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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 17, 2014, 12:01:41 PM
That clear-cut divide in bitcoin's community is quite obvious too, and it extends all the way down to the altcoins where new features are born. Some people see the future, and are working hard to keep crypto honest and enjoyable so that it can be for anyone. Other people are strictly business- and they are not afraid of fraud and criminal acts to get what they want.

I'm on the side of it where I see what could become one of the biggest economical overhauls since Fiat currency was invented. Bitcoin is a solution to many problems that exist in existing currency infrastructure. But it introduces complications of its own, not all of which are easily solved.

Right now the biggest thing hindering bitcoin is the fact that its greatest selling point is also its own worst enemy - its decentralized architecture.  There is a sort of fundamental human need to blame somebody else when things go wrong. With Fiat currency, you can blame the banks or blame the government, or invent some imaginary conspiracy group to blame when the usual suspects don't fit the bill.

The lack of a central authority in bitcoin means that if it implodes there is nobody to blame but the userbase in general for it. That's a downright scary thought to a lot of people on almost every level of thought. The fact that they might have to actually be responsible for their own actions, because if they mess up they can't blame someone else to cover it up. And with the bitcoin blockchain being a public record of all transactions, your mistake is not only your own fault but everyone can see that you made that mistake and it will never be forgotten.

That makes things really scary for people who only know the basic concepts of bitcoin.

Then you get advertising like a recent Master Card campaign calling out 'trust issues' with bitcoin, even though I would gladly put more faith in the algorithms and mass-validation system bitcoin utilizes than the proprietary, exploitable, and politically corrupt system in use by Mastercard and the other major processors. But to someone not familiar enough with bitcoin to laugh at such claims, this is a very scary idea and effectively a FUD campaign to discourage people from using bitcoin.

I think 2015 is going to be very exciting for Crypto, but right now my long positions in bitcoin are all in the red due to the recent price drop. Kinda not amused.

2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 13, 2014, 09:03:27 AM
I'm more concerned with its value dropping than its mainstream increasing. Cripes it's down to $350 USD now ...(that shit's making me nervous)... They need to dropkick it back up to at least the 500's..

I doubt it will continue.

Right now the market is once again being manipulated, as bulls and bears battle it out with the charts as the scoreboard.

Eventually when the people playing with it have met their quotas, it will go sky high again and take everyone with it. There's enough actual usage for it now to keep it from dissappearing in any kind of hurry, and the economics of supply and demand should guide it once the big money people stop messing around.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: production salt-water pwrd car on: December 09, 2014, 03:05:05 PM
Its not sea salt. Or anything remotely common or cheap.

Its an exotic chemical salt that makes this work, and the article grossly understates this fact.

Though it is certainly one of the more interesting energy solutions, its not going to be cheap or widespread unless the method of making the salt solution it consumes can be done on the cheap and has no lasting environmental consequences if it is spilled.

4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Spoilers Are Fun !! on: December 09, 2014, 12:56:00 PM
Reload that machine with Windows 7 64-bit home premium or professional, and use either Chrome or Firefox.

Without even changing the hardware, you'll experience computing like never before.

Though it probably would be worth considering a new build. Something in the Haswell family from Intel with 8-16GB of ram and 64-bit Windows 7. Windows 8 is not recommended for desktops unless you are building for a kid who is used to smarphones, and Windows (9) 10 is probably going to be a disaster.

Telling someone to reload their machine with a different operating system doesn't seem like the desired solution to a particular software problem that's just emergent.

It is indeed far from ideal- but in this case there's a good chance he's facing a compatibility problem.

I've got a number of Windows XP machines still in use in an industrial setting, and I've noticed that recently a growing number of sites have dropped compatibility for that version of internet explorer. Upgrading to Windows 7 should let you regain the performance of a newly installed OS, while at the same time bringing compatibility up to where the software he wants to use will probably run right again.

Windows 8 is internally similar to Windows 7, but where the past few Windows versions have required a 'housebreaking' period of sorts where you get everything arranged the way you want and get used to its interfaces, Windows 8 has the the most involved learning curve because the UI is so different. It is possible to install third party addons that bring back the layout people are used to (circa 1995 after all), but this still is time consuming and results in a machine that has been customized and could become harder to troubleshoot later on.

