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    Old School Problem - Motorola Razr V3

    Something like this is what I'd suggest. Not all the Razrs have a memory card slot, but Bluetooth FTW!
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    Surface Pro 2

    Ah. That's not Metro, just tested it on my Surface and that's what it looks like with the window maximised and "auto-hide taskbar" :P. Trust me, the Desktop is behind that window! :D I think that eventually there will be Metro versions of the Office apps. MS is probably way ahead of me here, but they should take data from how people use the Office Online web apps (as well as their existing Metro apps like Mail and OneNote) and use it to include just the key functions to keep the casual Metro users happy. Then, stick those limited functions into a Metro UI and offer them offline packaged as an app that can be pinned and run like any other.
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    Solitary confinement for 10 years, make your choice.

    Cut your solitary confinement sentence in half - 15 credits. Assuming it's 5 years then free, not 5 years then normal prison. Small window - 6 credits. Assuming I can see outside, and some sky or at least sunlight. One fast food meal of your choice per week - 1 credit. Assuming I get to choose each week. ...that's 22 points, and I'm torn. Assuming you also get a TV to play it on and appropriate control perpherals, if I could get a Steambox with Garry's Mod, Minecraft and Dwarf Fortress then I would have my entertainment and creativity needs sorted. But I don't think you can get all three of them in one machine and still call it a console. Surely a PC can be put in "kiosk mode", boot straight to Big Picture with only those three games installed and available through Steam? Would that count? Anyway, assuming it doesn't I'd go for cell-cleaning (2), rubber ball (3) and phone call (2), with one point left!
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    Surface Pro 2

    Could you please link to this? I know it's planned, but I've not seen it anywhere yet and it's not turned up on my Surface RT. Office has always been something that kicks you into the Desktop.
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    Best portable device for a Uni student

    What's your budget? Assuming we're working with a "student's budget" here, IMHO it's a choice between Surface 2 with Type Cover and that very cool ASUS The Tick linked to. Surface 2 has a better screen, comes with Office including Outlook, is smaller and has all the capability packed into the "tablet" portion (i.e. you don't need to plug in a dock to get a USB 3.0 port and it stands up on its own). ASUS has done well to include Office Home and Student, plus full Windows and a (probably, based on prior similar portables) pretty good keyboard. Oh and apparently it charges using microUSB, which is very cool. Won't charge as fast as Surface, but microUSB is the standard nowadays. If you need to install custom software or Office plugins for use at uni, the ASUS wins hands down. If you prefer the thing to be more appliance-like, and you just need Office (or you're happy to use your desktop for your course's custom software/plugins), IMHO Surface 2 is worth the extra ~$80. I personally love my Surface RT, even though it has niggles (which Surface 2 addresses comprehensively) because WinRT is very much a tablet OS - I can't screw it up, and nobody else can either.
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    PSA: Winamp closing down

    Don't care who buys it, so long as it doesn't die. I already use Winamp in fullscreen (when it's not minimised to a strip up the top). Something like this: would work pretty well as a Metro app, I reckon. Scale it a bit to make it more finger friendly, but you get the idea.
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    PSA: Winamp closing down

    Love Winamp, still use it almost daily, hands-down the BEST out of the box music library I've ever used. I don't know why everybody else gets albums wrong, but Winamp has never let me down. I've downloaded the (now) final version and will keep loving it. Have had a few recommendations for foobar over the years, tried it once but found it too much bother to get it set up for anything useful. If it's still the same I don't see any reason to bother.
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    Your hobby.

    Hmmm... Apart from gaming and reading, I've just taken up dance again after nearly a year off. It's good to be back! Also at the moment I'm sharing a Dwarf Fortress with some fellows over on another forum - it's like passing around a virtual ant farm that sometimes gets invaded by the odd huge hairy leech, winged ravening snail or trolls led by a green-eyed, web-spitting, exoskeletal demon ape.
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    WoW - Worlds of Draenor Expansion

    Quit in Vanilla @ level 42, played a little bit in BC, never looked back and this doesn't change anything. If they want me to even consider it, they need to have zone control consequences as they did in the inimitable Shattered Galaxy. I was hoping that this would be the purpose of Garrisons, but that part of it just looks like World of Farmville.
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    Smart Watches

