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>> No. 27783 Anonymous
10th February 2021
Wednesday 11:18 am
27783 Shoveling cash onto Elon's pile
Anyone else?
I'm currently using EE's 4G, capped at 1Tbyte/month and getting 80M down, 40M up. Starlink's £90pm instead of £70, and still no fixed IPV4, skulking behind CGNAT. Boo.
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>> No. 27797 Anonymous
15th February 2021
Monday 9:01 pm
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The war of drugs is pointless. But it's easier to shake down the local weed dealer than to get the local oligarch to fork out some readies to pay fair taxes.
>> No. 27798 Anonymous
15th February 2021
Monday 9:23 pm
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It's even easier to legalise it all.
>> No. 27799 Anonymous
15th February 2021
Monday 10:17 pm
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And let the organised crime groups get away with people trafficking and modern slavery?
>> No. 27800 Anonymous
15th February 2021
Monday 10:24 pm
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Human trafficking is more difficult following legalization and regulation. It doesn't go away, but the Sex Workers in Holland have a Trade Union for example, and instead of drug and sex trade being 100% illegal, it becomes mostly illegal and makes things more competitive and less attractive to career criminals.
>> No. 27801 Anonymous
15th February 2021
Monday 10:29 pm
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Should say 'mostly legal' obviously.

I'm not so sharp these days what with the whole lockdown dementia and all.

>> No. 27748 Anonymous
22nd January 2021
Friday 1:08 am
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Do either of you two feel like we've reached a kind of technological end point? It feels like the internet was the last great technology to truly alter the way people live their lives, and from here we're justing making sleeker or faster versions of what we already have. That Frankie Fukushima fella said we (or at least the west) reached the end of history in the sense that we've settled on a "final", least worst political system. In a certain sense it feels like we've reached an end of technology too, and that we shouldn't expect there to be any more technology that can truly revolutionise life.

If you put it in schizo "dude reality is a simulation lmao" terms, then you could say that we've begun to scratch at the walls that are the limits of the simulation.

I googled the topic and it seems certain people who are more qualified to provide opinions have reached similar conclusions.


> The notion that our 21st-century world is one of accelerating advances is so dominant that it seems churlish to challenge it. Almost every week we read about ‘new hopes’ for cancer sufferers, developments in the lab that might lead to new cures, talk of a new era of space tourism and super-jets that can fly round the world in a few hours. Yet a moment’s thought tells us that this vision of unparalleled innovation can’t be right, that many of these breathless reports of progress are in fact mere hype, speculation – even fantasy.
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>> No. 27755 Anonymous
22nd January 2021
Friday 10:11 am
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We are on the edge of being able to inject virus that can reprogram your DNA sequence, reusable rockets that will make space travel affordable and augmented reality adoption is only a question of marketing it right and you think we already reached the end of history? were you dropped on your head as a baby.
>> No. 27756 Anonymous
22nd January 2021
Friday 3:31 pm
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>Again, this "advance" just lets us maintain the normal better.

This really depends on what the "normal" means, for you. If the normal is just "able to produce a vaccine", then yes in a very broad sense, you're right, but the speed at which the vaccine was made was dependant on plenty of technology and processes that did not exist just a few years ago; mRNA vaccines were tested in animals from the 1990s, there was a lot of excitement and companies being built around it for human use in the 2000s and 2010s, but nothing really came to fruition until 2020.

Other recent biotech breakthroughs include CRISPR. Though the acronym strictly refers to understanding a pattern in DNA, it's usually used synonymously with Cas9 or CRISPR-Cas9, a new technology allowing us to edit genes within organisms.

I would say that, based on CRISPR alone, we are going to see some pretty wild and unexpected advances.
>> No. 27757 Anonymous
22nd January 2021
Friday 3:47 pm
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>if the normal is just "able to produce a vaccine", then yes in a very broad sense, you're right
I mean that the ability to produce the vaccine means we go back to "business as usual" faster. All these advances are just used to maintain the more general status quo.
>> No. 27758 Anonymous
22nd January 2021
Friday 5:51 pm
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>>27756 pretty wild and unexpected advances.

