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Doctor Who Roleplaying Game ? Tea in the Tardis anyone !

Today, 07:15 AM

Does anyone fancy a game ?


You can go anywhere or anywhen in the universe. This world or countless others, encountering strange alien races, new cultures or hostile environments – at any point in time. Where would you go?

The Doctor Who Roleplaying Game is set in the universe of the world’s longest-running science fiction show on TV: the BBC’s Doctor Who. In it you take on the role of the Doctor (any one of his twelve incarnations!) and his companions (any one of them too – or you might make up your own) and embark on your own adventures across time and space.

It’s not going to be easy. It’ll probably be dangerous. The universe is a hostile place, full of Daleks, Zygons, Sontarans, Weeping Angels, Cybermen, Silence, Silurians and worse. There will be fear, heartbreak and excitement, but above all, it’ll be the trip of a lifetime. The whole of time and space is out there, full of new places to see and adventures to be had – what are you waiting for?

It would be easy to organise a cloud/Dropbox folder accessible by players for storing the game files. I was thinking of something like ZIM which is cross platform and easy to use for all the game instructions and gameplay.
A chat program would be might be useful aswell so that folk could talk about the throw of the dice or the Gamemasters decisions. I was thinking of Hex-Chat but am not sure if it is cross platform.

Playing the game would be simple.
Discuss here in a thread a game and characters and decide on a Gamesmaster.
Create a online folder containing ZIM.
The Gamemaster issues instructions updates the folder and posts a notification in the forum thread.
As each player takes a turn they record their actions in ZIM and updates the folder and posts a notice in the forum thread.
Talk about the game could either be in the forum thread or in a chat program which ever folk feel is the best way.

Players would not need to make instant decisions though they could if they wanted to. As folk have different calls on their time responding to the game would be to suit the player with say a 48 hour limit on turns.

That is the basic outline if anyone is interested.


We could either get one copy of the game or each buy a copy the Humble folk support some good causes so I do not mind the individual copy route.

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How smart cities like New York City will drive enterprise change

Today, 06:22 AM

Posted by Computerworld in Computerworld News

Everybody talks about smart cities, but few are doing anything about it.

New York City is an exception. It's in the early stages of an ambitious project to blanket the city with ultrafast Wi-Fi via smart kiosks, which will replace obsolete public telephones.

These kiosks are the work of a Google-backed startup called Intersection. The company has already installed around 1,000 kiosks, and aims to install more than 6,000 more, Intersection Chief Innovation Officer Colin O'Donnell said in an interview this week.

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Intersection Chief Innovation Officer Colin O’Donnell on stage at Cannes Lions on June 18, 2017.

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Flickering laptop screen to now just darkness

Yesterday, 09:01 PM

Posted by Davebob in Hardware
I have a 8 years old laptop that has this problem with the display.
I first noticed it quite long time ago when i used my laptop with only the battery, i usually use it plugged to mains, as the power adapter had just stopped working.
I noticed that the display brightness would flicker like between 100% and 80%
As i dont use it on battery only that much i dismissed it for the time being.
Time went by and i started to notice that display brightness would flicker on start up when plugged to mains too, for 5 or so minutes and would then go to normal.
This would continue with the flickering time getting longer and the differences between the brightnes levels would get bigger.
It got to a point where the flickering wouldn't go away at all.
Adjusting the brightness would make it stop, but after some days it would be back, adjusting it again would help, untill it didn't have a affect anymore.

And now we get to the current state which is total darkness.
The display would try to turn on blinking between darkness and the background.
The darkness would win most of the times.
The blinking sound of a one of thouse "fluorescent tube lights" when they turn on, could be heard too.
The computer would work, cause i could hear the logging in sound to my windows account.

So I'd like to know, what could have caused this to happen and can it be fixed, which part do i need to replace if possible as it is a laptop.

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