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Comment Re:False! (Score 2) 59

Governmental scientific inquiry is a contradiction in terms.

Funny how most of the most egregious examples of biased science have come from corporate research. Even to the point where it has cost a lot of people their lives. But you already knew that and were just hoping your comment would slip under the radar.

Comment Re:Who cares if they actually help (Score 1) 139

Its great that you know the right way to do it and everyone else who wants to deviate is wrong.

"Knowing the right way to do it" is something beginners learn.

If you want numerical validation for your physical activity, then maybe cross-fit would be more appropriate than a serious discipline like jiu-jitsu. I guess it's just something you'd know if you'd ever seriously studied martial arts. It's qualitative, not quantitative.

Comment Re:Who cares if they actually help (Score 1) 139

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

Training at your level, you're probably so healthy that it should be pretty trivial to demonstrate to your insurance company that you're fit. Aetna covers wellness exams, and it probably wouldn't hurt to have one. If there's any question, you could always execute a gogoplata or flying omoplata on your doctor and then suggest he certify your fitness.

And who knows, implantable fitness detectors will come soon enough, though I worry that if they're made by Samsung they might explode.

Comment Re:Who cares if they actually help (Score 1) 139

If you're planning a comprehensive fitness and diet plan, it's generally considered helpful to know how many calories you're burning.

He wasn't talking about "a comprehensive fitness and diet plan". He was talking about the study of a martial art. The data you need for that will not (and cannot) come from an Apple Watch.

Comment Re:Who cares if they actually help (Score 1) 139

What makes you think people do jiu-jitsu for fun?

People who do jiu-jitsu (and other martial arts) will tell you that "fun" is a wholly inadequate word to describe the experience. I never said it was about fun. It's about something much greater than simply fun.

I wear it because I want to be better, to improve

If you want to be better, to improve, at a martial art, metrics (and especially a wristwatch!) is the wrong way to go about it.

Kind of like a coloured belt.

If you want to be better, to improve, a "coloured belt" is the wrong way to go about it. If you study jiu-jitsu from those Brazillian guys, you think they're giving out coloured belts? You ask them for a coloured belt and they will throw you the fuck out. By all means go to Wudang mountain and study with the Shaolin monks (I have) and ask them when you get your "coloured belt". Let me know what they say.

Comment Re:Who said what? (Score 1) 364

The summary is fine. Pepe the Frog is a beloved meme, check. Pepe has been recently adopted by the far right, check. The only thing wrong is the headline, which can easily be misread as meaning the ADL has made a blanket "All uses of Pepe are examples of Hate".

The biggest thing that's wrong is... well, Slashdot's readers. Give them something you can easily misunderstand, and they'll launch half cocked, often with an interpretation even more stupid than the obvious misinterpretation.

And, BTW, to the OP of this thread: the ADL is one of the oldest surviving and famous groups that fights anti-semitism. It's hardly obscure, and a quick Google search would have given you the answer.

Comment Re:No return trips? (Score 1) 473

So 200+ ships at billions of dollars each? Yeah, that's gonna happen.

The US spent more than that dropping bombs on the Middle East, not benefit was achieved by the effort, and almost nobody wanted it.

Imagine if all the people on Earth actually wanted something and we could effectively solve the coordination problem (coming soon to a blockchain near you)

Comment Re:Only when it costs them money. (Score 1) 113

There are a few options but all of them require high-jacking IoT devices.

If I were feeling more energetic I'd pull out some comments from here I left a decade ago talking about a guild of Internet engineers and a trust system where certified operators could send cryptographically-signed messages upstream to shut off attacking ports (or requests to do so - that's a local detail).

Yes, we're decentralized, and that's good, but we also need to cooperate.

When homeowners get their Internet shut off because their IoT is attacking and they have to call a local tech to diagnose the problem and pull out the offending light bulb before it's turned back on, suddenly everybody will demand secure light bulbs (except us 'luddites' who are still using dumb dishwashers because we know that complexity breaks).

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