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"There is no such thing as informed consent as far as suicide is concerned because a suicidal person is by definition mentally ill, in need of help and unable to make rational and informed choices"
This is a load of BOLLOX!
A person, completely sane and rational, can decide to take their own life. I have personally taken time at other points in my life to weigh up the pros and cons of life, and (in my case) came to the descision that suicide wasn't the answer.
The line of thought to which you subscribe seems to be "If he doesn't think like me, he's insane", which is a BAD road to go down. Just because you have never rationally evaluated suicide and found it is the preferred course of action doesn't mean noone else has.
Yes, in many cases the person is NOT in full controll of their faculties. In this kids case, for example, he was clinically depressed. Maybe if he had seen a shrink or some such he would not have wanted to do this anymore. But this does not apply to everyone.
Take the example of someone who has a terminal illness, and will last a couple of years at most in excruciating pain. Would that person be "by definition mentally ill" if they wanted to end their own life?
Think before you comment!
@AC Thursday 15:37
"with RAM being so cheap these days £35 for 4GB so stop bitching and go shopping"
Hmm, let us take a small corparate environment with, say, approx 1000 machines.
So £35x1000=£35k, which is probably about 3 peoples salaries in a call centre, or at least 2.
OK I know there are other things to consider here, like volume discounts, but people have to remember WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A CORPORATE ENVIRONMENT NOT YOUR HOME GAMING RIG!!!
I can well beleive it takes 15 minutes.
My work XP box takes anywhere between 5-10minutes to log on, and most of this is applying GPOs. With an upgrade to Vista, you have a lot more GPOs, aswell as a huge bloated monster of an OS, probably on underspecced hardware.
I tend to leave my PC on except at weekends. Just lock it, turn the monitor off, and go. This may not be an option in co's where timekeeping is linked to logon, but not turning the PC off still is.
2 points though:
1) "If your time doesn't start until _after_ you log in, then logically it _can't_ be your job to turn the PC on, because a prerequisite for you to start work is a log-in screen." Very true, but the real world doesn't work that way.
2) "And why are they hanging around for it to be shut down. Click shut down & F**k off home...." Remember these people are (a) Yanks and (b) working in a call centre. You can't expect them to be rocket scientists (In fact I would not be surprised if some of them had to take their shoes and socks off to count past 10)
Exactly what I was thinking. The only buttons that will ever be pressed will be your PIN, so they will wear out. This cuts it down from 1000 possibilities to 24.
"Am I the only one who finds the fact that he got free internet by modifying his cable modem using a piece of software tremendously funny?"
It actually isn't that hard to do. I know several ppl who do it. Even easier if you have access to the cable co's records
"Why would anyone want to install a potentially unstable build of Windows?"
I agreen, it's mad! Why on earth would ANYONE install a potentially unstable build of Windows, like Vista, XP, 2000, NT4, ME, 98, 95...........
Oh wait, thats EVERY build of Windows.
It is very easy to mix up analogies when discussing this topic. Some are completely wrong, some are close to the mark.
@The first comment, comparing it to leaving your house/car unlocked: This is actually quite close. Its is still a crime if someone nicks the car/your telly. Its your own stupid fault, but it's still a crime and the theif (if caught, something the police aren't so good at... whats their job description again?) would be prosecuted. Your insurance would not pay out because you were a dumb f**k, but a crime has still been committed.
Same applies to wifi: Leave your router open, and you desrve to have it piggybacked. Leave it open, and leave unsecured shares on your network, with files containing all your personal details etc... you deserve to have your identity stolen, your important documents deleted etc.
However I also agree with Matthew Robinson' comment: The DHCP server was asked for an address, it granted it. It sould be argued that this constitutes an agreement that you may use the network. If a gateway is included, it could be argued you are being invited to use their internet connection. I doubt a court would see it that way.
Bottom line: If you don't want people on your wifi, don't leave it unsecured, and don't use DHCP without MAC filtering. If you're stupid enough to leave the door to your house open and a note on the dorr telling people where all your decent stuff is (equivalent of open wifi and open DHCP) you are an eejit who desrves all he gets.
Yes, this is exactly the sort of reasoning which could be used. BUT... How will you feel when your fingerprints are taken by this device (which will by no means be the most accurate of machines), stored, and then found a pub toilet where a rape took place, you are prosecuted, not convicted, but you are placed on the sex offenders register and your DNA stored away, leading to more police harassment later on? (Someone told a story about a similar incident in comments on another story about the DNA database, so I am not just being paranoid) Meanwhile your mate simply 'accidentally' burns his finger tips to remove his prints, and continues as before?
