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The @ToryBurch for Fitbit Accessories Collection is now available for pre-sale!
Weird. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Come on, Stephen, wouldn't it look good on you? - Bruce Lewis
Bruce Lewis
Re: My imaginary YC interview -
"Thanks. I quietly reopened it to new users after leaving Google, so feel free to try it. I still rely on it for my own photos and have no plans to shut it down." - Bruce Lewis
Todd Hoff
Here's an entitlement program I don't hear anyone wanting to cut - The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane to Nowhere -
Here's an entitlement program I don't hear anyone wanting to cut - The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane to Nowhere
I came across a colorful phrase the other day: "warfare queens." - Sean McBride
That's appropriate. - Todd Hoff
"In the case of the F-35, the short answer is: a lot. Counting all of its suppliers and subcontractors, parts of the program are spread out across at least 45 states. That's why there's no doubt lawmakers will continue to fund the program even though this is the third time in 17 months that the entire fleet has been grounded due to engine problems. In fact, in the version of the defense... more... - Bruce Lewis
Anyone else's fitbits not syncing properly today?
Haven't seen any issues myself. - Stephen Mack
Eivind can't get his to sync today, but mine was fine. - Jenny H. from Android
Mine seems to be synchronizing alright as well. - Jennifer Dittrich
I accidentally left mine at home this morning - Glen Campbell
Mine's been syncing fine via computer USB dongle. - Bruce Lewis
There was a message in the app this morning that they were experiencing server issues. I just logged in and it looks like it's all synced up. - Katie
They just told me via twitter that syncing was down today, but should be all set now. Logging out and back in should help. - Miriella from Android
mine keeps telling me historic data isn't available, but seems to sync okay - ~Courtney F
April Russo
Apparently, a goal of 5000 steps is too much for me to handle on a regular basis. My feet are feeling a cumulative effect and are killing me. Plantar fasciitis sucks. :(
:( - Stephen Mack from iPhone
:-( Is swimming better? - Bruce Lewis
Probably, but I live in an apartment building that doesn't have a pool. - April Russo
Stretch a lot. I have intermittent plantar fasciitis, and I'm experimenting with different insoles to help. Some days are better than others, but don't give up. I'm amazed at how 10k days are normal to me, and when I started a year and a half ago, 3-4k days were more my usual. - Holly's favorite Anna
Yep, move up incrementally. I've been dealing with plantar fasciitis to some degree since i moved here 2 1/2 years ago. When I got the Fitbit, I was at 3-4K regularly, and now 15K is my regular - Katie
Mine is chronic, hit me early in life, as a teen. Took me years to even get a doctor to take me seriously and not try to blame it on "high heels" that I don't even wear (or something else just as stupid). - April Russo
I've never been diagnosed, but suspect I have that problem too. I used Rock Tape when I'm doing a training walk and that helps a lot. Found myself wishing I'd brought a roll to Vegas. - J. Marie B
Kevin Fox
The new @Quirky Aero channel on @IFTTT changes everything.
That's extreme: "If you achieve your daily calorie burn Fitbit goal then turn your A/C on." - Bruce Lewis
Katy S
My Fitbit just took an unintended bath. I spilled on myself, so I through my shorts in the wash and completely forgot that the fitbit had been in my pocket until they had been underwater for about 4 or 5 minutes. It seems to be working fine, but it's hanging out in a bag of rice just to be sure.
Of course, I didn't stuff the bag with rice because I wanted to still be able to put it in my pocket since it's working, but there's rice. - Katy S
I'm only guessing, but I think the silicone case protected it a bit for that brief period of time. - Katy S
Now you are ready to toss rice if you happen upon a surprise wedding. win/win - Janet
Are they waterproof? I've worn mine in the shower. - Melly Claus #anticaper
The one is water resistant but not water proof. It really shouldn't be submerged. - Katy S from iPhone
The Flex is waterproof, but it doesn't have an altimeter. It's hard to make a device waterproof if it has an altimeter like the Fitbit One. - Bruce Lewis
will the Flex track my lap swimming? - Laura Norvig
Flex won't track lap swimming, but you can log the activity on - Bruce Lewis
Melly Claus #anticaper
Two weeks in and I've lost 1.8kg/3lbs 15oz. Mostly just by tracking food and being more aware of my activity level. Still not really exercising, but it's a start :o)
Being aware of your activity level might be more helpful than exercise: - Bruce Lewis
Awesome, Melly! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
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Nature Connects at Missouri Botanical Gardens -
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The Climatron, a giant geodesic dome for displaying tropical plants, also became home to Lego sculptures of animals and plants. - Bruce Lewis
Thursday, June 19, 2014 -
Playing fussball with Nokians at the Lumia 930 event.
