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    GTX590 ?

    You'd be lucky if a generic PSU does 400W (safely) when stating 800W peak. Most generic branded units can't do 1/4 of their stated range before creating huge ripple and noise. I think Johnny Guru tested a 350W generic that crapped out at 150W. Could have been someone else though. As for the GTX 590, it's a steal of a price. One can't even begin to compare the 7800GTX to the GTX 590 in terms of performance. As mentioned though, do you know the seller? Can they be trusted? You'll also be wasting its potential by being on XP with such a slow system. You really need a significant hardware upgrade and Windows 7 64-Bit to take full advantage. If you don't take this deal, can you point me in their direction as I'd be interested in picking it up.
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    Optus, oh joyous Optus.

    I had the exact same experience with Vodafail. I couldn't get 3G in the CBD, or my home in kensington. Calls dropped out regularly, and so did reception, for no apparent reason. The bright spark at tech support suggested I use 2G instead of 3G, despite the fact I paid for a 3G connection and phone in their contract. I took the 6 months free, then cancelled as soon as it finished as the upgrades to the network that were "coming soon" still hadn't been implemented. only took another call or two to get the contract cancelled, I didn't even need to contact the TIO.
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    Pokemon Black and Blue

    I love it how the games PeTA make are far more offensive than anything they're protesting against.
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    Mad Catz STRIKE 7 (membrane) keyboard

    I don't see it as being good for "throw grenade" or game controls either, but for use as a music deck or volume control is perfect. You can control game, system and music and VOIP audio balancing independent of one another without alt+tabbing. You can also monitor your VOIP channel, move people around and kick them etc. There is a ton of stuff you can do with it, and your imagination is pretty much the limit. Some people want it for system clock and fan control, it's up to you.
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    WoW Mists of Pandaria

    I'm in full crafted at the moment, with the new trinket and a single ring. By the end of the weekend I should be fairly geared up, replacing my cloak, second ring and necklace if all goes well, then work on replacing my crafted PvP gear next week. We'll have a couple of games together and see if we gel :) I've got a vent server we can use. Next week I'll need to pull my PC apart at some stage though, as my mainboard is either failing, or my SSD. Not sure yet, so need to do some testing, not looking forward to it. I'll hopefully have it fixed ASAP though so I can get back on the grind without any lock ups.
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    Optus, oh joyous Optus.

    Call the Ombudsman.
  7. Had the exact same thing happen to me a few years back. The boss bolted overseas and me and 3 other guys were left a couple of grand out of pocket. Come tax time we asked a lawyer what to do, as we had no group certificates and no way of claiming tax back. He told us to just "guess" what our pay was and our tax contributions would have been, while quietly hinting that we should go for a little bit more to make up for our losses. Not sure on the actual legality of doing that, but it's what we were told to do. He said if the ATO came knocking that the investigation would go nowhere as our boss had fled the country. So as long as our claims weren't outrageous, we'd likely be able to recoup a fair chunk of our losses come tax time. If this blokes boss was as dodgy with the books as my old boss, he shouldn't have any problems doing something similar to me.
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    WoW Mists of Pandaria

    We'll see how Warriors play out, but even if they are the "OP" class this expansion, it's about time they got their share as far as I'm concerned. Don't get me wrong, I want a balanced game, but there is never a truly balanced game with so many classes and abilities, plus PvP and PvE to consider. I still feel like Warriors deserve a go at being top-dog for a while :P Even then, I'm pretty sure Hunters still hold that title, and have done ever since late BC. Have you seen Krip play his Hunter? It's retarded. Also, my mate has his Warrior, and we're both keen to focus on PvP this expansion. If we don't play with you guys, we'll be starting up our own team. You really need to drop people without Vent/Mic, you won't get past 2K once the second Season starts.
  9. Year 7 Science 101. If there is Nitrogen gas still coming from the glass, there is still Nitrogen liquid within the cocktail. I guess her Christian College had a different curriculum. As for the Cockroach man, surely there must have been some other illness or affliction? I can't imagine someone keeling over due to (more than) a couple of cockroaches. If that was the case Bear Grylls would be long gone.
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    WoW Mists of Pandaria

