* Posts by RAMChYLD

607 posts • joined 12 Nov 2010


Ceefax replica goes TITSUP* as folk pine for simpler times


Yep, they were popular here in Malaysia for that too. Although they were also popular for lottery results which tended to be uploaded as they're being drawn. Given that the only option was to pay hundreds for Internet access at the time or wait for tomorrow's papers, it's understandable.


Re: Bring Back Telnet (or VT100/ansi via SSH)

Just tried accessing it as guest. Looks awesome!

I believe there are a few more sites sites open, mostly catering to retro enthusiasts. I used to play with telnet a lot back when I first got an internet connection.


Re: teletekst

Here in Malaysia they call the sevice Beriteks- a amalgamation of the local word for "News" (Berita) and Text. Sadly tho, they shut off the service very early. By 2008 no TV stations were transmitting teletext anymore. And yet all local TVs made still have a text decoder built right in.


Re: old VHS

Not all. It depends on how the VCR was calibrated or built. There are certain VCRs that have a built in teletext decoder, of course those will be calibrated to record teletext signals. However those that didn't have a built-in decoder are hit and miss. I had a Singer VCR (actually OEM made by Sharp) that could record Teletext to a certain extent, there would be pages missing from the recording. However a later Sharp VCR could not record Teletext at all, it may grab the first line (ie the channel name, service name and time and date) if it was in the mood but the rest of the page would be missing completely.


Re: USA and Teletext

Not really. Their system had 525 lines, but only around 480 were used - the rest were overscan. Just like how PAL has 625 lines, but only 576 were actually used. In fact, their system would be faster because the signal refreshed at 29.975 frames per second, as compared to 25 frames of the PAL system.


Re: Pedantic - slightly inaccurate

The problem in America was there was too many cooks - as there were two competing standards.

Superstation WTBS had invested in a modified-for-NTSC version of World Standard Teletext (ie the Ceefax system). Meanwhile CBS and NBC tried pushing a homegrown system called NABTS (North American Broadcast Teletext Standard). Guess what happens when TV stations take sides and you are told that the TV you bought to receive TBS' Teletext isn't compatible with NBC and CBS' system, and vice-versa.

Also, the NBC and CBS' system receivers cost more to manufacture because they had to use a more powerful CPU, because in an effort to one up the UK, they designed NABTS to support vector graphics. It was too ahead of it's time.

When your teletext-enabled TV costs thousands of dollars and can't receive the teletext signal from all stations, you're definitely destined to fail.

Notes on the untimely demise of 3D Pinball for Windows


Even more tho...

It was practically a demo version of Full Tilt Pinball for Cinematronics.

Never mind the Panic button – there's a key to Compose yourself


Re: International keyboard layout

I remember that keyboard. It was a gimmick tho, costs a pretty penny which is probably why it didn't sell well.


Fisher Price's Bluetooth reboot of pre-school play phone has adult privacy flaw


Re: Turning it off

If you're going to do it yourself, surely it'll be smart to save a few quids and just buy the regular version of the phone (which does not come with any electronics inside) to mod.

Nvidia says its SmartNICs sizzled to world record storage schlepping status


Snake oil?

I'm pretty sure people still remember the Killer NIC from Rivet Networks. Everyone I know was calling it snake oil that Killer quickly went bankrupt and was bought by Atheros who only used the brand to make run-of-the-mill cards with existing chips, only with custom firmware and drivers, and then resold the brand to Intel lately. Surely this is no different?

Feds charge two men with claiming ownership of others' songs to steal YouTube royalty payments


Now Japan needs to do the same

I streamed some JRPGs and the company who produced the RPG has a open policy where all their music is precleared so you may stream their game without fear. They're also self-published so there is no possibility of confusion. And yet I got a strike for one of the songs used in their games, attributed to a certain Bicycle Corp. I disputed and got snubbed, youtube would rather protect this Bicycle Corp than their streamers.

