What? They ran out of Spice Girls CDs?
... or even Backstreet Boys?
94 posts • joined 3 Jul 2007
... or even Backstreet Boys?
... but they dropped it in the last minute.
I'm from Brazil, and watched closely as the relaunch hype unfolded in other media, and HDMI output was being speculated. It had RCA output, but in a 8-pin DIN connector. Check the connector at:
I could see the host of problems when handling such a low resolution and parsing it up to the minimum resolutions available in HDMI. Not to mention that the video output was actually coded in 15-bit color space, as many emulators could attest. I think that just upscaling the signal to HDMI would be more expensive than the whole console.
Anyway, great console.
You made me spill my drink.
Have one with me.
Or whatever you drink down there, on me.
Hell, I will even join you if it's tea!
- The options "update and reboot" and "update and shutdown" won't go away after I use them and the machine powers down / reboots / does its thing.
- Eventually it goes straight to beeping non-stop instead of rebooting, like if someone had stuck a letter on the keyboard and filled the buffer to crash, causing the BIOS to get angry and beep. It happened while I was at work and I thought it was the fire alarm as I got home.
- It wakes up from suspend without human input. No, nobody touched the keyboard. No, there is no wind pushing the mouse. No, I don't have poltergeists. No, no earthquake zone either.
- I didn't change anything. No programs installed, except for those that update themselves.
I think I need a new motherboard.
And you can buy ink by the freaking gallon if you want. I found places selling ink by the pint, or by the liter.
The original tanks lasted 2 years on mine, good for 4,000 A4 pages or more, with barely no clogging.
Total cost of each CMYK tank: under 25 $LocalCurrency. The larger bottles were even cheaper.
Even bananas aren't that cheap.
Make the police interceptor emits a fax handshake protocol at 9600 bps along with the siren.
Cars have a microphone hooked to a modem that can pick that up. Universal protocols can be designed to issue any police orders (a "pull over" command) straight to the car.
On the other side of the spectrum....
My Playstation 3 (YES, A FREAKING PLAYSTATION) read my Logitech Webcam, and my Epson Printer, WITHOUT DRIVERS.
The freaking webcam would cause the PC to throw a hissy fit if it was plugged before the drivers. Woe betide you if you plugged the printer on PC before launching their setup CD too.
The printer just worked out of the WIFI signalling through the router, of all the methods. The webcam was working on the PS3 before I even sat down.
I heard the ECU in a Bugatti Veyron can only be read and written using an positively ancient Compaq Presario notebook, which is carefully preserved by Bugatti maintenance crew, along with data from each and every customer.
Without a $150 notebook, you can brick a $3.8M car. Or ALL of them.
(I'm not saying the Veyron ECU ran out of floppies, but it is totally possible.)
This is the type of thing that this technology tries to prevent.
If you could adopt a transponder code specifically designed for drones - even if all of them use the same code - they could be easily spotted from any traffic control in the planet.
It could be enforced based on weight or size, or any significant measure of hazard to any other aircraft. I am aware that they are sometimes small enough to be spotted in any radar, but it would be a start.
At least the traffic avoidance collision gear already present in aircraft can spot them.
It is cheaper than some 64GB SD cards I've seen around here. I've seen one for $170 USD around these parts.
... you can only change your password 10 times.
Or 20, if you are willing to remove your shoes to scan your toes.
That will teach them to stop asking me to change passwords.
Try scanners on W7 and W10.
Then try Vuescan.
I can relate to that disassembly of a LJ 1...
When I was 17, I wanted to make an upgrade to my IBM Aptiva PS/2. Yes, the one that came with Windows 95 and OS/2, and let you choose between the two. (I still have those OS/2 disks shrink-wrapped somewhere).
So, I wanted to have a new HDD. Nothing fancy, getting a 20GB IDE unit installed where the original 1.2GB was should be a breeze. Except it wasn't. Both hardware and software had issues:
The first part: Hardware. It's not an standard ATX cabinet. The motherboard doesn't have PCI sockets; instead it has an huge riser with all the boards slapped on it: sound, network, modem and the HDD are all hanging on that riser. Thank IBM for manuals, because it told me I HAD to remove all of that, along with 32 bolts. As you turned the riser UPSIDE DOWN, the CD-ROM and HDD caddy were strapped in there. So, I got to them, and finally removed the failing HDD.
