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Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

karnal Re:Car prices jump by $5000... (518 comments)

There's already wires that can tell the camera to turn on in the event the car is placed in reverse. They're called reverse lights, and they light up. This is commonly how aftermarket cameras are wired for power; no reason to feed power when the car is out of reverse.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Model S Gets Titanium Underbody Shield, Aluminum Deflector Plates

karnal Re:That *is* funny! (314 comments)

That's not a metal screw, it's a plastic pop fastener designed to hold plasticy bits in place.

about three weeks ago
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Measuring the Xbox One Against PCs With Titanfall

karnal Re: 35 GB of uncompressed audio? (377 comments)

Definitely understood; I know money's always tight. Wasn't necessarily trying to come across overbearing, but if you know the requirements going into it - then it's a choice, even if the devs bloat the game in ways we may not like.

about a month ago
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Measuring the Xbox One Against PCs With Titanfall

karnal Re: 35 GB of uncompressed audio? (377 comments)

Oh, believe me - I always thought "Man, if I make (x) amount of money, I'll be SET" - but everyone's finances are their own. Back when I would spend money as quick as it would come in, I would have one of the better upper class rigs of my gaming group. Now? Core2Quad with a GTX280. Why? I have other priorities as well; paying off all of my debt is becoming a BIG priority even though I'm years away from retirement.

My point should have been more to - if you are into gaming and can afford to shell out the bucks for the big name games, then you probably have some income that you can save or just outright spend on a larger drive, spinny or SSD. Hence, buy a bigger SSD or HD. Simple solution. If not, then don't buy a game that has such large requirements and save up until you can.

Besides - even if you don't buy a larger drive, well... then offload some games? There's solutions; potentially sub-optimal for what you want to do. At this point it isn't like the creator/publisher is going to go back and re-do all of the sound files, right?

about a month ago
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Measuring the Xbox One Against PCs With Titanfall

karnal Re: 35 GB of uncompressed audio? (377 comments)

Buy a bigger SSD. Or use a faster HDD for those "less used apps" (I know, Windows kinda sucks at this, can't dynamically move a lot of apps). My recent SSD purchase was going back and forth between a 256GB and a 480GB precisely for this reason; I had a 300gb Velociraptor that was @ around 225 before I bought.

I went with a 480GB because I decided in the end, sacrificing space and having to shuffle apps or reload windows was not an option. Once this gets close to full, I'll probably buy Crucial M500 960GB to replace it, and have the 480GB as a scratch/additional apps storage.

Don't get me wrong - I understand space costs money. Honestly - if you have a gaming rig and are buying Titanfall for whatever the price is - invest in larger fast storage as well.

about a month ago
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Comcast Turning Chicago Homes Into Xfinity Hotspots

karnal Re:So what happens (253 comments)

Hah. I'm far from rich. The basis of this implementation isn't in my opinion about changing how much someone pays for their locally served Comcast service. Everyone has their own thoughts (opinions as it is) on how things should optimally work, and I pointed out one of the standing issues that could impair usable performance for someone. My thoughts were not about others using wifi at all, but rather about Comcast adding these additional guest access points in the same airspace (whether they're on the same channel or not - can cause congestion.) I know others that live in more confined areas (apartments) have a potential to be much more impacted by this even if they don't know how wifi actually works, which is why I mentioned people in my neighborhood having wifi on channels that are overlapping.

about a month and a half ago
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Comcast Turning Chicago Homes Into Xfinity Hotspots

karnal Re:So what happens (253 comments)

The thing to note with this setup isn't about money or customer bandwidth in my opinion - if you are in a congested 2.4ghz area, those additional used frequencies have the potential to cause issues within the already congested space. Even with my home on a fairly decent plot of land sees a bunch of other SSIDs on 2.4ghz - and some are coded to non-1/6/11 channels. I'm doing my best to run with N everywhere possible on 5ghz, but some chipsets in older devices (wife's original nexus 7) don't have 5ghz availability. That's not even speaking to the diminished range of N given my router's location in the house either.

about a month and a half ago
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Intel's New Desktop SSD Is an Overclocked Server Drive

karnal Re: The caps are electrolytic (111 comments)

On a side note, it has been YEARS since I've witnessed a laptop that actually had the chance to spin down it's drives. Probably since win3.x days. Software being what it is today (McAfee at my place of employment) seems to have this bug of reading/writing to disk every few seconds, defeating any power management setups.

about 1 month ago
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Time Warner Deal Is How Comcast Will Fight Cord Cutters

karnal Re:Well... (424 comments)

It's a balancing act that I'm sure they would rather rectify for the consumer - but they cannot. The content providers are always going to want to have some form of tied in advertising; Hulu can guarantee that the advertisements are seen - as opposed to DVRs which can skip (or fast forward) through the adverts.

I haven't paid for Hulu yet (bing rewards points provide this to me for free for now) and I've enjoyed running through shows I wouldn't otherwise watch. As much as I would love to see no commercials, unless there's some other way to plug in advertising into the actual show - I don't feel it's going to ever happen.

about 2 months ago
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Government To Require Vehicle-to-vehicle Communication

karnal Re:Liking my old cars more and more. (390 comments)

I had the pleasure of renting a vehicle with the rear cross-traffic alert. I hadn't noticed a vehicle moving behind me in a crowded parking lot... the system beeped like crazy, made me hit the brakes right away without any real prompting otherwise. Stuff like that is something I'll definitely have in my next vehicle.

about 2 months ago
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FCC Wants To Trial Shift From Analog Phone Networks To Digital

karnal Re:Huh? (218 comments)

My current house and the last house I lived in still maintains access to the cable network (TV and internet service) during a localized power outage. I'm guessing with the proliferation of their own VOIP service, they've had to do the same thing the telcos have - keep things up using batteries. 5+ years ago the midwest was hit with severe wind - and my neighborhood was out for 7 days. At that point I bought a generator shortly after - and I haven't had any notable losses since, but at this point I'd rather have the availability of the generator at least for the furnace in case it's cold out.

