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Comment Re:Do we really need sandwich police? (Score 1) 286

It's a sandwich, not a nuclear reactor. If you like the way it tastes, great.

Adding ethylene glycol to white wine improves its taste, but I doubt that you really want to drink it.

If adding antifreeze to your wine improves its taste, you should maybe consider changing your brand of wine.

Comment Re:Irrelevant Studies (Score 1) 286

If the studies are correct, you can't sue a news reporter for reporting factually correct news.

In America, truth is an absolute defense against libel. In the UK it is not, and you can be found guilty if someone's feelings were hurt. I don't know about Canada.

This is nonsense.

The problem with UK libel law is that truth is a defence, but the burden of proof is on the defendant.

Comment Re:Good luck with that! (Score 1) 131

Good luck with this policy. At best a few sailors or marines will be busted each year for their stupidity, but the vast majority of incidents will never see any enforcement.

I've never been in the armed services but I was under the impression that one of the most important rules for those in authority was do not give orders that one knows will not be followed. Issuing orders that won't be followed helps destroy one's own authority.

If you think that following orders is a question of only choosing the ones you agree with, you really don't want to consider a career in the armed services.

Comment Re:I find this thoroughly unsurprising (Score 1) 343

This is one of those cases where we're fighting against reality, instead of dealing with it. What this study shows is that people really, really want to make calls (and probably texts and messages etc) while driving their cars. So what we need to do, instead of trying to stop them from doing it, is provide technology that makes it easy for them to do these things safely. For a start, we ought to mandate that all cars have a certain minimum standard of hands-free phone kit, that can be controlled without taking the hands off the wheel or eyes far from the dash - it's not rocket science, the technology has been around for ages, we just need standards to be set, and insurance companies encouraged to increase premiums for cars lacking certified kit.

The point is that it is trivial to set up a hands free system nowadays, but people still often can't be bothered even when the facility is built right into the car.

Comment Re:I find this thoroughly unsurprising (Score 1) 343

People will, for the most part, do what they want to do. Changing behavior is very difficult and laws are often quite ineffective at affecting the change desired.

Here in the UK, if you get caught drink driving, you lose your licence for a year, get up to a GBP5000 fine and receive a criminal conviction as standard. It is also not unlikely you'll get a short prison sentence.

There is massively less drink driving here than thirty or forty years ago. It really isn't worth the risk.

Whether you agree with it or not, the law most certainly has changed people's behaviour.

Comment Re:Making $10 billion / year!? Oh no! (Score 1) 167

The difference between Tesla and Tilt (and all the other internet startups) is that Tesla is at least manufacturing and delivering goods.

The problem is that Tesla's valuation is based on future profits accumulating from being the world's largest and most profitable car company, which would be fine if they were currently the world's largest and most profitable car company.

But it's jam tomorrow.

Comment Re: Party like it's 1999 (Score 2) 167

The point about a 419 scam isn't that you're being suckered into giving the scammer your bank details, as there is no way that knowing your bank account and name should let them draw money from your account. The actual point is that some people are stupid/greedy enough to actually pay the scammers.

If your bank is so insecure that giving me a cheque or bank transfer with your details on lets me empty your account, the problem is with your bank. (This is ignoring any additional social engineering done to get your password or whatever).

Comment Re:Nothing to do with Hollywood (Score 1) 478

How would you go about verifying someone rating a movie has seen it?

All you have to do is ensure that anyone posting anything on the internet uses their own real name and address, and has provided a copy of their passport/driving licence or other official ID as proof.

In order to be allowed to rate a movie, you would have to provide a copy of your cinema ticket.

In other words, anonymous online reviews are currently close to meaningless. Personally, I would rather read a couple of reviews by decent film critics, rather than take any notice of the number of 1* or 5* reviews.

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