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Comment: Re:Not sure how standing up would solve anything.. (Score 2) 310

by Dancindan84 (#46778863) Attached to: Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk
Yeap. I worked a summer on a sorting line in a recycling facility. Standing still on hard flooring is brutal. Even adding rubber mats didn't help a ton, and good shoes weren't really an option since we needed steel toed boots.

The thing that helped the most? Dancing. We put on music and danced while we sorted and it was light years better than just standing still.

Comment: Re:um.... (Score 2) 307

It's just a way for mathematicians to get people to stop asking inane questions during the apocalypse.

"Can you estimate Pi?"
"Sure. Hand me that shotgun."

"Do you know Euler's Number offhand?"
"Of course. Hand me that bazooka."

"What's Pythagoras' constant?"
"Seriously? Do you see a tank around here?" Eventually you get left in peace.

Comment: Re:Um, no? (Score 1) 307

Ok, even if I give you that you can cut with a push mower while pushing down with the exact amount of force to just keep the weight off the front wheels, cutting your lawn in a series of circles would mean you have to keep that downward force applied for the entire duration of cutting your lawn. And you'd still get dizzy. The only way that would be acceptable is if you had Yakety Sax playing in the background while you mow and stadium seating for the show.

Comment: Re:Um, no? (Score 1) 307

If I was talking to her like a child I would have said, "That's neat" and patted her on the head. I say stuff that's ridiculous and my wife corrects me without talking to me like a child, and vice versa. We can even do it with a little ribbing like I did in this case without getting butt-hurt about it. I actually find it hilarious when it dawns on me that I have one of those, "Oh @#$%, I just said something really stupid and she caught me," moments and I'm glad I'm in a relationship where we can poke a bit of fun at each other and enjoy it.

Comment: Re:Um, no? (Score 5, Interesting) 307

This reminded me of a story my wife told thinking it made her math teacher sound smart. She said that they sat down and figured out that it was most efficient to mow their lawn in a series of circles rather than in a rectangle or lines like most people do. I facepalmed and she asked me why.

I responded with something along the lines of, "I'm sure they figured out that mowing in circles is theoretically more efficient, except that most lawn mowers have a finite turn radius that makes it impractical and push mowers can't cut while turning since they have to be lifted."

"Also, people tend to get dizzy going in circles for more than a few seconds, so unless they employ a ballerina to do their lawn mowing, all they showed it why you don't ask a mathematician to solve an engineering problem."

Comment: Set up for failure (Score 1) 451

by Dancindan84 (#46716649) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

I'd say that attempting to start it in the workplace on outdated machines with people who've likely been using the same OS for over a decade because they've never been upgraded is the wrong way to go about it. While it is a decent use case for Linux on the desktop, you're also setting it up for failure.

Showcasing it on decently modern machines and with users who (likely) aren't so entrenched to show that it's capable of competing with a modern OS, and THEN taking the, "Oh, and this will also run on that old crap hardware pretty decently" approach after would be better. Unfortunately that process should have started a year or more ago to be effective.

At this point I'd agree with most of the others above. Tell your boss he's better off shelling out to upgrade the computers rather than trying to keep the dead walking.

Comment: Re:Am I getting old? (Score 1) 90

Well, that's not it then. I'm 34. I work as a computer programmer at a college, so if you'd asked me 10 years ago if I'd be doing programming or hardware tinkering as a hobby I'd have said hardware tinkering, because I wouldn't think I'd have wanted to come home and program after a day at work of programming... but that's exactly what I do.

It's different programming mind you. I play around with a PHPBB forum coding a custom shoutbox and D&D dicebot for me and my friends to play with, or playing with smartphone apps as opposed to customizing/fixing HR and accounting software, but it's still programming.

I even had someone else build my last computer. Still custom and I spec'd it out myself, but just couldn't be bothered with actually assembling it myself.

My other option was time, since I'm now married with two young kids (2.5 and 4 months), but I still find the time to tinker with programming outside work so it's not strictly that either.

Comment: Am I getting old? (Score 3, Interesting) 90

There was a time I would have jumped at playing with a Pi, and I did take a look into using it as a media device like he mentions in the article. I looked at what it was capable of and what I'd have to do to get it to do what I wanted vs. building a media PC around XBMC... and bought a Roku instead. I just couldn't be bothered. I still love tinkering with stuff programming-wise, but I've completely lost my ambition to tinker with hardware. Am I just old, or what?

Comment: Re:here's how stupid this is (Score 4, Insightful) 146

by Dancindan84 (#46693293) Attached to: AMD Unveils the Liquid-Cooled, Dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 At $1,500

It's not so much the thermal conductivity of the GPU->water vs. GPU->copper heatsink that's the direct benefit. It's using the water to carry the heat to a much larger radiator rather than having to have the heatsink directly on the GPU (which greatly limits its size).

Thus mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true. -- Bertrand Russell