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Joined on: Sunday, 23rd December 2001, 02:26, Last used: Friday, 6th September 2013, 05:47

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About this user: 13.5 stones of wit

This user has posted a total of 13135 messages. On average, since joining, this user has posted 1.94 messages a day, or 13.57 messages a week. In the last 30 days, this user has posted 22 messages, which is on average 0.73 messages a day.

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RE: [VIDEO] The Trump Presidency

I'm just glad I unfiriended anyone who said we should support Trump and respect the election result, just because he's President now. (Kinda like how dictators like to be 'respected').

Downside of that, of course, is not knowing if they're still willing to defend his undeniable incompetence and tacit resposibility for the deaths of so may Americans while he's busy playing golf.



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RE: [VIDEO] Brexit

It's not often I refer to local news here, but this one's so close to home and so indicative of the impact on the local area that was so flippantly dismissed as 'fearmongering' pre & post-Brexit.

In the absence of any local councils having public consultations regarding large-scale HGV clearance facilities coming out in favour of the plans (most recent being Stanford), the government has simply side-stepped everyone at the local level and purchased a large patch of land near a brand new motorway junction to be used as a freight clearance facility, and work is due to start within the week. Here's another link about the same story that camne out as the story broke. So unexpected was the announcement that notifications had to be delivered by hand to nearby residents.

There's several points to this which aren't sitting comfortably with the locals. Firstly it means nearly every single truck entering the country will be using this facility (there's capacity at Dover but not enough), but mainly because it levies a retro-active suspiscious eye at the reasoning behind the go-ahead for Junction 10a of the M20.

Any local knows that for years the combination of poorly-times traffic lights on the existing J10, and a poor traffic-management system at a nearby business park's exit onto the junction's approach road has contributed greatly to the horrendous congestion at the junction on a daily basis. For years we've been begging the local council to both improve the business park's exit junction, a traffic accident hotspot, and to turn off the traffic lights on J10, as the junction never works as well as when the traffic lights stop working.

Naturally, we were ignored, because people in offices that have never used our roads have their models they work from. Then suddenly, Junction 10a was approved. It wasn't a popular decision, as most locals couldn't see how spreading the traffic to another junction less than a third of a miles from the existing one would cause so much as a dent in the current traffic volumes, especially as they decided to close the coast-bounds slips of the old junction.

And then, so seal the lid on the jar of ignorance & incompetance, they decided to put traffic lights on the new junction as well. I've sat at red lights for 2 minutes on many occasions with nothing coming though the other way.

Anyway, after all the dust settleds, and the finishing touches are being put on the new surrounding roads, we get this announcement, the ramifications of which means all claims of traffic alleviation were either subterfuge, or downright lies. Things like this really don't 'just happen', and as the nod for J10a came from Kent Highways, who'll be looking after the freight as it comes in, it's easy to jump to some convenient conclusions as to why the nod was given at all.

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RE: [VIDEO] The Old Guard (Netflix)

One-word review: meh. A couple of highgly-choreographed fight scenes to separate the long conversations philosophising about the deeper aspects of what it means to be immortal. The cast does well enough, although Dudley isn't really that believable as the immoral enfent terrible billionaire, but it's nice to see him in something else. FX leaves a bit to be desired as well.

Overall it ends up feeling like a double-length pilot for a BBC series a la Spooks. Watchable, but probably not more than once.

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RE: So... what are you playing just now?

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"Another good game, which the game company made previously was ICO"

They've also released Last Guardian on the PS4. Gameplay looks similar to Ico, but instead of dragging a fey young lass around, this time it's a massive dog/bird hybrid thing.


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RE: So... what are you playing just now?

My sons have bullied me into the realm of Fortnite. It's a hefty download anyway at 80gb, but the plus side is I can play with them (in creative) while I'm on my PC, and they're playing separately on iPad & Xbox. A downside to this is some of the PC players have modded accounts which skews the gameplay, and would probably be a good indication of how much of a clusterfark cross-compatibility would be if added to other games such as COD or GTA.

Also picked up Hue as a freebie, an intriguing little puzzle game where selecting colours on a small palette wheel makes similarly coloured walls & blocks temporarily vanish. Simple concept, tricky in execution. 

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Someone with too much time on their hands has found out there's only 10 types of movie poster

I knew about the blue & orange thing, but the others are new to me, but still oddly familiar

https://humansoftumblr.com/twitter-user-proves-there-are-only-10-movie-poster-designs

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This item was edited on Thursday, 9th July 2020, 10:02

RE: [VIDEO] 5G con spiracy

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"which are pure carnage on wheels"

You mean 'could be'.

