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Teens Arrested For Motorized Office Chair

samzenpus posted more than 6 years ago | from the crazyboy dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 338

German police have confiscated the world's fastest office chair and arrested its 17-year-old inventors. The duo added a lawnmower engine, brakes and a metal frame to the office chair and were reported to be driving it all over the streets of Gross-Zimmern. Police did not comment on the chair's handling or acceleration but I look forward to it being profiled on Top Gear.

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So much for the seeds of .... (5, Funny)

BitterOldGUy (1330491) | more than 6 years ago | (#24660899)

German engineering.

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (3, Funny)

Deadfyre_Deadsoul (1193759) | more than 6 years ago | (#24660951)

I for one welcome our rocket chair creating overlords.

What did the cops get them for, speeding?

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (5, Funny)

R2.0 (532027) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661183)

"I for one welcome our rocket chair creating overlords. "

In fairness, the picture is wholly unrelated to the story - unless they have started making Barcalounger shaped office chairs and 8 hp piston engines that shoot gigantic flames out the back. Both of which would be AWESOME!!

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (2, Insightful)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 6 years ago | (#24660987)

Oh, please. Making the chair is cool. Driving it on public roads is not so cool. I admit, I chuckled when I saw the picture, but they should have tested it out in an empty parking lot.

On the other hand, this invention is uber cool!!!

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (3, Funny)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661161)

>> they should have tested it out in an empty parking lot.

It's an office chair isn't it? I'd like to roll up to a departmental meeting in one of those.

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (5, Funny)

MBGMorden (803437) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661339)

It's an office chair isn't it? I'd like to roll up to a departmental meeting in one of those.

 

Depends on which company we're talking about. If Microsoft, I shudder to think what Balmer could do with one of these. It'd be as if millions of programmers suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (1)

pxlmusic (1147117) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661515)

MORE POWER!

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (3, Insightful)

Legion_SB (1300215) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661631)

>> Oh, please. Making the chair is cool. Driving it on public roads is not so cool.

If they were potentially causing a danger on those streets, then OK. But if they weren't being reckless and disrupting safe traffic, then this deserved a "hey kids, cut that out", not a pair of handcuffs.

If I made that chair, you bet I'd go find a nice non-busy stretch of road to haul ass on.

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (1)

Rub1cnt (1159069) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661777)

Now...all we gotta do is ditch the lawnmower engine and drop in a boxter engine...can you see the first office chair that pulls a G and a half, and goes 0-60 in under 3 seconds? :)

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (2, Insightful)

st0rmshad0w (412661) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661863)

Motorized wheelchairs are allowed on the roads, at least the residential streets around here, I don't see much difference.

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (0)

g0bshiTe (596213) | more than 6 years ago | (#24660989)

Fahrvergnugen!!!

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (5, Insightful)

janeuner (815461) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661005)

God forbid that a bunch of kids make something on their own. They might, you know, invent something useful.

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (2, Insightful)

HungryHobo (1314109) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661093)

not much chance of that but it's still cool :D

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (4, Insightful)

ByOhTek (1181381) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661115)

I think the problem isn't that they invented something, it's that they were very irresponsible with it (driving a motor vehicle on the streets without proper training or safety measures).

And I wouldn't call a lawnmower-engine powered office chair "useful". Interesting, and amusing, but not useful.

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (1, Insightful)

ShieldW0lf (601553) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661179)

Except that road regulations are not about safety, but control. Regulations give a false sense of predictability, leading to inattentiveness, and a false sense of entitlement, leading to road rage. Road regulations make the road less safe for everyone.

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24661401)

>Road regulations make the road less safe for everyone.

While I agree some do (speed infractions, for example), some are incredibly useful and make the roads much safer.

Examples:

Two people arrive at a 4-way stop at right angles to each other. Who has the right of way? Regulation: The person to your right.

When a light is flashing yellow for one direction and red for another direction, who must stop? Regulation: Vehicle approaching flashing red must stop and wait until traffic on flashing yellow passes.

