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  • by Fishead (658061) on Saturday January 12, 2013 @01:10PM (#42568125)

    I sit in a chair just enough to keep organized, but not enough to hate it.

    When I'm not sitting in a chair I'm getting the (company) truck stuck in the snow, troubleshooting a radio, or stopping for wildlife that is trying to become wilddead by standing in the middle of the road eating salt. On Thursday we had to snowmobile to the top of a mountain to clean off the solar panels on a radio tower.

    Therefore, when I AM stuck in the office (shop) at my desk, I tend to enjoy it.

    • by Dins (2538550) on Saturday January 12, 2013 @03:51PM (#42569329)
      Hey, no fair bragging!
    • Re:Just enough (Score:4, Insightful)

      by Sponge Bath (413667) on Saturday January 12, 2013 @06:27PM (#42570343)

      ...stopping for wildlife

      You're doing it wrong. Vultures need to eat too.

      • by jimshatt (1002452)
        No worries, these salt-licking beasts will die of high blood pressure, kidney stones, osteoporosis and hypernatremia anyway, and so will the vultures eating them. On the plus side, the salt will preserve their dead bodies for a longer time.
    • by mjwx (966435)

      stopping for wildlife that is trying to become wilddead by standing in the middle of the road eating salt.

      You stop for wildlife.

      Try living in Soviet Australia.

      Wildlife stops you.

      Seriously, cows and kangaroos will destroy cars, solid well built Land Cruisers will be lucky to stay running after hitting a roo, the average tin foil SUV has no chance.

      • Unless you're talking about an old land cruiser or the land cruiser is something else entirely over there I think we vary wildly on the term "well built".

        I'll agree the average SUV has no chance as they're now essentially tall cars. An Expedition or an eco-boost F-150 with a nice big tubular steel rack(we call them moose racks here) on the front would do nicely though. You can pick him off the grill and toss him right into the back. Cow will dent it good depending on speed but you should still be able to dr

        • He's talking about Toyota's Serious Business utility 4x4, not their posh SUV full of luxury doodads sold under the same name in other markets.

        • by yurtinus (1590157)
          Nope, old 80's or so land cruiser (before they got luxo-barged). In Africa they're called "bush taxis." As far as SUVs go, it's probably the toughest and easiest to keep running on a roll of duct tape and a sacrificial goat. Expedition? Ecoboost? Such things haven't yet been invented, my friend.
          • In australia they have! :P

            The old 80's land cruisers were beasts. You could keep them running through some pretty bad scrapes with a roll of rubber, a roll of duct tape, half a dozen pipe clamps and a hammer.

        • by mjwx (966435)

          Unless you're talking about an old land cruiser or the land cruiser is something else entirely over there I think we vary wildly on the term "well built".

          75 and 86 series Land Cruisers will run forever, fecking indestructable.

          Haven't seen the new land cruisers but I haven't heard of them being turned into a "soft roader" SUV, that's what Toyota released the Kluger for.

          An Expedition or an eco-boost F-150 with a nice big tubular steel rack(we call them moose racks here)

          We call the bull bars, and roos are a lot heavier than you realies (plus the ability to jump can easily put them above the bull bar and into your windscreen.

          Also the F-xxx series of "tru

          • Maybe they're made different there, but if you need something thats going to go as long as possible on zero maintenance in the way of a truck here you buy Ford. The old 80's F-150 series is nearly as unkillable as a land cruiser and just as easy to fix.

            Additionally I don't know what the hell you think "North America" is but its easily possible to drive for days and still be a day+ drive away from anything like civilization. You're thinking of europe I imagine... You guys have us beat for things that want to

            • by mjwx (966435)

              is but its easily possible to drive for days and still be a day+ drive away from anything like civilization

              I didn't mean anything like civilisation. I meant you can drive for 10 hours at and encounter anything.
              Not a town.
              Not a petrol station.
              Not even another person.

