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Comment The NYC subway serves multiple types of users (Score 1) 124

Most of the stations - esp in S Brooklyn, outer Queens and The Bronx, serve mainly commuters and New Yorkers ( I mean seriously, how many tourists go up to see the hall of famous americans in The Bronx ? or the Bronx Zoo ? or the Brooklyn Museum ? (fabulous Egyptian collection btw)
Tourists need mainly manhattan, and the existing map does ok; the main problem is the multiplicity of trains on the tracks - local and express
If you are a serious tourist, get a Guide Michelin, or whatever the e-quivalent is; it will tell you what to do to get to the Brooklyn Museum, or the Morris Jumel Mansion, or Lydig ave, or...

Anyway, I assume that like me, many of you have been in London/Paris etc, and I seem to recall from my long ago student days that relying on the subway map often led to long, unexpected walks.

Comment Re:Don't forget (Score 1) 297

no that was the nid a fictional department made for civilian over site of military secrets

Fictional. Right.

You do realise Stargate chronicled the real life actions of the US Air Force, they leaked enough of the program to create the film, then tv show, to act as plausable deniability.

They then leaked the fact they leaked it and they came up with Wormhole Extreme.

Comment Re:What a surprise (Score 1) 329

You are an idiot. There are plenty of sites advocating the abolition of the monarchy, and plenty of sites advocating the end of Parliamentary democracy and its replacement with fascism, communism, anarchism, Trotskyism, take your pick.

The courts have spoken and they disagree with the previous poster. What they say counts, and if you can't be bothered to read the judgment I referred to that's your problem.

Comment Re:What a surprise (Score 3, Informative) 329

That post is not remotely correct.

Some of the items on the list are laws enacted after the Human Rights Act, but they are not exceptions to it - the Human Rights Act has priority.

Others - sedition and advocating the abolition of the monarchy - were criminal offences two hundred years ago, but there have been no prosecutions in recent times and the courts have acknowledged that the idea any prosecution would survive an HRA challenge is "unreal" (see Lord Steyn's judgment in the ex parte Rushbridger case).

Comment Completely wrong (Score 1) 120

The idea is nice, but the actual images are completely wrong. WiFi is just electromagnetic waves and those in turn are nothing other then light at another wavelength, i.e. a different color if you will, see this infrared image. This means being able to see WiFi signals would look fundamentally no different then just seeing ordinary light. You wouldn't see waves shooting out of your router, as you can't see waves unless they actually hit your detector, so the thing would simply glow like a light source. The thing where it gets interesting is in how different materials react to the WiFi, materials that are obaque to regular light would be transparent for WiFi signals, while others that are transparent for light would be opaque to WiFi. How much or how little WiFi gets reflected would also change. Being able to see how directional the signal of different antenna could also be interesting. There might also be issues with image resolution, as the wavelength determines how good you can resolve an image (not sure if that's just a practical limit of detector size or actually a physical limit).

Anyway, some simple photoshopping won't cut it, it would probably need a raytracer to simulate the wave propagation properly.

Comment Have they tried (Score 1) 312

I was one of those luddites, however I was recently away for 3 weeks, and burnt through the 3 books I took quickly. As I had an ipad mini, I downloaded the kindle app and bought a couple more books to give it a go.

Now I'm not so sure.

Aside from the problem on not being able to read on the plane during take off, approach and landing (about 30 minutes a flight, 120 flights a year, that's 60 hours of reading time lost), they're very convienient

I'm still buying dead trees out of principle, but when I read these types of books I'm happy to read an ebook too, but I treat it more like a library.

Comment Re:Metro UI (Score 1) 467

Somewhere it helps to be ahead of the curve and not chronically behind it. Listening is good, yes, but who was Apple listening to when they created the iPhone?.

They should have listened to slashdot when they started with the iPod. If it had had wifi and more space than a nomad it wouldn't have even so lame, and they wouldn't have gone bust.

Comment Re:that explains something that happened to me (Score 2) 154

My father-in-law recently went on a police "ride-a-long" (we live in Virginia Beach, VA). He said that in between responding to domestic disturbance calls, the majority of the time was spent driving around scanning license plates. Prior to that, he didn't even know the police had the capability, much less the desire to track innocent folks. One particular incident occured that night when they pulled up to a vehicle that came up stolen. The cop pulled the guy over, handcuffed him and put him in the back seat. The guy was upset, and for good reason, which would only become clear some minutes later. He was the owner of the car which had previously been reported as stolen, but had not been cleared in the database after it was returned to him.

The problem here isn't the police pulling over the reported stolen car, it's their assumption of guilt. Handcuffing someone before you even talk to them? This just doesn't seem to happen in the UK. When I was young I was pulled over several times, once on the motorway, I'd been doing 87 (speed limit was 70), and I was talking on a mobile.

They pulled me over, walked up to the car, asked me to get out of the vehicle on the passenger side and come back to to their car, where they gave me a ticket (not a speeding one, but one for the mobile)

Another time I was pulled over with a bald tire. They let me park the car first, then again asked me politely to join them while they wrote me a ticket.

There's something in the american psyche that causes the police to be adversarial.

Comment Re:Obvious (Score 1) 238

But lately I rely more upon public transport, while sacrificing some of my convenient spare time, it is cheaper AND quite reliable here in (Western) Europe to use public transport, at least for a single person, who doesn't need to buy food for a whole family.

Well I get the train when I travel 200 miles to London, as it's far faster (3 hours door-to-door) than driving (4 hours door-to-carpark, then another half hour to the office). I read on the trip too. I don't have enough convenient spare time to waste driving all the way (I do drive the first 15 miles to the station)

Americans often use public transport too, it's called a plane.

Comment Re:game on! (Score 1) 138

finally i can play those new games that came out... three to 11 years ago.

oh a serious note, progress is always good. it's really too bad transgamming killed cedega but didnt release any DX code. i really liked cedega and yes, paid the subscription fee for it.

Excellent, there have been very few games I've played in the last 13 years. My "current" CD collection includes Unreal Tournament and Klingon Honor Guard. Not that I've played them for years of course.

I do play occasional things I my ithingy, usually ticket to ride.

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