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Comment: Seems to work for OSM and Wikipedia (Score 5, Insightful) 206

Well, Wikipedia seems to work pretty fine without commercial ads (they do some fundraising sometime). And Open Streetmap seems to do fine, as are the plethora of services built upon it. Sometimes NGO:s and individuals do stuff and share it just because they want it done. Finding sponsorship or donations for the hosting fees are a minor problem then.

Comment: Large net existed in Chicago - the tunnel company (Score 1) 117

by pereric (#49491889) Attached to: UK Company Wants To Deliver Parcels Through Underground Tunnels

The mail tunnels have been mentioned. A somewhat similiar system was operating in Chicago for the first half of last century : The Chicago Tunnel company. It was a system like the UK mail tunnels with electrical narrow-gauge trains in tunnels. The cars were not driverless, but the network was larger, and open to any customer . Access was often with an elevator carrying a whole narrow-gauge car from the basement of buldings down to the tunnels. Pretty impressive.

Who knows : with some standardisation and - especially - automatic loading / unloading and integration with existing delivery terminals, maybe it could work?

Comment: Perhaps teenagers shouldn't drive at all (Score 1) 224

by pereric (#49307421) Attached to: Chevy Malibu 'Teen Driver' Tech Will Snitch If You Speed

Perhaps teenagers shouldn't drive at all? At least, we have had serious proposals from researchers in several EU countries that rising the legal driving age from 18 to 20 years or above would be a pretty sensible thing, and save quite a few lives. Seems like the younger drivers are over-involved in accidents not just because of a short driving experience, but also lack of general perception and judgment skills. (30-45 km/h mopeds would still be allowed from 15-16 years old)

Of course, this would be a (independent) mobility impairment in a car-centric society, with extensive suburbia, without adequate public transportation and cycling facilities. In a car-centric society it would of course also raise a big cry deny access to the instrument of "freedom and unhindered movement" (don't mention congestion ...)

However, at least over here, thar car is (slowly) losing status, at least in urban areas. In many European cities, the response would probably be "meh" - or "good damn time". In many cities most 20-year olds don't have a driving license already, and driver license rates are pretty steadily declining.

Comment: loose coupling would be a good thing (Score 1) 765

by pereric (#49201021) Attached to: Ubuntu To Officially Switch To systemd Next Monday

It seems highly illogical that even a desktop environment should depend on a particular piece of init software. It Loose coupling - it's a good thing ...
Maybe if we could have some standard that both upstart and the more byzantine init deamons could parse. Perhaps like the extra parseable properties in init files.

Comment: End of TLD:s - we just get "google" or "microsoft" (Score 2) 185

by pereric (#49154593) Attached to: Google Taking Over New TLDs

And soon or later, why wouldn't any larger organization apply for their own TLD:s? And how long until the rules are changed to allow organization names or product trademarks as TLD:s? Then everyone may just register <organization>, <product>, <whatever> as their domain. And some lucky gals or guys get "mail" (like before) and try to sell it to the highest bidder.

I don't see much advantage to this TLD proliferation.

Comment: Re:I don't mind driving (Score 2) 307

by pereric (#48373547) Attached to: I'm most interested in robots that will...

We already have that thing in Europe - it's called night trains. Depart in the evening instead of taking a screamingly early morning flight, have some food and nice vistas in the restaurant, work a bit in your room. Arrive in the city center next morning. No hotel cost.

I like it at least. Granted, I can work from my laptop so I can travel a bit longer than strict overnight without losing "efficiency", but I've been traveling this way when I have had some business or vacation in continental Europe (middle Sweden to Paris, Amsterdam, Italy, southern Spain ...). I really hope we get more, instead of less of this. With some modernization, and utilizing the high-speed rail network, we could do many even longer relations strictly overnight (departing 19-23-something, arriving at 7-8 in the morning).

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