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The "Environmental Engineering News" published some rather sobering
information about punishment for drunk driving convictions in other
In Australia, the names of drunk drivers are printed in
newspapers under the caption, "He's drunk and in jail."
In Malaysia the driver is jailed and, if married, the
spouse is jailed.
In the United Kingdom, Finland and Sweden there's an
automatic jail term of one year.
In Turkey, drunk drivers are driven 20 miles out of town
and forced to walk back.
In Bulgaria, a second drunk-driving conviction results
in capital punishment.
In El Salvador, your first offense is your last -- execution
by firing squad.
Still, there are some things a big company can do that
a small band of programmers could never hope to accomplish.
This was best shown to me this week by reader
Brian P. McLean, who points out that according to his
Microsoft Outlook 97 scheduling/datebook application,
Thanksgiving falls this year on Wednesday, November 26.
Thanksgiving has always fallen on Thursday before. Wednesday
may be an improvement. I don't know.
- Robert X. Cringely, from his "I, Cringely" column (November 7, 1997)
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