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Comment Re:Who cares if they actually help (Score 1) 131

If you train Jui Jitsu, why do you feel the need to quantify the amount of work you're doing?

My point is they are inappropriate device for my use case. I *don't* want to be in a position where I *have* to wear one for insurance purposes to quantify the amount of work you're doing because they are inappropriate for me.

If you need to quantify your martial arts workouts

I don't need to, I should have been more clear - apologies. I've never used one during training, I've seen people wear them. They take them off before we roll. I wanted to collect the data because I'm curious if there is something to learn, I still haven't scratched that itch because it was obvious why that device won't work for me.

I hope it is not something I am forced into for insurance purposes

In thirty years of martial arts training, study and instruction, it has never occurred to me that knowing the number of calories I'm burning will be in any way enlightening.

I have considered data collection for preparing for a competition and training more intensely. I cramp more frequently than general training. I was curious if I know the amount of kilojoules I'm burning can I better estimate if eaten enough food at lunch so I don't cramp and, balance that with hitting a certain target weight before weigh-in in however many weeks I have to prepare.

It would be nice to know, but my point is that these wrist devices aren't the appropriate device to collect that data for what I like to do.

Comment Re:Who cares if they actually help (Score 1) 131

and give you workers comp for work-outs injurys as they you can say it's part of the job.

Well, if it's a pre-condition of insurance, then why not. Injuries are as inevitable from sports at some stage as long term health implications of not exercising. Injuries don't happen all the time and the productivity gains being sought are tied to health and well being in the first place.

As far as I know there is no, better than I was before the heart attack or stroke.

Comment Re:Who cares if they actually help (Score 5, Interesting) 131

You should probably hope that those studies are correct as there's a lot of conflicting evidence, because if health trackers are at all beneficial other companies are going to start pushing them as well. You won't *have* to use one, but if you want the lower rates you will.

I train brazillian Jui Jitsu. I wanted to wear a fitness tracker to figure out how much work I do in a session because they are very intense, the warm-ups are what most fitness places call a 'work-out'. You can wear them in the warm up however the trouble with them is they get torn off when you fight and they *can't* track the amount of work I am doing. They also injure training partners. I've considered wearing them around my shoulder or ankle however I'm not sure you can do that with them. It also give opponents a grip point that you can't release yourself from, so they are a tactical disadvantage.

That's why insurance companies getting involved with fitness seems stupid, they can never really capture my choices for fitness or understand how fit I am (from 6 days a week of 2 hr sessions) or what I have to do to maintain my fitness. Inevitabley, if insurance companies get involved, they will conglomerate the choices into something that works for the masses, be ineffective for people who really need to get fit and crate a hassle for many people for who exercise is lifestyle.

Fitness trackers don't work for everyone.

Comment Re:And yet still can't tell TAB from Ctrl-I ... :- (Score 1) 125

All good suggestions ! Unfortunately I don't use the mouse with Vim except in a few odd cases.

Interesting. Its probably my compromise with the ui.

If they DID, I would probably use Ctrl-1 .. Ctrl-3 as a quick way to switch between buffer 1, 2, 3. (or the 3 current open files)

That is a good idea. :rew, ^, :wn is about the limit I could find to get close to that.

The problem is once you have more then 3+ bookmarks it becomes hard to remember "where" each bookmark takes you.

I see what you mean. My approach maybe odd, I use conceptual references. So 'D or some other letter might be an abstract of something and the lowercase 'd maybe a concrete implementation. other odd games too help. Generally when I code though I try to limit the size of the files I create.

See which one is easier to remember? I no longer have to play the guessing game of "Where is bookmark X located again?"

You're right - it's a pita.

I think that's where I get the GUI to take over. Generally a combination of screens, workspaces, bash/vim terminal sessions, IDE. 4-8 workspaces and in my set up the terminal tabs hotkey with Alt-1 Alt-n. That generally gets me huge task bandwidth, about 4-400 vim/bash sessions per workspace.

Also I use workspaces named that define tasks in layers, so on my DAW for example I have Mix-Master-Monitor-subsystem, for code I generally use UI-Domain-Persist-DB and just increment whatever needs expansion. That's my workflow management, you probably have different challenges.

I think there maybe a way for you though, maybe multiple vims open on a single file - whaaaa? I hear you say. Well I think the new messaging part of vim may provide a way for multi-vim sessions on a single file by passing messages (which can be edits) between each other. I'm not sure yet (I still have a fair bit of recovery and exercise in from of me) but this could be a possible use-case that this new feature *might* support if you wanted to check it out.