I forsee that most companies will be putting more and more infrastructure in to keep services running even with localized power outages.

about 3 months ago
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Lenovo To Buy IBM's Server Business For $2.3 Billion

karnal Re:It Makes Sense For Lenovo (160 comments)

I am with you on this - and nowadays, small upgrades can make an unusable machine very usable! Best bang for the buck as follows in my opinion:

1. SSD - I bought two in the last six months; one for an older core2duo laptop and one for a core2quad desktop. Both machines run circles around the other hard drive based machines in my house.
2. Memory - even though DDR2 prices are seemingly through the roof compared to DDR3, still less expensive than a new machine. Max out that memory if you find it hard to open multiple apps. The laptop is limited to 4GB, I find myself hitting that limit (no swap on SSD).
3. Graphics - can't do anything about the laptop, but even low end cards can beat the high end cards of years ago.

These three things will make me not need a new desktop at home for a while, and even though the laptop I own can't get a graphics update - for what I do with it, it's probably going to outlast the desktop excluding any hardware failure.

about 3 months ago
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Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

karnal Re:Efficiency. (937 comments)

Was "home" at a higher elevation than Virginia Beach? I'm wondering if that didn't have a factor as well. A better test would have been to drive the exact same route and direction end to end and compare madman versus steady speed.

I've found using hills to my advantage ticks up my mpg by 1-2; I use as little fuel as possible to get to the top of a hill - even if it means slowing 5-10mph under the speed limit, then use the downhills to get to speed +5 or 10. Overall energy spent appears to be less, given the onboard computer readings as well as performing a calculated fill up.

about 3 months ago
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How One Man Fought His ISP's Bad Behavior and Won

karnal Re:Use public DNS (181 comments)

Looks like they have 3 different sets. https://dns.norton.com/dnsweb/huConfigureRouter.do -- link shows up after clicking on home user; configure router etc. the 3 sets differ in that they attempt to help with malware, malware+pornography, and malware+porn+non-family-friendly. .10, .20, .30 for the last octet, respectively.

about 4 months ago
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Power-Loss-Protected SSDs Tested: Only Intel S3500 Passes

karnal Re:So make the power reliable... (293 comments)

The only problem with this methodology - and I'm all about repairing and not replacing - is that a poorly engineered inexpensive power supply can actually take out other more expensive parts (motherboard, SSD/HDD.. video card) if it fails spectacularly. Then your cost to repair just went up over the cost of a decent power supply. I've been a fan of Corsair power supplies in my last several builds. They're mild (500 watts) but I haven't had one fail on me yet.

about 4 months ago
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Wisconsin Begins Using Cheese To De-Ice Roads

karnal Re:Whey too expensive (139 comments)

Where there's a wheel there's a whey.

about 4 months ago
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Ford Engineers Test 'Predictive Logic' To Improve Cruise Control

karnal Re:While they're at it: Integrate with tow/haul mo (112 comments)

That's not "Adaptive" in the sense that they're talking about here in my opinion. That's just an offshoot of what some companies will call radar cruise, to where the car maintains a set position behind the car in front of you. I like the premise though, I'm sure it works rather well - and on long highway drives, I wish I had it.

In my personal opinion, I would think an adaptive cruise would work similar to what I do to attempt to get a leg up on milage. I have a car with a pretty healthy v6 in it - and it also has an instantaneous MPG gauge. The hills around here aren't many, but if I control my speed +/- 10 mph to the limit (up to -10 on a long uphill, +10 on a downhill) I can keep my milage in a much better range than the cruise control attempting to limit me to +/-2 mph when set. Over the course of a tank, I've seen a 2-3mpg gain, which translates into real (albeit a small amount of) money back into my pocket.

about 4 months ago
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Ford Self-Driving R&D Car Tells Small Animal From Paper Bag At 200 Ft.

karnal Re:Yes but (207 comments)

To be fair, at least spend a small amount of money on a laser pointer. Once the cat is sick of the paper bag, the laser pointer will continue to amuse.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Convince Management To Hire More IT Staff?

karnal Re:Build a business case (383 comments)

Another serious problem is short term thinking... Your existing IT system may be slow, unreliable, clunky, but it limps along and the staff are familiar with it... If you replace it, users will have to get used to the new system, a new way of working and probably a new set of bugs to work around. A new system may cost a lot to implement, may result in a long period of reduced efficiency as staff get used to it etc.
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I still consider this thinking to be very short term as well. At some point, the upgrade will have to happen; either on your own time table (now or soon) or on the system's time table (when it breaks and isn't recoverable.) I'm personally of the mind - even though I make good coin when it happens the bad way - to put a replacement plan into action before the devices hit the crapper. Replacing it after it breaks still causes the same headaches and is more of an expense due to the unexpectedness of the upgrade.

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  |  about 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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