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Build a BONKERS gaming PC

Efros

Re: Pastime

You've been fortunate or judicious in your purchases, from my friends, associates and sundry people I see on average 2 or 3 a month with failed doodads, usually hard drives but not too infrequently some part of the motherboard.

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Re: Multiple optimised systems

I use something similar, AMS modules are 4 in 3 modules that will accommodate 4 SATA drives in 3 5.25 slots, comes as a single unit into which 4 drive carriers can be separately inserted, the module slides into the PC case in the space of 3 external drives. They are very handy and individual drives are easily swapped out.

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Pastime

I do this when I'm bored, go to my favourite supplier's website and select stupidly specced components to get the most humongously over the top desktop. It is getting increasingly difficult to get a desktop over $10,000 without being completely ridiculous. I used to do a lot of builds for friends and relatives, but now I generally recommend that they buy an off the shelf if they are looking to save cash. I will do upgrades and specials for people but only when the realize that they aren't going to save money but they will gain reliability. I actually make more money from fixing off the shelf laptops etc that have had a component failure.

About 6 years ago I was in the position of buying the fully specced machine that I wanted. I cost me an arm and a leg, and I got a Case that had space for 15 drives, and could also be used as a backup nuclear shelter, nVidia 7300GT (this was an HTPC setup so no huge graphics needed), modular 850W PSU, 1TB in 250GB drives, Nvidia 4GB DDR2, Quad core Q6600 running at 2.4 GHz, with a dual tuner. Over the years I have changed the drives, first to 2TB in 500GB drives, then to 4TB in 500GB drives and then to 8 TB in 1TB drives, and the addition of an SSD as a boot drive, upgraded from XP MCE to Windows 7 Ultimate, everything else has pretty much stayed the same. This machine has been on 24/7 for the last 6 years, the investment in quality components was worth it, I'm sure with consumer grade Gateway/HP/lenovo/Whatever I would have been on my 3rd PC by now. At the time this rig coast about 150% what I' would have paid for an off the shelf close equivalent. So no money saved on the build but money saved over 6+ years of use. Even now the rig is more than up to its task and excluding component failure I see it lasting for at least another couple of years before I have to bite the bullet once again.

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Marvel: 'Come and get 'em! 700 first-issue comics! FREE!'

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bloody awful

Sign up is messed up, the android app doesn't login whilst you can login on the website. One for the trash can I think.

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Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

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Re: Silent Running

There is always Charlotte Ramplings boobs!

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Mozilla to Apple: we don't care about iOS

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Is this a bit strange

That Apple can dictate this and Micro$haft gets a half billion euro fine for doing effectively the same thing on Windows. EU are missing a possible income stream here

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Here's the $4.99 utility that might just have saved Windows 8

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Startisback is a very good Win 8 Start button utility 5 PC license is $5, 2 PCs for $3. Configure it right and you won't see metro at all.

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Apple takes aim at accessory makers, files iPad stand patent

Efros

Re: I have to say that what strikes me about this is Cupertino's scorched earth policy.............

Indeed, a great part of the attraction of the old Apple IIe was its open architecture and the richness of the third party software and hardware available for it. March ahead a few years, Apple goes closed architecture, and effectively kills its laboratory based market, Apples being usurped by open architecture IBM PCs.

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Texan contends iPod EXPLODED IN HER FACE

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Re: Patent

Yeah but he omitted to put an 'i' in front whilst maintaining a capital as the second letter, oh and he never encased it in a white shell. Watch out for iNitro and iGelignite.

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DHS bigwig 'adamantly opposed' to degree fetishism

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Re: It is worse than that. You have to have the RIGHT degree

I agree with you. I have 3 degrees none from the right uni or indeed the right degree, I took my time over them with the 3 graduations spaced over 15 years. The concentration of the HR bods questions aren't about what I did during the process of obtaining the degrees but why it took so long. The reason it took so long is that I was working during the entire process of my Postgrad qualifications, not something they want to hear apparently. TBH I'd be more inclined to give the job to someone who had a breadth of relevant experience rather than a green graduate with the 'right' qualifications. I know that after my BSc that I didn't feel competent until I had a few years actual experience under my belt. Besides the number of arseholes you meet with PhDs seems to be relatively high when compared to the general population, just an observation no actual quantitative measurements involved.

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Ancient lost continent discovered lounging on Mauritian beach

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Re: IT?

In my experience the copying is in the other direction.

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Over 100,000 sign White House petition for handset unlocking

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Cut my ties

Waved the big bye bye to our cell phone provider this week , $100 a month for 1000 minutes on two lines with messaging, data plan was another $50 per month per phone. Moved to a PAYG outfit who offer unlimited voice/text/data for $45 a month, you just have to pay full price for the phones. No brainer.

Pints bought with savings after a couple of months.

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Fashionably slate

Efros

No matter how smart the TV is it will always stumble on something that a PC will cope with. My TV viewing has been via a PC almost exclusively running MediaPortal for about 7 years now.

