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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

Archangel Michael Re:Of Course it did (181 comments)

Queue up the "Somalia" thread here ...

yesterday
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

Archangel Michael Of Course it did (181 comments)

Direct sales, when no franchise has been offered, is no business of the state to regulate. Great Job everyone on voting for idiots who like to control everything.

Vote Libertarian in two weeks.

yesterday
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Archangel Michael Re:Not right (582 comments)

So, you're okay with ID theft then as well. After all, opening up credit in your name didn't spend any of your money.

yesterday
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Archangel Michael Re:Not right (582 comments)

If you buy a Frod, thinking it is a Ford, you do. That is what happened here. Renault isn't counterfeiting Ford Cars or trucks.

Car analogy: If you bought a Frod, and took it to Ford Dealer and they put in a Motorcraft Oil Filer that damages your FROD because it isn't a Ford, is Ford Responsible because all you cared about was the Frod Car was cheaper on eBay?

yesterday
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Archangel Michael Re:Not right (582 comments)

Are you talking about an unattributed result of a purchase event, or are you pretending that's a deliberate action every buyer knowingly made?

It really doesn't matter. People lie.

Any sufficient level of incompetence is indistinguishable from malice.

yesterday
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Archangel Michael Re:Not right (582 comments)

I went to google and searched cheap usb to serial adaptor and bought the cheapest one

So, you're complaining because you got exactly what you paid for, why? I realize that you don't care about the chips inside, which is why you went cheap, because Rodex Watch keeps time just like a Rolex, looks like a Rolex even. You can't get mad at Rolex when your cheap watch doesn't work when you upgrade it using Rolex technology.

All I cared about was a cheap way to get access to my switches.

And you got that. You got exactly what you paid for. A cheap counterfeit.

yesterday
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Archangel Michael Re:Not right (582 comments)

The user didn't harm FTDI.

Yes they did. Buy buying a knockoff product (counterfeit) directly harms the maker of the real, and diminishes the value of the real. If you buy a Rodex watch, expecting it to be exactly like a Rolex watch, you have harmed Rolex. If you buy a Frod Car, instead of a Ford Car, you have harmed Ford.

And while bricking a device is harsh, I have no problem with an updated driver for FTDI chips harming faked FTDI chips. None at all.

yesterday
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Software Glitch Caused 911 Outage For 11 Million People

Archangel Michael Re:backup for 911 (111 comments)

For the idiots that don't comprehend because their rose tinted liberal glasses don't work, here is the relevant portion highlighted:

Have a gun. In a real emergency, the police are too busy to help everyone.

You see, you're deliberately changing the parameters to make fun of me. I get it, you're too stupid to have a valid argument against what I actually said, in context, so you change the context. The reality is, it makes you look stupid.

But okay, lets go with the hypothetical "cardiac arrest" mentioned below. Okay, you're cardiac arrest is because your shop is being overrun by a mob of thugs on a rampage, do you think that calling 911 for an ambulance is going to help you while they are rioting in the street outside your shop?

If you're going to change the parameters, so can I.

yesterday
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Raspberry Pi Founder Demos Touchscreen Display For DIY Kits

Archangel Michael Re:Wow (76 comments)

Why yes, making a more expensive, less useful product is always a good goal. If you don't want to run Play Services or use the Play Store, that is fine, get yourself an Android and install one of the good ROMs that don't use those products. It is faster, cheaper and likely to draw less attention from those you're paranoid about anyways.

The easiest way to blend into a crowd is by blending into a crowd, not by wearing Neon Colors in a sea of grey.

yesterday
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Software Glitch Caused 911 Outage For 11 Million People

Archangel Michael Re:backup for 911 (111 comments)

Have a gun. In a real emergency, the police are too busy to help everyone.

Additionally, do you trust the police to actually not shoot you?

yesterday
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Xerox Alto Source Code Released To Public

Archangel Michael Re:It would be interesting (117 comments)

Here is an example of what you're talking about.

In windows 3.1, there was no networking. Period. Windows since 95 have had built in networking stack. Now think about all the networking applications built into Windows now (not just the stack), file sharing, remote control, hell as crappy as IE is today, there was nothing like it (yes, still built into the OS).

