Haha... wellll... I got one of those fancy 2nd-gen Intel SSDs that were supposed to be amazing. Installed it in a rackmount computer that I used to do real-time audio effects processing for my band at the time. Worked a treat for a while, and it was FAST! Got to a gig, booted up, MISSING OPERATING SYSTEM. Sooo no effects processing this gig. *grumble*
Took it back home, booted from the XP CD and reinstalled the bootloader. Worked fine. Then one practice session, I powered everything up and my BIOS reported an eight megabyte hard drive..... 8MB? Kinda small even for an SSD. OOoookay, no effects processing this practice either. *grumble*
Took it out, brought it home, read there was a firmware update (which was likely to erase the contents, but it was little more than OS + software, so a minor hassle but no great loss), applied the new firmware, stuck it back in the computer, still showed up as an 8MB HDD.
At that point, I started using it as a drink coaster, where it has worked very well ever since.
I have an OCZ in my desktop at home which is running wonderfully. A cheap I-don't-remember-what that I had before it that worked great most of the time, but every now and then writes would freeze for 30 seconds or so. A Samsung for an on-the-go Linux mini-ITX build I haven't gotten a PSU for yet. And I have an old Intel in my laptop that has been through the wringer and has never let me down.
I guess you never know.
You ran XP on an SSD? Thats a really BAD IDEA. XP does not support trim, and is horrible to SSDs (it likes to do lots of little write operations to burn them out as quickly as possible).
How does this one qualify as a kickstarter project?
They made an "arty" video.
$250,000 to replace a black ink cartridge with a silver one. At least they aren't ripping people off on price, a $20 pledge gets you a pen and electronic thingy. They also seem to have a prototype, which I think is a Kickstarter requirement due to all the multimillion dollar vaporware projects.
"Professional-looking" is code for "impossible to use".
I know the sort of site they mean. Full of Flash widgets and little boxes that pop up as you mouse-over them. The page takes a minute or two to load, and fails on 3 out of 5 browsers because they only test it on one.
Actually, I think minimalism is in again, unless its out again and I didn't get the memo.
And any developer that still uses flash should be shot.
Just out of interest, how slow is "slow" and how "expensive"?
(I don't know how much my broadband should cost because we get phone and broadband free, and speed is in the range 45 -70Mbits-1)
Edit: I took a look at BT's infamously opaque pricing structure, and I think it comes in at about £40, 65 USD, or 48 euros per month. I should get BT Sport included, but can't be bothered.
Usually around 1.5/0.5 to 3.0/0.768 for roughly $30 - $40 USD per month. The price goes up ~$10 if you don't pay for a landline phone connection, or cable package (yes, they actually charge us more if we use fewer of their services). My issue isn't really the poor connection speeds/price, its the horrid infrastructure. US taxpayers have paid our big telcos several hundred million dollars on THREE separate occasions for the purpose of replacing the 50 year old copper network with fiber. This is because "its too expensive" for them to fund it themselves. On each occasion, they simply took the money and added it to their books to make their quarterly report look better. Nothing was built out, at all. Now their support requests are going through the roof, because the COTTON AND TAR insulation on the copper wires is crumbling off, so they want us to give them MORE money to fix it.
13 years ago I could get 7mbit/1mbit DSL from Verizon at my house. Now, at the same house, I can only get 3Mbit/0.5mbit DSL. My friend that lives two miles down the road can only get satellite. My other friend that lives in the second largest city in my state, can only get 3mbit/0.1mbit DSL, and its flaky as hell since the city copper is even older than the rural copper.
The state of Maine has bailed Fairpoint Telecom out of bankruptcy TWICE, because if they went under, we wouldn't have any phone service at all. They should be giving us access for free at this point.
We actually have a ton of third party fiber optic backbones in my state, because the big telcos have screwed it up so bad. If I bought a commercial property 1.3 miles down the road, I could get as many 10gig/10gig connections as I wanted (though i'd be looking at around $10,000 per month in costs). So its not like its impossible for the big telcos to get the bandwidth here.
Just did a little more research. Apparently the utilities that we use to reset EFI passwords aren't available to the public. Thats moronic, even by Apple standards. So...pray you have one with a PIN and not a 30 character alphanumeric password, I guess.
If you're trying to bruteforce the EFI password, good luck, those tend to be quite long, contain numbers, uppercase, lower case, and special characters (especially on Macbooks that have been "liberated" from educational institutions). The standard is about 30 characters. There are utilities to reset the EFI password. If you're trying to log into the Mac itself, there are boot disks that let you brute-force or reset the password.
Trying to brute-force a password in place is just dumb. Your little microprocessor is still going to be running numbers after the sun consumes the earth, its barely possible on a high-end x86 machine. Its much better to grab the encrypted passwords off the device and brute-force them on a machine you own (or using a cloud computing service).
Whats your reasoning for this? The EFI password doesn't protect any data, so theres no reason why you shouldn't just back up the files on the machine and reset the password with a new OS install.
The pin/authentication is server side (since you have to remember the pin)... there's no difference between bank cards or rfid except it's implanted.
I can think of one:
With a card, thieves can take it from my wallet and bet me up until I tell them my PIN.
With RFID, thieves can dig it out of my hand with a rusty knife *then* beat me up until I tell them my PIN.
Criminals are lazy. They'll just punch you in the face, steal your $1000 smartphone, and sell it on ebay. Much simpler than trying to find and dig an RFID chip out of someone. Or they just follow you to the ATM, wait for you to take the cash out, then punch you in the face and steal your money.
The new AMD 8-core CPUs are like 210W! Get a server motherboard with 4 sockets, and there you go. VM host + 840W electric heater. Have it mine bitcoins and then you have a heater that pays you to run it!
Expensive system, expensive munition and a significant risk of UXO and collateral damage.
Using that against simple UAVs would be yet another example of the "Western tendency" to use very complicated systems against simple threats.
Overkill is an often underrated achievement.
Also, a multi-barreled gun is over complicated, but building another aircraft that catches up to the UAV and drops a net onto it, or making an arduino controlled surface to air missile launcher, isn't?
Think there will be anti-quadcopter missile launchers or something like that. A simple glue spray might be enough..
In town a paintball gun would probably be effective while out in the rural areas a 12ga would probably handle it...
plus a camera, a couple of servos, an arduino and some clever "oh, just a bird, cease fire"-sketch. An air-defense sentry-gun would be immensely cool!
An anti-quadcopter-quadcopter could be something as simple as just flying above the target with at light net that is released once the target's rotors catch it. Being reduced to a tricopter will probably return it to ground level quite fast.
Huh. Well none of the usual misspellings or bad grammar. I assume all hyperlinks match the corresponding text. Seems harmless so far. Makes me wonder what happened, where the problem was. The occasional computer gets compromised and I can't imagine an ISP would care. Now if the problem were on their end, and many accounts were compromised, that might explain it.
I am assuming they don't want the same thing to happen tomorrow if they just give me a new password.
I wonder what the thing was that happened.
A lot of email providers have started picking up on scam emails that are sent from legitimate addresses. If someone you have received email from before sends a mass email to you and 50 other people, your email client will give you a little pop up saying that the email may be a phishing attempt, and asking you to either "report as spam" or "report as compromised account". I assume if you "report as compromised account" they contact the email provider that the account belongs to.