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Comment: Re: OK, we've seen this before (Score 5, Insightful) 372

by Zephyn (#49746633) Attached to: Student Photographer Threatened With Suspension For Sports Photos

> your average principal has to check the school policy manual to figure out which leg to put in the trouser first. And then they mess it up half the time anyway.

So if the manual says to put your left leg in first, and you mess up and put your right leg in first -- exactly what badness happens?

The zipper winds up in the back.

Comment: Re:Is anyone else bothered? (Score 3, Insightful) 95

by Zephyn (#49740089) Attached to: Grand Theft Auto V Keeps Raking In Money

fake violence is still violence

No, it isn't. Not for any standard definition of the word 'fake'. Failing to make this distinction suggests a failure to distinguish between fantasy and reality, which is a highly disturbing thing to see in supposedly 'mature' adults.

The person behind the controller is no more a murderer for playing GTA than they are an NFL Hall of Famer for playing Madden.

Comment: Round up the usual suspects (Score 2) 42

by Zephyn (#49697673) Attached to: Galaxies Die By Slow "Strangulation"

"This is the first conclusive evidence that galaxies are being strangled to death," says Peng. "What's next though, is figuring out what's causing it. In essence, we know the cause of death, but we don't yet know who the murderer is, although there are a few suspects."

It was Colonel Mustard with the rope in the Virgo Supercluster.

Comment: Signal degradation? Try Channel degradation. (Score 5, Insightful) 244

by Zephyn (#48973579) Attached to: Over the past 10 years, my TV-watching has..

I used to watch more TV 10 years ago, but that was back when...

Discovery and The Learning Channel were dedicated to educational shows
Animal Planet was dedicated to shows about animals
The History Channel was dedicated to shows about History
The Sci-Fi channel was dedicated to actual Science Fiction


At this point I wouldn't be surprised if the USA network was showing foreign made shows 24/7.

For that matter, 30 years ago I watched even more TV, but that's back when Music Television Video was dedicated to showing Music Videos on Television. Go figure.

Comment: Re:So.... (Score 1) 265

The problem is that they are genetically modified, and the hippies refer to them as "GMO Mosquitos," and thus they are unnatural abominations. They think that the mosquitos will bite people and infect them with their GMO DNA, as if they were vampires that turn humans into giant GMO mosquitos.

And another Saturday afternoon SyFy movie plot was born.

Comment: Re:For the sake of discussion... (Score 5, Informative) 316

by Zephyn (#48835629) Attached to: Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture

The driver would be arrested due to the drugs and possibly the weapons. They would be held as evidence. This hasn't changed.

Here's what has: Up until now, the driver could just be driving around with the money... no drugs, no weapons, no probable cause or reasonable suspicion, and the cops could seize it based on the extremely flimsy suspicion that the driver was a drug dealer. This money would wind up in the coffers of that local police department, to be used at their discretion.

The driver would theoretically have the chance to legally reclaim the money. However, the driver could easily wind up spending more money in legal costs than the original sum that was seized. And in some jurisdictions, the authority making the final decision in such a legal case is the same organization that seized the money in the first place.

See the issues here?

Comment: Re:oh the humanity (Score 1) 393

by Zephyn (#48811847) Attached to: Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

Nope, but there are lazy Nobles, who do nothing except making demands (between trivial and impossible), which you are obligued to obey or face sanctions.

So people build "immigrant sorters". A gate which remains open when the immigrants arrive, then lines them up allowing only one immigrant at a time to pass, and allow Nazi concentration camp style selection with a toggle of a switch. Left - work. Right - gas chamber. That way they eliminate the nobles before they can become a problem.

Glory to Arstotzka!

Comment: Re:Free? (Score 1) 703

by Zephyn (#48777595) Attached to: Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

I'll bet you anything he is only looking for work in the area where he was born and lived his entire life. Afraid to relocate. There is no other explanation for a degreed engineer being unable to find any work for half a decade.

Based on the AC's suggestion to Silfen, I'm guessing that a lack of conflict resolution and social skills may be the major employment barrier here.

Maternity pay? Now every Tom, Dick and Harry will get pregnant. -- Malcolm Smith