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  1. Almost 20 years ago, I took a motherboard with a bad hard drive controller (murdered every HD I connected to it) and made a CD boot only system out of it, with components that generally worked in every Linux distro of the time. I had a collection of live CD distros to run on it. I was fully an adult, but I wouldn't be surprised if some kid somewhere was doing the same thing. I know I've heard of kids using live distros to get around being locked out of their computers, without leaving any trace.
  2. So how much does that all cost? Nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospitals have long used bed alarms and chair alarms to monitor patients and residents, hoping to avoid falls and injuries. Recent studies concluded that they actually happened more in facilities that used them, because staff didn't pay attention to them, and the alarm just tells them the accident has already happened. As a result, such devices are being abandoned and removed from use. They were already relatively cheap in terms of medical devices, often ~$100 each. Now they aren't as precise as devices based on load cells or strain gauges, but do you really need more than a toggle switched signal? I'd suspect as they fall from use, their prices will only drop. Just a bit of hacking and you've got something that puts out a simple voltage signal for your presence sensor. How about that? Maybe you've already got an Arduino or Pi with a sensor board or input you can utilize? Something to consider.
  3. I was thinking about this today, but not in the narrow sense of "What OS do you use on your computer?", but "What OSes do you use every day?", considering all devices you use of any kind. In my case, I started adding up things, and it got interesting. On computers, on an every day basis, I use Windows 10 Home (my 2 laptops), Windows XP and Vista (at work, embedded and kiosks), ChromeOS (demos at work), and Android (tablets at home and work, old repurposed phone to media player, handheld scanner at work). On a 'some days' basis, I use Windows 7 on my lady's laptop and her work computer. Maybe once a month, I use Ubuntu (forget which build, it is older on an old laptop), Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, and Windows 95, 98, 98SE, and 2000. Where it gets really interesting, though is the 'not exactly a computer' devices. My cell phone isn't considered a smartphone, but it isn't just super barebones firmware either - it runs BrewOS. The Amazon ecosystem devices we have are basically all FireOS, which is based on Android. My Vizio TV (pre-'Chromecast built in') I'm not totally sure of, although it appears to be Android based, but at very least uses a Linux kernel. I don't exactly know what runs the DVRs, or my LG 4K Bluray player, or my old Sylvania Bluray player, but I know that Bluray players at least started out using Java heavily for their functionality. We have a lot more software running our lives than we often realize, from many disparate sources.
  4. When it's that bad, they just fall over dead. When their bodies are found, nobody understands what caused it, so nobody has complained.
  5. This is quite reminiscent of the debate (fuss?) over the validity of Nürburgring lap times of high end sports cars and tuner variants of cars. It is biased toward very track oriented vehicles, and not a vehicle that is comfortable in day to day types of use. However, that's really about the exact versions used for the lap times. The more common versions perform very well, even if they couldn't post the same times. So, it is a valid way to make an overall comparison, but saying your exact version of said vehicle isn't valid. This is basically just the computer version of that.
  6. Sure, because the screen is literally less than half the diagonal size of a normal laptop, let alone less than a third the diagonal size of a normal desktop screen.
  7. Plug a phone into a keyboard to replace your laptop or desktop? See the Motorola Atrix. No, they don't make those anymore. Nobody cared. Want to recreate the effect yourself? Put your phone in a charging easel (you can charge wirelessly, right), connect a keyboard via Bluetooth, and cast to a display. Go ahead, do it. You'll find it goes about as well as things did with the Atrix. Now, there are some people that do this kind of thing, but it is pretty rare. Most people can't be bothered to do it, because it doesn't really give you the laptop or desktop experience, or because they don't feel a need to leave the all in the hand experience they already have. I wanted to like the idea of the Atrix, and of 'docking' a smartphone to act as a laptop or even desktop replacement, but it just doesn't really suit. Maybe some day someone will find a way to make it work gracefully, but we're not there yet.
  8. When you say '2 routers', does one of them have your modem built into it? That'd make it a gateway, and you could daisy chain a regular router off of one of the wired ports on the gateway to the uplink port on the router. After that, how you configure things determines how easily devices on the tiers of network can speak to each other.
  9. Princess Luna that sounds great, but if you then open Windows Event Viewer, is the log going to be a solid scroll of errors as Windows tries ad nauseam to restart Cortana? That might be as bad on CPU cycles as Cortana itself.
  10. We are talking about a TV show with no basis in science. However, mental illness would probably be a good guess. You can't have an immune system response to electrons moving. If you did, the first time any chemical reaction in your body happened, especially those involved in firing neurons or flexing muscles, you'd go straight into anaphylactic shock. Considering both those things happen as a function of breathing and your heart beating, you'd go into an allergic reaction from the moment you became a living human being. Oh, and the immune system doesn't work based on subatomic particles. So, if the premise in the show was to come up with the most absurd, impossible thing to be allergic to, they pretty much succeeded. Unless the show used the word 'current' to describe a charge, then OP's question is not really right, either.
  11. I shouldn't have to manually delete a folder or dummy an executable to shut off a surveillance process on my computer. Since Cortana and Search are now once again divided, why can't I just gracefully, by design, be able to shut down the process entirely as a part of disabling the use of Cortana? Uninstalling it completely would be nice too, but I can see where maybe, some day, it could become useful and effective. Alexa is a nosy hag, but at least she does things for me, like turn on or off my LED lights and pause and resume my DVR playback when I want to hit the bathroom. Come on MS, just give us a real option here! Oh, and about that Tux and 'join the Dark Side' - light saber should be red if Tux is the Dark Side, not green.
  12. If you can get to where you can see the guts of the retractor, and you've cleaned all the gunk out of it, lube the mechanism with a lighter lubricant like WD40 or other penetrating oil first, and if that makes it retract more quickly again, chase that lube with some spray grease and work it in a bit. The light oils will work their way out fairly quickly, but when followed with the heaver spray grease, they'll actually help draw the grease into the mechanism, which will hold up longer.
  13. Can't say I'm totally enthralled with all of your aesthetic elements, but the concept and what I see of the fabrication looks brilliant. Looks like something that you'd want to tear down a dirt trail in the southwest with, assuming there might be a skid pan under it.
  14. Core series CPUs as the 'old hardware' that is still very good in today's standards... There's a big, wide world of computer hardware out there beyond gaming. I'm sure you all know that a computer of some form is embedded in a great many things. What is amazing is how many of them use a CPU that was first produced in 1976: The Zilog Z80. Of course, if you really want to praise Intel, maybe you should ask the Z80 where it came from, and the answer is the Intel 8080. If it were not for these two chips, none of the Core series would exist. No 8080, no 8086, no X86, no X64. If not for the 'cloning' of the 8080's functionality by Zilog in the Z80, we would never have had CPU clones to create the competition that would drive computing technology to keep up with Moore's Law. No Cyrix or AMD, no pressure on Intel to innovate again, no Core series.