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kano

These corporations need to start being subjected to the same extremely harsh computer legislation that an average citizen would be. https://gizmodo.com/mozilla-slipped-a-mr-robot-promo-plugin-into-firefox-1821332254
Dec 15 2017 09:22 PM
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    kano
    But since the American justice system runs on dollar bills, the above will never happen.
    Dec 15 2017 09:22 PM
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    stumpy
    must be aimed at people from some other country than the one i live in, cause me not got it.
    Dec 15 2017 10:48 PM
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    kano
    What's amusing here is that Mozilla has criticized others for sneaking add-ons in before, and they've even locked down Firefox against such practices. And now, *they* do it themselves! "Do as I say, not as I do" springs to mind. I am in the US, and this one showed up in Linux.
    Yesterday, 01:21 AM
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kano

What will happen if I draw too many amps from a modern (decent quality) PC PSU? Will it shut down gracefully, or will it do something worse? I destroyed more than a few of those conventional AC adapters/wallwarts when I was a kid by doing this! But I would like to think that improvements have been made.
Nov 24 2017 01:28 AM
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    teh_saccade
    fkn limits, i forgot... forget it - you're fine. Just don't make any internal hardware changes while the machine is on - the worst that can happen is your PSU won't kick out 1.21 gigawatts to go back in time to let you know that daisy-chaining un-fused sockets to anything is a bad idea.

    Also that PSU's have always worked this way (except now I think they have inrush to charge @ 60a / 240v).

    https://computer.howstuffworks.com/power-supply.htm
    Nov 24 2017 09:44 AM
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    kano
    I'm talking about drawing too much power inside the computer. I've seen people intentionally short out a PSU, and it just shut off gracefully without damage. (impressive). So I hope a modern one would shut down if the load exceeds the max output.
    Nov 24 2017 12:46 PM
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    Bikerdude
    @Kano, take this thread to the tech support section fella. The update column isnt really to right place for this.
    Nov 25 2017 05:51 AM
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kano

Found a funny TDM bug that's also in 2.05. Equip a weapon, hold down attack, press escape to bring up the menu while continuing to hold attack, and then escape again to leave the menu while still holding attack. Now, walk around and you have become separated from the weapon! You can walk all around it and in front of it. Sadly, you can't hit yourself. When you let go of attack, the weapon fires from where you are, not where it is.
Nov 16 2017 03:51 PM
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    kano
    Yep, I saw that happen with the sword (it getting stuck in the "prepared to strike" position). Try it with the bow or blackjack, and you should see it floating there as you freely walk around, until you let go of the fire button.
    Nov 16 2017 04:18 PM
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    nbohr1more
    Hmm...

    http://bugs.thedarkmod.com/view.php?id=3164
    Nov 16 2017 05:16 PM
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    AluminumHaste
    That's awesome!
    Nov 18 2017 11:19 AM
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kano

Built a Ryzen system. Got segfaults, so exchanged CPU. Segfaults are solved, except for in cases of crap software that segfaults on any machine. But before, I also experienced very rare crashes followed by hardware errors during next boot. Naturally I thought that the new CPU would solve this too. I found out this morning that I was wrong.
Nov 11 2017 12:41 PM
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    Bikerdude
    WTF is ASLR..?

    Nov 13 2017 11:18 AM
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    kano
    Only ASLR I know of is Address Space Layout Randomization. It is a feature of the OS to randomize the way memory is allocated, in an effort to make attacks more difficult to execute. Far as I know, it has nothing to do with BIOS.
    Nov 13 2017 12:15 PM
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    lowenz
    https://www.reddit.com/r/programming/comments/6f08mb/compiling_with_ryzen_cpus_on_linux_causing_random/
    Nov 15 2017 09:22 AM
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kano

I awakened at 7 AM this morning by some jack-off running a jack-hammer right outside the window. I live right next to a McDonalds. This is not the first time; I've called the police because they were running a F***ing power washer at 3 AM before. I thought there were laws about making excessive noise at inappropriate hours, but as we all know, laws rarely apply to businesses.
Nov 09 2017 01:49 PM
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    jaxa
    Try earplugs
    Nov 09 2017 06:33 PM
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    stumpy
    We had the noise of fireworks at 2am on 6th november till 2:30am. Airbomb repeaters and rockets that go phuzzz BANG are not quiet.
    Nov 09 2017 10:09 PM
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    kano
    Yeah, people do that here too. But they're smart enough to only light off one or two fireworks per night, making tracking them down pretty much impossible.
    Nov 10 2017 02:14 PM
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kano

Nothing will make you appreciate ten-year-old-equipment that still works more than seeing a unit that is less than two months old fail completely. BTW, many modern external hard drives are essentially designed to take the data hostage.
Nov 01 2017 11:10 AM
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    kano
    First, the USB-to-SATA bridge is integrated in the drive. That means if the bridge fails, you can't put the drive in a different case or hook it directly to a computer. Second, they encrypt the data on the drive, even if you don't specify a password. This is so that you can then decide to set a password later and not need to write everything again, or at least that's what marketing wants you to believe.
    Nov 01 2017 11:12 AM
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    kano
    The reality is that the encryption locks you out of the data if the bridge chip fails, even if you're handy with a soldering gun. No, knowing the password won't help you, because the actual key is inside the bridge chip! And the encryption isn't even secure. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/10/20/western_digital_bad_hard_drive_encryption/

    TLDR: F*** this C***. Only buying spec-compliant SATA drives from now on.
    Nov 01 2017 11:16 AM
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    Atomica
    Avoid pre-installed portable HDDs as much as possible. Best option is to buy a standard drive and an external enclosure. Bit more tedious but you avoid problems like this.
    Nov 01 2017 08:25 PM
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kano

