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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

cyberchondriac Re:Well (311 comments)

No. Tall chairs exist. We used them all the time at our benches in the research labs. Part of the time you stand, part of the time you sit. Whichever is comfortable and works with your current activity.

Personally I'd love this. I always prefer to sit "up high" anyway, like a tall "bar" or restaurant stool. Sitting all day long is definitely not healthy but at least with these it's easy to go back and forth.

about a week ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

cyberchondriac Re:Are you kidding (812 comments)

That's one way to skew it. But this is flatly oversimplified, I'm surprised intelligent people take this for reality, that people x or y are simply good or evil, as if this is an epic fantasy story. The truth lies in the middle, as usual. Republicans may tend to be less than empathetic about people down on their luck, but not entirely. Unemployment benefits have been extended how many times now? How many people in this country are using food stamps now? It's a disturbing trend. You're not doing people any favors with endless handouts.

One could argue that it's exactly the same way that Democrats/liberals frame and abuse the term "compassion" to get people to vote for more spending and taxing, presumably on social programs, portraying ever more and larger groups as victimized and utterly helpless, when a good deal of that targeted tax income goes into government bloat. Taking into account the fact that the country is already $16 trillion in debt; yet 29% of the budget was spent on welfare and health in 2013. (Military was 13%) this hardly smacks of incompassion, except maybe to future generations who have to incur this debt. The irony is, the more taxes go up, and Democrats know this, it's the middle class that suffers, which in turn makes more of them fall into that lower class needing help; the cycle continues and results in more money and power to the government, and more dependence by the people. The middle class is stuck in the middle.
If Republicans pander to the rich, then Democrats pander to people who believe they will "get something" from the government, whether compassionately justifiable or not, in order to secure more votes. How ironic is it then that more Democrats in congress are millionaires than Republicans?

To reiterate my first paragraph, I don't believe all democratic politicians are like this. But many are.Same with republicans, they're not all old evil white men. But some are. Absolutely some people need assistance. Shit happens.
But if you think the system isn't rife with abuse and waste, and couldn't use some trimming, you're kidding yourself. Every government program is, including the military. It's a game to both parties.

about a week ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

cyberchondriac Re:WTF?? (796 comments)

Yeah, and supposedly this school has a zero tolerance policy towards bullying.

All that means is that their policy is to ignore bullying and pretend it doesn't exist, to do otherwise would admit a problem exists which tarnishes the public image of the school.
It should read, "zero tolerance policy towards recognizing bullying".

about a week ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

cyberchondriac Re:WTF?? (796 comments)

That's dark. I like it. 7 [i]billion [/i]people on the planet, a number of whom are just shit (as is evident in this story), we don't need them; they're part of the problem, not the solution. Some may change for the better eventually, but some never will.
I'm just surprised that here on "capital punishment is wrong" slashdot, you're modded up to the max for suggesting 86'ing someone.

about a week ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

cyberchondriac Re:Rewarding the bullies... (796 comments)

I think you hit the nail on the head. This bully was clearly protected. I want to see every school official who went along with this fiasco fired with extreme prejudice, and the judge should be reprimanded or even disbarred. Anyone have the name of this Pennsylvania school?

about a week ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

cyberchondriac Re:huh? (325 comments)

Good point, I forgot about that. Not that Comcast controls that, it's probably done by the station, but yeah, that's annoying.

about a week ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

cyberchondriac Re:huh? (325 comments)

That's how the entertainment industry would LIKE people to consume their media. Paying them directly, then supporting them indirectly through ad revenue as well.

So, in other words, exactly like a cable subscription.

