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    Problems with the 737MAX ?

    I can see the church sermon now....
  2. For those who missed the story; https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/02/youtube-will-fight-predatory-behavior-by-disabling-comments-on-videos-of-minors/ Basically, specific search terms would lead to nasty videos, and bad people. Welcome to the horrible side of the internet. Now, while I applaud their 'fast action' on this matter.... this is GOOGLE we're talking about here. Mr A.I, the big data mining giant of the west. Surely, there is some child safe, weapon safe, link blocking, spam banning algorithm they could have used instead? OK, there is literally no reason that grandmas video of her kids should be 'published' and not a private link, but literally millions of videos have been 'silenced'. In the Tech World, we have Linus Tech Tips, who has his kids in TONS of videos helping out. Now silenced from comments. Really, it's not a big blow to the online world, forums, discord, facebook and the like still work, and A+ for stopping the bad people in the short term; But I'm really surprised this broad of a brush stroke was required. You'd think that someone with their power could do something other than just "Shut it (comments) down!" No?
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    The most special people

    And me! I really enjoyed my visit.
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    Chinese market phones.. are these a bargain?

    Not if you want battery life. Most tests fare it well in standby and talk; but screen on and radios traditionally melt the capacity quickly. I'm sure they've improved since last generation; but any brand is unlikely (and reviews confirm) to jump from 'worst flagship battery life' to 'best' in 1 gen. As for radiation; our phones are already only tested at X cm away from head, or on handsfree. More radiation in the phone itself isn't my concern at all. Wont hurt me on bluetooth, and wont hurt me with my headphones in. Any call more than 1 minute gets headphones; as should everyone if they're RF concerned.
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    The most special people

    Sad we dont get to hear Also hi!
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    The most special people

    If I could just know exactly who Virt was, I'd be happy. Was he an Alt? Was he known to anyone? I don't want that mystery to die unsolved. Also, there are 3 names that spring to my mind as missing; Superfireydave, Goth, and Zebra. Those 3 are people I learned a lot from; I mean superfireydave was actually responsible for finding my surgeon and letting me (somewhat) see again; so there really is some life changing stuff in this forum
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    Chinese market phones.. are these a bargain?

    Funny enough, China phones (if you get B28) almost always do better reception than Australian or US models, due to their blatant disregard for radiation laws. If I needed a phone to survive anything I'd still be looking at Nokia; at last check, they STILL go through the nokia stress test (drop, sand, humidity, etc).
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    Chinese market phones.. are these a bargain?

    This is quite important. Also, your personal needs might be different. I for one, love battery life, and am a fan of the ASUS phones for that reason; and will be looking into the new Energizer phones soon. Local stock, NOKIA are your go to for vanilla android, good features and an amazing outright price (the 8.1 is amazing for the price). That said, the note 7 pro is almost half the price and leaves it for dead. I've personally moved away from Xiaomi because the custom android started to bother me; Oppo or Huawei are my go-tos for china phonese these days. I'm going to look into one myself; see what people have managed to do ROM wise.... If I can get vanilla on there, I might be keen.
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    Youtube disables COMMENTS on any video with kids in it

    I actually thought the tried and tested 'skin tone filter' (which I know is unreliable for people of extreme skin tones; from albino to black) would have been something to apply. eg. This search term shows majority skin tone, and majority kids, flag it for review\filtering\block. As I said, youtube isn't the police; the police are the police and need to hunt the ring of criminals asap to protect the kids. Youtube's responsibility imo, was to stop the 'collections' from showing up and feeding these people. IMO all this has done is cripple the platform; there's hundreds of text mediums sickos could chat on, and youtube can still be the final destination. This is why I don't criticize their want to do something, more power to them; but I DO call it the most lazy possible outcome.
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    Youtube disables COMMENTS on any video with kids in it

    No argument, however it's much LESS blunt, and false positives are preferable to zero chance. Think of it like a virus scanner; Would you prefer zero files, because we just disabled your ability to download altogether? Or would you prefer 75% of your files, because we tried to filter and sure, got some wrong. I don't know about you, but 75% of my files (or in this case, comments) sounds a lot nicer than 0%. It's not the blunt strike that bothers me, its the size of the instrument. You don't need to blow up a planet to kill an ant; or even an ants nest. You don't need it, if it's in a public space. I'm a little involved with the legals of that topic with my workplace. the tldr of it all, is that if you could reasonably be expected that you MIGHT be caught on camera, then you legally can be. At least in most countries.
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    Youtube disables COMMENTS on any video with kids in it

