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Rear-View Cameras On Cars Could Become Mandatory In the US

tnok85 Re:Super (754 comments)

I'm not quite following this story. Could make a car analogy so I can understand?

more than 3 years ago

Ikatako Virus Replaces Victims' Files With Pictures of Squid

tnok85 Tentacle P...ictures? (105 comments)

Can you imagine the shock when you open your porn folder to find it's all tentacles... err, I mean, can you imagine the shock when somebody who doesn't post on /. opens their porn folder to find it's all tentacles?

more than 4 years ago

What's Wrong With the American University System

tnok85 Re:And yet- (828 comments)

I can think of one case where a Nobel prize was awarded for simply speaking about potential future achievements.

more than 4 years ago

A $20 8-Bit Wikipedia Reader For Your TV

tnok85 This is great and all... (167 comments)

And I am very excited to see they want to use this for 'learning'. Great, 'learning' from an offline dump of Wikipedia. What's going to happen when hundreds of thousands of children in developing nations get a dump with some vandalism in it? Will they learn that George W. Bush is the spawn of some underworld creature, or Barack Obama is an Islamic terrorist born in Kenya? How will they respect the British elite military frogmen when they believe them to be half-men half-frog creatures that live in the sea?

more than 4 years ago

Buckyballs Detected In Space

tnok85 Re:SETI can't find aliens (117 comments)

So what you're saying is that we need to start putting chips in all our immigrants? Sounds like a plan!

more than 4 years ago

US Targeting China In New Anti-Piracy Drive

tnok85 Re:Give it a rest (99 comments)

I think most people agree that the US does not produce the best dance music anymore, so I sort of think you're beating a dead horse.

more than 4 years ago

World of Warcraft Can Boost Your Career

tnok85 Re:Is this slashdot? (272 comments)

Honestly, I think the correlation of correlation not being causation is simply that - a correlation. Since correlation is not causation, we can not be certain that correlation not being causation is not simply a correlation, rather than a causation.

more than 4 years ago

Digital Act Could Spur Creation of Pirate ISPs In UK

tnok85 Re:I don't need a "pirate" ISP (204 comments)

What about an ISP that considered itself a big truck that you could just dump something on?

more than 4 years ago

No iPhone Apps, Please — We're British

tnok85 Re:It's the upcoming cuts, not the recession (393 comments)

Listen. The coolness of Britannia is at risk here. I can't imagine any course of action except to accelerate these iPhone app plans, unless Britannia wants to take over for France as the uncool kid on the block.

more than 4 years ago

"Cumulative Voting" Method Gaining Attention

tnok85 Re:Equal Protection? (375 comments)

You must be a Beck watching Limbaugh listening Palin wanking Rand reading tea party nutjob RACIST.

more than 4 years ago

Turning Attackers' Tools Against Them

tnok85 Re:Time for hacker bounty hunter! (75 comments)

In a special two hour edition of Dog the Bounty Hunter, Dog gets his first Macbook and hacks his way to take down his target!

*watches two hours of Dog learning to search for people on FaceBook*

more than 4 years ago

Flight of the Desktops

tnok85 Re:No notebook in my near future. (430 comments)

Why would you have to keep it in your pocket? Just be awake and do the same thing! Everything will be implanted in the future!

more than 4 years ago

IBM's Question-Answering System "Watson" Revisited

tnok85 Re:Artificially Something (170 comments)

I prefer the term "Artificial Stupidity" or "Artificial Stupidity in Software" (ASS), but I'm afraid much of Congress wouldn't even consider funding studies in this direction for fear that they'd finally have competition.

