* Posts by Luiz Abdala

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How I got horizontal with a gimp and untangled his cables

Luiz Abdala

Re: Bent coat-hanger and curtain wire

Ping pong balls. From salvaging sunken boats to wiring.

(Google for Donald Duck rescuing a boat using ping pong balls...)

Who could have thought?

Disk drives suck less than they did a couple of years ago. Which is nice

Luiz Abdala

More metrics?

I'd be more interested in more metrics: more platters or denser platters would have any bearing - no pun intended - on failure rates. Or any particular construction detail, for that matter. Things like heat dissipation, the sort.

The data seems to be too random, with one model or another being lucky.

Plug in your iPhone, iPad, iPod, fire up the App Store: You have new Apple patches to install

Luiz Abdala
Windows

Speaking of patches...

For some obscure reason, I had Acrobat Reader on my home PC, and it was unable to open a PDF document and keep it running for 15 seconds even after it updated itself. I find it surprising that the company that created a format isn't able to make an executable file that can handle it.

So, I patched it right out of my system, and asked Chrome to handle PDF docs from now on. Which it does, instantly. It can also generate basic PDF documents, which is fine by me.

Kinda of a stopgap solution, but it works, so...

Any ideas?

Yes, you can remotely hack factory, building site cranes. Wait, what?

Luiz Abdala

Exactly. And, in the environments where it DOES matter, such security is implemented... usually at cost.

A F-35 or F-15 or Gripen, or any modern fighter with sensor fusion for that matter, MUST adhere to HEAVY encryption, if they don't want to deliberately expose all of their assets to a snooping enemy.

Excuse me, sir. You can't store your things there. Those 7 gigabytes are reserved for Windows 10

Luiz Abdala
Trollface

Windows, now with pre-allocated cruft!

Now you don't need to wait several minutes to get cruft all over your hard drives!

Windows now pre-allocates all the cruft, all 7GB of it!

It is just like finding a 7GB %TEMP% folder that you can't empty.

"So, we predict that Windows will cruft up to 7GB of storage over the average time users get pissed and reformat the damn thing, so we are preemptively nabbing it, so they can't tell the difference!"

You were told to clean up our systems, not delete 8,000 crucial files

Luiz Abdala
Windows

Never delete. Auto-backup.

My old man would simply buy a new hard drive, disconnect the old one, format and install the latest Windows in the new one, and reattach the old one as a slave. Everything is backed up... Using the hard drive itself as a backup is a somewhat genius move from him. No time wasted, the system has a bootable drive in itself...

Except he did it 3 times in a row from a machine to the next, and never threw away the old drives.

So his machine had at one point a 2GB drive, a 10GB, and a 40GB HDD. Each one with a flavor of Windows, all of them perfectly functional if they were formatted on the same motherboard. Aaaand we could only have 4 IDE drives in a single machine.... back then...

So when I had a 80GB drive installed for him, he asked me to save all of his files. So I got all the older drives copied into the 40GB one, slaved that to the 80GB, and burned everything to CD-Rs and a SINGLE USB stick. Just in case.

THEN I could format and donate the drives.

But I literally made copies of everything I was deleting.

Nobody deletes anymore.

Border guards probe 'suspicious bulge' in man's trousers to find he's packing fluffies

Luiz Abdala
Joke

Blue Streak...

He could have actually used the sentence "Yo tengo un gato en mis pantalones."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmi8BLBZ5rU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSkjQ-hJqrQ

Martin Lawrence movie "Blue Streak" joke...

BOFH: State of a job, eh? Roll the Endless Requests for Further Information protocol

Luiz Abdala
Thumb Down

You know a company is evil when...

... there is no option to "talk to an human being" in the automated phone support.

...And the options are pretty much like "press 1 repeatedly if you have OCD" and in the second level of that, it says "press 1 if you are satisfied with the support given" and then it hangs up.

I've met more than one company that does that.

Oz cops investigating screams of 'why don't you die?' find bloke in battle with spider

Luiz Abdala
Flame

Kerosene.

Lots and lots and lots of gallons of kerosene.

Paint the walls with kerosene. Use masks and oxygen tanks if you have to.

But don't light or torch anything. Everything that relies on oxygen should fail to enjoy the place that was doused in Kerosene.

And move away for one week. It worked for termites in my case. You can do one room at a time if you are short on options, which I did.

Found yet another plastic nostalgia knock-off under the tree? You, sir, need an emulator

Luiz Abdala
Go

The latest fashion...