Exactly this. Double dipping bastages. I feel like I pay $100 a month to watch a few hours of commercials every week, and maybe a few hours of actual show.
Every single time I surf the menu and see something that looks appealing, and change the channel, it's right to 5 minutes of commercials. Every. Single. Time.

about a week ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

cyberchondriac Re:Seriously (325 comments)

I'm about 15 minutes from you, but I'm not aware of any other options than Verizon or Comcast; they're competitors but sometimes it feels like they're one big monopoly. Right now I have DSL w/ verizon, and Comcast for (way overpriced) cableTV. Our cable TV drops out and glitches a lot, and Verizon will never deliver FIOS in my town. I suppose it could be worse though.

about a week ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

cyberchondriac Re:This happened to my wife (630 comments)

Oh woe is them, the IRS, an innocent government entity whose sole purpose of existence is to merely collect money for the benevolent (since being headed by Obama) US government, and the poor things are so unfairly villainized by us selfish, self important American people who expect due process of all things; why, the nerve!! Clearly this is all the Republicans fault. But wait, isn't collecting money for the government more consistent with big government and by extension, socialism? Yes, yes, must be the republicans behind that...

about a week ago
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The Best Way To Watch the "Blood Moon" Tonight

cyberchondriac Re:Trollolololol! (146 comments)

You'd think they could manage the weather better too. I won't see squat because I'm on the East coast. I think we get more precipitation around here than Seattle anymore. I didn't place an order for this!
It's just plain thoughtless and inconsiderate!
Actually I wouldn't be surprised if I could find an American lawyer who would actually take my case if I said I wanted to sue Accuweather . ;-p

about a week ago
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44% of Twitter Users Have Never Tweeted

cyberchondriac Re:Probably typical (121 comments)

I've had an account for a few years now (under my real name, darn it), and have posted all of two or three times; the only reason I joined was for a contest.. and I won. (I got a free Kymera wand out of the deal, totally worth it)
Other than that, I just don't see much call for it.

about two weeks ago
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Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

cyberchondriac Re:Until warp drive is invented... (292 comments)

Beat me to it. These things are probably cyclic: Massive breakthrough(s), rapid acceleration of learning and application, long period of plateau; breakthrough, etc..
Or so I hope. Every learned person in history that has said, "man has learned everything he is going to", or "that is just ridiculous/impossible" should know better, and were proven wrong time and again. The next plateau could last a long time, decades, centuries, even a millennia.. but eventually, there will be a breakthrough, maybe how to manipulate gravity, and the the process repeats.

about two weeks ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

cyberchondriac Re:Quantum fluctuations != nothing (610 comments)

My thoughts exactly; Otherwise, mathematics proves you can get something from absolutely nothing - IOW, magic. . In the words of Grace Slick, logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead. If this were truly the case, it'd be as supernatural as the God explanation.
For there to be "fluctuations" there has to be something to actually fluctuate.

about two weeks ago
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New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

cyberchondriac Re:Short term - long term (477 comments)

French companies can have 24x7 coverage, however they cannot force people to work after hours. Those people who elect to work odd hours or overtime are paid for doing so. Sounds just fine to me: it prevents a race to the bottom, and looking at the statistics French workers do just fine in terms of productivity.

Well, since this law just passed (?), there are no useful statistics on it just yet.
If they have people 24/7 with those being "normal" hours for some, then yeah, they should be okay; but if the corporations start getting stingy(er) and start laying off people, or people quit, and the boss expects others to pick up the workload, then they'll have a problem.. at least, that's how they operate around here!).
Presumably this law would probably prevent that, so I guess that's a good thing!

about two weeks ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

cyberchondriac Re:You're painting with a fairly broad brush... (510 comments)

You forgot, "All old white men are evil clueless bigoted racist rich bastards who dance on the backs of the poor, play golf, and retire to Florida"
I hear quite a lot of that around here.

about two weeks ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

cyberchondriac Re:Let it die (510 comments)

Here's a few reasons why you don't want to be deaf:

.. 5. The best part of farts

No, that's all wrong.. it's a delicious olfactory delight, especially if one has ingested buffalo wings and heavy ale the night before..

about two weeks ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

cyberchondriac Re:Let it die (510 comments)