              Also, the US has tiny sections as tough as Australia, Australia has large swaths of the country like those tiny sections. 90% of Australia population lives on the cost for very good reasons. If you think the topography of the US is anythi

              • From what I can see from pictures of Nullarbor Plains, it's flat enough you could traverse it in pretty much anything (like a prius) provided you have gas for some 700 miles.
              • I had to check, but while the F-150 isn't the single most popular truck, Ford is the largest selling truck brand in the world.

                Also you blatantly stated North America, don't go limiting yourself to the U.S. now. I live in Canada, we are bigger than you and have the same population. We also have more mountains, and we have tundra, some desert and more. Our population is also even more concentrated than yours. When I say anything like civilization I mean anything as mundane as a road. Forget other people, gas

    • ...stopping for wildlife that is trying to become wilddead by standing in the middle of the road eating salt.

      Sounds to me like you've got a chance to have some pre-seasoned road kill for dinner.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 12, 2013 @01:25PM (#42568249)

    I STAND in front of TWO screens, you insensitive clod

  • by zifn4b (1040588) on Saturday January 12, 2013 @02:28PM (#42568709)
    I long for the days to come when I don't ever have to look at a computer screen again. I can't wait until I sit on the front porch of my house with an acoustic guitar in my lap to play peaceful music listening to the sounds of nature far away from the technology landscape. The technology landscape and world in general has been so polluted by crap. It's like the urban development of a city. Everyone who sets out to found a city has the best of intentions. It starts out clean, orderly and well organized but gradually atrophies. Suddenly, scum bags move into town and there are red light districts, neon signs, traffic jams, political fighting and the list goes on and on.
    • by Ardyvee (2447206)

      Why are you commenting on slashdot instead of going out and playing music on your guitar out there? It doesn't make sense you are complaining about it when you are obviously engaging in a voluntary activity (reading Slashdot and commenting is voluntary). I do however agree with you that we could use more time to spend time without "technology" (no running naked, clothes are required technology that you must use all time).

      • by zifn4b (1040588)

        Why are you commenting on slashdot instead of going out and playing music on your guitar out there?

        I was taking a break from sending out resumes to try to get out of my crappy job where I have to sit in front of a computer having a constant exercise in futility in front of a computer all day. :)

        • by c0lo (1497653)

          Why are you commenting on slashdot instead of going out and playing music on your guitar out there?

          I was taking a break from sending out resumes to try to get out of my crappy job where I have to sit in front of a computer having a constant exercise in futility in front of a computer all day. :)

          AH, I see... you keep practising on futility for free now and aiming for a place where you can do it for a weekly check.

          You may want to alternate it with other exercises of futility, like:
          1. have an idea,
          2. work hard to get it alive
          3. ???
          4. cash on it
          (somebody told me this is the "American dream". Looks to me like a big bunch - over 300 mils - of sleep-walkers there).

          • somebody told me this is the "American dream"

            Dreaming is far easier than achieving.

            • by c0lo (1497653)

              somebody told me this is the "American dream"

              Dreaming is far easier than achieving.

              Especially when trying to achieve is an exercise of futility.

        • by Mspangler (770054)

          "Why are you commenting on slashdot instead of going out and playing music on your guitar out there?"

          Well, here at least it is winter, and currently 10 F, (-12 C) which is part of the problem. I do spend less time in front of a screen in the summer, except when at work. There the ratio is always about 75% screen time.

          • by CastrTroy (595695)
            Ok, I understand work, where you have to be in front of a screen, but then I have to ask. Why do you spend so much time at work? Or why do you sleep so much? Most jobs you should really only spend about 8 hours there, and only 5 days a week. So even if you're always in front of the screen at work, that's only 40 hours a week. Now let's say you have 8 hours a sleep a night, as is the recommended amount. So you have 16 hours each day of waking time. That's 112 hours. So if you only view the screen at wor
            • by cayenne8 (626475)
              Don't forget the TV in the bedroom to fall asleep to.

              Seriously, I have computers and TVs in pretty much every room of the house, tablets for bathrooms....when I'm home, I'm pretty much in front of a screen at all times, and they are all on so I see and at least hear them in the background as I move about the house.

