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Message 1387658 - Posted: 4 Jul 2013, 15:27:28 UTC

R.I.P the computer mouse inventor
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Message 1392823 - Posted: 20 Jul 2013, 12:27:45 UTC

Another reason not to trust technology.......

Why Wikipedia cannot be trusted as a reliable source
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Message 1392828 - Posted: 20 Jul 2013, 12:40:26 UTC

My FE College officially warned the students that the use of Wikipedia and quotes from it, were not admissible or acceptable for course work. As a general purpose reference site it is useful for obtaining a background to any subject but it has no official status in academia.
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Message 1392917 - Posted: 20 Jul 2013, 17:43:44 UTC - in response to Message 1291266.  
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At the risk of revealing my age, I'm, well.........OLD! At least I'm what I used to think of as old. I'm still using Windows XP. Why? Because I constantly use older versions of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Pagemaker to produce my work and XP lets me do that. I know these programs and can use them quickly and well. I can't afford to buy several thousand dollars worth of new versions of all my favorite software tools just because Microsoft wants to force everyone to buy new software. I'm to close too tipping over face-first into my Malt o' Meal some morning to waste time going back to computer school. So, here's my question.

Since MS is going to stop supporting XP next year, is there any version of Windows, Linux or some other OS that will run smoothly, has a low learning curve (I don't have time to learn a new way of thinking so don't tell me to go Mac) AND will still run all my old software (think 2000 to 2004 on average) on my elderly computer (Pentium4 with 4GB RAM)?

The goal is to upgrade affordably to a supported OS without having to buy all new software and without having to waste weeks learning to use new software and a new operating system. My system is a mess of IDE and SATA Drives, an ebay bought older graphics card and all sorts of SD and USB readers, an old scanner and even older printer. I do not wish to upset my computerized house of cards if at all possible. My livelihood depends upon it.
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Message 1392921 - Posted: 20 Jul 2013, 17:51:30 UTC

I still use XP and I''m 68! My advice is go Windows 7, 64 bit if your CPU supports it. Don't touch Windows 8. Although you may find problems finding drivers for old hardware. Why not stick with XP? So MS won't support it anymore so what? It will still work ....

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Message 1392925 - Posted: 20 Jul 2013, 17:59:17 UTC

Going from XP to 7 isn't too bad. Most everything works. Essentially everything is there. The bad part is someone packed you up and unpacked you in your new home. It will take a little while to find where they hid everything.

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Message 1392931 - Posted: 20 Jul 2013, 18:27:09 UTC - in response to Message 1392917.  

Go for Windows 7 Professional as it comes with an extra from Microsoft, but you have to download it - XP Mode. I use it for the same reason you do, old programs that I know extremely well, does what I want them to do without having to fork out for "new" enhanced features!

An added feature of XP Mode is that a further license key is not required.

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Message 1394822 - Posted: 25 Jul 2013, 18:48:05 UTC

http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2013/07/24/hackers-reveal-nasty-new-car-attacks-with-me-behind-the-wheel-video/
Stomping on the brakes of a 3,500-pound Ford Escape that refuses to stop–or even slow down–produces a unique feeling of anxiety. In this case it also produces a deep groaning sound, like an angry water buffalo bellowing somewhere under the SUV’s chassis. The more I pound the pedal, the louder the groan gets–along with the delighted cackling of the two hackers sitting behind me in the backseat.


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Message 1395009 - Posted: 26 Jul 2013, 2:34:27 UTC

LOL...I am an old guy too.

I drive a 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera.
It still has less than 70,000 on the odometer.
It may outlive me.

And I still run XP on every rig except my daily driver.


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Message 1395036 - Posted: 26 Jul 2013, 3:48:58 UTC - in response to Message 1394822.  

http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2013/07/24/hackers-reveal-nasty-new-car-attacks-with-me-behind-the-wheel-video/
Stomping on the brakes of a 3,500-pound Ford Escape that refuses to stop–or even slow down–produces a unique feeling of anxiety. In this case it also produces a deep groaning sound, like an angry water buffalo bellowing somewhere under the SUV’s chassis. The more I pound the pedal, the louder the groan gets–along with the delighted cackling of the two hackers sitting behind me in the backseat.


Combine with:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/21/researcher_cracks_sim_crypto_to_own_phones_via_sms/ wrote:

A quarter of mobiles phones using DES encryption rather than the newer triple-DES for their SIM cards are vulnerable to an attack via SMS that results in a complete takeover of the phone.

