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Comment Re:Saw it last night in 3D (Score 3, Insightful) 240

The challenge is stranding someone alone on Mars. It's easy to envision the entire crew getting stuck there. Malfunction in the ascent vehicle would do that. If it had a sufficient electrical meltdown it could even justify the loss of contact with Earth. But getting five people safely off the surface, all of them convinced of the sixth crew member's death and unable to retrieve his body, was a writing challenge. What scenarios can you think of for one man being left alive, alone, and presumed dead on the surface of Mars?

Comment Re:This is why you call your bank before tourism (Score 3, Interesting) 345

Ditto for me on Chase. They've caught real fraud quickly and got me a replacement card within a week. They've also made it very easy to authorize transactions that trigger their system (large purchases somewhere you've never shopped at will do it). You get a text message on your cell phone that you reply to then ask the shop to try again.

Comment Re:It's the pedestrians (Score 2) 278

Based on your claim, the fastest you could ever drive in San Francisco is about 5 mph, because the pedestrians are simply that stupid. They will step into fast moving traffic no where near a crosswalk and scream obscenities at you when you have to slam on your brakes and swerve around them, narrowly avoiding turning them into a stain.

If you drive just one time in San Francisco, you'd also accept the insanity or stupidity of the average San Francisco pedestrian.

Comment Re:How about... (Score 1) 392

How about a repeal of emissions standards and adoption of higher fuel efficiency standards instead? You know, prevent global warming instead of prevent smog?

Back when I drove a '72 Bug I installed a Bosch 009 distributor. It was way more efficient than the standard one, providing an improvement in gas mileage (so less pollution) and a slight boost in horse power. The state of California considered it performance equipment and, therefore, illegal. So every time I had to go in for a smog check I would swap back in the original distributor.

Comment The reason I block (Score 1) 307

The number one reason I block all ads is because ads started to serve out trojans and viruses. Until that happened, I allowed ads through as a reasonable cost to view content. When the websites failed to provide the most minimal of oversight, they lost all rights to make me view ads.

I took a fish head to the movies and I didn't have to pay. -- Fish Heads, Saturday Night Live, 1977.