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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

Ogive17 Re:Parents (783 comments)

Why is it wrong? I started walking to/from school when I was 5 years old. Sometimes I'd be with a friend, sometimes I would be alone. Hell, in 5th grade I was a crossing guard and would stand out at a 4-way stop, by myself, to allow the kindergardeners to get to school.

I'm not ranting against you, the story just pisses me off. I have a good friend who works for a similar service, he must respond to calls of abuse/neglect and decide what action should be taken. There is so much actual abuse out there.. letting a 6 and 10 year old walk home alone is not one of them.

about two weeks ago
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Intuit Charges More For Previously Offered TurboTax Features, Users Livid

Ogive17 Re:Not so Deluxe anymore? (450 comments)

Maybe they assumed those with Macs were willing to pay more to get the same experience as a Windows user... :)

about two weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

Ogive17 Re:Free? (703 comments)

It took me 6.5 years to get my Bachelor's degree. My path was 2.5 years at a state university, 1.5 at a local community college, then finally the last 2 years at a different state university. (my first 2+ years was in aerospace engineering, those classes don't translate well when transferring to business...).

I had all my loans paid off within 18 months. The key was that the community college was a very cheap way to get through all the gen ed courses. I was working part time and was able to save enough money to pay off my tuition at the university to avoid any additional loans. Had I gone the CC route at the beginning, I would have graduated with no debt at all.

I think this plan is a good idea. Hopefully it requires students to maintain a certain level of achievement to continue receiving free education.

about three weeks ago
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Toyota Opens Patents On Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology

Ogive17 Re:Which oil industry shill bribed them? (124 comments)

I'm just curious, what do you think is the source of most electric generation in the US?

about three weeks ago
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Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol

Ogive17 Re:Open carry is bullshit ... (573 comments)

The ironic thing is, those d-bags that openly carry the assault rifles on their back to prove a point would be my 1st target if I were going to wreck havoc. Take them out, now I have my original weapon and an AR.

Disclaimer - I do not own any firearms and have no intention of ever wreaking havoc in a destructive way.

about three weeks ago
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Problem Solver Beer Tells How Much To Drink To Boost Your Creativity

Ogive17 Re:Just don't drive creatively too (73 comments)

When I am bowling or golfing, there is an optimal amount of intoxication that allow me to relax but not get sloppy on my form.

about a month ago
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At 40, a person is ...

Ogive17 Looking forward to 40 (286 comments)

I am actually looking forward to 40. My son will be 7, old enough to enjoy the experiences that my wife and I are willing to provide. The only reason we take him to Japan with us now is that he's not quite 2 and the flight is basically free (10% of ticket cost to sit on our laps).

I'm 35 now, at this point the career and family are established.. now I just sit back and enjoy what I've worked hard on for the past decade.

about a month ago
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To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

Ogive17 Are account regions locked? (160 comments)

I can't check until tonight when I get home from work but are account regions locked? I know mine currently shows the US but when I travel to Japan next month, will it update?

The reason I ask is if VPN could get around this. For example, getting the NHL (ice hockey) package cost $150 in the US. My friend noticed that the cost through a European IP was only $100. He saved $50 just by masking his IP and there is no need to mask his IP when streaming the games live.

I am curious if something similar could get around the Steam issue.

about a month ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Ogive17 Just travel (448 comments)

I've traveled to Asia 4 times and have visited areas that get very few foreigners. I get the stares, sometimes no one will sit next to me on the train, once I was even denied an advertisement being handed out on the street when the woman looked up and saw me.

People who are different attract attention. It's a natural human reaction. I've never been insulted (to my face) and I take as many precautions as I can to do what is socially acceptable.

P.S. - If you want a unique experience, be the only white guy at a Japanese onsen.

about a month and a half ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Ogive17 Re:No thru traffic (611 comments)

At least where I live, most of the road maintenance funds for residential roads comes from local taxes. So unless you live in that community, you really aren't contributing to those roads.

Now of course some projects get state/federal funds but most do not, including normal maintenance.

about a month and a half ago
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Football Concussion Lawsuits Start To Hit High Schools

Ogive17 Re:About fucking time (233 comments)

That's not fair to the coaches. Looking back at my youth, I can remember two instances that were probably minor concussions. Once my brother and I were playing and bashed heads pretty good. Another time was playing soccer and I took a ball off the temple. I blacked out for a few seconds but never left the field. Neither time did I report the incident to an adult.

Unless it's a serious concussion, I think most still go unreported.

about 2 months ago
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Breath Test For Pot Being Developed At WSU

Ogive17 breath test? (342 comments)

They don't need a breath test, just the sheet of paper test.

Have the suspected person grab a piece of white paper. if they leave an orange residue (likely from doritos, cheetos or some other ____os) they are high. If the paper comes back clean, they are good to go.

about 2 months ago
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First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

Ogive17 Re:Summary of Trailer (390 comments)

First thing I thought is that the wielder of the hilted light saber would be more likely to cut off their own hand. Maybe not with the saber work in the original trilogy but the prequels definitely had fancy fighting that would lead to self-severing.

about 2 months ago
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Great Firewall of China Blocks Edgecast CDN, Thousands of Websites Affected

Ogive17 Re:Mistaken Western-centric thinking about China (128 comments)

I was in China last month, our hotel had CNN. As soon as it reached the segment about Hong Kong, the channel just blacked out. About 10 minutes later it came back on as if nothing happened.

Why be scared of external opinions? You do not see that as censorship? Suppressing history is censorship.

You are basically calling the Chinese populace a bunch of idiots who would not know how to make decisions for themselves.

about 2 months ago
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Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

Ogive17 Re:Hydrogen is a nice alternative (194 comments)

Honda has had the Clarity out for about a decade. Honda already has worked on a system to use sunlight to help produce hydrogen to fill up a fuel cell vehicle.

Basically you're not taking a risk by saying such systems will exist in 10 years.

about 2 months ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

Ogive17 Re:They ARE a utility. (706 comments)

It is Monday after all, but I only see 8 countries on your list.

Who is having a worse case of the Mondays, you or me?

about 3 months ago
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Discovery Claims It Will Show a Man Being "Eaten Alive" By an Anaconda

Ogive17 Perfect reason for canceling cable (164 comments)

The downfall of Discovery Channel was a main reason I "cut the cord" about 2 years ago. They use to be one of my go-to channels when I had some free time. After the success of the crab fishing show (which names annoyingly escapes me right now), they basically switched direction and turned themselves into a reality tv channel.

On the bright side, I am saving $1020+/year for not having cable.

about 3 months ago
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New GCHQ Chief Says Social Media Aids Terrorists

Ogive17 Re:Social media (228 comments)

A lack of access to birth control helps terrorists breed even more terrorists.

about 3 months ago
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The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

Ogive17 Re:motion sickness (286 comments)

I just got back from China (12+ hrs from Beijing to Chicago). On the way over I was in the middle section, i.e. no window. I didn't miss anything. On the way back I had a window seat and only looked out for 10-15 minutes in a vain attempt to see the Great Wall after departing from Beijing.

Only a minority of people actually get window seats as it stands, and most people who I know travel frequently prefer the aisle seat.

It's just a hunch, but I believe many of those that prefer a window seat would give up that option if it meant their own seat was wider and/or had a little more leg room.

about 2 months ago

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