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The Flood / Photography Thread
« on: March 23, 2018, 01:33:35 PM »


So we have an Arts thread and the occasional game screenshots thread, so what about a "life screenshot" thread? Show off your photographic and film masterpieces here, talk about the equipment you use or techniques you do physically or digitally to achieve your pictures, and boast if you won some competition or got your photos or videos featured somewhere.



Useful Links
[Video] How to develop your own B&W Film (Basic)
[Document] How to develop Colour Film (Advanced)
[Wiki] Analog Camera Reviews by people who actually use them
[Website] DPReview - News, Reviews, and Tips on Digital Photography



Galleries, Albums, and Channels

Highlight your best photos, or just dump albums of them and I'll link them here, video channels also. I'll sort 'em better when they start piling up.

[Imgur album] Mine - 35mm Black and White, and Colour.
[In-Thread] Vien's Photos
[In-Thread] Dio Nolos'/Solonoid's Photos
[In-Thread] MarKhan's Photos
[In-Thread] Mike's Photos
[In-Thread] Jonos' Photos

[Last Updated - 28 March, 2018]

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The Flood / Found my pub today
« on: September 30, 2017, 10:18:27 PM »
Just thought I'd mention. It's common enough to find a business with my first or last name in Ireland, but to find both in England of all places was kinda surprising. I have no actual relation to the pub apart from the name and its obvious Irish descent;


Anyone else got buildings or companies of the same name around? More bonus points the less related it is to you.

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Serious / In two weeks, the Cassini Spaceprobe will burn up over Saturn
« on: September 01, 2017, 05:52:37 PM »

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Unless you've been absent since April, this has been going around newsfeeds and the internet at large that the Cassini spaceprobe (as part of the Cassini-Huygens probes) is soon to end it's mission in a blaze of glory by hitting Saturn's upper atmosphere at ~110,000km/h (or ~120,000km relative to Saturn's centre). It was launched in 1997 and completed it's original mission objectives by 2008, and has since been on two extended missions since that lasted until about now. Cassini's Grand Finale mission began in April 26th this year, when its orbit around Saturn took it between the gas giant and the rings, making it smaller and more elliptical. That is, until it takes its 22nd and final orbit, its periapsis will take it into the atmosphere, causing it to tumble and burn up.

A brief overview of the Cassini-Huygens mission:

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(Source: Science Overview)

Before Cassini, we had only brief glimpses of the discoveries awaiting us at Saturn. Pioneer 11 and Voyagers 1 and 2 conducted flybys decades ago, taking pictures, measurements and observations as they zoomed past. These missions shed new light on Saturn’s complicated ring system, discovered new moons and made the first measurements of Saturn’s magnetosphere. But these quick encounters didn’t allow time for more extensive scientific research.

Cassini changed all that. It began the first in-depth, up-close study of Saturn and its system of rings and moons in 2004. It became the first spacecraft to orbit Saturn, beginning a mission that yielded troves of new insights over more than a decade. The Saturnian system proved to be rich ground for exploration and discoveries, and Cassini's science findings changed the course of future planetary exploration.

"We're looking at a string of remarkable discoveries -- about Saturn's magnificent rings, its amazing moons, its dynamic magnetosphere and Titan's surface and atmosphere," said Linda Spilker, Cassini's project scientist. "Some of the mission highlights so far include discovering that Titan has Earth-like processes and that the small moon Enceladus has a hot-spot at its southern pole, plus jets on the surface that spew out ice crystals, and liquid water beneath its surface."

 
Studying Saturn’s Many Moons
Some of the most surprising scientific findings have come from encounters with Saturn’s fascinating, dynamic moons. Cassini's observations of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, have given scientists a glimpse of what Earth might have been like before life evolved. They now believe Titan possesses many parallels to Earth, including lakes, rivers, channels, dunes, rain, clouds, mountains and possibly volcanoes.

The data from the Cassini spacecraft and the European Space Agency's Huygens probe, which plunged through Titan's dense, smoggy atmosphere to land on its surface in 2005, have generated hundreds of scientific articles and been the subject of special issues of the world’s most important scientific journals.

Enceladus, too, proved to be a rich source of discovery. The spray of icy particles from the surface jets forms a towering plume three times taller than the width of Enceladus itself. Cassini confirmed that the plume feeds particles into Saturn's most expansive ring, the E ring. The spacecraft has come as close as 15 miles (25 kilometers) from the moon's icy surface during its investigation, revealing the presence of a global subsurface ocean that might have conditions suitable for life.


Extending the Mission
The Cassini mission has seen two mission extensions, allowing for more flybys, investigations and measurements, over a longer span of time. When its initial four-year tour of the Saturn system was complete in 2008, the Cassini-Huygens saga had brought a new dimension of understanding to the complex and diverse Saturn system.

The two-year Cassini Equinox Mission brought continued excitement. During that first extended mission, the spacecraft made 60 additional orbits of Saturn, 26 flybys of Titan, seven of Enceladus, and one each of Dione, Rhea and Helene. The Equinox mission allowed for observations of Saturn's rings as the sun lit them edge-on, revealing a host of never-before-seen insights into the rings' structure.

