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326  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Drove a Car While It Was Being Hacked on: June 04, 2014, 04:58:59 PM
Okay, I have to do this with out giggling..
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See traffic backed up for miles going up a hill, clown at the front is one of them

These must be the same people drifting through malls looking side to side, walking abreast so I can't get around them.  Meanwhile I know the store, shelf, item, price and have exact change for what I want to purchase ready.  I'm 2.5 minutes in the store, bit 15 minutes getting around the obstructionists.  I've dubbed these types Meanderthals.  Someone should screen them when it comes to issuing driver's licenses and mall pedestrian permits.  smiley

Hadn't actually thought to include them in the above, however... Assuming they are not elderly or herding children - so just for the able-bodied rude/dense folk - I will (on the Harley) coast briskly and directly up behind them and then bounce the tach off redline ... They move. cheesy ...This frequently sets off a car alarm or too (bonus points!).
327  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Drove a Car While It Was Being Hacked on: June 04, 2014, 01:22:44 PM
Oh that's an easy one (even leaving out the EPA's having the market cornered*), just Google Hypermiling. Seems there is a whole horde of idiots that just love to preen about how they're getting 90+MPG out of their castrationmobile Prius or other highway clogging road-slug hybrid. Apparently in their world impeding the flow of traffic is considered a "Driving Skill".

The thing I find is most hysterical is how many of their driving/tech tips are - in reality - suicidally stupid. Overinflate your already bicycle width tires to reduce rolling friction ... Yeah, right, and good luck with your first panic stop - Hope the insurance company has a sense of humor. My wife had an "economical car" - great on gas, but couldn't get out of its own way - that we finally managed to get her out of before she was killed. Anything that can't make it from 0 to 60mph in under 10 seconds (unless it's a Semi Truck) shouldn't be allowed on the highway.

See traffic backed up for miles going up a hill, clown at the front is one of them^.

See same clown sailing down other side of same hill at close to twice the speed limit (in neutral...)? Yepper, them again. And good freaking luck trying to set your cruise control behind one of these clowns!

Think running red lights is an "Aggressive Driver" issue (hehe) Nope! It's ^them^ again trying to avoid having to accelerate. Gas petal bad Sad ... Butterflies good smiley.

...Stupidity rampant... The problem with the price of gas...is the price of gas. Period. A bunch of greedy cartels want people bleed dry so they're just going to take what they want because nobody is stopping them. This isn't solving anything, it's just making it easier for them to get twice the money for half the product.

Make a list of the things that people do in traffic that really piss you off, and then with that in mind go browse a few hypermiling websites. It's them.

Like the yahoos that start coasting at 5mph up to red-light from a block away. For a Semi Truck that doesn't want to have to gear down and back up 12 more time it is reasonable behavior. For some idiot in a hybrid with an automatic transmission ... Not so much. Ya know what I mean?

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*There are apparently several auto companies that have gotten vilified for doing commercials that show people failing in (car running in closed garage) suicide attempts because their cars exhaust is so clean the air is breathable. So it'll be pretty hard to lean them out much further.
328  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: June 04, 2014, 06:54:04 AM
Download of White Tiger's build now added to first post.
329  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: June 03, 2014, 10:12:23 PM
Unfortunately I don't know what the latest build is these days. I stepped away from the project and released the source code about a year or so ago. There are several other people are working on it now (I think), but I don't know who is where on what. I just forget sometimes and comment here out of reflex.

If someone knows what the most current build is, I'll add it to the first post here, and also make a note of it on my website ... My inbox is still getting hammered about that week number bit.

@WhiteTigX - Did you or LonelyPixel have the latest build?
330  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Drove a Car While It Was Being Hacked on: June 03, 2014, 05:09:28 PM
After dealing with the rust-N-dust and ichor of most blown wheel cylinders the master cylinder rebuild must have been a welcomed change. I did a ton of that stuff on motorcycles that people had left sitting for too long. Only thing I go to a shop for is an automotive automatic transmission. I never have figured them damn things. Sure I know how they work...but put it back together and have it work ...(for me)... Not likely.
331  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: It's official - Mint 17 "Quina" released to distribution on: June 03, 2014, 11:05:25 AM
FWIW running off the ISO or installed on real metal works just fine.

