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Comment: Re:Texing Bans Increase Crashes (Score 3, Informative) 319

by petman (#45535949) Attached to: NY Police Get Tall SUVs To Combat Texting While Driving

There's supposedly some "alternative" way to make it zoom in/out by holding and then moving up/down, but I can't get it to work.

To zoom with one hand, do a double-tap, and upon the second tap, hold. Then slide down to zoom in and up to zoom out.

i.e. tap, tap+hold... (while holding) slide up/down

Comment: Re:I see $$$ signs! (Score 3, Insightful) 183

by petman (#45487447) Attached to: FCC To Consider Cellphone Use On Planes
The phones on the backs of seats can only be used to make, not receive, calls. OTOH, with cellphones, the airlines can impose a surcharge for both outgoing and incoming calls, much like with carrier roaming. There's also data roaming. So yes, the airlines to stand to make big bucks on this if they play it right.

Comment: Re:I like his choice in where to focus (Score 1) 445

by petman (#45420439) Attached to: Bill Gates's Plan To Improve Our World
You mean less taxes, not fewer. You're talking about the proportional amount, which is uncountable, so less should be used. Curious, because the post you're replying to actually used the correct word, less, but for some reason you felt it fit to paraphrase his words and incorrectly used fewer instead.

Comment: Re: Flagrant Flatulism Posing as Reporting (Score 1) 449

On the contrary, I would think if eventually all vehicles become autonomous and coordinated via a centralised network, traffic would flow much more smoother. If there are hazards or obstructions on the road, this information would be relayed to the central controller and all vehicles would be re-routed to minimise impact to traffic flow. With such a system, the flow direction of a lane cold even be changed at short notice as required, greatly optimising the usage of roads leading to improved traffic flow. Also, since computers have much faster response time compared to humans, and because there're no idiots at the wheel, the speed limit could also be increased significantly.

Comment: Re:Related question re: Women's Chess (Score 5, Informative) 284

by petman (#45343167) Attached to: Why There Shouldn't Be a Chess World Champion
They don't have separate men's and women's. The main FIDE rating list includes both men and women players. The thing is, there are just not that many highly rated women players. To put it into perspective, the current FIDE top 100 list contains only one woman - Judit Polgar, no. 58. So they created another list for women to make the game more competitive for women and increase women's participation. There are chess tournaments exclusively for women, but there are no tournaments exclusively for men. Women are free to enter the open tournaments.

As to why there are so many more good men chess players compared to women? I don't know.

Comment: Re:Yup, I'm one of those parents... (Score 1) 198

by petman (#45150261) Attached to: Most Parents Allow Unsupervised Internet Access To Children At Age 8
You must have missed one of Ethanol-fueled's post where he alleged that his Slashdot account with the nickname Ethanol-fueled was banned due to some rule infraction or something. So now he posts as AC and signs his nickname, Ethanol-fueled at the bottom of the post instead of bothering to create a new account.

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