* Posts by RAMChYLD

567 posts • joined 12 Nov 2010


So about that Atari reboot console... you might want to sit down. It's going to be late, OK?



Well, I blame those unsatisfied nutters who were complaining that the CPU and GPU architecture being 8 years old, not fast enough for their shiny Steam games, etc. Look it up, posts by those naysayers (along with those blatantly wanting the console to fail) appear in the comments whenever this console is mentioned all the time.

Western Digital deploys heatsink on remodelled M.2 to tempt gamers


This is a problem...

Most motherboards nowadays come with their own heatsink for m.2 sticks. So why would I want heatsinks pre-applied on them?

Detailed: How Russian government's Fancy Bear UEFI rootkit sneaks onto Windows PCs


Re: Lojax exploits a known race-condition in Intel's flash memory controllers

Not if it uses intel flash memory anyway- a possibility even on AMD platforms. I recently built an AMD ThreadRipper workstation and the chosen motherboard (Asrock X399 Taichi) had Intel flash memory iirc. It also has Intel Wi-Fi, Intel Bluetooth and Intel LAN much to my annoyance.


Re: Hanlons razor ...

No, the move to UEFI was paid for by M$ As an effort to get a tighter grip on the x86 platform. The smoking gun is right there- why would Ubuntu and Red Hat be forced to pay M$ to sign GRUB (and the kernels, and the kernel modules) so it can boot? Why can’t Ubuntu or Red Hat generate their own keys, put it on the DVD image, and why can’t the user just instruct UEFI to install those keys? Why must it’s be M$’ keys?


Re: UEFI = ?

> Unix Exclusion Firmware Interface

This. If you have to pay M$ to make your kernel bootable on the machine, then it’s a bad firmware.

If I could turn back time, I'd tell you to keep that old Radarange at home


Re: Running backwards ?

One scenario I can think of is that the clock is sensitive to the AC cycle of the power supply. For why it runs faster, I can think of one plausible scenario- you live in the UK and the clock is attuned to 50Hz power, but the generators were running at 60Hz for some reason- this makes more sense if the clock is analog and depends on spinning motors (for example, one of those old alarm clocks with a flip-over display). Alternatively, it could be that the generators were putting out a little more than 240V which is well above the acceptable range of some equipment, but still not enough to cause them to blow up immediately in a spectacular fashion. I've seen this happen with poorly made generators in the past, they'd pump out 260v of power despite being listed for 230v, and yet all the equipment connected to them seem to be running fine despite the power being 20v above acceptable range. Solution for the latter issue is to plop a AVR between the clock and the power supply. I don't know if there's any solution to the former issue except to build a converter to change 60Hz AC to DC and then to 50Hz AC.

Pewdiepie fanboi printer, Chromecast haxxx0r retreats, says they're 'afraid of being caught'


Re: What TheHackerGiraffe has accomplished

> I now consider him and his fans to be actively harmful attackers.

I've considered him and his fans to be actively harmful attackers ever since he got some randos to carry cards calling for the extermination of Jews a few years ago (remember that?)

Here's 2018 in a nutshell for you... Russian super robot turns out to be man in robot suit


Re: Something on TV wasn't real: shocker!

> Personally I am surprised they had to put someone inside. CGI / deepfake is so good at

> producing realistic stuff that a completely virtual robot (and probably the whole show) could

> be whipped up on a render farm.

Well, it has to appear before the studio audience and interact with them. I don't think holographic technology is perfect enough yet. I'd be really worried if the Russians have holographic technology that surpasses those used in other parts of the world tho.

Windows 10 Pro goes Home as Microsoft fires up downgrade server


Re: Just go Linux

It not only those on Insider. It affects those who bought a machine with the Home version of Windows then upgraded to Pro via an upgrade pack key.


Re: It all makes sense now

At least you only spent half a day. I didn’t sleep last night because this was affecting my laptop (bought a Pro upgrade pack back when it was running 8.1 because the stupid thing shipped with Home and I needed Hyper-V for development purposes). Was up all night running through the thousands of scenarios in my head pondering why my license had become counterfeit all of the sudden. Now I feel terrible.


