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26  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 23, 2014, 09:21:05 AM

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I don't know if one can actually win a thread...but this is definitely a contender..

27  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Chip Wars: AMD vs Intel .... GO! on: October 23, 2014, 05:35:24 AM
All the other listed CPUs were very noisy.

Do CPUs actually make noise? huh

Well, they can play Madonna.  smiley

It turns out on the Phenom it was actually the GPU fan kept kicking in.  That thing surged so it sounded like a tropical storm was outside.


28  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 23, 2014, 05:28:11 AM
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Ford unveils a car seat which detects when a driver is having heart attack

No High Tech needed there.  The guy just got a look at his monthly car payment.  smiley
29  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Chip Wars: AMD vs Intel .... GO! on: October 22, 2014, 06:20:13 PM
I don't know but I seem to be 180 degrees out of phase.  I bought 2 HP desktops in succession with Intel Pentium 4 CPUs with hyper-threading when i should have purchased AMD 64 bit CPU based machines.  When I finally got a quad core it was a Phenom I when I should have purchased one of the Intel quads.

I think the only one I was really happy with was the AMD 5200+ Dual Core.  That machine ran smooth and quiet.  It performed fairly well considering it only had 2 GB ram.  But it had one of those crippled Intel on the motherboard video chips with only 8 MB ram on the chip.

All the other listed CPUs were very noisy.
30  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 22, 2014, 05:21:11 PM
You'd be safer in the jungle with a Voodoo witch doctor.

For grins one time I searched the Nobel Prize awards for chemistry.  You may be surprised how many were just for synthesizing the medicine the rain forest witch doctor got from the wild.  I seem to remember it being at least 1/2 dozen.  The Sean Connery flick Medicine Man was a Hollywoodization, so to speak, of the process.

Edit: I made this search back during my "news junkie" period, early to mid 90s.  Since then with the concern over the rain forest being burned and cleared I would conjecture there's a concerted effort to get as many medicines as possible before they are lost forever.  The synthesized medicines may well be in the dozens by now.  I don't really know.  End Edit


I'm sure it was shown in the best possible light, but even so this documentary I saw had a section on the system in Taiwan.  Inserting a smart card may have flaws but it has to be better than me running around in one hospital trying to get them to fax my mother's medical records to another.  I don't know what people do who have nobody to run these errands for them.  It's pitiful.

31  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 22, 2014, 04:30:42 PM
I'd just settle for an at-the-pump receipt now and then.

Heh.  We keep expecting exotic convenience through technology when in the US we can't even get them to put personal medical history on a Smart Card.  Just the fax mam.  Sad
32  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 22, 2014, 04:37:43 AM
For electric cars they can just Tesla Zap you.  smiley

There may be a long wait to "fully charged" though.
33  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 21, 2014, 06:20:02 PM
Hmm, there's something to be said for the old manual way of doing things.  When I was in High School my father got this sudden urge to take a break from electronics and become a gas station dealer.

In the summer it was actually fun.  Especially wiping the wind screens of hot chicks in mini-skirts.  The customer just sat on his or her ass and rolled down the window to order fuel.  The attendant wiped the windshield and if requested, checked the oil and even the tire air pressure.  There was no slot to put quarters in for compressed air.  It was free and at sufficient pressure it didn't take 5  minutes to inflate one tire.

The full service gas station had its good points.  I probably never would have gotten into auto repair except from my father's station I learned tire change, balance and oil change etc..

Winter and heavy rain is another story best forgotten.  smiley  I remember the summers.  smiley
34  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Unlimited Energy Solution Found! on: October 21, 2014, 06:06:13 PM

If you hook a coke machine up to your power source is that cat-a-tonic?
35  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Unlimited Energy Solution Found! on: October 21, 2014, 06:05:22 PM
That cat looks pretty offended/scared/worried about Batman eating that pony.

I thought he was going to tell me "only you can prevent wild fires."  smiley
36  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Malwarebytes FREE and PRO/Premium - Mini-Review. on: October 21, 2014, 11:06:07 AM
The main flaw I find in MBAM now is if I right click a file or folder to scan it and get the Database is out of Date, it doesn't resume the job after I update.  Either that or I don't know how to get it to.  So I've taken to running it, click update if it needs it, close it, right click yadda yadda.  That kind of kills off the convenience factor.  smiley
37  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Unlimited Energy Solution Found! on: October 21, 2014, 10:59:40 AM
I just hope no one makes any s-cat-ological references. 

38  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 21, 2014, 10:29:44 AM
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Why would petrol companies deny money from people with inferior or not specific dna?

The same reason Winston Smith could not get new razor blades.  The politics of shortage.  Winston was only a member of the Outer Party(tm.)

39  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DRM in your coffee maker, to stop you from brewing unlicensed coffees on: October 21, 2014, 05:46:37 AM

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So, yeah, now I have a 1 cup coffee maker, without DRM, that cost me a whopping $0.33. And it brews loose tea, too. cheesy

App that's cheating.  Your coffee maker should have a slot to swipe your credit card.  smiley
40  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DRM in your coffee maker, to stop you from brewing unlicensed coffees on: October 21, 2014, 05:45:05 AM
I only drink 2, maybe 3 coffees in a day so I'll defer to those with experience.  Is it possible to get good Espresso results using ordinary drip methods?  I'm not sure if the cafe con leche places use an espresso machine for speed or if it's really necessary to get the quality.

