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Comment: Re:DOUBLEPLUS (Score 1) 292 292

The robbers were armed. Her response was therefore justified and admirable.

If she'd waited to find out for sure if they would use the weapons that they brought and apparently were willing to use, it'd be too late. The only unfortunate part of this story is that the robbers are still alive.

Comment: Re:Potayto/potatoh (Score 1) 1073 1073

Yes, because "separate but equal" has always been the way to go. I once thought the same way. After all, if they can get the same benefits and responsibilities with a "civil union", then why are they so up in arms over calling it "marriage"? It's just a word, after all... Oh, wait.

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

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:New criteria for government action (Score 2) 184 184

Only the end result matters, not whose fault it is. If the Kindle versions aren't as good as the print version, then don't buy them. Easy answer. Unfortunately one has to get burned a time or two before coming to that conclusion, but to keep getting burned repeatedly would be dumb.

Comment: Re:Right vs Good Idea (Score 2) 332 332

Not everything that's worth the cost so society is a profit-making venture. Police, Fire, public healthcare, and even public schools aren't profitable enterprises but are considered "worthwhile" because of the benefits that they provide to the public: health, education, safety.

Comment: Re:easy (Score 1) 480 480

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) 325 325

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) 992 992

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.

There must be more to life than having everything. -- Maurice Sendak