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Comment Re:More nation-wrecking idiocy (Score 1) 602

Drachten received international attention for a traffic experiment known as shared space, a concept pioneered by Hans Monderman. Almost all traffic lights and signs have been removed in the town's centre in an effort to improve traffic safety, based on the theory that drivers pay more attention to their surroundings when they cannot rely on strict traffic rules. Previously the town's centre had an average of 8 accidents per year. In the first two years after the system was introduced, yearly accidents were reduced to 1.

That's not to say it's appropriate in every case, but it's not as crazy as it sounds.

Comment Re:There's no doubt that... (Score 2, Insightful) 1839

With regards to the politicization of non-political posts, right in the mod guidelines, we get this gem: "Concentrate on promoting more than demoting." It seems like part of the culture to let offtopic comments slide. Combine that with the "no modding and commenting in the same post" rule, and people are more incentivized to continue the argument than to just downmod and participate in another part of the real post.
It makes sense to not be able to up/downvote and then reply to the same comment, but it sure would be nice sometimes to not have to choose between moderating and participating in the whole topic.

Comment Re:Of course ... (Score 2) 315

Except that there is no direct upgrade path from XP to 10, so the systems that MS is forcing upgrades on (7/8) ARE still receiving updates. XP has been EOL for almost two years now, and while there are undoubtedly some people that are just now getting around to upgrading/buying a new machine, most of the XP decline in real numbers has already happened. This market share news is almost certainly a function of WIn10 upgrades rather than XP reductions.
For people making the conscious choice to move to 10, there is no issue, but it's hard to determine how many "upgraders" really made that conscious choice due to Microsoft's spammy behavior.

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