Using "# command"

The curiosity is killing me, as soon as I get a chance to figure out how this works I'm going to have to try it on something. Generally I just rack my brains making new regexs. I clearly am still learning vim!

(At the time we worked on a C++ compiler but that's another story.)


In the process of understanding Vim I tore into the source code and literally made a map of what EVERY key does in Vim.

Cool. I've probably been using vim longer than you, actually, it was vi for a long time on sco, sun, hp. But ripping into the source code to learn it is pretty hard core. I'm certain you've gone beyond me with it.

(If you search for "Vim Cheat Sheet" you'll come across my work.) i.e. []

Damn man, that's awsome work. I doubt I know how to use vim as well as you do. I'll be laminating a copy of this for my wall - my colleague will want one as well, he only just got hooked on vim about a year or two ago.

That's really the best functional breakdown of vim I've seen and I'll spend some time studying it. Thank you for doing that.

Vim felt like an extension of my mind !

Obviously, this reply was constructed with vim - it's great for getting thoughts collated pre post.

I posit this is because Vi (and Vim) was designed by a programmer for a programmer. Every key feels like it belongs there. There is no wasted key. Sure Vim's learning curve is like a vertical cliff, but man, what a view from the plateau ! You'll never view another editor the same way one you've seen and tasted the power of Vim.

Absolutely! I suspect it maybe some time before we get everything out of the new features, and I'll probably be trying to figure out what I am missing with vim from your work - thanks.

Comment wrist braces (Score 1) 125

Sorry it took a while to respond UnknownSoldier - I'm recovering from spinal surgery to c4-c6 in my neck and had to do the reply in chunks. Still on a lot of painkillers and sleep, head is all over the place. I'm still building stamina at the computer.

2 mice? wow! I had been wondering if anyone was crazy enough to try that. Sorry to hear that you were forced out of necessity but it sounds like you had no choice.

Well, I'd been swapping the mouse left hand for a few weeks, the right hand for a few weeks for so long I began to notice it was the combined, click and mouse move that were fatiguing and provoking injury. Examining at my usage habits again I realised the cost of two mouses is really cheap ergonomic protection and less than the cost of a single physiotherapy session.

When I tried it, it was confusing at first, then incredibly liberating. At least for me. As I got better it improved endurance and throughput on a machine, like this was the way it was supposed to work all along. I have two configs dual mouse and dual trackball. You find yourself mousing on one hand and button on the other and dual mousing. As for reptitive movements, using both distributes the muscle movements arcoss both hands. So a 'select' and drag, for example, the click muscle is on one hand and the movement muscle is in the other hand.

The dual trackballs are great for music production and dual mouse works great for coding.

Have you tried any of those?


I used them quite a lot when healing injury on different joints. I found it is the heat, as opposed to the pressure, that helps it heal. The little colds spots are bad, and slow healing. I used the ones without a strap to keep the heat in at the joint and keep it in place.

No matter which ones you use the advice I received about them (physio/chiro/doctors) was to only use them at night so that the body doesn't get dependent on them being there. If you do it has the reverse effect and makes the joint weaker, exacerbating the pain over time.

I did that and found if you keep the warmth on the joint while you sleep and take it off during the day the ligaments and joints heal pretty well. They should be a bit sweaty by morning. Take them off, store inside out during the day to dry. Wash them once a week otherwise they get really stinky.

Don't be afraid of wrist or finger cavitations during the day, its part of the healing proccess.

I think I wore them for about two years and now I dont need them anymore.

These are close the ones I used: though mine didn't have the velcro.

Hope it helps - I know how it feels to need those things.

Definitely. Everyone's body has a "natural" way of doing things.

I'll probably be going through it again. The neck surgery means I will be reveiwing screen position again and reviewing other usage habits.

Excellent context-neutral descriptions !

Thank you.

I'll have to tell you about my acoustic-to-electronic kit conversion one day.

sweeeet! I love those things.

Comment Re:Wouldn't need subsidies (Score 1) 240

Wait a second... the "joke" was me ingesting tritium? Because you think I don't understand that the major problem with nuclear reactors is with bioabsorbtion of radioisotopes

You're making progress however you still have a way to go before you get to the punchline.

Yeah, uh, that's fucking hilarious.

sure is.

Comment Re:Wouldn't need subsidies (Score 1) 240

I define

Your definition is irrelevant. Your narcissism, adorable.

