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Now, where was that anecdote? I can't find it anymore.
64 posts • joined 3 Jul 2007
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$
I too, miss space combat. A LOT. And I don't even care if they go for Newtonian Physics or WW II style dogfighting.
There is even some mix of it with online FPS via mod for Half-Life, on the same Steam. It is totally free, being a mod, if you have HL2, called Eternal Silence. On this, you can literally engage "Newtonian Physics" and let the ship fly straight without powered engines, while turning to shoot your enemies, like a Chicago gangster drive-by shooting.
I remember Freespace (or Descent Freespace) to be quite nice, except for the targeting system that was WAY too complex - "target your target's target" actually describes one of the keybinds,
I heard of Eve Online being about ships in outerspace, but I don't know how closely related to the genre it is, since I never played it.
The first two occasionally force me to dust my old joystick...
On WW 2 style, we may have in the near future World of Warplanes, that would be a spinoff of World of Tanks, that broke the record for the "Game with the most simultaneous players online". It is expected to be a Freemium release, which means you can literally "pay to win" upgrades and new planes at your disposal. Being russian, and never having played World of Tanks, I don't know what to expect either.
Samsung T240M is 24" 1920 x 1200, takes DVI, HDMI, RCA for your vintage VHS, and analog Tv tuner with coaxial cable. Did nothing change in 3 years? I dont care if its a TN panel, to fit in my tiny den. There are no angles but straight up front. There was a newer version from samsung, where you'd be back at 1080. Fail. It was cheap then.... out of stock now.
the hubble definitively has the optics to match that.
And carl zeiss didnt get his reputation for endorsing crappy lens. As others said, crappy lens, crappy pictures... that now takes gigabytes to store. It already got the looks of a LHC or NASA part anyway. Wires and polished stainless steel...
would daddy shoot it dead with a .45 'n hollow point rounds? He wouldn't have spent 150$ in software for it, at least.
Some things are better kept in paper or nowhere at all but your noggin'.
Original Word file, one page, text only, barely no formatting - 75kb.
Using one of those free ad PDF printers - 15kb PDF. Text file, no tables, converted to IMAGE PDF, as if you just scanned the thing. I believe there is some JPEG compression behind the scenes too?
Same file on notepad, that is barely just ASCII - less than 1kb.
Yes, I'd guess MsOffice wastes space on those files. OK, I can agree that in order to make a file editable, you must have a bit of over-coding... but WTF?
Be glad you don't have to dial an IPV6 number... yet.
Around here they just added another digit and presto, 9 times the available numbers. Yeah, 9... (or 8?) everybody that had 7 digits got a 3 prior to their previous number. Nothing really fancy, and no need to use the whole area code either. And that capacity bump worked for *each* area code.
Oh, so I'm not in the majority, because the print preview is still a no-go. I tried to preview yours truly El Reg forum page, and... it shows a lateral tab with printing settings, but in the main window... a whole lot of nothing is visible.
Curiously it showed the word MAIN greyed out, as if it was "behind" the page.
BTW, now that Google can handle PDFs natively, (or appear to do so) what about using that capability to advantage on print previews? No wonder it is in ALPHA stage, and it could "blow in my face".
I'll get back when they fix it. And where the hell is my coat?
PS. Anyone even mentioning IE tabs for Chrome as viable will be downvoted.
I don't like bots, like most people here already commented.
But let's face it, you start playing some class of toon, you learn it, you grow in experience AND YOUR PLAYSKILL with it, playing honestly, you join a Guild, great; you have enjoyed the game.
But now, you want to create another toon, of a different class, but you want to play the game around your beloved Up-level friends and not stay around newbieville for long. They won't wait your grinding until you reach their level with another toon. You don't have that much friends to give you XP gifts (whatever, I play other MMOs besides WoW), but still... you already have plents of in-game currency...
Hmm... see a need... fill a need. You have a fat virtual wallet and an unlevelled toon.
