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  1. Comment on Favorite game shows? in ~tv

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    As a Brit myself, I'm a bit tired of the panel show now, they all feel a bit samey to me. I prefer some of the actual game shows we have. Only Connect is truly a game show that humbled me though...

    As a Brit myself, I'm a bit tired of the panel show now, they all feel a bit samey to me. I prefer some of the actual game shows we have.

    Only Connect is truly a game show that humbled me though haha, much more difficult than the others, closely followed by University Challenge.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Apple is turning William Gibson’s Neuromancer into a TV series in ~tv

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    It's been years since I've read the trilogy. They were some of the first books I bought with my first ever wage back when I got my first job at 18! I absolutely devoured Neuromancer, finished it...

    It's been years since I've read the trilogy. They were some of the first books I bought with my first ever wage back when I got my first job at 18! I absolutely devoured Neuromancer, finished it in a day, maybe two max, I couldn't put it down.

    I'd forgotten how fun they are and reading your comment has made me want to read through them again!

    3 votes
  3. Comment on What is the "bible" of your hobby or activity? in ~hobbies

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    Ahh, Uncle Bob. I'm not a coder or programmer but I know the name through Factorio. The main Factorio dev stated that he was a huge fan, caught a little bit of shit for it and then immediately...

    Ahh, Uncle Bob. I'm not a coder or programmer but I know the name through Factorio. The main Factorio dev stated that he was a huge fan, caught a little bit of shit for it and then immediately lashed out at his community, doubled down, and then used the Factorio Twitter account to start calling everyone snowflakes, that was weird.

    7 votes
  4. Comment on What are your favorite series that are not from the US or UK and also not popular anime? in ~tv

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    Netflix even created a pretty great, very slick website that explains the plot and characters if necessary. Even let's you pick the season and episode you're on so it doesn't spoil anything for you.

    Netflix even created a pretty great, very slick website that explains the plot and characters if necessary. Even let's you pick the season and episode you're on so it doesn't spoil anything for you.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on UK Conservative party suspends MP Lee Anderson over claims that Islamists have "got control" of London's Mayor Sadiq Kahn and the capital in ~news

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    Ahh, of course, so they were, my mistake. I'll leave my comment up anyway for context.

    Ahh, of course, so they were, my mistake. I'll leave my comment up anyway for context.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on UK Conservative party suspends MP Lee Anderson over claims that Islamists have "got control" of London's Mayor Sadiq Kahn and the capital in ~news

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    Essentially that's what's happened I believe, him being suspended essentially means he's been kicked out. He'll now sit as an independent in the House of Commons and receive no Tory campaign...

    Essentially that's what's happened I believe, him being suspended essentially means he's been kicked out. He'll now sit as an independent in the House of Commons and receive no Tory campaign funding for the election later this year.

    Although, my moneys on him being welcomed into Reform, a far-right populist party that formed from the ashes of UKIP once Brexit had been achieved. Whether he retains his seat though anyway in the upcoming election is another matter. The Tories are up for a complete trouncing, with Labour, our centre-left party, expected to win a sizeable majority.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on What are your favorite series that are not from the US or UK and also not popular anime? in ~tv

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    Dark is phenomenal but I've seen that's already been covered by another post. A second that I've not watched myself but will be starting after I'm done with The Americans (also a fantastic show)...

    Dark is phenomenal but I've seen that's already been covered by another post.

    A second that I've not watched myself but will be starting after I'm done with The Americans (also a fantastic show) is Mr Inbetween, an Australian dark-comedy drama. I've heard great things about it and been told it's an amazing watch so I'm looking forward to starting it soon.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on I want to hear about your unknown favorites! in ~books

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    It's been well over a decade since I read it but I really enjoyed "Death and the Penguin" by Andrey Kurkov. It's a really great dark humoured book about an aspiring writer called Viktor living in...

    It's been well over a decade since I read it but I really enjoyed "Death and the Penguin" by Andrey Kurkov. It's a really great dark humoured book about an aspiring writer called Viktor living in Kyiv who has a pet penguin called Misha he adopted from a local zoo that closed. Viktor gets a job writing advance obituaries for a local paper and starts to investigate after the people he writes these obituaries for start to die.