Some of which will be advances in inconvenient directions, but yes.

If we can get some advances in small scale, low energy water treatment so I can properly go unabomber (without the actual bombing bit), that would be a blessing.
>> No. 27782 Anonymous
8th February 2021
Monday 2:00 am
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You seem to be searching for some great shift when the reason we are where we are is because we have collectively tried to suit our desires.

>> No. 27703 Anonymous
3rd January 2021
Sunday 9:23 pm
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Ok so this might be a long one, not sure yet...

(Before I go any further I'll make it clear that this could just as easily be a mental health question as a technology one. I really don't know anymore and this is basically the last time I'm going to ask before I throw myself on the mercy of the NHS. I don't think I'm wrong but I wouldn't, would I?)

Let's say there's a massively successful tech company whose name begins with G (From hereon "Big G"). Let's say Big G also owns a successful video-sharing platform. I spend a lot of time on this video sharing platform just listening to music and watching clips of TV programmes from back in the day. Occasionally, while using this service, I will be reminded of a show I loved so much that I use a completely unrelated internet-based service to download the entirety of it, it doesn't matter what the show is but let's just pretend for the sake of argument it's Friends.

I NEVER use Big G's services on my computer and I NEVER torrent on my phone. As far as Big G can tell I probably don't even have a computer. I'm not more or less likely to discuss Friends on chat/messenger platforms on my phone than I am for shows I'm not actually ever going to download (let's say it's Everybody Loves Raymond) but still might watch clips of on Big G's video platform.

Furthermore I always use a vpn on my computer and I don't ever bother with one on my phone. Further, furthermore, I'm a Linux user on the desktop. Not because I especially care about free software and/or privacy, I just genuinely find it a better, friendlier-to-the-user OS than the various alternatives. I don't run Linux on my phone because I have a life and stuff and just use an OS made by Big G (technically it's still Linux but not really). I have NEVER(!!!!!!) logged in to anything related to Big G on my actual computers.

Big G can probably tell there are more devices on my network than I ever actually use their services with but they shouldn't(?) be able to tell what those devices are. It might be a a Raspberry Pi with an external drive stuffed with pirated shows but it could just as easily be a phone used by another resident who doesn't use Big G's email service for all they know.

And yet... whatever show I've just torrented. The next day Big G will start recommending me clips of it. Any show. It's literally like they're watching me.

How do they do this?
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>> No. 27777 Anonymous
5th February 2021
Friday 9:43 pm
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There's a claim that only 25 percent of fortune 500 CEOs are bald. There's also research to suggest that bald men are perceived as more commanding or suitable for leadership, but perception is arguably not that important if you've already proved your ability as most C suites have.
>> No. 27778 Anonymous
6th February 2021
Saturday 9:46 am
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Something about high-testosterone males being more likely to lose their hair early, high-testosterone also driving men to be more competitive/ruthless so likely to rise to the top quicker.
>> No. 27779 Anonymous
6th February 2021
Saturday 10:00 am
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I read that it's a myth that high testosterone is linked to baldness. Yes testosterone is the trigger, but it's genetics that make you at risk for hair loss, no matter if your testosterone is high or average.
>> No. 27780 Anonymous
6th February 2021
Saturday 10:41 am
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That's the most recent science I've heard too.

I have never bought into the bald men having more confidence, it's more that confident men are more likely to make the decision to shave their head rather than cling on. This idea is supported by a quick google of the various baldness related forums that exist mostly so men can post pictures of their bald spots and say "WHAT SHOULD I DO?!".

I feel bad for anyone who is that stressed or depressed about such a common trait in men.
>> No. 27781 Anonymous
6th February 2021
Saturday 11:50 am
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It would make sense in that people like Trump and Musk are the other extreme, they're highly confident but they're also narcissists.

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>> No. 27759 Anonymous
22nd January 2021
Friday 6:05 pm
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I have a work laptop and a personal laptop on my desk, with a nice big monitor, bluetooth keyboard, and bluetooth mouse in the middle.