Yes, the rights of the individual sometimes help criminals, but they are still necessary. Freedoms have to be protected. If they are removed, the law abiding majority suffer, and the criminals find ways around it. Simple as.
"how can you describe atheism, the lack of a belief, as being a religion?"
Actually Atheism is not just "the lack of a belief" in a god, it is the belief in the lack of a god.
I know that Atheists are among those with the lack of belief in a god, but their views are stronger. Lack of belief in a god implies a more Agnostic view.
Sorry to piss on your bonfire, but Atheism is closer to a religion than you realise. There is a strength of beleif that god does not exist, and it is a wholey unscientific standpoint, in spite of what people say. True Scientists would be agnostic, given that there is no strong proof in favour or against the existence of a god, therefore he may or may not exist.
Saying that, at least atheism isn't an *organised* religion. People are free to beleive what they want, rather than an organisation telling people what to beleive. I actualy have no problem with religion, but organised religion is just a method of control. A god as described in the greek scriptures (new testament) would not condemn people for not following the rules to the letter. If he did, I would not want to follow him anyway.
"It now seems that a truly modern glass cockpit might be one in which all the windows have disappeared"
Wouldn't that be great! No Windows, no more reinstalling every six months, no more BSOD...
Oh wait, maybe you mean the other, usefull kind of windows?
aaaaahh... Merkins. You gotta love 'em.
@ Stu: "Bless. If he has friends or family, my heart goes out to them"
If he has friends? Do you REALLY think thats likely, exept maybe the guy in the next padded cell along.
Oh by the way, Aaron: We are not scared of databases, we are scared of the (mis)uses they will be put to. Or of a UK.gov employee deciding he needs to do some work at home, dumping a big chunk of the DB to his laptop/USB HDD, then leaving it on the counter when he picks up his fish and chips.
And there's nothing wrong with smoking pole. Paris knows that.
@ Aaron Harris
"Not exactly Instant Messaging is it... 40 year round trip time, even BT can do better than that!"
However, it is approaching the average time it takes to receive anything from the DVLA, unless it happens to be a bill of some kind.
Right, firstly, the headline is top notch.
Onto what I wanted to say: @Matt Bryant
"OK, we think you've massively over-perfromed, but we want to cut your pay."
This may be true, but he earned $83m last year. $83m!!! Thats $227,000 (£130,000) PER DAY!!!
Yes, being CEO he takes a large amount of responsibility, so he should be compensated for that. Yes, the company has done well, he should get a bonus. But this is rediculous.
Then again, same cam be said of most CEOs/Execs, Footballers, Politicians... But the shareholders have a right to say "Hold on, this is our company too, stop hogging the dough!"
As do the people working for the company who probably made more of an impact on the profits than Mr Ellison. Its quite obvious that many will be upset with the size of his package.
Some dumbass american, perhaps the same guy who put his winibego (spelling probably wrong there) on cruise control and went into the back to make a cuppa, will probably sue Ford when he slams into the back of someone. "But I thought it would stop for me".
I agree with AC above, get the eejits off the road (like the guy who pulled out of a junction without looking a few weeks ago, forcing me to try to avoid him, drop my bike, and watch him drive off) and we wouldnt need these gadgets. With the added bonus of reduced polution.
Better still, bring in "Darwins Law": If you do something so stupid you should have been killed, you get executed.
"Does this mean that some new group of whingers will appear ranting about how we are now not just affecting our planet's o-zone but now also reducing the protective effects of the sun, despite no obvious link?"
Yar, no land lubber. It be the lack of pirates that be doing it. All we pirates know the heliosphere is a noodley appendage of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, ye must all pray for forgiveness for breaking the 8 I'd really rather you didn'ts, me hearties, and he shall once more protect us.
...the breach of my privacy that this presents, especialy given our govts 'interesting' approach to data security, the main objection I have to this is cost.
This govt is practically bankrupt. The NHS gets no funding, the schools have 40-odd kids per class, our taxes keep going up... why the **** are they wasting OUR money on this ****?!?!
Instead of throwing our money down the toilet with rediculous IT projects (dont get me started on the ID cards fiasco!) why not sort out the im[portant things first. Get the NHS back on track. Allow schools to do their jobs propperly. The list goes on, but you get the gist.
have converted to the CoFSM. They know that Pirates are also followers, and all this talk of ransoms, terrorists, theft etc. is just propaganda spread by Christians.
The Royal Navy 'warships' in the area are actually used to hold prayer meetings, as it is at least a safe from being boarded by French or Russian seamen (**giggle**, I think I'll leave this in despite reading it back and noticing the double entendre) seeking to persecute our righteous brothers.
