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76  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: November 09, 2014, 08:27:37 AM
...I guess it could be useful for a home media center if you got rid of whatever Crapple OS it runs...then install Linux instead...use it for storing movies or whatever on it, connected up to your main home TV?

Yes, I couldn't see anything much else of use for it except extending its original purpose. But Linux? Apparently not feasible or worthwhile with this model?

Meh, I just have a hatred for all things Apple...so for me...well, I would have declined to take it tongue

As do I, however we do occasionally run into a client that has one of the things. And it invariably turns into a flaming fiasco every time. So I've been after the office to buy one so we can use it for testing to avoid wasting so much time onsite trying to figure out how to contend with damn things.

Know Your Enemy... smiley
77  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Android: looking for good/working way to text from computer on: November 07, 2014, 10:26:39 PM
If you know the cell target's carrier you can email phonenumber@carrierdomain. We do it at work all the time.
78  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Need a hand with a laptop issue. on: November 07, 2014, 07:09:28 AM
Wouldn't background tasks show up somewhere, either in generic Task Manager or something more hi-tech?

Yes, the often forgotten and frequently never use - but as of the last few OSs insanely popular - Scheduled Tasks.
79  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on the tech on the TV show Scorpion? on: November 07, 2014, 06:46:51 AM
That Knight Rider clip may have been unrealistic, but it was still awesome.  Scorpion had no "awesome".

+1 - Good point.  Thmbsup
80  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 07, 2014, 06:42:26 AM
^Um... o_O I really can't decide if that is hysterically funny, or frightening. However I am thinking of backing it.
81  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: More speed/bandwidth from an 802.11n laptop<-->WiFi Router/Modem connection? on: November 05, 2014, 06:16:00 PM
^Okay, so if the game/media server is servicing a high enough number of clients then it would start to lag the connections (pings included) as a single NIC reached its max. So teaming in the second (etc.) NIC would spread the load/love around enough to get it off its knees.

Makes sense to me.
82  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: More speed/bandwidth from an 802.11n laptop<-->WiFi Router/Modem connection? on: November 05, 2014, 03:01:29 PM
If you are into very heavy media streaming (from a server) over an internal network, implementing a teaming solution might be worth looking into.

Assuming that they're frequently streaming to multiple endpoints at the same time. Because teaming 2 1GB NICs does not result in a single 2GB pipe, it results in 2 1GB pipes that are available at a single IP Address. So any given transfer will have to select a specific singular 1GB electrical path ... It just does so automagically and leaves the other one open for the next guy.
83  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 04, 2014, 11:35:41 AM
Oh yes, I remember those well. And while both were depicted as a bit whacky there were subtle distinctions between the two. Toad was enthralled with speed, and was driven to go fast within the confines of what he perceived his skills to be. While Goofy was the poster child for road rage, and frequently made rash, jerky and dangerous maneuvers. Both were depicted as "mad"...but only one was truly dangerous.

So while your stories spoke to me as Toad, the characterization was being spun more towards Goofy ... Which I felt was unfair.
84  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 04, 2014, 06:57:46 AM
(In Iain's defense) Only the fools that end up as statistics drive wild-eyed and maniacal at speed. Those of us that truly enjoy the experience are completely calm, and even a bit Zen when entering the zone. Driving angry is dangerous (much like fighting angry is) ... Driving fast OTOH, simply takes skill, a bit more concentration...and a lot less time..
85  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Unpleasant advertisements of the past on: November 04, 2014, 06:47:36 AM

Outside of the fact that our society has become extremely uptight, while constantly leaving its collective mind in the gutter, I see absolutely nothing wrong with any of those ads. The humor is tongue in cheek...but completely innocent ... And cigarettes back then were the Paxil/Zoloft of today.
86  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What is a "Gentleman's drink" on: November 03, 2014, 01:48:21 PM
... mad dog 20/20[/url] (MD 20/20)

And they weren't kidding about the mad part either ...(as the car left the ground..). - It was popular in central FL too.. Wink
87  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: This into that on: November 03, 2014, 01:24:15 PM
That's what this (NANY 2014 Release - Engine Displacement Calculator) does if you set cylinders to 1. smiley

