273 posts • joined 15 May 2016
Re: How can they stop you? Re WD40
"I've not tried the auto transmission fluid homebrew. None readily available as we tend to have pudding stirrers here in Blighty. My guess is that the acetone penetrates very well and takes some of the auto fluid down with it. That has EP properties, no? Maybe a little auto fluid does dissolve in the acetone. That would suggest that using far less that the normal grease monkey recipe of 50 / 50 might be better??"
The problem that I've had with making the stuff is that they tend to not go into solution very well. Desperately needs some form of emulsifier involved, and that's beyond my ken. Howes makes a lovely penetrant that smells of cinnamon faintly, and that's my go-to instead.
(Also note: I've been surprised, but many modern transmissions with the correct amount of pedals use ATF, despite the obvious indication that the fluid is for an entirely different application.)
I'm fine with paying money for a car that does what I need it to do. Wish the "infotainment" (used to be a radio, eh?) was simply easily replaced. Then I could update it as needed without some ghastly abomination glaring back at me.
It'd be neat if a maker of a fairly modest car decided to make an enthusiast's version, where the fancy electrical crap was turned down, and you could get useful stuff like larger brakes, better suspension, and so forth--without paying twice the car's base value. In the same way that a radio delete was an option on old American muscle cars from the 60's.
I read "Ian Beer" as "I-am Beer" and thought... you lucky bastard, I'm trying to get there the old fashioned way!
That guy would have so many friends....
Whilst I utterly agree with you, Ledswinger, that the "updates" are usually going to be priced in such a way to make simply replacing the entire thing more realistic than keeping the old--I should mention that in any instance where there's software being held behind that sort of paywall, someone else will assuredly enter the market with a means to fix it.
I believe VCDS software with a VAG-COM interface will reprogram a Skoda with whatever you're needing altered. Though that brand isn't sold in the US, I understand it's a VAG car, and shares the protocol with whatever the equivalent models are. You can look to local shops for enthusiasts or even places like craigslist for assistance if you're not interested in spending a fortune to do it yourself. People (like me!) will occasionally put up ads offering assistance with exactly that sort of situation, usually for beer tokens.
Re: Please keep going
>as long as you make sure that Trump, Putin, May and Kim Jong are all on the first flight.
Screw it, aim for the sun.
Re: Good story, well written
Sure. Beats the hell out of hearing about another storage startup.
Re: Badger-Bashing Bitbarn Ban Bodged!!
I just was waiting for the inevitable link.
Re: Mac and iPhone
Imagine the money MS could make if they decided to really focus on their core business (Windows and Office), instead of trying to chase companies like Google and Facebook.
I wonder if, when Satya gets canned, the next guy will refocus the business on returning to their core business. I'm sure that Win11 won't be perfect, but it could so easily be very, very good. Of course, I strongly suspect that it won't be, and that's horribly sad. If they could just make an OS worth paying for, I think they'd be able to sell it!
In other news, water is wet and night is dark.
Please make a fast, lightweight, modular browser, distinct from the others on the market currently. This will improve your market share.
The entire world
Re: Just like the Sun (News of the World) then
If the bad evil russians can spend so little and influence the outcome of an election, you'd think the smart folks would simply hire them, get elected (or get whatever outcome for a given democratic process), and save a fortune in campaigning costs.
^ Given heat cycling internally of the drive, nevermind atmospheric density changes, I'd imagine that it's almost never at the same pressure as the external surroundings.
Plus, helium is weird crap, and can go through stuff that you'd think would be utterly solid.
Re: Targetted Advertising
I think that nails it right there.
You can target your advertising, and there's a big difference in doing it well vs doing it poorly. To use the printer example: I'm shopping for a printer, so I look at lots of printers and accessories (e.g., toner, ink, cables, adapters, whatever). What currently appears to happen is that my search history shows that I've been looking with interest at printers, so it shows me printers. What it should do is log that I've actually bought one, and intelligently use that information to show me ink and such that fits it.
I wonder how much targetted ads would improve if they were curated so that searching for printers shows you ink in the ads. It seems to me that there's an X Y problem here. When you're shopping for a printer, you want to see the X axis, the listing of all the available printers. When you have one, you're shopping on the Y axis, stuff that is only related to that specific printer, but the categorization doesn't work that way.
Re: Host File
pfsense for the win.
The bitch of it is that it shouldn't be necessary. Make telemetry opt-out, fine, but include an OFF setting. And respect it (along with other preferential settings).
How difficult would it be to include a couple different UI options, while we're at it?
I suspect that if MS allowed a 'retro' interface (i.e., 7's UI, even a 2000 setting), allowed telemetry to be turned off, had a couple of options for how the start menu worked, and allowed user control over updates.... 95% of the people that hate Win10 would cheerfully use it.
