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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Mr. Shotgun Re:Muslims? (868 comments)

Can I just think that taking orders from your invisible imaginary friend is a case for a shrink, no matter what you call him?

My headmate is Dr. Freud, and for some strange reason he tells me I like cigars. Your move.

2 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Mr. Shotgun Re:Fake (868 comments)

You aren't in the middle of nowhere, you're at the Starbucks which means you are within easy reach of professionals

When seconds count, the police are just minutes away.

Let's be honest, guns are a tool and the only restrictions they need are just as with cars. Make sure people know how to use them, can demonstrate they can use them, and we're golden.

I would venture to guess more violence has been committed due to the spoken or written word than has ever been committed because someone possessed a weapon and felt an irrational drive to use it. Shall we also licence the first amendment as well?

2 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Mr. Shotgun Re:Tech angle? (868 comments)

Socioeconomic imbalance doesn't cause terrorism. That's a myth.

Of course not, extreme socioeconomic imbalance causes revolutions. And history is written by the winners so why would they call them selves terrorists?

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Mr. Shotgun Re:Go into the public sector (717 comments)

That would be new, a Governor that committed his felonies before being elected to office. Hell, I'd vote for him, at least he's honest.

about two weeks ago
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Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency

Mr. Shotgun Re:old joke is old (194 comments)

Bad idea, the solar panel would grow a beard and proceed to roundhouse kick any researcher that came near to shave it.

about three weeks ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

Mr. Shotgun Re: Sexism = Sexy these days (642 comments)

His friend that made the shirt tweeted about it soon after the controversy erupted:https://twitter.com/ellyprizeman/status/532927131098300416
Quite frankly I am pretty sure the guy did what every one else does when they get up in the morning to go to work, grab a shirt and some pants and go. He had more important things on his mind than a shirt like, I dunno, landing a probe on a comet.

about a month ago
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Big Data Knows When You Are About To Quit Your Job

Mr. Shotgun Re:Our metrics indicate... (185 comments)

Boss: " You know there is more to life than money"

I always find this phrase odd coming from management or HR of a for profit company. Like they would accept the same excuse coming from a customer.

Company: "You owe us $30,000 for the shipment you just received"
Customer: "But there is more to life than just money!"
Company: "Well okay then, we'll just give away our products for free."

I highly doubt that has ever happened, ever. Companies want to be paid for their product, it is how a company operates and continues to exist. People are the same when selling their product, namely labor. The laws of supply and demand do not cease to function just cause they are dealing with a single person.

about a month ago
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The Plane Crash That Gave Us GPS

Mr. Shotgun Re:GPS vs. Maps. Fight! (236 comments)

If part of that $10 billion was allocated to making sure the maps and the GPS coordinates were on more than a nodding acquaintance, then I'd at least run into land a lot less

So how's that job search going Captain Schettino?

about a month and a half ago
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Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out

Mr. Shotgun Re:ah, I understand (430 comments)

Particularly if they were also a necrophiliac.

"I came to bury (my bone in) Caeser, not to praise him!"

about a month and a half ago
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Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out

Mr. Shotgun Re:Terrible (430 comments)

It's true, one time I accidentally wandered into an Apple store, and before I knew it, there was a dick in my mouth.

Yeah, you really gotta pay attention to those EULA's before clicking agree.

about a month and a half ago
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Ferguson No-Fly Zone Revealed As Anti-Media Tactic

Mr. Shotgun Re:Screw those hicks (265 comments)

You joke, but I am starting to become convinced that the only reason they have not used cluster bombs is because the police do not have them (yet). Police rarely receive any repercussions for excessive use of force, and any repercussions they do face are disproportionately light compared to a civilian or even ROE violations for service members. For example two situations that were similar but had vastly different outcomes:

  • On July 2 2012 1LT Clint Lorance was leading a patrol in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan when his platoon was approached by three unidentified Afghans on motorcycles. he gave the order to open fire, killing two while the third man fled. He was found guilty of murder by court martial and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
  • On February 7th 2013 seven police officers opened fire on a blue toyota pickup containing Maggie Carranza and Emma Hernandez during their search for Christopher Dorner. The officers were not charged with any crime and will face at most dismissal from the police force.

Two cases, two similar situations (unknown target moving in on a position). Yet it is the soldier who is found guilty of murder while the police get a slap on the wrist if that. I find it incredulous that soldiers in a hostile encounter situation are held to a higher standard to positively identify their target than the police in peacetime. And no I am not arguing that the Military should be held to a lower standard, I think the US military is the best and most professional fighting force in the world. But I do think the police should be held to a higher one, right now they are not seen as professionals but a bunch of thugs with guns and it should not be that way.

about a month and a half ago
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Ferguson No-Fly Zone Revealed As Anti-Media Tactic

Mr. Shotgun Re:Screw those hicks (265 comments)

It's not quite the army, but I feel a Posse Comitatus kinda thing goin' on.

