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Comment Beware the Dell proprietary power supply scheme (Score 1) 138 138

I picked up a tricked-out Dell XPS 17 laptop a few years back. It worked great until it stopped recognizing my genuine Dell PS (just outside of my warranty period too... which SUCKED). That in turn caused the thing to run at a REDUCED clock speed and REFUSED to charge the battery. After a bit of digging, it turns out that there is a 1-wire protocol between the PS and the laptop. If that goes down, you are left with a slow running, paperweight. Dell doesn't like you running after-market PS on their devices, but also screws legitimate customers because the engineering behind it sucks.

The thing that irritates me the most is that I *know* this is just a software check in the BIOS. If they would release an unlocked BIOS, I'd be good to go.

Needless to say, I've never bought another Dell since then. I've been extremely happy giving ASUS my business instead.

Comment Google Maps location (Score 5, Informative) 90 90

After a short bit of searching, I was able to bring up the lat/long coordinates on my navicomputer. Check it out:,+7.779038&hl=en&ll=33.842618,7.778471&spn=0.001635,0.004128&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=50.644639,135.263672&t=h&z=19

Comment Re:I exist (Score 1) 902 902

Similarly, I answered only question #1... just like I did back in 2000 when I got the "long" form. After which point, I was 'harassed' on a weekly basis by census workers that wanted me to divulge more information than I felt the US Constitution required I provide.

We'll see what happens this year.

How can you do 'New Math' problems with an 'Old Math' mind? -- Charles Schulz