..is to get one of those XP-era beige box and cram it with the latest gear, Ryzen Threadripper and RTX 2080Ti... and call it a "sleeper".

And then get those older OS, computers, and gaming systems all emulated in a "Ras-Pi."

What an age to live in.

What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse

Luiz Abdala

Re: NATO task force can't read Morse code?

That would be suprisingly easy to do, as I studied how to use a webcam to mock as a Quality Control in a plastic bottle production line.

Camera sees bottle with cap, pass.

Camera sees no cap or no bottle at all, fail.

You'd need to add some form of timer, an output translator, and boom, even a CRT monitor safely tucked away at the bridge can be used as a source with a webcam looking at it.

You can even do it on the infrared range, at your leisure.

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found

Luiz Abdala
Boffin

Lasers?

You can't kill aircraft with lasers yet, but you probably can kill drones and birds. Enough overheating would disable the batteries but allow birds to survive...?

I remember a certain project to kill female flies with lasers, and it was pretty efficient, despite not being cost-effective. 5000 dollars for the target recognition circuitry was a bit of setback, the rest being off-the-shelf parts, including the overpowered blu-ray laser emitter. Capable of recognizing and swatting over 90 flies +per second+. It ignored bees and other similar sized wildlife, actual species recognition included.

Upscale everything and brainstorm from there....?

Taylor's gonna spy, spy, spy, spy, spy... fans can't shake cam off, shake cam off

Luiz Abdala
WTF?

So her staff pulled a Robocop - updated version.

Let's hope her security doesn't pull an ED-209.

Small American town rejects Comcast – while ISP reps take issue with your El Reg vultures

Luiz Abdala

If we had that here...

Internet became a necessity. The most basic form of personal ID, taxes, paying bills, even if you go do them in a public building... are run on computers. Just like phones, water, gas and electricity.

This town did the right thing and made them public, and added taxes to cover their cost. Some of those services won't even function anymore without web access here in Brazil, let alone in the US.

You can do your taxes online, but if dont have a PC and go to the town hall to do it... someone will input that data in a PC for you. Commendable.

He, He, more gassy whoppers: Toshiba spreads 12TB, 14TB drives across gaming and NAS disks

Luiz Abdala

Re: Evolve or die.

Nothing prevents you from adding two of these 14TB behemoths to another RAID 0, or turn them into a raid 5 or 6, and never have to worry again about speed OR storage size for at least 5 years. win-win.

Plus, if everything is on Steam, you could even suffer a catastrophic failure and... just download all of the games again, (if the system drive is a separate one), without losing a single bit.

Tesla autopilot saves driver after he fell asleep at wheel on the freeway

Luiz Abdala
IT Angle

Re: "...detect if police are trying to pull you over."

Make the police sirens emit a fax tone, and put microphones in the car with a modem plugged to it.

A one-way digital signal is embedded in the 9600-baud carrier tone, ordering the autonomous car to slow down and pull over, like a kill switch. Every autonomous car within the siren's range will hear the signal, and offer the driver a chance to IGNORE the command in 60 seconds. If he DOESN'T ignore, the car autonomously pulls over, or just stops.

Or make it a wifi or 3G signal that only autonomous vehicles can pick up (all Teslas have a 3G chip, don't they?), and ONLY the police has access and authorization to use it, preferably adding the license plate or VIN to make it an ADDRESSABLE signal. (Tampering with those would be illegal as consequence...)

Still, you can keep the 60 seconds command to IGNORE it, and answer to the POLICE why you would refuse to pull over.

Sorted.

HERE'S YOUR IT ANGLE.

Next!

Luiz Abdala

Re: The elephant in the back seat

Remember that movie where the kid "learns" to drive, "borrows" his grandad's car, a drunk man steals it... falls asleep with both hands inside the wheel... (so there is body heat and a heartbeat at or near the wheel), but the guy is drunk out cold...

Straight from 1987... (quite obviously named "License to Drive", because he never actually got the license.)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/License_to_Drive

Great Scott! Is nothing sacred? US movie-goers vote Back To The Future as most-wanted reboot

Luiz Abdala

Re: Great Scott!

They hinted left and right she liked girls. They didn't need to do that. Hence, "mangled". The former show worked without it.

If it was her daughter, it would be A-OK, regardless of her sexuality, implied or not. That's what makes reboots so bad, in general: try to do something never mentioned in the original.

Venom and casual unpleasantness, excellent, I liked those. Fit for purpose.

Luiz Abdala

Great Scott!

This is heavy.