    Lets see; taking into account what we know of googles AI filtering (so knowing how lax we can be with our definitions), I'd start with: Block all direct URL's Block known workarounds (at) (dot) (htt//) etc. Block hate speech. Block swear words. Block repeat identical comments. Block 'sexual' terms. Block phrases that result in "flesh tone" being the primary result - (Chat Roulette does this to stop 'shock dick pics' streamers) The point here is that google isn't the police. As a company the need to be seen doing something to help fight against the sickos. And that ^ would be something. Blanket Banning, retroactively, pre-existing, non-sexual content, seems to be to just be the most lazy approach they could have ever taken! I mean hell, "Smart Search" while not perfect already knows how to filter images, text AND video outcomes; they'd already have one HELL of a mature algorithm to build from. Don't get me wrong please, I'm glad to see they did something. I just really hate seeing 'praise' or even acceptance when a company that mines so much data, has so much power, wealth, and influence can 'get away' with doing literally the bare minimum; almost less than The answer to a broken something, isn't to throw away the something. That's disposal, not 'fixing'. They make millions off of their content creators videos, last thing they need is to start blanket silencing what could be required 'pinned' comments for Sponsors, 'How-To', or Educational videos, just because the "algorithm" happened to notice a kid walk past in the background. It's lazy! I'd hate to have a popular video 'locked down' because some parent walks behind me for 2 seconds while vlogging; it's ludicrous; at least... IMO. I mean you could spend hours masking your video to hide pedestrians, then all you need is Andy Milonakis to walk past, and your video is flagged anyway!
  12. I would. There's also been some chatter among users of EoP, that a powerboard with EMF filtering on the pass-through power-point helps. So if you have any areas that need new powerboards; a $19 PlugBOSS from Bunnings (filtering and 700 joule protection), might be worth a trial.
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    Youtube disables COMMENTS on any video with kids in it

    Thing is though, I think you and I could come up with a good solution in a month or so. We're talking over 62 thousand staff at their disposal. I just thought, especially for content creators with sponsors and such, that it was very broad. Linus (LTT) having his kid help build a PC that was sponsored by INTEL, is at a very low risk of those predators (I'd hope).
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    Chrome OS

    If google was clever and provided a very, VERY easy (say, bios option?) to ROOT the device\OS, it'd be amazing. I remember back to the days of SymbianOS. With FExplorer, you could slim the OS modify boot files, overclock using config files, you name it! With Android, it's really hard to do anything system related unless you have a fully fledged PC to help you, or "There's an app for that!" Open up the unix under-layer, and I'll buy nothing but chromebooks.
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    Chinese market phones.. are these a bargain?

    Thing is Nich..., There hasn't really been any proof given to 'the people' that it even IS happening. The claims that its POSSIBLE is a risk with literally ANY closed source code. The only accusation has come from the USA, and while there have admittedly been a few 'odd' data things happening, there hasn't been any true red flags that I've heard, nor proof I've seen (link, if so?).
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    Reflowing BGA