But no, there will never be fully automated HGVs on the road - ever, not in the numbers we have now. Automated driving is very much still in its infancy, and will only be used very sparingly by the elite. We're decades away from Minority report superhighways


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[VIDEO] Eurovision Song Contest - the movie, not the show.

Will Ferrell's an odd one. Genuinely nice bloke, sterling actor when he pushes himself, referees for his kids' soccer team league, and thanks to Graham Norton's introduction, a massive fan of the ESC, so he wrote a movie about it.

For blimey-knows what reason, I found myself watching this Saturday night, and it's pretty OK.

Will & Rachael McAdams play an Icelandic musical duo with dreams of winning Eurovision, but their isolated location, as well as opposition from Will's father, played with a startlingly authentic Icelandic accent by Pierce Brosnan seem to be major barriers to them getting anywhere near their dream.

By sheer luck, their demo tape is chosen to make up the numbers for the regional competition, and other factors in play cement their position in the actual competition itself held, for some reason, in Edinburgh (which would mean that the UK won it the previous year, despite one of the characters joking that the UK never wins the Eurovision).

And here's the thing, a lot of reviewers seem to be taking this film far too seriously for what it is, and pointing out factual errors about the film's depiction of the contest's rules & regulations. Seemingly oblivious to the long-held reality that Eurovision is a joke. It's a campy farce only taken seriously by the few countries who think it's a serious competition. Also, Rachel is supposed to be about 50 according to the timeline, but she looks bloody good for it.

At its heart, it's a love story between Will & Rachel (Lars & Sigrit), trying to chase their individual dreams that are more intertwined than they realise. The staging is great, having been filmed during last year's ESC in Israel, so they had an audience on standby. And the songs are actually pretty good. Well, a couple are anyway.

Naturally, former winners get a look in, Conchita's there, as is Netta, who very nearly made me punch my screen during the few seconds she was polluting it with her presence.

There's cringe moments, but it's a Ferrell vehicle, so it's to be expected. But overall it's a solid 7.75/10. Don't look at it too deeply, enjoy the farce and the obvious affection on display, enjoy the music, but above all, don't p*** off the elves.

I'll post this, even though it's a partial spoiler


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RE: [VIDEO] 5G con spiracy



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RE: [VIDEO] 5G con spiracy

I would certainly send out a very garbled message if the UK opens its door to the people of Hong Kong who are suffering at the hands of their Chinese overlords, but then hand billions over to a tech company so deep inside China's pocket. 

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RE: [VIDEO] 5G con spiracy

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"I just want to inform you of the possible dangers of 5G "

That's fair enough, but you're still trying to warn people using conspiracy websites spouting easily debunked hysterical theories with no grounding in reality.

Taking confirmation bias out of the equation, a quick google of '5G testing results' (note, not using 'positive results' as the search term) brings up a plethora of agenda-free websites detailing results of various tests performed and their outcomes, as well as this one which answers some of the questions you've been asking, but seem to have been looking for the answers in the wrong places 


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RE: [VIDEO] 5G con spiracy

Well, you're not going to win any arguements with batshit-crazy websites like that either.

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RE: [VIDEO] 5G con spiracy

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"It has been proven"

Jeez, Bandi, you've been here long enough to know you need to back that s*** up with undeniable evidence other than a blog post.


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[VIDEO] The Old Guard (Netflix)

In the absence of bums on seats, the online streaming services are filling the void with material that, under normal circumstances, would look more than at home on the big screen.

One that popped up on my feed today was trailer for The Old Guard, starring Charlise Theron as the leader of a group of immortal mercenaries shooting people and blowing crap up, while avoiding identification by a shadowy organisation wishing to try to weaponize their abilities. Would certainly come in handy during most conflicts, but, you know, morals and that.

Most interesting aspect for me personally is that the big bad appears to be played by Dudley Dursley himself, Harry Melling.



Out next Friday, so probably available everywhere else Saturday morning. They really need to get a grip on that

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RE: Video converter

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" What other alternatives are there?"

Anything other than the obvious bilge you've just spammed


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The Great (Hulu)

I've been a fan of the younger Fanning sister since her scene-stealing performance in Super 8, but have been a little disappointed in her movie choices since. Neon Demon was style very much over substance, and Teen Spirit was so inconsequential I'd forgotten most of the movie half an hour later.

