* Posts by Luiz Abdala

127 posts • joined 3 Jul 2007

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Oldest flying 747 finally grounded, 47 years after first flight

Luiz Abdala

Re: Post correction and update.

Thanks, forgot to account for about 20 years between those trivia facts regarding the B52.

I bet the 4th generation is in the works. And they never saw Top Gun, or listened to Danger Zone.

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Luiz Abdala

Re: For some jobs; you really do need 4 engines.

The B52 is the next best thing. It can even land sideways, should a test engine 'freeze' with its throttle open, the BUFF can land with a heavy yaw application, as if was suffering from crosswinds.

And it already runs on 8 engines in 4 pylons. A whole pylon could be spared for the test engine, and the aircraft would still have 6 good engines.

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Luiz Abdala

Re: A venerable workhorse

The B52 has 8 engines in 4 pylons. The US Air Force is not giving up on the BUFF anytime soon, and an airframe could easily re-purposed for engine testing, even if it meant taking off 2 engines and leave an entire pylon for the engine testbed purpose.

Fully unloaded, I doubt the B52 would face the same problems the 747 can already counter, such as the heavy yaw effect due to the uneven thrust. In fact, the B52 can even LAND way off the center line, since it has "crab landing gear", as in, the landing gear can also be twisted to make a heavy rudder landing, designed primarily for heavy crosswinds situation. The bomber is so reliable and the model so old, that in fact, the children of the first pilots already qualified and joined the Air Force and flew the bomber themselves.

Even so, nothing prevents them from building a whole new fresh 747 for the sole purpose of engine testing, even if the model has no longer any commercial application.

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Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork

Luiz Abdala

XKCD 1357

The man is entitled to his opinion.

But he should have kept his trap shut to keep his job.

I couldn't even understand most of what he said there, honestly, but it angered enough people to get him fired.

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CMD.EXE gets first makeover in 20 years in new Windows 10 build

Luiz Abdala
Windows

Speaking of which...

Can I read El Reg on white fonts with a black blackground?

Like the good'ol days of the Mosaic era, where all the sites had Arial 12 yellow fonts over black?

(A bit of BBS era nostalgia as well.)

Any scripts out there to fuzz around straight on the raw HTML code?

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Luiz Abdala

Ultima VIII Pagan..

I remember this game used a specific font, and depending on how the game crashed back to DOS...

... the prompt would inherit said font. Sorta.

Anybody cares for a command prompt with the equivalent of today's Small Font, size 16, in PURPLE?

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BOFH: Oh go on. Strap me to your Hell Desk, PFY

Luiz Abdala
Go

And Im using...

A completely fixed, non-adjustable desk, with a keyboard -lowered shelf, while the mouse sits on the LEFT of the desk. It was designed for PCs BEFORE the era of the mouse, but since I am LEFT-HANDED, the desk is PERFECT for me.

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Adobe will kill Flash by 2020: No more updates, support, tears, pain...

Luiz Abdala
Windows

Re: Webmasters, get your act together!

My Chrome crapped itself refusing to install flash as a security risk, and rerouted me straight to the beta site. (was it Chrome?)

Windows 10 offered me to install the mobile version from Windows store on one occasion. Even the app is cell-phone shaped. Anyway, that doesn't rely on any browser and can be killed instantly.

I don't know what part exactly turned Flash down, if it was AVG Antivirus (hahahahah perhaps no) if it was actually Chrome, and what other part routed me to the beta site.

TLDR; I don't know WTF happened but the Flash version of Ookla was stomped and killed with fire ON SIGHT.

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Create a user called '0day', get bonus root privs – thanks, Systemd!

Luiz Abdala
Windows

I could expect invalid usernames getting root in Windows...

...but I've never seen it in Unix / Linux before. (Provided I haven't touched one such system in 10 years, it would check out anyway, but I digress.)

Yet, people found the douchebag responsible for it under 42 femtoseconds. And then they got SURE he was a douchenozzle AND a douchebag that doesn't check boundaries on inputs whatsoever.

If it was a Windows Registry thingie we'd get "working as intended" blurted back by MS and then an obscure fix silently enabled on Patch Tuesday.

