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Posted on 19-10-30, 02:40 in I have yet to have never seen it all. (revision 1)
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The earliest Sonic CD prototype known to mankind just got released:
https://hiddenpalace.org/Sonic_the_Hedgehog_CD_%28Dec_4,_1992_prototype%29

SALAD PLAIN, you say?!

Sega you're drunk, go home.

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Posted on 19-10-30, 20:44 in I have yet to have never seen it all.
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Also: software is NOT where you come to talk about politics.

Code is code, and it's already icky as-is. Leave the crap outside, where it belongs.

> The problem is, if we don’t deal with politics, politics will deal with us.

And this is why I don't talk that much anymore, be it online or IRL.

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Posted on 19-11-01, 09:51 in Mozilla, *sigh*
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To be fair, the only case of system-wide extensions I've seen is adware/spyware shit dropped by shitware installers.
In that case, GOOD RIDDANCE!

...but then, I'm only speaking about consumer-level scenarios. Once again, this has the potential to screw up enterprise-level deployments. But that's OK since Mozilla has never given a damn on "Firefox in the enterprise" anyway.

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Posted on 19-11-02, 10:26 in Stupid computer bullcrap we put up with.
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Nano master race™

Look, all I need from a text editor is the ability to open files, modify then, save afterwards, and search&replace every now and then. Syntax highlighting is also nice to have. I don't need a full blown operating system or torture chamber environment for such a menial task! I don't even have use for a scripting platform on a text editor, but then that's just me.

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Posted on 19-11-02, 19:23 in Stupid computer bullcrap we put up with.
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Ground loops are never fun, they can be quite hard to diagnose, but sometimes the fixes are surprisingly easy.

Many years ago, when I got my very first laptop with an actual TV-out (the HP nx9010 I still use to read email to this day, but which hasn't been plugged to an actual television of any kind since Fate/Zero ended its original worldwide run on Nico Nico Douga), I got it hooked up to my TV ASAP, to watch videos and play games... only to see rolling bars and hum noise on my TV set. Needless to say, this was very annoying.

Initial experiments revealed that if I unplugged the DSL modem from my laptop (I didn't owned a router/hub back then, despite still having a desktop PC, so I was forced to use both USB+Ethernet ports on my modem), the rolling bars and hum were gone. My WinMe Deceleron briefly did duty as a routerbox (no thanks to Windows ICS!) during its last days of life, providing a clean TV-out experience at the cost of network stability.

A year later, the Deceleron shitbox was dead, but I got my Dell, which seemed to be immune to all this junk... or so I believed, until my now former cable provider (back then called "Intercable" before they decided to provide heavily capped cable Internet access and fixed phone service virtually available nowhere) shot their service quality straight to hell, bringing back annoying rolling bars and hum noise! Unplug the CATV wire from TV = crystal-clear A/V, but no Discovery Channel for you! Plug CATV wire = disturbed image, but you got TV. (Coincidentally, these were the years where touching the CATV wire usually gave mild shocks and sparks when plugging it, a effect that ultimately would prove to be fatal to my hardware, leading to the Great Hardware Loss of 2014 and beyond). The solution here was simple: get an antenna isolator installed between the TV and the CATV wire. Finding a suitable isolator is trivial in normal countries with well-stocked electronic stores or healthy online marketplaces, of which Soviet Venezuela wasn't one of those.

I ended DIYing my own isolators (initially a couple of 75/300-ohm baluns with capacitors, wrapped in a bunch of aluminum foil; eventually a piece of breadboard with said capacitors and MORE foil wrap, which was a PITA to isolate). Sure enough, the PC A/V experience was crystal-clear again, although some TV channels sometimes had mild interferences. Eventually I managed to import a proper antenna isolator dongle which ended this problem for good, but sadly Inter's deep TV fryer CATV service managed to get past that, introduce interferences again, kill every single TV and tuner card in this house, and finding a permanent cure to all of my ground loop woes: no TV, no problem!

tl;dr: Satellite TV is your friend if you plan to use your television for purposes other than watching broadcast TV, plus the quality is worth the initial setup price. Fuck RF inputs and fuck cable TV forever.

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Posted on 19-11-09, 21:44 in Games You Played Today REVENGEANCE
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Toejam & Earl.

