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Ask Slashdot: How To Stay Fit In the Office?

Spodi Re:Excercise and diet (372 comments)

Doing pushups, and the fact that it can be socially awkward to do in the office, are both good and valid points. If you are lucky, people won't be able to see you do them. But there are plenty of other things you can do in the same spirit just while sitting, such as 1) leg lifts (both straight and bent knee), 2) kegels, 3) butt clenches, 4) calf stretches (foot flat on ground and bend toes up, or go other way and keep toes on ground and bend heels up), 5) squeeze legs together, 6) or, similar to kegels, simply just flex any muscle (hold it, or pulse flexes).
I'm sure you can come up with others as well. Just be creative. This is hardly going to do anything for strength and flexibility, and it will only be a very weak cardio workout, but its discreet, can be done while working, and nobody will notice. Do it enough so that you can do various moves throughout the work day without paying much attention to it (and thus not affecting your work much), and you'll be feeling great without being "that sweaty, awkward push-up guy"

about a year and a half ago

Making Saltwater Drinkable With Graphene

Spodi Re:trifecta (303 comments)

Only if it improved battery life by 10x...

That would only be possible if it is done in the cloud.

more than 2 years ago

Linaro Tweaks Speed Up Android, By Up To 100 Percent

Spodi Re:100% faster, uhm no (97 comments)

You're confusing this with something else. 100% faster means twice as fast. As in take the original speed, and add to it 100% of the original speed (e.g. 30 + (30 * 1.0)).

more than 2 years ago

Nanotech Solar Cell Minimizes Cost, Toxic Impact

Spodi Re:Still needs work (95 comments)

Not really. If you can be 50% less efficient than the competition, but for significantly less of the price, it is still a better deal for a lot of people. Efficiency only matters when the desired generated energy demand is too great for the available area. Since most buildings do not have solar on them, there is plenty of places to throw in lower-efficiency solar panels.

more than 2 years ago

60TB Disk Drives Could Be a Reality In 2016

Spodi Re:I'm going to make a bet or three (293 comments)

And I bought 2x 2TB HDDs for less than half that. Your point? Why do some people have such a hard time understanding that not everyone cares about speed for all of their drives. My primary drive, sure, make that baby as fast as possible. But all I need there is 200 GB (85 GB at this time) since that just holds the OS and all programs I use. The rest - the multiple TBs of backups and media (music, movies, pictures), who cares how fast that is. Even the slowest HDDs are going to be able to play 1080p just fine. For the very rare occasions those drives bottleneck, I don't mind waiting. I'd rather spend the money upgrading everything else that bottlenecks far more often.

more than 2 years ago

Goldbach Conjecture: Closer To Solved?

Spodi Re:ZERO? (170 comments)

Goldbach's conjecture: "Every even integer greater than 2 can be expressed as the sum of two primes." (source)

more than 2 years ago

Is Google the New Microsoft?

Spodi Competition breeds innovation (492 comments)

Like done in any other free market, Google sees an idea with potential, decides they can do it better, and makes their own implementation. They still respect the patented ideas (mostly), and when needed, re-engineer the implementation. This is competition, and without it, things would hardly improve in terms of innovation since there would be little motivation. People should be happy Google spends so much money in trying out new ideas and products instead of just sitting on it and watching it grow.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Most Dangerous Lines of Scientific Inquiry?

Spodi Re:Screening embryos already happens (456 comments)

Sounds like a better alternative than risking these people having a daughter they don't want, and treating her accordingly.

more than 2 years ago

Maybe the FAA Gadget Ban On Liftoff and Landing Isn't So Bad

Spodi Re:Attention (414 comments)

I would say the opposite. For most all events that happen on a plane that will lead to a disaster, you have plenty of time to react. It is not like you need to sit there alert and listening for anything abnormal. "Hey pilot guy, I heard a sound!" "Thank you sir, you just saved everyone!" What we do NOT need is people over-reacting and creating a panic.

more than 2 years ago

XBMC V11 Eden Has Been Released

Spodi Re:"Dirty region rendering" (195 comments)

Dirty region rendering is where you only redraw areas that need to be updated instead of drawing the whole screen every frame. It was a lot more common in the older days, and can still be useful for low-power, low-performance devices to keep a larger screen up-to-date. This is precisely why XBMC is implementing it - to reduce overhead of a mostly-idle screen (lower power usage when not viewing media). And I am very happy to see that - too much software doesn't care how much demand it puts on the system as long as it looks good. There is so much being put into trying to make hardware more energy efficient, but an even easier low-hanging fruit is the software.

more than 2 years ago

iFixit's Kyle Wiens On the War On DIY Electronics

Spodi Re:eh (760 comments)

Yeah, because replacing memory, disks, batteries, etc is just like trying to replace a transistor on a modern CPU...

