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I got started my adventures in Arduino-land as I got my ESP8266-based kit a few days ago. I ain't done anything fancy yet as I'm waiting for the rest of the components I ordered to arrive, but I did whip up a base I can use for future-projects; it connects to WIFI, updates time via NTP, allows for OTA-updates of the software and can serve any arbitrary files I upload to it, and it can draw a graph of ten values that are updated once a second. The web-interface even works reasonably well on a mobile screen as shown in one of the pictures, even though I didn't really put much effort in that yet.

I wish there was a good shop around here for components so I didn't have to order everything online, though. At least I'm loving the kit so far.

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I have this FRITZ!Box 6490 Cable cable-modem that I've always felt was pretty crappy, especially how the manufacturer (AVM) has done real shoddy job with the firmware. One day recently I was up again in the middle of the night and got bored and started fiddling with the box -- I ended up finding several vulnerabilities that gave me full access to the box's internals.

Pretty happy about finding those vulnerabilities since now I can actually make it do stuff. Would be nice finding some technical docs about the Intel Puma 6 SoC that it's running, but it seems all those docs are under NDA or something -- nothing useful is available publicly. I'm also thinking of detailing all of my findings so far somewhere, but I dunno where -- G++ ain't exactly a good fit for heavy loads of text, files and pictures that all need to be ordered coherently.
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Maybe Github? Hackaday.com also has a "projects" section. 
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Every now and then people ask me why I don't play multiplayer - games. Well, it's pretty simple, really: I effing hate cheaters. People are extremely shitty creatures and willing to screw over others just for personal gratification and/or pleasure and, well, multiplayer - games are a perfectly valid example of this.
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Good old 4 play Goldeneye was great because being in the same room as the other players made it much harder to cheat.
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Aaand in our series of horribly stupid engineering decisions I present to you: Acer.

You may have heard of UEFI Fast Boot that basically skips over a bunch of BIOS-stuff and boots the OS as fast as possible. I don't know if any other OS uses it, but Windows does. When you turn off a Windows 8+ - machine Windows saves a partial image of itself to disk and toggles a UEFI-setting for Fast Boot on, whereas restarting the system causes it to toggle the setting off for a regular, longer reboot.

Well, I own this Acer Aspire V3-771G - laptop with UEFI BIOS and Fast Boot works mostly fine. Alas, I just came across a huge issue with it: the system offers no way of turning Fast Boot off if the HDD or OS goes bonkers and that means you can't access BIOS-settings, you can't boot from any other device, you can't access recovery or do much of anything at all. A sane BIOS, if Fast Boot fails, turns the toggle off, but Acer's implementation? It insists forever on doing a Fast Boot, even if you physically remove all drives from the system. In order to boot from any other drive or to access BIOS-settings or anything you have to boot to Windows first and then restart from there!

Every single Acer-system I've ever used have had broken BIOS and it appears mine isn't an exception. If you, whoever is reading this, happen to work at Acer and are working on BIOS-implementations....I want you to kick yourself real hard.
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Ouch. My desktop AsRock board (H97 Anniversary) also has that fast-boot UEFI crap, but if it gets stuck in a fast-boot loop you can get out of it by using the BIOS reset jumper. I imagine that's not possible on a laptop, or at least, not easily done.
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While elsewhere in the world ISPs are all too happy to push any new greedy schemes on you, my ISP (Anvia) apparently decided to just silently upgrade their networks and I just found out that all their customers got more than doubled their speeds for free. My connection went from 100mbps out/10mbps in to 250mbps in/20mbps out and the monthly fee stays the same. Najs.
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There is something weird going on with Ubisoft's UPlay. I got a few e-mails from them and although I thought they were scams I did check the e-mail headers and they were, indeed, coming from Ubisoft's servers. They claimed that I had created an account with the name "radicalgamer200" and I had started playing Watch Dogs, and told me to create a password by clicking on a certain link. The link did go to Ubisoft's servers, so I clicked it to check what's going on and if it's some bug or whatnot.

Well, turns out, now my e-mail address is linked to someone's account and I think I changed their password. I do not know who this "radicalgamer200" is and I do not have an Xbox One so I can't even contact them. I did contact Ubisoft's support, but..well, they don't offer live-support and from past experience they'll either take years to actually do anything or they'll just completely ignore my contact attempt.

