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    TPG or Dodo?

    The only copper in the ground is owned by Telstra or Optus (vast majority is Tesltra), and most exchanges and DSLAMS are also Telstra owned and wholesaled out to re-sellers like TPG. What makes TPG shit? Is it just the fluctuating speeds? If so, get your copper wiring checked, it can have a lot to do with inconsistent speeds. No matter who you go with, you'll likely be stuck using the same copper as you're on now, and likely using the same DSL Exchange; so it's pretty pointless to change providers in the hope of a speed increase. I'd stay with TPG, and try to figure out what you can do to improve speeds. Insist on a line test; after all it's what you're paying line rental for. Just like home rental, it's on the owner of the copper line (Tesltra / Optus / iinet) to provide maintenance.
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    What whisk(e)y are you drinking?

    I thought you were a smoke and peat man, Rob? They're all fairly tame in that department, aren't they? Those Glenkinchie and Auchtentoshans are on my to do list as well. That's not a bad severance package at all! Did you pay full price for it back in 2009? On Master of Malt, Sap and I did an order with Whisky Exchange a little while ago, who have the same kind of business model but generally come out slightly cheaper. They have more specials on, at least. I got it Duty Free on the way back from a USA business trip. Think it was around $290. I just use Master of Malt as they have 30ml samples, and also stock Brew Dog beer, so i can bundle in some beers :) I'll give Whiskey Exchange a look in next year though, the next two months I'll likely be watching my money a little closer :P
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    What whisk(e)y are you drinking?

    I drank half a bottle of this on Thursday night after I was made redundant at Atomic towers. Though I picked it up back in 2009 (after it won a bunch of awards), so it's at least 27 years old now. EDIT: Finished off the night with one of these Whiskey Barrel Aged Stouts I've been keeping in my cellar (linen closet). Double EDIT: For people who like to shop for the finer things in life, like good beer and whiskey, this website is my favorite. http://www.masterofmalt.com/
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    Bennett sucks at CounterStrike!

    He's terrabad at BF3 too. I can't seem to find his stat page anymore, looks like his account is gone. From memory he had about 0.4 W/L ratio, and 0.3 K/D
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    What of Atomic?

    It's been fun guys. Writing for Atomic was a dream of mine since I was a young chap, and I'm happy to say I enjoyed every minute of working with the entire Haymarket team. I'll still be hanging around the forums, and who knows, PC&TA may need some enthusiast writers in the future for OC events or exciting hardware. If not, I'll still be hanging around the forums, and may upload personal reviews for any new hardware I adopt :) Best of luck to John and David with the merger of the two magazines, you're both great blokes to work with. I hope our paths cross again in the future.
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    Hobbies?

    You making Creaming Soda? I spend way too much money on that too...
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    Hobbies?

    Well, what about cheese making then? I know one guy in my home brew club who makes his own cheese at home, it's delicious! If you've got space to age, you can make blocks of cheese that would normally cost hundreds of dollars or more, for a $20. I was going to start making my own cheese, but I don't have any extra room in my unit to store and age cheese on top of any beer I've got aging/fermenting.
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    Hobbies?

    @Chrisg, Should take up brewing while you're at it. Spent barley makes excellent mulch / top cover for your garden bed, just ask my neighbours. I throw a couple of kilos over their fence every weekend.
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    Hobbies?

    That sounds like fun, but it's a pretty difficult hobby to get into (in terms of regulation), so you need to be keen to be bothered. Out of interest Corky, can you hunt with a bow on the same licence? Or is that completely separate to firearms?
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    US election

    I'd be surprised is B. Obama doesn't win the polls on our forums, but in the USA, it's a different matter entirely. M. Romney is a more... "devout" Christian, and some people will vote for that over good policy, or even a consistent one.
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    Hobbies?

    This a thousand times. But if you take it to the next level (buy kegs and go all grain), it can also get expensive, so keep it simple with a single fermenter and bottles at first :) I'd also say cooking is a fantastic and rewarding way to spend your time, just like brewing or wine making. I personally like to create things in which I can share with friends and family. Each Sunday I'm either brewing a new beer, transferring and bottling / kegging ready beers or cooking an awesome meal for a Sunday night feast with my mates (accompanied by home brewed beer). Sunday is my favourite day of the week because of this.
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    Battlefield 1942 now free

    I'm in two minds. 1942 was a game I reminisce about as being one of the greatest games I've played, if I go back, it may spoil it for me :( I wonder if Desert Combat mod is playing better than BF3 at the moment?
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    Asteroid mining about to become reality?

    But they don't need to do that, as in space the object can travel indefinitely in the pushed direction (assuming it doesn't collide with another object or enter a gravitational field). There are far cheaper ways to move things around space than by building a space ship around the asteroid.
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    Be a Manlier Man.

    I look about 17 whenever I try to grow a beard, as all I end up with is a neckbeard; and a shitty one at that.
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    Oz lotto

    I think the odds of placing a horse are slightly better than winning the lotto :P Hence the smaller return. Well done though!
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    Asteroid mining about to become reality?

    The best "hard" sci-fi: all extrapolation from known possibles - given sufficient time and funding, it's all just engineering. And hell yeah it's exciting! I'm trying to keep it damped down, though, because the disappointment would be crushing if I didn't and then they didn't go ahead with it. I agree, it would be crushing if it falls through, but looking at their team of engineers, their advisers and the investors behind this company, it's hard to imagine everyone calling it quits and closing the company down if it all becomes too difficult. There are huge incentives for all parties involved.
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    FTP security risk?

