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Comment: 2 references (Score 1) 291

by sootman (#46779517) Attached to: Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

1) I'm not sure if this is the original source of this or not, but I started making an effort to move around more after seeing Sitting Is Killing You. I just wish it were available in a more compact form than the giant infographic. (Update: seems to be from Medical Billing & Coding, but their copy is gone. Also, the copy at lifehack org/articles/lifestyle/why-sitting-is-killing-you.html has a higher google rank but those assholes cut off the last slide with the credits and references.)

2) A blog I read linked to this blog post just yesterday:

My journey to standing all day looked like this:

Day One: stood for two hours, and didn't get much work done. Finally sat down and just wanted to cry.
Day Two: basically the same thing as day one for the next week.
Week Two: Things were better.
Month Two: I can now stand for about 6 hours a day, but more importantly I have finally broken the urge to sit down when I need to concentrate on something.
Month Four: I stand all day, and can work effectively now while I stand. I still go home with sore feet and legs.
Month Eight: The soreness is mostly gone and I can stand fine.
Year Two: I can't focus as well when I sit, and my legs/feet rarely feel sore. I've also ditched the anti-fatigue matt.
Year Three: It feels weird, and too loungey, to sit and work.

Comment: Sounds like a rigorous study (Score 1) 318

So if they say technology "is making" things worse, I assume they have videos from 10 or 20 years ago to compare to this new footage?

I've lived near and worked in SF and have plenty of experience ignoring the homeless. You just have to. As a friend of mine -- who has a degree in theology -- once said, "If I sold everything I owned and gave all the money to the homeless, the end result would be that there's one more homeless person in the world." I've given money to some and ignored others.

Homelessness is a very complex issue with many sides. Some people are homeless by choice, some due to losing a job/house/etc., some due to mental issues or addictions. Some are benign, some are dangerous. And the #1 issue for anyone who thinks homelessness can be easily "solved": Some would work if given the chance, some wouldn't.

Comment: Re:The bay area used to have affordable housing (Score 1) 355

by sootman (#46766353) Attached to: San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

>> Black men can start by seriously trying to parent their
>> children instead of leaving them to be raised by single
>> mothers in broken homes in bad neighbourhoods.

> This is almost as laughable as "The poor just need to
> stop being poor, then they could afford health care."

Nothing wrong with most of that sentence -- "Black men can start by seriously trying to parent their children instead of leaving them to be raised by single mothers in broken homes." ("Broken home" in the figurative sense of "separated parents".) And hey, once you have the cost savings of living together, you can move somewhere better, thus taking care of the "in bad neighborhoods" part, too.

Comment: Re:fixing the parent posting (Score 1) 307

by sootman (#46748009) Attached to: Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

They don't talk about the choke specifically, but they do say... "The distribution of pellets is influenced by all kinds of factors, such as the height of the gun, the distance to the target, wind direction and so on. So this distribution is not random. To get around this, they are able to fall back on a technique known as importance sampling. This is a trick that allows mathematicians to estimate the properties of one type of distribution while using samples generated by a different distribution."

All kinds of questions are answered in TFA. I know, I'm new here...

Comment: Re:Group policy, OU's, ad, acl? (Score 1) 451

by sootman (#46716385) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

Seeing as how his question says "About ten boxes here are still running Windows XP" I don't think he uses a single thing you mention. Not EVERY company has 50k machines, not do they have a huge staff with many years of experience.

That said, it all comes down to "what tools do you need to do your job?" Some places live and die by Office-specific features, other places wouldn't even notice if you switched office suites as long as they can use a spreadsheet app to make color-coded 2-dimensional lists. He's going about it exactly the right way -- setting up a small test environment.

Comment: Re:Overclockers have been doing it for ages (Score 1) 101

by sootman (#46714923) Attached to: Intel and SGI Test Full-Immersion Cooling For Servers

If you won't believe some random guy on Slashdot, will you believe some random guy on Wikipedia?

"Pure water has a low electrical conductivity, but this increases with the dissolution of a small amount of ionic material such as sodium chloride."

Yes, pure water has very low conductivity. The reason you always hear "OMG NOES don't get electronics wet!" because all the water you encounter in day-to-day life is nowhere near pure. Tap water and bottled water are safe from a human-consumption point-of-view but that is very different from chemically "pure" water.

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