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45 posts • joined 3 Jul 2007

Sony promises PC-based PlayStation 4 for Christmas

Luiz Abdala

Re: "So ready ..... to run PS4 VM on my laptop."

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$), back then, when 1 USD = 2 R$

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Bioshock Infinite, Devil May Cry, SimCity

Luiz Abdala
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Re: I miss space combat too.

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.

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Ten affordable mid-sized Full HD monitors

Luiz Abdala

2010 is calling back.

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.

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Gigapixel camera heralds new world of snoopery

Luiz Abdala
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slap that on the hubble.

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...

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IT guy answers daughter's Facebook rant by shooting her laptop

Luiz Abdala

If she'd written that in paper... (diary?)

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'.

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Swiss-based Balesio takes the knife to PDF files

Luiz Abdala
WTF?

Original .DOC is huge.

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?

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End of UK local dialling in sight as numbers run out

Luiz Abdala
Meh

Adding a digit before the title...

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.

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Chrome 9 debuts with WebGL, app store, instant annoyance

Luiz Abdala
Coat

re: "Printing works in the majority of Chrome installs" #2

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.

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World of Warcraft bot ban ticks off world of critics

Luiz Abdala
FAIL

Mixed feelings #735

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.

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The Mac that saved Apple (and Steve Jobs)

Luiz Abdala
Alert

That's why...

...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.

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BOFH: Pepper-packing bot plot

Luiz Abdala

re: Imparting Spin

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.

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Vacuum-wielding thieves siphon €500,000 from store safes

Luiz Abdala
Coat

The best to do with that kind of money??

Blow it, of course!

I will buy a new coat when I get to Monaco.

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Windows 7 Backup gets users' backs up

Luiz Abdala
Jobs Halo

So...

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 !!

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California's 'Zero Energy House' is actually massive fossil hog

Luiz Abdala
FAIL

2491 kilowatt-hours!!!! per month!

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.

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Turk unwraps doner kebab robot

Luiz Abdala
Pirate

Interesting...

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.

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Pentagon inks deal on portable milli-wave raygun tech

Luiz Abdala
Coat

Beverly Hills Cop III?

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.'

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CE giants pitch yet another wireless HD standard

Luiz Abdala
Stop

I am with Will on this one...

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!

Go Homeplug!

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HP packaging madness continues apace

Luiz Abdala
Coat

The packaging madness obeys a sense of scale too...

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...

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Dublin airport was crippled by flakey network card

Luiz Abdala
Coat

Just a freaking NIC?

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.

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How to beat AVG's fake traffic spew

Luiz Abdala
IT Angle

To top it off...

...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...

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MS misses restart button on desktop auto-updates

Luiz Abdala
Coat

Will they finally...

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.

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US airline pilot pops a cap in cockpit

Luiz Abdala
Alert

What about pilots with military background?

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...

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BOFH: The secret gentlemen's club

Luiz Abdala
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I LOVE my chunky CRT display.

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!

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El Reg decimates English language

Luiz Abdala
Coat

Ignorance is Bliss...

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.

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Wheels come off Paris Hilton movie vehicle

Luiz Abdala
Paris Hilton

The title would work on another genre of film...

...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?"

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Halo Master Chief armour offered on eBay

Luiz Abdala

Great Paintball suit

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...

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Is this the world's most expensive desktop PC?

Luiz Abdala
Joke

Ahh....

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.

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YouTube biker clocked at 189mph

Luiz Abdala
Pirate

I witnessed myself...

... 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...

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Excuse me sir: there's a rootkit in your master boot record

Luiz Abdala
Boffin

Hmm... old-timers virus infecting MBR heh?

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.

Next...

Hard-drives mbr...

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?

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Xbox Live account takeovers put users at risk

Luiz Abdala
Coat

Been there, done that, bought the T-shirt...

... 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.

coat, wallet...

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US regulator raises Dreamliner hacker risk fear

Luiz Abdala
Joke

Physical separation is obvious, but...

... 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!

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Dell's laptop customisation options not very customisable

Luiz Abdala
Pirate

Laptop Customization?

Oh, come on. Dell is just as customizable as Ford T model's color, geez.

I wouldn´t be surprised if their motherboards would have some compatibility components "deleted" in order to save a few grams of cooper, thus making it cheaper to mass-produce the damned thing.

If you want customization, but you don´t want to build it yourself, try Falcon Northwest or Alienware (google it down, man), they will even paint the notebook's case to match your car. For a grand. Ow, that´s their problem, it ain´t cheapo. Remember you must pay import/export taxes as well, so watch out.

I had a friend, whose Dell components in his PC where incompatible to each other, as shipped, if you know what I mean.

