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The Flood / What do you do on long flights?
« on: November 18, 2017, 12:25:23 PM »
I've got 11 hours of flying ahead of me tomorrow and am already dreading it. What do you do on those long flights? I'm planning on:

- Watching movies (brought my own laptop + HDD with stuff on there, and the trans-atlantic flight should have an on-board entertainment system)
- Listening to music
- Reading
- Doing work
- Playing pokemon on my DS
- (Sleeping, as if)

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The Flood / In France for a week
« on: November 13, 2017, 09:23:34 AM »
I'm in Southern France for work. What do in my spare time?

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The Flood / Court blocks internet access to Sci-Hub
« on: November 08, 2017, 08:14:17 AM »
https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/7/16618874/court-pirate-science-site-sci-hub-shut-down

I remember this being brought up before. Unlikely that anything will happen to it, but do any of you know other sites like it for ebooks and publications? Libgen comes to mind.

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Gaming / CoD WW2
« on: November 04, 2017, 07:15:42 PM »
Anyone keeping up with the game? Doesn't even look half bad, so I might get it some time soon.

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The Flood / Public speaking is very exhilarating
« on: October 28, 2017, 12:41:41 PM »
There's something inexplicably great about speaking to a room of people who are your peers or superiors and commanding their attention and sincere interest in what you have to say. Once the anticipatory nervousness fades away and it's a smooth ride to the end, it can be a very exciting and rewarding experience. Agree / disagree?

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Gaming / Battlefront 2
« on: October 06, 2017, 04:21:03 PM »
The game just entered open beta until the end of the weekend. Anyone interested in it?

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Gaming / SNES Classic
« on: September 29, 2017, 08:30:56 AM »
Anyone got it? I can pick it up for like 45€ right now, but doesn't seem like my thing.

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The Flood / Monitors
« on: September 27, 2017, 05:43:44 PM »
So I'm looking to buy a second monitor to complement my high performance (144hz 1ms) 24" TN Asus. I am unsure if I should get a 16:9 1440p or a 21:9 1080p. Since I already own an excellent monitor for fast games, I don't need really high refresh rates or low response times for this one too. It'll just be used for slower games, browsing the internet and watching videos. Is 1440p really that much better than 1080p? I'm feeling like it would be better to just hold out until 4k becomes more common and get an ultrawide monitor instead. Thoughts?

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The Flood / what should I ask for my birthday
« on: September 23, 2017, 11:26:58 AM »
I never know what to ask for myself for any event. My girlfriend is threatening to not get me anything if I can't give her a list of stuff by tonight, so I need your help to save Christmas.

What should I get? Video games (PUBG, Shadow of War, Wolfenstein 2, Far Cry 5 - other suggestions welcome) and a PC monitor are up there. I've already got a 1080p 1ms 144hz monitor, but a second one might be nice. What specs though?

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Gaming / Bungie removing "KEK"-like armor from Destiny 2
« on: September 13, 2017, 03:14:54 PM »
Bungie fixing Destiny 2 armor resembling white nationalist symbol

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Destiny 2 developer Bungie is updating the game to fix a piece of armor featuring a symbol associated with a hate group, the studio announced today.

“It’s come to our attention that a gauntlet in Destiny 2 shares elements with a hate symbol,” Bungie said on Twitter. “It is not intentional. We are removing it.” The studio also apologized for the error, saying that the armor “does NOT represent our values” and adding, “We renounce hate in all forms.”

2/2 Our deepest apologies. This does NOT represent our values, and we are working quickly to correct this. We renounce hate in all forms.

— Bungie (@Bungie) September 12, 2017

Bungie did not specify the piece of armor at issue, referring to it only as gauntlets. But in a thread about the announcement on the Destiny subreddit, a Redditor named xxbiohazrdxx appears to have figured it out. The armor in question appears to be Road Complex AA1, a pair of legendary gauntlets for the Hunter class.