We don't need a reboot or remake.

They mangled She-Ra into a queer... and the villains are not by-the-book evil... just misunderstood girls this time. Hordak is just watching from afar...

Now this.

I'm ok with Avatar 2, because IDGAF.

Luiz Abdala

Re: I watched Back to the Future 2 last night...

Yes, he did. He played as his own daughter. It took me 10 years to figure it out too.

Oh, I wish it could be Black Friday every day-aayyy, when the wallets start jingling but it's still a week till we're paiii-iid

Luiz Abdala
Pint

Everything for half of the doubled price...

In Brazil, this event is aptly nicknamed Black Fraud day.

Every item that cost 200.00 the week before now has a sale sign "From 500 to 250".

To top it off it doesn't apply JUST to Electronics. Oh no. Supermarkets. Soft drinks. Beer. In stacks that defy gravity and the safety of customers should they collapse. As if I needed a discount to buy Pilsen, Lager or Coca-Cola in large quantities.

Apparently black ballons were on sale too, because they were used for decoration. It looked like a birthday party for Goth children, with mostly black clothing, black nails to match, and purple hair. A complete mockery of what it should have been.

I was going to buy Heineken regardless, not included in the event ---> icon

A 5G day may come when the courage of cable and DSL fails ... but it is not this day

Luiz Abdala
Stop

I call bullshit... on the economical level for the end user.

They said all of those wonders of 4G... and nope.

They charge 4G through the nose, for a paltry 5GB per MONTH on my mobile connection. If you burn through it, you're out until next month.

On my cabled DSL I get to watch Netflix, or someone at home does, for several hours on end every day. 8GB is barely a single HD movie, (well maybe two, to be honest). I'm watching in a 1080p TV, so it is bound to use all of the needed bandwidth.

Another concern is lag, because I game. Indeed, my home wifi is not 1ms-stable, but it is in the mid-20s, so are the gaming services I use, WHILE someone is watching Netflix. with a dsl line to the fiber on the street, 40mpbs on speedtest.net being frequent, and 30mbps being the minimum.

I highly doubt they will ever release 5G on unlimited load plans like my cabled connections, but instead use the 4G model.

So, yeah, it may be great, low latency, great bandwidth, but they will charge through the nose anyway to get an antenna somewhere on the top of the building (mine does not allow individual ones) and then again, cable the whole thing through inside the building and then AGAIN using my home 802.11 AC wifi to provide the last mile... not practical.

Either it comes through the wall with great penetration directly to my stuff, or not at all. Even if it does, what about the rest of the stuff? Everything else uses wifi, would they provide 5G adapters to EVERYTHING? Would I have a 5G receiver in the most innard portion of the house to pipe it on my wifi? Nobody thought this through...?

TLDR won't work for me.

Junior dev decides to clear space for brewing boss, doesn't know what 'LDF' is, sooo...

Luiz Abdala

Beware of abnormally large files on root directory...

...specially if they match the amount of RAM memory.

Classical who me? here...

Things like hiberfil.sys, pagefile.sys on windows... some other OSes store the entire memory load of the OS in a ginormous file on root, that is used when you reboot to commit all the changes... pretty much like Windows, but with much more cryptic names. And no .sys extension to help you.

I heard of such classic instances of someone deleting these key files... and that system refusing to reboot. At all. Or when it did, it looked like something freshly installed, without the millions of patches, updates, and configs tuned to that machine... systems that upon startup are asking for keyboard layout and Time Zones... telltale clues that Very Bad Things Happened™.

I may have done that myself... when Windows was not adamant about keeping those files...

Premiere Pro bug ate my videos! Bloke sues Adobe after greedy 'clean cache' wipes files

Luiz Abdala
FAIL

EULAs...

...usually have a "get out of jail free" card, exactly for these kind of things:

"this software may not perform its intended function in any way shape or form" etc etc...

Here, from a Samsung EULA on-line site ( https://www.samsung.com/us/common/software_eula.html ):

"THE SOFTWARE PRODUCT IS PROVIDED TO YOU “AS IS“. SAMSUNG DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE SOFTWARE PRODUCT IS ERROR OR BUG FREE, OR PERFORM OR FUNCTION AS INTENDED"

but this part is the best, and most EULAs have them:

"9. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

You are solely and entirely liable for the performance or results you may obtain by using the SOFTWARE PRODUCT and SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS shall not be liable for losses arising from your use of the SOFTWARE PRODUCT and for any losses arising from your inability to use the SOFTWARE PRODUCT."

