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Gaming / Bungie Splits with Activision... Time for us to go home?
« on: January 11, 2019, 08:28:30 AM »
Only time will tell, but Bungie is now independent, and intends to publish all future Destiny content independently. Is the alienation that pushed us away ending? Probably not, but there were a great deal of apologists who swore it was Activision who forced most of the PS4 bias and abuse of the staff, community, and the lackluster game that Destiny was when it launched.

I doubt we'll be going anywhere except our separate ways in the next five years, but it will be interesting to see how Bungie changes following this split.

The Flood / Top 1 Albums of Ever
« on: January 07, 2019, 12:47:06 AM »
For eternity thus far, some okay music has been made, but this comprehensive list is, beyond my opinion, sheer and indisputable fact. This list, generate through scientific testing, showcases the objectively greatest 1 Albums made during the last ever, and provides the data by which these assertions grace fact.

1. Testify by Phil Collins

This album not only changed my life, but also the world, and by proxy your life too. Phil Collins poured all of his vast mastery into capturing the human condition and connecting with every living human being simultaneously to produce this album. It is beyond doubt that musically, it is the finest piece of art to be produced by humans, that is, barring the much more likely event that it was handed down to Phil by God himself. Lyrically... the term poetry doesn't come close to describing the beauty encased in his words. A select few albums have been blessed in either of these ways, but Testify blends them together seamlessly and with truly divine beauty.

There's not much more to be said in plain words, but you MUST immediately listen to this album, regardless of whether you've heard it before or not, lest you face indefinite incarceration on earth and eternal hellfire beyond.

Phil bless you.

The Flood / LG Stylo 4: The King of Entry Level Phones?
« on: January 06, 2019, 01:54:49 AM »
I've been using this phone, on sale for $110 at best buy for a week now, and it sports some flagship design, with some drawbacks, at entry level prices.

With only a Snapdragon 445 and 2GB of ram, as well as having SD card adoption disabled to expand the internal storage beyond the stock 32GB, this phone is very similar to other entry level devices in terms of raw performance. However, there's more to a user experience than the geekbench score.

The included stylus launches a small bubble with some quick options, like the Galaxy Note, and works remarkably well. The mesh tip actually feels more premium than the rubber tipped s pen in pure use feel, but obviously lacks many of the s pen's features.

The ability to draw a cutout from the screen for a screenshot never gets boring, even if my unskilled hand makes ugly, jagged cuts. For drawing, I miss the S Pen's reticle displayed when hovering, but the accuracy is better, especially after you've slightly bent the S Pen's rubber tip.

Small bezels are nice, and the phone sports a fairly premium 79.9% screen to body ratio. The chin at the bottom of the phone is the same size as the forehead at the top, and I applaud LG's decision to forgo a notch to try and increase that screen to body ratio just a little higher. It's not winning any awards, but the 18:1 aspect ratio, with a 1080x2160 resolution on a 6.2" display (with rounded d corners), pushes even lower end smartphones toward the future of a more affordable premium feel.

I instantly missed the Super AMOLED display of my Samsung phone, and the colors will just never feel right without it. It's the sort of thing you can never come back from.

The Stylo 4 is a big winner in productivity. It handles more intensive chat apps like snapchat with no problems, and running Android 8.1 Oreo, it has no shortage of support for newer applications like I don't know how they stretch the small RAM so far, but I never feel like I'm losing performance.

App launch time isn't premium feeling, but it's far and afield beyond yesterday's budget, or even mid level options, so while launch is instantaneous, the brief hesitation to populate constant, while not necessarily welcome, isn't a major drawback.

The cameras sport fairly premium resolutions (5MP front & 13MP back), but they're frankly shit in post. After a few shots I already thought it may be a good idea to consider carrying a lower res, lower price, Samsung as just a camera to get all of life's little moments recorded. It's a damn shame, and makes me wonder if LG's claims of the great camera performance on the V40, might not be worth the five sensors, purely because their post processing, theoretically the same across their entire line, is so severely lacking.

Next, we come to battery life. This is where everything comes to a head. The 3000mah battery would have been great at one point, but it just doesn't cut it anymore. The fast charging is a nice feature, but as no fast charger is included it's kind of a letdown. The phone doesn't support Qi charging, so don't expect to get away with a cheap online charging pad. I have to wonder why Qi wasn't thrown in, as the design completely allows for it, which I'll touch on in a moment. Perhaps budget was a constraint, on this budget model. This kinda undermines the productivity claims I made earlier, as you might be productive with this device, you just won't be for long.