Since 2010, the spacecraft has conducted a second, seven-year-long, extended mission called the Cassini Solstice Mission. This final mission will conclude with a phase known as The Grand Finale -- 22 deep dives between Saturn's cloud tops and innermost ring before it plunges into the giant planet's atmosphere.

First and last (most recent) viable images taken by Cassini

Taken: Feb. 20, 2004 1:11 AM
Received: Feb. 22, 2004 12:42 AM
The camera was pointing toward DIONE, and the image was taken using the CL1 and CL2 filters.


(Saturn centred)

Taken: Feb. 20, 2004 2:59 AM
Received: Feb. 22, 2004 1:06 AM
The camera was pointing toward SATURN, and the image was taken using the CL1 and MT2 filters.



Taken: Aug. 31, 2017 2:50 PM
Received: Sep. 1, 2017 4:41 AM
The camera was pointing toward SATURN, and the image was taken using the MT2 and CL2 filters.



As of now, it's <700,000 km/<400,000 mi from Saturn, travelling at ~28,700 kmph/~17,800 mph relative to Saturn, and will cross the rings of Saturn for the final time in 14 hours and 20 minutes.

Since the original video release in April I've been using stills of the video above for my desktop, and was awaiting some form of NASA livestream to "watch" it - sure there'd be nothing more than a diagram of it's trajectory until it blipped off the proverbial radar and stopped transmitting data, but it was something at least. However, plans got in the way and now it's unlikely I'll be keeping up to date until a few weeks later. So I thought hey, why not make a thread on the thing.

There's not really a point of discussion here, so I'll leave you with this from the FAQ;

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FAQ
Was it always planned that Cassini would end its mission by plunging into Saturn, or did this decision come about recently?

The preferred end-of-mission plan for Cassini has always been to safely dispose of the spacecraft in the upper atmosphere of Saturn. The exact “when” and “how” of the mission’s conclusion has evolved over the years as the scientifically productive mission has been granted three extensions by NASA. The current “Grand Finale” scenario – to send the spacecraft on a series of orbits between the planet and its rings -- has been part of the mission plan since 2010 and was developed in detail over the past four years.

Could microbes really have survived onboard Cassini for this long in space? Is this truly a concern that influenced the decision to deorbit into Saturn?

Based upon exposure experiments on the Space Station, it is known that some microbes and microbial spores from Earth are able to survive many years in the space environment– even with no air or water, and minimal protection from radiation.  Therefore, NASA has chosen to dispose of the spacecraft in Saturn’s atmosphere in order to avoid the possibility that viable microbes from Cassini could potentially contaminate Saturn’s moons at some time in the future.

Why is it safe to dispose of a spacecraft by burning it up in Saturn’s atmosphere? Are we polluting Saturn? What about the possibility of life there?

Disposing of Cassini in Saturn’s atmosphere is safe. The spacecraft will enter Saturn’s atmosphere at high speed and will burn up like a meteor. Any spacecraft material that survives atmospheric entry, potentially including its radioisotope fuel, will sink deep into the planet where it will melt and become completely diluted as it mixes with the hot, high-pressure atmosphere of the giant planet. Saturn’s atmosphere does not have conditions that would be favorable to life as we know it, according to evaluations by the Committee on Space Research of the International Council for Science.

With the "Grand Finale" being planned to prevent the risk of microbial contamination from Earth to potential moons orbiting Saturn, do you think we should have more regulations on space-waste like this? Even missions like the rovers on Mars with what knowledge we have today have that risk we may have to consider in future, whereas missions like Rosetta on the 67P Comet don't matter if you slam a probe into it.

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Gaming / PS+ prices rising in UK/EU/AU
« on: July 28, 2017, 08:17:55 AM »


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Emails sent to subscribers this morning and verified by Eurogamer confirm the change of prices goes into effect on 31st August 2017.

"Starting at 12:01AM BST on 31st August, 2017, prices for PlayStation Plus memberships in the SIEE region will change to £49.99/€59.99 for 12 months, £19.99/€24.99 for three months and £6.99/€7.99 for one month. For current members, the new prices will take effect when their memberships renew on or after this date. Membership will continue to include online multiplayer, two PS4 games every month, new PlayLink social party game 'That's You!' as a bonus game until 25th October, exclusive discounts, and 10GB online storage for game saves.

"We are changing the pricing to reflect various market conditions while enabling us to continue providing exceptional value to our members.".

This continues a similar route taken by Sony to rise prices last year in the US and Canada by $10 and $20 respectively last year from $49.99 to $59/69.99. To compare, in the UK, an Xbox Live 12 month membership is £39.99, while PS+ new subscription fee for 12 months will be £10 more expensive.

While it doesn't outline the price increase for Australia in the article, Aussies are also getting a $10 increase on yearly subscriptions also, based solely from this guy who recieved a similar email.

Man am I glad that most of my PS4 games are singleplayer-orientated.

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So in my attempts at procrastination I came across this little clip about Heroin in Huntingdon, and how they're combating it.