How about Blizz selling XP directly to people that already reached high levels, gobs of $$$, earned respect, collected merit badges, whatever?? Two choices:
Oh, Blizz has it? My bad, carry on, bots suck.
Oh Blizz doesn't have it? What are they waiting for? If you manage some form of lazyness for those that already proved their worth, they won't risk getting near a bot. As of playskill, it is your choice if you don't want to grind another toon just to party with your regular folks.
On other MMOs, there are some equipments that have no bottom limit of usage, so you can equip a freshly created toon with TOP GEAR and power-level in a flash. We called them "golden babies". No special grinding, and you get to follow your friends easily from the get-go.
It is a win-win-win scenario.
Blizz wins, it got a player hooked for a while longer, paying monthly fees.
Your friends win, they now can count on you for more than one class.
You win, TWICE. You keep playing with your friends and made yourself a favor of learning versatility, making your hobbies more enjoyable.
Ops, it is a 4-win scenario.
But in the end, they want you to keep grinding, since logged time counts as addiction and ensures you will be a loyal monthly source of real cash. They should know when they are pushing the grinding too hard, when that sort of things happen.
...only Mac engineers had the guts to follow what their fellow designers had envisioned to the letter.
The last PC, that had joined bodies like this one, that I have seen, was way back in the 80's or 70's (CP500 - Prologica is an example...here: http://www.museudocomputador.com.br/imagens/cpu/cp500/cp500-02.jpg ) but none ever since.
And I bet those allowed access to PC parts with no need to get near the CRT parts.
That's what mythbusters faced when spinning CDs to oblivion-y RPMs. No eletric motors they had could go over 10k-50k rpm.
The solution? Compressed air. 10 bar on the edge of the shurikens on a really narrow launch tube should do it.
Using air turbines simply maxed out their measurement apparatus. Plus it could help on the launch itself.
Blow it, of course!
I will buy a new coat when I get to Monaco.
Microsoft has put no effort in releasing this tool, mostly because there was better stuff out there, and the users got (insert aggressive verb here).
Mac went all the way around, then? They pushed Time Machine to work well, because:
A - Otherwise there was no backup tool for Macs (is there?);
B - It is EXCELLENT PR to boast you can provide a great backup tool, along with the OS.
Call it "added value" or whatnot, it makes the users fuzzy, warm and taken care of. With reason, yes? I somehow fell jealous of Mac users right now !!
Geezus H. Christ!!! I must be a caveman of sorts, since my home runs on only 340 Kwh.
Yes, that would be a refrigerator, a TV, a PC and an occasional (once per week, natch) washing machine (that would be cloth-washer right?), and dishwasher. Also, lights, air-con, etc... On natural gas, I got water heating, oven... etc.
I am greenier than any yankee. Yet my home is totally conventional.
If that is their "green" house I don´t want to know their "gas guzzler" or "oil rig" home.
By the way, what is the point in having a 2-ton SUV converted to hidrogen? Just to call it "green"? You still have to lug around a 2-ton iron boulder on wheels, which is such a waste of natural resources. You have to change people habits, just technology won´t do.
Some research found that one of the greatest pollution sources in 3rd world countries would be motorcycles, in proportion to how much stuff they carry around. Yes, the 250cc or less, air-cooled kind. These are built by Yamaha, Honda, etc.... Why not make them electric? Even small batteries on todays tech could give those great autonomy. Since a 11hp eletric engine is tiny, all the rest of the curb weight of these could be bike-shaped batteries. (A 250cc bike tips the scale to 136kg while heavier, sportier bikes weight some 300kg). The answer is cost, as usual.
(Some nutjob built such 250cc-equivalent eletric bike which, pun intended, smoked the competition. It was faster, and wouldn´t need refueling for a whole day of racing or such).
What a bunch of hypocrites.
That kind of food resembles what, around here in Brazil, we call "Greek Barbeque". I guess the same health violations and liability about the places and conditions where it is served apply.
