animals ate fast food:

What if wild animals ate fast food

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