I remember how much of an advance Windows 3.11 for was with its networking additions. In fact, looking back, 3.11 is what killed off DOS apps, because of the built in networking. No more sneaker net.

yesterday
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Google Adds USB Security Keys To 2-Factor Authentication Options

Archangel Michael Re:problem (119 comments)

What makes you think our government gives a shit about anything other than grabbing more power? Besides, they'll just lose the email in an unfortunate chain of hard drive crashes, and the firing of the email archive company.

2 days ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Archangel Michael Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (391 comments)

HWY 99 in Northern California. Speed Limit is 55-65, with red lights for crossing from Side street. Yes, it is a four lane highway.

Just because you've never seen it, doesn't mean they don't exist.

2 days ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

Archangel Michael Re:Scarier still.... (366 comments)

Try Watching.

Or complain about implied words in sentences.

2 days ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

Archangel Michael Re:Don't trust any app these days (180 comments)

Yes, I happened to believe it, because I can see it in places like Afghanistan and Iran, where the people vote for tyranny. And have you listened to Gweneth Paltrow saying we should give Obama all the power he needs? These people exist.

And I suppose you'd rather have power vacuums than the US involved in anything, just like Obama. It is great to see how that is working out in places like Ukraine (where the US hasn't really been involved).

2 days ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

Archangel Michael Re:Don't trust any app these days (180 comments)

Or, as my dad used to say, "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In Practice, they are not"

2 days ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

Archangel Michael Re:Don't trust any app these days (180 comments)

Oh right, because my opinions aren't finely nuanced, they must be juvenile. Or perhaps I happen to realize that finely nuanced opinions don't actually work in practice.

2 days ago
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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

Archangel Michael Re:Political reality will take over (381 comments)

Okay, so which is it? People are dying OMG .. or ... One person has died ... yawn.

Either way, the GP is a troll and got caught. Why didn't you say the same thing to the liberal troll? Because you're another liberal troll?

Meanwhile, liberals are afraid of losing the Senate in a month and are lying their asses off with "Republicans want to kill people" by cutting the CDC funding (never mind the republicans gave the CDC more money than Obama's own budget did)

5 days ago

Submissions

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Smart Phones Outsell Computers

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Archangel Michael (180766) writes "Smart phones have, for the first time, out sold computers.

For me, this is a milestone really worth mentioning, as it clearly indicates that smart communication devices are replacing computers. I know my phone can do some 65-80% of what I used to do on my computer.

In related news, Apple is slated to become the most valuable company in the world, partially based on its iPhone sales.

Disclaimer: I own a Droid X."

Link to Original Source

Journals

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Friends and Freaks

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 10 years ago

For those that think that adding my as a foe is a good thing, I smile at their foolishness. I just add them to my friends list.

Two more this month have fallen into this little quirk of mine. I never much figured out why people "hate" others enough to be bothered to actually put them on a Foe List.

Love you guys. ;-)

To the few people that have added me as Friends recently, thank you. I know it isn't much, but it is all I have to offer. Please don't feel diminished by the fact that I also add my freaks as my friends, as that is in no way a reflection of who you are.

To everyone else...... HI

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Textbooks

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I have long been trying to advocate community based text books, using the Creative Commons type license. Imagine the combined intellect of all the worlds teachers contributing to a systematic learning collection of textbooks.

I am positive that the books would be much cheaper to produce. And as a bonus each student would be able to write notes( in them ) and keep the text for as long as needed. Perhaps even giving each student the entire course on a CD, to help prevent DeadTree versions.

It would prevent both Right wing and Left wing people from undue influence in the material, and the long term ability to cross check facts and provide alternate viewpoints.

I am not sure how this would play out with the teacher's unions and the school districts though

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Democratic Con

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 10 years ago

WHY would the Democrats put Jimmy Carter up criticizing Bush's record? He sure didn't do a good job when HE had the chance.

In fact, If I recall the economy of Jimmy Carter was called Stagflation. High Unemployement, High interest, high taxes, no growth economy under his watch.

