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Comment Re:How about teaching pedestrians the rules? (Score 1) 363 363

Are you asking me to compile a list of pedestrian deaths in a specific area or relay the many instances where I narrowly avoided killing someone because they were breaking the rules of the road? My favorite is when a young mother is talking on her cell phone and walks out into oncoming traffic that has an advance green.

Certainly I could list these for you but you should be able to read the inferences based on data collected between 2002 - 2006 - "Roughly 71% (or 4,519 crashes) involved pedestrians crossing streets. A plurality of pedestrian KSI crashes occurred when pedestrians were crossing streets with the signal (i.e. during the âoeWalkâ phase), which occurred in roughly 27% (or 1,712 crashes)." (ref: New York City Pedestrian Safety Study & Action Plan: Technical Supplement)

So of the thousands of people killed while walking the street, only 27% of them were while a "Walk" symbol was displayed and of those, 21% was tied to "Pedestrian's error / confusion" for a total of, at least, 1,578 deaths.

Comment How about teaching pedestrians the rules? (Score 1) 363 363

One of the biggest annoyances I have in every big city I drive in, including NYC (and Toronto, Chicago, etc.) is that pedestrians walk when it has a 'don't walk' symbol with the impunity of someone that's protected by law from drivers, protected like a force shield that will prevent anyone from hitting them blissfully walking across the street while texting. Sure, it's against the law to run people over despite their inability to follow signs but at the same time if more pedestrians did what they were supposed to, we'd have a lot fewer deaths. When was the last time you've seen someone get a ticket for jaywalking?

Submission + - $30B Worth of Idle Servers Sit in Data Centers

yevgeniy_s writes: A recent study by Stanford University and TSO Logic estimates that about 10 million servers in the world's data centers are idle while using energy, cooling resources, and space. The "comatose" servers are estimated to be worth about $30 billion, not counting the expense of keeping them running. The primary culprit is lack of communication between disparate teams sitting in "management silos": http://www.datacenterknowledge...

Comment Why doesn't Google just stop advertising malware? (Score 4, Interesting) 70 70

Isn't this idea an aspect of reducing the amount of accidental clicks on malware advertisements? If so, why don't they just stop hosting malware or scam sites. There are certain keywords for legitimate services or products that are always guaranteed to give top hits in malware.

Comment Re:Office 2007 started the move into alternatives (Score 3, Insightful) 148 148

I was anti-ribbon back in 2007 as well, until I read a blog post by a Microsoft programmer that basically said, "look dummy, every single item you had access to with these cumbersome menus is available on screen." Certainly I wouldn't accept that at face value so I opened up Office 2003 and tried to find an equivalent function I couldn't find in 2007 and in doing that, I realized it really was 'all there' and shortly thereafter became a devout Follower of the Ribbon.

Comment Re:no more ALL CAPS & BLINDING WHITE (Score 2) 148 148

... what you call downgrading, I call upgrading. I haven't experienced a bug in Office 2010 since SP1 yet Office 2013 is missing features and has plenty of bugs. Oh, and yes, the garish color as you relay AND THE RIBBON SHOUTING HOME AND VIEW, THAT'S FIXED WHEN YOU UPGRADE TO OFFICE 2010.

Comment So nothing for business, everything for mobile? (Score 1) 148 148

Based on what I'm seeing on the topic of Office 2016, it seems this will be more of the same - rife with bugs for regular users and more gimmicky touch options for the small handful of people that use them? I wonder if they'll upgrade 2016 with a feature missing from 2013 that highlights folders hosting unread emails in bold with the total number of unread emails. Maybe this version will be a reason to upgrade from 2010... ? One can hope that after 6 years they can make a decent product that people might want.

Comment Re:Pay vs. Pirate (Score 1) 437 437

Nobody is forcing anyone to pirate the content... the only thing that drives anyone to pirate content merely because it isn't being delivered to them under their preferred terms is a sense of entitlement to that content.

I think you may be missing the point here - they are actually paying for that content right now and they want to continue to pay for that content.

Comment Re:Nothing wrong with Blackberries (Score 2) 252 252

What's the argument? Not a lot of apps? That's an argument in its favor with the federal government.

Have you ever put a Blackberry owner in a room with a Google or iPhone zealot? Certainly the majority of people use their phone and plenty think it's great without trying to convince everyone they need to switch immediately, but this woman comes from Google's Google Glass division, so of course she'll claim that moving anyone towards Google is an 'upgrade'. I'm certainly interested to hear her explain how moving from, arguably, the most secure phone, to the phone with the most malware is an 'upgrade'.

Comment Re:This is a foolish business decision. (Score 1) 437 437

Yea, constructing that paragraph was a bit rough on limited sleep. I believe the options for most of the folks I know are American Netflix vs. Pirating content. It wasn't uncommon for older folks to ask a younger relative to give them a year's worth of shows on an external hard drive to plug into their TV / Blu-ray / WD TV Live but Netflix became so popular that requests for pirated content diminished. Basically, cheap legal streaming replaced piracy since it was easier to legally obtain content... why not, it was only $8 a month or some such. A 'young feller' would come by and setup a VPN or DNS service on a router and see-ya-later, around $150 a year and they had access to plenty of content without a hassle.

Comment Re:This is a foolish business decision. (Score 1) 437 437

Most of our cable/sat content is American (less CanCon) which is why we are used to it.

Yea, folks that live within a few hours of the border are used to American content since 99% of their TV comes from the US. There are millions of Canadians that primarily consume US content since there's more of it available. I knew as much about the United States gubernatorial elections as I did about our domestic elections.

Comment Re:This is a foolish business decision. (Score 1) 437 437

Your question is irrelevant as you're presenting two options that are not the only two options on the table.

They could easily not block IP addresses that are sourced from within the country of the target content and simply leave it at "we're not responsible for policing this" and see what happens. They are certainly testing this option with the CRTC here in Canada.

Comment Re:This is a foolish business decision. (Score 1) 437 437

Haha! The thing is, plenty of us work long hours followed by family life and have a short period of time to relax our brains before bed. We can pop on Netflix to casually watch some good shows, TV that we're interested in, without worrying about PVRs or commercials or what have you. At 9 PM the last thing I want to do is read a book, I'd rather have a glass of wine and let my brain melt in front of an episode of Peaky Blinders (not available on Canadian Netflix).

Murphy's Law, that brash proletarian restatement of Godel's Theorem. -- Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow"