Do I smell a "Who, Me?" scenario looming in the horizon for this outfit?
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...it kindly asks me to be plugged in to my pc to receive updates. It happens every 3 months.
Tomtom gently reminded me that this device is now too old and won't be updated any further. And my subscription is still active, despite having now no compatible device. Of course, it urged me to buy a new device, already covered by the subscription service. The now old device keeps asking me to be updated forever, and the tomtom pc software keeps warning me said device ran out of memory (2 Gib) and it can't download new maps, besides being no longer supported.
However, old device still works fine, much better than any android app currently on my phone, because it doesn't connect to the internet, not incurring in additional fees, while the GPS antenna is still excellent.
And roads on my Continent didn't change location recently, so I am perfectly fine with said outdated portable device and its outstanding ETA calculator.
And I expect the PC subscription to cancel itself (as in EXPIRE) when I refuse to pay for additional service, as I own a discontinued autonomous GPS device that is no longer supported by TomTom. And that's what should have happened here, the subscription should simply expire upon refusal of payment.
Too bad I can't use "owe me a new keyboard" at the same time. Apple doesn't refurbish anything. They bin it, sure, recycle, maybe, but never refurbish. Not in their best interest to even acquire the knowledge to do so, or let anyone learn how to do that on their own if they can, regardless of what the law says.
The only gripe I have about having several cameras, is that the run-of-the-mill QR code program will pick the most incorrect (wronger?) one to do its job.
If it has any form of tele-lens in any of the cameras that is unable to focus up close, that will be the one used for QR and barcode recognition. Or the first one in the device hardware list.
I need barcode and QR abilities on my line of business, and some phones were so atrocious for that job that I kept an old model for that sole purpose for ages.
Not to mention some banking software that relies on being able to read barcodes on bills to do its job, where the barcode reader part of the program is SO NOT CONFIGURABLE.
Taking this off-topic and running with it, my mom opened an old Ford car that looked identical to hers, *completely by accident*. It was the same make and model, parked right next to hers.
I happened to notice because that car was running on fumes, while we had just filled ours.
And the tires were bald. And it had 100.000 more miles on the odometer. And the radio was not set on her station.
The kicker: her keys could open both, but the guy arrived soon enough to catch us closing his car, and his set of keys could not open ours.
This is pretty much like killing an engine in a 45 ton lorry by accident, drop it in neutral, and then slam the 9th gear in, hoping to $deity the clutch can survive, the crankshaft won't leave the bowels of the truck in a hurry while it jump-starts itself to life....
...while carreening downhill at ever increasing speeds, you know the brakes won't work alone, and there is a sharp turn ahead.
At last, Waze will work!
Surely, it will have the bandwidth, and as long the satellites have something resembling a semi-accurate "clock" aboard, it can GPS pretty nicely, thank you.
Perhaps you can add value to the GPS service, offering free TomTom updates™, android and carplay™ 4G and 5G?
You can transform a hindrance into a cash cow, all of a sudden.
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Is there any advantage of creating a partition exclusively for the trash can?
Linux uses an exclusive partition for swap, why not one for the trash bin? (for all OS, besides Linux too?) With special read and write permits that do not allow rewriting of previous sectors marked for deletion until the disk is full, then it begins actually deleting things by date. I swear I have seen it before...
A partition that just mirrors whatever you marked for deletion, that behaves pretty much like a RAID mirror under the sheets, with journalling and whatever thrown at it too, but just salvages data marked for deletion, but with better behaviour than just a folder named "trash" as in Windows. Something that is not destroyed by a single misplaced format command, or whatever.
Or do we have that already and I don't know?
Genuine ignorance and curiosity here.
Oh boy, do I have good memories of L4D2, and surprised by the fact there was no option to disable team kill, not even in "as if" scenarios.
Tip #1: at least one person carry an auto-shotgun. You can dispatch a witch from the back of her head, aiming down, on the lower difficulties, with a single 8-shot burst. On the hardest, nope, you won't have time to stop around a witch.
Tip #2: get dual pistols akimbo and get the "autohotkey" set of tools to enable an auto-clicker. You can turn 2 9mm pistols into a fully automatic SMG, with infinite bullets, but reloading every 10 seconds. It is more fun than the rest of the game, and saves the main gun ammo for more important things.
