* Posts by Jou (Mxyzptlk)

51 posts • joined 8 Sep 2018


I could throttle you right about now: US Navy to ditch touchscreens after kit blamed for collision

Jou (Mxyzptlk)

Re: Touch screens

Oh no, the auto-stop and auto-start is fine.

The start-stop nonsense is following: You press the start button for a short time to get electricity, and then you want to turn the car off. If you are on the break (and clutch, if you have one) the car starts. But if you want to turn it off you have to be off the brake - but only with some vendors! Way to many cars force you to do a full start, or even ring an alarm if you hit that button without your foot on the brake.

As for that old-style start button from a hundred years ago: That would be fine with me, full manual control with classic electric contacts.

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Re: Touch screens

Then: Why is there NO touch control in my car, which is among the cheapest cars on the market. I paid with EVERYTHING, including winter tires and including a Garmin navigation since it is cheaper and better than any built-in, below 10000 €.

So much for "paying extra" for that, it is like being asked to be ripped off...

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Re: Touch screens

This is what I love about my cheap Mitsubishi Space Star: NO TOUCH ANYWHERE! AC, Airflow etc etc - all knobs and a slider blind could find. And a real key to start instead of that start-stop nonsense.

Rome wasn't built in a day, wasn't teased in a day, either: AMD's 7nm second-gen 64-core Epyc server chips finally land

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Re: Shut up & take my money! =-D

"a decent game" ? Why not 128 nethack games in parallel? Should work 100% in cache, you won't even need any RAM! Create your personal Pi replacement with some REAL power...

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Thr performance improvement ist big...

Personal test results: x470 Taichi Ultimate 64 GB DDR4 2400 ECC RAM, Ryzen 7 2700x vs. Ryzen 9 3900x in that same machine. Upgrade made 'cause heavy x264/x265 usage.

Result for x264/x265: The 3900x is 85% faster, I expected 60% from the core count and other improvements.

With a bit OC and DDR@3000 95% faster. More OC gives >100% speed improvement, but also > 90°C CPU cores on these hot summer days.

Translating that to Epyc I did expect epic speed improvement.

Oh, and I did compare against my old i7-4960x which is still in use: Per core and clock-cycle 65% more speed.

Neuroscientist used brainhack. It's super effective! Oh, and disturbingly easy

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Re: So Brainstorm hit reality soon...

Well, I re-watched it recently in 1080p. Making the difference between the normal schots and those extra wide "brain-view" shots clearly visible. Including the higher saturation of those special wide shots.

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So Brainstorm hit reality soon...

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085271/ IMHO underrated on IMDB.

There are quite a few things I like about that movie, besides the record-and-play of impressions...

The device starts as big and clunky and gets portable and smaller throughout the movie.

They squeeze the data through a phone line. Not so far from today... As long as you don't have the German Telekom monopolizing around and effectively preventing good connections. Making Germany a very slow internet nation within Europe.

And then conditioning, connecting to this news from today: When Gordy records having sex including the orgasm, and the Alex plays that two seconds with the orgasm back in a loop over hours...

Then the military abuse of the technology, to play back a nightmare into one persons mind, is included in that movie as well.

And it is the last movie with Natalie Wood.

Ouch. Reinstalling Windows 10 again? By 2020, a 'cloud download' may be all you need

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My last reinstall was end of 2011

I don't want to reinstall. Therefore I have a working backup.

In 2011 i reinstalled with Windows 7 x64, on an i7-2500k@4.8 GHz. It took all 8.0, 8.1, Win10 1511 and so on upgrades. Including changing to i7-4960x , Ryzen 7 2700x and now Ryzen 9 3900x - including mainboard swapping except for the last upgrade, several GFX cards from AMD and NVidia. Only with minor problems (Battleye was the last for 1903). And a "remove all drivers older than 2017 and not from Microsoft" run using Process Hacker last February - killing old, but still loaded, drivers from 2012. That driver cleanup was only necessary due to a specific Hyper-V problem with one specific virtual machine running with one specific OS and CPU configuration...

Runs solid, with heavy load jobs running over several days, sometimes weeks. I don't want to reinstall, I have WAY too much installed and working without problems.

Migrating an Exchange Server to the Cloud? What could possibly go wrong?

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Sooooo true. "Delete Mailbox" = AD delete user as well WHATFUUUUCKNO!.

I made that "mistake" too. Once. And cursed Microsoft for using that wording.

It is just like GPOs, where you have to "Activate" a "Do not Disable" function. Who makes such stupid expressions?

Literally braking news: Two people hurt as not one but two self-driving space-age buses go awry

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Re: Bus v Pedestrian or Pedestrian v Bus

The AI is meant to be annoyed by smartphone-zombies, or smombies as those are called here.

