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Pathfinder Society Member. 3,356 posts (7,302 including aliases). 3 reviews. 2 lists. 3 wishlists. 64 aliases.


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NobodysHome wrote:

How to Tell Whether You are an A**hat, Lesson #4283:

(1) Find a narrow residential street.
(2) Drive rapidly down the street on garbage day.
(3) Get stuck behind a garbage truck that is doing its job.
(4) Lean on the horn for at least 10 seconds to express your displeasure at being delayed by people trying to make a living doing something very unpleasant, but very vital and helpful.
(5) Bonus points: Do this before 8:00 am in the morning on said residential street.

Congratulations! You, sir or madam, are an a**hat!

You could also try driving your private automobile in a public transportation only lane downtown, and lean on your horn like crazy because a bus has stopped in front of you to load a wheelchair bound passenger. Then swerve into the transit only lane moving the opposite direction to bypass the bus, run a red light, and continue to drive in a public transportation only lane.

Alternatively, stop your car right in the middle of the crosswalk, or park it on the sidewalk.


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Finding Chinese takeout on Chinese New Year is actually pretty difficult. Most places around here close for the holiday. I eventually found a place, but now I'm hungry again.


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You know all those movies and games showing the captain of a ship up in front of the wheel steering? That's usually wrong.

First, a wheel needs to attach to a tiller, which typically means that it's to the rear of the ship and facing the wheel would have you looking back, not ahead. The wheel also has a box filled with gears attached, because that's the tiller. Seldom does one see this.

Second, steering is not typically the job of the captain. They have other stuff to do.

Third, the person steering cannot usually see where the ship is going. Too much of the ship in the way. They are given instructions from a navigator or lookout up near the front. If they fail to do their jobs, ships hit things.

One did not typically stand in front of the wheel. One stood behind abd off to one side, next to the tiller. That way you could see people trying to get your attention if you failed to hear them.


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Whatever the cops yelled must have been persuasive. Everyone dispersed without the cops having to get in there and make them disperse. Now it's just eerie quiet.


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I got on a subway train here in San Francisco. A hot pink banner asked my why I would want to go look at sea lions when I could pet a real live bear, and encouraged me to visit the Castro. I found this most amusing.


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A lot of times it makes me wonder if we should have something like South Africa's police paramedics. Trained as a paramedic first and foremost, but still a cop (Granted, South Africa's exist more because paramedics need guns there, which isn't what I'm suggesting.). Should be much more qualified to assist people with mental health issues, while still being able to use force if absolutely necessary.

We could also try doing what the FBI and a lot of European forces do: hire only college graduates, have a much longer academy, and treat cops like well educated professionals. Also, no in house shooting or abuse investigations. That should just be obvious.


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I'm playing PS4 in my apartment. I know damn well who won the superbowl despite having not watched it and in fact deliberately avoided it, the cheering, music, and illegal fireworks are headache inducingly loud, the drunken college morons are spilling into the street, and the cops are yelling unintelligible things at them over a loudspeaker. I don't know what else I expected, really.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Give me one of the local burger places (Al's Big Burger on San Pablo in Albany is our go-to place) where your burgers actually have some moisture left in 'em by the time you get 'em, rather than having the burger joint try to make up for the dry toughness with an excess of mayo or other random sauce...

That explains why I can't find a good fast food burger easily! I don't like mayo, ketchup, relish, or anything like that, and find mustard to be the most vile thing in all existence. No wonder most fast food burgers aren't good.

In other news, WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU THINK IT'S OKAY TO LIGHT UP A CIGARETTE ON THE CABLE CAR?


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I have to go to work soon. Not dreading the labor so much as I am dreading having to put some pants on.


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You know you're in California when when cargo shorts in February is nice and comfortable.

Seriously, though. This weather feels like May.


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Now Kelsey can eagerly anticipate Far Cry Primal, and Uncharted 4, and Kingdom Hearts 3, and Mafia 3, and some other things. Kelsey does have to wait a while for the new Tomb Raider to release on PS4, but this is an acceptable sacrifice, since she will get it in time and can shelve it next to the new Uncharted.

