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Comment Dear Conspiracy Nut (Score 1) 269

Yes, Two stroke engines have been around for a long time. However, this engine purports to be a clean two stroke - something that has not been around a long time. Anyone with an mid-70's two stroke motorcycle could probably go around the block before biking in their own smoke - so yes, this is new.

The advantage of this "system" is obviously 1) it's light, 2) it's clean; 3) it can use multiple fuel types.
1) A light engine can be combined with a generator; a battery. Think Electric-Car.
          If the battery in an electric car is large enough to run ~30 miles; the car has a sufficiently strong auxillary motor (not enough to drive the car fast uphill, but enough to repower the battery between the downhill & uphill) - this makes an electric type car better. A "more complex" two stroke should be lighter than a four stroke; make the Electric car significantly better. (Personally, I drive under six miles most days. Occasionally I want to visit friends who live outside the range for a purely electric vehicle - requiring me to have a conventional vehicle, or an expensive one with multiple power systems.)

2) If the engine is as clean as a four stroke, then the engine is as clean as a four stroke. EG: you will be able to use it in a production vehicle without as much pollution as a conventional two stroke.

3) It can use multiple fuel types: EG: You can fill it with Gas, Diesel, Algie-Diesel - or if you're in a 3rd world country: you can use Strained Fryer Grease (Diesel Fuel) from Bob's Yak stand. (May only work in warm climates, not recommended for stoned hippies, etc...)

So yes, if this works as implied this is a good solution that represents a significant improvement over a four stroke engine. (Not to say that the moving-puch cylinder head would not work in a four-banger.) For a company that makes very light vehicles, and is working on an "electric-type" vehicle - this solution makes emminent sense. Please insert this in your tin-foil hat so the Govenment does not leak it to the Big Oil companies.

Comment Re:A measely 6k attempts over 4 days? Who cares? (Score 1) 391

Re: Windows Admins...

Guys, Us stewpid windows guys don't haff to know this stuuf.
Micro$oft locks out any account that has 3 failed logons withing 15 minutes by default. (Not that it would not be trivial to get around, it just means that you have to try each password for a specific account once per five mintues. And increases the amount of time it takes to break a password. Hopefully to longer than the period to change the password....)



Submission + - NewEgg Files for IPO (

amcdiarmid writes: "Consumerist reports (from reuters) that NewEgg has filed for an IPO. ( ( Hopefully their service will go back up, as my last order .. had issues. (as well as two others I pointed there.)"

Submission + - VMware and RDP 6 client: Run Windows 7, Flash on i ( 1

taranfx writes: "Here is the future of Cloud Computing â" Run Windows 7 on iPhone, run as a thin client.

Wyse released PocketCloud iPhone application that features a RDP 6 client (Windows 7 compatible) for iPhone/iPod Touch with one very unique Feature- VMware View 3.1 support, making it a perfect Thin-OS.
What's more? a Thin-browser that does server side processing making iPhone compatible with Adobe Flash"

Comment managability (Score 1) 524

I suspect that managability means that someone (who is familiar with group policy objects) can manage a myriad of IE settings and restrictions across many machines in one go.

To do this with Firefox (and someone please correct/confirm me), you need to push a firefox configuration file to many machines at once & lock it down.

In the case of my office, we lock every IE user to machine configuration registry keys, and set those with a GPO. End users cannot reconfigure their IE settings to allow things like active-x,

With Firefox, while I suspect it's just as configurable - I also suspect that it's slightly more difficule, and less documented.


Comment Re:Learn a UNIX & link Resume Padding (Score 1) 474

"certs for linux but anyone who knows anything in HR will sneer at them as the meaningless drivel they are."

Anyone who knows anyone in HR is nobody. I work for a fairly savy IT company, and have worked for several other IT companies. The percentage of people in HR who know about technology close to 0%.

If those people knew about IT, they woule be called managers, not HR. In their defense have to know a verly little bit about a wide variety of work sectorys, and a lot about HR.

