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Comment: Re:Poor Linux support (Score 1) 184

by DigiShaman (#49350399) Attached to: What Makes the Perfect Gaming Mouse?

For electronics and contacts, use MAF cleaner as it's closer to electronic cleaner. Additionally, you can actually use it on the MAF which provides improved fuel economy, engine performance, and keeps the carbon buildup minimal while adding additional life to the O2 sensors and catalytic converter. MAF being one of the first important real-time sensors, it does leave an ancillary impact on the rest of the system.

As for brake and carb cleaner, don't use them on electronics. Those are harsh solvents that leave a film of residue behind and can really harm some plastics. I suppose if you really had too on a failed mouse, use a short burst of it, then quickly chase with a can of compressed air to dry it out quickly. But you're rolling the dice on those results.

Comment: Re:Poor Linux support (Score 1) 184

by DigiShaman (#49349045) Attached to: What Makes the Perfect Gaming Mouse?

Didn't have one. To he perfectly clear, I only solder wiring harnesses for car audio equipment and the occasional re-capping of amps and motherboards. I can't do fuck-all with these tiny delicate surface mounted components. Either I don't have the tools, dexterity, or knowledge how how to properly work on that stuff. So yeah, I'm done messing with that stuff.

FYI, I managed to get my last mouse working better by hosing down the microswitches with CRC Mass Airflow Sensor Cleaner that I had laying around. So far so good.

Comment: Re:Poor Linux support (Score 1) 184

by DigiShaman (#49347287) Attached to: What Makes the Perfect Gaming Mouse?

Agreed. I've gone through two Logitech Wireless Performance MX mice. I've used them so much that the microswitch started to malfunction in the left button. Aside from that, they're near perfect for both gaming and everyday use.

BTW, I purchased new microswitches in attempt to repair the first mouse. It ended in failure as the PCB board was too thin. Whatever the narrow margin of heat needed to solder on that board was, I obviously didn't have the right equipment. My iron just plugged into he wall with a specific wattage rating; meaning it couldn't be adjusted with the dial. And the deconstruction of the mouse was a major PITA that often made putting the plastic feet back on next to impossible as the adhesive wouldn't stick as well. Oh well.

Comment: Re:people are going to be saying (Score 1) 684

by DigiShaman (#49345303) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

Doesn't a decompression automatically override anything a pilot or co-pilot can do? Assuming it's even feasible and hindsight 20/20, I would have informed the crew that oxygen masks would most likely be deployed and then proceeded to find a way to bust out a window. At that lower altitude, would the crew still pass out?? Anyways, door goes unlocked, and the pilot can proceed to pull that fucker out of the cockpit and regain control.


Comment: Re:It's the home thing (Score 1) 497

The industry may have changed, but when I lived in Austin, TX (2004), I was employed with Time Warner Cable as a TSR (Technical Support Representative). Effectively, all of us TSR agents were Tier 2 with a few specialized in head-end equipment as Tier 3. When the phones got busy, it was not uncommon for the CSR (Customer Support Representative) to take the front lines as act as Tier 1 in order to clear the queue of silly stupid issues. This was in regards to both Internet, Cable TV, and Digital Phone Service. Anyways, the TSR guys had access to a whole lot of stats to the DOCSIS side of things including upstream, downstream dbmv and SNR levels from the coax side. Configurations could also be pulled. Yes, a dev can do basic TCP/IP troubleshooting from his end and isolate problem via a "divide and conquer" troubleshooting technique, but modem flapping, line noise, and overall infrastructure issue? No. You really need to be contacting a TSR for any known local and regional issues.

As for me, I'm a sysadmin working in the MSP IT industry. Server, networking, migrations, anything and everything short of dev work. We have 3rd party connections for that, and thats only what they do, and they do it well.

Comment: Re:Infrastructure yes, service no (Score 1) 497

they probably know a lot more about networking than some guy just trying to get cable.

I wouldn't go that far. Sure, he probably RDP, VNC, or SSH into his remote servers with the occasional upload/download to them. But being in IT and knowing quite a a few devs, they're quite abstracted from the physical layer of things. But boy can they sure talk their head off about all the different programming languages they know.

Comment: Re: it always amazes me (Score 1) 338

by DigiShaman (#49334641) Attached to: Feds Attempt To Censor Parts of a New Book About the Hydrogen Bomb

Starfish Prime was rated at 1.4mt and detonated 250 miles above the earth.

"Starfish Prime caused an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) which was far larger than expected, so much larger that it drove much of the instrumentation off scale, causing great difficulty in getting accurate measurements. The Starfish Prime electromagnetic pulse also made those effects known to the public by causing electrical damage in Hawaii, about 1,445 kilometres (898 mi) away from the detonation point, knocking out about 300 streetlights, setting off numerous burglar alarms and damaging a telephone company microwave link. The EMP damage to the microwave link shut down telephone calls from Kauai to the other Hawaiian islands.[5]" - Wiki

And that was before the IC (microchip) was in use. Inverse square law and all, depending on locality and yield, that could fry enough gates on chip to shutdown whatever it's tasked to control. In this case, the electrical grid and water pumping infrastructure.

Comment: Re: it always amazes me (Score 1) 338

by DigiShaman (#49334615) Attached to: Feds Attempt To Censor Parts of a New Book About the Hydrogen Bomb

It's called MAD (Mutual Assured Destruction). It remains to be seen what a theocratic regime that's been harping on the return of the 12th Imam via an apocalypse will do. The regime could quite very well see the atomic bomb as the instrument by which to bring forth this event.


Me? Who the fuck knows. At the end of the day, man is driven by power, money, and greed. Their own Revolutionary Guard could sack top officials if push came to shove, but that's predicated on an unfounded desired outcome vs. them actually using the damn thing.

Comment: Re: How many minutes until this is mandatory? (Score 1) 271

by DigiShaman (#49333505) Attached to: Ford's New Car Tech Prevents You From Accidentally Speeding

so you get bunching, then break out, then bunching, then break out, etc.

Bugs the shit out of me. That, and the "pacers" that refuse to break formation with the car beside them when only two lanes are available in a single direction. I've found the best way to deal with this interesting. Just back off a ways until they slow down some, then accelerate hard and pass in front of them! Use safe judgement of course. So while you can't reason with someone else's subconscious, you sure can "hack" it to your will.

You are false data.