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

by cplusplus (#46778715) Attached to: Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk
...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

by cplusplus (#46778653) Attached to: Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk
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

by cplusplus (#46630979) Attached to: State Colleges May Offer Best ROI On Comp Sci Degrees
...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.

Comment: Re:So, what SHOULD it have done? (Score 1) 137

by cplusplus (#45980365) Attached to: Starbucks Phone App Stores Password Unencrypted
I'm not sure about iOS, but the Android SDK gives access to a excellent and easy to use crypto libraries, as well as a Keystore class to securely store any keys your App generates. Check out the Security Tips section of the SDK docs. I would assume iOS and Apple's SDK provide something similar. I would hope they do, anyway.

Comment: Re:A laptop is necessary for vacation! (Score 2) 140

by cplusplus (#45807201) Attached to: What computing device do you use most while on vacation?
This! I do the same. It's nice having a daily backup of the new images (I leave them on both the camera and the laptop). After a daily backup, I try to type a few paragraphs about the highlights of the day to go along with the photos. I've had a camera stolen whilst on vacation once, and it *sucked* losing half my pictures. I was far more upset about the lost pictures than the loss of the actual camera.

Comment: Re:Orders of magnitude errors dont inspire confide (Score 1) 534

by cplusplus (#45441355) Attached to: Global Warming Since 1997 Underestimated By Half
By "created data" I assume you mean "data derived from satellite measurements whose accuracy was verified using a known control." From TFA:

"This can be tested on artificially generated data gaps, in places where one knows the actual surface temperature values but holds them back in the calculation. Cowtan and Way perform extensive validation tests, which demonstrate that their hybrid method provides significantly better results than a normal interpolation on the surface data as done by GISS."

When data points you in one direction, the number of conclusions you can draw from it is equally limited.

Comment: Re:Impressive. (Score 1) 410

by cplusplus (#45342547) Attached to: Tesla Model S Can Hit (At Least) 132 MPH On the Autobahn

132 MPH isn't THAT ridiculously fast, but it is certainly fast enough that you shouldn't be doing it on standard production tires, even the ones rated for high speed, because they aren't rated for that high speed for any length of time ...

Any high speed tire (V or higher) with an "A" temperature rating should be safe for driving over 100mph (although for sustained track use you'd probably want a higher speed rating, and also need to pay attention to traction and treadwear ratings). Tesla has V rated OEM tires (rated up to 149mph), and this guy was doing 130mph for a short period of time, which was certainly safe as far as the tires are concerned. I wouldn't race along at that speed on those tires for a long period of time, though.

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