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Comment Probably (Score 1) 386

White lines let you make an assumption that any oncoming traffic will be on their side so you can boot on regardless. Same with traffic lights, if you get rid of them traffic flows better but you have to be more careful navigating the junction. If you do have traffic lights people plough on without looking because the light has given them the go ahead

Comment $100m? (Score 4, Interesting) 65

What do they spend these millions on? Taking ludes on a superyacht in the Bahamas?

It is just a service that takes in bits of plaintext and spits them out to multiple users, most of them are using an app so no huge bandwidth cost (although still not as efficient as it could be) there is no valid technical reason for it to cost 100's of millions. A system like Twitter could be completely decentralised and P2P based and nobody would have to spend any extra to run it, the corporation behind Twitter doesn't serve any purpose as far as I can tell.

Comment Re:Turn it off. (Score 1) 112

You'll be able to track real people as soon as some hipster startup paid RESTful API company from The Valley starts providing this service. They will gleam this information from Apps, some ISPs will bury a provision in their T&C that allows them sell this information to the said hipster company. Static MAC addresses are bad news in this big brother-infested world. It was grand in the 80's and 90's when a machine sat on a private LAN and never left it and 'big data' was a twinkle in someone's eye but those days are gone unfortunately

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