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Comment Re:Why not buy assembled? (Score 1) 391

Could save a bit of money that way, if I could afford it. I have to buy one piece at a time, (It comes straight out of my beer budget). Last year's hotness, generally, so I barely end up spending much more than a complete new one, but they seem to hold up a good long time in game world.
Living in the San Francisco Bay region has helped me with access to cheap parts, I think.

Comment Re:Blue Smoke (Score 1) 391

Do you know the razor-blade trick? A guy shipped me some seriously under-packed socket 939 Opterons on an ebay deal, so naturally they were completely fucked on arrival, he suggested I use a blade to push the strays back into line. Actually worked, (I can scarcely see those little pins) coulda saved me a few hundred $ in the old days.
I suppose its common knowledge, but I sorta taught myself and had not figured that one out.

Comment Re:Similar Revolts (Score 1) 501

I haven't done the math, but I've always heard that @$100/Barrel it becomes viable to squeeze oil out of shale. "They" say that's all that keeps OPEC from reaming us any worse than at present. I'm fencing in a little bit more pasture for vegetables this year and buying more spare tires for my bikes in anticipation of the next big news.