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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

karnal Re:What about those of us who like quiet cars (820 comments)

Agreed; I recently started wearing earplugs on my fairly silent bike due to wind noise. Very shocked with just how fatigued my ears would get on a 3+ hour ride prior.

about a week ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

karnal Re:What about those of us who like quiet cars (820 comments)

Motorcycles don't inherently have to be noisy. In fact, from the dealer floor - most harleys are pretty tame. (note: not a harley rider, and I detest anyone who thinks loud pipes save lives. No. No they don't.)

about a week ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

karnal Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (820 comments)

What's done in some instances is that they'll make a "sport shifting" mode that is selectable and it forces the CVT into locked gear ratios like a normal transmission.

My wife and I have had a Ford Freestyle for quite some time now, and it is slightly different from a normal auto... in fact her drive in the car on the way home she was doing 80mph on the freeway because she wasn't used to the sound yet!

about a week ago
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Engineer Combines Xbox One, PS4 Into Epic 'PlayBox' Laptop

karnal Re:"Engineer" (78 comments)

If I'm not mistaken, I think that was the Gamecube.

After reading, there's some back and forth about it. People speak of the same rotational direction, but potential reading outside in rather than inside out as in normal discs. The bigger deal is a "barcode" or region of keys that are used to decrypt the image potentially...

about two weeks ago
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Engineer Combines Xbox One, PS4 Into Epic 'PlayBox' Laptop

karnal Re:"Engineer" (78 comments)

Isn't one of the "anti-piracy" measures for a console to load up specialized firmware in each system's drive? Using one system's drive might trigger the other system to see it as a non-native console drive and puke as well.

about two weeks ago
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The Next Decade In Storage

karnal Re:Technologically maybe... (93 comments)

BUFFER UNDERRUN

Had a fairly high end machine at work at the time; pentium pro 200 + all SCSI inside. Seagate 1.2GB drives x2 and a cd burner. Oh how buffer underruns used to piss me off.

about two weeks ago
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Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

karnal Re:Good (400 comments)

Hmmm.. exploding lens flares... it might just work!

about a month ago
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Out With the Red-Light Cameras, In With the Speeding Cameras

karnal Re:Speeding not always an issue (335 comments)

A lot of the safety on the Autobahn is built into the rules; specifically two rules that are almost always followed:

1. You do not pass on the right.
2. You only stay in the left lane to pass, otherwise you stay in the right lane.

Additionally, the areas that the Autobahn touches have much stricter driving licence requirements - in addition to fines for motorists caught violating the above rules. If these rules were able to be enabled within the confines of say the United States (where I am) it could help drivers with enabling better traffic flow, even given the slower limits imposed here.

about a month ago
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Tesla Roadster Update Extends Range

karnal Re:Wow.. imagine if your gasoline car did this. (128 comments)

Does this still look different when Hawaii gas prices are still $3.21 a gallon though? reference --> http://www.hawaiigasprices.com...

Looks like (@ 30mpg) still close to 11$/100 miles for gasoline in Hawaii; wheras maybe $9/100 miles on electric (taking your figure *3, which is higher than "actual")

Not as much of a difference, but still a net savings.

about a month ago
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NASA Video Shows What It's Like To Reenter the Earth's Atmosphere

karnal Re:Parachute Reefing (75 comments)

Hopefully that's not what made you irate!

about a month and a half 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago

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Circuit City to Liquidate Remaining Stores

karnal karnal writes  |  about 6 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 6 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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