[Warning, footage of a guy OD'ing at one point, though thankfully he recovers]
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-us-canada-39343289/the-heroin-ravaged-city-fighting-back

Now the lawsuits began sometime in January this year, so this isn't "new" news, however it's interesting how they're tackling it. Similar stories were heard coming out of other towns in West Virginia afterwards. As quoted by the Mayor of Huntingdon;

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Rather than going to the taxpayers of the community and saying 'We need to raise your taxes to fight this epidemic', we need to go to those who are complicit in causing the epidemic.

The citizens in our city, our region and our state are living a nightmare that was avoidable.Profits have been pocketed while our community has been left with the fallout and stigma of the opioid epidemic.

A majority of heroin/opiate abusers started out just taking prescribed pain relief medications for injuries, which then went to taking larger doses, bribing for forged prescriptions, and some eventually moved on to straight-up heroin. Rather than only targeting the dealers and junkies, the city (and others) have decided to take on the companies that are shipping the drugs that are being abused and oil up the slopes in the first place. Judging by what facts the Mayor shoots out, I'm inclined to agree with him:
- Huntingdon is a county of <50,000 people
-The County (Huntingdon, Pennsylvania) is just around ~96,000
- In an (undisclosed) 5-year timeframe, 40 million doses of opiates were legally distributed (and assumedly, prescribed) in the County.


Then in the article linked above, there's some other distressing facts were released from the neighbouring state;
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Current West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed a lawsuit against San Francisco-based McKesson Corp. a year ago, saying at the time that an investigation by his office found that McKesson delivered about 99.5 million doses of hydrocodone and oxycodone to West Virginia between 2007 and 2012.

...

A medical practitioner in Barboursville admitted in federal court that he wrote a fraudulent prescription to illegally obtain more than 100 oxycodone pills from an employee.

Where those went exactly, you can only guess. But then it raises several difficult questions, most of which will have to be decided in the courts.

Is "Big Pharma" primarily at fault for distributing these pain relief medications and turning over massive profits without raising questions as to why such large orders are being requested, or is it the shady practitioners, GP's, pharmacists and what-have-you who are truly at fault for forging prescriptions for large doses for their "patients", or is the population under such addictions the main cause for such over-indulgence and abuse of the drugs available in the system in the first place?

I hope the news reports on the outcome of this, I want to see what happens and if the problem is ever truly resolved. Personally I think the corrupt practitioners and distribution companies are at fault for this. Not to reduce the responsibility of the people abusing the drugs themselves, but the system for acquiring such drugs so readily is what has started the problem in the first place which has since snowballed into something out of proportion and made those dose distributions so high.

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Serious / Genetic Engineering, Pt. III - Oh Boy Here We Go, GMO's
« on: March 30, 2017, 02:39:19 PM »
Parts I and II here: http://sep7agon.net/serious/genetic-engineering-crispr/

Part III - GMO's; good, bad, what do they do for us and what are they?
YouTube

So we all have some manner of opinion on them,or at least have heard of them. I think they sound like a great idea when they increase the amount of food for a growing population whilst taking up no more land or resources to produce, and also positively impact areas where food is harder to grow. On the other hand SecondClass, ironically or not, believes they are bad because of the MNC's behind them as well as the nature of them (or more accurately, lack thereof).

So, thoughts? Has watching the video (and reading the sources to back up the claims mentioned if your sceptic) changed your mind about them or told you something you didn't know?

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Serious / Thoughts on this?
« on: November 22, 2016, 09:40:09 AM »
Came up on my feed today through some things:


So a little context:
-Jo Cox, Labour MP in the UK, gets murdered in a politically motivated attack on the eve of the Brexit vote by Thomas Mair.
-(Apparently) These pictures show (some of) his collection of books at home, every single one on the bookshelf relating to the history of Nazi Germany and specific aspects (The SS, SA, the role of Goering, etc, etc).
-One other interesting feature on his bookshelf is a bust of the Reichsadler on the top, obviously related to Nazi Germany.

So here's my question - Does owning certain controversial literature and memorabilia (for a non-violent use) show a person's political beliefs, and if so, could it be further used to estimate how far they believe in the cause (i.e. to go as far as killing someone in the name of it)?

This isn't about whether he's guilty or not in the crime (that much is obvious), but rather does possession of this material equate to foreshadowing this sequence of events? In other words, because Thomas Mair owned these books, mounted that Reichsadler on his bookshelf, does that show his future intent to go out and murder someone for those reasons and that the murder was predictable?

I'll put my thoughts on the matter below in a few hours, so have fun talking about it below. I can't exactly enforce a serious discussion on it, but it would be appreciated.

Also:
InB4TwitterIsATerriblePlatformForDebates

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Gaming / Destroy All Humans available on PS4 (PS2 4 PS4)
« on: November 08, 2016, 02:25:56 PM »

https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-gb/games/destroy-all-humans/cid=EP4389-CUSA06353_00-SLES531960000001

It's not a remastered version, but it has been up-scaled to 1080p. Some parts are in native 4:3 (starting intro cutscene and loading title), but the meaty game parts are 16:9/16:10 if you choose the Widescreen option which is automatic.

If you played the original on PS2/Xbox and want some good 'ol fashioned '50's alien probing, it's £16/$20. Kinda pricey, but eh, not like I can play this on PS2 anymore.