A vehicle (for example: cyclist) is travelling at 25 km/h. There are several cars stuck behind him. Should the cyclist pull over, or continue to impede traffic? Regulation: Slow vehicles must pull over to let faster vehicles pass. He must pull over.

There's plenty of other ones, especially obvious ones like having to wait for oncoming traffic to pass before making a left turn, those are just some obscure ones...

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (1, Insightful)

ShieldW0lf (601553) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661565)

Two people arrive at a 4-way stop at right angles to each other. Who has the right of way? Regulation: The person to your right.
Solution: Use a roundabout instead of a 4-way stop.

When a light is flashing yellow for one direction and red for another direction, who must stop? Regulation: Vehicle approaching flashing red must stop and wait until traffic on flashing yellow passes.
Solution: Use a roundabout on slow roads, and a merge lane on fast roads.

A vehicle (for example: cyclist) is travelling at 25 km/h. There are several cars stuck behind him. Should the cyclist pull over, or continue to impede traffic? Regulation: Slow vehicles must pull over to let faster vehicles pass. He must pull over.
Solution: Build periodic passing lanes on all major roads, allowing people to drive around slow moving vehicles without requiring them to get off the road.

These rules you describe, they all revolve around you assuming that I'm going to behave in a particular fashion, and you being encouraged to believe that you have the right to expect and demand that I do. Which means you're inevitably going to get into an accident when your preconceived notions fail to mesh with reality, which you've stopped paying attention to.

Good engineering accommodates the errors and omissions of users. Bad engineering relies on laws and conventions to overcome inherent systemic flaws. Laws and conventions are, therefore, indicative of bad engineering.

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (2, Insightful)

Timosch (1212482) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661751)

Solution: Use a roundabout on slow roads...
And when leaving the roundabout, who has got priority? The car leaving it, or the one coming in? And anyway, right or left lane?
There will always be traffic rules, and they are damned necessary. If you allow people to drive around on the highway (or even on the German Autobahn), it will not only result in the loss of their lifes, but also in the threatening and propably loss of others'.

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (1)

Obfuscant (592200) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661911)

And when leaving the roundabout, who has got priority? The car leaving it, or the one coming in?

The vehicle IN the roundabout has the right of way. In this case, the one leaving it, but if he's leaving it, there's no reason for the one entering it to wait. Unless, of course, you are appropriately paranoid and don't trust people who either use or don't use their turn signals.

And anyway, right or left lane?

Right or left lane what?

For the OP, roundabouts are not always the answer to four way stops. They take more real estate to build (properly), are confusing to drivers who aren't used to them (most of the US drivers) , and are simply dangerous when built in limited space as a replacement for a four way stop.

We've got two in our little town now, built in the same space as the four way stop was, as a means of "calming" traffic. (As if traffic got excited over a four way stop!?) Many people simply treat it as a four way stop and stop when they aren't supposed to (dangerous), or use the same "on the right" rule as the four way stop (exactly wrong) or don't use any rules at all and go either way around the circle depending on which way they want to go.

I would rather have the four way stop.

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (2, Insightful)

ednopantz (467288) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661759)

Solution: Use a roundabout instead of a 4-way stop.

Uh.. I have driven in roundabouts and I'll take a stop sign any day of the week.

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (1)

ginotech (816751) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661875)

agreed. roundabouts are a terrible idea, stop using them as the solution to every traffic problem.

Also:
merge lane on fast roads.
How do you replace an intersection with a merge lane?

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (2, Informative)

ShieldW0lf (601553) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661887)

Spoken like a person who never got t-boned by an idiot who didn't pay attention to the stop sign.

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (1)

hey! (33014) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661889)

Can you think of an engineering alternative to the regulation that says everyone has to drive in the same direction on the same side of the road (the driver's right side in most countries)?

If not, then you lose the philosophical point.

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (5, Insightful)

R2.0 (532027) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661971)

"Good engineering accommodates the errors and omissions of users. Bad engineering relies on laws and conventions to overcome inherent systemic flaws. Laws and conventions are, therefore, indicative of bad engineering."