In fact, Militant Islam got a foothold in Iran under his watch. In fact, terrorism got a foot hold under his watch. Remember the Iranian hostage crisis? Remember the botched attempt at a rescue.

In fact, the moral of the US was much worse when HE was president. Why anyone would listen to him is beyond me.

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Boobies

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I just found the best site for pictures of Boobies. A must see for everyone who likes Boobies. They have pictures of all sorts of Boobies for you to look at.

http://www.rit.edu/~rhrsbi/GalapagosPages/Boobies.html

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Orkut

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Saw this news item posted on slashdot:

http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/01/23/1738250&mode=thread&tid=126&tid=95&threshold=-1

Thought it was interesting conceptwise. That was, until I realized that the membership was secret to start with. To join, you must be invited, to be invited, you must know someone who has joined, to know who has joined you must be a member, a form of catch-22.

Then I realized all it takes is one bastard to ruin the whole "Trusted Network of friends. I then understood that the whole idea would be broken in a matter of days.

What a bunch of elitist morons. Hey wait, that is redundant.

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Goofy Ratings

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Lets start off by examining one of the scores from one of my posts.

(Score:0, Insightful)

Since I start off with a +1 on all my posts, this seems a bit .... Weird. I have been moderated DOWN for being insightful?

A close look at the score table below will explain how this happens.

Starting Score: 1 point
Moderation -1
    30% Insightful
    70% Overrated

30% think it is insightful, and 70% overrated. Since I am thinking that Slashdot rounds the numbers to the nearest 10% so that I have one "Insightful" and two Down mods, the last being "Overrated" for a total of three.

The "Overrated" mod is kind of funny to me. It means that the post has at least SOME interest, just not enough to rate it up, but not really worth modding down, except that is exactly what they are doing.

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Thanksgiving

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 10 years ago

So this week has Turkey day on Thursday, where we eat enough turkey to sleep for a week afterwords. The magical chemical that makes one sleepy is Tryptophan (or does it?). It is, however, a neat little amino acid.

http://www.chemie.fu-berlin.de/chemistry/bio/aminoacid/trp_en.html

Eating Turkey which contians elevated levels of Trytophan is probably NOT the cause for all the sleepy heads on Friday.

http://www.ehso.com/ehshome/FoodSafety/foodtryptophan.php

So, what is the cause? Probably over eating and all the alchohol consumed. But what is Thanksgiving except an excuse to eat and drink too much?

A nice bottle of Merlot, and a Chardonnay (for those that don't like real wine) will be on my table, as well as sparkeling cider for those that don't like alchohol and the kids.

I will be carving the bird using the "Presentation" method described HERE

http://www.eatturkey.com/foodsrv/manual/serve7.html

I sharpen my own blades, so the knife will be sharp. Nothing is more dangerous than a dull knife. So take the time to sharpen those dull knives.

http://www.diabetic-lifestyle.com/articles/oct01_cooki_1.htm

http://www.taunton.com/finecooking/pages/c00150.asp

Having work in many kitchens, I can sharpen a blade from very dull to very sharp on a Steel in about 1 -3 minutes. Only on the worst blades, ones with nicks and such do I ever sharpen on a grinder.

Pumpkin, Pecan, and lemon meringue pie are for dessert. Nobody likes Mincemeat Pie, except me, so I don't get my favorite for another year.

I will be making my own yeast rolls using a family recipe from France. They are so simple, yet so good.

Anyway, hoping you and yours have a very nice Thanksgiving. Take time to reflect on all the things you really are thankful for.

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Famous Friends and Fans

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Hey Bethanie,

Your tag line is famous. I now predict that it will become the next Slashtroll line.

1. Imagine ....
2. Overlords ....
3. Natalie Portman ...
4. "Do you want fries with that"
5. ????
6. Profit

http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/10/28/1710229&mode=thread&tid=137&tid=184&threshold=0

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Moderation .... AGAIN

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  about 11 years ago

I must be facinated by the whole moderation process. But I have noticed something quite recently. That is not that many articles are getting moderated. And the ones that are moderated remain at 3 or 4 longer than ever.

