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Old 07-25-2013, 02:30 AM   #81
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Old 07-25-2013, 02:49 AM   #82
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FYI if your IT dep isn't a bunch of retards they know you are using a proxy.
The Harris Corporation is a defense contractor which routinely works which secret / classified materials and other projects involving high-opsec mission requirements.

And yes, our IT dept is made up of complete retards. These folks literally remind me of Mordac the Preventer of Information Services. I am absolutely, 100% serious when I say that their mission is not to secure our communications and data, but to comply with poorly-written policies and ISO9001 requirements.

So **** them right in the ear. They have literally made it so difficult for me to do actual work that I have been forced to circumvent 100% of their security measures. I went to Fry's and bought a stock Win7 PC with my own money to replace my company-issued "Standard Client", as their Avecto Privilege Guard software robs me of admin rights and makes it impossible to install un-approved software on my PC. (Hint: We are an engineering company. And although it is not our primary business, we CREATE software in the course of our everyday activities. By definition, the software which we create is unapproved, as it did not exist until we compiled it a few minutes ago. There is no way in Hell that I am going to send you guys every single build we produce (as many as several per day) and then wait a week for you to approve it before I can install and run it on my machine to see if it works. Also, have you noticed that I have THREE ethernet cards in my machine? Yeah, I don't mind if you force ONE of them to be firewalled and run DHCP, but I *REALLY* need to be able to control the other two manually and run them with no firewall. Wireshark much?)

I then imaged the Standard Client machine and run it inside a VM on my generic PC (only so that I can access Outlook, since the domain password is a more closely guarded secret than the recipe for Coca Cola), and I run 100% of my network communications (including the proprietary / confidential ****) through a proxy server, as this allows me to access Dropbox, GoToMyPC, LogMeIn, and a number of other "insecure" services which I actually need in order to interface with my customers' systems.


Thus, I really don't give a **** what they know. Our local tech, who only comes into the office one day a week, is fully aware of what I've done and doesn't give a **** about it either- he's frustrated by his job and thinks it's hilarious. When he needs to do an audit on my "Standard Client" PC (4 times a year), I simply maximize the virtual machine for him, and he happily ticks off all the boxes indicating that, so far as he can tell, I am running a completely secure, un-hacked, un-modified, useless corporate build...

... inside a virtual machine on a totally unsecure host on which it's obvious that I have re-attached the "secure" barcode tag with scotch tape, having painstakingly scraped it off of the piece-of-**** Dell Optiplex that it was originally attached to.




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Also if prism is really doing what people say it is, it has to be quite efficient at weeding out bs.
Yeah, that was mostly just an excuse which allowed me to make the Nickleback joke.

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Old 07-25-2013, 05:44 AM   #83
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Yeah, at the School system i work at the IT guy knows his stuff. Proxys are filtered, and he has damn good filter. Plus the students know how to use a proxy, they're not completely stupid here. Our network is one of the best in the state, only second to some of the pretty rich areas.

MT was blocked at one time, i just went down and told him to unblock it. Problem solved.

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Old 07-25-2013, 08:40 AM   #84
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Thank you. Proxies are pretty much the ultimate solution to workplace internet filtering.
that is, of course, until/if your work also blocks thems...
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The Websense category "Proxy Avoidance" is filtered.
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Old 07-25-2013, 09:28 AM   #86
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Your request from
10.25.44.168 was denied because of its content categorization:
"Proxy Avoidance" .
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I've found all proxys to be blocked. The only non-work site I've ever wanted to go to was wilwood that was blocked. And **** them in the ear for that because I could actually have a legitimate reason to go there since wilwood does do some industrial stuff (and because technical data on wilwood stuff isnt available anywhere else, **** summit cant even get the diameter right).
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1) set up a remote access on your home pc
2) either write down the ip if its static-ish or setup a dynamic dns
3) remote from your work pc into home pc
4) browse anything you can because remote connections are encrypted

tada!
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The lock down is much more relax on this system compared to the last i was on, I've only come across one thing blocked so far, two if you count that link for the proxy.

at my last job, I couldn't even log into my own personal website.
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Oh, I forgot that google docs and google translate are also block. I work for a german company, dont speak german, and I cant use google translate. **** me right?
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Old 07-25-2013, 12:47 PM   #91
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a believe a few have cracked, but they weren't running the brace. with the brace, i think there might have been 1 failure I've heard of, but it was unconfirmed iirc.

