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Photography/Video/Movies & TV / Re: The 100
« Last post by micah on Today at 02:26:00 AM »
Season 6 is back on the air.  I've been watching on the CW's website the past couple weeks.  Every season is like a whole new story line, they're all so different.  This season is like a whole new reboot - most of the main characters have been cryogenically frozen for a century and end up at a new planet where, like in the first season, they have to deal with the natives and their own in-fighting. Still very enjoyable to watch.
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Food and Naked Yodeling / Re: espresso
« Last post by Perspective on May 17, 2019, 10:35:39 AM »
I also have an inexpensive-ish espresso maker. Mine has a built-in milk frother which is nice (as in, you just fill the container with milk and it makes espresso, cappucino, latte for you. You don't have to manually froth).

I've had Lavazza. it's great coffee, but if you're looking for pre-ground espresso coffee try Illy. I find it has a much finer grind and works better in the espresso machine.
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Food and Naked Yodeling / espresso
« Last post by Jake on May 17, 2019, 10:22:57 AM »
Few weeks back we got a relatively inexpensive espresso maker - if I remember correctly it was $140 on woot. Anyway, this thing rocks - it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of more expensive machines, but it brews a great cup. But the post isn't about the maker it self, it is about the coffee. Through these weeks we went to probably 10 different espresso specific coffee blends, and we finally found the perfect one. If you have an espresso machine, try Lavazza Cafe Espresso - it is absolutely fucking awesome. Smooth but with enough kick. It is great!
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Open Discussion / Re: Personality tests
« Last post by Mike on May 16, 2019, 02:13:24 PM »
Recently took a class on conflict management and in preperation for it had to take the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI).  That combined with a review of the Gallup StrengthsFinder I took years ago has put some things in perspective.  My #2 conflict mode is avoidance and the strengths finders indicated strong desire for relationship building.  Combined I see how I've avoided conflicts in order to maintain the relationship.
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Hardware / Re: Another laptop thread
« Last post by KnuckleBuckett on May 15, 2019, 06:07:47 AM »
True, however most gaming laptops do.  Be sure to check.  If not get a non-NVMe 512 to 1TB SSD.

https://slickdeals.net/f/13068814-2tb-intel-660p-pcie-ssd-185-free-s-h?src=frontpage

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Hardware / Re: Another laptop thread
« Last post by Perspective on May 14, 2019, 08:39:36 AM »
Not all laptops are going to support NVMe. You need a PCI-e port. It's becoming more and more common but you should check before you buy.
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Hardware / Re: Another laptop thread
« Last post by ober on May 14, 2019, 08:31:22 AM »
Specs on the Razers look good but they're out of my price range for this.  Thanks for the suggestion.  Do most modern laptops have a connection for those NVMe chips?
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Hardware / Re: Another laptop thread
« Last post by KnuckleBuckett on May 14, 2019, 05:48:40 AM »
Solid buy.  If you get it clone the HDD onto an NVMe SSD and put the HDD in a drawer or something. 

https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-970-EVO-Plus-MZ-V7S500B/dp/B07M7Q21N7/ref=sr_1_3?crid=2WISG3Q410MDO&keywords=samsung+ssd+nvme+500gb&qid=1557827286&s=electronics&sprefix=samsung+ssd+nvme+500%2Celectronics%2C149&sr=1-3


Also check out the Razer product at your local Best Buy.  Pretty amazing stuff.
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Hardware / Another laptop thread
« Last post by ober on May 13, 2019, 10:24:11 PM »
Ok, I know I did this like 6-8 months ago but the requirements are different.  I got my wife an iPad Pro so she's all set.  This one is for the kids.  They are both in accelerated math and won't have their chromebooks over the summer (they turn them in at the end of the year).  Plus we've been thinking about getting them a gaming laptop for a while.


I'm leaning towards [size=78%]https://www.amazon.com/MSI-GV62-8RD-200-Performance-Steelseries/dp/B07D4ZML7M/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=sl1&tag=laptopunderbudget-20&linkId=71ded3182f5d00b2faf69387755be37e&language=en_US[/size] after researching for a few hours.  It has decent specs (I know it's not an SSD but I'm not buying a gaming laptop with a 256GB SSD which seems to be the baseline). 


Thoughts?  Any better options?  It will probably be used to play Fortnite, Minecraft, maybe some of my other Steam games.  For anything hardcore, they can use my computer.  I want them to have something that will last a while and be able to play most reasonable games without falling over or overheating.
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Open Discussion / Re: Sri Lanka
« Last post by micah on April 28, 2019, 01:14:51 AM »
"The government of Sri Lanka has temporarily blocked social media services like Facebook and WhatsApp to prevent the spread of misinformation"

I don't think that's a good step to take.

Great point, by the way, ethic.  I think we often take for granted some of the freedoms we have here in America.  If something like that happened here it would be a big deal.  I mean, some people would be like "well, I guess that makes sense, we don't want to spread bad information" but it's such a slippery slope. We have a first amendment for a reason, and this is a perfect example of why!
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