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Lenovo Reveals Wearable Smartband To Track Exercise Stats

Ericular Re:mostly novelty item (51 comments)

The point is that the FitBit does all of the calculation for me, and then I see affirmation in cold, hard numbers that my habits make a difference. I don't want to manually calculate every activity I do and then tally them at the end of the day. That's the whole point of the FitBit in the first place. I want to see that I burned 2,642 calories yesterday, and 2,884 calories today, determine what was different, and continue habits that make a difference.

And yes, if my goal for a 500 calorie deficit, I could eat 2,500 calories on day I burned 3,000, and 2,300 on a day I burn 2,800. What's your point there?

I've logged my calories in (MyFitnessPal) and out (FitBit) for several months now. The line for my expected weight (based on calorie estimates) and actual weight are very similar. Much more than I expected they would be.

To your donut reference, I think what you're getting at is that for most people, food intake is much easier to control and adjust than physical activity. I agree 100%. Eating 100 calories less is much easier and more preferable to me than exerting 100 extra calories of energy. I am a runner, and I believe that running alone is not that great of a weight loss plan. When I run 10 miles I may burn well over 1,000 calories, but I'll be damned if I don't find myself ravenously hungry for quite some time afterwards. I could negate my run in a matter of minutes if I wasn't as aware.

And that's the point - awareness. The FitBit was nice because it held me accountable and gave me data to work with. I wasn't going to pay $100 for something and carry it around all day every day, and then just ignore the data it gave me. I log it every day in Excel. Likewise, the FitBit data alone is pretty useless if I'm oblivious to my intake, so I log intake data every day in Excel. Together, these two numbers keep me focused on my goal and guarantee that I'm progressing toward it.


about a month ago

Lenovo Reveals Wearable Smartband To Track Exercise Stats

Ericular Re:mostly novelty item (51 comments)

My FitBit motivated me to be more active, and therefore didn't just have a brief novelty value for me. Instead of sitting around on my break at work, I'd take a brisk walk around the building. I'd park in the back of the lot. I'd take the stairs instead of the elevator, even if it was 6 flights up. All of these things I would never have done if I wasn't receiving immediate feedback from the FitBit, and seeing that I was burning more calories by making these small changes. Even an extra 100 calories burned per day adds up to a significant weight loss 365 days later.

I've also found that I'm more likely to meet my calorie intake target for the day when I'm graphing calories in/out day-to-day in a spreadsheet. So I'd argue that these fitness devices can have a real value.

about a month ago

ISS-Above Tells You When the International Space Station is Overhead (Video)

Ericular Re:Nice idea (59 comments)

It just seems like a hard sell to pay that kind of price for functionality that is already free on devices that a large population has on their person during all waking hours.

about 6 months ago

ISS-Above Tells You When the International Space Station is Overhead (Video)

Ericular Hmm... (59 comments)

Let's see...pay $150 for something to blink an LED to alert a potential sighting for a single orbiting object vs. paying $0 for your smartphone to blink an LED to alert a potential sighting for virtually all significant objects in orbit.

This is the most blatant slashvertisment yet.

about 6 months ago

Virtual DVDs, Revisited

Ericular Re:uh... streaming? (147 comments)

I believe he's referring to Netflix's physical DVD selection, which offers many newer releases that their streaming library does not. Bennett's argument is that if Netflix has obtained the necessary rights to mail a physical copy of a newly released DVD, why can't they do the same thing virtually - stream it (similar to their streaming library) except with a fixed maximum of simultaneous viewings and a reservation system (similar to their DVD mailings). A hybrid approach to bring even the latest titles to consumers without having to involve physical media.

about 6 months ago

Comcast Predicts Usage Cap Within 5 Years

Ericular Re:Nothing to do with net neutrality (475 comments)

This is all true. However, the idea is that if the monopolies are dissolved and competition allowed to flourish, the prevailing service offers would trend away from usage caps instead of towards them. The pressure on service providers would be to keep their network capacity as high as possible and offer the best deals to stay competitive. If there is no monopoly, no anti-competitive collusion, and even still we find usage caps are just an economic necessity in order for providers to keep the lights on, I'd have an easier time accepting them. If the only reason caps are implemented is because service providers know there's no competitor for customers to abandon them for, well... that just pisses me off.

about 6 months ago

The Greatest Keyboard Shortcut Ever

Ericular Re:Huh? What? (506 comments)

To the contrary, this submission on Reddit likely wouldn't have gained any traction. Here, it's front page news!

about a year ago

Linus Torvalds To Head Windows 9 Project

Ericular ROT13 aside, this article is terrible. (174 comments)

Even looking past the ROT13 eye-roller of an April Fool, this article is complete garbage. It's poorly written and poorly executed, in that April Fools news story pranks should be just plausible enough to make the average reader at least wonder if it's true. This reads as if it was written by a 5th grader.

Even the concept would have been workable with a little more subtlety and finesse. Just terrible...

about a year and a half ago

Facebook Confirms Data Breach

Ericular Aren't there editors that review submissions? (155 comments)

"Facebook has confirmed that it limited the Prakash's activity". -- What is "the Prakash"?

"Prakash disagrees with when Facebook says". -- That phrasing doesn't feel right to me either.

more than 2 years ago

Could GPS Keep Tabs On Your Pets?

Ericular Re:Get a leash! (218 comments)

The reason (sub)urban communities have leash laws that include cats is because some people don't want your cat on their property. I don't think anyone is questioning an owners right to allow their cat to roam free around their own property. However, it's the owner's responsibility to keep them off mine. If you live in a 100' x 100' suburban lot and that's not enough roaming room for your cat to be happy, how is that my fault? It's somewhat about safety, but more about courtesy. Dogs would get antsy after 3 days inside too. People let them run around in their fenced yards and walk them on leashes. I'm not trying to be an insensitive clod, really -- I just don't think it's that unreasonable for a property owner to want their property free of other people's pets.

about 5 years ago

School System Considers Jamming Students' Phones

Ericular It's not that complicated... (785 comments)

If the phone is seen or heard anytime during school hours, it's taken away, and the parent can come claim it. Parents will get sick of having to do that pretty quick, and the students will learn what happens if they use them during school. In our school district, each school can make the specific rules regarding cell phones, and this is generally how they handle the issue. The best part is, the policy is free to implement and only affects a small minority of phones (the offenders) in an emergency situation.


more than 5 years ago

Pics of the Longest Solar Eclipse of the Century

Ericular Re:Lunar Shadow (97 comments)

Maybe India will release a video soon:

A 10-member team of scientists from the premier Indian Institute of Astrophysics in Bangalore and the Indian air force filmed the eclipse from an airplane, an air force press release said. But millions across India shunned the sight and planned to stay indoors.

Interestingly enough, the next paragraph is a huge WTF:

Even in regions where the eclipse was not visible, pregnant women were advised to stay indoors in curtained rooms, due to a belief that the sun's invisible rays would harm the fetus and the baby would be born with disfigurations, birthmarks or a congenital defect.

Why would the moon being in front of the sun make these "invisible rays" more dangerous than being in direct sunlight?

more than 5 years ago

Video Games Are Launching Rock-n-Roll Careers

Ericular Guitar Hero 3 features 25 bonus songs... (171 comments)

What about all these bonus songs?

I'm not defending GH3's superiority, just saying... there are bonus songs. I know you mentioned Aspyr, who did the PC/Mac port -- were there no bonus songs on the those versions?

more than 6 years ago


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