Kelsey got two free games with the PS4. She got Assassin's Creed Syndicate and Batman Arkham Knight. She also bought Dragon Age Inquisition Game of the Year. She owns Inquisition for the PC, but it runs a bit slow on the lowest graphics settings and she doesn't have any DLC. Buying the three DLC campaigns on PC is $45. Buying the PS4 edition complete with all DLC ever released is $40 plus tax. Kelsey thinks the PS4 version is the slightly better deal price wise, and her performance issues shall also be solved.


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Kelsey's working closing shift today and opening shift tomorrow. This means maybe four and a half hours of sleep and a grumpy Kelsey. Why does Kelsey put up with this? Kelsey's backpack is weighed down by her new PS4.


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Treppa wrote:
So for some reason people in here have been strenuously hating on my parents' professions, my home town, and my home state. What the heck? This place is so damned negative, it's not fun anymore.

If it makes you feel any better, my beloved San Francisco consistently smells like stale piss.


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Treppa wrote:
What the heck? This place is so damned negative, it's not fun anymore.

Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries!


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The sight of a bunch of heavily armored cops with AR-15s packed into an official SFPD golf cart is actually pretty funny.


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I hope little Mrs. I'm Gonna Show Off My Tazer On University Property and Activate It Repeatedly realizes that even possessing that is pretty much a guaranteed expulsion and court appearance if she gets caught, much less activating it.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:

Dude. Financial aid comes in, and within a day I've already taken out a sizeable chunk:

Google Nexus 9 (Old tablet is fin)
Carrying case
Two Kate Ascher books related to my university major
4 textbooks (soon I'll buy a 5th, the most expensive)
Box cutter (the orange disposables at work go dull after two uses)
Box cutter blades
64 GB USB/Micro USB flash drive (for the tablet and for moving stuff between university computers)

All of that was over $400. Still, given the number of textbooks, that's probably pretty cheap.

I'm amazed you got away with just four textbooks for $400. In my days as a community college professor, I learned that the single-most-useful thing I could do for a course was:

(1) Contact the publisher of my textbook, and tell them I'd like evaluation copies.
(2) Publishers, being odd, would send me 3-4, instead of just the 1 I ordered.
(3) Loan the extra books to the financially-needy students in my class.

I never lost a book, the publishers never complained, and I felt like I was doing my little bit.

Textbook prices are just plain stupid. And I used to do contracting work for McGraw-Hill, so I "owe 'em".

Well, one class is a Humanities class that uses novels instead of traditional texts, another professor allows an out of date edition that costs $15 (new edition is around $100), and the other two I was able to rent instead of buy. The textbook I still need to buy is about $110, and not available used. The big driver of costs this time around was the tablet.


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Dude. Financial aid comes in, and within a day I've already taken out a sizeable chunk:

Google Nexus 9 (Old tablet is fin)
Carrying case
Two Kate Ascher books related to my university major
4 textbooks (soon I'll buy a 5th, the most expensive)
Box cutter (the orange disposables at work go dull after two uses)
Box cutter blades
64 GB USB/Micro USB flash drive (for the tablet and for moving stuff between university computers)

All of that was over $400. Still, given the number of textbooks, that's probably pretty cheap.


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My great grandmother on my stepdad's side was 105 when she passed away. Lucid right up to the end, too. Only person I know who got to hold one of her grandchildrens grandchildren. I wasn't there, but I hear she went to the end content.


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Oh, yea? You wanna play that game? Well, I can blanket favorite all the posts, too!


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captain yesterday wrote:
So much for the stuffy dwarf stereotype. :-)

If ye ain't so emotionally repressed that you can't admit to not particularly feeling like hitting somebody in the face with an axe and then getting rip roaring drunk, what kind of dwarf are ye?


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Freehold DM wrote:

I liked almost all of my teachers, save for my 4th grade teacher who is responsible for my hatred of math.

Will never forgive the multiplication table for existing, or the school system for throwing out everything I learned about multiplication in 3rd grade ahead of schedule(which resembles what's being done in kumon and those other weird advanced placement extra curricular fancy-schamncy semi-schools with their focus on concepts, as well as a bit of the common core thing people seem to be complaining about today).