    Another one that's not unheard of in a certain way is "Moonraker" by Ian Fleming, I reckon most may have heard of or seen the film but not the book. I love the James Bond novels, I've spoken of them a few times on Tildes. They're really fun espionage thrillers and they contain all the classic Bond tropes, beautiful women, gorgeous locales, disfigured megalomaniacal villains with plans to destroy the world/ruin Britain's reputation/fund terrorism and Moonraker no different. It has nothing in common with the pretty terrible Roger Moore film because it was written in the early 50's so no space stations, Jaws, or laser fights in space. Instead Bond is assigned to investigate Drax Industries, headed by eccentric multimillionaire industrialist Hugo Drax, who are currently developing the Moonraker, a missile system that delivers nuclear payloads for Britain. Moonraker is my favourite Bond novel, it's short, punchy, full of action, it's got a fantastic villain in Drax, a cool plot, and it's just a damn good Cold War novel.

    Fleming's Bond is a bit of anti-hero with Fleming even saying himself he was never written to be a heroic character. Just be aware that if you do want to read this or any other Fleming Bond novels, while Moonraker isn't as bad since it's entirely set in London or on the Devon coastline, when Bond travels abroad he can be pretty bigoted towards anyone who isn't white and British. These books were written in the early 50's by a rich white man from a rich white family who was born in 1908. However, I do believe the most recent versions of Fleming's novels did go through a sensitivity committee to remove and replace outdated or offensive language but I can't speak for those as I haven't read them.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on What did you do this week (and weekend)? in ~talk

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    Thanks! Yeah, my brother and his wife are the same, they love kids but they both know that they do not have the patience to do it so they've decided not to bother with kids. There is good with the...

    Thanks!

    Yeah, my brother and his wife are the same, they love kids but they both know that they do not have the patience to do it so they've decided not to bother with kids.

    There is good with the bad, definitely, I think my frustration is stemming from the lack of good at the moment, she's just being very difficult. She's two in a couple of months.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on What did you do this week (and weekend)? in ~talk

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    I've had such a crap week, parenting can be an absolute shit show. My daughter has gone from sleeping right through the night 7:30-7:00 to getting up two or three times a night, worst thing is her...

    I've had such a crap week, parenting can be an absolute shit show.

    My daughter has gone from sleeping right through the night 7:30-7:00 to getting up two or three times a night, worst thing is her shakiest night's have been mines. Every single night that I'm dealing with her she's been going to bed late at like 8pm-8:15pm, getting up 2 or 3 times and then up at 4:30/5:00, I'm absolutely shattered, feel like a zombie.

    Then, my partner went to see her friend on Saturday morning, just her so I was up at 5:00 with our daughter and then looked after her until 10:30 when my partner got back. I then got the chance to get showered and dressed when my partners parents took our daughter for 4 hours during the afternoon on Saturday. I suggested watching a film and relaxing with a beer but my partner wanted to sort out a bunch of stuff round the house. So I wasted my Saturday afternoon getting, to be fair, a bunch of things done that needed done. These offerings from the parents are incredibly rare though, she's nearly two and they've done it two or three times and my parents have done it once so god knows when the next offer will be.

    Then my partner had a wedding show this morning that she went to with a couple of friends and her mum and my mum. It was an early start so my morning to lie in and catch up on all the early starts I've had this week was a non-starter because I had to stay at home and look after our daughter. My partner said she expected to be back around 1pm latest and said she'd let me go for a sleep or give me some time to myself but she didn't get back until 3:30pm at which point I had a 30 minute nap and then had to start dinner.

    I'm just so burned out this week and all I wanted was a few hours today to play my PC, prep for D&D, or go for a sleep and instead I'm shattered, tired, cranky and tomorrow's my non-working day looking after my daughter again and chances of getting some no pressure time to myself on my PC before next weekend is basically 0 so the burnout will inevitably continue until next Saturday.

    I used to love my weekends, now I prefer Tuesday to Friday when I'm working and she's in nursery or it's my partners non-working day, at least then I can stick a pair of earphones in, listen to some music, podcasts, or audiobooks and zone out with my daily workload.