That looks fun! - Bruce Lewis
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Comparing Misfit Shine (2790 steps) to the FitBit One (3593 steps)... they're clipped in the same place too so not sure about diffs. Hmm...
Try taking 50 paces and see what they each say. - Bruce Lewis
Bruce Lewis
Re: The inexplicable rise of open floor plans in tech companies - thoughts from the red planet - thoughts from the red planet -
"When this article came out there were 12 in my open-plan office and it worked fine. Recently I've been seeking quiet by bringing my laptop to an unoccupied part of the office floor. Headcount is 16 now. Your 15-person cutoff matches my experience." - Bruce Lewis
Melly Claus #anticaper
After struggling big time to get my jeans on yesterday morning... Josh bought us an Aria scale yesterday (planned purchase from ages ago but they didn't have white at the time and Josh is picky!), I've joined myfitnesspal, and charged up my FitBit.
Current stats - weight = 71.8kg/158lbs; body fat percentage = 38.8% (scary!) - Melly Claus #anticaper
I need to take this slowly, so right now I just want to track what I'm eating and try and get my steps up a bit. I'll weigh in and re-evaluate every Friday! - Melly Claus #anticaper
I weigh as much as I did when I was heavily pregnant... and only a kg less than my husband, who is almost a foot taller than me :o/ - Melly Claus #anticaper
Good for you! For the few days I was tracking my breakfast, I didn't snack all day. But the last few days I've slipped up big time. We can do it! - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
" only a kg less than my husband." I read that "only a keg less than my husband" and that didn't sound like a bad thing. :-) - bentley
Last night I talked to a friend I hadn't seen in a couple of years. He lost 50 pounds by watching his step count and logging food. He didn't use the Aria. I'm interested in Aria success stories. - Bruce Lewis
Did he always do 10k every day? Or did he have a different goal? Being forced to log food is such a huge eye opener for me. Going out is possibly the worst idea EVER. - Miriella
He's not on FriendFeed. He tells me, "I tried to nail the stair climbing goal every day, but maybe reached it half the time. I embarrassingly rarely hit the steps goal at all. I almost always hit the caloric intake goal and religiously recorded everything I ate on the FitBit app on my Iphone. " - Bruce Lewis
Thanks for the info - it's good to know! I run up and down the stairs in my house when I need to hit the floors goal...and some nights I've noticed they won't register unless I go aaallll the way up (three flights) and all the way down. (I try to just go up and down one flight...but then I get forced to go up three to trigger the thing to count floors) - Miriella
Melly, I am right there with you - keep buying bigger pants :( I think I'm going to have to get another Fitbit (first one had a bad date with a washing machine) - Laura Norvig
Yeah, I've bought bigger pants two years in a row, this time I was like.... NOPE. - Melly Claus #anticaper
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
I'm contemplating getting a Misfit Shine because it's waterproof vs the water resistant FitBit One. I can swim with the Misfit Shine.
The flex it waterproof, I think. But it doesn't do stairs. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
But it's strictly a wristband isn't it? I need flexibility in terms of how I can wear it. Misfit Shine comes with a wrist band, a clip, and there's a separate necklace I can buy for it. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Right. The flex is just wrist band. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
None of the Fitbit trackers are designed for tracking swim strokes. You can log the activity manually, though. - Bruce Lewis
^Yup, I've done that with my FitBit One. They had avarious swimming activities from treading water to playing in water to full-on swimming laps. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Do you burn extra calories if you do 10,000 steps in 4 inch heels? #fitbit #justasking
I would think so, if your muscles are working harder to keep you balanced. - Bruce Lewis
Bruce Lewis
Monty Hall Problem - Numberphile -
Monty Hall Problem - Numberphile
The professor in this video explains and illustrates it remarkably clearly. - Bruce Lewis
Bruce Lewis
#SaturdayFF When I play Minecraft with my kids, I'm having as much fun as they are.
It's like building a lego house, but you can walk around inside and watch a sunset from the roof. - Bruce Lewis
Bruce Lewis
These goslings and their parents on the South Bay Haborwalk seemed calm about people approaching close. - Bruce Lewis
vicster: hon. canadian
IFTTT now automates tasks based on your Fitbit activity -
IFTTT now automates tasks based on your Fitbit activity
"If you're sporting one of Fitbit's activity trackers, you can now automate tasks and reminders with the help of IFTTT (If This Then That). The recipe-based software announced a dedicated channel for the sporty gadgets today, handling duties based on goals, activity, sleep, weight and more." - vicster: hon. canadian from Bookmarklet
Bruce Lewis
My avg. daily fitbit #Fitstats for last week: 71,744 steps.