Re: Just go Linux

Well, if your intention of keeping windows around is because of games (especially those from asshole Linux-hating companies like Blizzard and Ubisoft), going Linux doesn’t really make sense.

Mourning Apple's war against sockets? The 2018 Mac mini should be your first port of call


Re: 2GB?

Indeed. Sounds like 1995.

Microsoft claims Office 364 back to business as usual. Oh no it isn't, say suffering sysadmins


Office 364?

Is it cheaper than Office 365? If so, how do I downgrade?

When something's weird in your ImageMagick upload, who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters!


This cannot be good

One of the web enterprise apps I developed uses Ghostscript.NET to convert PDF files (alongside Bitmap, GIF and PNG files) to JPEG for storage in SQL Server, and do the reverse when the user requests a "photo album" of their JPEG images, which the app will grab the relevant JPEG images (in this case, digital copies of issued certificates for the customer), compile them into a PDF, and let the customer download it. Removing ghostscript would completely break this which is one of the main functionality of the program.

Although, as it stands only authorized employees are allowed to perform any image uploads at all. But I shudder to think what will happen if someone manages to steal the credentials of one of the employees.

Why is Ghostscript is allowed to be so daft tho? They've been alive for over 30 years, and have plenty of time to implement input sanitization.

Ass-troplastic! Printing parts from p.. er... human waste


Why am I not surprised

> polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB)

Can't stop giggling.

Super Cali goes ballistic, Starbucks is on notice: Expensive milky coffee is something quite cancerous


Make up your freaking mind, scientists!

First you say coffee prevents cancer. So I started consuming more of it because stomach cancer runs in my family.

Now you say coffee causes cancer.

Make up your freaking mind!

OK, deep breath, relax... Let's have a sober look at these 'ere annoying AMD chip security flaws


Re: It rather involved being on the other side of this airtight hatchway

"reflashing firmware should wipe the keys."

Wouldn't doing that render, at very least, lost of access to DRMed files (assuming the BSAss, MPAssA and RIAssA mandates that the OS stores decryption keys for the DRMed media you bought off Google Play/iTunes/Windows Store on the TPM if one is available) and at worst, lost of the content of the entire hard drive (assuming the user encrypted the entire drive and the key is stored on the TPM)?

I think leaving the TPM untouched is more for the convenience of the user. Who has the time to go through reformatting an entire PC and deal with data loss just because the firmware was updated?

Although, imo, the world would be a better place without TPM. The only thing TPM does is it gives big corporations even more control over your own PC and what you have installed.

Are you taking the peacock? United Airlines deny flight to 'emotional support' bird


Re: Marketing opportunity?

Couldn't you just get one of those from Build A Bear Workshop or something? I'm pretty sure you can choose what sound you want to put into one while buying a bear from there.

YouTube turns off cash tap for automatic video nasties


Re: *checks YouTube channel stats*

> Number of subscribers: 972.

> Awww.

You think that's bad? Try a channel with only 44 subscribers and less than 300 views a month. Up until this point I have nothing interesting to offer tho.

I decided that my new year resolution for 2018 was to finally get serious with my Youtube channel because the shitty Malaysian economy overall had left me almost a pauper (price of goods going up, but my pay had not changed over the last three years- company's official stand was "business was bad"), but just as I start to put some elbow grease and started producing videos, Youtube waltzes up and move the goalpost farther away. All so those successful channels like Markiplier and Linus Tech Tips can continue raking more money at the expense of making it harder for newbies like me to break into the market...

Apple macOS so secure some apps can't be easily deleted


Re: Move along, nothing to see here.

> I, and Apple, and others, firmly believe the average user does

> not need to install KEXTs, ever.

Then, add frigging touchscreen support to Mac OS Already. Or at least allow one to be recognized and operated as a generic mouse.

I have a Dell ST2220T display hooked up to my Mac Mini. Can't even operate the touchscreen without installing an expensive KEXT from Touch Base. Linux can use the touch portion of the screen upfront without any need to install anything.

And to top it off, Apple wants to merge iOS and Mac OS apps. That's a bad enough idea as is, but explain to me how I'm going to use iOS apps without pinch-to-zoom gestures?

BlackBerry won't kill BB10 until 2020, pulls regular Priv updates


Re: Refusing to update their own software on their own hardware...

