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Comment Re:So what should we do? (Score 1) 564

Sometimes you have to move their cheese, and sometimes you have to let "this kind of stuff" happen.

This isn't one of those cases. The irony here is that the owners knew that the cheese had been moved and probably some of them bought that Cherokee because of the novelty. In other words, there probably was a bit of demand from car owners for this very change. That makes this discussion of "moving the cheese" a bit of a red herring. Instead, I see it as a straightforward UI design issue.

Comment Re:More nation-wrecking idiocy (Score 1) 600

Two years is not long enough to determine long term driver behavior once they learn the trick. Plus, we have other evidence that indicates the study is not the last word on the subject.

The Laweiplein Shared Space "squareabout" in the small town of Drachten, highlighted in red, has been the subject of much hype. Many claims are made for a low accident rate here but the evidence does not support this. In fact, this one intersection was the scene of more cyclist crashes and injuries than the conventional Dutch roundabout a few metres to the east. It causes more injuries to cyclists than all twenty-one roundabouts in Assen combined and is the second most dangerous location in Drachten for cyclists. Blue flags for crashes, yellow where injuries have occurred.

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Many sources, Wikipedia included, include a claim that "yearly accidents were reduced to 1" in the centre of Drachten due to the introduction of Shared Space. This claim does not stand up to much investigation. Even the Laweiplein on its own has double the claimed accident rate for the entire city centre, and that's just one junction. Look at the rest of the city centre, part of which is shown right, and you see many more. The claim of there being just one accident per year simple does not stand up to any analysis at all.

Comment Re:Refugees (Score 1) 173

Japan has been xenophobic from the start, they are much farther along in demographic decline, they are doing fine.

Only if by "doing fine" we ignore Japan's massive debts. They have a higher public debt per GDP than anyone else, including such outstanding examples as Zimbabwe or Greece.

Comment Re:Too late. (Score 2) 269

the mechanism by which bitcoin increases the difficulty of mining every time a number of new coins are found

There's a mechanism that scales the difficulty by how much compute-power is applied to the task of mining, but nothing pre-set to make each successive block more difficult to mine - it's just that most of the time the supply of computing power has been growing, so the difficulty kept going up to compensate - there have also been times where the difficulty declined.

The closest thing to a built-in difficulty increase is a periodic halving of the amount paid for each block, but that's only happened once so far (with the next one approaching some time later this year)

Comment Re:Totally Revolutionize is a remarkable overstate (Score 1) 459

More like instead of a powerful government, a powerful ruling class which they fantasize will be them. Unluckily history has shown that there is always a power hungry asshole ready to step into any power vacuum.

Government is not the only source of power. If the public steps up, then there isn't such a vacuum for someone to occupy.

Comment Re:Totally Revolutionize is a remarkable overstate (Score 1) 459

Some Libertarians seem to just want to replace government tyranny with corporate tyranny or at least tyranny of the rich (them). The famous quote is something like "wanting just enough government to protect them from their slaves"

Yes, I too am deeply concerned about these imaginary libertarians and their imaginary corporate tyranny agenda. My view on this is first, show that it's a problem worth of that level of concern, then we have something to talk about. Currently, I see it as an overblown problem like drugs or terrorism meant more to scare the public into approving certain shifty activities. There's something of an issue there, but it's not serious enough to justify the hype.

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