That's my weekly total, not my daily average. I'm going to see if someone already filed a bug. - Bruce Lewis
Kevin Fox
Looks like Sunnyvale will crack 100° today. Nearly a 50° swing in 8 hours!
I'm glad to be in Boston where we have sane weather. - Bruce Lewis
Does that make us swingers? - Louis Gray
Louis Gray
Happy Birthday to both Stephen Mack and Tudor Bosman today! Both great guys and good dads too!
I'll let you guess who is who. Photo 1 I took and Photo 2 is courtesy Thomas Hawk. - Louis Gray
Happy Bday Dudes. - Valz 4 TEAMMARINA
Happy birthday Stephen and Tudor! - Georgia
Happy birthday Stephen and Tudor. - Jim: meatvalve.
Happy Birthday! - Kevin Johnson
Happy B-days! - Ken Gidley
Happy Happy - Rodfather
Happy Birthday, gentlemen. - Monique the crochet freak
Happy Birthday! - NOT THE CRICKET
I know who is who but I'm not gonna' tell... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BOYS!!! - Lisa L. Seifert
Thanks Louis and all! But don't forget it's also Kelly's ( birthday today too! - Stephen Mack
Happy birthdays! - The First NoeLB
Happy Birthday, Tudor and Stephen! It's a great day for birthdays! - Anne Bouey from iPhone
Happy Bday! - Heather
Happy Bday guys! - Steve C Team Marina
Happy birthday great guys and dads! :) - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Happy birthday to you both! - Jenny
Thank you! - Tudor Bosman
Whose code are you looking at in that picture? :-) - Bruce Lewis
Happy Birthday Stephen! - AJ Batac
Happy Birthday Tudor! - AJ Batac
Thank you! - Tudor Bosman
Happy Birthday, Stephen and Tudor! :-) - vicster: hon. canadian
I will reshare this every year. - Louis Gray
I will comment on this every year, provided Louis finds it and bumps it first, of course. - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
Louis Gray
Why Nest Protect Reporting an Emergency Filled Me With Comfort -
Why Nest Protect Reporting an Emergency Filled Me With Comfort
"This morning, my Nexus 5 chirped with a notification I hadn't seen before. While I was at the office, my Nest application was telling me, in no uncertain terms, that there was an Emergency in the kitchen at home. There was smoke, and the alarm from our Nest Protect smoke alarm was sounding. I called home quickly, and my wife told me, embarrassed, there was simply a small issue with the microwave, and all was fine." - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
I really did tweet first and then call home. :) - Louis Gray
Ah, Louis. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
I figured my wife had it under control and didn't want to answer the phone while waving her hands at the device. :) - Louis Gray
So, you get notified every time someone makes the toast a little too dark? As paranoid as I am about fire, I'm not sure I'd like that. It would drive me bonkers to be carrying around a device that notifies me every time my hubby cooks something, without telling me what he is actually cooking. - April Russo
April, it's the first time I've ever been notified. As my home is appropriately smokey, it was a good call. - Louis Gray
Louis, I think you might have miss the humor in my statement. - April Russo
Oh yeah. I have zero sense of humor. Zero. :) - Louis Gray
Why do you have a smoke detector in your kitchen? - Brian Johns
In the event of smoke? It's actually in our dining area to be more precise. But it's by the kitchen. - Louis Gray
How long did you give her to answer the tweet before you called? - Bruce Lewis
There's so much not-buring-the-house-down smoke in the kitchen that most fire peeps recommend NOT putting a smoke detector in the kitchen, exactly because of the false-positive situation you are encountering. - Brian Johns
This wasn't a false positive. My house still smells like smoke. The smoke detector is in the dining area next to the kitchen. You'd approve of its placement, even if not its name. - Louis Gray
Jenny H.
I'm a little confused because Eivind and I went on the same hike today and his Fitbit registered 200 floors while mine only registered 150. Weird.
It's measuring changes in barometric pressure accompanied by continuous motion. Were you going faster than he was and pausing occasionally for him to catch up? That would make his motion more continuous than yours. - Bruce Lewis
No, that's not it! - Eivind from Android
Do you both have the same Fitbit model? - Stephen Mack
American floors versus European floors? (Yeah, I have no idea.) - bentley
Todd Hoff
Open Source is a process for overcoming the traditional weakness of the commons. Clearly did not work for OpenSsl. The shallow bug conjecture is more of a statistical notion, not something to bet your security on.