              • by yurtinus (1590157)
                Yeouch, that's a lot of stuff to watch! I've found when there's a TV on, I get stuck watching it and lose track of whatever it is I was doing. So, one TV in the house and it's rarely on. Music or radio news on the other hand is pretty much always on.
        • by sosume (680416)

          Maybe you should try sitting behind the computer ..

      • by batwingTM (202524)

        Using clothes all the time may impede on a few important biological activities that ensure the continuation of the species (despite how Hollywood portrays the act, clothes only get in the way) and shut down some of the largest Internet business models. Hygiene would also be difficult.

        And streaking is just so much fun anyway :-P

        • by c0lo (1497653)

          And streaking is just so much fun anyway :-P

          Heh... I dare you... try to do it this time of the year in Canada.

          • by batwingTM (202524)

            Ah you see, it's Summer in Australia. No such problem here.

            • by c0lo (1497653)

              Ah you see, it's Summer in Australia. No such problem here.

              Summer who? Ah, Summer Scorcher, isn't it?.... well there may be some benefits in streaking... I mean, one way not to care if your pants are on fire.

              But it's still not a problem free proposition: even letting aside the outback bushes (and forests, and properties... as NASA can confirm) , at 49 C [smh.com.au] when the street asphalt melts [abc.net.au] (watch approx 0:34)... I imagine your very own bush and birdie will suffer some serious burns.

              • by Macgrrl (762836)

                Not everywhere is getting quite that hot. We have a balmy 39C forecast for Thursday. The rest of the week is supposed to be a 'mild' 28C.

    • by war4peace (1628283) on Saturday January 12, 2013 @09:26PM (#42571441)

      This is something I don't understand. People whine and complain that they sit in front of a screen too much time. At the same time, they do nothing about it.
      I, for one, wake up, play with my kid, take him and my wife out for a walk, then play some games until I go to work, where I eyeball monitors for 9 hours. I then come home in the dead of the night, play some more games, go to bed and start all over. During week-ends it's 50% of my waking time, the rest I spend with my family and friends.

      Sometimes (read: rarely) I wish there were no screens to look at, and sometimes (read: rarely) I wish I didn't have to sleep at all, so I could spend more time in front of those screens. Apart from those moments, I am satisfied with what I do. It's my choice to live this life. When I'll stop liking it, I'll do something about it.

      • This is something I don't understand.

        May be you didn't try hard enough?

        Contrary to what some like to preach, people are not given equal opportunities and different people have different situations. For some, staring at the screen all day is the best thing they can do (afford?).

        I know that some whine just because they like whining, but you shouldn't judge without knowing their situation. (The exception can be made for people who check their facebook/email at a dinner table. I fucking hate those.

        • by yurtinus (1590157)
          Maybe OP didn't quite crunch the numbers on what 60-80% of your waking hours means... Assuming you sleep 8 hours, there are 112 hours left in the day. spending 80% of your time in front of screens means you're literally spending 90 (or a bit under 70 if it's 60%...) hours staring at a computer screen per week. So even if you work 12 hour days week after week, that's still just 60 hours (assuming all your working hours are at a computer... mine aren't). So yeah, somebody who says the spend 60 to 80% of their
          • But the poll isn't limited to computer screens, add in televisions and cinema screens, also with in-car GPS you can easily be spending more time in front of screens than you realise.
            • by yurtinus (1590157)
              You're absolutely right - but original poster says 60-80%, but wishes it were 0%. TV, cinemas, GPS, computers and tablets at home - all of those are choices. I wasn't very clear in my point above, that is if you're spending 60-80% of your waking hours in front of a screen, you're doing it by choice. You may wish it were less, but not enough to do anything about it.
          • Assuming you sleep 8 hours, there are 112 hours left in the day.

            How is Pluto this time of year?

            • by yurtinus (1590157)
              Hehehe - that explains how damn cold it's been! I thought I could slip that one by you guys, I suppose I meant "week" :P
        • by war4peace (1628283) on Tuesday January 15, 2013 @08:32AM (#42590161)

          Look mate, I live in a shitty Eastern European country. Our opportunities here are 10 times crappier and less (as both amount and quality) than Western Europe has to offer, let alone USA.
          I'm sorry that I have to rephrase so that all "I don't get it" audience would understand. But.

