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Seppuku Arts
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Posted: 27th May 2017 10:07 Edited at: 27th May 2017 10:27
Nice start to the ol' Painkiller. I'm still waiting for your vocals.

Also, I picked up a phone mount for my motorbike, sadly the handle bar space is kinda lacking, so it tilts the phone at an angle and prevents decent recording. But I decided to record something anyway, A) To actually see how decent my phone's camera is B) How viable the set up is for recording and C) to see how stable this mount is.

My phone is the Sony Xperia XZ, I think it came out as a decent quality if you ignore the shaky image in places. But I just recorded and put together pieces of my journey from work to home & stopping by the shop on the way. Also, the mic is *really* sensitive on it, you can hear my footsteps, the fuel in the fuel tank and the leaves brushing against my bike as I sneakily take my bike over a path to get past a barrier (my choices in my commute are to do that, or go via one of the UK's most accident prone roundabouts that's full of lorry drivers)



If I can get my phone into a sensible place, I might record a couple of riding adventures in the British countryside.

Also, the mount worked out to be quite decent, both suited for motorcycles and bicycles. This is the one:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Smartphone-Universal-Handlebar-Compatible-Motorbikes/dp/B01N4X0HUS/ref=sr_1_19?ie=UTF8&qid=1495832466&sr=8-19-spons&keywords=motorcycle+phone+holder&psc=1



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The Slayer
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Posted: 27th May 2017 14:17
Quote: "Nice start to the ol' Painkiller. I'm still waiting for your vocals. "

Thanks, Sepp! Lol, you don't want to do that, Sir...oooh no...hahahaaa!

You forgot D) To see yourself while you drive and E) To show us your driving skills and the nice looking environment .

Btw, I forgot you guys are driving left, right? Looks soo weird, lol!
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Posted: 27th May 2017 15:16
Nice ride there, Sepp! It sure has a lot more power than my little bike, lol. I am discovering though, I think I may be developing a love for motorbikes... Such lovely and fun machines they are!

Leaving for my camping trip in half an hour, I'll try and rig up my phone and record some of my own rides up there.
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Posted: 27th May 2017 18:20 Edited at: 27th May 2017 18:21
I did another one today. I might invest in a helmet cam, because this isn't suitable. But I decided to just go out as the weather was nice and see where it took me. Sadly my phone stopped recording 10 minutes in and I didn't realise until I stopped for a moment on my way home.




Anyway, hope you enjoy your trip and that the bike proves useful. Soon you'll be getting your own full on motorcycle. I am going to check out a dealership on Monday to look at potentials for what I upgrade to when I pass my full test, so I can get something more powerful than a 125 as you can see, they don't have much power to them, though the vids were meant as a relaxing ride, I am still making it work hard to push it past 60mph, which won't do, should I ever end up doing motorway riding or getting onto dual carriageways and not taking the winding backroads like I am at the moment (which are nice and pleasant, in fairness).
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Posted: 28th May 2017 07:54
100 chickens are sitting in a circle in the barn. At the same time, all 100 of them peck the chicken either to their left or right, completely at random.
What is the expected number of chickens that didn't get pecked at all?

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Posted: 28th May 2017 15:21
I very much want to get this monitor:
https://arstechnica.co.uk/gadgets/2017/04/acer-predator-x27-price-specs-release-date/

I wish they'd announce more info on it though. I also looked at the ultra-wide monitor they have but I'd prefer to have a standard 16:9 monitor to avoid issues with ultra-wide resolutions.
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Posted: 28th May 2017 16:44 Edited at: 28th May 2017 16:51
With regards to the ultra-wides, I have an LG 34UM95, which is a 1440p Ultrawide, but is the one that came out before they started looking at gamer options on them. And it's a gorgeous monitor and I've not looked back on my purchase (even though it was expensive at the time).

A few points, if it helps.

For programming, it's simply amazing to have. You wouldn't believe how much extra space it gives you, with the mix of the extra horizontal space and the resolution. I don't often need to alt+tab, because I can have everything I need open and side by side. In an old desktop thread, I linked my Ruby on Rails workspace.

http://i.imgur.com/snTH7tX.png


Granted, I might have been a little over the top on purpose, but I was able to work fine with everything like that in the screenshot and shows how much extra space I get away with.