The sand levels can get a PITA real fast. Also, the carrot-suit weirdo can be your best friend before cracking open those random gifts.

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Posted on 19-11-09, 21:49 in I have yet to have never seen it all. (revision 1)
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https://it.slashdot.org/story/19/11/08/189243/dns-over-https-will-eventually-roll-out-in-all-major-browsers-despite-isp-opposition

Web browsers to the world: You're going to get D'OH!, like it or not - it's not an option!
ISPs: Mozilla, you're EVIL! (no mention about Google)

Looks like the whole D'OH! debacle turned out to be a very divisive topic among nerds: on one camp we got the sysadmins at home that suddenly got their adblocking solutions disrupted, but on the other side we get the millenial new-age nerds that consider that everybody using a computer is a moron and should be protected for their own safety.

As for myself, D'OH!-enabled products are being neutered as they come. use-application-dns.net is already NXDOMAIN'd at my BIND setup, but I'm pretty much sure Google and Mozilla are going to ignore that sooner than later because I'm a moron, according to them.

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Posted on 19-11-12, 22:32 in I have yet to have never seen it all. (revision 1)
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Sonic the Hedgehog THE MOVIE, take 2!

There is still hope... just get rid of that "Robotnik" dude and BRING A FATSO that can portray the one and only Dr. Ivo Robotnik! Seriously, Jim Carey is still a shit choice for that role.

But at least the shareholders panicked hard enough to force Sega and Paramount to listen and actually make a movie about Sonic the Hedgehog, not about a bad cosplay using licensed shoes.

Can't wait for the videogame about the movie about the videogame!

UPDATE: LA Spanish version. Can't say I like the dub that much, and this comes from a dude that absolutely hates reading subtitles. Change that Sonic VA and we can be on something...

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Posted on 19-11-14, 12:20 in I have yet to have never seen it all. (revision 1)
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MotorolaLenovorola revives the RAZR. This time, as an actual FLIP phone:
https://www.theverge.com/2019/11/13/20963294/motorola-razr-new-foldable-smartphone-android-hands-on-flip-phone-photos-video

Unfortunately I don't want one:
- $1500!?!?!??!
- Foldable screen, because they didn't heard about the Galaxy Fold fiasco
- What's wrong about having a physical numpad?! Ah yeah, I'm a dinosaur, I forgot :/
- No user-replaceable battery (every good ol' RAZR had one)
- No memory card slot (this is why I rejected the original incarnations of the RAZR, but even ol' Motorola was wise and fixed that with the V3i/V3m)
- No headphone jack (once again, a weakness of the original design too - I don't miss the unobtanium dongles or proprietary headsets that were incompatible across CDMA/GSM models... but once again, Motorola managed to address that on the VE20!)
- Bigass screen. Definitely not the charm of the original form factor (although I didn't liked the KRZR either, despite owning a K1m for 3 years)
- eSIM, because Verizon owns Qualcomm and Qualcomm hates you (CDMA died outside 'murica for very good reasons!)
- It's still a smartphone, so nope!

But then the stupidass reviewers only care about SPECS SPECS SPECS (since when a 16MP camera and 6GB RAM is "mediocre"?!? Hell, I'm composing this reply from a 6GB laptop!)

At least they kept the chin...

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Posted on 19-11-15, 01:46 in I have yet to have never seen it all.
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Oh yeah, looks like while there are actual 4G LTE "dumbphones", they're nothing but crippled Android (or if you're lucky, KaiOS) handsets under the hood. Ironically enough, they actually feature numpads and ordinary non-touch screens.

Apparently OEMs make those as one-offs for USAian carriers (mainly), who know better and prefer to not lose those few featurephone holdouts when they finish killing their 3G networks, but would prefer that everybody rides the smartdevice wave, with a buttonless, portless device.

Also, I find amusing that features often demanded by non-phone-obsessed users (removable batteries, headphone jacks, memory card slots) are being confined to the low-end junk segment, alongside FM/DTV tuners. Because if you're willing to spend ONE THOUSAND AMERICAN MONEY UNITS on a cellphone, you're also willing to splurge on a beefy data plan just to be able to listen to your local radio stations instead of picking those for free from the public airwaves. Because that's totally for poor people.