Does anyone know of a way of contacting an Xbox One - account from PC so I could let them know that I'm not stealing their account deliberately and I am trying to get it back into their hands?
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I finally got an e-mail from Ubisoft last night, but they messed up, just as I had expected them to: instead of removing my e-mail address from the guy's account, they went and removed the guy's Xbox from it and left me in charge! At this point I assume the guy is completely unable to play the games he has paid for, simply because they're not associated with an account that is in my control and which isn't attached to his Xbox anymore!

God damn it, Ubisoft.
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Ugh. I've been wondering about possibly buying a Chromecast for use with Netflix, but it seems it only supports outputting content at 50Hz or 60Hz -- no 24Hz or anything else. Even worse, Google doesn't provide any means for a consumer to contact them and ask about such things -- you're expected to use their forums where users are expected to help others users. Well, fuck that, I won't be buying anything from a company that doesn't even provide support for their own products.
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I have been playing Fallout 4 the last few days and my opinion so far is: it's playable, but not really much to call home about. If you liked the previous games then Fallout 4 is worth playing through, but it's starting to feel more like an expansion to Fallout 3 than a title with enough improvements to afford it being called a whole new game.

For one, it's a very typical console-port, with environments designed for console-users, hardcoded keybindings, all the ways of interacting with NPCs and the likes have been simplified down as much as possible for being quick and easy to do with a gamepad -- you only ever get 4 different dialog-options, for example, all of which you choose from by pressing arrow-keys in the desired direction. You'd think Bethesda who have been in this business for decades now would have learned not to hardcode keybindings, /but apparently some things are just too difficult for them./

Mechanically the game is also a letdown, what with more-or-less nonexistent AI, enemies respawning out of thin air in areas you haven't visited for a few minutes, lots and lots of stupid trigger-events where enemies magically spawn out of thin air behind you when you do a specific action or walk past a specific point, things getting stuck in floor or ceiling or falling through and so on. The enemies, for example, never try to come up with any special tactics to take you out, they don't try to regroup, they don't try circle around you, they don't go find more of their buddies to bring in on the fight. Enemies are also awful bullet-sponges, which makes pretty much all of your guns feel like pea-shooters -- not much fun.

Dogmeat, the fancy companion Bethesda was trumping up, is more of a major nuisance than anything fun. It falls through walls, ceilings and floors all the time, injuring itself in the process and often pulling enemies with it, it constantly makes this awful whining sound for absolutely no good reason and this whining will definitely start to wear on you, the dog is always in the way, preventing you from looting stuff or blocking your path when you're trying to walk through doors or in small areas. Then there's the fact that it's immortal: there's little reason to care about the dog's well-being or heal it up when it just can't die and gets magically healed back to full health a few seconds after combat is over. It also breaks immersion in a really, really bad way. It's hard to make any sort of emotional connection with a thing that's immortal, stupid as a rock and keeps breaking all imaginable laws of physics.

Visuals and atmosphere, then? Well, we already had games that looked better than this 10 years ago. Textures are kind average at best, 3D-models are rather crude, all animations are even cruder, faces look just downright bad, there is no dark anywhere -- even in a cellar with no light-source whatsoever you can still see just fine, it's just slightly less bright there than elsewhere -- and contrast, both in terms of colour and in terms of light and shadow, is missing pretty much everywhere. The music is bland, and I do not quite feel the musical score Bethesda chose to be blaring every single god damn time you enter combat even for a second fits either the atmosphere or the non-combat music. In either case, the musical score certainly doesn't make much of a positive impression as I can't recall it even 60 seconds after I've quit the game.


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Hah, I agree Witcher 3 is the only game worthy of being called next gen.

Destiny - just broken, and this paying game price for a DLC is plain rude - will not do that.
Mordor - didn't like, major issues with it, like tripping over tree stumps (yet I can climb 20 foot walls with ease) and kiting orks from 30 foot away thanks to the stupid autoaim 'feautre'.
Nothing else has remotely come close to being engaging.
Most fun I've had has been on on Borderlands Handsome Jack collection and PlanetSide2 ..  :-/
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It's really difficult to find an online store in EU for gaming-laptops that:
1. has a website in English and which isn't totally broken
2. that allows you to customize the laptop to your specs
3. that allows you to select the keyboard you want on the laptop
4. Doesn't have a terrible reputation
5. The company is actually located in EU, not just shipping to EU.

