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    cold boot issues

    My money is on PSU, because I've had similar issues. Here's my most frequent culprit nobody thinks off till last.... Do you have a CD\DVD drive? The amount of dead CD drives that have caused boot shinanigans, from 'no resposne other than fans' right through to 'hung at bios' all the way to 'PC freezes when opening My Computer'. They're nasty little buggers when they get on in years; Have one?? Try unplugging it. Power too.
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    ARJ archver - what's happened to it?

    As I said, feels like it was just 'finished'.
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    Annual Leave. When and where.

    I'm not religious, but my mates grandad was as high up in the baptist church as you could really go. And one conversation I'll always remember, between him, and his daughter (my friends mum). Paraphrasing as best I can remember. "Does it bother you we don't go to church?" "Not really honey, Church is a sense of community and togetherness. You have a family, and close friends. Some people need a church to be with others, and some don't." "What about worship?" "I find it funny that people forget that God is everywhere, say thank you at home, and enjoy your family." To which I interjected like the smart arse I am "I mean, for all we know, Gods sitting there annoyed that churches still exist now the telephone\internet exist. 'YOU CAN ALREADY CONTACT EACH OTHER, GO RIDE A JETSKI! THOSE THINGS WERE HARD TO INVENT!"
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    rude bastards. Must be a full moon.

    using statistics alone, there is. But no science backs it up..... That said, suggestion alone can cause correlation. I'm not going to pretend I remember the actual numbers, but I once read an article when I was looking into psychology; Basically the dude contacted an insurance agency who shared data that showed that significantly more claims happen during those nights. Ditto local hospitals, usually have at least 1 more staff on to deal with 'random things'. And I know that my mum can't sleep during a full moon. She doesn't even know half the time, I just get a "gee I had almost no sleep last night, was TERRIBLE!" Then I tell her it's a full moon, so it's not just mentally suggestive. Theres parts of teh brain we have no idea what they do yet, perhaps we used to be lunar beings.
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    Where does all the coolant go?

    If you've used multi walled rubber tubing (like fuel hose) then.....dunno.... If you have Silicone tubing, silicone is very porous, and it'll slowly seep through. Car radiators see the same thing when you 'upgrade' to silicone hoses.
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    ARJ archver - what's happened to it?

    I take it you've seen this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ARJ and this https://www.freshports.org/archivers/arj Also, it looks like development may have just stopped, because, he was finished. It looks like it's included in the base image of almost all Debian flavours.
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    Annual Leave. When and where.

    I mean, to offset it I'd even go so far as to make 9 hour days, working 9-6, then having 3 day weekends as standard. Works out to 3 less hours a week; boo hoo.
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    Anyone know much about power conditioners?

    Unless it's one of those darn new ones circa 2016 or so, bastards are quick!
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    Annual Leave. When and where.

    Well, why not take a 3 day weekend a month? Should leave you with a 'solid week' of leave left over for a family thing, or a friends thing, or an atomic meet.
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    Annual Leave. When and where.

    I saved them for 2 years, then took a year of 3 day weekends.
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    Oversampling compressed music

    This is actually a topic I approached a good few years ago, on these very forums; but now I have a legitimate reason to learn the answer. Lately I've been on a 90's kick, and I'm not really ashamed to say I enjoy a fair bit of "Cheese" from the past. On that note, I have an MP3 copy of Eifel65's album. I tried to re-rip lossless, but the CD has degraded and spits errors like no tomorrow. There is a very real problem; almost all the tracks (even on the original CD) have a high pitched whine at somewhere in the 12khz region; its 110% a production error. It makes it unlistenable in any circumstance where a tweeter, or even a simple 2way speaker system exists. I need to edit these tracks, throw a compressor over the 8khz to 16khz region, and hope it mellows the hell out. Problem is, they're MP3. So they're already lossy. I think they're 192kbps..... Which gives me quite a bit of wriggle room to 'upsample' the track when I export it again. Using simple numbers to make a point; Assuming 192kbps cuts 20 out of the 1000 possible 'subfrequencies' we can hear\feel. Is it then safe to assume 256kbps would cut maybe 15 out of 1000 frequencies; and those "15" were probably ALREADY lost in the original 192kbps compression? I know "re-compressing" to the same bitrate has a very real risk of losing more detail than was originally lost, because it tries to re-analyze the track and 'shrink it' but its already done, so its MORE agressive to do it's job. Thoughts?
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    Wasting water with environmental flows

    Why the fuck do we have rice crops?! Considering our various good trade deals with Asia, you'd think we'd have that covered.....
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    Anyone seen Cybes lately ?

