* Posts by usbac

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Version 7 of WINE is better than ever at running Windows apps where they shouldn't

usbac

To this day I still run the Win2K theme on my Windows 7 PCs. I can at least feel like I'm still running Win2K.

To me, the UI peaked at Win2K. Every version since has just been going down hill. I won't even mention the complete disaster the UI has been since Windows 8. No, I don't want my desktop PC to look like a f'ing smart phone!

Not looking forward to a greyscale 2022? Then look back to the past in 64 colours

usbac

Re: To be fair on BMW

It's a good thing we don't have to list the color on the registration in our state in the US.

When I was a kid, my mother won a traffic court case based on the color of her car. She had a ticket written for having frosted over windows on the car (which wasn't at all true). She decided to fight the ticket in traffic court. When the lying creep of a cop was on the witness stand, it went something like this:

Mom: "Did you in fact clearly see my car?"

Cop: "Oh, yes, very clearly"

Mom: "And, you could see that for sure my windows were frosted over?"

Cop: "Yes, definitely"

Mom: "Since you remember things very clearly, without looking at the ticket, what color is my car?"

Cop: "Umm, well...ummmm...blue"

Mom: "Your honor, I would welcome you to look out of the courtroom window at my WHITE car in the parking lot"

Judge: "(after a dirty look at the lying cop) Dismissed!"

I was about 7 at the time. That was when I learned never to trust the police. More than four decades later, my opinion of cops has only diminished!

The year ahead in technology fail: You knew they were bad, now they're going to prove it

usbac

Re: Splitting up...

I repaired the main board out of an almost new front-loader washing machine for a lady at work a while back. The problem was easy to fix, just very poor soldering (cold solder joints everywhere).

I could not believe how poor the quality of the PCB itself was. I order prototype PCBs from overseas, and we are talking about the cheapest of the cheap board houses (a five piece order for $2), and the quality I get is light-years better than that board. I honestly didn't think there are any board houses left anywhere in the world that could produce such a low quality PCB. It looked like something out of an early 70's low-end stereo receiver. It was single sided, and no solder mask. It sure as hell wasn't FR4.

And, this was out of a $1200 major name brand washing machine!

A time when cabling was not so much 'structured' than 'survival of the fittest'

usbac

Re: How did that accident happen? Whoops just like that.

This reminds me of an old joke:

Three men (a lawyer, a doctor, and an engineer) are all about to be executed for various minor crimes. In this particular country, the guillotine is still used as the only means of punishment.

The executioner asks "who will go first". The lawyer steps forward. He is asked if he would prefer to face down, or face up? He says that "I want to see my fate coming, so I will face up".

They close the neck of the lawyer in the guillotine, hoist the blade to the top, and trip the release. The blade comes down with a wooshing sound, then with a thud, it stops just above the lawyers neck. The lawyer shouts to the executioner "Let me out. I've read your laws, and if you try, but fail to execute me, I get to go free!" The executioner confers with the magistrate, and after a few minutes of heated discussions, agrees to set the lawyer free.

After tinkering with the guillotine for a few minutes, the doctor is asked whether he would like to face up, or face down. He responded that he would also like to be face up. They lock him in the guillotine, hoist the blade, trip the release, and the same thing happens. The blade stops with a loud thud. He tells the executioner "I heard what the lawyer said. You have to let me go free". The executioner annoyed, agrees to free the doctor.

After more tinkering with the guillotine, the engineer is asked the same question about facing up or facing down. He answers "well, it worked for the lawyer and the doctor, so I will face up". They lock him in, hoist the blade, and just before the executioner trips the release, the engineer yells "wait, I think I see your problem..."

Thank you, FAQ chatbot, but if I want your help I'll ask for it

usbac

Re: Shell energy

At my previous job, we had some planning meetings for the design of our new e-commerce website. It was decided that email address would be a "primary key" for the customer part of the database.

I raise my hand and ask "what happens if the customer changes their email address?". At his point I get a room full of blank stairs. Then someone asks why a customer would do such an unthinkable thing. I answered "changed jobs and used a company email address, changed ISP, changed cell phone carrier, changed from outlook.com to gmail, etc." Still more blank stares.