Well, "evidence" is hard to provide, but to (accurately) invoke the old saying "The plural of anecdote is data":

This needs to be pointed out a little more around here, I think. Those who are mired in their particular brand of ideology are quick to denounce other people's real world experiences which disagree with their viewpoint as merely, "anecdotal", and they wave it off as nothing. Sometimes..just sometimes, they have a point, but overall it tends to be overused as an excuse to ignore street reality.

about two weeks ago
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New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

cyberchondriac Short term - long term (477 comments)

That's good for workers in the short term, it really is ridiculous how much work intrudes into our personal lives anymore, to where a company can practically own you; I can somewhat relate, having recently been made to go "on call" at work but where we're not really "on call" but expected to actively monitor 40 sites for a week, with a 4 week rotation among employees (and compensation for this new duty.. what's that? Only happens if we actually engage an issue, we're not paid for just the monitoring) I love how an employer can just change the terms of your employment, but it's not like I can walk in and declare I'm now going to make $8,000 more a year. BTW, we have a union, they don't do squat.. they just hit you for dues.
OTOH, this will ultimately put French businesses at a serious disadvantage in competing with other countrys' businesses, as their response time to an issue may be greatly reduced.
Rather than outright ban it, maybe just some solid restrictions on say, 11pm to 6am as off limits.. or alternating weeks or something ...and provide overtime pay, definitely.

about two weeks ago
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Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

cyberchondriac Fixed that for them (218 comments)

Creighton University professor William Duckworth has released a report finding that kill-switch technology that remotely makes a stolen smartphone useless could saveInsurance companies up to $2.6 billion per year ...

I highly doubt any savings would get passed down to the consumer from the likes of an Insurance company.

about three weeks ago
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Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

cyberchondriac Re: That logic totally holds up (824 comments)

or when your personal beliefs mean you think you can clearly and simply label someone as a "bigot" because their opinion or beliefs simply don't align with your own, and punish them for it.
Slapping a label on someone and reducing them to a one dimensional object is convenient, but doesn't make it accurate or fair Is someone still a "bigot" if they just feel that homosexuality is unnatural or weird, but have no problem or discriminatory feelings towards other minority groups, be it blacks, women, latinos, asians, etc.. (or even whites for that matter)? I think there's a difference between being "bigoted" towards one small faction, and just being a bigot, along the lines of Archie Bunker.
People are entitled to their personal beliefs no matter what you think and that's their private business, it shouldn't affect their hiring or firing unless they're behavior openly affects their work or coworkers; they have a right to feel or think as they do, just not a right to act on them (besides, people don't really control gut feelings, just as you don't decide whether you prefer men or women, or redheads or blonds, somehow you just like what you like, and don't what you don't).
Before the wild slashdot accusations fly, no, I am not religious. No, I don't believe it's a "sin". But I don't like seeing discrimination used as a tool against something that is subjective.

about a month ago

Submissions

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Verizon Internet to drop the alt. newsgroup

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cyberchondriac (456626) writes "From http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Verizon-Clarifies-Newsgroup-Changes-95333
As part of last week's anti-child-porn agreement with New York's Attorney General, Time Warner Cable and Verizon agreed to take aim at newsgroups. While Time Warner Cable confirmed to me they've eliminated newsgroup access entirely, Verizon says they're simply limiting the newsgroups offered. According to the company's policy blog, starting June 24, the telco will "only offer groups in the Big 8 newsgroups hierarchies." While over 1,000 hierarchies exist, Verizon will only offer access to comp, humanities, misc, news, rec, sci, soc, talk, and of course the Verizon support groups. Verizon Business customers meanwhile will no longer have the ability to view newsgroup images.

Well, there goes some of the appeal of having Verizon for an ISP. Are they're throwing the baby out with the bathwater?"

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Mod points

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 5 years ago I like getting mod points as much as the next guy, but when I do, why do I always always always get them on a Friday? I don't do /. on weekends. Aarrggh!
By the time I come back to work on Monday, I only have half a day left to use them. It's cruel I tell you. Cruel.

