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#1191169 Universal Basic Income as a product of an Automated Economy

Posted by Master_Scythe on Yesterday, 09:07 AM

I dont have time to watch it at the moment, but this SOUNDS like it'd be relevant to Bill Gates idea, which I'm all for.

For every machine that replaces a human role, that 'bot' (company) must 'pay' 50% to 75% of the original workers income, to tax.


Use the new found 'extra tax' to lower it for everyone else, or to fund the now unemployed.


Business saves 25%, and government can afford welfare.


I thought it was brilliant.

#1191131 Cerber ransomware

Posted by Master_Scythe on 26 April 2017 - 09:38 AM

Wow so much for Macafe protecting you seems a waste of couin ,cheers Rybags


1st, a note:

People are cheap: Cheap people like free things: Free things often means pirated: Pirated means viruses: Viruses mean Antiviruses.

People are still cheap: Free Antiviruses are most appealing: Free antiviruses see the most 'viruses', because cheap pirating.

To fix a virus, an antivirus\vendor needs to know about it: Therefore; free antiviruses == the best protection.

aka. Dont pay for an antivirus, use AVAST or AVIRA for free.

The AV comparatives tests constantly put them in the top 3, and things like McAffee are (usually) toward the bottom.

ps. Show her how to 'cold backup', or use AOMEI Backup Free, to "Backup on USB insert", so its automatic if she plugs a USB HDD in each week\month overnight



See the reason McAffee (or ANY antivirus) didn't work, is because the methods used aren't actually a 'virus'.

The whole payload, at best description, is a malicious script, attached to a real genuine tool.


AVIRA and AVAST will notice it before it unpacks, and warn you about a "Potentially Unwanted Program" but even they don't usually flag it as a 'Virus'.


The encryption software used is usually freeware (and legit) or pirated commercial software.

There is just a script to get\send a key to the 'ransom' server, and then get to work.

Encrypting in and of itself isn't the enemy here.


I've seen a few of these.

Normally at work, we just pay the cash and the 'hacker' sends the key.

Does the Cerber 'virus' creator respond to his ransom requests? (most do).


In future, the best thing to do (for parents) is add a local user policy to block execution of EXE's (scripts, bat's, macros, and so on)  from outside "Program Files".

They should never run into problems unless they want to install a newly downloaded program, in which case, log in as another user, because it's a user level restriction.

Or toggle the policy if you're available for them.


Might want to look at Ubuntu (with the default UNITY shell) for the future. If your parents are anything like 'the rest of them' then 90% of the things they do on a computer is in the web browser.

and the last 10% is in an Office tool.

Both of which 'virus proof' Ubuntu will handle for you from a clean install.

#1191128 $500 gaming rig

Posted by Master_Scythe on 26 April 2017 - 09:18 AM

Yeah tell him he's pushing it....

[Antec ESK3450B-U3-P with 450W USB3.0 Audio in/out 6 Drive Bay]
[GeIL 8GB Single DDR4 2400Mhz Pristine series]
[Seagate ST1000DX002 1TB FireCuda 3.5" SATA3 8GB NAND Desktop SSHD]
[Asus Expedition GeForce GTX 1050 Ti eSports Gaming Graphics card 4GB GDDR5 OC]
[MSI B350M Gaming Pro AM4 mATX Motherboard]
[AMD Ryzen 5 1400 4-Core Socket AM4 3.2GHz CPU Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler ]

Order Total



That's about the cheapest I can manage with a system I'd even bother spending money on.


There's that point where you CAN go cheaper, but you spend $500 on a computer that 'only just works' and stops being fast enough to game within the year.

Or you spend $850, and get a PC that will probably be able to game for 3 years+, MAYBE with a simple GPU upgrade needed; but that's all.


My thoughts:

-new Ryzen 4 core, because cheaper motherboards than Intel with similar performance.

-FireCuda harddrive, so he can have SSD speed without needing an SSD

-1050Ti because it's about the best you can afford in the budget....

-Single 8GB stick of ram, so he can go to 16GB in the future if ever needed.

-'Brand name' case and PSU, so it doesn't go pop.

#1190885 The age old question, a PC for the relos...

