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Re: FUNCTION RANDOM - All Things Technological On Your Mind
« Reply #931 on: April 25, 2016, 11:32:56 AM »
From the show "Limitless"



fuck.  that's bad.

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« Reply #932 on: April 25, 2016, 11:37:23 AM »
I can't get my perpetual motion machine to work.  >:(

what kind of battery you using?


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« Reply #933 on: April 25, 2016, 11:44:22 AM »
ROTFL ;D



when those came out, it seemed like such a grand new era.  looking back, these were a clunky waste of space.  they came at the wrong time.  shortly after zip disks reached market ubiquity, optical media (cd/dvd) became dominant.  it was all over from there.

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« Reply #934 on: April 25, 2016, 11:45:40 AM »
My Wordpress website has been hacked - again - and now the crooks at Host Gator say they no longer do cleaning.  They recommend an outfit called SiteLock, but those folks don't get the best reviews online.  Is there any software that will really clean a site, or would I be better off just deleting everything and starting over?

save your database and other files (like images), dump everything, reinstall WP, and import the database.

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« Reply #935 on: April 25, 2016, 11:48:40 AM »
From a sound standpoint, FLAC is supposed to be identical to CD. I only use it when I can hear the difference. So yeah, most people on cheaper earbuds won't be able to tell between FLAC and average-quality MP3.

since storage space is no longer a premium, i've started ripping all CDs directly to .wav and stopping there.

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« Reply #936 on: April 25, 2016, 04:30:58 PM »
since storage space is no longer a premium, i've started ripping all CDs directly to .wav and stopping there.
makes sense- .wav is considerably more compatible than FLAC, especially on older equipment.

I'm intrigued by Opus, but haven't had a real reason to use it. So far the best applications I've seen are streaming.

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« Reply #937 on: April 28, 2016, 02:41:56 PM »

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« Reply #938 on: April 28, 2016, 11:37:55 PM »
Haha that news fail reminds me of those crashed windows screens I've seen on some channels late at nite, showing some cryptic microsoft error for hours until the morning crew shows up.

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« Reply #939 on: May 01, 2016, 11:16:13 PM »
Can anyone recommend me a linux distro that
1) installs by CD
2) works with 32 mb of ram ?

What's that you say? Puppy Linux?
http://puppylinux.org/main/Overview%20and%20Getting%20Started.htm

Well, thank you random BellGab commentor. I will give it a try.

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« Reply #940 on: May 16, 2016, 09:37:22 PM »
New ARES train will be used to store excess energy in good ol' Pahrump.

https://www.wired.com/2016/05/forget-elons-batteries-fix-grid-rock-filled-train-hill/



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« Reply #941 on: May 20, 2016, 02:34:32 PM »
This just hit the wire about two hours ago. A new phase-change nanomaterial that mimics the firing of neurons. It contains Germanium.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/nanosized-materials-help-electronics-compute-like-real-brains/

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« Reply #942 on: May 20, 2016, 02:40:10 PM »
Can anyone recommend me a linux distro that
1) installs by CD
2) works with 32 mb of ram ?

What's that you say? Puppy Linux?
http://puppylinux.org/main/Overview%20and%20Getting%20Started.htm

Well, thank you random BellGab commentor. I will give it a try.
Puppy is pretty good. It even allows for persistance, but if you can afford a whopping 256MB of RAM, give this a try --> http://antix.mepis.org/index.php?title=Main_Page

1. It's a full-fledged OS.
2. Fits on cd.

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« Reply #943 on: May 20, 2016, 03:02:59 PM »
...  I've learned so many different syntaxes to write loops, if/else statements, functions, etc. that I can't even keep them straight anymore.  You know it's bad when you don't even know which is the comment character! ...

Agreed.  It's the API's/libraries/etc that are killers.  It seems like you're constantly learning a new API.   Even when you know one by heart, it gets quickly deprecated.   Thank goodness though for the languages with garbage collection.  My pointers got rusty a long time ago and I'm never going back, unless I have to!

Both of these made me laugh. How true. :)

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« Reply #944 on: May 20, 2016, 03:13:25 PM »
The Hitler/Downfall bit has been done to death but this made me laugh to the point of tears.

Been fighting with Docker the last few months in my gig and this has struck a chord.    :P



OMFG - LMAO !
I've seen that Meme used for a lot of different things, but that's got to be the funniest use I've seen it put to.
Thanks for posting that W_A_N. :)

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« Reply #945 on: May 20, 2016, 03:15:11 PM »
Forgive if I have said something about this before, but an update on my favorite free Windows NT clone project - ReactOS. I think those that would rather be using XP or 2000 will love this. They have made the 0.4 Alpha release!

Going to load this on an old beater Thinkpad just to run it through its paces. Might just be stable enough for daily use before Micro$haft forces us off 7 permanently.

https://www.reactos.org/
Hi Dyna-X. What's the verdict on the Alpha ?


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« Reply #947 on: May 20, 2016, 03:55:50 PM »
Time to change your LinkedIn PW again - if you have one. Scroll the links on that page, there's some other interesting info.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/05/19/linkedin_breach/

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« Reply #948 on: May 23, 2016, 08:53:28 PM »
Why do Blu-ray players have the shittiest wifi ever?