I tried to do long multiplication in my navigation lecture today. I couldn't. It's been so long I no longer remember how. And forget about long division.


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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:
My mom certainly disagrees. Her favorite among all my teachers was the middle school teacher who'd send me to on campus suspension for the day every time I asked an irrelevent question or spoke out of turn or said something not appropriate to the task at hand (I have Aspergers and ADHD. I failed that class because I was never allowed to be in class.).
That sounds awful. I don't mean that in a patronizing way either. No kid needs to receive those kind of crappy messages about their worth, especially not from people they look up to, like parents and teachers. Those wrong messages sink in, sink in deep, and take a long time to dig out/route around mentally.

I can't disagree with that. A lot of my adult development has been realizing that my parents could not handle an autistic child, and were teaching me not to be self confident or independent. We're talking "You are to come straight home from school every day, and you are to stay home and not leave without a parent present. Even though you are 17." level stuff. Oh, and whenever I failed at something (Like cooking a meal or riding a kick scooter), my mother would tell me I obviously have no ability to do that thing and forbid me from doing it again (I overcooked one pasta dish at 14, and she was using that as justification for why I couldn't cook anything at all when I was 16). And we haven't even got to the paranoia, racism, gender policing, and borderline physical abuse yet.

And all of that pales in comparison to what my maternal grandmother did to my mother when she was growing up. I'm not even mad at my mother anymore. I think she was a broken person trying her best and messing it up because she didn't know how to be a good mom because she was raised by a violent drunken drug addict who only had her because abortion was illegal and her mother would have never allowed her to give a child up for adoption. Throw on Aspergers, and my mother had no idea what she was doing. At least she tried not to be a horrible person, unlike some other mothers in this family.

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My sarcasm meter doesn't work, so I can't tell if your serious or not. Abuse is not character building. Undermining kids self-esteem is not character building.

And frankly, coming what you've said above it, it sounds like abuse because the hypothetical actions as teacher you've given would be repeating the cycle. Kids who were abused didn't deserve it: not you, and not them.

I was peddling black humor and sarcasm from the moment I proposed becoming a teacher solely to be cruel to children. I have no intention to give up urban planning for teaching, and if I did, I'd at least try not to be a raging b~&!*.


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In non-political news, I'm good on beer for a while. Also, whoever saw a bowl of mochi and thought "I should put that in a waffle iron" is actually pretty smart.


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Today I learned that buying a case of beer and a six pack of soda means having to carry a case of beer and a six pack of soda.


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They weren't saying the L has no subways. They were comparing Chicago and Bay Area subways, and saying ours is dangerous because earthquakes. This is where they became wrong.


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Argh somebody is wrong on the internet and I can't correct them because it's an archived Reddit thread. People were comparing Chicago's L trains to the Bay Area's BART. Somebody was all like "At least in Chicago you aren't going to get buried alive in a subway tunnel in the big one [earthquake]". Aaaaaaaah they are so wrong. Those tunnels are extremely safe in a quake. Remember Loma Prieta? Straight up broke the Bay Bridge and a couple freeways, but that underwater BART tunnel abd the subway weren't scratched a bit. Saved our entire transit system, that did. Only working way to get from Oakland to San Francisco for a while. Gonna get buried alive my ass.


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Freehold DM wrote:
Okay guys. Taking off for cali now. See everyone once I land.

You best come up to San Francisco and see me.


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I went to McDonald's and ordered a McGangbang. Kind of disappointing. Not enough meat between the buns. I have a plan, though. What we gotta do is go bigger. Skip these limp McDoubles and McChickens. Get a double Quarter Pounder with cheese and one of them Buttermilk Crispy Chicken sandwiches. Make sure it has bacon. Now that'll make a meal. Needs an impressive name, though. A mere bang is not enough. We shall call it...

The McOrgy.


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Oh, I'll show you a pole.


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I bought the PS3 version of Okami. The graphics alone are worth the price of admission.


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Needs more flames.


