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Comment: Re:Idiotic (Score 2, Interesting) 565

You think imprisonment is reversible?

Less irreversible than execution. Also, it's easier for a person to sue for tons of money for wrongful incarceration than for the estate of a person to sue for tons of money due to wrongful execution.

And suing for lots of money is necessary to motivate the voters/taxpayers to keep the rate of wrongful convictions down. If wrongful convictions aren't freakishly expensive, there's no motivation.

Comment: Re:I Will Never Understand (Score 1) 565

Why would anyone ever try to improve on the good old bullet to the head

Now let's see:

a) The method requires some skill on the executioner's side.

b) It's messy and doesn't leave a pretty corpse.

c) In some cultural contexts, death by bullet is considered too honorable for criminals.

d) It's quite destructive. If person-to-be-executed wants to donate their body to science, science gets a body with a hole in it and parts missing.

Comment: Re:it could have been an accident (Score 1) 737

by Ihlosi (#49352551) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident
Any Airbus pilot knows this.

... except for the pilots of AF447, who watched their plane fall out of the sky for several minutes due to a stall, not realizing that the flight computer switches to alternate law if it doesn't receive valid airspeed input and therefore could not provide stall protection.

Comment: Re:Risk Management (Score 1) 737

by Ihlosi (#49352461) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident
Airplane depressurization: "Put your own mask on before aiding others", including children.

In putting your own mask on first, you are thinking of the children. It takes more than one minute for permanent brain damage to occur due to hypoxia, but without a mask, you only have about 15-20 seconds of useful consciousness left in a worst case case scenario.

So, put your own mask on first, then you'll have plenty of time to put the masks on everyone around you, including children and people who didn't know the basics of respiratory physiology.

Comment: Pilots need good executive functions. (Score 1) 737

by Ihlosi (#49346961) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident
I wouldn't say "nothing". It's hard to concentrate on suicide if you're busy trying to murder someone.

Right. Being a pilot requires excellent executive functions.
Someone who can't get the tasks "lock door", "incapacitate other person in cockpit" and "fly plane into ground" in the correct order has no business at the controls of a plane!
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Comment: Very smart! (Score 1) 737

by Ihlosi (#49344273) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident
According to a CBS article, the US has a policy that no one single person can be in the cockpit alone during a flight.

Right. A pilot trying to kill himself and everyone else on the plane by flying it into the ground will absolutely not kill the other person in the cockpit that may be trying to stop him.

Sorry, but having two people in the cockpit is a safety measure, not a security measure. It helps if one pilot has a heart attack, but it does pretty much nothing if one pilot is a suicidal, murderous maniac.

Comment: Re:Do It, it worked in AZ (Score 1) 886

by Ihlosi (#49342855) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill
A black or Jewish printer can have a "no racist posters" policy, and deny racist posters.

The black or Jewish printer should make every attempt to out-bid anyone else for this job. The resulting ... discussion ... at the next KKK meeting would be highly interesting, since the dividing line between fundamentalists and pragmatists would become glaringly obvious.

Comment: Re:Do It, it worked in AZ (Score 1) 886

by Ihlosi (#49342829) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill
So the KKK can force a black or Jewish printer to print posters for their next rally, then?

Yes. The KKK would be shooting itself in the foot if they pulled something like this, so it's not going to happen. It would be quite funny to see what the consequences would be, though.

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