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General Discussion / Re: Introduction
« Last post by soopahfly on June 12, 2018, 16:49:24 PM »
Entertainment & Technology / Re: Buying & selling PC parts - liable to income tax?
« Last post by Bacon on June 11, 2018, 18:12:18 PM »
I believe you have an allowance each year as the parts are used, i think they are more interested in chasing Ebay traders doing £5000 a month tax free and claiming benefits full time for a non existent ankle sprain.

I know a bloke claiming full rate incapacity benefit and yet manages to walk round bootsales for hours looking for items to sell through his Ebay business which is made £20k on last year.
Entertainment & Technology / Buying & selling PC parts - liable to income tax?
« Last post by Hamsel on June 07, 2018, 19:08:49 PM »
Hello :) I have a (fairly boring) topic I'm curious about - taxes. I buy and sell all sorts of computer parts on top of my full time job for an extra handful of cash, generally spent on more computer parts, and I am intrigued - is HMRC going to be hunting me down for unpaid taxes? I've not a clue how self assessment forms work and can't find much to help me figure them out. I've looked at this tax calculator: and worked out how much tax I currently pay (a lot!!) but haven't been able to work out what the income from selling parts would be. What tax band would it go into? Hoping someone here does similar and can point me to an answer :)

General Discussion / Re: Leave.EU fined £70,000
« Last post by Serious on May 28, 2018, 09:46:31 AM »
It isn't going to vanish anytime soon so get used to it. As we get closer to the leave date it can only get louder.
General Discussion / Re: Leave.EU fined £70,000
« Last post by miss.chic on May 25, 2018, 13:38:44 PM »
Very little really but that's not the point, they cheated. Yes, the Lib-Dems and Remain got done too, but just a fraction of the amount for a technical infringement for Remain.

The real issue here is that the Electoral Commission wanted to drop the case against Leave EU and were forced to keep it open. They then did nothing until a whistle blower blew the whole thing open.
Im sick of earing about this

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General Discussion / Re: Jokes of the day
« Last post by bear on May 21, 2018, 22:00:43 PM »
Three Italian nuns die and go to heaven.
At the Pearly Gates, they are met by St. Peter.

He says, "Sisters, you all led such exemplary
lives that the Lord is granting you six months
to go back to earth and be anyone you wish to be.

The first nun says, "I want to be Sophia Loren."
And poof she's gone.

The second says, "I want to be Madonna”.
And poof she's gone.

The third says, "I want to be Alberta Pipalini."

St. Peter looks perplexed. "Who ?", he asked.

"Alberta Pipalini," replies the nun.

St. Peter shakes his head and says, "I'm sorry,
but that name just doesn't ring a bell."

The nun then takes a newspaper out of her
habit and hands it to St. Peter.

St. Peter reads the paper and starts laughing.
He hands it back to her and says, "No sister,
the paper says it was the 'Alberta Pipeline'
that was laid by 1,400 men in 6 months."

If you laugh, you're going straight to hell!
General Discussion / Re: Introduction
« Last post by Deaths Head on May 16, 2018, 22:04:36 PM »
General Discussion / Re: Show Off Your Household Pets!
« Last post by XEntity on May 14, 2018, 13:55:12 PM »
I think it was Google AI getting some practice in for Duplex;

Entertainment & Technology / Re: What's Your Home AV setup?
« Last post by Shaun on May 12, 2018, 17:51:53 PM »
I've spent quite a bit on my AV set up the last few years, I have been careful to avoid higher end Audiophile grade gear as that is a rabbit hole I don’t want to go down! So have stuck to good quality Chinese makes for the audio hardware and I'm happy with my current setup.

50" Sony W8 had about 4 years (not going to bother with 4k yet)

Yamaha Yas-93 soundbar is connected to the TV not the best, I got it cheap in the Black Friday sale a few years ago, its good enough for regular TV viewing.

LG Minibeam PF1000U short throw projector, it its great for Movie night, 100” from 38cm. I had wanted a projector for years but was always put of by the cost of lamp replacements and how they could only last a couple of thousand hours, the one in the LG lasts for up to 30000 hours, its quite low powered so only good for near total dark. I was going to get a screen for it but the wall is freshly plastered and painted in a neutral enough colour that I can correct for it easily using the THX Tuneup app on my tablet.

Connected to the projector is a Q Acoustics Media 4 Soundbar a bit too basey out of the box for my taste but sounds great after fiddling with the EQ a little.
SMSL M8A 32Bit/768KHz USB DAC, I have only had this about 3 weeks, I had a Asus Xonar Essence One before that which I had for a couple of years, it developed a problem with not always turning on when I pressed the button so looked to get it fixed or replaced under warranty, I got it from Amazon who didn't have a replacement in stock so offered me a full refund. The SMSL is well regarded at Head-Fi as a entry level reference DAC so decided to take a punt on it, if it wasn't that good I would get a better one and use the SMSL on my Gaming PC. It didn’t sound to great to start off the treble was far to bright but after a week of burning in overnight it settled down and now sounds good so will be keeping it on my HTPC.     

Little Dot MK3 headphone amp fitted with upgraded tube’s, had it about 3 months this is my second Little Dot amp, the first a MK2. It took about 100 hours to burn in very pleased with it once it had. Listening to it back to back with the MK2 the sound is cleaner and a bit more defined, before I bought it I was unsure if it would be a worthwhile upgrade from the MK2, but I'm now more than happy with it.     

Shure SRH1540 headphones, had them nearly 3 years still very happy with them, very comfy for extended ware and good all rounders and sound good with most types of music, I have replaced the cable twice but it only costs 20 quid for a new one.

All are running off my HTPC the specs are:
Silverstone Grandia home theatre case.
Ryzen 3 1200 running at 3.7 GHz, I’m so happy AMD are making CPU’s worth buying again.
Noctua NH-C14.
Asus Prime 350 mobo.
8 Gigs Corsair DDR4 Ram.
Asus GTX 970 totally not needed in this system, but it was spare out of my gaming PC when I upgraded to a 1080, the fan’s don’t spin at all unless under load so perfect for a HTPC.
PCTV Systems DVB-T2 292e HD TV tuner.
Corsair RMX 650watt PSU, has a zero RPM fan mode up to medium power draw, I have never heard it spin up since I got it.
120GB Kingston M.2 boot drive.
3x4TB Western Digital HDD.
Logitech K830 keyboard.

The system is nearly silent the case and cooler fan’s use fan reducers, only time I hear it is when a HD spins up.
OS currently running Ubuntu 18.04 with a low latency kernel, I made the switch to Linux full time on my HTPC about 6 months ago, Windows 10 got really annoying when switching audio outputs with the big update they did towards the end of last year, which often could only be fixed with a reboot. JACK audio is superior to Windows WASAPI when configured IMO. Since I got my head round how Linux works I can’t see me going back to Windows anytime soon.
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