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Well, installing a Skinomi screen cover on my Pebble time was really easy and already looks good 10mins later. Pretty much necessary, as the screen seems distressingly easy to scratch (I have a very tiny one after a week, and there are some horror pictures online)
Not the cheapest (plus I had to get it shipped from America), but the curved screen reduced the options, and this was the only one that seemed to cover the whole glass, not just the LCD area (why would you do this?!?). If you get one, watch the video, as it makes installation really clear, as you have to spray a solution on it as part of the install.
The pack comes with 6 skins and a lifetime replacement guarantee, so they must be pretty confident I won't need it.

#pebbletime #skinomi  
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anyone know where I can get screen protectors for my pebble time in the UK?
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Thanks. I found a skinomi screen protector a couple of weeks ago, but I have just ordered the bezel protector
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"hot and recommended" appears to actually be "vaccine FUD". The first 8 hot and recommended are all vaccine related (I did not scroll any further), and 7 of those are posts by people in denial of reality. Whether it is measles is harmless, the mercury levels will kill you or (and this was my favourite) a lawyer's view on vaccines (I am hoping for a follow up- an accountant's attempt at open heart surgery...). The 8th post may be too, I just could not stomach reading it by that stage.

No-one I know promotes this kind of drivel, so who is recommeding it? I wonder what the vaccination rates are for kids whose parents work at google?
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If you are interested in a particuarly damning indictment of Wakefields MMR research, this British Medical Journal (BMJ) article is very good. If you look at nothing else, the popup chart (scroll down about half way to find it) shows that the full claims in his article did not match the medical records of any of the 12 children.

While it must be truly upsetting for the parents of children with the disorders Wakefield investigated, fabricating the results and thus misleading the parents in the study,  and subsequently many other parents around the world, about their origins is nothing short of criminal.


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FTL is more than a little addictive. How did I miss this before? If you like #roguelike games, this is great and it has quite a bit more depth than I expected- lots of spaceships, options upgrades, crew, random events and the occasional meaningless death because things just conspired against you. A game is less than 90mins (and you can save in the middle) so it does not suck too much of your life, if you don't play it too often....
I got mine from www.gog.com (PC), but there is also apparantly an iOS version. The PC version is nicely polished and it all just works.

If you do go for it, one word of advice- easy="normal", normal="punishingly difficult", hard="I have no idea/words"
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+Brian Chu I think one of the great things about FTL is that it is not too difficult with the first ship on easy, but each ship gets progressively harder so it's more challenging than frustrating. When you add in the fact that getting some of the further ship unlocks requires compromising your play style you can tune what you are going for as the game goes along.
Sometimes on your first jump you get an event that eats your only crew member, but hey, it's a roguelike- what do you expect?
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Curses. My more than reasonable graphics card in my home theatre and lightweight co-op box is dead.

Oh, the chips, heatsink, connectors etc are all fine. Just the fan has died and, as it is embedded in the rather elaborate copper heatsink with air channels and a screwed on cover (which can only be unscrewed after you remove the heatsink from the card itself), I can't replace it. Believe me I have tried. So I have to replace a whole videocard because a <£1 piece of plastic rubbish failed.

On the plus side, at least the integrated graphics are good enough to run the dual-head home theatre setup and it look pretty good.

Why does everyone skimp on fans? I would quite happily pay £5-£10 more for a graphics card/motherboard if I knew the fans would last as long as the hardware. It can be done as CPU fans show. Grrrr.
At least it was pretty while it lasted :-/

This post is brought to you by a half hour session 3 nights running spent crawing under my desk in the dark and fluff. :(

#shoddy #PC   #fans   #false_economy  
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my motherboard has 2 slots- one takes the graphics card and the other the TV tuner card (which also runs quite hot). This means there is not room to put a fan on top of the heat sink- it has to go into the heatsink like the current one. The current one also sucks air in at the top and blows it out the sides, this air flow is controlled by the plastic cover into the copper heatsink channels. I would need to find a relatively similar fan (roughly similar size, all support structures at the bottom not the sides, designed to blow air out sideways) and then machine the heatsink so it fits and/or rebuild the plastic cover to ensure the air goes where it's supposed to. As the heatsink runs along the whole length of the card I can't just throw it away and replace it. Whatever I replaced it with would need to work well, as the card ran a bit hot at the best of times anyway.

It sucks, but there seems no reasonable way to fix it without hours spend looking for suitable parts and then more hours spent trying to get it to work. :(
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I hope everyone I talk to on the phone realises I have kids, or they must have some very odd ideas about me!
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just bought Papers, Please from the steam sale (50% off). Stopped playing after an hour as it was too stressful-  very strange but great game, I will have to play more another day.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/239030/
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Why is my home page full of anti-vaccer misinformation? What have I done to deserve this? It is one of the most annoying things I can imagine, and what is worse that I can do nothing about it in any meaningful way- there are no downvotes and if I comment, it will just promote it further.
They seem to believe some paranoid conspriacy theory, that reads like a parody, but sadly isn't. Thank you google for marking it has "hot and recommended"
AAARRGGGGHHH!
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+Peter Bauck - maybe I will give that a go. I doubt I will be missing anything they would post on other topics :)
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that's a new one- someone has just signed up for a netflix account using my email address and their credit card details...
Free Netflix? not so much...I would rather just get my email taken off the account and let them get theirs added.

Unfortunately Netflix seem to have no email contact (chat here we come) and there are no additional contact details in the account to reach the owner.

#netflix  
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Same thing happened with me with the Starbucks Rewards Card...
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trust me to back a quality smartwatch....

I don't even have mine yet so I cannot confirm first hand how terrible it is, but my expectations are very low....

It's safe to say I won't be buying any more products from Kreyos....
Crowdfunding complex hardware is risky business, and it seems that risk is something backers of the Kreyos Meteor smartwatch are becoming all too familiar... by David Ruddock in News, Smart Watches
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Kickstarter gets hacked. I am glad I use a password manager so my password was hard to guess, unique to only that account, and easy to change.
Total time for me to address the problem 2mins. If you don't use a password manager....why not?

#kickstarter #keepass  
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Welp.
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Interested in Science, Technology, Christianity and Gaming (not necessarily in that order :) ), with a bit of ballroom dancing, swimming, running and reading thrown in on the side. You may know me from Ars Technica
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Gamers used to be a great little boardgame shop, stocking a wide range of boardgames, wargames and card games like Magic. Unfortunately, discount internet sellers have had the same effect on this shop as many others. The owners have combined their two businesses so it is now a cycle shop with a single metre wide display of games, and by games I mean Magic the Gathering, as apparantly that is what the locals mainly play/want (they said they occasionally have a bit of stuff like Xwing too, but not much more). The 3 star rating is because, while it is not really a games shop any more, it could be a fine cycle shop, but that is not what I was looking for.
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