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Comment Re:Conflict of interest (Score 3, Insightful) 258

In Switzerland, the fines go into the municipality's budget.

Problem with that is that the municipalities have started budgeting the fines and are now treating them like normal income and thus the police receives quota.

Which leads to police putting mobile cameras where they can get most money not where there might be a security issue.

It also led to police wasting a lot of time on fines rather than actually doing important things.

I like the escrow idea.

Comment Re:a real keyboard (Score 1) 158

Yeah, I'm in the same boat. A HTC Desire Z or a Communicator 9500 brought up to current tech and phablet size would be a dream come true.

The only good thing about the Blackberries is that the keyboard doubles as a touchpad. That's nifty. But portrait mode keyboard? Come on, how am I supposed to work with that?

Comment Re:Welcome to Sweden (Score 4, Insightful) 513

Even in Switzerland, employers are expected to show some flexibility not just for family emergencies but also for taking care of business. If you have to deal with banks or the government, you'll likely not be able to schedule that outside of business hours after all.

This seems to be yet another example of how questionable the US economy operates sometimes.

Comment Re:Population density (Score 1) 468

So you need to replace ALL gas driven vehicles before you get a benefit?

A lot of US landmass may be sparsely populated but if even 30% of the people living in cities and the surrounding suburbs drove electric, I think the impact on on pollution would be measurable.

Full electric doesn't make sense for everybody. However, it's nice to see that the technology is getting within reach of those for whom it does make sense.

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