    To be honest I feel Warriors fit better into their PvP role now than they have in many years. I like the fact they get in and interrupt casters, if they don't have silences (as opposed to interupts), how are the meant to beat ranged classes? Don't forget, Pummel has a 6-foot required range. Sure, abilities like Avatar make the Warrior a huge anti-caster in Arena, but I like that, it's what he should be. Playing a Warrior has always been one of the most difficult classes in WoW PvP IMO, about time the playing field was leveled out. As for the Droodz, Heart of the Wild will lose effectiveness later on in the season when people are geared up with higher resilience, as the buff to agility and stam is percentage based, and as healers have no agility items, their HoW kitty DPS won't increase with gear progression. If they start taking some agility items to compensate (say for example a staff that can be macro'd in to swap with HoW) then sure, their DPS will go up a bit with each new tier, but it will never be as OP as it is right now. I'd be keen to get my druid into a 5's team with you Brock, if you're interested.
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    ni

    Thermal Interface Material?
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    Kill all humans... I mean Sharks!

    I'm sure many of you have read or heard about the attacks in WA over the past year, and have also heard morons like Colin Barnett open their mouth over the issue. The WA Government has agreed to the culling of all sharks to be found "too close" to beaches, spending around $7Million on the patrols and drum nets required. If you want to find news articles, there are a ton on Google if you simply search for "WA shark culling" or a similar phrase, though here is the first article I read on the matter. Some of the more extremist animal rights activists may find Seas Shepherds views on the issue more interesting however. What are your thoughts? Are sharks merely mindless killers that need to be wiped out, or should they be respected like other carnivores and predators? Personally I think sharks are just like any other predator, land or ocean. They need to be respected, and if you're going to sit out on a surfboard for 8 hours per day 7 days per week, you need to accept the risk of being a part of the ocean ecology. Could the Great White be the next Tasmanian Tiger? Are the sharks coming into shallower waters than normal due to overfishing? It's a complicated problem I think, and I'd like to know your thoughts.
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    Kill all humans... I mean Sharks!

    If those proof reading elves have done their job correctly.
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    Kill all humans... I mean Sharks!

    WWE is wrestling :P WWF is World Wildlife Fund.
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    WoW Mists of Pandaria

    That's exactly the reason I did it Corky :) Easy way to level enchanting.
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    Kill all humans... I mean Sharks!

    Bull Sharks are the only shark I'd say we need a solution for. They're like Hyenas of the shark world, and due to their feeding habits (largely dusk feeders in shallow water) they encounter humans the most. Couple the fact they spawn in rivers and canal systems and you get aggressive mothers and condensed population of young sharks all at once. I definitely don't think the solution is killing them, but there should perhaps be more money spent on researching elcro-waveforms to keep sharks (or at least target species) out of highly human inhabited areas. The only problem of course is they spawn in human-inhabited areas, so it could affect their reproduction. It's difficult to find a solution other than simply telling people to stay out of the water at dusk and after storms. I also agree with what Rybags said, investing the $7M into Surf Lifesaving would likely have a greater benefit to human life than paying some shark hunters. I used to be in SLS when I was around 14-17, and in that time only had the shark alarm go off once. There were times when we were out on the IRB and would see a shark or two, but it was pretty rare and for the most part they were juveniles. The only time we pulled the alarm was when a 5 foot tiger was spotted, but even then it's unlikely a shark will "attack " swimmers if we can see its fin from the beach or a boat. They're normally just cruising the beach and being curious if you see a fin. There was one case where a grey nurse bumped into a surfer off Lennox Head point (one used to live there, not sure if it still does). Me and some friends were out paddling our racing ski's when he started screaming and we saw a fin heading away from him. We quickly went over assuming he'd been bitten by the curious shark, but it had simply bumped his board with its snout to check out what he was. The bloke was adamant he'd been bitten, so we radio'd in that he'd had an attack and the IRB quickly darted over to pick him up, with an ambulance on the beach by the time the boat arrived. Once on shore we discovered he had a single Grey Nurse tooth scratch on his leg, barely 1CM long where a forward pointing tooth had bumped his leg when bumping his board. He was talking to the ambo's about how scary it all was, no doubt thinking he'd just had a near-death experience with one of the least intimidating sharks in the ocean (besides maybe a Wobbegong). I think it was not long before or after that "attack" that a man came in from the patrol area with a large gash on his leg, pissing out blood. He'd been barbed by a Sting Ray, which I will tell you is horrifically painful. Nothing was mentioned about how lucky he feels to be alive, or how scared he was for his life. Despite the wound being a good 6 CM long, and pretty deep. It's weird how people look at different situations, despite the Stingray wound being far more serious, the man with the "shark attack" was in hysterics, while the bloke barbed by the ray remained largely calm (despite the odd whimper or groan at the pain).
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    WoW Mists of Pandaria

