I tried ventoy a while back, but had some issues with certain os's not being able to see the virtual cd drive after beginning the boot sequence. In the end I settled for an IODD device (a rebadged Zalman?), Stuck a 2TB SSD in it and it's awesome. Not only does it emulate CD ROM drives, but can also mount virtual hard disk files, virtual memory sticks etc
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What if we said you could turn any disk into a multi-boot OS installer for free without touching a single config file?
Intel's recent Atom, Celeron, Pentium chips can be lulled into a debug mode, potentially revealing system secrets
Re: Oh please
Since the chips affected are commonly found in embedded systems, cars etc then potentially an attacker could get baked in encryption keys that could for example allow them to push hacked software or firmware updates out to many devices - creating a much bigger security issue. They could also decrypt the encrypted file systems on such devices enabling them to find other security weaknesses.
From Maidenhead to Morocco: In a change to the scheduled programming, we bring you The On Call of Dreams
Re: On call Legend
Ah.. Ibiza :) Fun times.
I once bought my friend a double whisky. It was served in one of those large cocktail glasses and was at least a third of a bottle, possibly more. For about €6. I took at least 4 or 5 shots out of it with my shot glass (as did my other mate) - which had a free regular shot with our beer!
That was an especially drunken night!
Microsoft fixes the thing it broke via another dose of out-of-band patching to deal with BSOD printing problems
We had this issue in our office - with a Kyocera MFP driver.
It's all well and good Microsoft issuing a patch, but how in the hell are you supposed to run windows update to apply it? Our machines were crashing before login!
(Pro tip - safe mode, disable print spooler service, then run optional updates in normal mode)
One of our customers recently had a truck reverse through their wall.. in exactly the spot where all utilities entered the building. This knocked out power, water, gas and phones. They have had much of it repaired now however they had to run off generators for the past month.
I get support calls a couple of days in a row. Emails not working. Upon logging in to the server I see power failure messages and the Exchange databases are in a dirty shutdown. backups have also failed. I ask if they had a power cut and they said yes.
Only on the third day this happened did hey tell me the story about the generators and the truck. They weren't shutting the servers down each night - just simply powering off the generators. A quick tutorial on shutdown procedures followed.
Re: dunking in the sea versus dropping in the bog?
I was going to say exactly the same thing. Dropping onto a hard surface could inevitably cause a leak that would not normally happen. Also, who would actually want to use a phone after it had been dropped in the toilet.. Makes more sense to break it and have an insurance claim!
Ransomware crims read our bank balance and demanded the lot, reveals Scotland's Dundee and Angus College
We were hit by a ransomware attack at the start of the year.. my heart skipped a few beats when I discovered it. They destroyed our accounts software, company documents, years worth of client files etc. All from a compromised user password via remote web workplace.
Luckily my backup strategy was sound and we were able to restore everything with no losses. It took a few days as we have terabytes worth of data.. Remote access is now only possible via OpenVPN with unique usernames, passwords and certificates for each user.
We know there are a lot of, er, distractions right now but NASA's got some sweet video of its asteroid rubble raiser
" In order to measure how much cosmic rubble it has acquired, the passenger-bus-sized spacecraft will spin with its robotic arm extended, and NASA will measure the moment of inertia to measure the mass inside the sample head on Saturday."
That's pretty impressive to be able to measure 60 grams or less of material.. The craft itself weighs somewhere around 1-2 tons depending upon how much fuel is left!
Outage: Faulty UPS at data centre housing London Internet Exchange causes grief for ISPs and telcos alike
Re: Was given the day off..
We're a small business in a business centre.. all I knew was that we couldn't access anything in the office - which is a bit of an issue when 50% of our staff work from home. Until I got to the office and confirmed our servers were ok I had no idea what was wrong - could have been a crash at our end, or worse..
Wrap it before you tap it? No, say Linux developers: 'GPL condom' for Nvidia driver is laughed out of the kernel
Reminds me of the Creative debacle when Vista was launched. Creative deliberately crippled sound cards via the drivers to force punters to go out and buy a new card. Things got really messy when some guy (Daniel_K) discovered what they had done and released unbroken drivers. Creative accused people of stealing from them by using these fixed drivers!
"According to a report by DailyTech, Creative’s Vista drivers for Audigy series sound cards leave off a number of features that were present in the Windows XP drivers. Among those are DVD audio support, a software equalizer, CMSS stereo surround effects, THX options, and Dolby Digital/DTS decoding. Daniel_K’s drivers re-enabled these features, but Creative’s statement suggests the decision to not offer them in Vista was intentional: “If we choose to develop and provide host-based processing features with certain sound cards and not others, that is a business decision that only we have the right to make.”
Both Creative’s move and the phrasing of the cease-and-desist note itself angered a considerable number of users in the company’s forums—enough to fill the thread with over 230 pages of replies—and led sites like Slashdot to report on the news. In the note, Creative states bluntly, “By enabling our technology and IP to run on sound cards for which it was not originally offered or intended, you are in effect, stealing our goods.”"
