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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

Bigbutt Re:Study is quite incomplete (247 comments)

And to note, in general I'm cruising at normal speeds. The nice thing about being in Colorado is traffic isn't near the insane levels of metro areas (I used to live in the DC area). So no. I don't need to scoot around someone doing 1mph under the speed limit.

[John]

yesterday
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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

Bigbutt Re:Study is quite incomplete (247 comments)

Yea, even slowing down to find a stopping place can get hairy with someone sitting so close you can count the veins standing out on their foreheads.

I like riding my bike, especially in the mountains. I don't take unnecessary chances, am cautious of other riders, cars, trucks, and even bicyclists. Still there'll be someone who didn't like that I passed them in a passing lane because they were going slower than the speed limit and sightseeing and decide to show me he can keep up by riding on my tailpipe.

[John]

yesterday
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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

Bigbutt Re:Study is quite incomplete (247 comments)

Considering I ride a sport bike that can get to 170mph or more, that I only have the one snapshot pic in 130,000 miles on this bike should tell you something (other than, can't catch me).

I'm actually a pretty sane rider in my opinion. When on a motorcycle, I do tend to be a bit more offensive to be effectively defensive. Having an SUV tailgate me is not a fun experience and tends to be a little distracting. Since I _can_ get out of the way of the idiot who's in a hurry, I _do_. And when I'm out of the way, I'm back down to normal traffic speeds. Which if there was a cop who spotted me vs the camera, he would have seen and likely wouldn't have ticketed me for it.

[John]

yesterday
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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

Bigbutt Re:WRX (247 comments)

57 and I ride a sport bike.

"Well, be a little careful around here in the future."

"Yes sir, thanks!"

I think they're just happy you don't run :D

[John]

yesterday
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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

Bigbutt Re:Study is quite incomplete (247 comments)

The bad part about the cameras is they don't take into account conditions. I got speed camera'd when I escaped from a dangerous situation with a couple of larger SUVs coming down off a mountain road.

I've been pulled over by the police three times in the past 10 years. 57mph in a 55mph zone, got a warning ticket. Passing a county sheriff on a double yellow, verbal warning. 10mph over in front of a traffic control officer (left a light and didn't see him behind me, got me on the curve), warning. In all three, the police office was able to take into account conditions and make a judgement call.

(Note, all four of these were on Sport Bikes; I was surprised to get a verbal from the county sheriff though :) ).

[John]

yesterday
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My toy collection is ...

Bigbutt Men's Toys (206 comments)

From the ladies I've spoken to, anything not oriented towards pleasing her is a toy. Hence the 'Man Cave'.

I have 2 basses, 2 acoustic guitars, and 5 electric guitars. A PA system, Marshall half stack, Fender Princeton, and Fender Bassman. Add a Piano and a Mandolin. Looking for drums next. I mainly play Rocksmith with some band practice now and then.

Gaming, I have over 100' of board, card, and role playing gaming gear. Stuff I've kept around since I started gaming in the 60's. I just spent $500 Saturday on a stack of gear (Bioshock Infinite seems interesting) and have another $500 earmarked for more gaming gear.

My computer gear has been cut back a little. Printer, main computer, 4 monitors, second computer designated as a gateway, server in Florida. Last year I dumped a bunch of old computers that were kicking around. I do write a bunch of code for this and that and use the server as a point to keep the skills I had in other jobs up (like DNS; our group doesn't manage DNS so I use my server to keep up on at least the basic stuff).

I have three motorcycles for touring and commuting plus touring gear and of course tools to do the maintenance on them.

I have plenty of main woodworking gear. Table saw, jigsaw, router and table, miter saw, etc. I'm getting some smaller gear for more intricate work.

I have a bunch of gardening stuff, rakes, shovels, and instruments of destruction, although I'm more inclined to decoration than food gardens. I built a shed last year and plan on building a deck, a patio, and putting in a reading area in the back yard next year.

I will note that I haven't watched broadcast/cable TV in a year and not much for the year prior to that and recently cut the Facebook connection. I didn't delete my account, just removed the apps from my portable devices.

[John]

2 days ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Bigbutt Re:Oh good (904 comments)

Back in the day, I worked in the DC metro area and needed to drive to work. I had unexpectedly gotten out of the military (sorry, 5lbs overweight we won't let you re-up) and had a job. But it was cross county vs up to DC (so public transportation wasn't a good option and going from living on post and walking distance to off post and an hour from a new job). In looking for inexpensive cars that would be reliable, I finally had a choice at a rental car company selling their 100,000+ mile cars with prices I could afford. The choice was a Yugo and an old Pontiac Fiero. I naturally took the Fiero and had it repossessed once before getting it back. But I put some work into it to ensure it was reliable enough to drive from Stafford VA over to the airport daily until I was making enough money to afford a better car. Even so, I had to have it towed two or three times due to the fuseable link bailing out and once when I blew a piston.

