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About this user: 13.5 stones of wit

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RE: [VIDEO] Boris the not-a-spider

But this is interesting

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Commissioner Cressida Dick said they were looking into "potential breaches of Covid-19 regulations" in Downing Street and Whitehall since 2020.

She said the investigation was launched as a "result of the information provided by the Cabinet Office inquiry team", led by civil servant Sue Gray.

So while the results of the independent inquiry will be delayed while this is going on, the enquiry itself has dug up enough actionable information that the police are now involved.

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RE: [VIDEO] Ghostbusters 2020

Going to pop this here as starting another thread for one of mine would be boastful



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RE: [VIDEO] Boris the not-a-spider

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Si Wooldridge says...
"Ignorance of the law is not a defence, even if they were rules rather than the actual law..."

When fines were being handed out, and wedding receptions being 'raided' and shut down, I'm pretty sure they felt like laws.


David Schneider on Twitter:

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Either Boris Johnson is lying and he knew it was a party.

Or he's so impenetrably dense it takes him 25 minutes to realise that tables with food plus drink plus people knocking back booze is a party.

Both options make him unfit to lead. 



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RE: [VIDEO] Boris the not-a-spider

Context is everything, and when put in that kind of stark reality, parody or not, it's clear his position is no longer tenable. Not that it ever was.

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RE: [VIDEO] Moon Knight

Most impressive aspect of that was Oscar's accent.

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RE: [VIDEO] Boris the not-a-spider

Credit: Led by Donkeys

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RE: What are you reading thread

Stephen King's It. Never read, not had the compunction to until my car died and I'm currently sharing a bus journey with school-age annoying types so needed the distraction. 

My god it's a rambling mess with tiny elements of plot splashed here and there to give the illusion of some kind of narrative. That's not to say it isn't enjoyable in places. It's oft said that Mr King was enjoying the Colombian marching powder in vast quantities while writing the book, which may go to some length towards explaining the chapter structure, as if halfway through writing a passage he was distracted by another random thought and started getting that down before going back and finishing the one he abandoned. I can kinda relate, apart from the marching powder.

I'm 30% in, according to my phone (no, I'm not lugging something twice as thick as the bible onto the bus. It gets cramped in there), so I should be finished, hopefully, before I get another car.;

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RE: [VIDEO] The Book of Boba Fett

I wouldn't even call it a 'speeder' chase. It was about as realistic & fluid as the hoverboard sequence in BTTF2

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RE: [VIDEO] The Book of Boba Fett

Still not enjoying this as much as I did the mandalorian. Too much of it seems like lip service and Temura just isn't as charismatic as the character is supposed to be.

And Danny Bloody Trejo turning up with a Rancor calf? Might as well have winked at the camera while he was at it.

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The 355

I was actually debating wether or not to write a review for this one as it's as formulaic as it is forgettable.

Bare-bones plot is someone creates a magic bit of tech that can allow a person or government access to anything they want, and it's up to a rag-tag bunch of experts in their field to get it back before it falls ino the wrong hands. 'Wrong' being in the eye of the beholder depending on who you work for. So far, so 'Sneakers (1992)'

Only these experts aren't white-hats, they're bunch of covert operatives from varying agencies who are forced to work together despite early friction for the greater good and end up being best buds. So far, so 'Man From U.N.C.L.E.(2015)'

The USP for this movie seems to be the all-female bunch of protagonists, Jessica Chastain, Diane Kruger, Lupita Nyongo, and penelope Cruz. There's also Bingbing Fan, who seems to have been given her script phonetically. She traied, but her oration is pretty distracting.

There's no suprises throughout the whole film. You know that despite trying to actively murder each other earlier in the film, the two main characters are going to end up working and bonding together. You know with a painful obviousness that someone who gets top billing..

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Doesn't actually die in the first 10 minutes. I mean, why bother even alluding to it when all the clips and promotionsl material gives away the 'spoiler' before you've even taken your seat'.

A lot is being said of the all-female cast, with every bad guy, literally being a  guy. It could be a figurehead for female empowerment but that's been done before many times and better. I really don't want to cite the 2016 mess that was the pathetic Ghostbusters remake as a plus, but the worst thing about that movie was everything except the casting & concept. The fact they were all women meant nothing to the terrible everything else and again, gender is never mentoned as a reason they shouldn't be trying to do the things they're doing.

