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@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 02:14 PM)

It's too bad it's like this because some of what they're doing with tiny cars is pretty cool, but I'm not willing to sign up for that f-ing hassle.

@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 02:13 PM)

At this point I'm trying to decide how much of a markup I'm willing to pay some scalper scum or if I should just say to hell with it.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (18 September 2019 - 02:11 PM)

That is pretty much the constant story with Hot Wheels. Anything you might actually want has most likely been picked clean and marked up.

@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 02:02 PM)

I've been watching some Youtube Hot Wheels videos out of boredom and discovered there exists a new car that just came out maybe a month ago that looks just like one I had when I was little, and I've been looking around hoping to get it. Slim picking everywhere, but online there are a slew of sellers asking for 3 and 4x the retail price, plus a hefty shipping markup.

@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 01:59 PM)

Oh, that explains the problem I've encountered with finding one little car

@  TheMightyMol... : (18 September 2019 - 01:31 PM)

Oh boy. I work at Target, and literally every single morning, there are two or three guys outside who make a beeline straight to the Hot Wheels.

@  Steevy Maximus : (18 September 2019 - 01:00 PM)

Hot Wheels

@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 12:25 PM)

Which collecting community has the worst scalpers?

@  TM2-Megatron : (17 September 2019 - 09:55 PM)

I've never read the source material and don't know much about it, but I enjoyed the first film quite a bit, and found the second alright

@  Sabrblade : (17 September 2019 - 09:49 PM)

The first movie was definitely not for me. I flat out hated it. Didn't even bother with the sequel.

@  Maruten : (17 September 2019 - 05:02 PM)

I liked the first movie a lot and enjoyed the original volume of the book, and the way they were developed in parallel was really interesting. It all got super extra unpleasant as soon as they went back though. I don't remember really whether the initial sequels are "good" or not, but either way both the second movie and the second run of the book quickly demonstrated that the property sure wasn't for me.

@  Paladin : (17 September 2019 - 04:45 PM)

i have a real hard time offering praise of anything connected to an utter shitstain like Mark Millar.

@  Rycochet : (17 September 2019 - 01:23 PM)

Kick Ass 2 was okay for what it was, a sequel to a film that was okay, just okay. It had a good performance from Nic Cage while the sequel had Jim Carrey who decided he didn't want to promote it after one of america's regularly scheduled massacres.

@  Benbot : (17 September 2019 - 12:20 PM)

Was Kick Ass 2 really that bad? I never got around to seeing it, but after watching the first movie again the other day, I'm thinking about it.

@  wonko the sane? : (13 September 2019 - 01:54 PM)

Why do you feel a need to label yourself for doing something harmless?

@  Telly : (13 September 2019 - 11:10 AM)

thats more than i look at on reddit

@  Benbot : (13 September 2019 - 10:49 AM)

am I a basic bitch for only browsing the front page of Reddit?

@  Shrug : (12 September 2019 - 12:26 PM)

I managed to find about 2/3s of my goal Sega Genesis collection before the last price bump

@  Anonymous X : (12 September 2019 - 11:11 AM)

So relieved that I picked up most of my NTSC GameCube collection in 2010/11 before prices on the secondary market went bezerk...

@  unluckiness : (12 September 2019 - 12:54 AM)

I have fond memories of it since it was the last console Mario Kart that didn't have the ridiculous pre-race cart assembly

@  TM2-Megatron : (11 September 2019 - 10:26 PM)

Like many Gamecube games, underrated

@  unluckiness : (11 September 2019 - 09:24 AM)

Double Dash is great. Just watch out for blue shells

@  Bass X0 : (11 September 2019 - 07:43 AM)

I used a double dash on my mobile. The chat didn’t like it.

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 September 2019 - 04:17 AM)

The mobile version of the site chokes on certain characters, I think.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 September 2019 - 04:10 AM)

what's with that punctuation anyway

@  Nevermore : (11 September 2019 - 03:20 AM)

Now where did that come from, Bass X0?

@  Bass X0 : (11 September 2019 - 01:52 AM)

Politics and Religion — tools of foul play!

@  TM2-Megatron : (10 September 2019 - 11:10 PM)

If you owe, you're expected to actually pay it at the time you file, before they even process your return

@  TM2-Megatron : (10 September 2019 - 11:10 PM)

If you file electronically, I find you usually get your refund within a couple weeks

@  Nevermore : (10 September 2019 - 06:22 PM)

Well, lucky it took less than two months for me. For a little over 200 Euros.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 September 2019 - 06:11 PM)

Pretty much, yeah. Canada revenue will be all up your ass if you earn less than 200K and owe tax, but your refund is basically "duke nukem forever".

@  Nevermore : (10 September 2019 - 05:34 PM)

Whereas if you overpaid and they have to refund you, they will take their sweet time to let you know.

