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Classifieds / WANTED: Nikolai Dante vol.6
« on: 29 August, 2020, 12:12:59 AM »
Okay, so I'm an idiot.

When the Ultimate 2000ad collection launched I thought I don't want to pay for stuff I've got, I'll just cherry pick the volumes I want, like the complete Dante for example. I chuckled from a distance at the endless customer service woes, and after v.4 I pre-ordered the rest of the Dante books from Forbidden Planet and sat back smugly.

Book 5 arrived fine, then I vaguely recall an email about a billing issue that I forgot to follow up on ....turns out my card had expired and all the orders were cancelled. Long story short, laziness, poor memory and general fuckwittedness on my part means that I am only now trying to sort this out. FP still have v.8, and I've just paid over the odds for v.7 on eBay, but I can't find v.6 for sale. My web-fu is weak though , meaning I just searched for "nikolai dante vol6" on google and eBay.

If anyone has one for sale, or can point me to a seller, I will build statues in your honour.

Website and Forum / What's up with the NEW tags?
« on: 21 July, 2020, 04:52:29 PM »
I tend to navigate from the Active Topics page, which helpfully tells me which topics have been updated since I last looked, but this function seems to be erratic at best recently - They don't disappear when you have looked at the topic, so each time I refresh I think there are new replies, but there aren't. They do update eventually, which suggests someone is manually refreshing several times a day at their end? I dunno, but it's irksome.

Film & TV / Locke & Key
« on: 08 February, 2020, 08:29:39 PM »
I'd forgotten this was in the pipeline, but it's just landed on Netflix today - there was no thread, so I thought I'd kick one off

I'm a huge fan of the books, as I know are many of you,and I'm nervous. I know nothing about this going into it, if I saw a trailer I've forgotten it, and I'm just about to dive in, so fingers crossed...

Books & Comics / Ragtime Soldier - new WWI comic from Pat Mills
« on: 06 August, 2019, 05:35:13 PM »
Story and first page here: https://downthetubes.net/?p=109803

Help! / Dumb IT question
« on: 13 July, 2019, 09:39:48 PM »
It's about SD vs HD downloads of films and telly. If you're only ever going to be watching on sub-SD platforms (eg laptop) is is it still better to download the best quality available, or is it in any way better to download the SD version (beyond download times/file sizes). What I mean is, is it like trying to watch 3D tv on an old CRT telly?

Reason I ask is that I was poised to purchase a movie on Amazon that I missed at the cinema but doesn't quite warrant the shelf space for a DVD, and the price was identical for SD and HD - was about to click HD and wondered, is this going to look shit if I don't watch it on a HD device?

(And don't get me started on that f***g BBC iplayer app - sepadate windpws for every stage, downlaod speeds taht take longer than the actual shows, even in SD, and then the bastard refuses to play them - I've still not seen the last 2 episodes of Years and Years - they're there, they just won't bloody play! .... sorry, rant over)

Am I being thick or can you advise?

Roy of the Rovers tackles women's football in World Cup comic

It will be written by children's author Tom Palmer, but the artist isn't credited - Neil Googe perhaps?

Anyone been to one of these or planning to go this year? Any good? I believe they're usually at a holiday camp in Wales, but they have relocated and split into two as the camp is being refurbished.

I've been offered a free ticket to the Sheffield one (just £11 booking fee) and couldn't say npo at that price. Seems quite expensive at full price. Rather odd to do Fri-Sat rather than Sat-Sun (need to book a day off work).

General / New Marshall Law figure from Unbox Studios
« on: 01 November, 2018, 01:17:48 PM »
"approved by Pat Mills & Kevin O'Neill" - can't see a vast market for this, but it looks great!


Website and Forum / MODIFY function
« on: 20 September, 2017, 08:17:07 PM »
Why do certain threads not allow a post to be edited, even within the strict time-limit that others do?

Is this a conscious decision or a glitch?

Help! / HIVE MIND! Techno-twonk needs PC buying help
« on: 29 June, 2017, 04:40:40 PM »
My home PC is old and running a pirated copy of windows 7 that hasn't updated for years - crashes and slow performance are just getting intolerable, the replacment power-pack (after a spectacular explosion one day!) that won't fit in the chassis is precariously propped up next to the open side, and the fan sounds like a blender - basically it's time to take it out back and shoot it.