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In touching tribute to Samsung Note 7, fidget spinners burst in flames

Luiz Abdala

I'm thinking cell phone chargers. If you play, you get your phone charged. Or at least a flashlight.

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BOFH: Putting the commitment into committee

Luiz Abdala

Don't translate that last acronym (Problem Exists...) into Portuguese.

I've warned you.

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PC rebooted every time user flushed the toilet

Luiz Abdala

I have one.

Hardwood floor. Not so hard, it would bend under the weight of a single person passing on the corridor. Wall sockets were loose. Walking by that terminal would cause the voltage stabiliser to kick between TAPs and cause juuuust enough of an upset on the power supply after A SINGLE FAN was added to it, forcing a reboot.

Wall sockets retightened, 10 years-old voltage stabiliser dumped, cleaning lady instructed not to sweep under desks by the wall sockets so they wouldn't get loose again after pulling the cables with a mop, problem sorted.

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Canadian sniper makes kill shot at distance of 3.5 KILOMETRES

Luiz Abdala

Uninformed guess.

I heard somewhere that .50 cal ammo in anti aircraft machine guns in WWII were capable of damaging airplanes 7km away. That is, a full-auto machine gun, with tracer rounds every 5th shot, allowing to lead into the target.

So, being 7km their effective range, I totally believe a 3.5km shot, with a couple of leading shots, can hit a man.

So, that record can still be broken, but not by a 10km or 15km shot, on standard .50 cal ammo.

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No hypersonic railguns on our ships this year, says US Navy

Luiz Abdala

Ace Combat Stonehenge?

Will somebody build an array of 7 or 8 hypersonic guns, and then the entire Eurasian continent suddenly finds out that everything with wings within 6000 miles of it can be shot down in a single blast from ONE gun, that was primarily designed to knock out ASTEROIDS?

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Microsoft totters from time machine clutching Windows 10 Workstation

Luiz Abdala
Windows

And up to this day...

I can´t move the boot volume from one hard drive to the next without 3rd party products on my home Win10... not without formatting the whole thing... or buying a new license. (I want help for that, btw.)

Or have something like I heard from ZFS, where you just add the drives to a volume and the thing sorts itself out, adding speed and safety in its internal form of RAID array... not dealing with motherboard drives, BIOS, controller cards, whatever, the new drive just have to be present in the system...

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Sysadmin finds insecure printer, remotely prints 'Fix Me!' notice

Luiz Abdala

What really bugs me...

... my freaking EPSON printer took a while to setup, dinky drivers, etc...

My Playstation 3 (PLAYSTATION!!!) found it on the wi-fi and plugged itself in, ready to go, and print pictures, model name and everything. No setup whatsoever.

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Will the MOAB (Mother Of all AdBlockers) finally kill advertising?

Luiz Abdala

May I suggest you train your algorithms over the page http://www.terra.com.br where it failed miserably.

Even when the frames that were explicitly tagged as "advertisement" by displaying this exact word on the upper left corner.

Even yours truly The Register still displayed ads.

So nope, still some way to go.

http://www.uol.com.br worked perfectly, however.

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Clone wars: Wrestler sues Microsoft over Gears of War character

Luiz Abdala

Fine print.

Some companies reserve the right to use the image, likeness, whatever, of anyone they AUDITION, and NOT say it belongs to someone, (or something to that effect), even when that person is not hired, as long they don't relate the character directly to someone.

Or any employee, regardless being auditioned or not.

For example, they could copy your face and place over a random NPC in any game if you ever worked for a game company.

It would usually be in Fine Print, in a loooong contract. You could have one of those for yourself, RIGHT NOW, and not be aware of it.

Without a contract, it usually doesn't work, like Lindsay Lohan tried. Did this guy make a contract protecting his image, before audition or motion capture? Nope?

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Good news, everyone! Two pints a day keep heart problems at bay

Luiz Abdala
Pint

Health Treatment.

Can I get exempt of taxes for "health treatment" at a "health facility" named "The Legend of Oily Johnnies" or at "The Randy Leprechaun"?

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Dark matter drought hits older galaxies: Boffins are, rightly, baffled

Luiz Abdala

Re: Occam's Razor with fractally serrated edges...

