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Comment: Re:In other words... (Score 1) 254

i always thought it would make a great conspiracy dystopian story where the superrich, with everything automated, don't need us anymore so they simply kill us all off the earth reduced to 700,000 souls from 7,000,000,000 in a matter of days (some sort of highly infectious agent?)

Sounds like the plot of Helix.

Comment: Re:Word swap? (Score 2) 114

Wait wait wait. If we are talking about little more than a word swap, wouldn't the standards that were previously applied to things like snail mail be the same for electronic communication? Has the law ever been used or interpreted to cover mailing a paperback fiction book counting?

Two words: Selective Enforcement.

Comment: Re:Covering sensitive, emotional topics is hard. (Score 2) 78

by XxtraLarGe (#49538787) Attached to: Africa E-Waste Dump Continues Hyperbole War

Good thing we learned so much about the obligations of ethical reporting from the Rolling Stone debacle.

Both rape & pollution are bad enough without fabricating stories, but it's not about the truth. It's about building the narrative for the "truth" you want people to believe.

Comment: Re:I'm driving a rented Nissan Pathfinder while my (Score 1) 621

by XxtraLarGe (#49529279) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs

Honestly though the only reason to get an Explorer instead of a minivan is because you don't want to "look" old even though you are.

Either that, or the fact that the Explorer has a 5,000 lb. towing capacity vs. the 3,500 max you get from most minivans, and also has higher profile seating, etc. I was worried about functionality more than anything else. But yeah, the Explorer is the typical "go-to midlife crisis chick magnet" vehicle that most older guys get, so there's that too.

Comment: Re:Progressive Fix 101 (Score 1) 621

by XxtraLarGe (#49528929) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs

Progressives want you to smarten up. You want to do them physical harm. That's the difference between civilized people and people like you.

Here's what I think of when I think of "progressives". And this. These people would be more than happy to harm you if you don't "smarten up" and conform to their world view, so don't you dare think you have some sort of moral high ground to stand on.

Comment: Re:I'm driving a rented Nissan Pathfinder while my (Score 1) 621

by XxtraLarGe (#49528749) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs

Why do people want to drive these things? They aren't attractive, they don't stop/go fast, they can't carry much stuff.

Can't speak for the pathfinder, but I have a 2015 Ford Explorer XLT & it rocks. We get a ton of snow in the winter, so AWD is a very nice convenience. Also, the height of the vehicle is helpful for seeing other traffic over snowbanks at intersections.

The EcoBoost V6 has plenty of spunk -- enough that the local sheriff's office & the state police have some in their fleet, and I have a ton of hauling space if I put down the 2nd & 3rd row seats. Right after we got it, we bought a new kitchen sink, cabinets & countertop, and were able to fit everything in one trip.

We also have the tow package so we can haul a pop-up camper we were given as a hand-me-down from my folks.

Finally, my dogs love it. We can fit our Dane's memory foam bed in the back with the 3rd row down, and he can sprawl out. Much easier for him when we go on long trips.

Comment: Re:What? Why discriminate? (Score 1) 700

by XxtraLarGe (#49528127) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status

The whole idea of faith is belief without proof; if God "proved" himself then we have proof, and no faith. Or something like that, is what all the religious people tell me.

No it's not. All the religious people you've talked to have gotten it wrong. Even Jesus asked his disciples to make their decision about him based upon what they had witnessed:

If God is real, and requires his followers to do all the anti-humanity acts in the various texts, that entity shouldn't be worshiped anyway.

Why not? How can you, in a universe without objective moral truth, say anyone should or shouldn't do anything and be able to have any legitimacy? The very best you can do is state a preference, but you can't make a moral judgement.

God is quite a violent entity; I'd rather have us go it alone than have some homicidal, all-powerful creature just waiting to burn me forever in hell because I mowed my lawn on a Saturday.

Yes, atheistic regimes have been peaceful & made the world a better place. *smh*

Comment: Re:"Worth" (Score 1) 72

by XxtraLarGe (#49527881) Attached to: I predict that by next Earth Day Bitcoin will ...

At least fiat currency, in physical form, can be burned for heat or used to clean-up after using the bathroom, or melted down and used for weights for fishing.

I wasn't sure that last part was the case, so I searched and found this on Wikipedia:

A coin is fiat currency to the extent its face value, value defined in law, is greater than its market value as metal.

However, this appears to have happened in the United States almost 10 years ago.

Comment: Bad news for a lot of people (Score 4, Interesting) 649

by XxtraLarGe (#49514327) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars
I'm not Joe Mechanic or anything like that, but I know enough to change my air, fuel & oil filters, add fluids, etc. I've even done tune-ups on my older cars, but what about the real grease monkeys who can fix anything on a vehicle? Wouldn't this type of law put the Auto-Zones, Napas & the like out of business? I don't know where they get the majority of their sales, but I know a sizeable amount has to come from home car repair/tuning enthusiasts.

Comment: Maybe if their sales guys would follow up... (Score 3, Interesting) 177

by XxtraLarGe (#49496299) Attached to: MakerBot Lays Off 20 Percent of Its Employees
I called Makerbot to get an education price quote on a printer & materials to compare with other 3D printer manufacturers. I had to call back 4 times before the guy actually sent me a quote, and all I wanted was a printer & 10 spools of filament. He was supposed to send me some sample prints as well, and never did. Needless to say, Makerbot lost any consideration for what is going to be our first of several purchases.

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