    By whoever is watching you right now...
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    Asteroid mining about to become reality?

    From what I understand they were planning to set up processing on our moon, and will "push" asteroids towards it which are within our range to retrieve or intercept. I don't think they have plans for any Earth based processing of raw minerals, only refinement of precious metals. If I've been keeping up with their press releases correctly, they plan on extracting oxygen and hydrogen in the form of water from the asteroids (and icebergs*). They can use both of these for air supply, fuel and water all at once, using solar plants to generate power (without the ozone layer solar is more viable apparently) should Hydrogen supply become low. It's a pretty viable idea from what I can gather. There is an abundance of water out there in the solar system, so human life is very sustainable should we develop the technology to travel more efficiently. Obviously starting this venture is the hardest part, just like the settlement of colonies from England, France and Spain had their struggles. Setting up the moon base will be the hardest part, though underneath the moon dust is apparently solid rock which can be cut into brick to house the first power generators etc (not suitable for human dwelling). Once they can generate power on the moon, they can fuel a larger workforce, and start building life support systems for humans. They want the moon to eventually be a small human colony, with fully-working foundries and processing plants (mostly robotic). The idea behind this is launching objects from the moon surface (building new probes and retrieval devices) is far easier once a moon base is established, than constantly launching from Earth. It's super sci-fi at the moment, but it's pretty damned exciting :)
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    Oz lotto

    That's why you play Powerball, because the odds of hitting the jackpot are far lower than the regular lottery. It means you don't have to share your winnings with anyone else! Huzza! You just need to overcome that 1/55Mil chance of winning, as opposed to the 1/8Mil applied to the regular Australian Lottery.
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    Asteroid mining about to become reality?

    Has anyone else been keeping up with this? I subscribed to their mailing list, and I've been frequently reading their updates and checking their FB page. Today a rather cool press release came through from a Q&A at a university lecture, found it interesting, perhaps you will too :) http://www.planetaryresources.com/2012/10/...tm_medium=email
  21. You need to check if your area is eligible for cable. https://onlineshop.telstra.com.au/bundles/medium/upgrade?_SQ
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    In marriage, compromise is important

    Let me get this straight, the device is meant to save the ladies of the house from doing extra work "cleaning up after their men" with this device. Yet it is only activated when the man lifts the seat? Won't this result in more men just leaving the seat down and getting urine drops on the seat? To me it seems like it could do more harm than good...
  23. So, as many of you know, I had a pretty decent system at home that set me back a pretty penny when first putting it together, along with some tech carried over from my time at PCPP and a sponsored build that was featured over there. It went a little something like this: Intel i7 3960X @ 4.8GHz - Gigabyte OC HD7970 CrossFire - 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws @ 2.13GHz - Gigabyte G.1 Assassin 2 - Enermax MaxRevo 1500W - SilverStone TJ11 - EK Supreme HF CPU Block - Koolance 7970 Blocks - Dual SR1 360 Radiators - Swiftech MCP655 Pump - EK 250 X2 Res - Dell U2711 - 10TB Storage - OCZ Vertex 3 240GB (Steam) - Corsair Force GT 3 120GB (OS+BF3). After selling a lot of the gear on OCAU and replacing said parts with a quick shop at PCCG, I've now got the following system and I must say over all I'm happy I went with the change. Intel i5 3570 @ 4.5GHz - Gigabyte OC HD7970 - 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws @ 1866MHz - ASUS Maximus V Gene - Antec EA-650W Platinum - Fractal Design Define Mini - Noctua NH-U12P SE2 - Dell U2711 - 10TB Network Storage - OCZ Vertex 3 240GB (Steam) - Corsair Force GT 3 120GB (OS+BF3). I've noticed almost no FPS drop in my regularly played titles (WoW, HoN, BF3 and Mech Warrior: Online), so I really don't miss the second HD7970. This could have something to do with the 12.11 drivers improving the performance of my card though, but either way I'm happy. Removing water cooling was probably the thing I wanted to do most. I hated pulling the loop apart if I had any issues with overclocking or re-seating blocks / paste. My temperatures are obviously higher on my GPU, but given it no longer shares a cooling method with a second GPU and an i7 extreme, it's actually only 10C or so hotter under loads. Another big benefit is the lower power draw, the smaller PC case and due to far less airflow, dust buildup on the case air vents will likely be less severe (my TJ11 had 8 intake fans *eep*). So what do you think? I ended up with around $1K in change when everything was said and done. Though I obviously lost money in the long run, as I purchased the majority of the more expensive parts brand new almost a year ago now, and sold them for roughly 50% of that purchase price. For now I'm very happy with the decision, as the money will be used to (almost) pay off the final amount owing on my car loan, so I can say goodbye to that burden fairly soon. As far as I'm concerned, my gaming hasn't been (noticeably) affected, and neither has my system responsiveness, I think it was a good move. Would you have done the same? Or does living with a small amount of debt get superseded by shiny tech?
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    My PSU just exploded

    Antec EA-550 Platinum. Though you may find the 650W is worth buying, as it's typically only $5-$10 more. I recently downgraded my system to one this week :)
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    To upgrade or not

    Get the monitor now while it's on sale, play some games and see what you think. Keep in mind, many reviews are using 4-8x AA and 16x AF along with maxed out graphics for their reviews. If you tweak settings yourself you can get more acceptable frame rates. If you decide you still want more frames, buy a second GTX 670 then, but a single one should be fine for most games. I'm only running a single HD7970 now, having had two of them CrossFired in the past. I'd definitely take a 2560x1440 monitor over a second GTX 670.
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