it wasn't office 3xx again!
645 posts • joined 26 May 2016
It would only be acquired after I was convinced it wouldn't be trying to listen on me... and I found a use-case that I really need it for.
My heating system is designed to maintain constant temperature, so no turning it on or off, my lights have switches in useful places so I can toggle them as I walk into / out of rooms, and I even have an extra switch by the bed, avoiding the issues of avoiding debris getting to/from the bed in the dark.
I could get it to play music, but I have a good sound system linked up to a computer that can do all that, controlled either by a controller or a wireless keyboard with it's own trackpad for easy remote access.
As much as I'm a bit of a geek and like cool tech, I'm also practical about it. And really, something that avoids my needing to get off my rear every once in a while is something that I probably don't need.
Still going to.
My PC matches the top end specs of this thing, CPU, RAM, graphics card. it cost ~£1100
A separate touchscreen should cost less than £3000, right?
And unlike the surface, it doesn't become junk as soon as the PC isn't up to the task any more.
Sure, it's not as sleek as an all-in-one, but at the same time, if you need to move the monitor more than just tilting it, you don't have to move the whole PC either, so...
If he had machined and manufactured his own AR-15 the traditional way, buying only raw materials, as soon as he had done so, and put it together, he'd be in possession of a fire-arm, at which point, being the idiot he is, he would have taken it out and shot it as he did with the 3D printed one, getting him caught.
Though the effort required to machine the parts may have slowed him down. It might have taken an extra couple of weeks, so maybe we should be happy that he 3D printed the parts, so that he could be caught with a weapon while still under court order. One less gun toting guy on the street with a history of violence.
People say guns don't kill people, people do.
And so a degree they are right. The bullets do the damage, the person shoot them, the gun is caught in the middle as a tool.
Granted, one essential to the act, but as cyberdemon says, bullets are also dangerous, why are they sold to people who can't buy guns?
Having to max out the fans for web pages? Uh oh. What would happen if you tried doing video encoding.
I was discussing performance with a Lenovo P40 user the other day. A game we play recently upgraded the engine to be properly multi-threaded.
Now, instead of the single core used for rendering being a bottleneck for performance, the entire CPU now heats up to the point it has to severely throttle itself, making performance worse than it was with the bottleneck...
I hope the cooling in this is better, but if nothing else, the strapline alone doesn't seem promising on that front
That's the one reality tv show I stuck with. It was surprisingly good, probably because they were not trying to make it out that the participants were just average Joe's, but instead picked for their um... gullibility. We got to watch the deception, not have them trying to involve us in it.
It made for a good drinking game too - drink every time one of them missed an obvious clue.
If I recall, two figured it out and were removed from the crew for "health reasons"?
Agreed, but where do you put those on-the-beat police?
Do you spread them around evenly, or put the majority in areas where these crimes happen more, even if those areas may tend to be populated by people of a specific ethnicity?
Reading an article last night, it suggested that these gangs responsible for most of the... incidents are actually multi-cultural in that there are many races in them, though they appear to be non-white for the most part.
Sometimes I think reply-all should be the default - the number of times an email chain falls silent because someone just hit reply, so vital info just ends up going to the last one to make a reply to the chain.
Sender thinks he sent it, one receiver got it, the rest remain unaware.
It would also be the usual behaviour, so you would be used to checking who the email is going to, rather than just reply, type, send.
We have an Archimedes (yes, from the 80s) that still sees use testing equipment that comes in for maintenance.
Its running software to do the testing, and we have no way of moving it to a more modern machine.
Though I hear that there might be a new re-write of the system to remove the dependency on a machine for which we have no spares... sometime...
Contextual ads should be enough. And would probably be better given how often "targeted ads" keep advertising things I have already purchased to me for months afterwards.
No, I really don't need 5 tvs, thanks, the one I JUST bought is good enough, thankyou very much.
Do you have Whatsapp installed on said phone? Because that does most definitely listen in to conversations in the background, with no warning that it is doing so.
I have a watcher that caught it and alerted me to it's microphone use, at which point I was able to check and find out that yes, it does do that.
Unfortunately, I have family who use it, so have had to make do with removing the microphone permissions. Bit of a pain to turn it back on when someone uses whatsapp to make an audio call, but I'm working on getting them to switch to something not run by farceborg
I'm with the public here - anything strong enough to kill you should be named as such. "low voltage" sounds safe to those who don't know the definition.
SELV sounds like the only range I actually want to poke around with. If I were to do the naming, that would be "low voltage" and everything else would be "high voltage" with modifiers "super high" etc.
I don't know, all you need to know about controlling it you can get from accidentally nudging it and seeing the cursor move, even if you originally thought that it should be used in the air as per the story.
Even if you don't do that, just take a look. Back then it would have had two buttons (no scroll wheel) and the ball.
Well, that's three possible sources of input to try. Left click, right click, move the ball.
Oh! the ball moves the arrow on the screen! maybe I shouldn't be waving it around in the air, as it obviously needs something to move it, maybe by rolling across the desk as the mouse moves?
The longest I managed was about an hour. They called early in the day, so while my breakfast was being made, I made a show about how the computer was taking a long time to turn on (is that the virus?) and dragged it out through other methods. Things like "press the second key along the bottom row" (they wanted me to hit the Windows key) resulting in nothing happening (why would it? on that keyboard it's a "fn" key)
I eventually got to the point where he'd managed to "teach" me enough about how to use a computer that we might get to the interesting parts, when the call came up the stairs that my Porridge was on the table, so I stopped the charade, told him precisely what I thought of him, thanked him for allowing me to waste his time and thus preventing him from scamming someone else, and hung up on him.
I think I struck a nerve, because over the course of the next hour, I received no less than 8 calls from him over the next two hours, all of which were... rather full of expletives.
I just put the phone down on the table and carried on having the usual morning conversations with family, and when he seemed to be done, once again thanked him for his time before hanging up on him again.
All in all, about 3hrs of scammer time well wasted.
As someone who spent a week with his arm in a temporary cast with a "broken wrist" only to have it taken off when turning up for the proper cast to be done with a "yeah, that's not a break, that's just a growth line", I can tell you that they still make mistakes.
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