Re: Fraudulent too...
And modern crowdfunding isn't much much worse?
175 posts • joined 14 May 2018
Don't forget vehicle manufacturers such as Deere and Vauxhall. Deere don't want you tweaking ECU's because, well copyright code. Vauxhall don't want you replacing your own control units or vehicle configuration (adding cruise control or extra speakers etc) because of top secret VCI codes you need to do it to program the modules to "see" the added hardware.
@RegGuy1: Indeed. I'm 36 and as well as my employer paying in, and me paying for both my employer job and my business, I'm also putting £15 a week into my pot from earnings off my own back.
I'll thank myself when I retire, hopefully. Young whippersnappers, don't leave it too late! Especially with the state of State pensions in the UK (Ha, see what I did there?)
I'll get my coat....
"Seriously, should you fish one of these repairable devices out of the skip before it gets rained on, you can be prosecuted. I think for theft, as the recycling company is on a bonus to meet their WEEE targets.
Our local tip has a sign warning of such."
Not always. I regularly salvage stuff from my local SUEZ owned tip, and as long as you ask permission from managers they will often allow you to take stuff, even buy it if you think it has value. Made a ton of money this way from washing machines, TV's, computers etc
"The bank told its customers: "We feel that Card Members would be at a disadvantage if they were not aware of these campaigns and promotional periods.""
So you're missing out having to spend £500 to get £50? Heh. Cloud cuckoo marketing again!
Spend £40 in store and get 5p off a litre of fuel!
"Now a paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Psychology may be riding to the rescue of travel-shy people everywhere. Sure, it states the bleeding obvious, but it might provide an opportunity to blind your dullard boss with science."
I sense another BOFH episode on the merits of home working.....
In all my years of repairing laptops, I have never had a repair in that was due to the backlight supply cable. The lamps wearing out, and the power rail to them, yes. Apple have set a new low, but then it's planned obsolescence.
I wonder how long it'll be before another class action over the way heat is vented AT the screen, causing screen bleed on some models is launched? My Dell G3 copies this but I've undervolted the CPU to lower temps. Why everyone copies Apple's crap design is beyond me.
"If the users had called to say "I can't find the brightness control" that would have been a different matter. And likely resolvable with a google for the monitor's manual, over the phone."
Back in those days? Googling a manual? Downloading a PDF over 33k/56k would have taken years! I doubt they had even HTML versions back then.
"My wife found two colleagues puzzled that the LED on the screen was lit, but waggling the mouse didn't cause anything to happen. She had to point out that this was a laptop docking station, and you needed to attach a laptop....."
And turn it on! Don't forget some people won't even do that! Baby steps FTW!
"The exploits rely on you being able to run your own code on the machine. Xboxes & PS5s don't tend to allow this"
Xboxes and PS5's use AMD chips, whether these suffer the same we don't know. And, Xbox One X and Series X has a Developer Mode, so you could potentially run your own code using that. I'm not an expert on it though, just a possibility,
I have a weird issue on my Precision M6600 where the Quadro 3000 locks up on Remote Desktop. Never been fixed. It isn't hardware either as it was a new card. The Radeon 6870 equivalent doesn't do it. Just a pain doing GPU swaps on these as the palmrest has to come off!
It sounds like the contacts in the plugboard were not making contact properly? Unplugging them was jiggling the connection. The leaf connectors in the board were likely burnt/worn.
I have one here that occasionally crackles. Dismantling it I sanded all the contacts with wire wool, problem solved!
"Once witnessed a junior tech tasked with recovering data off a harddrive blow it up. I'd never realised that a floppy power cable could plug in to the jumper (master/slave) pins. The client was told the harddrive had died with the PC :)"
Ah, I remember the drives where the jumpers didn't have plastic surrounding them.... :)
@NomadUK: 'Lose'. Not 'loose'. 'Lose'. Christ.
Be nice, come on now. Anyone can mess up a keystroke and tap twice. Chiclet keys are terrible, ya know. And they're everywhere (thanks, crApple!). And unresponsive (thanks, again, crApple!). My Dell G3 1779 here's looking at you! Great for gaming with a pad but the keyboard's god awful!
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