    He's a good dude. Met him when he's juuust got the chair, and it was a laugh riot (led by him). Brisbane is certainly a city of subtle hills.
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    2001 brown face

    I think it's one of those 'too high a risk' type activities is all. There have been examples where it's been fine. Like the AvenueQ broadway show, with 'Gary Coleman'; where instead of negative stereotypes, he was protrayed as the 'cool dude' who was simply 'down on his luck'; GOD they pushed some stereotypes there; but hey, Gary was shown and approved. I think it's like using the word Nigger. In a community you're known in, there's 0 effect. My friend group is almost sitcom level multiracial, and Chink\Nigger\Cracker\Muzzie, and all those 'lovely' words get thrown around like nothing; because we all know there is 0 hatred behind the speech; in fact, it's a level of comfort between us all that shows the exact opposite. Trust, and total comfort around our mixed race group. I guess the catch22 is that no body knows is "Mr X" who's wearing black face, is GENUINELY racist or not. There is also just plan old history where it was EXCLUSIVELY used to play up negative stereotypes. It's like German WW2 medals; not all of them are 'Nazi Memorabilia', but was it awarded for slaughtering Jews? Or was it awarded for protecting an innocent town from (their) invaders? It's just history. Just a little true side story here, I'm going to be vague on purpose: There is a rural town in QLD where there are signs saying that "No Aboriginals will be served" in the liquor store. A white-led 'anti discrimination' group contacted a mate who works for a rural support charity, and wanted to, for lack of a better term, 'Raise Hell' about this. He (my mate) knows this town, and it's people well. "Who asked you to do this?" he enquired. "Who should have to? It's obvious discrimination!" he argued. ~This is where it gets good. Turns out, the people who put the 'no blacks in the liquor store' rules in place, were the elders themselves, seeing that their people weren't being responsible with it. Mr-White-Knight was left speechless when the community 'leaders' DID respond.... asking for ways to better enforce it!!!!! Not all racism is negative, and even some that can APPEAR negative, exists for a reason! I just thought it was a fun story. I also really hate white-knight mentality.
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    2001 brown face

    Nope, I disagree completely. WHY should he have known better? If common society didn't consider it bad, why should he have been the one to do so? Was he specifically known as a person who should be better in touch (racially) than the common man? If so, maybe; otherwise? Disagree. Once again, I feel like there is a VERY real line between social norm (even if it is for the worst) and racism. It's a very strong belief of mine that racism is a very deliberate and chosen attitude\act. There can be ignorance in following a social norm, but I really wish it were separated from 'racism' even if the action itself is racist.
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    2001 brown face

    I've always felt the past should be embraced, learned from and not regretted. Well.... regretted..? maybe... but not attempted to be undone. And I always feel like the 'apologies' are bullshit too; because the truth was you DIDN'T feel bad, even if someone did. Apologies, to me, mean nothing if "the moment has passed". If it comes up, just say something like "I won't be doing that again! That would be poor form by today's standards!" Don't fucking backpedal. I mean, in all honesty, I learned most of my racism from anti racism propaganda. The amount of slang terms I can throw around because the media taught me, is hilarious. I actually remember as a little kid being shocked that I was being taught these things. So many people live in the 'now' and don't look at the long term psychology behind it (which is an area I have a particular interest in).
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    I don't need to see real pooh either

    Here Here! I mean, it's an unwanted bodily discharge. We don't show bloody puss in wounds to promote bandaids, and I dare say that would get labeled 'gore' despite puss also being perfectly natural. Advertising at the moment just has it's head up its arse and thinks that 'Normalizing' == 'Romanticizing' , and it simply doesn't. EDIT: I'll always remember a standup comedian explaining "Tampon ads always show horse riding, or swimming, or jogging..... Fuck those guys.... I'm buying the brand with the woman sitting on the couch with a heat pack and a tub of icecream! The ad should just zoom in on her and she should say 'Use these, they work, go away'; THAT is the brand I'm buying!"
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    I don't need to see real pooh either

    Yeah, but the stigma around periods has (IMO) never been about the blood; It's about the poor folks suffering the hormonal swings that happen to some people. The only stigma I know about periods has been that menstruating women make fruit go bad; and that was a rumor from the late middle ages! Once again, you're implying that most women feel shame over their period. Plenty feel awkward (there's a leak you can't stop!), or Unclean (I feel that whenever my skin is just wet, let alone anything else, poor ladies who feel that way), or unattractive (I'd argue because the majority don't want sex during; and we relate sexual desire to attractiveness a lot, in the west). I'm one of those ludicrously open people who will ask that sort of question freely; so believe it or not this isn't the first time the 'how do you feel during XYZ' has come up (be that colonoscopy, period, post orgasm, all the body stuff!) I don't know anyone who's actually said they're ASHAMED of having their period. 7pm is very early, kids can still be awake and ask why is that woman bleeding? Some parents may have assessed it's not yet time to cover that, at say, 6 years old. What about those who get ill\pass out at the sight of blood? By all means, advertise it in places where you expect to see medical stuff. But 7pm on public TV? I disagree. Not enough to fight for it, but enough to have an opinion.
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    Getting a recognised piece of paper for Microsoft Office