Reviving a classic: ThinkPad modder rattles tin to fund new motherboard for 2008's T60 and T61 series of laptops


Deteriorating build quality

That's pretty much an apt description. Cracks appearing on the bezel around the power button? Logic boards that randomly up for no reason? I've seen my fair share of horror, it hasn't been the same since the L480.

China trying to export its Great Firewall and governance model


Oxymoron much?

> promoting openness and cooperation

Yeah, because restricting information is promoting openness...

Bad news, AMD fans: This week's Windows 11 update didn't fix your performance woes (they may be worse)


Re: Eh?

I've been noticing that the game intermittently stuttering every few minutes after upgrading to Windows 11. Never had those stutters in Windows 10.

Why we abandoned open source: LiveCode CEO on retreat despite successful kickstarter


Re: Forking

Actually, I think the reason no one has forked it back then was because it was free and open. Now that they're closing the source, I'm optimistic about a fork appearing.

That happened with the Solaris On/Net kernel. For so many years after it became open source no one forked. Then Oracle bought Sun, and in their infinite greed decided to close the source, discontinue OpenSolaris, and forced people who depended on OpenSolaris for so long to buy Solaris.

Guess what? illumos happened.

ProtonMail deletes 'we don't log your IP' boast from website after French climate activist reportedly arrested


Re: I would never trust them...

I'm pretty sure the CERN guys are evil to the core. Ever watched Steins;Gate?

I'm also sure that they're working with another evil organization called the IEEE to bring about the end of the world to appease their mad god, it of the old one tooth, which wants Earth demolished so the alien race that hired it, the Lyrans, can build their hyperspace bypass.

Don't like the new Windows 11 Start or Taskbar? Don't worry – Microsoft's got your back


Re: Thanks for your loyal unpaid service,

You missed out one crucial step: Creating the init ramdisk. No ramdisk usually means no boot since the system can't get to the kernel modules needed until it has booted enough to get the root filesystem mounted, this creates a catch-22 scenario where the system needs the module for the SATA/NVME controller as well as the modules to recognize the filesystems but couldn't get to the modules until the root fs is mounted- which requires the missing modules to be loaded.

UK's competition watchdog sniffs around AMD's proposed $35bn all-stock buy of Xilinx


re: Intel have an FPGA unit too

Exactly my thoughts. No one raised an eyebrow when Intel bought Altera. Why are they raising a flag when AMD tries the same thing to stay competitive?

Flash in the pan: Raspberry Pi OS is the latest platform to carve out vulnerable tech


Epson still makes dot matrix printers tho.

Although they have technically regressed through the years. Color dot matrix printers are apparently now a lost art. Also, their prices have sorta stayed the same over the years.

I do miss them tho. Being able to talk directly to the printer and send control codes directly instead of using blackboxed APIs.

LibreOffice rains on OpenOffice's 20th anniversary parade, tells rival project to 'do the right thing' and die


Re: Probably a license issue

I don't get it tho- if Apple is so against copyleft, why did every single *nix distro under the sun switch to CUPS? Shouldn't we all be hating on Apple and continue using LPRNG? Heck, why did they even introduce LPRNG to the Unix world in the first place?


Re: "We were caught quite off guard"

> Vision equivalent

LO Draw. Opens Visio documents great, has great flowcharting capabilities rivaling that of Visio, and exports the drawings into PDF. Also works great in letting you open PDFs and edit everything to the minute detail.

China now blocking ESNI-enabled TLS 1.3 connections, say Great-Firewall-watchers


Re: Satellite broadband?

What other countries with an asshole government already do- outright ban dishes that do not bear the logo of authorized satellite providers in their country and ban dishes beyond a certain size (for example, dishes can be no bigger than two feet diameter). The Malaysian government is doing this.

Malaysia using digital MaGIC to join the spend-on-tech-to-defeat-viral-slump club


Karaoke is still prohibited, but...