There would be no competition. I highly doubt we could create an ASS that was as dumb as Congress.

more than 4 years ago

Quantifying, and Dealing With, the Deepwater Spill

tnok85 Re:Raises the Question Where Does Oil Come From? (343 comments)

Isn't it obvious? The Gulf of Mexico is the site of an ancient volcano (roughly 75 million years old) where billions of organisms were deposited from spacecraft strongly resembling DC-8's, then nuked from orbit.

more than 4 years ago

UK Home Office Set To Scrap National ID Cards

tnok85 Re:wow (334 comments)

A government that actually considers this amount of money to be too much to spend on something. I am speechless.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft's New Attempt To Dominate Robotics

tnok85 Re:bad quote (225 comments)

Well, notepad.exe (empty, just opened it) is using ~6-7MB of RAM, while vi is only using ~3MB with a script open - albeit a short one.

more than 4 years ago

Aion Servers To Merge, XP Grind Softened

tnok85 Re:Asian MMOs (108 comments)

granted space isn't super hard to render.

You need to start somewhere if you hope to render an apple pie.

more than 4 years ago

Taiwanese Researchers Plug RFIDs As Disaster Recovery Aids

tnok85 Trust? Security? (108 comments)

I'm kind of surprised at the lack of backlash from the rest of you here. Even most people I know in real life are opposed to this sort of thing - and they're not tin foil hat wearing slashdotters who stay off the grid (unless they feel particularly funny and are willing to expose themselves briefly for a +5 funny).

Who would you be comfortable having this information?

Corporations? No, a lot of the +5 insightful comments around here refer to the big bad corporations holding down the lowly employee. You really trust them?

Government? No, just as many of the +5 insightful comments around here refer to the big bad overbearing government that wants to control the lowly citizen. You really trust them?

A non-profit group perhaps? Maybe. Until they have some sort of security breach (not that the corporations/governments wouldn't, they'd just be more likely to sweep it under the rug successfully) comes in and the government starts installing watch dogs.

How long until GPS statistics are used by businesses for profit? Use the existing infrastructure to profile information on what type of people go where and at what times on an unprecedented scale. It would be a marketing dream.

How long until GPS statistics are used by the government for... whatever the hell is deemed necessary for oh, I don't know, national security? "We need to have access to this tracking info to stop TERRORISM. You don't want there to be another 9/11 do you? DO YOU?" Or maybe... "If we had access to the GPS database, we could have saved that thirteen year old girl from being tortured to death."

I don't care who you give the power to. Just because you trust them now doesn't mean you will in as little as a couple years. Once the infrastructure is there and people get used to it being 'normal', it'll be expanded.

Note: I am definitely being hyperbolic. Most of the examples above I would find unlikely on an individual basis... but the chance that one of them will happen? I wouldn't be surprised. And giving somebody that capability (as well as all successors to that somebody) does not make me comfortable in the least. Call me paranoid.

more than 4 years ago

Cheap Cancer Drug Finally Tested In Humans

tnok85 Re:Where else (363 comments)

Unfortunately most people's level of 'awareness' is Dustin Hoffman in Rainman. And the current awareness campaigns seem to consist of "ARE YOU AWARE THAT AUTISM EXISTS?" without really giving a succinct explanation of what it is.

more than 4 years ago



Staying in shape in IT?

tnok85 tnok85 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tnok85 (1434319) writes "I figured this would be the best place to ask, as many readers appear to work in the IT industry. (Tech support, sysadmins, etc)

I started a new job ~7 months ago at a very large company working a 12-hour night shift (7PM-7AM) in a fairly high volume NOC. Our responsibilities extend during the night to basically cover everything but the most complex situations regarding UNIX/Windows/Linux/App administration, at which point we'll reach out to the on-calls.

I live 1.5 hours away as well, so it turns into 4-5 15 hour days a week of sitting still — throw in almost an hour to get ready to leave, and a bit of time after I get home to unwind and I'm out of time to work out. Unfortunately I'm pretty sure I have a very slow metabolism, ever since I was a pre-teen I would gain weight fairly quickly if I didn't actively work out, regardless of how much or what I eat. (Barring starving myself, I suppose...)

So, how does somebody who works a minimum of 60 hours over 4 days, often adding another 12 another day, and sometimes working 7-10 days straight like this, stay in shape? I can't hold a workout schedule, (which every person I've talked to in my history says is necessary to stay in shape) and I can't 'wake up early' or 'work out before bed' because I need sleep.

Any thoughts/opinions/suggestions?"


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