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Comment: Re:Booze Bus (Score 2) 783

by bakes (#45470509) Attached to: Texas Drivers Stopped At Roadblock, Asked For Saliva, Blood

We're not even considering the terrible road designs like all way stops. Yep, all roads have a stop sign. In theory you give way to your right, in reality it's whoever has the balls to go first

I've been to South Africa a few times, they have 4-way stop signs too. The way it works there is when you get to the line, everyone who is already stopped on the other entries goes before you, then you go. All-in-all it works quite well. In fact, when they have one of their frequent power outages and the traffic lights go out, the drivers just treat the intersection as a 4-way stop and get on with it.

Comment: Re:Can the connection to amazon be turned off? (Score 1) 88

by bakes (#44956589) Attached to: Amazon Launches Kindle Fire HDX Tablets

Yes, you can turn the Wifi and Bluetooth on/off (independently) whenever you like. There is also an aeroplane mode, I guess this stops you turning on Wifi accidentally (??).

For your purposes, I suppose you might potentially leave the Wifi off all the time, and just load files on through the USB cable.

Comment: Re:no different elsewhere (Score 4, Informative) 555

by bakes (#44736209) Attached to: The Legal Purgatory at the US Border: Detained, Searched, and Interrogated

Neither. It's because the US insists on these procedures for flights that will enter US airspace.

I was in Doha earlier this year, and I walked past the departure gate for a flight going to the US - looong line of people, shoes off, waiting for the full-scan etc. On my flight to the UK there was the walk-through metal detector and x-ray scan of my carry-on bag, but my shoes stayed on and nobody asked to pat me down.

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