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Elon Musk Addresses New Jersey's Tesla Store Ban

pezpunk Re:so much for a "free" market (229 comments)

In New Jersey, you still aren't even allowed to pump your own gas, due to a successful lobby by gas station owners ... in 1949. it's all "full service". never underestimate the power of crappy special interest lobbies in New Jersey.

about a month ago
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Interviews: Ask Jonathan Coulton What You Will

pezpunk Re:Revenue? (48 comments)

while you're at it, would you say women are usually very impressed, somewhat impressed, or not impressed at all at your tumescence?

about a month ago
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The Archaeology of Beer

pezpunk Re:But ... (89 comments)

the wegmans, the giant, and the safeway near me all have dogfish head, and i'm out in the boonies (prince william county, va). it's a wonderful time to be a beer lover.

about 4 months ago
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Storing Your Encrypted Passwords Offline On a Dedicated Device

pezpunk so basically an ident-i-eeze. (107 comments)

Douglas Adams, right again.

"It was an Ident-i-Eeze, and was a very naughty and silly thing for Harl to have lying around in his wallet, though it was perfectly understandable. There were so many different ways in which you were required to provide absolute proof of your identity these days that life could easily become extremely tiresome just from that factor alone, never mind the deeper existential problems of trying to function as a coherent consciousness in an epistemologically ambiguous physical universe. Just look at cash point machines, for instance. Queues of people standing around waiting to have their fingerprints read, their retinas scanned, bits of skin scraped from the nape of the neck and undergoing instant (or nearly instant --- a good six or seven seconds in tedious reality) genetic analysis, then having to answer trick questions about members of their family they didn't even remember they had, and about their recorded preferences for tablecloth colours. And that was just to get a bit of spare cash for the weekend. If you were trying to raise a loan for a jetcar, sign a missile treaty or pay an entire restaurant bill things could get really trying.

Hence the Ident-i-Eeze. This encoded every single piece of information about you, your body and your life into one all- purpose machine-readable card that you could then carry around in your wallet, and therefore represented technology's greatest triumph to date over both itself and plain common sense. "
-Mostly Harmless, 1992

about 4 months ago
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U.S. Measles Cases Triple In 2013

pezpunk Re:stop the sensationalist crap (462 comments)

tell that to the 175 cases. the attitude that "measles is not a concern in this country" will only ensure that rates triple again next year and the year after.

about 4 months ago
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U.S. Measles Cases Triple In 2013

pezpunk Re:Anti-vaxxers (462 comments)

it's "entertaining" and "fun" to watch kids come down with the measles? what the fuck is wrong with you?

about 4 months ago
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Thieves Who Stole Cobalt-60 Will Soon Be Dead

pezpunk Re:Darwin (923 comments)

racism, ladies and gentlemen.

about 4 months ago
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Thieves Who Stole Cobalt-60 Will Soon Be Dead

pezpunk Re:Tough luck.. (923 comments)

i'm wondering what the gain is to surgically removing your sense of human compassion. the universe is not itself a caring entity? no shit. doesn't mean people shouldn't be.

about 4 months ago
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Thieves Who Stole Cobalt-60 Will Soon Be Dead

pezpunk Re:Tough luck.. (923 comments)

haha thumbs up

about 4 months ago
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Thieves Who Stole Cobalt-60 Will Soon Be Dead

pezpunk Re:Tough luck.. (923 comments)

yeah but dude your stance in favor of EXECUTION as punishment for MUGGING is not justifiable to anyone with a shred of human decency. get a grip.

about 4 months ago
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Computer Model Reveals Escape Plan From Poverty's Vicious Circle

pezpunk Re:Can you be serious? (356 comments)

you seem to have missed the point. try reading it again.

about 5 months ago
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What Are the Genuinely Useful Ideas In Programming?

pezpunk Re:After 30 years of programming (598 comments)

the WORST offenders take twice as long as their estimate? you know some pretty good programmers!

about 6 months ago
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Work Halted On Neal Stephenson's Kickstarted Swordfighting Video Game

pezpunk Re:Yet another story... (124 comments)

Nobody's asking you to trust Kickstarter (to do anything other than show proposals and track donations).

YOU are responsible for evaluating whether you think a particular campaign is trustworthy or worth donating to. Some succeed and some fail (and I don't mean fail to secure funding). Kickstarter is not vouching for the success of these campaigns and doesn't pretend to. It's hooking up people with ideas with people willing to donate.

you seem to be operating under the mistaken impression that Kickstarter is an online store.

about 7 months ago
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Galileo: Right On the Solar System, Wrong On Ice

pezpunk Re:More false history (206 comments)

not sure how calling out the Pope makes him an asshole. More power to him.

about 8 months ago
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First Ever Public Tasting of Lab-Grown Cultured Beef Burger

pezpunk Re:You would think. . . (303 comments)

burnt steak?? blasphemy!

about 8 months ago
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The Father of Civilization: Profile of Sid Meier

pezpunk Whole thing is dumb (208 comments)

From the childish notion that immense intellect would manifest as gaming skill to the baffling assumption that being a real-life fighter pilot would have any bearing whatsoever on playing a 2d side scroller. Sounds like the perfect kind of imbecile to be impressed with Sid Meier hype.

about 10 months ago
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Video Gamers See the World Differently

pezpunk Re:I can believe this (160 comments)

very common. my school did this as well. your psy100 grade was automatically an F if you didn't participate in X number of experiments. no big deal, it was actually pretty fun.

about 10 months ago
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Hacker Exposes Evidence of Widespread Grade Tampering In India

pezpunk parent is racist (304 comments)

ick.

about 10 months ago

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