Hmmm, for some reason my iPad did a double post...


Karaoke is still prohibited

> Karaoke is also still prohibited so at least amateur warblers ruining pop classics won’t ruin anyone’s beer.

You seem to have misjudged the number of Malaysians who own a personal karaoke machine that hooks up to the home entertainment system.

Trust me, when one of my neighbor sings, the entire neighborhood (and then some) knows. And as far as the Malaysian Police are concerned, it’s not a nuisance if it happens during the daylight hours.

Photostopped: Adobe Cloud evaporates in mass outage. Hope none of you are on a deadline, eh?


Re: Affinity

I'd like to introduce you to LibreOffice Draw...


You just need to let go of the memories of Photoshop. Start from scratch. I was the same when moving from Photoshop 6 to GIMP (biggest beef was that there was no Text FX feature in GIMP which allowed for quick drop shadows and outlines on text). The moment I let Photoshop go GIMP became way easier. Sure, it's still 5 extra steps, but it doesn't matter anymore, I can do that as quickly as it takes me to invoke the functionality in Photoshop now.

Ardour goes harder: v6.0 brings 'huge engineering changes' to open-source digital audio workstation


Re: free version works for 10 minutes

Question tho: If you don't move towards GTK3, what are the chances of getting the code compiled if the distro of choice no longer offer GTK2 on it's repo? Is a fork of all the necessary GTK2 sources (glib, atk, pango, gtk2) available somewhere? Is the Ardour team ready willing to pick up the mantle to keep maintaining a fork of GTK2 that will still compile on GCC 10 (or even CLANG) and more importantly, patch major security bugs that may be in such dated code?

Asking from experience because building a CD ripper frontend program I used back in college called GRIP has become a hassle as the developer abandoned the project and it isn't ported beyond GTK+, let alone GTK2 (and yes, people still buy CDs. Because stupid licensing laws that indirectly region-locks online music stores. At least with CDs I can get pay friend to buy the album and then mail it to me), and most distros don't even have GTK+ in their repo anymore. Even XFCE is has gravitated towards GTK3.

Vendor-bender LibreOffice kicks out 6.4: Community project feel, though now with added auto-█████ tool


How's the page layout engine tho?

Biggest complain I get from people I try to introduce Libreoffice to is 1. Macros won't run, and 2. The formatting on Word documents run, badly.

Number 2 seems to be the biggest beef, most people complain that if they fix the layout here (or even if they don't), the formatting will invariably be damaged when the document is sent back to our clients (ie images run off the page or to the bottom, text flows are broken, table sizes wrong, etc.). Lesser complains are that the macros for spreadsheets prepared in Excel by the clients fail to run.

One more issue is related to the Office Automation engine. Lots of third party programs we use (ie PV Elite) for some strange reason fires up word and then proceed to put on a flashy show with words and pictures appearing in the document as if it's being typed out by a ghost. However only two people in the office uses that software package. It'll refuse to generate the report if Word isn't present on the system.

The only praise I've heard of LibreOffice so far is that it's darn powerful when used to edit PDF files in Draw.

We're trying to switch people over to Libreoffice at where I work. Half of them want Office back because of the above three issues.

Are you getting it? Yes, armageddon it: Mass hysteria takes hold as the Windows 7 axe falls


Re: Ah, Git ...

How about forced obsolescence?

NForce 980a motherboard. Installed windows 10 on it. Windows 10 proceeded to try to commit suicide by installing two different version of GeForce drivers side by side until the registry got corrupted and it can no longer boot. And if you're on Windows 10 Home, forget about turning off Windows Update for drivers, they made it so the only way to turn it off is to use GPO.

AMD rips covers off 64-core Threadripper desktop monster, plus laptop chips, leaving Intel gesturing vaguely at 2021


I'm looking at it from a different perspective

Nothing says "power" like large projects like glibc and the Linux kernel compiling in seconds.

