* Posts by Luiz Abdala

394 posts • joined 3 Jul 2007


Stuxnet sibling theory surges after Iran says nuke facility shut down by electrical fault

Luiz Abdala

Yes, poor Iran needs nuclear power.

They don't have any other fuel source to produce electrical power.

Poor little 3rd world country.

BOFH: Time for the MMOCC. You know, the Massively Moronic Online Christmas Call

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Re: "We've signed up to a multi-presence company”

Try Teams autostarting...

...on Core 2 Duos;

... with 4GB of ram;

...out of hard drives.

And we can't disable it.

I swear to GOD, lime and carpet rolls are in order here for all the bellends that decided it was a good idea to inflict that pain upon such archeologic machinery, besides Windows 10 itself.

The spawn of Satan works for my IT department.

Cyberpunk 2077: There's a great game within screaming to get out, but sadly it was released 57 years too early

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Didn't CDPR learn anything from Microsoft?

Let´s step back for a minute here.

Flight Simulator.

It was announced and BAM, here it is. No major bugs, the airplanes work, you don't fall through the floor of airports... It was released on date (it was?) Except for a glitch or two, based on the quality of the sources they used - a 212 story house - nothing game breaking.

The thing was thorougly tested, but then again... you have MICROSOFT behind it. Lots of devs, QA, can be mustered to do anything on a moments notice.

But my point is, they didn't announce the game until it was proper and ready. I heard it was based on the previous version, FSX, but everything except for the physics engine was rewritten, from the rendering to the UI, it was all redone. It had to be integrated with online streaming, another huge hurdle that I heard nobody complaining that "only the low-res models loaded". That thing is being STREAMED, several terabytes of it from azure or whatever, a major flex for them, alright, let´s give them that, but the point remains.

They kept their traps shut until it was done. Am I the only one that feels like this? That CDPR should simply have kept their traps shut for another year? Or could they have pulled a Blizzard and said "yeah, we are developing Diablo 4, but that will take at least 2 years"? Activision-Blizz is saying nothing on how D4 is going, or how Overwatch 2 is going. They announced it and that's that.

Yes, there a virus going on, but Microsoft pulled it smoothly, while it was a mess for CDPR. Is it just money? Could they have handled it better despite being a tiny company near Microsoft?

How does that compare to Hello Games, a company just as tiny, but I don't remember No Mans Sky having "blurred low-res models" loaded making the game unplayable, I just remember my graphics cards griding to make 20 fps, and then suddenly making 40 fps after a patch. A bit of apples to oranges here, but bear with me, there wasn't anything fundamentally wrong with No Mans Sky upon launch, just an extreme lack of content beyond the procedurally generated planets, that turned out less varied than the coding suggests...

Is it just a feeling, or they could have kept mum about Cyberpunk for another year of Quality Assurance?

Remember how it took 2 years before Rockstar released GTA for PCs, and it went reasonably smooth? It was far from perfect - believe me - but it was stable.

Why, yes, you can register an XSS attack as a UK company name. How do we know that? Someone actually did it

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The license plate NULL and the license plate VOID.

There was a bloke in the US that thought that using NULL and VOID as his and his missus license plates would skim him out of any traffic violations forever.

Turns out that EVERY traffic violation automatically registered to vehicles such as Ambulances and Police Cruisers that were then declared as NULL or VOID by humans were then addressed TO HIM.

He ended up with over $34,000.00 worth of traffic violations in less than one month or something to that effect.

Nice plot twist there!


Uber drivers take ride biz to European court over 'Kafkaesque' algorithmic firings by Mastermind code

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Re: "irregular trips"

That´s the best thing about Uber, except when it envolves the fact the driver is not running Waze along with it, to avoid the worst traffic jams.

Because they love taking the most jam-packed route. Which is why they are packed, they are usually the quickest route from A to B, or they would be if there was no traffic.

A cautionary tale of virtual floppies and all too real credentials

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Re: rm - r *.*

"Things that bring utter terror when used against you cause immense joy when used in your favor."

Maybe someone famous quoted that before me... I don't know.

When you're On Call, only you can hear the silence of the clicks

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Noise is a good feedback.

A noisy keyboard is a good feedback. I mean, a dial-tone response, not a shoddy quality touchscreen that creaks under pressure.

Over my mum they have an elevator panel without any response. No glowing ring, no dial-tone noise, no LCD showing a floor number lit.

Guess which panel gets pressed multiple times. Icon for reason.

Unis turn to webcam-watching AI to invigilate students taking exams. Of course, it struggles with people of color

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Re: Why use the word racist.

That's the funny part. The sample base to train the AI was not large enough.

Hanlon's razor: "Never attribute to malice that which could be adequately explained by stupidity."

Ethernet failure on Swiss business jet prompted emergency descent, say aviation safety bods

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FCS is not new.

Fly-by-wire - where everything is hooked to a computer - is not something new. F-16's have been flying like this for, what, 40 years now?

What's new is not having a McDonnel - Douglas level of budget to exhaustively test everything or having the DoD breathing down your neck to QA the bloody thing properly because you are going to wage war with it.

