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Half ranting half seeking advice. With the right team comp and correct micro + positioning, managing a fed assassin on the enemy team is possible for me... except Rengar. I just don't have a clue how that champion is even remotely considered fucking fair. Once he has items there's literally not a single safe spot on the map for me. He kills me under tower, he kills me before I can flash, even if I get the warning indicator I don't have time to get out of range due to his ms, if I'm grouped he can still target OS me, in lane phase he can just run it down lane and/or tower dive me from hull HP... the only way I can seem to manage to survive vs him is by quite literally going AFK and sitting 2 towers back, and even then if he really wanted to he could kill me. Even if my teammates are gods at peeling he kills me in under 0.2 seconds which is below the time in which basically any human being can react. Buying a GA somewhat works but once it's down I have to AFK for 4 or so minutes again. It just feels impossible to play vs a decent Rengar unless A. I have 120923 shields from my team or B. my jungler shuts him down early. Any tips, preferably from high elo players (I don't consider myself high elo) would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to listen to me rant!


I’m not high elo, but I am a Rengar main so I thought I should give my input. I assume you play ADC, which is the role most Rengars want to delete from the enemy team, a very unfortunate situation for you when he’s on the enemy team. The best thing you can do is get GA/Stopwatch and never leave your teammates sides, grouping is his worst nightmare. If he goes 1 for 1 (you for him) they don’t have a jungler to contest drag/baron and that’s not a bad trade. That’s where GA comes in, because if he goes full ape and jumps in on you he’ll go int a kill and you can get baron or something. That’s mostly it, just stay together as a team and get him to greed and throw, but sometimes he just gets too fed to deal with and that happens sometimes. Also, don’t walk by ANY unwarded bushes and when running from him don’t walk through any either, I see way too many people forget about his leap.

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Original Poster1 point · 20 days ago

It's preferable but hey don't have to be high elo to give good advice, that all makes sense thank you! I guess he does just end up being a kind of 1 for 1 anti-ADC in most reasonable scenarios, so if he takes a lot of the team's gold to get enough damage to OS me quickly then trades me, then the rest of his team should be comparatively weak and we should have a good shot at the 4v4. Always depends though!


Title basically. My specs should easily be able to push at the bare minimum 60 FPS in League of Legends and CS:GO but I experience substantial FPS drops in both, along with prolonged periods of up to 100% cpu usage during, even with all settings on minimum, discord being the only background app and despite far exceeding the required specs. My parts are all less than a year old so I don't see why they'd be wearing out.


Intel i5 7500

Radeon RX 480


Gigabyte B250M DS3H

Windows 10 home 10.0.17134

Steps I've tried:

Multiple scans with Malwarebytes and Spybot Search and Destroy. Nothing found

Checked Task Manager to see what's taking up CPU, it only seems to spike on the odd windows process here and there and on games, no suspicious processes taking up a disproportionate amount of CPU power, everything just seems to use more than it should

Terminating all background processes to no avail

Any and all help would be greatly appreciated, thank you!

Edit: I totally neglected to mention, I've run hardware monitor for a while and CPU temps are between 40 and 50 degrees at all times, even under load they don't go near 60.


How are the temps?

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Original Poster1 point · 1 month ago

See edit, I forgot to mention I already checked temps sorry


I was doing very well, keeping my drinking to an absolute minimum, only slipping up monthly at worst and on those slip-up days I'd have nout more than a bottle or wine or 3 or 4 beers. Sadly more recently I've gone through a horrific break-up and lots of old repressed feelings and fears are resurfacing, and with them my alcohol dependency. I started drinking consistently again over the last two weeks, and I'm going to start attending meetings again, reach out to people and regain control before it gets any worse.

I will not drink with you tonight. Thank you for letting me share -N


Thanks for sharing. How long did you manage to keep your drinking minimal like that?

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Original Poster1 point · 1 month ago

About 6 months. I knew I had to stop completely but I just didn't manage to make that final push and say no on the really bad days, which is why I'm looking for additional support so that I can reach total abstinence. For me it's all or nothing and there's only so long before something falls out of balance and monthly turns to weekly, which turns to daily.