With any luck Windows 10 will go back to having the traditional layout as the default, but I am not counting on it. Microsoft has delivered disappointments year after year, and the only reason I still install their stuff on any machine is compatibility with what people what to do. Every few years I try using Linux instead, and its always the compatibility headache that sends me back to Windows.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Spoilers Are Fun !! on: December 09, 2014, 12:03:45 PM
Reload that machine with Windows 7 64-bit home premium or professional, and use either Chrome or Firefox.

Without even changing the hardware, you'll experience computing like never before.

Though it probably would be worth considering a new build. Something in the Haswell family from Intel with 8-16GB of ram and 64-bit Windows 7. Windows 8 is not recommended for desktops unless you are building for a kid who is used to smarphones, and Windows (9) 10 is probably going to be a disaster.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Target/K-mart remove GTA V from shelves - new petition to ban Super Mario Bros on: December 06, 2014, 09:16:00 AM
They're doing it wrong.

These petitions should instead be banning consoles in general as an enabling technology to allow violence and crime into the household without an easy means of parental control- becase lets face it most parents have no clue how to enable that feature and most kids know how to bypass it completely.

No consoles = no violent immoral games to run on them.

Then all they have to do is properly lock down their PC so that the kid can't install software on it, and the parents have complete control and the ability to install only christian-approved brainwashing games like so many have done.


Oh and last night on Imgur, I saw a petition to ban the bible from being sold in stores for promoting violent crime, sexism, and incest. From the same line of thought that got GTA-V banned.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Sponsor me! 100 miles in 10 Days for Charity on: December 05, 2014, 11:53:12 AM
10 miles x 10 days in a row?
That sounds crazy.  I'm going to donate but i'd still feel better if you didn't try to complete it if it risks injury.

I've hiked 15 miles in a single day while carrying 80+lb of gear. Didn't even take me all day to do, I had it covered in perhaps 5 hours.

If you've practiced for this and have the right equipment along with friends along the way in case anything goes wrong, its perfectly safe and can be a lie-changing experience to do.

He's got plenty of time- at a typical human running speed in the 8-12 MPH range it probably won't be much more than 2 hours a day of travelling sustained for the 10 days.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Where do you buy your printer ink? on: November 23, 2014, 01:56:43 PM
Laser printers are the better all around deal in my experience.

The up front prices have dropped considerably- and while the cartridges are more costly they also last a great deal longer- both in page yield and not having a shelf life like ink does.

Many inkjet printers sold today it is literally cheaper to replace the whole printer after the sample cartridges are used up, because the replacement cartridges cost more than the whole printer did. And if you don't use your printer very often, the ink dries up and is wasted.

I've got a Cannon inkjet as well after going HP for years. Every time I need to print something with it, I have to buy new ink cartridges because going years in between has allowed them to dry up and be ruined. Next time I need to use it I'll probably just buy a HP laserjet, that way it doesn't have that dry ink issue and at the same time I can use it for making custom PCBs as well.

9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hard Drive SMART Stats - from the BackBlaze Blog on: November 20, 2014, 09:54:38 PM
Because the drive had not run out of spare sectors, and was able to remap 100% of them to spare areas.

I've salvaged quite a few 'bad' devices that way, simply overwriting them repeatedly a few times to brute force trigger the remapping sequence.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Still weird: The mouse is more accurate than a finger on: November 19, 2014, 11:27:55 AM
Question: Is it possible with current Win XP tech to create TWO mice pointers, color coded? Then you leave one up near the top for that stuff, the other does regular stuff? I'm guessing not, but then I wouldn't have guessed virtual desktops either! (Or any of a million other things!)


Seen it, but not using two locally-attached mice. Some of the remote control and conferencing software I've worked with has two visually-different mouse pointers present during a remote session. One is the standard-issue Windows default mouse, which is controlled by the local user operating the mouse like normal.