BTW, I guess Alienware was bought by Dell, so, expect disaster too.

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Vista provokes user synaptic collapse

Luiz Abdala
Joke

You can´t see, but you can change...

You can´t see the permission settings, but you can change them?

Oh, It is like the IQ of the programmers that came up with that message: you can´t know their IQ for certain, but that IQ can be changed.

Or you can compare that message to blindfolded brain surgeon: you can´t see what is going on, but you can certainly perform a lobotomy in that fashion. I guess the programmer experienced the last example.

You can´t view the permissions, you have to change them blindfolded. It reminds me of reaching a back-panel USB port to connect a chunky flash drive for some reason...

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Air France compensates 170kg passenger

Luiz Abdala
Joke

So, that´s why Airbus A380 was built!

Don´t you get it? Airbus designed a new über-large airplane so they could carry all large people (both fat and tall) in ultra-wide comfortable seats.

In my family we have plenty of those, and we almost really bought a second seat beside us once, so it would go empty, so we could travel more comfortably. Perhaps on this route they were not planning to use this model of airplane; now they are.

Perhaps now he will consider buying two seats everytime, in any company, so he won´t feel humiliated again. If I was that big, I would for sure. Perhaps he will fly with Air France everytime now, always carrying a copy of the law suit with him, and showing it in the counter when buying a ticket, because I am sure that will happen again, no matter the airiline.

On the other hand, the available room in any airplane is ludicrous, and the 170kg passenger really deserved compensation for that misfortunate event.

Or you can always chart an Antonov 225.

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PlayStation phone 'plausible, attractive' - Sony exec

Luiz Abdala
Joke

That picture...

... suggests a jumbo-size LCD screen on a phone, and that´s great battery life expectancy. That thing barely fits the guy's hands. I would like to see any 100-pound kid using that, he would need conterweights, or lean right (in the case) in search of a new gravity center.

I bet he can´t find a pocket that large either.

At least there will be plenty of room for a touch-keyboard (a standard 101-keys full fledged keyboard, that is).

"Is that a psp-cum-phone in your pants (sic) or are you just happy to see me?"

At least the cops will easily get any schmuck fined in an attempt to use that thing while driving, since the brightly lit screen will be visible from miles away, warning other drivers about the immediate hazard. The cons surpasses the pros, or everybody would be putting GSM chips in their 17-inch laptops and using them as mobile phones. While driving.

Geez...

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Real F-15 joins massively multiplayer virtual war

Luiz Abdala
Joke

Hmm....

I wonder if any flight simmer kid would kick a real F-15 pilot´s virtual butt. Perhaps USAF would now be promoting contest in flight sims, in order to get a new generation of pilots. But wait, there is some old movie based on that, where a vintage arcade is used to search for pilots to join the army of an alien planet.

(...)

Of course the new fighters would include keyboards and mice, along with the regular joysticks-and-throttle.

(...)

Or some´ol terrorist hack would include the White House as a targeting site, in a real, live weapons mission.

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BOFH: Budget cuts

Luiz Abdala
Alert

It is not the end of the world yet...

since BOFH was not installing OS/2. The world is being allowed to live a week longer.

Perhaps he was installing Vista on a 256 megs machine. Although painful, it serves the purpose to replace a machine of some beancounter who complained about Total Cost of Ownership of XP comparing to Vista. When the bloke complains about speed, he will claim "we can´t afford to upgrade our machines, now that we had to buy 1200 official Vista licenses in order to reduce our TCO, specially after our severe budget cut."

While he utters the TCO acronym, he is charging the cattleprod hidden in his back, muffled by the 'buzzword alarm' in the wall. Wait and you´ll see.

Budget cut means revenge. it means Vista installed on 128 megs machines...

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Microsoft hawks Home Server

Luiz Abdala
Coat

The old Mcbill had a disk-farm ya ya hoooooo

I agree with most posts above. If I wanted a storage center for my files, I would buy just that (a simple NAS), not another server, running at home. If I wanted to do that, I would buy a mothafu**a bad-ass AMD server (whatshername) or a double-xeon (used, found in a bin) and do it right, for Christ´s sake, not some half-assed, half-baked server from uncle bill. Even my 5 year-old Pentium 4 ought do it fine. Perhaps Bill is losing IT.

Home servers, in my opinion, would be something else. For a moment I imagined a 'hidden' server where you would plug-in your refrigerator, microwave, ar-conditioner, vacuum cleaner, and god-knows-what-else, and they would be able to know by themselves when my place would need cleaning (last month) when should I dump the month-old food in the fridge, what kind of food I would like when I get home, and it would turn on the TV on my favorite pre-recorded program.