A rare case where German news were more precise: The woman who walked into the bus was staring on her smartphone and had headphones on. A human driver, at least one with a dashcam to prove he had no chance, would have gotten a "was here mistake, drive on".

Don't give it away, give it away, give it away now, bot busting biz tells reCAPTCHA data serfs

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reCaptcha is Anti-Human, not Anti-Bot

Just a few of my recordings... https://www.youtube.com/user/JouMxyzptlk/search?query=Captcha

If it gets worse I'll get someone to do this for me.

I don't have to save my work, it's in The Cloud. But Microsoft really must fix this files issue

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Re: As it is traditional to pick apart these stories

Like the manual for MS-DOS 5.0, about 700 pages.


Good old days ? In this case yes !

BOFH: On a sunny day like this one, the concrete dries so much more quickly

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Re: Proper mixtures

Just checked for my curiosity: Correct!

You memory is not mashed up.

"I never said six part gravel in my life! I said four parts sand, three parts gravel!"

"Congratulations ladies and gentlemen, we just laid 240 cubic feet of oatmeal."

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Re: Informal poll on whether you've ever had to do something like this

Oh my, my last Novell touch was in 2006 at a customer - including a DOS program for their business (at least they used it with XP machines...). The company closed down shortly after. There was no more money in their business and the owners were old enough to retire.

The other one is an old linux-compaq-oracle with kernel 2.2.something which I had to force-virtualize 2013 (or 2014?) into an 2012-R2 hyper-V cluster, complete with a windows 2000 machine for the client software. Required a kernel upgrade to 2.4.? (lower one digit kernel number) from an ancient SUSE CD, luckily it worked.

Still works today, but today they wouldn't be required to keep that old data. But they still keep it since every year some customers ask for old stuff, and if you have such old data your customer is impressed.

Potato, potato. Toma6to, I'm going to kill you... How a typo can turn an AI translator against us

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Re: Wie bitter?

I just read "Fecesbook" in your comment, which is closer to reality than we want...

DeepNude's makers tried to deep-six their pervy AI app. Web creeps have other ideas: Cracked copies shared online as code decompiled

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Re: What about a version that removes naval piercings?

I love my typos ;). Sadly beyond edit time.

Jou (Mxyzptlk)

What about a version that removes naval piercings?

they turn me off. Or remove ass antlers.

This weekend you better read those ebooks you bought from Microsoft – because they'll be dead come early July

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Why not watermarking it..

You have so much space in those files, put the buyer name and order number into the file at several places. Maybe even encoded. Then you can track who put it up on edonkey & co. Better than DigitalRestrictionManagement which is destined to fail.

There is a reason why www.gog.com is succesful.

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Re: And people frequently laugh "who buys CDs?"

I prefer to rip my CDs to flac before buying DRM-free .mp3. A sound quality issue. Even though .MP3 got really good a few years ago (better than LAME encoder), I can occasionally still make out .MP3 compression artifacts. .OGG and .AAC are better, but I still prefer flac.

Jou (Mxyzptlk)

Re: Why stop there?

You have it the wrong way around... Remember Zune?

Google's reCAPTCHA favors – you guessed it – Google: Duh, only a bot would refuse to sign into the Chocolate Factory

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Re-Captcha is not anti-bot - it is anti-human

I got SO fed up with it I starting putting it on my channel. Record holder is humblebundle wasting nearly 10 Minutes of my life... The sole reason I don't by anything from humblebundle any more except for the occasional free stuff.

If you use a "google tracking friendly" browser and disable all privacy and anti-tracking settings google treats you better.

Drone fliers are either 'clueless, careless or criminal' says air traffic gros fromage

Jou (Mxyzptlk)

Sage is right!

The drone community isn't able to keep their clueless, careless or criminal members in check. So they all deserve to be called that. I am so in for a forced registration. Next would be a visit o every home in a 5 km area around the airport to check and make them sign, legally binding, that they either don't have a drone or proof of registration. Treat them like guns. Er, but not like the US treats guns please, like UK/Europe treats guns...

Now vote me down.

Good news! We may be past peak Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Didn't they already do as el reg says?

I read at quite a few places that they already change to the 9 month cycle... Or was I wrong?

There's Huawei too many vulns in Chinese giant's firmware: Bug hunters slam pisspoor code

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Missing information - biased test method of Finite State?

If the firmware images go back to about 14 years this rises a question how Finite State chooses which firmware image to test.

Did the test against the latest version of a firmware for a device or did they test the 14 year old version as well?

Did the test firmware of devices which are out of support (i.e. 7+ years old)?