> We shall see how long they support my mothers DTEK60 (gorgeous phone). Then I shall

> wipe it and put LineageOS on it...

If you successfully do that, let us know. Allegedly the bootloader's locked, and BB won't unlock it.


Same here. Really saddened to hear this, I've been using a Priv for a little over a year. Good phone, you don't find phones with a world 4G radio and a built-in hardware keyboard on the same package really often.

Hopefully Blackberry would start offering a way to unlock the phone? Better to drop LegacyOS onto it or try to slip Oreo Go Edition onto it than destine it for the landfill given how much I paid for it.

Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10


Naff and underpowered?

It takes 10 seconds to fire up paint, paste the screenshot into it, crop it, and then save the shot as a JPG to use in technical documentations. People might not miss it, but I will. The Gimp is great, but that's for serious art sessions, not quick screenshot work.

Smash up your kid's Bluetooth-connected Cayla 'surveillance' doll, Germany urges parents


Re: 'They could just remove the batteries.'

If you want to go the extra mile, you can take her apart and rip the microphone, camera and circuit board out, then put her back together.

If this thing is anything like those Smart Toys Mattel put out tho, the battery is non-removable. You may need screwdrivers with a proprietary head as well as a pair of wire cutters to gut the thing.


Re: @ Dwarf

since when is a laptop not a "innocuous household object"?

IT guy checks to see if PC is virus-free, with virus-ridden USB stick


> Paranoia? You bet!

More than that, it sounds shady.

You sure said director isn't embezzling money or selling company secrets? Personal equipment like that shouldn't be allowed on company network.

China announces it wants more immigrants, better diplomats and science-led industry


Re: okay, but...

Let's not forget their ridiculous Internet censorship and surveillance. Get rid of that and maybe we can talk turkey, China.

Hacker: I made 160,000 printers spew out ASCII art around the world


Re: Holy crap!

My big beef with these printers is that they don't come with programming manuals anymore. I remember when I got my first printer, an Epson LQ-100, and it came with a nice, thick book explaining all the escape sequences one can send from BASIC. Spend enough time on it and you could practically draw really nice graphics.

Those were the days.

Also, back in those days you could practically get ISO/A2 printers off the shelf - I have a NEC P6300 with the color kit installed. It could do ISO/A2 color prints. Can't do that without spending big bucks on a large format printer nowadays.

Microsoft's DRM can expose Windows-on-Tor users' IP address


Re: Is it just me

Well, there are still several drawbacks on Linux:

Firstly, the fact that there are not many game companies supporting it. Steam is nice, but even then half of the games on Steam aren't available on SteamOS/Linux. And that's well, Valve is pretty much the best company when it comes to Linux gaming. EA and Activision-Blizzard don't give a hoot, and the latter even actively ban users caught using WINE to run their games. EA is slightly better in that they don't care if you use WINE, but a lot of their games are hard to get working in WINE anyway. Also, sadly, there has been no port of EA games to Linux ever since Loki Software folded.

Secondly, hardware support. Linux devs need to listen to their users more. Last I tried only Ubuntu supports hardware RAID. The excuse that motherboard RAID isn't beneficial is not valid. A lot of modern motherboards also enable caching when RAID is enabled. Also, I've said this many times before, but the anecdote that the CPU is handling the scheduling just isn't true on certain chipsets- for example, the NVidia NForce chipsets has an ASIC to handle the RAID arrays and offload the task from the CPU. The distro developers shouldn't be all smug and tell users to just stick to AHCI - there are valid reasons to support motherboard RAID.

Additionally, Radeon support on Linux still lacks CrossFireX/Dual Graphics support and even basic functionality like stippled and smooth primitives on certain cards. Ever since FGLRX support was dropped, many rigs went from competent to unusable. I was forced to convert one of my rigs that ran Ubuntu back to Windows because it FGLRX no longer supported it, and said rig happened to use a APU+GPU dual graphics configuration (1).

Don't get me wrong, I still do have several Linux boxes dedicated to the cause. But losing FGLRX and being stuck with Ubuntu because it's the only Linux distro that supports motherboard RAID is pretty frustrating.

(*1) https://www.x.org/wiki/RadeonFeature/


Re: What? you mean

> ?