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Oh, wow. I can actually understand all the untranslated Spanish in Red Dead Redemption, and I don't speak Spanish. I'm not just talking about understanding context, either. I may not be able to form a sentence in Spanish, but I know what the vast majority of the words in this game mean, and that's enough. I'm guessing this has to do with me hailing from big city California and growing up hearing Spanish frequently?


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Advice Forum Paladin #626 wrote:
I think I'll stay away from alignment threads for a while. That s#$!'s scary.

I removed alignment from my games. This leaves me satisfied.


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Well, that was fun. I went to the National Park at Fisherman's Wharf where all the turn of the century ships are kept. Spent forever on an old sidewheerer ferry. That was fun. They had replica magazines, products, and ads from the old days in the old ferry commissary, and a bunch of old cars in the hold. Also I explored an old sailing merchant vessel. Moved salmon packers from San Francisco to Alaska and lumber from Oregon to Australia and coal from Australia to San Francisco.


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I was sitting down to junk food, beer, and Playstation, as is so often my wont. Playing Red Dead Redemption. Got into a chariot race. Was winning, too. Then I lost control of my horse, plowed into a bunch of spectators, kilt one of them, and got disqualified. This is exactly why you should never drink and drive.


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I made myself a dish of pasta with marinara sauce, Italian sausage, bacon, and parmesan. I popped open an India pale ale to go with it (No idea why I bought it, since IPAs are too hoppy for me). Halfway through I realized I really should have uncorked either a Cabernet Sauvignon or a red blend, both of which I have. Abd if I uncork the wine now, I could get a horrid hangover from mixing grain and grape.


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Treppa wrote:
Rosita wrote:
Seaking of hit and runs, my Dad and I have both been hit by cars while bicycling, and the drivers didn't bother to stop for either of us.
Jerks! wtf?

I know, right? I didn't have to go to the hospital (My Dad really should have, but didn't because he couldn't afford it), so we're lucky in that respect, but my Dad's bike was totaled and that ate into his food budget. My bike survived because the car had just started moving, but I'm kinda pissed that the driver saw me riding and still pulled forward (The car wasn't backing up, it was starting at an intersection where I rode through at a green light, then the light went from green to red with maybe half a second of yellow and the cars started driving through with me trapped in the middle of the intersection and I got hit). As an urban planning student, I want to know just what was wrong with that traffic light interval. That is in no way normal, even if you aren't expecting cyclists (Cyclists? Exiting a college? That never happens.).


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Treppa wrote:

Somebody hit my car in the parking lot and didn't leave a note. Their vehicle must be really jacked up because it missed the bumper and hit about one foot onto the hood proper. Now I am afraid to unlatch the hood and afraid it will pop open on the highway. I don't have money for body work and fear insurance will raise rates if I turn it in.

I hope there is a special place in hell for hit-and-run drivers.

Insurance will raise your rates over something clearly not your fault?

Speaking of hit and runs, my Dad and I have both been hit by cars while bicycling, and the drivers didn't bother to stop for either of us.


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Treppa wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Treppa wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
I think... it might be time to stop trying to integrate with the people of Earth, and to return to my home planet. The experiment has been a failure.
The day after the premier episode of Third Rock from the Sun, my best friend at work came in and said, "Did you see that show? That's YOU!" She was right.
which character? I love that show.
Harrry. D:

I thougt you had the whole thread blacklisted?


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The main menu for Uncharted 3 prominently displays a gun sticking out of the sand, and marketing prominently displays Drake holding the same gun over one shoulder. In a cutscene, Drake makes something of a show of grabbing this very gun. Then loses it before ever using it. Which makes me wonder why it is so prominently displayed.


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Freehold DM wrote:
...you guys do know I am getting on a plane in exactly one week, right?

As long as you don't shove any vehicles out of the rear ramp, open any cargo ramps in flight, or experience any electrical failures while in a fighter jet, you should be fine. I wouldn't be worried about any of those scenarios on a civilian passenger plane.

And if you somehow do experience a total systems failure in a fighter jet and lose all stability, your ejection seat will continue to function, so your chances of survival are good.


