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Comment: Re:Great, still doesn't fix the Houston problem. (Score 1) 494

by Flying Scotsman (#30823812) Attached to: The Year of the E-Bicycle
It depends on the bike lanes in question. Often, they're pretty good, and help greatly with traffic. Though in some areas, the "bike lanes" are far more dangerous to ride in than the side of the road, since they're generally retrofitted to roadways and intersections that weren't designed with them in mind. Some cities will construct a system of death-trap "bike lanes" and claim they're now cycle-friendly, even though no sane cyclist would ever try riding in them.

Comment: Re:Digital went to shit when analogue died (Score 1) 223

I've had about the opposite experience just south of you in Dakota county. On Saturday morning, I had my converter box do a channel re-scan. Most every channel was about 20% higher on the box's signal meter, with TPT coming in at near 100%. However, KMSP (channel 9) completely vanished. I entered tried entering the channel manually, but still nothing. Oh well.
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+ - Under Legal Pressure, Craigslist Kills Erotic Ads->

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CWmike writes "Submitting to mounting legal pressure, Craigslist has announced that it will remove the Erotic Services category from its classified advertising Web site within seven days. The move comes just two and a half weeks after Jim Buckmaster, CEO of Craigslist, told Computerworld that the company had no intention of removing the category. While it's taking down the category, it will be launching a new category called Adult Services, for which each posting will be manually reviewed before it appears. 'Unsurprisingly, but completely contrary to some of the sensationalistic journalism we've seen these past few weeks, the record is clear that use of Craigslist classifieds is associated with far lower rates of violent crime than print classifieds, let alone rates of violent crime pertaining to American society as a whole,' said Buckmaster in a blog post today. 'We are optimistic that the new balance struck today will be an acceptable compromise from the perspective of the constituencies, and for the diverse U.S. communities that value and rely upon Craigslist.'"
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Quebec ISP To Terminate Subscribers Over Copyright 290

Posted by timothy
from the audacity-of-audacity dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Quebecor, which owns Quebec's biggest ISP, has thrown in with Hollywood interests by arguing for the 'graduated response' approach that would kick off subscribers based on three allegations of infringement. The company told Canada's telecom regulator that net neutrality rules are not needed since content blocking has social benefits, including the potential for a three-strikes-and-you're-out policy."
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Inside Factory China 135

Posted by kdawson
from the making-it dept.
blackbearnh writes "While China is attempting to pull its industry up out of mere manufacturing mode, for now the country is the production workhorse of the consumer electronics industry. Almost anything you pick up at a Best Buy first breathed life across the Pacific Ocean. But what is it like to shepherd a product through the design and production process? Andrew 'bunnie' Huang has done just that with the Chumby, a new Internet appliance. In an interview with O'Reilly Radar, he talks about the logistical and moral issues involved with manufacturing in China, as well as his take on the consumer's right to hack the hardware they purchase."

Comment: Re:Actually, dial up would be fine for me (Score 1) 299

by Flying Scotsman (#26661793) Attached to: Charter Launches 60 Mbps Service

A PuTTy ssh session just doesn't need all that much speed.

True, but it does benefit from low latency.

The typical dial-up connection would have enough latency to make an interactive shell a bit annoying (I've done plenty of SSH-over-dialup). You can work around it by writing little scripts and then uploading them (or pasting them into the console window) instead of typing everything into the console manually, but it's still annoying.

Comment: Re:Poor planning (Score 2, Insightful) 438

by Flying Scotsman (#26617025) Attached to: Senate Approves 4-Month Delay In Digital TV Switch
From what I have heard from various sources, this was to discourage people from all waiting until the last second before redeeming their coupons, resulting in the sudden demand for converter boxes to exceed the supply available in stores. How effective that was is another issue, of course.

Comment: Re:Only Satellite and Cable? (Score 1) 479

by Flying Scotsman (#26558739) Attached to: Most Hackable Coupon-Eligible DTV Converter?

Digital television is terrestrially broadcasted in the US, currently alongside analog television. Soon, though, the analog broadcasts will cease. The topic here is about the external tuners ("converter boxes") that will allow televisions without digital tuners (most televisions sold in US that were not made in the last decade or so) to display digital broadcast television after the analog broadcasts stop.

So yes, digital TV is available over-the-air in the US today. And pretty soon, it will be the only TV available over-the-air.

Comment: Re:WTF do they need GPS for? (Score 4, Insightful) 713

by Flying Scotsman (#26271415) Attached to: Oregon Governor Proposes Vehicle Mileage Tax

Why just use the fancy new technology called an odometer? Check it every time you renew your registration and collect the fees at that time.

Odometers don't track in-state mileage versus out-of-state mileage. The article isn't clear on if that matters to the plan here (it might only tax in-state driving, for example), but there's this little snippet about the test run:

A GPS-based system kept track of the in-state mileage driven by the volunteers. When they bought fuel, a device in their vehicles was read, and they paid 1.2 cents a mile and got a refund of the state gas tax of 24 cents a gallon.

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