The other cursor was a different shape and color, and controlled by the person on the remote end of the session. This cursor could operate the computer's controls as easily as the local user cursor could, but usually during a session was simply used as a pointer to indicate where the local user should click due to latency of the remote link making it tricky to doubleclick.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Still weird: The mouse is more accurate than a finger on: November 18, 2014, 06:11:49 PM
It because the size of the fingertip is far larger than the size of a mouse cursor- and you can quickly and efficiently adjust a cursor down to being only a single pixel in size where it can be quickly and accurately aligned by eye using an on-screen grid.

Touchpads you can touch of course, but the finger is rather big and awkward. That's why we have tweezers and pliers for precise stuff, and why devices were using a stylus for a time before touch-friendly UIs were really developed very far.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Worm's neurons mapped, simulated in robot on: November 18, 2014, 08:01:47 AM
So they're finally succeeding in something I had tried to do 10 years ago- simulating a neuron map to see if it would imitate the behavior of what it was copied from.

At the time I had no way of obtaining source maps to use, but I was able to create an array of neurons that would interact with each other. Unfortunately there were only two conditions I could recognize- comatose, and seizure.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please recommend a Canadian domain name registrar to me on: November 15, 2014, 02:35:12 PM
Worth noting- even if you are on a non-US registrar, the big .com .net .org etc TLDs are still managed by US-owned Verisign, and through that route they can simply seize your domain name if you offend.

You need to go to one of the less common TLDs for your domain name with a non-US and prefferably Asian or middle eastern owned domain registration agency in order to avoid American bullying practices when it comes to domain and site seizures.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Speed record by a rocket-bicycle on: November 15, 2014, 10:11:27 AM
Its not really a bicycle though with an engine like that- he couldn't possibly pedal it at that speed with any kind of efect.

No, its really a motorcycle built out of a bicycle frame. One that probably should not be street legal.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Call to arms on net neutrailty on: November 11, 2014, 03:46:58 PM
Cannot trust government or corporate with this stuff.

Though legislation to discourage the exploitation of natural monopolies by telco and internet providers does help to some extent, they will always find ways around it and perpetually play on the slippery slope in order to get what they want through feature creep if it isn't directly okay.

As a service provider, losing net neutrality could theoretically mean that a large provider could make my services unbearably slow since I can't afford to pay any of their 'easements' required to get moved into a higher traffic tier.

At the same time, I am all in favor of local cache installations for frequently accessed content, with associated colocation fees.

In effect, net neutrality needs to stay very carefully focused on forbidding ISPs from requiring consumers or providers to pay an extra fee to access certain types of content.

Letting providers pay to have mirror servers colocated on a particular network is extremely important for overall network capacity and strategy, and allows large providers to mitigate their impacts on the public network by reducing the total traffic generated by them through local and regional service hubs.

Thus, having to pay extra to leave the walled garden of facebook and fox news or to make my sites accessible to people is unacceptable by my book, but at the same time facebook should still be allowed to pay a fair colocation fee to put a local mirror close to a major city in order to improve performance in the region.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: More speed/bandwidth from an 802.11n laptop<-->WiFi Router/Modem connection? on: November 05, 2014, 11:53:39 AM
IME, it's always been very bad to have more than one NIC connecting to the same network, (eg. wired and wireless, 2 x wired, etc).  The system ends up getting confused about where to send things.

Probably requires some fiddly settings to get the multiple connections to load share with each other or you can use something like Speedify or Dispatch.

Using multiple combined NICs is usually referred to as "teaming." (In the NIX world it's also called interface "bonding.}

NIC teaming is not a feature built into Windows 7. There's an "intermediate" driver that needs to be installed to allow teaming. So getting it to work depends on the brand of NIC (and driver) installed - plus a network switch that supports NIC teaming. I know Intel supports teaming on some of their NICs. There are likely other brands that also support it. But I'm not familar with them. (I've been told Broadcom has teaming support for some of its adapters.)

FWIW I've never seen NIC teaming done on the PC level. From my experience it's purely a "server thing." Cool

So...is there anybody out there in DocoLand teaming NICs on their PC or laptop? huh

Note: Windows 7 DOES include the ability to set adapter priority for multiple interfaces.