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Another shoot down

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  about 8 years ago Again some loser modded me down as overrated, when the post was only at the default "1" to begin with ?
What the hell is that about ?
I mean, who even cares to surf at 1 and knock people down to zero ??
That's some sick kicks.
Okay, the post wasn't fantastic - how many posts at slashdot are ? So long as you don't flame, any post represents someone's opinion and is worthy of a damn lousy "1". I thought mine was kinda funny, actually.

So... I guess I have a watchful enemy out there.
A post assassin, who remains cloaked, unnamed, and has no accountability for his actions. One who is willing to attack random, innocent people.
Hmm.. reminds me of a terrorist !

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Karma boost - w00t

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 9 years ago I wonder when that happened -- I just noticed my karma is now rated as "good", rather than just "positive".
Did I really reach a new plateau, or, did /. just decide to change the scale or naming convention ?
I mean, gee, I feel so .. *sniff* .. so accepted by the brotherhood of geeks :-)

Okay, I know that just jinxed the whole thing now ..

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Who the hell is Colin Bayer ?

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  about 10 years ago He showed up in my freaks list a year ago, but hardly ever posts.
Well hey, if you gotta go so far as to mark me as a foe, for whatever reason, then f you, right back at you. I don't even know who the hell you are or why you've decided to hate me. I wonder if he's the phantom jerk that seems to follow me around to try get any positive mods I might happen to accrue get knocked down by "overrated"s and bogus "redundant"s.
Of course, the problem with this delusional hypothesis is that he would have to have moderator rights all the time, extremely unlikely since he posts pretty scarcely... unless, maybe that's just an alias for one of the editors at /. who aren't too fond of me for some of my anti-left-wing political views. Or maybe I'm just getting paranoid in my cyncial old age. Unfortunately,however, my cynicism gets more justifiable everyday.
Hey, can I get modded down for Journal entries ?

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Anonymous Coward overload !

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 10 years ago I'm beginning to wonder what point there is in moderating. The sheer amount of anonymous cowards now posting nothing but trash makes it worthless to mod somebody down, as they get a low score anyway, and the few good posts you run across and would like to mod up are usually already scored at 4 or above. I'd have to have no life whatsoever to spend the time looking for somebody with a low score who deserves a mod up. Somebody like me .. ;-)
Here's an example:
I just made a post defending, logically, not passionately or obnoxiously, Gate's Knighthood, based on what I felt MS had contributed to the world, the US economy, and the tech sector in general, by making computers a household item. I got modded down.
The last time I posted on something about MS, it involved security, and I had been humorously negative... and got modded down. You can't win. Zealots to the left, zealots to the right. Sometimes you can't get a break !

Seriously though, I think the /. editors should track the number of AC posts that each member makes: If they post as ACs above a certain number of times within a certain time period, their ability to post at all should be revoked for some period. They're more than likely trolling.
Also, new members should not be able to post as ACs until they've made a predefined number of normal posts. This might help to stem the flood just a little.

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A double standard at slashdot ?

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 10 years ago Something just occurred to me. Many, many weeks ago, I'd posted something that I thought would found as humerous, albeit something that took a pot-shot at Microsoft, as many slashdotters do. It even included the obligatory " :-) ", normally a sign to intelligent life that the post was to be taken lightly.
For whatever reason, a moderator knocked me down a point as flamebait, and went un-metamoderated. Okay, I can stand to lose a point, no big deal, even if tens or hundreds of other slashdotters often say worse and get modd'ed up as funny. I've decided I have too much of a life to live or die by what somebody forever unknown to me thinks of my point of view on a website.
But what I just realized, was the that the icon Slashdot.org uses for Microsoft stories is itself derisive and derogatory.
How then, can the slashdot editors allow someone to mod a fellow slashdot denizen down for the very thing slashdot itself does on a daily basis ?
Things that make you go , "hmmmnn.."

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