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Comment "I Don't Want Your Money" (Score 3, Interesting) 214

Interesting. I had a fellow on the the train yesterday ask me for food. When I told him I didn't have any money (true), he said he didn't want money, just a loaf of bread. I had just spent nearly the last of the money in my bank account at the grocery shop (due to a banking stuff-up, payday was delayed a couple of days this month). I didn't have any bread, but I gave him one of the two bricks of cheese I'd just purchased and wished him luck in finding some bread to go with it.

Comment Re:In the long run (Score 1) 81

Civilised people have learned how to deal with those who kill without descending to their level.

It wasn't so long ago that the Germans attempted to exterminate quite a few of their neighbours. Yet it proved possible to prevent this without exterminating the Germans.

This makes me glad, as I've a number of good friends today who are German.

Comment Re:The popularity of open offices has exacerbated (Score 1) 252

Brazil is a favourite of mine. Been ages since I watched it, though--might have to do something about that sometime soon.

If I didn't take my job seriously, I could deal with the office. I could go there 9-5 every day and go through the motions and likely get away with it indefinitely. And get almost nothing done, because I simply can't think when random people are constantly walking by and/or talking to each other or on the phone. I am simply very much more productive at home.

My wife doesn't often work at home, but when she does, it's not usually a problem--she has her own desk, etc., in another room. Occasionally she's off work when I'm not--on those days I usually just resign myself to doing administrative busywork or whatever, as they tend not to be such great days for writing or coding. And I can't deny that it's sometimes nice to have her as a distraction.

Comment Re:Holy flamebait batman! (Score 1) 904

On the contrary, that's *exactly* what the link shows (and your response as well)--it's one huge exercise in filtering and colouring data in order to "prove" a very specific and narrow viewpoint. One that is very obviously rooted in hatred and selfishness.

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