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Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 808

by karnal (#48878781) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

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!

Comment: Re:"Engineer" (Score 1) 78

by karnal (#48839329) Attached to: Engineer Combines Xbox One, PS4 Into Epic 'PlayBox' Laptop

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...

Comment: Re:Speeding not always an issue (Score 2) 335

by karnal (#48704753) Attached to: Out With the Red-Light Cameras, In With the Speeding Cameras

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.

Comment: Re:Wow.. imagine if your gasoline car did this. (Score 1) 128

by karnal (#48677463) Attached to: Tesla Roadster Update Extends Range

Does this still look different when Hawaii gas prices are still $3.21 a gallon though? reference -->

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.

Comment: Re: sorry, all my laptop batteries are dead (Score 2) 143

by karnal (#48542065) Attached to: Using Discarded Laptop Batteries To Power Lights

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....

Comment: Intel NUC or similar (Score 0) 720

by karnal (#48487149) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

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).

Comment: Re: Solar power terminology (Score 1) 516

by karnal (#48417765) Attached to: Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

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.

Comment: Re:Vote with your feet (and moving van) (Score 1) 258

by karnal (#48402627) Attached to: Comcast Kisses-Up To Obama, Publicly Agrees On Net Neutrality

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.

Comment: Re:Bad submission (Score 1) 258

by karnal (#48393775) Attached to: Comcast Kisses-Up To Obama, Publicly Agrees On Net Neutrality

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.

Long computations which yield zero are probably all for naught.