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Comment Re:weakly disguised hit-piece (Score 1) 326

Socialism, as you describe it, is what's typically called "democratic socialism." It is not the sort of socialism described by Karl Marx. As time passes, it seems the "democratic" portion is getting left out more and more and the original meaning lost. If you go back to the original meaning of socialism (and communism), it makes little sense to call someone a moron for failing to make a clear distinction. After all, not even Karl Marx laid it out very clearly. Communism, in that context, is generally thought of as a higher form of socialism, achieved after a time of prosperity caused by the proletariat overthrowing the bourgeois... or something like that. Again, it's all fuzzy. Communism was never supposed to be a totalitarian idea. It was supposed to bring freedom (to most). The trouble is, in practice, the only way to enforce the principles is via totalitarianism. It's rather self defeating. Anyways, all of that to say: it's not moronic to think socialism = communism.

Comment Re:Why wireless charging? (Score 3, Interesting) 208

Wireless charging is one of those things that seems kind of pointless until you try it. I imagine it doesn't have the same sort of utility on a smart watch, though, since you (probably) aren't taking your watch off and putting it on the desk every time you sit down. With wireless charging, since it's as simple as setting your device down, I've found it's substantially easier to keep my phone's battery in the lithium ion's happy 40-80% range. Plus it means I almost always have a pretty good charge on my phone, which is good, since I have a Nexus 5. :) I have to say, the lack of wireless charging's a rather big bummer to me--not that I was looking to upgrade yet.

Comment Re:Yeah 22 seconds? (Score 2) 664

Actually no, bird shot is very likely not lethal at close range. Perhaps my memory is fuzzy, but I'm pretty sure it generally lacks enough power to penetrate enough to hit vitals (at least when fired at the chest.. I suspect you could get lucky and hit a major artery, but that's not how people train defensively.) Now, whether or not the gun owner knew that is another question.

Comment Re:Need to be adjustable (Score 2) 340

I've had a similar experience. Although I still have some back issues, for the most part, my posture, etc. have gotten much, much better since I've started standing. My standing workstation is a total hack job--basically a small, cheapy (non-standing) desk with some Ikea parts bolted on to it. It's hideous but I work from home as a contract worker and am on a budget, so it works just fine for that. To sit, I've got a backless bar stool thing (it's kind of an odd stool). Sitting in it matches the height of my makeshift desk. It is also uncomfortable to sit in for great lengths of time, as I tend to slouch and my back gets quite tired without a seat back to relax into. I've found this to be a very good quality, though, as with a comfortable chair I found myself far too likely to forget to stop my sitting break and start standing again--I'd just end up sitting in a tall chair at a tall desk all day long.

Oh, also, you know those kinks you get in your neck sometimes when you sleep on your bed all wrong? Well, those have almost all but gone away since I've started standing. If I do get one, a day's worth of standing almost always clears it right up. I also feel substantially better and, while I generally need to take a 30 minute break after work to sit down on a couch and rest, after that I have plenty of energy. Of course, it's very difficult to measure happiness, but I will say that in general, the times that I've deviated from my standing work station have been promptly followed by less satisfaction both with work and in my home life. I simply can't imagine going back to sitting all day.

Comment Re:And what if he's right? (Score 1) 412

I'm inclined to disagree. But that may be because I met my now wife (and mother of my three children) at the office. There isn't anything inherently wrong about office romances like your post suggests. Rather, relationships that get in the way of work are problematic. I don't see any need to single out romantic relationships. Now, that said, employers are entitled to setup policies as they see fit: I just think such policies are generally repressive and don't address the heart of the issue. No pun intended.

Comment Re: FTA (Score 1) 198

It is doubtful that Amazon will shoot their prices up as soon as they reach a certain amount of market dominance. It may be that they stop lowering prices as aggressively. If they do raise prices, don't expect anything drastic unless other economic factors change as well.

Comment Re: Maybe in a different country (Score 1) 498

Yeah. Actually I think that was some of the wisdom to creating "united states." The smaller the group, the more likely for that group to consist of like-minded people (especially if one can rather easily change groups.) Too bad that didn't last... Frankly, I think it was doomed to fail, though.

Comment Re: Maybe in a different country (Score 1) 498

It's been a bit since I've read the constitution, but I don't believe that it ever defined what made someone a person or "property". The subsequent amendments which addressed blacks and women were necessary because at the time, it was the only way that the federal government could decree such a thing over the rights of the state. In other words, it wasn't that the constitution declared slavery legal or anything like that; such issues were up to the states to decide.

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