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Comment: They can do whatever they want (Score 4, Insightful) 228

by HBI (#48668531) Attached to: Should Video Games Be In the Olympics?

I'm not going to watch the retarded shit anyway. I do think that video gaming nowadays should be lumped into regular sport, because it's the same kind of people who play the button mashing games anyway.

A game that required actual intelligence can hardly be found, never mind made into an Olympic sport.

Comment: Re:29,500 bodies is not tiny (Score 2) 360

by HBI (#48660161) Attached to: North Korean Internet Is Down

I spent good portions of the last 7 years in Korea working the area for the Army. I know who is there. What we have is token opposition to the force in being that we are opposing. We're purposely set up many miles beyond the DMZ to avoid an incident short of actual war. That said, 2ID, the primary US ground force in Korea, has something like 15,000 effectives. It's even worse than it sounds when you say 29,500 - most of the rest are logistics related personnel. Lots of tail, limited teeth. The effectives are the people primarily at risk in the event of NK aggression, other than the Air Force pilots, who are very limited in number. The logistics tail will retreat as quick as they can to Daegu and then Busan, in the event of a NK breakthrough.

Comment: Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 169

by HBI (#48659909) Attached to: Minecraft Creator Notch's $70 Million Mansion Recreated In Minecraft

I did auto claims for several years in the early 90s. Your chances of survival in a vehicle crash where the mass of the opposing vehicles is much greater than your own is not good, regardless of the vehicle you drive.

That said, not afraid of being crushed in it. More afraid of fire. I have taken so many pictures of burn jobs where the outline of the corpse is clearly visible in the seat upholstery, and crunchy bits of flesh are still attached around the edges.

Comment: Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 169

by HBI (#48655341) Attached to: Minecraft Creator Notch's $70 Million Mansion Recreated In Minecraft

Agree. I bought a cheap house and my nut every month is about 1/4 of my net - including the car. I drive a little Kia. Having the rest to play with and save is really nice. When I see people driving around their land yachts and living in much larger houses filled with unfurnished rooms, I pity them. A little.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 4, Insightful) 440

by HBI (#48610011) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

This all misses the point. The way most illegal immigrants come into and stay in the US is not by sneaking through the desert. It's by passing in on a tourist visa and then just not leaving.

Figure out a way to fix that problem that doesn't involve house to house searching and random checkpoints, and you get a gold star.

Comment: Re:Move to a gated community (Score 1) 598

by Idarubicin (#48606945) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

...all of these can be achieved by adding enough lanes to your freeways. Enough many be quite high number, butt hat's fine: building robust infrastructure to make life better is what my taxes are for.

"Robust infrastructure" is good. "Adding lanes to freeways" isn't the only way to reach that goal--and it isn't necessarily the most cost-effective use of those tax dollars. Just laying down roadbed and asphalt isn't terribly costly; call it $10 million or so per mile of 4-lane interstate. Building wider bridges, digging supplementary tunnels, constructing complex interchanges, realigning adjacent utility conduits and ramps--well, that costs quite a bit more. Expropriating massive amounts of land adjacent to existing interstates in dense urban areas - or adding parallel routes, or building stacked or buried lanes - is extraordinarily, sometimes ruinously, costly. (Boston's Big Dig cost something like $200 million per lane-mile.)

And each lane gets you about 2,000 cars per hour, at best. If you have a million people in the suburbs who want to get to work between 8 and 9am, and they're all driving their own vehicles, your system grinds to a halt unless there are 500 live Interstate lanes into the city. Worse, each additional car you add to the city means more traffic on the roads in town, and demand for parking, and production of local air pollution, and so forth. "Build more lanes" is a solution that ultimately just doesn't scale.

In contrast, bus rapid transit systems can achieve at least 10,000 passengers per hour and sometimes as high as 30,000 per hour depending on configuration. Light rail achieves similar passenger numbers. Metro (subway) systems typically top out north of 30,000 passengers per hour, per line; Hong Kong's metro system clears 80,000 per hour on its highest-traffic lines. (For those keeping score, that's enough to offset 40 Interstate lanes.)

Comment: Re:Zoning laws are tyranny (Score 2, Informative) 598

by HBI (#48605071) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

In the US, urban areas were ruled out by most whites as a result of the riots of the late 1960s and the subsequent white flight. It has nothing to do with zoning laws and everything to do with pants shitting as a result of armies of black people coming to their cities and waging war against police barricades. After that, everyone who could packed up and left for the suburbs, sensing that life preservation was more important than the old neighborhood. You couldn't talk most of them into ever coming back after that.

If you don't know that this happened, your education was affected by politics.

Comment: Re:Call me racist and evil and bigoted and everyth (Score 1) 158

by HBI (#48602043) Attached to: 9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

yes, those with mod points do suck. I've been refusing to mod for almost 15 years now, due to the suckage. The points were useless if all I was able to do was to undo a little bit of the damage by the abject retards who use every mod point as "I agree" or "I disagree".

Whom computers would destroy, they must first drive mad.