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#1200943 As a non social media user - Mansplaining

Posted by SquallStrife on 20 March 2018 - 05:04 PM

The phenomenon is real, and hardly a new thing. Dumbing down an explanation with no real sign that you should need to, but a judgement on their gender, age, race, etc.

It's just a form of sexism/racism/etc.

The name of this phenomenon is the only thing that's new or contentious, really. Calling is "mansplaining" is a product of this SJW nonsense.

#1200489 PSA: Professional audio software Humble Bundle

Posted by SquallStrife on 07 March 2018 - 01:00 PM


$20 (US I assume) for Acid Pro 7 alone is a steal, never mind all the other cool shit at the lower tiers.

#1200439 Bitcoin trading.....

Posted by SquallStrife on 06 March 2018 - 11:23 AM

FIAT currency is traceable, taxable, and all the other negative words suffixed with 'able you wish to think of.
If you trade me invisible bitcoins, and I send you my Sega Megadrive collection, all "they" know is that I just posted a box to someone.

This isn't new. It's called barter. Before buttcoins I might have offered you some of my SNES collection in exchange. Or to help fix your car. Or some of the mangoes from my orchard that I spend time tending to.

Consider: You mine buttcoins and trade buttcoins for a Ferrari, but then you fall on hard times and have to sell your Ferrari to pay your rates, water, and child support. This person reported no income but had a Ferrari to sell. Hello audit.

Hence, bitcoins are treated as non-liquid assets. No different to hoarding gold bricks.

"We" can make a new currency, but eventually you, or somebody, needs to liquidate it.

#1200127 What's on your mind?

Posted by SquallStrife on 23 February 2018 - 01:01 PM

Airlines are needed so the government will need to bail them out if the STHF. If Apple goes under, a lot of people will be very happy.

If Qantas replaced their planes more frequently, people like you would be complaining that it costs too much to fly, and probably about how it's a rich people conspiracy to keep you from travelling or some stupid shit.

#1200016 how crap is this government ?

Posted by SquallStrife on 19 February 2018 - 01:30 PM

I don't trust corporations either and their "creative" accounting.

That might be the case, but doesn't really address the point.

#1200010 how crap is this government ?

Posted by SquallStrife on 19 February 2018 - 09:08 AM

So QANTAS never pays tax because it's writing off all those old dodgy planes?

For someone that doesn't like politicians, you're pretty good at using (whatever the opposite of jingoism is) and hyperbole.

#1199967 Gaming community in 2018 versus 1996?

Posted by SquallStrife on 16 February 2018 - 10:28 AM


Mine is special, I added a second ISA slot to accommodate an XT-IDE adaptor, so I can use a CF card as mass storage.

The factory ISA slot is used up by a Sound Blaster of course! :P


#1199956 Poverty PC 'upgrade'

Posted by SquallStrife on 16 February 2018 - 08:16 AM

I've definitely noticed the difference after moving big games like Doom and Fallout 4 from my mechanical 4TB drives to an SSD.

Not massive improvements, but improvements no-less.

The big gains are had from putting the OS and pagefile on an SSD. Information subject to high volumes of random seeks is where SSD's shine.

#1199926 Who Are The Best NBN Providers?

Posted by SquallStrife on 15 February 2018 - 10:47 AM

TPG haven't run the transparent proxy in years. Source: Was a TPG customer when the change happened. From what I understand talking to various reps, it was an artefact from dialup days. Not so much due to the technology, but rather the nature of web content at the time.

Don't be fooled into thinking your ISP can't tell that you're torrenting simply because you use VPN. True they can't DPI your traffic, but bandwidth usage pattern heuristics can give a pretty good indication.

Plus these budget ISPs are likely to shape you simply for flogging the connection for extended periods of time, regardless of the actual traffic type.

#1199925 Poverty PC 'upgrade'

Posted by SquallStrife on 15 February 2018 - 10:39 AM

...and if you haven't already, get an SSD! >:)

#1199894 What's on your mind?

Posted by SquallStrife on 14 February 2018 - 08:30 AM

Valentine's Day can go fuck itself.

*channels morris*

#1199874 how crap is this government ?

Posted by SquallStrife on 13 February 2018 - 12:05 PM

Barnaby Joyce, so big on family values he started a second one!

#1199872 Laptop or tablet for travel

Posted by SquallStrife on 13 February 2018 - 11:13 AM

It's about time the clone OEM's (Dell, HP, etc) started making slim laptops that aren't plasticy pieces of shit.

Heck, even the Dell Latitude laptops with their otherwise-decent hardware had shitty ABS plastic shells until the last few years.

#1199762 Laptop battery wont charge

Posted by SquallStrife on 08 February 2018 - 08:07 AM

From the datasheet of that charging IC:

Secondary (2nd Level) Safety Features
The secondary safety features of the bq20z45-R1 can be used to indicate more serious faults via the SAFE (pin7). This pin can be used to blow an in-line fuse to permanently disable the battery pack from charging or discharging.

So the way this particular charge controller "blocks everything" is by popping a fuse elsewhere on the PCB.

"pin7" is wrong though, the pinout diagram shows SAFE is pin 16. Trace it out with your multimeter. In their application schematic, pin 16 goes to the gate on a MOSFET, which creates a low-impedance path through their fuse to blow it.

This means pin 15 (PFIN) is pulled high, and the chip is locked out.

Either replace the fuse if you can find it, or pull pin 15 low through a lowish value resistor (1K or so).

Edit: Linky: https://www.ti.com/l.../bq20z45-r1.pdf

#1199755 Laptop battery wont charge

Posted by SquallStrife on 07 February 2018 - 03:39 PM

Deducing if it's one or the other might be a chore.  If you had a same laptop or one that uses the same battery pack then of course that'd make it way easier.
The other avenue is if it's a common issue then there'd be plenty of talk around about it.


I can confirm the laptop itself is fine, since I own a second gigabyte laptop.

And although its battery is significantly bigger, it's the same voltage, and the same connector.

It charges and runs fine (just can't close the case :P)


I agree to the blocking, I disagree with my very soul with the idea of locking a controller permanently.

It just means that the PCB with the controller on it is a throwaway item. The cost to Gigabyte (or the OEM that manufactures the packs) is probably cents per unit.

If they do remanufacture/refurbish the battery packs in house, they'd replace it as a matter of course.

Since they don't intend the item to be user-serviceable, why would they use a controller with reset capability that probably costs a few cents more, and require PCB layout space to break out those pins on the chip (potentially needing a bigger PCB, reducing yield)?