    Not sure what you're talking about TBH, I went from 85-86 in around 2 hours of questing, and then from 86-89 in two days of questing last weekend. I'm now 15% away from lvl 90 after what would be around 20 hours play time, that's bugger all. I didn't do instances, and I've 100% completed every zone except for the Stepes, so I took pretty much the slowest leveling path available. People can "grind" from 85-90 in about 6 hours if all they do is play instances with a semi-competent group. As for the ilvl difference, of course going from 443 to 450 is only a small upgrade, that's the point of ilvl. It really sounds to me Code that you want to just be given a lvl 90 and epic gear on each successive expansion launch, which as far as I'm concerned is pretty much what Blizz do. Heroics and Raids start happening the second week of the expansion for the most part, and people gear up bloody fast compared to say BC on launch. I'll hit 90 tonight (should only take around 30 minutes), the only reason I haven't is my first play through is with a mate and his play time is far less than my own. To kill the time I've leveled Enchanting, Leatherworking and Fishing to 600 already. If you're bored in the first month of an expansion, I think it's a fairly strong indication you're over WoW.
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    the freakin' arseholes!

    AGL came around, we used to be with Energy Australia. From memory the rates weren't much better, was going to save us about $3 per day, but all I had to do was read some small print and sign a single form, so why not? From what the guy told me, AGL are actually the wholesaler for my area (Kensington), and AE were simply reselling it on at a small profit. This cut out the middle man and allowed us to get a better price (and it's no doubt making AGL more money too, or why would they care?).
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    16 Gig ram sticks

    What are you building this machine for JDM? It's pretty rare to need two GPU's and two CPU's.
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    the freakin' arseholes!

    I had them come around to my house around 3 months ago now, and their rates were better than our previous provider, so I singed on over after reading the small print.
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    Mad Catz STRIKE 7 (membrane) keyboard

    Lame. THIS is the real future of keyboards :) (click the tabs at the top of the page for more info)
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    Kill all humans... I mean Sharks!

    One can only hope. So we exterminate an animal that has existed for millions of years, serving as an apex predator in a very complex ecology simply because people want to have one less thing to worry about when going for a surf? Let's not forget Great Whites are protected over most of the globe, and endangered in some regions (like ours). Statements like (the one from Colin Barnett) "Over a hundred year period there were 12 shark fatalities. Over the last 12 months there have been five," and drawing the conclusion that shark populations are out of control and therefore need to be culled is dangerously short sighted and ignorant. Shark populations are at an all time global low, in nearly every species, especially Australasian. Also, most attacks by Bull sharks happen in territories known to be dense in Bullshark populations (mostly QLD canals and rivers), while WA is famous for large Great Whites that migrate between South Africa and Australia. It should be the responsibility of the people to know what their risks are at the local beach or river, what stingers are in season, what the current tide is doing, and most importantly if it's a migratory or active season for certain "aggressive" shark species. For someone who constantly whinges about the "nanny state" and "cotton wool" treatment from the government, I'd have thought you'd be opposed to yet another level of government intervention where it's not needed Director. Really? I haven't heard that. Any idea on the varieties it can attract? If they're non-threatening species then I still don't see a problem with it.
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    16 Gig ram sticks

    Pitty Windows only supports 192GB of RAM though :P
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    Kill all humans... I mean Sharks!

    You mean like the one most armed forces around the world provide to their divers? http://sharkshield.com/
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    What's on your mind?

    Sydney has a limit to the number of cab licences permitted per year AFAIK, each split into council regions and zones. I remember reading something a while back stating licences could cost in the region of 300,000 for a standard cab, wheelchair and maxi-taxi licences are more again. The smaller the population density, the cheaper the licence is (as the demand for licencing also drops). It's a fairly typical example of the government seeing a demand area, and exploiting the shit out of it to raise revenue. It's why Sydney taxis are among the most expensive in the world. (it's from 2010 so prices have changed no doubt). If you're an independent cabby in Sydney, and you're licenced, you need to share your car with at least 4 people to turn a profit. THe car cannot be parked, you need to be making money every minute of the day, taking turns to run graveyard shift driving piss heads home at 4am from Kings Cross. While it may be a great life when you're out of a major metropolis, it's a different story when you're in one.
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