Oh, yes, please, perfectly correct reasoning there.

You come up with a new Theory, predict some experimental behaviour, and it happens as predicted, or a new Theory tries to explain the experimental data. Both work at once, sometimes.

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Luiz Abdala

Occam's Razor with fractally serrated edges..

I like to think that the "simple" Equations we used to describe the Universe - like Newtonian Physics - appear correct until we find some extreme object that defies it, like something *really* massive, or *really* fast, or *really* small, or any attribute like it.

Then we think they were wrong, but no, they just had several more terms that cancelled out in our scale of things...

... then we come up with Einstein's equations that have been working pretty good so far, with several terms that cancel each other when you deal with things in our scale but can't be neglected on a larger scale...

... but then you get some gaps in it for extreme objects... and you think them wrong (or you add constants to it, right? Are they constants in the end?)...

... and that some other equation will explain, that encompasses both Einstein's and Newton's, with several terms that cancel each other when dealing with smaller scale of things. Ad infinitum.

In the end, all these theories were *almost* correct, but only for a small interval... just missing those pesky terms that can't be ignored when values are too extreme. Then we usually come up with some extreme theory that involves some form unobserved matter as the only explanation (this case), and try to come up with experiments that prove them.

I call that form of understanding as Occam's Razor with Fractally Serrated Edges.

As in, the simplest explanation is correct until you find a better one that explains all the previous ones in all the extreme cases.

The Niels Bohr model of the atom worked up to a point, then it was totally replaced by something else that explained all the previous experiments... You couldn't say it was incorrect until Quantum Mechanics showed up and proved it wrong.

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Global IPv4 address drought: Seriously, we're done now. We're done

Luiz Abdala

Re: The bad decision that keeps on biting back

Don't forget the 4 digits for the year, one of the baddest decisions that bit back...

Next:

1. Counting seconds since 1970. Oh, that will bite back in... 2038.

2. Year 2068 for python, that reads from C...

3. Leap seconds.

4....?

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I'LL BE BATT: Arnie Schwarzenegger snubs gas guzzlers for electric

Luiz Abdala

Re: Hydrogen powered cars

No it isn't sensible at all. Brazil uses plenty ethanol, by converting sugar cane into it... instead of using the soil for more humanitarian crops.

Why do they choose to plant sugar cane? Because it is more profitable.

Why is it profitable? Government subsidy.

The fuel is 30% less concentrated than gasoline, and you need - guess - 30% more fuel to run the same distance. Now you have a fuel that won't detonate like gasoline - true - but it converts into WATER all by itself inside the tank.

All Brazilian cars running on ethanol are retrofit with corrosion-resistant materials to counter that. Every imported car must suffer the same process as well. Every car sold here costs a lot more, just for the motor companies to retrofit their models.

So you solve a problem, but creates two. The single advantage, it is RENEWABLE, but people stop planting FOOD to plant sugar cane.

You don't see other countries moving to ethanol, because they don't have enough FARM-ABLE lands to keep up with the consumption.

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Luiz Abdala

I like electric vehicles as a whole... but...

I like how powerful they can be. They don't have to, still they do.

I like the fact they don't pollute the air, usually.

I like how my country has over 90% of electrical power coming from hydroelectric dams, and could own one right now and feel real cozy about doing my part to the environment. Really egotistic, but oh that would feel GOOD.

I like when people convert old cars (Beetles!) into electric, and they become more powerful, and more reliable than their gas counterparts ever were.

I like how simple they are. One motor, one inverter, a kill switch, lots of batteries... and a potentiometer on the go pedal telling the inverter how much juice it must push into the motor.

but....

I hate how costly they are.

I hate how people only note the subject when they can go 0-60 in stupid seconds. If they perform just as much as their gas brethren, so be it.

I hate how people forget that most of the time, they won't cover more than 150 miles in a day and autonomy becomes irrelevant. If you go farther than that, go gas, please! It makes sense to use gas for travelling, but not for boring daily drive commute!

I hate how apartment buildings don't have high-power lines anywhere near the parking lots. (This should be included in the building code). Once you have them, it is easy to enable power sockets compatible to any type of electric car, SAE J1772 being the foremost example. Enabling a power meter for FAIR BILLING on these guys would be equally trivial, if they were included in the building code.

