* Posts by JEDIDIAH

2278 posts • joined 26 Jan 2009

El Reg's festive dating app guide, Pt. 2: The FEMALE perspective

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Re: They will fall in love with the hair in your ears and your snaggle teeth

The whole "we're not so shallow" act is oh so stupid. You have to be into someone if you are in a long term relationship. You can't ignore your inner animal forever. Sooner or later your revulsion of your partner will rear it's ugly head. Then the marriage will implode.

You can't ignore your inner animal. You need something to keep yourself from strangling the other person when things get difficult. Genuinely fancying them helps in this regard quite a bit.

Many ideas sound good or "enlightened" when you first hear them but are ultimately completely impractical or ultimately highly destructive.

Eternity will likely include a few dark days and you need ever advantage you can get.

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Blu-ray region locks popped by hardware hacker

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Re: Bluray on Linux

> Still waiting for an easy and free way to play legit Bluray disks on Linux.

That's not even a given under Windows really. BluRay is a really a user hostile format.

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Re: And they wonder why we pirate?

> Fascinating insight into the mind of a serial copyright abuser, thanks.

No. You're just a corporate apologist eager to strip real people of all property rights in favor of corporate overlords.

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Re: Region Locks

> Um, no. A company exercising their legitimate option to territorialise its rights. An

There is nothing "legitimate" about that what so ever.

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Here's Johnny! Top Ten fantasy Blu-ray boxsets and special editions

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Re: Blu-Ray?

> It is that thing they fool you into thinking you can buy like a DVD but is in fact a DRMed crap like UV.

I can crack it open just like a DVD and store it in any format I like. Where are the tools to do that with UV?

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Reg man confesses: I took my wife out to choose a laptop for Xmas. NOOOO

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Re: "irrational factors such as the shell’s colour"

> Couldn't agree more. How many beige PCs do you see in the shops these days?

For the most part, PCs come in one color and that's whatever color happens to be the current color choice du jour.

The wood grain classic radio chassis is something you'll have to beat the bushes for and then build yourself.

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Right idea, wrong perp.

Engineers for the most part don't cause the problem. Salesmen do. Artificial churn is needed in consumer products so that their gravy train keeps moving. Career minded managers also need to be seen "doing something". Things can't just stay still. Someone somewhere needs to change things in order to justify their existence.

Although Unity and SystemD demonstrate how this affects everything, even stuff without sales departments.

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tick tock

I tolerated the stock OS install on my Chromebox for all of 5 minutes before I felt compelled to put a area Linux distribution on it. It still adequately manages those 90% of those light duty tasks. It just plays nicer with the rest of my network.

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Re: If she likes the colour ...

Idiots will always force you to be "condemned to tech support". The OS really doesn't matter. The idea that it ever was was just a myth perpetrated by liars trying to sell you something.

As far as being "condemned", you're already there with the Chromebook.

It's already Linux. It's just a very crippled variety of Linux that you have less control over. Running a proper Linux allows you to avoid iPhone style stupidity like "cloud printing".

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FLASH! Aaa-aaah. 3D NAND will save every one of us

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Re: More storage, faster storage where the hell is Reliable longterm storage?!?!!

20 years? I already have 20 year old data that has survived the test of time by being always online.

Things don't need to be stuffed on a shelf somewhere. Tech has moved beyond that already. It's an irrelevant, unnecessary, and bogus limiting requirement.

Plus offline media still degrades. You can drone on about what are essentially just averages but you will never know if your stuff is safe unless you actually check it. You may be unlucky. At least online copies of your data can be checked for bit rot.

1TB thumb drives will be cheap and widely usable before any tape technology is.

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Re: 19TB is a lot of porn

Of course Bill would deny saying something like that. It makes him look like a real big idiot in hindsight. Although his products do that well enough anyways.

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Re: 19TB is a lot of porn

Some people still like owning things. If you don't want to fiddle with lots of little bits of physical media all of the time, then a big hard drive is the obvious option. Not everyone trusts the cloud or even has a decent connection to it.

What do people store? Anything they still own.

Blurays are 35G a pop.

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YEAR of the PENGUIN: A Linux mobile in 2015?

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Re: WYSIWYG

Turning an Android Tablet into a franken-desktop is really far too much bother. It makes more sense for data to be in the "local cloud" like some 80s Sun network and to not "fiddle" with devices to force them into some other form factor.

Perfectly serviceable light duty PCs are already cheap and small. They are almost as small as some tablet devices (by volume). It's better to just fire one of those up that's always connected to the usual PC desktop inputs rather than trying to force a phone or tablet into that mold.

Interaction between different types of devices should be more seamless rather than forcing everyone to put up with the likes of Android.

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Re: Sorted the desktop out?