I can switch between which secondary display I want to see on the monitor with the push of a button, but I have to pair the keyboard and mouse every single time.

Is it possible to pair the keyboard and mouse with both laptops and easily switch between them?

It seems like certain models of keyboard like the Logitech MK850 are designed with this in mind, but it would be nice not to have to buy any more new kit just for this.
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>> No. 27760 Anonymous
22nd January 2021
Friday 6:17 pm
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Synergy is what you need. It's a bit of software that allows you to do this - it's like a VNC or remote desktop application, but is specifically designed around using a single keyboard/mouse across multiple computers and monitors.

It used to be free, but I can see it's now $29 for a lifetime license. I've used it loads, works across Mac/Linux/Windows, and while a niche use case, does exactly what you're describing.

>> No. 27761 Anonymous
22nd January 2021
Friday 6:27 pm
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Good shout, but my work laptop requires admin privileges to install new software. I'll raise it with IT and see what they say, but I'm open to other workarounds.
>> No. 27762 Anonymous
22nd January 2021
Friday 7:52 pm
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>> No. 27763 Anonymous
23rd January 2021
Saturday 11:07 pm
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Getting a flashback to my Maplin days where we would sell people KVM switches that had probably been made in the mid 90s.

>> No. 27702 Anonymous
3rd January 2021
Sunday 6:57 pm
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Incoming calls on Skype Android has a big, coloured "answer with video" button as opposed to a smaller, greyed out "answer with audio" button, as below:

I can't find any way to change this, so almost everytime someone Skype calls me I give them a 6 second closeup of my ear, or of my face at an unflattering angle.

There is no point to this thread other than to say I am thoroughly annoyed.
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>> No. 27718 Anonymous
4th January 2021
Monday 9:31 am
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I would assume the hold out on using skype probably isn't them but the people they are talking to through it.
>> No. 27719 Anonymous
4th January 2021
Monday 9:49 am
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>There is no point to this thread other than to say I am thoroughly annoyed.

Then this is not the board you should be posting on, motherfucker.
>> No. 27720 Anonymous
4th January 2021
Monday 3:08 pm
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Fuck, you've rumbled me. There's even the minor rants and pissoffs thread. What do I do, modlads?
>> No. 27721 Anonymous
4th January 2021
Monday 5:44 pm
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We'll forgive you this time, but go and stand in the corner and think about what you've done.
>> No. 27722 Anonymous
4th January 2021
Monday 8:39 pm
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Otherlad might forgive you but I don't. Ruined my day you have.

>> No. 27647 Anonymous
19th October 2020
Monday 9:48 pm
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I need a WhatsApp bot that will forward any messages/content from one "home" group chat to any other group chat it's added to. Fine if it can do more but that's all it needs to do.
I can spend a little bit of money on it if it needs a dedicated device and sim card of some sort.

Please help.
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>> No. 27701 Anonymous
3rd January 2021
Sunday 3:56 pm
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>> No. 27687 Anonymous
16th December 2020
Wednesday 12:21 pm
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I'm a silly sausage. I used alcohol gel to clean my laptop screen at some point in the past. Some residue must have remained when I closed the laptop, creating something that looks like a permanent smudge. The smudge, incidentally, perfectly matches up to the trackpad and a little protrusion in the keyboard.

Cleaning it with a cloth dampened in warm soapy water appears to remove the smudge temporarily, but it reappears when the screen dries, suggesting the alcohol has damaged the outermost layer of the screen.

Is there any way I can lessen the appearance of this damage?