Some customers get the coffee staight up.  But if you add a lot of milk I think it takes the concentrated coffee to stand up to it, if that makes any sense.

For a time I used Medaglia D'Oro canned espresso in a drip maker.  But I only used the regular amount of coffee.  I was going for the flavor of it rather than trying to make Espresso.

41  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 21, 2014, 05:38:07 AM
but 1 out of 700 people have the same fingerprint!

maybe dna check on spit or skin would be more reliable

Ah we finally get to Gattaca where only the elite families, like Gore Vidal's, can gas up.  If your blood ain't blue you're walkin;.

42  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 20, 2014, 04:35:17 PM
The spark advance may have quite a range of adjustment in the computer.  Even back when I was working in the field the advance was quite radical at times.  I'm not sure how far they can retard the timing but they may have compensated for the problem by now.

Afa the police vehicles I favor a bicycle and night stick combination.  All these automatic weapons and everything high powered makes me feel we are attracting applicants who want to "play guns" like when 8 years old.  Turn on the siren and jump the stop light mentality.

Most life threatening situations call for an ambulance or EMT response rather than an armed one.  One thing I will say about the Miami cops, I've never seen them strike anyone.  They may yell some unpleasant things at a person who is acting belligerent verbally.  But I've never seen any physical abuse.  The ones I've talked to even if they want to help they can't do much.  Miami doesn't have overnight one night shelters like some cold towns.  I heard they may be starting that up though.  More people come to town every day it seems.  Sad

But I digress.  smiley

43  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The most stupid Windows error? on: October 20, 2014, 03:15:39 PM
If they keep skipping numbers we'll be back to Win95 in no time.  But it may be 128 bit.  smiley
44  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Unlimited Energy Solution Found! on: October 20, 2014, 03:13:16 PM
Spare parts are readily available.  Just consult the cat-a-log.
So, to get things going, just give your cat a list.
 


I just hope they don't start cat-er-waulling while I'm trying to get a cat nap.  smiley
45  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 20, 2014, 03:04:58 PM
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ok ok


Thanks for asking.  It felt good to vent(yet another gas tank pun.)  smiley
46  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 20, 2014, 02:59:42 PM
MilesAhead what do you say now?  smiley

On the gas ID thing it could be WiFi for that matter.  Same with info from the pump as to amount,price,octane rating etc..  The computer in the vehicle could calculate the net octane rating from all the mixes of gas.  Much simpler than actually analyzing it.  Of course things would have to be standardized to avoid being locked in to one gasoline company etc..

On the police cars when they are tuned up they are set to the spec in the book.  What's in the computer is done at the factory.  Most likely some pencil pusher cost accountant comes up with the brilliant idea of buying the cheap gas.  Thus the timing under load is way too advanced.  The guy doing the tune-up can see if the air filter is clogged pretty easily.  Getting gas with the octance available when the car was manufactured is another matter if the cop car has a big V8.

Before electronic ignition and after they started raising the gas prices if I knew the customer was burning regular in a high compression engine I used to performance time it via test drive.  It would at least not react like a bucking bronco.  But it's not worth the effort if you get some dick who wants the settings "by the book" as you can never get  him to admit the gasoline available when he bought the car is not for sale now.  Thus making the initial timing wrong.  Especially if the cheap bastard is buying regular on top of it.  smiley

47  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: when will we eventually be able to on: October 20, 2014, 11:21:44 AM
Even better would be some type of data exchange when the nozzle is inserted.  I guess avoiding an electric current would be paramount with the proximity to the gasoline.  Perhaps some kind of magnetic field data doodad.  Your car would get a record how much gas at what price was added to the tank and the pump would get your ID for debit.

That way if someone snatched your plate you wouldn't be financing their joy rides as they stuck it on one car after another.

Also I was thinking there should be some way to detect the equivalent of octane in the fuel and adjust the spark advance settings in the ignition computer system.  I have been thinking about that because I see Miami cops tromp on the accelerator and their cruisers sound like crap.  The spark advance is not right.  It makes me wince every time I listen to the engine fighting itself.  No doubt they put low octane fuel in cars with high compression engines.

I don't know how difficult the octane detection would be.  But once known the spark advance intelligence should not be difficult to program.
48  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DRM in your coffee maker, to stop you from brewing unlicensed coffees on: October 20, 2014, 05:57:24 AM
I have half a thought of buying one just so I can return it because it doesn't work with the coffee 'pods' I have.  Companies shouldn't be  able to get away with this kind of crap, and that seems to be a concrete way to let them know.

When I was an Auto Mechanic I remember having Phillips Head and slot screw drivers and a handle for hex socket both English and metric.  All set for stuff like removing a grille or door panel.  Then the automakers must have bought stock in the tool making companies because the grilles had new screws with weird depressions in them.  Sort of like those locking lug nuts where you need that stupid adapter to get the wheel off.  The SnapOn Guy(tm) is all smiles as he sells you the same crap over again.  Nothing like ripping off your customer base to endear your products.  Word of mouth advertizing NOT.  smiley
49  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The most stupid Windows error? on: October 19, 2014, 06:25:01 PM
What I hate is before I can read the screen and decide what I want to do, it does what it wants anyway.  It may as well put that television bullseye with the radar scan line that rotates 360 degrees to count down the seconds.  No message.  I'll just know to wait for it to shut down.  smiley
50  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Who is your Favourite "Doctor"? on: October 19, 2014, 05:08:56 PM
P.S. Roger Delgado was the best Master

+1  He was a heavy with style.
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