EDIT:
Played as far as Santa Modesta (the third place), and it's fun, but there is a few limitations. Not sure if that's the right word, it's just the game looks like a direct port-over or emulation with nothing to make use of the PS4's power. E.g. The view and object pop-in distance is low as it was on PS2, object numbers can't really go above 7 cars in your direct site, only to turn around and them refreshing and disappearing. I kinda expected that as I remember when I used to play originally, but man it would've been nice to bump it up a bit, or something. It's exactly as I remember it... which is good in the gameplay, story and the fun aspects, bad in the technical ones (or maybe I've jut been spoiled in the 12 years of gaming since it's release).

Whilst I'm being critical, I believe it was worth the price in my scenario. Without a PS2 or even the old disc to play it on, my only access would be pirating for emulation on PC (I can't do that to a series I dearly love), or cluttering my room with another console and wires, finding a SCART - HDMI adapter and other hassle just to play one game on a PS2.

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Gaming / [EU - US - UK] All BF4 Expansions Free on PS Store.
« on: September 14, 2016, 07:04:28 AM »
(This should redirect you to the right region's store)

This applies to Current-Gens, so it's also on the Xbox1 (marketplace?). Oh, and on PC.

So, if you've missed any during the weeks leading up to the BF1 Beta when they were free every week, here's your final chance now to claim them all at once. Premium edition, and the game itself still cost money.

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Serious / Genetic Engineering, Pt. II - CRISPR & CAS9
« on: August 10, 2016, 08:53:15 AM »
Part I Here:
This infovid came up recently and I thought it was interesting enough to warrant some discussion, ranging from disease curing, food production to super-soldiers and Gattaca-resembling dystopias:

YouTube


So, your thoughts?

TLDR: Genetic Engineering looks pretty good to me.
Seeing as it's just a refinement of previous methods of GM going back centuries and potential benefits being expanded for wider use, I'm not particularly against anything mentioned. It may be a tad too optimistic at the end for me but we're already at a stage where the most beneficial aspects of GM are within reach, or are already in use such as treatment of diseases and GM foods.

Even if all that is a near-lifetime away from us yet, the discovery of CRISPR and it's applications into genetic engineering will be a net positive.

Part II: Genetically engineering Mosquitoes to eradicate Malaria, among other diseases.
YouTube


And to carry on that final point in the video, do you think it's a good thing or a bad thing to release these GM'd, malaria-free mosquitoes to dominate the natural gene pool?

TLDR; yeah, with consideration and trials
Being a relatively new avenue of research into genetic modification and the already proven benefits of it, I think it's worth doing, and later after successfully eradicating it moving on to the other diseases insects spread. BUT, I'd expect several more years of small scale tests to see whether Malaria (or the other diseases) evolve to counteract this, which could make it worse in terms of transmitting the disease e.g. going airborne/waterborne and expanding it's reach on the population. Or, if another completely unexpected side-effect results in Mosqi-Mutoes/i].


As and when new Genetic Engineering videos come up, I'll post em here.

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Septagon / Anarchy Avatars overridden
« on: May 21, 2016, 08:49:37 PM »
So I've set up my Anarchy titlebar and avatar , but for some reason my standard avatar overrides it (And yes, the Anarchy Killswitch is unchecked, so it should be on):

Flood (Standard Avatar/Titlebar combo)


Anarchy (Standard Avatar, Anarchy Titlebar)


When it should have this as the avatar:


Spoiler
I understand you aren't supposed to post shit from anarchy, but it's broken.

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Gaming / What multiplayer games do you play?
« on: April 04, 2016, 03:45:29 PM »
Let's get some coordination going on here. This thread will be intended to list every multiplayer game that you play, so it's easier to setup gamenights, or generally just fuck around on games with the rest of us who have them. Preferably put down common games or ones you play regularly, simplifies the list and easier to garner interest from others to play with you.

Just pop down what multiplayer games you play as "[Game][Console/PC] - (GT/PSN/Steam/Origin)" and I'll sort out and group the lists below. If you've already put down your GT/PSN/whatever in the other thread, I can grab it from there but it does make shit easier on my end.