I did not take the OP picture, but it's like a far less extreme case of the attached (a few mm in thickness).
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>> No. 27692 Anonymous
16th December 2020
Wednesday 8:33 pm
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I have the same problem but I hardly notice it while the screen is in use. Same pattern, btw. Short of getting a new device and religiously using a microcloth to divide the keyboard and the screen it will happen.
>> No. 27693 Anonymous
16th December 2020
Wednesday 10:39 pm
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Is this a troll post that will actually melt my laptop?
>> No. 27694 Anonymous
16th December 2020
Wednesday 10:47 pm
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It won't melt your laptop, it'll just completely remove the anti-glare coating. That's why they tell you not to use window cleaner on your monitor. If your anti-glare is damaged, it might be preferable to completely remove it.
>> No. 27698 Anonymous
17th December 2020
Thursday 7:37 pm
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It didn't melt the scanner so I'm guessing it won't melt your laptop, unless these things perhaps react differently on whatever a laptop screen is made of.
>> No. 27699 Anonymous
18th December 2020
Friday 5:46 pm
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Scanners are plain regular glass.
Laptops, tablets and phones have special coatings. Some laptops still have plastic screens.

>> No. 27676 Anonymous
16th December 2020
Wednesday 12:19 am
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Lads, help me out with some troubleshooting as I'm at a bit of a loss. I've not been able to get to a professional repair place for months and when I tried a local place a few months back they told me to fuck off because of Covid.

Laptop seems to be suffering from some mysterious process causing it to often slow to a crawl and then sometimes it will freeze, fan runs into overdrive and I have to unplug it and put it away for the battery to discharge.

Assumed initially that it was poor internal cooling causing it to overheat so I cleaned the inside and later bought an external cooling pad but no joy. Speccy does not show anything unusual on temperature when it slows.

Nothing unusual on task manager, have done a reset to see if any apps were causing it, issue seems to be system-wide from testing different apps. Disabled dogshit Lenovo plugin.

I guess I will have to buy myself a new laptop soon which is annoying as I'm looking to get a mortgage in the new year and want to show my life as boring. Plus if I can fix it but still buy another laptop then I can give this to my mum who will just use it for facebook.
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>> No. 27685 Anonymous
16th December 2020
Wednesday 4:03 am
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Those specs look very recent - are you still under warranty? I wouldn't bother troubleshooting anything weird if I can just get an RtB.

Failing that, my first course of action would be to open up Resource Monitor and wait to see if anything weird happens; any runaway process that is using up all of your CPU should make itself known. If that reveals nothing, I'd use msconfig to reboot into minimal Safe Mode to see if the problem still occurs. If it doesn't, then I'd use Device Manager and msconfig to disable every non-essential driver and background process, then re-enable them one by one.

Caveat: I admin Linux boxes in a professional capacity, but am very much a non-expert when it comes to Windows.
>> No. 27686 Anonymous
16th December 2020
Wednesday 8:56 am
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Is there no warranty or what have you? Have you tried bitching really hard about it to customer support? Looks like a newish laptop so I'm sorry if that's not an option.
>> No. 27695 Anonymous
17th December 2020
Thursday 1:15 am
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>7gb dual channel
>> No. 27696 Anonymous
17th December 2020
Thursday 1:29 am
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Gig for GPU m8
>> No. 27697 Anonymous
17th December 2020
Thursday 2:01 am
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Ah, so the system shares a pool of memory. Fair enough, never had a Laptop with an APU in it before.

>> No. 26838 Anonymous
29th November 2018
Thursday 5:55 pm
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What do you get up to when you're on the internet?

I seem to have found myself in a bit of a rut; unless I'm specifically looking something up then the main things I'm doing online are visiting here or news sites. I don't use social media. All of the other forums I used to visit have either died or I lost interest in over time. I no longer read webcomics, following YouTube channels or whatever else I used to spend my time doing. I must be doing fewer things when I'm online than at any other point over the past two decades.
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>> No. 27440 Anonymous
27th April 2020
Monday 10:44 am
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It's really active, no one gives a fuck about your profile picture you spacker.
>> No. 27672 Anonymous
30th November 2020
Monday 6:01 pm
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I've recently started visiting a forum I was quite active in from 2006 until I got bored of it c. 2013. It's like fucking groundhog day and I'm glad I left. I never thought I'd particularly grown up and matured but going back there has really shown me that I've moved on with my life since then.
>> No. 27673 Anonymous
30th November 2020
Monday 8:04 pm
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Wow, okay, rude.
>> No. 27674 Anonymous
30th November 2020
Monday 10:34 pm
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Guess he out grew us and took up watching Rick and Morty.
>> No. 27675 Anonymous
30th November 2020
Monday 11:06 pm
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Considering I check Carol Vorderman's Twitter account on an almost daily basis, with the sole intention of posting any pictures of her on /iq/, I don't think I'm going to outgrow this place any time soon.

