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    Big Trouble in Little China streaming on netflix

    That's my guilty pleasure film. I love the film but friends think it's stupid, which of course it is. It's meant to be stupid. It's also one of the few films where the side kick is the hero and the hero the side kick. (The Green Hornet is the only other movie I can think of).
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    My laptop died, time to perform some surgery.

    Finally got my laptop on the 31st December. Took me a day to set up Windows 8. Upgraded to Windows 8.1. Took me another day to sort out all the problems it caused. (It messed up the graphics drivers: the screen was on minimum brightness and it was stuck on Intel graphics in games). I forgot to...
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    My laptop died, time to perform some surgery.

    Well I couldn't wait to save up for a really nice laptop and I've just put in an order for the Levono IdeaPad Z500. It looks like the best bang for your buck laptop, even though it has a few annoying problems. It cost me £410 and it has a i5 (2.6GHz) processor, 4GB ram, 1TB hard drive and a...
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    My laptop died, time to perform some surgery.

    I think you are right. It's just died again. It looks like I'll be using my clunky old desktop for a few months. Well I did own a Sony VAIO laptop but that died a couple of months after the warranty ran out. Expensive and rubbish build quality. I'd rather have cheap and rubbish build quality...
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    My laptop died, time to perform some surgery.

    I must of missed or forgotten about that episode. My laptop is sort of OK now. It's still running way too hot, the GPU is 80°c when it's idling. A laptop cooler knocks about 10°c off of that. I think the fan may need replacing. It looked like it was spinning OK but it's hard to tell. Either...
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    My laptop died, time to perform some surgery.

    All the important stuff is backed-up to an external USB drive. I did have a RAID-5 NAS, thinking my data will be really safe there, until the controller board blew. The data was still intact, I just had no way of extracting it. Yeah I did start off having a desktop for gaming and a laptop for...
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    My laptop died, time to perform some surgery.

    Well since the repair I've had a couple of graphical glitches, so I'm not sure how long the repair will last. Hopefully it's just the thermal compound wearing it's way in. However it should give me enough time to save for a nicer laptop.
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    My laptop died, time to perform some surgery.

    I've been away from the forums for about a week because my trusty gaming laptop decided to die on me. I had left my laptop on all night downloading XCOM: Enemy Unknown from Steam. In the morning I decided to have a quick play and when I started the game all I got was a screen of coloured...
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    Collection of T-Shirts for in Game

    Sorry what I meant was when you merge the diffuse map and pattern map, in order to add the pattern map information, the diffuse map colours get reduced. Each channel in a diffuse map is 8 bits (0-255) and in the pattern map it's 1 bit (0-1). So in order to merge them, the diffuse map gets...
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    Collection of T-Shirts for in Game

    I found a document that confirms they are called pattern maps. I think how it works is you halve the range of the diffuse map so each channel ranges from 0 to 127. Then if a particular channel is colour-able you add 128 to it's value. So effectively if a texture is colour-able you halve it's...
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    Collection of T-Shirts for in Game

    If the texture has a 'P' in it's name I think it means that you can alter it's colour in game. It probably stands for something like pattern.
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    What exactly prevents you from releasing the console as it is now?

    The big problem is that the non RELEASE_FINAL version will have a large amount of debug information in it. (Because it's for testing and you need to see what's going on when something breaks). So in essence they will almost be giving away their source code. As programmers I'm sure they would...
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    FPS Drop every 5 seconds?

    If it has just started happening recently then your laptop could be overheating and throttling (slowing down) to help bring the temperatures down. Dust and pets are laptop killers. Try giving the fan vents a few quick blasts with a can of compressed air. Don't continuously blast air through the...
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    How the Saints Save Christmas DLC 12/11

    Wait. Is that a murderbot Shaundi?
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    Why this fucking game not have skip button?

    Ah my fellow people of the forum. Judge him not too harshly for I think what we have here is a simple case of misunderstanding. I have seen through the semantic fog and I think I know about what he is speaking. I will now say that I wholeheartedly agree with him; the game is in desperate need of...
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