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Comment It works, but... (Score 1) 556

I live in the Netherlands, where a few years ago a new class of road was introduced. Secondary roads outside urban areas were divided in two classes:
  - the existing class, speed limit 80 km/h with a line down the middle, will now be reserved for roads with no houses on either side, and no bike traffic.
- some roads (with houses) were converted to the new class, with a speed limit of 60 km/h and no line down the middle, but lines at the edge making the road appear smaller than it really is.
In the Netherlands, this works reasonably well.

In the UK, something similar has been done in some areas, but:
- the posted speed limit often isn't lowered
- the road is narrower to begin with
- the edge of the road is full of potholes

The central line was helpful in keeping your vehicle close enough to the center of the road to avoid the worst potholes, without running the risk of colliding with oncoming traffic.
Without it, in wider vehicles you end up micromanaging your position on the road. In a van, I spend more time making sure my side mirror won't get smashed than I am monitoring the traffic situation. My situational awareness drops when there's no central line, and I have to slow down.
Cars don't have this problem as much, so the speed difference between classes of traffic (and the annoyance level at having slower traffic in front of you) rises.

Comment Re:Wake up, Mozilla morons (Score 4, Insightful) 247

It's more what they are taking away. It started with the status bar, then there was the ill-conceived move to Australis, version 44 removed fine-grained cookie permissions, next they're planning to kill off extensions.
Over the past few years they've spent countless hours on integrating features few people cared for, and more hours taking away features we actually used.

Comment A friend of mine did something similar (Score 1) 229

to get around an overbearing corporate firewall that forbade not only executables, but archives containing executables as well. In order to be able to e-mail new versions of a program that the overbearing company had bought, he wrote a program that packed the .exe code in a BMP file.

Comment Re:It was the first standard for video? (Score 2) 406

It was the first decent standard for MS-DOS/Windows video. Everything before it was a pile of shit, where you needed a new standard every time a higher resolution became available. Remember separate modes for text and low-res graphics? Remember how painful those early PC monitors were to work on?

Submission + - Dear overlords

onyxruby writes: An open letter to the new overlords of Slashdot. Slashdot was once one of the Internet’s great sites. Once upon a time this was one of the largest watering holes for people in technology on the Internet.

Like many here, I would like to see that reoccur. Unlike many sites, your past and previous readers happen to include industry professionals who are more than happy to provide their expertise for free. All you have to do is stop pissing in their watering hole and clean up the mess previously made.

There were two primary changes that drove away many of the previous readers. Readers who were highly educated, highly paid and in positions of decision making authority at large companies if you prefer to think in marketing terms.

The first change was the forced change of the interface to Beta which took away functionality and choice. When you are working with people in technology taking away information and functionality is pretty much guaranteed to piss them off.

The bigger issue was hubris and treating the readership as the audience. The readers are your product, not your audience. People did not come to read the often plagiarized two paragraph story, they came for the community and industry insider knowledge about what something actually meant.

Here’s the short list of things people have been asking for here for years:
Professional editors (no more plagiarism!)
End to paid shills (HughPickens.com etc.)
Links for paywalled or adblocked sites (e.g. Forbes.com — anti-ad-blocking)
End the SJW barrage the previous management had

Submission + - Apple releases surprise update for no-longer-supported OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (betanews.com)

Mark Wilson writes: When it comes to supporting older operating systems (or not), it is usually Microsoft that we are talking about. But this week Apple took its users by surprise by releasing an update to Snow Leopard — the lengthily-named Mac App Store Update for OS X Snow Leopard.

If you are wondering why an OS update should come as a surprise, it is because support for Snow Leopard came to an end in the latter half of 2013. It is an update that is ostensibly about ensuring continued access to the Mac App Store, but it also helps to give Snow Leopard users an easier path to upgrade to El Capitan.

Submission + - German inventor, innovator and businessman Artur Fischer dies at age of 96

Qbertino writes: As Spiegel.de reports (German link) inventor Artur Fisher has died at the age of 96. Artur Fisher is a classic example of the innovator and businessman of post-war Germany — he invented the synchronous flash for photography, the famed Fisher Fixing (aka Screwanchor/rawlplug or "Dübel" in German) and the Fisher Technik Construction Sets with which many a nerd grew up with, including the famous C64 Fisher Robotics Kit of the 80ies. His heritage includes an impressive portfolio of over 1100 patents and he reportedly remained inventive and interested in solving technical problems til the very end. ... Rest in piece and thanks for the hours of fun tinkering with Fishertechnik. ... Now where did that old C64 robot go?

Submission + - SPAM: Barbie Releases New Dolls With Realistic Body Shapes

An anonymous reader writes: For the first time in 57 years in the hopes that girls find a doll that ‘speaks to them’. How amazing is that? The “petite, tall and curvy” dolls were designed as part of the dramatically entitled “Project Dawn,” led by Evelyn Mazzocco
Link to Original Source

Submission + - The FCC is going to war over set-top boxes (engadget.com)

Mr D from 63 writes: From the Article; The FCC is preparing to propose rule changes that'll loosen cable companies' stranglehold on the set-top box market. According to the Wall Street Journal, Tom Wheeler is planning to give consumers far more choice over what hardware they can use. Right now, if you're a Comcast user, then you're expected to rent a Comcast box, or shell out for a TiVo and pay for it to be installed. The FCC, however, wants you to be able to choose whatever damn box you wanna use, so long as it's fit for purpose.

I hope this is successful. Cable companies have found ways to marginalize the usefulness of cable cards, and so there are no or very limited simple choices for consumers.

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