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Joined on: Sunday, 23rd December 2001, 02:26, Last used: Friday, 6th September 2013, 05:47

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About this user: 13.5 stones of wit

This user has posted a total of 13852 messages. On average, since joining, this user has posted 1.86 messages a day, or 12.99 messages a week. In the last 30 days, this user has posted 12 messages, which is on average 0.4 messages a day.

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RE: [VIDEO] OBI-WAN KENOBI SERIES

Not exactly taking the route i thought it would, but when you think about it...

SPOILER:
Of course it was going to be about Leia. Luke's upbringing was boring, as he mentioned several times in ANH. leia grew up to be the leader of the rebellion. hers is a much more interesting backstory

Plus, coolest SW end credit ever.


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This item was edited on Saturday, 28th May 2022, 14:11

Bioshock Collection free on Epic Games until June 2nd

I'll be honest, the only game I've played all the way through was Infinite, but now I have a reason to play the others.

Bundle includes 1 & 2 remasters, and all DLC's for Infinite

https://store.epicgames.com/en-US/bundles/bioshock-the-collection

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This item was edited on Sunday, 29th May 2022, 11:18

RE: [VIDEO] Andor

I never knew I needed a Mon Mothma backstory until now

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RE: Willow

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RJS says...
"I notice someone is missing... I didn't realise Val Kilmer had lost his voice to cancer"

He does show up in Top Gun: Maverick. The scene is a little awkward, but worth it.


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RE: The Incredible Sulk

Good to see Tim Roth back in the MCU, from when before it was the MCU

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RE: Avatar sequels

Walked into the iMax yesterday and just caught it. Looks spectacular, but hopefully not more of the same

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RE: [VIDEO] The World is Flat!!!

Threw this one together the other day. Click through to youtube as LEO has responded



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RE: [VIDEO] The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

I hadn;t seen that red band trailer before I went to see this and I'm glad I didn't as it gives away a hell of a lot of the movie. There's no plot preamble to be told as it's all in plain sight, as it occurs.

But I will say this is one of the most enjoyable movies I've seen this year, and last, probably. Top 5 at least. Hell of a backup cast as well. Pedro is ok, if a little creepy in places. Sharon horgan plays his estranged wife Olivia, and it's a telling of how long ago this movie was shot as Lily mo Sheen looks a hell of a lot younger than in all those *selfies* that keep leaking onto the internet, bless her.

I really recommend it. There's an LSD scene in the middle that is bookended by identical shots either end, presumably so it can be edited out for countries that have a problem with that kind of thing, and there's several shots & scenes in that trailer that didn't make it onto the final edit.

Yes, it's meta, and you know how it's going to end because the meta-ness leaks into the script and it's telegraphed at the end of act 3, and it knows it.

EDIT: also, spot the obvious nods to The Interview & Tropic Thunder



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This item was edited on Friday, 6th May 2022, 10:15

RE: Buying an SSD to upgrade a 4yo laptop

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"Where were the adware things from?"

It was just on a website I found to refresh my memory on how to convert from MBR to GPT. It wouldn't install onto the drive as it was the wrong type, but most sites try to convince you to download their pointless software, but in the next breath show you how to do it in diskpart. It may have been the formatting I did the other day that threw a tiny spanner in, but all good now.


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RE: Buying an SSD to upgrade a 4yo laptop

Well, that startup speed is nothing short of remarkable. Took some MBR/GPT juggling and ignoring of suggestions for crappy adware-loaded software to complete a simple diskpart command, but she's up and running.

many thanks for the advice & support, as always. Who needs PC world?

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RE: Buying an SSD to upgrade a 4yo laptop

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"Have you got a link to the thing you bought"

https://www.argos.co.uk/product/8188625

I bought it solely as I needed the conversion cradle and as there is literally one place in my whole home town where you can buy something like this that isn't (*vomits in mouth*) PC world.

In all honestly, the dock was an afterthought, and I wasn't expecting to use it at all, but it's galling that it's advertised as giving you a serial to some third-brand cloning software (Acronis true image HD), which no longer exists and the serial number given isn't valid for the alternative, plus the dock prevents your SSD's brand's own proprietary cloning software from detecting the drive in the first place.

