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76  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: RAM contact spray? on: February 14, 2015, 09:56:17 AM
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nother thing to consider is dust down in the memory slot. Use a can of air to blow out the slot when the RAM is removed to ensure that you're not packing dust back down into the slot during reinsertion.

i agree with possibility of dust, but be VERY careful using compressed air which creates moisture -- i destroyed a power supply blowing compressed air into it.  if you do use a can instead of your mouth, make sure you leave pc unplugged for a while before and after.

Canned air isn't really air ... It's a solvent (difluoroethylene) that vaporizes quickly. If you hold the can upside down to long the liquid that comes out will usually freeze immediately. So if your PSU was energized (and presumably hot or at least warm), then the rapid temperature change may well have caused a component to fracture and fail. But the fluid in nonconductive, so it can't really short anything out like water vapor (which I'm inferring from moisture).

Now if you're using an air compressor (I do frequently in a pinch), moisture can be an issue. But in either case the key is to keep the nozzle back at least 8-12 inches from the surfaces you're dusting ... If for no other reason than just to keep from dislodging and launching a jumper or other small component.
77  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: RAM contact spray? on: February 14, 2015, 08:26:19 AM
^Now that's a new one ... I usually just use one of those large rubber pencil erasers.

Either way use care not to damage one of the tiny components soldered to the edge of the memory card near the contacts (I mention this only because I did it once..).

Another thing to consider is dust down in the memory slot. Use a can of air to blow out the slot when the RAM is removed to ensure that you're not packing dust back down into the slot during reinsertion.

In fact, after doing each end of four RAM sticks, twice in a row, my thumb pad was sore for 24 hours afterward.

That sounds like an alignment issue... I've seen some tight ones...but never that tight. I usually rock the pressure end to end to -(feel for)- be sure it's not in backwards (old eyes) and to coax one end into going in first to minimize the Mboard flexing.
78  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Win7 update loop on: February 14, 2015, 08:14:57 AM
Probably a bad download that can't install properly - why not reset windows update and let windows do the update properly - or else download it and do it manually?

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971058

+1 - Windows updates do on occasion get stuck on a bad File. If you find out which one is looping you can Google it and probably find a few other people with the same problem...and a fix. If not, hide only the problem child...do not disable everything.


Speaking of bad WU behavior, has anyone else noticed Windows suddenly deciding to re-enabled the automatic reboot by itself? I've been on a manual update schedule for years. But this past week - after making none of my own changes - my computer just decided to start rebooting for updates ... All by its evil little self.
79  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The return of Clippy! Microsoft says more about their digital assistant Cortana on: February 14, 2015, 08:01:23 AM
Rather, it's, "Let's hope they don't notice we're installing something we have nothing to do with so we can profit off them while infecting them with mal/spyware."

Agreed. However they do now offer a - granted quite poorly documented - setting that globally refuses the install of any/all "sponsor offers".
80  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hackers can use RFID readers to steal payment card numbers on: February 14, 2015, 07:57:46 AM
^I wonder if that means we passed the test? Although it seems unlikely given the intro.

@Ren - What browser "works" for the pants crapping exorcise?
81  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hackers can use RFID readers to steal payment card numbers on: February 13, 2015, 11:26:35 AM
1) Visit this URL: http://www.tombom.co.uk
2) View the source.
3) Crap your pants.

I can't get to step 3 because step 2 just says boo!

Site down/link bad perhaps?
82  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: License, registration, and insurance...or your cell phone on: February 11, 2015, 01:46:58 PM
Now what I want to see - for real public safety - is a mobile phone app that will scan and validate the cop's fingerprint (there are a lot of phony LEO cases in the news these days) to pass/fail prove they are indeed 'Duly Authorized' to be stopping people in the first place.

Maybe they should have "smart badges" that squawk the cop's badge number. By the time you can check the fingerprint he's close enough to grab you.  Like, you hit a broadcast button on your phone and the cop's badge texts you the badge number which you can Google before you pull over.

Excellent Point - but have the lookup completely automated (for safety) - Holy shit, I think we just might be on to something!
83  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Britain gives go-ahead to test driverless cars on roads on: February 11, 2015, 01:43:15 PM
It could also produce some interesting instances of road rage.  Someone cuts off the car.

Hay, can we get a robotic arm to automatically extend a middle finger any time the ABS is tripped for longer than 700ms??
84  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: License, registration, and insurance...or your cell phone on: February 11, 2015, 11:35:08 AM
Now what I want to see - for real public safety - is a mobile phone app that will scan and validate the cop's fingerprint (there are a lot of phony LEO cases in the news these days) to pass/fail prove they are indeed 'Duly Authorized' to be stopping people in the first place.
85  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why phishing won't go away on: February 11, 2015, 11:26:27 AM
It is legitimate.  And they give you 2GB of extra storage on google drive (if you use such things) as a reward.  But not if you're using a business offering.

