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Comment: Re:My back hurts (Score 1) 293 293

Yeah. I did some charity work recently that involved standing mostly still for two days. It took over a month for my knees to recover enough that I could walk without limping again.

Standing still fucking hurts. Stand up meetings hurt, let alone a full day in the office.

I can sit in an office chair on the other hand for 70 hours in a week with no ill effect. I shuffle a LOT, which spreads the load and stops repetitive strain.

Comment:'s the LAW! (Score 1) 365 365

So I'm going to have to stop playing ?

The company behind that game do state that they aren't publishing plans, and you couldn't build a firearm based on their game, but it's easily got enough information on how designers went from breech loaders to fully automatic that I could translate into a functioning system.

I just don't own a lathe or CNC..

Comment: Re:printing more money (Score 1) 1217 1217

The bit that I don't get is why the Greeks don't create a new currency (call it the Geuro) peg the exchange rate at one Geuro to 400 billion Euros, print one note, hand it to their creditors and _then_ let the currency devalue.

Anybody asking to exchange it for the 400 billion Euros just needs to find someone with 400 billion to exchange - i.e. not the Greek government.

You could argue that it's effectively a default, but in the event of exiting the Euro it's a nice way to finish with a big 'fuck you'.

Comment: Re:That's still exactly what it was (Score 1) 232 232

Oh, I see, it's about farmers using water for their business, not individuals collecting water in a barrel under their roof. Got it.

Since a large farm in a dry place like California presumably requires an awful lot of water, it seems entirely reasonable for the actual rain falling to be shared out reasonably and not hoarded by big business.

Comment: Re:That's still exactly what it was (Score 1) 232 232

Water falls out of the sky in most of the world.

Sadly, in more and more parts of it, it's becoming illegal to collect it. And mind you, I'm not talking about diverting seasonal drainage, I'm talking about collecting rainfall from your roof, let alone from a structure purpose-built for collecting water like you commonly see in areas with high rainfall and low government interference.

What? How can "the government" stop you from collecting rain water? And, perhaps more to the point, why would they care if you do?

Comment: Re:"I broke Asia" (Score 1) 372 372

if I ever interview and I can see it's going badly, I tell this story in response to the "What's your weakest asset" question, just to see the look on their faces.

Um, I think you're supposed to say something like "I am occasionally impatient with people who are less intelligent and driven than me" not "I wasted our Asian operation a whole day's work and got a written warning for my incompetence".

Comment: Re:And the language space is? (Score 1) 38 38

Greeks banks will run out of money next week. The positive side of this, is that there will be no more queues in front of banks, because if there is no more money in the bank, there is no point in queuing in front of it.

How would the algorithm rate that comment . . . ?

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