But, it rattles along, things happen as expected, the movie ends. A twist happens I honestly didn't see coming, but its of such little consequence you find yourself not caring. By the end there's so much cliched posturing you'll be glad there aren't any post-credits scenes to endure. At least I wasn't aware of any, I got out of there as soon as the first title card came up.

Watch when available elsewhere, it's not really worth a trip out.

EDIT: I've just been reminded of another aspect stolen straight from another movie. Look out for a foot chase in an underground train tunnel, and tell me nearly every aspect wasn't lifted straight from the Jackal (Bruce Willis/Richard Gere movie that's NEVER off the iPlayer)

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This item was edited on Saturday, 15th January 2022, 19:18

RE: Spam emails

As it happens. No. Nowhere are near as much as I used to. For the longest time I used Mailwasher, which allowed me to bounce spam back to source without it getting the signifier that it had reached a genuine email address. But a year or so ago Sky/Yahoo disabled the ability to be able to use 3rd party POP3 email programs such as Mailwasher or Thunderbird, resigning us to use nothing but the browser-based email service, which I hate.

That said, either through the years of using Mailwasher for my primary email, or Yahoo's own defences, I can honestly say I haven't been bombarded with spammy crap for years.

Gmail, however, is bloody awful.

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RE: [VIDEO] So... what are you playing just now?

After a recommendation on these very pages, I stuffed out my HD with Shadow of the Tomb Raider. One of the more impressive aspects for me is the characters' realistic movements & mannerisms during the cutscenes. There's just the tiniest inflections & movement that place it a cut above something more dedicated to that medium such as Detroit: become Human. 

The game itself is more of the same, with harder puzzles (one would hope), but at the moment I'm more or less in one village and the story is just branching out from there, where the other games made better use of the map. That said, i'm at 36% so I daresay there's a whole other world I haven't seen yet.

I will say though, if I'm playing in fullscreen I am suffering from FPS lag, where the movement seems to slow then catch up every second. I've done a couple of remedial steps which seems to have quelled it slightly and the game is playable, but it's still a distraction when the screen gets busy

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RE: [VIDEO] Post Trump fallout

I dunno. Joe's turned the numbers around and he's ahead in the polls again. Most of the GOP faithful know how much of a disaster Trump was, but they're still pandering to him without supporting him as they know they need the psychopath vote to bump their numbers.

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RE: [VIDEO] Post Trump fallout

Cyber Ninja, the tin-pot nobodies with a staff of 3 that were roped in to perform a completely, 100% 'bipartisan' audit of the Maricopa County elections results are shutting down, with rumours that the owner owes $2 million in debts, despite being paid handsomely to look over an election they had no real jurisdiction over.

The funny points are, although they were chosen by Trump cultists to find faults in their favour, they ended up finding 360 more votes for Biden. plus, the discrepancies they DID find, were so much horseshit.




https://news.yahoo.com/cyber-ninjas-company-led-arizona-025600651.html

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RE: [VIDEO] The James Webb telescope has launched!

10 years at 100% efficiency. In that time, given the advancements since Hubble in image resolution, data compression & signal integrity, it's going to see all it can see. Any big revelations should come in the first 5 years, at which point the telescope can be tasked with taking a closer look at the second star on the left.

But again, like Hubble, it's probably keep going until it finally falls asleep, and the old girl's still kicking.

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Don't Look Up (Netflix)

This is getting a lot of attention recently, and hopefully for the right reasons, and it's polarising opinions, largely depending on who's watching it.

Short synopsis, Lennifer Lawrence's haircut spots a new meteor out in space. Leonardo DiCaprio's fatsuit figures out that it's on a collision course with earth, and we've got about 6 months intil it hits. So far, so Armageddon/Deep Impact.

Where this one differs is the terrifyingly realistic way in which the news is first reported, then dealt with by the also-realistic-if-we're-talking-about-the-last-guy President, played perfectly by Meryl Streep, with props to Jonah Hill, playing her completely inept but powerful by nepotism son, more interested in likes & subs than saving the planet.

