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Comment Re:I don't understand the opposing argument. (Score 1) 258

Have you seen London traffic? It doesn't move. It's not possible to make it worse. The idea is that giving people who can use bikes that alternative stands a good chance of reducing the London traffic, because a bike is much faster (even for me, and at 60 I'm not far off the *elderly* category).

Comment Re:I don't understand the opposing argument. (Score 3, Insightful) 258

Just because you ride a bike, doesn't mean you can ride in the road and ignore traffic lights, ignore stop signs, cut the lane in between cars and have the gull to grab onto a car and use it as a speed booster.

Indeed it doesn't. And I don't know about where you are, but in the UK most of those things are likely to get the cyclist a hefty fine if caught. Sure, some cyclists try it on anyway, but how many motorists can say they've never exceeded a speed limit?

Comment Re:Tax dollars at work. (Score 4, Informative) 674

No court time at all for abstracting the electricity. If you read the article (yes, I know, I know...) you'll learn that the police agreed this was a ridiculous arrest and de-arrested him ("de-arrested" is more of a statement than simply releasing him without charge -- pun unintended; it means that the arrest should never have happened, and the arrest is struck from the legal record so it won't give the person difficulty getting visas etc.)

He's still in trouble for acting like a dick when he was arrested, though.

Comment Re:Thank God! (Score 3, Insightful) 84

Not all preinstalled apps on my S4 mini can be disabled. And at random the phone pops up a screen asking me to approve an update to the Samsung software which I'm not willing to do because I'm not willing to concede the extra permissions it demands. Lots of the built-in apps won't work without the update, but they're apps I never use anyway. I'm worried it will catch me out one day by popping up the "OK" button right under where I was about to press. Time for me to root the phone, I suppose, but I cant find out how to do it for the build I have.

Comment Re:David Cameron is actually a genuine idiot (Score 2) 260

Actually, the socialists over here are amongst the most vocal in opposing the ubiquitous monitoring. The lobby for the monitoring is from our equivalent of the Republicans who want a docile and obedient workforce so they can exploit us for profit.

It's time to boot, do your boot ROMs know where your disk controllers are?