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Comment Re:Come AMD.... (Score 3, Insightful) 100

AMD is a company struggling to stay afloat and relevant, it doesn't make sense to invest their limited R&D dollars in Linux driver optimization when Linux is a small fraction of the total gaming market (~2% of Steam, last I checked). I think they're probably doing what they need to be doing - improving their crappy Windows drivers.

Comment Re:Anonymity (Score 2) 373

The funniest part about your comment is believing that airlines serve any sort of food without purchase required.

Meals and alcohol are still 'free' on most international flights... Pro-tip - Always request the Indian or Hindu meal when making your reservation (if offered). It's usually the best tasting airline food you can get, and goes well with the cheap beer/wine that's offered :)

Comment Bleeding edge... not so much anymore (Score 1) 319

I used to tinker a *lot* more than I do now, but lately I have a more purpose-driven use of devices. This means I like to have them in a working and stable state when I turn them on, so my upgrades are fewer and further between. I think if your hobby is the devices themselves, then you'll upgrade a lot. If you're like me and your hobby/work involves use of the device, the bleeding edge doesn't matter so much unless the latest patch/whatever directly impacts what you're doing.

Comment Been standing for years... (Score 5, Informative) 340

Here's a previous reply I made on the same subject:

I'm a coder who stands all day ...and I've been doing it for over two years now. I used to experience back pain when I sat all day, but that went away after a month or so. I used to get sleepy after lunch when I sat all day... not so much anymore. You really do get used to it. A few suggestions for those who want to try it:

1) Make the switch the first day you get back from a longer holiday and are already out of your normal routine.

2) You *must* get a nice floor mat, preferably a dense memory foam mat designed for standing cubes. Working in your socks (if your employer will let you) while standing on said mat almost feels like a foot massage.

3) Another *must* - don't get a desk-height chair! At least, not for a while. You'll find yourself sitting way too often and never get adjusted to standing all day. Most of my fellow "standing" co-workers that have tall chairs sit at least 80% of the time.

4) It takes a couple weeks to get used to standing. Stick with it.

Comment Re:Watches (Score 1) 141

I like keeping my phone in my pocket rather than taking it out 50+ times per day to see if an email or text is trivial or not.

This. I didn't realize how annoying it actually was until I didn't have to do it anymore. I like my current Pebble 2 quite a bit, and am looking forward to the Pebble 3.

Comment As the current owner of a Pebble... (Score 1) 141

...I was excited to see this, and backed it immediately. My Pebble has changed my use pattern of my phone quite a number of positive ways. I didn't realize how many email notifications, calls, texts, etc. that I was reaching in to my pocket to check and respond to, but could have ignore for a while (or forever). Also, I have Tetris (err... Pebtris) on my wrist! :)

Comment I'm a coder who stands all day... (Score 3, Informative) 312

...and I've been doing it for over two years now. I used to experience back pain when I sat all day, but that went away after a month or so. I used to get sleepy after lunch when I sat all day... not so much anymore. You really do get used to it. A few suggestions for those who want to try it:

1) Make the switch the first day you get back from a longer holiday and are already out of your normal routine.

2) You *must* get a nice floor mat, preferably a dense memory foam mat designed for standing cubes. Working in your socks (if your employer will let you) while standing on said mat almost feels like a foot massage.

3) Another *must* - don't get a desk-height chair! At least, not for a while. You'll find yourself sitting way too often and never get adjusted to standing all day. Most of my fellow "standing" co-workers that have tall chairs sit at least 80% of the time.

4) It takes a couple weeks to get used to standing. Stick with it.

Comment Re:Well (Score 5, Informative) 312

As someone who has been standing at a desk for the last 2+ years (programming), I can attest that a really good foam floor mat helps a lot. They make some specifically for standing desks that are quite comfortable. Standing on it in your socks actually feels pretty good. It does take a couple weeks to get used to standing most of the day.

Comment You get out of your education... (Score 3, Interesting) 127

...what you put in to it. I went to a local state university for CS, and I studied hard and did well in school. Four years later I had my BS in CS in hand having paid less than $15K in tuition (and that wasn't all that long ago). I got a job locally with the help of referrals by professors who had good working relationships with many of the local tech employers. In short, my entire education was a helluva bargain, and helped launch my career.

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