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Comment Boring cars (Score 1) 635

Teens don't drive because cars today suck. They look like cockroaches and the driveline is a tangle of wires and sensors that makes affordable tinkering a thing of the past. You won't be bolting a spread bore Holly on or swapping the auto transmission for a 4 speed.

Cars and driving used to be fun. Now it's a necessary evil.

Comment Re:One job of Government (Score 0, Flamebait) 178

>protecting us from getting screwed by gigantic corporations

We're already protected - just don't have a cell phone. The problem is that people would rather sic government on big, bad corporations than inconvenience themselves by not patronizing companies they don't like. If enough of us voted with our feet it'd fix these kinds of issues. A temporary inconvenience for a permanent improvement.

Comment Re:Detection (Score -1, Offtopic) 259

> ..as well as annoying the crap out of any driver with a radar detector you happen to be driving behind ;-)

Whatever moron modded the parent down ought to have their mod points taken away and get their weiner slapped. Clearly the poster was going for a laugh (and succeeded). Modding him/her down just discourages people from posting.

Somebody fix this, please.

Comment Re:Street justice? (Score 1) 250

E.g. the moment you click 'disassociate', the device actually becomes bricked until the device password is entered.

Not to be a pedantic dick but locked out is NOT bricked. People really need to stop using bricked just because they can't use a device. bricked means the device is worthless (at least it used to). Like if someone put a hammer to a kindle. That would brick it

Comment Re:The answer is obvious. (Score 1) 128

>>> vouchers [wikipedia.org], which are similar to what you describe

I'm not talking about vouchers, which are government dollars. I'm talking about a School tax exemption, which means letting the parent keep the money he earned. There's a HUGE difference philosophically. If it's government money, then the government can attach strings like "don't spend the voucher on catholic school".

But if it's your money then there are no strings. It's YOUR money and you can spend it on any school you desire (even another government school if you want).

Comment Re:how about zero gallons? (Score 0) 188

If you think a 2500 mile, 3-day crosscountry trip is long, try doing it in an electric car sometime. You can only travel 200 miles tops, and then you have to stop at a hotel room so you can recharge overnight (8 hours minimum). It's a 13 day trip instead of 3.

Even if you skip sleeping and drive at night, it will still take 7 days. I'll stick with gasoline or diesel.

 

Comment Re:Not again (Score 4, Insightful) 54

After slogging through World of Warcraft for several years, the last thing I want in a game is something that requires me to basically live a double life. I'd like an MMO where I could pop in and out, instead of dedicating multi-hour blocks that become the equivalent of a part-time job by the end of the week. And that doesn't include researching content for efficient strategies, researching in-game equipment for optimized tactics, bickering with people on the Internet about various aspects of gameplay, or ultimately regretting all the time I didn't spend socializing, reading books, accumulating income, learning a real-world employment skill, exercising, eating decently, or traveling.

I think that's the whole point of this 'horizontal leveling' they're talking about - you'll be able to boot the game up after two years of it being out, with a new character, and still be of some use to your faction. You'll be able to pop in, do a quest, and then leave again. Of course, it would be bad form to start a quest with some buddies and then AFK just as it starts to get hard, but that's the whole point of an MMO - your actions affect real people.

You could well just be complaining about MMOs in general though, in which case I would suggest to you a path that didn't involve spending several years slogging through WoW. I used similar advice to great effect after realising that I don't like vinegar on chips - the problem wasn't the vinegar, it was that I kept eating the damn stuff. Although I didn't care enough to bicker about it with random people, or spend lots of time reading up on the best vinegar, or choose vinegar over stuff that I like more; I also didn't then go on food sites and bring up my dislike of vinegar whenever someone mentions it. Maybe the problem is that you got super-anal about something you didn't, in hindsight, give a monkey's uncle about?

The goal of science is to build better mousetraps. The goal of nature is to build better mice.

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