Mom walks in and asks me "Will you be able to put everything together?" to what I take a look up and there are PCI board pieces EVERYWHERE. I half jokingly wave the thick IBM manual at her; "Sure, all in the manual." I never managed to convincingly lie to mom before. She bought it.
I slap everything back together. Everything strapped and working, minus 18 bolts. The thing could take an earthquake, survive an atomic blast with that much over-engineering. Screw it, I got 18 spare bolts. You gotta give IBM the credit, that thing was sturdy.
Now the 2nd part: software. IBM's BIOS couldn't handle the 20GB HDD, not even 8GB in fact. Nothing a quick flashing won't solve. Flash the BIOS, all good, at least it acknowledges there is an HDD in there. It won't boot with a 20GB partition, but fdisking the sucker to a 8GB partition and Windows manages to complete the setup.
It took me a good 5 hours to go through all that, and I managed to get a running PC with Win 95 as per IBM specs with 18 spare bolts.
That would make it a killer app.
I bet some form on encryption is being enabled right there on that firmware. That is a potential vector for somebody to invade Amazon or something on a different hardware than their own devices.
don't you forget also those precious gems in file systems used by more than one person:
-> New folder
and my favorite:
Copy of New Folder(1)
Copy of Copy of New Folder(2)
... repeated ad nauseam all over the system tree.
Exactly. Modern gaming cards - specially one older model I had - toned down its cores to a measly 30W TDP when not gaming.
Which is well within passive cooling already embedded in the card. This older model I had simply would shut the fans down outside gaming. It was a Radeon HD 5950 that didn't even bother to turn fans on when running on desktop.
Humans are not radiation hardened either, but still made to the moon and back.
But no, no radiation hardening was considered in both projects.
Neither any car, save for a few coats of paint that were meant to sustain and endure solar radiation.
Your affirmation is correct, nonetheless.
At -32ºC, both temperature scales match.
-32F or -32C, you are freezing just as bad.
Give me my damn coat before I freeze.
... or something to that effect. They can take a shake and a wobble.
You could ship these tiny little buggers to the moon and back and they would still work perfectly.
(Didn't a bloke recover a SD card that was sunk underwater for 2 years, a couple weeks ago, recovering his pictures in the process?)
You'd have to smash the car into bits a little bigger than the card itself before it stopped functioning.
Except for temperature, these things are nigh-indestructible.
I can create the algorithm, but I can't for the life of me to code properly. My college teacher told me that, and he was right.
These days I just write the algorithm down, describing what I want the code to do, and let a competent coder to sort it out.
I was able to code in Pascal (Pre-delphi) though.
I have a 2GB monthly mobile access plan. I wouldn't be surprised if all the ads loaded made up 50% or more of the traffic that I wanted to see on the pages.
If I go beyond 2GB, the bandwidth is cut, or the whole web access is blocked altogether, unless I pay more for it.
If they can identify the bandwidth consumed by the ad, they can charge the marketer, and NOT THE CONSUMER, for said ad. But not block it entirely.
And I get my whole 2GB monthly limit consumed only on stuff that I wanted to see, even if the raw traffic flow was larger. Does it makes sense now?
My Playstation 3 found my Epson Printer over the network at home! I found out that I can print HTML pages and photos straight from my PC right into the printer using the freaking PS3.
I knew my webcam and my keyboard could work on the PS3 (and the webcam works without the freaking windows driver, no less!) but not the printer over WiFi.
Their printer ink still costs more per gallon than a nice bottle of Dom Perignon or Veuve Cliquot.
And their inkjet printers still break every so often.
I'm guessing that was their profitable part of business. I got rid of their inkjets long ago, right after they printed their last single smile font on every sheet of paper in a 100-stack of A4.
Now I have an Epson printer that hadn't failed once in 2 years, and didn't even have to put more ink in it yet.
And that's how you break a company.
...cop cars emiting a fax tone that automated cars could pick up and pull over.
Sirens are annoying already, they emiting a fax tone yelling "pull over" at 14.4kbps wouldn't be more annoying than it already is.
If I am looking for something that is known to be advertised, I turn the adblockers off and go into "Amaze me in the next 30 seconds" mode.
...was exceptionally fast. It was so fast that my mom threw me an apple; I turned around, looked at the apple while searching for the stem, and picked it up by the freaking stem in an awkward hand twist, while pausing the game. I could swat a fly with 2 fingers if I wanted that day, I was totally in the zone.
