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Scientists Study How Little Exercise You Need

SEAL Re:Interval Training (437 comments)

RE: injury, I agree... for running. People new to running should start with slowly building up daily mileage and maintain a low-to-moderate pace. HIIT running is a high injury risk. But for cycling, go for it. On an indoor trainer, HIIT cycling is very safe and beneficial. Recovery is still important, so you'll see most HIIT programs go 3 days per week with light activity on the alternating days.

The problem with these HIIT recommendations is that they still come across as tricks to minimize exercise... as if exercise is something to avoid. People need to get out of that mentality. Do something active every day. Go a little harder every other day. You'll improve. Just be consistent and make it a priority in your life.

Despite the /. fun, I'm a 3x Ironman and lifelong athlete.

more than 2 years ago
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WikiLeaks Should...

SEAL Re:Can I pick two options? (469 comments)

I suspect strongly that the only reason Castro was never assassinated was that noone in the US government ever really cared all that much (yes, the Cuban-American community has always wanted Cuba out from under his thumb, but it's not like Cuba is really important enough to waste much time on, from the US perspective).

What's there to gain? Killing him doesn't undo the Cuban revolution. Castro's replacement is his brother.

Then weigh the fact that the U.S. has a very favorable agreement for the use of the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base -- it's insanely cheap and the lease can be renewed for infinity as long as one side agrees. Assassinating Castro would cause that arrangement to be terminated.

more than 3 years ago
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Income Tax Quashed, Ballmer To Cash In Billions

SEAL Re:There's a lot more to this than Ballmer (650 comments)

Oh I forgot to toss in another tidbit. To all those who are saying that sales tax hits the poor much harder than the rich:

- Washington state doesn't charge sales tax on grocery food items, which are a good percentage of spending for someone at the poverty line.
- Washington state citizens are allowed to use their expenditures on sales tax for the year, or a standard value, as a deduction on their federal income tax.

Both of those things reduce the sales tax pain quite a bit.

about 4 years ago
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Income Tax Quashed, Ballmer To Cash In Billions

SEAL Re:There's a lot more to this than Ballmer (650 comments)

There's an even more pressing concern. The income tax proponents state it as only taxing the rich (i.e. 200k+ income per year). Just like the AMT in federal law, though, it is not indexed for inflation. So even if the state legislature left it unmodified by some miracle, people would start falling into the tax trap.

Anyone who believes we're not in for some massive inflation is in a fantasy world. The Fed is printing money left and right.

about 4 years ago
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Is Zynga Trying To Patent Virtual Currency?

SEAL magic online was 2002 (89 comments)

Magic the Gathering Online went live in 2002. You buy "tickets" which you can use to trade, enter tournaments, etc. And you can win stuff playing those tournaments. I'd say that falls under the gambling with virtual currency category.

more than 3 years ago
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Best Format For OS X and Linux HDD?

SEAL Re:Followup question... (253 comments)

Many filesystems support uid= and gid= options in their mount command (including HFS). Just add that to a mount script or set it up in fstab.

more than 4 years ago
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2 In 3 Misunderstand Gas Mileage; Here's Why

SEAL Re:The question is still absurd... (1042 comments)

Addition of 10% ethanol, which is common, does not have a significant impact on gas mileage and it certainly does not "destroy" it. A quick look at Wikipedia on energy density shows that a 90-10 gasoline-ethanol mix produces about 93% of the energy of pure gasoline. Now if you're talking about "flex-fuel" E85, then yeah, you're going to see a noticeable mileage drop. But that is not a common fuel.

Also ethanol acts as an oxygenate, to make the gas burn more completely and reduce carbon monoxide emissions. Pricewise - prior to oxygenating with ethanol, we were using MTBE anyhow, which has health risks and is a ground water contaminant.

So your post is mostly over-hyped nonsense. Now in a general sense, should corn be used to produce ethanol? No, and that's a result of the lobby that you mentioned. But they've affected much more than ethanol usage (see: high-fructose corn syrup and how they essentially killed sugarcane production in Hawaii).

Ethanol production from sugarcane, and to a lesser extent, beets, is much more energy efficient than corn.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Benchmarked and Reviewed

SEAL Re:Insanely impressed with this release. (164 comments)

Agreed. Also if they're going to arbitrarily change something like this, after many many releases with it on the other side, they should present a dialog to let the user configure it during installation / upgrade.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Benchmarked and Reviewed

SEAL Re:Insanely impressed with this release. (164 comments)

er sorry, make that :minimize,maximize,close

And then log out/in or restart X or whatever.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Benchmarked and Reviewed

SEAL Re:Insanely impressed with this release. (164 comments)

window control buttons on the right pls

gconf-editor
apps->metacity->general
button_layout=:maximize,minimize,close

more than 4 years ago
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Pacific Northwest At Risk For Mega-Earthquake

SEAL Re:Same old thing... (457 comments)

Actually it does get dissipated periodically. We just haven't had enough damage for it to be a major news event yet. For example, there was the moderate sized Nisqually earthquake in 2001.