The upper arm region of the gauntlets bears a symbol that, when right-side up, looks like a gray chevron between two horizontal gray bars. Between that symbol and its mirror image lie four vertical white bars. All of these markings appear on a lime green background.

But if you’re looking at it horizontally, Road Complex AA1’s design bears a strong resemblance to the logo of Kek, a satirical “religion” created by members of the white nationalist movement that describes itself as the “alt-right.” Here’s some background on Kek from the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch blog:

Kek “adherents” created a whole cultural mythology around the idea, describing an ancient kingdom called “Kekistan” that was eventually overwhelmed by “Normistan” and “Cuckistan.” They created not only a logo representing Kek — four Ks surrounding an E — but promptly deployed it in a green-and-black banner, which they call the “national flag of Kekistan.”
The Kekistan banner is modeled after a Nazi war flag: The Kek logo sits in the center instead of a swastika, and green replaces red in the color scheme. Note also that the E inside the four K’s looks like three vertical bars. In recent months, white nationalists have flown the Kekistan flag at events across the U.S. — including the “Unite the Right” rally a month ago in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which a white supremacist killed one peaceful protester and injured numerous others.

It’s unclear if Bungie is going to remove the Road Complex AA1 armor from Destiny 2 entirely, or just update its design to change the symbols on it. We’ve reached out for further details, and will update this article with any information we receive.

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Understandable decision. Plenty of dumb media pieces going around talking about how it's a nazi symbol and implying it's something comparable to the swastika, but it's hard to deny that the 4chan meme/joke has long been adopted by the alt-right. It's a cringeworthy thing held dearly and promoted by a shitty political group. Whether intentional or not, it's understandable Bungie doesn't want to be associated with these people and their beliefs.

Also, the irony is real. Pretty much no people complaining about this being in the game. Hundreds complaining and getting ticked off by Bungie removing it because of the "liberals being offended pussies". Most of the triggered "snowflakes" I'm seeing are the worst of the ones up in arms about this.

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The Flood / Thanksgiving
« on: August 30, 2017, 07:51:12 AM »
I'm going back to the US in a few months to celebrate Thanksgiving with people. What do I do? I heard you have to glorify killing Indians and pray to Jesus or something. Then you eat a turkey with bread in it?

Pretty weird, guys.

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Gaming / Streaming
« on: August 28, 2017, 03:17:34 PM »
T4R. I want to play and stream some games. These are the ones I'm currently looking at. Anything any of you would like to see me play?

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Gaming / Quake Champions (last chance!)
« on: August 21, 2017, 02:27:16 PM »
New thread so people will see. I'll detail it more later, but the tl;dr is that Quake Champions, currently in open beta, will go live on Steam Early Access tomorrow (Tuesday 22nd) at 11am EST. When it does, the only people who can still play are those who either buy the game in EA ($30) or have played the beta (which is free). So if you haven't already but still might want to give the game a try while it's free (it'll be free to play eventually, but only when the game releases out of EA, which might take a while), now's your chance to secure yourself a spot.

You can download the beta here:
https://quake.bethesda.net/en/

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The Flood / Public speaking
« on: August 18, 2017, 05:24:15 PM »
Like it? Hate it? Any good at it? If not, what do you do to help yourself out?

I'm a pretty good public speaker, but have an important presentation at a major conference coming up and am feeling the nerves. Never used any tricks or anything for it.

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Serious / Good guy Donny
« on: August 14, 2017, 05:46:06 PM »
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/14/donald-trump-charlottesville-response-washington

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Donald Trump has bowed to overwhelming pressure and directly condemned the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and white supremacists, two days after violent clashes left one woman dead.

“Racism is evil,” the US president said at the White House. “And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”

Analysis Trump's failure to condemn Virginia neo-Nazis is shocking but not surprising
The president’s refusal to properly condemn the attack in Charlottesville is consistent with past comments and a divisive campaign that stoked hatred. The explicit remarks came after a storm of criticism – some from prominent figures in his own party – over Trump’s decision not to criticise head-on the white supremacist groups that targeted Charlottesville, Virginia, at the weekend.
Shame that it took him so long, but genuine props to Trump for doing the right thing.

