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Comment Don't comply (Score 1) 371

Why on earth would anyone volunteer information to their landlords about which social media services they use?

"List your active social media accounts: 'I have no accounts to which I can grant you the requested access.'"

This doesn't even constitute lying on the application. What are they going to do - manually scan popular social media platforms for accounts that appear similar to you?

Comment I switched from sitting to standing. (Score 5, Interesting) 312

I switched to a standing desk about 12 months ago. I'm a pretty fit and active guy, but I have a variety of knee and back problems from years of martial arts training. Particularly, I have patellofemoral arthritis ("theatre knee") that gets worse when I keep my knee bent at 90 degrees or less. On a friend's advice, I built a standing desk and gave it a whirl.

The first two to three months sucked a lot. I could only stand for 1-2 hours at a time before my knees or feet were too sore to continue. I had to adjust the ergonomics of my workspace, particularly the height of my monitor, to avoid neck irritation. However, my lower back felt great for the first time in years. I kept going.

Somewhere around the 90 day mark, all my aches and pains vanished. My feet stopped getting sore. My knees no longer hurt. My back feels better than it did when I was 20. My hip flexors are more mobile. I can now on my feet all day with no problem. Standing around at parties doesn't make my feet or back sore. I also lost 5 lbs with no effort because of the increase caloric expenditure.

I'd recommend a standing desk to anyone with the willpower to make it through the transition. It's well worth it, in my opinion.

Comment Re:Learn to freaken drive. (Score 4, Insightful) 723

I live in Atlanta but grew up in Boston. I fully agree that southerners can't drive in the snow. Your advice is good. However, it is also totally useless for what happened here.

People were stuck in their cars because a million vehicles tried to exit a ten square mile area simultaneously. It was instant gridlock. Proper acceleration technique means nothing if there is nowhere to go. Once the inevitable handful of accidents occurred, even the lucky folks that were on the front of the traffic wave couldn't get anywhere.

Comment Re:Torchlight 2 (Score 2) 246

I know it's cool to like small development houses, but I really don't understand the massive love for Torchlight. It was a cute game with a decent concept. The skill system, however, which is absolutely fundamental to ARPGs, was generally lackluster and without any depth or "wow" factor. Itemization was SO random that it became a massive headache just to sort through the hordes of affixes to find out what was good and what wasn't.

Torchlight was a not-bad-enough game that I'll give them a second chance on the sequel, but it certainly wasn't a great game and not a patch on any installment in the Diablo series.

Comment Holy misinformation, Batman. (Score 5, Informative) 1017

From TFA:

“No, it’s not an X-ray,” she told Abbott. “It is 10,000 times safer than your cell phone and uses the same type of radio waves as a sonogram.”

The TSA scanners aren't comparable in any useful sense to cell phones or sonograms. (Cellphones are non-ionizing radiation and sonograms are pressure waves.) Is it any wonder that these guys don't get the benefit of the doubt?

Comment Re:Sometimes not at all. (Score 1) 233

Data show that having children decreases happiness. They also eat a lot of your time (which could be better spent doing science) and they're extremely expensive (scientists don't get paid that much). Knowing this, why would anyone who respects data have children?

Just because there's an ongoing cost and time periods where the net return might be negative doesn't mean that the whole project isn't worthwhile. Driving to the store is less fun and more expensive than reading a book. Cooking is also work. However, after I've done both I get to eat a delicious meal. These studies also tend to only interview people who are in the immediate throes of child-rearing. It shouldn't be surprising at all that if you talk to people in the early stages of a project with heavy up-front cost that they might feel worn down. Now go ask your parents or grandparents what they think about children. Mine have said repeatedly that children are the most, if not the only, truly rewarding thing they've done with their lives. (However, none of them denies that it isn't work.)

Comment Re:Mandatory chastity belts? (Score 4, Funny) 1065

People will do absolutely anything while driving. I have personally witnessed the following activities performed by a (presumably) sober adult, driving a vehicle at ~70 mph on I-75 south in Atlanta:

1) Playing the the flute. The driver had both hands on the flute, with sheet music propped up on the wheel. He was steering the car with his knees.

2) Shaving one's head. This man was peering into his rear view mirror, head lathered with shaving cream, shaving his head with a STRAIGHT RAZOR.

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