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TriOmegaZero wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:
It's killed at least one flight crew in Afghanistan, and that's just at the top of my head.
I saw that video. Still makes me ill to think of it.

What got me was the way it basically just lost any semblance of being aerodynamic.


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Playing Uncharted. Nate gets into fight on cargo plane, baddie opens rear ramp. I see this all the time in media. I don't think people understand that the pressure change actually is very bad for the pilot to deal with. Worse if heavy stuff falls out. Cargo like a vehicle shifting in flight is enough to take an airplane out of the sky because it screws with the entire center of balance. It's killed at least one flight crew in Afghanistan, and that's just at the top of my head.

Edit: And the cargo just got ejected, but is hanging outside the plan by a couple cables. That plane should be going nose up, then losing aerodynamic stability.

Editedit: Speaking of planes reacting to things unrealistically, in Call of Duty an EMP knocks out all the power, aircraft lose their engines, and fighter jets spin like tops as they move towards a crash. I've heard it said that without engines they should be gliding to a crash landing, but this is not quite correct. Modern fighter jets are inherently unstable, and can only maintain a straight heading with a computer making thousands of minor course corrections a minute. Kill the engines, and it won't glide in a straight line. I'm not sure enough about how the plane loses stability to call spinning like a top the most likely reaction, but some sort of spinning, tumbling, or corkscrewing is going to happen. So Call of Duty gets some credit on this one.


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captain yesterday wrote:

I got a tiny raise once, and this manager was all like "you'll notice it on your next check"

I just told him "my checks are so small I hardly notice them now"

I have no idea what I get paid right now. The minimum wage just went up, but we have a payscale that starts at "X above minimum wage", but the general manager doesn't remember what "X" is. Minimum wage is $13 an hour, so I'm making more than that, I just don't know how much. Whatever it is, it's good, because my wage was good when it was $12.25.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:
I just looked at my internet router. 15 Mbps. For three college kids. No wonder we can't even get more than one bar of wifi in the bedrooms. And we have zero unused ethernet slots.
God I am bad at this. Okay, 150 mbps is the router, it's the connection that's about 15 mbps at high signal strength (directly next to the router and modem, full bars), give or take. Best I can eke out of it is 18. And our router's two ethernet ports are both used up. One leads to the modem, one to a power supply (damned if I know why we need a power supply that hooks up to nothing) and then to a signal extender (which clearly isn't very powerful). The power supply has one ethernet in, one ethernet out, so pulling it won't help. This is one crappy internet hookup.

LOL. You young whippersnappers!

True story: My first modem was 110 baud. Yes. One hundred ten BITS per second. You could watch each character appear. When we "upgraded" to 300 baud it was amazing.

These days we have two kids who are constantly playing online on Steam, two adults who Rift every night, and we're at... 5.8 Mbps. (We can't upgrade without going with either Comcast or AT&T, and we won't do business with either of them, so...)

That 15 seems a wee bit luxurious to me, y'know?

It's luxurious until you leave the living room and your connection speed plummets to barely one bar and you lose connection every 5 minutes.


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I need to play Kingdom Hearts today. Any tips on how to deal with that jerkface Clayton?


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captain yesterday wrote:
How do you watch t.v.?

My Playstation gets really good signal reception. No idea why. Might just be that it's next to the signal extender.


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Rosita the Riveter wrote:
I just looked at my internet router. 15 Mbps. For three college kids. No wonder we can't even get more than one bar of wifi in the bedrooms. And we have zero unused ethernet slots.

God I am bad at this. Okay, 150 mbps is the router, it's the connection that's about 15 mbps at high signal strength (directly next to the router and modem, full bars), give or take. Best I can eke out of it is 18. And our router's two ethernet ports are both used up. One leads to the modem, one to a power supply (damned if I know why we need a power supply that hooks up to nothing) and then to a signal extender (which clearly isn't very powerful). The power supply has one ethernet in, one ethernet out, so pulling it won't help. This is one crappy internet hookup.


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I just looked at my internet router. 15 Mbps. For three college kids. No wonder we can't even get more than one bar of wifi in the bedrooms. And we have zero unused ethernet slots.

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