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Comment Re:Hi Janet Napolitano (Score 1) 890

Those of us paying attention knew exactly what he was, but voting for McCain/Palin was simply out of the question.

I wasn't aware that Obama/Biden and McCain/Palin were the only two choices on the 2008 ballot.

I wasn't aware that there was any difference between McCain/Palin and Obama/Biden, or that anyone else could have won an election in this country and lived to tell about it.

Comment Re:Good. Hope this keeps up (Score 1) 712

Persecuting a TSA dumbass for following an illegal order is probably the worst way of effecting change.

I disagree. If your employer ordered you to murder someone, you'd be charged with the crime also. We absolutely need to throw the grunts under a bus. This might wake up the rest of them and make them quit.

Do you understand that the problem is at the top of the pyramid? The problem is the people at the top and the policies they are crafting. Not the rank and file guys following these ridiculous policies.

They were only following orders. Godwin indeed.

By no means am I condoning the activity, but stringing up the first TSA grunt that gropes the wrong person is ridiculous. That dudes life will be absolutely and utterly destroyed for following what he believe to be legal and lawful instructions. I'm saying we should prevent the groping from happening in the first place.

You're right that it should be stopped from the top. But the grunt should know better and quit.

Comment Re:Sad news for believers (Score 1) 474

Maybe not so massive. I've been a christian for quite a while and have yet to meet a single person that advocates anything like a theocracy. Most will simply encourage you to vote democrat or republican depending on whether they think feeding the poor or stopping abortion is more important. But don't let a silly thing like reality get in the way of your rants.

Comment Re:Economical price of $50,000 BUT... (Score 1) 239

On move-in day, each item is a carry-on and subject to a baggage fee of $50. You can't have an airplane without junk fees!

Worse than that, does she have to go through security every time she comes home? Does she have to put on her seat belt every time she sits down? Did she reuse the airplane bathrooms? Does turbulence occasionally throw her out of bed? No more than six ounces of liquid allowed in the house?

"Sorry I'm late. It took me an extra 20 minutes to get clearance from the tower before I could push back from the garage."

Bu-bye now, Bu-bye.

Comment Re:Same in Germany for wallets (Score 1) 352

In Germany, wallet thieves often take the valuables and throw the wallet (with ID card and whatever else) in the nearest post box and it gets returned to its owner.

Saves the victim a load of hassle at least.

What hassle would that be? The hassle of changing the credit card numbers on the cards you got back which you should change anyway? The hassle of avoiding identity theft on the driver's license they don't need (because it doesn't have their picture)? The hassle (in the US) of getting a new social security number* on the card they returned to you?

I can't think of anything you should do differently if you were to get your wallet back, other than maybe reusing the wallet after you empty it.

* Good luck with that

Comment Re:The good news (Score 1) 384

...and this pretty much is true irregardless...

Oh no. Now you've gone and done it. Dude, irregardless is not a word. When you want to use it, the word you really want is regardless. The english nazis are going to strike any moment.

Here, let me help you out. When they post that this is not really a word, give them this story:

Once during the war of 1812, when the British were about to attack at the mouth of the Mississippi, the US navy discovered that they were going to be seriously out-numbered. In an attempt to even the odds, the Navy moved the guard ships that were stationed in lake Erie down to the Gulf. When they did this, they left the erie-guardless.

You can thank me later.

Comment Re:Or (Score 1) 1260

I'm reminded of a common textbook calculus problem. I can't remember the specifics, but it's something like integrating from 1 to infinity over 1/x^4 dx. (might be 3 instead of 4, can't remember) The end results is that you're calculating the finite area of an unbounded region. The region is x=1, y=0, the curve, and unbounded on the right. The curve approaches the x axis. The area ended up being a nice round number like 4.

Comment Re:Distributor caps and a strobe light (Score 1) 207

How is this so difficult?

I'll give you an example. I have a 97 dodge caravan minivan. Next time you get a chance, look at a chiltons or haines repair manual for this car. Look up the procedure for bleeding the brakes. The instructions talk about the normal procedure, then finish up by telling you to take it to the dealer where they hook it up to a $10,000 ABS computer that advances the pump. Then you take it home and bleed the brakes again. As an alternative, you can take the car out and slam on the brakes to advance the pump yourself. It would have been trivial to create a "jumper" procedure to make this happen yourself. But they intentionally left out this feature.

I'm waiting for the day when the gauge cluster in a car is replaced with an LCD display. When something in the car breaks, it tells you on the display exactly what's broken. Instead, we get "reserved" engine codes that only the dealer can read with their $50,000 code reader. I'll stop complaining about car repair when the manufacturers stop making cars that are intentionally hard or impossible to repair without expensive computers or kung-fu one-use tools. Don't even get me started on water pumps driven by the timing belt.

Comment Re:New Complexities in Cars (Score 1) 207

Isn't necessary? Electronic Stability Control and Anti-lock Breaking Systems are hugely important to safe drive,

The car I learned to drive in (and later took to college with me) had no power steering, no power windows, no power locks, no on*star, no gps navigation doodad, no power brakes, no air bags, no ABS, no stability control, no air conditioning, no fuel injection, no engine computer, no catalytic converter, and no automatic transmission. It had 60hp. I had no cell phone. And somehow, I managed to live through this harrowing experience without having a single auto accident.

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