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Comment Re:This is a rotten assertion (Score 1) 136

A given buyer usually doesn't use the numbers to learn that a full-size truck uses less fuel than a midsize sedan, they use them to compare the vehicles they are considering buying to each other, which are almost always vehicles of the same class. The assertion is that picking the lowest window sticker MPG among a group of vehicles in the same class is no better than guessing, and I wholeheartedly agree with it.

Comment Re:South Park episode (Score 1) 195

I think that all TOS should be illegal unless they were fully negotiated by lawyers on BOTH sides - or approved by a federal agency as something that a citizen can understand and agree to without a lawyer.

The alternative I prefer is to change the law so the entire EULA is invalid if any part of it "steps over the line". Of course, the success of this strategy would depend on the quality of the definition of "step over the line".

Comment Re:Just major in EE (Score 1) 206

You were part of one of the more selective programs. I got an ME degree in 1993. Every year there was a weed-out class that nearly half of the students failed. Typical freshman class is 6000 and the university typically graduates 600 per year. Our idea of a big lecture hall was 500+ students. 200+ was typical for second year classes. By the third year, nearly everything was taught in 30 person or smaller rooms due to fewer students and those students branching out into specialties.

Comment Re:The question is whether copyright should exist (Score 2) 380

Copyright exists to address the free rider problem. If you wish to do away with copyright you need to come up with an alternative for dealing with the free rider problem.

No it doesn't. Copyright exists for only one reason: to create an environment where people will create more content. It's all about the benefit to society, not about the creator "getting what he deserves". Whatever definition of copyright creates the "best" society is the optimum definition. More liberal copyright rules promote wider use of material, but more restrictive rule promote more creation of material. A balance must be struck, but there are no sacred cows. If it turns out the best balance exists when all books can be copied without any payment to anyone, then so be it... not that I think that's the right model. I'm nearly certain that a balanced copyright system would allow a lot of free riders and still promote plenty of content creation. Michelangelo was funded by the Medici family (among others), even though there was no copyright law to compel them to pay him.

Comment Re: My view? (Score 1) 380

But what about those "tell-all" books written by someone trying to cash in on their 15 minutes of fame? Think of the loss to the world if those stop getting written.

On a more serious note, you would be surprised how many people are unable to think beyond the writer-paid-by-the-publisher business model..

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 380

Creators of music have realized that the sale of recorded music won't be their primary source of income at some point in the future, so they now stress concerts and merchandise (and have been moving in this direction for a long time). Authors are going to have to find a place in a world where book distribution is frictionless. I don't know what the answer is, but I'm not in favor of creating legislation that props up their old business model until they are settled into a new one.

This isn't an idle question. Propping up today's business model delays the Star Trek like future of free access to information. There's no technical reason this future can't happen soon, but it will require society to find a way to entice people to write. Ebook lending and resale sounds like a good first step in the right direction to me.

Comment Re:What's particularly fishy... (Score 1) 146

I saw those instructions and it did make it a bit more reliable. However, I still have workouts where the HR goes off a cliff after 20 minutes or so. I generally know it happened when I push the button and the summary says my average HR was around 100, but my entire shirt is completely soaked with sweat. As for stride, this usually happens to me on a stationary bike. I make enough wind to not get soaked with sweat if I'm moving. But on a bike, I sweat enough to have two small puddles under where I'm holding the hand grips.

Comment Re:What's particularly fishy... (Score 1) 146

They also seem to hate sweat. When I work out on a stationary bike, my Charge HR records my heart rate slowly rising up until I start perspiring heavily. Once my wrist is wet, the heart rate reading plummets by about 30 bpm and stays low for the rest of the workout. The rate seems to lock onto the pedal speed as the RPM displayed on the bike is almost identical to the heart rate being recorded. When I run it sometimes locks onto my foot strikes instead of heartbeats.

At the end of the day, it doesn't matter to me. I find value in the resting heart rate readings I get from my fitbit and those seem to be accurate. I don't use peak heart rate for any meaningful purpose, I run whatever speed I can maintain. I find my Garmin ForeRunner as a much more useful tool during running because keeping a steady pace is much more important to me than getting my heart at the right rate.

Comment Re:It's Sad That Direct Ads Work (Score 1) 305

You want them stopped so that source is gone.

I never said I want them stopped, I said it's sad that they work. In my ideal world, drug companies would simply stop making ads because they wouldn't result in increased sales. Everyone who should be on their stuff would already be on it, and no one who shouldn't be on it would start taking it.

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