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NASA Video Shows What It's Like To Reenter the Earth's Atmosphere

karnal Re:Parachute Reefing (73 comments)

Hopefully that's not what made you irate!

2 days ago
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Using Discarded Laptop Batteries To Power Lights

karnal Re: sorry, all my laptop batteries are dead (143 comments)

I followed a thread on candlepowerforums about a guy who experienced permanent lung damage due to two mismatched lithium ion batteries in a flash light - one was presumably significantly in a different state of charge OR just a bad cell; experienced severe discharging and proceeded to thermal runaway in his house. In trying to get the light outside, he breathed in the toxic fumes and has permanent lung damage as a result. Be careful....

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

karnal Intel NUC or similar (720 comments)

Sounds like you need something like the Intel NUC. My wife is very accommodating of having a PC in the living room after seeing what sagetv could do (before we started renting an HD DVR.) Now we use the PC to throw movies up, and honestly - with the right setup, it is very quiet.

An Intel NUC will be quiet - and if you're good, you can hide it so it's out of sight, out of mind.

What lengths are you running on USB/HDMI that you're getting tearing on the cabling in and of itself? That might just be a factor of the quality of the cables; I've run 35 foot cables without any issue - but these aren't bargain cables; they're around 70-100$ a piece for a work project (network operations center).

about three weeks ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

karnal Re: Solar power terminology (516 comments)

My house in Central Ohio was built in 2008, first moved in in 2009 and I bought in 2013. Appliances 5 years old, 1800 sq feet (not including 500+ sq ft basement + crawl space/utility room). Heat is gas, range is electric - and we cook a lot at home - Metered usage for last month is 600KWH. I have a server (2 spinning disks), router, cable modem and kitchen cabinet LED strips on 24x7. Laptop and 2 other PCs on intermittently; plasma TV + AV and cable receiver on for 6+ hours a day; whole house excluding some closets is LED.

My highest usage for the year was in August for a little less than 1200KWH, but that just shows that half of my electricity usage for that period is all Air Conditioning. 12 month roll up is just under 10,000KWH, so from an average perspective it's on par with yours - however you stated no AC no heat usage... odd.

about a month ago
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Comcast Kisses-Up To Obama, Publicly Agrees On Net Neutrality

karnal Re:Vote with your feet (and moving van) (258 comments)

That would be great advice, but there are other things to consider as you get older.

1. Bought a house? Sure, ditch that house and get an apartment.
2. School districts - where someone lives now might be better for their kids overall than having quality internet access.
3. Income limitations - might not be able to move quickly due to lack of cash on hand and new area cost of living.

I bought a house recently (second house I've owned) and made sure it had internet capability at least as good as what I could get in most other areas; additionally the area I'm in isn't exactly in the middle of a city which has a notable impact on internet choices. Other people who don't have a choice on the where-to-live part I feel should be able to have the ability to get reasonable internet access without worrying about the carrier being DERP. I don't expect the overall situation to be fixed in whole by being made into a utility, but there are some sides to this that could help the country as a whole get into a better position from an access perspective.

about a month ago
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Comcast Kisses-Up To Obama, Publicly Agrees On Net Neutrality

karnal Re:Bad submission (258 comments)

Right - and to the bigger point here; for most people who only have one "high speed" access for internet, there's no capitalism going on since the customer CAN'T switch.... rock and a hard place. This is why people are seeing internet as a utility to be a good thing; they're hoping that it will iron out any business selfishness that currently is in place.

There's always two sides to every coin though.

about a month ago
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Comcast Kisses-Up To Obama, Publicly Agrees On Net Neutrality

karnal Re:Private Links != Paid Priority (258 comments)

Actually, Netflix introducing their own link into Comcast's network helps the others get better speeds too. Let's say the peering link sans netflix is @ 80% load. With netflix added, it pushes the load to over 100%, which for a bandwidth-intensive operation like netflix causes buffering (buffer drops at the peering routers). With netflix paying to have a dedicated link, that peering link is now back to 80%. Win - win - except for netflix, who is paying for it.

about a month ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

karnal Re:Excellent idea (554 comments)

I wouldn't ever on a car either!

about a month ago
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What People Want From Smart Homes

karnal Re: secret passages (209 comments)

I'm confused. Adamant that she WANTS it to look like a TARDIS, or adamant that she DOESN'T WANT it to look like a TARDIS?

