* Posts by Luiz Abdala

106 posts • joined 3 Jul 2007

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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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Building a fanless PC is now realistic. But it still ain't cheap

Luiz Abdala

Re: The most practical solution...

Exactly. Modern gaming cards - specially one older model I had - toned down its cores to a measly 30W TDP when not gaming.

Which is well within passive cooling already embedded in the card. This older model I had simply would shut the fans down outside gaming. It was a Radeon HD 5950 that didn't even bother to turn fans on when running on desktop.

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What we all really need is an SD card for our cars. Thanks, SanDisk

Luiz Abdala

Re: SD cards were tested to 1000G

Humans are not radiation hardened either, but still made to the moon and back.

But no, no radiation hardening was considered in both projects.

Neither any car, save for a few coats of paint that were meant to sustain and endure solar radiation.

Your affirmation is correct, nonetheless.

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Luiz Abdala
Coat

Re: Car interior temps

At -32ºC, both temperature scales match.

-32F or -32C, you are freezing just as bad.

Give me my damn coat before I freeze.

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Luiz Abdala
Go

SD cards were tested to 1000G

... or something to that effect. They can take a shake and a wobble.

You could ship these tiny little buggers to the moon and back and they would still work perfectly.

(Didn't a bloke recover a SD card that was sunk underwater for 2 years, a couple weeks ago, recovering his pictures in the process?)

You'd have to smash the car into bits a little bigger than the card itself before it stopped functioning.

Except for temperature, these things are nigh-indestructible.

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'I bet Russian hackers weren't expecting their target to suck so epically hard as this'

Luiz Abdala

I can create the algorithm, but I can't for the life of me to code properly. My college teacher told me that, and he was right.

These days I just write the algorithm down, describing what I want the code to do, and let a competent coder to sort it out.

I was able to code in Pascal (Pre-delphi) though.

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ADpocalypse NOW: Three raises the stakes

Luiz Abdala

Am I paying for ads?

I have a 2GB monthly mobile access plan. I wouldn't be surprised if all the ads loaded made up 50% or more of the traffic that I wanted to see on the pages.

If I go beyond 2GB, the bandwidth is cut, or the whole web access is blocked altogether, unless I pay more for it.

If they can identify the bandwidth consumed by the ad, they can charge the marketer, and NOT THE CONSUMER, for said ad. But not block it entirely.

And I get my whole 2GB monthly limit consumed only on stuff that I wanted to see, even if the raw traffic flow was larger. Does it makes sense now?

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The paperless office? Don’t talk sheet

Luiz Abdala
Windows

Mobile Phones???? Try a PS3!

My Playstation 3 found my Epson Printer over the network at home! I found out that I can print HTML pages and photos straight from my PC right into the printer using the freaking PS3.

I knew my webcam and my keyboard could work on the PS3 (and the webcam works without the freaking windows driver, no less!) but not the printer over WiFi.

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Whitman's split: The end of Fiorina's HP grand expansion era

Luiz Abdala

HP still sells ink made of unicorn blood.

Their printer ink still costs more per gallon than a nice bottle of Dom Perignon or Veuve Cliquot.

And their inkjet printers still break every so often.

I'm guessing that was their profitable part of business. I got rid of their inkjets long ago, right after they printed their last single smile font on every sheet of paper in a 100-stack of A4.

Never again.

Now I have an Epson printer that hadn't failed once in 2 years, and didn't even have to put more ink in it yet.

And that's how you break a company.

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California cops pull over Google car for driving too SLOWLY

Luiz Abdala
Joke

Nothing prevents...

...cop cars emiting a fax tone that automated cars could pick up and pull over.

Sirens are annoying already, they emiting a fax tone yelling "pull over" at 14.4kbps wouldn't be more annoying than it already is.

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Dry those eyes, ad blockers are unlikely to kill the internet

Luiz Abdala

Newsflash!

If I am looking for something that is known to be advertised, I turn the adblockers off and go into "Amaze me in the next 30 seconds" mode.

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After Burner: Sega’s jet-fighting, puke-inducing arcade marvel

Luiz Abdala

Mega Drive version...

...was exceptionally fast. It was so fast that my mom threw me an apple; I turned around, looked at the apple while searching for the stem, and picked it up by the freaking stem in an awkward hand twist, while pausing the game. I could swat a fly with 2 fingers if I wanted that day, I was totally in the zone.

That freaked me out.

That was the sign... to stop playing. And eat the apple. And go outside to ride a bike. And to not play that game again for the next 10 years.

