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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: 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.

Comment: Re:I don't like the control it takes away from you (Score 1) 865

by karnal (#46928255) Attached to: Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

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.

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