So, this guy is basically HOSED if he had to click through any of these EULAs we all love to ignore.

I highly doubt he can successfully sue Adobe if they have one of THESE in effect.

Apple's magical quality engineering strikes again: You may want to hold off that macOS High Sierra update...

Luiz Abdala
Coat

Update woes...

Why would they be borked upon update, I wonder?

- Illegal HOME button?

- Chinese knockoff screens detected?

Don't be mad, apple fanboi, Microsoft had their own borkiness going this week too with Pro licenses.

So, let's get out and have a beer.

Mine's the one with an USB bootable drive with Windows 10 setup on the pocket.

Windows 10 Pro goes Home as Microsoft fires up downgrade server

Luiz Abdala
Pint

Unilaterally turn it into a brick, perhaps?

Oh, they did already, you see...

Oh wait...

Nice one. This one is on me.

Luiz Abdala
Windows

So, it assumes everybody has Home license if there are NO authentication servers?

I'm confused here.

If I just slap a fresh setup on a PC, no licenses at all... Home it is?

Or, it looks for the Pro auth servers, finds none, and somebody at Microsoft duct-taped the Home servers to "accept" anyone looking for Pro credentials, let them go on a temporary Home activation?

How does that work?

Icon--->

Solid state of fear: Euro boffins bust open SSD, Bitlocker encryption (it's really, really dumb)

Luiz Abdala

802.11b

Remember the WEP encryption for wifi networks?

I call those "knee-high white-picket-fence strategy".

Yes, you can break/bypass those in less than 30 seconds, but you can prove that the guy had to jump a locked fence, hence he was trespassing.

Yes, you can change the password and decrypt the device, but you leave evidence of doing it. Honey pot strategies... so it's not completely useless, it proves someone tampered with the device.

Or maybe not, what do I know.

Luiz Abdala
Pirate

I will never forget IBM using ZIP files with passwords on their Aptiva Images.

If you wanted to reinstall just one thing - say, the modem - you had to FORMAT the machine and boot it from the CD with the aforementioned zipped, passworded image. Booting the CD caused the script to simply format the HDD, decompress the files back on it, and reboot. No way to choose which files you wanted.

Or you could brute-force it and extract just the drivers.

The password was 'magic'. No uppercase, no numbers, no extended characters.

Even THAT was more efficient than bitlocker, forcing a brute-force attack, apparently. Even back then, a Pentium 100Mhz was capable of 2 million password attempts per second, but still... brute force.

Shift-work: Keyboards heaped in a field push North Yorks council's fly-tipping buttons

Luiz Abdala
Joke

Re: Some white ones visible on the pictures

In fact, if a single Model M had been dumped by mistake, it could be used to recycle the Apple ones quite easily. And type the report of the proper recycling afterwards.

Like a hammer among nails.

With a Brazzers logo on the corner.

Californian chap sets his folks' home on fire by successfully taking out spiders with blowtorch

Luiz Abdala

Re: Kerosene.

Take the pets, mind you.

Animal cruelty is wrong, but only towards your pets.

Luiz Abdala

Kerosene.

Douse the whole site with kerosene.

But don't light it up, just leave it there.

Cover (tarp?) the place up, and go live somewhere else for a week.

Kerosene fumes will do the trick, not just against spiders, but pretty much anything else that breathes oxygen, including humans and all sorts of pets.

Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

Luiz Abdala

People stopped using ringtones because modern music is a steaming pile of ....

Watch this video...

"Why is music so bad?"

https://youtu.be/oVME_l4IwII

I, personally, use AC/DC "Thunderstruck" as a ringtone.

The whole song.

The opening riff sounds as a ringtone anyway, and if I don't answer, people will be subjected to an appealing cacophony, at least, written in the seventies.

Of course, Mr. Pavlov got me, because now I instinctively reach for my phone whenever I hear that song anywhere else.

Oracle? On my server? I must have been hacked! *Penny drops* Oh sh-

Luiz Abdala

Re: 1200 baud down, 75 baud up

So are CDs. CDs are also encoded in 2-5 sets of pits and blanks with the last digit to verify IIRC. Small world, huh?

Compact Discs are just a 650MB-wide barcode with redundancy built in.

Attempt to clean up tech area has shocking effect on kit

Luiz Abdala

Re: Cleaners and lights

...Just like my tale of an University lab where all the sockets changed from 110V to 220V when you turned the lights off...

...Everything that needed a specific voltage on input would release blue smoke or spit its fuses out, every weekend... which happened for 3 weeks in a row until I visited it myself...