> Opening a reference to a file from an application build for one environment to another one? No go.You might as well run two VMs next to each other....

I am not even sure what that's supposed to mean. It sounds like gibberish.

Meanwhile, I have always ignored the naysayers to great effect.

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Re: Very pleased with Linux

Silverlight runs on Linux through a layer of WINE. Crossover office did this years ago with the Quicktime plugin when Apple had it's little short lived (Sorenson) codec monopoly.

If your machine is beefy enough and you can't quite get yourself to erase Windows, then turn it into a VM and run it in Virtualbox or VMware.

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Ford dumps Windows for QNX in new in-car entertainment unit

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Been there. Done that.

Some of the upscale luxury cars are already equipped with HUDs.

I drove a Beemer like that in Germany. It's too bad the map data was laughably out of date.

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It's crap and a menace!

If you have to look at the interface, then it's already a big fat fail. The interface for anything on a car should be like a fighter jet. You shouldn't have to take your eyes off the action for even a split second. This sort of stuff just instituionalizes distracted driving.

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Cloud Printing from a Chromebook: We try it out on 8 inkjet all-in-ones

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Re: Print Drivers

> It's a much better idea than requiring your printer manufacturer to provide a Chrome OS print driver for every one of their printers!

It's just x86 Linux. They could probably just ship their Linux driver assuming they have one or just let the community handle it. That's even assuming that what CUPS needs to support your particular printer even counts as a "driver" in the conventional sense.

The same "driver" source could handle Linux, MacOS, iPhones, Android, Chrome, Solaris and AIX.

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Re: Why do people need colour inkjets still?

My color printer also doubles as a scanner and copier. While it true it's not often used, it's handy to have when a color printing task comes up. I just bought the cheapest available HP from the corner store. It works fine including being supported in Linux.

There's nothing saying that you only have to have one printer. My "default" printer is a cheap mono laser of course.

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Utter nonsense.

This nonsense is why I put Ubuntu on my Chromebook. Throwing things out the the cloud is completely unnecessary as CUPS is perfectly adequate for the task and can run on any Unix variant including the ones from Google and Apple.

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'Critical' security bugs dating back to 1987 found in X Window

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Re: No worries...

Nonsense. The moment I got my first ISP account ever, I managed to see people trying to get into my Linux box. This was ancient dlalup. I'm not even sure if my modem was up to snuff in terms of speed. Still didn't stop people from the other side of the planet to probe my box.

If the "consumer Internet" was dangerous pretty much day one, then the "academic Internet" must have been similarly dangerous.

My last "pre-Internet" employer certainly took their security seriously. A bug of this kind would not have been exposed to dog+world even then.

From then to now, the number of attacks per day isn't even all that different.

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97% of UK gets 'basic' 2Mbps broadband. 'Typical households' need 10Mbps – Ofcom

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Re: Doesn't add up

The headline is certainly misleading. It seems specifically engineered to give one a more dire impression. For a minute there I thought that the UK had managed to be even crappier in terms of broadband than the US.

An intentionally false impression though. Sensationalist headline...

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Bloat and crapulence overload

Nah. With all of the crap that gets included on modern webpages these days, you need more speed just to deal with the bloat. I remember when I thought a whole 1meg down was the bee's knees. Wouldn't want to be stuck with that now. Modern web pages are far too bloated. Some sites include scripts from so many different hosts that they can't all fit on my no-script pop up menu.

Then there are things like Debian repositories, Steam, and other assorted sources of software updates.

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Which country has 2nd largest social welfare system in the world?

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Re: I think that healthcare screws the stats badly

I would rather not fixate on the poor because people are ultimately responsible for themselves. They still have some ability to control their own destiny even if they are on the lower end of things. The things they choose to do and the things they choose to value impact their lives greatly. To say that they are in control of nothing ultimately strips them of their humanity and any hope that they might someday do better for themselves.

No amount of throwing money at the problem will compensate for a pathalogical culture that actively discourages assimilating the habits of successful members of society.

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> Including the cost of the US healthcare system in welfare spending is not unlike including the price of billionaire mansions in the money spent to fight homelessness.

So what you are saying is that some of us in America are paying for "billionaire mansions" when it comes to healthcare? In other words, we are at liberty to pay more to get more. That doesn't sound altogether bad really. It sucks to be poor but then again it always sucks to be poor. It's nice that there's at least the option to do better and get better.

That's the key difference between what we have in the US and European Communism.

Although, it does make sense to compare total expenditures for both public and private payments for healthcare and taxes in general. I am in a much better position than a European counterpart to handle my own medical expenses. I have more money for housing and food and health insurance and vacations and my medical rainy day fund (HSA).

