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Comment: German speed limits (Score 1) 326


General speed limits in Germany are set by the federal government. All limits are multiples of 5 km/h. There are two default speed limits: 50 km/h (31 mph) inside built-up areas and 100 km/h (62 mph) outside built-up areas. While parts of the autobahns and many other freeway-style highways have a posted limits up to 130 km/h (81 mph) based on accident experience, congestion and other facts, many rural sections have no general speed limit. The German Highway Code (StraÃYenverkehrs-Ordnung) section on speed begins with the requirement which may be rendered in English:

Any person driving a vehicle may only drive so fast that the car is under control. Speeds must be adapted to the road, traffic, visibility and weather conditions as well as the personal skills and characteristics of the vehicle and load.

This requirement applies to all roads, and is similar to the "reasonable speed" legal obligation levied in other nations.

Speed limits are enforced with a small tolerance. Driving merely 3 km/h (2 mph) or faster above the posted or implied speed limit is considered a punishable infraction in Germany.

I'll take the American approach any day.

Comment: But (Score 1) 326

But cell phone using drivers don't drive like this. They drive slower, if anything. They don't speed, if anything. They don't weave, if anything. They don't run traffic lights or stop signs, if anything.

What they do is not pay attention. They don't realize the light has changed. They don't realize they are going slow in the fast lane. And they suddenly change lanes -- typically from the extreme left to the extreme right lane -- when their cell phone GPS tells them that they need to turn right now.

Cell phone using drivers are 50% "just" annoying other drivers, and 50% the deadliest thing on the road.

Comment: This is in part (Score 1) 223

by justthinkit (#47888931) Attached to: U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data
This is in part because we can sense that future, even worse, shocks are coming.

Now that they have all the money AND have devalued the currency by a factor of 100 AND have all the power and control over every aspect of our lives, there is only one way for things to get better for THEM.

And that is to find ways to get rid of most of us.

People randomly pulling us over and stealing from us is designed to provoke a backlash. There will be more of it, and worse. It is time to stop using the "Welcome to the..." phrases. It is all about goodbyes now.

Comment: Re:It should be (Score 2) 364

by justthinkit (#47871533) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled
How about this...Faraday cage the car, then provide a cell phone antenna. To use it, you have to jack-in. And each jack has a separate IP address, so that all subsequent communication on that address can be tied to an individual. Maybe you have to dock your phone in your door, so that you can't steal someone else's jack. Ok, this is getting complicated. How about you take a hammer, and smash everyone's phone before they climb in your car?

Comment: Re:Like Coca-Cola? (Score 1) 368

by justthinkit (#47870351) Attached to: Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+
You are confusing shelf space with successful products. It is like Microsoft with their Windows product. It is their Coke. You don't carry their Coke, you don't succeed in the computer market.

You don't do everything Coca-Cola wants, you don't get to carry Coke.

You are also missing the time element to this comparison. Coca-Cola is a trifle older than Mojang. Did Coca-Cola have 500 products when it was 5 years old?

...when fits of creativity run strong, more than one programmer or writer has been known to abandon the desktop for the more spacious floor. - Fred Brooks, Jr.