          You have to stare at a screen for 10 hours a day; you hate it; you want to change that but can't? Why? Not because you lack opportunities, not because you can't do anything about it, but for two main reasons:
          1. You got used to it. You got used to this life style you dislike and prefer to sit and whine rather than go through the pain of changing it.
          2. It brings you a certain comfort. Something you can't let go. Fast Internet, life in a big city, whatever. Something you somehow wouldn't give up.

          A rather extreme example: sell all your fucking belongings, move to the middle of nowhere, buy a tiny piece of land there, start growing fruits and vegetables, live off the fat of the land. There, 0% spent in front of a screen. But that means giving up Facebook (oh, the horror!), cable (you can't live without) and... and... ehmehgehrd! Slashdot! What would YOU do with no Slashdot???

          That's what it is. The life you hate enables the life you love.

      • by craznar (710808)

        > This is something I don't understand.

        Not everyone has the resources to live their life as they choose, those people are probably spending 60-80% of their time in front of a computer to earn money to eat or pay medical bills.

        Just because you were lucky enough to have a good life, doesn't mean everyone is.

        What I don't understand is how people see their sample size of one, and draw a line of obviousness through it.

        • Bullshit. I certainly don't have the resources. I also spend time in front of a computer to eat, pay medical bills, rent and take care of my family. But the willingness to change should cover the possibility of having to make some sacrifices. That's what it's all about. Are those people who whine ready to make sacrifices? I'd say not. They would prefer to change their lifestyle with no sacrifice, by magically snapping fingers or casting a spell. That's not how life works. When the specter of sacrifice comes

    • Thats a bad analogy because cities are awesome. Art, architecture, music, any kind of takeout that you can imagine within walking distance, the list goes on and on.
    • by c0lo (1497653)

      It's like the urban development of a city. Everyone who sets out to found a city has the best of intentions. It starts out clean, orderly and well organized but gradually atrophies. Suddenly, scum bags move into town and there are red light districts, neon signs, traffic jams, political fighting and the life gets interesting

      FTFY.

      That's not to say that's bad to have a place to retreat when you get tired of interesting (like a place you where you can't hear the orgasms of your neighbours over the ones of your GF du-jour); especially if you answered "Over 25" at a prev /. poll on "what age you get your first mobile phone".

    • by Kjella (173770) on Sunday January 13, 2013 @07:18AM (#42573507) Homepage

      It's totally meaningless to me because sitting in front of a screen is both work and play, intellectually challenging and vegetative, social and non-social, in short many things that can be both fun and not fun and can be suited to fit my mood. It's like asking me how much of my waking hours I spend wearing pants and how I feel about them. Well, that rather depends on what I actually do not that I happen to wear pants while doing it. Or actually no this is a silly analogy, yes to more pants-less activities.

      • I work from home so I spend a lot of time in front of a screen without pants on
      • by CastrTroy (595695)
        Very much agree with that. I bike to work in the spring/summer/fall but don't in the winter (except for today, wonderful January thaw). This year I got a bike trainer and when I'm on it I'm technically in front of a screen, but I'm also exercising. Also, with 3 kids, I greatly enjoy alone time. A lot of people don't seem to get that.
  • I voted a 60-80, but then realized that my bicycle has a GPS. So even when I'm on an all-day ride, I'm technically sitting in front of (or perhaps behind) a screen.
    • At work, computer screen. At home, computer screen, television screen. Travelling, windscreen. About the only screen free time I have is when I go out for lunch, so yeah, I'm close to 100%.
    • by wvmarle (1070040)

      Nearing 100% here, too.

      Work, play: mostly computer screen, sometimes TV.

      Travel on the MTR: they have "news" broadcasts (which is basically advertisements with intermittent news items, where the news is often cut off for more ads). Even in the stations there are big video screens playing ads nowadays, across the tracks, in perfect view of waiting passengers.

