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Comment Let's look at credit hours (Score 1) 537

I'm a returning student currently enrolled to earn my B.S. two decades after completing my A.S. My course plan for my degree has several electives that frankly don't matter to my field of study. Knowing that every science course I took had lab fees to cover the additional costs, I also wonder if some degrees should require more class time than others. The standard 120 credit hours seems like the real source of lower cost/lower paying fields subsidizing the STEM fields.

Comment Charter's Doing the Right Thing Here (Score 1) 65

I work for a very small ISP, and personally, I'd side with Charter on this one. We provide a modem to customers as part of the basic service and guarantee internet will work with the provider modem. If our modem goes bad, we supply a replacement no questions asked. Customers who are technically adept may use their own equipment, but we won't support it beyond providing normal configuration settings. If any Tom, Dick, or Harry can use whatever they want, then the ISP is on the hook for supporting possibly damaged or outdated equipment. I can't think of another industry that makes the original provider responsible for customer modifications.

Comment Re:What's particularly fishy... (Score 1) 146

Fitbits are highly dependent on close contact with the skin to take accurate heart rate measurements. During "intense" workouts, an improperly fitting monitor could loose contact with the skin at every hard step. I could see the study being thrown out because Fitbit will claim the researchers used the wrong size tracker and the company's instructions weren't followed. There's a big difference between a product could theoretically fail to perform in lab conditions and how it performs under normal use.

Comment Old standards die hard (Score 1) 202

Windows XP is no longer a standard. Doesn't mean I don't use it every goddamn day. An industry website I use weekly just rolled out an update based on flash. They update on an 8 year or so update cycle. I need them, they don't need me. The funny thing about markets is there's almost always a secondary market willing to use and abuse the rest of the world's castoffs.

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