It makes me wonder if the moderation system is starting to fail or if the SlashDudes have changed the parameters.

I have seen several posts that were RIGHT on target or just plain funny stuck at 1. That is another thing, I don't see many +2s anymore either.

Anyway, it is anecdotal evidence at best; my observations. Nothing scientific or anything.

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Tired

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  about 11 years ago

I have been so tired lately it isn't even funny. Physically, not sleepy. Yet right now, I am sleepy tired, and it is just after 1:00pm.

It isn't like the job of a geek is all that hard. it isn't. The hardest part is lifting equipment on occasion.

I have tried the working out, eating better stuff to no avail, except that it makes me MORE tired. I have had a checkup, and my health is okay.

I just don't get it. Can I get a nap with those fries?

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Total Recall or not?

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  about 11 years ago

I will be most likely holding my nose tomarrow as I vote in the Recall of Greyout Davis. I don't want any chance of that idiot or his Racist Clone in office on Weds.

Ahhhnold is going to get my vote (Voting early, often). It looks like it is going to be tight.

If it wasn't tight I would have voted for the Porn Starlett, just to waste my vote, and show my contempt for the whole Election process. (I view the whole thing as rigged anyway).

As for the allegations against AHHHNOLD of womanizing, groping or otherwise crude behavior, if this monkey is the best they can come up with, they are really hurting.

http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20031006/i/r1346780462.jpg

Seriously, when I saw the woman, I though "Planet of the Apes", and no makeup required. If Arnold did grope this woman, he really DOES need to be locked up, for INSANITY.

This should be interesting.

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Internet Taxes

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  about 11 years ago

Okay, here is where things get interesting.

We should be taxing the crap out of things that are harmful to society, and untaxing things that are actually GOOD for society.

Is having an income good? If so, why are we taxing it?

Think what would happen if we taxed PORNO instead? or Drugs? Or Prostitution? or whatever. Taxing stuff that makes society better is just plain STUPID.

I wouldn't be opposed to a sales tax on Internet purchases, in the current wacky tax/spend system we have today. But here is how I would set it up.

Any Purchase made by or through a internet source or destination inside the USoA would be taxed at a FLAT rate, to be evenly divided among the origination and destination states.

For instance, Ma&Pa Internet Sales INC, sells me a $100 pair of gold plated plastic spoons. They are in Texas, and I am in South Dakota (not really). Texas and South Dakota get 1/2 of the collected sales tax. Let us say that sales tax is 4% that would mean SD and TX would both get $2 each.

Now, if I were in say London, M&P would still collect 4% tax. Tex would get $2, and the other $2 would go to some other fund.

If on the otherhand, M&P were in London instead, that is a tricky issue. I think Import duties and other such restrictions would then apply.

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Religious Wackos

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  about 11 years ago

Okay, so I see a post today on some more smart card privacy invasion. This time data tracking who goes where using Public Tramsportation in London.

This time, I can't help myself, and hint that I am one of those WEIRDOS that actually believes in the Bible.

The question is though, would this and should this one aspect of my life affect what others think of topics not even related?

In other words, does the fact that I actually believe in something bigger than myself, affect my ability to comment insightfully or otherwise on topics outside that relm?

Does this totally change how people see me? Not that I really care. I think it is something people should know, because it is important to me.

I should point out that I am not a Luddite either. Since I can remember, I have been facinated with technology, and gadgets and such.

However, I also see the amalgamation of technology coming together in a way where a single entity could control most every aspect of our lives.

This is something I am watching very carefully.

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Elections, voting systems etc

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 10 years ago

So, the Circuit Court for California are debating the merits of various voting methodologies. Specifically Punch card ballots.

The case involves mostly liberal politicos calling for a suspention in the Recall election of California based upon the notion that an inanimate object can cause "Disenfranchisement" of a certain clase (or classes) of people.

What nobody has brought up, is the disenfranchisement of those who support the recall, if the process is held up for MOSTLY political reasons.

The whole reason this is being suspended isn't because of punch cards, it is because of Grey Davis vs Arnold (and the gang of 135). If this was the other way around, I would be willing to bet a ton of money that they would be quiet, not saying a PEEP.