Posted by Master_Scythe on 17 April 2017 - 01:18 PM


Im still a windows boy at heart, and I use it almost exclusively, but for older relatives, you can't go poast Ubuntu Unity. It's like a friendler macOS

Yeah, I've thought about this but not been game to get folks to jump :)

I do have an old lappy with Unity installed (because, fun). I think it might be worthwhile showing it to them so they realise how easy it is.

I haven't played with OpenOffice for a while, any compatibility issues?

The only other hurdle is getting them to let go of Outlook...



to let go of outlook, show them how good HOTMAIL (outlook.com) has actually become.


If you can get them to go "online only" (as much as I hate it) there's just no better solution for a 'home user' who doesn't need to manage their own data.

#1190873 The age old question, a PC for the relos...

Posted by Master_Scythe on 17 April 2017 - 02:25 AM

Also somethign to consider, is the OS.

Ubuntu (with the default UNITY shell) is by far the easiest OS for anyone to use.


If they're anything like my relatives, they do 100% of their computering 'online'.


Firefox is the default browser, Open Office is included just in case, Thunderbird is the default email client, USB sticks and what not auto-mount these days, and appear on the desktop.

There is a sidebar (basically identical to the macs bottom bar) to easilyt show apps and which one's open.


Not only that, but if they're 'scared of the computer' at all (lots of older rellies get nervous) leaving them a live-CD\USB (so they can always use it if need be), and assuring them its 110% immune to viruses they're going to encounter; they're often a lot happier.


If they do stuff 'offline' also, then, sure, teaching linux to people is a whole 'nother kettle of fish.

But if Firefox, OpenOffice, VLC player, GIMP (photoshop), Rythmbox or Clementine (if they use an ipod\iphone),,, it really 'just works' these days.

And if they dont know how to 'install' there's an 'app store' built in too.


Im still a windows boy at heart, and I use it almost exclusively, but for older relatives, you can't go poast Ubuntu Unity. It's like a friendler macOS

#1190862 Gigabyte laptops, any good?

Posted by Master_Scythe on 16 April 2017 - 09:47 AM

Yep, I own two. Both great.


Though one just started reporting 'charging' yet sits at 0% and its only 2 years old.....

but it WAS flat, and it IS winter. So I havent tried heating it up yet (common laptop problem, no matter the brand).


I love em!


Matte IPS screens ftw

#1190657 need a new GPU for my 3570k help

Posted by Master_Scythe on 10 April 2017 - 08:35 AM


- Corsair CS650M 650W 80+ Semi-Modular ~$129

- Coolermaster Vanguard Semi-Modular 650W 80+ ~$135




Both pretty reliable.

Though I'm a huge fan of Seasonic. They're the wholesaler to a lot of the 'smaller' high quality brands.

Antec is another brand you can't really go wrong with.


Of those two, I think I'd choose the Corsair.

Their track record is great, and it's also the cheaper.

#1190466 need a new GPU for my 3570k help

Posted by Master_Scythe on 03 April 2017 - 11:43 AM

It appears this 8-pin PCI-e power port on the new Asus Dual RX480 needs a PCI-e 8-pin or PCI-e 6+2-pin power plug from the PSU, and care must be taken to ensure it's correct, and not the very similar 8-pin power plug designed for the CPU/Mainboard.

Apparently there is some small difference in the shape of some of the pins on each.

Modern good PSUs apparently may have this PCI-e 8 or 6+2 pin power, but my old Aywun doesn't.

A suitable adaptor may come packaged with some new video cards apparently, I don't think mine did, but I'll double check.

Course, a new PSU would do the trick, but I'll see if I can get hold of a suitable adaptor first, perhaps.


Added: Here's the pinout diagram for the GPU & CPU connectors: http://ocau.com/pix/ywyap

I'm pretty sure they're all the same.

Best thing about computers, is the wiring is almost faultlessly color coded.


All GPU power i've seen is Yellow (+12v) and Black (Ground).


Feel free to correct me, but I dont think I've ever seen any red (5v) or Green (3v) cables going into a graphics card.

#1190095 What car do you drive?