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Review: Seagate Wireless Plus Wi-Fi hard drive

Efros

Re: Write to it?

You can sort of do that if you have an SD Wi-Fi card, Eye-Fi I think are the only sellers at the moment. I managed to upload to photobucket via the Seagate, the saving to the Seagate had to be done via a linked laptop.

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Pretty Good

I've had one of these for about a month and overall it's pretty good. Only major issues I've found are similar to those in the review. The apps are a bit clunky, streaming is good for the most common filetypes and non existent for others, MKV and OGG files for example. Access from Android is better via a browser than the app, My only other major gripe is that you can't save network config details when you use it as a bridge. One other major oversight is that there is no manual on the drive or in the box and only after contacting support did I get a link to the pdf. This is the link http://ow.ly/h9tMH .

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British games company says it owns the idea of space marines

Efros

Bollocks

A good look at any of the SF from the mid to late 1930s will yield numerous references to space marines. E.E. Doc Smith and Robert A. Heinlein are two authors from that period who I know used the phrase "space marines".

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Official: Fandroids are smarter/tighter* than iPhone fanbois

Efros

Re: Why are American prices so much higher?

there's unlimited and there's limited unlimited, Straight Talk (Walmart offering) is very limited unlimited, I've had a couple of friends notified because of their "heavy" usage, which they maintain was not abusive or heavy.

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Re: Why are American prices so much higher?

Competition in the US is largely smoke and mirrors, either a provider has an actual monopoly or there is an unspoken cartel in operation.

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Help us out here: What's the POINT of Microsoft Office 2013?

Efros

Re: "The ribbon makes more features visible"

The ribbon is a complete pain in the arse, the endless shuffling around of features from menu to menu that has dogged office in each iteration just makes the whole experience a trial. Excel 2013 just does my nut in.

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Is your Surface Pro a bit full? Slot in an SD card, it's not from Apple

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Or for $200

You can buy a wireless 1TB HD. Been testing one of these, and despite the HD manufacturers attempt to torpedo it with really horrible apps and software (HD manufacturers really need to employ some decent GUI writers), the hardware is very good. For the time being, i.e. until it dies, I'll stick with my W8 128GB SSD and 8GB DDR3 laptop, and still be quids/bucks better off.

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Lotus 1-2-3 turns 30: Mitch Kapor on the Google before Google

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Preferred

Quattro Pro, its transition to windows was appalling though. Ended up using 1-2-3 more by default than choice.

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Netflix shares jump as outfit adds 10 million subscribers in 2012

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Likewise my wife, except her addiction is even more reprehensible... Reality TV, bleugh!

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Efros

Would be interesting to see

If cable TV subs are going down by the same extent.

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Apple shares dive after quarterly report disappoints Wall Street

Efros

The real story here

Is the ridiculous expectations of those worthless shits on Wall Streeet etc. $13 billion dollars in profit, a profit margin of about 24%, wtf do they want?

PS I don't like Apple products but I like traders even less.

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iPhone hangs on in US, Japan, but EVERYONE ELSE bought an Android

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Walmart

Have just begun selling the iPhone 5 through its Straight Talk provider. Apple hits the low life. Waiting for the first as seen in Walmart vid featuring sweatpant wearing trailer trash complaining about the lack of accuracy in iMaps, means they can't find their way to the liquor store.

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WD wolfs down Arkeia, gets bellyful of SMB storage

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They had to do something

WD software is almost universally clunky and just downright bad. SmartWare... I don't think so.

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Time Warner Cable to Netflix: We want your 3D films, not your network

Efros

Re: Time Warner Cable

As much as I despise my ISP (TWC) they do allow you to have internet only without cable TV in this area.

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Efros

For much of non urban USA

It won't matter a jot as there is usually only a single broadband provider available.

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NRA: Video games kill people, not guns. And here's our video game

Efros

They did the same sort of thing following Columbine, they have no compassion or decency.

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Re: Video games, the media and Obama’s budget kill people

The cathartic effect of playing video games is palpable, a few minutes of slaughter in Quake Arena put paid to those pent up spleen busting feelings about applying extreme violence to the vital parts of the boss. Similarly in days before gaming, Dirty Harry movies were great for this sort of release, other 'dirty' movies were for other sorts of release... obviously.

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'Doomsday' asteroid Apophis more massive than first thought

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Bruce Willis

Can't we send him up there anyway?

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Microsoft pats self on back over Windows 8 sales

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In terms of sales

probably not performing, however, in terms of usability, it works for me, running it on a 4 year old laptop (dual core lenovo ideapad) and a 5 year old desktop (quad core Q6600 home build) faultlessly. The upgrade process was also the smoothest I've experienced. Mind you perhaps it bloody should be it is Windows EIGHT after all!

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Sir James Dyson slams gov's 'obsession' with Silicon Roundabout

Efros

Re: Silicon Roundabout is great

Or come the revolution!

