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  1. 15 points
    Hi everyone! It’s been a while, huh? Many excellent people are still here, some come and go, and many more, like me, hover around lurking, mostly checking in to see if it’s still here and how things are. It’s still here. The main reason I’m posting is to give you guys an update so you know where in the universe Atomic sits and what its future is, because some things just changed. The big news is that a couple of months ago Atomic’s owner nextmedia sold off its tech and games assets to Future Publishing. Making Future the fourth company to own Atomic. Future is huge, if you didn’t know. I wanted to work there once, in the 1990s when I loved PC Gamer. Well I work here now because with the titles Future bought (PC & Tech Authority, PC PowerPlay, Hyper and Atomic), they also hired David Hawkeye Hollingworth and myself. They also fixed the bloody crypto CPU killing infestation, so off to a good start in the good books with that. What it all means for Atomic is a big happy nothing. Future will keep the site going and everything will be tops. Now, being a supergiant global media empire, Future is keeping busy with a great many things. It also bought the parent company of Anandtech and Tom’s Hardware earlier this year. That means that this little corner of the internet is a low priority. Probably the lowest. And that’s fine with me. We don’t want meddling, we want to be left alone in peace. One day, perhaps, a time will be right to use the name Atomic and everything it stands for to do some kind of new media tech endeavour. That's not the main reason why these Atomic forums are being kept going though. It's because there are people here that want to stay being here. There is true love for Atomic. From you reading this, obviously, or you wouldn’t be here, so thanks for still being part of it ? Most of all from the guardians of the site Nich, Chaos and Elvenwhore. I know you know how fabulous they are and all their efforts and care are very much known and appreciated by me, David and those that matter here. I can’t thank them enough. So. As you were. I know there are bits and pieces here and there that need attention, and perhaps we’ll get to that, but the core remains and will continue to do so. Atomic. It lives because of you.
  2. 8 points
    This is a great place, made of great people and that means every single one of you. You being here is the cinnamon on our bun, and while the bun isn't as big as it once was, it's even more delicious than ever. Kindness and friendship. Sticking together. Lending a shoulder, or a Philips head. Amusing. Teaching. All of you do your part because you like doing that. As long as people like you like each other, Atomic is alive and well. As was our way since the very beginning, we like to thank those who, for any number of indefinable reasons, have stood out just a little bit extra. We're saying thanks, and we're giving you a badge of honour so others may know of your deeds. It's been a long time since we tapped Heroes, but they've always been here. Many here have long been true Heroes even if they didn't have the badge. Until now. While the landscape here has altered a bit, the green grass of Atomic is as strong and fresh as ever. You're still here, after all. Today we have new Atomic Heroes. With mighty thanks for just being you - you done good. HEROES Cybes Always there to keep the conversation going, Cybes' level headedness and quietly smirking nature can't be beat. Cybes is one of our top posters and always brilliant. He has always been glowy green at the core, and this just makes it official. SquallStrife From politics to Arduino, Squall is into it all. We miss him dearly when he's not around and love it when he weighs in during the tough conversations. SceptreCore Everything from tech advice to the best whisky is Sceptre. He's tech and gaming in the best way, with advice and sheer awesome helpfulness to new and old. smadge1 Another one of our quietly glorious post champions, smadge gives the atomic gaming love as well as being generally awesome. From Arduino to his new toys and games, he keeps the love going. eveln We love her opinions, her challenges and her style. Eveln gives us plenty of atomican goodness in every post, no matter whether it's her fridge or a driverless car. /BRAVO! These friends now join the rank of Hero. Speaking of which, there are Heroes here that have become more. They are SUPERHEROES. These mega people have shown consistency in being super awesome. Always in-depth whether it comes to tech or science or food or audio or general hijinkery. They play with us, they share with us, they keep the place amazing. They are love - gooey, glowing green love, and are just very atomic. Yes, Sir. Very atomic. SUPERHEROES Nich... A decade and a half overdue and I thought he was already, which is the only possible explanation for this not happening before. He cares, he loves, he provides the glowy green slushy of total awesome. He works his tiny custard-filled butt off to keep the place sparkling, moderating and adjusting the backend to keep us running. His dedication to the community can’t be beaten and his tireless efforts often go unnoticed. But he absolutely is noticed and is truly, completely, astonishingly amazing. scruffy1 From medical advice about haemorrhoids