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Comment: Re: This isn't a question (Score 1) 582

by dryeo (#49772517) Attached to: Ireland Votes Yes To Same-Sex Marriage

Yea, my memory and posting when drinking. it was actually 14yr old so old enough for consent (at the time), the case was in the BC Supreme court and was more of a reference case on the Constitutionality of Canada's polygamy laws.
The real problem is/was getting enough evidence to prosecute for sexual abuse. To quote the special prosecutor,

On August 1, 2007, Richard Peck concluded that there isn't enough evidence to charge the group with sexual abuse or exploitation charges as it has been extraordinarily difficult to find victims willing to testify and the defendants are likely to claim "religious freedom" as a defence.

Comment: Re:US Military lets you retire at 38 (Score 1) 661

by dryeo (#49771701) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

And yet the really dangerous jobs (logging, farming, fishing, construction, being a pilot are all way more dangerous) mostly don't come with a pension.
Subtract driving accidents and being a cop is a very safe job and the number of military deaths have been very low since Vietnam.

Comment: Re:Okay... (Score 1) 376

by RDW (#49770181) Attached to: D.C. Police Detonate Man's 'Suspicious' Pressure Cooker

Harold Blumenthal at The Fat Duck restaurant found that stocks made with pressure cookers were both faster and better-tasting once they understood the effects of diffusion laws on stock making.

His brother Heston speaks very highly of them, too. Not sure I'd want to eat at his restaurants, though:


Comment: Re:Okay... horseshit (Score 2) 376

by RDW (#49770017) Attached to: D.C. Police Detonate Man's 'Suspicious' Pressure Cooker

So you want to encourage people to think those of us using them are out to hurt someone?

You're doing the harm.

The risks of terrorism and illicit drug production are only two of the risks of allowing this dangerous 'dual use' technology to be sold on the open market! A far more insidious problem is the destruction of essential vitamins in the pressure cooking process. Some of these are required for higher brain functions, like the ability to parse textual data for abstract meaning. In one recent study, over 70% of regular pressure cooker users were unable to detect irony, satire or even obvious jokes in posts on internet forums. The end product may be delicious but, like cannabis or Snapchat, the long-term effects on the developing brain can be devastating.

Comment: Re:Okay... (Score 5, Funny) 376

by RDW (#49769367) Attached to: D.C. Police Detonate Man's 'Suspicious' Pressure Cooker

In a fucking gasoline-powered car. Where do they find these geniuses?

Sure, but a pressure cooker? What is this, the 70s? Does anyone use them in 2015 for anything _except_ bomb construction and cooking meth?

"Presto Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker (Large) - Customers who bought this item also bought: 'The Al Qaeda Manual' (Kindle Edition) / Potassium Nitrate (5kg) / Casio F-91W Digital Watch / '100 Things to do Before you Die' (Paperback - used from $0.01) / Pseudoephedrine (100 tablets) / 'The Little Book of Calm' (1 Collectible from $9.96)."

Comment: Re:Inflation is *good* (Score 1) 661

by dryeo (#49768423) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

While officially inflation is very low, unofficially, at least here in Canada, food is projected to increase another 12% (produce 22%) and has been going up steadily for a while. Gas is almost back to the same price as before the oil crash. Housing is also going up very fast, electricity doubling, even my cell phone just went up 50%. Bank fees are also going up with fees to pay the mortgage recently introduced. Toys and things that only the well off can buy are going down.

Comment: Re:With Names Like This... (Score 1) 27

by Gr8Apes (#49767827) Attached to: Hubble Discovers a Fast-Aging Star Nicknamed "Nasty 1"

No, I prefer to think we're seeing a peaceful instance of Dyson sphere construction. Years from now this object will show up on the patrol scans as a vanilla-looking cool red giant.

and another instance of "dark matter" will be born.... (there will be no red giant, a sufficiently advanced race that can build a dyson sphere won't waste that much energy)

Comment: Re:To be more precise, Amazon will collect on taxe (Score 1) 238

by dryeo (#49765899) Attached to: Amazon Decides To Start Paying Tax In the UK

Aren't you being backwards? Personal taxes often come from corporations, if the personal tax rate goes up, then corporations will need to pay more to employees to maintain the same take home pay and not only that but startups, smaller businesses and such will be hit harder as payroll has to be paid whether a company is profitable or not while taxes on profit only has to be paid if the corporation is successful.
The idea that it is better to not tax corporate profits is a lie pushed by big corporations to stop competition from forming and lack of competition leads to higher prices and worse product. If Amazon one day was the only online seller of goods, they could jack up their prices secure in the knowledge that no-one else can afford to enter their business due to payrolls being so high as only personal taxes would have to pay for everything including the infrastructure that Amazon depends on to do business.

Comment: Re:Funny, that spin... (Score 3, Informative) 391

by RDW (#49765271) Attached to: What AI Experts Think About the Existential Risk of AI

'Well ... in the unlikely event of it going seriously wrong, it ... wouldn't just blow up the university, sir'

'What would it blow up, pray?'

'Er ... everything, sir.'

'Everything there is, you mean?'

'Within a radius of about fifty thousand miles out into space, sir, yes. According to HEX it'd happen instantaneously. We wouldn't even know about it.'

'And the odds of this are ... ?'

'About fifty to one, sir.'

The wizards relaxed.

'That's pretty safe. I wouldn't bet on a horse at those odds,' said the Senior Wrangler.

-Terry Pratchett et al., The Science of Discworld

Comment: Re:This isn't a question (Score 1) 582

by dryeo (#49763773) Attached to: Ireland Votes Yes To Same-Sex Marriage

I know that my government is not that representative, as an example the ruling party won with 38% of the vote, not including those who didn't vote. So 62% of voters voted for others. This government has consistently tried to override basic rights and keeps getting smacked down by the courts.
An example is that they are talking about prosecuting people who call for boycotting Israel due to the Israelis targeting civilians. In a democratic society I believe that people should be able to peacefully organize a boycott and probably the courts will agree.
In countries such as America, due to the influence of money in the election process, choices are limited to the ones that big industry wants rather then the choices that are most in agreement with the people.
Democracy is flawed, just seems better then the other choices as long as there are some checks and balances.

Basic is a high level languish. APL is a high level anguish.