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  1. Linux? High-end quad-core PCs that could render the next Pixar movie? Did anyone miss the bit where Gladys says 'recommend me one that will do the job on the interweb and support gaming (Video card of 128 MB), not least as we canot load The Sims 3 without that'? The PC I recommended is MORE THAN POWERFUL ENOUGH to do everything that Gladys asked for both now and well into the future. Moreover, the rate of growth in the raw clock rates of both CPUs and GPUs has massively slowed over the last few years, indeed, many new quad-core CPUs run each core at a slower clock speed than was common on single core PCs a few years ago. Dual-core I'm happy with, Windows uses dual-core processors pretty effectively, but anything beyond that and you're almost always limited by both the limitations of current coding and other aspects of your PC (notably the mechanical hard disk), it's entirely true that a fast dual-core based PC will often outpace a slower quad-core PC in almost all tasks (save for high end rendering or video crunching work, which I suspect Gladys won't be doing). As for the specific example that was given for Bad Company 2, I've been playing the beta on my dual-core PC (CPU coming up for three years old, graphics card over a year old) - it plays the beta (unoptimised code) of BC2 at 1920x1200 with everything maxed out. It's just plain wrong to say that 'every MHz and meg of RAM counts' these days, back in the day the difference between a Pentium 100 and a Pentium 133 with 4MB and 8MB of RAM respectively was huge, and you'd really feel the benefit of going for the more powerful machine. These days it's just not the case at all, in fact, line up my recommended PC and ciggy's recommended PC, with the same OS/app/games build, and I guarantee you couldn't tell the difference in a blind test unless you extensively benchmarked them both.
  2. Personally I would get something more than you actually need, because it will be a lot more future proof. Something like a Core i7 would last a long time before needing another upgrade, so it will save you money in the long run. I used to buy cheap machines that needed upgrading every year because they would quickly be brought to their knees by the latest apps. and games, then I realised if I buy one that's 50% more expensive it would keep up with new software much longer, so I saved a lot of money. If you only want to upgrade once every six years, definitely get something meaty that won't let you down in performance next year. Gladys doesn't need an i7 based system, not now, not six years in the future either. The days of buying 'the best you possibly can' or 'aim higher than you need' are long gone, the system I linked is half the price of that one, and entirely adequate for browsing the web and playing Sims 3. I'm a keen PC gamer, my PC will be three years old this year, and it's still not struggling with anything I chuck at it - OK I've upgraded the graphics card but Gladys could do that in the £400 system I suggested, should the need ever arrive, which it almost certainly won't in the lifetime of the PC.
  3. Just sounds like a standard port scan to me, happens all the time, mostly from botnet infected PCs. I'm also guessing he's got a Netgear router? They're buggers for making normal stuff sound very exciting. Any kind of 'real' DOS attack wouldn't be picked up on someone's home network, the shit would be hitting the fan far further up the pipe
  4. Borderline for running even older games in all honesty, and the Atom doesn't guarantee a slick 'normal' Windows experience, let alone anything else. They're great little boxes, but only if you have a pretty specific use in mind for them - as a day-to-day machine they don't make the grade.
  5. I'm happy to do my bit by milking humans, every little helps!
  6. What's your budget? Are you keeping an existing monitor or looking to get a new one as part of the system? Any peripherals required or keeping what you have? Overclockers knock out decent PCs for sensible amounts of cash, this would be a reasonably capable all-rounder that'd handle 'average' gaming too: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=FS-192-OK&groupid=43&catid=1444&subcat=1713 You can get cheaper than that but it can start to get a bit painful with crap power supplies, cheap cases, noisy fans, and all that sort of thing.
  7. I've checked and research shows certain versions of the N1 suffer from overheating\crashing problems in certain circumstances (version '1000's apparently. If its crashing frequently and becoming a pain in the arse (which it sounds like!) - By all means bring it back to the shop (with the bits if possible) and there'll be happy to sort out a replacement\alternative router for you (obviously not the same model). Ask for Angela and she'll sort it. Just for the record this was sorted with zero fuss by Angela in the WiManx shop. Took back the Belkin no problem, she gave me a new Netgear, refunded the difference back to my card - no hassles whatsoever, as ever WiManx are a pleasure to deal with. http://www.edonline.im/Shop/ViewProduct.asp?Action=ViewProduct&Category=ROUTERS&Brand=&Code=Netgear%20rangemax The Netgear has been up solidly for a few days now, hasn't missed a beat so far and it has been working hard at various points, so fingers crossed this is the one Infinitely better interface than the Belkin and far more configurable (QoS, proper IP address reservations, that sort of thing), so doubly glad to be rid of the Belkin TBH.
  8. Or rather, if more than 10% of us wanted to withdraw our cash at once, the bank would be fucked, since the other 90% is Monopoly money that somehow they get to charge interest on.
