The 'Random questions that don't warrant their own threads' thread - part 2 Page 32

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  • mal 26 Sep 2012 10:09:33 24,361 posts
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    Oh yeah, fuck laptops. When it takes half a day to charge the battery from cold, that's far too much planning to make sure it's always topped up.
  • DaM 26 Sep 2012 10:19:28 14,299 posts
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    I always have mine plugged in when using it. Probably explain why it keeps a cup of tea next to its exhaust vent warm. I thought that was a feature.
  • Deleted user 26 September 2012 10:29:23
    BryanAKADJ wrote:
    @mal Thanks!
    I've been basically slowly murdering my laptop for the past year then :S
    My laptop battery has all but died. From a full charge it lasts an amazing 26 seconds. Just enough time to type my password in on the log in screen. :(
  • Afiddes 26 Sep 2012 10:45:30 1,164 posts
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    i dont tihnk i have ever used my laptop off charge. i know its really bad but i never take it out of the house so always have a charging point nearby. i also only close it down every now and again prefering to leave it on sleep

    i really am not a very good laptop owner and if it was a living animal would prob be arrested for my treatment of it
  • BryanAKADJ 26 Sep 2012 10:49:36 284 posts
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    I don't use my laptop for much, I use it a lot, but I don't do much on it, just music, youtube, forums, minecraft once in awhile, etc.
    I prefer a laptop right now because of its mobility, so I can take it over to my friends, use it when I'm in the living room or up in my room, can't do that with a computer, you can, but just not as comfortly :p
    But when I finally get out of this small town I'll be sure to get a proper computer.
    I haven't done much damage to my laptop battery, a bit, but not much.
  • ronuds 26 Sep 2012 13:19:33 21,786 posts
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    Will I die if I eat cooked ribs that were sitting on the counter for over 12 hours?

    They're pretty good looking ribs. I forgot to put the effing leftovers away, though!
  • Afiddes 26 Sep 2012 13:25:57 1,164 posts
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    i would say yes but i don't eat food that was cooked the day before and my gf thinks that's weird
  • glaeken 26 Sep 2012 13:27:46 11,454 posts
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    What are they ribs from? If they are from a Hare you will be fine.
  • ronuds 26 Sep 2012 13:34:51 21,786 posts
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    From a cow.

    Thanks, maybe! I'll eat them, but if you never hear from me again you'll know why.
  • stephenb 26 Sep 2012 14:31:32 2,983 posts
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    The amount of bacteria will be quite high on food left out for that long. Bacteria double in numbers every twenty minutes at room temperature.

    At worst you'll get a dose of the squirts or food poisoning.

    Personally I'd throw them in the bin.

    Edited by stephenb at 14:32:12 26-09-2012
  • ronuds 26 Sep 2012 22:00:58 21,786 posts
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    Well, I ate 'em. And they were good. And I'm not sick (yet). And neither is the dog who helped me finish them.
  • danathjo 9 Oct 2012 23:01:20 7,751 posts
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    Just inherited a macbook pro (yay) but I would like to upgrade a couple things (mainly ram).

    A workmate has recommended a website Crucial.com/uk which will scan my computer, let me know what I can upgrade along with the links for purchase.

    Has anyone else used this? Just dont want to download any dodgy spy/malware etc.
  • Rusty_M 9 Oct 2012 23:49:11 5,501 posts
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    I've not used that tool, but I have at least heard of crucial as a memory manufacturer.
  • danathjo 9 Oct 2012 23:59:13 7,751 posts
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    Hmmm, just getting this message that I can't download any unauthorised apps with my current security settings.

    Been pc all my life so it might take a while to get to grips with everything, bedtime for now me thinks :)
  • PhoenixFlames 10 Oct 2012 07:50:41 9,263 posts
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    danathjo wrote:
    Just inherited a macbook pro (yay) but I would like to upgrade a couple things (mainly ram).

    A workmate has recommended a website Crucial.com/uk which will scan my computer, let me know what I can upgrade along with the links for purchase.

    Has anyone else used this? Just dont want to download any dodgy spy/malware etc.
    Used it loads of times. It's 100% official.
  • nickthegun 10 Oct 2012 07:51:10 64,545 posts
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    The crucial app is fine. Try a different browser and/or check to see if your account is set as an administrator.
  • Deleted user 10 October 2012 07:53:02
    On mountain lion? Read the security message better - it tells you to hold down another key whilst starting the programme to override the settings. It's either alt or command iirc.
  • BryanAKADJ 17 Oct 2012 05:23:04 284 posts
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    Is 110$ (CAN)/Roughly 70GBP a good price for a 750GB portable USB powered hard-drive?
  • Rusty_M 17 Oct 2012 07:00:15 5,501 posts
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    I doubt it. Here's the first thing I came across (and I think there were better deals on the same page).