I agree that missing an FPU is a dent in their usability.
Why not just replace a couple of their cores with FPUs? With the cache architecture they have, it would be a simple matter to run SIMD on a bunch of data in the cache, offloaded and separate to the processor core, queued and shared between cores.
I actualy think this would be great for standard CPUs aswell. Consider a Phenom (for example) with an additional FPU, so a core can just ensure the data is available in L3, and then queue a few SIMD or MIMD routines for the FPU to run. It then gets told when the job is complete, and can grab the data and do what it wants. In fact AMD is probably in the best situation to do this, as it could use designs from ATI's gfx chips to do it.
Oh well. The Tile[Pro] chips are still cool, and I want one (or more) to play with. Bet they'll be out of my price range though...
"Stephens said he informed LookC about the flaw on 9 September and went public with the vulnerability on 12 September, via a security advisory on his website"
"A problem concerning the live image acquisition by unauthorised internet users was reported to us on 12 September 2008"
a) Stephens lied about when he informed LookC,
b) LookC lied about when Stephens informed them, or
c) LookC didn't care, ignored the email and hoped Stephens would leave it at that.
And as for:
"The person who highlighted the vulnerability to us also saw fit to publicise the means of hacking the LookC servers on the internet and then to log on to other blogs to point other internet users and hackers to the article. We can only guess at the motivation behind this action but have not ruled out criminal intent"
Assuming (a) above is not true, did LookC immediately check their servers, and warn their customers? Not so far as I know. So Stephens did it for them. Now admins can implement some form of temporary fix to protect themselves (most likely for legal reasons), while LookC play the blame game and try to have Stephens arrested.
Thing is, especialy with such a simple "hack", if an honest person has found an exploit and reporsted it, it is likesly that a DISHONEST person has already discovered it and started using it to their advantage. So Stephens has done you a favour guys, stop bitching and fix your damned product!!
I do love
this new fashion to make a new law, then apply it to before that law was made.
The governament makes eating ice cream illegal, so everyone who ever ate ice cream in the past is a criminal.
OR, the government makes it legal for a person to drink and drive on their birthday, therefore the presidents friend who got locked up for drink driving after a skinfull celebrating his 50th gets released.
Applying retrospective laws is absolute idiocy. Even IF they keep it so they are allowed to monitor comms in this manner, the guys who did it before (and the ones who made the descisions) should be charged, as they DID break the law. END OF!
"It is not necessary to use X11 at all, indeed I think it is crazy to do so in an embedded device. Use the framebuffer (direct) or similar."
While I agree that this is the most efficient way to present graphics on a Linux based embedded device, you are forgetting one thing: at the moment, Linux phones will be used mainly by geeks (and I fall into that cattegory ATM, I'm saving up for a Neo Freerunner). These geeks will not all be propper programmers, but will want to be able to port existing apps to their phones. This is easiest to do if X is used.
I am not saying this is good for the future of linux phones, but it is how things are at the moment. They have to pander to their most likely customers, their current market.
Personally, I thing work should be done on a slimmed down X server designed for embedded devices (it may already be done, or in progress, but I havent seen it).
Thing is, a common platform accross your desktop, servers, phone, set top box, in car entertainment system, home automation system, robotic slave and modified microwave/freezer combo (so you can instruct it to load in the required ready meal and cook it, then have the robot deliver it to wherever you are in the house) means you only have to write one application. Sure it may have to be done differently on the different platforms, but the core can be the same, with different interfaces and/or extensions dependant on the platform. I know some people who use Windows Mobile phones for this very reason.
All this will never lead to the most efficient use of a device (whether that be PC, phone, or automated washing machine), but it CAN make the most efficient use of a programmer. And we all know that most geeks are lazy, so guess which wins?
"It's somewhat easier to deal with a cupful of soot than thousands of cubic metres of gas! And it's not radioactive either!"
OK, I appologise for a poor analogy, but I was just drawing a comparison to illustrate that the emmisions figures are artificialy lowered.
Commit a crime...
in the UK, get tried in the US.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone have it right: Team America: World Police. And UK.gov is quite prepared to bend over and take it like the dick-sucking arse bandits they are... Gordon Brown is aptly named.
*sigh* time to look for a job abroad. Now where is there that will stand up to the US... AND wont be invaded because of it?
"I have a production VW Polo Bluemotion II that is rated at 88 mpg on the standard system"
1) This is a diesel. Diesels have been capable of 60mpg+ for many years. Therefore 88mpg is not a big leap. Petrol cars have struggled to get 40mpg, and even the Pri(ck)us only gets 45. Therefore a 100mpg PETROL car is definately something to shout about.
