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Loco Stories / Humor / Re: Musk introduces the Tesla Semi
« on: November 18, 2017, 06:49:02 AM »
At 2:40 he says it goes 0-60 with or without a (presumably empty) trailer.  After that there's animation of it loaded with 80,000 pounds and accelerating to 60 mph in 20 seconds.

He can say anything he likes but physics! Inertia! The acceleration is bound by universal laws. 0-60 in 20 seconds is impressive.

The unloaded cab (bobtail) will accelerate like a race car but doing so has no purpose.

And, the electric drive train still has to be economic compared to diesel. He's still in free market competition on costs, even though Musk is an egomaniac who acts like nothing can compete with his shit.

Loco Stories / Humor / Re: Musk introduces the Tesla Semi
« on: November 17, 2017, 07:12:03 AM »
These futuristic trucks look like they are carrying bodies away from Soylent Green self-suicide parlors to the nearest food cracker factory.

A semi accelerating from 0-60 in 5 seconds (2:20) has to be one of most frightening highway driving scenarios I can think of.

That would only happen if the cab were bobtailing (no trailer.) A loaded truck will be bound by physics of inertia. The motor is powerful but it'll have its limits.

Discussions - Public / Re: How can i start dropshipping business in Canada?
« on: November 12, 2017, 05:33:18 PM »
The guy is a brain dead worthless spammer. He followed his own post up with a spam link to a shitty website he's pimping for, which I deleted. He's been deleted and banned. That is virtually the only type of new registration we get now, the brain dead sock puppet.

Discussions - Public / Re: Netflix: The IT Crowd
« on: November 04, 2017, 07:31:18 PM »
Sort of light office comedy a la "The Office" and paced more like the American version. It accurately echoes the idiocy of the snobs who look down on and rely on IT. I liked it and the memes like "Did you try turning it off and back on again" caught on.

Discussions - Public / What Windows programs run in WINE with *no hassles*?
« on: November 04, 2017, 09:02:34 AM »
I've found exactly one so far: Beyond Compare by Scooter Software (an incredibly useful file compare utility.) I have one of the last revisions of the version I bought, from 2008. I just ran the installer from Wine, which completed with no errors, and BC works with NO problems.

I think I got Evernote to install on Linux a few months ago but I deinstalled it because that version was complaining about too many apps on the free account.

Most Windows applications I've tried choke in the installer because the installers usually want things like IE to be relatively current (and of course Wine has no IE look-alike.) Or the installers just exit with a cryptic error message.

I'm really kind of impressed with the integration with Linux in WINE when things do work. BC can readily see the entire hard drive and compare files outside its "C drive" space under the Linux file root.

Discussions - Public / Re: Buying hardware one generation behind
« on: October 30, 2017, 06:50:12 PM »
I have a Kindle Fire that I like a lot.  I use that more than my phone.

I have a cheap older model Kindle Fire I bought off Woot this summer for $30. It's cute. But it displays friggin' ads on the unlock screen, which even though they don't exactly get in the way, they irritate the hell out of me.

Discussions - Public / Re: Buying hardware one generation behind
« on: October 30, 2017, 06:24:18 PM »
I just checked out Straighttalk's phones for sale page (I'm with StraightTalk and it's been pretty good on the AT&T GSM network). To buy outright:

iPhone 7 plus is $769  >:(

iPhone 5s is $99

iPhone 6 is $199

The somewhat older iPhones are affordable and in the range of lower end Androids.

Discussions - Public / Re: Buying hardware one generation behind
« on: October 28, 2017, 08:49:41 AM »
iPhone 10 == SUCK-ERS!!!!

1000 bucks. What the faaaah...q.

Discussions - Public / Re: Buying hardware one generation behind
« on: October 27, 2017, 03:14:32 PM »
Wise man.

The hardware side of technology has become a ghetto. The bling is attractive for as long as the product launch lasts.  I mean we're talking days or a few weeks at most. And then the device, computer, or whatever becomes a piece of poo to be sold off as refurbished on Woot or some other junkyard. It happens so fast.

It makes me sick to think about spending almost $1000 on a new laptop just to watch it degrade through software, not even through physical abuse. My last $800 laptop was supposed to be the gold standard... Vista turned into a nightmare to keep running, and it took 20 minutes to boot up, so that laptop now has Mint Linux on it.  I'm not going back on the merry go round until there is a dire need.

On the other hand...

The core feature of bankruptcy is the discharge or repudiation of debt. And warranties amount to debt. The concept is to give a fresh start to someone/some entity.

The law applies equally to everyone (in theory, har har), even corporations.