> Isn't that what most home PCs use?

Nope, the valid class-C private address is 192.168.x.x, anything 192 but not 192.168 is still fair play iirc.

Trump's FBI boss, Attorney General picks reckon your encryption's getting backdoored


Re: {ë2s¦^@]~JÕ1~Bó^M·^R^@sÙBna^V_~@<«ò2UÆ#NAç>

Looks more like a baud mismatch.

True story. I once tried sending serial data at 115,200kbps to a 9,600kbps thermal printer with handshake and parity off. The output was more or less something like this.

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Spotify serving malware, no escape from reality


Re: Thanks for the reminder to Uninstall it.

If on Windows, check the appdata\roaming directory in your user folder. Not sure about Mac/Linux, I don't have Spotify on my Linux boxens and my I don't have access to my Mac at this time to check.

Google nukes ad-blocker AdNauseam, sweeps remains out of Chrome Web Store


Maybe they should've thought the whole video ad thing over

I don't mind text-only ads. However, when you start pushing obnoxious javascript, flash and video ads that play by default and I can't turn off, you've crossed the line. You're eating my quota by forcing stuff I don't want down my throat. And I'm pretty sure this is the sentiment felt by those who're on an Internet connection with an unreasonably low cap like I am. Also, javascript and flash ads are known to push malware (still having that problem on cracked.com on mobile).

Go back to text-only ads and I'll gladly stop using adblockers. Heck I'm pretty sure adblockers will fall out of use with text-only ads (plus, text-only ads won't be able to force malware onto a device because there's no javascript, it relies on the victim to be a schmuck to click on the link and get infected).

Sexbots could ‘over-exert’ their human lovers, academic warns


Just noticed that the researcher's name is Bendel. That's one letter away from Bender...

Persistent ad and dialler trojans found on 28 Android phones


Lenovo phones have WHAT?

Another black mark for Lenovo I guess. Between Superfish, locking people out of installing Linux on their laptop, and now this...

Has Canadian justice gone too far? Cops punish drunk drivers with NICKELBACK


I have to be a weirdo then

I actually enjoy me some Nickelback. Especially like putting on "If Everyone Cared" on repeat and cranking up the volume when I feel depressed.

AI can now tell if you're a criminal or not


Byzantine failure.

Machines do however break down, sometimes in byzantine ways that causes error in judgement.

A machine that may have been struck by lightning in the past may not fail immediately, but will become more and more error prone before failing.

So how can you trust the output of the machine if you can't tell if the machine is failing or not?

Sega MegaDrive/Genesis lives again, in Brazil!


Emulation inside

I've heard that the insides actually contain an ARM CPU emulating a MD/Genesis (not unlike what's inside Nintendo's offering), plus additional hardware to convert the mapping of physical cartridges to a filesystem compatible with the emulator. Not really that great given that this means that peripherals like the Sega/Mega CD and 32x won't work.

Honestly, I'd prefer pulling my old MD clone out of the closet and use that instead.

Interestingly, NXP still does make 68000 CPUs, as does Zilog with the z80. Wonder if the remaining PSG and YM OPN is still being produced, because apparently, the heart(s) of the Genesis is still readily available off the shelf.

Apple fans using Chrome on alert for Mac malware


Indeed. The good ol' days may not be as rosy as you remembered. Try dealing with the Scores virus, or SevenDust or Autostart 9805.

'Pork Explosion' flaw splatters Foxconn's Android phones

Thumb Up

Re: Physical Access

Indeed. It's a service to have that feature in there. A lot of people want to root their phone for various reasons (most common one I've heard is to get rid of all the shovelware in there). Granted, I've been lucky with Android devices so far in that none of them don't have the duff in there, but several people I know bought cheap Android phones (as well as not so cheap ones- I'm looking at you, Samsung and Lenovo!) that are chock full of those, and the only way to remove them is to root the device and then remove the junk APKs from the system image.

What’s that Sooty? You want a girlfriend?


Indeed. I always thought Soo was Sooty's GF.

She isn't?

