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New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

b0r0din Re:What Could Go Wrong? (205 comments)

They already do. They are called white Dodge vans without back windows.

about 6 months ago

New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

b0r0din Re:Hmmm (205 comments)

Let me guess, you live in the city?

Crossovers and SUVs have definitely taken from the minivan market but there's no question that minivans are going to be here for a while. They are very convenient and IMO more comfortable than the SUVs we tried, especially at the price. The minivan we got was at least 10-15k less than a comparable SUV, plus fuel economy is better and IMO the interior is so much more comfortable for long trips than other vehicles.

The biggest disappointment has been fuel effiency. The minivans in general have done very little in the Hybrid space, you don't really get your money's worth if you want a Hybrid minivan. Guess what? The vast majority of SUVs have worse fuel efficiency.

I've got a Sienna with a V6, it has some sweet power and acceleration. Not to mention the car has been around forever so there are very few major issues with it. My only major concern is front passenger side safety, which is not as good as the rest of the car.

I'm not bothered by that soccer mom bullsh*t. In fact I typically drive an older Camry and I'd gladly get in the minivan over that thing.

If you live or work in the city though, minivans are far less convenient - they are big, hard to park, and not hipster enough for you. In the suburbs, they are perfect.

about 6 months ago

AMD Unveils the Liquid-Cooled, Dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 At $1,500

b0r0din I felt a great disturbance in the Force... (146 comments)

as if millions of Litecoins suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.

about 10 months ago

Cobalt-60, and Lessons From a Mexican Theft

b0r0din Re:So In Effect... (174 comments)

This probably couldn't even make it into NYC. There was a 60 minutes episode about this. NYC is basically on radiation lockdown. They do sweeps. I'm not saying it's impossible because Manhattan is a big city, but...perhaps unlikely.

about a year ago

Michael Bay To Remake TMNT As Aliens

b0r0din Re:Bay needs to... (481 comments)

Maybe years ago, but now Megan Fox's ass has probably had 15 surgeries and looks like it's made of plastic, much like the rest of her. I'll pass. Why the hell do naturally beautiful women feel the urge to completely destroy that??

I'm not a psychologist, but I'm pretty sure it's because deep down most people have self-esteem issues and when they were in high school the only boys who approached them were the confident ones who 'negged' them and provided a level of mental abuse that they tolerated and even found attractive. And they never recovered from it.

Add the regular rejection of Hollywood and it just gets even worse.

more than 2 years ago

US Dept. of Justice, ICE Still Seizing Domains

b0r0din Re:No, there is due process. (252 comments)

Of course you're welcome to defend yourself in court, against lots of lawyers and monetary interests (because court victories are mostly bought nowadays) and leave yourself at the hands of a 50-yr old jurist who probably can't figure out how to plug in his friggin toaster.

Power is always misused, but in terms of law, well let's just say that the US government is way behind on real justice anymore. The law is written to protect the corporate interests.

Copyright and patent law is broken. It's totally broken. And corporate lobbyists with money and very specific interests want to make sure no politicians challenge their little cabal of self-preservation. And politicians happily accept this money and there's very little you can do about it.

I'm increasingly despondent at the state of our country right now, when stuff like this is actively happening, when our own government wants a kill switch on the Internet. It saddens me that we even need 1st amendment rights, but Jefferson's insistence of their inclusion was apparently the right choice. I know we're talking about specific sites here, but now we're getting into some serious territory here, FREEDOM OF SPEECH, CENSORSHIP. When the government is seizing sites like this, you know some businesses are just going to move offshore to avoid exactly the same problem. It'll happen quicker than you think.

more than 3 years ago

The Year In Downtime

b0r0din In his defense... (32 comments)

the guy who shot his server found out it had been voting for Bristol Palin on Dancing with the Stars.

more than 4 years ago

George Lucas to Resurrect Dead Movie Stars?

b0r0din Re:At least this will prove zombies don't exist (296 comments)

By better track record, you mean that he died before he could ruin his own films?

I don't think George is trying to resurrect dead movie stars here. I think he just needs to own their rights so he can remove them from their films and insert Hayden Christiansen in their place.