That makes sense to me, still 6 months is a long time to keep things under control. Take that discipline and turn it towards your new goal. You got this

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Original Poster1 point · 1 month ago

Thank you, I certainly will :)

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Hey guys! This is a question that's both personal to me, and just bothers me in general. We hear plenty about couples who are perfectly happy together and totally "in love", and equally about chaotic relationships in which one or both parties involved can't wait to make a break for it. My question is, what's the best thing to do when you're simply unsure? Let me go in to some detail.

My initial response to this idea was "if you're not sure, then leave, it's not fair on your partner". While in my teenage years I thought this was pretty clear cut, from experience I've found it possibly isn't. For me at least, there were numerous other factors and a lot of conflicting emotions making the decision to stay or leave a big ol' nightmare! I'll try and pinpoint a few of these.

Is the doubt arising from overthinking, rather than genuinely not being happy?

Particularly in young couples, is it perhaps "the grass is always greener" and one or the other thinks that while their relationship is nice, there could be someone out there with whom they could have an even greater relationship?

Is love a subconscious emotion, or a conscious choice?

In the former case, does this mean that being doubtful inherently means you're not in love and therefore should leave? Does a relationship require being in love in that sense?

In the latter case, does this mean that the conscious choice should be made to work through the problems in one's relationship rather than leave? Of course to an extent this goes without saying, but where exactly is the line drawn? I realise I'm looking at this from a very logical perspective, but the idea that love is a choice is inherently quite logical in itself, at least that's the way I currently see it.

So for relationship veterans or otherwise, I pose this question to you, and I hope that some new light can be shed on my very cloudy understanding of this topic. As you can probably tell, I've just got out of my first truly serious relationship (over a year) so I'm rather inexperienced when it comes to dating. Thank you all!

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Our ages:

me: 21m

her: 19f


Hey guys, So I've just built a PC for a friend with some second hand parts (optical drive, HDD, Graphics Card and RAM). I had an issue with blue screening and freezing during boot up; narrowed it down to a hard drive/optical drive issue; replaced both with new ones, did a fresh windows install and everything seems to boot up fine. The only issue is the graphics card fan, for around 5 minutes after boot up, makes a strange low-pitched buzzing noise, which goes away after said time. It doesn't seem to cause any issues, though I am still fairly new to PC building and was wondering if I should investigate further, I don't want to give it to her only to find it breaks after a week! Is it likely to be a serious hardware issue or just a somewhat aged graphics card?

Thank you!


Motherboard: asrock b250m hdv

CPU: Pentium G4560

RAM: Crucial DDR4 1x8GB (second hand)

PSU: Corsair CP-9020097 550W

GPU: GTX 950 (second hand)

HDD: Western Digital 1Tb


Veganism is objectively, indisputably one of, if not the biggest things each and every one of us can do to combat climate change. There is a plethora of facts and statistics that point to the environmental strain caused by the meat and dairy industry. What angers... no, enrages me, is the severe backlash from the general public when there's any mention of veganism. I can break my frustration down in to a few key points, involving a few key words and phrases that are often tossed around and make me truly despair for the future of our species:

1 "I don't care, I'll eat what I want"

Okay mate, no worries, your taste buds are after all more important than you know.. the welfare of the very planet that gave you life in the first place. Life does in fact, revolve entirely around the gratification of YOUR senses, why should you have to consider anyone or anything but yourself in the way you live your life? Brilliant!

2 "something something vegans are cruel too, killing all those poor innocent plants!"

Now what really aggravates me about this one isn't the already blatant ridiculousness of it, it's the straw man that people love to use because it's the most easily attacked argument for veganism. Let's be clear here, the animal cruelty argument is debatable, sure, the environmental impact of meat and dairy consumption is not. However, the latter isn't considered because people rarely have a well thought out or justifiable argument to counter it. There are multiple arguments to support veganism, and this one in particular, has NO counter argument. It's factual. If somebody falls under this category, they're simply unwilling to hear the truth because they're unwilling to change their lifestyle for the good of the planet.