Using this capability you can set it to use a cabled in connection in preference to the wifi, which makes it so that you can actually be connected to the wifi and the cable simultaneously without issue.I have my laptop set this way, and can plug into the cable for more speed without having to turn the wifi off. The default priority in windows is backwards of course, preferring the wifi over the cable for some strange reason.

What you don't want to do is bridge the nicks in windows when you have more than one connected to the same network, as this results in a layer 2 loop that can and will bring down the whole network.

As for wifi not reaching full speed, a lot of times this has to do with signal to noise ratio. Even though it is getting a strong enough signal, there's too much interference for it to really be heard. OpenWRT has the capability to display the SNR on a per device basis, which is really convenient for troubleshooting situations like this. It also shows transmit and recieve data rates, again on a per device basis.

One last thing to check- you are using WPA2 encryption correct? Wireless N will not exceed wireless G speeds unless it is encrypted using WPA2 or better.


As for IPv6, most of the time it does not matter. However in some cases your system will get a valid IPv6 address that does not have a usable route to the rest of the world. If this happens it will try to use that address since Windows prefers IPv6 over IPv4 by default, and the result is a huge slowdown in browsing performance because it has to wait for the IPv6 attempt to time out before falling back to IPv4.

You could just disable IPv6 until your ISP implements it the rest of the way, or alternately you could change the IP priority so that Windows will use IPv4 in preference to IPv6- eliminating the risk of slowdown without removing your ability to experiment with ipv6.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Emergency Broadcast System ? on: October 28, 2014, 03:25:18 PM
I still think the old fashioned mechanical SD-10 air raid sirens that went off at noon every Saturday post WWII till about 1980 were the most reliable. (A steady siren meant: "alert" A rising and falling tone meant: "Sit down; face the nearest concrete wall; put head between legs - kiss ass goodbye!" as the saying went.

At least with those you could always hook a gas engine or car battery up to them (by design) and get them to work. If the grid is down, all the technology in the world becomes nothing but inert PC boards stuffed with electronics.


I remember the scout camp I went to had an old ambulance siren mounted to the roof of the medical lodge. When it sounded, we were to report immediately to the parade ground unless the weather was severe- in which case the location to report to was the main dining hall.

It was operated off of a 12v battery on a high shelf in the medical lodge waiting room, since the camp was in a remote location and was frequently without grid power after severe storms.

Also there was a 3T22 in the town I used to live in. I only ever heard it signal the alternate wailing fire alarm, but upon finding the type on youtube learned that it also had a steady-high alert as well as a hi-lo wailing signal for air raids. If coupled with the proper power equipment, a horn like that would still be very effective at making sure people know if they need to take action.

(Sample of a 3T22 testing all three modes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=md5-fl3VtVc )

And lets face it. In a truely end of the status quo scenario, technology newer than 1960s or so may very well simply not work due to loss of a fuel/energy source or because of damage from EMP or other disaster. Prior to the 1960s, equipment would take a beating and keep right on going, and anyone handy with a wrench could sort it out promptly if there was a problem.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Emergency Broadcast System ? on: October 28, 2014, 01:01:55 PM
Also just found this on wikipedia

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In 2008, the FCC began work on another system for public alerting designed and targeted at smartphones, meant to support the EAS. The Commercial Mobile Alert System made its debut in about early 2013 in select states for select events.

Apparently the FCC has already been working on addressing this for some time. So far I haven't heard of anything practical yet other than possibly an email alert or an app that pops up when it receives an alert.

http://en.wikipedia.org/w...ki/Emergency_Alert_System was the page I found it on, this details the current alert system
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Emergency Broadcast System ? on: October 28, 2014, 11:55:14 AM
In the US the Emergency Broadcast System *tests* have been around since the old duck-and-cover days and equally useful... IMO.  Teats on a boar?  undecided

Useless or not... shouldn't there be an Internet version as well?  Where most eye balls are these days?

Maybe an annoying crawler that can be stopped or turned off?

Someone would very quickly write up a blocker to can it.

Most of the time though news travels faster over the internet than it does over older types of media- for instance the shootings in Canada recently I heard about it first from people online before the news here even made mention of it.
 