I read a little about the bankruptcy of OCZ, the subject of my thread. They had a big problem with some SSD drives they were selling - many returns of product - which was part of their failure which lead to their bankruptcy.  So providing warranty service was part of their failure. I guess I bought a shitty product. :P

If a corporation like OCZ can't discharge certain obligations like warranties, then they probably won't be acquired by anyone, yet because they're insolvent, they can't service the warranties anyway, so no real value is being lost. So the bankruptcy process seems to allow as much value in a company to be preserved as possible.

I was screwed about 10 years ago when National City Bank went under -  I owned 100 shares - and was acquired by PNC for pennies on the dollar. I wound up with about $300 in the account in PNC shares to replace the National City shares.

But at least I haven't been screwed out of a pension, or major warranty work on a vehicle.

I ordered 2 x 2GB to replace the failed OCZ memory for $27 from Ebay. Gorn's Self Insurance Policy. :P

Got it. The loophole here was bankruptcy. All debts wiped, and warranties are a liability.

Discussions - Public / Warranties not honored by successor businesses?
« on: October 19, 2017, 05:59:17 PM »
I identified two bad memory modules from my computer using MemTest86. As the gang here knows, I swapped modules until I isolated the bad apples, and I also have run an overnight test with the remaining modules and they seem solid for now.

The original kit of memory was OCZ brand, purchased in late 2009 from TigerDirect. 6 modules of 2GB each, DDR3 memory. This product:

It was pricey at the time ($276). The box which I kept states clearly that there is a lifetime warranty on these items.

I contacted "OCZ Support" through their Facebook page and explained this, and they told me this:

Toshiba does not provide warranty service for the former OCZ Technology group memory modules. OCZ Technology Group stopped producing memory in 2010 and filed for bankruptcy in September of 2013.

Toshiba is unable to provide any warranty support for the following legacy and end of life “OCZ Technology” products that were discontinued. Toshiba is also unable to provide any warranty support for all discontinued non-SSD category products including DRAM memory, USB drives, Power Supplies, DIY notebooks and peripherals.

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I think that's quite fucked. But it raises an interesting question. Don't businesses that are acquired wind up with ALL of the assets AND, AND, AND debts of the acquired business?

Well, I Googled and found this. This explains it. Yeah, the warranty is fucked (lost).

Now, I'm not out much because tech stuff depreciates like crazy. Still, it's quite unethical IMO even if legal.


IT is closer to a sales role today. So you kind of covered it in your first list.

You have to persuade, sell, and defend your own value as well as the value and importance of whatever it is you're trying to do on the job.

Nobody will leave you alone to just do your f***ing job today except in isolated circumstances.

I did a google search for fields with the most depression, expecting to find IT up at the top.

Nope.  The worst jobs require dealing with people, as in personal care, social work, sales, financial advisers.   This seems right.  Software can be frustrating and tedious, but at least it's logical even when a program is doing the wrong thing.  Human minds, OTOH, are often bizarre and illogical to the point of acting the opposite of what you expect.

(Says Spock  :-X)

Heh heh.

Two major points:

1) Freelancing, which is almost entirely a people job with a thin veneer of providing billable work, would have to be among those high-stress, dissatisfying, depressing job roles.

So I agree completely with this premise. You probably saw my threads about the nutso client who acted like she was going to stalk me invasively over a $500 dispute after receiving and using the website I built for the money.

(I can also tell, I D, that you have absolutely no interest in gig contracting or freelancing, since you never weigh in on those real-life, "this is how it is" threads, even though you are foremost here on the board in wanting to explore and discuss alternative employment options. Probably there is great wisdom on your part in not being interested in something that is a rathole. That's not a backhanded snipe, that is how I see it.)

Anyway - I came to a sad realization a couple of nights ago when I was restoring my data: I have to say that I pretty much utterly despise a good 80% of the clients I've had over the years. Really and truly. 80% did something odious to me: bullied me, demeaned me, insulted my work, accused me of ripping them off, got me involved in idiotic pointless fights with the worker bee idiot full timers, etc.

Second major point -

2) Information Technology IS a people job. It was never completely a neckbeardy, social-isolate vocation, even in the 1980s. Today IT is extremely intermingled with the online, social media, gamified, "face time important" world.

So, I would add IT (and gig freelancing, of course) to the vocations you listed.

Regarding my previous post, I read over the papers again and now understand --

1. No need for WPA3, WPA2 can be patched to fix this
2. Users need to update both their PC OS and router firmware to be safe (doing only one or the other leaves you vulnerable still)

Of course, in light of Gorn's post, all this fixes only the immediate vulnerability that has been discovered... which could only be the first of many.

I'm just voicing an opinion based on my own intuition of the process that's going on in wireless secured networks to create connections.

I say what I did because, after all, WPA was supposed to be secure and fairly bulletproof - the designers supposedly anticipated any possible hacks. Except they didn't.

I'm guessing that any revision of the protocols will have similar design oversights that may take years to uncover, just like this one. It's not like a mathematical proof of unhackability is possible.

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