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  1. Ape

    Starcraft 2

    He's in the SEMI's! <3 Jinro!
  2. SSDs are far more reliable.
  3. Ape

    Starcraft 2

    I'm not too keen on relying on a single strategy. At some point, every player you encounter will be skilled enough to recognize and defend against a 4-gate push, it might just seem that at that point you'll be hitting a brick wall. The four-gate won't be as efficient as you'd like it to be, and when doing other strategies you don't play as well because you aren't really used to them yet. Against turtles, be sure to keep scouting. Otherwise you might be caught pants down when he's going to push out or when he's suddenly trying to shove a million billion banshees down your throat. Yeah, I don't rely on the 4gate. If it doesn't work early game, then I have a well-built econimical stature so going air, or putting a base on another island is possibly my next option.
  4. LOTRO has only been f2p for US players since September, and the rest of the world as of mid-November. So to say it has had no effect at all would be quite mis-judging as we've only had, what? 3 weeks to compare it properly? LOTRO doesn't currently have the amount of subscribers RS has, but it is catching up rather quickly. The game, in my opinion, is epic. Questing is amazing, and so are the areas. The only thing it now needs is a large community such as Runescape's.
  5. Ape

    Your dream job?

    I'm currently working in the Web design department working on my own designs. As much as I love it, I find that today (been here for a week constantly designing for the same company) I've hit a brick wall in terms of creativity. I've tried a few different designs but none of them have really set it off. I can imagine if this was my actual job, I'd become very frustrated. I've whipped up something like 3 designs in 3 and a half days so I guess that's quite productive. =\
  6. Ape

    Your dream job?

    So, being on work placement for a week I have decided to ask TIF to see what they believe the dream job is. Personally, I am going to University next year to study Computer Sciences and Maths - with this I aspire to be a software designer/developer and possibly delve into Maths a little more. This is my realistic goal, whereas my dream job would be to play basketball for the NBA (I play for Wales (UK) internationally at the moment) and was hoping to move to the US to play when I was younger, but the scholarship wasn't amazing. Another dream job of mine would be to be a professional rally driver, or gamer. What are your thoughts? Any aspirations, goals, etc?
  7. Ape


    Lamborghinis are my babies. Once I am rich, I will have plenty of them in all colours of the rainbow! And I will park them in order of the colours in the rainbow, so I can collectively say "I have a rainbow of Lamborghinis". :D
  8. Ape

    Starcraft 2

    Just started playing SC2, had it since September, but I was too hooked on LoL to play it. :P Finding that there's way too much cheesing going on in it, drone rushes, etc. I'm usually a dab-hand on RTS games, but I had to adapt to play this. Started off in Bronze, within 5 games was in Silver, now I'm Gold league, ranked 6th. Should be up another league by the end of the week. Love the game, overall though. Any RTS where 30 minutes in is classed as "end game" wins my vote. Currently playng Protoss with a 4gate build, expanding every 7-8 minutes. It's a very economical build so early game it's not so good, but after you've whacked your fourth gate and started expanding, there's no stopping you. Spamming Stalkers in ftw. :D I've found that a well turtled Terran base is probably the hardest thing to beat with Protoss as the ranged units are very weak against heavy artilliery such as their tanks. So as long as they have tanks behind their walls, I'm gonna' need alot of Zealots to get in. Any suggestions? My APM is up in the 80s/90s now, too which isn't bad I guess. Hotkeys are essential in this, way too fast paced for mouse clicks.
  9. Literally spent about 3 minutes doing it. Added a border, some brush strokes and the text. Plain. Clean. Hope you like it. :)
  10. The velociraptors are very good hard drives, but don't hold much capacity-wise. So it depends what you're after really. If you transfer alot of files, but only in small amounts, go for the veloc, if not and you're after something which can store over 10x more but it'll read slower, go for the latter. Whichever suits your needs, but there's nothing wrong with either hard drive.
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    My core belief on questions like this is: It stops the possibilities that could come from that person, and they were undeserved. The last part is important, because technically prison takes away possibilities. Also: Four pages? wow, this forum really likes homosexuals. My dislike of christianity is bigger then my like of homosexuals, hence why I posted so much here. Just throwing that out there You're a man after me own 'eart. ;) I can sum my opinion up on this pretty easily: There is no wrongness in homosexuality besides it's denial of social conformity. It's a shame marriage has become so integrated into modern lifestyle that it determines key attributes of a person's life. I believe religion shouldn't be forced onto anyone and shouldn't be classed as a valid argument, ever. It's a belief, not a fact. Therefore people who believe homosexuality is indecent and wrong - that's fine. But keep it to yourself. I believe every Sunday should be spent playing on Starcraft 2 instead of going to Church, but I don't impose my belief on others. I know that went a tad off-topic and will probably not make me popular around here, but there we are.
  12. The SDK is ~$100 and will only run on a Mac OS, such as Snowleapord, etc. The language is commercial C, this is similar to C++, but some of the alterations get confusing. I tried getting to grips with it, as I had a few apps in mind myself, but time wasn't on my side. You'll have to protect your idea legally, if you believe it will make alot of money. After you've done that, then you can go to developers and tell them your idea freely as they won't be able to release it for sale unless they have your permissios and signiture. I know a few people doing this at the moment, the process is long but if you've got the idea that makes £$£$£$ then go for it.
  13. My mistake, I thought Ebuyer worked overseas aswell as the UK - I know they have a US version, thought they would have had others. But yeah, I think the model of the laptop bared more importance than the website it is bought from. ^_^
  14. Likelyhood is that it's your graphics card, or your motherboard. You got another graphics card at all that you can whack in there to give it a go?
  15. Ya' don't say? It will increase in RPM as the card gets hotter and it does it in stages depending on what your drivers deem to be safe. 10 minutes of gaming shouldn't put that fan into the higher stages of RPM, therefore if it gets that hot, that quick it's a temperature issue.
  16. Ape


