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Comment: Re:Officer dickhead is a dickhead. (Score 1) 1440

by Esion Modnar (#44934507) Attached to: Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights
And yet, if the car is in gear *while* someone rear ends you, it can really fuck up your transmission. Not to mention that leaving the clutch pressed in too much can cause extra (unnecessary) wear to that part. If it's in neutral, I can let the clutch out.

Comment: Re: ALIENS (Score 4, Funny) 65

by Esion Modnar (#44909667) Attached to: Software Glitch Means Loss of NASA's Deep Impact Comet Probe
A roommate of mine in college had a religious poster stuck to the wall with yellow sticky tack. When it inevitably fell to the floor, he looked at where the picture had been, and said: "I rebuke you in the name of Jesus Christ, Satan." Yeah, it was Satan, not that unreliable sticky tack he used. Now, if it had crumpled itself up and flung over to the trash can...

Comment: Re: Spying on Congress? (Score 1) 208

by Esion Modnar (#44652053) Attached to: NZ Police Got PRISM Data Before Raid On Dotcom
"FORCE, unregulated or ill-regulated, is not only wasted in the void, like that of gunpowder burned in the open air, and steam unconfined by science; but, striking in the dark, and its blows meeting only the air, they recoil and bruise itself. It is destruction and ruin. It is the volcano, the earthquake, the cyclone;--not growth and progress. It is Polyphemus blinded, striking at random, and falling headlong among the sharp rocks by the impetus of his own blows." -- The Twelve-inch Rule and the Common Gavel, "Morals and Dogma"

Was not aware of this analogy. Thanks for the reference.

Comment: Spying on Congress? (Score 2) 208

by Esion Modnar (#44651517) Attached to: NZ Police Got PRISM Data Before Raid On Dotcom
Imagine what might happen if one of the revelations-to-be is evidence of spying on members of Congress? Maybe this is suspected by said members, and while this might anger them, they would rather the "revelations" to be kept secret. A secret kept secret is power. A secret revealed forces action in ways that are not preferred.

After all, burning gas in an engine produces useful work, burning it outside just produces a loud bang.

Comment: Re:How many times can you die? (Score 1) 155

by Esion Modnar (#44651179) Attached to: The Cryonics Institute Offers a Chance at Immortality (Video #2)
Yeah, the other 2 are "Broken Angels" and "Woken Furies." Not related, but "Market Forces" was also good, set in a sort of dystopian future of class warfare taken to its logical conclusion. (Thanks for the tip on the RPG, but I hardly ever get to play board games anymore. No time, and nobody I know is even interested anymore.)

Sigmund Freud is alleged to have said that in the last analysis the entire field of psychology may reduce to biological electrochemistry.