If you can eat a chunk of those and not drop dead of septicaemia (other name Google translator suggested was blood poisoning, sue me) in 12 hours, you can eat just about anything. ANYTHING.
I had to try very hard to ignore all the pigeons flapping around the places that sold it here. (We all know that pigeons are winged rats when it comes to diseases, right? Right.)
The sweat of the guy cutting it is smallest of your concerns. The thick cover of fat is the second smallest. Your primary thought should be "How long can I survive without food?" instead of "Will it kill me in 12 or 24 hours of excrutiating bowel agony?" when considering eating this.
Be sure to check the loo after eating it, your lower intestines along with your liver might be floating there.
The thing has "Jolly Rogers" written all over it, even before being put on display.
Isn´t it the name of a movie starring Eddie Murphy where he goes to a gun convention where there is a weapon with embedded microwave oven?
Pun on another movie...
'Set your phasers to extra crispy'
Wait, one more, given the opportunity...
'Beam me up, Scotty. Oh, beam my coat up too.'
I believe there should be only ONE FREAKING CABLE, the one plugging to mains, and that´s it.
I am SUPPOSED to having a mains, since it is an eletronic device, so why don´t people evolve that interface already?
Wireless is a freaking piece of crap, using the mains as a medium is much more effective!
No new infrastructure, no need to move my wall-to-wall fish tank (it is a wireless killer) no need to suffer eletromagnetic interference from whatever people come up (faulty microwave ovens, wireless aswering machines, you name it).
Plus you can come up with multimedia splitters, and retrofit all of your gear. As with the PS3 example, plug the regular ports on the new device, and shove it back on the mains. You could pump your spanking new Blu-ray disc player high-def video to all your TVs at home, either new or old, in a dime.
Plug'em on the wall, play'em, that´s how it should be.
Stop wireless betamax!
I once bought a SD Card - you know, it has the size of a postage stamp, just a little thicker - and it was inside an A4-size (*) plastic package. I wonder how large would be the box to ship a Land Rover, or any car for that matter.
(*) A4 - a sheet of paper this size measures 210mm x 297mm.
My coat is the one with the camping backpack attached, just to carry my MP3 player...
Couldn't they just unplug the damned Ethernet offender, and peace is restored? If it didn't happen, then something else is amiss.
Star topology (should, at least) guarantee that, once a faulty equipment is unplugged, the network should work just fine.
Unplugging a (faulty) network card never caused me problems since I got rid of my 10-base-2 Ethernet coaxial cables, some 10-15 years ago.
I assume they are not telling the whole story.
Mine is the one with an Etherkiller® in the inner pocket.
...the newest update to AVG 7.5 (the paid, commercial one) claims a version of msconfig.exe is infected, found in a number of places in the machine. Behold the stupidity:
- inside redistributable Microsoft's Service Pack 3 for Windows XP, that you can download directly to cut bandwitdth costs in your LAN;
- inside the i386 folder, where nothing was modified since 2005;
- PCHealth folder, same deal, unmodified since format;
- and the last nail on the coffin - Inside the original Windows XP Service Pack 0 CD-ROM.
Yes, the original CD I bought from uncle Bill was infected! OMG! Whatever will we do?
I love false positives, geez!
The first three, I admit, a clever virus could skillfully change not screwing the 'modified since' date... but not the CD in my drawer, for God's sake!
I put the IT? icon, because I ask myself if Grisoft is an IT-related company after all...
put the "I own this f**** machine and I'll do whatever I f****ing want with it" button?
Geez, every time I change something on the control panel (or anywhere for that matter) it asks me if I am sure... lucky me the Vista-infected laptop belongs to my dad, not me. I will stick with XP until they fix Vista for good.
Vista is the new Millenium Edition. It was so crappy that everybody I know jumped straight from Win 98 to Win XP. Perhaps it will happen again.
Another thing, why the hell should they change the position of everything concerning setup? I felt as lost as the first day I touched KDE on a Linux.
Good luck fixing the bugs M$.