Further, to insult the core group(s) of voters by insiuating that they are incapable of punching ONE HOLE is incredible. Besides, if people are that stupid, then their votes shouldn't count. I mean, if you can't figure out a ballot, perhaps you shouldn't be voting.

I think it isn't any supprise to note, that it is the DEMOCRATS who are courting the STUPID vote. That should be an indication of what it takes to be a democrat.

Remember, I am Libertarian, not a Rebublican. They have their issues too.

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Strawberry Daquiris

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I am taking advice from my personal slashcounselor to post a recipe. The only thing is, this recipe is (was) top secret and only known by a few close associates before today.

It is my recipe, I made it up, and everyone who has tasted it claims it was the "best ever".

16 oz frozen sweetened strawberries.
1 12oz can Kerns Strawberry Nectar.
1/2 cup 1/2 & 1/2
1/4 - 1/2 cup Rum dark Rum (optional)
Whipping cream to top.

In a blender mix strawberries, nectar and 1/2 & 1/2. The Can of Nectar should be VERY cold, almost frozen. The 1/2 & 1/2 is used to help thicken and smooth the blend. Blend till smooth and creamy.

If you use rum, that too should be VERY COLD. Colder the better, as the cold helps keep the Mix THICK.

Pour in to small glasses, and top with Whipping Cream. If it is fresh strawberry season, you can add a fresh strawberry on the edge of the glass for an elegant touch.

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Of Karma and Fans

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Okay, so my occasional slashcomment is modded as "funny" or "insightful" often enough to give me good karma (for what ever that is worth). So how come there are hardly any "Fans" out there.

Thank goodness, one of my friends actually lets me know that at least there is someone as crazy as I am out there. You know who you are.

Anyway, short of being a girl, how does one become famous on slashdot? Any Ideas? Bueller? Bueller?

On a sad note, one of my favorite musical artists died last night. Tonight, I will walk the line one last time.

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Is it the tools or is it the user

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Okay, one of my bosses comes to me today (Thurs) to try and promote the latest greatest "Content Management System" for our web site. But the story doesn't start there, it starts tuesday at the bi-monthly tech meeting for all the techs in the department (spread across various sites).

At that meeting, this boss (not pointy head by any stretch), mentions that several schools have set up new web sites using this Content Management system, and mentions how crappy my web site looks, and how it could be helped by a "content management system" like this.

That is when I first mentioned that I am running a content management system, that didn't cost a dime. And the site's crappy features were do to NOBODY willing to learn how to use the system.

She was explaining all the various things that this new system could do, and I kept saying "Mine does that" to EVERYTHING. No FTP (yup), No HTML (Yup), Management features (yup), secure editing (yup)......

Well that went over like the lead brick I knew it was. Which leads us to today's meeting (un announced). She showed me the system (looks nice, easy etc). And I gave a tour of ours.

It was then that she realized that it wasn't the tool that was causing problems, it was the people.

Which gets me to my next point. Why do people use the phrase "I am not techological" to mean "Don't even try to teach me as I am not willing to learn"?

I mean how hard can it be to WYSIWYG a Web Page? Cut and Paste from WORD etc. I could understand if I were talking about Perl or the intracacies of Network protocols and the OSI model.

But I am not. I am talking about click here, click there, type this, and bam, you have a web page. Want a calendar, click "Calendar", want to add an image, click "Image".

Yes, it is NOT the tools, it is the PEOPLE. Spending money on a "professional" system is not the answer, unless it is "why are we broke?"

---steps down off of High Horse---

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Moderation points, I have them again.

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Okay,

I have moderation points again. But this time, I am taking requests for moderation, both UP or down. First five suggestions taken will be awared the points.

The only restrictions I have are,

1)Trolls will be Modded as -1, at my descretion
2) Find the obscure post that deserves moderation
3) If you comment on a request, and I think you are trolling for Moderation points I will MOD you -1

I don't have the time or energy to read every post. I am looking for truly "INTERESTING" or "FUNNY" posts that have been ignored and neglected.

On your mark,
Get Set,
GOOOOO!

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