[John]

about a week ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

Bigbutt Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

The problem though is any man (or woman) who dares to question any feminist "facts" is labeled a MRA. It's almost impossible to have an intelligent discussion with either side to understand the facts without being called an MRA or a Feminist. I've been called both based on the assumptions I question at the time. It would be quite funny if it wasn't so tragic. The folks who actually are interested in equal opportunity are being herded to the MRA sites because of the toxic responses to questions.

I have a question about what you're saying here ...

You're a misogynistic rapist scumbag and need to die in a fire.

Okaaayyy, maybe I'll head over here and ask instead ...

[John]

about a week ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

Bigbutt Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

You can't really believe that every single man who believes in "Men's Rights" is "dedicated to opposing introspection and protecting established norms at all costs."?

That's like believing that all women who are feminists believe 90% of men should be phased out.

Get some perspective.

[John]

about a week ago
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Interviews: David Saltzberg Answers Your Questions About The Big Bang Theory

Bigbutt Re:Too Bad (106 comments)

Maybe not a regular character but at least the Physicist motorcycle rider appeared to be "normal" in a pick up girls, ride a motorcycle (vs Howard's "Hog" :) ), etc. way. Heck, he was even a scumbag as most PUA's are portrayed :)

[John]

about two weeks ago
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I think next winter will be:

Bigbutt Re:Ready for spring already! (148 comments)

Agree. Up north of Denver I had those Penis mushrooms growing all over the back yard. I had to turn off my sprinklers for a month. I just kicked them back on for a week or two (aerating Wednesday) and then it's time to pack it all away.

[John]

about two weeks ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Bigbutt Re:cool (292 comments)

Yep. Been playing Starcraft and Brood War again. I'd love to see Command and Conquer get reissued to work on newer platforms (nothing like a tank rush at Plaid Speed :D ).

[John]

about two weeks ago
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Harvard's CompSci Intro Course Boasts Record-Breaking Enrollment

Bigbutt Re:Quotas (144 comments)

Not in the .pdf. I am curious as well though.

[John]

about three weeks ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

Bigbutt Re:Not driving while in a closet (364 comments)

Really? A woman (or man) locked in a trunk doesn't come to mind? Sure the kidnapper should be taking the cell phone assuming there's only one but there's a chance it was missed or there's a second one. And yea, road noises would keep the attacker from hearing a conversation.

And corner cases exist for lengthy picky discussions :)

[John]

about three weeks ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

Bigbutt Re:It should be (364 comments)

80 mph in eastern Wyoming. :)

[John]

about three weeks ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

Bigbutt Re:Texting 911 (364 comments)

A woman hiding under the bed or in a closet with an attacker in the house comes to mind.

I think the main problem is the younger generation has been brought up on smart phones and internet so expect to be able to text to 911. The text 2 911 product is being made available so the folks who do text will actually get an answer.

And the nice thing about texting to 911 is you can send images to 911 as well where calling just gets you a voice.

Plus texting to 911 does get a response from the service. It's not sending it into the ether hoping someone sees it like Facebook. The PSAPs that purchase the product will have someone manning the text 2 911 console.

[John]

about three weeks ago
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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

Bigbutt Re:I don't drink coffee. (228 comments)

No no, as in second drink of beer. Not second beer :)

[John]

about three weeks ago
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IT Job Hiring Slumps

Bigbutt Re:We're Hiring (250 comments)

We deal with highly available systems and we have a very good team dynamic so we are somewhat picky but yea, these are some of the questions we ask and some answers we've been given. Mostly in the followup fact to fact interview. A majority don't even get past the simpler phone interview.

What software uses the following common ports: 20/21, 22, 24, 25, 80, 443 or we'd ask the reverse, what port is dns on, tcp or udp? What port is http (we've received 8080 for this one). Worse the followup question is, okay if you don't know what the port is where would you find it? A recent interview had the guy providing Google first then looking it up in his Network+ book.

The biggest issue we have I think is our offices are in North Denver and the Tech Center is in South Denver. So most tech folks are in Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Aurora, and around those areas. So commuting would be north through Denver. We do have IBM and Boulder up here so we should get some folks.

I think most admins might either be happy where they are, don't want to deal with the commute, or perhaps are looking at something beyond Unix Administration like VMWare, SAN, and the like.

We've interviewed folks from other states (Washington, Maryland, Ohio, New York) without much luck. We did bring one guy in for a face to face but he failed that (I wasn't in town for that one).

[John]

about three weeks ago

Submissions

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You Wouldn't Download A Car?

Bigbutt Bigbutt writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Bigbutt writes "It appears that the background theme that plays on DVDs during the anti-piracy advertisement was for a specific audience. When the author heard it on a DVD he rented, he realized it was being used well beyond the original contract. He's now suing for a million euros."
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Reasons for the username

Bigbutt Bigbutt writes  |  more than 4 years ago

The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai Across The 8th Dimension

I'm a fan of Christopher Lloyd, have been since Taxi I guess. His character in Buckaroo Bonzi was John Big Booty "Big Boo TAE". They were all "John" something; John Big YaYa for example. So when I created my account, I created "BigButt" as a fan tribute sort of account.

That's not to say I don't have a big butt, certainly it's smaller now.

It's also why I sign off as:

[John]

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