Tip #3: If you are going for the hardest difficulty, forget the AI, bring 4 capable humans, and 4 semi-auto sniper rifles. Explanation: the sniper rifle bullet can cross multiple enemies, and can be hip-fired. The AI director will go into "why don't you die already" mode, and launches more zombies than you have bullets. Funnel them into narrow corridors, and let them line up for multi-shots.
#4: Kneeling is crucial.
#5: Molotovs are your best friend on hardest. Immolate your own team to get away from tight spots. No really.
#6: Use Healing packs on hardest only when a person is seeing black-and-white (and they should communicate that). If you run into defibrilators, then you should use the healing pack early just to carry the defibrilator.
I love those printers! You can program one of them to print the low battery warning from a Nokia 3310, on the day before of the Heat Death Of the Universe, after God printed all of our sins on it, and the thing will still work.
It is built like a tank indeed, with a maintenance kit for every million miles.
And clip-on ties were invented because of those things.
The only thing I've ever installed without any drivers was a Plantronics USB Headset that came LITERALLY without an Install Disk.
It had a NO-CD icon printed on the cardboard box to reassure you the thing had no drivers whatsoever, it wasn´t a case of missing parts or documentation in the box.
It simply stated that the headset was fully enclosed on the USB Media definitions of Windows, and required no extra drivers. It had volume controls and a mute button for microphone that would operate the Windows counterpart directly.
Not even mice were ever truly plug-and-play like that headset.
The most wizardry I ever did was to use a fax machine as a scanner, and save the .tiff file as an Word watermark. Insert nicely done logo on fax, get the fax-modem to take the call on another extension, edit some imperfections on MSPaint...
We used that file for eons, and stopped spending on offset pre-printed material.
But we never managed to dial the cops.
I had a machine without a boot drive, and I found a Sandforce 3 SSD (!!!!) 60 GB lying around. In the BOTTOM of a drawer. THAT ONE. When Raptors were all the rage and nobody trusted SSD's would be the future. Barely used.
Like finding a Renault 1.5 engine... that revs to 17.000 rpm in the dumpster behind the F1 division of Renault.
And you cram that in a Clio.
On one occasion, a SMART launched me a warning that the drive had worked "too many hours" on 160GB home drive.
There wasn't a single fault with it, even after I donated it charity, when I duly formatted it and slapped Ubuntu on it, just to deliver a working "ran when parked" machine.
On a home drive, it was a pure trolling warning. The drive didn't have a single "Enterprise MTBF" goal, put apparently, the SMART crapped all over itself because the machine ran 24/7 for over 10 years. In fact, said warning only showed up if you ran a SMART diagnostic, but it never borked on boot over that.
A. 1 Liter of Water weighs approx. 1 kilogram. (997 grams).
B. A cube with 1000 liters has exactly 1 meter of length on each side of its 3 dimensions, and it weights nearly a ton. Saying that 1 metric cube of water weights a ton incurs an error of 0,3%.
C. 1000kg is exactly a metric ton.
D. A cube, with 10 centimeters on each side, if filled with water, will have exactly 1 liter and weight almost 1 kilogram.
It means that if you need to measure anything in length, volume, or weight, and if you have a source of water and anything that can hold water with a scale, then you can use water as its own metric system.
Im so glad they didn't define things as their relation to Planck Time and Planck Length.
When the Interwebs at large was all dial-up, these bastards wouldn't have even get out of the door with such bloated code!
500MB out of scripts! And all for ads! I'm shocked.
You can watch 15 minutes of netflix with that much memory, I assume! In 4k, no less!
Google homepage is still pretty much their logo, a searchbox, and "im feeling lucky", 20 years on! These guys learned nothing! Didn't anybody notice that, despite G being an ad giant, their homepage is still squeaky clean?
on an EPSON printer with ECOTANK,
It has NO cartridge, just an ink reservoir.
HP was abandoned in Brazil because of the 100 bucks cartridge that costs them 25 cents PER LITER.
The only HP users are those that still have those LaserJets with "1 million miles repair kit." Those will survive the heat death of the universe, along with VW Beetles and NOKIA's 3100 beeping "low battery".
Epson did a market research here: they launched 2 models of printers with DRM chipped cartridges, and one without. The one WITHOUT sold like hotcakes, just with mouth-to-mouth advertising. They ABANDONED cartridges and started selling printers with INK TANKS. Not to mention people were MODDING their printers with tanks, like, drilling HOLES on the cartridge and plugging them into IV units hanging from the printer, like it just had a car accident.
And you can buy a PINT of black ink for 5 bucks on the grey market, pun intended.