Do you?

Do you know you're entitled to your own opinion however you are not entitled to your own facts. You *still* don't know what you are talking about.

The issue isn't nearly as bad as it was in the days of leaded gasoline in cars, but I'm a tad worried about it all the same.

Perhaps you have ingested tritium during adolesence.

If you knew what you were talking about you could explain the joke, figure out what its about and explain why. However you don't get it because you don't understand the facts. Sad, it's really quite funny but I doubt you'll be able to figure it out before this thread closes.

I am well aware of the distinction

Prove it. What is the relationship between radioactivity and radionuclide?

Yes, those acronyms. Thanks.

You are welcome, you obviously need to begin your education somewhere.

Comment Re:Wouldn't need subsidies (Score 1) 240

Japan has had no serious nuclear accidents; at least, not serious in terms of public safety.

Fukushima is an INES level 7 event defined as a 'Major' accident which is more severe than a INES level 6 event defined as a 'Serious' accident. You are clearly, with regards to then international communities definitions of the terms in International Nuclear Event Scale, wrong.

It repeat after me:

No, you don't know what you are talking about.

Here's my breeder reactor design and I'm 70% sure it'll work despite my knowing almost nothing

What could possibly go wrong. Go read up on EBRII, IFR. Go find out what the difference between a Fast 'Burner' and Fast Breeder.

but we don't go apeshit over it because that news story doesn't contain the magic word:


Figure out the difference between radionuclide and radioactive. What is bio-accumulation? You need to understand this first.

Comment Re:Wouldn't need subsidies (Score 1) 240

With nuclear, there is no such justification. Nuclear is not getting more cost effective. It is getting worse. Building and running a nuclear plant today is way more expensive than it was 50 years ago.

Indeed! The Price Anderson Act was a temporary measure for the Nuclear Industry. It was originally set to expire in 1967 once the industry had proved itself safe. Evidently it hasn't.

When Dixie Lee Ray was the head of the Atomic Energy Commission she proclaimed that the disposal of nuclear fuel would be the greatest non-problem in history and would be accomplished by 1985, yet here we are in 2016, thirty years past that date and still there is no high level waste disposal site anywhere. The closest anyone has come is the Swiss and even their project is a multi-decade test project and extremely expensive.

However, this is the problem with the highly polarized dichotomy of this debate, it allows both "sides" loose sight of the other factions involved, that 'certain issues' exist in the debate. The first rudimentary core debate over nuclear power is storage of spent fuel. Why would oil and coal want that? It would promote more nuclear power. From their perspective such a facility is bad because it enables nuclear to eat into coal's market. It works for them that this is still an issue for nuclear.

You can see that played out in the document modified today. The Act they are talking about is the 2005 Energy Policy Act[warn:pdf]. It's a pretty interesting read. You can skip to SEC 600 for the stuff about the Nuclear Industry. I expect around SEC 613-625 of the Act will be the sections modified and there you will find funding for the owners of nuclear power plant, who are oil and coal interests building these reactors in the US.

Which, pro or anti nuclear aside, shows that a lot of these funds are simply going to Oil and Coal interests. With lobbying you can change the meaning of 'incentive' to 'welfare' for a lot less than building a nuclear reactor. I think it makes sense to be mindful of this additional dimension of the debate from the perspective of the taxpayer, that corporate welfare and political gain exists. Why is it the taxpayers responsibility that the operators can't meet the regulatory requirements and meet legal requirements in time?

I wonder how much 'spent fuel' infrastructure it would buy. How much spending on building railways from the many reactor sites to the repository. What about developing accelerator technology that transmutes non fuel waste products, how many STEM jobs there? That's a lot of jobs in a lot of places if science instead of politics is used to actually site the repository. Just some food for thought.

I see this is a loss for pro and anti nuclear folk, for different reasons. AP-1000 and EPR are the two approved reactor technology for the US. Nukkers aren't going to get their AP-1000s or EPRs any sooner because of this and everyone else is going to have their tax dollars sent to the oil and coal companies when it could be spent on solving nuclear infrastructure problems.

The rough translation is the Oil and Coal industry would like you to know, they're still in charge.

Comment Re:It's OK to Not Tolerate Inteolerance (Score 1) 636

It's OK to refuse to tolerate intolerance. Indeed, it's something you need to do.

The Paradox of tolerance:

"Less well known is the paradox of tolerance: Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them.

We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant."

Votaire had a few things to say about that, however he is more passionate about it.

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