I just have to choose to prepare for that sort of thing rather than wasting every last cent I earn on consumption of consumer products. The same goes to a lesser degree for "working class stiffs". We simply choose as a nation to be irresponsible. "Saving" is a dirty word. We all must feed the economic beast. You even see propaganda about this in math textbooks (I kid you not).

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Re: But the elephant in the room...

In a nation without debtors prisons, bankruptcy should not matter. It should not be a thing for people to get hysterical over. It may suck for awhile but it's very recoverable. Or rather it should be.

Going broke in a civilized society shouldn't matter any more than getting sick in one.

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Furious GTA V gamers seek similar ban on violent, misogynistic title: the Holy Bible

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Re: it's not the Catholics that are the problem. It's extremist protestants.

You have to keep in mind that it's not "Protestants" but rather a small subset of Protestants. A lot of Protestants are just as stuffy and conservative as Catholics. It's only a particular minority of Protestants that advocate extreme anti-intellectualism and theocracy.

"Protestant" is not a terribly useful term. It pretty much just means "not Catholic" which is as useful as "not Baptist". There are 1001 flavors to contend with and a term that encompasses 1000 of them isn't terribly meaningful.

Although people that use the term "Xian" like they own it usually are part of the wingnut crowd.

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Firmware update kills Lenovo Home Media Network HDDs. Here's how to resurrect them

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Re: Rarely update firmware

It shouldn't matter either way. Certainly HARDWARE should not be shipped in a broken state. The idea that a consumer should ever have to do a firmware update just shows how bad things have gotten. The sound engineering once expected out of hardware has fallen prey to the same sort of "ship it broken, we can patch it later" that once primarily dominated only computer games.

It's a disgrace.

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

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Re: I'm a big fan of WPS Office

> Libreoffice is just a bit bloated for an SSD install.

It has no problems fitting on my jailbroken chromebox.

Affordable SSDs aren't quite THAT small.

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Re: @Chris W Haven't we been here before

Windows continues to be a festering malware infested pile even today in 2014. Nothing really changes because Microsoft still has the same bad approach to engineering it's always had. You can't take the organization that gave us DOS and Win 3.1 and expect it to create something decent. The beast simply doesn't operate that way.

At least Apple has some interest in making a product. It may not be the kind of product that some of us want but at least they give lip service to the idea of a good product rather than just being cheap Ponzi wannabes.

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Re: @Chris W Haven't we been here before

Some people have this strange fixation with Kings and Robber Barons and their products as if any of that success has any relevance for the common man beyond removing any sort of liberty. They just can't tolerate the idea that someone might deviate from the crowd and use something that suits them better.

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Re: @Chris W Haven't we been here before

> If you want to use a gui to write a letter, watch a video or manage you media then get Windows

None of that requires monopolyware. That's all pretty pedestrian stuff that you could do in just about any desktop OS and probably on all of the tablets too.

If you are going to mindlessly push the monopoly, at least include some interesting requirements.

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Author fined $500k in first US spyware conviction

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Re: FBI

Also, this sounds like something that's perfectly tolerated under corporate conditions. If he were selling this software to some corporations, so that they could abuse their employees there would be not so much as a whimper about this kind of software.

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Star Wars: Episode VII trailer lands. You call that a lightsaber? THIS is a lightsaber

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The devil's in the details.

The problem with this guard is that it's a double sided razor facing down towards your own fingers. It's nothing like a conventional hilt. That sword would make much more sense with a conventional hilt beneath the lasery bits.

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Re: That lightsabre...

Someone has already come out with a parody of that shot where Jesus is standing opposite with a similar lightsabre that's oriented in the other direction so that it's a cross.

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Eat FATTY FOODS to stay THIN. They might even help your heart

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Sorry Charlie

> Simple - if eating fat was what made you fat, then sheep and cattle wouldn't be fat.......but they are.

...except sheep are not people. As others have said, they are adapted entirely differently from us. We can't pretend that we are sheep or cows. If you do that then you end up DEAD with a gut full of grass like many of the Irish during the great blight.

You probably couldn't eat enough leafy greens in a day to fuel yourself even if you spent all day at it.

We just aren't that good at digesting leafy greens.

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Re: It's a lot easier to just not eat it to begin with.

>> "Unless you are a serious athlete, you aren't going to exercise enough to lose weight. "

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> That's not true. It's very hard because it needs commitment.

That's very much true. Moving yourself a mile will consume only about 100 calories. That's the energy of an Apple or 1/3rd of a candy bar. It's much easier to just avoid that candy bar. Cutting out the soda and the snacks is a far more easy and effective option.

Exercise is time consuming WORK vs just avoiding something.

> I still average ~500 Cals/day exercise but my Calories intake has risen to match it.

I know serious athletes that average about that much. Normal people, not so much.

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It's a lot easier to just not eat it to begin with.

