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PostSubject: Re: Things That Really !&$%2 You Off   Mon 9 Apr 2018 - 16:00

I can't advocate enough for spending a little bit more on a good chair and a good mattress. You'll spend a lot of your time sitting and sleeping, so make sure your body is being kept in the best state while doing so.
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PostSubject: Re: Things That Really !&$%2 You Off   Mon 9 Apr 2018 - 17:04

Trying to renegotiate Sky packages. We wanted to swap Sky Movies for the box sets - instead we now have both and are saving a grand total of 47p a month for the privilege. DAMN YOU!

Will try again tomorrow.
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PostSubject: Re: Things That Really !&$%2 You Off   Tue 10 Apr 2018 - 16:23

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I can't advocate enough for spending a little bit more on a good chair and a good mattress. You'll spend a lot of your time sitting and sleeping, so make sure your body is being kept in the best state while doing so.

It seems pretty good far, what you're saying is what I always think about TV's as we must spend most of our lives looking at them.

Isn't boxsets just an extra thing you get with Sky now as the on-demand stuff?
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PostSubject: Re: Things That Really !&$%2 You Off   Tue 24 Apr 2018 - 12:12

Last week we had lovely weather here in Somerset, and after I finished work on Wednesday I thought I'd drive to Bridgwater and go to the game shop as they've had a refit along with a move and since the move, they've been getting some good stuff in.

Due to the weather, I opened the windows in my car, the passenger one fall down and wouldn't come back up. This has happened before in another VAG I owned a few years ago that it might a common problem, anyway being 4 in the afternoon and not having anywhere to put the car with an open window.

I took it to the garage around the corner who I've used a few times and always been okay, anyway I was off on Thursday that I wasn't in a hurry to get the car back as it would be an issue to get to work as the buses don't go before 6 am or comeback after 9 pm which is a bit of problem when my early or late shift starts/ends at those times.

Anyway, I take it down and needs a new surround and with the labour etc came to £180 but had to be done as you can't just have a window open all the time.

The next day I go over to EofGiz to record the 5th gen podcast (in my sig), I go get us McDonald's when I come back to his with the food and lock the car up I noticed the passenger side door lock button hadn't gone down. I open the door see if it's locked and guess what it opens and sets my alarm off.

I did manage to lock the door by pressing the button from the inside and that's how I left the door due to work until last night when I took the took the car back to the garage and explain to them this was fine before you took the door apart to fix the window.

This morning the garage ring and bet you can all guess what they said, yep it wasn't them and everything inside is fine and it's the locking mechanism which would be a £260.

I just come back from picking up the car and spoke to the guy that did the window not just the guy on the desk and he was like it just happens to be a massive coincidence (It did sort of happen on yet another VAG, I owned) and he was like it might have been doing it before I took it but I didn't notice till now as I was looking at it due to that door having something done to it.

So I'm a little peed as to me it was fine before they had the car, but what can I do it's not like a broken game I just take back to the shop. I've just brought the car home and got the door locked as I'm not paying £260 to be able to open the door and spend what be in total £440 a few days for essentially to open and close a door.

If you want a ride with me you're going to have use one of the back doors instead.

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PostSubject: Re: Things That Really !&$%2 You Off   Wed 25 Apr 2018 - 23:27

Digital gaming on Sony prior to the PS4.

This is inspired by the saga I've experienced trying to copy a PS1 Classic from my PS3 to my PSP - this is the only way to play PS1 games on the PSP since the Store has shut down on the PSP. I purchased the game on my PS3 with little incident - beyond the store inexplicably crashing, buy hey ho - and got my PS3 to recognise the PSP with the USB cable I received with the console. I pressed copy... and up popped an error code. I tried unplugging the PSP, removing and replacing the Memory Stick and even went as far as to delete then redownload the game. Nothing was working.