Consider too, the majority of the broadcast alerts I've heard on the radio are local or regional alerts issued by the National Weather Service to warn of severe weather in the area. An EBS broadcast transmitted the same way would very quickly prompt people to google "local news", which would right away direct them to their local news stations and the emergency notice that they might not have heard the first time. Radio isn't completely obsolete after all, it still holds a lot of ground in the workplace because it allows people to keep up with news and weather as well as rocking out while they get things done.

And you factor in social networks too- someone hears a tornado warning their facebook now says OMG TORNADO WATCH OUT.
People see this and check their own weather to see if they are in danger as well.


Also, services like this already exist. http://www.emergencyemail.org/PublicServices.asp

When a situation arises that would require the EBS or would trigger a NOAA alert, third party services already exist that send email notices containing the alert. With many people's phones able to recieve emails, this would be highly effective to notify a lot of people right away of a developing situation or a hazard they need to take shelter against.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Antilock-breaking (ABS) vs Stabilty Control (ESP) vs Traction Control Video on: October 26, 2014, 12:14:21 PM
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My current car has an automatic transmission, and not only have I heard it performing engine braking on its own while in cruise control, but I was successfully able to perform it using the manual override this morning to keep my speeds down and compensate for the loss of braking power.

Automatic transmissions use a torque converter -- oversimplified imagine two propellers in a liquid, one powered, & the other connected to the transmission. A locking torque converter [which most vehicles have nowadays] tries to do just that, lock at higher speeds. A manual transmission uses a clutch, where a disc with a material similar to brake lining on both sides is squeezed by spring tension between the engine's flywheel & the transmission's input shaft. When you step on the clutch pedal you release that spring tension -- the more you press down the more spring tension is reduced.

So... you should be able to see or imagine why a torque converter might be less ideal for downshifting &/or braking. Will it work? Yes, but it's better suited to limiting the gear to a lower range, limiting speed going downhill in the mountains.

And this is one place that automation can improve considerably. On a vehicle where the PCM is able to recognize when engine braking is about to take place, the torque converter can be instructed to lock up and stay locked once the transmission is in a suitable gear. I suspect my car is able to do this, since I've seen it engine braking all by itself while in cruise control and going down a steep hill.

Like so, engine braking with an automatic transmission is as practical as it is on a manual transmission, because the only difference between the two is the slightly higher slip factor resulting from the design.

Designs that don't do that though, you are indeed correct that engine braking with an automatic is less effective than on the same vehicle equipped with a manual transmission. Usually you end up going a gear or two lower into the range of options with an automatic in order to bring the RPM up enough to make the torque converter couple it back to the engine.

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And as for engine-braking, I recall him saying that it was to be avoided at all costs, as, not only could it make for really jerky driving and risk hurting passengers' necks, but also, with constant use, it would destroy the transmission as you were making it do something it was not designed to do (it was designed to transfer the engine's energy to push the car forwards, not slow it down).


May sound logical to someone without mechanical knowledge, but say that to a decent mechanic to make him/her laugh. Did he know how unnecessarily hard it would be to manufacture gears that had only one face of the teeth hardened?

There actually is a mechanical concern to engine braking an automatic now that I think about it. It has to do with the way automatic transmissions shift- using bands similar to brake pads to grab different areas of the planar assembly in order to change the gear ratio without ever actually meshing or unmeshing the gears.

If you apply too much torque to this assembly, it can cause the bands to slip. This results in increased transmission wear and heating, and could indeed ruin the transmission.

However, this only applies to automatic transmissions, and really is only a concern in a scenario where the transmission is already worn out to a point where it is already experiencing internal slippage problems. A transmission that still has plenty of band-meat left and is operating at or above its optimum shifting pressure will have sufficient resistance to internal slip that engine braking won't hurt it any more than smoking the tires at the redlight- because again the tires will lose traction long before anything bad happens mechanically inside the transmission.

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Right from the start it needed new brakes, and one of the brake lines got changed at that time because I had to cut the line to get the caliper hose off. But for the most part the only time I even look at the underside of it is when I think there is something odd happening, and having the brake lines rot out and pop like this happens every couple years.

