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Comment Re: John Oliver (Score 2) 954

If I have the choice between being confronted by a criminal with a knife and a criminal with a gun I'll go for the knife every time. Against a gun my chances are little better than the criminal can't shoot straight. Against a knife I have the opportunity to run if I choose and in most situations I can lay my hands on a weapon that will give me a chance in a fight. For example: from where I'm sitting now I can reach a glass lamp, a large screwdriver, a 2m length of coax, my chair and a claw hammer.

Comment Re:About as far as you can throw a strawman (Score 1) 620

Not them, but certainly others. If you care to look you'll find that there are a lot of leaders around the world, including in the middle east, begging people to stop shooting in the air because people get injured and killed. Here's a couple of names to google: Brendon Mackey and Shannon Smith.

Comment Re:Slashdot? (Score 1) 822

For the United States hard data is surprisingly difficult to come by but the guardian says that 903 people have been killed by law enforcement so far this year. The Washington Post says that the number is consistently above 1000 per year.

In Australia between 1989 and 2011 there were 105 people killed by law enforcement so maybe 5-6 per year.

I make the US population about 14x the Australian population so per capita US law enforcement are killing more than 10x the number of people.

Comment Re:Lack of context? (Score 1) 822

I pulled up the CDC stats for 2013: 895 deaths by poisoning for people aged 0-19. A bit higher than the number you quoted but in the ballpark. Of these 754 were over 15 years of age. The year before there were 928 poisoning deaths in the 0-19 age group of which 756 were aged above 15. Go back another year it was 907/1072. It appears to me that you're taking what looks like teen suicides and maybe drug overdoses, blaming the parents, and suggesting that it is relevant to a discussion on accidental shootings involving toddlers.

Comment Re: Laws (Score 1) 822

I'd like to see how you arrive at that conclusion. Granted, I only spent ten minutes googling but the highest estimate on bucket drownings was 10-40 per year. Even taking the worst end of that statistic you're still well behind toddler firearm deaths. The CDC puts the figure at 80ish but other sources are suggesting that figure is low, possibly due to the CDC being severely restricted on the subject.

Comment Re:I'll make sure to let me sister know (Score 1) 164

Hey, don't look down under to make you feel better about your expensive plans. For AU$50 my current provider will give you unlimited calls, unlimited text, and 10 gig of data - either 4G or 3G depending on what is available in your area. Unused data can be rolled over to the next month. Now international calls are limited - I think to the countries I would call occasionally the plan includes what works out to about 6 hours talk time a month - but I don't call overseas from my mobile (cell) phone all that often. After we do a currency conversion we get a plan price of about $35 in American money. Even the most overpriced unwieldy telecommunications company in Australia (I think most Australians would know to whom I refer) will give you 7gig and unlimited talk for under the US$50 pricepoint. For only 1gig with unlimited talk and text prices start around AU$30 or US$21.

One more thing, never paid for an incoming text in my life - what is that all about?

Comment Re:23% of the company (Score 1) 471

"Up to" is a weasel phrase designed to generate hype. For example: I played a season of soccer when I was young and scored up to three goals a game - that is, in one game when the opposition had two players sent off I scored the only three goals I scored that season. Typically I scored no goals per game. Let's hear how far over the limit the vehicles actually are in real world conditions and then we'll talk about how big a deal this story is or isn't.

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