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Comment Re:Power Drain (Score 1) 698

it's basically true. I used to have comcast, I believe my plan was 7mb down and 384kbps up. Then they suddenly came out with "power boost", and magically i was getting about what they advertised now, 12mbps/2mbps! But, after a few minutes of use at that speed it would just slowly lower back down to the rate I had before. Good job comcast, you made your service last just long enough to pass a speed test at high speeds comparable to FiOS and then slowly throttling the packets back to where it used to be 3-4 years ago BEFORE powerboost.

Since a speed boost is really only useful if you're downloading large files (since they take the longest anyway) this is really just a big pile of marketing bullshit to make comcast seem faster than it really is. Quit playing games and upgrade your shit, comcast.

It wouldn't annoy me so much if they still advertised their old speeds with "power boost" but the fact they're still doing this now is a joke. If you can get FiOS in your area, do so.

Comment Re:Evoluent Mouse all the way (Score 1) 460

I have a coworker who uses one of these. They seem to like it, I tried it but it's not for me. I don't really have wrist pain issues, though I've started to wonder if the people who are helped by this kind of mouse are people who previously used the palm grip? it seems ever since they started trying to make mice ergonomic it really just promotes people resting on it when they shouldn't. I've always held the mouse with the claw grip and I've never had any problems. for reference: http://i42.tinypic.com/11il9jt.jpg

I rarely ever put my weight on my mouse with that grip although with the palm grip you almost have to. In fact, with the palm grip to move the mouse you basically have to move your wrist. Almost like as if you turned your head every time you wanted to look around, instead of just moving your eyes. I bet your neck would hurt soon enough.

Once you use the claw grip for long enough you can make many movements with your fingers only and with almost no wrist movement at all. However, this also means you generally want to use a smaller mouse, rather then the gigantic supposedly ergonomic ones. I used to use the plain old logitech optical mouse (then later an mx300). these mice all tend to be the smaller ambidextrous kind and are not "formed" to your hand in any way.

Same thing with keyboards, a lot of these ergonomic ones all have giant wrist rests and seem to promote resting your wrists on it even. They almost all say "don't rest your wrists while you type" in the manual too, which is pretty funny. As if that'll stop the inevitable. My favorite keyboards are old mechanical switch keyboards (buckling spring are 2nd fav...) but anything that isn't retardedly large and without a rest is fine. I use a pretty basic logitech keyboard at work and it's generally fine.

good posture doesn't hurt either. if you're sitting all hunched over...you know what to expect.

Comment Re:Remove food, remove rats (Score 1) 1032

hah, i used split loom tubing (split flex?) for keeping my cat from my chewing cables. Well that solves one problem...

that stuffs been used in the auto industry for many years and it works pretty darn well.

Still, keeping my cat off the cables is not that hard, and it's ceased to be a major problem, i imagine mice/rats are a lot harder to control and can get into much tighter spaces. I ended up spraying the cables with something nasty and that helped as well. I saw mentions of pepper spray and what not, I've never tried it for mice but it's worth a shot.

I can't agree more with the food source thing, a certainly family member of mine can't figure out why there's mice constantly on the kitchen counter when there's regularly a pile of compost sitting on there waiting to be hauled out...at least we have a cat...

I've used electric traps before, supposedly a bit more humane, but eh whatever, even regular traps can't be half as bad as the random things we've done to those things in the lab...

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