Mine is the one in the back, AND I AM SURE OF IT.
As far I am concerned, when civilian airline companies were created some 50 years ago, most north-american pilots were flying for the USAF before flying for them, and they HAD to carry a .45 pistol with them, just in case they crashed over enemy territory (USSR, Korea, whatever, back then?) I don´t know if this is true, but it sounds correct.
Does anybody have any idea of the average times these weapons were accidentally fired in the military? It should make clear if civilian pilots with no military background are more prone to accidentally fire a weapon during flight, in opposition to those pilots who fly routinely sitting on top of several thousand pounds of explosives on military aircraft.
A chance in 130,000 seems pretty safe to me. Apparently, the passengers are more likely to die in a car crash going to the airport than any accidental discharge inside a plane. Again, I don´t really know how dangerous driving is, but it sounds correct, hehehe...
I can squeeze a 1600x1200 resolution from it, (and always could, of course) since 1989, so why should I change? I won´t expend some thousand quid to buy a LCD that can do pretty much what this one can do already, but not running at 85Hz when running @ 1280x1024, at a near-zero latency.
Not to mention the previously stated fact that these babies claim for a sturdy desk, where you can shag the secretary without fear of collapsing the table. Or the fact that she weighs LESS than the aforementioned.
Or that you can still prove fit and young enough for your job if you can carry your own monitor without the aid of a trolley, and probably got stronger than many gym-goers due the fact that you have to carry 15 (I said FIFTEEN) of these up and down 12 flights of stairs every time a manager decided to redecorate the office (every 3 months, that is), because they won´t let you wait for the single building elevator, without calling you a slacker.
Or the skills you acquire with dangling and snag-tendencious VGA cables that come attached on them, that enable you to carry all remaining cables in a typical desktop configuration (including keyboard and mouse) around your neck, without ever tripping on them.
Thanks to degauss, I avoided sending 3 of these to repair, because the colors were all messed up, and nobody had a clue of what was wrong. The three stoges had fluorescent lamps on their desks, and never turned the monitors off.
BOFH still rocks!
I liked better when I thought that 'decimated' meant that only 1/10th of anything survived!
We even changed our Team Fortress messages to "Blue Team was decimated", which meant that in a team with 10 guys, only one was still standing!
Same goes for Quake and Halo!
Mine is the bloody and gory one, lined with chain mail on the inside, with shrapnel cuts, bullet holes and a sawed-off shotgun concealed in the back.
...not romantic comedy.
She can still sell the title back to Hustler, Buttman, Private, or whatever pr0n company she bought the rights from. Yes, think of a porn name for a movie, a porn company already owns it. You can test it on Google, think of the most outrageous NSFW title you can come up with, it´s already there for sale, either in DVD or download MPEG format.
The question mark fits nicely on the icon, since she was asking herself "Will I pay copyright to someone for using that title?"
On the few places you wouldn´t look like a complete twat, is a paintball match. Plus you don´t need to paint it as the seller describes. Well, not a complete twat, but some people would still have a laugh at your expense... hehehe....
Hey, a motorcycle helmet made to look like that would be nice, and you could use it on a daily basis... if you own a bike...
It is the most expensive stupid-wise, not spec-wise. Too bad that wasn´t clear. I thought it was the next Cray supercomputer to go. What a shame. Spending an infimate proportion of that I can buy a Falcon Northwest with everything on it.
It is like having a solid gold Volkswagen Beetle. Pfffttt. Pity.
... a pair of bikers passing by me way over speed limit as I traveled once. One of them was in a Hayabusa, the other one in a Ninja. The Ninja guy was not alone, there were two in the bike. I was doing legal 120 kph on that road, and it seemed that I was parked on the road. They showed on the horizon, in 4 seconds they were by my side, in 4 more seconds they were back on the horizon in front of me.
It was a clear day, the road was near empty (one car every 5 minutes on the opposite direction, and one every 30 in the same direction has to be called empty), and they were using full racing suits. The whole thing, helmets, gloves, boots. It felt like watching a superbike race from within the track. I bet they were doing 200+ kph.