3 Outright aggression towards vegans

I've seen this not only among friends who are vegan, but publicly on social media. Any mention of veganism in a positive light is aggressively attacked. Even if they're not being preachy, even just the mention that they're vegan is immediately met with aggression and defensiveness from most people, and often outright bullying. This highlights particularly that often people are well aware of, and acknowledge the environmental argument for veganism, but are so stubborn and self-righteous that the easiest thing to do is throw insults around akin to a group of bullies in middle school picking on the kid getting good grades. It's beyond defensiveness, it's disgusting behaviour, displayed worryingly frequently and on a disturbingly large scale.

The bottom line:

It utterly amazes me how self-centered and foolish most people's attitudes towards veganism are, and that a simple shift in dietary choices could have such a massively net positive impact, yet is aggressively discarded by the majority of people in favour of short-term gratification.


Let's be clear here, the animal cruelty argument is debatable, sure, the environmental impact of meat and dairy consumption is not

Source? I'd say the exact opposite. Who told you this anyway? Do you know anything about the immense suffering intrinsic to factory farming? What's "debatable" about that? Maybe we could put you through that system and see if you end up caring more about "mother nature mannn!" or the very real visceral suffering your consciousness is experiencing.

You sound incredibly ignorant man. I'd advise you to up your research a lot before you make posts like this again.

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Original Poster0 points · 2 months ago

I'm sorry if my statement here upset you. I understand that a lot of people do (rightly so) feel very strongly about animal cruelty. I wasn't trying to dismiss that, I was trying to keep the focus on something more quantifiable than moral reasoning alone. Of course I 100% agree that the insurmountable suffering millions upon millions of animals endure which is exclusive to factory farming is unacceptable and monstrous. It's just harder to concretely argue that point since morals aren't quantifiable.


I feel sorry for every single one of you. It must be a really shitty life if you don't get the deep, thought out humor of the new Simpsons episodes.

The Simpsons evolved. It doesn't rely on bad animation and exaggerated facial expressions anymore. It constructs deep, social satire nowadays, unlike the shallow plots back then. And unlike family guy or American dad, Simpsons actually manages to still surprise us after 28 seasons, because the Simpsons are all multidimensional.

You never know what homer does next. You never know how he will react. From utter idiocy to surreal.

The Simpsons of today is a masterpiece. You are exactly like the peasant in the art gallery.

Maybe you should just go back to adventure time and do LSD again.


Hey guys, so I'm pretty much a self-identified alcoholic. I'm 22 now, and from the 19-21 I would drink most days, usually alone, far too much, and found it difficult to stop drinking once I'd started, and to go days without drinking. I've managed to mostly pull myself out of it and I'm much better than I was, although once I hit the one month mark of sobriety I always feel compelled to drink again. I guess in essence what I'm doing is regulating, never drinking more than once a month, when I do drink I now find it easy not to drink the next day, I remember how shitty it makes me feel, I don't want to wake up to that unpleasantness or do anything I'll regret. Despite being much better though, I just don't feel like I've truly kicked the stuff. Even if it is very controlled (for now) and I don't see that changing anytime soon, I just can't stay 100% sober. I just wanted to get that off my chest, thank you for listening.


I just want to chime in with a genuine "GOOD FOR YOU!"

I also wonder:when you do drink, what is happening? Do you get intoxicated? Or are you able to stop, even if stopping feels uncomfortable?

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Original Poster2 points · 2 months ago

Thank you very much! When I do drink, it's usually beer. I drink to get intoxicated, and whether I'm able to stop, I don't know. However based on evidence the answer would be no. I cannot count the number of times I've bought a pack of beers and insisted to myself that I'll only have a couple of them, then find myself running to the shops a few hours later to pick up some more. It's the all or nothing mentality, when I do have it, I want as much of it as possible, there's no limit to it at all. Thankfully because I drink so infrequently my tolerance goes right down so I can't get through too much! I also usually try and leave it as late as possible so I'll hopefully get to bed before I get through too much. Bottom line: When I do drink, I don't usually stop until I fall asleep or run out of booze and all the shops are shut, that's the only thing that limits me. p.s. I see you're on 7209 days, that's amazing! Congratulations!

