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Comment: Re:Not good enough. (Score 0, Troll) 163

by lgarner (#44065749) Attached to: Aaron's Law Would Revamp Computer Fraud Penalties

Every use of plea bargaining is an abuse. Everyone has a right to a trial, even those who are most definitely guilty of a crime.

Everyone already has the right to a trial; plea bargains do not take that right away. Accepting the plea bargain is optional for the defendant and can be particularly appealing for those who are "most definitely guilty."

so that it could be used as a bargaining chip to get them to comply with providing information about associates.

By giving people an incentive to lie about their fellow citizens. How is that supposed to be a good thing?

You're confusing "fellow citizens" with "accomplices" here.

The overall problem isn't plea bargains, or attempts by law enforcement to get suspects to turn on each other. There's nothing wrong with getting a robbery suspect to turn on his accomplices. The real problem is the silly little offenses that are prosecuted far beyond any semblance of reasonableness. Violating a website's TOS is obviously not the same as a real crime.

Comment: Re:easy (Score 1) 480

by lgarner (#41481079) Attached to: What Should Start-Ups Do With the Brilliant Jerk?

He's obviously picking scenarios that support his predetermined viewpoint, ignoring the fact that most startups fail. We're not talking here about getting hired into a successful company at a multimillion-dollar salary. This is about mortgaging one's home to try and build something, and creating opportunities for others in the process.

The ones h4rr4r refers to are nicknamed the "1%" (the wall-street version, that is) for a reason. They're in the vast minority.

Comment: Re:"One laptop" program may be what you want (Score 1) 325

by lgarner (#41379057) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Teaching Typing With Limited Electricity, Computers?

Brand new: http://www.hammacher.com/Product/81898?tid=pr81898. More than a $150 tablet, but better than a $150 tablet that you can't use.

Not so new: http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=manual+typewriter (One of those looks like what I did all my high school & some college papers with).

Comment: Re:There's nothing Darwin about it. (Score 2) 992

by lgarner (#41268211) Attached to: Texas Opens Fastest US Highway With 85 MPH Limit

I have passed cars who were driving under the speed limit on winding back roads. It is pure chance that I did not crash into an oncoming car.

Then you're a moron. Except for the injuries that you'd have caused to that oncoming car's occupants, it's unfortunate that you didn't.

Slow drivers would just claim that it is their right to drive slow and the deaths from head-on collisions in the other lane are 100% the fault of the driver passing them...

And they'd be right. If you drive in the oncoming traffic lane and hit something, it is completely your fault. Your choice, your action, your fault. Live with it.

A LISP programmer knows the value of everything, but the cost of nothing. -- Alan Perlis

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