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Comment: Re:The "what?!" is reaction time (Score 1) 256

by ColdWetDog (#48894187) Attached to: Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

And don't forget that if you are in an accident that involves an emergency vehicle, YOU are at fault. Police cars do fall under the "emergency vehicle" umbrella.

No, at least in the US a driver of an emergency vehicle has more of an onus on them to avoid accidents. They are the professional and you are the idiot. There have been numerous cases of emergency vehicle drives cited / sued for their behavior. Which is why you are finding that more and more emergency vehicles are driving fairly sedately - we've found that screaming around corners in large, lumbering vehicles to save 0.7 seconds on a call doesn't add up to anything but increased insurance costs. Slow down and you get there faster. It's something we're really stressing with the volunteer fire department drivers. We have even pulled the little blue lights that the volunteers had. It's safer if they just drive normally and get there a couple of seconds later.

An emergency vehicle running with lights and sirens has the right-of-way but that does not give them carte blanche.

Comment: Re:I have an even better idea (Score 2) 256

by ColdWetDog (#48894097) Attached to: Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

You don't have a right to be able to afford anything. At least in any society beyond pure communism - which has never existed in groups of more than say, 100.

It would be a nice societal benefit to allow persons without much economic means to freely travel - but nothing on the order of a mandate. Now, most societies agree that people should be allowed to travel freely without undo government interference but there is nothing that says somebody else has to pay for it or allow an individual to put others at risk for economic or any other reason.

Comment: Re:Too late! (Score 4, Interesting) 250

by ColdWetDog (#48894003) Attached to: UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

Man, does that hurt. I'm afraid you're right to a very large extent. I could certainly upgrade from a 42" 1080 p screen, but unless I sit really close with my glasses on, it doesn't make much difference.

The nieces and nephews think the TV is something akin to a slide rule - an interesting historical object of little daily import. If it doesn't go on the laptop screen or the phone, it doesn't get watched.

Except for the Star Wars laser disks but that's another sad tech story.....

Comment: Re:Finally something I can comment on... (Score 1) 99

by ColdWetDog (#48887981) Attached to: U.S. Gas Stations Vulnerable To Internet Attacks

So, if some really, really bored bad guy who was aiming to create mayhem and havoc (but not make any money) got all arsed, he or she could shut down a couple of mom and pop gas stations in the hinterlands for a couple of hours until mom and pop sobered up.

Truly scary. I'm gonna go unplug everyth*(*RKfkffghdf

Comment: Re:Out of control? (Score 2) 626

by ColdWetDog (#48885409) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

This is why the CDC-type folks are running scared. Unlike Ebola and HIV which take a fair amount of work and / or bad luck to get, Measles is airborne and very, very contagious.

Yes, it usually is a relatively mild, self limited illness but once you get lots of cases, you start getting into the 1-2% of folks that get serious complications. It's very ugly.

And, of course, totally unnecessary but that's human stupidity for you.

Comment: Re:Religious reasons? (Score 1) 626

by ColdWetDog (#48885283) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

At the hospital I work at you can opt out of their "required" annual flu shot, but if you do you are required to wear a face mask all the time while on hospital property during flu season. Wearing one of those masks all the time sucks so most employees give in and get the shot.

I suppose Disney could do the same, but N95 respirators on park employees would undoubtedly freak out the tourists.

That's an interestingly absurd policy since the facemasks lose their effectiveness after about 30 -45 minutes (when they get moist). I suppose they have minders running around timing when you change your masks out?

Make more sense to have you swallow Tamiflu all winter (not a whole lot of sense, mind you, but more than your current policy).