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  1. Old NE Members

    I got the email about N-E missing me - I'm still here and checking the forums! I just hardly ever post...
  2. General TV Thread

    I had mixed feeelings about this show when I saw season 1. I liked the realisation of the time period, and the tech, and the crazy atmosphere, but I thought though the characters had promise, they ended up a bit two-dimensional, and the show got a bit cyclical, with Joe repeatedly letting down Gordon etc. I ended up giving up very early on in season 2. Do you think it's worth persevering with?
  3. Stranger Things

    Has nobody else seen season 2 yet? The first few episodes are a little bit slow, but after that it's brilliant, with the possible exception of
  4. What Have You Bought?

    Good choice. The dialogue and voice acting in Firewatch is a level above anything I've previously encountered in a game.
  5. Random PC shutdowns

    Fair enough, the issue probably isn't with the Windows installation then.
  6. Random PC shutdowns

    I'd still recommend running sfc /scannow before fixing the installation/replacing the mobo etc.
  7. Random PC shutdowns

    Do you get a BSOD, or does it just turn off by itself? Try entering the command sfc /scannow into an administrator terminal, and waiting for it to complete - this will check the integrity of your Windows installation. And following on from Shorty's comment about viruses, did you run any kind of AV software?
  8. H U M A N S (Channel 4)

    Don't worry, you can watch this to make up for it:
  9. Report a Bug! [Read OP first]

    It looks like you're behind some kind of Cloudflare architechture, which is unusual for a residential IP.
  10. Report a Bug! [Read OP first]

    Do you have a dynamic IP, and if so, do you get the problem when you're assigned a specific address? Edit: Looks like you do have a dynamic IP - check if it's always the same when you get the error.
  11. Questions

    Yeah, lots of spam accounts are probably just automated, and just trawl the web searching for forums, outfox the captchas or outsource them to people who'll do them for cheap, then scrape the forum and use some kind of algorithm to generate and/or seach for vaguely plausible stuff to post.
  12. I am, albeit separated by several generations... sadly I missed the opportunity to celebrate though, what with not being employed by the water industry and all...

  13. Report a Bug! [Read OP first]

    Looks like is no longer registered (possibly following the host changeover), which is what that tab links to. @Shorty should be able to fix the link.
  14. Liquid water found on Mars!

    I can now imagine a company selling Martian water at £100 a bottle. It's cool news anyway, albeit not too far away from what was already known/expected. I think SMBC said it best when it comes to NASA announcements.
  15. Life is Strange

    In English title capitalisation is getting gradually less common, although it's still fairly frequently used. And note that when you do it, you shouldn't capitalise more functional words, like prepositions and articles and so on. But more importantly, Squeenix use the capitalised version as the title of the game! You can't tell from the game logo because it's all in caps, but see their official website - although their Twitter capitalises the is too! The plot thickens. [/pointless rambling]
  16. good stuff thread.

    There actually aren't too many. Although there is the difference between a cat and a comma: a cat has claws and the end of its paws, and a comma's a pause at the end of a clause.
  17. Life is Strange

    I had a look at a few reviews of the episode, and a couple (IGN and Gamespot if I recall correctly) seemed to think it had a good opening and ending, but lagged in the middle. In particular
  18. good stuff thread.

    The cruse fo bieng a lignuist.
  19. good stuff thread.

    Langage is actually a technical term, but sadly langugae isn't. Obviously I meant langwich. No, quite the opposite! Basically languages vary very widely, but not in a completely unbounded way, and it's not clear how the brain encodes this information. If it's encoded in a complex way, then this explains the weird patterns of variation seen, but involves the postulation of lots of implausible innate structure. So it seems more plausible that it's encoded in a simple way, but this doesn't predict the patterns of variation, and in general makes acquisition a lot harder. Howver, if acquisition is driven by general cognitive categorisation processes, then you can explain the patterns of variation while also encoding them in a simple way.
  20. good stuff thread.

    I know right!
  21. good stuff thread.

    The title is mostly technical terms, but it's about how general cognitive processes of categorisation explain how langugaes can differ in the ways they highlight information.
  22. good stuff thread.

    I submitted my PhD thesis yesterday, after almost 4 years of work on it. Rather surreal.
  23. Life is Strange

    I was just going to post about that foreshadowing! I personally thought the episode was fantastic.
  24. Funny Stuff Thread

    The funny thing about telepathy is that we basically already have it.
  25. The UK Green party were advocating a policy along these lines in their manifesto for the last elections, and not as an opt-in thing, but an across the board payment: (see the full economic policy for more information) The main argument for the financial viability of this was that it saved lots of money by eliminating all the bureaucracy surronding means testing. However, I think this would create just as much bureaucracy elsewhere, as taxes would have to be significantly adjusted to make up for the citizen's income paid out to all those who don't need it. While I'm in favour of a significantly more egalitarian welfare system, I don't think there are ways to do it without additional financial cost, so I think it's better just to advocate raising taxes, unpopular as it might be.