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Comment Re:Aspergers, LOL (Score 2) 289

Those are Massholes. Different paradigm entirely.

A Masshole's antisocial behavior is triggered by specific conditions—driving, queues, and Yankees fans (to name a few). When not in a Massholic situation, they're generally very kind and courteous individuals.

Definition of Masshole, focusing particularly on the driving aspect.

Comment Re:Anecdotal verification (Score 4, Insightful) 133

Was it drink coffee, set 20 minute alarm, nap, jump to work like in the story?

I'm not the GP, but I do this on long drives if I start feeling a bit bleary. I'll pull into a rest area, drink a bit of something caffeinated (maybe a couple of good pulls on a bottle of Dr Pepper or Moxie), and put my seat all the way back. No alarm needed, as the caffeine slowly takes effect and wakes me up in about 15 to 20 minutes.

It leaves me feeling awake and alert again, and I'll repeat the process every couple of hours.

Note that I broke my caffeine addiction in college when it started giving me miserable headaches, and I rarely consume anything caffeinated today, so a little bit goes a long way for me. If you drink caffeine regularly, you may need more than I do to make this work.

Comment Re: Fuck Them (Score 1) 225

It's different because a picket line can be crossed. Picketing relies on convincing potential customers to choose not to patronize a particular business. A better analogy for a DDOS attack might be deliberately blocking the doors so customers can't get in--for which the business can (and often successfully does) sue for lost income.

This isn't to say that picketing doesn't sometimes get out of hand, or that the penalty currently on the table isn't way too high. To be honest, I always thought that these sorts of damages were handled in a civil lawsuit after the criminal proceedings. But I'm not an expert in law.

Comment Re:Especially since it DOESN'T model eruptions. (Score 1) 41

You're actually confusing three people caught in the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens:

David Johnston: The volcanologist stationed at the Coldwater II observation post (now Johnston Ridge). He was able to make one quick radio call to the USGS before he was killed by the lateral blast and buried by the landslide. His body and equipment were never found.

Reid Blackburn: A photojournalist covering the buildup to the eruption. He was killed when the pyroclastic flow engulfed the area in which he was camped. His car, body, and camera were recovered, but the film was damaged by the intense heat and was not salvageable.

Gary Rosenquist: An amateur photographer camped near St. Helens with a few others. One of his party mentioned that the side of the mountain was becoming "fuzzy," and Rosenquist pointed his camera and held down the shutter release. He survived because the pyroclastic flow was diverted by a series of ridges away from his campsite.

Comment Re:So then... (Score 1) 231

Add some lemon juice to the melted butter. The combination makes lobster even more incredible.

And as for introducing a new person to tomalley, try spreading a bit on a small piece of toast. You'd be surprised at how quickly a person can go from "Ewwww..." to scraping the entire thoracic cavity obsessively in order to get every last bit of that ambrosia.

Comment Re:While... (Score 1) 259

Actually, a fault exists where there was movement. Depending on the causes of said movement, there may indeed be the potential for future activity. Or, as is often the case with shallow normal faults in sedimentary rock, the fault could have been caused by the sediment shifting along the plane of bedrock, leaving it in a more stable position than before.

Comment Re:Enterprise not space worthy (Score 1) 63

Actually, the retrofitting was supposed to be minimal. People don't realise just how much of the shuttle was removed between normal operations, so installing the missing components would actually have cost much less than converting STA-099 into Challenger.

What happened were design changes during the construction of Columbia, many of them prompted by data from Enterprise's flight tests. These changes resulted in a much lighter orbiter, and would have required a serious rebuilding of Enterprise instead of the intended basic retrofit.

Comment Re:More Specifically Aimed at Chinese Fur Farms (Score 1) 491

"I made this half-pony/half-monkey monster to please you.
But I get the feeling that you don't like it.
What's with all the screaming?
You like monkeys; you like ponies.
Maybe you don't like monsters so much.
Maybe I used too many monkeys.
Isn't it enough to know that I ruined a pony making a gift for you?"

Science is what happens when preconception meets verification.