Which only makes it twice as bad since they chose to use a basterdization of their own domain name...which is a key indicator that the thing is bogus.

That's as dumb as the local courthouse using short links in their "high security" Email and then complaining that the spam filter rejected them for it (yes that really happened).
86  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Issue with MySQL db Function and rand() on: February 11, 2015, 07:13:04 AM
Okay, fine ... I'll answer my own question. Here's what finally worked:
Formatted for SQL with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. CREATE DEFINER=`Stoic Joker`@`%` FUNCTION `MakeUniID`() RETURNS char(7) CHARSET utf8
  2. BEGIN
  3. declare Result CHAR(7);
  4. SET Result = '';
  5.  
  6. SET Result=CONCAT(
  7. ELT(FLOOR(1 + (RAND() * (26-1))), 'A','B','C','D','E','F','G','H','I','J','K','L','M','N','O','P','Q','R','S','T','U','V','W','X','Y','Z' ),
  8. ELT(FLOOR(1 + (RAND() * (26-1))), 'A','B','C','D','E','F','G','H','I','J','K','L','M','N','O','P','Q','R','S','T','U','V','W','X','Y','Z' ),
  9. ELT(FLOOR(1 + (RAND() * (26-1))), 'A','B','C','D','E','F','G','H','I','J','K','L','M','N','O','P','Q','R','S','T','U','V','W','X','Y','Z' ),
  10. ELT(FLOOR(1 + (RAND() * (10-1))), '0','1','2','3','4','5','6','7','8','9' ),
  11. ELT(FLOOR(1 + (RAND() * (10-1))), '0','1','2','3','4','5','6','7','8','9' ),
  12. ELT(FLOOR(1 + (RAND() * (10-1))), '0','1','2','3','4','5','6','7','8','9' ),
  13. ELT(FLOOR(1 + (RAND() * (10-1))), '0','1','2','3','4','5','6','7','8','9' )
  14. );
  15.  
  16. RETURN Result;
  17. END

^Which I ended up finding here (for anyone else that might end up looking for similar).
87  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Issue with MySQL db Function and rand() on: February 10, 2015, 03:40:26 PM
Greetings
    I've been fighting with this for a day or so and it giving me fits. I'm trying to get a MySQL db function to automatically generate a 7 character ID string during an insert command in the format of ABC1234. At this point triggering the function during insert is working fine, however the string generated is randomly - generated to short - between 4 and 7 characters in length.

So my question is how to I force this code to always give my a 7 character long string?
Formatted for SQL with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. CREATE DEFINER=`Stoic Joker`@`%` FUNCTION `MakeUniID`() RETURNS char(7) CHARSET utf8
  2. BEGIN
  3. declare Result CHAR(7);
  4. SET Result = '';
  5.  
  6. SET Result=CONCAT(
  7. substring('ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ', rand(@seed:=round(rand(@seed)*4294967296))*26+1, 1),
  8. substring('ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ', rand(@seed:=round(rand(@seed)*4294967296))*26+1, 1),
  9. substring('ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ', rand(@seed:=round(rand(@seed)*4294967296))*26+1, 1),
  10. substring('0123456789', rand(@seed:=round(rand(@seed)*4294967296))*10+1, 1),
  11. substring('0123456789', rand(@seed:=round(rand(@seed)*4294967296))*10+1, 1),
  12. substring('0123456789', rand(@seed:=round(rand(@seed)*4294967296))*10+1, 1),
  13. substring('ABCDEFGHIJ', rand(@seed)*10+1, 1)
  14. );
  15.  
  16. RETURN Result;
  17. END


It seemed to be a guaranteed no brainer when I swiped it from somewhere - and then modified it for my own purposes... But the damn thing just won't cooperate.

Thanks in Advance,

Stoic Joker
88  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DARPA Hacks GM's OnStar To Remote Control A Chevrolet Impala on: February 10, 2015, 03:26:13 PM
A client of mine recently purchased a multifunction network copier/fax/scanner from one of the big names. It comes with a "feature key" hardware thingy which you have to insert and register in order for the device to do anything.

Xerox?? I always liked calling them Zippy Sticks just to watch the rep's face contort with repressed rage. cheesy
89  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DARPA Hacks GM's OnStar To Remote Control A Chevrolet Impala on: February 10, 2015, 06:32:37 AM
+10 on the old school - straight mech - classic, I'm shopping for a project now.


Military Rule of Combat:
If the enemy is in range...so are you. e.g. All connections are -(to be assumed as)- bidirectional.
90  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: February 07, 2015, 01:13:08 PM
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91  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: February 05, 2015, 05:12:52 PM
Have you ever pranked someone by turning their wireless mouse 180 degrees around.

