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  1. Need a new tv.

    I'm on the fence about HDR in gaming, to be fair. Not convinced it adds a lot. The tech demos are pretty cool for film stuff, but even without HDR there was a scene with Eleven in the sensory deprivation tank in Stranger Things where the black areas of the screen were so dark it looked like the power was off. Incredible achievement on an LCD screen.
  2. Need a new tv.

    T̪̲̱ͫ͝ͅḧ̼̣͇́ͩ̇eͯ͑ͨ̾ ̛̼̜̠͐͊̑i̥̣̖̗̭͖͕ͨ̌nͫ͐̓ͤ͗ͥ̍҉͉̦̲v̦̊̑̽ͫ͋͊o̲̹͙͖̗͇͓̒ͫͯc̸͇̘ͩͣ̐͑̔͑a̘̟͚͙͓̙t̴̼̲͕̭̦i̙̞̾̂͋ͫ̌̕o̩̎ͪͩn̉͌̋͏̞͚̙ ̊ͯ̀̄̓̑̿͠i͉̱̜̋ͩ̆ͣ̆͑š̳̟͈̹̻ͤ͐̂ͦͭ͂ ̩͖̹̲͇̻ͥ̔̐̾ͯͩ̒͟c͕̉͂ͧͫ̾̀o̺̬̪̖͊̚m̺ͮͦ̔̋͋̍p̷̭͂̋ͨl̴̹͎̤ͪ̒͒͌̍e̢̼̖͙̭̘ͤͫͦt̷̺̣͇̒̿̚e̥̟̽.̳̫̖̻͕ͤ̐͒͐ ̈́̍̉͏̮͙͈I̝͉͍̍̓͌̈͡ ̠̲̗̘̑a̟̰ͦͫ͟ͅm̖͈͕͈̄͘ ͓͚̖͇͚ͫͭ̊̽ͨ͌̓s̵̙̳̣͌ͭ͑͛͊ṳ̣ͧm̶̞͓̻̭̥̟̬ͬͮ̏ͧͬ̈́m̝̞̯͉ͦͯo̤͈̤̎ͨ̓̑n̪͇͖ͭ̌̚͠e̫̺̔̆͌̎ͭ͐ͧdͩͧͫ̏͜.̧̋͐ͮ͑ͥ.̭̫̗̣̉̒ͤ̆.̞͚͔̜͓̞̥ͯ̓ͧ̅̀͗ Ummm yeah - so where was I? Oh yeah - curved screen TV. To be honest, I've stopped noticing the curve - it's quite subtle, and it means my TV sits back into the corner of the room better, which is popular with the Mrs - she didn't think we needed a 49" TV. Reflections can be a bit of a problem, but there's a definite sweet spot in terms of sitting position that gives zero reflections, even in a bright room. Bear in mind that a lot of cinema screens are curved as well, now, which you don't tend to notice much. Curve would probably be a PITA if wall mounting though. Samsung are probably one of the go-to brands at present, the one Mus mentions is 4k ready which is a plus, the Samsung OS seems fairly intuitive although sometimes gets confused over inputs. Oh, and you'll want to turn HDMI-CEC OFF if you want to remain sane. Worth looking at somewhere like AVForums to see if there's a list of recommended settings as well.
  3. Hug your loved ones...

    Cheers for the thoughts guys. And with regard to Twitter, Novi... I wouldn't say it was a "falling out" as such. As I recall, there came a point where our interactions on Twitter seemed to boil down, on quite a few occasions, to me expressing a positive sentiment about something - a game, a film, a piece of tech - in a general tweet to everyone, followed by you chipping in to express a negative opinion about whatever that thing was, and then being a bit reluctant to accept that any opinion other than yours was valid. To the point where I started to think you might be deliberately pissing on my chips, as it were. Now I know that was likely never your intention. But it seemed like more negativity than I could handle at the time, and so a strategic block was called for. That way, I reasoned, my chips would remain urine-free, and we could still interact on here. Essentially, it was a preemptive measure to make sure we DIDN'T fall out. No offence was intended.
  4. Hug your loved ones...

    Right. Therapy time for Andy, so apologies but I kinda need to - well, vent isn't really the right word, and I'm not sure I can bring myself to "share". Over the weekend I had a very, VERY important reminder that a lot of the political upheaval at the minute is all essentially bullshit, and not what really matters. On Sunday afternoon I got a call from my wife to say that she and my youngest son had been involved in a car accident. A very serious car accident. She was obviously distressed, and panicky, and at one point when she said "I think he's dead" while talking about the other driver, I... I really don't want to think about what went through my mind, until I managed to get out of her that she was ok, and my son was ok, and the emergency services were there, by which time I was halfway out the door needing to get to her. As it stands, it was a lady in the other car, with young kids. The kids were seriously injured, the lady was killed. The lady just lost control of her car and spun into my wife's path. The police have viewed her dashcam footage and said it was in no way her fault, and there was nothing she could have done. But she still thinks maybe, what if, should I have... Not helped by some fuckwit comment on the news article about the crash saying "typical 4x4 drivers, think they own the road" like she wouldn't have done ANYTHING to be able to prevent the crash. My son is fine. Miraculously, wonderfully, perfectly fine, both physically and mentally. One bruise from a head on collision at 60. But it could have been so different. The political bullshit will work itself out. Hug the ones you love. They're what REALLY matter.
  5. Brexit,in or out

