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Comment Re:Uh... let me think about it (Score 1) 381

There ARE still big signs saying "Now leaving Country X and entering Country Y!" followed by a quick list of the rules of the road in that country - city speed, highway speed, must have lights on during daytime or not ... It really is hard to miss, ESPECIALLY when all the city names become hard to pronounce!

Well in Belgian you see those all the time. Now entering Netherlands, now leaving Netherlands, entering Germany, entering Luxemburg, welcome to Belgian. Was I even gone?

Comment Re:Insanity (Score 1) 592

I don't know about you, but here multi-lane roads are common, where you have 2-5 lanes of traffic all going the same direction.

Removing the 'interior' lines would be suicidal.

We are talking about Europe and slow roads. They are not going to have more than one lane going in any direction. In fact many places they might not even have that much.

Comment Re:More nation-wrecking idiocy (Score 1) 592

My problem with shared space is when there is an accident, who is at fault?

The driver. Always the driver. It is the same if a pedestrian jumps out in front of your car in a non shared space and you never have a chance to break, it is still the driver's fault. This is because drivers are forced to have insurance, so it basically becomes a policy guaranteeing all accidents are insured.

Comment Re:More nation-wrecking idiocy (Score 1) 592

it does, in fact, appear to result in a natural reduction in traffic speed.

That is not what matters. Does it result in fewer accidents? If drivers are slowing down because they sense that the conditions are less safe, then the absence of lines is just delaying people for no benefit.

Head on collisions are effectively non-existing, even without stripes in the middle of the road, it is not hard to keep to your side. In fact: Where I come from we usually don't have stripes on slow urban roads (or minor rural roads for that matter). I never thought about it, but it doesn't really seem necessary.

Comment Re:Is this US specific? (Score 1) 142

Is this a US thing because I had a telemarketer call me about a decade ago. And this is my total experience with it.

Isn't there a privacy commission or economic institution in the US where you can complain and they take care of it for free? It doesn't always work over here but it takes 5 minutes and with some luck they get sued and have to pay a fine.

I thought there were laws in the US that does the same and give fines to telemarketers?-

Nope, Americans love being harassed on the phone by sociopaths, it is part of their culture I guess.

Comment What telemarketers? (Score 1) 142

Cold calls are illegal where I live. So if someone from a business calls that you don't know calls, I would ask: Where did you get my number?

So far it hasn't happened with marketeers. Only charities does it, it is still illegal for them, but they usually pretend you have given them their numbers at some point, which is what promps me to ask: Where did you get my number? At which point they usually hang up.

Comment Re:Definitely not a violation. (Score 1) 406

This was a case of an un-authorized service which creates a security hole.

No, it wasn't. The only security hole, was the security of Apple's income from customers dum enough to buy their products.

Think about this again: A non licensed repair to a car may make the car less safe, but that does not, under any circumstances give the car manufacturer the right to sneak in an willfully destroy the car. Nor does it make sense them them to do so, except to protect their own repair shop income.

Comment Re:duh (Score 1) 182

Though if they want to maximize readability, why aren't the using
fonts with the little training wheels specially designed to make
letters faster to read and easier to recognize in bad reading
conditions, what's the name: SERIF fonts!

For road signs, they don't want to maximize readability, they want
to maximize legibility, which is not the same thing.

No, but serif fonts are also more legible. It was previously believed sans-serif were better at this, but new research is proving it wrong. When we can't see a shape clearly we guess details, this is why with a sans-serif fonts, c e a all look like o or s (depending on the person) at a distiance. Add serifs to those shapes, and the breaks in round shape warns the brain that it is not an o.

Comment Re:duh (Score 1) 182

Open Source highway gothic font created by Red Hat.

Problem solved.

Another link:

While highway gothis was more readable than the clearview. This version doesn't help.

Though if they want to maximize readability, why aren't the using fonts with the little training wheels specially designed to make letters faster to read and easier to recognize in bad reading conditions, what's the name: SERIF fonts!

It seems to be a global mistake though.

Comment Re:The earth is flat? (Score 1) 235

Actually, according to them the North Pole really isn't the issue. It's the South Pole that doesn't exist. Instead there's a wall of ice around Antarctica that's guarded by NASA employees to keep people from finding the truth (I'm not actually making that up, unfortunately).

But they are. Flat Earth Society was founded by physicists to make fun of creationists, it is a parody of creationism. Unfortunately Poe's Law applies to some people and they end up believing in the parody.

Comment Re:A good thing? (Score 1) 160

Anything to force vendors to, you know, provide up-to-date software. Unfortunately, this probably won't have much of an effect...

Even the most up-to-date software allows a user to be an idiot and install untrusted software and give it permission to take his phone ransom. It is not abusing a software vulnerablity, but an idiot user vulnerablity, and those are not easily fixed without taking away user freedom.

Comment Re:QWERTZ auch (Score 1) 315

I occasionally have to type in French, but I can't stand using AZERTY.

Setting an English keyboard to Welsh/UK extended allows you to enter them with combinations of Alt-Gr and dead keys. Before I accidentally discovered this, I had to faff around with charmap.

There is also a keymap called US international that does something similar and turns the accents into dead-keys and the right-alt into AltGr. It makes writing real text with a US keyboard halfway plausible

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