Good engineering accommodates errors and omissions INSOFAR as it is practical/cost effective. Your solutions all require significantly more capital investment than the ones in existence now.

There is also a similar hazard in that relying on engineering to make something idiot proof allows the idiots to have a false sense of security, inevitably leading them to strive to newer, previously unimaginable heights of stupidity that the engineers hadn't even thought possible.

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (4, Insightful)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661987)

Use a roundabout instead of a 4-way stop.

You do realise that if there are no traffic regulations, then people are free to drive straight over the roundabout, go the wrong way around it, or use it as a meeting place for a pimped-out-bouncy-suspension car convention?

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (1)

Rub1cnt (1159069) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661815)

umm...have you seen the drivers in Texas? Rhand is you've ever driven on US-225? The only freeway in houston where the speed limit is a "suggestion". You do not do the speedlimit on 225...unless you want to get run over. the speed limit on this highway is 65...thats the suggested speed, the actual is somewhere in the neghiborhood of 85-90.

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24661559)

Typical words from an idiot that likes to speed and tailgate.

sorry but MORONS that stand up on their donorcycle (the term used for idiot crotch rocket bikes) at 80mph in traffic are breaking SAFETY LAWS.

only a dipshit like you cant see that.

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (2, Insightful)

ShieldW0lf (601553) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661681)

I don't tailgate. Tailgaters are idiots who let their impatience sabotage their capacity to speed. Good speeders never tailgate, because they know it reduces their reaction time and maneuverability, increasing the likelihood that they will be forced to come to a stop.

Aside from which, studies have shown that cultures without traffic laws have more efficient mobility and reduced accidents, dipshit. One of the things that gets created when you have a glut of rules is this sense of entitlement that you have, which eradicates courtesy and leads to impulsive acts of stupidity. Like what you've demonstrated in your anonymous post.

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (2, Funny)

digitig (1056110) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661867)

Aside from which, studies have shown that cultures without traffic laws have more efficient mobility and reduced accidents

[citation required]

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (1)

moranar (632206) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661793)

Of course, anarchy in the roads would be so much safer than regulations that, for the most part, simply encode sensible use. It would not be conducive to road rage at all, no sir. Road rage is obviously caused by the regulations, and not by the idiot going 10 mph in a motorway without yielding.

Seeing your example below, you advocate big spending (or do roundabouts and periodic exits grow on trees?) to accommodate the few bastards who can't drive properly.

In engineering, you'd also propose protocols, languages and conventions freely interpretable, and that the end applications accommodate them? The visible result is the web, especially the browser wars era. A joy to work with, that was.

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (1)

erroneus (253617) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661797)

That is an interesting assertion but having lived in a culture and society where the vast majority of the population behave and think in the exact same way, I can attest to the efficacy of operating under unified regulations for traffic among other things.

I speak of Japan, of course. In the US and likely in other nations of european decent, we have a rather strong sense of individuality and our own way of doing things... and of course we also individually think we are right. I'm not here to say who is right or wrong by exclusion of being right, but I will say that by observation, I can say that I have seen the results in traffic of such an orderly society and I've got to tell you -- the results are VERY good. In all the time I have spent in Japan, I have only been in one traffic jam and it was not caused by an accident, but rather, something exploded in a delivery truck... and even then, the onlooker traffic slowdown was nearly unnoticable... it was the fact that two lanes merged into one while the situation was being handled.

As a US American, it's hard not to identify with the individual feelings you describe. Everyone in front of me is an annoyance unless they are not directly in front of me or are travelling at least as fast as I am.

But believe it or not, it *IS* about safety. Most police will not ticket you for going 80MPH if everyone else is doing about the same. (most... not all... there are exceptions) When everyone behaves similarly, there is safety. When everyone behaves differently, there is danger. It is as simple as that.

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (1)

R2.0 (532027) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661209)

"And I wouldn't call a lawnmower-engine powered office chair "useful". Interesting, and amusing, but not useful."

The fact that it amuses IS it's utility.