    Bigger and cheaper.
  • BryanAKADJ 8 Nov 2012 17:36:34 284 posts
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    Got myself a 1TB Iomega used portable harddrive.

    How is the Asus laptop? Model K73E-1BTY? If anybody knows.
  • skuzzbag 8 Nov 2012 18:22:56 5,934 posts
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    BryanAKADJ wrote:
    Got myself a 1TB Iomega used portable harddrive.

    How is the Asus laptop? Model K73E-1BTY? If anybody knows.
    Terrible, at night it sprouts legs and rapes anything within range. I am now pregnant with it's demon seed and Asus are denying any responsibility.

    YMMV
  • BryanAKADJ 9 Nov 2012 19:42:34 284 posts
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    Thanks, I'll take your word for it.
  • Doomspoon 14 Nov 2012 00:55:26 2,564 posts
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    In an ideal world where on a whim I could play some good shmups that I missed throughout the years, what would people recommended?

    I've always been a fan of Nemesis/Gradius since I had it on C64 and later Gameboy. I really liked Parodius on the SNES, loved Gradius V and R-Type Final on PS2. I quite liked Border Down on Dreamcast and Ikaruga, the latter I have on 360 also.

    There's loads I missed as I never owned a Megadrive or Saturn.

    I've recently been enjoying some modern indie/budget scrolling and twin stick shooters via Steam as well as a new(er) version of Armalyte. I'm not as much a fan of the bullet hell stuff, not to say I wouldn't play it if the opportunity arises but I'm more after traditional style side scrollers. I'd love to play a modern remake of Uridium, although Astro Tripper is quite nice.

    I know some stuff has made it to XBLA, are there any indie or flash site tributes people would recommend? Anything on Android or iOS? Anything I should hunt down for my PSP (I've got the Gradius collection) or DS even? My SNES, DC and PS2 are in the loft now so probably won't be plugged into a TV anytime soon (assuming they even work anymore due to a leaking roof) so it's probably not worth my while chasing stuff on ebay etc.

    Edited by Doomspoon at 00:56:32 14-11-2012

    Edited by Doomspoon at 00:59:02 14-11-2012
  • PhoenixFlames 24 Nov 2012 19:25:07 9,263 posts
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    This is probably a dumb question, but am I right in thinking the following:

    A 1.4 petrol car has a combined fuel consumption of 43 mpg
    A 2.0 diesel has 50mpg

    Therefore you'll get more miles out of the diesel car per tank than the petrol despite the bigger engine.

    Right?
  • skuzzbag 24 Nov 2012 22:27:54 5,934 posts
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    It depends on the type of driving and also if your thinking strictly money then there are other more complicated factors.

    A diesel engine really becomes economic if you are driving over 15,000 miles a year. Also it helps if these distances are mostly on roads that don't require a stop/start style of driving so you can get the max mpg for longer. In cities you will get around 40 mpg and probably a lot less especially if you are the type to use the turbo - and have you ever tried to drive a diesel non-turbo to save fuel? (hint - it's crap)

    In city commutes a small petrol engine will still get you an average of 38-40 mpg but will probably only reach 48 average on long drives (my best is 50mpg in a 1.2) - Also an 8 valve petrol engine will have good torque, so in a city it's not sluggish but things get painful uphill on a motorway when the engine has to work.

    When you take a diesel to the garage for a service you'll get charged more than a petrol. If a diesel engine has problems you'll get charged more than a petrol. You get charged more at the pump.

    Which have a calculator that can help you decide.

    Edited by skuzzbag at 22:30:14 24-11-2012
  • Psychotext 25 Nov 2012 01:12:44 57,689 posts
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    Worth keeping in mind that modern diesels often have petrol cars beat on urban driving too. There's been a ridiculous amount of development gone into them.
  • Deleted user 25 November 2012 13:11:52
    Yep. Stop/start etc.
  • danathjo 25 Nov 2012 13:39:09 7,751 posts
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    Aargh. wrote:
    On mountain lion? Read the security message better - it tells you to hold down another key whilst starting the programme to override the settings. It's either alt or command iirc.
    forgot to say thanks, this is what it was :)
  • Deleted user 25 November 2012 16:40:47
    Does anyone know if there are any good flash text based adventure games on the interweb? I've already played Don't Shit Your Pants.
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