What you need to consider is total age & condition plus the possibility of contaminants. If one PC case fan goes out, myself I'll replace all the others that are the same age rather than assume it was a fluke. If one rubber brake line rotted, assume all are the same age & replace them. BTW, heat + penetrating oil + a crows foot type fitting socket connected to a small impact help loosen rusted fittings. The impact can be key because of the rapid impacts -- not raw horsepower.

I mentioned contaminants... ANYTHING but pure brake fluid [of the correct type for your car/truck] can trigger chemical reactions that will swell &/or eat rubber seals & lines. THIS IS IMPORTANT. Rubber lines rarely go bad -- I can't remember replacing one in years running dealer service. It could be a combination of age & environment, e.g. in the Detroit area winter road salt wrecks havoc, but if you're repeatedly having problems with rubber lines consider the possibility that water or something else has gotten into the brake fluid, &/or that the wrong type of fluid has been added. I have seen where that led to ONE of the brakes locking on -- at high speed! Imagine what happens when a wheel stops turning!

I've never seen rubber brake lines. Its always steel, sometimes copper or plastic coated in a futile attempt to stop them from rotting out so fast. If only I could get stainless steel brake lines without breaking the bank, they'd stay pristine for the entire lifetime of the car.

Usually whenever I have to work on the brakes at all, I'll bleed the system down to nothing and refill it with fresh fluid from a sealed container. Contaminants eat calipers and master cylinders, and even if you keep the system tight they still manage to get in there. Fluid is cheap, and if it keeps me from having to change anything more expensive than the lines I don't mind paying that much.

Money is tight for me though. Simply replacing things whenever I happen to think about it would leave me completely broke. Though I prefer to not have it break in the first place, when you're limited on cashflow its best to stick to if it ain't broke don't fix it. And then make a point of learning how to ride out any failures that do happen, cause it will break no matter what you do it.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Malware blocked at DC !?! on: October 25, 2014, 06:26:50 PM

Hopefully it was a coincidence.

I don't use a router.  Maybe an IE-9 Internet option?

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...- but it begs the question of how did those requests get to your computer in the first place.

I know I'm infected with something.  There are Internet Options that cannot be changed.  I have file folders that are not visable.

I had the FBI scam infection a while back.  MBAB's Chameleon killed the process and gave me internet access again but i haven't addressed any damage.

I ran unhide yesterday but found no changes.

I have to ask.

Why would you not use a router if at all possible? They usually include a decent firewall capability to protect your machine from exploits floating around the public network, including inbound UPNP exploits that would trigger malwarebytes like so.

Its just one extra level of protection, allowing you to keep your stuff on a clean network while still being able to access the rest of the world from behind the safety of that firewall only allowing stuff in that you've asked for.

Running without a router, anyone could port scan your system directly or try to exploit it along with everyone else on your ISP by using attacks that work over range broadcasts.


Also no. Internet Explorer has no ability whatsoever to filter your internet connection, other than by relying on sites that Microsoft has programmed it to blacklist.

You need at minimum a decent third party firewall software or a good router to protect your system. The default Windows Firewall is usually wide open by default with several key ports open that cannot be closed including the often abused port 139.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Malware blocked at DC !?! on: October 25, 2014, 09:10:18 AM
Note- the screenshots show that the attacks were directed at port 1900, which is in fact the port used by UPnP.

It is completely possible that this is in fact unrelated to having been browsing DC, and is just a coincidence that the messages popped up with DC open.

That's why I had asked for screenshots of the message first thing. It just makes it so much easier to figure out where it came from when you have the exact message in hand.

What I would suggest is checking your router settings and making sure upnp is disabled. A lot of routers have it enabled by default because it was supposed to offer a convenient new feature to let your firewall adjust itself on the fly, but in practice it proved positively dangerous to use. Malwarebytes would know this, and block inbound upnp requests- but it begs the question of how did those requests get to your computer in the first place.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Malware blocked at DC !?! on: October 24, 2014, 11:55:11 AM
Screenshots of the offending malware warning?

I'm willing to bet if you're using malwarebytes that it's a false positive.