I wonder if something with the current version of upstart is causing big stones for virtual machines?

Realistic Expectations issue perhaps? Since everything else (network, sound, mouse, and keyboard) worked fine in the virtual environment - smooth guest/host transitions with no captured mouse issues - the OS's desire for hardware acceleration is fairly reasonable in this day and age. I'm assuming there is a setting somewhere that will quiet the video grumbling ... I just wanted to chime in on Deo's shutdown issue incase they were somehow related. I'm wondering when during the shutdown is the VM crashing. Is it during the graphical, transitional, or textual phase of the shutdown?
332  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: It's official - Mint 17 "Quina" released to distribution on: June 03, 2014, 07:52:18 AM
I installed it on a VM and it crashes VirtualBox every time it tries to shutdown. I'm not sure what went wrong. VirtualBox is working just fine with my other VMs.

At least it turns off when you tell it to. I just spent 10 minutes at a command prompt trying to kick mine to sleep in Hyper-V.

Apparently it doesn't much like the video driver, as it complained every step of the way that it couldn't access hardware acceleration. On boot it gave me a CLI login and refused to go graphical until I ran StartX. Then it loaded the desktop and promptly told me it really wanted hardware acceleration (GUI), and that the X server had crashed (CLI style error)...but then went right back to the desktop. O_o

Then I polked around for a bit and all seemed fine, but I had a rather narrow window of time to play with this thing ... So, time to shutdown and go back to work. Ha!

Apparently after hitting shutdown on the desktop it just starts a 60 second timer (WTF..?) that then closes the desktop...only. Shutdown had actually just dropped me back to a command prompt and then syntactically teased my until I stumbled the correct command to get the thing to exit ... Which it finally did do smoothly.

Booting from the "CD" (.iso actually) did not however exhibit any of these ill natured shenanigans.
333  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Drove a Car While It Was Being Hacked on: June 02, 2014, 06:15:07 PM
It was even worse when they adopted that "lean burn" computerized crap.  It was a brilliant concept.  Generate waste heat deliberately.  Like start a small fire in your house to discourage the mosquitoes.  Crazy man!!

Oh yeah, I've been having big fun with that crap on my 2010 Harley FLTRX. The starter clutch is a bit edgy because the last owner would just let it grind until it fired (like an idiot). I dropped $500 on a vehicle interface kit so I can connect a laptop to it and club some sense into the damn thing.

It's EFI FFS, I shouldn't need to do any more than touch the starter and have it pop off instantly...regardless of what the temperature is (just like my carborated 1987 did..). But oh hell no...the startup enrichment is trying to light the 10's engine with a friggin butterfly fart.

...Damn'ed-est think though ... After I +++ed the startup mixture. All-of-a-suddenly - as if by magic - the engine began starting much easier. Kinda just like it was supposed to in the $%&#^@#^%$ first place. I've even add about 3mph to the top speed by adding a bit more fuel to the upper RPM range ... Seems they had made it a bit lean up there for safety...or some other idiotic notion.

Christ on a stick, if I wanted to play it that safe I'd be wearing a helmet and kneepads while hiding in a Volvo...(or get one of those lame-assed battery powered Prius' that don't even go fast enough to kill an insect that hits the windshield at "full" throttle)...not riding a freaking motorcycle -- God damn cretins piss me off.
334  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Drove a Car While It Was Being Hacked on: June 02, 2014, 02:59:06 PM
Now them^ were the good old days!

My 2002 Dodge Dakota with all the EFI crap, close to the same size engine (5.9L), and a probably half the weight only gets 12 MPG. Last time it had an issue I had to go and get the error codes read to find out what was up its ass. And that diagnosis was clear as mud...It appears it could be 1 of 4 different $80 parts.
335  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WinXP registry hack enables further security updates on: June 01, 2014, 08:06:01 AM
Here's the thing. Have you ever seen the sometimes very intricate tutorial instructions for using Server X as a workstation? That's the kind of deeply buried problems that are going to be had from this hack.

