Flat Earth Science Museum in Dreams

I was playing a bit of Dreams on PS4 yesterday, as I frequently do to keep an eye out for any interesting creations that the Dreams community make, and one caught my eye, the Flat Earth Science Museum by KingZorlok. It being a wonderful little exhibit of a flat Earth with various statements placed around the edge of the room, upon entering we're welcomed with a sign stating "welcome to the flat earth science museum....

Monday, 15 February 2021 · 6 min · Paul Smith

Broken, Brexit, Britain

Hundreds of people braving snow, freezing cold temperatures and a pandemic standing in line for a soup kitchen. Welcome to Britain, after almost eleven years of Conservative Party rule. More than 200 people queuing for food Image credit: Kindness Homeless Street Team The Scottish government's response is clear in a response to the United Nations report into poverty in the UK: The evidence has long been clear that food insecurity is driven primarily by lack of income....

Wednesday, 10 February 2021 · 1 min · Paul Smith

Failure, ignorance and nepotism

Dido Harding: In part wasted £23 billion of our money on a failed track and trace system. Paid consultants £7000 an hour, none of them seemed to have told her about school level science about viruses mutating or the 2nd wave. Was surprised when more testing would be needed in September, when the schools were forced to open. "None of us were able to predict a new variant would occur....

Tuesday, 9 February 2021 · 3 min · Paul Smith

United States in 2017 vs 2021

This is what four years of Donald Trump's presidency has led to... Donald Trump's presidency in 2017 Donald Trump's presidency in 2021

Tuesday, 19 January 2021 · 1 min · Paul Smith

The Express surprised over Brexit fishing

Hurrah, we've finally banned those pesky Norwegian fishing boats from our waters. WE ARE IN CHARGE. The Express's fishing narrative Wait what? THEY DARE BAN OUR BOATS from their WATERS? Honestly, why do people read this rubbish? It is entirely designed to increase the blood pressure in their elderly and susceptible-to-high-blood-pressure-readership.

Monday, 11 January 2021 · 1 min · Paul Smith

The Daily Mail explains what Brexit means for you

After decades of being anti-EU and years of supporting the leave campaign the Daily Mail finally posts a slightly more objective look at what the Brexit deal actually means for us. Unsurprisingly, its almost entirely negative. Daily Mail's Brexit benefits Working - That's right UK citizens now have less rights than EU citizens living in Britain. Passports - Forget using the fast-track e-gates at EU airports or Eurostar. Travel - You're now limited to 90 days stay in EU countries in any 180 day period, and pay for a visa-waver....

Sunday, 10 January 2021 · 2 min · Paul Smith

Time for British ex-pats to learn Spanish?

British "ex-pats" (as they're often referred to - when technically they're migrants) have noticed that streaming of British Sky programs no longer seems possible. Looks like sadly they'll need to integrate properly into Spain, and learn the language now - just like migrants to Britain frequently get told to. Sky Go ends streaming across the EU Joey: "My parents who voted for Brexit and then moved to Spain. A photo story....

Saturday, 2 January 2021 · 2 min · Paul Smith

How to uninstall Adobe Flash

After twenty four years Adobe Flash today reached end-of-life, and the product is no longer supported. If you're using Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome or most other browsers, their respective developers have already released updates that disabled it. However if Adobe Flash has been installed manually, or pre-installed by your PC manufacturer its possible you'll get this prompt appear: Adobe Flash end-of-life It's probably worth checking in Settings - Apps and seaching in there for Adobe Flash and uninstalling it....

Friday, 1 January 2021 · 1 min · Paul Smith

New Ryzen 9 5900X desktop build

Back in November my aging i7 6700K system built back in 2016 got updated, the new system is built around: AMD Ryzen 9 5900X CPU Asus ROG Strix B550-F motherboard Crucial Ballistix MAX 32GB DDR 4000 RAM* Artic Liquid Freezer II 280 CPU All-in-One watercooler MSI GeForce RTX 3080 GAMING X TRIO NZXT H710 case NZXT C850 PSU It used my existing Sabrent 2TB NVME drive. *this was purchased prior to general availability and before difficulty in overclocking the FCLK became apparent....

Tuesday, 29 December 2020 · 1 min · Paul Smith

New Ryzen-based home server box

Back in May of this year I retired my old home server that I put together back in 2009. It was built around a small form factor Asus T3-P5G31 system with an Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5200 and 4GB of RAM. Running Microsoft’s original Windows Home Server and Small Business Server (running in a VM for Exchange), before being later upgraded to Windows Server 2012 Essentials. I decided this time I’d rather go for a more standard case for the new server, but I still wanted it small and compact, so I opted for a mini-ITX case (with 6 drive bays!...

Sunday, 29 November 2020 · 2 min · Paul Smith