    I agree with Chaos, frag. TAFE is actually shockingly easy if you know the subject matter already. I did a diploma in Networking, and a few people who were already working in jobs, using the skills, ONLY showed up for the written exam days; passed just fine. Cert III levels qualifications are a piece of piss to pass; almost laughable, but employers like it. I'd consider doing either; A Cert III in business (which will include proving you know how to use office suites). Or A cert III in Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/ICT30118 You'll pass them with flying colours, while standing on your head. If you want a Microsoft Certified qualification, then you'll need to look at Microsoft themselves. But in my experience, unless you're competing with "IT Pros" and trying to move into a fortune500 company (or similar) a Microsoft cert is rarely cared bout. That said, if you DO intend to compete for propeller-head level jobs, then Microsoft certs count for everything! So pick your battles.....
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    Router Recommendation

    https://support.netcommwireless.com/product/nf18acv I got that for my parents. It's most ISP's default 'premium' router. It's VERY good, and restores internet connection within 1 minute of reboot on FTTN. Also, the WiFi setting appear to have respected my decisions (locked channels, and frequencies, etc) which usually home grade wifi is spotty with. Can't complain.
  21. It's so odd we once considered Atom CPU's in netbooks an 'amazing thing'..... Even in their day they were NOT good, and only preceded regular mobile chips by a year, if that. IIRC They DID overclock extremely well though......
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    Chinese market phones.. are these a bargain?

    The same way that jailbreak app store used to compete on iOS. They'll just pirate the apps you want, and offer them free\cheaper. If you've followed their progress at all in the last few years (Harmony, or OAK OS, is it was) isn't actually brand new, and it's still built on the Android open source binaries. Basically, any app that will run on an AOSP rom, without gapps, will run on Harmony. And I only give it a matter of months, at most, before someone as big as Huawei manage to emulate play services so the apps don't notice. With the size of China, and India. Their huge impact on the mobile economy. And the size of Huawei? I think google is starting to get a little too comfortable encouraging competitors of that size and influence to make an OS. Time will tell; I'm genuinely curious.
  23. So, When's the next? I need an excuse to go to Sydney again Or.... I've never been to Melbourne....
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    Anyone know much about power conditioners?

    I actually know a LOT about these things, because I used to sell (con?... nah a lot of it was real, but there certainly was SOME placebo...) 'Elitist HiFi gear'. We're talking "If you don't have $30k, and you want a 2.0 stereo, you're in the wrong shop". Anywho, the TLDR is that most of the power conditioners are bogus, but there ARE a few that actually do their thing. There was this neat device that was basically a speaker, connected to an AC power plug, with a crossover set at 50~60hz (where our power is meant to be). Anything outside of that, would work, well, just like AC waves into a speaker do. Loud, horrible, distorted buzzing. It was actually interesting to me to be able to go to each of our different brand power boards and see which ones kept power\noise out of the circuit. And while anything compact (class D) was pure placebo, and most Tube amps 'filter' themselves by design; some of those Class A\B amplifiers that run on direct AC voltage, did in fact care noticeably if the power was clean. ANYWAY, about the only brand that cleaned it 100% was THOR. Coincidentally, they made the speaker device also, but it certainly worked (I was able to find other boards that were also silent). Out "Really good shit" used to run off of a PS20 https://www.thortechnologies.com.au/product-category/power/ But you do NOT want a $2k filter for a $500 TV now do ya The solution to our customers turning their noses up to that, was their passive range; https://www.rio.com.au/product/b8f-power-board-thor/?adTribesID=24dbad984f963486b5916a99cbeadb57|adtribes|7149&utm_source=Google Shopping&utm_campaign=Google Shopping&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=7149&utm_content=HJFeed&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIjK_Q55XH4wIVg4BwCh1QSwf0EAQYASABEgLoU_D_BwE Those "Smart Filter" power boards were killer. Silenced my little speaker tool, and took the "Max volume hum" out of the Class A\B amps. Benefit of those power boards is that that usually filter COAX as well; so you can get SOME protection from indirect lightning strikes, and if things like light switches are killing the TV, it'll also filter any noise getting into the 'ground' of your house. Worth a note; I get nothing out of this nowadays, and it wasn't that company whom I worked for (they've since closed down); so it's nothing but the fact that they gave me a tool to test them, and was impressed.
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    The Naruto Run !