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Comment This is a silly game. (Score 4, Informative) 113

A part of Sweden called Norrland is about the same size as Kansas and has half the amount of people living there, and I still have 1 Gbps in my summer cabin there. But avarage population density has little to do with it, I think Svalbard would win that category though.. :-)

Backbone investment to remote places has just been very high priority in Sweden.

Comment It's not about cartels, it's about everone else. (Score 1) 385

I think you need to look up the definition of astro turfing. Regulation is good if it helps competition I've never understood the medallion system, and it's not relevant for me.

Driving a taxi without a insurance is a big deal for me, since I move intraffic and my lost pay checks will be paid by that insurance. If a driver does not have a professional insurance that will not happen. The stats here says that taxi drivers have accidents about once a year if not more. When this is addressed by Uber then I have no problem with them operating in my city.

Comment Re:I have the evidence (Score 1) 696

In my experience the worst offenders are women. Of the top 10 close calls I've had, 7 were female drivers. Ironically the closest call I've ever had was a police car, typing on his computer and not paying attention. He ran me into the curb and just kept going.

Anecdotes does not make a truth. When you say this I directly recall two very gruesome women drivers, and forgot about all those men who did worse.

Comment Re:As expected, the PC crowd modded it down. (Score 1) 696

One of the downsides to Slashdot's mod system is that it can be abused to create an echo-chamber by

Just because no one agrees with you doesn't mean it's an echo chamber.

When you turn you eyes to minorities and blame all ills on them you are often blinded from the wrongs done by the vast majority.

Comment Re:You know what's coming (Score 1) 696

Have you ever broken a speed limit? Speeding contributes to accidents in far higher proportion than anything else. (Google is your friend). If you've ever exceeded the limit, you're a damned hypocrite if you complain about bikers breaking the rules.

Breaking the speed limit by 5 MPH results in a fairly small increase in the odds of an accident being fatal. Speeding across an intersection on a bicycle without stopping greatly increases the risk of a fatal accident, from zero to 100% if you get hit.

Actually; at 30 km/h almost no accident is fatal, and at 50 km/h almost all of them are. Doing 5 mph (8 km/h) over a 24 mph (30 km/h) speedlimit will lead to a lot more more deaths statistically. Also getting hit by a car while speeding across and intersection is not a common way to have an accident as a cyclists, fatal accidents being even less common.

Traffic calming can mean so much so it's hard talking about it, there are as many bad examples as good, but a good thing is to lower the speed of cars because people survive low speed crashes pedestrians as cyclists.

Comment Re:Cyclists DON'T obey the law! (Score 4, Insightful) 696

There are good reasons for pedestrians to obey most of the "rules of the road" too.)

There are no good reasons. Jaywalking was a highly controversial concept when it was promoted as the future. I'm glad we are starting think about it again. If the infrastructure is for cars, then a cyclist or pedestrian has a hard time being law abiding. If there is good infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians then it's easy to follow the law.

I do not see you thinking anything about safety, but just how to make pedestrians and cyclists give space to cars. If that is the foundation of your arguments, and mine are built on the reverse then it's going to be hard to discuss.

Comment Re:Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians: idiots (Score 1) 696

So just because I'm in a car Im responsible for an idiot on a bike running a bike and hitting me maybe killing himself? No the cyclist is the idot for having so little care for their own welfare they dont follow the rules of the road.

In the last decade in Stockholm, there has been no accidents recorded were the cyclist ran a red light and was hit by a car.

Comment Re: Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians: idiots (Score 1) 696

The average life in the US of a mile of multiuse path is 35 years, where the average life of a mile of road is 10 years.

Bad maintanence/infrastructure is the main cause for bicycle road accidents, like an unexpected hole in the ground. It's also one of the cheapest things to fix, best ROI of any infrastructure project.

Comment Re:Naw, it's Doctors (Score 1) 696

California, for example, requires that you pull off the road if there are five or more cars behind you; the same law also applies to slow-moving cars, trucks, etc. (California Vehicle Code section 21656)

That does not mean you are allowed to pass the slow vehicle just because there are five of you. I've had 10 cars behind me without any possiblity to let the pass, I can tell you it's a lot more stressfull on the cyclists than on the cars.

Comment You suffer from confirmation bias (Score 4, Informative) 696

All people in traffic break the law, you just choose to see the bad behaviour of cyclists, it's very easy to succumb to confirmation bias, or just plain we vs. them thinking. Anyways there are lots of studies on this if you care to read them, some peer reviewed and some not so peer reviewed.

That said you do need to break the law when bicycling, and it's often the safest way to bicycle. This is why we have things like "idaho stop", pregreen for cyclists etc.

We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on when it's necessary to compromise. -- Larry Wall