    I've been looking a lot at BGA repair, because I picked up a BenQ W1080ST for $50 with an 'exploded globe'. and 'other faults'. Upon recieving my $30 knockoff globe (and taking special note, to only EVER run it in ECO mode, in case the bulb is rated wrong. Gotta watch that heat boy!), it worked PERFECTLY..... for about 7 minutes. After that I get about 5 continuous rows of pixels, that decide that the bottom 1/4 of the screen isn't home. They move up to the top 1/4 of the screen, overlaying the image, and the missing row is full of digital artifact static. My bet? DLP chip is having a baaaad day. (And, yes, being the MS you know and love, it WILL be getting a RAM-Sink like every other chip in every other thing I own :P) Now, before I dive head first into this fix, I wanted advice. I know BGA reflowing using 'stupid tactics' (like towels on Xboxes) isn't going to work. It doesn't reach 235*C, so the solder wont reflow. As the youtuber Louis Rossman VERY DIRECTLY points out, the most your'e doing is passing that 150*C barrier where silicone layers can shift and transistors all tend to 'reset' their position, and fix something temporarily. I intend to do this PROPERLY, because there is no reason a reflow shouldn't work. If you've ever done normal through hole soldering, with new flux, you can re-use solder for achieving good connections. My plan: -Sit my Rosin flux in some boiled water and get it mostly liquid. -Spread the Rosin around the edges of the chip in question (or flow it under, if it's thin enough). - Oven bake the board at 95*C for a few hours to remove moisture (not that I think this will be a problem it's likely not damp, as projectors live in high heat). - With the flux now melted 'under' the chip (hopefully), add a little more around the edges. - Place the Circuit Board in question on 2 bricks - Between the bricks, place a common bar heater - Heat the card to 150*C or so with the bar heater; or just..... whatever it will reach... that's one hell of a temp for a household room heater. - Place a steel nut on the chip, for a minor down-force, ensuring a better physical seating of the BGA (because if it was oven set in the factory, it would have been chip-weight only) - With the chip in question exposed, and the board shielded using Aluminium Gutter Flashing (0.5mm aluminium sheet; to hell with the weak ass alfoil trick), heat the chip with a heat gun. - Monitor the temps using an infrared Thermometer - Once the chip reaches 240*C externally, stop, and move the bar heater away (still ON) to allow it to very slowly cool back to room temperature. - Reassemble. Anyone see anything wrong with my plan? I'm a big believer in reflowing, assuming 2 conditions are met: 1. The user knows the temp required, and knows that mode chips are only rated for 3 miniutes of this. In, and Out. People say heat guns are too hot, but time is of the essence. 2. Rosin based Flux is used, because even if you only get a partial reflow, you will get de-oxidising. Discuss if you wish, I'll try and get pics, but I'll be focusing on time constraints of the project, so I won't promise.
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    Chinese market phones.. are these a bargain?

    Because of 5Gs network layout making Edge devices, Core devices, I'm well aware. My point still stands! There is a lot of "They COULD do this!" "OK...... how....?" "SECRET BACKDOOR CODE!" "OK, show me some...." "....... umm.... national security, secrets, can't." Considering most of the 'accusations' come from the country most known for lying to the people, I want proof. they made IDENTICAL CLAIMS of ZTE. IDENTICAL! Then suddenly... they were WRONG?!?!!? But, we were told it was CERTAIN! I'm calling Trump anti chinese BS.
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    Chinese market phones.. are these a bargain?

    In all honesty, What has Huawei been caught stealing from consumers? https://www.androidauthority.com/huawei-security-890708/ My logic is thus; USA, EU, UK, AUS, etc all could influence my life here in the western world. While I'm not hiding anything per-se, it's the threat of mis-analysing metadata (as opposed to real data) that worries me. How do I know that computer security wont == computer cracking, based on METAdata? Did all my reverse engineering and deliberately downloading wannacry versions flag me as 'bad' when my only intentions were 'good'? WHO KNOWS! On the flip side, if China wants to know I'm (to borrow a mates usual example) "jacking it to amputee porn" (yep, we're all a little worried about him :P) what do I care? China, has no influence on my western lifestyle. Not to mention, ZTE = the devil! Wait... no.... they got the all clear. HUAWEI IS THE DEVIL! ..... no ..... wait... probably just money laundering.... tldr; Wwe're nerds. Mobile phone users are also, a lot of nerds. We, as a collective, know how to analyze data. Is there any wireshark or pcap data or anything of the like, that actually suggests HUAWEI is stealing our data? If so, all of these news articles grabbing at straws to 'get the biggest story' have failed to highlight it to me, the reader. There is REAL data for OnePlus stealing user data. There is REAL data for GOOGLE stealing data even when you opt out (I believe it was location data?) Microsoft collecting entire memory dumps on Windows 10 Phones, AND PC's. Yet they're all allowed to operate and sell within the USA. Educate me!
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    The most special people