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Forget the internet: Americans still glued to TV sets in 2012

Efros

Age profile

As a teacher in the US I see a different story, my students (14-18 year olds) watch little broadcast TV, and what they do is time shifted either through DVR or other means. Most of their spare time that doesn't involve the opposite sex seems to be taken up with online pursuits, games, videos and music. If my observations are applicable nationwide (doubtful but interesting as Peter snow would put it) then the Cable TV industry and TV in general could be in trouble when this generation reach bill paying age.

A lot of families in this area also seem to have cancelled Cable TV subscriptions (can you blame them when they want $50-60 a month for the basic digital package) and are making do with online sources, whether this is a sea change or a symptom of the economic malaise is for someone else to figure out.

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Mega-res telly demand to boom, say ball-gazers

Efros
Happy

Perhaps

if these testicle starers would stop gazing at their generative organs then maybe at some point they might actually predict something correctly.

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Windows Media Center EPG has SWITCHED OFF, wail Euro users

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MediaPortal

Does the job, much nicer and much more configurable than WMC.. oh and it's free.

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Feeling poor? WHO took all your money? NOT capitalist bastards?

Efros

@JB Re: Just a bunch of wiggly lines?

When I first arrived in the US about 12 years ago i was truly shocked at the state of the infrastructure here. Roads and bridges left to the point of collapse and beyond before being maintained, water and power supplies work most of the time, we have lost water 4 times in the last year due to lack of investment in the local supply system, power goes out if you breathe out too quickly, or at least it seems like that. Whenever infrastructure is invested in, it seems to be an excuse for corporations and the mob to screw the system for the most you can, e.g The Big Dig in Boston. The rapacious 1% have screwed this country for the last 40 years or more and I wonder how much longer the peons will take it. The next few years are going to be "Interesting Times".

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US judge SLAMS both IBM and the SEC over bribery settlement

Efros

Judge grows balls

About time these cozy little settlements were put under a cold harsh light. This sort of shit will keep happening so long as the accountants can put a cash figure to it if they get caught. How about something intangible like the CEO or division head going to Federal Prison for a holiday proportionate to the infraction. Maybe then they would think several times before offering bungs.

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Steve Jobs' Apple yacht freed after family settles the bill

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Paris Hilton

Venus in chains

Prefer "Venus in furs!".

Paris for obvious reasons, furs, yacht, chains etc.

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Rude web trolls should NOT be jailed, warns prosecution chief

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Just

take 'em outside and shoot 'em with a ball of their own ordure.

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Morgan Stanley cops $5m fine over Facebook IPOcalypse

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Enough!!

stop the 'blood' money payments, if you want these buggers to stop doing this sort of stuff throw a few of them in jail for a few years and fine them personally.

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Happy birthday, Transistor

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When Patents were meaningful

For something novel, useful and non obvious to one skilled in the art, the US patent office lost its way.

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Spanish airport cops seize cocaine-packed Bulgarian airbags

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It Seems We Have To Move With The Times

So it would seem that the Bulgarian Airbag unit should bow out gracefully to give way to the new Columbian Cokebag.

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Analyst offers cut-price fondleslab recipe

Efros

Re: sub $100 tablets

Not necessarily terrible, I saw one the other day that was had for $65 from ebay. One of those anonymous white box Chinese 7" tablets, This one had 512MB memory with a 4GB flash running Ice Cream Sandwich. Played with it for about 15 minutes and was very impressed. Full access to Google apps, and play. Only negative I saw was that it was reluctant to give up physical ownership of the microSD that I plugged in to transfer a couple of apps, required the judicious use of a pair of tweezers. If I was comfortable with the 7" screen I would have bought one, but I prefer 10" (oooer missus!).

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Is this the sleek new BlackBerry mobe that will save RIM jobs?

Efros

Rounded Corners!

Beware the Apple!

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Zynga throws chips down on US gambling gambit

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Mafia Wars

Is this training for their execs as they enter the big boys world in Nevada?

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A valid use for Windows 8?

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Re: What else? Great for desktop perhaps

I use W8 on my Laptop and a desktop, Apart from the very fast booting compared to W7 and a generally snappier feel I don't really see much difference. I installed startisback and am fairly happy with it, Metro doesn't impinge on my usage but I do like the Charms bar, very useful for a tinkerer.

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Re: HTPC use: glitches with BDA tuners

I think TV tuners and their associated drivers are the singularly worst pieces of technology I've ever bought. The last one I bought was a dual tuner Hauppauge which worked perfectly as long as it was kept in a 4GB environment, upgrade to 64 and more than 4GB, no worky. Over the years I have probably spent more time faffing about with tuner cards than any other part of my HTPC. Then my cable provider moved to all digital and i decided that the grief wasn't worth it any more. The card is still resident in my PC, not used by MediaPortal and I only ever use it to transfer VHS to DVD, which it can capture fairly well.

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