    Was shopping for a super-cheap Casio for daily use (and maybe another one for sweaty-workout use, damn they're cheap!) when I stumbled across this bad boy: Casio GB6900AA-1 , and looking around a bit more, the 2nd generation device: Casio GBX6900B-2 And the product promo website: http://world.g-shock.com/us/en/ble/ The first gen was cool, but the second gen basically offers everything I could personally ask for from a smartwatch: music control, notifications of all kinds, changing watch settings from the phone app (rather than using unintuitive button combinations on the device) and the phone locator function that ended up being so handy, The Verge's reviewer ended up using it all the time instead of just remembering where his phone was. But in case that wasn't good enough, the thing is still a CASIO G-Shock watch (i.e. tough as nails), will tell the time whether or not a phone is nearby (although it'll update itself if it is paired with a phone), and has a two year battery life. Two years!. All for the sum of $215 from Amazon (pretty reasonable IMHO). Now, I'm more interested in personally buying a dumb watch at this point, but for those of you who do have a use for smartwatches: thoughts? Why the hell aren't these killer devices given a bit more coverage?!
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    Things that make you go 'wtf'?

    Seems legit.
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    one of the remarkable things reported by people blogging about their experience with Soylent is that they feel really full after a portion of the stuff. Like they've just eaten a very filling meal. That is exactly my point. Seconded, big time. Food pyramids; nutritional studies; counting calories; energy I/O ... all this research has already been done, why should I have to go do it all over again? Wouldn't it be good if someone who *had* done all that research created a foodstuff that would be an optimal mix of nutrients based on said research? Food approached as an engineering problem, with all the hassle taken out of it. We've already done this for transport: I don't know how exactly a car or bus works or how a jet plane flies (beyond really general principles), so I pay the money that someone else charges to make use of that tech to get from one place to another. For leisure, I might build a billy-cart or go snowboarding. We've done this for communication: does anybody here have an intimate understanding of cell networks? Again, I know that really general principles but I couldn't build a radio to save my life so if I want to communicate, I pay the money and use the tech. If I like, I can write and hand-deliver a letter to someone special. Similarly, if I could "pay the money and use the tech" to fulfil all my nutrition needs I totally would. Like the plane and smartphone I would be using the tech developed and understood by somebody else to achieve the desired result. I would still bake, roast and fry food for pleasure and enjoy the luxuries of coffee, chocolate and eating out. But like the billy-cart or handwritten letter, these would be things I do because I enjoy them rather than because I have to meet a physical need.
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    To Boldly Go, Star Trek Continues.

    CGI. 60s TV. /facepalm
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    I think that Rob Rhinehart really outlines the point of Soylent as well as anybody could. Which kind of makes sense XP. http://blog.soylent.me/post/64789154918/so...ng-announcement for the click-impaired: I for one welcome the option.
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    Hmmmm I thought they were aiming for a lower cost, around the $5/day mark... I've been following Soylent for a few months and by all accounts it's the real deal: you can seriously live off the stuff, active lifestyle and all, without feeling hungry or being malnourished. Rob Rhinehart tested it on himself as a personal project long, long before deciding to make it a commercial product and has had volunteer beta-testers providing feedback for ages. From impressions I've read it tastes like "nothing" - a little bit sweet, and with a chalky texture, but it doesn't taste "like" anything in particular. Which is good because then you can make it taste like anything! I love the idea, and TBH even at $65/week it's cheaper than my current food bill. I enjoy eating nice food but most of the time I eat because I'm hungry and I know my body needs fuel. For $65/week I would replace ~90% of my eating with Soylent. It's really not about price, as SS said it's more about making the best nutrition as easy as possible. He's done a heap of research and testing, even getting blood work done when he was just doing it as a hobby project and blogging about it. To answer your question: yes, you'd have Soylent because it's faster. It's not just faster than frying up some sausages or making a salad. It's more nutritious too. The amount of preparation time you'd have to put in, in order to get a "real food" meal that's as nutritionally complete as Soylent is orders of magnitude greater. Don't get me wrong, if I was on Soylent I wouldn't give up eating. But I would be able to cook and eat for pleasure and leisure. I would have more time in my day for doing things that I enjoy other than eating or cooking. That's the real appeal of Soylent.
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    You say that money isn't everything

    Yes, it's not possible for all of humanity to do what he's doing. No, he's probably not going to live his whole life like this, and will likely be back on the grid sometime soon. BUT... The more people who read this, and think about it, and perhaps start to question the whole system that has built our unprecedented prosperity, the better. Growth will stop, sooner or later. That much is inevitable. What happens then will depend on whether or not we're ready to deal with the consequences.
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    If the word "Boobs" offends you, look away now.