POS systems are like servers, with less options. So the thing(s) that these updates will break are going to be very subtle, and buried very deeply in the system's code.

So... Be very sure to make backups before using any of these updates, and plan on saving them for a fairly long time.
336  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Drove a Car While It Was Being Hacked on: May 31, 2014, 10:24:15 AM
We'll keep on this dark path until companies wake up one day and realize that 0000 (and other similar codes) is not an acceptable default access password to their product.

The problem isn't that the default passwords are simple, because most if not all of them are well documented and therefore readily available. The problem is that so many people keep using them in production environments.

The number of time I go onsite and find that the client is completely unaware of their router's (or other equipment's') password is horrifyingly close to 90%. And the number of those cases where I get into it anyway using the manufacturer's default credentials is an almost perfect score of ~98%.

It's like leaving the keys to your car sitting on the seat - so you "don't lose them" - and then setting the alarm.
337  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Search Results Removal on: May 31, 2014, 10:11:00 AM
Using their name in the search query yes. But if you search at a higher (more consumer) level for home automation or home security...they are no where to be found on Google. Bing results are different.
338  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Drove a Car While It Was Being Hacked on: May 31, 2014, 09:06:43 AM
Looking to upgrade your 2013 Cadillac to a 1977 Chevy?

Damn Straight!

...And that boys and girls, is precisely why my latest project is the high-performance restoration of an antique vehicle. With all control and management input to be direct pilot access only cogs and cables.
339  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TrueCrypt is Now Abandonware?! on: May 30, 2014, 03:32:50 PM
The only problem with the warrant canary angle is we don't really know what the correct displayed state was...or if it truly existed.

This could just be a dev's hand was forced to participate in a false flag style maneuver aimed at destabilizing TC's reputation.


I really hate having to think like this.
340  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TrueCrypt is Now Abandonware?! on: May 30, 2014, 06:50:26 AM
Another problem with that scenario is that while Vista and later support BitLocker, not all editions of Windows support it. You need to have Ultimate or Enterprise (or Pro on Win8). Home, Home Premium, or Pro (on Vista or Win7)  won't cut it.  And that's putting aside the trust issues that people might have with BitLocker.

That's a really big (like $200) sticking point to contend with. Especially when coupled with the fact that BitLocker requires the existence of a system partition and a TPM chip or thumb drive "key" to implement, so it's really - a bit of a PITA - not a 2 click fix.
341  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Linux Glass on: May 29, 2014, 02:41:24 PM
Sorry, I wasn't trying to be a harbinger of ill man, it's genuine concern. I worked in optical for 5 years with my wife and saw how things played out first hand then. If someone's vision started changing a bit to frequently, the doctors recommended people get their sugar checked. Some chose to have theirs checked, and some died. Now I'm out of that and into IT but the wife is a Medical Assistant for a large group of doctors, and has been for a decade or so. She sees this type of thing constantly ... If caught early it's no big deal to treat, but...

An eyeglass prescription is considered to be expired after 2 years. So in that period of time a change is highly expected. But if one's vision is changing in the 6 month or less range..(see above).

342  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Linux Glass on: May 29, 2014, 01:51:43 PM
Boy, and here I was all ready to be jealous that you'd gotten a pair of the good old fashion lined bifocals. I always thought the round reading segment lenses looked cool as hell back when I was in an optical surfacing lab. But I didn't need a multifocal lens back then so I couldn't try them properly.

With progressives as the curves change you end up with a trifocal like effect regardless of what was being shot for to start with. The cheaper progressives tend to have narrower channels and more distortion of peripheral vision when you try to look to the side without moving your head. This is a bit dangerous for driving me thinks as having to wag your head back and forth constantly becomes painful rather quickly. And of course the higher my add power goes the worse the peripheral distortion gets.