Even if it is very controlled (for now) and I don't see that changing anytime soon, I just can't stay 100% sober.

Good for you for significantly curbing your drinking.

If you eventually want to "stay 100% sober" you'll find plenty of encouragement here.

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Original Poster2 points · 2 months ago

Thank you very much for your kind words. In theory I do. Suppose I was to only drink once a month for the rest of my life, I wouldn't have too much of a problem with that, but I know that the nature of alcoholism means that if I allow myself that once a month, then I'll very likely end up allowing myself once every 2 weeks, then once a week, it's a really slippery slope and I think I'm better off just staying away. But I can look on the bright side and say that at least I've been well within the recommended guidelines for many months now and that's a big improvement. Thank you again :)


Hey guys, I just had some blood tests a few days ago, being the hypochondriac I am the rational side of my mind always expects them to show nothing, I've had many before, but this time they showed a vitamin D deficiency. While I know it's a very common condition, my immediate response was of course to freak out and fixate on it all day. i've been googling possible effects, diseases with increased risk due to the deficiency, I'm worried that it might not respond to supplements, and about some of the potential side effects of the high dose supplements I have to take. I'm worried that it's somehow related to something more serious, etc. etc. etc. I just really wanted to get this off my chest. Thank you for listening.

  1. I'll happily take all my jungler's camps in a heartbeat but god help him if he touches even a single cs when he ganks my lane

  2. When I die to a gank I'll internally (I promise I mean internally I'm NOT toxic I'm NOT) blame my support for not warding when my trinket was up and I could full well have warded myself

  3. Well, I guess I am a little toxic

  4. If my support picks Lulu I'll probably pick Jhin or Ezreal

  5. I'll happily pick a 0 mobility late game hyper carry in to a hard engage comp, confident in my ability to compensate with my raw mechanical prowess

  6. I have a really bad win rate against hard engage comps

  7. I always greed for waves, even if I'm 90% sure I'll die for them. The allure of that 6cs is overwhelming every time

  8. Against Thresh or Blitz, instead of playing behind minions I'll walk up and poke, confident in my ability to strafe the hook with my raw mechanical prowess

  9. I tend to lose lane against Thresh and Blitz

  10. If I have the choice between helping my team secure an infernal dragon or catching the top wave, I'll probably choose the latter

  11. I won't back away from tower no matter how many exclamation marks consume my screen, I really want that wave

  12. If I have the choice between defending our inhibitor and catching a wave on the other side of the map, I'll probably choose the latter

  13. Even when I'm not feeding, you can guarantee I'll die at just the right time for the enemy team to secure baron

  14. If I'm playing an ADC with a dash or jump, I'll probably engage with it and it usually results in my imminent demise

  15. When I'm playing Vayne I genuinely believe with all my heart that I am in fact Gosu

  16. If you're playing an engage support like Leona I'll probably hard shove every wave and make it impossible for you to do anything

  17. I say "probably" a lot, because occasionally I can muster the will power to play like an actual human being with a brain

  18. My supports are ALWAYS right when they ping me back but I listen about 5% of the time

  19. I'll take every bit of gold on the map and flame my team for not being useful

  20. I'll flash for kills on the enemy ADC when I know full well they have their heal up


I've heard it happens quite a bit at high elo, where if someone fucks up their runes they'll just alt F4 and take the LP loss, but does this actually count as 'leaver' behaviour?


The game certainly wasn't without it's flaws, terrible/sluggish unit pathing, balance issues, but the core game itself was honestly, in my opinion, an absolute masterpiece by Westwood. Rather than writing a full review of why I think the game is absolutely amazing and could have really taken off as a competitive RTS, I'll leave it here as I'm more interested in hearing your guys' views on the game that kind of flew under a lot of people's radar (or so it seems!)