I love that analogy, being an Engineer.
To top that off, my father (a Civil Engineer) says that elevators in Hidropower Dams use their ALTITUDE MSL as a floor number.
So, if the Dam is built 500 meters above Mean Sea Level, being the top of the lake at 700 meters, on the lowest level the elevators will show level 500, and the top one will display level 700, which is neat.
Not only it shows how high it is, it also gives a notion of how long a trip on it will take you.
The most annoying part about meaningful extensions is trying to rename some of them. Try to rename a .pif or .lnk IIRC and windoze won't let you.
- If you have a "file.pif" and try to rename it "file.txt" it will put "file.txt.pif" which is beyond stupid. You have to go to DOS to do it properly, and maybe even DOS won't let you.
And, who hasn't attached a "executable code.txt" to an e-mail ever before in their lives to dodge antivirus and e-mails settings?
And whoever hides files extensions on purpose should be SACKED immediately.
My car, on a particularly hot day, wouldn't start when it was over 35C, or parked under the sun for several hours. But it cranked on a cold day or early mornings, no problems.
A thermocouple was reading *minus* 68C. 68 degrees BELOW freezing, under the scorching sun. It told the ECU to soak the engine in gasoline, because it thought it was a cold day. It smelled like a carbureted VW Beetle. The ECU was working with faulty sensors, but it was behaving correctly.
Instrument failures produce impossible readings, and I can verify that.
The dealership wanted me to buy a new ECU and the entire eletronic fuel injection system again. A dedicated, attentive mechanic with the intrument reader attached to the car saved me over 500 bucks.
By the way, that sensor was tucked under the car for 19 years without maintenance before failure. You gotta love Honda for something that can work 19 years before failing.
... but Dell does.
No, we are not talking about selling a house to buy an Apple, (its usual corporate-sized budget home field is at least 6 figures) but how much a work-from-home boffin needs to spend on a new machine for the kids or for himself...
... for those that CAN home-office.
The coat is for a carpentry project in the basement, I am building new desks for the kids, I'm not leaving the house.
To leave your own apartment on GTA, you must be on *PASSIVE MODE* and call your MOBILE OPERATIONS CENTER aka MOC, which can withstand 63 homing missiles shot by the god-damned "mk2 Oppressor" flying bike - which only carry 20 at a time.
And then get headshot by a sniper if you are not on passive, because armed vehicles don't allow passive mode after 30 seconds.
Then you boot the game in "invite only" mode, or the ever popular "public solo mode" where you freeze your gta5.exe process on memory for 15 seconds and it drops all the other players from your game.
Lots of us would love to hop in a fighter and possibly pass out in the process, having watched Top Gun and loving fighters in a general sense.
They found the one guy on the planet that works for a defense contractor that wasn't so much into it. What are the odds?
On the other hand, no pun intended, this is not the first time a "passenger" used the ejection handle as oh-shit handle. Lore says a new air-boss for a carrier was strapped to the RIO seat of a F-14, the pilot did some "standard maneuvers" that include an aileron roll, and, basically, the pilot's boss grabbed the "NOPE" bar and left him there to land a now-convertible Tomcat back on the carrier.
The F-14 is not designed to fire both seats upon ejection, IIRC. And, that is a few million dollars worth of airplanes in both cases that were not written off.
...I had to use this Teams™ thingie for work.
You can't open side by side the chat panel and the files folder panel to load and unload files, so one person can guide you through whatever you need doing. Since the dawn of windows, the usability of having WINDOWS, is to have TWO of them doing different things. Open new view? Nope. New task? Nope.
No button, tool, right-click menu, nothing IN YOUR FACE to allow viewing the chat in one tab, and the uploaded files in another, with simultaneous view. Not just that, it FORGETS the folder you were in, going back to the root of the folder structure, or where you last logged in.
We are talking about having 3 different things in the screen: a chat windows, a cloud window, and a local file explorer window. The program doesn't allow the 2 first to happen at the same time, which is ABSURDLY STUPID. You can't edit files on the source either: you must download stuff into a temp folder, edit the stuff, and then re-upload, UNLESS you have OneDrive working on your machine, and then you edit YOUR file, which gets uploaded.
You can't get 2 copies of Teams on the same machine either.
IT icon, because the punks that built it never did IT or User Interface in their lives.
Hardware blueprints of a GPU... ok...