People love to hate on BEGi, so if they were cracking often, we'd hear about it.
FWIW, BEGi's own take on the S4 vs its cast iron manifold:

Is the S4 Manifold really better?

At lower boost systems, the S4 manifold will perform the same as the cast iron manifold. A difference is only seen when the boost is raised above 10 psi.

Performance wise, the S4 manifold is the better choice. Reliability wise, the cast iron manifold is the better choice. You can expect the S4 manifold to crack at some point. We offer a longer warranty on the S4 manifold for that very reason.

(see: BEGi)

Of course, the devil is in the details -- or in this case, how long it takes to reach "at some point."

See also the brief discussion of using stainless steel vs cast iron vs aluminum for the manifold on pp 118-119 of Corky Bell's Maximum Boost.

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Old 07-25-2013, 07:17 PM   #92
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lol the extent of my companies IT department (they make billions btw) is that they block specific websites, and you can get through by using https.

silly people
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Old 07-28-2013, 06:59 AM   #93
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Can someone measure the tube size on an original s4?
(The thin walled stainless one and not the latest heavy walled mild steel one.)
The ebay ones use 38mm x 1mm wall thickness as far as I know.


https://www.miataturbo.net/wtb-7/s4-manifold-71756/

I wonder why Begi never came out and said that their S4 manifold is different to the ebay one. In fact they say this
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Aricjm15: You are quite correct, the ebay piece and mine are the same. We made a proto, sent it to a maker in China, received a bunch of nice pieces, then found the same thing for sale on ebay. I have to admit, I was warned.
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Please don't take this as I am dissing the S4 manifold. I'm not. It has it's place and purpose. But, I am honest and up front about how much or if it will crack. If you do not support a SS manifold, the failure rate is 100%. If you over support a SS manifold, the failure rate is 100%. If you support it just enough, like we do, the failure rate is about 40%. Hence, the extended warranty on it.
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100% failure for incorrect supported s4 manifolds would tally with the ebay experience.

The repair Begi offer for their S4 is interesting.


https://www.miataturbo.net/build-thr...e2/#post992615

Anyone got measurements for original S4 runner dimensions so we can put it to rest?
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That's not repaired, because, that is my mani you just posted up there.
Dwink bought that s4 kit from me, the manifold was not cracked anywhere, but he was nervous about it anyway, so after a conversation with Corky he sent it to them to inspect and make any preventative upgrades as needed.
Corky then did what you see above: reinforced and refurbished it.
Its sitting in my garage right now. Looks and feels way more solid than before.

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*edit: just realized how small they came out. I'll snap some not crappy ones later
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That's not repaired, because, that is my mani you just posted up there.
Dwink bought that s4 kit from me, the manifold was not cracked anywhere, but he was nervous about it anyway, so after a conversation with Corky he sent it to them to inspect and make any preventative upgrades as needed.
Corky then did what you see above: reinforced and refurbished it.
Its sitting in my garage right now. Looks and feels way more solid than before.
Good information 18psi
The reason the repair is interesting is that the bracing that Begi added is in the same spot as where my ebay one started to crack after a year of use.


It would be neat if you can measure the wall thickness and runner diameter of that manifold.
A difference in the material diameter/thickness would be pretty definitive.
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Plus for all we know, it's 202 stainless. Or some other junk stainless. Who really knows what it is...

But it's more than likely just regular old 304.
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I have to say I like the way that S4 manifold was refurbished. I have had good and bad luck with ebay SS manifolds. The one on my 2jz has had 0 problems and has been on my car and was on another car for 2 years previous. I have had 2 ss manifolds on my civic similar design to the one the OP has and both sucked horribly. The one the waste gate port broke off I had it fixed but being cheap stainless it broke again in less than a month the other one was on the car for about 3 weeks before there were little cracks forming all over the place. If the OP wants ebay let him run it he is the one that is going to have to fix it again in 3months lol
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