Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Jan 2012 00:14 UTC, submitted by Elv13
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Raspberry Pis started being made a couple of days ago, but I was forbidden to tell you about it until signed contracts and receipts for payment had arrived - it's been killing me, especially since I've had tens of you asking me when manufacturing would start every day for the last few weeks. I am not good at keeping secrets." No more secrets to keep, Liz! I can't wait to place my order.
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RE[6]: Subtext
by sbergman27 on Fri 13th Jan 2012 22:41 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Subtext"
sbergman27
Member since:
2005-07-24

Never the less, I think I might enjoy leaving the rat race for a while to live as a european king. Modern consumerism poisons the human spirit.

Watch Peter O'Toole as Henry II and Kathrine Hepburne as Eleanor of Aquitaine in the 1968 movie "The Lion In Winter" and get back with me. You might just change your mind. ;-)

-Steve

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RE[7]: Subtext
by Alfman on Fri 13th Jan 2012 23:11 in reply to "RE[6]: Subtext"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

sbergman27,


Hardships were different, they're different lifestyles. I do believe some people would genuinely prefer older western or colonial lifestyles over today regardless of the "stuff" that wasn't around then.

One thing that's bothersome today is that despite absolutely tremendous gains in productivity factors that have come about through modern automation and efficiency, we are hardly seeing any gains flowing to the middle class who are working steadily more (family income did not double over the period that two spouses began working full jobs whereas there used to be one), those gains have been mostly directed into the pockets of a much more wealthy upper class. Combine this with the decreasing social mobility of modern times and we have good reason to question the validity of top-down economic models.

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RE[8]: Subtext
by sbergman27 on Fri 13th Jan 2012 23:34 in reply to "RE[7]: Subtext"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

Yes. The hardships were different. No access to proper medical care, even for Kings. Backbreaking labor that was so pervasive that people sometimes didn't even remember to complain about it.

In more recent times... meh, we can do a hell of a lot more with the money we have. Just go to Walmart and look around. In the old days (not the medieval ones; I'm not *that* old) I certainly never saw people carting out 32 inch TVs (One for upstairs, one for downstairs) in one shopping cart, because they were on sale, and paying with their bank cards.

You've got to have have attained a certain level of comfort to do that, though. But today, only the "Attention Walmart Shoppers" level is necessary.

Much of the rest of the world does not enjoy such luxury.

I'd continue. But my Lion In Winter download just ding'd to inform me that it was completed.

Edited 2012-01-13 23:35 UTC

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