Sure another earthquake is likely on the way but who's to say how large it will be?

more than 4 years ago
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Rockstar Ships Max Payne 2 Cracked By Pirates

SEAL more obvious explanation (340 comments)

One of the Rockstar coders was a member of Myth.

(you think I joke, but crack / warez teams are often loaded with industry insiders...)

more than 4 years ago
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Dying Man Shares Unseen Challenger Video

SEAL Re:70 miles away on Betamax? (266 comments)

Except that it was faked, just like the moon landings.

more than 4 years ago
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Best Filesystem For External Back-Up Drives?

SEAL Re:The solution.. (484 comments)

Irregardless is nonsense caused by confusion between the words irrespective and regardless.

At least people generally follow the intended meaning. Compare that to flammable, which came into use because people misunderstand "inflammable".

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Ordered To Pay $290M, Stop Selling Word

SEAL Re:Say goodbye for XML (272 comments)

Also in reading the details of that patent, one could argue that the CSS standard also applies (separating content from layout). RFC 2318, describing CSS, was written early enough to constitute prior art.

However, IANAL and I have to assume that Microsoft's legal team probably investigated this possibility and ruled it out for some reason.

more than 3 years ago
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Best PC DVR Software, For Any Platform?

SEAL Re:Recording HD? (536 comments)

You can get an HDFury2 (converts HDMI to component) and then you're back in business, even if the component outputs on your cable box go away.

more than 4 years ago
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Best PC DVR Software, For Any Platform?

SEAL Re:Recording HD? (536 comments)

1) DVR from cable company. Problems: I've gotten anecdotal information that these DVR's have poorly designed UI's and tend to be somewhat flaky (worse than Windows). Also, they are a closed system, I can't move the recording to a mobile device for portable viewing.

At least in my experience with Comcast DVRs, yes they are flaky, the interface is poor, the fast forwarding sucks, and it has had problems with just magically losing all recordings twice in the two years I used it.

2) PC + HD ATSC / Clear-QAM tuner card - this gives me the ability to record over the air broadcasts and cable channels that support Clear-QAM (which is a fairly small subset of cable channels).

Works well, although I'd recommend something like the HDHomerun (dual clear-QAM tuner box that plugs into your home network). At least where I am, I get pretty much everything on basic cable in 480p, and then the OTA channels plus a few others in either 720p or 1080i.

Beware that Comcast likes to leave their QAM frequencies undocumented and likes to map them to different channels periodically. So if you're using MythTV you'll want some familiarity with the database, particularly the channels and dtv_multiplex tables. That said, with the switchover to digital, I no longer have the ability to record analog cable and you may find the same problem in upcoming months. In particular, in my area, Comcast switched QAM frequencies last month (again) and is now using some of the area formerly allocated to analog.

3) PC + HD Tuner Card + Cable Card - does anyone make one of these? Anyone have any experience with this?

Tivo is your easiest solution. Windows Media Center will support a CableCard but with some tweaking required (good writeup here: http://hd.engadget.com/2009/05/12/how-to-install-a-cablecard-tuner-in-your-diy-media-center/)

I don't know of a way to get MythTV working with a cable card and it seems rather unlikely because it is a hardware / vendor lock-in.

more than 4 years ago
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Is That Sushi Hazardous To Your Health?

SEAL Re:Oily yellow doplets (554 comments)

Either that or it was Taco Bell.

about 5 years ago
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Low-Power Home Linux Server?

SEAL get a powerful machine (697 comments)

I'm not joking on this one. I have a quad Athlon 3.0ghz performing MythTV duties. It draws a lot of power when it needs to - for example, commercial flagging HD recordings. But I have it set up to conserve power when it's idle, which is most of the time. Two things you'll want to consider:

1) The easiest thing is to set up powernowd (simplest daemon IMO - but there are a couple alternatives). It drops the speed of your CPUs when they are idle - in my case from 3.0ghz down to 800Mhz. This reduces power usage, keeps your machine cooler and has zero impact on service availability.

2) Depending on what you use the machine for, you may want to set it up sleep most of the time. Then use wake on LAN, or ACPI / BIOS wakeup functionality so that it powers up on demand. The BIOS method is useful for things like MythTV that perform a lot of scheduled tasks.

about 5 years ago
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Rupert Murdoch Says Google Is Stealing His Content

SEAL Re:Dear Mr Murdoch (504 comments)

Or make your site subscription-based. Of course you might want to talk with the guys over at Slate first to see how well that works out...

more than 5 years ago

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