      Travel on the bus: same problem, though less invasive.

      Eating in a restaurant: always TVs on.

      Walking in the street: good chance you can see some huge adve

  • When I'm not sitting in front of a screens I am standing in front of screens http://eliteownage.com/desk.html [eliteownage.com]
  • I looked at the choices and 60-80% seemed about right. How depressing, I thought. I voted and saw that I was in the largest group so far. I don't know whether I should feel relieved or more depressed.
    • Well, figure 16 hours awake, with a 8-hour workday. The average office worker spends the whole working day in front of a computer, which means all it takes is another 96 minutes of screen time to reach 60%. Between your phone, your home computer and your TV, that's not very hard to hit.

  • Let's see. 7 screens of various types if I count my tablet and TV. Tho I rarely, if ever, have them all on at once. Usually just the TV and a laptop.

    Now I'm tempted to grab an old 4:3 panel out of the closet to fill in a gap. Don't judge me! It's a disease!

    • "From where I am now I can see...

      1 screen, which I'm reading this on
      2-3 screens
      4-9 screens
      10+ screens
      Cubicals as far as my tear-filled eyes can focus
      Do pixie tubes count?
      Glitches in the Matrix"

      is the next poll. This one is just about time.

      • by Zerth (26112)

        You forgot an option:)

        I'm blind and using a braille terminal, you inconsiderate clod

        • You forgot an option:)

          I'm blind and using a braille terminal, you inconsiderate clod

          That option's there. You just didn't see it.

  • Well, I do have four screens at work (well, 5 if you count the old Windows XP laptop I have to keep around for access to some servers) and four at home. So when I'm at the computer (work or home), I'm in front of more than 1 screen.

    (ok ok, I selected 40-60% partly because I also have 8 to 12 meetings each week).

    [John]

  • Brains in a jar with an ethernet port.

  • by mrbcs (737902)
    I work 7 12- hour shifts, while there, I stare at 34 monitors for 12 hours at a time.

    Then I get seven days off.

    • by rve (4436)

      I work 7 12- hour shifts, while there, I stare at 34 monitors for 12 hours at a time.

      Where do you get an awesome job like that ?

      • by mrbcs (737902)
        A Power company. 5 week rotation operating windmills:

        7 - 12 hr nights
        7- days off
        7 - 12 hr days
        14 - days off (sometimes 4 - 8 hour days in that week)
        So basically two hard weeks on shift, 3 weeks off (already paid) about ten times a year. Everyone does this gig for the shift and the time off. Work a holiday like Christmas? Double time and a half.

        It is weird, but a very good gig.

  • I am disabled and lazy. :P

  • Then I got a phone, and I found I could do most of my brain dead stuff (including the psudo-brainy stuff like reading mailing lists) on the go and thus be more active. I probably am near above 50%.

    Once I find a satisfactory way to type LaTex on it, the percentage could further decrease...

  • by martin-boundary (547041) on Sunday January 13, 2013 @03:45AM (#42572911)
    I wonder what polls in other industry forums look like?

    Gynaecology forum: I sit in front of a vagina ____ of my waking time.

    Diner cook forum: I cook in front of hot grits ____ of my waking time.

    Ancient literature forum: I think about Grendel Aggregations ____ of my waking time.

    • by bfandreas (603438)
      Yes, but gynaecologists do not work from home.
      I have never gotten closer to a gynaecologist than sitting in a waiting room(with surprisingly feminine magazines...no hot rods) but I also doubt that they get as much pussy at home as they get at work. So 80% may be a little bit of.
      Ok, so maybe 80% at work? Well, there's a lot of paperwork. And tey talk to their patients. And not everything they do requires knicker droppage. So propably more like 20% vagina at work. Less at home.

      In contrast we IT people ge
    • Gynaecology forum: I sit in front of a vagina ____ of my waking time.

      In most professions, the question is usually the opposite, how long they are not sitting in front of a vagina (or whatever their actual non-vagina-related job is.) Ie, "How much of your day is spent doing paperwork?" Or "How much of your day is spent in front of a computer, on the phone, or dealing with staff problems, rather than doing your job, elbows deep in vaginary goodness?"