It didn´t seem any dangerous from my POV. They saw me with enough response time, overtook, and kept going, in that perfectly smooth road. I couldn´t see the video, youtube pulled it out.
On the other hand, I saw some serious reckless driving at 50kph.... inside a town... sheesh...
Sure, old-timers solutions may work. But what if inside the virus lies its own BIOS? Ops, that´s useless unless you take over the real BIOS. Lets assume that, the virus now took over the BIOS, and can intercept MBR utilities. But wait.
Is it infecting your flash BIOS on your motheboard, or your hard drive MBR?
Most newers PCs have fail-safe flash BIOS, so overclockers can tinker at will. When the flash BIOS gets thrashed with overclocked settings, the mobo will fail to boot, and will read a READ-ONLY-HARD-CODED-BIOS on a chip that is known to work. Then the flash bios is thrashed, and rewritten with the safe BIOS read from the ROM chip. So I understand that if your flash-BIOS is virus-infected, just overclock your settings so it will thrash the flash-BIOS and load a safe one from the ROM. Not neat, but effective. Unless the virus was specifically written to detect this, he will be vaporized, next time the flash bios is wiped.
When hard-drives get infected, you boot from a CD. You won´t even read the infected drive's mbr. Now you can fire up your MBR utilities and wipe all infected MBRs clean! That´s old school solution, and most people in the area know about it, in particular readers of El Reg. Assuming the BIOS is clean, MBR utilities can kick in.
The only kind of virus that could compromise a motherboard permanently is one that resides in the MBR AND the Flash-BIOS, and not just that, it can notice all the motherboard activity, specifically when it is trying to wipe the flash-BIOS because it believes it's been corrupted, (and über-overclocking will do just that). Thats a kind of knowledge specific to each motherboard, right?
Could a tiny virus block a flash-bios wipe in any model of motherboard? Wouldn´t that require intimate knowledge of every kind of ROM chip and motherboard architecture in the market?
Remember, modern motherboards DO HAVE 2 LOADED BIOS. One resides in the flash memory, and there you get your settings saved. The other is located in a ROM chip and cannot be tampered, its only purpose is to replace the flash bios when it gets overclocked to a non-boot condition. Mine does, I overclocked it, it crapped out, the BIOS was made anew from the ROM chip.
I guess there resides the doubts, if any.
I myself ran into a kind of malware that was pretty nasty. It took the shape of a .DLL and a loaded executable. Should you delete the .dll, it would reappear in anyway (the copy on memory could read its presence). If you removed it from memory, the dll would load it again on the next reset or power down. The solution was to remove it from the memory, and pull it out of mains, literally. You were supposed to pull the plug, no reset button or power down button. The virus could intercept the reset button, and the ATX power supply interrupts involved. If it was a notebook, you would have to yank out the battery while it was on!
Now, if I said anything that looks like utter rubbish, please do speak up, correct me. I would love to understand how can a MBR virus load itself into memory and corrupt the BIOS or otherwise, when the hard drive it resides in isn´t booted, and a CD or clean media is booted instead.
Are we assuming here that the flash-bios can be infected, and the virus can avoid being wiped from there?
... which reads "I´ve been pwned by h4xors". This kind of scum lurks everywhere, and will steal anything from you, either virtual, or real, if they get a chance.
... it would be interesting if the plane was being actually hijacked by Al Qaeda or something in the genre, the pilots were killed and the airplane's cockpit destroyed (cockpits don´t react well to bullets, I guess. Russian nuclear submarines surely don´t). Just fire up your Flight Simulator, log in with stewardess (er flight attendant, right?) priviileges, and guide the plane to an emergency landing anywhere. Of course, after the terrorists were disabled...
That would be quite a movie, if it wasn´t already been done before.
Please, as someone else said, the better firewall still is a few inches of air... and no wireless access, please!