>> No. 27582 Anonymous
30th August 2020
Sunday 2:47 pm
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Do any of you lads have a VR set up? I'm seriously thinking about getting a Rift S. VR is now at a price point where I think I could justify it to myself, but the question is - will the novelty wear off - are there enough engaging experiences yet or will it be a cool toy for a bit that then doesn't have anything else to offer?

I was thinking about getting it partially for games, and partially as a way of getting cardio in in a more fun and less COVID-getting way than going to the gym.

The Rift S seems to be the best value option but I don't like the fact it's owned by Facebook - is stretching that extra £100ish to get a Vive Cosmos worth it? Also, I have a Ryzen 3600X and RTX 2060, will that be good enough?

Thanks lads. Thads.
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>> No. 27620 Anonymous
5th September 2020
Saturday 12:14 am
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An ACTUAL PROFESSOR has done studies on the caloric expenditure of popular VR games.

>> No. 27621 Anonymous
5th September 2020
Saturday 12:33 am
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About 1 hour on drums and 30 mins of Beat Saber.
>> No. 27622 Anonymous
5th September 2020
Saturday 2:39 am
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Well, I'm glad it was more fun than an hour of walking.
>> No. 27633 Anonymous
20th September 2020
Sunday 9:56 pm
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GTA V VR mod works surprisingly well. It's very fun to explore the world map in full VRw.

However, the mod renders the left and right eye alternately, so each eye is always one frame offset from the other, though this can be disabled at the cost of losing stereoscopic effects (which doesn't affect the game all that much, imo). What it does mean though is that now I've come out of about an hour of playing it, the real world feels very strange indeed.

The game is fully playable though, although the Menyoo's laser sights option is a good one to turn on.
>> No. 27671 Anonymous
29th November 2020
Sunday 12:02 am
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2ish month update:

I'm still using it every day, even if just to crack one out, and the novelty hasn't worn off. Been playing Fallout 4 VR for the past couple of weeks, and despite its many, many problems it's far more engaging in VR than it ever was in 2D. Weirdly it almost feels like the Nuka-World DLC was made for VR but it has never officially been released.

At this point I'd say I've got my money's worth out of it, and think that whilst VR still has a way to go, especially with the Quest 2 launching at £299, it's something that I think is worth looking into for more people.

>> No. 27659 Anonymous
23rd October 2020
Friday 11:38 pm
27659 Streaming one PC to another.
How do I stream what's happening on one PC to another, whilst giving the second PC control of what I'm doing? I'm basically talking about a broader version of Steam's Remote Play technology, but one where I don't have to run Half-Life to use it. I've got a rubbish laptop and a quite snappy desktop, so it would be nice to be able to use the desktop around the house, so I can edit video files in the garden, call people names in the bath, that sort of thing.

I know this seems like quite a basic thing to figure out on my own, but I've been looking around and I just get conflicting search results about live streaming.
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>> No. 27666 Anonymous
9th November 2020
Monday 12:58 pm
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Congratulations, you've invented Remote Desktop.
>> No. 27667 Anonymous
9th November 2020
Monday 1:13 pm
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That's not true, the only guides for desktop streaming on Steam are for doing the exact same thing I talked about doing in my post. Feel free to show me where the desktop streaming option is on Steam, maybe I'm just being blind, but I can't see it in Steam's settings, broadcasting, profile.

This is exactly what I asked for in my OP so, err, thanks, I don't understand why you're trying to sound smug though. Plus, that's a Microsoft application and is therefore likely radiating a serious amount of black magic and I'm already running Windows 10 AND 8.1 on the laptop so I really don't need any more of that. I had to have my motherboard consecrated just stop the PC from attacking me in my sleep.
>> No. 27668 Anonymous
9th November 2020
Monday 1:21 pm
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Well, I use the app on my Samsung TV. The app itself has a 'desktop' button but I find that doesn't work very well so I rarely use it.