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Posted on 19-11-15, 22:32 in I have yet to have never seen it all. (revision 1)
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Streaming providers, content producers, cellphone OEMs and telcos can die in a fire, for all that matters. I could care less about their bottom line - I'm a consumer, not an ATM who gives free money to whoever wants it! "Being rich" is not an excuse to keep dumbifying/overcomplicating things in the name of "money".
All I want is a goddamned device to communicate with other humans (and MAYBE perform some auxiliary tasks, like "playing music" and "emergency Internet hotspot"), but once again, I'm a dinosaur, why am I not extinct yet!?

No, don't bother answering that one.

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>I know zero people under the age of 50 who listen to the radio using an actual physical radio

are we counting car radios here

Also: public transportation.

Over here it's not unusual for bus drivers to tune in to local stations. Most drivers and fare collectors are well under 50yo.

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Posted on 19-11-17, 00:41 in I have yet to have never seen it all.
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Only in LatAm, I reckon. A bus driver playing music here would be promptly fired. Buses are silent, save for the intercom.

Some (very few) stores and gyms play radio, and their proprietors might be under 50, so that might count depending on your definition of "listen". But most places use Youtube or Spotify.
For once I agree with you on something: here in the Netherlands, public transit is silent save for the intercom, and many stores play BGM, be it from the radio or whatever. I know one of the restaurants around here plays the radio at least.


Mind you, music/radio on public transportation is getting increasingly rare over here, not due to legal reasons but just because most bus drivers can't afford to keep their audio equipment on working order thanks to hyperinflation and thefts - in ye good ole' times, pimped-out audio gear was matter of pride for bus owners, to the point that using those could be a deafening experience. Legal measures to counter this were ultimately useless, they just kept cranking up the music. Most audio gear was used to play shittyass electronica (formerly "changa"), now replaced by even shittier reggaeton/Colombian "vallenato"/whatever crud is popular on the slums, and if you're lucky, salsa. More conservative operators would just tune to the most popular radio stations in town, but due to political reasons, most would avoid any station broadcasting news/opinion talk shows (particularly if they're not of the "praise the commies" flavor)

Some stores would rather play music from CD/MP3 instead of tuning to the radio, but it's not uncommon to enter into a family house where the housewives are listening to the morning/afternoon talk/variety shows.

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Posted on 19-11-18, 19:38 in Stupid computer bullcrap we put up with.
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Intel is going to purge BIOS updates and drivers for "ancient" hardware from their (admittedly cumbersome) Download Center:
https://it.slashdot.org/story/19/11/18/1646210/intel-to-remove-old-drivers-and-bios-updates-from-its-site

Downloading drivers have always been a pain, particularly if your OEM either sticks to outdated, broken junk (hi VIA mobos!) to flat out refusals to offer driver downloads at all (fuck you very much, Siragon - your AMD laptop GPU drivers have nothing confidential inside, you're just a bunch of dicks). And when your OEM/hardware maker claims that your hardware should be in a landfill, hope you have well archived your set of "latest known good" drivers, because if you lose 'em, forget about getting your retrobox working ever again should you ever need to reformat it!

Yes, been there, not fun, fuck Driver Guide and its endless data mining malware-ridden spinoffs!

Also, fuck those hardware OEMs that refuse to provide reference drivers AT ALL, forcing you to look for updates on shady websites (that's with you, Qualcomm Atheros!)

And a very special "rot in hell, you bastards!" to those that ever tried to sell device drivers, legal or not. Yes, there are people/corporations that charge money for driver downloads (I can think about "universal" scanner drivers and the long-defunct Linuxant winmodem drivers). I don't care if you had to sign those hardware specs NDAs with your newborn's blood, I already paid for my goddamned hardware and completely refuse to spend a single extra cent to get it working with the OS of my choice! (Donating/crowdsourcing FOSS drivers? That's fine for me. Payware drivers? OH HELL NO.)

But hey, keeping the equivalent of a $20 USB stick storage online (or paying $50 to a intern to come up with an archival FTP site) is such a big threat to their bottom line, eh Intel?

Consider this another challenge in the already rocky world of software preservation and retrocomputing.

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Posted on 19-11-19, 00:46 in Computer Technology News/Discussion
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Microsoft is going all-in with D'OH!:
https://yro.slashdot.org/story/19/11/18/1929229/microsoft-announces-plan-to-support-doh-in-windows

At least they're going to support it the only true way: system-wide.
As it should have been since the very beginning, instead of letting web browser makers bring the madness of an OS on top of your OS.