So to see her taking the lead in this quite lavish re-telling of the story of Catherine & Peter the great piqued my interest, and I'm glad I sought it out as it's bloody amazing. Elle plays the primarily niave but ultimately cunning Catherine (with a spot-on English accent to boot). Nicholas Hoult turns the belligerent arrogance all the way up to Top Trump as Peter, and Phoebe Fox excels as the snippy fallen-from-nobility maid, Marial.

It's starkly violent in places, there's a lot of random acts of how's-your-father, especially with everyone else's other halves, and everyone has a potty-mouth to rival even the most sea-weary sailor. If Stranger Things convinced the public to give Netflix a go, then this could really be Hulu's figurehead.

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RE: [VIDEO] Brexit

By the way, not sure if anyone noticed while they were screaming about Cummings and his little road trip - Farage flew to the US last week to support his best mate Trump during his embarassing Tulsa rally.

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RE: Dumb smart meters



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RE: [VIDEO] The Trump Presidency

I think the hook is that on first impression, you wouldn't immediately think he'd be that sensible & level-headed. He popped up on my feed once and clicked, expecting him to be a General Lee-saluting hick, but I was glad to be wrong. I haven't subscribed, but YT's algorithm being what it is he's showing up more often than not now

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RE: A Musk try

Played far too much Kerbal to have not got that on the first try

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RE: So... what are you playing just now?

Via a complicated youtibe rabbit hole, I stumbled across Raft, a seemingly open-ended sandbox game where you find yourself on a tiny raft floating on an endless ocean, using only the flotsam around you to build up your raft, find food and defend yourself from the never-ending queue of sharks who'll chomp off your foot or a section of your floating island if you're not paying attention.

I'd actually got quite involved, made myself a bedroom with hammock, a well-stocked kitchen (mainly fish) and a navigation deck. When I finally managed to pool my resources and put a receiver together, and it's at this point that I discovered that the game actually has a plot, that being the plot from Waterworld. (polar icecaps melted, fend for yourself).

It's that involving it's managed to drag me away from GTA online for more than a week

Edit, turns out the game is early access, and they've only released the first chapter, which I got to the end of earlier. Oh well, back to GTA it is then

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[VIDEO] RE:Elvis From Outer Space

Looks just as good as a Neil Breen movie. I fully expect it to be featured on Half in the Bag within a month

Not that they've got any decent movies to review these days



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[VIDEO] RE: SpaceX manned flight canceled till Saturday

Looking better today



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RE: [VIDEO] The Trump Presidency

Interesting video, but that guy needs to take a breath once in a while.

Interesting in that he calls out Twitter for using CNN & WaPo as credible sources for fact checking the Presidents lies (Not 'predictions' - lies). It also mentions 'others', as in other fact checking mediums, so it could be said that the mentions of CNN & WaPo were there just as eye-catching names.It's also interesting that he refers to them in derogatory tones, implying he might not be completely down the middle when it comes to bias, but that's just my take.

The fact is Trump's tweets are taken as undeniable facts by the thousands of misguided fools who still believe he's doing a good job.



so come November there may indeed be a swing in either direction based solely on people believing his comments regarding voter fraud regarding mail-in ballots (short answer, there never has been any widespread and/or effective accounts of voter fraud  via mail-in ballots - ever, and as President, he knows that. erg, he lied)Also, Twitter didn't censor Trump, they just added a footnote advising its users to do a little research before taking his bullshit at face value.



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RE: [VIDEO] The Trump Presidency

They've just labelled another of his tweets as 'glorifying violence' after he quoted a notoriously racist police chief from the 60's, essentally threatening to order the  police & military to open fire on looters. 

So, of course, even though he's been using their platform to spout his sociopathic garbage for years, now that they're actually talking him to task for his repeated violations of their terms of service, he's threatening to heavily regulate Social media, specifically Twitter.

Tell me again how that isn't one of the 14 tenets of fascism?


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RE: [VIDEO] Would this make you want to watch Attack of the Clones?

The only thing that would make me want to watch that steaming turd again is a large bundle of used 20's thrust into my sweaty mitt, and even then I probably wouldn't pay attention

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RE: SpaceX manned flight canceled till Saturday

I remember watching a launch several years ago, might even have been one the of the final shuttle launches, when it was cancelled for weather reasons. The was a lot of frustration as it was 30 minutes until launch and the reason the launch was scrubbed was there was anvil clouds 20 miles from the pad. Apparently that was enough to put the kybosh on the whole thing

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