No, but I have been known to flip the screen upside down on occasion.
92  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Silk Road Seized - Dread Pirate Roberts Arrested on: February 05, 2015, 05:10:26 PM
So sez Ren! But in practice, it works pretty well most of the time. Possibly something you clearly can't allow yourself to acknowledge - or even see?

Actually, after many real world experiences in court, I'd more agree with Ren on this point.

Me too - And I've been fighting really hard to stay quiet and let the adults talk, but... Just because something has always been done that way doesn't mean it isn't stupid. cheesy

We -(The People)- need jury nullification to "down vote" idiotic laws.
93  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wierd mouse click problem on: February 05, 2015, 07:12:57 AM
Sounds like a common problem I've experienced with Logitech mice. Eventually the clicker wears out and starts double-clicking occasionally when you only click once.

That was my first thought too, but I don't think it's just Logitech that is susceptible to this behavior. I've had several different brands of mice (granted mostly MS, but there were others), and all of them died the exact same - ^this - way. While I don't click that hard, or that fast...I can't help but think - given the history - that it just might be something that I'm doing.
94  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet of Things thread (IoT) on: February 03, 2015, 06:50:57 AM
Perhaps, but the hard sell isn't always necessary. So just because the IoT is staged to groom the human race for painlessly transparent subjugation by making them weak minded and dependent on technology. Doesn't mean it's a bad idea to occasionally try soft selling a baseline of the stuff being totally pointless crap.

Since back in the beginning of time when the first important message was handed of to a second party for delivery, security has been based on a modicum of trust. Back then you would look a man in the eyes, and decide if he was lying to you...but did you really know?? And now - thousand of years later - We're all looking at a screen, hoping against all hope...that it isn't lying to us.
95  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Memory lane for motorists on: February 02, 2015, 03:21:33 PM
(not a fan of the Beetle or Mini remakes FWIW)

My wife had a fully restored 1972 Super Beatle a 'few' years back. That was a seriously fun car to drive Surprisingly quick, and everybody loved it.
96  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Who gets sued next? VLC media player? Mozilla? on: January 31, 2015, 05:40:49 PM
^Apologies. Sad 

No need, I was actually trying to be funny (it was a sarcastic dig at my own cynicism).


Welcome to "historically interesting" times. tellme

Indeed we are. And much like with Doctor Who's Weeping Angels, we're unable to look away for fear of being consumed.
97  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Who gets sued next? VLC media player? Mozilla? on: January 31, 2015, 09:50:17 AM
^Gee, thanks for totally crushing my feeble attempt at trying to pretend I could be at least fake being somewhat optimistic..
98  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Who gets sued next? VLC media player? Mozilla? on: January 31, 2015, 07:57:57 AM
Guns can be used only for killing/injuring people. I haven't heard of anyone using a revolver to generate power. (Yeah I know the line "you have guns to deter others, not to actually use them." and I know the second amendment's advertised raison d'etre. But I don't believe everything I hear).

Blog software also has one purpose, but it is not crime related (at least assuming we have freedom of expression). The link between blog software and piracy is not as direct as the link between gun and murder.

Its' true that guns do have a bit of an image problem coming up with a second usage. But if one's intended usage is "Lawful self defense" (a mandatory checkbox on the carry permit application) as a purchase reason then it is per se, quite legal. Conversely if the blog was purchased with the sole intent of presenting one of an ever growing list of topics that are quickly becoming "exempt" from the purview of free speech...well ... Someone...someday... may find reason to start requiring a waiting period - and a bit of background checking - for those too.


Note: personally I agree with you on the distinction. But it's lines like the above that (need to) get crossed if the system (and it's right's/freedoms) we know is to be properly and completely flushed down the proverbial toilet.
99  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Web Essay: Never trust a corporation to do a library's job on: January 29, 2015, 11:09:50 PM
you could have stopped with "Never trust a corporation," truth be told...

Oh...Come on, some horses need whipping dead or alive.  cheesy
100  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: everyday life revolution on: January 29, 2015, 04:53:41 PM
^O_o I've never been a jock, or a nerd, I'm just a guy ... That can be an asshole. But the instant gratification thing is true. People are getting to used to having things too easily at their fingertips...and it's making people over all dumber ... Because nobody needs to bother to work at anything anymore.

Some of the best experiences in life can be had during the course of seemingly mundane activities if they're done with a bit of creativity...and the right people. People that you would otherwise never have encountered if the activity had been removed by some form automation.

Yes kalos seems to keep running into the grouchy old peoples club with his new fangled ideas. But that's ok, as is his desire to try. Not all ideas work for all people,. and eventually he may just come up with a winner. A wise man once told me that if you don't make a few mistakes (/fail) now and then...then you're obviously not trying very hard. Kalos is (to me) obviously trying...and that's a good thing.
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