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  1. Halkyon

    Formula One - 2019 Season

    Only just caught up on the race. My takeaways - Melbourne is a ton of fun to drive on the F1 games but boring to watch. Ferrari continue to be naff with team orders and Vettel continues to prove he's overrated. I really don't care who wins these days as long as it's not him. Looks like much of the same otherwise and quite a few races won't be worth watching.
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    Star Trek Discovery

    Okay they're some old version of MySQL installed on Windows ME when the rest of the world is on Postgre. We should ditch this analogy. Discovery has inspired me to go through Voyager with a denofgeek episode guide to make sure I hit the highlights and skip a couple of duds. I think it holds up well and is pretty great, although I can't rule out the latest films and STD skewing my perspective.
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    Star Trek Discovery

    I can't believe people wrote the lines spoken by the characters, looked at their screen or bit of paper and didn't think "wait a minute, that's a bit shit". Then script editors actually read it and said "this is great!". It's terrible but I'm still watching in hope that it turns a corner, the corner is just going to have to be a hairpin turn.
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    'Influencers'

    Not true. Most with any decent audience will have agents and pretty standard fees for different types of video. The lower level ones may take "gifts" but don't underestimate the professionalism behind the down to earth images being projected. I know because its common for mobile games to turn to influencers as traditional user acquisition costs (pop-ups, video ads, Facebook ads) have continued to rise. As the influencer market matures the prices will rise accordingly but their utility to marketers has been undervalued up to this point. Personally I can't stand it of course. Edit: I just realised I quoted a post from 2017, doh.
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    Star Trek Discovery

    SQL does refuse to die to be fair. Much like Burnham and Tilly.
  6. Preorder on Amazon and then cancel and buy direct at the last moment... gotcha.
  7. Nice one. As a Zizek reader who works in video games this feels relevant. Can I get it from somewhere else so I don't have to give Amazon business?
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    Photography Equipment & Software Thread

    Anyone experimented with "vintage" lenses? Quite attractive given their availability for sod all on eBay and in charity shops. I bought one of those trendy Helios 58mm f2 lenses that's supposed to produce swiiiiiiirly bokeh. Here stuck on camera with M42 adaptor. I haven't gotten any swirls yet... but some pretty colours with a macro tube.
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    The Rllmuk Photography Thread

    A couple of shots from my new 135mm prime. Two "moggies".
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    Battlefield V

    As I come to terms with being old and shit at PC FPS games I find myself wondering about the "skill gap" in BFV and how it frustrates me. I think Battlefield series games have always had mechanisms that evened out the differences between the sweaty tryhards and the casuals. Eventually a building would fall on you, a plane crash into your face, a tank would explode your face, or team-mate would knock you off a cliff with a Jeep (looking at you 1942) - no matter how good you were at the infantry gunplay. I think Battlefield V is relatively hardcore and allows for more of a disparity between the high and low "skilled" players, the skill cieiling is higher and it feels more like a competitive game to me. Why? Really fantastic recoil simulation rather than a straightforward probabilistic expanding cone of fire. The ability to control recoil really yields much greater results. Guns below rank 4 really are quite inferior - clip size, recoil, reload speed differences between higher and lower ranked players. Totally weird design decision here - I'd allow players to make guns behave differently through specialisations rather than making them categorically better. All weapons are available for both factions. Asymmetry can be scary to balance but it allows for situational advantage that evens out skill disparities. They can be balanced to be orthogonal rather than moving along a single vertical progression. AA is terrible. Good pilots can go 50+ to zero without much interferance. Less vehicles and capture points provide a lot of cover for anti-vehicle infantry. Map layout and flow knowledge is incredibly powerful, this comes with time. The game is so well rendered that there are infantry visibility issues - not only are the textures dense but the maps have ambient movement so just watching for that doesn't work either. These things can add up to frustration which is what I'd hypothesise is leading to the poor player retention that DICE have mentioned. Not to mention the customisation system that compromises the rest of the game and isn't supported by their monetisation system yet!
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    Photography Equipment & Software Thread

    Yeah I mean an optical or electronic viewfinder as @FishyFish mentions. Another benefit for me at least is I find it easier to hold the camera steady with it up to my eye rather than waggling it about in front of me at a distance.
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    Photography Equipment & Software Thread

    @Lorfarius That seems to be a decent camera, and take my opinion with a grain of salt as I'm quite new to this too, but I wouldn't buy anything without a viewfinder. If you want mirrorless (interchangable lenses yay) then I'd have a read: https://www.techradar.com/uk/news/best-entry-level-mirrorless-camera
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    The Rllmuk Photography Thread

    My fleaBayed Fuji XF 90mm F2 (135mm equivalent) arrived this morning. Took a picture of a bird out the front window, christ almighty this lens! 100% crop.
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    Battlefield V

    Doesn't help when you're like me and can't stand Devastation or Narvik. I also really like the game, minus the UI, the weapon unlock system, and me being shite at it.
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    Battlefield V

    Either I'm getting worse or the matchmaker is having issues finding lower rank players these days. I'm still only in the mid-twenty ranks and often find myself getting steamrolled by full teams of level 50s using the semi-auto rifles, and beating me with them from pretty much any range. The speed and precision possible with a mouse is evidently a perfect fit for those high damage weapons. Unfortunately I don't have the kind of time to put into getting that good anymore, and perhaps there is actually a cheating problem on PC too. I've seen two or three blatant ones that go 100-0 in minutes and everybody swears at in chat myself, worryingly those cheaters have been level 50 so perhaps at it for a while without being banned. As a result I find myself playing vehicles more and actively avoiding combat, sneaking around to capture points behind the normal front lines and spending more time prone. Unfortunately the game is slowly becoming more frustrating than fun for me. I actually liked the TTK/TTD change that was reverted before Christmas and was puzzled when they flip-flopped on it so quickly. Also couldn't give a toss about BR. I don't play Fortnight or whatever the kids do these days.
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