PC
Spoiler
ArmA 3
Total: 1
PsygnI - (Psygnirish)
Battlefield: 1942 (AFAIK it's FREE!)
Total
Little Willie - (BerzerkCommando)
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Total: 1
PsygnI - (Psygnirish)
Blade and Soul
Total: 1
True Turquoise - (trutruquoise
Brawlhalla
Total: 1
Pip - (Pip)
Civilisation V
Total: 2
Jono - (hundredjono55)
CounterStrike: Global Operations
Total: 1
PsygnI - (Psygnirish)
Dark Souls
Total: 1
eggsalad - (eggsalad)
Dark Souls 2
Total: 1
eggsalad - (eggsalad)
Defence of the Ancients 2 (DotA2)
Total: 1
eggsalad - (eggsalad)
Fractured Space
Total: 1
Simseoh - (Jx493)
Garry's Mod
Total: 2
Pip - (Pip)
PsygnI - (Psygnirish)
Halo: Online (FREE MOD)
Total: 1
PsygnI - (PsygnIrish)
Simseoh - (Jx493)
Hearthstone
Total: 2
eggsalad - (eggsalad#1218)
Jono - (hundredjono55)
Heroes of the Storm
Total: 1
Jono - (hundredjono55)
Insurgency
Total: 1
PsygnI - (Psygnirish)
League of Legends
Total: 1
eggsalad - (Clusterluck)
Left4Dead2
Total: 2
PsygnI - (Psygnirish)
Quinn Mallory - (Decimator Omega)
Pokemon Showdown
Total: 1
ChaosMetalDragon - (LoverOfJesusMKII)
Rocket League
Total: 3
Coco - NEED STEAM PLEASE
Luciana - NEED STEAM PLEASE
Simseoh - (Jx493)
StarCraft 2
Total: 1
Jono - (hundredjono55)
Team Fortress 2 (FREE)
Total: 7
Coco - GIVE STEAM PLEASE
Iberian Husky - (Iberian Husky)
Meta Cognition - (MetaCognition)
Pip - (Pip)
Saleem - (Koalgon)
Simseoh - (Jx493)
Tackel - (I Tackelberry I)
Titanfall
Total: 1
ChaosMetalDragon - (LoverOfJesusMKII)
World of Tanks
Total: 1
PsygnI - (Superirish19)
YGO Pro/Dev Pro
Total 1:
ChaosMetalDragon - (LoverOfJesusMKII)

XBOX360
Spoiler
Dark Souls
Total: 2
ChaosMetalDragon - (ChaosMetalDrago)
True Turquoise - (Anora Whisper)
Left4Dead2
Total: 1
PsygnI - (Superirish19)
Halo: Reach
Total: 4
ChaosMetalDragon - (ChaosMetalDrago)
Pip - (gamer x7 42)
PsygnI - (Superirish19)
Quinn Mallory - (Decimator Omega)
Tom Clancy's Rainbow: Vegas 1
Total: 1
True Turquoise - (Anora Whisper)
Tom Clancy's Rainbow: Vegas 2
Total: 1
True Turquoise - (Anora Whisper)

XBOX1
Spoiler
Battlefield 4
Total: 3
BaconShelf - (Baconshelf)
Luis - (DOMINICAN0808)
True Turquoise - (Anora Whisper)
Dark Souls 2
Total: 2
ChaosMetalDragon - (ChaosMetalDrago)
True Turquoise - (Anora Whisper)
Elite Dangerous
Total: 1
BaconShelf - (Baconshelf)
Grand Theft Auto V
Total: 1
BaconShelf - (Baconshelf)
Halo: Master Chief Collection
Total: 3
Pip - (gamer x7 42)
Quinn Mallory - (Decimator Omega)
True Turquoise - (Anora Whisper)
Halo: Reach
Total: 1
Pip - (gamer x7 42)
Halo 5: Guardians
Total: 3
BaconShelf - (BaconShelf)
Luis - (DOMINICAN0808)
True Turquoise - (Anora Whisper)
Halo Wars
Total: 1
BaconShelf - (Baconshelf)
Star Wars: Battlefront
Total: 1
True Turquoise - (Anora Whisper)
Tom Clancy's Rainbow 6: Siege
Total: 1
True Turquoise - (Anora Whisper)

PlayStation3
Spoiler
Burnout: Paradise
Total:1
Quinn Mallory - (Decimator Omega)
Splitsecond
Total: 1
Quinn Mallory - (Decimator Omega)

PlayStation4
Spoiler
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
Total: 1
Jono - (HundredJono)
Destiny
Total: 1
PsygnI - (Superirish19)
Diablo 3
Total: 1
Jono - (HundredJono)
Grand Theft Auto V
Total: 2
Jono - (HundredJono)
PsygnI - (Superirish19)
Smite
Total: 1
Jono - (HundredJono)

Last Updated: 8th April 2016, 21:10.
Last Added: True Turquoise (settle down, the rest are on the way)

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The Flood / Weird shit that happens where you live
« on: February 23, 2016, 07:23:53 PM »
This keeps cropping up recently amongst friends, so I thought I'd share. For context, I live in a Welsh village in the middle of nowhere, where old Engish retirees basically go to die, so this is a sorta  big deal.
Vietnamese "Gardener" jailed after cannabis farm valued at £230K found in St. Dogs.

So yeah, any weird or crazy shit pop in the news recently from wherever you live? The weirder, the better.

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The Flood / The Six Nations 2016
« on: February 07, 2016, 11:50:00 AM »
Seeing as Americans are clamouring over kicking an oval-shaped ball in pads, I thought I'd cover the Six Nations matches... kicking an oval-shaped ball without pads. Coverage is being shared in the UK by ITV and BBC this year, with local stations covering France (FR2) and Ireland (RTÉ). Not sure about America, but it's probably available on livestreams online if you're interested.

How Rugby match points work
A kick is 3 points (inc. penalty kicks)
A try is 5 points (the equivalent of a touchdown)
A conversion kick is 2 points (a free kick after you score a try, bringing it to 7 if scored)

How Tournament points work
A victory is 2 points
A draw is 1 point
A loss is 0
If more than one team have the same Tournament Points by the end, the victor is announced by the sum of match point difference from each game.