    SIOD He had quite a history with Atomic actually, including some SQL injection. https://www.youtube.com/user/wolfgangsiod Then, IIRC, he posted this before his suicide. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5A5VjEhmqDI Dude clearly struggled with some shit. and I know he rubbed a few people the wrong way. I guess it just always stuck in my head, as a self destructive suicide, rather than an accident. This is probably a good time to mention that some people here really saved my ass too. I'm gettin old now but when I joined I had literally just started highschool. I got called into the IT office, for using more data than the update server did, on a single webpage..... this one. They blocked the .com.au not knowing we had a .com..... silly. Anyway; as you can imagine, overweight IT nerd (overweight slightly fixed, IT nerd slightly increased nowadays :P) heading into highschool, the old 'unpopular' stereotype played out. Without rabbiting on; even though there were literally tens upon tens of nights that people on here had me falling asleep in tears (I was an ignorant teen, I had it coming :P); The more important aspect was that people were there. You all listened, you all supported, attacked or critiqued without prejudice; based on idea alone (usually :P) Even someone hating your ideas or thoughts, not attacking you, is extremely valuable (for a teen) when compared to being ignored, feeling unimportant, and spiraling down that common black hole of self loathing. While I like to be an individual, this community is part of my identity. I still vinyl cut Atomic logos for all my things (cars, laptops, office door at work), it's really the only tattoo I've ever considered also.... This place gave me friends, family, and knowledge far beyond anything I could have achieved alone. I wish there was a stronger word than family, but, it'll do
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    The most special people

  21. So fellas, any idea how to format into SuperFloppy mode? For those who don't know about this, it's basically the format that all USB drives ship with, that we break when we clean format them. 1. Super floppy - No partition table, but usable. 2. Single Partition - Removable USB HDD mode, with only 1 partition. 3. GPT disk - Full 'I wanna be a hard drive' partition table and drive wear our the ass. SuperFloppy usually requires a bit-flip telling the controller it's always removable (the plus side, is that it's normally set that way from the factory, and is hard [not impossible] to flip back yourself), so lets assume my disk is A-OK in terms of controller. Do we know any tools that allow "SuperFloppy" as a format option? For the behind the scenes: I'm trying to troubleshoot why some car head units read some disks differently (in relation to speed). Some take 5 seconds to skip a track, some are instant; despite them both showing Fat32 and same cluster size in windows. I also know I've formatted most of my drives in windows myself in the past, meaning they'll all be in mode 2. which greatly (can...) hinders write and read speed because it has a partition table overhead. Any tips?
  22. I remember back in the day, there were a LOT of devices that, when set to 40mhz just stomped all over the spectrum and stopped being 'polite' to other overlapping wifi. My neighbours think im up to something for asking them, or are too IT illiterate to know how to turn down their wifi db. So I've decided screw it, I wonder if DDWRT can be forced to be "impolite" to other networks. I'll then turn mine down to be as polite as possible (I find 75% strength only JUST reaches my property boarder), but I dont want their overlapping wifi making my AP 'pause' for them. Ideas?
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    Media players

    Kodi on my Raspberry Pi does the trick, even 4k works as an input (outputting at 1080p though) depending on the bitrate. I was especially surprised to find out the rPi does HDMI command pass through, I was NOT expecting my TV remote to natively be able to control my OS menus.
  24. I have a shitty eye condition that means that those lights IRL would be nothing but blurs and hatred to me. However, thanks to cameras I can still appreciate the still photos, and that's GLORIOUS. Are those Xigmatek fans on the wall? I've been quite impressed with those in the past.
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    App 'Designer'?

    Hey all, Curious, is there an easy to use drag and drop style (sorta like Delphi used to be) app designer out there? I have 2 killer apps in mind, and I wanted to get a prototype app working, without the server side, before I go looking for an actual app developer\host. In fact.... does anyone have any advice on this? Companies to trust. What sort of documentation I should have before telling anyone my ideas (so they're not stolen). What sort of costs I'd be expecting for something where people can buy something, and have the previous owner get alerted? Clearly I need to speak to someone, I really fell behind in the 'app world'. But to whom? I'm not beyond learning a little coding to build my own UI if there is a WYSIWYG designer. But I certainly need back end help.
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