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Bob Howard

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  1. Another good one is how loud the sun would be if we could hear it... Have a read of THIS with the required reference material :-)
  2. When talking about the BIG scale of things, you could touch on the Hubble Deep Field image and then use THIS to show how big that area was when viewed from Earth.
  3. Hope this is the right place... Anyway! The Gaia mission has today released a HUGE sky map of over a billion stars that have been plotted by the mission so far, with roughly 2 million of them having distance and motion information. It's worth a look, and they are crowd-sourcing findings in the map too, as it's far too big for them to process the whole thing.
  4. I'll preface this by saying I'm a sucker for the books by The Folio Society, but... This is beautiful and on my want for xmas list! Think you'll like it too!
  5. As long as your water-cooler can fit to Socket FM2+ then it should all be fine. You'll NEVER have any heat issues from that. Had a quick look at a review for the APU and it's quite a beast for the price :-D PixInsight doesn't currently us CUDA, but when they implement it, a decent(ish) graphics card will make a HUGE difference in image processing speeds.
  6. If you are running Windows 7 or newer, you can use a blank USB drive to get a bit more RAM til you upgrade by using Readyboost. It's not perfect or as fast as using proper RAM, but it can help... The PC you linked really isn't bad for the price. My only complaint with it is that it uses integrated graphics, although there is space on the mother-bard for a shinny GPU should you feel the need. I'd also remove the overclock and put it back to 3.3 GHz per core, as it has the stock cooler on it still. Too much hard work and it'll melt through your desk! But, as I said
  7. Heh! :-D No worries. Glad I could help!
  8. Try this: 1. Run->msconfig (or in the Windows search box type msconfig.exe and then press enter) 2. Click on the Startup tab 3. Scroll down to 'Java™ Platform SE Auto Updater [ver]' and uncheck it. Sorting by Startup Item column helps to find this easier. 4. Click Apply, then click OK, and restart the computer for this to take effect.
  9. I bugged my mum to get me one of these when I was 7: I looked at the moon and I remember finding a planet, but not sure what it was. Books and encyclopedia's kept me enthralled through school. Seeing the Perseids and the Milky Way stretching away above me while on exercise at Sennybridge when I was a squaddie has always stuck with me. The passion and the wonder stayed, but until recently, I've not had the time or money to really do anything about it. That's now changed :-)
  10. Click on Start > Run Type the following command and press Enter: "regedit". Go to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Wow6432Node > JavaSoft > Java Update > Policy". Create a DWORD (32-bit) value and named it as "EnableJavaUpdate". Set its value (value type - hex) to 1 to display the Update tab. Set its value to 0 to hide the Update tab from the Java console.
  11. *facepalm* Should have thought of that! Well done for the fix :-D It's fine running both 32 & 64 bit on the same system. You won't (ummm... Shouldn't!) get any clashes between the two.
  12. And to add the path... Open a command prompt screen. Type java -version. Should look like this: C:\Users\cg13650>java -version java version "1.8.0_77" Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_77-b03) Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 25.77-b03, mixed mode) Then: Select Start -> Computer -> System Properties -> Advanced system settings -> Environment Variables -> System variables -> PATH. ... Prepend C:\Program Files\Java\jdk<YOUR VERSION NUMBER HERE>\bin; to the beginning of the PATH variable. Eg: Select Start
  13. What I would try: Download the Windows Offline (64-bit) version from HERE. uninstall the current version of Java. Run the new downloaded version to install the latest one. Re-install APT.
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