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@MilesAhead - Are you diabetic by chance? Frequent changes in vision is an indicator of diabetes.
343  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: May 29, 2014, 11:59:19 AM
"...faith in the US justice system..."

Really? Seriously? Is he:

  • High
  • Mentally challenged
  • Drinking WAAAAY too much kool-aid

Or perhaps all 3?

My money is on all 3 ... Definitely all 3:
High = Shitfaced drunk on power.
Mentally challenged = The dizzying height of the ivory tower makes it impossible to see anything clearly, and the air is so thin up there he's got to be a total turnip.
Kool-Aid = Shit man I think he's bathing in it by now ... That and the blood of virgins (blood of virgins is really just an old world way of conveying innocence).
344  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Linux Glass on: May 29, 2014, 11:36:27 AM
Wow! That is cool, but can the taskbar be kept at the bottom instead of (the Mac-ish) at the top of the screen?

I can't look at it for more than 20 minutes without starting to feel some eye strain.

That's because cool new things aren't designed for old blind people. cheesy How the hell did you get bifocals? I keep getting talked into these %#$! "Progressive" lenses that just drive me nutz. I have to take them off while at the computer or I'm afraid my neck will snap while I bobble my head trying to hunt for the right spot in the channel where the screen will supposedly "clear".
345  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Capslock on: May 29, 2014, 11:26:29 AM
Obviously the deactivating itself would not be ideal... possibly for that reason, it does have a setting: press numlock key for 5 seconds to activate.

I never did figure out what was deactivating it or why, it was just constantly, suddenly not there. But hay WTH, I just enabled it now to see what'll happen this time. Perhaps it will stay on.

I was trying to remember all along what it reminds me of - do you remember that real basic tennis video game - the sounds were almost the same for hit and miss :-)

Ah, yes ... I remember Pong well. And after sitting here watching the video and playing with the keyboard for the last 5 minutes, I do believe you're right. They do indeed seem to match perfectly.
346  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 29, 2014, 11:19:38 AM
I'm really starting to like Mark Twain ^
347  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TrueCrypt is Now Abandonware?! on: May 29, 2014, 07:13:59 AM
^ So bizarre I keep thinking it's a prank.  Cool

Either that, or the real reason Vista took so long to release was due to protracted negotiations on how big of a back door to put where.
348  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Capslock on: May 29, 2014, 06:56:02 AM
Actually ToggleKeys has been around since Windows 2000. But unfortunately it makes the same noise for both enable and disable

not here - on Windows 7 -
as said, it makes a "high pitch for on, lower pitch for off"

Yeah, I caught that bit, and back to back it is noticeable. Problem is 5-10 minutes apart I got no idea which beep I'm hearing ...(I should probably mention my hearing sucks)... So I just kind of (mentally) tuned out that part of the feature years ago.

Obviously the deactivating itself would not be ideal... possibly for that reason, it does have a setting: press numlock key for 5 seconds to activate.

I never did figure out what was deactivating it or why, it was just constantly, suddenly not there. But hay WTH, I just enabled it now to see what'll happen this time. Perhaps it will stay on.
349  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: May 28, 2014, 10:41:48 PM
If you have been trying multiple versions to get something working there could be a configuration conflict in the registry (things have gotten moved from time to time). Try deleting the T-Clock info from the registry to get it to start clean and see if that makes a difference.

Also assuming you do have show the default windows clock enabled (it is a requirement), does the clock window totally disappear, or change size when you run T-Clock?
350  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Capslock on: May 28, 2014, 10:33:26 PM
Telephonics,
on Windows 7, you can set the Capslock and Numberlock to make a sound when changed (high pitch for on, lower pitch for off).

Could that be a solution?

Or could disabling both completely be a solution?

Actually ToggleKeys has been around since Windows 2000. But unfortunately it makes the same noise for both enable and disable, and it has a very bad habit of deactivating itself for some odd reason ... Which is why - having a habit of missing shifts and hitting capslock myself - I gave up on using it a few years back.
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