This begs a question, does your OnStar, FORD Sync, or other similar in car cell phone use DES encryption?

As proof of concept code is now in the wild, it may not be long before some disaffected youth crashes your car just for fun and perhaps prevents the airbags and seat belts from working.


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Message 1395047 - Posted: 26 Jul 2013, 4:10:06 UTC - in response to Message 1394822.  

Manual transmissions help force the driver to pay attention to driving. This reliance upon auto devices help allow things such as the Boeing 777 thing last week. There are many reasons to do things for you self rather than taking the easy way out and allowing a machine to do it for you. On that same subject that is a reason to avoid the "cloud".
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Message 1395082 - Posted: 26 Jul 2013, 6:23:56 UTC

allowing a machine to do it for you


hehehehehe

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Message 1395165 - Posted: 26 Jul 2013, 15:01:57 UTC

Good idea but does pose a couple of serious questions.....

Chinese control "Net" filter praised by PM

1: "However, one expert insisted that private companies should not hold power over blacklists, and that the responsibility should lie with an independent group."

2: "You could easily imagine a commercial organisation finding itself on that blacklist wrongly, and where they actually lost a lot of web traffic completely silently and suffered commercial damage. The issue is who gets to choose who's on that blocking list, and what accountability do they have?"

Are we there yet?

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Message 1395168 - Posted: 26 Jul 2013, 15:05:08 UTC - in response to Message 1395047.  
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Manual transmissions help force the driver to pay attention to driving. This reliance upon auto devices help allow things such as the Boeing 777 thing last week. There are many reasons to do things for you self rather than taking the easy way out and allowing a machine to do it for you. On that same subject that is a reason to avoid the "cloud".

Very much so.

If you already know that it is yourself in control, then you already know to be in control.

The San Francisco 777 crash is something that shouldn't have happened and was recoverable right up until the final panic action that then slammed the tail down into the water. For that one, the pilot in control was either unaware or too preoccupied in an already last moment dangerous situation to know that auto-thrust control was off...

(That crash is also a very unfortunate example of "descending into the disaster pit". There were a number of clear points there where the approach should have been aborted, repeatedly right up until the last few seconds, regardless of dented pride or burnt fuel. Yet the pilots pressed onwards.)


I do think there is a big problem with car and wagon design that the driver is kept far too insulated from the reality of the outside world...

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Message 1395209 - Posted: 26 Jul 2013, 16:40:47 UTC - in response to Message 1395168.  

the san fran crash has also been attributed to "authoratative deferal" that apparently is part of the Korean culture. One doesn't second guess an autority figure(pilot trainer) in spite of the fact that you are clearly going to crash.
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Message 1395282 - Posted: 26 Jul 2013, 19:25:46 UTC - in response to Message 1395209.  

the san fran crash has also been attributed to "authoratative deferal" that apparently is part of the Korean culture. One doesn't second guess an autority figure(pilot trainer) in spite of the fact that you are clearly going to crash.

I thought that "authoratative deferal" had been recommended to be got rid of after Tenerife airport disaster, 1977
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Message 1395283 - Posted: 26 Jul 2013, 19:26:38 UTC - in response to Message 1395209.  

the san fran crash has also been attributed to "authoratative deferal" that apparently is part of the Korean culture. One doesn't second guess an autority figure(pilot trainer) in spite of the fact that you are clearly going to crash.

Which is particularly bad in a training situation as you have to allow the student to get into a little bit of a situation so they can figure out how to get out of it on their own.

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Message 1395287 - Posted: 26 Jul 2013, 19:30:24 UTC

While one may make rules, pass laws etc. "in an instant" it takes far longer to change a culture. Thus many countries will continue to have "authoritative deferral events" for a long time to come :-(
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Message 1395295 - Posted: 26 Jul 2013, 19:41:59 UTC - in response to Message 1395047.  

Manual transmissions help force the driver to pay attention to driving. This reliance upon auto devices help allow things such as the Boeing 777 thing last week. There are many reasons to do things for you self rather than taking the easy way out and allowing a machine to do it for you. On that same subject that is a reason to avoid the "cloud".


Interesting that we are on the same page here.
I posted the following comment in the 'train safety' thread in the Cafe just a short while ago....before reading this thread.



"I think all pilots, or engineers in the case of trains, should have more rigorous training in operating by the seat of their pants and not be so reliant on auto-piloting.

I think there may be a little too much complacency and assumption that the automatic systems will always be available and properly functional. And when that fails to be reality, I think some are not as equipped to handle things manually as they perhaps should be."
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