  9. The problem as I see it, and this is something I thought already, and was reinforced by watching Money As Debt and Money As Debt 2 (both can be found in their complete state on YouTube) - is that the banking system (which I think can be separated from capitalism in many ways) absolutely DEMANDS boom and bust, it guarantees it. Banks conjure up loans out of thin air, then lend money that they don't have, but they only create the principal loan amount, for the loan to be repaid, the 'system' has to generate the loan+interest, or the person/organisation who borrowed the money defaults, and surrenders what it is they've bought. (Ain't that a kicker? Take Northern Rock for example, it was lending money for mortgages, money that it categorically Did. Not. Have. - and yet when the borrower of those mortgages defaults, Northern Rock, a bank that only still exists because it was given billions of pounds of OUR MONEY, gets to take back the house, probably off the very person who's supporting it in part with their fucking taxes, and all based on the original lie of Northern Rock's financial model.) For any loan to be repaid with interest, the monetary system demands that the loans + interest are generated, that's simple maths, but since the original loans are only debt, money that the banks didn't have, the loans can only be repaid by the creation of more debt. In short, our entire monetary system, as dictated by the banks, demands that just about every single person in the civilised world is in debt to them (up to and including nations), if the debt was ever fully repaid, money as we know it would cease to exist. And when trouble does come along, the 'financier of last resort' is the taxpayer, the very people who owed money to the banks to start with, and then get to pay it all over again in their taxes to save the shower of spivs and tricksters! (If you're paying a mortgage and paying taxes, you actually get to pay the same banks twice at the same time.....) It's fundamentally broken and it's absolutely perverse - it truly is indefensible on both a moral and a common sense level. (Oh yes, it also guarantees the destruction of our planet and the extinction of humanity, as it's entirely dependent on constant 'economic growth' (which actually means consumption, of course), i.e. infinite growth from a finite resource.) If you haven't already watched Money As Debt and Money As Debt 2, I strongly recommend setting aside a couple of hours of your time to digest them both properly - the basic message of them is genuinely scary. It's important to note that Money As Debt was produced BEFORE the current recession/crash/clusterfuck. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVkFb26u9g8 (1) (2)
  10. Oddly enough I was chatting around this topic with a chum last year (who is paid very handsomely as a banker in the UK) - arguing that if everyone, including nations, simply said 'Our debt doesn't exist', what would actually happen? Since the money doesn't exist to start with (it has been conjured out of thin air), the debt can't exist either. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/personal-view/7273332/Darius-Guppy-our-world-balances-on-a-sea-of-debt.html The banks don't have our money, if we all asked for it at the same time, they'd disappear (which is why Northern Rock would have gone pop without billions of our money). I agree with the author of the piece linked above, we need to completely re-evaluate what money is, and what it's for - because at the minute, we're all being conned. See also - Money As Debt
  11. Is the daytime menu more varied now? We went a couple of times for lunch and it was nice enough, but it was basically burger, steak sandwich, or all day breakfast - a bit more choice wouldn't have gone amiss. The games downstairs are cool but last time I looked there was still NO GODDAMNED PINBALL, DAMMIT!
  12. Aren't these the same ratings agencies that marked the toxic US mortgage books as 'triple AAA' investments, prior to the banks fucking us all over when it turned out that homeless men in string vests couldn't pay $300,000 mortgages off after all?
  13. Saw Zombieland last night - most enjoyable film I've seen in ages. Great humour, sufficient gore and a strangely 'optimistic' tale in many ways. And Woody Harrelson is just sooooo cool.
  14. I've checked and research shows certain versions of the N1 suffer from overheating\crashing problems in certain circumstances (version '1000's apparently. If its crashing frequently and becoming a pain in the arse (which it sounds like!) - By all means bring it back to the shop (with the bits if possible) and there'll be happy to sort out a replacement\alternative router for you (obviously not the same model). Ask for Angela and she'll sort it. Just checked and mine is indeed a '1000' series, a quick Google suggests I'm not alone in my distress..... I'll wander down to the shop with it next week, if you've go ta 2000 series in stock of the same model that'd do, apart the overheating it's decent enough.
  15. I've checked and research shows certain versions of the N1 suffer from overheating\crashing problems in certain circumstances (version '1000's apparently. If its crashing frequently and becoming a pain in the arse (which it sounds like!) - By all means bring it back to the shop (with the bits if possible) and there'll be happy to sort out a replacement\alternative router for you (obviously not the same model). Ask for Angela and she'll sort it. Cheers Joey I'm almost at the 'fed up enough to do something about it' stage I have to say It's OK most of the time, but when it's got lots to do - (there can be up to two PCs, two laptops, a 360, an XBox1 XBMC, NAS, wireless printer, and iPhone all using the network at the same time, with a download maxed out at 1.2MB/s on the ADSL) - it has a habit of just deciding it's had enough, my last Netgear used to go pop in the same scenario. The router is well sited, plenty of air flow around it, away from radiators etc, but when it does die it's far warmer than I suspect is healthy (and that's just what I can feel radiating out of it, god knows how hot it gets internally). Do you do any SOHO stuff at WiManx? I think I need a router that's a step up from general 'home use' robustness TBH. I've kept the box and all the bits and pieces so may pop down to the shop next week, thanks for the answer
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