...It was my sister's University, so I would usually give her a ride on Saturdays; that day she mentioned her plight with the recent lab expansion, and its fuse-popping, sparkly sockets...

Luiz Abdala

Re: No clip

In Brazil, we have pure Ethanol cars (would that be E100?) but these never induced static mishaps above their gasoline counterparts... to a significant statistic, that is.

All the employees handling the fuel pumps use 'grease monkey' cotton overalls and rubber sole boots for some obscure reason... and the extra warm and moist weather precludes static buildup anyway.

In fact, the only occasion where such things ever happened were those where that same grease monkey was SMOKING, and shoved his face on top of an open tank of a fuel tanker, cigarette butt still lit on one hand...

I believe the low temperature just precludes MOISTURE in the air, which prevents the dissipation of static charge that would normally occur.

So yes, E85 is easy to ignite at -8 Celsius only because the dry air is, counter-intuitively, non-conductive.

Luiz Abdala

Grounding the work force... permanently.

A friend of mine told me about his previous job.

They were about to move their business into a new building... that the company would build from the ground up, to better suit their demands upon expansion. But, before moving, they had to install everything in it, including all the electrical bits. He was responsible for the IT part so he lets know of the grounding demands: about 75 wrist straps in an assembly line, and means to ground them, nothing complex. Well, let's just say the Sparky in charge wasn't exactly AWARE of a few demands for it.... or building codes for that matter....

...like not using the same ground for WRIST STRAPS and LIGHTNING RODS. This friend of mine, on the first inspection visit, quickly noticed this weird line across the ground, before the installation of raised floors... hooked up to the rather thick lightning rod lines running outside. About 75 people would've met their demise in the same manner as anecdotal Benjamin Franklin. The first electrical storm on the brand new facility would be the last for the majority of the workforce, no matter how thick those grounding lines could be. Stranger yet, nobody else noticed it.

Would you use a wrist strap hooked to a lightning rod? I guess not.

Building your own PC for AI is 10x cheaper than renting out GPUs on cloud, apparently

Luiz Abdala
Joke

"How to specify a gaming rig for serious purposes".

Even if the AI doesn't go along well, you still have a gaming machine worthy of the BOFH.

Flying to Mars will be so rad, dude: Year-long trip may dump 60% lifetime dose of radiation on you

Luiz Abdala

Re: Shields?

If it was easy, NASA would have built it already.

But our spaceship named EARTH works pretty well in that regard. Ozone layer and whatnot...

Lets put that on the "brainstorm" bucket...

Luiz Abdala
Coat

Shields?

We live in the surface of an iron sphere rotating at 40.000 kilometers per day, which generates a substantial electromagnetic field that filters most radiation...

Perhaps scaling it down to a 4. ton spacecraft to obtain the same field... lined with carefully selected materials...

Big Cable tells US government: Now's not the time to talk about internet speeds – just give us the money

Luiz Abdala
Pint

Gaming doesn't demand bandwidth, it demands low latency.

"And then of course there is the explosion in online video gaming – yes. Fortnite, but others too. Plus the cloud storage market, video conferencing – FaceTime etc. Smart homes. Internet of things. They all need bandwidth."

STOP. RIGHT. THERE.

Online gaming consumes ridiculously low amounts of bandwidth. Remember dial-up? Yep, you could game - COUNTER STRIKE - with dial-up. I measured my own bandwidth (DU Meter, anyone?) while playing GTA - game sessions with 30 people, vintage 5-year old netcode - and it takes about 10 kbps per user, A FRACTION of dial-up per gamer on your session. And that's being generous. Games are like chess - each PC relays what are they doing to each other, like moving to x y z, and shooting at t, u, v. Every move is relayed in extremely short code. The catch here is LAG. This demands high-quality and low-demanded routers, if you want decent amounts of lag.

Now, the others - video conferencing, facetime, these do demand bandwidth. Not just that, they require QoS and full-duplex connection. Storage needs just raw bandwidth, but it doesn't need the packets to be in order, or low latency, or they must be streamed continuously, they can be sped through in bursts and half-duplex, as long it averages out in a high value.

Netflix is pretty much storage in reverse. Once the receiver can get a large bulk in cache, as long it averages out, the player can't tell the difference, and will play smoothly. So is Youtube.

Beer oclock. End rant.

Sysadmin misses out on paycheck after student test runs amok

Luiz Abdala
Holmes

Descriptive names for a reason...