Other Notes
The Triple Crown is a title given to the Nation that beats all other UK/IE countries; only England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales can participate.
The Grand Slam is when one Nation beats all the others.
The Wooden Spoon is the Nation at the bottom of the tournament (usually Italy).
All these awards used to be figurative and not mean anything than bragging rights/humiliation, although recently the Triple Crown has gotten a separate trophy.

Fixtures
Spoiler
(Ignoring previous games as you can't watch 'em live now)
All times in GMT
13th February:
14:25 France V Ireland
16:50 Wales V Scotland

14th February
14:00 Italy V England

26th February
20:05 Wales V France

27th February
14:25 Italy V Scotland
16:50 England V Ireland

12th March
13:30 Ireland V Italy
16:00 England V Wales

13th March
15:00 Scotland V France

19th March
14:30 Wales V Italy
17:00 Ireland V Scotland
20:00 France V England

FINAL RESULTS: (As of 19th March, 23:31 GMT)

Position
   
NationWinsDrawsLossesPoint DifferenceTournament Points
1England5006210
2Wales311627
3Ireland212415
4Scotland20374
5France203-274
6Italy005-1450

Unrelated, but why the fuck are these tables totally unintuitive to use?

England has won the Triple Crown, and by beating all other countries, the Grand Slam, their first in 13 years!

Italy, on the other hand by losing every single game and scoring no points, has "won" the conciliatory prize of the Wooden Spoon.

So, here's to the next one, may it be won by someone else.

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Serious / Maintenance Grants for English Students scrapped
« on: January 19, 2016, 03:58:46 PM »
(At least, there's no mention for Wales. Scotland is devolved enough to be unaffected by this vote)
The Independent

This also applies to English students studying in the next acedemic year rather than just new students, and English Students in Wales (and I assume Scotland), despite the fact that Welsh MP's couldn't vote on the matter because of some "English votes for English things" legislation: Cardiff SU's stance on the matter.

So Brits, specifically English, how much debt personally have you got/will have for going to University? Record to beat is £52,000 from my roommate studying History here.

Appreciated also would be how US students handle the costs of their tuition at home, as IIRC you don't have a student finance system to soften the blow.

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The Flood / Christmas with muh...
« on: December 26, 2015, 11:50:06 AM »
YouTube

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The Flood / Sep7agon's Official Dubtrack/Plug.DJ Rooms
« on: October 19, 2015, 02:37:09 PM »
Courtesy of Booger. It also has a mobile-friendly site!

Good news, everyone! Plug.DJ has returned, complete with your old accounts, playlists and music! Even the old room ran by TBlocks is still here.*
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It can be run on mobile by requesting the desktop site, and some patience with the UI incompatiblities... at least on Android. Apparently it works on Iphones too, but cannot confirm. Go google it.



I'm also compiling user's rooms, both in hopes of saving thread spam (Desty...) and showing what rooms are populated apart from the "Official" ones. You are at the whim of the room's Admins who may or may not want you there for whatever reason and will likely be populated with people outside Sep7, if you're a tad xenophobic about that sorta thing.

Extra rooms
Desty's room - https://plug.dj/aoki



And finally on a related note, this should still work for plug.DJ to migrate playlists to Dubtrack;

"I lost my playlists and all my music on PlugDJ! I can't be arsed to find them all again and put them on Dubtrack! ;_;". Well, someone was nice enough to make a step-by-step guide to do all that whilst saving you time! Follow the instructions here, and away you go! Should take 5-10 minutes.

Thread Disclaimer
This thread will occasionally bumped to i) Garner some of you lot into a music room and ii) Avert the 6-month autolock.

 I'd prefer this not to be pinned as it can return to the frontpage whenever someome bumps it for activity.

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Gaming / Fallout Shelter is out for Android
« on: August 13, 2015, 10:40:12 AM »
There ya go.

I've only been playing for half an hour and so far I've already had a powercut, two radroach infestations,a fire and irradiated the entire residents. I'd be a great Overseer.

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Sure, it's a phone game - not exactly a "game" but feck it, it's going here.

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Septagon / Autodownloading .apk's
« on: August 07, 2015, 06:40:28 AM »
Recently browsing this site, there's this crappy betting thing that keeps downloading onto my phone:



Everytime I've deleted it, it comes back later and only from Sep7. I've always had it "ask before downloading" on, scanned for viruses (came back clean), installed adblocker, and it keeps happening. If it's not here that's causing it then I haven't a clue how it got on my phone.

possibly useful technical info
S4 Mini, using Google Chrome.



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The Flood / Have you heard of this?
« on: June 24, 2015, 08:49:33 PM »
The Infinite Jukebox

It compares notes and beats and other various musical nonsense in a song to create loops, so a song can literally play forever. Best part is if you can't find a song to test it out/a song that you love and want to repeat, you can upload it, and there's a tuning system so if it's linking too much or too little you can reduce links to get more of the song in, or increase the links at the cost of the repeated song's looping quality.

So, test it out with your musics and then post the good ones (as some can be noticeably jumpy if the music isn't very consistent).
I'll start with Beck - Dreams. Currently have been playing it for 20 minutes.

Note: It has to be an active window to keep playing, so you may have to put it into a separate browser if you wanted to run in the background.