It is funny, but for all the wrong reasons, because every time someone does something that 10 years ago would seem ridiculous, but you take a second look at it and realise yes, that's EXACTLY what would have happened.

Of note are Mark Rylance, almost unrecognisable as an Elon Musk/Jeff Bezos/Zuckerbeg-bot hybrid SPOILER:
who initially halts the first rescue mission after he finds out that the material the meteor is made of could make him even richer, so he compiles a plan to harvest the meteor instead of destroying it.
Also, Ariana Grande pops up as a vacuous teeny-bopper whose on/off relationship with some guy is initially deemed much more favourable news & infinitely more exciting than the planet's impending doom.

Like I said, terrifyingly realistic.

Would recommend. Stick around for two post-credits scenes as well
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RE: Tomb Raider trilogy free on Epic Games

Played the first 2 to death but never got round to the third.

And now, I shall

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RE: [VIDEO] Nintendo Switch announced

Given their back catalogue and the remarkably low cost compared to the big players in the same market, i can see it being a purchase in the near future

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RE: [VIDEO] The Book of Boba Fett

Not fantastically impressed with episode one, but then I recall feeling the same way about Mando & even Hawkeye. Difference here is potential lack of potential. Let's see how it goes

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RE: [VIDEO] Nintendo Switch announced

Got one for Max this year (youngest), and a couple of Mario-related games and he hasn't been off it. Hooking up to the TV is a pain as both HDMI slots are already taken, but we manage. Resolution blown up is comparable with the Wii, and having to pay extra for online was unexpected, but waaay cheaper then the bigger brother consoles at £17.99 for the year. We'll have to see if he'll get anything out of it before we buy it though.

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RE: Around the World in 80 Days (again, David Tennant this time)

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mbilko says...
"season 2 confirmed"

Spoiler: He doesn't make it around by the end of the season

I did enjoy the first 2 episodes. Seems more about Fogg's growth as a person than the actual journey itself, all the while looking more like Edgar Allen Poe
than David Niven

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RE: [VIDEO] The James Webb telescope has launched!

Watched the launch live, but couldn;t help but think how much the Flerfers were going to lap up the CGI footage that corresponded with the projected event chain perfectly.

I fully expect a SciManDan video within the next week full of that crap

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RE: GTAV/Online new mystery?

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Robee J Shepherd says...
"Aliens! Map co-ords? no it's aliens!"

I still haven't seen anything on GTA forums or evn via google about this, so I have a sneaking suspicion I'm the first to spot it, because it's not something anyone would ever pay attention to, apart from nerds like me.

If it's co-ordinates, then it's using a reference that isn't their norm. The map included in the DVD box-set ises an A-1, B-2 etc format. The 4 digits could be a time or a year, and the other could be something you have to enter into your phone or a website?

Thing is, these textures were put there deliberately once the patch was done, and those numbers in that style aren't anywhere else on the map, so they've been created specifically for this particular building.

I'll get it, eventually


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GTAV/Online new mystery?

For various reasons, I'm not playing GTA online as much as I was before. Once I aced the Cayo Perico heists to the point I topped $100 million in 2 weeks the sheen kinda came off it. Still, I popped back on this week as there's a new DLC featuring one of the original story characters, Franklin, & Dr Dre pops up after being featured in the intro for last years island-based heist.

So imagine my surprise when I fly over a certain building that has a certain unique feature, to find that feature has been changed - into another unique feature.



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RE: [VIDEO] Uncharted

Looking really quite good


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RE: [VIDEO] Matrix Resurrections… Pick a pill…

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admars says...
"Since I've only seen the first one, looks like I shouldn't binge on 2 and 3 to see this ;)
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It might explain a little more, namely NPH's character and what Niobe was all about.


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RE: [VIDEO] Matrix Resurrections… Pick a pill…

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"But for me, the biggest complaint was the music. Tykwer and Klimek's score is frustratingly generic"

For some reason it reminded me a lot of Daft Punk's score for Tron: Legacy in places.


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RE: [VIDEO] Matrix Resurrections… Pick a pill…

Agree. Could have done without the first hour of self-referential bullshit. The more interesting subplot about the machine in-fighting & how they used Neo & Trinity could have been a more interesting movie on its own.

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