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Comment: Re:Small, in-wall UPS (Score 1) 328

by parcel (#35248680) Attached to: In case of a blackout, batteries etc. will give me ...

I have a UPS for all my computers, but my router is an ALIX board hiding in a recessed in-wall box that is not on any UPS. I tried to find a sufficiently small UPS (would need to be about 3"x4"x1.5", exclusive of cord) that I could fit in the box, but had no luck - closest I could find was a homebrew mini-UPS running off a 9volt battery - and I don't trust myself enough to build something like that.

It wouldn't need to last long, as most of our outages are only for a few minutes - any ideas?

sigh, forgot to log in, and posted at 0.

Comment: Re:Not trying to be a troll here, but... (Score 3, Informative) 418

by parcel (#32023762) Attached to: Rough Justice For Terry Childs

I've worked in the public sector a while and what I learned is - if the agency head(s) ask you to do something job related, even if it's against the policy that's printed out, you do it.

In my experience (private sector, financial industry) that results in immediate termination of your employment. And that isn't theoretical, I'm aware of two instances at my current company. In both cases they had security guards escort them off the premises.

Comment: Re:It's different (Score 3, Interesting) 249

by parcel (#30327206) Attached to: <em>Gran Turismo</em> Gamer Becomes Pro Race Driver

Driving a car in a videogame and driving a car in real life are very different, but the actual *racing* part is pretty similar. Controlling the car is important, but it's not what wins races. Racing is all about knowing the lines and racing techniques, and a video game can definitely teach you that.

I think, at least to an extent, it helps with actual driving too. I've sunk at least a hundred hours into every GT game since GT1 (before I even had a learner's permit). On three occasions I've had to make emergency reactions while driving in real life where - I don't know quite how to put it into words - everything just felt smooth and practiced.

Two things especially, scaling reaction to speed of travel and turning into a fishtail, are things that I think feel natural from all the time in GT. I just fortunately haven't had many "practice" opportunities in real life, so I figure I must have learned from the games.

I use a wheel & pedals instead of a controller, too, which maybe helps the simulation value.

Comment: Re:Comments (Score 5, Interesting) 383

by parcel (#30074448) Attached to: Your Opinion Counts At CNN &mdash; But Should It?

Except by every means, The Daily Show covers more news than the typical mouth-breathing news casters, and does so in a funny way. They don't lie, make shit up, or spend thirty minutes covering Madonna's booger incident via twitter: they show news footage, give a quick 60 second real news blurb, then make a joke.

Totally agree. The Daily Show makes news entertaining. Fox makes entertaining news.

Comment: Re:Have NAS, will save (Score 1) 299

by parcel (#26371187) Attached to: How Long Should Companies Make E-Bills Available?

Why is it the companies responsibility to keep your records for you?

A financial institution has the know-how and resources to maintain secure records in multiple copies at different geographical locations. A majority of that institution's customers do not. Although you clearly have it far more together than most, it sounds like if your house goes up in flames you still might be calling up banks for records.

If nothing else, it's good customer service.

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