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Stay Home When You're Sick!

thisnamestoolong Re:Wasting Sick days (670 comments)

That's legit. It's all about whether or not you had a choice in the matter. The idiot that I was responding to was suggesting that he feels that it's okay to get hammered drunk on a work night and call in sick because of the hangover. That's a choice that he made, and if you are going to make that irresponsible choice you should have to live with the consequences, rather than leaving all of your co-workers to pick up your slack.

about 2 years ago
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Stay Home When You're Sick!

thisnamestoolong Re:Policy change (670 comments)

This strikes me almost as the employer being a dick just for the sake of being a dick. Even if you are a sociopath (which it seems that many in American business are, but that is a side point), it doesn't make sense to have sick people come in! Their productivity is going to be reduced, and then they get everyone else in the office sick, which reduces productivity for everyone. Just let the poor bastard stay home, and you will end up making more money, you evil fuck!

about 2 years ago
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Stay Home When You're Sick!

thisnamestoolong Re:People don't want to go to work when they're si (670 comments)

Well when you have a family and they have been looking forward to that vacation all year, it's not really fair to ask someone to give it up just because they are sick...

about 2 years ago
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Stay Home When You're Sick!

thisnamestoolong Re:Wasting Sick days (670 comments)

I have a better idea; how about you don't drink so much on a work night that you will be unable to come in to work the next day! That way, you will have sick days left for when you have communicable diseases, and I won't have to catch them!

about 2 years ago
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UK Government Mandates the Teaching of Evolution As Scientific Fact

thisnamestoolong Re:good (783 comments)

Telling your children that if they misbehave you will throw them in a furnace: Abuse
Telling your children that if they misbehave God will throw them in a furnace: Not Abuse?

about 2 years ago
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Raided For Running a Tor Exit Node

thisnamestoolong Re:Shipping analogy (325 comments)

So? Most crimes are committed behind closed doors. Should we mandate that people must leave their doors unlocked at all times, so that the police can just barge in and do random crime spot checks?

about 2 years ago
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NHTSA Suggestion Would Cripple In-Car GPS Displays

thisnamestoolong Re:Hyperbole much? (516 comments)

This. A thousand times, this. Right around the dawn of GPS, I had a job that required me to drive around to unfamiliar places all the time. I can't even tell you how many near misses I had while fucking around trying to read a map. One day, my boss gave me this new fancy-schmancy thing to put on my dash that would tell me where to go. My navigation became immeasurably safer overnight. That these fucking idiots are now talking about "safety concerns" with GPS nav systems is absolutely mind-boggling to me; the GPS nav system is one of the BEST safety features that you can have if you have to take long, complicated routes with many turns. This is like the NHTSA getting upset about other drivers being blinded by headlights, so they mandate that all car headlights must shut off when there is another car in the vicinity.

more than 2 years ago
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NHTSA Suggestion Would Cripple In-Car GPS Displays

thisnamestoolong Re:Hyperbole much? (516 comments)

I agree. Also, we clearly don't need cars, as horses have been perfectly usable transportation devices for thousands of years.

more than 2 years ago
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Master Engineer: Apple's "Mastered For iTunes" No Better Than AAC-Encoded Music

thisnamestoolong Re:Loudness War Makes It All Irrelevant (312 comments)

I don't think Metallica needs help from a shitty mastering engineer to suck...

more than 2 years ago
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US Prosecutors Have a Sealed Indictment On Assange, Say Leaked Files

thisnamestoolong Re:And that's not all (328 comments)

No, that's how you be the government.

more than 2 years ago
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After US v. Jones, FBI Turns Off 3,000 GPS Tracking Devices

thisnamestoolong New Standard (189 comments)

How about this for a new standard:

If an average citizen would be convicted of a crime (trespassing, harrassment, stalking, etc.) for doing it, the police need a warrant if they want to do it. I mean, for fuck's sake, they have special courts made specifically for the purposes of rubber-stamping warrants, now these fucking assholes feel like they should be able to spy on us without even having to go through the trouble of getting the bullshit warrant in the first place? What a Fucking Bunch of Idiots.

more than 2 years ago
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Submitting "Nuking the Fridge" To Scientific Peer Review

thisnamestoolong Re:Then let's test these next (284 comments)

You must not have seen that festering pile of shit if you think that the only reason that it compares unfavorably to the rest of the movies is because of the nostalgia factor. I mean, the fourth movie had Shia LaBeouf in it. And they had him swinging through the forest with magical monkeys on vines. Your argument is invalid.

more than 2 years ago
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Submitting "Nuking the Fridge" To Scientific Peer Review

thisnamestoolong Re:Then let's test these next (284 comments)

  1. Ripping out a man's heart without killing him.
  2. Jumping from a plane using an air raft.
  3. Keeping an immortal knight in a subterranean cavern for thousands of years.

Or, how about just shut up and watch the movie.

Mythbusters already busted that middle one. I'd like to see them test the ripping out a man's heart one, though I'm not sure PETA will appreciate them testing on live animals.

PETA would, however, be totally fine with that experiment being performed on a human.

more than 2 years ago
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Submitting "Nuking the Fridge" To Scientific Peer Review

thisnamestoolong Re:Then let's test these next (284 comments)

Disbelief can only be suspended so far. The first and third items on your list were attributed to supernatural events, and the second, while implausible, was nowhere near as insane as the nuked fridge stunt. Granted, suspension of disbelief is an entirely personal thing, but for me, the other three movies only pushed the boundaries of reality enough to be entertaining, whereas the fourth movie completely obliterated it.

more than 2 years ago
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State Legislatures Attempt To Limit TSA Searches

thisnamestoolong Re:Supremacy Clause (601 comments)

Dude, Lincoln didn't even start pushing abolition very hard until the war had already begun. It is thought by many, in fact, that making the war about slavery was a PR move by the North to keep the British from siding with the South. While the outcome was obviously a good one, I think you give the North a bit too much credit -- racism was every bit as virulent and rampant as it was in the South, but they did not happen to have an economy that relied so heavily upon it.

more than 2 years ago
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State Legislatures Attempt To Limit TSA Searches

thisnamestoolong Re:Supremacy Clause (601 comments)

Good. People will not wake up until things really start to inconvenience them. Everyone is already unhappy with the TSA. If the government's defense of the TSA starts interrupting travel plans, the people will become much less complacent about the TSA. Once this happens, no Congresscritter interested in reelection will touch the TSA with a 10 foot pole, and they will have no choice but to back down.

more than 2 years ago
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Interrupted Sleep Might Be the Best Kind

thisnamestoolong Re:Napping (277 comments)

You really think that as a blue collar worker you will have a better chance to catch an afternoon nap?

more than 2 years ago
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Santorum Calls Democrats 'Anti-Science'

thisnamestoolong Re:So says the religious guy. (1237 comments)

I would agree that, in principle, religion and science are not necessarily at odds. In practice, however, the two are almost always going to end up colliding, as religion exists outside of the realm of evidence. For instance, it would have been easy to say 100 years ago that the belief that life begins at conception is simply a harmless little superstition that is not at odds with science. Move forward to the present day, however, when you have stem cell research and abortion, and it causes quite a bit more trouble.

more than 2 years ago
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Santorum Calls Democrats 'Anti-Science'

thisnamestoolong Re:So says the religious guy. (1237 comments)

I know you're joking, but I think that is more like almost imperceptibly grey pot calling the carbon nanotube kettle black -- there is a big difference between someone who makes a typo and Rick Santorum -- he is simply a frothy black hole of stupidity.

more than 2 years ago

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