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Comment: Re:2 words: lockout, tagout (Score 1) 295 295

Having worked with European industrial equipment, safety standards are very robust over there as well.

While Lockout-Tagout is the only way to guarantee no energy when working on a piece of equipment, sometimes the job doesn't allow that. Troubleshooting a problem, or an adjustment / training procedure may require the equipment to run under power. Same with a material load / unload process by the operator.

Risks in some of these situations can be minimized: Safety rated light curtains may detect an operator and slow the speed, deadman switches / e-stops may be manned during the procedure to allow for an immediate stop if something isn't right. However no matter how good these planned safety procedures and systems are, someone will come up with a scenario that wasn't foreseen.

This isn't to say that it's an unfortunate accident that couldn't have been prevented... it probably could have been prevented. Either the worker wasn't following the rules, or there weren't proper rules for what the worker was trying to do.

Comment: Re:Why is a robot different from any other machine (Score 1) 295 295

Safe: Turned off

Unsafe: Any state where it might possibly begin operating

Seems predictable enough to me.

Safe is not just turned off, but turned off and prevented from turning on by means of a padlock, with an identifying tag of the worker working on the piece of equipment.

Comment: Re:You can still buy Windows 7? (Score 1) 166 166

Yep, software resale is legal in the EU, so you can buy used Windows licences. Of course, you can probably just get them for free at the local rubbish dump... Maybe that's why Microsoft stopped printing the key on the stickers for OEM copies. Can't recycle them if the machine is dead and won't give the key up.

In places where resale isn't legal Windows 7 costs the same as Windows 8 and Windows XP. Microsoft keep the price the same of the lifetime of the product, it's never discounted.

Genuinely curious, in EU are OEM licences legally transferable to another machine? Microsoft's intention is that Retail licences are transferable, but OEM (sticker on a machine) are not.

Since Windows 8, Microsoft changed their "System Locked Preinstallation" (SLP) OEM procedure, so that the individual key is baked in the BIOS / EFI. It will populate itself when a Widows install disc is used.

I think the reason for this is that on Windows 7, large OEMs (like HP, Dell, etc) used a generic key for each brand, and this method of activation was the method of choice for pirates (eg: Daz Loader), which proved very bullet proof, so they wanted to get rid of that as a piracy path.

Comment: Re:Assumptions are the mother of all ... (Score 1) 166 166

-Corporate users have been the biggest holdbacks for XP. My company didn't complete their XP->Win7 migration till the end of last year, with no plans for 8 / 8.1 / 10. As a whole Win 7 has a large corporate uptake while Win8 / 8.1 doesn't. I suspect there's still XP->Win7 migration going on in the corporate world.

-Anyone looking for a free upgrade to Win10, although my understanding any "non-genuine" version will be eligible, pirating Windows 7 is more bullet-proof than Windows 8. Windows 7 has Daz Loader based SLP based activation, vs. Microsoft toolkit based KMS only for 8/8.1.

Comment: Re:Only in the US.... (Score 1) 187 187

I am genuinely interested, what in a toner cartridge is so hazardous that it must be recycled? Yes it will take up space in the landfill like every other piece of plastic, but as far as I know it's not like PCBs (Polychlorinated biphenyl), so what's so hazardous?

I always assume manufacturers taking used cartridges for recycling was a conspiracy to keep remanufacturers from gaining access to rebuild.

Comment: Re:Refill (Score 3, Informative) 187 187

I work in a very dusty industrial environment. The laser prints coming out of our 14 year old HP LaserJet 5000 come out perfect every time. Which is surprising given how dirty the inside of the printer is. Not just the printer, you'd be amazed at how dirty electronics can be and still function.

As to the toxicity of Toner, there is more than just carbon black. There's something iron based to hold a charge, and something plastic based to melt under the toner.

Comment: Re:What were they thinking? (Score 1) 177 177

What brand of DVD player do you have that crashes at all, let alone blue screens?

I'm guessing this might be a "Whoosh" moment, and the GP was referring to (CRT) TVs, VCRs, and (some?) DVD players that will show a solid blue screen when there's no signal. This obviously varies by brand.

Comment: Re:This will do WONDERS for Yahoo's image! (Score 1) 328 328

Both should be a criminal offence - If I install an application (e.g. Java), then it should do what it needs to do to make that application work, not mess around with *my* environment unnecessarily.

Especially if it's an update. If it's an update it should respect the user's preferences, not try to trick them again.

Comment: Re: This will do WONDERS for Yahoo's image! (Score 1) 328 328

If all anti-virus softwares started to list any installer with an "Opt-Out" procedure as "Potentially Unwanted Program Installer" it would put an end to the habit of pushing shit down the throat of users.

The problem is not so much people competent with tech as people that don't know left from right on computers and just clicks "Ok". They suffer from all that crap like a new browser installed as well as changed homepages and search providers and then they scream that they don't understand their computer.

ImgBurn started including OpenCandy Adware in their installer. I didn't notice until Symantec at work flagged the Installer. I didn't notice it at home because I install it using Ninite (which means I don't have to opt out), and I didn't notice at install time at work because it couldn't get an internet connection through the proxy during install-time, so the OpenCandy Opt-out page never showed up in the installer.

Comment: Re:This will do WONDERS for Yahoo's image! (Score 1) 328 328

How exactly is this an OS issue? This is an apps issue.

Agree, unfortunately it's getting worse. And this isn't a new thing for Java. Ask Toolbar, and other shovelware has been included before. At least a browser search engine change is fairly benign. Flash keeps trying to install a junk McAfee security scan (that can conflict with AV software)when doing updates. uTorrent (the once mighty Torrent Client), tries to install Conduit browser hijacker. Even ImgBurn, the once great CD/DVD burning tool now has OpenCandy Adware junk bundled. used to be a safe place I could direct people to download software. Now it tries to install junkware. SourceForge tried to bundle adware with people's open source projects.

For now at least Ninite is a safe place to get a lot of essential software without opting out of installers. Another trick that works is a lot of Adware won't try to install if there isn't an active internet connection.

Comment: Re:Wow ... (Score 1) 289 289

Bear in mind that, for most computer users, options they have to dig to find are effectively not there. They're not going to interrupt setting up their shiny new computer to dig up writable DVDs and wait to make the restore disks.

I agree with you, and I don't agree with the process of NOT including restore discs, however someone on a tech site should know that they need to be made.

Have you ever noticed that the people who are always trying to tell you `there's a time for work and a time for play' never find the time for play?