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Curious Pineapple

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  1. There was a case of a UK car insurer a few years back having a glitch regarding modifications. Any policy that had braided brake lines as a modification was quoted at the same price (something like £190). They cancelled every policy that had braided brake lines on and refunded the customers. Customers had no legal standing as a seller has as much right to cancel a contract as a buyer, especially when you get an insurance quote of £1000 for example, and it suddenly goes down to £190.


    Amazon at least in the UK can cancel the orders before delivery and give a refund.

  2. 23 minutes ago, star_pilot475 said:

    You can flip a Landrover if you try hard enough ;)


    If treated like a 3 wheeler they're pretty stable. No braking on fast/sharp corners, turn in smoothly, keep light power on round corners and leave some weight in the back. The damn thing weighs less than it's carrying capacity. I tow trailers with mine, one of them is a former mark 2 Robin.


    As much fun as it is, I prefer my old Alfa. It has climate control and generally doesn't let hailstones through every rubber seal there is, oh and out of the heater vents. Also it starts without issue, and the doors close properly, and it drinks a bit less oil.

  3. 5 hours ago, dalekphalm said:

    Standard Electric efficiency metric is MPGe (MPG equivalent). It would be a very small stretch to assume that’s what you were talking about, since many people don’t bother listing the “e” at the end, when comparing fuel efficiencies. 


    But, let’s be done with that. What exactly do you drive that gets 100 MPG?

    1999 Reliant Robin, I put 10 litres of fuel in about 3 weeks ago and need to consider doing the same again within the next week or so :)

  4. On 7/14/2019 at 6:17 AM, CUDAcores89 said:

    no, he has a gas powered bike.




    Image result for gas powered bike


    This things are suprisingly efficient. You can get up to 200+ mpg on one of these things for what is essentially a lawn mower motor strapped to a bike frame.


    Of course my electric bike get's 1000+ mpg, but that's for another day.

    Got a few more features than a strimmer powered bicycle :)

  5. 8 minutes ago, DrMacintosh said:

    Damn it. How else am I going to get Final Cut Pro? xD 


    It is good that people that claim to be able to do iCloud Activation Lock bypasses will kick the bucket though. They all either have malicious intent or just enjoy seeing people waste their time. 

    Isn't buying an iPhone a waste of time to start with?

  6. 7 hours ago, yolosnail said:

    Hold on. You guys have to rent your router as well as pay extortionate rates for internet?

    I just get a free router, and if anything happens they just send another one out and ask me to recycle the faulty one. 

    Since the WiFi part is normally fine, I just keep them and add them as APs around the house.

    And I want to use my own, they just ask me to keep theirs handy so it there's a fault with the line I can plug it in to diagnose the connection

    It's great isn't it. We get pretty cheap deals compared to *some* places and they throw hardware in with it. Not to mention the choice we have on who provides the service and over what medium.


    I've got more routers and fibre modems than I have uses for.

  7. 43 minutes ago, Brooksie359 said:

    It doesn't matter why something is done but rather if it is legal or not. Not implementing encryption isn't illegal and intent won't change that. 

    Sending financial data unsecured IS illegal, even storing it offline is illegal if not protected. The DPA/GDPR gives provisions for compensation to be paid out in the event of data breeches if it proven that the breech has caused problems. Even an incorrect address tarnishing an otherwise perfect credit score would be enough reason for compensation if it was the cause of a hiked interest rate or a mortgage refusal.


    Anyway, not hard to get around this really. Messaging app that hooks into a phone's SMS functions. All messages are encyrpted with 4096 bit RSA keys that are generated and displayed as a QR code that the other party has to scan, and then the process is reversed. 2 keys, 100% offline and no fucker is going to get around it.

  8. 22 minutes ago, ARikozuM said:

    Unfortunately the big 5 companies would rather pay for junk ingredients to turn a massive profit at the expense of dogs’ health. Let’s start testing pesticides to see if those can block uptake of amino acids. 

    Maybe the government should step in, make it a legal requirement to ensure that pet food is actually giving the animal what it needs. Here pet food is more tightly regulated than what is fit for human consumption.

  9. 2 hours ago, Anomnomnomaly said:

    In 13 minutes, they lost the current production run... that's stuff being created, stuff being prepared, processed and so forth.


    So get the line back up and running, calibrated, test runs, quality control and so forth... can take a few weeks. This isn't a single line, this is dozens and dozens of them... and each one has to be restarted from scratch.


    I have a friend who works making silicon wafer machines for the industry here in the UK and has been out to thailand, china and so forth to install and get them up and running.,, He confirmed it would take more than 2 weeks to start a line up.

    You could take half of these guys to a fab and show them how it works and they'll still scream that it's all a lie to increase the cost.

  10. 51 minutes ago, S w a t s o n said:

    Yea I get that wafers take time to be made but I dont think it should take 10 weeks (their claim) to process a wafer start to finish, especially NAND. I also doubt that the entirety of the wafers were being actively made and therefore fucked up. idk how many wafers it is exactly but 1.5 months of wafers is A LOT. I dont think anyone processes that many at once.

    It takes 6 weeks to go from crystal to finished product in a hermetically sealed environment. You can't just half finish a wafer and store it in the shed out back, once started they have to be completed and as that takes about 6 weeks, they loose 6 weeks of product.

  11. Well it takes about 6 weeks from start to finish to produce silicon chips, 12 weeks in a quarter, you do the maths. It's a production line with all stages running at the same time, if a power outage affects the entire production line then everything from the crystals to the not-yet packaged devices are scrap.


    If a power outage affected PCB assembly, anything that was at the pick and place stage would need to be started over, anything being reflowed may need to be scrapped as there is thermal profiles to adhere to.


    Why the fuck does everything in the world need to be a conspiracy? No wonder shit for brains like Alex Jones get attention :/

  12. 3 minutes ago, ARikozuM said:

    While I can agree with moving programmers into the 64-bit era, I don't think we should remove support for 32-bit apps. Some mission-critical apps, like POS, accounting software, or MRS, are staying on 32-bit for stability. It's the whole "if it isn't broken, don't fix it" mentality, which I can understand. 

    We still use RS232 connected programmers at work for microcontrollers as they just work. Still had Windows XP machines until pretty much the day support was cut, same thing is happening again with the first (I think) gen i5's and Windows 7. Still using XP mode (the one inside a VM) to run some label printing software. I did recommend buying some SSD's and just activating Windows 10 with the Windows 7 OEM keys, but new machines is more likely.