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Comment: Re:embarrassing but true (Score 1) 60

by Zontar The Mindless (#49363849) Attached to: Ikea Refugee Shelter Entering Production

Adjustable height desks rule.

Absolutely. I bought one about a year ago, and now spend 30-50% of my work day standing. My back and shoulders have been thanking me ever since.

Alas, IKEA had none in stock at the time, and due to issues with their supplier, weren't going to get in any more until August. So I had to go to one of those trendy office furniture shops that seem infest Stockholm like gnats around a bowl of fruit, and pay about 40% more for it. OTOH, it came with a 3-year warranty, it *works*, and I might even be able to deduct some of it from my taxes this year.

If you work at a desk, GET ONE.

Comment: Re:Won't everything need to be recompiled? (Score 2) 77

Actually, POWER8 supports both big and little endian, and you can go out to Canonical's site and (as of 14.04) and get the LE version of Ubuntu for POWER8. You can read about that below. Quoting the article:

Why is Linux on Power transitioning from big endian to little endian?

The Power architecture is bi-endian in that it supports accessing data in both little endian and big endian modes. Although Power already has Linux distributions and supporting applications that run in big endian mode, the Linux application ecosystem for x86 platforms is much larger and Linux on x86 uses little endian mode. Numerous clients, software partners, and IBM’s own software developers have told us that porting their software to Power becomes simpler if the Linux environment on Power supports little endian mode, more closely matching the environment provided by Linux on x86. This new level of support will lower the barrier to entry for porting Linux on x86 software to Linux on Power.


Comment: Re:It happens... (Score 5, Interesting) 169

by TWX (#49361091) Attached to: Prison Inmate Emails His Own Release Instructions To the Prison
I had to go through jury selection a few months back for a capital case, going through three or four rounds of appearances and interviews. Part of what struck me about the experience is how incredibly poor the paperwork was. They gave us number cards when there were 250+ people to go through in my group, they were all handwritten even though the numbers corresponded with the computer-generated numbers we were assigned when the original mailing for service was sent. Forms and questionnaires looked like they were generated in Clarisworks by first-time users in elementary school. Nothing had letterhead, nothing had any sort of official feel.

Your story about no letterhead and using fax machines is totally believable to me, and I'm amazed that it isn't abused more often.

Comment: Re:Isn't Government wonderful? (Score 1) 143

It may be a private company, large portions of UK (and US I believe) functions are performed by private contractors and have been since the 1980s.

That said, even if it isn't, this experience is something most of us have suffered over the last 15 years from public and private entities. Most have ended up capitulating under pressure to knock it off with the "IE6 only" BS, in part because Microsoft (yes, Microsoft!) forced the issue with IE7 and its follow-ons, itself in part because too many people liked Firefox for Microsoft's comfort.

It shouldn't surprise anyone there's still "IE only" crap out there. Especially amongst organizations that are (1) large, and (2) constantly cutting their budgets and having to apply "defered maintenance" to everything they do to stop going under.

And those budget cuts are, for the most part, the fault of the same people who insist governments are always incompetent.

Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 2) 237

by Zontar The Mindless (#49359933) Attached to: Iowa's Governor Terry Branstad Thinks He Doesn't Use E-mail

Branstad makes more money than you do, or ever will.

Yes, and...?

He also has more influence over more people than you do, or ever will.

But how much control does he really have over his own life?

You think you are smarter than he is? You know more about tech. He knows more about how to obtain power and utilize it for his own benefit.

Perhaps. Whether he's really benefitting himself is matter for debate, but I'll grant you the rest.

For this, he gets access to security,

I don't have to worry about some loony with a rifle coming to visit my house nearly as much as he does, either. There's this thing about standing out that tends to draw attention from crazies...


I can't eat crab or lobster, red wine gives me a headache, and a ceramic toilet seat works just as well as a gold-plated one.


"My life is better because I've better drugs"? Uh, what?

Even so--Nobody's stopping me from smoking this joint I've got in my hand. And even if I get busted, I doubt it'll make the local paper.

and women that are forever beyond your reach.

I have one woman who I am pretty sure is forever beyond his reach--or anyone else's.

His kids will have a better education than your kids, and will likely live lives that are far more opulent than those of your kids.

They will likely receive a more expensive education and be brought up in more opulent surroundings. Neither of which has much bearing on how well they'll be brought up by a man who maybe can't teach them anything other than, "Just tell people what they want to hear."

You think you are smarter than he is? You are missing the big picture.

And you're missing out on a myriad of details, wherein, 'tis said, dwells the Devil.

Keep reading those technical manuals. Maybe you will be the next Bill Gates. But probably not.

Good. I don't need a billion bucks to be happy, and I've no wish to have on my conscience some of the things he does.

Administration: An ingenious abstraction in politics, designed to receive the kicks and cuffs due to the premier or president. -- Ambrose Bierce