I start up the app and connect to Steam - it starts in Big Picture mode. I minimise Big Picture mode and boom, there's the desktop, with full mouse and keyboard control.

How does your experience differ?
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9th November 2020
Monday 2:04 pm
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I tried the Big Picture Mode method but whenever I try to stream it from the PC I just get a pop-up telling me "Laptop is no longer available for streaming" and then it immediately reconnects. I have no idea why. I'm doing the exact same thing with my method anyway, I can use literally any application on my PC, it's really a moot point.
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9th November 2020
Monday 8:49 pm
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>This is exactly what I asked for in my OP so, err, thanks
Yes, that's why we suggested both it and VNC. I have no idea why you ended up dicking around with Steam after that.

>> No. 27648 Anonymous
22nd October 2020
Thursday 5:09 pm
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Which internet browser is the right one to use these days? I've been using Opera for close to a decade but I feel like it's starting to annoy me now with intrusive features and have only stuck with it because it's such a pain to get used to a new browser.
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>> No. 27654 Anonymous
22nd October 2020
Thursday 9:37 pm
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I use Firefox. I don't understand, simply out of ignorance on my part, why it's dismissed out of hand by some people now. It does everything I like and I have uBlock on it. Actually I have uBlock AND Ad Block Plus because a very long time ago one the other didn't block some adverts, so I installed the other to compensate. Now which one is the good one is lost to time and they exist in what I'd like to think is a dualistic balance. I also have so many bookmarks and so much browsing history saved at this point that moving to another browser would be a like a mini house move and unless there's some big new breakthrough in browsing the web that has passed Firefox users by, I don't see the need to change. Though the history and bookmarks are probably transferable on some browsers, what with this being space year twenty-twenty, but I don't care so it's a moot point.
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22nd October 2020
Thursday 10:13 pm
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>I use Firefox. I don't understand, simply out of ignorance on my part, why it's dismissed out of hand by some people now.
I used to use it until it started eating up all my memory. Try watching porn on an underpowered laptop with Firefox.

I have been using Chrome, but I can't really find anything to replace is with. With that being said, I haven't actually done any research.
>> No. 27656 Anonymous
22nd October 2020
Thursday 10:26 pm
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If you're on a Mac or iDevice, sticking with Safari, particularly now in v14, does a lot of privacy blocking. I haven't found a single reason to use another browser. I also separately run piHole to block ads on all devices in the house. But as I said, v14 of Safari seems to now be doing a LOT of privacy blocking on its own.

On my Windows machine, I use Chrome, but again, in conjunction with piHole.
>> No. 27657 Anonymous
22nd October 2020
Thursday 10:29 pm
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Is that the brave coin thing? How does it work exactly?
>> No. 27658 Anonymous
23rd October 2020
Friday 8:21 am
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On the surface of it, there are some unobtrusive pop-up ads you can opt in to and at least some of the as revenue gets paid out to you. Actually setting it up though is a pain in the arse, as is keeping it running at a worthwhile rate. It does seem to be legitimate though, at least £30 made its way to a real bank account in the past couple of months.

>> No. 25165 Anonymous
25th April 2016
Monday 6:33 pm
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I asked my son what he did at school today. In coding he learned how to create a game in Scratch. He's in Year 4. He's looking forward to being in Year 5 because then he can go to their after school programming club.

When I was at university, nevermind at school, they made us do the European Computer Driving Licence and that was little more than being able to do the very basics on Microsoft Office.

