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Comment: Re:Obesity? (Score 1) 698

by Skreech (#32833440) Attached to: Should Cities Install Moving Sidewalks?

Wouldn't it be a better idea for people to walk those short distances, given how fat people are these days?

I don't know if this is sound logic.

It's not sound logic for more reasons than you state. Moving fat people isn't the stated goal of mass transit. It's also not the responsibility of mass transit to give people a workout. Fat is a public health issue, not a public transit issue.

We need to consider this outside the scope of fat. Moving sidewalks work inside airports. I want to see if they can work outdoors. And then, I envision a pedestrian-only downtown area with city blocks where each edge of each block is 90% (by distance, not area) moving sidewalk. This would get people to their destination within the pedestrian area faster. When they get there, they don't need to find a parking space. Without a need for parking spaces, we have the room for moving sidewalks. Personal vehicles can be parked at a parking garage on the edge of this larger ped-only area. Freight and maintenance vehicles can use what road remains. The desired result would be to reduce the need for cars in an area, and expanding that area, not blindly, but smartly so people aren't simply forced to be without a car, but instead have a real alternative.

Now, maybe that wouldn't work out so well. Maybe it would. Ped-only areas are here and there, mostly small, mostly catering to small expensive local restaurants etc. I guess my point is I don't see why I should throw these dreams away because people are fat. And intellectual thought stops there. Sounds like giving up on a problem by avoiding it.


GIMP Dropped From Ubuntu 10.04 900

Posted by Soulskill
from the should-have-used-the-fireman's-carry dept.
kai_hiwatari writes "It looks like the Ubuntu developers consider GIMP to be too powerful for a normal desktop user. They are removing it from the upcoming Ubuntu 10.04. Among the reasons cited are that the UI is too complex, it takes up room on the disc, and 'desktop users just want to edit photos and they can do that in F-Spot.''"

AT&T Loses First Legal Battle Against Verizon 214

Posted by Soulskill
from the is-there-an-app-for-that dept.
FutureDomain writes "A federal judge in Atlanta has declined a restraining order from AT&T that would have prevented Verizon from running ads that compared their 3G coverage to AT&T's. AT&T felt that Verizon's ads 'mislead consumers into thinking that AT&T doesn't offer wireless service in large portions of the country, which is clearly not the case.' Verizon argued that the ads clearly indicated that the maps were only of 3G coverage, and that AT&T is only suing because it doesn't want to face the truth about its network."

When you don't know what to do, walk fast and look worried.