Posted by Master_Scythe on 20 March 2017 - 06:12 PM


- CVT's are proven to be a bad idea, yet most are CVT (and reports of shudder are EVERYWHERE).

what is 'shudder', and why does it happen?



Depends on the model and the type of CVT.


There is one successful type out there, it was a chain and sprocket type gearbox with a mountain-bicycle type setup. Catch is, this uses a chain, and chains can only be so strong and still be a reasonable size. It was 'clunky' when chaning gears, but still had many more than a traditional auto could ever fit.

I believe it was in a small Kei Car in Japan; small Mitsubishi ute maybe? I'd have to go google again.



Most these days use a belt and cone type setup. allowing a belt to slide up and down ridges on two opposite facing cones.

The two main causes of CVT shudder share a similar component, and the third is electrical.


First, the belt can stretch. pretty common once the car gets older. This causes it to slip or hesitate on one 'cone' and not the other. This slip-grip type behavior is one cause.

Second, is when the fluid is wrong, worn, or just 'poor' from design. This sounds unlikely but with our climate is SUPER common. Honda Jazz' for example offered free CVT gearbox replacements if under 150'000kms and experiencing shudder. This was because they decided there was no need for a special CVT fluid for Australian climates.

I love Honda, but sorry guys, you were dead wrong.


3rd is electrical. And it's not always the gearboxes fault, but is made evident by the type of gearbox it is.

If the gearbox stops reporting load, or a sensor starts saying "5% throttle, she'll be right" when really its 95%, then unlike a regular Automatic, it wont allow the bands to move.

You can imagine how two cones with a belt between them, so basically unlimited combinations of 'front cog' to 'rear sprocket' ratios; with absolutely no idea of real engine load, might become an absolute pig to drive.


Honda went back to traditional Autos.

Mitsubishi the same.

Toyota didnt even try bringing their CVT models to Australia.


I'm sure I could keep listing if I bothered to research a bit more; but its just one of thsoe things where you hear enough horror stories, and there is a better replacement anyway, you justy dont 'risk' the inferior tech.

#1189643 So far so good...

Posted by Master_Scythe on 08 March 2017 - 10:50 AM

I'm starving !


Day 2 of the five/two


Wait, day 2's now over.. yeah but I gotta go beddies first (I am nightshift) and it's currently 00:47.


Another glass of water imminent and maybe a dry Jacobs Cracker !!


1/4 of your usual energy\caloric intake, as I said above, can still be a LOT of food, just eat smart.


4kg of mushrooms.

6kg of celery

2kg of watermelon

5 whole chicken breasts.

Literally unlimited Shirataki Noodles, have 100KG of them if you want. > http://www.thekitchn.com/why-its-worth-getting-to-know-zero-calorie-shirataki-noodles-221166



take your pick.

All adds up to less than 600calories still :)

#1189641 What car do you drive?

Posted by Master_Scythe on 08 March 2017 - 10:47 AM

I like that it's "huge" and as of yet, had no mechanical problems. it'll be my first and last nissan though, not because it's bad, but because there are better vehicles out there.


Yeah, so it suits you, and no one needs to try and convince you otherwise, it's your car.


Catch is, it's how companies fuck up the branding.

- CVT's are proven to be a bad idea, yet most are CVT (and reports of shudder are EVERYWHERE).

- "Pulsar" is their small car, yet its almost the size of a Gen1 Maxima now. People shopping for a small car looked at the Pulsar and gave it the middle finger.

- The engine is notoriously under-tuned.  Since fuel is "already expensive" people pay for 95\98 ron as normal, thanks to the old myth that "you'll get more KMs". Because of this, people expect the extra performance of advanced timing, available only to 95ron or above.


And I'm sure I could easily come up with more.

In short, it was missing the "standard performance" people expect, and wasn't "a Pulsar" anymore. It got fat, and got boring.

Pulsars used to have SR20's tuned hard, and pulled like a freight train


That said, if you drive manual, or like CVT, you might not care.

You seem like a "newcomer" to nissan, so you don't already have an idea of "what a pulsar should be".

and since your last car was also a 91 octane tune, you probably don't notice the engine being 'lazy' compared to other 95ron tuned cars, like  Honda Accord Euros.


