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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.

Comment: Re:So once again the legit customer is screwed ove (Score 1) 244

by parcel (#25956139) Attached to: EMA Suggests Point-Of-Sale Game Activation To Fight Piracy

actually you are wrong. If a game you bought is defective and you have the receipt (and it's within I think 30 days) the store must replace the game for the same game. It's the law.

Which of course is just boatloads of help when your CD drive isn't compatible with SecuROM, or the game doesn't start up at all due to some odd incompatibility or bug that the publisher may or may not deem worth fixing.

I'll stick with consoles until they fix that, or at least specifically state that returns will be accepted for defective software rather than just defective media (Stardock, and I believe Gas Powered Games, seem to be taking steps in that direction)

Education

To Curb Truancy, Dallas Tries Electronic Monitoring 462

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the kids-aren't-people dept.
The New York Times is reporting that a school district in Texas is trying a new angle in combating truancy. Instead of punishing students with detention they are tagging them with electronic monitoring devices. "But the future of the Dallas program is uncertain. Mr. Pottinger's company, the Center for Criminal Justice Solutions, is seeking $365,000 from the county to expand the program beyond Bryan Adams. But the effort has met with political opposition after a state senator complained that ankle cuffs used in an earlier version were reminiscent of slave chains. Dave Leis, a spokesman for NovaTracker, which makes the system used in Dallas, said electronic monitoring did not have to be punitive. 'You can paint this thing as either Big Brother, or this is a device that connects you to a buddy who wants to keep you safe and help you graduate.'"
The Military

Israelis Sue Government For Laser Cannons 736

Posted by samzenpus
from the we-all-want-a-laser-cannon dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Residents of a southern Israeli town want a real-life laser cannon to protect them against Palestinian rocket attacks. And they're suing the national government, for failing to provide the ray gun defense. The U.S.-Israeli Tactical High Energy Laser project was widely considered to be the most successful energy weapon ever built. But the toxic chemicals needed to generate THEL's megawatts of power made the thing a logistical nightmare. It was scrapped. Now, the residents of Sderot want it back. And they're taking Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to court to make it happen."

Sperm Could Power Nanobots 259

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the make-sure-you-pick-the-best-swimmers dept.
Lucas123 writes "According to MSNBC, scientists are experimenting with using a sperm's flagellum to overcome the problem of supplying energy to nanobots that could be implanted in the body as smart probes that would release disease-fighting drugs, monitor enzymes and perform other medical roles within a patient's body. Powered by a compound called adenosine triphosphate or ATP, a sperm's flagellum can propel it at about 7 inches an hour. Energy from ATP could also power the pumps charged with dispensing the medication at a certain rate from the nanobots."

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