According to the article, it was a 200W ecig - so would naturally support sub-ohm.
My bet is they were fake batteries and he didn't turn the thing off.. button pressed in his pocket until the magic smoke and flame escaped. Maybe Amazon might bear some responsibility for selling fake batteries?
Bought a laptop from them a few weeks back.. Was fun watching their sales pitch.
Would you like our antivirus sir, its only £50? No - I work for a reseller of ESET
Would you like a backup memory stick sir for just £20? No - I'm wiping W10 home off it as soon as I get it back to the office and reinstalling it
Would you like a years subscription to Office 365? No - Did I mention my company is also a reseller for Office?
We can set it up for you sir for just £x? No - like I said, I'm wiping it as soon as it gets back to the office..
As I asked for a business receipt another guy took over.. same questions again then he offered to set it up for free! 10 mins of questions for something that could have taken 10 seconds!
Re: Go for it BlackBerry
"It is notable how almost every OTT messaging app out there apes (in one way or other) BlackBerry Messager. Which undeniably existed before WhatsApp, Snapchat, Facebook Messager, iMessage, Skype, FaceTime, you name it."
I'm pretty sure ICQ was on the scene long before any of the messenger clients you mention! I can't remember what was before ICQ though, but everything since then including BBM was simply an evolution!
Modern PC's do that pretty often as well.. my favourite being an upgrade from W8.1 to W10.. the error message was simply "An error occurred" with no way of diagnosing what went wrong, why it went wrong, how to fix it and with nothing useful recorded in logs or eventviewer. I gave up in the end and formatted the machine.
One of the reasons I insist on taking time off for a bad cold or other illness is that I don't feel safe driving (which is the only practical way for me to actually travel the 40 miles to work). If my attention isn't 100% then I shouldn't be allowed to control nearly 2 tons of metal hurtling along at 70MPH. I see near misses most days and pass on average 2 crashes/week just doing my daily commute - I don't want to be responsible for adding to the problem.
"On 19 May 2017 you could buy 100ml of 7.2% nicotine in the UK for £14.95.
Next day the TPD came into effect and the maximum strength nicotine you could buy was 1.8%.
10ml of it cost £4.25."
I buy my nicotine at 72mg wholesale - 1L costs around £60 and will last me 3 years. The biggest issue is that it goes off which is why I put it into glass airtight jars and keep them in the freezer.
The problem with your example is that the air can get into the glass to replace the helium. In the drive, air can't get in to replace the helium so any losses would create negative pressure inside - which would serve to keep the remaining helium in place.
It's the same concept as the trick you can do with a bottle of water - fill it up, put some small holes in (with the cap on) and the water will stay in the bottle.. remove the cap and the water will spurt out.
A few years back I worked for a photocopier dealer going out, installing the machines etc. We had one picky customer who kept calling and complaining the output of the copier (which was properly calibrated) never matched the colours on their screens. Every single screen in the place was neither calibrated nor the same as the screen of the person next to them but they refused to accept that it was the screens that were wrong! Somehow they thought the copier should be calibrated to each screen individually!
It's great that manufacturers stand behind their warranties however many items are designed to fail not long after that warranty expires. Case in point - I just repaired a switch.. was 2 months past its warranty when it failed. The cause - 10v Capacitors failed on a 12v circuit on the PSU board!
Similar thing about 10 years ago with a Toshiba surround system at home.. caps failed within 2 months of the end of warranty, fitted higher voltage ones and its still going strong to this day!
With Phones, tablets and laptops, the batteries are the most obvious point of failure and will lose quite a lot of capacity with a charge a day over 2-3 years - if they don't fail fully that is/
Personally I run a couple of 512GB SSDs in a RAID 0 stripe.. tops out at around 1100MB/s and gives me plenty of space for OS and most applications.. On top of that I have a RAID 0 with 2x 2TB SSHD for storage, and a 6TB Western Digital Red for backup. I also have a 60GB SLC SSD which is used for page file and temp files in order to prevent unnecessary wear to the larger SSDs.
Re: Microsoft time
Not sure what the longest I have seen is, but it was several decades..
We run a scanning bureau and in the past we have had to dump several hundred million tiffs from one hard disk to another.. Through Windows this turned out to be so time consuming that in the end I just wrote a batch file and did it through dos / command prompt.. the copy took about a week that way!
Re: Just a small bump in the road...
"never seen a dead Nvidia card."
I've had several. Including a GTX 280 which was overheating like crazy.. On inspection I discovered the heatspreader on the chip (not the heatsink) was badly fitted. After much careful work to cut through the silicone holding it in place I managed to remove it, apply some decent thermal grease and stick it back together. Temps went from 110C forcing thermal shutdown to about 65C under load.