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The Flood / Why is the Peace Wall...not?
« on: June 11, 2015, 01:47:23 PM »
FYI: Northern Ireland's Peace lines

Now I can't say I know a lot about the troubles that happened in Northern Ireland, I only know the general stuff, but why are these "peace walls" possibility the best example of irony ever?

Yesterday I went along Shankill road(Protestants) and Falls road (Catholics) to look at the murals, but when we  (4 foreign housemates and I) went to the peacewall in between to look at the murals there and we were getting odd stares, and one driver was annoyed enough to shout obscenities as he passed by.

That place had a general uneasiness about it, which was weird considering the other murals even have a tourist route through them all and are advertised around pretty openly. Sure, the troubles are in the back of everyone's mind there 20 years ago, but I thought it would have neen more progressive since then. Kiyo/Magos, other northerners and anyone with a tad more experience there than I would be nice to explain why, or just generally talk about it.

Also, not sure if Serious so I've plonked it here, but I would appreciate a more serious discussion here than regular Flood.

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The Flood / On a break with housemates in Belfast, AMA.
« on: June 09, 2015, 03:10:40 PM »
Thought I might aswell, what with everything touristy done today and being knackered but nothing else to do.

Ask away!

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Serious / Same-Sex Referendum in Ireland PASSED!
« on: May 23, 2015, 11:26:44 AM »
The results are supposed to be out around now, so I'll update OP when the proper results come in, but so far it appears a large percentage of votes are favored...in favor... of legalising same-sex marriage, according to The BBC.

EDIT: With a 62% majority, same sex marriage in Ireland has passed!! (1.2 million for, 730,000 against) It should be updated on the BBC link above, but I'll get around to it once I'm on my laptop.

Important bits below:
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More than 3.2m people were asked whether they wanted to amend the country's constitution to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.The referendum was being held 22 years after homosexual acts were decriminalised in Ireland.

Government ministers have said they believe it will pass, while prominent "no" campaigners have conceded defeat.
If the change is approved, the Republic of Ireland would become the first country to legalise same-sex marriage through a popular vote.

What a 'Yes' vote would mean

The Republic of Ireland has a written constitution which can only be changed by referendum. If the proposal is passed, a marriage between two people of the same sex would have the same status under the Irish constitution as a marriage between a man and a woman. They would be recognised as a family and be entitled to the constitutional protection for families.Civil partnerships for same-sex couples have been legal in Ireland since 2010, giving couples legal protection which could be changed by the government.However, if the vote is passed, married gay people would have a constitutional standing that could only be removed by another popular vote.

The referendum vote did spawn a good few laughs on the internet though, given by Dubliner Martin Duffy:
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And what did the Westboro Bastard Church think on the likely result?
Hidden because it's inflammatory shite and they fucked up the flag:


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Ireland has absolutely failed its duty to God. It has been wholly given over to the idea that it is okay to be a filthy fag. They have allowed their fags to establish themselves at every level of society, especially in the government.

While only about 10% of the population of Ireland are fags or dykes, the other 90% are most assuredly their soul-condemning enablers. The old preachers used to say fag-enablers are worse than fags because fag-enablers support the filthy beasts calling themselves gay, and they don't even have the excuse of being prisoner to a vile lust.

The only thing that is a bit disheartening is that the Churches will still have a choice on whether or not to wed same-sex couples, which Ireland being a largely Catholic country isn't just going to accept that. Yeah yeah whatever "Freedom of businesses/instutions to do what they want" and all that, but with 84% describing themselves as Catholic, there's bound to be a few gay Irish Catholics still with a problem of getting a "proper marriage", which sucks.

What is more interesting is how fast this has gone. Only 2 years before I was born was acts of homosexuality legally allowed, and only 5 years ago were civil partnerships instated. Compared to many countries, we've certainly picked up the pace and adapted to changing social/sexual acceptance of the world.

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The Flood / Who would YOU vote for?
« on: May 05, 2015, 05:21:22 PM »
David Cameron

david cameron is the prime minister of the moment but will his sassy i dont give a hell attitude be enough for people to have a vote for him to be the prime minister for another 20 years who knows it is a mystery.

Ed Miliband

ed miliband is the leader of the labyrinth party. with his druid smile and calming black chestnut eyes, it is no wonder teenage girls from all around the world have fallen in love with him.

Nick Clegg
nick clegg is the shy one of the group. he likes pasta and watching rock climbing dvds in his garage while his wife is sleeping.

Nigel Farage
when nigel farage laughs crows fly out of his mouth and when he started doing it everyone loved it and thought that it was one of the best things that they had ever seen but now people are bored of it because there is only so many times you can watch crows fly out of someones mouth before you start to hate nigel farage

Natalie Bennett
natalie bennett used to sell pipe cleaners to local fishermen before she started training to be the prime minister but has she trained hard enough to beat the other ones or will she be back by the harbour selling pipe cleaners in a couple of weeks.

And so, endowed with this information, who would you vote for?

Inb4ThisShouldBeInSerious

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The Flood / Plug.DJ, anyone? Get yer arses over here!
« on: April 11, 2015, 01:29:23 PM »
It's Wednesday or Tuesday, I think. Get the hell in here because....because.
https://plug.dj/TheOtherSep7OneThatIsInFactChillMusicLounge



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This thread will be occasionally bumped for when the time arises that I, or anyone else wants people in here, and to save on spam.