That freaked me out.
That was the sign... to stop playing. And eat the apple. And go outside to ride a bike. And to not play that game again for the next 10 years.
Hey Google, please promise to roll fiber broadband to Brazil. Pronto.
I'm paying 50 dollars per 10mbps. Not megabytes, megabits. 1.2MB/s. (And the TV service is shoved down your throat, since they charge more if you choose to buy only the web access.)
Telefonica, Vivo, GVT and Net Cable are actually avoiding each other, with each one installing their services where the others are not present, so you can't choose.
It will do it for you. And your entire neighbourhood. And somewhere in your street you probably didn't hear a transformer switching breakers to keep the voltage up.
On another note, NOW I have a Full HD monitor, and any R9 280-era graphics card can run GTA V at full glory and 60-ish FPS.
A GTX 970 can probably run it at 120Hz, which I wonder could be used in one of those 3D-glasses thing to fully benefit.
Now, where was that anecdote? I can't find it anymore.
Is there anything, at all, preventing me of just keeping the whole windows 7 interface, including but not limited to Aero Glass, in a Windows 10 runtime?
I don't give a rat's ass what is running below it... be it a virtual machine inside windows 10, be a linux pretending to be windows, I just want all my programs, all my icons, exactly where they are now in this Win 7 setup. Did I mention Aero Glass?
Ok, tough time with that Windows ME.
In fact, most of the UI was ok, but the machine under it...
So, Windows 10 is the polar opposite of ME. Lousy interface, laid over solid runtime?
You didn't even mention Blizzard announcing the next expansion for its Cash-Cow World of Warcraft, INSTEAD OF BLIZZCON, and the major cockup they are trying to cover in the process?
If someone has 10M customers, and in the span of 2 and half months THEY LOSE 3M of those customers, (but you didn't know that), you have to ask yourself why in the heavens would they announce a new game outside of their own conference. Even the ceremony Host got her lines crossed and said BLIZZCON instead of GAMESCOM at one point.
If they had THEIR OWN STAGE at some point power-pointing their hype for ONE AND A HALF FREAKING HOURS, the question that begs is: Why the HELL are you squelching this information? I'm at a loss of comprehension here.
Finally a machine can run everything you throw at it. At full tilt.
Something to stress-test the machine...
But you have to use headsets.
Can you just plop the hood open and cover the air intake, or will it suck your hand in? Is there a hard kill switch somewhere? Or should I just start yanking the circuit breakers?
No, seriously, my dad got himself a Fusion with that remote start.
I understood your concern here. But MS "generates" the hidden CD-key, with which they track your PC, only if you upgrade first and the setup sends them the hidden key.
Then you can setup from scratch, and the setup program will be able to compare your setup with a stored key in MS servers as soon you activate the network access. That's why you don't need a cd-key, because the program generates one and compares with an authorized one in MS servers.
That is their DRM, disguised during setup, in short.
I'm not having solid colors on my windows frames ever again. Windows 8 is horrendous, so I kept with 7. Yes, nitpicking.
I want my freaking Aero Glass working from day one along with most of my modern games. Otherwise I will uninstall.
My Tomtom has this button... wait for the signal before showing the planned route or...
just show the planned route, even if the GPS was turned off in a different place that he is now and cant get a signal just yet...
JUST SHOW ME THE GODDAMN ROUTE from whatever place you think you are AND LATER YOU FIGURE WHAT THE FUCK HAPPENED WITH THE SIGNAL.
But other than that, he works better than my android. No advertising, no lock-ups, no facebook beeps, it is great!
I was trying to grasp the concept of 4800dB... and I found that the most stupid SPL competitor (sound pressure level) managed to put together a sound system capable of 170dB. For comparison, a noisy jet takes off at 130dB. And dynamite detonates with a 200dB "noise" shockwave.
After that, boffins measure in the Richter scale. Yes, the earthquake scale, which also happens to be logarithmic.
So yeah, 4800dB is one hell of a bang in terms of amplification. Well, at least the noise won't need expensive filtering gear anymore, (and amplification is still required), major achievement. Kudos.
If it is different from MS, why don't you use a different version number for it? Like "this driver is specifically designet for model X, and other (MS) drivers are incompatible by default".