to sage wisdom and a megaton of musical knowledge, he is the king. Scruffy is tireless in his grand old country doctor way and an awesome guy to boot. Fenn Fenn brings a spark of CWA to atomic. She enjoys her games and plays hard with us all, while gently showing us how to crochet a CPU and bake a chocolate cream pi. fredzfrog Fredz is an atomic institution. He laughs at the world with us and all it's foibles, while always being there to cheer us along. @~thehung From the tech sections to general chat, hung is everywhere. He is always ready with a smile and an opinion while quietly keeping the chat going in his own special way. The place just wouldn't be the same without him. You beautiful people. BUT. THAT'S. NOT. ALL. As special as this moment of thanks is, it's now going to 11. For amongst us are Superheroes that personify the very best of Atomic. Because, these superheroes are our tech gods, and Atomic is Maximum Power Computing at its core. They are always there to offer help and assistance in anything tech. They provide comment and genius advice and sage wisdom to any and all who need it. They keep out a sharp eye throughout our tech areas for everything from wayward spam to dodgy RAM. These are the atomic cyborgs and we love them. And from now on they will be afforded the rank of: SUPERHERO MPC aliali While we might have a tech head or two around the place, aliali is a techie’s techie. He can fix it when it's broken and make it better when it's not. Always there to lend a hand on a piece of kit or a problem. Rybags There is so much awesome wrapped up in the package that is Rybags, it's hard to know where to start. He a tech gem and a Green Room god. And so much more. Totally and completely atomic in every way. Dasa When the supertechies get together, Dasa is never far away. He can help with everything from your mobile phone to your AMD kit and is always willing to lend a hand. stadl With a heart as big as a continent, tech chops galore and an ever present helping hand, stadl shines like the sun. He can get to the heart of an issue in 6 words and still have room for a compliment. Stand tall. You are all gold. Two more thanks must be included. First to the mods. They give and give, they do it for the love here, and that means they do it for you. We all love them back, and rightly so. They made today's announcement happen and helped me a lot putting it together. Bless. We are lucky. And. YOU. Without you Atomic would be a lesser place. You seem to like it here and keep coming back. So, thanks for being in the gang, and I hope we can all stay here until the end of time xx
  3. 7 points
    so...what youre saying is, Atomic has a future because Future has Atomic, and Future has Atomic because Atomic has a future? well, i, for one, welcome our new tautological overlords
  4. 6 points
    It seems more like it's because of you ?? Rob.
  5. 5 points
    I've always found this to be a good summary of our planet and the wonderful little cyberpunk future we have right now
  6. 5 points
    a vanishingly small number of genuine medical exceptions aside, if the "solution" to a problem is mutilating a newborn human child, then something is very, very, wrong. species dont evolve "optional extras". the level of ignorance/stupidity necessary to believe otherwise, astounds, revolts, and angers me to my core. i would add, '— especially with regard to specific features of the very organs of reproduction, whose natural functioning is so entwined with lifelong sexual and emotional health' ... but i shouldnt need to. cutting a piece off a baby (human or animal) you dont absolutely need to, is in and of itself deplorable. i have not, and will never, forgive my parents for the deliberate act of permanent disfigurement i suffered without the chance to withdraw my consent. the only small consolation i have is that they grew up in more retarded times. i won't countenance wiggle room on this issue. i have zero tolerance for handwringing notions of tacit permissability for 'some peoples' choices. in short, i categorically reject moral relativist arguments for child abuse. today, 'hygiene reasons' typically translates to it being more convenient than taking a handful of minutes out of each day to clean the boy thoroughly and teach him well. convenience is not a medical reason nor anything approaching a moral justification for the mutilation of a child. egregious, selfish, pig ignorant, and cruel.
  7. 5 points
    Thanks Chaos, Feels much better to be in my original skin.
  8. 5 points
    sob ! i ... i ... don't know what to say... unlikely, i am always verbose and indeed honoured by the lofty title bestowed upon me and here was me thinking special was a backhanded way of propping up the egos of those with "other abilities" (which it is politically incorrect to elaborate on in this time and place, but suffice to say they get their own olympics) congratulations to all the other players similarly honoured; youse all deserve the promotion gained my only suggestion is superhero mpc is difficult to say, and i would propose that these uberheroes might be more easily recognised as megaheroes (or indeed, uberheroes, which sounds pretty schmick also) or leave them as superhero mpc, and now i'll shut the fuck up not for long though
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    Hey, my ears were burning.
