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Comment Re:How about ... nothing? (Score 2) 169

All good advice once you've reached the point of enjoyment. I can assure you, no-one starts out at that point.

At the start it's a goal, usually related to performance and improvement. "All this fancy stuff" is to provide feedback that the goal is getting closer, and on what needs to be done to work in the right direction. And then, after a long time of hard work, the point where enjoyment of running for its own sake can be reached.

Very few people find enjoyment in starting out running, without feedback and the ability to see improvement and focus on statistics to improve for motivation. Perhaps you can (although your post suggests it's something you had to work to achieve), but if so you're in the minority.

Comment Re:Australians lost a long time ago (Score 5, Informative) 62

Australia is at about 1 homicide per 100,000 inhabitants per year. The rate has been steadily declining since 1990. In the US it's at around 4.5 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants per year.

Robberies are at around half the rate of what they are in the US. Sexual assault is about equivalent, though it used to be higher before the new gun legislation.

Comment Re:funny. (Score 1) 246

And it'd be right firing him. He was fantastic when working on his own, on projects he could hold in his head. And while he's as nice as they come, he was not a team player of the kind needed in a project based environment. And he would have hated working in one as well. It'd be a waste of everyone's time to keep him in one.

Comment Re:Chip is good security theatre (Score 1) 145

I should be able to say "this is my card, do not ever accept it".

No, you should not. If you can do that with your card information, then I can do that with your card information. If I do that with your phone company, then what?

What you should do is contact your bank and contest the charges. Talking to the vendor is a waste of everyone's time. Most of all yours. They have zero obligation to you.

Comment Re:The kilogram is based on a chunk of metal? (Score 1) 278

Engineers calculate things like that all the time, and all engineers except the ones in the US and Burma use Metric.

And I also do that all the time, in my head, quickly and easily. In my work, when trying to figure out why a test failed in a nasty way, and when estimating things like if the cooling for a test will be sufficient, or if the power supply will manage what we expect of it given temperature ranges, energy requirements, humidity evaporation, whether a construction is solid enough to hold up the test subjects and other things. Also in my home and hobbies, when deciding what to purchase, or whether a specific tool can solve a specific problem in adequate time, or whether a construction will hold up to what I intend to subject it to. Pretty much none of it requires conversion, and usually I don't even need a calculator. That you don't do it is probably because you don't know how to.

Comment Re:The kilogram is based on a chunk of metal? (Score 4, Interesting) 278

The (to me dubious) advantage of dividing by low primes pales utterly when you need to quickly calculate how much water you need in your dam to last through winter, or any other quick conversion between dimensions involving volume, area or anything else which is not in discrete units - and since you don't measure oxen or days in meters or kilos I fail to even see how your examples apply.

Plus, plug SI into Metric and quickly, in your head, with only moving zeros calculate how much energy is required to heat some water, from that how long it will take given a specific wattage, or how much a given volume of water weighs (and if you can recall its density, thus how much something else weighs) and from that how much force it will exert on the surface it sits on, and how hard it will hit an object if it falls a certain distance, or pretty much any other physics calculation - with no constants involved for moving in SI (except for material conversion, such as density).

It's simply astonishing how difficult such calculations are in Imperial, and how simple they are in Metric and SI.

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