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Comment Re:Why? (Score 3, Informative) 531

The only way they have been accused of "intervening" so far is by sharing information with the American people is that it was all “real news” about newsworthy topics. Information that we should have a right to know about. AFAIK, they have not been accused of hacking votes or anything along those lines.

Comment This whole story line is ridiculous (Score 5, Insightful) 531

The only reason the emails were newsworthy at all was that the documents revealed information that the DNC and the Clinton campaign were trying to keep secret from the American voters. If the Russians were involved in the leak (and that seems like a pretty big "if" since there doesn't seem to be much evidence), they would only have been giving to the voters information that Clinton should have released on her own. In other words, these disclosures are clearly not “fake news”.

I'll say this one more time: information that the CIA has accused Russia of sharing with the American people is “real news” about newsworthy topics, and given how pathetic the "security" was on the servers it came from, it seems unbelievable that this wouldn't have made the news sooner or later.

Tell me again how they "hacked the election"?

Comment Re:Who cares about VC++? (Score 1) 93

Well, I could you're right. But it would be a lot of work because the code is littered with issues (unless you only care about x86). But there is also FireFox, which compiles and runs quite well on a variety of architectures with minimal patching aside from a few optional dependencies that I just leave out. I don't have a strong enough need for it to DIY (and it could be a fair point if people say that just proves that they don't need to target anything else, but IMO if they had just done it from the start it wouldn't have been much extra work... but now it would be pretty hard to fix it unless there were a compelling reason).

Comment Re:Of course! (Score 1) 98

And I might further add that even the distances reported by treadmills tend to be off themselves... but if you do a lot of your workouts on a treadmill they should still be relatively comparable to each other. Same goes for calories... nothing is ever going to be very accurate unless you enjoy running while hooked up to a breathing tube, etc. The point is not to know the exact number of calories, it is to track progress and develop your fitness based on relative/statistical improvements.

Comment Re:Of course! (Score 1) 98

No, most trackers don't do distance based on step counts.... some of them do attempt to guess based on that in "indoor" mode... and you can use other sensors to make that more accurate such as a foot pot (although I would generally not try to have the app determine distance on a treadmill, I would just collect what data makes sense and then prompt to fill in distance at the end since even the foot pods are not the greatest on a long run).

Comment Re:Of course! (Score 1) 98

Wow, you've clearly either not exercised much, or you are utterly oblivious to how much easier it is to make your workout plans when you have apps that automatically record what you do so you can track your progress and incrementally improve. It is a major pain to do it all manually, I would never go back to the "old way" myself.

Comment Re:I wouldn't hire anyone with a U. of Phoenix deg (Score 1) 133

Pretty much all colleges are a joke these days. I would never just assume anyone knows stuff because they have that piece of paper. Grade inflation is ridiculous, you cannot tell from GPA who actually knows the stuff vs who whined and complained to the professors in order to get the same A as the people who actually know it. College is necessary for some careers because you simply cannot get around medical degrees, law degrees, etc.... but a large number of people waste a lot of time and money on stuff they could teach themselves.

Comment Re:Disagree, Correlation != Causality (Score 1) 170

Yeah, I thought LOGO was cool, but I soon discovered that GW-BASIC was on my DOS PC... I made all sorts of little utilities for myself including a flat file database for keeping track of my little league data.... LOGO was just the thing that made me realize that computers could do cool things. The only things we were supposed to do in class were draw simple shapes which got sort of boring after the first few times.

Comment Disagree, Correlation != Causality (Score 2) 170

I mostly got started in programming from using LOGO on the old Apple IIg computers starting in 3rd grade. I played video games a little but I'm pretty sure that is correlation, not causality. I also learned a lot by using an HP-48 in my math classes instead of the "required" TI-82 starting in high school... math teachers all insisted that this was a bad idea because I would need to create my own programs instead of using the ones provided with the teaching materials... but I think I actually learned a lot more BECAUSE I wrote my own programs that were much better than the junk everyone else just copied from the book without even understanding what it was doing. What did video games teach me? Not much. I suppose I learned a bit about geography from carmen sandiego.

Comment Re:Already debunked by one of Columbia's finest... (Score 1) 239

Incorrect, he later admitted he botched the calculations. He neglected to use absolute pressure in the calculation. The actual starting temperature would have needed to be closer to 90... but that is assuming they were low by 2.0 PSI, and now we are hearing that the initial reporting was greatly exaggerated and only one ball (the one which the colts staff turned in) was that low, the others were much less, mostly just a "tick" below 12.5. So the temperature range does not have to be that large.

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