Well, I can't drive, so there'd be a passenger in the car who could make the call. (As such, I'm very used to car-sharing, because I don't know of any other sort of driving; if I'm in a car, there's always a passenger able to make the call.)
I'm thinking of situations like "needing to pick someone up in an emergency (with limited time) and trying to contact them to verify where they are". If you pull over in order to make the call, then you're going to have to break the speed limit in order to get there on time, which is dangerous in a different way. If a passenger's making the call, there's no danger involved, and so things are safer all around.
The problem with trying to do that via technical means is that I've seen several situations where a passenger needs to use a cellphone while a car is driving. It can't be very technically easy to distinguish between a driver using a phone, and a passenger using a phone.
It's basically done per household, and indirectly for all the people in the household in some special cases (e.g. portable TVs used inside cars).
ais523 writes "The Federal Circuit has divided CLS Bank vs. Alice Corp., a case about various sorts of patents, including software patents. Although the judges disagreed, to a lesser or greater extent, on the individual parts of the ruling, eventually, more than half decided that the patents in question — algorithms for hedging risk — were ineligible patent matter, and that merely adding an "on a computer"-like clause to an abstract algorithm does not make it patentable. Coverage is available at Patently-O and Groklaw, or you can read the opinion itself."
There's a similar law in the UK, and companies generally comply with the letter. (Although I've seen some interesting ways of working around the spirit; one form I saw asked for permission to use the information in a variety of ways, which were opt-ins and opt-outs more or less at random, so you had to read it carefully to determine which boxes to tick.)
Unlike the Windows 8 version, the Canonical version appears to be to use the same codebase for the tablet and desktop programs, but to have a different interface for each. (It's entirely possible to put multiple interfaces in one codebase or even one binary; NetHack has been doing it for years.)
What's probably more interesting was their fix for the problem. Instead of trying to do any sort of rollback (although they did find people with impossibly high currency amounts and reduce them to saner values), they put a large amount of very expensive trophy items for sale which didn't do anything useful, in the hope that people would put their newfound wealth to an amusing trivial cause.
It doesn't. You can do it with two clicks in two different ways, but as far as I know, there's no way to pin the applications lens, which is what would be required to do it in one. (They have fixed the dock, now, though.)
The way it's done in the UK is that the shop (whether it's a small corner shop, or a large chain) charges you the tax anyway and gives you a receipt with a tax breakdown (as they're required to do on request, by the law). Then you take the receipt to a tax reclaiming kiosk with proof that you're not a UK national and are only there for a short time (holiday or the like), and they give you a refund for the tax. (They tend to be at airports, for obvious reasons; they wouldn't really be required anywhere else.) This way, the shops don't have to worry about establishing whether someone's meant to pay tax or not; all that complex handling can be centralized.
Is it possible that the address was spoofed? (Perhaps because they were reflecting attacks off your computer.)
Basically the problem is that OpenGL has a lot of old cruft in that people have been trying to get rid of for a while, that made sense at the time but nowadays only exists for backwards compatibility. OpenGL ES is gaining in prominence because it looks like it might actually be a chance to make a clean break with OpenGL's past.
Unless they've done something stupid like copying the documentation word for word, or stealing source code, it isn't likely that there will be copyright-related problems. (And giving it a different name means that trademark-related problems are also unlikely.) People are mostly scared about patents, instead.
The same bug can brick Samsung laptops on Windows too. It's just that it was noticed on Linux first.
It doesn't work any more; Slashdot just deletes the word altogether if it contradicts the score. I think the highest score you can get on a "Troll" post is 2.