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Comment: Re:mostly novelty item (Score 2) 51

by Ericular (#48242913) Attached to: Lenovo Reveals Wearable Smartband To Track Exercise Stats

The point is that the FitBit does all of the calculation for me, and then I see affirmation in cold, hard numbers that my habits make a difference. I don't want to manually calculate every activity I do and then tally them at the end of the day. That's the whole point of the FitBit in the first place. I want to see that I burned 2,642 calories yesterday, and 2,884 calories today, determine what was different, and continue habits that make a difference.

And yes, if my goal for a 500 calorie deficit, I could eat 2,500 calories on day I burned 3,000, and 2,300 on a day I burn 2,800. What's your point there?

I've logged my calories in (MyFitnessPal) and out (FitBit) for several months now. The line for my expected weight (based on calorie estimates) and actual weight are very similar. Much more than I expected they would be.

To your donut reference, I think what you're getting at is that for most people, food intake is much easier to control and adjust than physical activity. I agree 100%. Eating 100 calories less is much easier and more preferable to me than exerting 100 extra calories of energy. I am a runner, and I believe that running alone is not that great of a weight loss plan. When I run 10 miles I may burn well over 1,000 calories, but I'll be damned if I don't find myself ravenously hungry for quite some time afterwards. I could negate my run in a matter of minutes if I wasn't as aware.

And that's the point - awareness. The FitBit was nice because it held me accountable and gave me data to work with. I wasn't going to pay $100 for something and carry it around all day every day, and then just ignore the data it gave me. I log it every day in Excel. Likewise, the FitBit data alone is pretty useless if I'm oblivious to my intake, so I log intake data every day in Excel. Together, these two numbers keep me focused on my goal and guarantee that I'm progressing toward it.


Comment: Re:mostly novelty item (Score 4, Interesting) 51

by Ericular (#48240847) Attached to: Lenovo Reveals Wearable Smartband To Track Exercise Stats

My FitBit motivated me to be more active, and therefore didn't just have a brief novelty value for me. Instead of sitting around on my break at work, I'd take a brisk walk around the building. I'd park in the back of the lot. I'd take the stairs instead of the elevator, even if it was 6 flights up. All of these things I would never have done if I wasn't receiving immediate feedback from the FitBit, and seeing that I was burning more calories by making these small changes. Even an extra 100 calories burned per day adds up to a significant weight loss 365 days later.

I've also found that I'm more likely to meet my calorie intake target for the day when I'm graphing calories in/out day-to-day in a spreadsheet. So I'd argue that these fitness devices can have a real value.

Comment: Hmm... (Score 5, Insightful) 59

Let's $150 for something to blink an LED to alert a potential sighting for a single orbiting object vs. paying $0 for your smartphone to blink an LED to alert a potential sighting for virtually all significant objects in orbit.

This is the most blatant slashvertisment yet.

Comment: Re:uh... streaming? (Score 1) 147

by Ericular (#47111029) Attached to: Virtual DVDs, Revisited

I believe he's referring to Netflix's physical DVD selection, which offers many newer releases that their streaming library does not. Bennett's argument is that if Netflix has obtained the necessary rights to mail a physical copy of a newly released DVD, why can't they do the same thing virtually - stream it (similar to their streaming library) except with a fixed maximum of simultaneous viewings and a reservation system (similar to their DVD mailings). A hybrid approach to bring even the latest titles to consumers without having to involve physical media.

Comment: Re:Nothing to do with net neutrality (Score 1) 475

by Ericular (#47008401) Attached to: Comcast Predicts Usage Cap Within 5 Years

This is all true. However, the idea is that if the monopolies are dissolved and competition allowed to flourish, the prevailing service offers would trend away from usage caps instead of towards them. The pressure on service providers would be to keep their network capacity as high as possible and offer the best deals to stay competitive. If there is no monopoly, no anti-competitive collusion, and even still we find usage caps are just an economic necessity in order for providers to keep the lights on, I'd have an easier time accepting them. If the only reason caps are implemented is because service providers know there's no competitor for customers to abandon them for, well... that just pisses me off.

Comment: ROT13 aside, this article is terrible. (Score 1) 174

by Ericular (#43331337) Attached to: Linus Torvalds To Head Windows 9 Project

Even looking past the ROT13 eye-roller of an April Fool, this article is complete garbage. It's poorly written and poorly executed, in that April Fools news story pranks should be just plausible enough to make the average reader at least wonder if it's true. This reads as if it was written by a 5th grader.

Even the concept would have been workable with a little more subtlety and finesse. Just terrible...


+ - Sony introduces 4K "UHDTV" television.

Submitted by Antony-Kyre
Antony-Kyre writes: HDTVs are set to quadruple their resolution with the advent of Sony's ultra-HD 4K resolution. Twice the height and twice the vertical, this HDTV will have four times the resolution of current HDTVs. The name 4K comes from nearly the number of horizontal pixels, contradicting the practice of using the vertical resolution as a standard.

According to the aforementioned Wikipedia article, YouTube does provide 4096 x 3072" content, which is higher than the 3840x2160 pixels such that “4K” is. Is it overkill? Will consumers embrace a higher-resolution standard when some think 1080p is good enough? Only time will tell.
The Internet

+ - Obama: Web freedom will be part of Democratic platform->

Submitted by NeverVotedBush
NeverVotedBush writes: On Wednesday, during a visit with some of the most ardent open-Web supporters, President Barack Obama said Democrats will make a free and open Internet part of their party's 2012 platform.

"Internet freedom is something I know you all care passionately about; I do too," Obama wrote during an AMA ("ask me anything") on social-news site Reddit. "We will fight hard to make sure that the Internet remains the open forum for everybody — from those who are expressing an idea to those to want to start a business."

Link to Original Source
The Almighty Buck

America's Army Games Cost $33 Million Over 10 Years 192

Posted by Soulskill
from the your-tax-dollars-at-play dept.
Responding to a Freedom Of Information Act request, the US government has revealed the operating costs of the America's Army game series over the past decade. The total bill comes to $32.8 million, with yearly costs varying from $1.3 million to $5.6 million. "While operating America's Army 3 does involve ongoing expenses, paying the game's original development team isn't one of them. Days after the game launched in June, representatives with the Army confirmed that ties were severed with the Emeryville, California-based team behind the project, and future development efforts were being consolidated at the America's Army program office at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama. A decade after its initial foray into the world of gaming, the Army doesn't appear to be withdrawing from the industry anytime soon. In denying other aspects of the FOIA request, the Army stated 'disclosure of this information is likely to cause substantial harm to the Department of the Army's competitive position in the gaming industry.'"

Comment: Re:Get a leash! (Score 1) 218

by Ericular (#29978510) Attached to: Could GPS Keep Tabs On Your Pets?

The reason (sub)urban communities have leash laws that include cats is because some people don't want your cat on their property. I don't think anyone is questioning an owners right to allow their cat to roam free around their own property. However, it's the owner's responsibility to keep them off mine. If you live in a 100' x 100' suburban lot and that's not enough roaming room for your cat to be happy, how is that my fault? It's somewhat about safety, but more about courtesy. Dogs would get antsy after 3 days inside too. People let them run around in their fenced yards and walk them on leashes. I'm not trying to be an insensitive clod, really -- I just don't think it's that unreasonable for a property owner to want their property free of other people's pets.

All great discoveries are made by mistake. -- Young