Maybe modern cars have better traction control, but I've always had to turn mine off when driving up snowy hills and use the clutch. I drive a ten-year-old VW though so perhaps the traction control is dated.
I don't care if it takes me 2 seconds or 0.2 seconds to shift gears. That's not the performance I need from my car. What I need from my car is being able to downshift *prior* to needing to accelerate, like when anticipating a merge. What I need from my car is being able to use the clutch to apply just the right amount of power to the wheels to get traction on slippery surfaces, like when pulling out of an icy parking spot over snow onto a plowed road.
You are correct though, that a computer can control the clutch more quickly than I can, but it doesn't see (yet) when I need power and downshift before I need it or how to apply just the right amount of power to gain traction on surfaces that are not uniform (again, yet).
I think taking several hours to travel somewhere is pretty awesome stuff compared to a week of driving or many many months of walking. That's why I put up with the inconvenience of the airport.
Yes, if there is some probably cause, then I will agree. I'm all for probable cause. If we're going to call car plugged into outlet probably cause, then I have a problem with that. I rather not have police enter my car on my property because I was charging it.
That would imply the cop knew more than just seeing a car that was tethered to a mains. What part being plugged in implies foul play afoot? If he had received a complaint or some such, I might see it differently.
Ah yes, and a car plugged in is by default stealing power? That seems like a pretty flimsy reason to search a car. "Hold it there sir, you are eating a hamburger, I must ascertains it's not stolen!"
So, cops should search everything everywhere every time just in case there is something illegal going on? That sounds like a police state I'd rather not live in.
Having a preference does not necessarily mean the exclusion of the other. I fall into the prefer printed book category (though for a different age demographic) but I own a good number of both. I prefer printed books but I have been working on reducing the size of my physical library because ebooks take up less space and I want fewer physical possessions to worry about.
Despite my preference for one, I use the other more but use both quite a lot.
Presumably not as much of a problem in North America since no-one walks anywhere.
I walk to the greengrocer's and I do not use a cart. I find a hand basket to serve as a good measure of how heavy my groceries will be to carry home. I do seem to be in the minority though.
If you only make phone calls and disable everything else then all you are left with is tracking, which happens on the other end anyhow.
And historically, in Slashdot's home country, landlines have been one to a house and have had unlimited minutes.
I'm not sure in which history they had unlimited minutes, but I recall paying $0.10 a minute except to my local calling area, which was basically about ten exchanges covering my town and a couple of adjacent ones.
Those games have been static for a long time, many binary releases of common software changes weekly. Doing the work once is different than doing the work weekly.
I'm glad I'll be dead in a few years or a few decades, because frankly it means not having to give half a fuck about the direction everyone is going in.
You could just stop giving a fuck now and live a more present life.
You should maybe remove the countries not hat list that are not actually monarchies, if that's the point you are trying to make.
I understand you being against TV, but being against books!? What medium do you use for learning?