128 threads. That's technically 128 instances of GCC running at the same time (make bzImage -j 128). You could probably even push it harder with 256 instances.

This is the CPU for the impatient Linux developer.

Game over: Atari VCS architect quits project, claims he hasn’t been paid for six months


Re: Amiga

You’re not looking hard enough. The upcoming Apollo Vampire standalone board is pretty much a testament to how popular retro-Amiga systems are.

Of course, Amiga has had multiple chances of catering to those wanting retro-Amiga action. Except that their kits are often overpriced (seriously, the marketroid who came up with the idea of pricing the X1000 the same as a Mac Pro should’ve been sent to an asylum)

Time to check in again on the Atari retro console… dear God, it’s actually got worse


Re: You are in a tunnel. There is an echo here ...

It was far more mundane. All they did was stuck an AMD motherboard with an embedded APU on a 3D-printed custom case and called it a day.

So yeah, it was something that they could’ve actually put into production by now.

Woman sues Lyft, says driver gang-raped her at gunpoint – and calls for app safety measures we can't believe aren't already in place


Old news

This has been a problem with ride-sharing and even public transport for years. Even before Lyft and Uber, this has been happening to people using Taxis.

And the government wonders why people distrusts public transport.

This image-recognition roulette is all fun and games... until it labels you a rape suspect, divorcee, or a racial slur


It just called me by a nonsensical word

It just called me a “syndic” -.-

British ISPs throw in the towel, give up sending out toothless copyright infringement warnings


I'd vouch for this. Heck, a lot of shows aren't even released on DVD anymore. I'd gladly buy DVDs without a second thought if I'm a fan of the show. But as it stands, there's no DVD release, and the region coding nonsense means that even if the show turns up on Amazon Prime UK or US, there's no guarantee of it turning up on Amazon Prime Malaysia. It's really frustrating.

ReactOS 'a ripoff of the Windows Research Kernel', claims Microsoft kernel engineer


You’re looking at this the wrong way

It’s to let cash-strapped people run software that won’t run well or at all under WINE/Proton and use devices that are not natively supported in Linux.

Yes, One can use Wine, PlayOnLinux, Lutris, etc. to run Epic Games launcher, but the overhead makes games perform worse than running under Windows 10. Also, Blizzard is an a*****e that tempbans users who try to play their games in WINE/Proton.

The difference between October and May? About 16GB, says Microsoft: Windows 10 1903 will need 32GB of space


Re: I was looking forward to Paint again

Or you could always whisk a copy of Paint from Windows 7 and run it in Wine.

Patch blues-day: Microsoft yanks code after some PCs are rendered super secure (and unbootable) following update


I would think it's the way Avast works that is at fault. It certainly didn't like it when I installed Visual Studio 2016 on my machine and started locking the system up at boot. Getting rid of it for Avira solved my issue.

As Alexa's secret human army is revealed, we ask: Who else has been listening in on you?


Just Import?

Plenty of dumb TVs from Sharp over here in Malaysia. And because we're a commonwealth, our TVs are guaranteed to work in the UK, right down to the DVB-T2 tuners and the 230v 50Hz current. They all also come with a world-multi analog video input just in case you need to use a old Japanese games console. Just be mindful that they may cost a pretty penny tho- the 32 incher I picked up last fortnight cost me a good chunk of my salary, and isn't even 1080p.

PS: I think the main reason they don't make "dumb" TVs in the UK anymore is because of Auntie Beeb's Red Button requirements?

No, Microsoft's not buying Adobe. ADBE is its edgy take on a smarter network storage gateway


Didn't they buy off Malwarebytes as well?

Kept seeing "Microsoft MBAM" being deployed on new PCs in the company network.

So about that Atari reboot console... you might want to sit down. It's going to be late, OK?