Anyway, what I'm getting at is do you think I should buy him a Raspberry Pi? Although I'm known as the techie guy at work (today's task was showing someone how to add a web page to their favourites) my computer knowledge is rather limited so I wouldn't really know what to do with it.
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>> No. 27642 Anonymous
19th October 2020
Monday 7:21 pm
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What's he already got? Access to his own HDMI TV? Spare keyboard and mouse lying around? Someone to write Micro SD cards?
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19th October 2020
Monday 7:22 pm
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I think all his parents have for him is a very basic laptop for doing homework.
>> No. 27644 Anonymous
19th October 2020
Monday 7:33 pm
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I might suggest a Micro:bit (v2 if you can) or two, instead of a pi?
The hassle of VNC and it stopping working in a million ways make a pi a bit annoying in that setup. Or, if you do go the pi route, make sure you also get him a micro-SD card write so he can get back to a useful system when things stop working.
Micro:bit gets all the 'fun' of programming, with easy to see and comprehend IO devices, and no chance of bricking it. Getting him two lets him play radio games - remote control fart machines etc. (if V2) Who wouldn't like that?
Of course, if he's already deep into it, a pi makes more sense. But I reckon Micro:bit is a far better bet if he's starting form scratch.
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19th October 2020
Monday 8:22 pm
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As someone at the very tail end of that, it was frustrating. The year after I finished my A-Levels they started doing computingat both GCSE and A-Level at my school - meanwhile, I'd done IT GCSE/A-Levels. The A-Level was little more than business with a technical skew.

Then again, a poor teacher can completely ruin your interest in a subject, and realistically may cause kids to get out of programming rather than into it. Thankfully I got taught programming properly and in a way that suited me at uni (assembly up), but the way it was taught was very... autistic. Normal people really didn't get it, and I effectively became a programming teacher for a good number of my course mates as it simply wasn't clicking for them that to understand programming you have to think like a computer. Of course, to the uni lecturers, they already did and so it wasn't really something they even thought of. I honestly think that many of the people I went to uni with who would, if taught well, be very competent programmers have sworn off it as the teaching must have been so confusing to them.

I also notice a lot of people want to "learn coding", but realistically unless you have some goal you want to accomplish then it's like learning how to paint but not actually wanting to paint.
>> No. 27646 Anonymous
19th October 2020
Monday 8:32 pm
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Thanks, lad. I'll see if I can get the new one when it's out next month.

>> No. 27634 Anonymous
30th September 2020
Wednesday 11:41 pm
27634 Youtube Playlist
I have never used my Youtube account. I barely log into it. If I found music I liked, I would bookmark it. So I thought it would be worthwhile to create a playlist of all those 3000 bookmarked youtube links on my account. I am a bit stuck as to finding a way of doing this. The manual way of clicking each one and then adding it to my playlist would probably take me weeks.

So I exported my bookmarks, and now I have all the links on a nice text file, but I am unsure of what to do next.

Is there anyway of converting my links on the text file into a playlist?
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>> No. 27636 Anonymous
1st October 2020
Thursday 1:04 am
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Looks like it'll be this one you need, actually:
>> No. 27637 Anonymous
1st October 2020
Thursday 5:59 am
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I'd never used mine until very recently - and in the end only for exactly the purpose you describe; finding things I want to watch, and then watching them later on the Apple TV. They get us all in the end.
>> No. 27638 Anonymous
1st October 2020
Thursday 7:55 pm
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That looks complicated, but I don't mind trying new stuff if it will work. I just don't want to pay for it.

You would think that they would make it easier for people like us.

I remember, years ago, you could play around with the web address to create an untitled playlist, but that doesn't work any more.

Anyone got any ideas?
>> No. 27639 Anonymous
2nd October 2020
Friday 12:04 am
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As far as I'm aware, you have three options:

1. Use the API (reliable, easier than option 2, may cost you);
2. Write a bot which directly interfaces with YouTube as if it were you clicking the mouse using something like Selenium for Python (unreliable, will take a lot of time, hard);
3. Manually make the playlist

For more info on Option 2:
>> No. 27640 Anonymous
4th October 2020
Sunday 11:55 pm
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For downloading youtube videos I use youtube-dl which is a command line tool, you pass it the ID at the end of the URL, like in pic - guide here:

There is a switch in documentation (-x, --extract-audio) to extract the audio only and you can specify the format (--audio-format mp3) for example, perhaps this may be of use. I assume you can just use a batch file to do a whole bunch of them in one go.

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