  11. 4 points
    Hit 41 the other day. It was a lovely birthday. The gifts were thoughtful. I did have to tell my wife what to get. But we'll get to that in a second. I got the Monster Manual (D&D 5e) Bunnings Gift Vouchers. (They know me) an eftpos voucher A Raspberry Pi 3. The Bunnings vouchers have come to good effect already. Bunnings vouchers are always happy. The Monster manual I love. Even if I don't play D&D with it (Which I will). The day spent sitting with my son and going through it was most amazing. Best birthday present ever. Raspberry pi 3? Well. MY brother knows me. This is going to become a pihole. I look forwards to it. But Fenn's gift to me. She got me the Monster Manual. But. She wants to get me an armchair. And I was a bit 'huh? Why?' But then I paid attention to what I was doing. I kept dragging my computer chair to near my fishtank to read. So why not a computer chair. I never noticed I did this. Fenn did. So this weekend, we go and get me an armchair. AD
  12. 4 points
    i am wary of arguing this point not only because its close to you personally but also because i am sure i dont have all the information (and that may even be somewhat true for you). i can only respond in a generic way. but that disclaimer aside, i really have to insist that the picture you paint still sounds exactly like adults weighing the lifelong disfigurement of a baby against their own transient inconvenience. as for the father's issues, i confess to having some difficulty believing there werent alternate actions that could have been taken — from prevention, to early intervention, to better maintenance, all with varying (albeit diminishing) degrees of feasibility. more to the point, though, there were many choices along the way, choices that he made for himself with the prerogative of an adult's volition, before he opted for the last resort - invasive, irreparably destructive, surgery. for this baby, though, no such choices. instead, its straight to the last resort for him, 'just in case'. just in case not doing it will be less convenient, and more "risky". but FUD propped up by medical factors of tangential relevance is still FUD. circumcision lowers your risk factor for some things whilst raising the certainty that you will be robbed of a feature of anatomy that is your natural birthright to 100%. an enforced birth defect right here and now wagered against a litany of future maybes. the two dont even compare. the child has some of his mother's DNA for one. he is biologically different. he hopefully has a long lifetime ahead of him that may involve vastly different life circumstances. what of undertaking better precautions, or changing jobs, or moving house, or dare i say it, not having the baby at all if they couldnt see their way past hacking chunks off it fresh from the birth canal? its a flippant excuse made palatable by a show of beard-stroking concern. and why are equivocations like this so easy? because of the backdrop — an epidemic of passive tolerance for this act of irreversible violence to newborns. and despite your personal preference against circumcision, i am resolutely focusing on this because it is precisely what needs to change: barely critical acceptance that violating the sanctity of a baby's body in this way is even a matter of preference when its not absolutely 100% medically necessary. circumcision is a drastic thing. the fact its so hard for so most of us to relate to it this way is testament to how hard it is to tear ourselves away from the grip of long established norms. this is a blindness, a cognitive dissonance that has befallen generations of otherwise morally upright, smart, and sensible people. monkeying around with baby genitals is something human beings do, isnt it? its kind of normal, right? its always been an option on the menu, hasnt it? its so deeply rooted in Judeo-Christian tradition that too many of us fail to see it for what it is. this needs to change. there needs to be push back. but thats herd animals for you. when it comes to smoking or drinking during pregnancy we went from ubiquitous ignorance, to 'you probably shouldn't do that, but it's your choice', to 'don't fucking do it' — in the last 50 years or so. that shit will get you ostracised from your circle of friends now, and rightly so. evidently we still have a way to go as far as ringbarking defenceless baby's dicks on a whim goes. incredibly, thats less of a faux pas. p.s. since i am going pretty hard on this, i just want to clarify that ive never ostracised my parents over this and of course make no serious suggestion that you should do anything of the sort to members of your family either. this is just an impassioned appeal for you to consider recalibrating your idea of what constitutes a "justified" circumcision.
  13. 4 points
    Having recently looked at parenting forums, it's absolutely disgusting the amount of women who are getting their sons circumcised because they think their son will be confused if their willy looks different to their fathers. I've known 2 men who needed surgery as adults. Having babies chopped because of the small risk they'll have medical problems later, is stupid.
  14. 4 points
    ya, congrats to all! ?* *thats either a bro fist, or an indication i dont handle praise well. you decide!
  15. 4 points
    I think you need life experience in order to have an INFORMED opinion I used to think I knew about depression, until this year when I developed deep depression, I knew nothing
  16. 4 points
    Discworld is only full of ludicrous humor on the surface. Underneath, it's actually full of biting social commentary (especially about English social politics, however most of it can be related to many countries worldwide) and human psychology. It's also a commentary on many socio-political areas and cultural (and pop-culture) oddities and treasures. Pratchett takes aim at everything from the Catholic Church, Hollywood, Rock music, Postal service, Banking/Finance, Railways, Asian Culture and Australia to War, Peace, Death and life itself. He often highlights the absurdities of human beings and human society while showing all the good stuff too. My favourite discworld is Feet of Clay where Pratchett asks "Who puts the words in your head". That sat me back on my heels and made me really think. I then went back and re-read many of the earlier books and realised just how deep they go. My current reading is nowhere near as philosophical or deep. ? I'm working my way through the Nate Temple series by Shayne Silvers (kinda reminds me of the Dresden Files meets James Bond). I'm also studying ITSM related texts (Problem and Change mainly) for work. Oh - and I have a copy of the whole Maze Runner series in real paper books sitting near my bed waiting for me.
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    Then hang around a bit more! ?
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    *Emerges from the engine room wiping her hands on a greasy rag* All done Cap'n! Anyone who doesn't have their shiny new words under their name, PM me and I'll get Nich to figure out what the heck I did wrong. ? Also - woohoo! Congratulations to everyone!!!!!!!! You all very much and totally deserve it. I hope you all treasure your titles and wear them with pride. And Ben, thank you for your care and attention and giving us so very very much. This place is a testament to who you are. The love we share, the care that is given, the spirit that is atomic is a growth of the seed you planted, nurtured and continue to tend.
  21. 4 points
    Lookit everyone. So cool. Earlier I posted about the crypto infestation being fixed and crediting our new masters. I was wrong and all those props belong to the great Evil Admin ?
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    Dear Desperate This is a very common problem. When you upgraded Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0, you may have accidentally restricted Husband 1.0's root access permissions. Tech Support.
  25. 4 points
    Pushed out an update. I've changed the colour a little, and the opacity. Let me know if it's easier to read, and if it's not easy enough to read.
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