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Comment: Re:He's baaaaaack! (Score 1) 410

by mythosaz (#48888113) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

I was 8 when I stood in line with my family outside of the Cine Capri to watch Star Wars. I probably watched it 50 more times in the theaters over the next few years, mostly summer matinees. Eventually I got to watch it on ONTV - my family's first PPV of any sort - and then on 3rd generation Beta tapes after that. I still have the bedsheets somewhere :)

Comment: Re:No way! (Score 4, Insightful) 502

by mythosaz (#48879875) Attached to: Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

It's perfectly reasonable to have a position on a subject and still posses common sense.

It's obvious to pretty much everyone that a fleet of off-shore or H1B programmers bill cheaper to your customer than supplying them with actual citizens who can do the same job.

That's common sense.

Comment: Re:Jurassic Park (Score 1) 128

by mythosaz (#48879045) Attached to: New Advance Confines GMOs To the Lab Instead of Living In the Wild

The lysine contingency is intended to prevent the spread of the animals in case they ever get off the island. Dr. Wu inserted a gene that makes a single faulty enzyme in protein metabolism. The animals can't manufacture the amino acid lysine. Unless they're continually supplied with lysine by us, they'll slip into a coma and die.

Comment: Re:good (Score 3, Insightful) 55

by mythosaz (#48835637) Attached to: UK Suspect Arrested In Connection With PSN/XBL 'Lizard Squad' Attacks

While he certainly screwed up my after-Christmas plans, I'm not quite ready to have him test new lethal injection drugs in Florida yet...

An 18-year old non-violent offender should get an option to demonstrate the three R's of the criminal defense system. Remorse, recant, restitution.

He needs a felony charge (that matches his crimes) that, upon successful completion of jail/probation/community-service can be commuted to a misdemeanor.

Comment: For the sake of discussion... (Score 0) 308

by mythosaz (#48835453) Attached to: Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture

Take a "clear cut" situation. During a border inspection a car is found heavily modified full of secret compartments. In the compartments the border agents discover a couple pounds of designer drugs, a Class-3/Tax Stamp worthy weapon of some sort, and $20,000 in cash.

What should they do with the X?
What should they do with the machine gun?
What should they do with the $20,000?
What should they do with the car?

I'm not advocating any position here - just asking the question.

Comment: Re:The Dangers of the World (Score 3, Interesting) 778

by mythosaz (#48831185) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

The idea that parents are unanimously treated like villains is overplayed. Anyone fucks with your parenting, and you're probably not going to report it as a good experience.

Having rased one child with sever emotional difficulties to adulthood, we've had a couple run-ins with CPS.

The 6'4 200# 15-year-old kid got in a pushing match with his 6'4 300# biological father outside the school. A teacher saw it and was obligated to report it. CPS talked to my wife in person and made a round of phone calls to everyone else involved including myself (stepdad). The person who called me asked some fairly simple questions about what our home-life was like, and satisfied we weren't alcoholic abusers, they closed their investigation with a finding of what I can only describe as "shit happens, but this isn't a problem."

Once I separated the emotion and nanny-state second-guessing of my parenting (in a situation I was barely involved with) from the reality of the situation, all we ended up having was a quick phone call with a woman who wanted to make sure our kid wasn't in any sort of direct harm.

So, no, I don't believe that parents are assumed to be villains until proven good.

Comment: I miss Law and Order (Score 4, Interesting) 119

by mythosaz (#48824321) Attached to: Silk Road Trial Defense: Mt. Gox CEO Was the Real Dread Pirate Roberts

You see, *this* would have been the Ripped from the Headlines story of the century.

I love, love, love this story. Murder for hire, drugs, computers, cryptocurrency, false identities, frame-ups, parallel construction. Oh man, I can't wait for the miniseries.

3500 Calories = 1 Food Pound