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Comment: Re:Changes based on the Season (Score 1) 269

by kheldan (#49137097) Attached to: I ride a bike ...
You don't get it. Cycling is about more than just turning pedals faster. You don't get any bike-handling skills practice sitting in a room turning pedals. I suppose if you only ever ride 2nd seat on a tandem then it might be enough, but otherwise you're going to get on a real bike in the Spring and likely be a danger to yourself and others out on the roads, and never mind riding in a group. Skip the stationary bike and ride outside.

Comment: Re:Changes based on the Season (Score 1) 269

by kheldan (#49128561) Attached to: I ride a bike ...
Why bother, then? Just run on a treadmill. Club bikes are crap, and if all you're doing is turning pedals then you shouldn't even bother. You get a better workout running on a treadmill than you ever will just turning pedals on a shitty stationary bike. Anything past 10-15 minutes to warm up at the gym on a stationary bike is a waste of time. If you want to turn pedals then man the hell up, dress in layers, get an appropriate bike if there's snow on the ground, and ride outside.

Comment: Re:Stationary bikes (Score 1) 269

by kheldan (#49120055) Attached to: I ride a bike ...
Only people who are monumentally bad at math would use a stationary bike to generate power. Let me put it this way: I have a quarter ($0.25US) in my pocket, which would buy more electricity than you could generate on a stationary bike in the short few hours you could ride a stationary bike.

Comment: Re:Didn't like it before.. (Score 1) 303

by kheldan (#49114077) Attached to: Pandora Pays Artists $0.001 Per Stream, Thinks This Is "Very Fair"
Are you in the U.S.? If not then maybe you don't understand: Here in the U.S., we have to 'vote with our dollars' or nothing is going to change. We can complain and talk all we want, but if the money keeps rolling in for them, they don't have to care at all about what anyone thinks.

Comment: Didn't like it before.. (Score 3, Insightful) 303

by kheldan (#49111817) Attached to: Pandora Pays Artists $0.001 Per Stream, Thinks This Is "Very Fair"
..and I like it even less now. Tried Pandora a few years ago. Was rather annoyed with the way it worked so I ditched it. Reading this now, and knowing many producing musicians, I like it even less than I did before. The music industry has always more or less shit on artists, and apparently Pandora is no exception.

Comment: Re:All the more reason... (Score 1) 247

by kheldan (#49089603) Attached to: Lenovo Allegedly Installing "Superfish" Proxy Adware On New Computers
Or, just wipe it and install the same OS, but from a generic source.

Of course I have yet to see a piece of software that I couldn't in some way uninstall or totally disable, even if it meant manually hacking it out of the registry and deleting it's files.

I've never bought a new, pre-built computer before; can you get them without any OS installed?

Comment: Checklist: Complete (Score 1) 129

by kheldan (#49089549) Attached to: Gadgets That Spy On Us: Way More Than TVs

It isn't just TVs, Microsoft's xBox Kinect, Amazon Echo, GM's Onstar, Chevrolet's MyLink and PDRs, Google's Waze, and Hello's Sense all have snooping capabilities.

Check, check, and check; I don't have any of those devices, I don't own a smartphone (Moto RAZR2 v9, and it's turned off most of the time anyway), and I don't even have a camera or microphone connected to any computer I own. I just bought a new TV, Samsung in fact, and it is NOT a 'smart TV', just a basic 39" HDTV.

Just don't buy these technologies in the first place.

When the weight of the paperwork equals the weight of the plane, the plane will fly. -- Donald Douglas