I still believe D'OH! is a terrible idea, but since noone is willing to take DoT seriously, this sounds like a fair compromise. But only for as long as MS allows us to turn it off and fall back to ordinary, DANGER MINES unencrypted DNS servers (like the one you should be already running at home for adblocking purposes, and which can implement DoT/D'OH! under the hood, if you wish), because we users are too dumb for our own safety, of course they're going to take away the "customize DNS settings" dialogs!

Too bad it's already late for web browsers, short of perma-banning Chrome and Firefox on premises because we can't rely on them obeying user choices, for the very same reasons.

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Butbutbut the [insert your favorite villain here] spy machine could be deeply baked in silicon!
THEY COULD BE SNOOPING ON MY PORN, Y'KNOW!?!??!?!



There is a problem that remains to be solved for a fully free/libre/whatever SW/HW stack: how do you fab electronics at home? FPGAs are a step in the right direction, except that you still depend on your vendor toolchain to get started (how is Xilinx/Altera & pals toolchain support for non-Windows platformws nowadays?). And making custom ASICs not only is for the faint of heart, it also requires some serious cash backing that only a megacorp or Big Gub'mint could provide (mind you, all three Big Axis of Evil do have their homebrew CPU architectures, but zero intentions of playing the libre HW game due to the same paranoid bullshittery that turns people into paranoid loons).

I could care less about theoretical backdoors/tinfoil hats, and more about printing CPUs at home.

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Posted on 19-11-20, 18:24 in Stupid computer bullcrap we put up with. (revision 1)
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Does the ATiAMD blob still sucks?

FOSS is the way to go if your hardware is supported, and fortunately AMD is doing that mostly right nowadays.

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Posted by sureanem
Now is the perfect time to download and archive their BIOS files for all their boards and maybe host them on VOGONS drivers website.

You damn idiots! We already have a solution for this, and it's called archive.org. Seriously, put it in an archive people can use, not on your obscure forum.

That is, go through all the links, and GET web.archive.org/save/XXX, et voila, preservation work done in time for tea.
Because a single point of failure is SO fucking useful.

Don't be a complete fucking moron. More than one copy is a GOOD thing. Mirror that shit as many places as possible, and DEFINITELY in places where the people interested in it will be able to find it easily, like an enthusiast community dedicated to old IBM-compatibles.

http://www.vogonsdrivers.com/ is where it is going to wind up, I guarantee it. Look at this and tell me it isn't more useful than the fucking wayback machine.


Someone said at that VOGONS thread:
Don't rely on archive.org either, they accept DMCAs and will remove stuff on request.

...so while Archive is the way to go, you don't put all your eggs on a single basket.

Looks like Intel is purging motherboard/IGP stuff up to early Sandy Bridge, which is an even bigger "fuck you" than when they refused to provide Win10 drivers for HD2000/3000 IGPs. Just 3 years ago I had to update the BIOS on a somewhat old DG45ID desktop board (a rather solid board that could withstand some abuse) so I could actually get to properly ID monitors over DDC (and be able to reach the native 1440x900 resolution on a Compaq display without resorting to modelines trickery on Debian)
And yes, they're killing that download too.

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Posted on 19-11-24, 22:56 in Dolphin and the revival of Nintendo Wi-Fi connection (revision 1)
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My network is shit and I rarely play videogames lately, yet I still keep my Dolphin setup reasonably up to date. And since Dolphin aim is to emulate a Wii as good as possible, it means you can also play against other humans around the globe, be it using the native netplay support, or even through the official Nintendo channels to do so, allowing to play against people even on Real Hardware™. Such progress!

...except that you can't do that anymore since May 20th, 2014, as Nintendo shut down the WFC service (mostly because their partner in crime, GameSpy, decided to shut down too, leaving Nintendo with no options other than sell you a Wii U discontinue the service for Wii users, legit or otherwise). But then, given that the Wii has been cracked wide open since forever, curious nerds who can't live without their Mario Kart fix decided to take action and bring back WFC from the dead. Enter Wiimmfi, which is a nearly drop-in for Nintendo's WFC - all you need is a console that can run homebrew (so pretty much every Wii under the sun, with the Wii Mini being the lone exception for obvious reasons) and some games. For Dolphin it's more or less the same thing... or not?

