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My toy collection is ...

tchdab1 Re:Define toy (206 comments)

A toy is anything you don't need for activities of daily living or occupational usefulness, yet you have it and/or use it because it's fun.

2 days ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

tchdab1 Re:Oh good (903 comments)

Decreased risk might mean increased profit and a nice bonus for the blokes who get to take credit for it.

5 days ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

tchdab1 Re:Everyone loses (474 comments)

Why would they renege? Because they can, because they haven't yet delivered, because there is now nothing forcing them to deliver, and because they historically misrepresent both what they promised previously and what they are actually doing.
Don't believe an aggressive negotiator unless you are inspecting their actual deliverables.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

tchdab1 Re:FCC 14-28 (418 comments)

Comments close today. They will rule on it if you comment or not, curse them or not.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

tchdab1 FCC 14-28 (418 comments)

This is why we need written rules for an open internet.

about two weeks ago
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Deadmau5 Accuses Disney of Pirating His Music

tchdab1 Re:hmmm (137 comments)

On the one hand we have a prolific entity that hides behind a mouse head and makes tons of money ripping off other people's ideas..
On the other hand, there's Deadmau5.

The richer one lobbies Congress to extend copyright protection - may it get properly skewered.

about three weeks ago
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Whole Organ Grown In Animal For First Time

tchdab1 And that's not all... (77 comments)

,,,next week they're growing a piano in an ear of corn.

about a month ago
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Of the following, I'd rather play ...

tchdab1 Re:Shall we play a game? (274 comments)

Sorry - it's a link to the Decembrists "Calamity Song" video, with a simple illustration of DFW's Eschaton.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

tchdab1 Re:Call it Web? (426 comments)

Call it Big Ol' Browser.

about a month and a half ago
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Hotel Charges Guests $500 For Bad Online Reviews

tchdab1 Re:Good (183 comments)

A good review can be just as effective: "I really loved the cold soup, the dirty sheets, and the rude staff attitude - it made me feel just like home."

about 2 months ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

tchdab1 Re:Allons-y! (701 comments)

Mod that up! Jean Luc's biggest contribution to nerd culture, after "there are four lights".

about 2 months ago
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Fixing Faulty Genes On the Cheap

tchdab1 How long before... (105 comments)

... you can go to a local independent chop shop and tell them "my phone says I have an extra guanine in my 14 chromosome and it's causing my food allergy to modified mangoes - can you get it out this afternoon?"

about 3 months ago
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Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

tchdab1 Re:Chicago Blackhawks too? (646 comments)

Tomahawk Vuvuzela. The answer, then, is to inflict a penalizing tradition on the offending team. A plastic tomahawk that you blow like a trumpet, or a stupid white guy in a suit and a briefcase, white shirt and tie, that is the redskin's new mascot, "Mr. Clueless, the Washington BIA Administrator" and whose mask looks like the owner.

about 3 months ago
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Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

tchdab1 Re:Chicago Blackhawks too? (646 comments)

...and the tomahawk chop is both insulting and insanely annoying.

about 3 months ago
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Man Behind Hacks of Bush Family and Other Celebs Indicted In the US

tchdab1 Re:The real news (65 comments)

Dan Rather knows what happens when you try to out Bush family secrets. I wonder if Lazar's trigger for prosecution in the US was the same.

about 4 months ago
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Gecko Feet Inspire Hand-Held Spider-Man Paddles

tchdab1 On belay (64 comments)

Despite the purported difficulty with rock and this technology, I believe rock climbing will never be the same.

about 4 months ago
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Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

tchdab1 Re:Progenitors? (686 comments)

Yes, one possibility is that there are lots of intelligent independently-evolved species out there communicating and interacting, but we haven't discovered the medium they're using. We've only considered contacting other civilizations for about a hundred years, which is a tiny amount of time. After we've been thinking about it for a few tens of thousands of years we may find out how they're doing it.

And we may be the first (already noted above). Somebody has to be the first, and seeing no others around argues for it.

Then there are the downer-hypotheses, arguing that nobody makes it. 50 years ago it was because of nuclear war. That's still possible, but we're focusing on climate change now instead.

about 4 months ago
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Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

tchdab1 Re:Progenitors? (686 comments)

And our star has lots of heavy elements circling around it, much of which make up our own planet, and those heavy elements came from the life cycle of the stars that came before us. Is that process necessary to support the chemical complexity of intelligent life? We don't know yet.

about 4 months ago

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