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Comment Re:Of course! (Score 1) 98

And I might further add that even the distances reported by treadmills tend to be off themselves... but if you do a lot of your workouts on a treadmill they should still be relatively comparable to each other. Same goes for calories... nothing is ever going to be very accurate unless you enjoy running while hooked up to a breathing tube, etc. The point is not to know the exact number of calories, it is to track progress and develop your fitness based on relative/statistical improvements.

Comment Re:Of course! (Score 1) 98

No, most trackers don't do distance based on step counts.... some of them do attempt to guess based on that in "indoor" mode... and you can use other sensors to make that more accurate such as a foot pot (although I would generally not try to have the app determine distance on a treadmill, I would just collect what data makes sense and then prompt to fill in distance at the end since even the foot pods are not the greatest on a long run).

Comment Re:Of course! (Score 1) 98

Wow, you've clearly either not exercised much, or you are utterly oblivious to how much easier it is to make your workout plans when you have apps that automatically record what you do so you can track your progress and incrementally improve. It is a major pain to do it all manually, I would never go back to the "old way" myself.

Comment Re:I wouldn't hire anyone with a U. of Phoenix deg (Score 1) 133

Pretty much all colleges are a joke these days. I would never just assume anyone knows stuff because they have that piece of paper. Grade inflation is ridiculous, you cannot tell from GPA who actually knows the stuff vs who whined and complained to the professors in order to get the same A as the people who actually know it. College is necessary for some careers because you simply cannot get around medical degrees, law degrees, etc.... but a large number of people waste a lot of time and money on stuff they could teach themselves.

Comment Re:Disagree, Correlation != Causality (Score 1) 170

Yeah, I thought LOGO was cool, but I soon discovered that GW-BASIC was on my DOS PC... I made all sorts of little utilities for myself including a flat file database for keeping track of my little league data.... LOGO was just the thing that made me realize that computers could do cool things. The only things we were supposed to do in class were draw simple shapes which got sort of boring after the first few times.

Comment Disagree, Correlation != Causality (Score 2) 170

I mostly got started in programming from using LOGO on the old Apple IIg computers starting in 3rd grade. I played video games a little but I'm pretty sure that is correlation, not causality. I also learned a lot by using an HP-48 in my math classes instead of the "required" TI-82 starting in high school... math teachers all insisted that this was a bad idea because I would need to create my own programs instead of using the ones provided with the teaching materials... but I think I actually learned a lot more BECAUSE I wrote my own programs that were much better than the junk everyone else just copied from the book without even understanding what it was doing. What did video games teach me? Not much. I suppose I learned a bit about geography from carmen sandiego.

Comment Re:Already debunked by one of Columbia's finest... (Score 1) 239

Incorrect, he later admitted he botched the calculations. He neglected to use absolute pressure in the calculation. The actual starting temperature would have needed to be closer to 90... but that is assuming they were low by 2.0 PSI, and now we are hearing that the initial reporting was greatly exaggerated and only one ball (the one which the colts staff turned in) was that low, the others were much less, mostly just a "tick" below 12.5. So the temperature range does not have to be that large.

Comment Re:Ridiculous, but so are college degrees (Score 1) 173

That is not really true. Lots of people who aren't capable get into college and graduate, some even with advanced degrees. The percentage of incapable people is lower the longer the program because there is a higher chance that people will realize they are not cut out for it and switch to something else.... If they finish a degree even though they suck they usually end up spending a few years trying to be an engineer before moving on to management or other business functions or other careers entirely. The ones with true ability are more likely to continue for many years and gain a lot more depth of experience over time. People who are actually GOOD generally either are "that way" no matter how much experience they have, three months is probably plenty of time for someone with real talent to get enough experience to be productive in an entry level position. Certainly, they will continue to acquire more skills and knowledge the longer they work, not saying that someone with only three months experience is anywhere near as good as a senior engineer... but I absolutely agree that college is totally unneccessary.

Comment Re:Probably not. (Score 1) 546

College is a Joke. Degrees are largely worthless because grade inflation has gotten so bad that basically anyone with a pulse will graduate from the CS programs... doesn't matter if it is Harvard, or MIT, or Stanford, or lowly state schools. The students all whine and complain and talk to the dean, etc, etc... until they get a passing grade. It sucks for those who actually are GOOD because you end up with the same grades and the same degrees as the idiots who can't code their way out of a paper bag.

Comment Re:I hope not, de-facto (Score 1) 511

Why is java obscure? Sure you need to write a bunch of boilerplate code, but it is just a programming language which happens to be widely used. There is nothing about it which makes it particularly hard to learn or "elite". Python is not "easier". It just takes less boilerplate to do a lot of common things (although in many cases the performance suffers). There are certainly things in the Java language which I'm not fond of, but show me any language and I'll tell you about its flaws. I have yet to find a perfect one.

Comment Connect with a VPN (Score 5, Interesting) 390

Just connect to a VPN first and then use Netflix. You'll be able to clearly see how much Verizon is throttling. I've been using this as a workaround for a while now. I'm not sure why more people don't think of pointing this out when Verizon's tech support people claim there is no throttling.

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