Damn, that would be the definition of a 50's housewife, but what the hell. If Bill is thinking about it, exactly, then let´s wait some 25 years before buying his home servers.

Car keys, wallet, cell phone, coat....

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El Reg deploys (extra) comment icons

Luiz Abdala
Go

BOFH Icon

BOFH has already an Icon, (the horned telephone - probably trademarked to Simon Travaglia), El Reg just needs to put it here.

I won´t be the third to congratulate AmanfromMars, this dadaistic-AI-experiment that won´t ever make sense. But he/it deserves it.

I suggest the Citroen C4 dancing car for the RoTM icon. Or a Renault speeding toward a gas station (with a damaged cruise control implied in the scene).

Keep up the nonsense!

PS. Keep the "Anonymous Vulture", and remove the "Anonymous Coward" designation. Some comments (get-me-coat type specially) should be kept anonymous. Forever. Not even the writer should know he wrote those.

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Scientists uncover lefty gene

Luiz Abdala

@ Michael "I wonder"

I am the poster of the anonymous "I wonder", I didn't mean that one to be anonymous... hehehe... that's the schitzo part playing... but I digress...

Loved the comments, I will try eventually to re-wire a guitar, but I will piss off any righty that tries that one. But I would have to carry my "Hendrix" guitar everywhere.

What about a rifle? That should be feasible, (just toss the technical drawings on CAD, and do mirror). Shouldn't it? Some crafty blacksmith, looking at a mirror, perhaps?

I found a Left-Handed scissor, amazing how nice it is! To bad it broke when I was a kid, but I found a right-handed one, that was so tight, it worked for me. So, there it goes, if you can find a stainless steel scissor, bound by screws, you can tighten the screw, get it extra sharp, to the point it is usable!

"genius is but a single step away from insanity..." true. Isn't Picasso the one that cut off a ear? If not him, which one? Could he use a bolt-action rifle better? Or listen to the left-handed tuned Violin? I couldn't help myself on that one...

The camcorders remain helpless though... almost broke a nose trying to use one. (eye-piece to the left, puts the camera on center...)

My mom is Ambidextrous, but she suspects she was left-handed as a child, and forced to use the right hand, she can't remember...

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German hurls computer from apartment block

Luiz Abdala

BOFH style tossing

BOFH offered all the lusers in his company the joy of tossing eletronic equipment from the top of the building before this german boffin.

Here it is:

BOFH: Danger, Falling Computing Peripherals

Episode 6 It'll all end in tears

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/02/18/bofh_2005_episode_6/

P.S. Not to mention I loved reading it again.

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BOFH: A question of urgency

Luiz Abdala

Been there...

I used to work as Mechanical Engineer (yes, I carried a large hammer as a Fix-it-All tool) and when some equipment failed, we had 30 running days to fill a report explaining the failure, in order to find out if any written procedure was not being followed (so we got properly shafted later on) or if the scheduled maintenance was not being executed (so the maintenance personnel got shafted later on), or anything else happened (so the Boss got shafted later on).

Well, it turned out that my Boss handed me down one of those TWO FREAKING DAYS before the expiration time, on a freaking FRIDAY, meaning I should deliver it on the following Monday. Since he didn't hand me down the report 28 days before, it was his fault (but he wouldn't get shafted for that).

When there is conflict, there is opportunity, OVERTIME BONUS!

So I grabbed a mechanic on Saturday (bonus for him too, he saved my hide a number of times with inside intel from the Head, like the janitor of the BOFH), we dismantled the gear, found the problem, I pulled the report out of my *rse and delivered it on Monday. It was a half-baked report (no accompanying mind-numbing Powerpoint with pictures of the failure, mind you, the report itself was spotless), but it was very accurate to the truth... I loved when I found out the machine died of natural causes (poor material choice...), no procedure was disregarded, and the Boss got shafted...

...or so I thought, but he rewrote it (revised... pfff) in such a way that everything I said was still there, but it didn't sound as his fault. Of course, I had to approve his 'revision', but what the hell... sigh... I still got my bonus!

That's why I love BOFH, he solves the matters at hand swiftly and without mercy...

And he never gets the shaft...

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Sony's 80GB PS3 pic points to rumble-ready controller

Luiz Abdala

My guess on the red light...

I guess it indicates that the batteries on the wireless controller are about to fail on you, since the rumble should chew them up. I bet several people will claim for a über-capacity battery pack for these, or a wired version.

