0440: "Road Rage"

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Re: "Road Rage" Discussion

Postby joee » Tue Jun 24, 2008 2:20 am UTC

Death Dragon wrote:Ugh, I HATE tailgaters. I'm only just learning how to drive, and having people directly behind me like that makes me nervous. I realize I may be going a little below the speed limit, but I'm still learning and it's very likely I'll have to hit the brakes fast. Besides, sometimes people tailgate me when I'm going exactly the speed limit. Where's the fire, buddy?


People still tailgate me (and overtake me) when I'm doing the speed limit, and I have my license (although, it's a provisional license).
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Re: "Road Rage" Discussion

Postby Mailman » Tue Jun 24, 2008 3:03 am UTC

Now this is pranking at it's best...

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Re: "Road Rage" Discussion

Postby Flyffe » Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:06 am UTC

I felt a bit disappointed by this comic, because of what seems to me to be a cheap plot device... Someone driving around with a laptop in their car, fair enough. Open, switched on, wi-fi enabled, and in the back seat? That seems extremely unlikely.

Can someone please confirm that 'sure, lots of people do this in America'?
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Re: "Road Rage" Discussion

Postby ShaKri » Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:06 pm UTC

Flyffe wrote:I felt a bit disappointed by this comic, because of what seems to me to be a cheap plot device... Someone driving around with a laptop in their car, fair enough. Open, switched on, wi-fi enabled, and in the back seat? That seems extremely unlikely.

Can someone please confirm that 'sure, lots of people do this in America'?


dunno bout in america.. but anyone that uses a USB wi-fi for internet or whatever reason would have it always on if they only used the laptob for 'buisness' and didn't really know much about computers ... as for the back seat... i use the backseat as an easy-access boot.. so thats also plausable to me...

i soo want to do something similar to that on somone =)=) hehe.. ultimate pay back.. no more screaming through 2 layers of glass (your cars and theirs') mwahaha.
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Re: "Road Rage" Discussion

Postby Autodidact » Tue Jun 24, 2008 11:08 pm UTC

You can get low power FM transmitters that connect to anything with a headphone jack.
The point is to be able to play your iPod over your car's speakers.
Most of them are very short range but C.Crane sells one with a 40-70 foot range.

The next step is to prepare some funny mp3s and stick it in your car and wait for the next time you encounter a jerk on the road.
Then quickly determine what radio station he is listening to, tune your transmitter to that frequency, start broadcasting and stay in range.

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Re: "Road Rage" Discussion

Postby savage » Wed Jun 25, 2008 1:53 am UTC

Aww, they're on a date.

Scary thought.

They could potentially have children at some point. I wonder if they talk about that in the book of Revelation.
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Re: "Road Rage" Discussion

Postby jakejake » Wed Jun 25, 2008 2:33 am UTC

I was horrified by these characters at first, but I've come to like their total disregard for everyone and everything. It makes me think, "What would I do if I didn't care about consequences?" It's enjoyable in the same way that playing Grand Theft Auto is enjoyable.

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Re: "Road Rage" Discussion

Postby pcmattman » Wed Jun 25, 2008 5:58 am UTC

I sat in the back of a bus today and looked for wifi... the only ones I found were homes we were driving past. I guess it's unusual for people to have laptops in cars with wifi on?
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Re: "Road Rage" Discussion

Postby scarletmanuka » Wed Jun 25, 2008 6:33 am UTC

sanitycheck wrote:
scarletmanuka wrote:I have to go with benjhuey with this one. It takes more than just knowing a female who's died for this one to be effective.

Granted...but it can also take less. Anyone who's not in your direct line of sight might have spiraled downhill since you last saw them. Add a little free-floating guilt, because you know you could have done better by them...

I don't know about that. It may be a personal thing, but it seems to me that for this to be effective it'd have to recall a specific person to mind, which would mean that it would have to be someone whom you knew was dead, or at least severely ill or injured or depressed. And I think the free-floating guilt would only apply to cases of depression or suicide. Otherwise, I would think you'd need a more specific connection.
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I don't think that's a justifiable response. Speaking personally, I have a number of female acquaintances but none outside my immediate family (none of whom are currently severely depressed... :) ) on whom I'd ever think I have any significant influence. I don't think that's particularly admirable (or particularly bad, either).

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Re: "Road Rage" Discussion

Postby phlip » Wed Jun 25, 2008 6:43 am UTC

pcmattman wrote:I sat in the back of a bus today and looked for wifi... the only ones I found were homes we were driving past. I guess it's unusual for people to have laptops in cars with wifi on?

You wouldn't find anything looking like that... that would list wifi access points, not wifi clients, like laptops... What you'd need to do is have an open wifi AP (with a bit of smarts in it, like Main said), and wait to see who connects.

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Re: "Road Rage" Discussion

Postby Plasma Man » Wed Jun 25, 2008 1:26 pm UTC

Hooray for team classhole! I'm so glad we're getting to see them doing stuff together, I hope there are more like this to come.

It's interesting that the female half of the pair seems to be much more focused on mental and emotional classholery than black hat man is. Ok, she's taking over someone's computer, but only to mess with their head, and the way she entered the comic was to mess with black hat man's head (black hat's head?). Black hat man seems to have no objection whatsoever to messing with people's heads (as in the original journal comic), but he also seems to like technological approaches, i.e. centrifugal force.
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Re: "Road Rage" Discussion

Postby hideki101 » Thu Jun 26, 2008 7:28 am UTC

I like this, though I am not really sure if what I do constitutes as tailgating. I tend to drive behind large vehicles so I can catch their draft to raise my MPG.

Alternatively, if the guy didn't have the laptop, she could have called his cellphone through restricted call (I'm sure she could have gotten the guy's number somehow) as cellphones are much more common on the roads. I am sure the guy is one of those who talk while driving.
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Re: "Road Rage" Discussion

Postby OmegaLord » Sun Jun 29, 2008 4:53 pm UTC

I'm pretty sure that's exactly tailgating.
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Re: "Road Rage" Discussion

Postby wobster109 » Sat Jul 05, 2008 2:55 am UTC

about that shot in the psychological dark. what if that tailgating driver was the guy from "helping" 383?

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Re: "Road Rage" Discussion

Postby steek » Tue Jul 22, 2008 4:17 pm UTC

wobster109 wrote:about that shot in the psychological dark. what if that tailgating driver was the guy from "helping" 383?


actually, it just occurred to me that it may be this guy...in which case, it's really mean to someone who's just trying to be funny


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