2) Diesels produce more of other harmful substances, and the Blue Motion is no different. The Polo gets around this, and lowers it's emmisions figgures, by installing a filter on the exhaust. This is not much different to the carbon capture schemes (or storing nuclear waste for that matter) as it just stores the crap to be dealt with later.
All in all I would be fascinated to see how they have done it. I suppose weight and aero changes will have made a large difference, but I would love to take the engine to bits :)
OK, at first I thought this new look was pretty good. After this lunch I have changed my mind...
At lunch I often have a browse through your stories. However, I often turn the font size up so I can sit back and relax while doing so (especially with BOFH)
Not any more. Your new site wont let me.
I agree with the headline: OMFG, what have you done?
A few more
"Bush will show world+dog how to speak in public"
"Oil companies will show world+dog how to take care of the environment"
"UK.gov will show world+dog how to keep citizens private data safe"
Sorry, it's just taken me 10 mins just to type those in between hysterical bouts of laughter, my lungs hurt now and I'm going to have a lie down...
I for one...
... welcome our nanoscopic body-wearing robotic overlords
@ Alan Riaso
"I think we both know Japan and maybe China would come before the UK"
Yeah, they have no stamina in east asia... :D
And I agree about the prices, we pay FAR too much for things in the UK. However, I personaly doubt our spend would decrease if costs came down. We would just buy more.
"There is a DRAM supply glut which has been worsened by the failure of Windows Vista to spark memory increases in PCs"
Is this not because everyone is 'downgrading' their Vista installations to XP? I have performed enough of these to keep me very drunk most of the time since Vista came out. You think theres any chance I could sue MS for turning me into an alcoholic?
Serious point here, in spite of the sarcastic comments drowning my brain at the moment:
"teachers should convey a message of “respect” for those beliefs while continuing to teach evolution"
Is this not what RE is for? Religious eductation should be taught from the standpoint of respect for others' beliefs. They should encourage respectful debate over the points of view involved, as all religious people will have to do this at some point, and most non-religious people will also (probably when the Jehovahs Witnesses call round).
Teach about Science in Science lessons. Teach about Religion in RE lessons. Is this too much to ask?
Absolutely top notch. Been a while since the bean counters were brought down a peg or two.
Although I think there could quite possibly be a lift malfunction anyway shortly after the call out is authorised. Unreliable things, lifts, you never know....
OK, may not be as anoying as actualy saying it, but what happens when your toast comes out each time with something like:
"Do you want any toast?"
"How about a muffin?"
"The question is this: given that God is infinite and that the universe is also infinite...
"would you like a toasted tea-cake?"
I don't know...
... why people are p'ed off about this.
Parents regularly interfere in their children's lives. It's in the job description. And it's right. Kids should slowly have the leash let out untill they are grown up and fly the nest.
If you think this was wrong, wheres the difference between that and, say, searching the kids room for drugs because they have been acting suspiciously? Or checking that they have done their homework by a quick rummage through their school bag? It has been done by parents since the beginning of time, and parents NOT doing it is part of the reason we have so many little scroats on the streat now (that and the govt taking away all the parents rights to punish their kids.)
Funny thing... thats what I saw when I read it first time.
"American Airlines typo dispatches corpse to Guantanamo"
Thought this would be a story about a corpse being accused of Terrorism(tm), maybe by haunting a US military base. Well ghosts have been seen by more people than the WMDs Sadam was supposed to have had...
@ Del Merritt
OK, many have pointed out that the 44th Mersene prime was so close to 10 million digits that the 45th is likely to be over 10 million.
Putting that aside, 9,808,358 to the nearest million is 10 million. Therefore you could quite easily argue that the 44th Mersene prime is approximately 10 million digits long.
Is the prefix 'in' not used to invert the meaning of a word?
So InPrivate browsing would be the opposite of private browsing.
Anyhoo, does anyone REALLY trust Microsoft to respect privacy?
A university which wants to have students who are able to think for themselves!!
I have no objection to people beleiving in a religion, I was religious myself untill around 16. But at university, accepting any view as incontrovertably accurate should never be allowed. This does not disqualify religious candidates, I have know several people with good scientific abilities who maintain their strong religious beliefs. But if you havent been taught the required material for the prerequisites of a university course, you don't get in.
I can just imagine their interviews:
Interviewer) What can you tell me of the rulers of Egypt?
Candidate) The rulers of Egypt were blashphemous heathens. The Pharoah enslaved the Israelites for a lot of years, until God punished him.
Interviewer) And what of the Romans?