On other point of view, only REAL joysticks (First generation Microsoft Sidewinder, a couple from Logitech, and few from Thrustmaster, for example), could be called Force Feedback, since they responded with vectorial force according to the game, not just rumbling. (I'm glad they used the 'rumble' term correctly, not Force Feedback). Real vectorial response on one of these, I find hard to believe, you need some mass to be moved by electromagnetic coils, like a pinball machine's flippers, or electric motors. Pads can't have actual, vectorial Force Feedback, because they need two mechanically articulated surfaces, where to apply those said forces. Joysticks have their force applied between stick and base, if you hold only one of those, without a surface for reaction, there won't be feedback, except for a light, instantaneous inertia effect. Pads don't have articulations or anything like it, all they can do is rumble.

Now that the obvious has been set aside, rumble pads are neither new, nor innovative. The M$ joystick (and steering wheel now) with REAL Force Feedback has been around for 10 years or more.

When I bought a PSOne (a cost-down remodeling of the original PSX) it came with a single white rumble-pad. So what is the news after all? It is the same thing as saying that the latest (pick a car model) came with cup holders on the center dash on all versions.

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MEP plans EU build ban on cars faster than 100mph

Luiz Abdala

Take the discharge pipe out of your mouth...

Puleeze... If you want to ENCOURAGE economic cars, don´t ban cars that can go over 100mph, cut the taxes on smaller engines. Here in Brasil (with an "S", got a problem?), there was a major tax discount for any car equipped with engines of 1 liter (1000cc) or below. Yes, that´s the size of the engine for a ultra-sport bike. Any North American driving an oil rig, er, SUV, would think that this size of engine are for mopeds only.

It turns out that the rest of the planet can´t afford to be so careless about the environment, and besides, gasoline is WAY MORE EXPENSIVE HERE. Here it costs some 1,3 dollar per litre (some 4 or 5 litres make a gallon, so...). It turns out that it makes a lot of sense to buy a small engine'd car.

It turned out that every car manufacturer was encouraged to extract as much possible of that 1 liter. Now, we have SUPERCHARGED chars on that engine size, built by FORD. It can draws 90hp out of 1 liter. Scale that to a "small block" Mopar 7-liter Hemi, do you get 630hp, supercharged or not? I GUESS NOT.

What about mileage? Most cars that size (1.0L) can do some 16 kilometer per litre, or better. A SUV capable of 5 kilometers per liter is called "economic".

Another thing, "cars must be heavier to be stable and safer at 100mph". Ouuuchhhh. Tell that to Audi TT. Tell that to Mazda MX-5.

Besides that, any 1 liter car, with some tinkering and tweaking (nitro and big-size turbo) can do 100mph. Bikes, by definition, can do 100mph, if they are any larger than 500cc. Will they be banned by 2012? They are greener than a Ford Explorer or Cadillac.

Even a 1972 Volkswagen Beetle (1600cc) with some tinkering, can go 80+ mph, and it barely reaches 70 hp or anything like it.

I guess I have covered all grounds, any single argument to ban cars above 100mph was destroyed. You have to make them so expensive to buy, and anti-economic to keep running, that you will be encouraged to buy something cheaper. It worked around here like a charm. 2-Liter engines here are "Luxury" models. They still have some power-to-weight ratio, and still can reach 80 mph with some effort. People buy larger engines for their ACCELERATION, not top speed, it is illegal to go at 100mph in 99.5% of the planet anyway, the top speed comes as a bonus.

Power limiting (Japan style) = failure. All power limiters can be removed.

Weight limiting = unpratical. No wonder nobody tried that.

Speed limiting = always existed. But it is down to any driver's judgement now.

Engine size scaled tax = excellent. The smaller, the cheaper. No one is preventing you on driving at 100mph, but it will cost you some dosh.

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A glitch in the Matrix, or a hungry exploit?

Luiz Abdala

Ooops... BlackHOLE servers has nothing to do with BlackLIST servers.

I'm the poster on the first comment about IANA.ORG blackhole servers, and I guess you didn't understand me.

IANA Blackhole servers are actually good for the health of Web traffic. They drop reverse DNS queries that shouldn't exist on open Web, only on local networks, on non-routable IP ranges like 192.168.xxx.xxx. Without them, this traffic would keep repeating itself in search of a reply, when nobody will answer. It is like shouting "Hello" on the mountains, the echo will fill the place with noise. Without this IANA servers, chaos would ensue. Following the analogy, IANA blackhole servers would shout back "Shut the f*** up, nobody will answer you!", so the DNS queries stop. I heard Windows machines do that once every 24 hrs.

BlackLIST servers are entirely a different thing, they are blocking spam traffic, or listing spammers IP's, (so you said), and I can't foresee how would their absence would affect global latency. Only stupid spammers use their local ISP IP as the originating point, anyway.

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