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Comment I thought it was just me? (Score 1) 310

I've tried the OTC nasal decongestants for a few years before giving up. I would just suffer without wasting my money. They never seemed to work for me. The neti pot worked better. I thought it was just me those pills didn't work for. Now science brings me comfort. A pox on the snake oil being sold!!

The behind the counter stuff works great but makes me feel 'speedy' and stimulated until it climaxes in a creepy anxious state. Feeling the effects of pseudoephedrine makes this chill person have extra compassion for people with anxiety. I never really understood it until using 'the good stuff'. Now I just suffer without it as well.


Comment Re:LIbertarian principle (Score 1) 438

There is a high barrier of entry to become an ISP. Well regulated monopolies can serve the people as well as make money for the shareholders.

We could regulate that an ISP has to share their infrastructure to create competition in the marketplace, but you'd probably cry about that.

There probably isn't competing electric and water companies where you live. Perhaps it is best if we treat a pipeline of data like we treat pipelines of electrons and H20?

Comment Anyone seen "Chopping Mall"? (Score 1) 139

There was this boss 80s movie called Chopping Mall about mall security robots killing some teens that snuck into the mall at night to eat pizza and make love.

This story reminds me of that horror movie. Except the teenager part. And the killing part.

But totally the mall security robots part!

Comment Easy answer... NO! (Score 4, Insightful) 418

Five years ago I invested in a Samsung television. It's been great and I don't want to replace it. It has the features (120hz) and size (52") I want plus looks nice on the wall. I made sure to get LCD versus plasma to help keep electricity costs down. I held off on buying a DLP because I knew I would grow tired of the volume it would take up in the living room. Research showed that the LCD panel was from a Samsung/Sony plant in South Korea with units having a 3% failure rate versus 5% for its competition. Who looks for an excuse to replace their main television frequently? Not me. If you bought something with the intention of replacing or demoting it after a few years of ownership, by all means spend your money.


Comment Ideas (Score 4, Insightful) 195

Primarily, you'll want to build an honest rapport with the other person. Get inside their head a little and allow them to brag A LOT. Ask how they found the place and what they did to change it. You'll want to breeze through all of the high level and important documentation first so you'll have a baseline. Take as much notes as you can. Ask what websites/resources they use to make it easier to follow in their tracks. Explain your situation to them. It will humanize yourself in their mind and you might be able to engage their compassion for you. Perhaps they would be available to answer questions after they leave! Is there budget money for them to be used as a compensated resource? Hopefully they like the idea of helping others and putting some scratch in their pocket.

Bon chance!


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