    I've had a good night's sleep and I'm more optimistic. That doesn't mean I think things will all be rosy, and I still wish we'd voted in, BUT. I realised that when Mark Carney announced that the Bank of England was prepared, that those much-maligned "experts" around the world have had plenty of notice. I think the increased regulation of the banking sector after the last crash will help, I think central banks globally were ready to step in to stabilise currency globally, and I no longer worry (as much) that we'll see runaway inflation and crippling interest rates like we saw on Black Wednesday. Can you imagine a 12% base rate? So I think financially the global market will absorb the hit. However. I'm still terrified of the Little England mentality that led to a Leave vote for many, the willingness of people to swallow demonstrable falsehoods like the £350 million per week bullshit, and the fact that a man like Farage who was NOT an official member of the Leave campaign, and who came up with some of the most outrageous, offensive bollocks in the whole campaign, is STILL SOMEHOW RELEVANT.
  6. Overwatch

    The IAPs are only cosmetic items, though - the new characters and maps are going to be free.
  7. Brexit,in or out

    I'm going to Spain in a fortnight. When I checked the news headlines at 4am I was straight onto buying the currency. Managed to save twenty quid, Mr Sainsbury's must have forgotten to set his alarm...
  8. Brexit,in or out

  9. General News

    Positional asphyxia. Had it happen to someone near me once - guy was a car thief, and decided that starting the engine of the BMW he'd just broken into would probably disturb the owner of the house he was stealing it from, so decided to push it down the drive and start it in the road. As such he had the driver's door open and was steering and pushing. Unfortunately for him, the door then fit the gatepost and squashed his chest between the door and the car body. Couldn't get the breath to scream, couldn't sound the horn. Probably shouldn't have tried to nick it, though...
  10. Battlefield 1

    I doubt they laid on 64 high-end gaming PCs for Snoop Dogg and the like to be shit at gaming on...
  11. Brexit,in or out

    Seriously, if you are uncertain, then vote Remain. We can always have another referendum in a few years. Once we're out, and economically fucked, we'll struggle to get back in. If immigration is an issue for you, it's worth remembering that over half the net migration to the UK is from OUTSIDE the EU. I read that, if the current level of immigration is sustained that it will be effectively the difference between having 34 and 35 people in a classroom - i.e barely noticeable. What you also have to bear in mind is that the problems that the Leave camp are blaming on immigration - stretched public services mainly - are less to do with immigration and more to do with the fact that we've had 6 years of austerity to try and cope with the LAST financial crisis - voluntarily causing another collapse won't help that... EDIT: Also on immigration: Norway are outside the EU, and have a trade agreement that Vote Leave are keen to emulate. What they DON'T publicise is that this agreement was conditional on Norway joining the Schengen Zone, thereby allowing free movement of EU citizens into the country...
  12. Brexit,in or out

    I'm shitting bricks over the thought that we might vote to leave. Economically we will be FUCKED. There is likely to be a run on the pound in the event of a Leave vote - some estimates say it might devalue 20%. Given that we import a hell of a lot, that's prices on goods going up by 20%. That in turn will lead to some pretty unpalatable inflation figures, meaning that interest rates will be hiked to rein that in. Meaning everyone currently enjoying a nice cheap mortgage will be shafted. Some people say that devaluation of the pound will be a good thing, as it makes our exports more attractive to overseas buyers. But as Nige pointed out above, we don't HAVE a manufacturing industry any more, the factories have been knocked down, there's no skilled workforce sitting there waiting for the call - and where do we get the tools we need? What about raw materials? Those will need to be imported at a hefty premium. Honestly it baffles me that anyone could remotely consider leaving the EU a good idea - except an Australian-born American citizen who likes telling people and governments what to do. Please guys - vote remain!
  13. What pisses you off?

    Plumbing disaster. Back from a night "glamping" with the youngest - chuck him in the en suite to hose him off and strange, I hear running water when I'm downstairs in the kitchen. I look up - damp patch. The waste pipe has come adrift somewhere, and of course how do you get at it? Remove the whole bloody shower enclosure. As I'm doing that? 4 tiles fall off damp plaster. So it's a whole bloody new en suite. Balls.
  14. Car Thread

    Right. Word of warning. If you see a Fiesta manoeuvring at the side of the road, and it stops, don't assume it's because they've seen you. They may just drive into the side of your admittedly very subtle BRIGHT WHITE FOUR WHEEL DRIVE. Two new doors, a new rear wheel and tyre, and new rear suspension later and I'm back on the road. Also, if you get offered a Pathfinder as a courtesy car, ask if they have something smaller, like a Routemaster, or a Blue Whale on roller skates.
  15. Riddle Me This

    Ghosts.
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