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Comment: Imagination, Gotta Love It (Score 2) 45

by Toad-san (#49309843) Attached to: Meet the Carolina Butcher, a 9-Foot Crocodile That Walked On Two Legs

Obviously essential for paleontologists!

A half dozen or so pieces of fossilized bone. One of which is part of a femur. NONE of which are hips, legs, feet, brain case, etc. With what they have, they might as well have pictured our long-snouted proto-croc riding a Harley!

Comment: Sounds Fine To Me (Score 0) 224

by Toad-san (#49306001) Attached to: Chevy Malibu 'Teen Driver' Tech Will Snitch If You Speed

Kid doesn't like it: let him buy his own damned car, _and_ his insurance, _and_ his maintenance.

As an Army brat in Germany, I couldn't afford a car, but motorcycles were really cheap so that's what I had. Then into the Army and definitely no money, so I was 20 before I finally owned my own (a really worn-out TR-2 I bought from my First Sergeant). I never have owned a new car; guess I just got in the habit of buying used ones. Never had any children of my own, so I haven't gone through that "Beautiful People" issue. But there again it's the question of who's running the household. If you've turned it over to the kids, you _deserve_ to be murdered in your sleep.

Comment: Re:Where to draw the line? (Score 1) 386

I've wondered for years when we were going to run out of music, run out of "original" ideas. There are only so many combinations of notes, riffs, beats. Like another comment suggests, it might be time for something different in the way of copyright, "ownership" of music, etc.

Comment: Smash It! (Score 1) 143

Yep, that's right: smash it to little pieces, videoing the entire action .. and then post it to Youtube.

Wait and see which government agency comes whining around trying to arrest you for destruction of government property.

Remember this? http://www.wired.com/2010/10/f...

Of course now _I_ am open to charges of conspiracy to destroy government property, interfering with police actions, and who knows what else?

[fingers monitors]

Comment: Candidate For Shooting (Score 0) 564

by Toad-san (#49172635) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

The dumbass at Microsoft who first came up with the idea of dropping the file extension. 'Oh, well, our users are really much too naive and unsophisticated to ever understand what file types are. It will just confuse them!"

Yeah, right. And by default? Godz .. that exceeds stupid and starts to move into criminal.

Comment: Re:Take your space (Score 1) 290

by Toad-san (#49111345) Attached to: How Walking With Smartphones May Have Changed Pedestrian Etiquette

I'm a fairly large person as well, so I have no problems whatsoever in stopping, holding my ground, and letting the oblivious asses walk into ME! They usually look quite irritated (although they seldom dare to get angry with me, what with the size and all).

I'm usually very polite, but these asses are pushing the limits. So I just won't take it any more.

Comment: Re:"The history of the domain is well documented" (Score 1) 72

by Toad-san (#49111273) Attached to: The History of Sex.com, the Most Contested Domain On the Internet

Because I for one hadn't read the full story. It's good to be reminded that (1) there are thieving lying scumbags out there, (2) there always will be. I'm also personally pleased to see the victim continue to screw with this particular scumbag's life, forever and ever, ad infinitum.

Everyone needs a hobby, right?

Comment: Audio Via Ethernet (Score 1) 418

Riiii-ight. Well, I do like my music bits and bytes nice and shiny and orderly.

Except I don't know how good these things could possibly be. I mean, they aren't even gold plated! Didn't we learn from NASA: everything headed for outer space must be gold plated?

They _are_ speccing these cables for the ISS, aren't they?

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. -- Albert Einstein

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