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Comment Re:Insanity (Score 1) 602

With disk braking, better suspension, tyres, etc, reducing the stopping distance to a fraction of what it used to be, the speed limit should be around 200mph.

Did you get your nervous system upgraded as well ? I for one will not be able to react quick enough if i was driving at 200 mph or for that matter even 100 mph /P

Comment Re:Correlation != Causation (Score 1) 602

This decision has been made previously and has been in operation for more than a decade in Netherlands and for some years now in London.I have driven on Crompton road before and after the conversion and the road is much easier to drive on. Nobody speeds like they used to,drivers and pedestrians pay more attention and make eye contact . The other advantage is the traffic flows quicker , its the throughput that matters rather than raw speeds.

Comment Re:Insanity (Score 1) 602

As it happened, the heater in my car broke shortly before the freezing rain, so my defroster didn't work below about 15 MPH. Traffic was moving at a brisk 1 or 2 MPH for many miles as we all made our way home, with cars forming a densely packed block on the road for a couple miles. Visibility out of my windshield was extremely poor, so I had to navigate largely based upon the appearance of the white center line and side white line.

In the UK , if spotted by the police , you would have faced being charged with driving without due care or perhaps even dangerous driving.

Comment Re:The Science In a SciFi movie... (Score 1) 163

I'll admit I haven't seen the move or read the book, but where in hell does he get the seeds and fertilizer to grow plants in Martian soil?

There is a plausible explanation in the book for this (the mission had neither fertilizer nor seeds as such). My recommendation is to read a book - it's not that long and quite enjoyable.

Even better are his short stories

Comment Re:Finally (Score 1) 169

It is a matter of principle - A british court has ruled the EAW to be valid . Assange has exhausted all his appeals and is now a fugitive from the law. If the government were not to attempt to enforce the court's order , the home secretary will find herself in hot water with the judiciary and in the parliament. By voluntarily submitting himself to the british courts and then refusing to comply once the decisions dint fall his way , assange has left the uk no option.It was a massive miscalcualtion by Correa that has led to this situation.

Inside the North Korean Data Smuggling Movement 62

Sparrowvsrevolution writes A new Wired magazine story goes inside the North Korean rebel movement seeking to overthrow Kim Jong-un by smuggling USB drives into the country packed with foreign television and movies. As the story describes, one group has stashed USB drives in Chinese cargo trucks. Another has passed them over from tourist boats that meet with fishermen mid-river. Others arrange USB handoffs at the Chinese border in the middle of the night with walkie talkies, laser pointers, and bountiful bribes. Even Kim assassination comedy The Interview, which the North Korean government allegedly hacked Sony to prevent from being released, has made it into the country: Chinese traders' trucks carried 20 copies of the film across the border the day after Christmas, just two days after its online release.

Comment a moot point perhaps-- (Score 1) 386

From the article " This, in the very country where the majority of the population fights against government regulations, red tape and bureaucracy.".

So how do you explain in no particular order - TSA , Medicaid , Medicare ,Police and of course your legal system. I am afraid Americans like to believe they retain the pioneer spirit and the there are no rules ethos from two centuries ago but the fact is you say you hate bureaucracy and then embrace it so long as its packaged properly.

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