I've got a lot of experience of harvesting files & data from older hard drives, even going back to the pre-SATA days when tower cases were full of cumbersome ribbons getting clogged up in the cooling fans. So I'm pretty confident that the long weekend ahead will be taken up largely by watching transfer progress bars

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"the amount of trouble you seem to have with PC's/HDD's I'm surprised you didn't already have one."

Just this PC, it seems, which may be the result of an unexpected power cut during the very first installation of Windows 7, from which I upgraded to 10.

It would seem I've had this particular HDD a little longer than I originally thought, in retrospect.



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This item was edited on Friday, 29th April 2022, 23:07

RE: Buying an SSD to upgrade a 4yo laptop

The biggest stumbling block I have is that while the file system on the defunct HDD is probably intact, the OS is borked. I'm not getting the friendly 'we can help you' BSOD, it's the nasty 'yeah, you're f***ed mate' BSOD with all the numbers. So I'm pretty sure I couldn't clone that if I wanted, and if I did manage to, the corrupted OS would probably go with it.

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admars says...
"how odd, maybe it tries to be too clever, the cheap and cheerful usb - sata converters/docks/leads etc have all worked fine."

Yeah, in hindsight I should have just got a £3.99 USB/sata adapter as it really sounds like the dock software is getting in the way, but if I had, I probably would have installed for the laptop and found myself in a cul-de-sac begging for more help tomorrow.

Well, I'll drag everything to work with me tomorrow morning and try an install then. 


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RE: Buying an SSD to upgrade a 4yo laptop

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sj says...
"Out of interest, how were you thinking of cloning your laptop disk?"



Well, TBH, thanks to some absolute pony hardware from Argos, it looks like Cloning anything is off the cards. As the SSD is in a dock Samsung migration can't see the drive, only the PNY docking software and what amounts to a storage device on the other end.

One saving grace is that I have been able to initialise/format the SSD using the dock, so it's blank and ready to accept my (licensed) fresh install using the creation media I've got very familiar with over the last few months, which I will be doing in the tower to save what sounds like a lot of hassle. Thankfully I had the laptop available as I'm not sure I even would have had a usable drive to start with without it

I will be writing a scathing review of the PNY dock once they ask me. Even the 'free cloning software' advertised isn't offered by the hosting company anymore. It may come in handy at one point, plus the cradle, screws & leads were included, so it wasn't a total loss.

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RE: Buying an SSD to upgrade a 4yo laptop

Just going to borrow this thread quickly if I may.

The Old HDD is dead (see other thread for details), all attempts to recover the OS is met with a spiteful BSOD. So...




Samsung EVO 1TB. Now, I've bought the conversion cradle, which also came with a dock to use the SSH as an external data storage device, that I can plug into my laptop.

Should I do that first to initialise/format the SSD, or just bung it in the tower to use as an empty boot drive. Neither item came with anything resembling instructions so I thought I'd ask the experts before resorting to google.

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Just realised my laptop uses exactly the OS as my PC. I may be able to clone this OS onto the SSD and then just install it in the tower? Or is that too simple?

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This item was edited on Thursday, 28th April 2022, 19:24

RE: Bloody Windows update! Again!

Usually I would, but funds are tight and I can get the samsung on 6 months free credit. Otherwise I would certainly look elsewhere, at least the reviews are overwhelmingly positive

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RE: Bloody Windows update! Again!

Well, that lasted about 2 months before FUBAR again. This time none of the recovery options are working and it can't even boot into safe mode anymore.

Tomorrow I will be purchasing a 1tb SSD and installing W10 onto that, then spending the long weekend transferring everything over.

Probably most likely candidate

https://www.argos.co.uk/product/9401363

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RE: [VIDEO] What are you listening to now??? (Music recomendations)

Dan Avidan is my hero. Struggled for years, then got a foothold by joining the Game Grumps with Arin Hanson. Thanks to this was able to develop Ninja Sex Party with Ninja Brian (Wecht) and TWRP, which dealt mainly with Comedic musical adventures, Dinosaur Laser Fight is a personal favourite. But every now and again he'd release a 'straight' track, usually covers, which led to a few cover-only albums.