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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/12/virginia-unite-the-right-rally-protest-violence
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A car rammed into a group of people peacefully protesting against a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, killing one person and injuring 19.

It came at the end of a day marked by violent clashes between far-right nationalists and people who had come to protest their occupation of a downtown park containing a statue of the Confederate general Robert E Lee.

Donald Trump condemned the “violence on many sides”, but faced criticism for failing to directly denounce the far-right demonstrators.

Witnesses said those hit by the car were people peacefully protesting the planned white supremacist rally and footage showed the vehicle crashing into another car, throwing people over the top of it.
Civil war when?

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Gaming / Quakecon 2017 (FINALS)
« on: August 04, 2017, 05:21:41 PM »

What a wonderful time to be alive, as this year's Quakecon is coming up soon. For those who are not familiar with Quakecon, it's Bethesda and id Software's yearly gaming convention. For those attending, there'll be a lot of events and things to do, such as a massive BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) LAN tournament of heaps of games with cash prizes. The convention will also showcase some of their new games, as well as teasers, trailers and first footage of new games. If you're interested in the likes of Wolfenstein, DOOM, Elder Scrolls and, of course, Quake, this is a very interesting event.

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QuakeCon is an annual celebration of games and the people who play them. Founded in 1996 by a group of friends on IRC, QuakeCon has grown to become one of the most distinguished festivals in gaming, welcoming thousands of gamers from around the globe to participate in the annual four-day event. QuakeCon features North America’s largest BYOC (Bring-Your-Own-Computer) LAN Party, tournaments, exhibits, workshops, sneak peeks of Bethesda’s upcoming games, and more. QuakeCon is free and open to the public thanks to the support of id Software, Bethesda Softworks, the QuakeCon volunteer staff, and its event sponsors and exhibitors.



Of course, there is one Quakecon activity to rule them all. And that is of course the pro Quake tournament. Last year, the future of Quake seemed pretty glim. As Quake is a notoriously hard game to get into and the developers have not supported esports the way many others have, the community had shrunk and competitive events were limited to small monthly online tournaments and one "big" LAN a year with prize pools of up to $50k. When last year's Quakecon picked an unconventional format and several big names didn't end up attending because they had started playing other games, many feared that Quake was almost done for. But then, Quake Champions was revealed.


The game is currently in open beta and free to all (tons of fun to play, you can join Challenger, Banjo, myself and others in the game) and will be this year's Quakecon's main event. For the first time ever, the developers are investing big in their own competitive scene by hosting the official Quake World Championships with a massive $1million prize pool.

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There's two competitive game modes that are being played now. The first is the classic Duel. It's a 1v1 mode where both players pick 3 Champions / stocks each and fight until one is left standing. Three rounds to win a map, three maps to win the game. The second is Sacrifice. This is the 4v4 team mode where players must capture an orb that spawns in the middle of the map and take it back to one of the bases to gather points. While the one team defends and increases its score, the other must take back the orb, bring it back to their own base and turn things around.

So what does the tournament look like? Over the past two months, there have been regular qualifiers held in the US and Europe. For Duel, up to 256 players could sign up every two weeks for a qualifying tournament with a single elimination bracket. The best 8 players of every stage qualified for the next part, and all those who didn't could just try again two weeks later. That stage wrapped up this July, meaning that 32 American and 32 Europeans qualified for their respective Regionals that take place this weekend. With a double elimination bracket, the top 12 players of each group are accepted for the final part of the Quakecon tournament at the end of this month. Same story for the Sacrifice team games, but here 8 teams qualified for the Regionals and 4 of each continent will advance to the full finals at the convention.

