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Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

karnal Brain ZAP! (284 comments)

Citizen, you will be implanted with this brain massager free of charge. Please do not attempt to remove this device. That is all.

about two weeks ago
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Workplace Surveillance Becoming More Common

karnal nothing to see here (195 comments)

...what? Did I miss something here?

about a month ago
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Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

karnal Re:loud = fast NOT (345 comments)

Low RPM low horsepower air cooled. I know some are probably water cooled, but they're still rather low performers out of the gate.

I switched from a "touring" bike that just about every biker in america seems to ADORE (taken from my experience at biker gatherings and punchy quips thrown at my ride) to a sport touring bike that looks like a crotch rocket but with a much better seating position. Going from a 0-60 of around 9 seconds as well as a horrible handling ride to one that does the same in 2.8 seconds and is beautiful to handle is such an awesome experience. Shame I can't convince the haters to at least try it before they hate.

about a month ago
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4K Displays Ready For Prime Time

karnal Re:Hi Res (207 comments)

Even Plasma "blacks" aren't truly "TV Off" blacks, but they're a good bit less luminous than any LCD technology I've seen thus far - and when watching tv in a darker room, really does make it look nicer.

about 2 months ago
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Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please Don't Buy Our Electric Car

karnal Re:Diesel? (462 comments)

I routinely get 30+mpg freeway (26/27 mixed on >10 mile trips) in my Lexus ES350 with a modernly powerful v6 and space to boot. It's not as roomy as my old ride (like you, a Grand Marquis) but the ride quality is pretty similar.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Job Need To Exist?

karnal Re:Obviously (343 comments)

Exactly. The problem with not having the resource on site is that you (employer) would not be able to be confident that the employee is available. I'm sure some outsource companies / contracts specify that a resource will be available within X minutes etc if not on-site, however I feel in this scenario the business can potentially lose more money from downtime if that is breached than the potential damage award from a breach of contract.

about 2 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

karnal Re:I don't like the control it takes away from you (865 comments)

How do you turn the car off but leave the radio on for the passenger - e.g. at a gas station?
Either jump out of the car (leaving it running) - it will complain when you leave that there is no key. It will stay running until shut off without the key in the car, not advisable (someone could drive off. I had my friend "test" this by driving around the parking lot.) I'd park the car, then hit the start / stop button twice without foot on brake - once to kill the engine, then the next engages the accessory position.

How do you give a prolonged crank?
In my experience - I have a remote starter, and on occasions that I jump the gun on the remote start (i.e. only give it one minute to "warm up") my car seems to have an issue re-starting while in the car post remote start. At this point, when I put my foot on the brake and TAP the start button, it will crank seemingly forever (>15 seconds) until either the vehicle starts OR I take my foot off the brake. Due to security concerns (see above), my remote starter automatically shuts off the car when a door is opened, requiring a re-start to go.

This is for a 2008 ES350.

about 3 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

karnal Re:I don't like the control it takes away from you (865 comments)

In my Lexus, one press with foot off brake is accessory, two gets me the ignition/computer fired up. At any point even with the car totally off, depressing the brake and then touching the button fires it up (position 3). Also the engine in a no start condition will crank until it state or you take your foot off the brake.

about 3 months ago
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WRT54G Successor Falls Flat On Promises

karnal Re:I refrain from new routers (113 comments)

I went to a multi-band AC router because I have devices in my house that it just doesn't make sense to run a wire to. My basement was finished before I bought the house (new in 09, owner fully finished it) and the ceiling is all drywall.

Yeah, I can poke holes and run cabling just fine. However, it was just easier for me to spend some $$$ and now I can throw files back and forth from anywhere in the house at better than 802.11g speeds; typically half of gigabit wireline speeds. My internet isn't fast enough to really give me a boost - but that wasn't my main goal.

about 3 months ago
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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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 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 6 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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