    Haha, yeah. My guild had a band going. Couple on the flute, couple on the banjo, etc... We sat outside the Tavern in Bree and it was outstanding. People actually come to watch. :P
  17. I've been lurking about since about late 2004, and I had another account before that. Read the forums regularly, post rarely. Moreso to a change in lifestyle as I've been growing up. I'm currently 19, been here since I was about 12/13 so I've really gone through my teens with TIF - from girlfriends, school, games, cars, work, etc. I'll go through a phase of posting alot where I've got a bit of free time, then I'll skip a while and post up again. As you can see from the low post count, but it's not about that. It's about the community that I've become friends with through TIF - #Darkwebz was an IRC channel where specific TIF users hung out, Mercifull, Necromagus, Phil, Azvareth, ForsakenMage, DarkRick, Rizla, Maddie, Dusqi, Tanya and many others. I can remember staying up all night talking with these people... These people are a constant to me, if I ever have any troubles the first place I will look is TIF because I know this is where I can find them. Unfortunately the channel doesn't run that much anymore, or if it does, there's barely anyone in there. But I guess Facebook is there - people have grown out of the channel, I guess... But OT is always where I'll return.
  18. Today I learned how stupid this post was. :???: Someone's bored. :roll:
  19. Go with Acer. Best value for money at the moment. A mate of mine bought a low end Acer laptop for his girlfriend ~£430 GBP and it runs LoL, Skype, MSN and Youtube simultaneously perfectly. Acer Laptop 1 - That's my first recommendation if you want to spend quiiiite a bit. But this is my second, more reasonable recommendation which has extreme value for money and will do what you want, and more. Acer Laptop 2 - Oh, and another thing... It's shiny. :D Ebuyer have a sale on that laptop at the moment, but shop around. Once you've find one that your heart is set on, make sure you shop around. Could get it cheaper! :D
  20. When installing updated drivers, nVidia software will always remove older versions and will re-install the new software. So whether or not you delete the drivers first doesn't make a difference whatsoever. Firstly, take the side of your case off and run a game. If the fan makes more noise (as said above), then it's likely that your card is overheating. This will be either a manufacturing fault (in which case, you'd be supplied with a replacement), or the airflow in your case is bad (in which case, tie up your cables, make sure you have an intake fan and an exhaust fan, preferably with the flow of air running through the middle of your computer). Secondly, reinstall some of your games. Not entirely necessary, but sometimes the simple things work. Thirdly, if you've got an old machine laying about or you can get your hands on another graphics card, replace it with the one you have currently - run a game, watch some videos, see what happens. If it still crashes, you know that it's not your card that is broke. Which will lead you do your motherboard, RAM, CPU or PSU. It's a process of elimination. Try a couple of those and post up some feedback. w00t.
  21. I think this happens in every thread: AMD vs Intel, nVidia Vs ATI... C'mon guys, there's a time and place. BUT AMD/nVidia ROCKS.... Who said that? 8-) So what is the up-most you can spend on this build? I would highly advise buying the components and getting someone more familiar with building computers to do the work for you. Even with a small labour fee for them to do it would still give you either a better computer for your money, or saves money on a decent computer. Rule number 1: Don't buy components off e-bay. Rule number 2: Make sure you have everything. Here's a list of what you will need: Motherboard, Processor, RAM, Hard drive, DVD drive, PSU, graphics card, case, sound card (as you're into Music, I'm assuming you would like higher quality sound in comparison to a standard onboard card), network card/wireless card (if you're running a wireless network, or a high speed LAN - if not, onboard will be fine) and then it's just all your peripherals if you require them - mouse, keyboard, monitor, speakers, mousemat, etc. Rule number 3: Shop around, if you find one thing which your heart is set on buying, don't settle for the first one you see. It's guarenteed to be cheaper elsewhere. I'm from the UK, so I'm not entirely familiar with all the sites over in the US, but I'm sure some of the guys on the forum will help you with that. :) Rule number 4: Make sure the person who builds your machine knows what they're doing. If they have a slight doubt in anything; get someone else to do it. Building a computer is as simple as pie once you've done it a couple of times - giving it to the wrong person could end in disaster and a big hole in your pocket. So yeah, post your budget and I'll whip up a quick list for you. I'll even be fair and do an ATI/Intel setup AND an AMD/nVidia setup. (Just to clarify, I know they don't have to go together, but I think they work best together from past experience). w00t.
  22. Today I learned that when your power steering fails, WHILST drifting around a corner in the snow, WHILST another car is coming head on with you, that all instincts take over... "IIIIIIIT'S NOOOOOOT MYYYYYYYY FAAAAAAAAUUUUUUULT!" ;) The damn drift would have been perfect if it wasn't for my dodgy car. :(
  23. Ape


    So, I had a quick sift through the recent thread pages on here and I am suprised to find that nobody has mentioned Lord of the Rings: Online! Basically, it's nearing the biggest MMORPG to date. Questing system is pretty good, a good player-base, nice physics and graphics and most of all... SORT OF FREE! Seeing a downfall in their population, they recently decided to scrap the monthly subscriptions and it's now just a one time fee when you buy the game (like Guildwars). LOTRO! It's been free in the US for a while, but only in recent months it's became free in the EU. Anyone played it? What're your thoughts?
  24. Ape


    Crunchy ftw! So I know here in the UK, we're quite avid (lazy) fans of the microwaveable Rustlers burgers. What's it like in the US for that?
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