    I had no idea it was breast cancer awareness month, so thanks for that. Re: the ads, I saw them and thought they were clever. BONDS is a distinctive brand with a very recognisable logo, which has been targeting the female market for a few years now e.g. various TV ads of women dancing about in BONDS underwear. Plus, for many years BONDS was closely associated (well, for me anyhow) with the word "chesty" i.e., "Chesty BONDS" singlets. So when I saw the signs, I was just like "well played, BONDS. Well played." It's clever, witty and a little cheeky. I've always thought the BONDS women's underwear ads were simple, clean and maybe a little fun and this is no different. I mean, the bus I ride might have BOOBS printed on the side, but it passes ads for "50 Shades of Grey Lingerie" which are far more explicit, sexualising and objectifying. I don't see a big fuss over that.
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    Small PC

    You say "Internet, e-mail, Skype, Word and that is about it." - it's that "about it" that I'm curious about. Does he keep a large collection of photos or music? Does he have a favourite program he'll definitely want to use? Important to know because, e.g. Mac Mini is a great option, but if it won't run that software it's out.
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    What should i do with this big spider in my room?

    Right in the feels! I had hunstman spiders living in my bedroom, on and off, for years. Never got on my way, always chilling near the ceiling. Possibly walking on the bed while I slept. *shrug*. They wouldn't be there if there wasn't food. Bucket + cardboard if you must get rid of it.
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    Windows 8.1

    I've been using Preview on my Surface for ages now and it's great. Still a few bugs which no doubt will be squashed by the final release, but overall some solid improvements. Looking forward to getting it on my desktop. As for Skydrive requiring an MS account: well, duh. Do you have to log in to the PC with an MS account though? Surely you can use the Desktop SkyDrive client on a local account, and only log into your MS account through that client?
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    Device for Old Man?

    I'd really need to know more about his needs before giving a solid recommendation. How important is portability? What, specifically, are his needs? - Does he need Internet access? - Does he need office productivity beyond Google Docs / Office Web? - Does he need e-mail? - Does he need PC-like capabilities? I'm thinking that there are three main recommendations, depending on his particular needs: (1) Nexus 7 2013 / iPad Mini. If his eyesight is still good and portability is important, but he doesn't need much more than a portal to online stuff, and take-anywhere portability is important it's hard to go past this one. (2) Surface RT (or Surface 2 if there's no rush). If he wants to ease himself into using a modern PC, he pretty much can't stuff this machine up if he makes a mistake. He can learn what it means to "save it onto a USB stick" or "upload the photos from your camera" in a very PC-like context. (3) Zenbook - ASUS' ultrabooks are excellent little machines, and can easily conform to any notions of what a PC "should" be that he may have picked up. Still very portable, and naturally quite capable. An i3 should be fine for basic use, and a 2012 model should be quite cheap if you can find one!
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    Breaking Bad S5

    They really rode the edge of believability, but managed to avoid stepping off the edge. I loved the whole Stevia setup getting a massive payoff, seeing Badger and Skinny Pete one last time and all the tying off of loose ends. For all that, I can forgive Walt walking around with a large-calibre gut-wound like it's nothing ^_^. Awesome ending to one of the greatest TV shows ever. I contributed to the record-breaking downloads last night, and will definitely be grabbing the full DVD box set to show my support.
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    Breaking Bad S5

    yeah... but Walt didn't do it all for Jr. and co., did he? He may be drinking his own Kool-aid, but I'm surprised that you still think so after his reaction to the Grey Matters interview. Walt has been hating himself for failing to "make it" for years. He sold his share in Grey Matters and ever since then has been kicking himself while still trying to be a family man. That's a lot of angst, which he has been using to lie to himself and others. What he really wants is to be rich, powerful, important. The things he feels he deserves to be. Also yeah, WTF was that with Andrea? Did they go kill Brock too? How is that going to motivate Jesse? Anyway I can't wait for this finale. Can. Not. Wait.
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    They Were Wrong

    Dem feels.
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    Breaking Bad S5

    Really liking the setup for a grand finale. It could still go multiple ways, many of them great, and I'm just going to enjoy whatever happens. Unless it ends in some completely moronic way (e.g. "it was all a dream" or "it was purgatory" etc). Has anybody been keeping track of time? IIRC the first-episode flash-forward showed Walt's 52nd birthday, and the rest of the season has been going from his 51st. Has it been a matter of months in show-time? Weeks?