I hate how people feel ENTITLED to TAX REBATES because they are using electrical energy. NOBODY should have them, or EVERYBODY should have them. Likewise, no subsidy, or EVERYBODY gets subsidy.

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On a side lane:

Elon Musk built an electric car for all the WRONG reasons, and people loved him for it!

You don't need 500HP, but, there you go!

You don't need 260 mile range, but there you go!

You don't need the car to look good like a gas car, but there you go!

If people paid attention to the subject of electric car for THE RIGHT REASONS, we'd be all driving them right now. The Tesla S just spat that in everybody's faces, and lots of people didn't even notice. He built the car just to prove a POINT. GM built the EVO-1 for THE RIGHT REASONS, and nobody gave a flying F...

Now Arnold is pulling that stunt on BRICK made by Mercedes, and it is, like Elon Musk and its Tesla S, making a STATEMENT, proving a POINT, that you can own BRICK of a car, a SUV, and still you can avoid burning gas, and not losing much on the upgrade. Again, he is doing it for the WRONG reasons, just to try to dissuade the gas-guzzlers from using gas, and instead using electric, and still have the same attributes they all love in their vehicles.

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Train your self-driving car AI in Grand Theft Auto V – what could possibly go wrong?

Luiz Abdala

Re: Canuck issue.

Yes it does snow in San Andreas, if you load up any weather-control mod, which is fairly standard issue on any mod menu.

Or, on the online version, Rockstar will spray the whole town with that white garbage during Christmas, so you will smash your 2.3 million dollar Progen T20 you just stole more easily, (as if the thugs shooting at you weren't enough), and rack up a hefty repair bill, cutting your profits when you resale it.

And no, the game AI doesn't consider the snow in advance; you see them sloshing sideways all over the place, and trying to correct themselves. On this aspect, the game AI is pretty realistic, sometimes with catastrophic results, just like humans.

On the rest of the year, without Rockstar intervention, it won't snow, but it will eventually rain (or *pour*) pretty hard.

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Luiz Abdala

Excellent tool.

The game's own AI is pretty much your average driver, after a lobotomy. Things go haywire, pretty fast, sometimes even without human intervention.

If you train your AI to go around Los Santos without hitting anything, you could drive anywhere.

And you'd be surprised how smooth are some turns, even only using the own game's AI.

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Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death dead in latest Windows 10 preview

Luiz Abdala

Re: Dead, but only temporarily?

Don't forget the "Red Ring of Death" on Xbox360.

RROD.

That one won't go away with a reboot.

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Programmer finds way to liberate ransomware'd Google Smart TVs

Luiz Abdala

re: Power and Volume Down

Well, the first smart TVs I've ever witnessed on a shop were Samsung's. With full Android and Google Buttons, including Play Store™, right in front.

So, yes, they are über-sized smartphones without the phone part. Nothing would prevent hooking them to a landline or have a 4G chip on it, and make the TV pause/mute the streaming when someone calls you.

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Folders return to Windows 10's Start Thing

Luiz Abdala

Re: Unbelievable

2x Explorer Z1 still works perfectly on Windows 7. Totally free on the CNET repository.

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Support chap's Sonic Screwdriver fixes PC as user fumes in disbelief

Luiz Abdala

Re: Witchcraft?

Glass table.

I swear the user never thought about putting something under or over the GLASS. TABLE. to make the mouse work.

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Security! experts! slam! Yahoo! management! for! using! old! crypto!

Luiz Abdala
Facepalm

I thought MD5 was only used for checksums...

...But Yahoo! uses this for cryptography?

I believe that's just for waist-high-white-picket-fence security purposes, just like WEP WiFi, no?

"Oh, but the wifi had cryptography enabled!"

"But it was using WEP! Which just looking at, with an angry frown, made it wet its trousers!"

"But it was state-of-the-art back then!"

"Exactly, back in 1998! My coffee machine has better cryptography than that!"

Which I imagine as a conversation between the BOFH and the PFY and your average boss/luser.