I think it depends on your perspective, though. If OpenSSL *wasn't* open source, we probably wouldn't know about this vulnerability until a massive exploit was actually deployed that screwed millions and millions of people the world over. - Victor Ganata
Um, how do you know one hasn't been deployed? - Todd Hoff
"It is surprising that a project that is quite mission critical is completely at the bottom of the scale when it comes to how much the development process is oriented toward reliability. There are no systematic unit tests, no systematic documentation, the best you get is a bunch of disorganized integration tests, so it is not even at the level you would expect for a decently maintained business project" - Todd Hoff
Fair enough, maybe something has already been deployed, but no one has reported losing billions of dollars to OpenSSL exploits yet. - Victor Ganata
OpenSSL 1.0.1 (which I think is the first release that has this vulnerability) was released in March 2012, so I imagine two years is probably enough time for someone to have crafted an exploit that would've wreaked massive havoc by now. - Victor Ganata
And they will never admit to anything like that. Keep in mind these libraries are used in gazillions of routers, firewalls, proxies, and other appliances. Updating those is non-trivial. - Todd Hoff
Certain bugs are more likely to be found if you have a large number of users doing diverse things with your software. Security vulnerabilities have never worked like that. It's not statistics, it's the nature of this bug. - Bruce Lewis
The notion is that with so many eyes on code that bugs will be more quickly found and fixed, it's not just a use argument. - Todd Hoff
Yeah, but if the argument is that closed source software is inherently safer, the millions of pwned zombie Windows machines that are part of malicious botnets seems to contradict that conclusion. Nobody's development process is perfect. - Victor Ganata
I don't recall making that argument. - Todd Hoff
Not saying you did, but closed source is the only alternative to open source. - Victor Ganata
Bugs happen. All you can do it mitigate the risk. It still seems that open source is less risky than closed source, even given all its flaws. - Victor Ganata
Heartbleed does put the Apple SSL goto fail bug in perspective, though :D - Victor Ganata
Bugs don't just happen. People write them. Processes help prevent them. When they aren't prevented you look to your people and to your process. That's what good groups do. Every bug is tracked back to see how it could have been prevented and the process is changed to make sure that happens. What is clear is that relying on the shallow conjecture doesn't work on core critical... more... - Todd Hoff
Sure, the "many eyes" idea vastly overestimates the number of people who will actually bother combing through the source code, and sure, you can implement processes that minimize the risk of people introducing devastating bugs, but it's always a cost vs. benefit argument. And people are gonna f- up. I guess the question is, ultimately, who pays? - Victor Ganata
Todd, you're right that the shallow bug conjecture is not just a use argument. If it were just a use argument it would be more accurate. If I were Linus Torvald's I'd be really annoyed that ESR named his inaccurate conjecture after me - - Bruce Lewis
Interesting: BTW, all these issues are trappable by tests. - Todd Hoff
It does make me wonder how everyone came to rely on something that seems to have been written in such a slipshod fashion. Who's more irresponsible, the OpenSSL developers, or the people who put together the distros that include it? - Victor Ganata
"was added to the open-source OpenSSL protocol on New Year's Eve 2011" - Todd Hoff
Bruce Lewis
Qualys SSL Labs - Projects / SSL Server Test / -
Qualys SSL Labs - Projects / SSL Server Test /
FriendFeed is not vulnerable to the Heartbleed attack because it's still using TLS 1.0. - Bruce Lewis from Bookmarklet
Good to know - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Y-EA-H *spikes in the endzone* - Micah
Kevin Fox
I have a foolproof method of diagnosing compulsive-obsessive disorder.
It took me a minute to get it, so I guess I'm ok. - Bruce Lewis
Bruce Lewis
Signs of Spring in Boston -
Some of the trees have a tiny bit of green on them. - Bruce Lewis
t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
I guess some people don't know that waving your arms to get a server's attention is bad form. And rude. And makes you look like an asshat.
Dude's an Army Ranger. I guess that explains it. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
Arm-y Ranger. :) - Spidra Webster
My bad. - Bruce Lewis
Glen Campbell
Is FriendFeed still down?
let me check ... - MoTO: #TeamMarina
There's this really cool web site that tells you. No, wait, that says if it's dead, not if it's down. - Bruce Lewis
Yes, which is why you didn't post this and I'm not responding. Oh, wait... - Walt Crawford sleeping is unproductive and a waste of time - Amit Patel
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