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Comment Long Time Runner Here... (Score 5, Informative) 169

I have been running for 30+ years at this point.

Some points:
* There is not going to be a perfect device. As the saying goes, a Swiss Army Knife is no replacement for a well stocked toolbox. A few dedicated devices will do the trick much better than an all-in-one device will.

* While listening to music while running can make the time go a little faster, a running partner will be a much better addition. When it is dark and snowing outside and you are warm and in your bed, knowing that someone is going to be meeting you in 30 minutes is better motivation than anything else. Training should also always allow you to talk while you run (otherwise you are going too fast). Having someone there to talk to makes sure you are going at the right pace.

* Once you have some experience with them, a heart rate monitor can really guide training. Pace can be affected by ambient temperature, wind, inclines, and other factors. Your heart rate is a better indicator of effort.

* I have not had the Forerunner 15. I have had the FR60, the ForeRunner 405, and the ForeRunner 220. All of them have been able to get 3+ hours. The 405 was the worst of the bunch, but that was a relatively early GPS watch. Even then, it got 3+ hours for the first year or so. The 220 gets 6+ hours - I have honestly never gotten the battery down very low. Even after 3+ hour runs, it is showing more than 50% left. I generally use the 220 for 3-4 runs before I consider charging it back up.

* I never run with my phone. It is partly because of bulk, and mostly because I go running to get outside and get away from the always-on world we live in. I only listen to music on my long runs, and for that I have an older iPod Shuffle.

* As others have mentioned, is the best review site out there.

* Based on your needs, I would consider Garmin's newest watches, the 230 or the 235: I would also purchase an iPod Shuffle. If wireless is a big requirement, I would look at the iPod Nano and BlueTooth headphones.

Comment The Democrats are looking at (Score 1) 309

the Republican Clown Cars or recent elections and are working hard to eliminate non-serious candidates who have zero chance.

I wonder how President Lessig would react to a terrorist attack in the US? How would he cope with Russia, China, and the Middle East in general? What were his plans for spending and funding? Did he even give any thought to that?

Did he ever consider that he might be faced with responding to a nuclear attack, and the standard US response to such a thing?

Comment Re:Disagree with the language used... (Score 1) 576

What empirical evidence is that? Most people don't understand the idea of the regression to the mean (check out the Kahneman quote here at a href="">here if you want a good example of why punishment seems to improve performance, but doesn't really). Also, as a long-time Linux user (since 1994) I have to say that as much as I like the OS, its success has been largely based on the fact that it was mostly the only game in town in terms of free UNIX systems at the time it came out, and was able to capitalize on that momentum since. The free BSD variants were having legal issues that a lot of people thought would sink them, Minix wasn't really a full OS, and everything else that would run on x86 software (and there weren't many) cost money. But at the end of the day Linux isn't uniquely well-designed or superior as compared to say, OS X. If other modern OSes can get by without a tantrum-throwing diva like Linus, I think it's safe to say it's not a necessary part of the development cycle.

Comment Re:Disagree with the language used... (Score 1) 576

"The reason Linus communicated in such a rude way was to prevent people from using those functions ever again in his codebase, and I think it will probably work."

Why do you think it would probably work? Over-the-top insults and tantrums typically don't work; it creates resistance and anger, and is a very unproductive way to deal with things. It kills loyalty, it saps motivation, and it causes resentment. More importantly in terms of whether the mistake is going to be made again, it makes it more likely that it will happen again than if a softer approach had been taken, due to cognitive dissonance. The recipient of this kind of attack is more likely to think that the attacker is wrong in some way; the brain looks for a reason, and will probably find one. If the complaint had been conveyed more gently, in an explanatory rather than an accusatory claim, the coder would be far more likely to realize the error and not make it again.

Also just as a practical matter, it's not a great survival trait; one of these days Linus might very well mouth off to the wrong person and get a broken jaw in return.

Comment Re: It's not the Earth's fault (Score 1) 291

This is actually how we do it now, except the chalk line is measured by looking at the angular positions of various celestial bodies. This measurement determines the length of a sidereal year. We have been able to make it fairly accurately for the last 50 years or so, and extremely accurately for the last ~60, enough to know that our planet's rotation has slightly slowed during that time. But what we don't know is exactly how long a sidereal year was, say 100 million years ago. Perhaps the earth used to spin around 366 times during its trip around the sun instead of the current 365.25? It's mass and orbital period also change enough on a geologic timescale to affect this. These are problems we know about, but are difficult to solve because we just don't have the data.

Comment Re: It's not the Earth's fault (Score 1) 291

This is not necessarily true. It largely depends on how the rotation of the Earth might change over the next hundreds of thousands of years. We have only been running with leap seconds for a bit over 30 years. And we have only had the ability to measure the orbital period accurately enough to worry about seconds for about 100-150 years. Just because we have always "lept forward" in the current system, we can also leap backward. There is simply not enough collected data to know how far "off" our definition of the second is with respect to the history of the earth nor how much "jitter" we are likely to experience with an unadjusted clock. It's entirely possible that the error would never accumulate enough to be a big societal issue. If we are able to determine the average length of a year over a large time span more accurately, it's quite probable that the easiest fix might actually be simply to redefine the second.

Comment an âoeeye in the skyâ could read my lic (Score 1) 373

Nope. The best orbiting telescopes have a ground resolution in low earth orbit of about 5 cm. That's looking straight down in early morning when the atmosphere is least disturbed. Reading a license plate would require higher resolution and looking through much more atmosphere.

Comment From the article you didn't read (Score 3, Informative) 64

When United does include this code in correspondence, all but the last three characters are replaced with asterisks. The same is true with Unitedâ(TM)s boarding passes. However, the full Mileage Plus number is available if you take the time to decode the barcode on a boarding pass.

Pascal is a language for children wanting to be naughty. -- Dr. Kasi Ananthanarayanan