For movies & TV. Not long ago, I set up my room to allow me to use my PC for comfortably watching movies, as well as gaming and being productive. The IPS display is great for colour and viewing angles and being ultrawide and given some of the monitor's options/features, I can remove the black bars from films that were shot for cinema screen, as the aspect ratio is very similar. Watching something like The Hobbit (which is one of the first things I did when I got a BluRay player for my PC) it looked simply amazing. It also means 4k video is a viable option as well, whilst not getting the full benefit, it still looks damn sharp, and gorgeous. Though in terms of looking at using an ultrawide 1440p monitor for 4k, the best advice is to find something that'll handle the copy protection being used nowadays (HDCP 2.2) because 4k content is incredibly restrictive and therefore incredibly fussy on what hardware it will play on...even if they hardware is technically capable. Sadly, my monitor is not one of those monitors (nor is my CPU or graphics card), which is one of my main gripes about 4k. It's one of those cases I'd argue that in trying to combat piracy, they're giving a reason for people to want to pirate (but being the lawful upstanding citizen I am, I have gone without and contemplate a 4k TV at some later stage in life).

The downside, however, particularly to a display like mine, which is an IPS panel (which Ultra-wides often are) is that the black levels aren't so deep and being a LED panel, it can be more susceptible to lightbleed and being a monitor, lacks some of the features many TV's use to combat it (like dynamic backlighting). Lightbleed should only be noticeable in low-light settings, which you tend to be when watching a movie. To be fair, you'll probably get this with the majority of monitors out there, though some better than others.

For gaming. This is where ultrawide can be a problem. Fortunately a good number of games will work with the aspect ratio properly and not cause problems. The vast majority will accept the resolution, though not all work appropriately with it, either adding their own black bars, using black bars just for cutscenes or even messing up the UI. Most games that have caused problems I have found will have a work around or can be tweaked or a patch, I had to tweak The Witcher 3 to not mess with the UI, but Metal Gear Solid 5 required me to get a patch to remove those black bars. Playing Final Fantasy XIV, it works perfectly, but I get black bars during cutscenes, to retain how the cutscenes were intended. In some games, as you can imagine there's an advantage to the extra space, more visibility in strategy games, for example, or in the case of FFXIV, being an MMO, I get to see more of what's around me and coming in. As you'll see from this video (warning: partial nudity) I see more of the battlefield. That lag at the start, ignore that, I don't find the resolution causes me to lag out, I was running something in the background affecting the performance of my PC.

It'll mean a smaller number of your games will end up being ran at 16:9 instead of 21:9, which I have found not to bother me too much, especially as I hook this up to my PS4 sometimes, despite lack of 21:9 support. But always prefer 21:9 over it.

The other thing to consider is that it takes more juice to run in 21:9 than it does 16:9, which is a given.

For Other Things Some internet sites look tiny, but you can always zoom in. Though for me, this bit can affect me when I'm careless trying to do web development. I design something that looks reasonable on my PC, as I am doing it on my PC, then look at it from another device I kind go "oh, that's big, I kinda overshot that a bit". More of a me not paying attention than an actual flaw.





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New Alestrom track? Love it, and I'd link it, but I'd be heavily breaking the AUP and not just because promoting piracy is forbidden.
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Posted: 28th May 2017 19:41
Quote: "because I can have everything I need open and side by side."

That really isn't an issue for me as I'm already using two 4K (samsung) monitors. What does intrigue me for the ultra-wide is that I've heard the extra viewing angles in games can be really nice. For the IPS I've never used an IPS monitor, but I have heard that it's a bit lacking in the colour quality. I wish that I could see one, as the LED/LCD display in the monitors that I have right now looks amazing for colour quality. What I do wish I had though that the Acer monitors have is g-sync and higher refresh rates. I'm quite sick of using V-sync since most games tear without it, but with it framerates take a huge hit. I'm quite willing to wait for the x27 since it has a 144hz refresh rate with g-sync and uses LED backlighting, but I'm also kind of terrified of what they'll announce the price as (since their most recent gaming laptop is £9000)

Quote: "New Alestrom track? Love it, and I'd link it, but I'd be heavily breaking the AUP and not just because promoting piracy is forbidden."

Wasn't the whole album released on Friday?
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Posted: 29th May 2017 11:42
@easter bunny

Ah yes, a classic simple integral, one which you will never ever find in real world applications.

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Posted: 29th May 2017 11:49
Quote: "one which you will never ever find in real world applications"

Sadly

Also, points

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