@  Nevermore : (10 September 2019 - 05:34 PM)

Like, here in Germany, if the tax authority responds to your tax report quickly, you can rest assured they want more money.

@  Nevermore : (10 September 2019 - 05:33 PM)

Do tax authorities in other countries base their time to respond to filed tax reports on whether they owe or are owed as well?

@  wonko the sane? : (10 September 2019 - 11:13 AM)

Check what the requirements are for your cad program, and try to beat them by about 20%, and understand that software requirements have been stable for a few years: not really keeping up with the advancements in hardware. Unless you're doing something SPECIFIC which requires ludicrous amounts of power, just give your self a cushion on hardware and don't bother going whole hog.

@  Benbot : (10 September 2019 - 10:16 AM)

What I'm currently using is an i5 2018 Surface Laptop. My current desktop is all but dead. I think in the end affordability will win out over specs. I need to use CAD programs, but I'm a student, not a professional.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 September 2019 - 10:06 AM)

Okay. Whats the specs on the I7 and what are you currently using?

@  Benbot : (10 September 2019 - 09:23 AM)

fun and games

@  wonko the sane? : (09 September 2019 - 04:43 PM)

Depends entirely on what you use the computer for.

@  Steevy Maximus : (09 September 2019 - 11:52 AM)

Probably not

@  Benbot : (09 September 2019 - 09:39 AM)

Do I need an i7 on my new computer?

@  Nevermore : (08 September 2019 - 12:08 PM)

https://imgur.com/fkyjpza

@  Nevermore : (08 September 2019 - 12:07 PM)

Today's convention haul:

@  wonko the sane? : (08 September 2019 - 08:54 AM)

But it was Huuunnngrrrryyyy. What was I supposed to do?

@  MEDdMI : (08 September 2019 - 08:23 AM)

But did you feed any small fuzzy creatures after midnight?

@  wonko the sane? : (08 September 2019 - 06:32 AM)

Shouldn't be. I literally just built it. Not even three weeks ago even.

@  TM2-Megatron : (07 September 2019 - 10:13 PM)

Sounds like your computer's on its last lags, Wonko

@  wonko the sane? : (07 September 2019 - 07:37 PM)

Dunno, crucial says it's fine, gonna need a second opinion.

@  Pennpenn : (07 September 2019 - 06:52 PM)

Good luck! (or break a leg if it's like theater luck...)

@  wonko the sane? : (07 September 2019 - 06:46 PM)

Alright. The damages now seem to include my primary SSD. Thankfully, the gaming drive (I have now lost all my games and mods entirely.) Let me wipe it and install there. Once the crucial utility is installed again, will verify the drive.


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#1741 Pocket

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Posted 30 June 2019 - 07:08 PM

Well, the iOS/iPadOS 13 public beta is out, and I have it. A warning for anyone who's interested: Mail is all kinds of hecked up at the moment; I can't view my inbox at all without filtering by unread, which makes it impossible to delete messages among other things. Tap-and-hold behavior for links in Safari is super-weird now—it brings up an entire preview thumbnail of the page being linked to, which I guess is handy for unlabeled YouTube links and going to be annoying for everything else. It also breaks press-and-hold for Firefox for now.

In other recent news, I discovered that Steam Link is finally out of beta, so I tried it out. For the uninitiated, it's an app that lets you connect to your computer and play your video games remotely over wi-fi using either a Steam Controller or any controller that already works with the mobile OS (so for iOS this would be anything with "Made for iPhone" branding). There's also an option to use "touch controls" which sounds horrible and which I have not tried. Anyway, there's a noticeable delay even when I'm in the same room as the computer and the router, which seems to get worse the more demanding on resources the game is, so it's likely caused by the video compression competing for GPU cycles with the game. I need to download some less demanding games and see how they fare, but it's likely going to be unusable for anything involving fast-paced action.

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Posted 10 September 2019 - 07:48 AM

Anyone watching today?  Everyone says it's going to be a lackluster iterative release, so much that I'm holding off replacing my 6S until next year, but I'm still interested to finally see the final products.



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Posted 10 September 2019 - 08:02 AM

Anyone watching today?  Everyone says it's going to be a lackluster iterative release, so much that I'm holding off replacing my 6S until next year, but I'm still interested to finally see the final products.

 

2020 is looking more and more like the year to buy an iPhone from all the analysts.

 

This year I'm actually very interested in Apple's new tracker technology. Tile was fine, but relied on a network that didn't exist. With Apple's low energy bluetooth beacons able to be picked up by any iDevice it's going to be a game changer I believe. 

 

Also interested to see how they justify their services. +? There's no back catalog that we know of, and I'm not paying monthly for five shows. ARCADE is much more interesting. Giving my son and I a catalog of no micro-transaction games that he can play on his iPad, iPhone and TV? Yes, please, as long as they're not more of the same mobile resource management bull-honkey.

 

Hardware-wise, I'm also interested finally getting an iPad Pro, but I'm assuming those are going to come at a later date.