From a design perspective, mostly premium materials were used. There's adecent  hardened glass on the front of the screen, though LG didn't spring for Corning Gorilla Glass, not even an older formula, and the back of the phone is an imitative glass acrylic, which feels cheesy at first, but after some use, isn't as bad as many acrylics, and actually offers better grip than glass would. It looks like glass, and is definitely a fingerprint magnet, but it doesn't send a "cheap phone" message when viewing or touching it, after you've imparted some of the oils from your hand to make it less tacky to the touch. The fingerprint sensor is not fast, but it is pretty accurate, and it is definitely still much faster than swipe to unlock. The buttons, (volume and power, no quick access key) are made of metal, as is the entire outer frame of the phone, which offers decent drop protection and makes the phone feel more premium in general. Oh, and it has a headphone jack, in addition to the Type C port which is usually so absent on entry level phones.

If anyone out there can't be bothered to spring a few hundred for Nokia's latest offerings, which I consider the best of mid-range phones, or incrementally more for the Oneplus 6T or another Flagship at twice the price, I would definitely recommend this unit over my 2017 entry level pick of the year's successor (the Samsung J7 2017 held this title, and the J7 2018 is just a refresh of the same hardware). The Stylo 4 feels newer and more premium than even some flagship hardware from a couple of years ago, which do offer better performance, but this unit has all of the good design elements that arose in 2018, and seems to have left behind all of the bad ones.

Gaming / Xbox One External Hard Drive not recognized - solution
« on: December 14, 2018, 01:11:50 PM »
Hey, so I don't post anywhere else except discord really, so I was hoping someone else who is more prolific on other sites could spread this info around, as I was unable to find this suggestion anywhere when trying to troubleshoot this drive detection problem.

I recently upgraded an Xbox One S's internal storage, and sold him his old hard drive back in an enclosure so it could be used via usb 3.0

The trouble was, the drive would not show up on the Xbox as either media storage or as game storage. Even formatting the drive did not resolve the issue. I decided to take a crack at something as a shot in the dark and it worked.

I initialize all drives with GUID Partition Tables, and indeed this disk was already GPT when I removed it from the Xbox. Most off the shelf drives use the older Master Boot Record standard though. I converted this drive from to an MBR disk, and ouala, the Xbox now recognizes it as game storage.

To convert a disk to MBR, if anyone has this problem themselves, open up the Disk Management utility in Windows, or on Linux you can download GParted. On Windows, delete all partitions on the drive, right click on the drive at the lefthand side of the window, and select "Convert to MBR disk". On Linux the process just entails selecting the drive and going to the toolbar and selecting "Create Master Boot Record"

When you're done, create a new partition in the NTFS format, as the Xbox will not recognize the drive without a partition.

The Flood / I've gone into business lads
« on: November 26, 2018, 09:05:31 PM »
For a while, I've marketed computer repair services by word of mouth. I've also been doing internal storage upgrades for current gen consoles.

Recently I acquired a domain and I'm setting up an online shop right now to sell pre-built PCs and custom system integrations. I'm calling my company TRCX.

For custom integrations (for which we've already had oir first customer!), we investigate the use case the customer has in mind and design a solution that's tailored to their needs.

I've just finished designing our first pre-built, the Arizona Q119, which will go on sale along with a variety of other systems in January.

The Arizona is a fairly typical top-of-the-line gaming pc, which I retail at $3,000 (literally fuck rtx cards why are they so expensive).

Arizona Q119 Specs
Intel i7 8700K (liquid cooled)
RTX 2080ti
32GB DDR4-3000
500GB M.2 SSD & 1TB SSHD; 1.5 TB total storage
Blu-ray RW optical drive
Windows 10 Home
Wi-Fi Connectivity

There is a fairly major boon to UK and EU customers in this model. If you took the parts list and built an Arizona Q119 yourself at home, you would spend £3,767.40. Buying from TRCX, you spend only £2342.

I'll keep sep7afrens updated for when the store goes online, and I hope any of you who are shopping computers in the new year will check us out.

When the site goes live, you can find us at

The Flood / tfw born too late to be a boomer
« on: November 18, 2018, 01:47:32 PM »
tfw born too soon to be a zoomer

at least we've got each other ;~;

The Flood / I don't say bad words anymore
« on: November 17, 2018, 01:08:54 PM »
it actually feels really good

The Flood / oh my god Stan Lee is fucking dead
« on: November 12, 2018, 12:52:49 PM »

The Flood / Well, this seems like a flaming pile of garbage.
« on: September 19, 2018, 04:50:28 PM »
Her voice is incredibly grating to me.

The Flood / story time
« on: September 14, 2018, 10:31:05 AM »
>be 2015
>be me, 21
>living in hot, dusty ass Arizona
>no job or desire to be raped by the sun, so  spend all day inside on computer, or playing vidya
>posting on 4chan
>tell everyone han solo dies in new star wars movie
>some kid says he traced my IP and is going to have me swatted
>call him a faggot and remind him that snape killed dumbledore
>maybe twenty or thirty minutes later, see black clad government gimps sneaking up to my front door
this little shit actually swatted me
>get the fuck out of there
>wandering around town for hours trying to avoid the cops
>remember friend from high school's parents leave their car keys in the visor
>steal their car and leave town
>blood is pumping so hard, I've never done anything like this before

