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Signed On Apr 9, 2004, 17:38
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 1, 2014, 00:05 Mr. Tact
 
Calling the relationship I have with my northern neighbor "contentious" might be a bit strong, but it could use some work. There is a 10' hedge which runs the entire length between our properties. They have their back yard fenced in, with the fence being on their side of the hedge. Although I have never had the land surveyed I assumed the property line was very close to if not centered on this hedge.

One day last summer, I came home and noticed part of the hedge had clearly been trimmed not only on the top, but on my side. In a conversation which wasn't angry, but clearly not friendly either, I suggested he and his contractors should not be on my property without my permission. He claimed the hedge was on his side of the property line. No more trimming was done. The next time I talked to him was when he showed up at my front door on Oct 31st with white hair gel inviting me over for a drink at his Halloween party. Didn't quite know what to make of that, I politely said thank you, but no. We haven't spoken since then.
 
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33. Re: Out of the Blue May 31, 2014, 20:29 Mr. Tact
 
Rossini wrote on May 30, 2014, 12:52:
The Clipper price actually makes sense given...
- The Dodgers just sold for a couple of billion.
- There were a couple of other 1.5+ billion dollar offers on the table.
- The ridiculously lucrative cable T.V. deals the Dodgers and Lakers recently concluded.
- The team is 'hot' with players Chris Paul (thanks to David Stern) and Blake Griffin coming into their primes vs. aging and injury prone Kobe and Steve Nash.

With a good T.V. deal, Ballmer has a good shot recouping his investment.
The Dodgers deal included a prime piece of real estate and revenue guarantees the Clippers don't have. Predictions of the Clippers rise have been numerous, and to date all wrong. I'll agree they have some talent, but for whatever reason, it's never been enough before.

However, you're right that if they do get a big broadcast deal, that will be a big move in getting Ballmer some of his investment back. And it's not like it's a big deal to Ballmer. The $2 billion, if reports of his net worth are correct, are on a percentage basis less than what I spent on my home purchase.
 
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Premium Beta Begins
18. Re: Elite: Dangerous Premium Beta Begins May 30, 2014, 11:17 Mr. Tact
 
Their videos look promising, but I'll wait for release and read the reviews.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Out of the Blue May 30, 2014, 09:37 Mr. Tact
 
I thought the Tron sequel was fine -- not academy award worthy, but a good watch.  
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10. Re: Out of the Blue May 30, 2014, 09:35 Mr. Tact
 
Wow. Should have been a fire sale for the Clippers, instead Ballmer pays a premium. This is for the team only, well -- and a small practice facility. A few years from now, if not sooner, people will be talking about the ridiculous price he paid for the team and how much Ballner's lost on the deal.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue May 29, 2014, 09:28 Mr. Tact
 
I hadn't heard/read about the Soylent product previously -- reasonably interesting.  
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30. Re: Out of the Blue May 28, 2014, 23:17 Mr. Tact
 
jdreyer wrote on May 28, 2014, 16:14:
Best estimates are that most, but not all, have been:
As a result of NEOWISE in 2011, it is estimated that 93% of the NEAs larger than 1 km have been found and that only about 70 remain to be discovered.
Wow, I didn't realize they thought they had found that high a percentage of the NEOs. I would have guessed half that percentage at best.
 
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29. Re: Out of the Blue May 28, 2014, 23:06 Mr. Tact
 
While I might agree with most of your sentiment, HorrorScope. I think you are giving Kerry too much credit by calling him a lair. He isn't that smart, I suspect he actually believes what he is saying.

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17. Re: Out of the Blue May 28, 2014, 11:57 Mr. Tact
 
Creston wrote on May 28, 2014, 11:46:
And if that didn't give it away, the asteroid was nudged off course by Mars, and will take 27 years to hit the earth.
Actually, that part could make sense... an asteroid in orbit around the sun, could pass Mars closely causing a change in the orbit which results in a collision with Earth the next pass through the solar system some number of years later.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue May 28, 2014, 10:51 Mr. Tact
 
I have little doubt Kerry believes every word he said.