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BOFH: The Hypochondriac Boss and the non-random sample

Luiz Abdala
Headmaster

The COMPLEAT Archives 95-99

I wonder how long could I ignore the term. It's been roughly 6 years dully ignoring it.

But hell it is slow today. I thought it was wrong, but oh no, it is completely fine!

http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-com3.htm

C-O-M-P-L-E-A-T

Archaic aren't we? And the term is more recent in American English than British English.

Congratulations!

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

Luiz Abdala
Megaphone

What? They ran out of Spice Girls CDs?

... or even Backstreet Boys?

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Sega MegaDrive/Genesis lives again, in Brazil!

Luiz Abdala
Facepalm

It was promised an HDMI output...

... but they dropped it in the last minute.

I'm from Brazil, and watched closely as the relaunch hype unfolded in other media, and HDMI output was being speculated. It had RCA output, but in a 8-pin DIN connector. Check the connector at:

http://coolnovelties.co.uk/coolnovelties/sega-master-system-1/264-sega-mega-drive-1-genesis-rca-cable-with-stereo-sound.html

I could see the host of problems when handling such a low resolution and parsing it up to the minimum resolutions available in HDMI. Not to mention that the video output was actually coded in 15-bit color space, as many emulators could attest. I think that just upscaling the signal to HDMI would be more expensive than the whole console.

Anyway, great console.

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Fleeing Aussie burglar shot in arse with bow and arrow

Luiz Abdala
Pint

High-velocity lead poisoning.

You made me spill my drink.

Have one with me.

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Chap turns busted laptop into phone keyboard, in Himalayan book-rescue mission

Luiz Abdala
Pint

Have a beer, ol'chap!

Or whatever you drink down there, on me.

Hell, I will even join you if it's tea!

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Like it or not, here are ALL your October Microsoft patches

Luiz Abdala
Windows

My motherboard threw a hissy fit over the last batch.

- The options "update and reboot" and "update and shutdown" won't go away after I use them and the machine powers down / reboots / does its thing.

- Eventually it goes straight to beeping non-stop instead of rebooting, like if someone had stuck a letter on the keyboard and filled the buffer to crash, causing the BIOS to get angry and beep. It happened while I was at work and I thought it was the fire alarm as I got home.

- It wakes up from suspend without human input. No, nobody touched the keyboard. No, there is no wind pushing the mouse. No, I don't have poltergeists. No, no earthquake zone either.

- I didn't change anything. No programs installed, except for those that update themselves.

I think I need a new motherboard.

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HP Ink COO: Sorry not sorry we bricked your otherwise totally fine printer cartridges

Luiz Abdala
Go

Epson EcoTank FTW

And you can buy ink by the freaking gallon if you want. I found places selling ink by the pint, or by the liter.

The original tanks lasted 2 years on mine, good for 4,000 A4 pages or more, with barely no clogging.

Total cost of each CMYK tank: under 25 $LocalCurrency. The larger bottles were even cheaper.

Even bananas aren't that cheap.

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Google plots cop detection for auto autos

Luiz Abdala
Joke

Fax noise!

Make the police interceptor emits a fax handshake protocol at 9600 bps along with the siren.

Cars have a microphone hooked to a modem that can pick that up. Universal protocols can be designed to issue any police orders (a "pull over" command) straight to the car.

Sorted.

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Kindle Paperwhites turn Windows 10 PCs into paperweights: Plugging one in 'triggers a BSOD'

Luiz Abdala

Re: Printer drivers. why

On the other side of the spectrum....

My Playstation 3 (YES, A FREAKING PLAYSTATION) read my Logitech Webcam, and my Epson Printer, WITHOUT DRIVERS.

The freaking webcam would cause the PC to throw a hissy fit if it was plugged before the drivers. Woe betide you if you plugged the printer on PC before launching their setup CD too.

The printer just worked out of the WIFI signalling through the router, of all the methods. The webcam was working on the PS3 before I even sat down.

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Still got a floppy drive? Here's a solution for when 1.44MB isn't enough

Luiz Abdala
Go

Even oldish cars would benefit from this.

I heard the ECU in a Bugatti Veyron can only be read and written using an positively ancient Compaq Presario notebook, which is carefully preserved by Bugatti maintenance crew, along with data from each and every customer.

