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Comment: Re:Is this new? (Score 1) 674

by green1 (#47399851) Attached to: TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

I was asked once to power up one of my radios, batteries were dead so it wouldn't power up, luckily it used AA batteries so I borrowed some from my girlfriend's Discman (this was a few years ago...) and although those batteries were also quite dead it was enough to get a "beep" out of the radio which seemed good enough for the people at the checkpoint. Not entirely sure if this was before or after 9/11, I suspect after, but I can't say for certain.

Comment: Re:Rule of thumb (Score 3, Informative) 97

They need the agreements so that they can hash out how to allow trade for large multi-national corporations, while forbidding it to all private individuals, because allowing individuals to import things without barriers would lead to anarchy... or something like that.... For example, In Canada our auto manufacturers can produce their cars anywhere in the world and ship them in to the country, due to various free trade agreements they can often do this without any tariffs getting in their way. However as a consumer it is illegal for me to buy a car in a different country and import it myself. (with some small exceptions for cars from the USA, however even then the auto manufacturers write the list of which cars are allowed to be imported)
We have similar rules for many different industries, automotive is just one of the most obvious ones. Remember, "Free" trade is never the goal of any of these agreements, increased regulation for consumers, coupled with job movement to lower cost jurisdictions, combined with fewer trade barriers for multi-national corporations is what you can expect every single time.

Comment: Re:Disbelief in evolution=proof of science illiter (Score 1) 772

by green1 (#47107801) Attached to: Belief In Evolution Doesn't Measure Science Literacy

This really is simple. If you believe in creationism you are not scientifically literate, saying that some of these people got the other questions right doesn't change the fact that they proved in the one question that they do not take science seriously. That said, belief in evolution, does not preclude scientific illiteracy, this is a topic with enough publicity that people who are clueless may still come down on the right side.

Comment: Half the price, half the range, none of the appeal (Score 1) 398

by green1 (#46819279) Attached to: Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

[quote] Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?[/quote]
Falf the price, and at the batteries they're considering, half the range.

[quote] So it looks like the Leaf might get up to 150 miles of range, possibly by the 2016 model year. The range increase will come from a larger battery pack, possibly 36 or 42 kWh, and more energy-dense cells.[/quote]
The Tesla comes with a 60 or 85 kWh pack, looks great, and is a luxury sports sedan. The upgraded leaf will still have half the range of the Tesla, and none of it's style.

There's only one reason people choose the leaf over the Tesla, and that's because they can't afford the Tesla. I understand, it's not cheap, but you can't claim that the two are in the same category any more than you can compare the Nissan Sentra to the Mercedes S class.

Comment: Re:Next, be a woman (Score 1) 386

by green1 (#46724931) Attached to: UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

Some women recover okay, but others find themselves with a lifelong trauma that leaves them unable to form healthy relationships, leaves them scared to leave their homes, and then others just outright commit suicide. Pretending it's something that just happens and then that's it, it's over and you carry on as normal is probably one of the most stupid things I've ever seen modded up on Slashdot.

I never once said it's something that just happens and then that's it. I said it's a horrible, horrible crime. You even agree with my point in that quote, you say that "some women recover okay". Please show me even one murder victim that has "recovered okay". I'm well aware that people (not just women!) can be highly traumatized and have massive psychological problems following a rape, and for years, or decades later, sometimes for their whole life, in fact I have met several of these people, and even provided medical care for some of them. That said, they get to do that because they are still alive. If you ask many rape victims what they were thinking during the rape it is frequently along the lines of "please don't kill me!"

I think rape is one of the worst crimes possible. But it is not murder, and considering it as such does nobody any favours.

Comment: Re:shenanigans (Score 2) 386

by green1 (#46724619) Attached to: UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

It wasn't me who compared the USA to China, Mexico, and Russia, countries with massive social problems, including poverty like you have never seen or experienced.

I wanted to give the USA the benefit of the doubt and compare them to countries with very similar demographics, diversity, and physical characteristics. You decided that was too much to aspire to, and that the USA should be content because it's better then China, Mexico, and Russia. Use whatever terms you want to describe it, but I think you could aim higher.

You talk about diversity, Canada and many parts of Europe are just as diverse as the US, the difference lies in less of an "us vs them" mentality (there are no "african-canadians" "italian-canadians" etc, they're all just Canadian)

You talk about large geography. Canada and Australia both have that covered.
You talk about urban density. Europe has you beat.
You talk about rural areas. Canada and Australia have you beat.
You talk about illegal immigrants from poor nations adjacent. Australia has a huge problem here with boatloads of people trying to sneak in from nearby Asian countries, Much of europe shares borders with countries rife with poverty.

You're making excuses because you don't want to fix your mess.

Comment: Re:shenanigans (Score 2) 386

by green1 (#46724399) Attached to: UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

And yet the simple solutions to these problems are ignored and shunned by americans. "Blacks" kill more people because they are on average poorer, with less access to a quality education and limited access to health care (three of the top 4 items I listed that are different in the USA from the rest of the developed world)

"preventing crime" does NOT mean more cops or more guns, it does not mean more laws, or "tough on crime" legislation, it means getting to the root of the problems and solving those.

Comment: Re:Singapore (Score 0) 386

by green1 (#46721957) Attached to: UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

You could check with the rest of the western world though that have a murder rate less than half of that in the US despite large rural areas, dense urban areas, rich people, and poor people. Seems everyone except America can figure this out to some extent, maybe see what the rest of the western world does differently than the US (most likely accessible education, universal health care, less inequality, and that dreaded gun control)

Comment: Re:So to summarise (Score 1) 386

by green1 (#46721933) Attached to: UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

Afghanistan actually was doing better than the USA until 2012. And Iran is still better. As is Egypt. So I'm actually thinking it's more like:
[Places where there are wars or massive corruption, including the USA]
[The rest of the world]

Too bad Americans fight tooth and nail against anything that could help improve their odds. (Education, health care, income equality, gun control)

Comment: Re:shenanigans (Score 4, Insightful) 386

by green1 (#46721847) Attached to: UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

The US murder rate is more than double that of the rest of the western world. Despite the four points I listed being the biggest differences between your country and the other Western democracies. Your personal refusal to even consider any possible improvement in that situation is endemic of the problem that causes your chance of being murdered to be more than double that of any other western citizen.

I'm glad you're OK with your odds, after all, you choose them.

13. ... r-q1