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (2, Funny)

ByOhTek (1181381) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661233)

Actually, there is a /slashdot/ use for them.

Sell them to Microsoft.

Enclosed building. Gas powered engines. Do the math.

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (1)

Ellis D. Tripp (755736) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661351)

Yeah, but Ballmer might throw it through a window, letting fresh air in....

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (1)

e2d2 (115622) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661363)

Man, those anti-MS jokes never get old...sigh.

So a string walks into a bar right..FUCK THE WORLD!

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (1)

MiniMike (234881) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661365)

It's been done. Think Windows ME...

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (4, Funny)

zamboni1138 (308944) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661415)

Imagine how much less congestion there would be on our highways if we all drove office chairs to work.

Yes, I do understand that semi trucks would be an issue.

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (2, Insightful)

The Grim Reefer2 (1195989) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661649)

Where do you suggest they go to get "proper training" for a motorized office chair? ;-)

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (1)

wertarbyte (811674) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661613)

They can build a dozen of those. As long as they do not use it on a public road everything will be fine - at least legally.

Open post to the mod who (0, Offtopic)

BitterOldGUy (1330491) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661527)

mod'ed me down.

These kids exhibited quite a bit of talent, creativity, and chutzpa. The fact that they're on an open street is irrelevant if they're not causing harm to anyone. That's what I meant.

I don't protest my own mods, until now, but this is something against these creative and daring kids. We don't see that anymore. We are so scared about our own and others safety that we're smothering our human inventiveness. How sad.

Re:So much for the seeds of .... (4, Funny)

e2d2 (115622) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661597)

Much like the shamwow, it's from Germany and you know those guys make good stuff.

Well (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24660917)

CmdrTaco should be arrested for this section.

Segway Competitor (3, Funny)

bigtallmofo (695287) | more than 6 years ago | (#24660937)

I bet Dean Kamen is wondering why he wasted his time messing with gyroscopes and other sophisticated electronics. These can probably be made for 1/10th the cost of a Segway and they could probably be made just as maneuverable.

Sure, you don't sit as highly as you stand but that's probably a good thing overall. Probably gets 200 MPG, too.

I'm sure... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24660941)

Ballmer would buy one of those!

Re:I'm sure... (1)

Mesa MIke (1193721) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661323)

It'd probably BSOD before he could throw it.

Re:I'm sure... (1)

nsayer (86181) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661673)

He probably will [hoveround.com] , at some point.

Re:I'm sure... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24661883)

Yep, Microsoft might want to start developing an Intercontinental Ballistic Chair. What could possibly go wrong!

Ahh, the nanny state. (0, Flamebait)

R2.0 (532027) | more than 6 years ago | (#24660953)

Isn't this the country that banned potato guns?

Re:Ahh, the nanny state. (5, Funny)

Shadow Wrought (586631) | more than 6 years ago | (#24660979)

Isn't this the country that banned potato guns?

Yes. They kept shooting potatoes at all the motorized office chairs.

now this is a great idea (2, Funny)

pointbeing (701902) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661749)

Yes. They kept shooting potatoes at all the motorized office chairs.

And a new Olympic sport is born.

Re:Ahh, the nanny state. (1)

whoppo (218875) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661277)

I, for one, welcome our new potato gun banning overlo... oh wait... someone already did this one.

Re:Ahh, the nanny state. (1)

wertarbyte (811674) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661601)

No law explicitely forbids potato guns. But a potato guns using an explosive air/fuel mixture is by definition a firearm, which posession is prohibited here in germany (and most of europe as well) without the proper authorization.

Re:Ahh, the nanny state. (1)

Thornburg (264444) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661869)

So compressed air (or CO2) potato guns are fine?

ACHTUNG! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24660971)

In GERMANY vee have RULES!

Re:ACHTUNG! (5, Funny)

megaditto (982598) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661717)

Well you gotta nip that sort of youthful "creativity" in the butt.

Remember that German kid who wanted to become an architect? They let it slide, and the next thing you know, he was annexing Poland.