Which all adds up to a cheap car, that you like, and that's fine.

You're happy, and for you, that's all that matters!


But the above DOES explain why they nixxed it so soon, it, as a product to the general public, it was a failure.

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#1189595 Thank you Hospitals! (Sincerely)

Posted by Master_Scythe on 07 March 2017 - 01:24 PM

So I took a friend with some 'worrying' pain to the Hospital last night.

Basically existing (somewhat diagnosed) painless symptoms, moved onto painful symptoms within a week... random...

I decided a bit of a drive was in order, and went all the way to the PA outside Brisbane;

It's bloody great, my father has had a lot done there.


I know it hardly matters, but BOY what a good experience overall !!!!!


We were seen within two hours roughly, we had a VERY knowledgeable junior doctor (who told us he was 'junior' right away), who consulted with the Attending a few times with any concerns.

I was impressed when he would admit right away "I'm not sure, I'm still Junior, let me go ask my superior".

We had bloodwork taken and back within about 2 hours also.


Sure, it all adds up to 5+ hours at the hospital; but really, with the alternative being pay someone, then wait a few days for pathology to come back, and possibly need more scans anyway.....can't complain.


Turns out the pain is to be expected but no one warned my friend when symptoms first showed up.

At no point were we treated as if we were silly for 'worrying' about it, and after bloods came back to assure that the pain isn't a likely cause for concern, just discomfort.

So that's a relief.


I'm always the 'responsible one', none of my friends would look after themselves without me :P


About the only thing I intend to write in about, as a suggestion, is to hire "Comforters".

Like wardsmen, but Junior staff who's job it is to bring pillows, blankets, non-restricted pain killers, water, snacks, and so forth.

They had "Nurses" doing all that, and in a hospital, I'm sure people are aware a "Nurse" is as much a Doctor, as the Doctor is (just less University I guess).


Straight A's to the PA hospital.

If they can shorten wait times even slightly (4 hours instead of 5), and have basic needs covered, you're an A+.

Keep it up!


Anyone else have a "recommended healthcare place" around the country?

#1189410 So far so good...

Posted by Master_Scythe on 02 March 2017 - 03:18 PM

Without changing any other factors? Thats not a bad outcome man! good work!

I'm always interested in what other people are doing to control weight.

I lost 35KG when I was younger in 2006 but plateaued since then.


Man, if that trick works, I'm interested, keep us informed!


Ive started an intense weights regime, and moved as many carbs to protien as possible, without being 'atkins' obsessed or anything like that.

Lost 8kg in 3 weeks so far.


Hmm, 600 calories a day?

Man it depends what you eat for that eh, it could be a lot of food!

I mean, I don't know if I could consume 5 full chicken breasts in a day.

or a whole dozen eggs, or 2KG of watermelon.....


That said, my 1/4 would be 300cal a day, which is easier to eat.

My daily intake for the last 8 or so years is about 1000cal to 1300cal a day.

When I started weights, I HAD to increase that, but its hard to eat more after so long.


I'm intrigued though, I'm going to look into this, please do keep us informed!

#1189290 Rockin game soundtracks you listen to regularly

Posted by Master_Scythe on 28 February 2017 - 08:37 AM

UT... haven't played it or the sequels in years.  One of those rare games where you didn't turn down the music or commentary.


Something is odd with the sequels.

Either I magically went from Top 3 at lans, and finding 'Insane' bots easy, to being unable to beat 'normal' difficulty bots within a month; Or something significant changed in their engines that I just can't figure out.

#1188949 There are some things you should not tell your wife...

Posted by Master_Scythe on 21 February 2017 - 11:01 AM


I was in Doomadgee this week, and lets just say, if you weren't having about 3 break-in attempts a night, something was odd......



We are not that bad - had three in four years here, one that was a successful burglary, the other two including this am I've seen off.


Our problem is we are opposite a very under-used park and the dope smokers congregate there at night sometimes.





As much as I'm straight edge and anti-everything;

That won't be Dope making them try and rob you, It'll be ICE, or a shitty low grade version of it.

If it was /real/ ICE they'd probably see the knife and think its a good excuse to try smash ya.