After their spirits get broken, the workers actually start functioning as a well-oiled team. It sounds both awesome and bizarre.
This has otherwise been known as "Boot Camp" or "Basic Training" for generations of soldiers.
the devices are not quite portable
So put one underneath every one of those trough urinals in football stadiums and hockey rinks. Use the power generated to run the stadium lights, recharge electric cars, or hydrolyze water to create fuel for more portable fuel cells.
If the implications are that it can be changed by modifying the default settings, its not really hard-coded, is it ?
Unless the default settings were altered during deployment, impacted systems are using a known key
You missed an important bit there. It's very probably stored on an EPROM or SD Card, requiring physical access to the DASDECs. Some of my employer's products are used in the same market (local TV stations) and that's a pretty common method of configuring equipment for a particular customer.
Hard-coded, as in: Yes it's code, but there's no external interface protocol which permits changing the keys. In order to alter it, you have to remove the unit from the rack, take the cover off, and then you can upload a new config file. More recent products use external USB ports, but I bet these DASDECs are older than that...
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It would smell like a small cafe full of appreciative Vikings and a visiting British couple complaining about the food.
Or possibly fimicolous.
backlight control boards are only 400Hz carrier for efficiency. If you are dimming to 10% that is 20Hz pulses
No it isn't. I recommend you brush up on the concept of pulse width modulation.
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