I'm trying to buy a new one but the technical specs bewilder me. It seems like to get the best processing speeds and graphics, I should choose a "gaming" PC, but I don't do that much gaming - are these also best for streaming TV and music, not to mention awesome comic art?

I found two ACER models that are almost identical in every respect apart from the below:

What would the practical difference be between higher HARD DRIVE CAPACITY versus higher GRAPHICS MEMORY CAPACITY? The one on the right is £100 more.

Prog / Prog 2012 - Gone to Texas
« on: 24 December, 2016, 12:03:34 PM »

So is it just me who's got their prog so far?

Intriguing opener for Dredd as he tracks a perp to Texas City, but there's bound to be more to it than that. Rumblings of discontent in the TC justice dept at the current status quo, but it's fairly clear that the rank and file have no idea what Oswin was actually up to. Fabulous artwork by Tiernen Trevallion.

Kingmaker hasn't really grabbed me yet, but the mix of high fantasy and hard SF is an interesting idea. I'll reserve judgement for a while, but I'm not hating it.

The Order was never really a favourite of mine, but again, it's eminently readable.

I'm really enjoying Hope for the Future - I'm not familiar with Guy Adams or Jimmy Broxton but they're making a good fist of this noir-magic thriller.

Kingdom is just sublime - It's Gene and Leezee vs the world. The great doggy names keep coming - "Seizer" made me smile, and I've only just got "Major Canis"

All in all, Tharg steers us into 2017 with a solid collection of thrills. Happy New Year!

Help! / Unwanted texts
« on: 03 November, 2016, 02:47:52 PM »
I've just discover I've been charged 5 x 33p for text messages I have no knowledge of. I don't know the number (##### ######) and cannot find any texts to or from that number.  Anyone know how I can block this number on an iPhone?

Film & TV / Class - Dr Who spin-off
« on: 25 October, 2016, 09:28:47 AM »
Anyone seen this yet on BBC3 online?? It's aimed at teens, so basically it's Sarah Jane Adventures crossed with Buffy. The set up is almost identical - a teacher plus a gang of precocious multiracial kids, including one who's an alien, protect Coal Hill School from beasties that come through an inconvenient hellmouth rift in space/time.

I've watched the first two and it's pretty gruesome - one poor lad has his girlfriend in ep1 and a dinnerlady in ep2 literally massacred in front of him, showering him in gore. People get burned to ashes or skinned alive - you've never get this on CBBC!

Best thing about it is the humour provided by Katherine Kelly as Miss Quill, who's a sarcastic and cynical alien teacher who the Doctor is forcing to protect the young alien prince - her encounter with an Ofsted robot in the 2nd epiodse is priceless.

One thing occurred to me - the Doctor tells them that repeated interference has created a time-rift at Coal Hill - so basically everybody who dies in this series is the Doctor's fault. He's the one that keeps coming back to that school!

General / Renewal help!
« on: 12 September, 2016, 07:55:42 PM »
Had an e-mail saying Rebellion can't auto-renew my subs because payment details are wrong (I lost my card and replaced it during the last year)

Trouble is I can't find anywhere on the website to do this. If I click on "My account" >>>> "Edit account information" it only allows me to change my name or phone number, if I click in to the subscription details it says "card type: DELTA and there's an orange box saying ATTENTION REQUIRED - this box looks like a clickable button but doesn't do anything.

Spoke to Denise (She hasn't gone just yet!) but she can't get into the payment section from her end and take card details over the phone.

I've mailed subscriptions but no reply yet and I'm not sure if I'm even covered for this week's prog.

Off Topic / i-phone help
« on: 04 January, 2016, 08:05:45 PM »
Decided to join the 21st century and get me a smartphone as my old one keeps switching itself off for no reason and doesn't do clever things like everyone else's phone.
Against my better judgement I was persuaded to get an i-phone5s because I use an i-pod for my music and was told transferring it would be easy.

Soon as I connected it however, my PC tells me that I need to download a newer version of i-tunes - I did this and have  lost 90% of my music (it has only retained songs purchased through the i-tunes store, so I'm having to re-import everything else including all the CDs I ripped - massive pain in the arse).

It has also deleted all my playlists - now these are still on my i-pod classic and i-pod nano (as are all my missing tunes) but I can't work out how to import them back into i-tunes. The apple support centre points me towards programs such as ipod2PC, but these all cost money - is there an easy free way?

I've really no idea what I'm doing with this phone - any recommendations for easy idiot-proof starter guides?

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