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Comment: Re:Replacement batteries are nearly useless (Score 1) 131

by karnal (#47735943) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

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.

Comment: Re:Design Issue (Score 1) 60

by karnal (#47581455) Attached to: Multipath TCP Introduces Security Blind Spot

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.

Comment: Re:loud = fast NOT (Score 1) 345

by karnal (#47280273) Attached to: Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

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.

Comment: I can happen (Score 2) 403

by haplo21112 (#47051925) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can <em>Star Wars Episode VII</em> Be Saved?

1. Deep Storyline, focusing on story first action second, that's what made the original trilogy good
2. Don't throw away the content the fans are screaming for...ok some of the expanded universe is just silliness, but there is some good stuff...AKA Timothy Zhan books...keep most the concepts from there...Mara Jade, Leia and Han's kids...
3. Attribute 1,2,3 and to unclear memories and retcon some of that crap!
4. Don't make new characters poor clones of previous characters
5. for the love of god make sure the villains aren't Vader/Emperor retreads...and PLEASE don't find some half asses way to resurrect the them!

Comment: Re:Obviously (Score 1) 343

by karnal (#46973103) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Does Your Job Need To Exist?

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.

...when fits of creativity run strong, more than one programmer or writer has been known to abandon the desktop for the more spacious floor. - Fred Brooks, Jr.