Take a look at some of the postings out there: "We want a MCSE/MCITS certified administrator, who is also AIX certified and certified as a CCIE. Pay

If you really want to move from help desk to a *glorified position track*, figure out which one you want. You want to be a MS admin, figure out which technologies sound interesting to you. Then figure out how to get your MSITS (or whatever they are calling MCSE these days.) Get your company to *lend* you a good computer or two to set up a virtual environment to test this. If you want to do Linux admin, try the same cert BS with Linux stuff.

As a techie,I may think that certifications are bogus, and only serve to tell you what advertized features actually work - but they tell a HR drone something else: 1)You know enough about the tech to have passed a vendor test. 2)The vendor *may* help you more than some uncertified schmuck. 3) You *may* know how to learn, and be able to apply it in a beneficial way to the company.

Personally, as a SR Sys Support Specialist (Dealing with MS, VMware, and Citrix mostly), I find that I have help desk zombies interrupting me every five minutes with issues that they should have done themselves...


Submission + - Ultimate BIOS guide

amcdiarmid writes: "I just ran across a very nice guide to BIOS settings. (From Maximum PC of all people!) I read the first several pages, and found a few things I (an old curmudgeny IT type) did not know — and only one thing I think was wrong... (Likely a typo in the "Limit CPUID Max. to 3:" section, I don't think that a Modern OS needs this enabled.)

The thing includes such gems as (paraphrasing) old timers turned stuff off on the motherboards to save memory resources, but since all new motherboards have more than 2MB of memory — it's not necessary unless you need the IRQ's, or want to avoid IRQ conflicts.

At over ten web pages at you might want to just hit the print link: If it's still up after a maximum slashdotting (;p)"

Comment Network Attached Storage (Score 1) 393

It sounds like you want a backup to store the drive allready in the computer, although it could be you don't have enough storage and are just storing files on external drives. (Say movies ripped from DVD or so...)

In either case, it's probably easiest to make a network attached storage device (aka Linux server) to copy everything to.

Computer1: Primary use computer

OldComputer2: NAS in closet... You can get an old P3 (low heat producing) with a bunch of drive bays, and a PCI SATA card ($50). Use a junky IDE drive for the OS, and make a raid5 of several large capacity drives.

The advantage of this is that you can synch your existing "workstation" to the NAS, and get the files you were considering on external HD's on the fly. Moving HDs around is not really recommended, as there is a good chance you will damage them. There are many guides to configuring this, which you can find via google.

Note: a PCI SATA adaptor will limit you to about 1Gb/s throughput. Convient as a Gb Ethernet is the current networking standard.

Comment Boges Question (Score 1) 442

I call bogus question.

In a environment as described, everyone knows to buy one of what allready exists. In my office it's a Latitude e6400 (latest and heaviest;). With a PKI card reader. This configuration unit is a US government special. The "Secure Offices" poster is going to have an equilivent set of Super Sucky Specials.

However, the key is not the purchasing what everyone else has - it's that the question is relatively bogus: In most secure environments, you have to use company equipment, and have papers stating you are allowed to take it out of the building. In the few courthouses I've been in (DC, Ohio; Federal) I was not allowed to bring in electronics. It may be that poster has a specific ? regarding courts - but the question is overgeneralized to the point of misleading: Secure US government facilities don't let you use your own equipment. (My insecure one will let you bring it in, but no touching the network: The night security guys have EEEs with wireless modems for between log checks.)

Comment Re:Buy any current workstation and... (Score 4, Informative) 655

Mod parent up.

You need DOS and Win96 compatibility: You can virtualize the existing system into a new system, and make it portible; back-up-able (as a Virtual Machine) by virtualizing it.

As an aside, I always thought Win95 was a dog. You may wish to check to see if XP compatibility mode will work, or check (ha ha) to see if WINE will work. (Actually, trying the application set with WINE is not a bad idea - it should be compatible with Windows 95 by now.)

Remember it could be worse: I have a friend who deals with Vet who has an old Xenix system - they buy parts of ebay in bulk;)

Comment Re:vmware is free (Score 1) 189

The VMWare Player is free, as is VMWare Converter.

1)Create new image on box (smallish disk). Update same
2)Create an image of that box's C: Drive, place on another drive
3)Make copy of that image file/folder
3)Run that image, throw away when done.

VMWare server is also free, and not hard to get running on Linux.. on WinServer 2k3 it's a doddle.

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