It is one thing to not "help" the consumer in replacing components by not designing for that. But once you start designing your device to intentionally make it more difficult to repair and modify, it is a whole different game.

more than 2 years ago

Connecticut Considers Digital Download Tax

Spodi Re:Double Taxation (244 comments)

By your logic, I shouldn't have to pay taxes on books that I plan to read at night since I already pay taxes on electric bills, chairs, the house, etc. Hell, I shouldn't even pay taxes on food I bring home to prepare, since I already paid taxes on the appliances and energy used to prepare it.

about 2 years ago

'The Hobbit' Pub Threatened With Lawsuit

Spodi Re:One of my local's (388 comments)

Good point! "We should be allowed to piggy-back off the success and work of others, both in terms of theme and art, because we don't like the law" is a flawless legal defense.

more than 2 years ago

Computer Games That Defined RPGs In the 1980s

Spodi Re:Obvious omissions (350 comments)

Sierra Games was big back in the day, and the Kings Quest series from memory were almost as big as the Leisure Suit Larry series.

Absolutely! And Police Quest, and Space Quest, and Hero's Quest, and Codename Iceman ...

Which are all great ADVENTURE games

more than 2 years ago

X-Prize Founder Wants Ideas For Fixing Education

Spodi Re:Looking in the wrong places (479 comments)

3. Teach kids to stand up when a teacher enters and leaves a room, and teach them, no, put them to clean their own class rooms as part of their daily school day.

Sorry, but if you honestly believe this one, you are quite out of touch with how "bad seeds" behave. Having kids stand up just gives a very easy way for them to disrespect their teachers. Those who don't want to stand up won't. As a result, they will either 1) be reprimanded, which many will just rebel against even more or 2) you do nothing about it, and further distinguish and separate the "good" from the "bad". This is not how you encourage respect between student and teacher. All teachers I liked and got along well with, from early elementary to late college, were ones who treated me as just another person. They didn't force me to do stuff for the sake of "that is what you are supposed to do", and they didn't make me treat them like my superior. Because I liked those teachers and respected them for the way they treated me, I actually felt bad not doing my class work in those classes.

more than 2 years ago

The Lytro Camera: Impressive Technology and Some Big Drawbacks

Spodi Re:Revolutionary? Yeh right. (220 comments)

And those 95% are not the target consumers. It is that other 5% - the ones who spend money on cameras like many here do on computers. Also, just because you think the picture is worthless, that doesn't mean it is. I don't take pictures often, but the ones I do are to help me remember something worth remembering. You may see "just some building", but the one who took it may see "where I first saw the woman who is now my wife".

more than 2 years ago

UCLA Professor Says Conventional Wisdom on Study Habits Is All Washed Up

Spodi Mnemosyne / Super Memo (329 comments)

I have had sub-par memory for as long as I can remember. I'm only 23 and things will probably only get worse in the future, so I spend a few minutes every day doing some memorization using Mnemosyne (free), which uses the SuperMemo algorithm, which seems to be similar to the concepts mention in TFA. It is quite amazing for remembering flash-card style items long-term, and a great memory exercise. Anyone interested in improving their own memory, I recommend checking this out.

more than 2 years ago

Supercomputer Cools Off Using Groundwater

Spodi Re:Geothermal is better (62 comments)

There are a lot of different ideas going around on how this works since TFA isn't very clear. My guess is that feeding the water into the pipes once, not always. It is just your average heat transfer system done through water, though this seems to get closer to the heat-generating components (the supercomputer) rather than just cooling the room itself.

more than 2 years ago

Samsung Reinvents Windows (Not the OS) With Touchscreen Display

Spodi Energy efficiency (227 comments)

I didn't see anything about energy efficiency - or how well this "window" compares to modern windows with holding in heat. There are also other issues like trapped moisture (and the resulting mold), which would be far worse to see in this kind of window. Wouldn't think it would be too hard to lay it on top of your existing windows, to get the best of both worlds, but then you're still dealing with the cost of both (and good windows are not cheap).

about 2 years ago


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