How many fabs around the world can use such a thing to make a graphics card? How many are Chinese in property? Aren't we talking about 7nm-ish blueprints here? Not world+dog has the machinery to reproduce this thing. Huawei? We are not talking about a VW Beetle here, where everybody that can weld two pieces of steel together or operate a steel foundry can do it.
On the other hand, PUBLISHING this stuff make a fantastic Right to Repair™ repository. "This +3V signal goes into chip #4654 over there" and stuff. People on the repair business would love some schematics sometimes.
Yeah, piracy is ugly and all that, they are entirely correct in the DMCA, but the point is ... meh?
Oh yes. Genesis was cheaper, but the posh guys wanted the Super Nintendo, imported on the grey market.
In fact, Tec Toy still builds both, to a degree. They replaced the main chips with a cheaper FPGA, it has a microSD card loaded, native RCA or HDMI cables (instead of an antenna adapter), and a crappy attempt at emulation of the Motorola 68000 for the Genesis. An empty shell of its former self.
Also, the original Yamaha FM chips are long gone, replaced by un-equivalent chips, with a poorer sound quality. All the accessories were made incompatible because of this, as well.
If you want thinner leads, you increase voltage, not add more leads. Or you will end with a bundle of thin leads on your hand, kinda self-defeating.
The thickness of leads is directly proportional to the current *alone*. Increasing voltage, you drop current.
power (stable) = current (-) x voltage (+)
Another issue is temperature: lots of current in thin cables generates heat. Ohmic resistance and all that.
Either we make the cable superconductor (not gonna happen), or we make them thick (we don't want that) or we can increase the voltage from 220V to something like 380V and beyond.
Power lines transporting *GIGAWATTS* are not much thicker than Tesla's cables, but power lines operate at 500,000 volts and beyond. 750,000 in not uncommon, and a few lines operate at one million volts. However, you must keep some 5 meters of distance from them before getting zapped.
Up to 440V is hand-operable without issue, and without gloves. At a mere 20 amps, a 440V charging port would be dumping 8800 W in a car.
Edit: Tesla operates at 480V on their supercharger. If they are rated at 150kW, that means 313 amps, on those THICK cables.
Their Aptiva desktops... if it had 8 screw holes to hold CD-ROM drives in place, it had 8 screws in them. It also applied to every ISA card, every PCI card, every riser rack, HDD... you get the point.
I took one apart to replace a single HDD and I went through 36 screws before losing count. Put it back together with just 10 or so.
Even IBM desktops were earthquake-proof.
You can see the upper corner of the borkage perfectly, so it is not running a multiplexer of some sort, or extended desktop views to force the image accross multiple monitors, or at least this is the first monitor of an array. But... does it keep a purposely low res image, upon boot, accross multiple monitors?
The message: A PROBLEM HAS BEEN DETECTED AND... suggests an extremely low resolution mode upon boot. Something on the VGA - SVGA range, which is below 1024 x 768. XP is famous for loading VGA-level resolution on default drivers and then tune up when proper drivers are loaded.
Not only it is a BSOD, it must be a really old motherboard under that BSOD, to run that resolution into the ground. I am suggesting XP and lower, and VGA drivers, not even SVGA. The machine must preceed the OS by several years.
My guess is 640 x 480.
My own machines never managed to mangle even the BSOD text that bad, by that era.
Actually, I blame both Rockstar and still Windows 10. There are reports of newer machines running Ryzen 7, with a super-duper RTX 2080Ti, where no cores are fully pegged, neither is the graphic card, and still, the game stumbles below 144 FPS, sometimes 90 FPS, when it should be blasting to the limit of the monitors / graphics card.
It is a known problem for GTA Five engine, poor utilization of multithreading, being a 6-7 year old engine.
My own machine is irrelevant, given all the reports on Reddit, and Steam. The stutters seem to get worse in full lobbies, where the network chip is being hammered for some folks (hence it is stealing resources from the main cpu to run, drivers to blame), which is also a documented problem. Denying the lowest core to the game improves the situation a lot, because of these aspects.
In fact, Windows 10 is saving the cake here, allowing to reallocate executables by hand, because older stuff is unable to share, a core still can't handle multiple programs peacefully. It is so evident that first suggestion is to run the game in high priority, and the second is to deny one core for it, let it hog the other 5 cores / 10 threads.