    I'm not blaming my partner or daughter as well, she apologised for getting back late and I know she'll make it up to me by making sure I get time next weekend. I'm also happy for her to go out with her friends, I've no issue with that. I know as well that my daughters routine will settle again, I hope. Basically, fuck if parenting isn't the absolute hardest thing I've ever done in my entire fucking life at times and I feel like I'm slowly losing myself, just becoming this thing that looks after a baby.

    8 votes
  11. Comment on US House Intel Chairman announces ‘serious national security threat,’ sources say it is related to Russia's nuclear capabilities in space in ~news

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    The blast and resulting EMP would potentially take out a lot more satellites than a kinetic weapon could. After the Starfish Prime nuclear detonation in space, the US discovered that high energy...

    The blast and resulting EMP would potentially take out a lot more satellites than a kinetic weapon could.

    After the Starfish Prime nuclear detonation in space, the US discovered that high energy particles were trapped around radiation belts which caused numerous satellites to fail over a number of months (this was back in 1962 when the number of satellites in space was significantly less than today) and that some of these particles were still detectable 5 years after the weapon was detonated.

    9 votes
  12. Comment on US House Intel Chairman announces ‘serious national security threat,’ sources say it is related to Russia's nuclear capabilities in space in ~news

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    I guess if it's ever used, aside from the immediate destruction of potentially tens or hundreds of satellites, a secondary issue is the possibility of a Kessler cascade. The space debris created...

    I guess if it's ever used, aside from the immediate destruction of potentially tens or hundreds of satellites, a secondary issue is the possibility of a Kessler cascade.

    The space debris created by the nuke and satellites being blown apart creates a domino effect of collisions with more satellites, repeat ad nauseum until the earth's orbit is littered with the debris of destroyed satellites.

    This then creates a scenario where it then becomes very difficult to maintain any great number of satellites in space again or send shuttles up into space for decades and decades.

    I think the US tested nukes out in orbit and said the EMP acted weird, hung around a lot longer than they anticapted and affected satellites for weeks afterwards so there's also a tertiary issue.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on US House Intel Chairman announces ‘serious national security threat,’ sources say it is related to Russia's nuclear capabilities in space in ~news

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    Seems like from what I'm reading Turner jumped the gun and it's pissed off the White House who were planning a meeting about it tomorrow. Perhaps there's some politicking going on here, Turner...

    Seems like from what I'm reading Turner jumped the gun and it's pissed off the White House who were planning a meeting about it tomorrow.

    Perhaps there's some politicking going on here, Turner maybe trying to paint Biden and the White House as weak or perhaps he's trying to force the hand of Republicans holding out on Ukraine aid.

    Turner's district contains a bunch of defence contractors and Wright Patterson AFB so money coming into the Military Industrial Complex is good for his area.

    15 votes
  14. Comment on US House Intel Chairman announces ‘serious national security threat,’ sources say it is related to Russia's nuclear capabilities in space in ~news

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    This sounds ominous. I wonder what it could be. Perhaps the use of a hypersonic cruise missile in Ukraine? Russia has helped Iran construct nuclear weapons? Someone's made a serious move against...

    This sounds ominous. I wonder what it could be.

    Perhaps the use of a hypersonic cruise missile in Ukraine?

    Russia has helped Iran construct nuclear weapons?

    Someone's made a serious move against Putin and there's a risk of Russian destabilisation?

    Cybersecurity attacks have managed to breach DoD or military servers, gaining access to highly classified information?

    15 votes
  15. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I'm currently watching through The Americans, fantastic show, currently on season 4 and it's just so tense and restricting. The parents Phil and Elizabeth trying to put on airs and graces while...

    I'm currently watching through The Americans, fantastic show, currently on season 4 and it's just so tense and restricting. The parents Phil and Elizabeth trying to put on airs and graces while they're literally Russian spies is just such good TV.

    I'm hoping to have it finished in the next few weeks and then I think I'll move on to Mr Inbetween, an Australian TV show. It's a dark comedy drama about a hitman trying to balance his family life and the obligations to his work, it's meant to be very good so I'm looking forward to that.

