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Comment: Re:Excercise and diet (Score 1) 372

by Spodi (#42575553) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Stay Fit In the Office?
Doing pushups, and the fact that it can be socially awkward to do in the office, are both good and valid points. If you are lucky, people won't be able to see you do them. But there are plenty of other things you can do in the same spirit just while sitting, such as 1) leg lifts (both straight and bent knee), 2) kegels, 3) butt clenches, 4) calf stretches (foot flat on ground and bend toes up, or go other way and keep toes on ground and bend heels up), 5) squeeze legs together, 6) or, similar to kegels, simply just flex any muscle (hold it, or pulse flexes).
I'm sure you can come up with others as well. Just be creative. This is hardly going to do anything for strength and flexibility, and it will only be a very weak cardio workout, but its discreet, can be done while working, and nobody will notice. Do it enough so that you can do various moves throughout the work day without paying much attention to it (and thus not affecting your work much), and you'll be feeling great without being "that sweaty, awkward push-up guy"

Comment: Re:Still needs work (Score 2) 95

by Spodi (#40095345) Attached to: Nanotech Solar Cell Minimizes Cost, Toxic Impact
Not really. If you can be 50% less efficient than the competition, but for significantly less of the price, it is still a better deal for a lot of people. Efficiency only matters when the desired generated energy demand is too great for the available area. Since most buildings do not have solar on them, there is plenty of places to throw in lower-efficiency solar panels.

Comment: Re:I'm going to make a bet or three (Score 5, Insightful) 293

by Spodi (#40082809) Attached to: 60TB Disk Drives Could Be a Reality In 2016
And I bought 2x 2TB HDDs for less than half that. Your point? Why do some people have such a hard time understanding that not everyone cares about speed for all of their drives. My primary drive, sure, make that baby as fast as possible. But all I need there is 200 GB (85 GB at this time) since that just holds the OS and all programs I use. The rest - the multiple TBs of backups and media (music, movies, pictures), who cares how fast that is. Even the slowest HDDs are going to be able to play 1080p just fine. For the very rare occasions those drives bottleneck, I don't mind waiting. I'd rather spend the money upgrading everything else that bottlenecks far more often.

Comment: Competition breeds innovation (Score 1) 492

by Spodi (#39908655) Attached to: Is Google the New Microsoft?
Like done in any other free market, Google sees an idea with potential, decides they can do it better, and makes their own implementation. They still respect the patented ideas (mostly), and when needed, re-engineer the implementation. This is competition, and without it, things would hardly improve in terms of innovation since there would be little motivation. People should be happy Google spends so much money in trying out new ideas and products instead of just sitting on it and watching it grow.

Comment: Re:Attention (Score 1) 414

by Spodi (#39470779) Attached to: Maybe the FAA Gadget Ban On Liftoff and Landing Isn't So Bad
I would say the opposite. For most all events that happen on a plane that will lead to a disaster, you have plenty of time to react. It is not like you need to sit there alert and listening for anything abnormal. "Hey pilot guy, I heard a sound!" "Thank you sir, you just saved everyone!" What we do NOT need is people over-reacting and creating a panic.

Comment: Re:"Dirty region rendering" (Score 5, Informative) 195

by Spodi (#39464323) Attached to: XBMC V11 Eden Has Been Released
Dirty region rendering is where you only redraw areas that need to be updated instead of drawing the whole screen every frame. It was a lot more common in the older days, and can still be useful for low-power, low-performance devices to keep a larger screen up-to-date. This is precisely why XBMC is implementing it - to reduce overhead of a mostly-idle screen (lower power usage when not viewing media). And I am very happy to see that - too much software doesn't care how much demand it puts on the system as long as it looks good. There is so much being put into trying to make hardware more energy efficient, but an even easier low-hanging fruit is the software.

Comment: Re:eh (Score 2) 760

by Spodi (#39409993) Attached to: iFixit's Kyle Wiens On the War On DIY Electronics
Yeah, because replacing memory, disks, batteries, etc is just like trying to replace a transistor on a modern CPU...

It is one thing to not "help" the consumer in replacing components by not designing for that. But once you start designing your device to intentionally make it more difficult to repair and modify, it is a whole different game.

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