Because the Wiimmfi folks have very good reasons to believe that emulator users are more prone to cheat (unlimited cheat codes, being able to use nearly every input device under the sun while console users are restricted to official Wii/GC controllers, and even a slowass PC that struggles to run games can give you an unfair advantage), they have been strengthening the requirements for Dolphin users in order to ensure a fair environment for everybody (read: a PITA if you don't own a real console to pull a BootMii NAND backup, among other rules). But then you get to enjoy the sidequest to get back online from within your fake Wii!

So, here are my notes on getting Puyo Puyo 7 back online, since last time was in late '13, and I was getting my ass served by non-human Japanese cheaters robots with one-hit lethal chains:

- You need to setup a proper NAND on Dolphin, including installing Nintendo certificates.

- The default Dolphin NAND setups are banned (error 23918), so you need a NAND dump from an actual Wii console, preferably one that has not been used by half the Internet yet. There is no way around this, and don't even think about doing messy things like hacked console IDs, "revirginized NANDs" or crap like that. It won't work, trust me on this: either you will get error 23918 or 23915.

- Luckily I knew someone back from my college years who let me hax their Wii, so I had some old NAND dumps from that console stashed away on my backups. Except that these were from a console running 4.2U, and even worse, a console which had been modchipped for running pirate games, and these were in the era prior to Nintendo blocking off-region discs in the System Menu, which led to a rather dirty NAND (duplicate/off-region channels being the tell-tale sign, like a copy of the Japanese News channel next to the American News channel). BACKUP YOUR SAVEGAMES PRIOR TO DOING ANYTHING ELSE! (Tools->Export all Wii savegames; this will produce saves on the very same encrypted format that is used on actual consoles... or you can backup your Wii NAND root instead, if you wish)

- Sure enough, importing this well used NAND dump was enough to get my Puyos back online (you have to boot your game through the Wiimmfi patcher DOL, so make sure to have it on your game library as Dolphin will not patch the games for you!). But then, I had to cleanup years of cruft on this NAND...

- "No problemo", they said. "Update to 4.3", they said. Except that the Nintendo updater failed with error 32004 ("invalid NAND/unauthorized modifications found"). I guess this was a side effect of the off-region crap rather than the HBC, so I tried updating using Dolphin's built-in NUS updater (which accomplishes exactly the same thing, sans the brick risks - did I mention that Dolphin is unbrickable? If you screw up your NAND you just delete your Wii NAND root and start over - on a Wii, doing this without the safety net of BootMii/boot2 is an one-way ticket to Brick Town)... which also failed while trying to update the Shop channel! No error codes, no messages other than a generic "Update failed, look at the logs where we have logged nothing interesting at all, sucks to be you". Updating from a game disc update partition also failed.

- Long short story: this NAND dump had two fucked-up channels, among then the Shop channel (which is weird, since I can remember having used this very same Wii to download the Internet channel once Nintendo released it for free, but then I can't locate any of the earlier dumps I had performed on it), so I had to delete those before trying the update again. On a real Wii this requires using some shady apps (all of them with heavy DANGER BRICKS disclaimers on top). But on Dolphin, it's as easy as opening the Wii NAND root folder and deleting the proper files/folders at the right places (/title, and this is also a good chance to get rid of the dupe off-region crud too, as those won't go away even if you format the console because these are 00010002-XXXXXXXX titles AKA unremovable preloaded channels!). Deleting the channel folders is NOT ENOUGH, you also have to delete their respective tickets under /ticket too, otherwise the updaters will keep #FailingLikeABoss!!!

- Format your console, set up stuff, update your system (I used a the update partition from BIT.TRIP COMPLETE, then the regular Nintendo online updater), reimport your savegames (one at a time, sadly), and test stuff. If the (now defunct) Wii Shop channel opens and let you browse the catalog of total emptyness (save for the Wii U transfer tool and some Zelda savegame patch stuff), you're good to go. Now I should be able to get my Puyos online agai-- WHAT THE FUCK DO YOU MEAN WITH ERROR 23913!?!??! Looks like my repeated attempts to get my fixed NAND back online flagged it as "too many attempts for today, wait 24 hours". Damn...

