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Comment My Current Podcasts (Score 1) 268

I've been listening to various podcasts for almost eight years now. A lot have come and gone, but my two long-time favorites are:

Escape Pod - Weekly short-form science fiction. These guys have been around since almost the beginning of podcasting. This is their sci-fi show. They also have horror (Pseudopod) and fantasy (Podcastle) among others.

StarShipSofa - Also weekly short-form sci-fi but more than just stories. This is an audio magazine with regular articles about science news (Delivered by a biology professor), genre history (Delivered by a history professor), interviews and more. It's part of the District of Wonders (Which also has horror, fantasy, and used to have pulp and crime before those shows withered away).

More recently I've been listening to these and getting a lot of interesting thought topics out of them.

The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe - Skeptical thinking, science news of all types (Astro physics, biology, technology, etc), interviews, and more. This one usually runs a bit long.

You Are Not So Smart - Psychology deep dives into various topics (logical fallacies, changing people's minds, detecting bullshit, etc).

Comment Re:Here (Score 2) 303

I'm in the market. Aeron seems to be the usual "best" recommendation, anything else?

Just about anything with a mesh back and bottom panel. I have an old Aeron at work and a cheap mesh office chair from CostCo at home. The Aeron is a more robust chair, but the CostCo knock-off brand works quite well. It keeps me significantly cooler than a padded office chair and it's plenty supportive. It's all personal preference, but I very much enjoy being less sweaty while sitting at my desk.

Comment Re:Check out Huawei Fit (Score 1) 193

If your core function is to track your activity, sleep, and heart rate only, sure. Some of us liked being able to handle calls (reject or answer if wearing a headset), handle our playlists, handle calendar events, and deal with notifications without whipping out our phones all the time.

Comment Re: For those that were eagerly awaiting.... (Score 2) 193

*I* wanted a Pebble Time 2. I backed one. There were almost 60 thousand of us!

*I* am currently wearing a Pebble Time and have been since it arrived.

My wife has a Charge HR and only keeps putting up with it because she's addicted to looking at her numbers at the end of the day and beating mine. She hates when she has trouble getting the screen to come on (About 30% of the time) and she hates how it doesn't show the date (Like her previous Charge did, before the band broke irreparably, and since it's integrated, the whole device was toast).

FitBit doesn't want Pebble in the market because it was a competitor, a better one. With the PT2 we were even going to get an HR-enabled device with an always-on, daylight-readable, waterproof device with better battery life.

Comment Re:Sad, as a pebble owner (Score 1) 94

I doubt the deal would close before the PT2 is supposed to ship (Last week), so I don't think they (Fitbit) have any obligation. However Pebble should still fulfill their KS backers' orders. But there's no guarantee with KS orders, so they may just refund orders. I'm hoping not though. I still want the watch.

Comment Re:Sad, as a pebble owner (Score 1) 94

I'm upset by this news as well, but considering the other stories about the bottom falling out of the smart-watch market, I'm not surprised.

I backed the Pebble Time KS and I've worn it daily since I got it. I even wear it at night after the release of Pebble Health for the sleep tracking. I love it. I love the screen (Even though it's only 64-colors, it can be read in bright sun and complete darkness with the backlight). I love that it's waterproof (I've had it in pools and the ocean). I love that with my normal level of usage (over a hundred alerts per day, sometimes several hundred) I still get 4 days of use between charges. I love the few apps that I have installed on it and use them all the time.

I backed a PT2. I want the bigger screen, bigger battery, and the HRM. Its ship date has slipped, with no notice, and now the company is being bought by a company that likes to kill its purchases. I'm not happy, but I'm holding out hope that the PT2 will ship and the software will stabilize. If nothing else I'll keep using my existing watch apps, and hopefully the developer community won't dry up too quickly.

Comment Re:If I wanted Linux... (Score 1) 154

If you work with RHEL/CentOS servers, running a Fedora desktop will show you what the current/next version of those server distros will look like and give you more insight into their inner workings. Their underpinnings are the same, their os-level services are the same (Though versions may be different). And DEBs and RPMs are basically the same effort-wise anymore for end-users, Fedora COPRs are equivalent to Debian PPAs. And in my opinion, RPMs are easier to build.

Comment Re:How does Fedora compare to Ubuntu? (Score 4, Informative) 154

Fedora is usually one or two releases ahead of Ubuntu. Fedora is usually quick to fix issues with their shipped software and doesn't necessarily wait for the next distro release to release a new version of a specific package or to add new packages. Fedora ships with (usually, depending on release schedules) the latest versions of GNOME and GNOME software.

Ubuntu supports some things that Fedora can't/won't because of patents/copyright. Ubuntu is Debian-based, so if you're more familiar with that family of distros, you'll be more comfortable in Ubuntu.

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