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This is why I can't enable ads for Ars Technica. A giant, pop-down, video-playing piece of crap? The other ads on the page are fine.

Things I hate: Giant pop-down pieces of crap. Video ads. Anything related to Outbrain. 
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Keep Texas students safe by sacrificing a few of the brown ones to the volcano! That seems to be what the "principal" of this school is saying.

Every once in a while I feel a lawsuit against a public institution is warranted. This is one of those times. Handcuffing and interrogating a 14 year old? What the hell is wrong with these people?

I wonder if they called the bomb squad to deal with the device. I mean, if they genuinely thought there was a real risk, they would have done that, right? If not, then it's (sadly) exactly what it appears to be.
Fourteen-year-old Texas student Ahmed Mohamed was arrested yesterday for bringing a clock to school, after his teacher and police confused it for a bomb. While charges were eventually dropped, the...
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I so wish Yelp had a "you are a fucking idiot" button, in addition to "cool" and "helpful".
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The RPS interview with Peter Molyneux is so rude and over the top that I'm deleting the Rock Paper Shotgun bookmark I've enjoyed for years. 
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It drives me moderately bonkers that anyone reporting on gaming apparently has to include school-project level stuff like "Desert Golf" alongside actual game of the year material like Dragon Age. Seriously? Can't all of that 8-bit, side-scrolling, retro crap be relegated to a sidebar entitled "It's been done a thousand times before, but here it is again on a phone, or with a brilliant new color scheme"?
From polished sequels to surprising new franchises, 2014 was a weird year in gaming.
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I won that go kart race. 
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Reads like a checklist of everything that go wrong with a government authority. 
For generations, the people of the Four Corners region have battled the federal government over the land and its treasures. Operation Cerberus was supposed to expose a lucrative trade in stolen antiquities. Instead, it tore a hole in a Utah town.
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This is an extraordinarily chilling statement:
Defense attorneys have routinely asked, and have been denied, access to examine the software's 170,000 lines of source code in a bid to challenge the authenticity of its conclusions. The courts generally have agreed with Cybergenetics, the company behind TrueAllele, that an independent examination of the code is unwarranted, that the code is a proprietary trade secret, and disclosing it could destroy the company financially.
"Destroy the company financially"? Who gives a crap about that? If it doesn't work, they should be destroyed, and should be prosecuted. 
When a computer "spits out something, you'd like to know how it did it."
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Disgusting, and predictable. This "review" was performed by the same idiots whose lack of action in the past created the situation. Expecting them to do anything other than backflips to justify what they've done in the past? Foolish.

Tolls for the Greenway made it past the state commission by claiming that their expenses were high, and that they weren't making any profit. The Greenway has taken on a lot of debt (a billion dollars worth?). So...where did that money go? Who owns the debt? And what is the interest rate?

If I wanted to pretend that my highway project was massively in debt and needing additional revenue to be authorized, I'd have my $Greenway project borrow money from another part of my company (or some good friends of mine) at an exorbitant rate. I can then claim that my project is losing money because of the pain of carrying and repaying all of that debt.

Where did all that money go, again?

I'm disgusted by the blameless circularity of the SCC decision, which seems to roughly be "because we screwed up and granted these rate increases in the past, there's nothing we can do now".

And the "does not materially affect usage" clause? It's not often you have public commission officials just flat-out lying in printed decisions to save face, but there you go.
I suppose we should find it unremarkable that legitimate challenges to modern-day highway robbery are few and far between. The SCC members certainly exude awareness that the "thou shalt not attempt to enforce tolling rules" laws were written by the current attorney general of Virginia. Bet that never crossed their minds, even once.
The State Corporation Commission today announced it was formally closing its investigation requested by Del. David Ramadan (R-87) into toll rates on the Dulles Greenway.
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This kids' flash card has a serious difficulty level. 
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Time to extract the alien!
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Up there with Amazon's most hilarious reviews. These guys got sick of Yelp's shakedown, and decided to fight back.
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Some classics there... very funny stuff.
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I'm tired of making excuses for the poor quality of restaurants in this area; very few of them would last a minute on the east coast. Including this one -- Saigon Harbor. Flavor in their dim sum is amped up by the liberal application of salt, which hides the fact that there isn't much else going on. All that salt means you need water. But surprise! This restaurant is literally the first I have been to that *charges you* $0.75 for a glass of tap water. Which means one of two things: They're so cheap that they're cutting corners everywhere to save money, or they just figure they can overcharge because they're popular. I don't like either. Makes me wonder what else they're doing to "save water": Proper washing of dishes? Who knows. I'll try to find another, somewhat less crappy dim sum restaurant in the area. Not getting my hopes up, though.
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We've been to three different Bon Chon locations -- two in Virginia and this one in Sunnyvale. It's become apparent to me that there's substantial variation between each instance. The first time we had Bon Chon chicken in VA, it was absolutely fantastic. Every time we went back to THAT location, it was equally good (and it took a while to get your order cooked). The other location we went to in VA wasn't anywhere near as good. This location in Sunnyvale is the worst of the three. The time from when I placed my order till it was made available was a scant 10 or 12 minutes, and I'm pretty sure that's not enough time to do proper "Bon Chon" preparation. And what that does is make the chicken taste like what you can get anywhere else. So if anyone from Bon Chon World Headquarters is paying attention, I'm pretty sure they should head in and do a little quality control on their locations, because some of them just aren't taking the time to prepare the products properly. Bon Chon chicken is EXCELLENT when it's cooked right. Too bad this location doesn't do that.
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Really happy to find good quality Persian food; we had two koobidehs for dinner and they were great. Very generous with the meat, for this dish, with saffron rice and roast tomato. I usually ignore the yoghurt with this dish (at other places), but for some reason this time it was great -- maybe because I haven't had this in a long time.
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