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Comment Re:So, my guess is... (Score 1) 601

On the other hand, EMI (via their proxy, RIAA) lobbied for stricter copyright.  Now they're getting a taste of their own medicine.  If "taste of their own medicine for bad guys" trumps "copyright freedom", there's no contradiction in Slashdot's logic.  It's kind of like how Alan Ralsky got sent a bucketload of junk mail, even though Slashdot is generally anti-spam. 

Comment Re:Just one question... (Score 1) 301

> I'd be fine with capital punishment for people convicted of causing an accident while driving drunk

I'd prefer to see something a little less severe than beheading (capita is Latin for head, IIRC) -- I mean, drunk driving is bad, sure, but if they haven't killed anyone yet, then beheading is a little bit of an overreaction, YKWIM? 

Comment Re:What? No Due Process? (Score 2, Funny) 301

Amusing that he mentions "dink and drive", because "dink" is Australian slang for having a second person riding a bicycle (ie. sitting on the handlebars).

In addition to the "If you drink, then drive, you're a bloody idiot" campaign, there was also a "Don't fool yourself; speed kills" campaign.  I once saw a sticker that said "Don't fool yourself, you're a bloody idiot". 

Comment Re:What? No Due Process? (Score 1) 301

In Australia: The police are obliged to facilitate the taking of the blood test. If the police discouraged you from getting a blood test you should seek legal advice. The driver is required to pay any fees incurred by the doctor or nurse who takes their blood - these costs are usually less than $80.

Comment Re:For once, I'm fine with being locked out... (Score 1) 271

> Seek professional help. Please. While I respect your right to not celebrate holidays you consider groundless I think to insist that this is a "culture of lies" is taking it to the extremes a bit. Or do you rant about a "culture of lies" when someone is superstitious about Friday the 13th or dresses up at Halloween?

While I'd agree that he needs to relax a bit, I agree with him on the "culture of lies" part.  I mean, if you consistently lie to children, they grow up to learn "Adults lie to us", or at least "Parents lie to us", and then the parent's credibility goes out the window.

My personal approach is to allow people to do what they want, but if I'm involved in a conversation with a child, and the topic of Santa comes up, I'll disillusion them if it's relevant.  At least then they know that they can trust *one* person.

All of this may have something to do with the fact that I belong to a religion of truth, rather than being eg. a dedicated Cthulhu cultist, though :). 

Comment Re:Too bad the US can't comprehend this concept (Score 1) 204

One advantage of a libertarian-type system with a proper education in civics is that people can defend themselves.

To understand why a libertarian-type system might help:
When asked why his summer vacation lasted the entire summer, Calvin Coolidge said "We have enough laws already, I don't need to sign any more".

My point is, the simpler the laws are, the easier it is for the ordinary person to understand and use them. 

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