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Comment: Re:Personal Responsibility (Score 1) 395

by Dartz-IRL (#49652719) Attached to: 25 Percent of Cars Cause 90 Percent of Air Pollution

All the exhaust backpressure can either wedge them out of place, or cause the retaining springs to overheat and push the seal out of its groove. If it clips a port, that's game over.

The difference between a $300 cat, and a $1500 one is the $300 one will physically melt at the exhaust temperatures it'll be exposed to.

Comment: Re:How about your employer? (Score 1) 635

by Dartz-IRL (#47788741) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

The old business I interned with used a Windows 2000 server until December 2013 - when the business finally folded. The server outlasted the business that owned it - having been bought second hand sometime in 2006/07, already near 8 years old.

That server was a Pentium II machine, with a whopping 128Mb of RAM, a pair of 9GB disks in RAID 1 for the OS, and a pair of 32GB in RAID 1 for the data. It also came with a pair of lockable Zip-disk drives for which we'd long since lost the keys, an unmatched DvD-rom drive that was added sometime in the last decade.

And it kept plodding along right up until November 2013 when one of the Data disks failed and decided it wasn't going to drop out of the array - completely nuking the company's accounts folder on the mirror.

There were other reasons why the company failed - but I suppose having the accounts for the last 7 years smeared across the platter in a headcrash was just another nail in the coffin.

The Machine itself was still running when the business was shut down for good. It's probably still working now too, doing God Knows What for God Knows Who? It's built like a bloody tank and did exactly what was asked of it for 14 years.

Comment: Re:Stick Shift transmissions. (Score 1) 635

by Dartz-IRL (#47788699) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Cheaper to fix, a lot more reliable, cheaper to make, cheaper to buy for the new owner..... and really not that odious to use.

If anything, I find torque converter auto's tricky and unintuitive - and I spend the entire time driving second-guessing what the car's gearbox is going to do. Especially badly-programmed autos

Comment: The dinosaurs still live... (Score 1) 635

by Dartz-IRL (#47788679) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

I made a USENET post to an active discussion an hour ago.

I also still use a film camera to take photographs from time to time. Especially ones I'd like to last. It's 40 years old and generates lovely looking pictures, and only cost $20 on a trip to D.C. Bought from the now sadly departed City Electronics in the old Post Office.

+ - Installing OpenSource VLC Media Player Voids Your Dell Laptop Warranty

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: VLC is incapable of increasing the actual power past 100%, all that is being done is the waveform is being modified to be louder within the allowed constraints. But, that didn't stop Dell from denying warranty service for speaker damage if the popular VLC Media Player is installed on a Dell laptop. Also we got a report that service was denied because a KMPlayer was installed on a laptop. The warranty remains valid on the other parts of the laptop. VLC player developer denied the issue with VLC and further claimed the the player cannot be used to damage speakers. How can I convince Dell to replace my laptop speaker which is still in warranty? Or class action is only my option?

How come financial advisors never seem to be as wealthy as they claim they'll make you?