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Comment Re:About as far as you can throw a strawman (Score 1) 620

Not them, but certainly others. If you care to look you'll find that there are a lot of leaders around the world, including in the middle east, begging people to stop shooting in the air because people get injured and killed. Here's a couple of names to google: Brendon Mackey and Shannon Smith.

Comment Re:Slashdot? (Score 1) 822

For the United States hard data is surprisingly difficult to come by but the guardian says that 903 people have been killed by law enforcement so far this year. The Washington Post says that the number is consistently above 1000 per year.

In Australia between 1989 and 2011 there were 105 people killed by law enforcement so maybe 5-6 per year.

I make the US population about 14x the Australian population so per capita US law enforcement are killing more than 10x the number of people.

Comment Re:Lack of context? (Score 1) 822

I pulled up the CDC stats for 2013: 895 deaths by poisoning for people aged 0-19. A bit higher than the number you quoted but in the ballpark. Of these 754 were over 15 years of age. The year before there were 928 poisoning deaths in the 0-19 age group of which 756 were aged above 15. Go back another year it was 907/1072. It appears to me that you're taking what looks like teen suicides and maybe drug overdoses, blaming the parents, and suggesting that it is relevant to a discussion on accidental shootings involving toddlers.

Comment Re: Laws (Score 1) 822

I'd like to see how you arrive at that conclusion. Granted, I only spent ten minutes googling but the highest estimate on bucket drownings was 10-40 per year. Even taking the worst end of that statistic you're still well behind toddler firearm deaths. The CDC puts the figure at 80ish but other sources are suggesting that figure is low, possibly due to the CDC being severely restricted on the subject.

Comment Re:I'll make sure to let me sister know (Score 1) 164

Hey, don't look down under to make you feel better about your expensive plans. For AU$50 my current provider will give you unlimited calls, unlimited text, and 10 gig of data - either 4G or 3G depending on what is available in your area. Unused data can be rolled over to the next month. Now international calls are limited - I think to the countries I would call occasionally the plan includes what works out to about 6 hours talk time a month - but I don't call overseas from my mobile (cell) phone all that often. After we do a currency conversion we get a plan price of about $35 in American money. Even the most overpriced unwieldy telecommunications company in Australia (I think most Australians would know to whom I refer) will give you 7gig and unlimited talk for under the US$50 pricepoint. For only 1gig with unlimited talk and text prices start around AU$30 or US$21.

One more thing, never paid for an incoming text in my life - what is that all about?

Comment Re:23% of the company (Score 1) 471

"Up to" is a weasel phrase designed to generate hype. For example: I played a season of soccer when I was young and scored up to three goals a game - that is, in one game when the opposition had two players sent off I scored the only three goals I scored that season. Typically I scored no goals per game. Let's hear how far over the limit the vehicles actually are in real world conditions and then we'll talk about how big a deal this story is or isn't.

Comment Re:Buggy software is buggy (Score 1) 233

I get a strong urge to slap programmers who use the simplified evenly divisible by four rule to calculate leap years. It just so happens that 2000 was the 1 in 400 XX00 year that is a leap year so it works a couple of decades either way. The problems start when your code is applied to a longer or historical data set. This can happen when you don't have full knowledge of how your code is going to be used or just when you fall into your old bad habit of ignoring the function for your simple and wrong divisible by four rule and don't even see the problem coming, Symptoms include days of the week out of sync, computations involving date/time functions and the hand rolled divisible by four rule start to give odd results, your monthly and yearly averages are out, that very pretty graph dives from a narrow range in the thousands to zero at the end of February 1900, throwing the whole graph out of scale, and you get to find out how graciously or otherwise your system handles being asked about a date that doesn't exist, or if you're really, really lucky like I was - all of the above. I don't know who wrote the wretched code but I had to fix it. Most languages have a decent set of date/time functions - use them unless you have a really good reason not to.

Comment Re:Atom? The shittiest text editor around? (Score 1) 72

I could open 2 MB files no problem in Notepad when I was running Windows 95 on my 75 MHz Pentium, with only 4 MB of RAM.

I don't mean to disrupt your rant but either your memory is failing or mine is. My recollection was that there was a 64k limit on notepad files until either Windows Mistakes Edition or Win2k.

Comment Re:Wanna put an end to it? (Score 1) 112

This is why I like preferential voting. You get to vote for your preferred candidate and if that person isn't elected your vote still counts toward what you consider the lesser evil. You number your candidates in order of preference. If no candidate gets an absolute majority the candidate with the least primary votes is eliminated and their votes distributed to the next preference and so on until a candidate has an absolute majority.

Comment Re:How would this have protected the USS Cole? (Score 1) 142

And unless the state has specifically permitted this by legislation or given you an ironclad immunity deal (let's face it, not many countries are going to be happy to give foreign navies the right to point large guns at their civilians without recourse) such actions would be highly inadvisable. If you point a gun at another vessel and demand it cut its engines while in port you better be able to make a very strong case that it was the threat otherwise you may be spending a lot longer on shore leave than anticipated. In my own jurisdiction those actions would likely have you on the hook for assault and false imprisonment

Stellar rays prove fibbing never pays. Embezzlement is another matter.