Newer games are being designed to spread over several cores, instead of running a spaghetti code for a single core... remember that the PS3 was the first videogame with 8 cores... and GTA was created on that era, with the PS3 limitations in its zero-day design. Today, next-gen GTA is blocked from the PS3, exactly for surpassing some features that the old consoles can't handle, while others can't be bypassed without re-making the game from the ground up.
Video encoding is a fully parallel task, where you can send each chunk to a core, so the programs were quickly updated to take advantage of it. Games run on several rules and AI, which are not divorced from each other easily after the first design, being unfair to compare both.
These days, on Windows 10, on a machine with a Ryzen 5 and 16GB of RAM,( that is, no slouch), allowing GTA Five in the Core 0, (where the rest of the system is) almost causes a crash on my system.
Forcing the game to run on cores 2 and above, leaving 0 and 1 alone, simply makes the whole PC responsive and grants some 10 FPS gain on the game.
Microsoft never learned to multitask, they still allow a single executable to hog the entire core it is running on and halt everything else on it, instead of reallocating anything to empty cores.
"A single key is used for an entire generation of Intel chipsets".
Replace Intel with Sony and Nintendo, and chipsets with Playstation, Switch, Wii U or whatever, and you will understand why it is so easy to get bootlegged games on some of these platforms.
Entire ecosystems inside Nintendo were borked, DRM defeated, and finally, easily pirated because there was a hard-coded single key on the entire line of hardware.
Not just Intel, but also entertainment products had this sloppy, lazy development aspect.
One of them required a specific vendor CD-ROM used in the console, which the mateys found out and quickly procured to find the keys inside the firmware and explode any DRM schema out of the water before they were even loaded from the disc (a really convoluted roundabout way, but still).
"Never blame maliciousness when simple stupidity can be the culprit" or something like that.
(edit) Oh here it is:
"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity"
How about AMD?
I'm kinda proud of Tesla's AI being fooled the same way we mere humans are.
- If I saw a sign with 85 on it, I would perhaps check the GPS first? My 20 years old tomtom gps knows the speed limits of most of my city...
- I would know it wasn't 85 last week? (Historical record?)
- I would know it's not a highway that allows 85? (Knowing how roads work?)
- A car that speeds up by itself? Hell, I would be GLAD to stomp on the gas to hit 85 BY MYSELF, then set the cruise control again. See how many people would honk at you for doing 35 in an 85 zone!
A bit of crosschecking WITH EVEN FREAKING GOOGLE MAPS would work wonders.
I would love to see someone log 2 skateboards as "transport equipment" or something in an invoice, true BOFH style.
I would also find it very strange - then find it makes total sense - to have a couple skateboards in a server room.
And "use a manual scooter as a pallet jack" could be added to the list.
But back on topic... the noisiest thing I ever witnessed are dot-printers. They are not the loudest, but their pitch is the most irritating thing, like a couple hundred of Banshees stubbing their toes and cursing their fate at the same time.
'Ye olde' Remington typewriters have that nice mechanical 'click-clack' behind the sharp noise of the hammer on the hard rubber, which makes them almost pleasant, the same feature being similar to mechanical keyboards, and shotguns being cocked.
But dot-printers, by Geezus on the Holy Supper...
...charging you by traffic. 10 bucks per gigabyte, say.
And it can pump 250 terabits per second into customers. That's how much money 4G telcos are making here in South America.
A license to print money.
That probably will improve lag everywhere, I assume? Even if you don't use directly, someone will stop using what you do, to use that?
I love those OSes where the login prompt can be dully customized with RED BOLD fonts... so you apply them to ROOT.
While in Windows, 99.8% of users run the thing as admins, out of the box,.where even the simplest DELETE keystroke can bork your system... so MS invented (or hell, they stole, most probably) the Trash Bin.
The trash bin saved me more than once, must admit.
I have GetRight since the dial-up era.
It has a full FTP client, where you can fill the e-mail and password you want, it recreates a folder structure for you to peruse, and you see the FTP command-lines wheezing by as you click on stuff you want to upload and download.
Plus, as the original intent, it can download the same file from 4 or more places (or 4 chunks from the same throttled server), checks CRC on the file, and you still COULD send the file straight to an antivirus tool as you downloaded.
And of course, batch jobs, downloading lots of files using few ports....
Meanwhile, all FTP servers I see these days have a HTML mirror page reproducing the FTP structure... so... these worked on a NETSCAPE NAVIGATOR.
But Chrome wants to force you to use Google Drive, so no.... [snip].
I'm pretty sure you don't need Chrome to do FTP, plenty good clients out there...?
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