I refuse to even consider name-brand stuff because of stuff like BIOS whitelists for stuff (Lenovo, HP), broken/limited BIOSes (pretty much all of them) or non-standard H/W (Asus ROG-series apparently use a customized MXM 3.0b instead of the standard ones just so you wouldn't be able to replace the GPU on it and would have to instead splurge on a whole new laptop, for example.)

My requirements aren't really something I'd consider outlandish: a 17.3"+ fullHD 1080p IPS-display, a Core i7 CPU, an MXM 3.0b removable GTX 970M 6GB GPU and actually decent cooling. Oh, and a Finnish keyboard. Weight? Irrelevant. Thickness? Equally irrelevant. Battery-life? It'll always be plugged in the wall anyways, so, again, irrelevant. To be quite frank, I'd actually prefer it to be thick and heavy because that way it's not likely to have skimped on cooling or build-quality.

Alas, so far my list consists of only two websites: PCSpecialist ( http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/laptops/ ) and mySN ( http://www.mysn.eu/index.php ) and the former of those two is a lot more expensive than the latter one and doesn't offer IPS-displays on seemingly any of their 17.3" inch laptops.
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+Charles Gaines Big brand-name OEM, crippled BIOS. No configurator for a customized laptop. Doesn't seem to offer IPS-panels.
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My ISP decided to give me a AVM FRITZ!BOX 6490 cable modem for free a few days ago and I've been playing around with it ever since. It's not actually mentioned on their website, but the box has 4 DVB-C tuners and provides SAT-IP functionality, so obviously I wanted to try them with Kodi and that meant I had to get them to work with tvheadend first.

Now, AVM's SAT-IP implementation is exceedingly, horribly buggy. Just looking in its direction is enough to crash it. Whatever SSDP-discovery tvheadend uses crashes the SSDP-responder on the box, so no UPnP for you! Whenever you launch tvheadend you have to manually enter --satip_xml http://yourboxip:4900/satipdesc.xml to have two tuners show up. (I still don't know why only two when the box says there are four.) Another thing is that while there are apparently plenty of SAT-IP-servers that require issuing a PID=0 parameter for tvheadend to work with them, FRITZ!-devices also require adding a second PID that is 21 or more.

I made a patch for tvheadend that adds these quirks automatically for FRITZ!-devices and while it is now able to find the tuners and actually find the muxes and their services it's still buggy; 90% of the time scanning the muxes fails, so you just have to let it run for a few hours to properly find all the services and their names inside the muxes. I have no idea what's causing this, I'm no expert in this stuff.
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Another quirk: Fritz!Box only responds to SSDP-queries for the SAT-IP-server over WIFI. It doesn't respond at all on any of the Ethernet-connections whatsoever. There's absolutely nothing that can be done about this on tvheadend's end.
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So damn difficult to find good surround headsets. Every damn manufacturer is just pushing virtual surround and they always resort to obfuscating things and you have to dig and dig to find out that when they say "surround" they really mean "fake surround." Should be illegal to hide such facts or make it difficult to decipher, to be quite frank.
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Yeah, there are multiple elements, all in a small angle towards your ear. Packing multiple elements in a headset obviously carries with it the issue of having to use smaller elements, so theoretically they may suffer a little in sound quality, but on the other hand the actual surround effect is much better than in any fake surround - setup. So far no fake - setup I've tried has come even close to what I've had with my Roccat Kave Solid 5.1's.

I found a few 7.1 surround headsets, but personally I'd rather have 5.1's for the simple reason that it's even more difficult to fit enough good-quality elements to get 7.1 surround than 5.1 and thus the latter one would most likely yield better sound. I haven't gotten to try 7.1's, though, so I dunno if the surround effect is even more pronounced with those.
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One thing I've hoped for years now that Microsoft would implement in Windows and FOSS-devs would implement under Linux in their various DEs is that if you are actively typing something in one window and some application decides to open a new window while you're typing the new window would not steal focus and would appear beneath the window you were working in.

There's nothing more infuriating than you typing something somewhere and pressing "y" or space at the same time a new window asking if you wanna reboot right now pops up.
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+Nita Vesa, with the modal window thing,  I've spotted that in Android too. If there's a connection problem during the download of an app in the google play store, it blocks user input until you go to notifications, click the error, and click "ok" on the popup. The total lack of gracefully handling shoddy internet connections in a mobile os blows my mind.
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