Your suggestion that limiting sources of facts and information to those that can be verified encourages ignorance boggles my mind. The Internet is full of misinformation, and I wouldn't want a jury deciding my future based on what they found online. Even worse, I could be convicted based on some piece of evidence that I wasn't even allowed to refute.
I have the following requirements: streaming Netflix, DVR capabilities, and playback of large-ish DVD rip collection (x264 encoded, stored in MKV container).
Then get a Tivo. It does that stuff (it does
Laptop = too bulky
iPad = good compromise
What's not to understand?
I love how slug lines show the lengths that middle class Americans will go not to ride a bus.
As someone who used to commute by bus, I can say that buses are terrible in most places I've lived. The last time I used the bus with any regularity, it was only a last resort. If I left my house on bicycle, I could be at work in 20 minutes. If I took the bus, it was 45 minutes from pick up to drop off, probably 52 minutes overall, counting the walk to/from the bus stop and being a few minutes early so as not to miss the bus. I only took the bus when it was raining or when it was summer (too hot to ride without too much sweat), but the bike was much better any other time.
It's called the court of Public Opinion and it's unforgiving.
The court of public opinion is downright foolish. We're all pissed about the oil spill after we chanted "drill, baby, drill" and keep driving around in our SUVs with no passengers.
I assume we hammer on alcohol because it's an easy target and it's easy for the authorities to measure.
Related to this, I'd love to see bars or restaurants start having breathalyzers available to patrons. If I have a single beer with dinner, I'm pretty sure (but not 100%) that I'm under 0.08 just based on the approximations you see in various publications. What if the restaurant poured me a 22 ounce beer? What if it was a Tripel? Luckily, my wife rarely has a drink with dinner, so I don't really have to worry about it.
A general rule I have adopted is this: no alcoholic drinks in 24h before driving. Easy to abide to.
I had a beer with dinner last night. Are you somehow suggesting that I should not have driven to work this morning (10-12h later)? Is there some scientific evidence to support this notion? How does this scientific evidence compare to a person that got less than (8/6/4/2) hours of sleep or has a cold or a caffeine addict that didn't have their coffee?