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Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1140

> the homicide rate in Australia is almost exactly the same before and after the ban.

This has been well debunked.

According to the Australian Institute of Criminology, a government agency, the number of homicides in Australia did increase slightly in 1997 and peaked in 1999, but has since declined to the lowest number on record in 2007, the most recent year for which official figures are available.

Comment Geeks aren't Profitable (Score 1) 167

The other issue is that many of the people who play D&D don't pay for movies, and of the ones that do, there aren't enough of them for a movie to make money.

Most recent examples are the Firefly movie and Veronica Mars - This great groundswell of geeks that would rise up and fund these films into the stratosphere never really materialized.

Comment Re:65 VW Bug (Score 1) 373

So true - In 1987 I bought my first car: A fifteen-year-old 1972 Datsun 510. A fun car, but I had to wrench on the thing every weekend to keep it going.

...and the rust. My god, the rust. Compare that to today, where there are a lot of 15-year-old 2000-era cars on the road that look perfectly fine and run well.

Comment How it's supposed to work... (Score 1) 396

This is how the labour market is supposed to work.

I would never work for Amazon - I accept lower pay in exchange for work/life balance. But for those people for whom money is more important, Amazon provides them with that opportunity. To each their own.

...and to those who didn't know what they were getting into when they started working at Amazon, that's their own fault. Amazon's working conditions are pretty well-known.

"It doesn't much signify whom one marries for one is sure to find out next morning it was someone else." -- Rogers