After seeing some photos from Fergeson and other police response scenes I am hard pressed to tell the difference between the police and the military. And this is coming from someone who served in the US Army for 6 years as a combat arms MOS (M1A2 crewman to be exact). The only difference seems to be that the military has a much more stringent rules of engagement.

about a month and a half ago
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Google's Security Guards Are Now Officially Google Employees

Mr. Shotgun Re:Google's forgoten its obligation to shareholder (134 comments)

Though this move is surely good news to those workers, I hope Google hasn't forgotten its obligation to [its] shareholders.

Google's action reflect the wishes of it's majority voting shareholders, class B holders Sergey and Larry. If the other hangers on want to complain, they are free to enact that oldest and noblest traditions of free market traditions, namely vote with their wallets and sell their stock. Sorry, but non-founders do not get a vote, which quite frankly I agree with.

about 2 months ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

Mr. Shotgun Re:Most animals? (481 comments)

Seconded.

I always thought Rick Astley got better near the end too.

Lol, as delightful as that would be it is not Mr Astley (hallowed be his name). It is a ~4 minute snippet from Sir David Attenborough covering two rival chimpanzee groups going to war.

about 2 months ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

Mr. Shotgun Re:Most animals? (481 comments)

While true, your examples are not really indicative of any "evolutionary rule", and other than the polar bear example (which has like 2-3 anecdotes behind it) they are not large mammals and not primates. The fact is many species absolutely do NOT kill/eat their own.

Just gonna leave this here for you. Be sure to pay close attention to the last minute or so.

about 2 months ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

Mr. Shotgun Re: Vegetarian (481 comments)

Q:How do you know if someone is a vegetarian?
A: Don't worry, they'll tell you.

about 2 months ago
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AIDS Origin Traced To 1920s Kinshasa

Mr. Shotgun Re:Are we sure it is blood/meat contact? (162 comments)

Equally plausible explanation:

Butcher creates an open wound while carving the raw bushmeat, either for self consumption or for sale to others, ==> transmission complete. Think of the last time you had an accident cut yourself cutting food and there you are.

about 2 months ago
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Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

Mr. Shotgun Re:How about... (482 comments)

No. I use emacs.

Heretic! Burn the nonbeliever!

about 2 months ago
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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

Mr. Shotgun Re:Why? (651 comments)

Protect yourself, the police will not do it for you. Any other solution is just wishful thinking.

about 3 months ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

Mr. Shotgun Re:In other words....Don't look like a drug traffi (462 comments)

No., I'm saying that doesn't happen. It's only happened a handful of times, EVER, and the courts fixed it.

It happens every time property is seized and used without an associated criminal conviction. Why in the hell is this concept so hard for people, if the property is used or the proceeds of a crime PROVE IT! Anything else is such a prima face violation of the 4th and 5th amendment that I am surprised the founding fathers haven't risen from the grave to kick the ass of whoever supports this crap.

about 3 months ago

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SFPD Breathalyzer Error Puts Hundreds Of DUI Convictions In Doubt

Mr. Shotgun Mr. Shotgun writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Mr. Shotgun (832121) writes "

Hundreds, or even thousands, of drunk driving convictions could be overturned because the San Francisco Police Department has not tested its breathalyzers, officials said Monday. For at least six years, the police officers in charge of testing the 20 breathalyzers used by the Police Department did not carry out any tests on the equipment. Officers instead filled the test forms with numbers that matched the control sample, said Public Defender Jeff Adachi, throwing countless DUI convictions into doubt.

Apparently this has happened before."
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Ellison accused of running executive fighting ring

Mr. Shotgun Mr. Shotgun writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Mr. Shotgun (832121) writes "SEC investigators claim to have broken up an underground fighting ring in which participants beat each other bloody. To add insult to injury, the victors then brokered business deals that skirted U.S. securities law and deprived the losers of valuable stock options.
The mastermind behind the Silicon Valley fight club is alleged to be eccentric billionaire and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison."

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Mr. Shotgun Mr. Shotgun writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Mr. Shotgun (832121) writes "Ars is running a story about how the Illinois state government is going to pay off the legal bills from their recently defeated video game crusade. FTA:

the state was scouring department budgets, looking for the $1 million it cost to defend the unconstitutional legislation in court. Yes, you read that right — the State of Illinois spent one meeeellion dollars of taxpayer money on the litigation even as the state budget was starved for cash in other, more pressing areas. And worse yet, they spent it on a bill which, when introduced, was plainly unconstitutional.


Another write up is available here."
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Mr. Shotgun Mr. Shotgun writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Mr. Shotgun (832121) writes "US DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff warned of the use of the Internet as a terrrorist training camp. From the article: "They can train themselves over the Internet. They never have to necessarily go to the training camp or speak with anybody else and that diffusion of a combination of hatred and technical skills in things like bomb-making is a dangerous combination,""

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