But now he's branching out again with Shadow Academy, their first album released yesterday, and it's amazing. Real talent shines through eventually





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RE: [VIDEO] Stranger Things: Season 4

After a webcam was pointed at a grandfather click with an iPad for a face for 24 hours, the big trailer hit.



I'm just downloading the trailer so I can scan through the fast cuts, but here's an interesting freeze frame



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This item was edited on Tuesday, 12th April 2022, 19:42

RE: [VIDEO] Moon Knight

Anyone else take the time to check out the QR code on the storage locker door?



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RE: Actually, I'm something of a Youtuber myself

Funny story, as soon as you hit 1k subs you're eligible for monetization. Which means linking to a Google Adsense account (which I've had for years), but thanks to those cheeky buggers at the IRS, you have to submit your tax info as any monies gained from US viewers (about 95% of my current audience) is liable for taxation, unless you can prove you're in a country that has signed up for an exemption treaty, which the UK has.

Thing is, they wanted a TIN (Taxpayer Identification number), and as I'm not a US citizen, I was at a loss as to how to get one. I was frantically googling with no luck and was on the very brink of picking up the phone and calling the states, when Google finally bore fruit - it's just your NI number.

So now I'm earning. Sort of. Thus far it's still the Ghostbusters video that's doing all the work, of which I get 55% of all ad revenue. I just wish I was monestised earlier as at it's peak, i would have been getting £150 a day. But I have to count my losses as without that figurehead, I still wouldn't be anywhere near the numbers needed to earn money anyway.

Still, can't just sit back and wait for the money to roll in, the work needs to be done. Speaking of which, here's my latest.



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RE: [VIDEO] Moon Knight

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Snaps says...
"Oh and I'm definitely onboard for this ride."

Just caught the first episode and yep, I'm in. Know nothing about the character but I'm already more invested in this than I was with the whole of the Eternals.

Oh, also, this is getting review-bombed on Imdb by Turks as it makes reference to the Armenian Genocide, which Turkey regards as a legitimate action, but no-one else does.


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This item was edited on Sunday, 3rd April 2022, 21:24

[VIDEO] RE: Bruce Willis retires from acting.

The guys over at RedLetterMedia have made a couple of videos over the last few weeks about the 'Bruce Willis Fake Movie factory', where they commented on the 'by the numbers' method that Bruce's content has been doled out lately. Where he is given  a million dollars a movie (which may be half the budget), and is literally there just to put a name on the DVD cover, as nothing about the films features The Bruce Willis of old. Overdubbed, stood-in-for and vacant while present. Even wearing an earpiece in some scenes.

They made a follow-up video after their viewers tried to call them out on their snarky comments, but their rebuttal was that it must have been clear to those around him that Bruce wasn't fully compos mentis, so their exploitation of him, despite paying him for his presence, is just as bad, if not worse, than their comments before they were fully aware that there was an issue.

I'll post the videos below, their semi-retraction is at the start of the second






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RE: Actually, I'm something of a Youtuber myself

Cheers, and as fate would have it, the very next morning I try to continue with the next video, my PC decides to 'lose' my bootable devices. Seems to be working now. Pride and all that

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RE: [VIDEO] Russia invaded Ukraine



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RE: [VIDEO] Russia invaded Ukraine

Oh he's finished in so many incalculable ways. So what if he takes Ukraine? The second he leaves the comfort of his mother country he'll be up before the Hague.

Either that or the rumours of his inoperable cancer are true and he'll be dead before may anyway.

Funny, that rally he did with the casual clothes and the flag-waving sychophants behind him. never seen that before by a Russian premier. Wonder where he got that idea.

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[VIDEO] RE:Russia invaded Ukraine

Interesting points mad ehere. Bit of a watch. Basically Putin's belief that the Russian Army had the ability to just walk into another country on its own and just walk over any opposition



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