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  • Aug 14, 2013 @ 07:52am

    You don't have kids

    You apparently don't have small kids. My 6 year old loves games, and we get him new games all the time! They're all demos, usually playing the first couple of levels allowed over and over and over again for weeks. Thanks to my XBOX 360 LIVE, once he's done with them, I delete them and get new demos.

  • Aug 10, 2013 @ 09:22am

    Heard of it how?

    I have no idea what the show is, and only heard of it because of the news articles calling it the most pirated show. Made me curious enough to try it out, but just haven't yet. It's true, if it weren't pirated to #1, I would have NEVER heard of the show.

  • Aug 10, 2013 @ 09:19am

    Got one recently

    Got one photo speeding ticket. One picture that would have shown the car behind us being in front of us was cropped and zoomed in to cut the car out of view. Wasn't speeding, but car to left was. The rules of the ticket were the following: Pay $40 by a certain date, or the ticket is $109. Will not go on driving record. If you contest it, you must show up in person (and pay the parking $10 daily fees when you go) by said date (not allowed to call, mail, or go online to dispute) to dispute ticket. THEN you have to show up for arraignment, then again on the court date/time regardless of work schedule. least $30 in parking fees and probably miss time at work, or pay $40 for the ticket. Oh, and a $1 fee for paying online, they will only consider it on time if they receive it by the due date, regardless of post date.

  • Jul 23, 2013 @ 06:49am

    Re: Waterballoons

    I know my kid enough to know he has thrown stuff at the driver, and he's gotten in big trouble before for it. He knows it's a very serious rule.
    Parents should know their children.

  • Jul 22, 2013 @ 03:16pm

    Somewhere out there

    Find a quiet place, and listen carefully. You'll hear the voice of a politician muttering "Do as I say, not as I do, damn kid!"

  • Jul 22, 2013 @ 03:11pm


    I'm thinking of starting me own company, installing cameras in cars...If they have cameras, so should you.

  • Jul 08, 2013 @ 05:02pm

    Secret Police

    "we have not forgotten what happens when secret police or intelligence agencies disregard privacy" I heard stories from my parents about these secret police, but I suppose the U.S. hasn't experienced them quite yet.

  • Jul 08, 2013 @ 04:58pm

    Secret Works!

    It's a very well-known fact that it's easier to convict people if they don't know the law or their rights! Smart move by the DOJ.

  • Jul 08, 2013 @ 06:18am

    Blue Ray is dead

    I tell everyone who loves Blue Ray the same thing. It's useless. We don't need expensive discs to hold up space when hard drives and "the cloud" have so much space to hold. Most people would rather prefer Netflix or saving movies on a drive versus keeping a bunch of scratchable discs around.

  • Jun 28, 2013 @ 08:25am


    Good thing there were MANY eye-witnesses watching it, all with synchronized clocks thanks to our wonderful technology.

  • Jun 24, 2013 @ 11:48am


    I'm amazed that the zero-tolerance policies in high schools have seeped into local government.

  • Jun 10, 2013 @ 05:40am

    I told you so

    If only my high school past could travel to today and say "I told you this would happen with the Patriot Act"

  • Jun 06, 2013 @ 11:16am

    The Great Irony

    "The great irony is we're the only ones not spying on the American's everyone else spying on the information we collected"

  • Jun 06, 2013 @ 11:15am

    I agree with...

    I have to say that violent games don't cause people to be violent. But spending an unusual amount of time in anything (whether it be games, or books, or whatever) will mold someone's mentality away from reality. Playing violent video games 10 hours a day for weeks and months, in my opinion, will BECOME reality to that person, and that is where the danger is.

  • Jun 04, 2013 @ 12:32pm

    I see it differently

    I see this situation turning out much differently than what I've read so far. I think that Microsoft is just trying to dominate the used game market, and that it's trying to mimic eBay's effect with Paypal. Already, games (Like Mass Effect 3) come with "DLC" that are free if you bought the game new with an activation code, and they sell the code by itself for I don't remember how much. I'm sure there are other games that also need that code just to place the online multiplayer portions. Gamestop really does sell a lot of new console games for $5 less than new games, and push those sales quite a bit more. Personally I prefer spending a little more to buy a disc that's not scratched, since I don't buy that many games and $5 extra isn't the end of the world for me. I think that people will end up paying some small amount like $2 or 5% for every used game transfer (like a fee) and then use Xbox to buy/sell their used games that were purchased through there and attached to their accounts. Gamestop is just the middleman in used game sales.

  • Jun 02, 2013 @ 11:04am

    Tips vs non-tips

    In California, tips aren't considered income, therefore "tipped minimum wage" doesn't apply. But I live in Colorado now, and I get paid less since I get tips. Also, managers there pretty much all work full-time hours, while the tipped employees all work 15-20 hours.

  • May 22, 2013 @ 10:20am


    In other news, Zakida Paul is arrested for assualt and battery after his epic face palm was observed by local police.

  • May 21, 2013 @ 05:25pm


    This article reminds me of a law when I lived in California limiting the number of yard sales one can have at their home per year. I'm sure it wouldn't be too hard to find someone abusing this website to make money under the table and avoid situations such as cleanliness. Bed bugs anyone?

  • May 17, 2013 @ 12:14pm

    Online Classes a Joke

    Online classes are a joke. I've taken several, and they're pretty much the same format. Answer homework questions in a general forum (or just copy everyone else's answer since they all just wait until one guy posts the answer), then leave 2 comments on two other people's answers (like saying good job!). THEN, you take quizzes/tests online, most of them multiple choice. You can either do it the hard way be flipping through the index of your textbook for every question, or you can just copy/paste the questions into an online search engine. One class even used the quiz/test questions from the textbook publishers, which made it easy to find answer keys online.

  • May 16, 2013 @ 12:00pm

    Redlight cameras are horrible

    In a city nearby, the provided a study that "proves" that red light cameras decrease traffic accidents. In the actual study, it shows that they compared the data after increasing yellow light times WITH the traffic cameras. Fortunately enough, there were previous studies that show that increasing the yellow light times alone had the same effect, but it was apparently overlooked.

    In a recent experience, I almost did get a ticket with a traffic camera. It was snowing, and the light turned yellow at a very uneasy time. I slid, spun around, and ended up sideways in both lanes (while ducking my face behind the steering wheel), barely making it to the line without crossing it. If it wasn't for that camera, I'd have rolled through it since it was very icy on that road.

    Also, I've had my picture taken numerous times when the lights were faulty. One time, the light turned from green to red with no yellow light, and I got a picture taken. Many times the flash when I've been going through a green light. There was even one intersection where the lights would flash constantly (light a strobe light) blinding everyone in the intersection whenever a car was stopped in a certain right turn only lane with a red light. I have never received a ticket from those cameras but it seems they don't work very well to begin with. Perhaps it's too expensive to have proper working ones.

    And just to show I'm not some camera hating person, I will tell you there was ONE instance I liked seeing a red light camera in place. It was at a very busy intersection, the kind where you are extremely lucky if you made it through the intersection the first time you saw a green light. Lots of cars used to run the red light, up to half a dozen of them after the light turned from yellow to red. I think it works for intersections where there's always congested traffic and there's those A-holes who block the intersection or just run the red because they don't want to wait their turn.

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