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Players and matchups
EU

Xron vs Luminos
noctis vs Sephis
clawz vs kRoNic
Vo0 vs prox1mo
Cooller vs evil
Nitrino vs Karwik
Agent vs zoot
Cypher vs Luke_ie
witchL vs smoke
toxjq vs Sl1p
fazz vs inz
Av3k vs strenx
stermy vs k1llsen
base vs Pikawa
GaRpy vs Nofear
dem0n vs Brejk

NA

chance vs latisdavis
erebux vs gloat
malvoe vs Ruleth
lavak3 vs discoRyne
Necrophag1st vs tomservo
gellehsak vs jso
griffin vs zar
CLAMP vs ScizR
DaHang vs sane
Vedmedik vs mdo
rapha vs hoyt
horsedoodoo vs deathr0w
whaz vs Stone
pit vs carnage
dooi vs id_
snipereyes vs futile

So what's about to happen now? Tomorrow (this Saturday), the Regionals will kick off. At 10am CEST / 4am ET, the Europeans will start playing. Later that day at 9pm CEST / 3pm ET, the American duelers will conclude the day. On Sunday, the schedule is more or less the same but for the Sacrifice mode instead. Once this concludes, the best teams and players will advance to the Quakecon finals held in Texas later this month, where they will be joined by the winners of the "amateur" league BYOC players.

Pretty hype event if you're into esports, both because this is great to watch and because it might signal the revival of one the greatest competitive games of all time. All of the biggest names in Quake are playing, with the inclusion of some that left the scene and have now returned, and there's some good matches planned for tomorrow. Evil and Rapha (last year's finalists), as well as Cooller, Cypher, Strenx, Tox, Clawz, Av3k and Dahang are all there.

Livestream:
https://www.twitch.tv/quakechampions

Players, brackets, full details:
https://play.eslgaming.com/quake/global/quakechampions/major/quake-world-championship-2017

Other useful links
Official Bethesda thread on the tournament:
https://bethesda.net/community/topic/79062/quake-world-championships-regionals-august-5-6

Quakecon attendance information (for the lucky ones who live nearby):
http://www.quakecon.org/blog/category/about/news-about/

The Esports Reality site (dedicated to Arena FPS and Quake with news and updates):
http://esreality.com/

Quake Champions and Quakecon Reddit:
https://www.reddit.com/r/QuakeChampions/
https://www.reddit.com/r/Quakecon/

I'll keep this thread updated when things kick off and if anything interesting happens. Hopefully someone else finds this interesting and others with an interest in Quake or esports in general might join in and watch a few games.

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The Flood / Recruitment game on point
« on: August 03, 2017, 04:44:47 PM »


I already managed to get Wookie Crackhead back. I deserve a medal or something.

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Serious / UK Porn restrictions to start in 2018
« on: July 25, 2017, 02:45:33 PM »
Porn ID checks set to start in April 2018 - BBC

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A nine-month countdown to the introduction of compulsory age checks on online pornography seen from the UK has begun. The April 2018 goal to protect under-18s was revealed as digital minister Matt Hancock signed the commencement order for the Digital Economy Act, which introduces the requirement. But details as to how the scheme will work have yet to be finalised. Experts who advised ministers said the targeted date seemed "unrealistic". The act also sets out other new laws including punishing the use of bots to snatch up scores of concert tickets, and mandating the provision of subtitles on catch-up TV.

Credit cards

The age-check requirement applies to any website or other online platform that provides pornography "on a commercial basis" to people in the UK. It allows a regulator to fine any business that refuses to comply and to ask third-party payment services to withdraw support. The watchdog will also be able to force internet providers to block access to non-compliant services. Ministers have suggested one of several ways this might work would be for pornographic sites to demand credit card details before providing any access, since in the UK consumers typically have to be over 18 to have a card of their own.

But the specifics are being left to the as-yet unappointed regulator to determine. While it has been proposed that the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) will assume this role, a spokesman for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport said the appointment would not be formalised until the autumn. "We are already working closely with DCMS to ensure the effective implementation of the act," a spokeswoman for the BBFC told the BBC, but added that it was too early to say more about what guidance it might issue.