    • by euroq (1818100)

      What's a Grendel Aggregation? Googling it does not reveal the answer, btw.

      • by spasm (79260)

        Grendel is a character in the Anglo-Saxon poem 'beowulf'. No clue what a Grendel aggregation is though.

  • by yayoubetcha (893774) on Sunday January 13, 2013 @12:49PM (#42575053)

    How do I change my 80%-100% vote response? I misread "waking time" as "wanking time".

  • it's called, earning a living. I could me assembling gadgets, machining steel, or standing around an oven baking bread, it's, usually, part of how make a living, getting your news, or chatting with distant friends. Unhappy about living in front of a screen? get over it.

  • by Javaman59 (524434) on Sunday January 13, 2013 @08:58PM (#42578097)

    It used to be 60% to 80% when I had more of a "life", and spent time doing housework, reading, going for walks, etc.

    Now my only breaks are the gym a few times per week, and when I do the bare minimum of cooking and house chores, and a few regular social commitments, particularly church. Apart from that, I just put myself in front of the screen, and stay there.

    No porn, btw, just internet news and forums, and work. In the last few years it's become more of the former, and less of the latter.

    This is a timely reminder to change my ways.

  • by zarmanto (884704) on Monday January 14, 2013 @12:30PM (#42582461) Journal

    I sit in front of three screens at work for 40%-60% on weekdays... but at home, I stand in front of one more screen for another 10%-20% on weekdays and somewhat more then that on weekends. (Mind you, my use of a standing desk has very little to do with the health benefits... rather, my reasons are more related to the five little rug-rats roaming around my house, who cannot resist playing with anything electronic which comes within their reach.)

    Oh yeah... I also have the mini-screen in my pocket, which probably claims my eyes for another 10%-20%. So I would guess-timate (accounting for overlapping usage and substitution usage) that puts me staring at luminescent pixels for around 60%-80% of my waking day.

    Holy crap. Why on earth would you ask such an introspective question, forcing me to evaluate how wisely (or not) I'm using my time?!? You sadistic nut! Now I have to find ways to start whittling those numbers back down -- or else, come up with rationalizations for why those numbers are so blasted high!

    Wait, wait... perhaps I can claim that the numbers are entirely meaningless, since it's all just guesswork anyway... yeah, that's the ticket...

    Whew. Crisis averted. Carry on; nothing to see here.

  • I start the day on my home computer, then watch the TV news. I drive to work, which is one of the few times I'm not staring at a screen, then start working at my work computer. I get home, and watch TV while web-surfing on my laptop or tablet. On the weekend, I go out with my GF, and maybe watch a movie screen, or go to the casino and stare at the gambling machine screen. I was going to take a walk this weekend, but it was 17-25 degrees F, so I didn't. So, except for driving, I'm staring at a screen al

  • I sat for 18 years. Now I have a treadmill desk at work. It's done wonders for my legs and posture. I'm not sore and hunched over.

  • Welcome to the future, where digital computation continues to grow more powerful and we continue to rely on it for increasingly large volumes of information. 60-80% is not a bad number. Just try to get some regular exercise.

    Also keep in mind that there is a terribly large amount of interesting computation going on all around you, without the aid of digital computers, and maybe it's also worth acknowledging and trying to understand.
  • How often do I think in terms of percentages and time spent in front of a screen. I needed to write a friggin program to perform the conversion. Then it was all "what defines a screen"...gimmiabreak...

    For us who remember things like hours I spend
    8 hours in front of a monitor (on average) for work
    3 hours in front of a TV (but not all nights)
    1 hour in front of personal PC monitor (on average)

    which give me a total of 12 hours out of 24 (50%) or 12 out of 16 (negating sleep time) for @ 75% which is kind of s

  • I would have had a much lower percentage, but now all my hours on the road are in front of a screen too!

The economy depends about as much on economists as the weather does on weather forecasters. -- Jean-Paul Kauffmann

 



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