Cause choice #1 above isn't the worst thing in the world.

about a month and a half ago
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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

karnal Re:Smart phones still acceptable. (357 comments)

Some tint actually has metal particles in it. If you go to get your car tinted, it's recommended not to use that type of tint as it will adversely affect cell reception and radio reception (especially on cars with embedded windhield/rear window antennas.)

about 2 months ago
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Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

karnal Re:Wonder what brand is best now... Intel? (101 comments)

I've had an M500 480GB for about a year now, absolutely no issues - although I'm running it on SATA2 in an older Core2Quad board. Best money spent, even when comparing to the Raptor that was previously booting/running the system.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Introduces Build Cadence Selection With Windows 10

karnal Re:Aero yet (112 comments)

What's even MORE AWESOME is that control-f in Outlook "forwards" emails; yet you use Control-E (what??) to "find". That frustrates me to no end every day.

about 2 months ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

karnal Re:Charging amperage (395 comments)

Sounds like you have 2 legs of a three phase service wired into your house.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: VPN Setup To Improve Latency Over Multiple Connections?

karnal Re:What makes you think (174 comments)

How much does one make when one moves a lawn? Must be a pretty penny!

about 2 months ago
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Liking Analog Meters Doesn't Make You a Luddite (Video)

karnal Re:Claim is BS. (155 comments)

See Lexus LFA (I know, it's a fringe car/argument) - they went with a digital cluster because they determined that an analog gauge couldn't keep up with the fast revving engine.

about 2 months ago
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Intel Releases SD-Card-Sized PC, Unveils Next 14nm Chip

karnal Re:x86? (47 comments)

I just watched the sparkfun video of their release of the device; it's 32 bit.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

karnal Re:Replacement batteries are nearly useless (131 comments)

I think a bigger issue with things like Cordless Phones and other devices using Nicad or Ni-MH techs is that they never seem to design a proper charger for them. I have a home phone set of 4 handsets - and each and every one of them overcharges the Ni-MH cells within to the point of heating up continuously post-full-charge. On devices designed with Lithium style batteries in mind, they HAVE to be more of a smart charger or you'll get fires...

I also bought years ago a small compressor with a Sealed Lead Acid battery 12v 7ah in it. Of course, same here - the charger is a dumb charger, 15v @ 400mah. If you leave that plugged in too long, the battery will die an early death as the voltage is way too high for a float charge after the battery is full. Since I recently replaced that battery after 7 years in service - not much use - I am now using a battery tender device until I find my SLA charger somewhere (moved last year and put it somewhere....)

Long and short of it, batteries are only a small part of the equasion. You could put money into the best batteries for the application (OEM, non generics etc) but if the charger is constantly beating them up, they will not give you a reasonable life span. I don't consider having to watch the charge times a very good thing, since I tend to forget after 5 minutes that I left something on charge.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

karnal Re:Batteries+ ? (131 comments)

Just an aside; was out looking @ thomasdistributing.com and noticed that Panasonic purchased Sanyo (didn't realize that) and that they recently shut down the Sanyo name.

about 4 months ago
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What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

karnal Re:So any net savings (228 comments)

I'm sorry no one came up with a good automobile reference for you yet. Additionally, News for Nerds. So yes, we love this.

about 4 months ago

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Circuit City to Liquidate Remaining Stores

karnal karnal writes  |  more than 5 years ago

karnal (22275) writes "After failing to secure financing from creditors and lenders, bankrupt electronics vendor Circuit City Stores Inc. said Friday that it will liquidate, joining the list of retailers like Linens 'n Things that are closing up shop due to the economic downturn."
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karnal karnal writes  |  more than 7 years ago

karnal (22275) writes "I have a question for the Slashdot Community at large: What do you use in the Enterprise to keep passwords safe? Currently I utilize Radius and Tacacs to manage a portion of our devices, but most things that are outside our network need to have seperate logins and passwords (think routers, switches and phone devices.)

I personally use Password Safe to guard my personal passwords on a thumb drive and make a snapshot to home and work about once a month. Our current solution for the business is Cryptainer with an Excel spreadsheet inside, but it only allows for one user at a time; in addition, it forces us to create a blank volume on every pc you load it on and has caused headaches for those in our group that are less-than-computer-savvy. Windows is a requirement; cross platform would be a bonus to me. Any thoughts?"

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