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Comment Re:Serious question (Score 1) 1310

Slashdot supported Unicode for some time in the old days. Then someone figured out that they could leave a dangling RTL marker in a comment and reverse the rest of the comment section. Rather than trying to sanitize the Unicode the Slashdot team took the nuclear option and just stripped everything down to 7 bit ASCII. Now there is nobody left who feels qualified to touch the code anymore and the problem has festered for over a decade.

Comment We don't have the technology yet (Score 1) 229

Safe at any speed is just not something we can promise with our current technology. Being crushed between a runaway cement truck and a dump truck while boxed in at a stoplight is impossible for car sensors to stop. Being blown off of an icy bridge and sinking to the bottom is another scenario the car won't be able to protect against.

Comment Re:The irony (Score 1) 545

In fact you'll note that the "law" is just a guideline. It's meant to discourage local jurisdictions from making overly restrictive laws against unaccompanied minors. Probably in response to stories like that kid in suburban Maryland who had CPS called on the parents multiple times because they were walking to the store alone.

Comment Re:Obligatory "when I was a kid" post. (Score 1) 545

It even starts out saying that they think walking is a bad idea "for safety reasons", in what appears to be a nice suburban school district. This is the sort of thing you might be able to change via the PTA, depending on how it is structured. On the other hand, it's hard to break paranoia and the school district might be terrified of being sued if a child is kidnapped on their way to/from the building. While stranger kidnappings are extremely rare, custody disputes are not and either way the school may be dragged into an expensive legal proceeding because some parents can't behave like adults.

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