The idiots went ahead and used email address as a primary key anyway. Then later came to me when the first users asking to change their email address started calling in. Management wanted to me to magically fix the issue with some program code. I told them that I brought it up during the design phase, and was overruled, so no there is no fix.

I'm glad I'm out of there. The new company is much more professional about the design process.

Revealed: Remember the Sony rootkit rumpus? It was almost oh so much worse

usbac

Re: Never done any business with Sony since and never will

Same here. I still won't buy a Blu ray drive or player because Sony might get some kind of royalty payment.

Web trust dies in darkness: Hidden Certificate Authorities undermine public crypto infrastructure

usbac

Re: Comodo was deemed too big to fail

At me last job I got a call from Comodo trying to get our corporate business. Boy did that rep get an earfull from me!!

The ideal sat-nav is one that stops the car, winds down the window, and asks directions

usbac

Dabsy needs this satnav:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xLR5mjkfs4

Amazon tells folks it will stop accepting UK Visa credit cards via weird empty email

usbac

Re: I would like to support anyone that is "not Amazon", but how can I if their site is broken?

That's exactly what happened. The first site, I couldn't find any useful contact info. I tried sending an email, but never heard back, and the site still doesn't work.

With the second company (much bigger than the first), all I got was some call center (probably outsourced) where the person on the phone didn't care one bit about the problem. All I got was "sorry, there's nothing I can do about it".

These companies are going to wonder why Amazon is kicking their butt!

I used to work for a small e-commerce company. It was just coincidental that our consumer call center was right outside of my office door. When a customer would call about having problems with our site, if the rep thought it wasn't just simple user error, they would yell to me that a customer is having an issue that I need to look at. I would often have them transfer the call to me so that I could ask the customer questions. I would try to reproduce the problem with the customer on the phone. I could then write it up for the web developers.

I was just the network admin, but I was always interested in why someone is having problems with our site. After all, having the site work provided the money for my paycheck. Maybe that is why I get so worked up when some company doesn't give a crap.

usbac

Re: Will be interesting

What is it with all of these broken e-commerce sites these days? Maybe you are right that they work only in Chrome?

I wouldn't know, since I won't install Google's spyware browser.

In the last few months I've had several sites where I couldn't get through the checkout process. A couple of these orders were for $100+, and I ended up ditching the order completely. I went to buy some parts for my hot air rework station, and couldn't place the order at all. This is a problem, since that site is the only place to get the parts!

The other was with a large agriculture supplier. The site kept dumping the contents of my cart at random. After I had to go back and add over 20 items to may cart for the third time, I just closed the tab and thought "forget it". In this case, I ended up holding my nose, and bought the stuff from Amazon for more money.

I would like to support anyone that is "not Amazon", but how can I if their site is broken?

EasyJet flight loadsheet snafu caused by software 'code errors' says UK safety agency

usbac

Re: Weight of passengers

In light aircraft I always calculated weight and balance with actual weights of my passengers before takeoff. It's sometimes a delicate question, but you have to look at a person and deem whether they are telling you the truth.

I did know a pilot that carried a scale with him. I never went quite that far.

Electric car makers ready to jump into battery recycling amid stuttering supply chains

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Re: "Less than 5 per cent of lithium-ion batteries are recycled today"

I don't see why all of these devices can't just use 18650s individually? Kind of like AA batteries. I used to have devices that would use 6 or 8 AA batteries in a kind-of two-level pack.

I recently bought a couple of 18650 holders that hold 4 batteries for a device I'm building. It looks like a bigger AA quad-holder. Unlike an AA holder, they are not just series-wired, but each battery has two solderable pins coming out the back. The holder is soldered to the back side of a PCB with the BMS electronics on the other side.

There is no reason why any lithium powered device couldn't be built this same way, other then to be able to gouge the customer for overpriced battery packs. I guess manufacturers couldn't charge you $99 for $8 worth of batteries any more?

US school districts blame Amazon for nationwide bus driver shortage

usbac

I have an idea. Why not combine the services. They are going to drive down the same streets anyway.

"Here little Johnny, take this package and put on that porch over there..."

Amazon could actually pay the school district. Maybe a little stipend to the kiddies? Get them used to a low paying abusive Amazon job early on.