Lenovo denies claims it plotted with Microsoft to block Linux installs


Re: What a whiny bunch of spoilt hypocritical Linux users

> Launching ALSA to compete with the defacto OSS standard

The way I remember it, the developers behind OSS wanted to start charging for the drivers for "prosumer" and "professional" cards. If they hadn't gotten greedy, maybe the split wouldn't have happened. I was already using Linux at that time (though I was just a greenhorn, being just a wide-eyed freshman at college having been just introduced to Red Hat Linux 6.1 by favorite lecturer).



Are they just blocking Linux from running by setting the disk controller mode to RAID and forcing EFI and forcing CSM to disabled or is there some Secure Boot evilness involved as well? Because if it's RAID+GPT (CSM disabled, cannot be enabled) then it's actually possible to work around using kpartx on Ubuntu at least- you need to modprobe all the required RAID modules at boot and then run kpartx to activate the partitions, then once installed chroot into the hard disk and make it so the RAID modules are manually loaded at boot and get kpartx installed before rebooting. The problem here is that a lot of distros call it "fakeraid" and not bothering with it because "it does not bring any significant performance improvement" and "taxes the CPU" (their words, not mine. I actually noted that some RAID controllers like NVidia's NForce board have an ASIC to offload work so that the CPU is unaffected, but apparently they all say I'm wrong). So far I have gotten Ubuntu working on such RAID machines albeit with some elbow grease. And it's the reason I'm stuck with Ubuntu on my Linux machines. I use these RAID config on them (RAID-0 on one machine where speed is important and I don't care about the content of the storage, and RAID-5 on my Media Center PC). All the distros I've used to date doesn't support the config, only Ubuntu.

If it's secure boot, yeah, this is why I oppose secure boot, and intel for creating it.

Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...


Re: No guilt at all

For me it's not only about "malads". I'm on mobile broadband during working hours on weekdays. Those video ads mess with my quota by eating them up in record speed. Bad enough I have to deal with Windows 10 slurping up my quota because you can't flag a Mi-Fi mobile hotspot as a metered connection.

Double KO! Capcom's Street Fighter V installs hidden rootkit on PCs


Re: Secret Rootkit! HADOUKEN!!!

Nope, but I suspect it may be a case of the Konami- ie CEO position usurped by corrupt corporate executive, who demands DRM because more money. You'd think something was up when someone as high ranking as Keiji Inafune packs up and leaves.

‘Penultimate’ BlackBerry seen on 'do not publish' page as fire sale begins


Re: Wrong

> A qwerty phone? really? Who uses this stuff?

I do -.-

I don't trust screen keyboards. They're wonky, and at one point I've accidentally sent a weird gif that the keyboard for some reason saved in it's emoji list (I was using the SwiftKey keyboard) to a friend on Facebook Messenger because my finger slipped.

I have both a Blackberry Passport and a Blackberry Priv. Before this I had a Q5 which died an untimely death a few months ago when it accidentally slipped out of my pants and fell into a bucket of water in the office loo. Have been a Blackberry user since Microsoft bought up Nokia because there was no upgrade path for N97 and N900 users.

And the reason I chose the Priv? The qwerty keyboard, and the 28-band world-multi LTE radio. And that it runs android, meaning I have access to all the same apps I bought for my Sony Xperia tablet. The Passport was good, but ultimately the loss of Facebook features and BB10 native Whatsapp is a deal breaker. Sure, I've hacked the Google store back in there, but some apps just refuse to run on it for one reason or another.

Nork server blunder leaks Kim Jong Un's entire DNS – all, er, 28 .kp domains


Re: What We Want To Know Though...

Well, they have Manbang...

Alright, I'll grab my coat.

Want a Dell printer? Unlucky – they've just stopped selling them



For what it's worth, they're just rebranded low-end Lexmarks anyway. No one will miss 'em.

Great British Block-Off: GCHQ floats plan to share its DNS filters


Re: Who uses the ISP DSN anyway?

You can't switch DNS on a smartphone tho.

Sure, you can on a jailbroken or rooted cellphone, but when you can't root or jailbreak for warranty or technical reasons, it's SOL.

Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we'll still track you


Re: eh?

Sadly, tho, even your GSM, UMTS or LTE cell connection can rat you out. GSM signals can relay a location message to your cellphone via Cell Broadcast. I've seen it happen on my older Nokia phone when I explicitly told it to show such messages as it receives them.


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