Well, I blame those unsatisfied nutters who were complaining that the CPU and GPU architecture being 8 years old, not fast enough for their shiny Steam games, etc. Look it up, posts by those naysayers (along with those blatantly wanting the console to fail) appear in the comments whenever this console is mentioned all the time.

Western Digital deploys heatsink on remodelled M.2 to tempt gamers


This is a problem...

Most motherboards nowadays come with their own heatsink for m.2 sticks. So why would I want heatsinks pre-applied on them?

Detailed: How Russian government's Fancy Bear UEFI rootkit sneaks onto Windows PCs


Re: Lojax exploits a known race-condition in Intel's flash memory controllers

Not if it uses intel flash memory anyway- a possibility even on AMD platforms. I recently built an AMD ThreadRipper workstation and the chosen motherboard (Asrock X399 Taichi) had Intel flash memory iirc. It also has Intel Wi-Fi, Intel Bluetooth and Intel LAN much to my annoyance.


Re: Hanlons razor ...

No, the move to UEFI was paid for by M$ As an effort to get a tighter grip on the x86 platform. The smoking gun is right there- why would Ubuntu and Red Hat be forced to pay M$ to sign GRUB (and the kernels, and the kernel modules) so it can boot? Why can’t Ubuntu or Red Hat generate their own keys, put it on the DVD image, and why can’t the user just instruct UEFI to install those keys? Why must it’s be M$’ keys?


Re: UEFI = ?

> Unix Exclusion Firmware Interface

This. If you have to pay M$ to make your kernel bootable on the machine, then it’s a bad firmware.

If I could turn back time, I'd tell you to keep that old Radarange at home


Re: Running backwards ?

One scenario I can think of is that the clock is sensitive to the AC cycle of the power supply. For why it runs faster, I can think of one plausible scenario- you live in the UK and the clock is attuned to 50Hz power, but the generators were running at 60Hz for some reason- this makes more sense if the clock is analog and depends on spinning motors (for example, one of those old alarm clocks with a flip-over display). Alternatively, it could be that the generators were putting out a little more than 240V which is well above the acceptable range of some equipment, but still not enough to cause them to blow up immediately in a spectacular fashion. I've seen this happen with poorly made generators in the past, they'd pump out 260v of power despite being listed for 230v, and yet all the equipment connected to them seem to be running fine despite the power being 20v above acceptable range. Solution for the latter issue is to plop a AVR between the clock and the power supply. I don't know if there's any solution to the former issue except to build a converter to change 60Hz AC to DC and then to 50Hz AC.

Pewdiepie fanboi printer, Chromecast haxxx0r retreats, says they're 'afraid of being caught'


Re: What TheHackerGiraffe has accomplished

> I now consider him and his fans to be actively harmful attackers.

I've considered him and his fans to be actively harmful attackers ever since he got some randos to carry cards calling for the extermination of Jews a few years ago (remember that?)

Here's 2018 in a nutshell for you... Russian super robot turns out to be man in robot suit


Re: Something on TV wasn't real: shocker!

> Personally I am surprised they had to put someone inside. CGI / deepfake is so good at

> producing realistic stuff that a completely virtual robot (and probably the whole show) could

> be whipped up on a render farm.

Well, it has to appear before the studio audience and interact with them. I don't think holographic technology is perfect enough yet. I'd be really worried if the Russians have holographic technology that surpasses those used in other parts of the world tho.

Windows 10 Pro goes Home as Microsoft fires up downgrade server


Re: Just go Linux

It not only those on Insider. It affects those who bought a machine with the Home version of Windows then upgraded to Pro via an upgrade pack key.


Re: It all makes sense now

At least you only spent half a day. I didn’t sleep last night because this was affecting my laptop (bought a Pro upgrade pack back when it was running 8.1 because the stupid thing shipped with Home and I needed Hyper-V for development purposes). Was up all night running through the thousands of scenarios in my head pondering why my license had become counterfeit all of the sudden. Now I feel terrible.



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