HP has done it with their printers for ages; most of them work on generic PCL drivers, but few of them run on "special cookie" drivers particular to that model to enable some "extra" features. The option would be that they won't work at all, and ask for the original drivers, which is no surprise. If the MS driver is bogus, just flag it incompatible and deny the change.
Am I missing something?
They are upgrading the god damn freaking powertrain in the car, not the paint job or bodywork. Might as well leave the car painted in drab white that nobody would even notice.
And it the mule is an Opel Corsa, I sure as hell want to know how to convert gas Corsas into leccy ones.
Fixed it for ya. Because you only fall in pot-holes if you can't dodge them by going into oncoming traffic, killing pedestrians on the sidewalk, etc etc etc...
Unless you have a death wish and wants all the pot-holes in your route dutifully reported. But I recommend you do that with the mayor's car, not yours.
A little pedantic, but yes, some potholes around here are likely to break your car permanently and in such an horrific fashion that no transmitter may survive.
I would do it on purpose on speed bumps, though, thus declaring they are potholes, and have them leveled out.
On second thought, around here I would reverse the transmitter to broadcast which sections of road are NOT potholes. Less data to transmit.
...plus another 10 if you remember to wear flip-flops and take them off when reading it!
The day Norton Internet Security found a virus in my ORIGINAL Windows 7 disk after an update, I uninstalled it, and never looked back.
God, was I stupid until then.
But then again... auto-update will bork the machine, while the user-driven update input won't??? WTF?
I don't work in IT, but several PCs were harmed during this incident. Here we go...
I was visiting my sister in her experimental lab. A true lab, with mice, and electrodes, and of course, PCs. Well, they asked the local sparky to "upgrade" the lab to handle more things: another fridge for the experiments, more PCs, the usual lot.
So we were there, 9 pm on a friday, when she is done and we are leaving. As she turns off the lights, all hell breaks loose. EVERYTHING hooked to mains claps out, fries, or quits, except the few brand-new PCs with multi-voltage PSUs (multivoltage psu was new back then). And all the wall sockets sparked at the same time. I found that odd, and asked for the multimeter left in the bench (some lazy sparky).
All the mains that were supposed to be 110V, were now 220V. But ONLY with the lights TURNED OFF. As you turned on the lights, the sockets would jump back to 110V!
The amazing sparky had the lights mixed with the wall sockets in such misterious ways: he managed to make the wall sockets change voltage as the lamps were turned on and off!
So, we just shut down the mains for that whole mess, and left a big red warning note that all the circuits were on the wrong voltage, while my sister left an e-mail for her teacher-supervisor saying that all the gear running at 110V was deep-fried. Luckily they had a spare fridge in another circuit, and she saved most of the experiments.
I concur. Poke some holes in it and drag it to a place where nature can take care of it. The last exploded one didn't quite work well to vehicle owners in the vicinity.
I just gave away to charity a Pentium 4 Northwood box, with everything in it, including 2x 160GB HDDs in stripped raid plugged in an ASUS motherboard that I lost all the drivers, including the raid ones. I was not searching for them, because, as I said, I was about to dump the machine.
But I was not giving away my Windows XP license, expired as it was. Cue Ubuntu.
I had, 3 FREAKING DAYS AGO, searched for the last Ubuntu version to get it burned to a CD. It was 12.04 LTS or something. And I had to get the 32-bit version, after downloading the wrong 64-bit one (d'oh!).
It didn't just find the raid array, but politely asked to be installed on said array, formatting it as needed. The little bugger just asked my time zone and keyboard layout, and off it went, formatted, installed, and remembered me to take the CD off the tray before rebooting. As it rebooted, it was running the vintage CRT monitor at 1600x1200, a resolution that I never thought possible on that particular screen, at 60Hz, just to complete the miracle. Windows never listed that resolution, as even remotely possible. Just as the raid drivers, it found the sound and network card, that were equally iffy to install in Windows.
As a Windows user, I was dumbfounded. The installation was faster and more plug-n-play than any Windows ever on that machine, and I'm pretty sure it was running faster than ever. I just felt sorry I had to dump the machine before playing with it myself. The poor kids that receive that machine will have the chance to learn something.
But on the Ubuntu site, no 14.x LTS in sight. I guess I missed the debut just for a couple days, huh?
No, the currency is not $USD, and neither it is important. The point was to show the ratio between PC and console games, that are 2 or 3 times more expensive around here.
FYI, it was Brazilian Reais (R$), back then, when 1 USD = 2 R$