Trusting your life to a router ain't exactly a good thing, unless you built it for this purpose with infinite budget... so it works right off the bat, and you don't have to wait WINDOWS UPDATE to deploy the landing gear or lower flaps!

Mate, it's the '90s. You don't need to be reachable every minute of every hour. Your operating system can't cope

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The worst I ever witnessed - and corrected - was...

...A network of 5 Windows 95 machines, all of them with modems, hogging up a PABX central to get - you guessed - dial-up internet access. (with fancy COAX thin-net 10base2 cables! Terminators! 50 Ohms! BNC connectors! All that jazz!)

The thing was taking 5 phone lines, in a language-for-foreigners school. Five precious landlines which were used to enroll people in new courses.

I put just one - on the principal's office - to do said modem dialing, installed a proxy software on it, and turned all other network cards to "gateway" access on that machine (fixed IPs are nice on small networks!). A valuable instruction to cause the modem to disconnect in 5 minutes, auto-dialing enabled, and the thing could complete most of web access requests without dropping the ball, if the modem got a line on the first try.

Plus, the proxy would cache most of the own school central web pages, causing them to be extremely fast (static web pages were an asset back then!). Tested everything, you could hear the modem dialing on the other room, as you tried to browse on Netscape... and you could hear see the modem hanging up by the end of the shift when nobody was using for 5 minutes. Brilliant.

The whole thing worked fine, and on the first year, they got 80% more students, because FOUR LINES were available. The whole jerry-rig I had done with proxy software went away when they bought their first ADSL line with a router. And Cat5 cables.

I took the coax cable for myself with all the terminators, and assembled my own network at home, for free, after being cleared, of course.

Anyone else noticed that the top countries for broadband speeds are well-known tax havens? No? Just us then?

Luiz Abdala

Re: Lies... Damn Lies...

"At the higher speeds it is almost irreverent (sic) what the actual numbers are as you will never use it."

Until you have to download Flight Simulator at a whopping 90GB. And you discover you will have to wait 7 days to get it done.

Better go buy beer and sip it SLOWLY while you wait for your irrelevant speed internet to chug along.

Happy birthday to the Nokia 3310: 20 years ago, it seemed like almost everyone owned this legendary mobile

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I still haven't seen a mobile that can survive a 10mm drill bit hole across the screen.


Party like it's 2004: Almost a quarter of Windows 10 PCs living with the latest update

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Boot from this drive.

I am still waiting for a single snap-in tool FROM MICROSOFT that simply says:


It should dismount the drive, unpartititon it, format a fresh NTFS/whatever bootable partition on it and migrate the WHOLE boot to it, and then reboot the machine off of the fresh drive. (It would be usually unpartitioned anyway, but it must ask permissions first, of course).

Acronis felt unable to read my older boot drive and clone it into a fresh SSD, and I haven't found the time to setup a fresh boot from scratch and install EEEEEVERYTHING again. I'm kinda stumped at finding a tool capable of just cloning my current setup for free..

After 50 years, I feel Microsoft should not fear us cloning their OS freely, but it reached the point where the thing just blobs "please activate windows" in an overlay, and that's it. The slap on the wrist stays on screen forever, but it won't bother an USER any further.

This is not the place (forum, right?), but any ideas?

We haven't reached "Theseus ship" status yet, because Windows refuses to install in a fresh storage media, you MUST make a clean install every time you need to upgrade.

This PDP-11/70 was due to predict an election outcome – but no one could predict it falling over

Luiz Abdala

Re: @tip pc -- The elevator did it

Oh yes, the car had all levels of disrepair in the cable harness, and we had it rebuilt shortly thereafter, including ground lines.

The radio was usable again after it.

Luiz Abdala

Re: Performance Upgrade

GTX 1070's and 1060's are expressely GTX 1080's that failed one or more cores during the QA.

I thought it was widely known, ever since each generation of gpus came with 3 or more "flavors".

And overclocking was also born from this: someone discovered that several cheaper Intel chips were actually the same physical object as the higher speed parts, all you needed to do was to overclock the whole motherboard and have speedier memory to be able to handle the overclock, because the chips themselves were locked, while saving a few bucks.

Intel admitted to this years later, releasing "unlocked" extreme chips, where the core clock is decoupled from the motherboard/southbridge/northbridge/whatever speeds (and thus everything else remains at regular pace) and you can overclock the chip alone at your heart's content, depending of how much support you have on the board to do that.

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Re: @tip pc -- The elevator did it

My old man had a car where the ignition coil became completely unshielded to the AM and short wave radio over time... You could clearly hear the spark firing order through the radio. It also made it impossible to listen to anything on the radio beside the ignition coil.

It was easy to diagnose when a spark plug failed through the gap in the noise over the radio. Because it was a 305 V8, "meh, we still got 7 cylinders firing until we get home".

Pulling each one of the spark plug wires, one of them made no difference to the now rattling and gurgling idle.

Not just computers benefited from EM shielding.

Luiz Abdala

Re: The elevator did it

People these days collected (17?) or so floppy drives to play the theme of Mario Bros...


