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Picture from Wikipedia showing the Kernkraftwerk Grafenrheinfeld nuclear power plant. Time to bust the myths that nuclear power is dangerous and kills lots of people so shouldn't be considered. It doesn't and never has. Even the big meltdowns like Chernobyl and Fukushima that everyone knows about actually only ever killed very few people each and those accidents were worst case scenarios, unlikely to happen again with modern technology and processes. Uranium reactors are safe enough, even with their radioactive by-products that people are so scared of, but thorium is on another level of safety. On top of that, the energy extracted from thorium is an enormous 200x that of uranium! We have enough reserves on earth to last thousands of...
Please scroll to the bottom for the update. You wouldn't expect the simple process of installing forum software to royally screw up, destroying a database, taking out an already installed forum and not even creating its own tables, would you? Well, incredibly, that's just what happened when I installed the premium Invision Community forum software! Thankfully, this happened on my test system running on my home PC and not the production server, so it's merely an inconvenience to try again and figure out what happened, which I will do when I get some time. Here are the gory details. NerdZone runs on XenForo not Invision Community I actually already had the Invision license before I set up this forum, but renewals are very expensive...
The ban on the RT (Russia Today) disinformation "news" channel has now come into full effect. You can't get it on Sky, Freesat or Freeview. You can't get their website either, even on ISPs who don't censor the internet, see article picture, and YouTube has blocked it too. The app has been gone from the Apple App Store as well for a few days now. I'm sure it's blocked in more places too if one looks. However, I was able to get it online via the VPN by selecting the right countries. I'm not going to say which ones for obvious reasons. Interestingly, their blocked YouTube channel also worked, but only if you hadn't tried to watch it first without the VPN. Looks like YouTube is remembering the block by use of a cookie. My question is, why...
I've been listening to music on SoundCloud for the longest time for free, no login, and found it to be very good. What I couldn't do, was download any tracks, as that requires a SoundCloud Go or SoundCloud Go+ subscription to download legally. While there are various ways of ripping the tracks off the site (Google is your friend, see below) I wanted to be totally legit about it and help support SoundCloud and the artists, so I subbed the Go+ service at £9.99 / month with the first month free. Then I got a nasty surprise: I couldn't actually download anything! First I checked the artists that I was interested in: nothing. Then, I started checking random artists and tracks. It must have been over 50 and none of them, that's right, none...
UPDATE 22.02.2022: The Gamers Nexus Newegg interview video posted today is in the next post. Note: it's best to watch the ones in this post first to maintain the correct chronological order and get the full picture. They simply claim that you broke it, even when the shipping box hasn't been opened and good luck getting them to change their minds. However, they picked on the wrong customer when they targeted major tech YouTube channel Gamers Nexus who have clout and therefore actually have the means to get past this roadblock. Looks like fraud, a scam to me and to GN. There's evidence that this fraud is widespread too, judging by the many comments of similar experiences sent to GN. Imagine what it feels like to get scammed on a very...
Today, Sky launched Sky Glass, the new way to get the full Sky service, available 18th October, by streaming via the internet instead of a dish and... it's interesting, but in all the wrong ways. The issue is choice, or rather the way Sky denies choice while promoting it as a must-have premium product and the ramifications of this. Click to enlarge As a Sky customer, I've been looking forward to the new Sky-by-Internet service for a good couple of years now in case it offered something better than the hybrid satellite and internet service that they've got now with Sky Q, which works quite well (annoying design niggles with the Sky Q firmware aside). As such, I was expecting a new version of the Sky Q box or something similar...
See bottom for update. I keep having to RMA the damned things since they fail after a short time. I want to say upfront that all these cards have never been overclocked and for the vast amount of time are just sitting there, rendering the desktop, so are hardly stressed at all. The CPU does have an overclock, but a pretty small one. It's a 2700K running at 4GHz with 16GB RAM in two sticks. My last high end card which still works properly, is the ancient MSI 780 Ti Gaming that I've got (I have two for SLI goodness at the time). Both still work flawlessly today, even after a lot of use. In 2017 I upgraded to a Palit GTX 1080 GameRock Premium. Great card and great performance while it worked for the first couple of months, then went...
I'm a PC gamer and everyone knows that the PC is the most powerful gaming platform with the best graphics, but, it does come at a high dollar price, especially the graphics cards... The other downsides are the inevitable glitches and fiddling with Windows patches, drivers and game settings required to make games run just right (hopefully). It's all a bit of an inconvenient faff if I'm honest, something that console peasants users usually don't have to put up with. Now, I game online cross platform with friends where it's a heady mixture of PCs, PlayStations and Xboxes in crossplay mode, which is just asking for trouble, bless. And true to form, it's normally quicker and more convenient for the console gamers to be up and running, but...
It might surprise you, but there's no such thing as an analog output from a digital computer. The output remains digital, no matter what. This might seem a strange thing to say when there are things like an "analog" audio port on a sound card for connecting to analog speakers, or an "analog" VGA port on older graphics cards for connecting to an analog CRT monitor, but it's true. Your regular PC, smartphone, games console etc, being digital, works on the base 2* (binary) number system, so any analog inputs from the real world have to first be digitised by an analog to digital converter (ADC). This means that the signal is now represented by a stream of numbers. After this point there's no going back, even when the signal is converted...
In 1980s during period of Western oppression of great Soviet Union, imperialist raiders of US & A and British Empire sought to steal Soviet innovations and prevent superior Soviet technology from benefitting the world. Nonetheless, despite attempts of evil capitalists to hold back progress, majestic Soviet Union invented many computers using finest materials and components: All of these and many more were copied by British Empire using inferior components and then sold to unwanted western parts of Soviet European expansion territory and US & A. Key to robustness and reliability of superior Soviet computing is use of DIN socket to make connection to other devices. Unlike US & B, DIN socket is strong, secure, dependable...
Console vs PC - Past to Present Self-confessed console addict, Robert Vaughan, gives his take on the evolution of gaming and what has influenced his buying choices over the past 30 years. Glory Days Let me start by saying I’m a bit of a console whore, but it wasn’t always that way… My first memory of computer gaming was ‘Horace Goes Skiing’ on the ZX Spectrum (48k), and I was hooked. Anyone who remembers loading a game via external cassette and the frustration of it failing will know what I’m talking about. The 128k version with a disk drive was always a bridge too far. Soon after, I was lucky enough to own a Sega Master System, then a Sega MegaDrive. Around this time, we travelled to the US a lot, as my dad worked for...
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