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Comment: Re:its their own fault (Score 1) 180

by tehcyder (#48046759) Attached to: Facebook Apologizes To Drag Queens Over "Real Name" Rule

represents the group who's unfairly burdened by the original requirement.

I would say that the group is fairly burdened by the requirement. Burdens arent unfair just because you dont want to be burdened.

Neither are burdens fair just because they're imposed by a religiously-based conservative majority.

Comment: Re:the solution: (Score 1) 536

by tehcyder (#48046163) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

If I'm armed and the government (for whatever reason) decides I need to be removed, they will most likely succeed. I will, however, most likely succeed in causing casualties and/or making a big PR spectacle of being taken down. I might even achieve martyr status if I'm killed, causing a PR debacle for the government.

No, if a cop/soldier shoots and kills someone, it's much better PR for the government if that person is armed.

The best martyrs are unarmed and offer only passive resistance.

Comment: Re:the solution: (Score 1) 536

by tehcyder (#48046021) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine
If you don't have an army prepared to fire on it's own people, then you haven't got a proper totalitarian state in the first place.

Anyway, are you seriously under the impression that no US cop, FBI agent, soldier or National Guardsman has ever killed a US citizen?

The government just needs to call them dangerous criminals or terrorists for them to become legitimate targets. And anyone who offered violentresistance to the government would be very easy to label as a terrorist, I would think.

Comment: Re:the solution: (Score 1) 536

by tehcyder (#48045883) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

The murder rate in the US is vastly higher than any other developed nation.

Actually, it isn't. If you exclude the top few cities

That makes absolutely no sense. It's like saying "India is almost as wealthy as the US, if you exclude all the hundreds of millions of poor people in India."

The murder rate is the murder rate, regardless.

Comment: Re:I put it down to this (Score 1) 128

by tehcyder (#48045447) Attached to: UK Government Tax Disc Renewal Website Buckles Under Pressure

Loads of people want to check whether their friends and neighbours cars are legal.

Is this a cultural thing? Around here we definitely wouldn't be doing that to our "friends" and we would only do that to neighbors we actively hate to the point of almost being willing to frame them for crimes.

Can you explain this from a cultural perspective?

I can explain our cultural perspective: we generally dislike the government, so we would have to hate someone pretty badly in order to find it attractive to harm them by helping the government. Furthermore, this also seems offensive culturally because it represents meddling in others' affairs. Certainly not something one would do to a friend.

In general, Britain has an anti-sneak culture, so I doubt many people would literally report their neighbour. It's more likely to be general nosiness.

In any case, the police have been able to do a live check on tax/insurance for ages now, so they don't really need members of the public helping them out.

Comment: Re:Australia can get it right (Score 1) 128

by tehcyder (#48045373) Attached to: UK Government Tax Disc Renewal Website Buckles Under Pressure

Why cant the UK or US?

We've had online registration and health care services for years. I haven't had to fill out a medicare form or go into a medicare office... ever. Not once in my adult life.
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Living in the UK, I have never had to fill out a "medicare form" either. That's because we have a National Health Service.

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