Without a $150 notebook, you can brick a $3.8M car. Or ALL of them.

(I'm not saying the Veyron ECU ran out of floppies, but it is totally possible.)

This is the type of thing that this technology tries to prevent.

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Height of stupidity: Heathrow airliner buzzed by drone at 7,000ft

Luiz Abdala
Windows

How about enforcing transponder codes for drones?

If you could adopt a transponder code specifically designed for drones - even if all of them use the same code - they could be easily spotted from any traffic control in the planet.

It could be enforced based on weight or size, or any significant measure of hazard to any other aircraft. I am aware that they are sometimes small enough to be spotted in any radar, but it would be a start.

At least the traffic avoidance collision gear already present in aircraft can spot them.

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A USB stick as a file server? We've done it!

Luiz Abdala
Happy

So it is a 200GB pendrive.

It is cheaper than some 64GB SD cards I've seen around here. I've seen one for $170 USD around these parts.

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Body of evidence: Biometrics and YOU

Luiz Abdala
Joke

So, if you use fingerprints...

... you can only change your password 10 times.

Or 20, if you are willing to remove your shoes to scan your toes.

That will teach them to stop asking me to change passwords.

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BOFH: Sure, I could make your cheapo printer perform miracles

Luiz Abdala

Re: Slight tangent

Try scanners on W7 and W10.

Then try Vuescan.

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Luiz Abdala

I can relate to that disassembly of a LJ 1...

When I was 17, I wanted to make an upgrade to my IBM Aptiva PS/2. Yes, the one that came with Windows 95 and OS/2, and let you choose between the two. (I still have those OS/2 disks shrink-wrapped somewhere).

So, I wanted to have a new HDD. Nothing fancy, getting a 20GB IDE unit installed where the original 1.2GB was should be a breeze. Except it wasn't. Both hardware and software had issues:

The first part: Hardware. It's not an standard ATX cabinet. The motherboard doesn't have PCI sockets; instead it has an huge riser with all the boards slapped on it: sound, network, modem and the HDD are all hanging on that riser. Thank IBM for manuals, because it told me I HAD to remove all of that, along with 32 bolts. As you turned the riser UPSIDE DOWN, the CD-ROM and HDD caddy were strapped in there. So, I got to them, and finally removed the failing HDD.

Mom walks in and asks me "Will you be able to put everything together?" to what I take a look up and there are PCI board pieces EVERYWHERE. I half jokingly wave the thick IBM manual at her; "Sure, all in the manual." I never managed to convincingly lie to mom before. She bought it.

I slap everything back together. Everything strapped and working, minus 18 bolts. The thing could take an earthquake, survive an atomic blast with that much over-engineering. Screw it, I got 18 spare bolts. You gotta give IBM the credit, that thing was sturdy.

Now the 2nd part: software. IBM's BIOS couldn't handle the 20GB HDD, not even 8GB in fact. Nothing a quick flashing won't solve. Flash the BIOS, all good, at least it acknowledges there is an HDD in there. It won't boot with a 20GB partition, but fdisking the sucker to a 8GB partition and Windows manages to complete the setup.

It took me a good 5 hours to go through all that, and I managed to get a running PC with Win 95 as per IBM specs with 18 spare bolts.

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Here's a great idea: Let's make a gun that looks like a mobile phone

Luiz Abdala
Coat

Bonus points if you manage to attach a working LCD screen to it running Android.

That would make it a killer app.

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Mystery Kindle update will block readers from books after Wednesday

Luiz Abdala

I had the Kindle Reader not long ago for my Android.

I bet some form on encryption is being enabled right there on that firmware. That is a potential vector for somebody to invade Amazon or something on a different hardware than their own devices.

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Gopher server revived after 15 years of downtime

Luiz Abdala

Re: "a file system is a good model for locating documents and services"

don't you forget also those precious gems in file systems used by more than one person:

New Folder

-> New folder

->New folder

and my favorite:

New folder

New folder(1)

New folder(2)

Copy of New Folder(1)

Copy of Copy of New Folder(2)

... repeated ad nauseam all over the system tree.

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