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Posted 10 September 2019 - 11:52 AM

Hardware-wise, I'm also interested finally getting an iPad Pro, but I'm assuming those are going to come at a later date.

 

I can tell you that the 2018 iPad Pro is fantastic. Even if the 2019 version is just a spec bump, you'll be quite impressed.


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Posted 10 September 2019 - 01:44 PM

Color me completely under-impressed. 


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Posted 10 September 2019 - 04:19 PM

I guess I'm interested in the 11? My current phone definitely isn't making it until 2020, so I guess it's time for an upgrade.

 

New iPad sounds nice, but I'm still looking a the Mini. Love that form factor.

 

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Posted 11 September 2019 - 10:23 AM

New iPad sounds nice, but I'm still looking a the Mini. Love that form factor.

 

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Posted 11 September 2019 - 11:53 AM

New iPad sounds nice, but I'm still looking a the Mini. Love that form factor.
 
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My dream machine would be an iPad Mini Pro.

Same here. Really, I don't care about having a "pro", I just want a mini that is sufficiently updated, which the current one is not. Apple basically stopped updating their regular iPads since introducing their Pro line.

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Posted 11 September 2019 - 12:52 PM

Same here. Really, I don't care about having a "pro"

 

Nah, I want the whole USB-C, ProMotion, PENCIL 2 support, FaceID... the whole gamut.

 

I'd love to have the tiniest mobile Photoshop rig for when it comes out for iOS.


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Posted 11 September 2019 - 01:55 PM

 

Hardware-wise, I'm also interested finally getting an iPad Pro, but I'm assuming those are going to come at a later date.

 

I can tell you that the 2018 iPad Pro is fantastic. Even if the 2019 version is just a spec bump, you'll be quite impressed.

 

On that note, the 2018 Pros are starting to crop up in the Apple Refurbished store.  That's a solid indication from prior years that apple's starting to flush out "fall back" inventory and getting ready to refresh the model.  At $679, the base 11" Pro is only $5 higher than the sale price from Amazon or Best Buy (if they are on sale at all).  But Apple is still running their Education sale until the 25th which will at least save on the accessories and AppleCare cost.



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Posted 16 September 2019 - 07:47 PM

I'm in a conundrum: do I spend on a refurbished 10.5" Pro (which costs the same and has all the core features plus extra RAM and better screen and sound than the CURRENT Air), or do I spend the extra $200 for a refurbished 11"?

 

I'm not HUGELY restricted on budget...but $679 is still a heavy chunk of change and that's before the accessories.  I could wait until the October event and hope a refreshed iPad helps kick the price down a hair, but that's not a guarantee (either the event or price reduction).  Am I really missing out on the features by not paying the extra cash?



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Posted 17 September 2019 - 09:23 AM

I'm in a conundrum: do I spend on a refurbished 10.5" Pro (which costs the same and has all the core features plus extra RAM and better screen and sound than the CURRENT Air), or do I spend the extra $200 for a refurbished 11"?

 

I'm not HUGELY restricted on budget...but $679 is still a heavy chunk of change and that's before the accessories.  I could wait until the October event and hope a refreshed iPad helps kick the price down a hair, but that's not a guarantee (either the event or price reduction).  Am I really missing out on the features by not paying the extra cash?

 

 

Now-a-days, I don't buy unless it's a new product launch. It's the only way I feel I can get the maximum value from a product. Why?

 

I got burned buying PowerPC Cheesegrater about two and a half months before they announced the transition to Intel. The Apple machine that I had saved to invest in now had a dead-by date. Never again.

 

I feel like we could be getting close to another Intel to ARM transition that will put a lot of people in the same position.


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Posted 17 September 2019 - 01:11 PM

In this situation, I don't feel Apple's going to make any major changes to the iPad lineup in the next 3 years or so, so I think I'm fairly safe in getting a refurbished model at this stage. I'm just not keen on spending well over a grand for a new iPad in the next few weeks when a refurb 10.5 or 11 are MORE than adequate for what I'm looking to use it for.  And it would let me get stuff like the pencil and AppleCare WITHOUT pushing the price into the $1500 range for a tablet.

 

That said, I'd totally be up for replacing my aging iMac with a Mac Mini sporting a A12X processor or something similar....

 

 

Side note: I'm bemused that Walmart doesn't carry any iPad Pro models in store...but they only carry the 2nd Gen Apple Pencil. 



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Posted 17 September 2019 - 02:52 PM

I don't really have the luxury of waiting until Apple decides to switch to ARM, so I'm going to have to upgrade.

 

I'm still running a First Gen iPad Mini, so I'll be looking for the current model. I don't need super power, just enough for internet / movies / maybe art.

 

My Macbook is from 2009. So I'm thinking of a base Mac Mini or a base MBP to hold me over for the next few years. Gotta do something soon, I think.

 

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