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Comment: Re:embarrassing but true (Score 1) 70

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:*sigh* (Score 2) 290

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...

luxuries,

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.

drugs,

"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.

Comment: Re:This too shall pass (Score 1) 54

by Zontar The Mindless (#49359739) Attached to: Notel Media Player Helps North Koreans Skirt Censorship

I think you meant to say,

Mögen die herrschenden Klassen vor einer kommunistischen Revolution zittern. Die Proletarier haben nichts in ihr zu verlieren als ihre Ketten. Sie haben eine Welt zu gewinnen. Proletarier aller Länder, vereinigt euch!

So no mod points for you today, sorry.

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