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Comment Re:Might be okay, might not. (Score 1) 235

That actually doesn't make cigarette smoke seem all that bad, to me (for those too lazy to read, it compares one tailpipe to 3 cigarettes, the cigs are 10x worse for particulates).

If each cigarette is equivalent to about 10 minutes of a car running, and assume the average smoker does 15 cigarettes a day... that's 2.5 hours' worth of tailpipe exhaust. Which is likely about what the average driver drives, easily these days.

So being in traffic for a couple of hours each day is like being nearly a pack a day smoker. Whoulda thunk?

Comment Re:I'm a west coast Canadian (Score 2) 584

Alberta has no cellphone ban of any sort in vehicles (yet).

Not sure why this would be modded Informative when it's at least 50% wrong.

That being said, I'm looking forward to the day Alberta DOES ban it - and hopefully finally gets it right, banning all cell use not just handheld. If using your hand was the problem, manual transmission cars would be illegal.

Comment Re:Your Honor! (Score 2, Insightful) 494

If you insult and mouth off to someone, they can slap you, as hard as they want, as many times as they want, and it's legal.

Great!

I find your comment rather offensive and an insult to my way of thinking. Allow me to commence slapping you're bruised and bleeding, and you go down in an unconscious heap.

What?

Note: the secret here, is that insult and offense is 100% in the eyes and ears of the receiver. If you can't see where the problem lies here...

Comment Re:Imagination still useful (Score 1) 193

I think one reason (among a few) that the new films upset so many people is that these really are kids movies, and a lot of the upset people weren't kids any more.

And I think (know) a bigger reason is that the newer movies were crap. As evidenced by the fact that many, many adults loved the first trilogy, and yet virtually no one over the age of 12 liked the second.

Honestly, this isn't just rose-coloured glasses at work here. My parents loved the first 3 SW flicks, and they were in their 30-40s at the time.

Comment Re:Thank you! (Score 1) 199

At the risk of being modded a troll...

I'm lost. Why would you think you'd be modded a troll for reading a book review on Slashdot, then saying "hey, I think I'm going to buy this book!".

Or is this reverse-psychology karma whoring taken to a new, pointless level?

Comment Re:Why can't the greedy crooks ever learn.... (Score 2, Interesting) 358

I worked briefly for a mail order company that dabbled in [legitimate] telemarketing.

Sorry, but that's an oxymoron.

Especially when you later go on to say that you didn't even know anything about the numbers you were calling until you called it. There ain't no such beast as legitimate telemarketing.

Cold calling should be illegal, period.

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