>one year later
>be me, 22
>hiding in shitty little town in Mexico
>somehow its actually a downgrade from my crappy NEET life before
>local thugs always try to mug me because I'm white
>at first just give them my shit
>buy a gun
>one day stand up to them
>kill one
>run home and throw up
>his "esses" want revenge
>there three of them
>somehow end up killing them too
>in the fight, we all missed a bunch of times so it seemed bigger than it was
>guess I'm a badass now
>locals start saying I must have killed fifteen men
>roll with it
>get mad respect
>get mad Latina pussy

>two more years later
>be me, 24
>life has been sweet for a while now
>everyone thinks I'm an insane  gunfighter
>legend grows so big people come from other towns to challenge me
>I've actually gotten pretty decent, and shot five people this way
>none of them actually died, but the locals don't know that
>they still worship me out of fear
>someone comes to town looking for me
>he's got a huge hand cannon
>tells everyone he's a cop with a warrant for my extradition for stealing my friend's parents' car
>someone tells me he's looking for me
>like hell I'm going back now that I'm outlaw king of the desert
>have the locals tell him I'll meet him in the middle of main street at 11:20
>the madman shows
>alright let's do this
>before I can even pull my gun out he's already shot me
>fall to the ground in agony

I might have went on livin' but I made one fatal slip, when I tried to match the ranger with the big iron on his hip

The Flood / DBZA Episode 60: Part 1 released
« on: September 01, 2018, 07:03:40 AM »
After 14.25 months with no updates, TFS has finally released the first part of their three episode finale to the Cell Saga, which is rumored to be the end of the series.


The Flood / /tv/ rejoices: the new plinkett review is up
« on: August 28, 2018, 08:48:14 AM »

The Flood / apparently Stefan Stefansson is dead
« on: August 23, 2018, 01:51:44 AM »
he was number one :(

The Flood / wtf I just saw DAS's name on a YouTube video
« on: August 14, 2018, 06:16:54 AM »

in the special thanks at the end

The Flood / Been a while since we had one of these.
« on: July 18, 2018, 07:11:47 PM »

I like this test better than Political Compass
my results

The Flood / I've become a very patient person
« on: July 17, 2018, 12:13:23 AM »
Is it just because I'm getting older?

the days I wait seem to simply slip away and I'm not anxious about another tomorrow

it's a weird feeling, because I've been in such a rush for so long, taking things slow wouldn't be the kind of thing I'd expect to feel good

has anyone felt this, and when did it start?

The Flood / tfw SammyClassicSonicFan will never be your bf
« on: June 28, 2018, 11:53:57 PM »

why live?

The Flood / AMA Sep7agon, I'm slipping...
« on: June 27, 2018, 06:49:38 AM »
These days all I really want to talk about is how I feel and the feelings and personal lives of others, and I'm really not sure what people even talk about here.

Basically all I can do when I come here is sink back into shitty posting habits and while I don't think I really like any of you all that much, except a handful of exceptional people who are probably also the best of us in their daily lives, I am certain that none of you has even cared whether I enjoy your company, or even tried enjoying mine in some time.

I don't think I'm gonna stop posting any time soon, in fact even though I have been much less active I still log into and check the site every day, but I'm a little bit frustrated that this is all that's left of my childhood. I don't even think I knew most of you on

Sorry for the blogpost, but it's been on my chest. I'd appreciate some general questions that we could have some small talk over, but as usual, ask me anything you like.

The Flood / spotify got rid of radio for free users
« on: June 26, 2018, 11:55:15 AM »
welp time to fukken PAY for this shit again

The Flood / I'm not even gonna bother with that thread
« on: June 19, 2018, 11:29:20 PM »
dude, x beat pregnant women
he shoulda been shot a long ass time ago

I don't give a fuck if you liked whatever garbage he put out, being a musician isn't a free pass to be a terrible person, and everybody needs to stop excusing people just because they're famous

fuck x, fuck everything he was about, and if you think he didn't deserve to die, fuck you too

The Flood / Pay ChallengerX a compliment
« on: June 09, 2018, 09:02:03 PM »
he is always here for us

The Flood / Guess what I'm doing in Missouri right now
« on: June 07, 2018, 04:09:20 AM »
go ahead


« on: June 01, 2018, 11:52:12 PM »

The Flood / so what's goin on with you guys
« on: June 01, 2018, 06:09:58 AM »

The Flood / rare footage of sceondclass
« on: May 26, 2018, 06:06:33 PM »

The Flood / another friendly reminder
« on: April 26, 2018, 05:31:02 PM »
some of you guys are alright

The Flood / friendly reminder
« on: April 24, 2018, 01:39:10 PM »
Das has to buy me a 1911

The Flood / Rest in Peace Pupper
« on: April 19, 2018, 08:48:39 AM »
The Queen's pupper died ;-;

The Flood / I stayed out of this for the duration
« on: April 05, 2018, 11:16:07 PM »

but yeah, this is how that whole thing ended

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