How do we stamp out the ransomware business model? Ban insurance payouts for one, says ex-GCHQ director

usbac

Re: Use traditional security insurance as a model?

Why on earth would their email server/client allow a .exe attachment? I thought every responsible email admin has been blocking unsafe attachments for more than two decades...

Great reset? More like Fake Reset: Leaders need a reality check if they think their best staff will give up hybrid work

usbac

Re: It Depends…

In my case we were priced out of the city. I would never be able to buy a home in the city. In the suburban town where I live now, there are no decent tech jobs at all (maybe a few minimum wage help desk jobs?).

If we stayed in the city, we would be living in a small apartment paying higher rent than our mortgage payment. Add to that the factors of noise, air pollution, and crime, and staying it the city was not much of an option.

The fact that I can do 95% of my job remotely, this falls on my employer not being at all flexible. The funny thing is that the ownership consider themselves big-time environmentalists constantly preaching sustainability. They put out all kinds of PR claiming to be a very environmentally responsible company, while requiring me to make an 80 mile round-trip commute 5 days a week when I could be working from home 4 days of it.

usbac

Re: It Depends…

I'm in that boat right now. I have an hour commute each way. I was 95% work from home for almost a year, but was forced back into the office 100% now.

The reason for this is because as a manufacturer, we have a lot of staff that can't work from home, and there was a lot of resentment towards the staff that could work from home. Ownership doesn't have the balls to tell the onsite staff to mind their own business, so they just made everyone start coming in to the office.

I heard all kinds of comments like "did you enjoy your vacation?" and "how was your year off?" from a bunch of my co-workers. I could only suppress the "f*** you" responses for so long, before they started coming out!!

These were people I really liked working with, now I just want to tell them to "f*** off"

My solution is that I'm interviewing with companies that have a well established work from home culture. I'm a one man shop, and I have developed much of the software that the company runs on. They are going to lose me because of their hardheadedness.

Akamai Edge DNS goes down, takes a chunk of the internet with it

usbac

Re: Downdetector?

Because, of all people, THEY know better than to have a single point of failure!!

Inventor of the graphite anode – key Li-ion battery tech – says he can now charge an electric car in 10 minutes

usbac

Re: Available on the market sooner rather than later?

Read the article. He said nothing about high current. He was talking about raising voltage, and keeping the current below what is used now. That was the key to longer life.

usbac

Re: re: Currently the EV market is in the EU

Same thing here. If I went to purchase a new car (EV or petrol), I would tell the dealer that I want the cellular radio removed, and put into my hand (not disabled in software).

What? You say the vehicle will not run without it? Fine, keep the f***ing thing!

With my new-ish SUV, I just disconnected the coax cable to the cellular antenna, and replaced the connector with a terminator made out of a low value resistor. It still drives okay, and it looks like it's unable to phone home.

Ransomware-skewered meat producer JBS confesses to paying $11m for its freedom

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Re: Whoa there

I recently had the same argument with a colleague in IT. He is a big supporter of restoring full image backups of servers in the aftermath of a ransomware attack.

I told him that anyone that restores any executable code from a backup as a means of recovering from ransomware is a moron. I told him "reinstall from known good source media, make a copy of your backups and store the copy offline, then restore only the data". And yes, having documentation of your configurations is a very important part of this strategy.

If you follow his strategy, you will most likely reinfect yourself (with your backups now accessible by the ransomware)!!

Facial recog firm Clearview hit with complaints in France, Austria, Italy, Greece and the UK

usbac

Re: Copyright Infringement

You don't need to have registered your photograph to claim copyright. By law you have up to 12 months to register the copyright on any work you create. Its called common law copyright. The act of creating any work that is allowed copyright protection under the law starts the clock on the common law copyright. In other words, copyright is kind of automatic.

I would think most of the images they have in their database would be covered by copyright.

usbac

Re: Copyright as well as data protection

Yes, but you are only relinquishing your copyright to THAT particular data slurper. You are holding THEM harmless with regard to your copyright.

You are not providing any sort of license to these leeches to use your photograph for commercial purposes.

