* Posts by pirxhh

9 posts • joined 18 Sep 2017

Exclusive: Windows for Workgroups terror the Tartan Bandit confesses all to The Register

pirxhh

Re: Childish but satisfying...

I was really bored once... wrote a (DOS) keyboard driver that randomly introduced spelling errors, but only when typing fast. When the victim tried to troubleshoot, they'd type slowly, so nothing unusual happened. Once they sped up, the errors were back.

Hi! It looks like you're working on a marketing strategy for a product nowhere near release! Would you like help?

pirxhh

Re: So...

Just like your body needs an asshole.

Are you sure your disc drive has stopped rotating, or are you just ignoring the messages?

pirxhh

Re: I can believe it!

Lasers, surprisingly, also are better at very low print volumes. With inkjets, if you do not print every couple of weeks, the ink will dry up and may break the print head. If you print only every other day, the cleaning cycle will empty your ink cartridges rather quickly.

Lasers do not have that issue, so I run a laser at home for the few times a year I have to print something, like official letters or tax forms. When not in use, it's completely powered down - another thing most inkjets don't like and penalize by more elaborate (and ink consuming) cleaning cycles every time you turn them on.

pirxhh

Re: I can believe it!

With special printers (large format, special certificate paper...), either the output is brought to you (inhouse mail) or you pick it up at some kind of cubbyhole.

In large-scale operations, many hardcopies are mailed or used directly - e.g. letters to customers or pay slips that get sent out directly, so the user generating them never sees the final hardcopy and does not care where the printer is located - it may be even offsite, in a mail depot somewhere.

The best way to screw the competition? Do what they can't, in a fraction of the time

pirxhh

Re: Don't forget arcnet

Archer was token passing, but no ring architecture.

Then there was Corvus Omninet, 1 Mbps over very simple tweisted pair cable and dependable as hell.

pirxhh

Ethernet is (was) coax - originally (10Base-5) thick, yellow coax with transceivers mounted to the cable by drilling a hole to the cable core, then came the so-called "Cheapernet" (10Base-2) RG-58 cabling that we all loved to hate.

Twisted pair (10Base-T and later) came later.

Convenient switch hides an inconvenient truth

pirxhh

Re: And as any fule kno ...

No, a projector starting up (or trying to...) has a pretty low resistance, so there will be more than enough current to energize a relay coil.

pirxhh

It's a plain and simple relay circuit, thus operating at the mains voltage.

The 115 VAC power the coil to a relay, which breaks the power to the mainframe (and whatever). Same as the light circuit on stairs or hallways. Old-school but reliable.

Equifax's IT leaders 'retire' as company says it knew about the bug that brought it down

pirxhh

Re: 'You don’t pay extra at restaurants to keep rat poison out of the food'

Europe is leading the US by a wide margin in this - the EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) is already in force and becomes fully mandatory on May 25th, 2018. This unifies the much stronger stance on privacy prevalent in Europe - in part this is due to different perception; Europeans generally care more about e.g. your neighbor knowing how much you make but less about nudity than their US counterparts.

The EU GDPR has significant fines attached, i.e. 4 percent of annual global turnover or 20 million Euros (about 22 million dollars), whichever is greater.

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