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Entertainment & Technology / Re: Command & Conquer Remastered on Steam
« Last post by XEntity on April 02, 2020, 19:45:04 PM »
I've joined grandad.. I usually play RA2 each Christmas while I'm at my parents with nothing to go apart from eat.. I figure the amount of time I end up spending each year trying to get the patches to work to get it running on a modern system, I might as well get the steam version and know it'll run  :rock:
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Entertainment & Technology / Re: Picard
« Last post by Serious on April 02, 2020, 18:50:30 PM »
As with their cars the French were very odd in their designs of lots of things. Sometimes they got it right and others wrong.

The original Enterprise was a Constellation class ship and lots of them made, indeed when Enterprise was destroyed in The Search for Spock they got a new identical one in the next film. There are many times that multiple vessels of this class appeared and at least one somehow managed to take part in the battle of Wolf 359.

The fact they used many different ships at key battles was more use what you have available in an emergency rather than building different designs. Then different races would have different ideas about ship design, the Vulcan ships are obviously different from standard federation ships, and designs stuck around for a long time, getting updated and rebuilt. If you have limited models then it saves money too.

I am still wondering why they could not use a medical transporter to fix Picard, still looks like a scripting get out.
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General Discussion / Re: Buying a Japanese nakiri
« Last post by Serious on April 01, 2020, 14:58:14 PM »
I have 5 "ornamental" Japanese swords, blunt but look good on the wall. I then have a real one from the WW2 period and a folded steel one <love, love, love>.

I used to be able to practice with them, a long time ago, usually using the blunt ones. Now I can barely pick them up let alone swing one. Although I do still carefully oil the good two occasionally, no visible rust.

Strange thing with the UK law is you can still legally buy Japanese sword style blades under 50cm in length or ones made by traditional methods. Note that does not make them less lethal, plus you can still buy European, Asian or African style blades without problem. There are plenty of other weapons that are just as lethal, getting hit with a Lochaber axe would definitely spoil your day.

So far they have worked well enough, 56-58 Rockwell is hard enough for most uses. Best blades are 60+ Rockwell but are actually harder to sharpen. Usually the decent folded steel knives have a very hard 60+ core with a softer folded metal outside wrapped around it.

The best Japanese knives are all high carbon alloy steel and have thin edge angles, misuse one and it can break or become damaged. There are people who repair these but even they can only do so much.

Also watch out for cheap Chinese folded "steel" knives. often they are not hardened and will not hold an edge. When destructively tested a good high carbon steel blade will snap, a spring steel blade will bend a little and then spring back. These just bend and break.
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General Discussion / Re: The world has gone mad
« Last post by zpyder on April 01, 2020, 10:34:38 AM »
The blue nitrile gloves do tend to go yellow when they're exposed to a number of chemicals (usually corrosive things).

Recently did a guest talk about pathogens (in the context of health and safety at the waste water treatment plant).

The below photo is of bacterial cultures grown from finger prints of a variety of staff. This was done in the current pandemic climate, so they'd all been washing their hands...



Will admit though that the act of cleaning your hands will never get rid of all bacteria, good chance that most of those colonies grew from bacterial species that live in your skin (feeding on dead skin  etc) so washing hands kills off the stuff on the surface that you picked up by touching things, but also removes the upper layer of skin exposing the stuff on the under layers, so it's not a case of my colleagues having filthy fingers...

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General Discussion / Re: Buying a Japanese nakiri
« Last post by zpyder on April 01, 2020, 10:28:30 AM »
As to Red framed knife, it's a Fallkniven GP pocket knife. Quite badass, but very sentimental. It was bought when we found out I was going to be a father. The intention is to give it to my son when he turns 18,or some other responsible adulthood stage.

Other knives in the collection are for starting different jobs, moving to NZ, buying house, college, uni, holidays and birthdays. There's a couple that have no real memory attached to them which I find is a shame but they're nice enough :)




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General Discussion / Re: Buying a Japanese nakiri
« Last post by zpyder on April 01, 2020, 10:21:15 AM »
Jesus that Gyuto knife cost more than my whole Henckels knife block!
I lost a pocketknife that was gifted to me by my brother in law in Canada, less than 2 weeks after getting back from Canada. Said knife was a limited edition benchmade mini-griptilian, think it equated to about $750 nz dollars or about £300 or £350...

It pains me greatly, and I'm currently saving up money from selling stock photography to buy a replacement. Won't have the same production number but it'll do!

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General Discussion / Re: Buying a Japanese nakiri
« Last post by zpyder on April 01, 2020, 10:18:02 AM »
Do you find you have the same go-to kitchen knife out of those? I always end up using the same one or two knives.

I'd like to know what the deal is with the pocket knife on it's own in the red frame, is that a particularly sentimental/badass one?
I thought I would have the same go to, but to be honest I use them all. Sometimes it's just because ones raw meat and the other veg, but other times it's because I'm slicing one thing, chopping something else, and carving pips out of something else so I'll go through the 4 front knives most dinners. The Gyuto was previously my go to till I got the set. Now it's my "if I want to cut something very very thinly" knife. Or special occasions, it's very versatile.

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General Discussion / Re: Buying a Japanese nakiri
« Last post by Clock'd 0Ne on April 01, 2020, 10:14:50 AM »
Jesus that Gyuto knife cost more than my whole Henckels knife block! :bow:
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General Discussion / Re: Buying a Japanese nakiri
« Last post by Clock'd 0Ne on April 01, 2020, 10:12:39 AM »
Do you find you have the same go-to kitchen knife out of those? I always end up using the same one or two knives.

I'd like to know what the deal is with the pocket knife on it's own in the red frame, is that a particularly sentimental/badass one?
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General Discussion / Re: The world has gone mad
« Last post by Clock'd 0Ne on April 01, 2020, 10:10:15 AM »
Its a shame they don't make gloves that react/discolour when certain microbes come into contact with them. A bit like the glitter analogy in the above instructional video; if you could see what you were spreading you would be shocked.
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