Bore is the diameter, and Stroke is the length.
88  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 03, 2014, 01:11:13 PM
...B*gger and b*st*rd are another couple.
In NZ as well, mate.    Wink
Reminds me of the time I was driving my souped-up MGB Roadster back from the docks, having just picked it up from the wharf where it had landed after being freighted over from the UK. The car was misfiring as I drove it in 3rd gear at the foot of the very steep Kaurangahape Gorge (just outside Wellington). Figuring that the sparkplugs were a bit fouled up, I dropped it down a cog (2nd gear) and booted it, thinking that that should clear the problem (it usually would).
The engine was a small ally Buick 3.5L V8 design (made by Rover UK under license) with high compression heads and fed by a single twin-choke 40DCOE Weber carb (carefully jetted by yours truly). Being ally and a V8, the engine was lighter than the standard cast-iron block, 4-cyl 1,800cc engine that it replaced, and rode more amidships than the 4-cyl block. The latter made it roughly 50-50 weight distribution, and with approx 100bhp output and lighter weight, the original power-to-weight ratio was roughly doubled.
What this meant was that whenever the loud pedal was pressed, the car had an electrifying response. It shot up the long hill at over 100mph and when I finally got to the top I put it into top overdrive and let it idle back to the statutory speed limit. The engine wasn't misfiring anymore.
A minute or so later, an unmarked police car (a Ford GT Cortina) pulled me over.
Apparently I had overtaken it at great speed at the bottom of the hill, and the cop said he couldn't even begin to keep up with me and I was due for a speeding ticket.
I apologised, saying that I had not intentionally been breaking the speed limit, but just wanted to put the engine under load as it was misfiring on a couple of cylinders from sooty plugs.
"A couple of cylinders?!" the cop exclaimed, "But you've only got four in this engine!".
Recognising that he might know a bit about cars, I explained to him what the engine was. The car otherwise looked like a bog standard MGB Roadster - its suspension and other mods were not visible to the onlooker). No bumps in the bonnet or anything. The only inkling that it was different was a slightly larger diameter tailpipe and an inconspicuously small V8 badge on the front grille.
It turned out the cop was a motor enthusiast, and he asked me to lift the bonnet, and when I did so, he said "You sneaky bastard!", but I figured it was said appreciatively.
I got off without a ticket, and was given a verbal warning and told that now they knew what the car was, I wouldn't get off lightly if I was caught speeding.

Hay, now that's a cool story.. Thmbsup Here in the states we would call that a sleeper - It doesn't look like much, until the light turns green...and then it's too late. I'm a huge fan of Sleepers. Wink
89  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: bottleneck of gps on: November 01, 2014, 02:59:07 PM
what is the limitation of today's GPS technology and we can't position someone/something within let's say a meter accuracy?

While government/military systems can thread a needle from space, they don't think the civilian riff-raff need that sort of pin point accuracy ... Hence we don't get access to it.

...It really is just that simple.
90  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: October 31, 2014, 03:42:52 PM

without answers  (see attachment in previous post)well, you're supposed to login (which I wouldnt do anyway, not being registered) but the login link doesnt work here anyway  (see attachment in previous post)

Doesn't work for me either...but I'll go with 12 on the first one.
91  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Linux Foundataion's $2400 Intro to Linux course to be offered online for free on: October 31, 2014, 07:33:01 AM
TINMAN!!! Holy Shit - Glad to see you back man!! cheesy
92  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Trick-or-treat caramel onions on: October 31, 2014, 06:47:10 AM
I think I want to try one of those. What type of onion do they use? tongue

They look like white.  tongue  Devious, demented, harmless idea.

With any luck they're Vidalia
93  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Emergency Broadcast System ? on: October 28, 2014, 04:51:24 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.

We were less than a mile - as the crow flies - from the tower ... Man talk about a shit your pants level attention getter! Thmbsup I can still hear that damn thing now.
94  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Emergency Broadcast System ? on: October 28, 2014, 11:50:42 AM
You can't have an EMS on something like the Internet as the Internet doesn't guarantee transmission.

Radio waves are more reliable. Blah. Stuff like that.

How would radio waves inform anyone if they are staring at a computer screen or cell phone?

The internet is already clogged with useless crap... why not a little more?

I can see it now.. Alert!  This is not a test!  This is not a drill!  Emergency information vital to your survival is available now.  But first please update to the most recent version of your browser.  smiley

Somebody's on a roll. smiley


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95  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Let's have some weekend Science and Tech! (A bit of a roundup!) on: October 27, 2014, 03:41:50 PM
While this may sound gimmicky, removing windows has the added benefit of weight reduction and would also simplify plane construction. It would also allow greater flexibility when designing the interior of the plane.
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Read more at http://www.iflscience.com...views#k77557fLHpV346hZ.99

What? The windows on planes I've been on feel like some kind of plastic. How is replacing a bunch of windows with a couple huge displays and the wiring needed for them going to decrease weight?

Windows, window frames, and bracing for the hole where the window goes would all be removed. Then the screen material (which would also be plastic) would replace the currently used interior walls...so yeah, I can see it dropping a bit.
96  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: This is an old one so the solution is probably here somewhere on: October 27, 2014, 03:35:39 PM
If they ever do let you upgrade that server, Server 2012 has a built-in deduplication feature that produced very promising results (like a 60% size reduction) in the tests I ran.

