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  1. 6 hours ago, LadyCrimson said:

    I assume I didn't get the most uber version possible (D15S, it's all black!) which is fine since I don't manually OC (CPU just does that varied volt/oc on its own) but no game has gone over 55C, even cpu-intensive unity games .

    That's one step down from the top-of-the-line model, the D15, but nearly as good.

  2. On 2/23/2021 at 9:02 PM, Keyrock said:

    I haven't played Exodus yet, but I enjoyed both 2033 and Last Light well enough. Metro's biggest failing is that it's not as good as S.T.A.L.K.E.R., but, well, nothing is.

    One of my dream games would be a fully co-op version of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - that would take away from the horror slightly but I think it would be a good game.

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  3. My girlfriend's fever broke and she's feeling better, plus the COVID test came back negative! Unfortunately today she got notified that she had been exposed to someone who had tested positive while going to the doctor to get tested so the plans to meet in-person have been put-off until she tests negative again (ideally without any additional exposure incidents). I'm sure the irony of what happened will be amusing down the line but at the moment it's more frustrating than anything else.

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  4. My girlfriend is running a low fever and we had to cancel date-night in favor of doing something virtually so we ended up getting dinner from the same restaurant and watching something over Discord together, and that actually went fairly well. It's probably stress and not COVID but, still, we'll both feel better once the test comes back and that's confirmed.

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  5. 5 hours ago, MedicineDan said:

    It was the worst reaction to a vaccination in my life.

    Thus far I've mainly had fatigue, some muscle soreness, and possibly a light fever. It's not what I would call pleasant but I seem to recall feeling worse overall muscle pain from the Tetanus vaccine.

  6. 4 hours ago, ShadySands said:

    I'm hoping they just went to the wrong address because if not then they lied about it because as I said my door is under surveillance all day and nobody ever showed up.

    I've heard that some carriers will put 'attempted to deliver' if they're running behind so they don't have to deal with the package until another day but don't know how true that is.

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  7. I got a call from our internal contact tracing team this morning saying that I had briefly had contact with someone who had tested positive, so that's not great. Luckily I've already had the first half of the vaccine and the contact was minimal but, still, I'll be looking forward to the test results later this week to confirm that I didn't get infected and assuming the worst until then. And hopefully I won't have to go back on-site again anytime soon since 99% of my work can be done remotely and I've been trying to do that as much as possible.

  8. On 1/14/2021 at 7:11 PM, Gorth said:

    But, it felt like the story started nosediving worse than a Boeing 737 MAX already during season 5.

    Yeah, the quality of the show really started to degrade once D&D ran out of book material and had to come up with original plot (although they weren't that great about using book material either, particularly when they made completely unnecessary changes just to be more 'shocking' and 'controversial').

  9. On 1/19/2021 at 12:10 AM, Gorth said:

    Hey, the worlds first concentration camps in the (modern sense) were introduced in SA.

    Arguably the United States has that dubious 'honor' with structures such as Fort Snelling in 1862 and you also had the concurrent use of camps by, once again, the United States in the early twentieth century in the Philippines as well as the German use of camps against the Herero and Nama although I believe that the most notorious, Shark Island, did come after the events of South Africa.

    However, that also depends on what you define a concentration camp to be and if it actively needs to be an extermination center, that is to say a death camp, or not.

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  10. I signed up to receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine within the next few weeks. My team is going to figure out the exact order on Monday, since we don't want to take it all at once in case of any negative side effects, and I suspect I'll be towards the end since I'm able to work remotely (although also glad to be on the list and able to receive it given that, in the case of an emergency, I could go back on-site with some modicum of protection). I'll still be taking weekly COVID tests, even though I'm working from home we're all required to get tested at least once every seven days, but the more protection the better - particularly since I think this is going to get much, much worse.


    I also submitted a paper examining the 2019 Measles Outbreak in New York City and State to be published in a minor journal, so ideally it will pass peer review and withstand the editor's pen. But even if that doesn't happen it was still exciting to have been asked to submit something in the first place.

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  11. On 10/31/2020 at 7:31 PM, LadyCrimson said:

    I was sort of interested in that new Occulus 2 VR because $299 would be an ok experimental price point to me, but then heard about Facebook account connection/login/integration required. I don't have a Facebook account, not going to get one.  So much for that.

    There is a working jailbreak, although it hasn't been released to the public at this point, so my guess is that there will be plenty of non-Facebook units running around in the near future.
    At some point I should probably upgrade to an index, I've got a Quest Gen 1, and a legacy account so I don't have to use Facebook, and the original Vive but sometimes I do wish the resolution was higher and the new controllers look very interesting...

  12. 5 minutes ago, Raithe said:

    When the question of "Does my one vote actually matter" is raised.. :

    An even better example is a House race in 2019 in Virginia that literally came down to a coin toss since it was a tie vote, the ballot of the tie-breaking voter was tossed out since he hadn't filled it out properly and had written something in, meaning that if a single extra voter had come to the polls they would have decided the race.

  13. Biden now has a slight lead in Georgia, it's looking worse and worse for Trump's odds of winning although the margin there will almost certainly be close enough to trigger an automatic recount and there are still ballots yet to be counted. I suspect that we'll also see an upswing in unrest tomorrow that might erupt into violence as the more extreme radicals on the right realize that Trump is in real danger of losing the race... And an equally high chance of unrest from the radical left if Trump gains a lead in enough states to put in over 270...

    Although if it is within one or two delegates I wouldn't sleep easy if I were Trump considering, if I remember correctly, he had two unfaithful electors in 2016 and he is even more polarizing now. The chance of this is probably highest if he does mange to stop the voting, although now that he's behind I suspect he'll suddenly change his position on that, but even without that I suspect there's a risk. And the same could be said of Biden although I think that is less likely this year than it was in 2016 when it was clear Clinton had lost and a protest vote wouldn't change the election.

  14. 1 hour ago, BruceVC said:

    ...and his support base  and message needs to be recognized going forward 8)

    I think we might not really know that until the midterm elections or 2024 when, most likely, we'll see people running on the Trump platform of nationalistic populism mixed with a bit of xenophobia but without Trump in the White House to directly rally around (unless Trump ends up winning, although that is looking less and less likely as the counting process draws to a close).

    There is a good possibility that, without the demagogue directly on the ballot, people might not be as supportive as they were when he was up for election.

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  15. 2 hours ago, Guard Dog said:

    Is it just me or is trump becoming even more unwrapped as we get closer to the end of this thing?

    It's not just you, the closer he gets to the election the more wild and erratic he has become (and I'm sure that the getting COVID hasn't helped his already questionable mental state).

  16. 2 hours ago, BruceVC said:

    I  know you quoted this from somewhere else...

    You should, it's one of the most famous works of short written verse to come out of WWII (it is by Martin Niemöller commonly known as 'First they came...').

    Although the jump from 'people like to think they wont be a target of persecution until it happens and thus are willing to surrender the rights of others without realizing how the same could be done to them' to 'we can never oppose any socialist policies' was a bit drastic and uncalled for.   

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