In the end it's really just about owning IP, and George Lucas is the master of owning IP. He just also happens to be the master of destroying IP too. In fact let's just call it P, because there's really no I in his biggest franchise anymore.

more than 4 years ago

US To Host World Press Freedom Day

b0r0din Re:wikileaks (614 comments)

Needs to be revealed? Totally, where it exists. Deterrent? Hardly.

You seem to forget the invisible line of power and privilege that protects the elite from being sent to prison. GWB committed known felonies during his presidency. The CEO of Massey Energy negligently murdered a number of his employees. Madoff might have gotten caught, but neither his wife nor sons were convicted, and meanwhile Goldman Sachs is doing some incredibly unethical stuff that may or may not have helped to wreck our economy, and that whole institution gets off scott free for the price of some kabuki theatre in DC. Oh, but hey censure Charlie Rangel if it makes you feel better.

We have a good deal of press freedom here in the States, but unfortunately the mainstream media reports on the wrong news, everything now has to be yellow journalism (the wars of left vs. right, Fox vs. MSNBC, etc.) and people in our society are way too uneducated to be mad at the real injustices in the world, like the power our plutocratic overlords now wield. I doubt 10% of our nation knows what the Citizens United verdict was, but you know they're damn mad at the world about the fact that they have to pay taxes for art, because let's rag on a few billion and completely sidestep the trillions that is going to pay for blowing up brown people in the middle east.

Besides, IANAL, but some Internet-distributed leaked classified document probably doesn't hold up in any legal courtroom, so how is anyone going to be punished, exactly? No.

Deterrents don't exist in this country, because in order to deter someone from doing something illegal, you have to actually convict them. And you can't do that in our society anymore.

more than 4 years ago

5 Trillion Digits of Pi — a New World Record

b0r0din Re:KGB it! (299 comments)

in binary, it's either a 1 or a 0, so you have a 50/50 chance of being right.

In unary it's just 0. It's zeroes all the way down. Easy to calculate too, you just turn off your computer forever. Dead computing is the new trend.

more than 4 years ago

Retrieving a Stolen Laptop By IP Address Alone?

b0r0din Re:Civil action (765 comments)

Btw, the police doing something is not always the best option. Half the time they will try to nail YOU for something you did on that laptop, be that having some hacked software or pornography. It's an unfortunate state of affairs in this country.

more than 4 years ago

The Pirate Bay's Founding Organization Shuts Down

b0r0din Sounds like a bunch of damned leechers... (107 comments)

The minute everyone has what they want, they drop connection and go their own separate ways.

more than 4 years ago

Hulu and Warner Music Sign Deal For Music Content

b0r0din Hulu is already irrelevant (29 comments)

Since Hulu decided to charge for their content, they have already become irrelevant. Record companies are drawn to broken business models like moths to a flame.

more than 5 years ago

MIT Axes the 500-Word Application Essay

b0r0din Re:And why should they care? (441 comments)

It's not like you're going for a liberal arts degree there - grades and standardized testing scores are what matter at MIT. What you wrote in an essay's hardly going to influence what you do in a technical environment like that.

Which is incredibly short-sighted. The world needs more diverse, creative types who can communicate with everyone else - people who can write. They serve as a bridge between the fierce logicians of the world to whom everything is a computation.

I work in software, I am a tech writer. I find myself working with incredibly smart, talented people who often work next to each other and yet never talk to each other. So I end up acting as the catalyst in order to get anything accomplished. But it works.

I like to think good writers work as a creative lubricant between the anti-social and brilliant. Maybe MIT could use a few more of those types. Of course since I applied to MIT years back and wasn't accepted, maybe this is just the rejected ego talking.

Also, considering that more than 60% of the population are probably foreign, it might help to have a couple native English speakers there. Just my jingoistic opinion.

Also, 500 words is not a long essay. And standardized tests and grades are a poor judge of talent.

more than 5 years ago

Designer Mice Made to Order

b0r0din Re:Mouse human? (382 comments)

I think certain pandimensional beings would disagree with your assertion that they aren't already uber-smart.

more than 8 years ago


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