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Comment Re:Actually makes good sense (Score 5, Insightful) 702

Certainly there are so vanishingly few legitimate reasons a persons phone would be discharged...

Certainly there are far fewer reasons a person would want to go to the USA anymore. Or, rather, people value their dignity more than US culture; That you continue to have a tourism industry is beyond belief. Further, with Germany setting the standard for tearing US businesses out of their public infrastructure I'd be surprised if the US continues be a player in international business for much longer.

Anyway, to answer your question about why my phone would be discharged, it's because I'm forced to wait for three hours in the damn departure lounge because getting through security takes an age. I pass the time by browsing the internet, listening to music, watching streaming video... On my phone.

Comment Re:I smell a rat. (Score 2) 115

This only applies for the US, where anything they say "... can be used against them..." Sworn testimony, or evidence given under caution or arrest, in the UK for example, can be used by both prosecution and defense.

Still, you're definitely supposed to talk to a legal representative prior to talking to Police in any jurisdiction.

Comment Re:Email Insecure (Score 1) 346

Email could be secure, but PGP is still too complex for the average user. Key pair generation and storage within AD / Exchange during account creation might help with this in the enterprise, but there needs to be an easy key management scheme for the SME as well. You'd think it would be baked in by now. Public key sharing could be as easy as automatically attaching a small XML formatted file when emailing a new contact, parsed seamlessly by the recipients email server / client.

Someone with programming knowledge get on it.

Comment Re:The problem with traffic engineers... (Score 1) 579

Not having five highways intersecting at one point would also solve the problem.

Check out Spaghetti Junction in Birmingham, UK for a nightmare of a road design if you're not a local, and that's two "highways" (motorways) and two major roads (A-road). I can't imagine what your five highway junction looks like.

Comment Re:OR (Score 2, Insightful) 579

Without even reading the article I can grok that this is about vehicle-vehicle collisions increasing, by the fact that vehicle-pedestrian collisions are excluded by being the reason for the safety system in the first place.

This is almost certainly about cars charging out into intersections to "beat the timer" and losing control, or cars stopping safely when they should, only to be rear-ended by some knob who looks at the timer and thinks the guy in front will try and the race the lights.

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