This approach can be helpful when dealing with users that chronically like to squirrel away common files to their own little stash ... And then freak out when is can't be found. Otherwise 6 months after you spend all that time cleaning up their mess they'll just recreate it and run you out of space again.
97  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Antilock-breaking (ABS) vs Stabilty Control (ESP) vs Traction Control Video on: October 26, 2014, 01:35:47 PM
ABS attempts to stop a skid -- sometimes, in some conditions, releasing & reapplying the brakes *may* help, by essentially giving the tires a 2nd, 3rd etc. chance to grab.

...Unless the "skid" (acceleration or deceleration) has gone past 45 degrees to the direction of travel...then you're stuck riding-it-out to avoid high-siding.


Skids can be intentional, sometimes directed, sometimes controlled, and skids to some extend can often be countered. Control is not always completely lost, though it requires the driver not panic, & it obviously helps of they've prepared themselves beforehand, e.g. by practicing to know their vehicle's characteristics & limits.

+1 - While I've never really grocked drifting (e.g. how much is too much/I'm getting old), I am notorious for flat-tracking a full dressed Harley around corners. Practice, practice, know beats the hell out of guess, hope, and die any day of the week. cheesy
98  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Antilock-breaking (ABS) vs Stabilty Control (ESP) vs Traction Control Video on: October 26, 2014, 01:20:35 PM
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Florida law says that if you rear-end someone, then the accident is automatically your fault.

Ahh, but did you know FL traffic laws also favor direction, as in North or South? I got broadsided at a 4-way stop. Traditional common sense would say that they idiot who hit me was at fault, but in FL, Not So. That everyone was at a complete stop was never in dispute -- that I got there 1st was never in dispute. But because I was traveling East->West [as far as I can remember] the idiot who hit me had the right of way!

Hmmm... I'm not so sure about that bit. The only fine print in FL law about intersections is that if two people stop at the exact same time, the person on the right has the right of way.


I've never seen rubber brake lines.

There's always that last bit that goes from the axel to the chassis (rear) or the chassis to the wheel (front) where the suspension travel requires it to be flexible.  smiley
99  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Antilock-breaking (ABS) vs Stabilty Control (ESP) vs Traction Control Video on: October 26, 2014, 11:33:42 AM
I like ^this guy! Thmbsup
100  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Massive malvertising campaign on Yahoo, AOL and other sites delivers ransomware on: October 25, 2014, 01:20:52 PM
While the below does assume the user has a bit of skill in these matters. It's a skill that everyone should strive to learn...because these days you really have to drive defensively on the information highway. I'm also really not a fan of flattening a machine every time the lights blink funny as it's far too easy to lose something that was recently created/acquired/signed up for especially if it happens to involve some sort of encryption key/certificate (mind you I deal mostly with business machines).

There is also the issue that burning or imaging a drive is a lot of I/O that can only serve to prematurely age the drive when all you really need to do was rewrite the boot sector to either make a rootkit visible, or prevent it from re-infecting a new install (I've seen that one happen a few times - it sucks).

Of course, my next question is, what's the best approach if you think you've already been infected

That is the key point. First thing you need to do is know if you've been infected...and with what. Because chances are when you do actually get that 'something be awry' funny feeling. It's generally because something odd just popped up on the screen...and at that point one of two scenarios will be true:
1. The bugg is taunting you with a cleverly cloaked may I please eat your computer prompt.
2. The game is already over...and you lost.

In the first case the resolution is a simple matter of saying no forcefully (e.g. TaskMan, right click, End Process Tree).

In the second case, you need to find out what the extent of the damage is without making it worse. So to avoid those fringe crossover cases, always take a screenshot of the offending message and jot down the filename of the process you have to kill to make it go away. Then from a known clean machine do a little quick research to see if it is a known bugg...or something completely new.

For the known bugs look at the type of software used for cleanup. If it first level Malware Bytes, Super AntiSpyware, etc. then you can use your preferred utility. If it is a advanced tool like ComboFix...then more care should be taken to see what is being fixed and how. Because many of these utilities - while effective - take the scorched earth approach, and can be as destructive as a registry cleaner if care isn't being taken to monitor what is being "cleaned".

So in a nut shell, the only procedure you use...is to never use a rigid procedure. Always know the enemy and react accordingly. Because if/when the hardware variety bugs become common in the wild it will quickly become crucial to know exactly what you're dealing with to have any chance of recovering. As there aren't any really user friendly methods available for wiping the other hardware components.


Like the USB controller chips that are in every USB device: This thumbdrive hacks computers. “BadUSB” exploit makes devices turn “evil”

Two separate Security Research groups have confirmed the viability of this attack. One of them released the source code for it during the last Black Hat conference to the public at large (it's available on GitHub). It's an equal opportunity infector that can bidirectionally hop from computer to any USB device (or device to computer) and is currently completely undetectable because - infecting the low level hardware controller chip - the OS never sees it.
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