A cursory Google search revealed the fix, and I cannot fathom why this caused the issue. Supposedly, if you've got 2-Step verification turned on for logging in, it blocks any copying from PS3 to PSP. I turned off 2-Step, and lo and behold... the game copied across with no further incident. Why would this even be a thing?! Confused
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PostSubject: Re: Things That Really !&$%2 You Off   Thu 26 Apr 2018 - 11:19

Not really the same but I actually kind of despise modern digital gaming, but not for the reasons you might think.  

Aside from the fact the prices are often higher than buying in a store (which is crazy considering Australian prices are already inflated as heck) there's the issue of file sizes.  It's like developers saw they could bang a game on the modern bluray disc without compression and thought everything was all well and good.

Let me tell you something devs, if you're making 500GB HDD's look even less spacious than my old 8GB memory sticks on the PSP then you're doing something very wrong.

And this is coming from the guy who can't tolerate his music in anything below FLAC.
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PostSubject: Re: Things That Really !&$%2 You Off   Thu 26 Apr 2018 - 12:34

Especially when you see Wolfenstein 2 is only 14gb on Switch but then that's annoying as it's on a 8GB card meaning a download for the rest instead of putting on a 16gb card but then keeps the game retail cost down.

If I was in Australia, I'd be using a different region for my games downloads.
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PostSubject: Re: Things That Really !&$%2 You Off   Thu 26 Apr 2018 - 20:34

We should just strip modern gaming back to its roots. Let's get games small enough to fit on floppy discs again. I don't care if I have to play the new Smash Bros. in glorious Spectrumvision so long as I can fit 10 copies of it onto a pen drive.
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PostSubject: Re: Things That Really !&$%2 You Off   Thu 26 Apr 2018 - 20:49

Gaming peaked with the Amstrad quite frankly. 🤷
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PostSubject: Re: Things That Really !&$%2 You Off   Thu 26 Apr 2018 - 21:20

BRING BACK THE FUCKING MOLE

I concur. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Things That Really !&$%2 You Off   Thu 31 May 2018 - 13:29

This.

But not because of Amazon, frankly I reckon they're getting a bit of an inflated head and could do with some chopping of the heels.

But this is not how you make a tax. It's pure protectionism, and it's complete crap. How many other businesses that ship to Australia are going to simply not do so come July 1st? And all because whining crybaby businesses like Harvey Norman (known for selling meh expensive products, marking them up a bunch, then cutting off a fraction of the mark-up and claiming it as a sale to con the unsavvy consumer into buying from them) cried to a government long enough.

The issues facing the average Australian right now include ever-increasing costs of living, utilities are at an all-time high and we're facing an entire generation facing the real possibility they won't even own a home until their retirement. And yet all the Liberals seem to be able to do is give tax breaks to corrupt banks and other high-flying mega-corporations, all while shitting on the few areas of financial relief the average worker has.

I get the arguments here. Traders think they're hard-done by online retail. There are smarter answers than blocking Australians from exercising their rights as a consumer to buy where they want to. Like, oh I don't know, tax breaks to companies that actually need them so they have the wriggle-room to change their prices to more competitive ones.

And people wonder why Australians have one of the highest rates of piracy per person in the English speaking world. Rolling Eyes

Note: this is not to be interpreted as a complaint about taxes. I have absolutely zero issue with the GST, and in fact even think it should be raised on certain products such as junk food. This is entirely because this is a poorly thought-out policy by a inept government who only ever create policy for their lobbyists and bankrollers. In fact I cannot even remember the last time they actually did something for anyone else.

/rant. In the meantime I guess I'll have to buy as much as possible over the next month just in case. Just what I needed at a time when I'm preparing to move house. Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: Things That Really !&$%2 You Off   Thu 31 May 2018 - 20:12

Amazon and tax... sounds familiar!

Would there be no way around the block through a proxy? I suppose it's tricky in that it'd then be delivered to Australia, but would they be able to block your order if you access international Amazon sites by proxy?
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