Malwarebytes tends to be way too aggressive when blocking small hosting providers, and is known to kill entire IP ranges just because a couple of IPs in that range have gotten a bad reputation.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Chip Wars: AMD vs Intel .... GO! on: October 23, 2014, 12:58:44 PM
For the longest time Intel and AMD sort of alternated generations, Intel would make a really good CPU then AMD would make a better one back and forth.

What went wrong is where Intel hit thermal problems real bad on the Netburst architecture and had to take a step back, resulting in the core architecture that has since been improved on in other ways, AMD rode smoothly through that- only to slam into it full throttle with the Phenom.

I've heard from a lot of people that the early Phenom CPUs had the same thermal nightmare issues as the Netburst P4s- issues that I can say from experience the modern Sandy Bridge and Haswell CPUs have no problems with.

But at that point Intel gained a market lead that is forcing AMD to stay in catch up mode, and AMD is not competing anywhere near as well as they used to. The 4th generation I-series from Intel has been worth it in every test I've put them through, combining high efficiency at low usage with high gear computing power for heavy demands.

I hope AMD gets back on top of things soon. Simply because if Intel stays in the lead too long they'll become complacent, and the quality of their product line will drop while the price continues to creep upward. Having a neck and neck competitor in the market forces both companies to be competitive at all times, holding prices down and quality up.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 22, 2014, 12:15:06 PM
Key notes in this article:

  • Scans a tag on the car and then looks it up in a database to determine the position and angle of its fuel neck
  • Does not work on cars with locking fuel caps- which is highly recommended and commonplace in urban areas to prevent theft.
  • Expensive technology that hypothetically increases convenience without doing anything major to save time. Station must up-front the cost.

Point 1 is another valid solution to what I mentioned before- that the arm must somehow locate where the car is fuelled at, open the hatch and remove the cap, and then insert the nozzle. Simply retrieving the car's data from a database is a valid solution of course, but this adds a tremendous administrative burden in that every time a new model of car comes out the database must be updated to support it. And it will not work at all with vehicles that have been significantly altered- and I know a good many trucks that have relocated their fuel tanks for a variety of reasons.

Point 2 is a problem that could in theory be addressed by having the robot reach around to be near the driver and request the key. But this adds incredibly to the complexity of the system, as the arm now has to be able to reach halfway around the vehicle without hitting it, accept an object from a human, then return it to the human when it is done. Robots can do this part at least, but its not nearly as easy as it sounds from an engineering standpoint.

Point 3 is that there is little to no incentive for stations to actually adopt this. The only advantage is that customers will not have to leave their car to use the system, it does not change the fuel dispensing rate nor does it add any real value to the process. It'd be a different story if it was used on a full service island, since it could handle the fuel while the attendant takes care of other tasks. Or even eliminate the attendant entirely, with the attachment for another $250,000 that allows it to automatically wash the windows check the oil and put air in the tires.

Back to auto-pilot cars...

http://time.com/3517110/end-human-driving/

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Let’s Fix It: Let’s End Human Driving

My prediction is that it doesn't end well...

If it were just purely the technology as a tool, I'd be cheering. But it's not. The IoT will ensure it turns into a dystopian, hellish nightmare. And not that the IoT itself is bad - same deal there - just a tool - but I think more than a couple people here know the sinister side of computer control -- the people behind the scenes.

Again - cool technology - but serious doubts about how it will actually be used/abused.

I'm actually okay with elimination of manual driving in daily life.

However, I am not okay with cars that are designed without mechanically linked operator controls. I've seen way too many computer malfunctions to trust a computer driven car that I can't wrench the wheel away from it or stomp on the brake and make it stop before going off the cliff that it can't see.

Long as a car still can be driven on full manual, the convenience of automatic driving makes it worth pursuing.

Especially in the cities. Parking in NYC is said to be unbelieveably expensive, and even in an upstate small town I would have no problem at all having my car drive itself to the parking lot at my workplace after dropping me off at the concert hall a few blocks away for a show. Saves me the $10 I would have to pay for parking, and it'd even be able to drive me home again after the show when I've had a bit to drink.

But I'd better be able to take manual control if I see a need to, and it cannot have the ability to ignore that input.
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