China is actually weaker than USA and GLA in general. The tier list for Zero Hour basically goes:

B: Toxin, Stealth, Demo, Infantry
C: vUSA, Laser, vGLA, Nuke, Tank
D: vChina
E: Super Weapons

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Original Poster3 points · 4 months ago

I remember Humvees being game-breakingly overpowered in ZH, rendering China pretty much obsolete. Strange seeing as China was tough matchup for USA in original generals, vees don't have nearly the same impact and get destroyed by gats in the OG game :|

The difference is that ZH has ambulances that automatically repair humvees. This allows you kite forever with vees.

This doesn't make China obsolete, but it is a difficult fight. China basically needs to hit USA from three directions at once, forcing USA to either abandon one side or split their mdvees and micro on three fronts at once (basically impossible). Ultimately China wants to get a gatt behind the supplies to deny mining and slow down USA enough to eventually overwhelm them. Also both USA and China win for free if they have tech and the other doesn't: USA Search & Destroy lets mdvees kite without getting hit back, and Chinese ECMs almost totally negate rockets and can shut down mdvees to prevent them from kiting.

The other option for the Chinese end game is to get MiGs, which hit vees hard. Avengers are only a soft counter to MiGs and their slow speed makes it hard for USA to cover all flanks. MiGs are expensive though and slow to build and replace, and you need the black napalm upgrade, which keeps a factory occupied for quite awhile.

It's definitely a USA favored matchup, but still very much possible.

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Original Poster2 points · 4 months ago

Those are excellent points! It would have been amazing to watch the pro scene evolve and see how people dealt with Vees as China, multi-pronged attacks and teching up were definitely key. I think a large part might also be that most competitive games in the small comp scene were played on Tourney Desert, which I think is a heavily USA favoured map.

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With Heal CD up to 270 seconds, while ignite stands at 210 seconds with the damage buff, will we see ADCs switching back to Barrier? Having a one minute window between ignite and heal cooldowns with the newly buffed ignite seems risky bisky.


One of the most conflicting criticisms of players is their inability to aim skill shots and their inability to dodge. This raises the question: When should you absolutely land a skill shot, and when should a skill shot be dodge-able? For example, if I juke a thresh hook and he predicts me, am I bad or is he good? If I keep running and he aims for the juke and misses, is he now bad for missing his hook? Perhaps it depends on the angle, but I can see the thresh being called good/the player getting hooked being called bad both happening in the same situation.


Two and a half weeks sober. 90 minutes until the shops are all shut. Reasoning with myself, going over all of the reasons I choose not to drink, you name it, my urge to walk round the corner and buy a bottle of wine is unwavering and seems to overpower just about everything else. I've been stronger than it for 17 days, I hope I can be stronger than it today.



Good job reaching out

Did you manage to hold out?

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Original Poster3 points · 5 months ago

I did, and waking up sober on a sunny morning felt incredible as always. Truly if there's any good in all of this it's a newfound appreciation for life (sober life that is)

I felt the same way tonight. Another opportunity to drink alone and have some “me” time. Bad thought process. I made a mocktail instead (juiced lemon, cran, lime soda) and took a long look in the mirror. My skin looks better after 19 days than it has in ages. I’m not even fully detoxed yet. I’ve got to redefine “me” time. Because for me, a couple glasses of wine tonight will lead to vodka blackouts eventually. I’ve gotta give the sweet, funny, smart girl I used to be a fighting chance over the smart-assed, salty, depressed drunk I became.

