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Comment Re:Do the math (Score 2) 338

The idea was never to change the voltage in any EU country, the idea is about free movement of goods and services, in this case goods. The standard is to ensure that any electrical appliance sold will work anywhere in the EU. The consumer can buy from anywhere in the EU, the tolerence ensures that this is possible.

Comment Re:jerk (Score 1) 1440

The UK has somewhat different customs in this area (and possibly different laws). I recall reading a comment a few months ago from someone in the UK talking about how many more cars get through a green light in the UK than the US because the UK drivers are all ready to start moving as soon as the light is green, rather than waiting for the car in front of them to move before taking their foot off the brake. It is perhaps unwise, but if that's the habit, it's more understandable.

That is probably explained by the UK having a red and amber phase, about 2 seconds between read and green, meaning the green does not come unexpectedly and drivers are ready to move as soon as the lights turn green. Like the US, in the UK, 100% of the blame lies with the person doing the rear ending.

Comment Re:So the cutomers get a kick back? (Score 1) 203

Most are in residential areas and will have very little usage, unless someone is visiting a neighbour occasionally. If you live next door to a B & B, a pub, cafe, or a layby where truckers stay overnight then your experience will be no doubt different. You are still sharing the bandwidth and I would expect a very small number of these access points get most of the usage.

Comment Re:What about paper bags? (Score 1) 533

I have corrected your post for you.

No you haven't. The fact that the welsh parliament has created a 5p levy does not mean that the supermarkets didn't fight against it.

And not only are you logically wrong, you're wrong in actuality: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/8265754.stm

That article is from 2009, they fought against it, but how am I wrong? the 5p levy has happened.

Comment Re:What about paper bags? (Score 1) 533

I can't vouch for San Francisco, but in the England, the supermarkets have always fought against plastic bag bans. Which suggests to me you are inventing a conspiracy where there isn't one.

I have corrected your post for you. Wales has a 5p levy on plastic and paper bags. Living close to the border we do get to experience this, people almost never pay the 5p but do tend to take bags/walk out with shopping piled precariously in their arms or just take it out to the car in the trolley and dump it in the boot (trunk). At McDonald's you can have a small paper bag for your fries (as they are not wrapped), but a bag big enough for you Big Mac as well. Thats 5p. Amusing in the drive through watching them handing over each Big Mac/Quarter Pounder one at a time. Don't know how it works if you fancy a Chinese, Indian or Kebab on the way home from the pub. Northern Ireland is looking at a similar idea, but as a tax. In Wales the money goes to charity. Don't know about Scotland, but it is usually the world leader in nanny state legislation.

Comment Re:typical (Score 1) 471

Debit cards and credit cards look the same but they're completely different things.

They look similar, my debit card has debit printed on it. Not that a shop ever gets close enough to read the card. They can tell them apart from the number however, hence how they know to offer cashback with a debit card but not with a credit card. It also allows different surcharges.

The first version always gets thrown away.