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Comment Re:False! (Score 2) 56

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:Summary Needs Correction (Score 4, Insightful) 139

Companies have been doing health initiatives like this for years.

If Aetna really wanted to do a "health initiative", maybe they could start by actually paying health insurance claims instead of fucking people around. They're famous for trying to "run out the clock" on sick people,. hoping they'll die before a claim is approved.

Comment Re:Who cares if they actually help (Score 2, Insightful) 139

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.

If you train Jui Jitsu, why do you feel the need to quantify the amount of work you're doing? It's like needing a special device to tell you how much fun you're having at a party.

If you need to quantify your martial arts workouts, you're missing the point of martial arts, no? Maybe I'm wrong and am just not hip with the kids these days, who seem to seek numerical validation for everything they do in the form of "likes" and "favs" and "retweets".

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. But then, I'm not really part of Apple's target demographic.

Comment ADL (Score 0) 362

Who are these ADL people anyway, and what do they know about anti-semitism? The real anti-semites are those that wouldn't get that six-pointed stars are merely sheriff's badges and swastikas are really just Hindu good-luck symbols.

Oh, and "88" just stands for the average IQ of a 4chan user, and has absolutely nothing to do with the beloved Fuhrer.

Trump 2016

Comment Re:Like it would have mattered (Score 3, Insightful) 161

No, I don't think the CELL system would have handled the increased load unless the venue was used often at this capacity...

Hofstra has been used for this purpose before, and for much bigger conferences than the measly 1000 people in the hall last night.

They charged $200/head for their wi-fi hotspot. $200,000 can pay for a lot of bandwidth for a 90 minute event.

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