While some people might agree what Snowden did was morally right, that doesn't mean it wasn't technically criminal. Personally, I found his revelations only mildly surprising, if you had asked me if the NSA was doing that stuff prior to the announcements, I would have said something like, "I hope not, but it wouldn't surprise me."

Do I think the NSA should have been doing what they were. Probably not. Do I understand the thinking that got them there. Yes. Do I think Snowden did "the people" a favor by revealing this? *shrug* Maybe.
 
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7. Re: Out of the Blue May 28, 2014, 09:39 Mr. Tact
 
It really is going to hit the Earth, it's just the NWO made them withdraw the report!  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
25. Re: Out of the Blue May 27, 2014, 14:34 Mr. Tact
 
NewMaxx wrote on May 27, 2014, 13:06:
I've put in about 40 trees (including limes, oranges, tomatoes)
Tomato trees?

I drink diet dew, so no HFCS for me -- just cool stuff like potassium benzoate and aspartame! Whatever. Frankly, if it hasn't killed me after 20+ years of drinking in the quantities I do, it can't be that harmful.

Edit: I know, bad logic. A smoker could say the same thing. *shrug*

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10. Re: Out of the Blue May 27, 2014, 12:06 Mr. Tact
 
descender wrote on May 27, 2014, 11:18:
Why? Is avoiding something full of carcinogens meaningless unless you avoid every single substance that's bad for you? No, of course not.
It is meaningless if you are eating other processed foods. I guarantee if that bothers you, there is no processed food that doesn't have a step which you would find unacceptable.
 
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6. Re: Out of the Blue May 27, 2014, 11:14 Mr. Tact
 
Rattlehead wrote on May 27, 2014, 10:30:
Soda is gross, who knows what goes into that crap. I wouldn't drink anything that color.
Unless you grow all your own food, this attitude makes zero sense.
 
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News Comments > Memorial Metaverse
7. Re: Memorial Metaverse May 27, 2014, 08:59 Mr. Tact
 
Cutter wrote on May 26, 2014, 13:01:
Much as I hate Twitter it's not like they have a choice. It's either that or don't do business there. Ars on the other hand censor people all the time and it's not government mandated, so who's the greater evil.
Are you talking about censorship of comments? Or do they have forums or something? Even without knowing for certain what you are talking about, I suspect Ars comes no where close to the level of censorship used by Pakistan.
 
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News Comments > Age of Conan Turns Six; Adds PvP Update
14. Re: Age of Conan Turns Six; Adds PvP Update May 27, 2014, 08:40 Mr. Tact
 
Ant wrote on May 24, 2014, 21:36:
I still have the game box unopened. I still haven't tried it. :/ Is it worth even trying? I liked the movies.
The owners of the game appreciate your participation.
 
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News Comments > Memorial Safety Dance
3. Re: Memorial Safety Dance May 26, 2014, 21:32 Mr. Tact
 
If my experience is any indication the issue with expired SSL certs. is usually the paperwork to pay for them, not the technical side of getting them in place.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue May 25, 2014, 22:11 Mr. Tact
 
Alamar wrote on May 25, 2014, 14:55:
Most techie peeps have DVRs and a lot of their friends/family, but I would guess most people still don't.
You have to figure anyone with satellite tv has one, and most cable systems offer them now. I haven't seen any numbers, but it wouldn't surprise me if it has reached a majority status...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue May 23, 2014, 15:04 Mr. Tact
 
Cutter wrote on May 23, 2014, 13:41:
Global strategic reserve? Yeah, because in time of war or natural crisis the people NEED maple syrup!
That sentence is damn funny. I don't know if they were going for a laugh, but they got one out of me.
 
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15. Re: What Patrick Stewart Would Say to His Younger Self May 23, 2014, 14:54 Mr. Tact
 
The man never fails to disappoint, the more I see of him the more I like him.  
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