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  1. ubuysa

    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST space & universe and civilisation thread

    The word 'revolve' implies that the Earth is a spheroid, so this will also upset the flat Earthers. And that's a good thing! :ROFLMAO:
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    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST LogoFail attack This is concerning, but it seems that not all BIOSes/devices are vulnerable. Do PCS have any plans to advise their customers whether their build is vulnerable and, if...
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    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST We vote for everything here....

    We read the local paper (in Greek) via Google Translate. Sometimes the translations are amusing, but i particularly like this one... I'm considering applying.....
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    We've just had local election here and somebody posted this little story... A politician visits a rural area to gain appeal for the upcoming elections He schedules a meeting with the local leaders to discuss problems the town has been experiencing so that he could provide help and solutions...
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    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST My first Steam question

    Steam, it seems, stays running even after you close a game (and the Steam window). There is a Steam icon in the system tray for example. It would appear that Steam running in this way is stopping my monitor from tuning off due to inactivity. If I manually exit Steam from the system try icon...
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    I hope this doesn't get deleted because I don't want to get into the details of whose fault this ATC foul-up was, but I am interested in a particular technical detail, and I would like to keep this thread focussed ONLY on this one technical detail please. There is one aspect that keeps being...
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    Well, after decades of thinking that gamers should get out more, I've become a gamer myself. I've just bought the F1 Manager 2023 game, which means I've had to learn the vagaries of Steam too. Is there a secret handshake I should know? How about a hat or tee-shirt I should get? A badge perhaps...
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    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Samsung Moon photos controversy

    Samsung Gakxy S21 and above do use AI to detect a zoomed photo of the Moon, but they use this to enhance the picture being taken. They DO NOT substitute a stock photo of the Moon. Briefly, the camera lowers the brightness, captures multiple frames (to produce a bright, low-noise picture) and...
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    Living in Greece, but not bring fully proficient in the language, we use Google Translate a lot for reading online news and such. Sometimes the translations it comes up with are priceless. Greece is about to be hit by a heat dome, they're forecasting 40C plus for us for the next few days...
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    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST Champagne and Churchill

    We're watching Royal Ascot (on TV naturally), and yes I am wearing a morning suit and top hat (which looks very much like a tee shirt and shorts with a straw hat), my wife is wearing something obscenely expensive from a well known designer (called Primark apparently). Anyway, we were discussing...
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    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST The lake at Agios Nikolaos

    I took this whilst having a coffee by the lake (its a seawater lake). It's not a bad photo I think?
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    At the start of this Gala Bingo TV ad you hear someone say they're going to have mushy peas. But when they get in the chip shop nobody orders mushy peas. This is really bothering me, who is the mushy peas liar?
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    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST I have a flaky keyboard key

    I have a Corsair K70, which has served me well for over a year. In the last few days one of the keys has become intermittently unresponsive. It's the full stop/period key so it's kind of important. If I hit it fairly hard it works every time, but if I use a normal touch it fails to input about...
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    I rather like this slightly atmospheric picture of my cat Trixie. Critical comments welcome...
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    The linked NYT article is worth a read. Bitcoin mining is unnecessary, expensive, and out of control. Thoughts?
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    I've just watched a cracking documentary about Gilles Villeneuve and Didier Pironi. For anyone else my age who remembers watching Formula 1 in the late 70's and 80's those two names will be very familiar - especially to Ferrari fans. This is a thoughful, sometimes painful, and honest...
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    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST My work here is done

    They're renovating the large hotel opposite us, it's been stripped back to concrete columns and floors. The concreting contractor, who has been strengthening columns and adding floors, finishes up this week. I spotted this guy whilst on our (flat) roof yesterday and rather liked it. It's called...
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    PCSPECIALIST, PCSPECIALIST A Guinness competition

    An American visiting Ireland drops into a bar in Dublin. He's heard that the Irish are big drinkers. He announces to the crowded bar that he'll give $500 to anyone who can down 10 pints of Guinness, one after the other. Nobody comes forward. One guy even gets up and leaves. The American...
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    Einstein once found himself sitting next to a young man on a flight. Einstein said "how about a competition to pass the time?". "Ok", says the young man, "what do you have in mind?". Einstein says, "well, I'll ask you a question and if you can't answer you give me $5". "Then you can ask me a...