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Comment Re:how can it be a new feature (Score 1) 60

This is for backwards countries that haven't rolled out Enchanced 911 services. Great Britain and Estonia sounds about right. Other countries don't need this because calls to 911 from gps-equiped smartphones already send the location data to the call center via the carrier.

Wireless Enhanced 9-1-1 service

This type of wireless 9-1-1 service is provided in areas that receive Enhanced 9-1-1 service. To improve the safety and security of Canadians, the CRTC required wireless carriers to upgrade their 9-1-1 services to provide an enhanced capability to identify the location of wireless 9-1-1 callers. This is particularly important in emergency situations where the caller is unable to speak or cannot identify his or her location. This improved location capability is enabled by two technologies:

Global Positioning System (GPS) or Triangulation Capability

With Enhanced 9-1-1, wireless carriers use Global Positioning System (GPS) or Triangulation technology to identify a 9-1-1 caller’s location (generally within 50 to 300 meters of the cellphone). The emergency call and the caller’s location are automatically transmitted to a 9-1-1 call centre serving that area.

Not all new cellphones have GPS capability. To get more information on a cellphone’s 9-1-1 service, check your manual or ask your wireless service provider. GPS capability uses signals from satellites to determine a cellphone’s location.

If your cellphone does not have GPS capability, wireless carriers can also use triangulation technology, which locates the caller by measuring the cellphone signal’s distance from nearby cellphone towers.

The location information, as determined by either GPS or triangulation, will be provided to the 9-1-1 operator if you are using either a cellphone with pre-paid minutes or a wireless service plan. If you have a cellphone but are not subscribed to any service, you can still dial 9-1-1 in an emergency and get basic wireless 9-1-1 service.

The US has a more complicated regulatory environment, where there is a disincentive to offering E911 services because if you (the carrier) does offer it and is not in compliance, the carrier gets penalties imposed.

Comment Re:a BAD sports team will pay for GOOD players (Score 1) 145

Those bad CEOs are the ones responsible for decisions such as the tax dodges that result in EVERYONE ELSE paying more than their fair share of taxes.

We need a corporate "death penalty" to force shareholders to look at the underlying fundamentals of the business, including ethics.

Comment Re:Whose job is it? (Score 1) 145

The bean counters would still do it without the CEO's direction, since it directly affects the company's ability to pay the employees (including said bean counters) salaries. And they would be under less pressure to do illegal tax dodges, since they would bear direct responsibility for those decisions instead of "just following orders." Hang the CEOs, watch the company do better as the people who actually know their jobs do them without outside interference.

Comment Re:Oh :( (Score 1) 4

I don't think we'd like to live in a world that didn't have the benefits that accrued from the 2 world wars. Our birth rates would be higher, our life expectancy lower, and our expectations from life would be much watered down.

Comment Re:5.38 hours per day (Score 1) 147

Is it really "abusive to bandwidth" to have background entertainment while doing menial tasks? How close are you coming to the cap?

Very. I had a 250GB cap until this month, when I had to spend more money to raise it.

Autoplay is a setting, and it's per-profile, as is bandwidth - If the use case is just listening to the audio, why not set the bandwidth to the low setting?

But then you have to twiddle it back and forth every day, that's annoying.

Comment Re:74 at time of crash (Score 1) 450

The level of entitlement in this thread is truly astounding. "You must remain stuck in the slow lanes so that I may go as fast as I fucking want."

That is not what is being said, but if you want to apply the logic in that way or spin it in that direction, go ahead. It's actually "you are not to impede the flow of traffic because that creates dangerous conditions", which sounds a lot less selfish, doesn't it?

In addition, frankly, I'm just fine with that. I get the hell out of people's way. I pull over for individual cars on twisty roads. I give bicycles a wide berth. I slow down when a pedestrian appears to have problems walking. If I need to pull over, I signal and then I get completely off the road. In general, I am an extremely considerate driver. In exchange, everyone should get out of the fucking way. I do it, it's not that hard, they can do it. It costs you a few pennies at most even if you're stopping and pulling over to let people go by. I make people wait a bit if I'm on an uphill and driving something slow, but far less than just about anyone else, and I don't understand why so few people can display even inexpensive courtesy.

And just in case it was not clear, I am on your side in this.

If this is an example of what it looks like when you're on our side, we don't need you, coward.

Comment Re:74 at time of crash (Score 1) 450

There is zero requirement to let someone behind you go faster than you providing you're passing someone,

The law already prohibits driving in an unsafe manner; interrupting the flow of traffic does that. You're creating an unsafe condition by causing traffic to bunch up. You're not permitted to merge if you would interrupt the flow of traffic, as a rule. (In some cases drivers are required to let you merge, e.g. onto freeways, but we're talking about the other side of the highway right now.)

Fuck em.

Asshole confirmed.

Comment Re:Netflix v. Cable? How about Netflix v. HBO (Score 1) 147

As as city dweller, I don't want my bill going to subsidize those people in the rural areas.

Yes, you want to live in a third-world shithole. But everyone else recognizes the value of extending communications to a whole nation, which is why we formerly had funding going to spread land lines to rural areas, and why we now have funding going to spread internet access to those same areas. As it turns out, we actually want internet access in those areas when we visit them, so covering the last mile benefits everyone. Unfortunately, there's a lot of short-sighted people like yourself out there who don't comprehend the benefits of a connected populace, and who only care about themselves.

Comment Re: uhm, no.... (Score 1) 147

And televisions + cable boxes are cheaper than the computers that you'll need to watch Netflix with separate people.

You can watch Netflix on a $40 tablet, or on the cellphone you already own. Thanks for playing, though:

People are more likely to watch Netflix on phones in India, South Korea and Japan, but televisions are more popular with U.S., South American and Australian customers. Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia prefer tablets, while some parts of Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe use desktop and laptop computers the most.

So you have kids using tablets, teenagers using their gaming desktops... you don't have to buy a TV for each additional station. But you do for Cable, because you can't watch Cable on anything but a TV, or something more expensive: a PC which can take a cablecard.

Comment Re:Er (Score 1) 450

Go ask a pilot if they keep their hands on the controls at all times when autopilot is on.

You can remove your hands from the controls in the Tesla for short periods, but you are still responsible for maintaining attention, just as you are in an aircraft:

Â91.13 Careless or reckless operation.
(a) Aircraft operations for the purpose of air navigation.
No person may operate an aircraft in a careless or reckless manner so as to endanger the life or property of another.

Careless manner says it all. And the operator of this Tesla did it in a careless manner.

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