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Comment: Re:Good thing Canada's pretty much a "Gun Free" zo (Score 1) 529

by kwiqsilver (#48206549) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

We have about 350M guns. We have about 330M people. Apparently wherever you're from, they don't teach math skills.

3.6 murders / 100k is pretty damn low. But most of those are drug crime related. Our rate drops by over 50% when not including drug crime, as I said. Apparently wherever you're from, they don't teach reading skills.

The FBI crime statistics from 1993 to 2013 show a clear drop in US violent crime and murder rates, while we've dramatically pushed back gun control. Apparently that's nonsense to you, because it doesn't support your preconceived notions. Just go back to sticking your fingers in your ears and yelling "La la la la la...".

Comment: Re:Oh noes! Strategic Syrup Alert! (Score 1) 529

by kwiqsilver (#48206487) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Here's one. And there are plenty more out there. The Clackamas mall shooting was one. The US media doesn't cover them as much, because the body counts tend to be low, and they don't fit the narrative of "guns are evil".

It's not a good idea to lie in such absolute terms, when the internet can so easily prove you wrong.

Comment: Re:Good thing Canada's pretty much a "Gun Free" zo (Score 0) 529

by kwiqsilver (#48204863) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Except for the bans on carrying a gun, using a gun, owning certain guns, owning normal sized magazines, etc.

And apparently that gun control doesn't work out so well.

In the US, we have the highest gun:citizen ratio (over 1.0), and if we don't count gangland violence (which our history with alcohol prohibition shows is caused by the illegal drug trade, and independent of gun ownership), we have one of the lowest violent crime rates and murder rates in the world. And both of those rates have plummeted in the past 20 years as we've repealed gun control, while Canada's has gone up over the past 20 years as they've piled on the gun control.

Comment: Re: Agner Krarup Erlang - The telephone in 1909! (Score 1) 342

by kwiqsilver (#48188203) Attached to: An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

I thought about the separate line, but there'd be a lot of people who go straight to the ice line, causing backups while the ice salesman explained the setup. And it would create an extra unnecessary step, when lines are short.

I propose the In-n-Out drive through solution: When lines get long, have a salesman walk down the line taking pre-orders. He takes the cash, and gives the customer a number of ice tokens (it's Nevada, so they should be able to find a local company that can provide high quality casino-style chips that are hard to forge). Then when the customer gets to the head of the line he plops down N tokens and takes N bags of ice away.

Matter will be damaged in direct proportion to its value.

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