Re:ACHTUNG! (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24661969)

The kid you are alluding to was Austrian, not German.

Images on front page (1, Offtopic)

Hatta (162192) | more than 6 years ago | (#24660973)

I've disabled the category images, but I still see the icons in the idle section stories. How do I disable these? Am I going to have to add /. to my adblock filters?

Re:Images on front page (4, Funny)

cowscows (103644) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661471)

Maybe you should just get over it. It's just a little picture, what's the problem? Did an image kill your dog or something?

Re:Images on front page (4, Funny)

truthsearch (249536) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661555)

Give him a break. It takes a very long time to download an image over a 300 baud modem.

And I suggest you stay off his lawn.

Re:Images on front page (4, Funny)

Translation Error (1176675) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661955)

Hey, maybe he's a Protestant and doesn't believe in icons! Ever think of that?

Re:Images on front page (1, Offtopic)

moderatorrater (1095745) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661531)

This isn't an offtopic comment at all. A new section was launched, there's a problem with the new section, that problem's posted in that section. What's the problem?

Re:Images on front page (2, Informative)

Hatta (162192) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661607)

I found a workable solution. I went to my user preferences -> Index -> sections and set the Idle section to display only headlines.

Re:Images on front page (1)

EMH_Mark3 (305983) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661933)

You could add http://images.slashdot.org/articles/ [slashdot.org] to your adblock filter, that should do the trick.

Finally.... (1)

Ritz_Just_Ritz (883997) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661003)

A use for all those leftover Aeron chairs from the Internet bubble.

Re:Finally.... (1)

Van Cutter Romney (973766) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661057)

Hey, don't say anything degrading about Aeron chairs. They're the most comfortable things you can put your base on. The problem was with all the so-called "entrepreneurs" who thought they could spend their cash any way they wished...

Re:Finally.... (1)

Jerrry (43027) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661159)

Damn German cops have no sense of humor...

Borat 2 (1)

f1vlad (1253784) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661039)

By looking at the picture first impression was -- Borat 2

Ambitious... (1)

croddy (659025) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661105)

Ambitious... but rubbish.

I guess the race is off with this guy. (1)

Kid Zero (4866) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661113)

This guy's [megasaurus.com] got two jet engines on his. Wonder how they'd like a drag?

What is the world coming to? (1)

homesnatch (1089609) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661153)

What is the world coming to when you can't even build a souped-up small-engine-powered office chair to take on the road? I'm sure they were just trying to save the environment by increasing gas efficiency.

Re:What is the world coming to? (1)

COMON$ (806135) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661225)

Actually lawnmower engines are some of the worst offenders emission wise. At least in the US they are.

Re:What is the world coming to? (1)

inotocracy (762166) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661475)

Mr. Buzz Kill, is that you?

Rocket chair? (3, Insightful)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661181)

Is the picture misleading (i.e. not the chair referred to in the article) or did they do something significantly more than put a lawnmower engine on it?

disconnect (2, Insightful)

nomadic (141991) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661199)

You know, confiscation is not "arrest."

Re:disconnect (2, Informative)

kellyb9 (954229) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661297)

German police have confiscated the world's fastest office chair and arrested its 17-year-old inventors.

Re:disconnect (4, Informative)

Kozz (7764) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661563)

FAIL!

The AP story does not contain the word "arrested" anywhere, it only says that the device was confiscated and the individuals were being investigated.

Re:disconnect (4, Funny)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661705)

"The AP story does not contain the word "arrested" anywhere, it only says that the device was confiscated and the individuals were being investigated."

Well, you apparently read the story - there's your first problem...

Re:disconnect (1)

Rub1cnt (1159069) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661865)

amazing how the internet changes the news. :)

Re:disconnect (1)

conteXXt (249905) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661897)

Actually it's state sanctioned theft. Thanks for playing.

Outrageous!!!! (1, Insightful)

kellyb9 (954229) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661271)

... until i saw the picture. Probably should've let someone know he was going to attach a rocket to an office chair.