Did they differ between devices which are on the perimeter or which are, normally, only used within LANs?

Finite State could go ahead and check all 3com firmware images for security flaws, especially for devices which have the 3com logo. But you know, since they were officially bought in 2010 by HP, they shouldn't have any flaw since HP fixed every code plunder...

You're Huawei off base on this, Rubio: Lawyers slam US senator's bid to ban Chinese giant from filing patent lawsuits

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Re: US or China?

And lets not forget the amount of knowledge stolen from Germany. B2 stealth a US design? No, not really, just a copy of Horton Ho 229...

If Uncle Sam could quit using insecure .zip files to swap info across the 'net, that would be great, says Silicon Ron Wyden

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Use 7-zip .7z with AES256

Programmed be Igor Pavlov. A man USA trusts.

Imagine being charged to take a lunch break... even if you didn't. Welcome to the world of these electronics assembly line workers

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The lawyers did get their share

don't worry about those lawyers, they did get their share of "only 1.65 million" from the class action lawsuit. That is how class action lawsuit works, they get a part of what the are fighting for. But it isn't regulated how much they can get. Apart from that Europe NEEDS class action lawsuits, maybe limited to 20% or 10% or what they fight for, depending on the amount instead of completely unregulated...

23. 712. 3. 608. 45. 89. 11. 332. 841. 255. You want more? Cloudflare and pals are streaming 'em live from new RNG API

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When customers see red, sometimes the obvious solution will only fan the flames

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Re: Why not asking for a screenshot

In such environments the administrators get other means of access since it is _their_ environment they have to support. That does not necessarily apply to the case in the article since it is "a customer having a problem with a website" issue, but still asking for the screenshot and then getting the answer "My company does not allow screenshots" is different from just saying "we cannot reproduce, problem does not exist" before knowing what the real issue was. And even if the answer is "My company does not allow" then the administrators of both company must start to work together.

The type of escalation in the article is common for people fresh in support, still lacking experience in handling human errors or the behaviour of their superiors.

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Re: Ahh, spelling errors

That is actually possible: The sender used a wrong domain part, and the email programs learns it. Try to get a once-typed-wrong email address out of the suggestion cache or various email programs.

In a perfect world wrong sender addresses won't get delivered since the sending server is supposed to block it. But in the real world this is easier to achieve than you might think.

Jou (Mxyzptlk)

Why not asking for a screenshot

Any problem which cannot be reproduced must be dealt with a screenshot and, if possible, a remote support session to see what is going on. So the actual error might have been human(e), handling it this way was unintelligent.

In this specific case you would have a screenshot proving your point instead of a wild guess what might be. Or, when doing your remote support, taking your screenshot for documentation where the problem lies.

In another case a GFX card driver or some similar issue can be the reason as well.

Not very bright: Apple geniuses spend two weeks, $10,000 of repairs on a MacBook Pro fault caused by one dumb bug

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Windows mixes those icons if the communication between monitor ans gfx-card completely dies in sleep mode.

I know several monitors of that type: Monitor goes to sleep, and upon activation all your windows are resized to 800x600 instead of the actual monitor resolution.

In the end: Errornous DVI/HDMI/Displayport implementation on the monitor side.

Luckily I don't have to work on those so often.

It can be the GFX-card fault as well, but that is rare.

RAMBleed picks up Rowhammer, smashes DRAM until it leaks apps' crypto-keys, passwords, other secrets

Jou (Mxyzptlk)

Re: Time for SRAM and MRAM?

I already did that. Any Ryzen 2xxx supports ECC, so i did choose a mainboard which has ECC on it's feature list. The more RAM you have the more ECC makes sense.

Jou (Mxyzptlk)

Time for SRAM and MRAM?

Maybe we have to switch to SRAM soon. The downside is it takes more space and therefore is more expensive. For normal PCs only CPU caches are SRAM.

Or MRAM, which manages to keep the data over decades, even when birds nested on it ;). Weren't there several MRAM methods in the pipeline to get it down to usable size instead of having literally every bit visible to the eye?

Idle Computer Science skills are the Devil's playthings

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Fire because he did it a second time on other accounts

While he was doing it with his account - no problem. But the second round doing it at other users: No mercy. First is because he impersonated other users. Second is he knew it would cause problems, and still did it and just walked away. I don't like "leave bombs behind" people with such a low common sense.

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Back in the day it was good that FAT32 still had the additional 8.3 filename, letting rd /s /q doing its job without much hassle.

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Oh, that is old. With an easy fix.

md empty

robocopy empty directory-to-kill /s /e /r:0 /w:0 /purge

rd empty

This method even gets the link-looped directories, for example, in the user profile.