I would love to see some lawyer sue the crap out of these assholes for copyright infringement on behalf of each of the 3+ Billion copyright holders. I would think about $100 per infringement would be fair compensation to the copyright holders? The lawyer could keep 50% as usual for their services. That should be enough incentive to keep a few lawyers working hard on this case...

It's 2020, so let's just go ahead and let Amazon have everyone's handprints so it can process payments

usbac

Re: But anyone who's ever tried to tell a women to do, or not to do something

What's wrong? They are morons. They are the product of constant manipulation from advertisers, the large tech companies, and the media. Add to that a nearly useless public education system, and you have a generation of morons.

Everybody thinks the end of humanity will come from things like an asteroid hitting the earth, or some kind of global plague. No, I think it will be that future generations will become too stupid to even feed themselves (we are getting close to that now!).

Then some other species will take over the planet. I think it will be the cats. My cats already seem to know how to work half of the mechanical things in my house. Who knows, maybe they already know how to work everything, but they just don't want us to know?

UK data watchdog having a hard time making GDPR fines stick: Marriott scores another extension, BA prepares to pay 11% of £183m penalty threat

usbac

No silly! That's only for us "regular people", not for corporations that contribute to political campaigns.

A tale of mainframes and students being too clever by far

usbac

I think the card the OP was talking about was the Perception Video Recorder form DPS. We used to sell these things to video production outfits...

https://www.broadcaststore.com/store/model_detail.cfm?id=14514

I distinctly remember the whole folder structure with different media types thing. It was very cool that the drivers (with help from some special onboard co-processors) could do the media conversion on the fly.

We used to equip them with several 9GB SCSI drives. These were 5 1/4" full height drives. They each weighed about 10 pounds! We used some HUGE tower cases. I think the biggest we ever sold had 6 of these drives in it. The whole tower (with enough power supplies to run everything) weighed over 100 lbs.

Google reveals the wheels almost literally fell off one of its cloudy server racks

usbac

Re: What were they thinking?

This reminds me of a great story. A few years ago I took one of my high pressure tanks to the shop for hydro-testing. Keep in mind that this shop tests and services commercial fire systems also.

It seems that while the owner was on a business trip, his employees decided to have pallet-jack races with a little extra gusto. One the the things this shops tests is the large fire suppression tanks that are used in commercial kitchens (I think they hold about 200Lbs of liquid Co2). These tanks have a pin valve that once a chain is pulled, the entire tank discharges.

The staff strapped two of these tanks to each pallet jack. Then they would sit on top and when someone said "GO", they would pull the chains!!.

The owner said when he got back a little early from his trip, he pulled around behind the building, and a pallet jack went speeding by with a huge trail of white "smoke".

I asked him what he did about it, and he said:

"I told them they have one minute to get their asses in the shop...

...and, fill me up two tanks!!!"

That's a cool guy to work for!

Former Oracle product manager says he was forced out for refusing to deceive customers. Now he's suing the biz

usbac

Or, the entire software/tech industry...

Who else can sell products that they know don't work, and don't seem to care if they ever work, and then charge more money for some upgrade that they claim will fix things, but they know it won't fix anything? Isn't that the definition of fraud?

When an entire industry is based on fraud, how is that not organized crime?

Since the FCC won't act, Congress finally moves on robocalls by passing half-decent TRACED Act

usbac

Re: Color me skeptical

We did something similar. I run FreePBX at home, and set up an auto attendant to answer all calls. The greeting says "press 1 to speak to...", then after three seconds of no activity, it sends the call to Lenny.

I have inbound routes for family and friends that bypass the auto attendant.

This totally fixes the robocall problem at home for us. My cell phone is a different matter...

What a boar! Wild pigs snort and snuffle €20k worth of marching powder stashed in Tuscan forest

usbac

Re: Wild Boar..

I went wild boar hunting once. Once!!!

I put a .44 Magnum round through the head of one from about 3ft away (I surprised it in heavy brush), and had to run like hell as the thing chased me for about 200 yards. You could just about put your hand through the hole in the skull (both sides), and the damned thing was able chase my ass down!!!

Hard to kill is an understatement...

50 years ago, someone decided it would be OK to fire Apollo 12 through a rain cloud. Awks, or just 'SCE to Aux'?

usbac

John Aaron was the original steely-eyed missile man!!