After much fanfare, I gave up and returned a shitty Samsung J5700 in favor of a Sony model.

Which connected to my wifi, updated itself, and stopped connecting.

At least the Ethernet port worked right away. The Samsung's didn't.

And, of course, after much cursing and a few hard reboots- the Sony player's wifi works perfectly. Hunh?

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« Reply #949 on: May 23, 2016, 10:32:33 PM »
OMFG - LMAO !
I've seen that Meme used for a lot of different things, but that's got to be the funniest use I've seen it put to.
Thanks for posting that W_A_N. :)

Just saw your reply.  Ain't that something?

Had it on a damn loop! node.js hipsters.........  cgroups black magic...........     Oh heavens......


Alienware Area-51 (2015)
« Reply #950 on: May 25, 2016, 08:10:57 AM »

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« Reply #951 on: May 25, 2016, 03:54:14 PM »
Not that this is new but when this comes to China en masse look out, things could look interesting. Everyone claims that mfg can't be "brought back to the USA." Or Europe etc. I don't see why not with automation, 3D printing, etc. Now all the jobs that left won't return but some will (machine maintenance, designing the machines, writing the software, logistics, scheduling production, sales/marketing, etc.) It would take some capital investment but could in the long-run be cheaper than the shipping, tariffs, time-lag, dealing with lots of employees (HR and healthcare, etc.)
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36376966

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« Reply #952 on: June 02, 2016, 05:44:32 PM »
Mad scientists need to figure out that secret meetings is not the way to make the public or even the government possibly, support their plans or dissuade talk of some dystopian future.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/06/02/after-secret-harvard-meeting-scientists-publish-proposal-to-create-synthetic-human-genomes/

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« Reply #953 on: June 02, 2016, 06:20:03 PM »
Not that this is new but when this comes to China en masse look out, things could look interesting. Everyone claims that mfg can't be "brought back to the USA." Or Europe etc. I don't see why not with automation, 3D printing, etc. Now all the jobs that left won't return but some will (machine maintenance, designing the machines, writing the software, logistics, scheduling production, sales/marketing, etc.) It would take some capital investment but could in the long-run be cheaper than the shipping, tariffs, time-lag, dealing with lots of employees (HR and healthcare, etc.)
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36376966

I saw an article last year that it was cheaper to produce in Mexico than China because wages were rising so fast in China.

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« Reply #954 on: June 02, 2016, 06:32:07 PM »
I saw an article last year that it was cheaper to produce in Mexico than China because wages were rising so fast in China.
Yeah, people going to Vietnam, etc also. The problem with Mex is the instability and corruption (not that there isn't corruption in China) but not the random violence, extortion, and cartel/police protection rackets, etc. All countries going to have problems with all the new technology around the corner but places like China etc could really see a big problem with so much population in mfg etc.


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« Reply #956 on: June 07, 2016, 10:31:11 PM »
I've thought about this for years. Nao it is a reality. Check the cool case window in this video.

 

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« Reply #957 on: June 23, 2016, 01:07:29 PM »
I'm wondering if WinXP is still viable. My sister bought a computer that didn't come with an OEM copy of Win7, and the hard drive died. So, after getting a new HD, she has to buy Windows 10, which would cost about $100. I put Linux on it, but she wants nothing to do with it. Only thing else I can do is install XP. Anyone still running that? Is it safe?

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« Reply #958 on: June 24, 2016, 11:17:33 PM »
Only thing else I can do is install XP. Anyone still running that? Is it safe?
If it's gotta be windows, I'd go with win-7 over xp if for no other reason than it supports more recent software. But, yes, if you run a (good) firewall, AV and don't do dumb things online like opening attachments from emails you don't know or are obvious scams, use Virtual-Box and do a dump after your online session and use a VPN, then it's just as safe as you make it. It all depends on your online activity, personal savvy and level of paranoia.

'Safe' is a relative term.

OSX and linux can be hacked just like windows, but win has the biggest user base so it's the most productive target with the most 'holes' exposed.

If you need an OS, it seems you can get either xp or 7 for under 50 bucks, sometimes as little as 19 bucks (though from your post, I assume you already have a copy of xp).

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1/191-5532507-9060804?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=windows+xp

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR12.TRC2.A0.H0.Xwindows+xp.TRS0&_nkw=windows+xp&_sacat=0

Be aware that if you buy a 'branded' OEM version (say, for a Dell) and the machine you're installing to is something else (like an ACER), the SLIC table in the ACER BIOS won't match the license key on the Dell OEM disk and you may have to mod the bios to get it to install (so to be safe, don't buy a branded OEM distribution).

However, for future reference, should you ever need to do this, this is probably the best place to go for help/tools/mods:

https://www.bios-mods.com/

I had to do this to deal with a BIOS 'whitelist' issue for a video card upgrade a few years ago and they were very helpful.

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« Reply #959 on: June 25, 2016, 06:56:21 AM »
A relative gave me an old laptop a few months ago. I fired it up and saw it was running XP.  Just to see what happened, I clicked Windows Update and it updated XP for four hours.  It seems that Microsoft still has updates online, at least until the stopped supporting it.