Unless you are a serious athlete, you aren't going to exercise enough to lose weight. The numbers simply aren't there. It's much easier to simply eat less in order to achieve a net energy deficit.

The main value of exercise is to help keep your metabolism from crashing due to a significant calorie defecit. Your body is a complex machine and it will try to put itself into quasi-hibernation if it thinks you are in the middle of a famine. THAT will sabotage any kind of numerical advantage you're trying to get.

Some people do this "Stalingrad adaptation" thing very well. Makes weight loss very difficult.

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Re: This is what is being taught

Actually, eating a bag of sugar is very doable. That's the heart of our current problem.

That's why there's this apparent paradox of "good fat". Fat induces satiety in a quick and effective manner that carbs (and especially refined sugars) do not.

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systemd row ends with Debian getting forked

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Re: It's all about CHOICE

The whole "just use the shim" remark only proves his point. If systemd weren't about assimilating the rest of Linux like the borg there would be no need for any "shim". There would just be a sanely designed init system with sanely designed userland services surrounding it.

However we don't have that. What we have is one big entangled mess being pushed on everyone because someone happens to be the fattest lardbutt in the room.

GNOME pushing this mess? No big surprise, they already jumped the shark quite badly and demonstrated their lack of trustworthiness.

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Re: thowing out the baby with the bathwater

"dependency based booting" is easy.

You have an ordered list and the network is higher in that list than X.

On the off chance you have a fatal failure of some kind, do you really want your system crippled or do you want it to at least boot up so you can figure out what went wrong and how to fix it? The "dependency" based approach sounds nice but it's easy to render your system completely unbootable. (been there, done that)

Some things sound cool until you actually try them.

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Re: thowing out the baby with the bathwater

> Why not solve this in the traditional Linux/FOSS way? Meaning: you want a better alternative for component XYZ, because you believe XYZ is broken?

Not necessary.

We already have a suitable component. The problem is that the other camp likes to actively sabotage alternatives. This is apparent with the GNOME3 debacle. There should have been no need to fork GNOME2 into MATE but the GNOME devs made it necessary. They specifically sought to make the obvious conservative option impossible.

Before you can have compromise you need 2 sides that are willing to do that.

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Re: Hasn't this happened already with Upstart?

One of my more complicated desktop machine requires manual intervention in order to boot. It has a combination of RAID devices and NFS shares. This box consistently gets confused and thinks it's RAID and NFS filesystems aren't ready at boot time. Startup HALTS as it requests user input of the typical Windows style (ignore-cancel-continue).

Upstart.

Oddly enough the box manages to sort itself out despite the panic and the error messages.

This is a storage server. HALTING during boot is not good.

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SanDisk vows: We'll have a 16TB SSD WHOPPER by 2016

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Meh

> if i had a SSD that was 16 TB i would not need my spindle using HDDs.

...and if I had my own private starship I could leave this loser dirtball.

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Re: Never mind the enterprise...

You really need two. You need to have at least one full backup.

In order for this thing to relevant, it needs to be cheap enough that you could buy TWO of them and not get kicked permanently out of the house.

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We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best

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Re: Jaw is on the floor

> The 'normal' UI settings windows don't have an option for it because it's rarely changed by most people

Here is a good example of where Apple does stuff right. They hide the advanced configuration from immediate view but it's easy enough to make them visible if you want them. You don't have to go hunting for some secret handshake or Windows style "power tools".

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Time to get a less outdated FUD playbook.

> Simple things like getting a printer running, scanner or file sharing?

...things that have been sorted for a very long time.

On the other hand, scrambling the basic desktop experience is something that's a little bit more current and relevant and this goes for ALL of the major operating systems and not just Linux. The question of "Have they unf*cked my desktop yet?" will be front an center in any new Windows review.

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BIG FAT Lies: Porky Pies about obesity

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Re: New study shows dietary fat doesn't cause problems

The thing about fat is that it's deeply satisfying to pretty much everyone regardless of what other differences they have in the way they process food. This is an effect that's not subject to the roller coaster of "rush" and "crash" that you have with carbs and sugar. So it ends up being paradoxically safer and self limiting.

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Re: Good stuff.

> Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim

...except once you claim goods and services provided by professionals as an "individual right", this is no longer just about "the good of the victim". You're making poor choices and then everyone else is expected to clean up after you both literally and figuratively.

You should be equally eager to sort out your own readily forseeable problems as you are to create them.

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Re: Good stuff.

I dunno. We read the local message boards for people in our part of suburbia an the level of maintenance and expense all of these lardbutts are consuming seems quite significant. Between back and knee surgeries and monthly lifestyle medications, it seems like no trivial amount when compared to the near ZERO amount consumed by my own fit household.

These people certainly sound damaged.

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