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Comment: Re: Not the PSUs? The actual cables? (Score 1) 114

by drinkypoo (#47765839) Attached to: HP Recalls 6 Million Power Cables Over Fire Hazard

Out of curiosity, have you ever heard America referenced in conversation without it being a negative reference?

Yes. It always amazes me, but it seems to actually be the norm. Of course, that's because I discount all the outright hypocritical standards. For instance, I'm not going to bag on Pakistan for terrorism, because the USA is terrorist in many ways, if not most. We just call it something else because we're the biggest bullies on the playground. So when someone from the UK gets on me for free speech or criminal law, I laugh a lot but I don't count it as credible.

Comment: Re: Not the PSUs? The actual cables? (Score 1) 114

by drinkypoo (#47764657) Attached to: HP Recalls 6 Million Power Cables Over Fire Hazard

Because, as far as I've ever heard it, it's only ever used as a pejorative term, and definitely not as an endearing shortening of the word.

Out of curiosity, have you ever heard Pakistan actually mentioned in conversation without it being a negative reference, anyway? The best thing I've ever heard said about the place is that they make cheap knives that will break easily and won't hold an edge. Maybe you've never heard it used any way other than negatively for a reason; maybe every time they were brought up, it was to make a complaint.

Comment: Not the PSUs? The actual cables? (Score 2) 114

by Cyberdyne (#47763725) Attached to: HP Recalls 6 Million Power Cables Over Fire Hazard

How do you fuck something like that up?

All too easily it seems; my first MacBook Pro power lead caught fire a few years ago as well. This was the low-voltage (hence high current) end, though: in their quest to make everything thin and light, the cable was thin and flimsy, so one of the braided conductors frayed after a while. More current going down a thinner wire meant more heat - which softened the remaining copper and made the problem worse, until arcing started and I got a micro-firework display on my desk. (One of is successors managed to melt the plastic in the plug, that didn't make me happy either!)

On the mains end, even a hefty (for laptops) 300-odd watt PSU is only 3A from a US outlet, half that on the higher voltages elsewhere - usually easy enough to deal with, but one sloppy connection and you can get a tiny point getting very hot indeed. It's worse on the low voltage end: a single cable possibly carrying 20 or more amps, while getting rolled up, folded and stood on in transit, designed to be very light weight - yet also done on a budget. As soon as you start trying to shave weight and cost, I suspect it's all too easy for a wire to be just slightly too thin for the current, or a connection to be a little bit too weak for long term mobile use.

If you were building a high school or college electronics project and said you planned to run laptop currents and voltages through such thin wires and tiny connectors, you'd probably be told off or marked down - but commercially, thin, light and cheap trump safety margins and robustness.

Comment: Re:ugh (Score 1) 272

by drinkypoo (#47762731) Attached to: Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

When did hard drives not fail? I've had failures since the early 90s, when they were in the 200 MB range.

Well, I'm sure someone will speak up about some tales of DASDs of yore still older than what I've had, but I still remember when Seagate was called "Seizegate" because of the frequency of occasion when one needed to dismount the drive, place it upon a soft surface, and give it a good rap on one corner (perpendicular to the axis of rotation) in order to permit it to spin up. 21MB of ST-225, baby.

Comment: Re:Actually I think this ability is extraordinary (Score 1) 3

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#47760017) Attached to: one of my mental problems

There's an easy answer for that, once you've had 16+ years in the industry, and I stumbled onto it by accident, and thanks to this one weird tip I have gotten a raise every few months.

That weird tip: keep your Dice, Monster, and Linked In profiles active and up to date.

I'm not currently looking for a change, but last week I had 48 hours in which I had 12 recruiter calls. And I've been able to wrangle a 2%-4% raise out of every job change for the past three years.

Comment: Re:Which angle are you attacking from this time? (Score 1) 50

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#47759969) Attached to: I must credit the president for being consistent

"The vast majority of your deities, including today's most popular ones were conjured up by winos and opium addicts."

Yes, they were. You can tell them from the real thing by not being universal and lacking the ability to say, choose the gravitational constant for the entire universe.

Comment: Re:Backward-thinking by the DMV (Score 1) 461

by drinkypoo (#47759571) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

The safest roads will be when ALL cars are autonomous. Having humans in the mix will just ruin all the gains that autonomous cars provide.

That's not true at all. An automated car which can't deal with unexpected human actions also can't deal with unexpected vehicle actions due to software error or hardware failure.

Too much is not enough.