Does that picture match the story? (1)

NotQuiteReal (608241) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661477)

The "rocket chair" picture show something more like a recliner on a rocket cart.

Not an "office chair" with a lawnmower engine.

I think people are just making stuff up.

Re:Outrageous!!!! (1)

arlanTLDR (1120447) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661501)

That's not the actual chair. First off, thats a recliner, not an office chair. Second, that driver is much older than 17. Third, if you click on the article the picture's not there. And lastly, The actual "vehicle" used a lawnmower engine, not the engine from the bat mobile

Re:Outrageous!!!! (1)

Kozz (7764) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661619)

Well, you know, it's nice to have idle.slashdot.org as an outlet where all the editors can, in fact, editorialize and otherwise have fun with the articles, even if posting unrelated or misleading photos. The editors can get it out of their systems and keep the other articles they post factual, unbiased and objective. *grins*

Cue flamebait mods in 3..2..1..

Re:Outrageous!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24661625)

In Germany lawnmowers are powered by jet engines.

Cause for pause (2, Funny)

Broken Toys (1198853) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661327)

I hope this doesn't affect the funding from IKEA for my rocket propelled plastic lawn chair.

I'm calling it the Blstöv.

Re:Cause for pause (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24661891)

Thank you very much. I found this so funny that I accidentally tinkled a little bit.

Martin NiemÃller warned us (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24661379)

When they came for the motorized office chair inventors,
I did not speak out;
I was not a motorized office chair inventor.

When they locked up the Segway owners,
I remained silent;
I didn't have a Seqway.

When they locked up the Jazzy Power Chair from the Scooter Store owners,
I remained silent;
I didn't have a Jazzy Power Chair from the Scooter Store.

When they came for plain old wheelchair owners,
I did not speak out;
I was not a plain old wheelchair owner.

When they came for the La-Z-Boys,
it was too late to recline,
they walked very slowly and still got me.

is slashdot the new digg? (1, Insightful)

jaymz2k4 (790806) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661425)

because its starting to feel like it... :(

Maybe good in the straight (1)

Hangtime (19526) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661439)

but I wouldn't trust it going into the Hammerhead or Chicago. ;)

*for those of us who Love Top Gear*

Office chair? (1)

bcattwoo (737354) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661447)

How does one get a job where a recliner is considered an "office chair"?

Re:Office chair? (1)

guruevi (827432) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661817)

That is in case your job title starts with a (capital) C and ends with a (capital) O. This makes it more unlikely to get bedsores from sitting there until the next stock report.

Picture is wrong? (1)

zappepcs (820751) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661473)

If the picture is accurate... talk about being in the hot seat?

please don't destroy /. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24661495)

I've been reading /. for years, and I know I can just ignore the idle section, but please don't destroy /. and stop posting these unintellectual stories. Please.

Ridiculous photo accompanies article (1)

TheModelEskimo (968202) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661699)

The photo attached to the /. article is plainly not the same chair as the one in TA:

The pair had added a lawnmower engine, bicycle brakes and a metal frame to the revolving chair - making into a go-kart-like vehicle.

...no lawnmower engine, no bicycle brakes, no revolving chair. What is going on, editors?

Confucius say (1)

Profane MuthaFucka (574406) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661735)

Confucius say "World fastest office chair still not fast enough to catch office gossip."

How I yearn for the days (4, Insightful)

nightfire-unique (253895) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661753)

I suppose this is probably one of those "happy-days" fantasies, but how cool would it be to live back in an age where regulation didn't exist. Where danger was all around. Where you could invent, and wow people. Where accidents happened. Where imagination was your only limit.

The lawyer has replaced the priest.

Re:How I yearn for the days (5, Insightful)

Otter (3800) | more than 6 years ago | (#24661977)

You'd most likely have died in infancy from improperly pasteurized milk. Pretty freaking cool, huh?

Full Circle (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24661979)

What office uses recliners as desk chairs, and what lawnmower comes with a jet engine? Because I want THAT job to buy THAT lawnmower...and then turn it into the world's fastest chair.

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