Reply-All storm flares as email announcing privacy policy puts 500 addresses in the 'To' field, not 'BCC'

Luiz Abdala

Who, Me?

Do I smell a "Who, Me?" scenario looming in the horizon for this outfit?

If you can read this, your Windows 10 2004 PC really is connected to the internet no matter what the OS claims

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Re: Cortana can't be activated

That´s why Master Chief unplugged her from his suit. Not that she'd go berserk... he was connecting her to a wired PC and trying to reset her registry key.

TomTom bill bomb: Why am I being charged for infotainment? I sold my car last year, rages Reg reader

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I bought a portable TomTom device a few years ago and...

...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.

No more Genius Bar bottlenecks for you, Mr Customer? Apple exports independent repair provider program to Europe and Canada

Luiz Abdala

"Any salvaged parts must be returned to Apple, where they’ll either be refurbished..."



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.

Utilitarian, long-bodied Nokia 5.3 has budget basic specs - but it does cost £150

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QR code running from the wrong camera.

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.

When a deleted primary device file only takes 20 mins out of your maintenance window, but a whole year off your lifespan

Luiz Abdala

Re: Speaking about the f*ing manual...

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.

Luiz Abdala

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.

One does not simply repurpose an entire internet constellation for sat-nav, but UK might have a go anyway

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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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Microsoft has a cure for data nuked by fat fingers if you're not afraid of the command line

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Inquiring minds want to know...

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.

Lockdown team building: Actualise the potentiality of your workforce... through the power of video games

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"This is going to hell in a hand basket real fast!" "Axe me a question!"

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.

PC printer problems and enraged execs: When the answer to 'Hand over that floppy disk' is 'No'

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Re: No drivers.

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.

Luiz Abdala

No drivers.

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.

Faxing hell: The cops say they would very much like us to stop calling them all the time

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Fax as scanner.

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.

By emptying offices, coronavirus has hastened the paperless office

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Re: For the last 45ish years ...

How's that for a plot twist. Stop consuming paper means less trees!

I wonder how many more trees were encouraged into existence due to toilet paper rise!

The bork on the sign goes round and round, round and round, round and round

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Re: 256GB for a sign!

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.

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Enterprise SMART firmware on home drives?

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.

Commendable drive.

Only true boffins will be able to grasp Blighty's new legal definitions of the humble metre and kilogram

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Liter, Meter, Kilogram: simplified by water.

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.

Top tip, devs – your Chrome extension doesn't have to suck: 'A few hours can result in big improvements for millions of users'

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Re: Another good reason to use Ublock Origin

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?

Florida man might just stick it to HP for injecting sneaky DRM update into his printers that rejected non-HP ink

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I hope he prints the entirety of process if he wins...

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.

Dumpster diving to revive a crashing NetWare server? It was acceptable in the '90s

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If it is stupid, but it works...

...it is not stupid.

Better than driving in the wee hours of the morning to slap a RESET button in a server somewhere.

Move fast and break stuff, Windows Terminal style: Final update before release will nix your carefully crafted settings

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Re: How about a poll?

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.

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Meaningful extensions.pif

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.

As in:

- 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.

In case you need more proof the world's gone mad: Behold, Apple's $699 Mac Pro wheels

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Real BBS wheels can be had for 426 quid.

You can buy REAL WHEELS, for a REAL CAR, for less than that.

Apple is just stupid. They have lost their goddamn minds.

Rewriting the checklists: 50 years since Apollo 13 reported it 'had a problem' – and boffins saved the day

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Re: It's (almost) never the instrument.

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.

How to make a stranger's insecure 3D printer halt-and-catch-fire – plus more alerts from infosec world

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Re: "More than half of US phone calls are spam"

Remember when we had public phonebooks?

A list containing your name, your home address, and your phone number?

Sarah Connor in Terminator?

I bet that a phonebook wouldn't even be allowed to be created today.

PC shipments went over a cliff in Q1, which may be only moderately terrifying

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Apple does not sell on home budgets...

... 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.

Doom Eternal: Reboot sequel is cluttered but we're only here for the rippin' and the tearin'

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Re: I suck at FPS...

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.

French pensioner ejected from fighter jet after accidentally grabbing bang seat* handle

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Top gun...

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.

Microsoft corrects '775 per cent cloud usage surge' claim: Big number only applied to Teams and only in Italy

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Aside from the surge...

...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.

AMD dials 911, emits DMCA takedowns after miscreant steals a load of GPU hardware blueprints, leaks on GitHub

Luiz Abdala

Hardware blueprints of a GPU... ok...

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?

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Luiz Abdala

Re: A favorite sport... dodging taxes.

Actually, it was easier to find it, back then. It was the only paved road for miles and miles.

The real off-road stuff was truly Cartography-level of "lost", 500 miles removed from the next hint of civilization.

Luiz Abdala

Re: A favorite sport... dodging taxes.

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.

Apple updates iPad Pro with a trackpad, faster processor. Is it a real computer now?

Luiz Abdala





OH don't mind me, I have a condition, I start laughing when I hear the most absurd things... That's why I got my coa....





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