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Comment Re:Aussie freedoms are inferior (Score 1) 337 337

That last sentence's not right. Technically should be, "48 / 551 = 0.087 to 2 significant digits, so of those whose fates were ultimately determined, 8.7% were exonerated and 91.3% executed." Since it doesn't include those who were still on death row, awaiting their own final outcome.

Grim either way.

Comment Re:Aussie freedoms are inferior (Score 1) 337 337

I obtained 8% by examining the US judicial system's own records back in 2013. According to the horse's mouth, between 2001 and 2010 there were 551 state executions and 48 exonerations on appeal. The math is pretty simple: 48 / ( 551 + 48 ) = 0.08 to 2 significant digits, so 8% of people convicted and awaiting execution were found innocent.

Comment Re:Aussie freedoms are inferior (Score 1) 337 337

Perhaps the next time you "think my argument out a few steps in advance", you could first bother to notice that you completely missed the other fellow's point, and he's now wondering if you're a few planks short of a deck.

The military training aspect doesn't make someone less dangerous. That might teach proper use but your problem with guns is not that people don't know how to use them but what they might choose to do with them.

Actually, grasshopper, my problem is NOT with guns, it is with irresponsible gun owners. What I am is pro-responsibility. Learn your weapon. Maintain your weapon. Secure your weapon. Your weapon is not a toy*. I'm not afraid that US gun owners will miss, I'm afraid that their gun will hit - the wrong poor bastard - because the owner didn't bother to learn basic firearm safety.

That was, in fact, my entire damn point. The Swiss do not just "give" weapons and ammunition to all the men in their society. The rifle and pistol so issued are responsibilities, provided so that the citizen may defend their right and the right of their family and nation to independence and freedom, and the citizen will accept that responsibility and the associated training or be deemed unfit to bear those arms.

You put false words in my mouth ("your problem with guns is..."), made incorrect assumptions about my ability, and you did indeed toot your own horn. Nice shootin' there, I'm sure your foot deserved everything you gave it...

*Do not mistake a "tool that you enjoy practicing with" for a "toy". It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye by way of exiting the back of their skull.

Comment Re:Aussie freedoms are inferior (Score 1) 337 337

You are afforded a trial. Due process. if convicted of a capital offense, then I'm not losing any sleep over your coming oblivion.

Does that mean you wouldn't allow appeals? Have you done the math on the exoneration rate for death penalty convictions in the United States? Because I have.

Statistically, if you were sentenced to death in the United States between 2001 and 2010, the chance was over 8% that you would be exonerated on appeal. That's the reality: that over 8% of the time, the government's "due process" has fucked up and ordered the execution of the wrong person.

Sadly, it's not actually possible to determine just _how much_ over 8% that chance is - i.e. how many innocents have been executed. Particularly since the government has fought very hard to prevent attempts to examine the possible innocence of those it has already executed.

Here's an experiment for you. Line up thirteen friends. Select one at random. Explain to him that your government has just sentenced him to death for a capital crime he did not commit. Ask him how he feels about that. Ask him whether he'd truly mind you not losing any sleep over the fact that a government decided to execute your friend and called it justice.

Comment Re:Aussie freedoms are inferior (Score 1) 337 337

And before you bad mouth it, consider that the Swiss literally give all the men in their society a machine gun and a bag full of bullets.

The Swiss also have compulsory military service for all of those men, during which time they receive professional instruction in the responsible use and keeping of the firearms.

The USA? Nope.

Comment Re:Mixed reaction (Score 1) 328 328

Make it $200/month net, rather than gross?

In Australia, the law is that you aren't considered a commercial taxi service if you only accept money for the cost of the fuel, but you may be considered one if you accept additional money for your time. So even if you gave someone a lift all the way from Cooktown to Perth, and it cost you $600 in fuel and they gave you $600, you'd be in the clear.

Comment Re:How? (Score 1) 125 125

You seem to be under a misapprehension that the government cares about obtaining a few dollars from "mom and pop" online businesses in any way, shape or form, when the summary mentions the major targets are multi-million-dollar corporations like Steam and Netflix?

As to how, surely given a minute or two you could come up with at least an inkling of possible ways to check compliance? And perhaps it's possible that the people whose job it is to come up with such methods might devote rather more than a minute or two to the task?

Comment Re:It's the same old lies from these H1B advocates (Score 1) 612 612

It's "sustainable" only in the sense that a given population of a species can "sustain" a certain population of parasites. That doesn't make it a sustainable ethos for the species itself to indulge in.

> Feel free to disprove that by donating deveral hundred dollars to Nepali relief efforts. Or any international relief effort for that matter.

If GP went and did exactly that, would you (a) admit you were wrong, or (b) change the goalposts?

Comment Re:Dark And Stormy Night. (Score 1) 110 110

Well, later in the second paragraph there may be a homage: "He pulled out his phone and blogged the event, moving his stiff thumbs (for he was high on a mountain and the air was as cold as it was clear) as fast as he could to secure the claim to himself."

Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it. -- Perlis's Programming Proverb #58, SIGPLAN Notices, Sept. 1982

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