And yet, it isn't gonna happen.
Makes you miss Lester.
>If curing cancer or solving Fusion was more worthwhile then it would pay better
It's pretty plain to see that curing cancer will turn whoever leads the charge (and collects the patents, etc) will undoubtedly wind up being so unimaginably wealthy as to put the oil sheiks to shame. The problem is, it's a really tough nut to crack. Ideally, something along the lines of the 'folding@home' would be run on those mining rigs, as it's the sort of problem where you need to run a bunch of very similar experiments. This can be done in parallel, so it scales nicely with lots of smaller units--GPU's are good at this sort of load.
The problem is, 'cancer' as a single disease is a misnomer. In reality, there's a zillion kinds of cells and as many ways that their propogation can get wonky, but they still fall under the big C umbrealla.
In a true and just world, we'd be putting this kind of processing power (and more besides!) against figuring out how living cells work at an atomic level. When viewed close enough, life is just chemistry, and chemistry is just physics. So the answers are clearly there, but because the problem is so unendingly vast, it's far cheaper to scrape moss from previously undiscovered tree trunks and test for the chance of a therapeutic effect instead. It sucks a lot, because if we properly could understand how our insides work, we could in theory solve cancer as well as pretty much any non-traumatic problem (autoimmune problems, genetic problems, and microorganism-induced problems would be easy--but if your head falls off, odds are you'd still be dead, though developing optimal cell control could theoretically reattach and regrow things if you survived long enough to get stable and have the treatments).
But it's a comparable problem to any green problem. I've yet to see evidence to the contrary that the planet simply has too many people on it, and no environmentalist's concerns that cannot be fixed by removing people. The planet can very comfortably handle a couple hundred thousand humans, but a few billion is another story. Removing most of the people solves all those issues, but the problem is which ones, and that's where the arguments start. :)
>Your "right" to swing a fist ends at the tip on MY nose, anything further is assault, but being a Libtard that you are, you don't understand "other" peoples rights, do you?
Negative. The act of swinging the fist is assault unto itself. Making contact adds "Battery" to the list.
>What is it with these people who believe that you need a degree to be successful in a job.
They're teachers. It's kinda their whole industry, isn't it?
The issue is (and always has been, from what I understand) that owning a piece of paper may not accurately reflect/predict ability in real-world applications. But it's very much more easy to test if a person has a piece of paper, and very much more difficult to test if a person is capable.
The counterexample is that you can work in a given industry for many years while showing no competence at all. I suspect that everyone can think of at least one coworker or ex-coworker that fits this description.
Re: The simple solution
Bomb NK with politicians. When those run out, start on the lawyers.
Pre-order your early-bird pre-sale product today! (Oh did we mention the shipping date has slipped AGAIN?)
Re: Well said.
Also nice to read a proper Dabbsy rant.
Re: Simple solution
The problem with this simple solution is likely to be the same problem with the current software.
Or were you infering that Adobe could get someone competent to do the implementation of the celebratory power generation?
I'd be terrified of megawatts of power being run through a dozen tatty power cables comprising more patch than cable. :)
Re: Has it been that long..
Don't forget - it's no longer possible to heat a small house just by using an AMD CPU in your PC.
Sure it is. You just haven't pushed the voltage and clocks hard enough yet.
(True of any chip, really. Watercool it and turn it up until the smoke billows out!)
Re: As a rule of thumb
Wait a moment, please.
The military, as seen by most western taxpayers (and possibly others, but I gotta go with what I know here...) is a laughably inefficent pile of made-up terminology to describe overpriced and underperforming hardware. This is not a selling point in my household.
Am I wrong?
Re: Glad to see that...
....The vast majority outweigh the few decent intelligent people....
I suspect that holds true for the overwhelming majority of the population, worldwide. Depending on the company I keep, that's considered racist, sexist, ageist, cynical, or--worryingly--optimistic.
The properly frightening bit is how the ratio grows tighter when looking a government. (Any government.)
Re: Dear Adobe
>Syphilis is worse than scabies, but you still would not want either ... a bit like Flash.
Yes, but you still wanted to get laid (get the content that caused the problem).
Re: Outlook Express?
Nevermind OE. I want them to drop support for IE!
Capital One got my information and was sure I was someone else.
I finally resorted to very carefully reading the appropriate section from the law that said exactly how much they were going to get fined to a rep. And had them repeat it, state that they understood it, and so on.
It worked, after nearly 2 years of constant calls for Jennifer somebody. Now if I could take their junkmail, wrap it around a brick, and return it to their offices, they might eventually realize that I do not wish for further unsolicited contact.