Gas-guzzling Americans continue to shun electric vehicles as sales fail to bother US car market

usbac

Re: "plug-in hybrids, full electric or fuel cell cars"

And, is this wonderful SUV under $40,000? No, I thought not!!

The $60,000 difference in price will buy enough gas to drive a non-electric for about 15 years before I break even. By then, I would have changed several battery packs. They are free to replace, right?

No, the battery packs are about $5,000 each you say? So the break even point is... never?

Welcome to the World Of Tomorrow, where fridges suffer certificate errors. Just like everything else

usbac

Re: @Nick Kew

Just be careful not to drill through a refrigerant lines in the wall of the fridge. I've converted several fridges for keeping home-brew kegs, and I would only drill through the doors (for the taps). I always wanted to drill the back wall for the co2 lines, but never wanted to take the chance of ruining a working fridge in the process...

HP to hike upfront price of printer hardware as ink biz growth runs dry

usbac

Re: Classic FUD; meanwhile, the world's most expensive liquid used as a cleaning agent

Are you sure color laser costs more per page than inkjet? I have found that inkjet is more expensive every time I research it... Even without considering the cartridges that just dry out without printing a single page!

usbac

Re: Built-in-obsolescence

I did the same thing years ago too. I went to buy a pack of two cartridges for my HP inkjet (black and color) and found that the pack was $69!! We live in a very dry climate, and they just dry out in about 2-3 months here.

I bought a Dell color laser for $209 shipping included. That was about 7 years ago, and I'm still on the original toners. And, since the printer is 7 years old now, aftermarket toners are available cheap. I just bought a full set of four at about $11 each!

At a former employer, we in the IT department went on a crusade to get rid of inkjet printers. It seemed that many employees would go out and buy some cheap piece of crap inkjet (with their own money) for their office since walking the 15 feet to get to the shared departmental laser printer was too much effort. They would then put in purchase orders for the cartridges. We got tired of all of the trouble tickets for problems with all of these crap printers we had nothing to do with purchasing.

So, we went to the purchasing director and made our case about the costs for all of these cartridges when much more economical laser printers were quite convenient to users. He put a stop to all of the inkjet cartridge purchases. We sent out an email saying that on a certain date, we are going to go around and collect any inkjet printer we see, and send them out for disposal.

There was a lot of backlash from users, but the purchasing director backed us up, and he had a lot of clout. It also won us some good favor with the purchasing director for saving the company money. We had a little less trouble with equipment approvals after that.

Massachusetts city tells ransomware scumbags to RYUK off, our IT staff will handle this easily

usbac

I know this will be downvoted, but...

A while back I got severely down-voted for for posting this, but I still believe in it.

I think a Federal law should be passed making it illegal (jail time) to pay a ransom for data/systems. This would, hopefully, result in:

1) IT managers and system admins would know that there is not an option to "just pay the ransom". Maybe they would actually get their shit together and properly secure their systems like this city did?

2) The criminals would find that their income suddenly stopped coming in from ransomware.

The big problem right now is that the attitude of "oh well, our insurance will just pay the ransom for us" is perpetuating the problem. And as long as the cyber-criminals keep getting rich from it, it's never going to stop.

Cyberlaw wonks squint at NotPetya insurance smackdown: Should 'war exclusion' clauses apply to network hacks?

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Prove it

I think the hardest part for Zurich is going to be to prove Russia's state involvement. At least to the standards of evidence that a court of law requires. It's one thing for the US government to say they "think" Russia was involved, but where does Zurich think they are going to get documented evidence that shows direct control by Russia's government and that meets "the preponderance of evidence" requirement of a civil court?

10 PRINT Memorial in New Hampshire marks the birthplace of BASIC

usbac

Re: School kids microsoft basic

I built my C1P from a kit. I still have it, and it still works!

Could you just pop into the network room and check- hello? The Away Team. They're... gone

usbac

Re: Not an explosion, just my own daftness...

A similar thing here. Back many years ago in college I had an electronics class. There were two levels, an into class and an advanced class. We shared the lab and lecture hall (there were large windows between the lab and lecture hall). They had it scheduled to where the intro class would have lab first, then lecture, and for us in the advanced class it was the opposite.

