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Comment: Re:Breakdown of adult interaction, oral tradition? (Score 4, Insightful) 329

by ColdWetDog (#48898277) Attached to: Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

Come on. You're blaming people not being able to handle qualitative and quantitative explosions in information (if not knowledge) on the family (or lack thereof)? Yes, family is important. No, family is not (and historically has not been) the general arbiter or source of most information. You're confusing family with society, especially pre literate society.

How in bog's green earth is any sort of family unit supposed to deal with the current knowledge set? Hell, even a university level professor can barely keep track of what goes on in their own field.

I think you're conflating a series of basic homilies and perhaps moral constructs (as useful and as important as they are) with knowledge. They are different concepts.

Comment: Re:The "what?!" is reaction time (Score 1) 297

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 3, Insightful) 297

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) 319

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.....

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