Posted by ScottBlogs | Posted in general | Posted on 17-08-2009
If you were given two options which would you pick:
- Get shot with a hand gun
- Get shot with a taser
If you like me, you’d probably pick the tazer, granted, neither would be much fun. With the options of bullet ripping through my body, with an end result most likely being death, compared to being electrocuted with the end result most likely being life – I pick taser!.
I am so entirely sick of people complaining about the use of tasers – its all over the news these days, but tasers are a good thing. Look at all the criminals who have been stopped dead in their tracks with a taser, who otherwise would have been shot and likely killed… hmm… criminals killed, perhaps that isn’t such a bad thing?
When an officer is in danger, and he tazes someone to stop the attack, he gets criticized over its use. Now, what are the alternatives… He could do nothing and let the criminal attack and maybe kill him, or he could fire a bullet in his ass.
Hello people! Tasers, while they have their risks etc, are far more human than shooting someone.
The next time you hear about someone being tazed and want to complain, ask yourself, what if that were a bullet.
P.S. I am not sure if it is “taSer” or “taZer”. Pretty sure its taSer, although I see it being used both ways. Which version do you use?
Posted by ScottBlogs | Posted in general | Posted on 06-02-2009
Okay, so I am sick and tired of seeing people park where they are not supposed to park. Parking in yellow zones doesn’t bug me so much, but parking in designated spots that are entitled for someone else sure does.
There is a reason that we have parking designated for specific purposes and when these parking rights are abused it just isn’t right. Why can’t we live in a society where people know how to drive – and park.
If you do not have the right to park in one of those, then DON’T. I used to drive a big delivery truck for a living in downtown Victoria. There was nothing I hated more then some bozo parked in my delivery zone, it made my job a pain in the ass sometimes.
If you are not disabled, then get the heck out of these spots. Disabled spots are not only meant to help people due to their location, but also their size. Try getting a wheelchair in and out of a car when you are parked in a normal-width spot. There is a reason these spots are reserved.
Parking for Parent with Child
I used to think of these spots as a joke, until my daughter was born. Now I realize that they are actually very helpful. In this case, its largely about being close to the store. If its pouring rain and I have to run out to Wal-Mart for something, the last thing I want to do is park at the back of the log and get my newborn soaking wet – oh what fun that is. I don’t care if I get wet, but I also don’t scream when I am uncomfortable.
Please also note, that just because you have your 17 year old kid with you, that does not give you the right to park in these spots – see that picture of a baby buggy on the sign? If you kid is too old for a stroller, park elsewhere.
Are you 65 or older? No? Keep out of these spaces. I find it annoying when I go to the grocery store and there are 10 empty senior spots between the closest everyone-space and the front door, but you know what, show some respect. Old people are slow, and if they have to park at the back of the lot they just may never make it home.
Fire Lanes and Police Spots
This seems like a no brainer. If I am in the store and fire breaks out or the place is robbed, I don’t want to burn up or get shot cause of some idiot who figures “well, I’ll just be a sec”. Keep out of these areas.
Well there is my little rant for the day. This rant was inspired by the owner of a smart car parked in the parent with child parking at Wal-Mart – with, that’s right, no child. Grr.
Posted by ScottBlogs | Posted in general | Posted on 16-11-2008
I would like to thank Ross for sending me info on this. I was rather surprised by this, but really, not worried much.
According to the Guardian, It seems that for years experts have been able to successfully copy keys based on photographs, but today the technology exists to use computers to make exact copies from these same photo’s – the forgery has become much easier for anyone with a little technical know-how.
Computer experts at the University of California were able to create some software which can look at a photo of a key, process some numbers, and then create an exact duplicate using a key-cutting machine. Photos tested included those taken with camera phones and telephoto lenses. In one example they took a photo from the roof of some keys sitting on a table at a café and made usable copies.
One of the problems this poses is that if you scan the internet on photo sharing sites such as Flickr, you will find photos of keys. With the right software and hardware, it would not be difficult to make copies of these keys, and researching who posted the photo and finding where they live probably wouldn’t take much either. This makes it rather scary to think that your photo online could allow some criminals access to your home!
Now personally I am not too worried about this, if you are careful it’s pretty easy to avoid, but the concept is still rather creepy – makes me wonder if technology is really our friend.