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Original Poster1 point · 5 months ago

"redefine me time" this is super important I think, it sounds like for both of us, a shift in perspective and attitude is required to really cement our sobriety (of course I can't speak for you, I'm just guessing, do correct me if I'm wrong!). I hope you remain your lovely sober self for years to come :)

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First I want to say thank you to everyone for providing this space for me to vent my feelings about my alcoholism. As I sit here, having just woken up hungover, dizzy, confused, and chock full of shame and despair, after another night of drinking alone; first a beer to curb my anxiety, then one to relax and have fun, then more and more just for the sake of it, I'm starting to feel like I'm cursed. As easily as I can consciously make the decision not to drink, I know realistically I'm powerless over my addiction. I 'm not a dependent drinker, and by that I mean I don't need to drink all throughout the day just to function, and I can have sober days, possibly weeks. But that doesn't change the fact that I'm addicted, and that no matter how hard I try, no matter what mental hurdles I jump through, rituals I practice, triggers I identify, rules I set, I know that something will happen, I'll feel a certain way or think a certain way, for just a moment, even just a few minutes, and I'll drink again, and I won't stop until I fall asleep, and I'll wake up the next day loathing myself.

I hate alcohol. I really fucking hate it. Right now as I type this, I can say with confidence, as I have on many occasions, that I don't ever want to touch the stuff again. Ever. I wish I had the strength to carry that out though, I only ever make it up to a maximum of a week or 2 before I'm back on the stuff. It's funny, I'll still tell myself "you've been good recently, you haven't touched alcohol for a week, you can treat yourself" when I know damn well how I'll feel after I do. I'm repeating the definition of insanity and somehow I still have days where I can't make the simple decision to say "no". I've always been one to play with fire, but never in my life have I walked a sharper razors edge. Is alcohol screwing up my life right now? No, aside from the frequent blows to my self esteem and wasted mornings wallowing in hangovers, but I know for a FACT that it can and almost certainly will if I don't get my addiction under control. And yet I feel like I'll always be too short sighted, too weak, to get off the elevator before I hit rock bottom.

If you've read this far, then thank you, it means a lot to me that I can use this space to get my feelings about my addiction off my chest, and people will read and listen to what I have to say. Although it's early days for me, I feel like I'm hurtling towards self-destruction, and all I can do is stand and watch as I hopelessly repeat this ludicrous cycle.

Original Poster81 points · 6 months ago


I think snowballing is a tough balancing act. On one end of the spectrum someone dies and you lose the game (see season 2/3 Riven) then right now we're nearer the other end where possibly catch-up XP is over tuned and a few other factors make snowballing almost impossible which isn't fun for anyone either. I mentioned season 3, but we've seen it swing from one end to the other amidst big changes on many occasions. I would probably say wait and see, but I agree, right now the game isn't fun to watch at all.


My friend in comp sci is struggling to come up with anything for his BSC disseration, and he has to propose his idea in a few days. The problem seems to be that every topic that feels "relevant" or "interesting" has already been explored in great detail. I have a lot of programming knowledge myself and I'm lost for ideas too. Any and all suggestions would be appreciated very much, thank you all!


Is this for a BSc undergrad thesis? Honestly, most of those, just pick something vague and kind of interesting. Don't worry about "has already been explored in great detail": that's to be expected at the BSc level. About two months in, you'll decide your original plan was stupid and you need to do something totally different, which is why the "vague" part of your proposal is so important. I've seen people just do like "a mobile educational game" or "a programming language" or "a search engine" for their BSc project. As long as you're halfway competent, you (or more likely your supervisor) will find a way to stick something unique or novel into it. It doesn't have to be Guernica, just a demonstration of your abilities.

If it's a MSc dissertation, a lot of those are just "I read a paper that had a really good idea and then decided to implement it because nobody else implemented it yet". Or, if you're more theory based, "I read and paper and decided to extend it a little bit because nobody else has done that yet". Has your friend been doing a literature survey?

If it's a PhD dissertation, your friend is fucked and should probably not be doing a PhD.

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Original Poster2 points · 7 months ago

Sorry, that wasn't clear at all! I'll edit the post in a minute. It's just a BSC dissertation, so I guess not much is expected. The idea of a game, e.g. mobile game sounds appealing, especially for him, I think his main issue is the whole "has to have little research in the chosen field". Thank you for your help :)

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