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Comment: Re:Don't wear a condom, it thwarts God's will (Score 1) 634

by mwvdlee (#48259663) Attached to: Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

A blanket hatred to somebody based on believes is irrational; such blanket hatred would itself be a believe.
That does not mean that a dislike, or perhaps even hatred, of any individual religion is irrational.
History tells us that eventually, all religions will end: None of the earlier religions are still being practiced.
Assuming there are common reasons earlier religions have ended, these reasons also apply to the world's current religions.

Comment: "Underprivileged"? (Score 1) 140

There's rich schools, which can buy all the expensive stuff themselves.
There are average schools, which can buy only cheap stuff.
And then there are underprivileged schools which get it all the expensive stuff for free.

I know supporting underprivileged schools makes for a better marketing story, but it isn't very effective.

Comment: Re:die by taser or gas? (Score 5, Informative) 152

by mwvdlee (#48219185) Attached to: Incapacitating Chemical Agents: Coming Soon To Local Law Enforcement?

FYI, the federal definition of terrorism:
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18 U.S.C. 2331 defines "international terrorism" and "domestic terrorism" for purposes of Chapter 113B of the Code, entitled "Terrorism”:

"International terrorism" means activities with the following three characteristics:
* Involve violent acts or acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law;
* Appear to be intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and
* Occur primarily outside the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S., or transcend national boundaries in terms of the means by which they are accomplished, the persons they appear intended to intimidate or coerce, or the locale in which their perpetrators operate or seek asylum.*

"Domestic terrorism" means activities with the following three characteristics:
* Involve acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law;
* Appear intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination. or kidnapping; and
* Occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S.

18 U.S.C. 2332b defines the term "federal crime of terrorism" as an offense that:
* Is calculated to influence or affect the conduct of government by intimidation or coercion, or to retaliate against government conduct; and
* Is a violation of one of several listed statutes, including 930(c) (relating to killing or attempted killing during an attack on a federal facility with a dangerous weapon); and 1114 (relating to killing or attempted killing of officers and employees of the U.S.).

FISA defines "international terrorism" in a nearly identical way, replacing "primarily" outside the U.S. with "totally" outside the U.S. 50 U.S.C. 1801(c).

Comment: Re:good (Score 1) 331

by mwvdlee (#48194595) Attached to: 3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

Factors like trying to limit civilian casualties?
The era of true, full-blown, kill-or-be-killed wars is behind us.
Modern wars are waged using politics with military force just one of many pawns.

If the US (or other nuclear countries) wanted to, they could wipe ISIS territory completely off the map, collatoral damage be damned.

Comment: Re:good (Score 1) 331

by mwvdlee (#48193781) Attached to: 3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

I think he was merely stating the obvious idea that with the weapons used by current day military, the whole defence-against-government argument for gun ownership is no longer valid. Whatever car roof-mounted machinegun you might have is laughably underpowered for the task of overpowering government.

The argument was a good one when both government and civilians had access to the same class of weaponry. Unless you want the public to be able to own strike drones, bombers and nuclear rockets, the argument should be shelved; anybody using it these days is just making a fool of himself.

Comment: Re:The Windows Phone failed. (Score 2, Insightful) 172

by mwvdlee (#48186189) Attached to: Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

At least another 5 Windows Phones were sold while I was being dealt with.

Was this some kind of fire sale to get rid of stock?
I've never been to a "local EE store" on a non-launch day and had that many customers waiting in line to buy the exact same product, of any product.

Some people have a great ambition: to build something that will last, at least until they've finished building it.

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