Government is allowed to switch this feature off, but as consumers, we're not. Nothing suspitious about that, no sir-eee. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/10/21/purism_cleanses_laptops_of_intel_management_engine/
Oct 21 2017 11:41 PM
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    Epifire
    If it receives a hard enough backlash (which it sounds it is for Intel) it's likely to assume it wont be in newer CPUs down the road. Also seems a bit dirty of Purism to use it for their own marketing endeavor at the same time.
    Oct 22 2017 01:06 AM
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    Bikerdude
    nFor now we just need to find the ports it uses and what IPs its talks back to and block them.
    Oct 24 2017 01:42 AM
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    freyk
    Sounds nice. We have to search for a sdk. We got steam-os almost working.
    Sep 29 2017 03:47 AM
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    jaxa
    It remains to be seen how powerful the AMD APU is. A Zen-based chip could make it interesting. But the system won't be super fast and at that price point it competes against cheap computers and Xbox One/PS4 on sale. This product could end up being a flop.
    Sep 29 2017 11:05 AM
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kano

I got a hard drive that vibrates so much that you can feel it on the outside of the PC case! Is that a bad sign? It is brand new. But damn, I never saw one induce so much vibration.
Sep 06 2017 03:06 PM
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    New Horizon
    @Biker - But he said it's a brand new drive. Perhaps defective?
    Sep 10 2017 06:33 PM
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    Atomica
    Cheaper high-density SSDs can't come soon enough.
    Sep 10 2017 10:41 PM
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    jaxa
    SSDs can also fail unexpectedly.
    Sep 11 2017 12:19 AM
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kano

Anyone else fail to get TDM 2.05 to run in latest Wine? (it used to run great)
Aug 28 2017 07:52 PM
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    kano
    nevermind, thedarkmod.exe did not get updated by the Linux updater, leading to trouble when trying to run it in wine. Running the Windows TDM updater fixed it.
    Aug 28 2017 09:05 PM
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    Bikerdude
    Have you also tried having a play with PlayOnLinux..?
    Sep 02 2017 11:43 AM
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kano

I'm running Linux and Windows on Ryzen side by side with VGA passthrough. I couldn't pass a USB hub into the VM though, so I had to make the power button on the case detach the keyboard/mouse from the VM, using a script. lol With VGA passthrough, you can't use a traditional escape sequence like you would with VMware.
Aug 26 2017 05:52 PM
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    Bikerdude
    surely thats just a case of drivers? or if not that a replacement KVM?
    Aug 27 2017 05:07 AM
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kano

How can we get a copy of the KOMAG fan mission archive for the Thief series? Could someone set it up on Mega or something? I think they provide 50GB for free, which is quite high, surely high enough.
Aug 16 2017 06:26 PM
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    Goldwell
    Here you go: https://mega.nz/#F!QfZG0AZA!cGHPc2Fu708Uuo4itvMARQ
    Aug 17 2017 01:26 AM
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    kano
    Awesome, big thanks!
    Aug 17 2017 12:10 PM
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kano

When I was a kid, you could leave batteries in something for six months and not find them completely dead. The opsession with making everything digital, including power buttons, has resulted in everything drawing phantom current, even when the thing is supposed to be off. Compare this to a mechanical flashlight, or old-school Gameboy, and you can understand what I mean.
Aug 13 2017 10:10 PM
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    GameDevGoro
    Analog mechanics rule. Digital stuff is ok. Always-on digital sttuff is crap. IOT smart devices is the devil and should burn in a pit of molten tungsten.
    Aug 15 2017 01:04 PM
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    Atomica
    Current IoT gear is crap because the manufacturer's don't care about security and robustness. Recently there was a story of some smart locks getting bricked because the vendor pushed a firmware update for a particular model onto the wrong model of lock. The locks didn't even have the ability to detect that the firmware wasn't going to work, they just accepted whatever firmware came their way. Such a lack of foresight.
    Aug 15 2017 11:11 PM
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    GameDevGoro
    Yeah, aside from issues like botnets and unlawful surveillance and other gaping security holes. My mind wanders to issues with cheap stuff that's designed to be replaced in quick succession with newer products. Electronic waste from things that had no business having it, like toothbrushes and underwear! :D Some smart devices are just no-exception useless and fall under the category of a party gift or something. And inevitably gets tossed in the bin right quick. :P
    Aug 16 2017 10:30 AM
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kano

This music would be *so* perfect for TDM. It just screams TDM-ish atmosphere. https://youtu.be/Ig9LE0Vp1YM?t=962 (starts at 16.02) Too bad we don't know who made it!
Aug 02 2017 07:24 PM
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    kano
    Imagine sneaking around and listening to that!
    Aug 02 2017 07:25 PM
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kano

Got a Ryzen 1700 today. Damn, is the box big! I was used to the older CPUs like Phenom II that came in pretty small boxes. This is actually a lower power consumption part, but I hear that they threw in a nice (larger than necessary) cooler, so that must be why.
Jul 29 2017 11:27 PM
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    stgatilov
    Good luck getting it to work! =) Especially if you are going to use high-speed RAM...
    Jul 30 2017 02:55 AM
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    Bikerdude
    @Kano, nice. Your multi-core perf will be monster, but single thread not so much. What CPU did you upgrade from..?

    @stgatilov, motherboard bios's are mature enough now to alleviate this issue for the most part.
    Jul 30 2017 07:17 AM
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    kano
    It is an upgrade from Phenom II 1100t.
    Jul 31 2017 12:45 AM