How would self organisation make roads magically get built, garbage magically get picked up, and the firefighters magically get paid on time?
For example, if you want to disconnect.
Comcast: Thanks for calling in... long nonsense fill speech later... How can I help you?
You: I would like to disconnect my service effective immediately, if you waste my time and/or do anything other than disconnect me immediately, I will request a supervisor, I will accept nothing less than a supervisor, I will not allow you to put me on hold, and I will make this call miserable for the both of us until my service has been satisfactorily disconnected.
*at this point 90% of agents will just do it and take the hit on their stats to not deal with you, but if they wont, read on*
Comcast: I'm sorry to hear that sir, but I will have to transfer you to our disconnect department...
You: *cut them off* Please get your supervisor, do not put me on hold. Thank you.
Comcast: But my supervisor can't...
You:You're wasting both of our time, call your supervisor over, I'd like to speak to them immediately. Inform them that if THEY can't disconnect my service, I'll be asking for their manager as well. This will continue until my service is disconnected, I will not be put on hold.
This is way too much effort, unless you happen to enjoy yanking some chains over the phone.
Here's how you quit Comcast:
(1) Disconnect every piece of Comcast equipment in your home.
(2) Load it in a box, and put the box in your car.
(3) Drive to the nearest Comcast customer center.
(4) Dump the box on the counter and tell the rep: "I wish to terminate my service immediately."
No one will argue with you. You have completely bypassed Comcast's customer retention process by doing this. Pay the amount due on your bill, get a receipt with a complete list of the equipment you've turned in, then go home.
"Regardless of the posted speed limit, your speed should depend on: - The number and speed of other vehicles on the road. - (...)" [California Drivers Handbook, page 33]
You can't be obstructing traffic if you're driving as fast as the law allows you to.
And it's also driving around lots of humans. Humans who will do unpredictable things, and who can't necessarily deal with such a high speed differential from other cars.
Yep, lorries, then delivery vans, then taxis, then busses, then private vehicles.
As I've been saying throughout this thread... Google have looked up limit - in the California drivers handbook. In the state in which they're driving, the law is explicit that you should keep up with other traffic, as it is more dangerous to have lots of cars doing different speeds than to exceed the speed limit a bit.
It's not safety vs law. This car is driving in California, where the law says that you should do this. I'm sure in areas where the law says you shouldn't do this, it will not.
Solution A is being considered because it's the law in California. The driver's handbook is explicit that you should keep up with traffic around you, rather than opt for a lower speed that is dramatically different from the cars around you. I'm sure in other states/countries, where this is not the law, this will not be the case.
Actually no. The reason Google's cars do this is because they (for now) drive in California. The driver's handbook in California explicitly states that you should at all times keep up with traffic, even if it means exceeding the speed limit a little bit, so that all cars are driving at roughly the same speed. You won't get a speeding ticket, because you are following the law. Presumably, in other areas, the car will be reprogrammed with knowledge of that area's driving rules, and will or won't do this as appropriate.
Well duh, that's because that's the rule in California. The driver's handbook says it's illegal not to do this. Presumably in areas where that's not the case it will not do that.
He does have a point though, and I don't understand why people haven't seen it before.
If you create a currency that is backed by nothing but knowing a very large number, then you can back a infinitely large number of currencies by an infinitely large number of different large numbers (or even the same large numbers). That means that there are inherently infinitely many alt coins out there, and these things are inherently worthless.
It's not really that alt coins destroy bitcoin's credibility, it's that bitcoin itself has no credibility in the first place, and neither do these alt coins.
It works because slashdot recognised the URL, and automatically made it clickable, rather than because of any design. You need to use html to get it a link to work correctly.
No, not really. In the UK at least, a car that's done over 100,000 miles is considered basically worthless. They sell for £3-500 each, because their engine and transmission is likely to be on its last legs.
Not really, in fact, 125,000 miles is a pretty long way after you'd expect to see major issues with most of the seals on the engine, and quite possibly complete failure on some cars.