- Fast forward to today. Let's try again... Error 60000. You're breaking my balls, Wiimmfi. However, this time I've hit a rather special brick wall, as this error has a rather comprehensive wiki page explaining that this means I've used that game profile (aka Friend Code) previously, and it's actually Dolphin my Wii that it's getting confused because some server-side ID no longer matches the ID encoded on my Friend Code, therefore aborting any attempts to go online with this nice all-around error code. In this case there is only one possible solution: wipe my save file and start over. Thankfully this is only a test, and I had nothing to lose, so after deleting my save and letting Puyo Puyo 7 create a fresh new file, Error 60000 is now gone, yayifications to meeee~~~~! (There are other ways to work around this condition should you not want to lose your progress/achievements, but thanks to how primitive the Nintendo online services still are, all the solutions imply game-specific hacks, and the only known one is for Mario Kart Wii - either RE your shit and risk getting your ass banhammered, or suck it up and start over from scratch with a new save file)


Lessons learned:

0) Cheaters are filthy scum that ruin everything for everybody, leading the way to (in)security theater.

1) A real NAND dump is a must. There is no ifs and no buts - ask to a friend (this is what I did), or buy a Wii and dump it yourself. Don't bother pirating one, most likely it's already banned!

2) Be aware for corrupted stuff on NAND dumps! Update using the Dolphin NUS updater and look carefully at the logs: if there is an error, the logs will tell nothing, but take note of which title it failed to update, and go delete it, complete with its respective ticket!

3) There are rate-limits in place for daily console activations on Wiimmfi, so be careful with your experiments!

4) Relevant error codes:
- 23913: rate-limit exceeded, try again in 24 hours
- 23915: use an untouched NAND dump, not a "re-virginized" dump
- 23918: you're using the default Dolphin NAND, which is not allowed
- 32004: your NAND contents are screwed up, go fix it and don't miss the tickets!
- 60000: wipe or fix your save file (only possible for MKW)

5) If you had imported your NAND dump on very old Dolphin versions, you will have to do it again due to improperly imported data because of bugs in said older versions. Failure to do so may crash your emulator or lead to error 23918

...too bad that the end result of all of my experiments is a nearly empty rankings table (or completely empty, in the case of the 20th Anniversary edition), and noone to play against :/ But I guess that the point of the whole exercise was to confirm that, indeed, you can now play online again the way Iwata intended to, just like we used to do in 2013. Sans the non-human Japanese puyo otakus on crack, of course!

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You used to be able to generate NANDs from scratch, using fake data that resembled more of a real Wii rather than Dolphin defaults. It was called "Wiimmfi unbanner", and as the name implies, it was abused by cheaters - this is why the Wiimmfi staff decided on their "only real NAND dumps allowed" policy.

Of course, their reasoning is "why you're playing Mario Kart if you don't own a Wii?!" (notwithstanding the fact that there are few select PC DVD drives that can actually dump legit GC/Wii discs with the help of special software that can send the right VSCs to the drive, and you can buy those games for cheap right now from your favorite second-hand games marketplace)

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Here is how Friend Codes and profile IDs work:
http://wiki.tockdom.com/wiki/Friend_Code
http://wiki.tockdom.com/wiki/Nick

The problem is that they don't tell from where the console-specific bits are read, maybe as a lame attempt of security by obscurity.

Not that I care that much, as I got it working after all...

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Posted on 19-11-25, 12:12 in Dolphin and the revival of Nintendo Wi-Fi connection (revision 1)
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The sole reason you would want a real NAND dump would be for using the Wii Shop Channel, as Nintendo doesn't let fake Wiis connect, plus the channel seems to be very picky about NAND layouts and freaks out on anything that isn't a real Wii (and that's another reason to be careful when modding your console!)

But then, the Wii Shop is long gone. Aside of that, Nintendo didn't cared that much about Dolphin users and their nonstandard NANDs on WFC (as I've said, that didn't stopped me from playing online against real consoles back when the service was still active). And Dolphin has improved waaaaaaaaaay too much since then.

Now all we get is this anti-cheater paranoia that really does no good (sure, cheaters are vile scum and something has to be done to address that, but immediately suspecting that anyone from a emulator could be a pirate AND a cheater is not exactly the way to say "welcome! join in and enjoy!"). Why not work with Dolphin devs to integrate Wiimmfi support instead? (or even better: opensource the server-side tools)

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