'Premature date'

The measure has been welcomed by child protection charities including Childnet. "Protecting children from exposure, including accidental exposure, to adult content is incredibly important, given the effect it can have on young people," said its chief executive Will Gardner. "Steps like this help restrict access." Mindgeek, which operates several of the world's most popular porn sites, has also previously indicated support.

But two experts who advised the government on its plans have expressed reservations about both how quickly the scheme is being rolled out and its wider implications. "It seems to me to be a very premature date," commented Dr Victoria Nash, lead author of a report commissioned in the run-up to the law being drafted. "The idea you can get a regulatory body up and running in that timeframe seems extraordinary to me. "And while I don't have a problem with asking these companies to act responsibly, I don't see it as a solution to stopping minors seeing pornography." This, she explained, was because the act does not tackle the fact that services including Twitter and Tumblr contain hardcore pornography but will not be required to introduce age-checks. Nor, she added, would teens be prevented from sharing copied photos and clips among themselves. "It may make it harder for children to stumble across pornography, especially in the younger age range, but it will do nothing to stop determined teenagers," Dr Nash concluded.

One cyber-security expert on the same advisory panel was more critical. "The timeline is unrealistic - but beyond that, this is one of the worst proposals I have seen on digital strategy," said Dr Joss Wright from the Oxford Internet Institute.
"There are hundreds of thousands of websites where this material can be accessed and you are not going to catch all of those. "There's privacy issues - you're requiring people to effectively announce the fact they are looking at this material to the credit card authorities. "And there's serious security issues from requiring people to enter their credit card details into untrusted sites. "They may well say there will be other magical ways to do the age check, but I very much doubt they will be non-discriminatory [against adults without credit cards], transparent, privacy-preserving and secure for end-users."

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Gaming / Would anyone watch me stream?
« on: July 21, 2017, 05:16:04 PM »
I like playing games, providing commentary and explaining stuff. It's pretty damn fun to do. What I like less is managing a all of the clips, editing everything together and rendering it all. Streaming seems like it would cut that part out of the process and allow for more direct interaction.

Thoughts?

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The Flood / Vapid
« on: July 21, 2017, 07:50:38 AM »
Is apparently pronounced vep-pit. Not vay-pit. I had no idea. You learn something new every day.

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The Flood / Wimbledon 2017
« on: July 12, 2017, 10:59:09 AM »
Damn, Murray just lost. The Queen will be unhappy.

Watching Federer Vs Raonic, TBlocks?

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Gaming / Mouse settings
« on: July 10, 2017, 04:19:05 PM »
PC people, what settings do you run your mouse at?

Specifically (for shooters of course) your cm/360, DPI and acceleration, because that's what's most important.

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The Flood / I'm in Ireland (Dublin)
« on: July 03, 2017, 04:35:52 PM »
What do? Already had Guinness at a local pub.

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The Flood / Should I get one?
« on: June 26, 2017, 12:23:39 PM »
At the store right now, can't make up my mind.



Fluttershy best pony, but the Rarity looks good too. 

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Gaming / Dark Souls Ninja Run (with voice)
« on: June 24, 2017, 05:30:33 PM »
The beginning is quite loud, so mind that.

YouTube

Be gentle friends, it's my first time doing this and I'm not the biggest fan of voice chat. I realize I sound a bit grim and unenthusiastic for much of this, but I'll do better next time around. Editing / sound levels aren't perfect either, but I'll try to improve in my next video (if anyone is interested in a follow up, that is).

Hope you guys enjoy.

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Serious / Wow I hate the EU now
« on: June 20, 2017, 08:30:58 AM »
Chips are down for Belgian frites as EU acts on 'unsafe compound'

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The European commission has been accused of a crime against the people of Belgium for what local politicians say amounts to an attempt to ban the national dish, the frite – or frieten, as they say in the Flemish-speaking north of the country.

