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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #43275 on: November 22, 2019, 06:01:03 pm »
That's because most of it is now in OUR labs.  :-DD

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #43276 on: November 22, 2019, 06:04:47 pm »
The only good thing about OS/2 is it was less shit than windows  :popcorn:

Less shit is good shit.  ;D ;D

I dunno. It’s like swapping ass cancer for dick cancer.

But what else was available then? DOS was running out of steam. I don't think there were any Linux distro's. And Mac? Don't even go there.  :-DD
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #43277 on: November 22, 2019, 06:23:37 pm »
RISC OS of course. We had 32 bit ARM desktops while everyone was barely crawling out of 8 bit land.
 
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #43278 on: November 22, 2019, 06:30:47 pm »
Cerebus has a little script that will generate a random email address, installs an alias for it and a note of what it was generated for on his mail server and spits out a random password. Cerebus then just cuts and pastes the email address and password into whatever site needed a new credential and leaves the rest to Cerebus' password manager. Thus no two sites share credentials and when the inevitable spam arrives, Cerebus knows who leaked his details, often before the news gets out publicly that such-and-such a site has been hacked and leaked n million credentials into the wild.

Bitseeker uses a similar methodology. This also helps reduce the effectiveness of data aggregators that build detailed profiles about your behavior since every account is based on a unique email address and, hence, a unique hash as identifier.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #43279 on: November 22, 2019, 06:35:21 pm »
Good good. 2FA is still good because it kills keyloggers dead as you need a physical device external to the machine (phone / TOTP key etc). My father-in-law had his Halifax account emptied after someone keylogged his login details.

There have been successful attacks on bank accounts "protected" by using a phone as 2FA :(

Once they have your banking login/password, the mechanism is:
  • your mobile phone number, stored/leaked from some other site, becomes known to the malefactors
  • the malefactors contact the phone company and move the phone number to a SIM in their phone. SOP for the mobilr phone company, of course
  • all 2FA stuff now goes to them

The only defense against that which I can see is to have a second mobile phone used only for banking.

Bit of a pain if you then need to carry two phones around, and you need to remember to use that phone occasionally to stop the number being recycled.

Yeah, that's the problem with sending SMS for 2FA. Bad idea. Even worse are companies that send their codes via email. 2FA should be done with at least a time-based one-time code generator (TOTP).

Unfortunately, eBay's 2FA only uses SMS or notification via their mobile app. Lost your phone? Oh, well. :--
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #43280 on: November 22, 2019, 06:44:40 pm »


I'd like to link this to the POI section. Which model is it?

Found and linked. (Thanks, Pat!)
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #43281 on: November 22, 2019, 06:49:57 pm »


I'd like to link this to the POI section. Which model is it?

Pretty sure it's a 200CD.

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #43282 on: November 22, 2019, 07:33:06 pm »
I'm jealous of all you guys who can speak and understand multiple languages. I have enough trouble just speaking my mother tongue.  :palm:

My younger sister was the linguist in the family. Fluent in French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish. Unfortunately we lost her to cancer in 2002.  :-X

Along the way, there were many failures too. I spent time in Hungary, Turkey, Belgium and Sweden (all more than a year) and attempted to learn those too. Swedish and Flemish got to basic level, but I failed miserably at Turkish and Hungarian. I currently spend a lot of time in Japan, so I've been learning that for the past few years with varied success, but leaning heavily towards another failure.

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Language learning is, I think, training in humility.  Since 2008 I have invested thousands and thousands of hours in learning Tibetan. Eleven years later, I can translate classical Tibetan, slowly but well. I speak everyday Tibetan like a four year old (at best) and reading a Tibetan newspaper is still mostly beyond me. 

With a smaller but still significant investment of time, I learned enough Italian and German to get by during extended visits (having German and Italian girlfriends helped) and Czech (yes, another woman) to not get arrested. Twenty years later I remember little of any of them. My repeated attempts to learn French, which started in college, were dismal failures on every level; one of my French tutors said I was hopeless and depressing to work with and fired me.

Every couple of years I restart my so far unfruitful efforts with Japanese, usually in concert with planning another trip to Japan.  I can order food and make people laugh by answering, I am sorry but I don't speak Japanese in Japanese when asked but that's about it. I can't imagine even getting the basics down without an investment similar to what I have in Tibetan, which seems unlikely given how I spend my time these days.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #43283 on: November 22, 2019, 07:53:01 pm »
Every couple of years I restart my so far unfruitful efforts with Japanese, usually in concert with planning another trip to Japan.  I can order food and make people laugh by answering, I am sorry but I don't speak Japanese in Japanese when asked but that's about it. I can't imagine even getting the basics down without an investment similar to what I have in Tibetan, which seems unlikely given how I spend my time these days.

Speaking of which, the 184 is on my bench and I am slowly decoding the schematic and figuring out how it works. It took me a few hours of puzzling over the power supply portion of the schematic to figure out what the pieces in the crystal oven symbol. Now that I understand that, I can continue tracking down the noise paths that are leaking the 10MHz oscillator into the DC rails. Though my guess is that one or more of the big honkin' filter caps is bad, it is kinda fun to follow things through, before I get there.

