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Comment: Re:not trolling, really. well, maybe a little.. (Score 2) 353

by Hobadee (#46772399) Attached to: Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

I'm going to go with this part:

http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=54092c01

It can be the front of a plane or something else that looks like the front of a plane.

The rest of the parts in that set seem pretty useful though:

http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItemInv.asp?S=3182-1

Is your imagination broken dude? I could use that part for *TONS* of different models! Granted, it's gonna be a cockpit, but it doesn't have to be an airplane cockpit... It could be used on a racecar, submarine, spaceship, crane, whatever! (I think I would use it on a monorail - that would be fun!) You could also face it backwards or sideways for a very unique model! It could probably also prove useful somehow in a GBC module. (http://www.greatballcontraption.com/)

Yes, there are many specialized parts nowadays, but the trick is finding new and fun ways to use it.

Comment: Re:um... (Score 2, Insightful) 269

Mod parent up!

As an armchair pilot, and aviation enthusiast, I've seen some "pilots" do some stupid stuff! Listening to ATC and hearing private pilots who barely know how to tune their radio is a little scary. While I'm sure GP is a great pilot, and lots of pilots are great pilots, the entry level for a private pilots license is fairly low. (If it weren't so expensive, I would have my license already - that's a *really* scary thought that someone would trust me with an airplane!)

Comment: Re:How is the no fly list legal? (Score 1) 286

by Hobadee (#46606467) Attached to: One Person Successfully Removed From US No-Fly List

Can someone explain how the government can impose penalties on a person without providing the evidence against them? Is the entire premise that you can't show standing because you can't know you're on the list? It seems we have a shitload of that going on right now, whereas we shouldn't have any.

Yes I can explain it; The government has bigger guns and more jail space than you do, and if you don't like it they will put you in jail. If you resist they will shoot you. (Hey, at least they give you the option of going to jail - some governments will start with shooting you!)

Comment: Re:Hack it to add American names like "John Smith" (Score 1) 286

by Hobadee (#46606433) Attached to: One Person Successfully Removed From US No-Fly List

No-fly lists simply shouldn't exist, regardless of whether or not they can work. The idea that you can be considered too dangerous (Without a trial!) to fly and yet not dangerous enough to arrest is absurd. As others have said, this is just used for oppression.

I disagree - I think No-fly lists *can* be useful, but only in extremely limited and regulated environments. It should be a revokable right, but you should know when it gets revoked, why it got revoked, and there should be a clear appeals process where you go before a jury of your peers.

Comment: Why can't we have common sense? (Score 1) 226

by Hobadee (#46338979) Attached to: Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws

Why can't we just do a blanket ban on *anything* that is causing you to drive distracted? I don't care if it's kids screaming in the back, your mom just died, thinking about that hot chick you just banged, whatever - if you're distracted you shouldn't be driving. Conversely, if I'm talking on my phone but driving perfectly, (safe distance, speed, staying in the lane, heeding traffic, etc...) that should be fine. Why must we ban every. single. damn. stupid. tiny. thing. that. ever. gets. invented?

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