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Comment: Re:There have been worse outages (Score 1) 133

by Endlisnis (#47765569) Attached to: Time Warner Cable Experiences Nationwide Internet Outage
I don't know what you mean by "analog", but unless you are talking about a single, physical wire connecting you with the 911 operator, then calls have been routed and core lines have been oversubscribed for decades (several). Even before rotary dial, you had to ask an operator to connect you. They probably had more outages than any modern system.

Comment: Re:Easy to ACTUALLY solve (Score 1) 470

by Endlisnis (#45540455) Attached to: EU Plastic Bag Debate Highlights a Wider Global Problem
There is no such thing as a compostable plastic bag. There are bags which are LABELLED as compostable. My city (Ottawa, Canada), has a curbside city compost pickup program, but they do not allow any plastic bags (even ones marked as compostable) into that program. The bags gum up their grinders.

Comment: Re:Taxing is not going to fix the problem (Score 1) 470

by Endlisnis (#45540373) Attached to: EU Plastic Bag Debate Highlights a Wider Global Problem
Except, who gets the $0.05 when you fail to recycle the bag? Atlantic Canada did something similar with aluminum pop cans, but allowed the bottling company to keep half of the deposit for cans that were never returned. Almost overnight, they stopped producing the more environmentally sensible, refillable glass bottles because they simply made more money off of lazy people who couldn't be bothered to recover the $0.05 by recycling their cans.

Comment: Re:Bullshit! (Score 1) 433

Don't know about you, but I do just fine with zero hands on the wheel. On a straight stretch of highway, with good alignment, I can drive for miles without ever touching the steering wheel. In fact, I'm pretty sure I could drive the same highway while asleep. But, people should keep both hands on the wheel (as much as possible) for the obvious reason:
You can't react as fast or as well. If something unexpected happens, having both hands on the wheel and being conscience both greatly increase your ability to perform emergency maneuvers.

There are very good reasons to take one hand off the steering wheel: turn signals, transmission, using any of the car's features that are meant to be used while driving such as cruise control buttons. They all increase your risk of accident, but are all necessary in some way. Just driving around with one hand permanently off the steering wheel for no good reason is irresponsible.

Comment: Re:Internet access is not necessary (Score 5, Informative) 105

by Endlisnis (#42944495) Attached to: Canadian Court Rules You Have the Right To Google a Lawyer
The problem with just having a list is that the police now get to choose which lawyers will be defending representatives (the police could remove a lawyer from the list because he's very good at winning). The whole point of a phone call is that you get to CHOOSE your lawyer.

"Right now I feel that I've got my feet on the ground as far as my head is concerned." -- Baseball pitcher Bo Belinsky