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Comment Re:Land of the free (Score 1) 545

> but you're always allowed to own a gun if you own your own home

That's not true everywhere. No state forbids ownership (though it's certainly more difficult in some states than in others) but certain municipalities deny ownership to many or most who seek it. Chicago did for many years until its laws were ruled unconstitutional. Same with Wahington, D.C., which changed its laws after losing in court.

In New York City it's still very difficult to own a weapon even just to keep at one's residence. It has high application fees and applicants can be denied for seemingly arbitrary reasons.

So there's no place where it's automatically forbidden for everyone, but it's certainly not true that a person is always allowed to everywhere in the US.

Comment Re: Purpose of the law... (Score 2) 545

Usually that's true. State laws forbidding neglect or endangerment of children were being used (for example) to charge parents who let their children walk to the park with a crime. So the law isn't so much to say that parents are allowed to do X but that states are not allowed to charge parents who do X with a crime.

Comment Re:Sure! (Score 1) 935

If you live in a place where even most law enforcement doesn't carry weapons, then it must be nearly free of violent crime.

I don't "feel safe in [my] country openly waving [my] gun around" because 1) I don't live in a state where ordinary people are allowed to carry them and 2) if I did it would be concealed carry.

"statistically I'm much safer and much less likely to be locked up by the government in mine" - no argument here, the USA locks up more people per capita than anyone, IIRC. And that's mostly due to out stupid War on Drugs, which is also where a lot of the violent crime comes from.

Comment Re:Sure! (Score 1) 935

That's nice. Do they tuck you in at night, too? I don't know where you live, but go find one of the people you're entrusting your life to who does carry a gun and ask them if they'd trade it for a "Smart Gun".

It's really a separate discussion but in the US, our highest court has affirmed that the police don't have an obligation to respond promptly to a call or prevent crimes in commission when they're reported.

Comment Looks like I'm in the minority here, but ... (Score 1) 61

The *only* thing making BB/BES attractive to the only audience it has left - enterprise business - is its more finely-grained device management. BB10+BES allows a device to be much more tightly controlled and locked-down than an IOS / Android/ Windows Mobile device. Without that, there's no reason to limit yourself to the Blackberry device or BES's MDM.

Comment Re: Tax Inversion (Score 1) 456

The US tax code is stupefyingly complex. There are often various ways to define or account for things that are perfectly within the bounds of the law. Choosing the way which results in the least tax paid isn't immoral - and, in cases like corporations where they have a fiduciary duty to their stockholders, it might be illegal *not* to.

Your idea of assigning taxes based on its impact on everyone else is interesting (not being patronzing, it is) but there's no basis for it in law. I'd figure, though, that Apple's impact footprint is lower than that of most companies.

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