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Want cheaper AT&T gigabit service? Move to a Google Fiber city

Luiz Abdala
Go

Please visit Brazil!

Hey Google, please promise to roll fiber broadband to Brazil. Pronto.

I'm paying 50 dollars per 10mbps. Not megabytes, megabits. 1.2MB/s. (And the TV service is shoved down your throat, since they charge more if you choose to buy only the web access.)

Telefonica, Vivo, GVT and Net Cable are actually avoiding each other, with each one installing their services where the others are not present, so you can't choose.

The bastards.

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Wangling my way into the 4K gaming club with a water-cooled whopper

Luiz Abdala

You don't even have to dim the lights with that rig.

It will do it for you. And your entire neighbourhood. And somewhere in your street you probably didn't hear a transformer switching breakers to keep the voltage up.

On another note, NOW I have a Full HD monitor, and any R9 280-era graphics card can run GTA V at full glory and 60-ish FPS.

A GTX 970 can probably run it at 120Hz, which I wonder could be used in one of those 3D-glasses thing to fully benefit.

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Salesforce plugs silly website XSS hole, hopes nobody spotted it

Luiz Abdala
FAIL

My Kid's name is DROP TABLES

Now, where was that anecdote? I can't find it anymore.

Oh yes...

https://xkcd.com/327/

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Windows 10: A SYSADMIN speaks his brains – and says MEH

Luiz Abdala
Windows

Re: What about 8.1?

Is there anything, at all, preventing me of just keeping the whole windows 7 interface, including but not limited to Aero Glass, in a Windows 10 runtime?

I don't give a rat's ass what is running below it... be it a virtual machine inside windows 10, be a linux pretending to be windows, I just want all my programs, all my icons, exactly where they are now in this Win 7 setup. Did I mention Aero Glass?

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Luiz Abdala

Re: "You'll get used to it"

Ok, tough time with that Windows ME.

In fact, most of the UI was ok, but the machine under it...

So, Windows 10 is the polar opposite of ME. Lousy interface, laid over solid runtime?

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X-wings, pirates and a generic Lara: Gamescom 2015

Luiz Abdala

What about Blizzard?

You didn't even mention Blizzard announcing the next expansion for its Cash-Cow World of Warcraft, INSTEAD OF BLIZZCON, and the major cockup they are trying to cover in the process?

If someone has 10M customers, and in the span of 2 and half months THEY LOSE 3M of those customers, (but you didn't know that), you have to ask yourself why in the heavens would they announce a new game outside of their own conference. Even the ceremony Host got her lines crossed and said BLIZZCON instead of GAMESCOM at one point.

If they had THEIR OWN STAGE at some point power-pointing their hype for ONE AND A HALF FREAKING HOURS, the question that begs is: Why the HELL are you squelching this information? I'm at a loss of comprehension here.

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Crazy Canucks heat their lab with muahaha-capable server

Luiz Abdala
Flame

It can run Crysis 3 and GTA 5 and...

Finally a machine can run everything you throw at it. At full tilt.

Something to stress-test the machine...

But you have to use headsets.

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Ford's 400,000-car recall could be the tip of an auto security iceberg

Luiz Abdala

How do you turn an engine off if the off-button doesn't work?

Can you just plop the hood open and cover the air intake, or will it suck your hand in? Is there a hard kill switch somewhere? Or should I just start yanking the circuit breakers?

No, seriously, my dad got himself a Fusion with that remote start.

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Windows 10 is due in one month: Will it be ready?

Luiz Abdala

Re: clean install

I understood your concern here. But MS "generates" the hidden CD-key, with which they track your PC, only if you upgrade first and the setup sends them the hidden key.

Then you can setup from scratch, and the setup program will be able to compare your setup with a stored key in MS servers as soon you activate the network access. That's why you don't need a cd-key, because the program generates one and compares with an authorized one in MS servers.

That is their DRM, disguised during setup, in short.

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'The server broke and so did my back on the flight to fix it'

Luiz Abdala

Re: That is a really idiotic design choice.

My Tomtom has this button... wait for the signal before showing the planned route or...

just show the planned route, even if the GPS was turned off in a different place that he is now and cant get a signal just yet...

Major facepalm.

JUST SHOW ME THE GODDAMN ROUTE from whatever place you think you are AND LATER YOU FIGURE WHAT THE FUCK HAPPENED WITH THE SIGNAL.

But other than that, he works better than my android. No advertising, no lock-ups, no facebook beeps, it is great!

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