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Comment: WWZ the book (Score 1) 163

WWZ (the book) is a great piece of story telling, but it is tragically stupid and requires one hell of a suspension of disbelief. A group of AC-130s ends Yonkers. I would also imagine 5 fully armed rednecks in an F-150 can kill an amazing number of zombies. I get that these things are fascinating models for disease, but a plague would be a whole lot worse.

Comment: Re:Preserve Cultural Heritage (Score 1) 155

by mccoma (#43842961) Attached to: <em>Star Wars</em> Episode 4 To Be Dubbed In Navajo

They are doing a rather large push to use the language in everyday things and movies is one of those things. If the next generation learns it at a young age it will be preserved. Language is an important part of any culture, one of the most basic building blocks to understand what is important.

note: to those wondering about modern terms - the language isn't dead and new terms are created. This is sometimes done by adding words together (the Dakota word for automobile is long and painful) or adding a suffix / prefix (well, computer for an English example).

Comment: Re:If there was a Bad at Math Map... (Score 1) 1163

by mccoma (#41971383) Attached to: Secession Petitions Flood White House Website
I should point out that part of that map is not very truthful. It counts money going to Native American reservations, maintenance of Federal land, and military bases and missile silos as returned state funding. This is deceptive and tips the balance in states with a low population. I also believe they seem to be failing to note the "Minerals Management Service royalty".

Comment: Re:Ethanol is just stupid (Score 1) 894

by mccoma (#28090091) Attached to: The Great Ethanol Scam
"The corn used for fuel was grown specifically for fuel, on fields that had been put-aside (pay to not grow type)."

I would love to see your source on this statement, because I believe it to be false.

Also, there is plenty of diesel being run in the winter in places like ND, you just use the winter formulation and don't use pure bio-diesel. It does take more battery to start then a regular gas engine. On the other hand, hydrogen has serious problems with cold weather (Honda's engineers pointed this out on one of the weekly news programs).

Comment: Re:Just because (Score 1) 361

by mccoma (#26599653) Attached to: Microsoft To Exit the Zune Business?
Here is the part I never got. Ok, two people both subscribe to the monthly service. They meet and pass songs back an fourth. Why in the heck did Microsoft / Record Companies limit the number of plays? What is the purpose? If it is tracking, then count the new songs at sync. It just seems like a really stupid way of doing things that misses the possibilities and actually saves Microsoft money on the download.

Comment: Re:All well and good, except... (Score 1) 898

by mccoma (#26290611) Attached to: Using Speed Cameras To Send Tickets To Your Enemies

Well, it did last 10 years with ~267,000 miles. It wasn't a great car, but it did ok. I learned to hate the dealership enough that I wouldn't buy another car from them, and the four recalls were a little much. Some of the recalls where kinda scary (brake recall - damn anti-locks sounded like a jackhammer).

I gave it to my uncle who is a good mechanic, so he will probably fix it up and give it to someone to drive another 100,000.

Put your Nose to the Grindstone! -- Amalgamated Plastic Surgeons and Toolmakers, Ltd.