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    • CommentAuthorglenn ross
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2008
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    http://howto.wired.com/wiki/Build_Your_Own_War_Bot

    Read how it was implemented;
    /www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23401010-2,00.html
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    Suicide bot... I'm not surprised, not going to say the guy was selfish or morally degraded, or that his life would have been better under managed care and supervision. At 81, he'd lived a decently long life, and I think had the right to choose his way of departing.

    I'm not surprised at this. I am surprised that it was an 81 year old man to apparently try it first. Sometimes I forget there are older folks online.
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    @Rootfireember: I am surprised as well that the guy could even use a computer.

    I really don't understand why he needed the bot. What was wrong with his hands? Was he afraid a .22 didn't have the power to kill him in one shot?
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    I suppose if one squints a bit through prevailing religious dogma, he can still go to heaven, 'cause he didn't actually pull the trigger to end his life....

    @Zombinoid - Many people (like James Brady for one) have survived shots in the head by .22 firearms - it is really not the best caliber for ending a human life, as I see it....
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeMar 21st 2008
     (1500.5)
    Australian gun laws are pretty strict - he was probably lucky (?) he could even get hold of a .22 pistol.

    Even with a .22 a head shot is pretty serious, but three head shots is pretty much a dead cert.
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      CommentAuthortedcroland
    • CommentTimeMar 21st 2008
     (1500.6)
    Y'know, if he weren't dexterous enough to pull the trigger himself, I don't think he could have built the killbot in the first place.

    I guess it's kind of a moot point by now, though.
    • CommentAuthorPablo
    • CommentTimeMar 21st 2008 edited
     (1500.7)
    Someone at another forum pointed out to me that this guy pretty much built the first Suicide Booth. In 2008, no less.
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    @pablodiaz: No...he did not build the 1st suicide booth. He BUILT teh first suicide machine.
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    That is as far as I know however.
    • CommentAuthornleavitt
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd 2008
     (1500.10)
    Jack Kavorkian, 1980s/90s? Used a "thanatron", where the patient pushed the button to administer the lethal injection.
  6.  (1500.11)
    Zombinoid
    -because sometimes the first shot doesn't kill you and you lack the coordination after it to make a second shot?

    Sometimes killing oneself with a firearm is harder than movies would make it seem. And from a relative's death certificate and reports? Sometimes its hard. A relative shot himself in the head and when that didn't work had to splatter out his chest cavity.


    Dr. Jack was a strange bit of michigan history. I'm still not sure of my views on that fellow; they're a bit mixed.
    • CommentAuthorPablo
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd 2008
     (1500.12)
    No...he did not build the 1st suicide booth. He BUILT teh first suicide machine.

    Nah, suicide machines have been around for a while.

    Also, I'm reminded of this guy.
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      CommentAuthorUnsub
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd 2008
     (1500.13)
    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    Every time I think of Hinkley using a .22 I get pissed off. The one guy in the US who is not in love with the .45 is the one guy who should have had one.
  7.  (1500.14)
    I'm so glad I already have my own killbot.
    I DEMAND JOHN CONNER!
    Exterminate! Exterminate!
  8.  (1500.15)
    I personally know someone who attempted suicide with a .22 and only succeeded in giving himself permanent brain damage.

    So no, a single .22 shot is not sufficient to ensure death. Although, if that's all you have, I recommend sticking the barrel up your nose, pointed towards the back of your skull. Your sinuses will tend to guide the bullet towards the most vulnerable part of the brain. Also your nostril will inhibit any last-second flinch which could cause the shot to go wide.
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    Yeah, fuck. Just what the world needs, another forum telling people the best way to kill themselves.

    (I'm guessing why this thread is sunk)