We had a couple of variable DC power supplies that would go up to 400V. The favorite thing was to take a few mid sized electrolytic caps, charge them to 400V and leave them laying around on the benches for the next class to discover. Have the big windows between rooms made for great entertainment!! Al least it tough the into students to respect capacitors and to discharge them before working with them!

Barbie Girl was wrong? Life is plastic, it's not fantastic: We each ingest '121,000 pieces' of microplastics a year

usbac

Re: Trees

I agree about the forests. The problem is that there are a bunch of wacko environmental groups that would raise holy hell that "you're destroying the pretty forests" if anyone tried to do something about it.

I'm definitely someone that enjoys the outdoors. I don't want to see the environment poisoned. The problem is the idiot radical groups that don't have a proper scientific understanding of things, but react only on emotion (I think due to a lack of intellect, sometimes). These groups have a lot of political power in places like California. This is one of the main reasons for the huge wildfire problems in California.

Bad news from science land: Fast-charging li-ion batteries may be quick to top up, but they're also quick to die

usbac

Re: Instead of better batteries...

I wish I could up-vote you a thousand times.

My phone battery (mid range Android phone) lasts me about two weeks. When people complain that their phone battery won't get them through a whole day, I tell them to "toss the phone and get a real life!!"

Smartphones are more addictive than drugs, and almost as destructive...

Gaze in awe at the first ever movie of a solar eclipse from recording long thought lost forever

usbac

I was going to post the same thing.

I see you were down-voted. What would be the crime in using some software IS to make it less jumpy?

I guess the down-voter thinks the camera shake makes it look authentic? Like the fake camera shake crap that is cool now. They must have been a big Blair Witch fan?

Never let something so flimsy as a locked door to the computer room stand in the way of an auditor on the warpath

usbac

Re: so easy to get in

This reminds me of a time back in my teenage days. My best friend Peter's dad owned a used car lot. His dad had given Peter a newer/nicer car. The problem was that Peter had installed a bunch of high end stereo equipment in his old car.

We were out at the movies until late, and Peter had a sudden thought "what if my dad sells my old car off before I get the stereo equipment out?" His old car was parked down at the car lot. His dad was kind of an ass; the type that would think "this car will sell for a lot of money with all of the nice stereo equipment in it". He was a used car salesman after all.

So, we decide we go and get the equipment out before his dad sells the car. We grab flashlights (torches) and toolboxes and head for the car lot. It was about 1:00am by this time. The lot was brightly lit to deter crime. It was in a great location, right on the corner of a busy intersection.

We're working away, doors open, stereo equipment scattered around the car, etc. when a police car stops at the red light. He's about 20 feet away from us, and turns around and looks right at us. We both look at each other and at the same time say "oh, crap we're going to jail". Worse yet, his dad was out of town. This was back in the 80's so the police couldn't just call his dad on his cell phone.

After about 30 seconds of sheer terror, the light turns green, and the cop just drives off. Peter turns around and says "phew, that was close", and then he thinks for a minute and says "wait, what the hell, this is my dad's business, and the police don't give a crap enough to at least stop and ask questions?" That's when we both learned just how stupid and lazy cops are.

Do Not Track is back in the US Senate. And this time it means business. As in, fining businesses that stalk you online

usbac

Re: Bad comparison

It's perfect then. It doesn't really work, so it keeps lobbyists happy (and keeps money train going), and it looks like they are "doing something" to the voters.

In the claws of a vulture: Nebra AnyBeam Laser Projector

usbac

Re: expensive when put up against traditional lamp-based devices.

We used to use a ceiling mounted projector for our main TV. We went through two different projector brands with mixed success.

The lamps started to get very dim after about 1 to 1 1/2 years. The OEM lamps were about $290 each, and aftermarket lamps were $170. The aftermarket lamps lasted 1/2 to 2/3 as long as OEM, so not any cheaper in the long run.

We went to a large LCD TV when the prices came way down. I'm not sure I would ever go back. You need to keep the room dark, no matter how good the projector is. You just don't get good contrast unless the room is completely dark.