You could name it PAYCHEQUE or FINANCIAL or DONTOUCH or anything.

But yeah, blame the guy that tripped the wire, not the guy that laid it there.

Defense in depth, people.

Redis does a Python, crushes 'offensive' master, slave code terms

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A flash of inspiration sees techie get dirty to fix hospital's woes

Luiz Abdala
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Upsetting non-techies can be hard

"because a random key combination gets knocked and there is no visible way of getting things back to normal."

Oh yesss.... let me get that bit and run with it.

Try hitting Ctrl or Shift 5 times or more (even in Windows 10 perhaps?) and Windows WILL freak out, if you have updated from the previous Winz... enter the accessibility options to disable and all that...

Now mix it with old-school Quake and Doom gameplay, that used to involve several presses of these keys... and disabling it becomes your top priority.

Adding insult to injury, some Intel Graphics also had keyboard shortcuts to rotate the screen, something like ctrl+alt+arrow keys. The single monitor ever that would pivot 90 degrees was a Dell one, one that not many people still have these days...

...and I have seen more than one monitor upside-down, almost making me spill my coffee every time I was called to solve THAT...

Strewth! Aussie ISP gets eye-watering IPv4 bill, shifts to IPv6 addresses

Luiz Abdala
Pint

BIOS IPv4...

What I think is gonna happen is that IPv4 will become a back-channel of sorts. Only management purposes, while the thick of it goes IPv6.

My android phones don't give a crap when they latch onto my router with an IPv6 number, but oh boy would I get annoyed if I had to type one of those by hand (I never did, to be honest). And the router itself still needs an IPv4 address anyway for my own subnet.

So, it's easy to type 1.1.1.1 for your DNS eh? Who'd known? Who could've guessed?

It's like booting an old PC that relies on BIOS, then it loads higher-level drivers as it goes...

Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question

Luiz Abdala

A certain movie and an Artillery piece...

I remember a certain movie, where a small village with "simple folk" was caught smack-dab in a strategic defensive position... it was either Italy or somewhere in the Pacific... but it was definitely WWII.

So they parked an Artillery piece there... those truck-towed beauties with 88mm or 105mm or similar cannon size on them.

So, to avoid injury due to improper handling by untrained personnel, the sergeant starts chanting:

-"do not the load the upper feeder with ammo cartridges"

-"do not retreat the (pin) to feed another cartridge"

-"do not close the breech into lock position"

-"do not use the levers to rotate the barrel"...

... you see where this is going. (I don't remember the words, but they were foolproof...)

Eventually, they spot an Axis ship, and no soldiers in sight to operate the Artillery. They recite, word by word, those instructions, and manage to hit the ship... Lovely movie.

Does anybody remember its name, by any chance?

Fast food, slow user – techie tears hair out over crashed drive-thru till

Luiz Abdala
Windows

Re: Do you want fries with that?

That's bloody genius. With a freaking flying cam, all the clueless plebs will be quickly diagnosed.

If you just managed to get an USB probe linked to the drone that hacks in the machines... or just like BB-8 a prong strong enough to power-cycle a PC switch...

Windows 95 roars once more in the Microsoft round-up

Luiz Abdala
Go

I remember...

A friend of mine had a game rental store (cartridges for Genesis and SNES back then) running a Windows 3.11 app in a then several-orders-of-magnitude faster Pentium 4 hardware than the 3.11 had ever required.

It ran on bare metal, no emulation or virtual machine here. And it was FAST.

It was so fast, in fact, that it could freeze in your face, and he could hit the reset button and finish your order before you could complain it had frozen.

It was not FAIL-SAFE. It was FAIL-EXPECTED. It WOULD crash, but it could recover in 15 seconds, I kid you not.

Some lesson can be taken from here... it can fail, as long it doesn't take long to recover. Either this, or you design it not to fail for long periods of time...

The guy running a Windows 95 (which we loved) over a MacOS (that is nearly failproof) is a god damn GENIUS.

London's Gatwick Airport flies back to the future as screens fail

Luiz Abdala
Megaphone

Ouija Boards

Congratulations to the staff that had a whiteboard and marker pens stashed in the back and could still provide information in a nearly fail-safe, albeit EXTREMELY sub-optimal manner.

Just like Ouija boards* aboard Aircraft Carriers relaying the status of every aircraft on the deck, using literally nuts and bolts.

It is better than having NOTHING to show.

*Not literal Ouija boards, just a synoptic representation of the Aircraft Carrier deck drawn over a table.

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