If you want to make it better set obscure rights after creation, and remove all inheritance ;). Easy to solve for those with enough experience, but hard for those who never had to struggle such weirdness before.

New twist in underworld of alleged code, data theft: Two, er, boffins accused of trying to steal, uh, a river model

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Home office?

Looks rather like they wanted to work at home optimizing the models...

And this is how they get treated for their dedication.

Hopefully truth will prevail (not justice, this is the US where Judge Opinion has more weight that Judge Truth).

Planes, fails and automobiles: Overseas callout saved by gentle thrust of server CD tray

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I've been doing it that way for decades!

Don't trust the labels on the servers. Don't. When turning of the wrong cluster node can cause a spectacular scream among the company I always eject the CD drive. Nowadays I use the management tools for the server to turn on the Rambo-Light to make sure I toggle the right machine. Luckily they are standard for decades as well.


Azurely not! OpenVPN support and NetApp Files among new toys for Microsoft's cloud

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Imagine they would have done that earlier and for Windows Phone

Would have been a key selling point. But they missed a few things (or fixed them too late). And just, when the the plane was about to fly Satya Nadella axed it.

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

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Re: I'm boring

You need to work with more servers via RDP. The shutdown-reboot command is NOT removed from the start menu for Server 2012 and higher. As far as I can remember it is the same for Server 2000 up to 2008 R2 - though I am currently not sure for Server 2003.

Until you activate the full terminalserver capabilities instead of remote administration, that is the time when policies like hiding shutdown and reboot from the star menu kick in.

As for the background: Red works indeed.

Microsoft goes to great lengths to polish Azure Active Directory's password policies

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Lengh more important than complexity

This xkcd should not be left out...


C'mon, UK networks! Poor sods have 'paid' for their contract phones a few times over... Tell 'em about good deals

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Re: Just be grateful you aren't in Germany

That depends on which telco you use! My telco does give me heads up information about that. It is simply a matter of keeping a customer or losing him. In the end pure economics to be customer friendly.

The big T is not among those telcos of course.

AI bots need a sense of hearing to navigate their computer world and the real world – eggheads

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Every doom player used his ears...

How else would you know whether the BFG comes from left or right? Specific door and lift timings tell you "Ah, my deathmatch target is in that room, he got the BFG now". When you hear a plasmagun you knew the fun begun.

The same goes for RTS games: Even the old C&C Generals obeyed the "play sound from left or right" rule so you knew which direction to scroll.

Backup bods Backblaze: Disk drive reliability improving

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Re: More detailed conclusion

As for the 12 TB Seagates: It only applies to that specific model. Other Seagate 12 TB drives may be much more reliable than those enterprise drives.

I remember, when 500 GB was common, the WD 500GB RE2 Enterprise drives died like magflies. Real death, click-click-click style. While all other WD 500GB drivers were solid. In all those servers which those specific drives we soon asked specifically for Seagate 500 GB replacements instead of WD 500 GB RE2 since the failure rate was near "one each week" for less than 50 drives.

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Do they take cooling seriously?

Many moons ago I started to take HDD cooling more serious, keeping them below 45°C instead of > 55°C. The failure rate dropped down to "exchange the drive because it is too small" instead of "cause it failed". Today, even on a warm day, my drives don't go beyond 36°C. Including some ST12000NE0007. And the smaller, much slower though, 3 TB Red drives are at 30°C.

Cooling HDDs makes a big difference.

Only those Seagate shingled magnetic 8 TB Archive HDD's were no good, they failed way too often no matter what you do.

All good, leave it with you...? Chap is roped into tech support role for clueless customer

Jou (Mxyzptlk)

Re: Well The Big Problem with Helping With Your Windows, OSX Problem Is ...

Requires Windows 10.

Took M$ long enough, should have been that way since Windows Vista (or Windows 2000)...

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I call this "Columbo effect" - openly

As soon as I've done what I was there for, "One more thing"..

And I go "Ahhh, the Columbo effect", and most of the time they get what I mean and smile. And for the younger one's I'll explain them how that psychological trick of Columbo works, his "oh, there is one more thing I don't understand. Maybe you can help me clearing it up" and hint them to watch a few episodes...

First 'issue-free' build of Windows 10 October 2018 Update arrives

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No, I will not switch out the lights.

I will use it until id really dies.

I am still SO annoyed that, when MS finally fixing the last flaws of WinPhone 7 and 8 with version 10 just to kill it. Ignoring 14% Italian market share and nearly 10% German market share. (UK data anyone? Bueller?)

Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?

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Missing functions...

Windows Integrated Authentication, allowing easy single sign on, especially on your Intranet.

Supported by Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome.

But not Edge.



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