>Kids these days are DEFIANT of authority. School is just another authority, and the parents either aren't present to stymie it or, worse, egg them on because they're just as defiant.
Have you not paid attention in history class?
Re: Middle-class white kids aren't built for serious prison time
^ Dunning-Kruger strikes again!
The Trumpers are bought & paid for by their puppet-masters, so don't your breath, Google et al.
While I agree entirely, I must ask.... The alternative is bought and paid for by someone else?
Didn't think so. Sadly.
It seems to me that internet connectivity should be run along with power (albeit not on the same lines, unless there's been some research that makes that more viable!) for all construction, new and old. The internet, in a shockingly short timeframe, has established itself as one of the wonders of the modern world (next to electricity and medicine), and should be treated as a basic right.
Of course, while we're at it, I'd like to see DNS failures leading to redirected to <isp of choice's helpful search page> to be a criminal act also.
And a pony. Everybody likes ponies.
In the land of the free noone is free.
Imagine paying for cell-like limits on your home connection. Booo.
Imagine a release of personal data for elected
criminals congresspeople. Yay.
Now, more realistically, look at your actual connection, and remember that these same twats help to keep the status quo that means you're running crapslow line because there's no incentive to add infrastructure on your side of the street.
They fiddle. Got a match?
Thank you to the pfsense devs.
Then again, thanks to the doc that did the vasectomy....
There's other examples. I laugh each and every time. :)
It isn't written in nodejs, for instance.
Thank you for an illuminating example of 'damning with faint praise'.
Re: Ethical decisions
Yes - we'll quickly find that "high net worth individual" means what it says.
I'm gleefully awaiting hackers, aiming for the high score, then.
Re: Social disease
Oi, I'm under 35 and you can fuck off if you're going to try and lump me in with the kind of cretin that thinks that kind of design is an improvement.
I'm over 35, but also more than a pinch tired of the "let's blame millenials for things" that I keep seeing.
Yes, "those damn kids these days" (including yours, guys!) are driving the handbasket, same as your parents and grandparents said about your own generation.
And it's interesting that while thedamnkidsthesedays are apparently breaking the interface on everything, it's their parents that are now old and wise enough to be elected into government posts. And doing so very well at it....
No, you're supposed to wear them on your face.
Maybe this is the excuse they want to use to explain why they continue to not have a budget prepared. Again.
I genuinely don't know if I should downvote for that, or upvote for pointing out the obvious about Kayne.
Thank ye ghods for good music.
Re: I dont get Americans...
>There's a certain logic in it, but legislating is such a complex job that I tend to feel there's no crime in having people who specialize in it.
Sorry, I'm from IL. It looks remarkably easy to me.
Show up, argue, accomplish nothing, collect pay. Rinse, repeat.
I've had instead suggested that it's grossly inadequate.
Dish Network profits were $3,810 million just last year, according to the first google hit. So charging $280 million seems pretty mild.
I'd like to see companies that ignore the explicit wishes of privacy of the general public fined hard enough to be shuttered. And yes, that includes the obvious internet-based ones as well. (Hell, it includes the governments also, but that'd be more difficult to enforce.)
Re: I've not even bothered to read it fully, because I know what will happen.
>3. Almost all Republicans - both the actual politicians and their popular supporters - will remain rallied behind Trump regardless and dismiss any accusations as a Democratic scheme. In politics, especially the US variety, party is everything. They might complain about him in private, but they won't turn on their own leader
That's approximately equal to saying that all Muslims will remain rallied behind the jihadists attempting to destroy nonbelieving Christians.
Pull your head out, it must be hard to breathe in there.
"...an organisation that has niche rolls to fill..."
I figured someone would have gone with, as the other end of the problem:
Re: ...installing a new beam dump in the Super Proton Synchrotron...
Isn't normally downloading considered to be receipt of something? I certainly hope you are uploading in that instance instead.
Could US appeals court save us all from 10 years of net neutrality yelling?
Clicked the link.
Disappointed it wasn't closer to Pripyat.
Re: Does that make Azure...
^ Bates motel is probably more appropriate.
Though I gave a thumbs up for the idea. :D
Re: Just one question . . . well, a few questions
Sounds like one of my ex's.
Nothing to see here....
>Do "ordinary users" know about this trend for corporate entities (Microsoft, Belkin, GCHQ, NSA....) to install stuff so that nothing you do (either on the internet, or even on your LAN at home)....nothing you do will even be private again?
I suspect that the people who desire these IoT things are pleased that it saves them the work of manually putting it on Facebook et al.
Still wouldn't mind some of the devices out there, if i could connect them to my home server alone, behind pfsense and careful supervision. Of course that would mean the manufacturer could only sell the device, not the device, service, and my information, so it will never happen.