Whether eaten with mayonnaise or taken au naturel, the Belgian chip is up there with chocolate, beer and the national football team in the nation’s psyche. No public square is complete without a frietkot, or chip stand, where sellers swear by double frying bintje potatoes in beef or horse fat to achieve the ideal combination of a succulent centre and crispy exterior.

In a move that appears to demonstrate a dazzling lack of common touch on the part of EU officials in Brussels – which is both the capital of Belgium and the home of the union – the commission is proposing that the potatoes should be blanched first to prevent the formation of acrylamide, an allegedly hazardous compound that can form in the frying process when certain foods are heated to a temperature above 120C.

Belgium, which claims to have invented frites, says the move will spoil the taste and destroy the country’s “rich gastronomical tradition”.

Ben Weyts, the tourism minister and a member of Belgium’s ruling coalition, has beseeched the commission to think again for the sake of his country’s cultural integrity. “It is important to be mindful not to take measures that have unintended and far-reaching consequences for our rich gastronomic tradition,” he wrote in a letter to the food policy commissioner, Vytenis Andriukaitis.

“Our fries owe their flavour to the craftsmanship of our chippies, who fry chips raw and then fry them a second time. I understand that outside our country they have different cultures. But we have our own cultural tradition. It would be a shame if the European Union prohibited it.”


The double-frying process – once for the soft inside, then again at a higher temperature for the crunchy outside – is regarded as the key to making the perfect chip. Belgian chips are not thick and hearty like the English variety, nor thin and elegant like the French. Belgians regarded theirs as a cut above.

To add insult to injury, the consultation paper refers to chips as French fries, a term to which some Belgians take great exception. It is believed American servicemen in the second world war coined the phrase after eating chips in Belgium, where they were confused by being in French-speaking Wallonia.

While Belgian politicians are railing against the move, the commission’s proposal would only recommend the blanching of potatoes rather than enforce a ban.

A commission spokesman said they were consulting on how best to reduce the intake of acrylamide. A similar risk to that posed by the Belgian frite is found in roast potatoes, biscuits, porridge, coffee, crackers and bread. The European Food Safety Authority has said children are most at risk.

“The commission has no intention whatsoever to ban Belgian frites or any other frites for that matter,” the spokesman said.

“Instead, the commission is preparing a new regulatory measure to oblige food business operators to apply a code of practice to reduce acrylamide in food, as it is carcinogenic.

“President [Jean-Claude] Juncker is particularly attached to the culinary heritage of Europe and its member states.”

Peaces of SHIT eurocrats. Belxit fucking when?

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Gaming / Dark Souls ninja challenge run
« on: June 19, 2017, 03:01:08 PM »
Haven't played DS1 in ages but Turkey's thread got me interested in giving it a go again. I intend to play through the game with Challenger's ninja limitations, only a bit more challenging.

- Starting class: Thief
- No shields
- Only weeb weapons (katanas in both hands, for example)
- No ranged or any magic
- No leveling up health
- Must wear ninja-esque armor
- Kill every enemy at least once (no speedrunning)
- Try to kill each boss without taking a hit



I'll update this thread as I go along if anyone's playing themselves or just interested.

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Gaming / Anyone up for some Quake?
« on: June 12, 2017, 10:26:00 AM »
The Quake Champions beta just added custom games, a new champion, spectator mode and all sorts of neat stuff. Anyone up for giving it a go tomorrow or some other time? I'll happily take you all on in Duel.

Get your free beta key here:
https://quake.bethesda.net/en

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The Flood / Looking to buy headphones
« on: June 03, 2017, 10:19:06 AM »
I'm going to buy some new headphones. Portability and quietness matters. Currently looking at these. Opinions?

https://en-us.sennheiser.com/wireless-headphones-bluetooth-noise-cancelling-hd-4-50-btnc

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