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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 a week ago

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 three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

karnal Re:Batteries+ ? (131 comments)

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

about three weeks ago

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 a month ago

Multipath TCP Introduces Security Blind Spot

karnal Re:Design Issue (60 comments)

Corporate policies can be pushed to a non BYOD device. Obviously (as you point out) the BYOD device - if it's using both paths - could be blocked on the corporate WiFi environment due to the IPS policy but continue chugging along on 4G and effectively negating the bonus of multipath.

There's never a clear solution for BYOD unless it can be centrally managed, which is the security concern for most (all?) companies, I'd think.

about a month and a half ago

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 2 months ago

Workplace Surveillance Becoming More Common

karnal nothing to see here (195 comments)

...what? Did I miss something here?

about 3 months ago

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 3 months ago

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 4 months ago

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 4 months ago

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 4 months ago

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 4 months ago

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 4 months ago

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 5 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 6 months ago



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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