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Serious / First *full body transplant* to occur in 2017
« on: April 10, 2015, 01:55:05 PM »
Popped up on Reddit recently, and this sciency article explains how they are going to transplant a 30 year--old paraplegic's head onto a brain dead body, around 2017, as someone recently volunteered for it (a not-so sciency article).

Main points below:
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The idea was first proposed in 2013 by Sergio Canavero of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group in Italy. He wants to use the surgery to extend the lives of people whose muscles and nerves have degenerated or whose organs are riddled with cancer. Now he claims the major hurdles, such as fusing the spinal cord and preventing the body's immune system from rejecting the head, are surmountable, and the surgery could be ready as early as 2017.

This month (February), he published a summary of the technique he believes will allow doctors to transplant a head onto a new body, involving cooling the recipient's head and the donor body to extend the time their cells can survive without oxygen. The tissue around the neck is dissected and the major blood vessels are linked using tiny tubes, before the spinal cords of each person are cut. Cleanly severing the cords is key, says Canavero.

The recipient's head is then moved onto the donor body and the two ends of the spinal cord – which resemble two densely packed bundles of spaghetti – are fused together. To achieve this, Canavero intends to flush the area with a chemical called polyethylene glycol, and follow up with several hours of injections of the same stuff. Just like hot water makes dry spaghetti stick together, polyethylene glycol encourages the fat in cell membranes to mesh. Next, the muscles and blood supply would be sutured and the recipient kept in a coma for three or four weeks to prevent movement. Implanted electrodes would provide regular electrical stimulation to the spinal cord, because research suggests this can strengthen new nerve connections.

When the recipient wakes up, Canavero predicts they would be able to move and feel their face and would speak with the same voice. He says that physiotherapy would enable the person to walk within a year.

The trickiest part will be getting the spinal cords to fuse. Polyethylene glycol has been shown to prompt the growth of spinal cord nerves in animals, and Canavero intends to use brain-dead organ donors to test the technique. However, others are sceptical that this would be enough. "There is no evidence that the connectivity of cord and brain would lead to useful sentient or motor function following head transplantation," says Richard Borgens, director of the Center for Paralysis Research at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

TLDR: FULL FUCKING BODY TRANSPLANT, AS IN CUTTING OFF A HEAD AND SHOVING IT ONTO ANOTHER BODY, SOONISH

So, we are heading into a Sci-Fi dystopian novel with this barely being considered possible with today's medical technology and techniques.What do you think?




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Gaming / Anyone play ArmA III?
« on: April 08, 2015, 10:20:46 AM »
Just wanted to know if there was enough to form a squad and try out retarded tactics on Insurgency.If there's say, 4 or 5, I'll try and organise a game night.

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The Flood / Steam Copy of Spec Ops: The Line -COMPETITION CLOSED-
« on: March 27, 2015, 07:11:13 PM »
Saw some good deals on Humble Bundle today, so I bought a few 2k games. Thing is, with each 2k game I got, it came bundled with a copy of SO:TL, so here I am with one copy for myself and one spare...

Simply post in this thread and I'll enter into a random list generator, and the first one on that list wins it.

EDIT: COMPETITORS ENTERED, WINNER BELOW

The Winner is: Gatsby! The Steam key is on your way, enjoy!

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There were 16 items in your list. Here they are in random order:

Gats
Yu
ChallengerX
Decimator Omega
GethKhilafah
BritishLemon
S\ash
Jim
Berzerk Commando
LC
Flee
Kupo
Mbr
ねこ
The Lord Ruler
Rinev Jeqkogo
Timestamp: 2015-03-28 17:31:48 UTC

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The Flood / Was perusing Lidl today when suddenly...
« on: March 21, 2015, 07:31:00 PM »


Bought it instantly. Tasty shit.

Discuss food with funny names.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/31822842
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Ireland has accidently legalised ecstasy, crystal meth and ketamine.

A legal loophole means that you cannot be arrested for possession until the new legislation is passed.
It does not affect existing laws regarding the supply, possession or the sale of older, more established drugs such as heroin or cocaine, just newer ones.The Irish Minister for Health is introducing emergency legislation on Tuesday night to close the loophole.

Ireland's 1977 Misuse of Drugs Act was found unconstitutional by the Irish Court of Appeal on Tuesday morning because both houses of Irish parliament had not agreed to the new additions, meaning that the drugs currently prohibited by the Act are legal.This includes up to 100 drugs, including 'legal highs'.

What this article fails to mention (checked from other sources) is that the emergency legislature is only going to rectify the problem by Thursday, meaning they are legal to possess for the next 48 hours (though trading and trafficking appears to be illegal still, for some reason).

What's even funnier (if you read The Independent, TheJournal appears to be patchy due to Reddit overload) is that another law passed recently has accidentally fucked up marriage laws by accidentally banning heterosexual marriages...

So, to get some discussion out of this other than "LOL", discuss retarded laws and lawmakers, and also; If drugs like Class A's became legal, would you try some of them (assuming pure quality)?

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