Someone I work with tried one of the new laser projectors for their church, and found that the brightness was not good enough, and exchanged it for one with a regular lamp. I helped him choose the projector, and based on my experience with lamps, suggested he try the laser one. We both really wanted the laser projector to work, but it just didn't have the brightness.

I've seen some YouTube videos where people have hacked projectors and replaced the mercury lamps with LED modules. They seem to have good success. One person put in a 100W LED module, and it was significantly brighter than with the original lamp. It makes you wonder why projector manufacturers aren't doing the same?

'Software delivered to Boeing' now blamed for 737 Max warning fiasco

usbac

Boeing will just rename it to something else, and the public is too stupid to figure it out. Remember this is the same public that in polls said Ed Snowden is "that Wiki Leaks guy".

Southwest Airlines just ordered a bunch more 737 Max's.

As a pilot and an IT guy, I will never fly on one again.

My neighbor and I were flying back from Florida just before the Ethiopian crash on a 737 Max (before anyone knew how bad the problem really is) and as we boarded I joked with the captain "you know how to kill MCAS, right?" If he said "what is MCAS", I would have turned around and not boarded the flight. My neighbor is a pilot and a licensed aircraft mechanic, and we had talked about the Lion air crash and MCAS while on the way to Florida. I wouldn't step foot on one again, now.

usbac

Re: Surely...

It happens all the time with pilots and oxygen systems. Aircraft rated oxygen systems for small aircraft are very expensive. So, people buy medical oxygen tanks and regulators and try to use them in aircraft. The results are usually deadly.

You see, medical oxygen regulators are designed to operate at ground level. One side of the regulator diaphragm is vented to atmospheric pressure, witch is fine if the regulator is calibrated and then operated at ground level. Aircraft oxygen regulators on the other hand have a two stage design that compensates for changes in atmospheric pressure so that the oxygen flow is constant as the aircraft climbs.

Again, someone that owns a high performance airplane capable of high altitude flight is not a poor person, why save a few hundred bucks and kill yourself (and possible others) over it?

usbac

Re: Option extra why???

Most decent pilots would really like to have an AoA indicator. My neighbor just spent a lot of money to add one to his plane. It's the airlines that are too cheap to pay for it.

In the old days, when it was a physical instrument, I can see why there would be a cost. But to hold back a software feature that can improve the safety of flight just seems completely unethical to me.

By the way, it has nothing to do with "what angle the aircraft is at", it shows the angle of the airflow over the wings. You know, that whole lift thing that keeps an airplane in the air...

Boeing boss denies reports 737 Max safety systems weren't active

usbac

Re: Cue the queue jokes

And...some of us are both qualified pilots and IT professionals!

Idiot admits destroying scores of college PCs using USB Killer gizmo, filming himself doing it

usbac

Re: What a fucking idiot

Let's see... An MBA, no moral fiber, and a criminal record, that definitely makes him qualified for any area of politics.

Overzealous n00b takes out point-of-sale terminals across the UK on a Saturday afternoon

usbac

Re: AS/400 UPS

Many years ago, I worked for an IT managed services company. We were on site at a small medical clinic, late at night to do some upgrades on their server. The server we were working on had a RAID5 array with 9 drives in it. It hadn't been down in years we were told (the fear that always gives you). In those days backups would take all night, barely finishing before the offices opened in the morning, so we weren't able to wait for a backup before starting work.

So, we shut own the server and the array, add the RAM, etc. and power up the server and the external array. Sure enough, four of the drives decide not to spin up!! Once they cooled, that was it for the bearings!

I had a very young junior tech with me. I told him "quick look around under everyone's desk for a space heater". You know, in every office there is someone that is about to freeze to death at 78 degrees, and needs to have a heater under their desk (usually plugged into the same power strip as their PC). Sure enough, we found one.

I took it into the server room, laid it on it's back, like barbecue grill, and placed the four drives on "the grill". The junior tech looked horrified and said something like "what the hell are you doing?". We let them roast for a while, then put them back into the array. This time all but two drives spun up. So, those two went back on the grill. A few more minutes of roasting, and back into the array. This time only one wouldn't spin up, but with 8 drives working, the array came back up. This was about 3:00am.

We promptly ordered 9 new drives shipped overnight to replace the drives one at a time.

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