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Comment: Curiosity and Fear (Score 1) 275

by Ogive17 (#48926259) Attached to: The discovery of intelligent alien life would be met predominantly with...
I know I would be extremely curious but also fearful at the same time.

Let's face it, we're not going to discover another intelligent species on our own for quite a long time so any contact would be almost entirely on the aliens. Their technology will be beyond our imagination and we'd likely be at their complete mercy. Explorers or survivors? My fear would be they came here to finish what we started, pillage the planet of valuable resources and move on.

Comment: Re:Parents (Score 1) 784

by Ogive17 (#48829309) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone
Why is it wrong? I started walking to/from school when I was 5 years old. Sometimes I'd be with a friend, sometimes I would be alone. Hell, in 5th grade I was a crossing guard and would stand out at a 4-way stop, by myself, to allow the kindergardeners to get to school.

I'm not ranting against you, the story just pisses me off. I have a good friend who works for a similar service, he must respond to calls of abuse/neglect and decide what action should be taken. There is so much actual abuse out there.. letting a 6 and 10 year old walk home alone is not one of them.

Comment: Re:Free? (Score 1) 703

by Ogive17 (#48773927) Attached to: Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College
It took me 6.5 years to get my Bachelor's degree. My path was 2.5 years at a state university, 1.5 at a local community college, then finally the last 2 years at a different state university. (my first 2+ years was in aerospace engineering, those classes don't translate well when transferring to business...).

I had all my loans paid off within 18 months. The key was that the community college was a very cheap way to get through all the gen ed courses. I was working part time and was able to save enough money to pay off my tuition at the university to avoid any additional loans. Had I gone the CC route at the beginning, I would have graduated with no debt at all.

I think this plan is a good idea. Hopefully it requires students to maintain a certain level of achievement to continue receiving free education.

Comment: Re:Open carry is bullshit ... (Score 1) 573

by Ogive17 (#48745553) Attached to: Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol
The ironic thing is, those d-bags that openly carry the assault rifles on their back to prove a point would be my 1st target if I were going to wreck havoc. Take them out, now I have my original weapon and an AR.

Disclaimer - I do not own any firearms and have no intention of ever wreaking havoc in a destructive way.

Comment: Looking forward to 40 (Score 2) 286

by Ogive17 (#48651439) Attached to: At 40, a person is ...
I am actually looking forward to 40. My son will be 7, old enough to enjoy the experiences that my wife and I are willing to provide. The only reason we take him to Japan with us now is that he's not quite 2 and the flight is basically free (10% of ticket cost to sit on our laps).

I'm 35 now, at this point the career and family are established.. now I just sit back and enjoy what I've worked hard on for the past decade.

Comment: Are account regions locked? (Score 2) 160

by Ogive17 (#48625687) Attached to: To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games
I can't check until tonight when I get home from work but are account regions locked? I know mine currently shows the US but when I travel to Japan next month, will it update?

The reason I ask is if VPN could get around this. For example, getting the NHL (ice hockey) package cost $150 in the US. My friend noticed that the cost through a European IP was only $100. He saved $50 just by masking his IP and there is no need to mask his IP when streaming the games live.

I am curious if something similar could get around the Steam issue.

Comment: Just travel (Score 2) 448

by Ogive17 (#48611431) Attached to: Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies
I've traveled to Asia 4 times and have visited areas that get very few foreigners. I get the stares, sometimes no one will sit next to me on the train, once I was even denied an advertisement being handed out on the street when the woman looked up and saw me.

People who are different attract attention. It's a natural human reaction. I've never been insulted (to my face) and I take as many precautions as I can to do what is socially acceptable.

P.S. - If you want a unique experience, be the only white guy at a Japanese onsen.

Comment: Re:About fucking time (Score 1) 233

by Ogive17 (#48496701) Attached to: Football Concussion Lawsuits Start To Hit High Schools
That's not fair to the coaches. Looking back at my youth, I can remember two instances that were probably minor concussions. Once my brother and I were playing and bashed heads pretty good. Another time was playing soccer and I took a ball off the temple. I blacked out for a few seconds but never left the field. Neither time did I report the incident to an adult.

Unless it's a serious concussion, I think most still go unreported.

Comment: Re:Mistaken Western-centric thinking about China (Score 1) 128

I was in China last month, our hotel had CNN. As soon as it reached the segment about Hong Kong, the channel just blacked out. About 10 minutes later it came back on as if nothing happened.

Why be scared of external opinions? You do not see that as censorship? Suppressing history is censorship.

You are basically calling the Chinese populace a bunch of idiots who would not know how to make decisions for themselves.

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