    Other than that, me and my partner finished Black Bird last night, it was incredible, the acting was phenomenal, absolutely stacked cast, definitely one to watch if you're in to true crime, serial killers, prison dramas etc.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on What would America look like if it lost WWIII? in ~misc

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    I had the exact same gut feeling haha. I don't always do so but figured it was best to check who I was reading because it was setting off those little alarm bells. Sure enough, saw his name and...

    I had the exact same gut feeling haha. I don't always do so but figured it was best to check who I was reading because it was setting off those little alarm bells. Sure enough, saw his name and figured I'd flag him up in case anyone wasn't aware of who Niall Ferguson is and what an odd ball he can be.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on What would America look like if it lost WWIII? in ~misc

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    Ahh, good old Niall Ferguson. I get that it's a forward thinking article so he kinda gets away with the "What If?" angle here but Ferguson's a bit of an odd figure here in the UK. He loves him...

    Ahh, good old Niall Ferguson. I get that it's a forward thinking article so he kinda gets away with the "What If?" angle here but Ferguson's a bit of an odd figure here in the UK.

    He loves him some British Empire, huge empire apologist, and is a professional contrarion. Whatever opinion is generally held in historical consensus, he will probably have the opposite (the ones I remember are his view that Germany in the run up to WWI was the most anti-military country in Europe and that propaganda had no effect in recruiting young men to the frontlines).

    He also believes that if Germany had won WWI, there would be no such thing as communism, socialism or the EU because the victorious Germany would have set up a better EU had they won the war.

    He also believes that everything culturally or scientifically significant came from Europe or the US and doesn't particularly like Muslims, believing that all of Europe will fall to Islam.

    He has also aligned himself with PragerU's mental right wing politics recently, has gone on record saying some pretty racist things about Obama and was also caught out being a homophobe.

    I also find it odd he keeps referring to Britain and the Brits in the article as if he isn't one, he's a dual national, Scottish (apologies from a fellow Scot) and American.

    41 votes
  18. Comment on Northern hemisphere gardeners - share your 2024 plans! in ~hobbies

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    Me and my partner just had our garden done and I have two big, wonderful looking planters, probably two foot x six foot so I'll br throwing loads of potatoes in there along with carrots, leeks...

    Me and my partner just had our garden done and I have two big, wonderful looking planters, probably two foot x six foot so I'll br throwing loads of potatoes in there along with carrots, leeks etc.

    I did have a greenhouse (simply a metal frame with a clear plastic covering but a recent storm literally tore the covering and the roof off and blew it away. Don't know where it went so no greenhouse this year but I'll maybe look to get an actual glass one installed for next year.

    Other than that I'll grow strawberries in my hanging basket, some herbs and stuff in my herb basket and maybe some sort of squash in my plastic planter.

    Nothing too crazy but I want a ton of potatoes this year, the ones in the shops pale in comparison to fresh out of the ground potatoes.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Sony is erasing digital libraries that were supposed to be accessible “forever” in ~tv

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    Mines is an old business computer that I bought second hand. I made sure it came with a seventh gen Intel to make sure it could transcode as many media formats as possible. In terms of storage,...

    Mines is an old business computer that I bought second hand. I made sure it came with a seventh gen Intel to make sure it could transcode as many media formats as possible.

    In terms of storage, I've got a 4TB NAS HDD drive for movies and music and a 6TB NAS HDD drive for TV Shows. The OS (Windows) is on a 256GB SSD.

    I just leave it running 24/7 and the NAS drives are built for the sort of stresses that incurs like heat, vibrations etc. so they're a little more expensive than normal HDDs.

    I don't have any redundancy set up but I'm not too fussed, if one of the drives dies, it's just my time to rip the films or TV shows of the DVDs again.

  20. Comment on Sony is erasing digital libraries that were supposed to be accessible “forever” in ~tv

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    Amazing! I'm still ripping stuff, I didn't realise how big mines and my girlfriends DVD and BluRay library was. I've grabbed a few DVDs from friends and family as well for films we don't have but...

    Amazing! I'm still ripping stuff, I didn't realise how big mines and my girlfriends DVD and BluRay library was. I've grabbed a few DVDs from friends and family as well for films we don't have but want.

    I have also pirated a few films that are quite hard to get without paying quite a bit of money but trying to avoid that where I can.

    6 votes