Plus it is a really interesting piece of gear. It turns out that generating a clean 500MHz signal when you start with a 10MHz oscillator and valves, discrete components, point to point wiring and a lot of switches turns out to be a hard problem, at least if money matters.  For example, power is distributed around the board using coax, but not everywhere. 
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #43284 on: November 22, 2019, 08:01:34 pm »
RISC OS of course. We had 32 bit ARM desktops while everyone was barely crawling out of 8 bit land.

Yeah, but even that was a bit of a clusterfuck.

RISC sounded good on paper, and in principle you DID get more work done per instruction; but due to memory/controller architecture not really being 32-bit but a kludge of older hardware, and how the processor itself handled those instructions (like a command interpreter in the hardware, breaking that "symbolic code" instruction down into multiple iterations of simpler instructions which then were acted on in machine code) it never really got down to the "one much more complex instruction per clock cycle" they were always promising would be just around the corner.

What other OS did you actually have to "think" in terms of "nybbles" rather than "bytes" (okay... half a "word" rather than a whole "word", but you know what I mean) when considering memory management vs instruction set? |O

The promise... oh, the promise it held... and how harshly the reality was beaten into us in most visceral fashion. *twitch... twitch... twitcha-twitch...*

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #43285 on: November 22, 2019, 08:02:21 pm »
With a smaller but still significant investment of time, I learned enough Italian and German to get by during extended visits (having German and Italian girlfriends helped) and Czech (yes, another woman) to not get arrested. Twenty years later I remember little of any of them. My repeated attempts to learn French, which started in college, were dismal failures on every level; one of my French tutors said I was hopeless and depressing to work with and fired me.

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #43286 on: November 22, 2019, 08:07:17 pm »
I usually only learn enough to get my face slapped that way... :-DD

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #43287 on: November 22, 2019, 08:07:34 pm »
RISC OS of course. We had 32 bit ARM desktops while everyone was barely crawling out of 8 bit land.

What was running on the Sinclair QL? Was a 32-bit iirc.

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #43288 on: November 22, 2019, 08:25:23 pm »
16-bit with some pretend 32-bit features. Plus it was slow, ran QDOS and Sinclair was involved  :-DD

https://youtu.be/hrj-EEnsacQ

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #43289 on: November 22, 2019, 08:37:04 pm »
Amen bro!
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #43290 on: November 22, 2019, 08:39:20 pm »
¡Vaya con huevos!

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #43291 on: November 22, 2019, 08:40:31 pm »
What was running on the Sinclair QL? Was a 32-bit iirc.

Motorola 68008, if memory serves.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #43294 on: November 22, 2019, 10:38:18 pm »
With a smaller but still significant investment of time, I learned enough Italian and German to get by during extended visits (having German and Italian girlfriends helped) and Czech (yes, another woman) to not get arrested. Twenty years later I remember little of any of them. My repeated attempts to learn French, which started in college, were dismal failures on every level; one of my French tutors said I was hopeless and depressing to work with and fired me.

Amen bro!
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OK, then answer me this....how come I didn't learn Espanol when I bedded a Pureto Rican?  :-// :-DD
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #43295 on: November 22, 2019, 11:13:23 pm »
What was running on the Sinclair QL? Was a 32-bit iirc.

Motorola 68008, if memory serves.

Correct it was the 68008 running at 7.5MHz it was reasonably fast for the time, we have come a long way in those 34 years since its launch.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #43296 on: November 22, 2019, 11:13:38 pm »
With a smaller but still significant investment of time, I learned enough Italian and German to get by during extended visits (having German and Italian girlfriends helped) and Czech (yes, another woman) to not get arrested. Twenty years later I remember little of any of them. My repeated attempts to learn French, which started in college, were dismal failures on every level; one of my French tutors said I was hopeless and depressing to work with and fired me.

Amen bro!
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My uncle would have disagreed.

Nobody knows how many languages he could read and write (but not speak); the best guess is in the region of 100. In his 80s he learned Gujarati so he could go and attend a wedding in a village in Gujarat.

His technique was to start from the modern day Rosetta stone, which has been translated into every language: the Bible.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #43297 on: November 22, 2019, 11:35:04 pm »
Take another trip thrifting looking for an enclosure (among other things on my list); look at everything from a little redwood gift box (later given to my wife) to a little PC subwoofer enclosure with a 3" sub in it. Find some desk lamps and a couple Harmony One remotes; give up & go look through the crafty wooden boxes at the Dollarama. Everything is either just a hair too small or way too big or just too kitschy even for me.  :palm: Then I find this little steel mesh thing for CAD$1.50. Sold!



That's pretty slick! Like it was made for it. :-+
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #43299 on: November 23, 2019, 12:52:01 am »
I am fluent in four languages because of girls. The best method to learn a new language is the bed.

When I read this I thought of Trinity in The Matrix downloading knowledge of how to fly a helicopter and that somehow "interfacing" under the sheets would do something similar, allowing you do download the language the other speaks.    ;D


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