Candidate) They killed our Lord and saviour, nailing him to a cross
Interviewer) Actually, it is a known historical fact that crux immissa, or cross, was unlikely to be used at the time of Jesus' execution. Historical records state that the crux simplex was used.
Just the sort of thing that would get you into a university...
RE: Said this would happen
"Just as a rough germ of an idea, you could give someone a pen and paper, and ask them to perform a gesture, unique to them, using the pen in such a way that a record is left (and can be retained)"
Oooh, that sounds like a great idea. Lets call it a Symbolic Identification Gesture for Non-Automated Tellers Using Recognition Engines.
for the italians. Only the trackers can realy be blocked in this manner, so for these use an anonymising proxy. For the rest, torrents use IP addresses, and they cannot block ALL the IP addresses of all the peers.
@Roger & Martin; Be Unlimited
Nope, was a serious problem, which racked up a 49-page post on the forum in only a few hours, and set the record for number of people online on the forums
And it wasn't just HTTP traffic. I beleive it was a routing problem to the US, as UK sites (most of them anyway) were fine. I ended up connection through a mates PC by VPN, and many people said they were VPN'ing into work to maintain net access.
As far as I know it wasn't just Be/O2, but I'm not sure. It was fixed in a few hours AFAIK.
Here you can see...
... a jet in all it's glory. Now, turn around... turn around... you, you need to turn around.
*Audience turns to face the opposite way*
*Roaring noise similar to, say, a jet taking off*
Behold! I have made the jet invisble!
</south park reference>
Team America: World police, judge, jury and exectutioner
Firstly I must say:
s/reinforces the fact that a lone individual who is motivated can cause significant damage to the military preparedness of this country/our network is so insecure that anyone who wants to can get in/
Second: The guy was in the UK. He was using a computer in the UK. He should be tried in the UK.
That the US are trying to extradite him is tantermount to saying "Our law is best, everyone should follow our law". That the courts in this country are allowing the extradition is like them saying they agree with that viewpoint. We truely have become just another US State :'(
This would set a dangerous precedent, and should have been quashed. The first judge involved should have laughed in the face of the lawyer bringing the extradition request, long and loud, tried to recover composure, then laughed some more.
The WRT the "leaving the door unlocked" argument: The internet is a public place. This is more like leaving your mobile on a bench in a public park. Yes, the person is still guilty of theft if they take it, but it is your own bloody stupid fault for leaving it there.
In fact, as he did not actually take anything, this would be more like him picking up said mobile, having a look through your contacts, pictures, text messages etc. to see if there was anything interesting. Then he left a note in your inbox calling you names, put it back on the bench, and left. This is also illegal, but the cops would probably laugh at you if you wanted them to do anything about it...
A few comments
1) I completely agree with the article. The govt do manipulate statistics, and most people have such a limited understanding of maths that they just swallow it whole. It is all about telling people what to think, and those who cannot think for themselves (the vast majority of the population...) lap it up. They don't realise that 72.6% of statistics are made up.
2) My only problem with speed cameras is that they have no brain. It does not take into account that speeds will naturaly vary. OK, they allow a little margin, but this is not enough.
If you are stopped by a cop for speeding, you can explain yourself. Take for instance the time I was stopped for doing 36 in a 30 zone. I had just driven back from university, motorway all the way, a 2 hour drive. I had only been off the motorway a mile or so, and it was night, with no other traffic about. In these circumstances, your perception of speed is altered. I was not intentionaly speeding and, just before the cop pulled me over, I had noticed and was slowing down. The police talked to me for a couple of minutes and let me go. They understood that a little common sense is necessary. If it had been a camera, £60 + 3pts, no questions.
3) They are a distraction. I have heard of one guy who ran someone over because he was looking at his speedo going through a speed camera. They make many people think about their speed more than the road (actualy about their wallets, hence their speed).
4) Because people don't want to be fined many people drive at 5mph bellow the speed limit while going through them. This will wind up many people, the ones who know you are given a small margin, and angry people are more likely to take risks, and taking risks increases the chance of having an accident.
Myself, I am a reasonably calm driver, but it does irritate when you have to slow down to way bellow the speed limit when you were sticking to it, then you see the car in front zoom off at 5-10mph above the speed limit as soon as they have passed.
5) Not admitting you are guilty is a crime (I know this is not quite accurate, but it's close enough). I have one friend who was 'caught' by a speed camera. She knew there was a mistake, so she filled in the form, didn't sign it (because signing is admitting guilt), and sent in a form stating that she was driving but she wasn't speeding. In this case it was a mobile camera, outside a school where she had stopped to drop her kid off, 50yards away from where she stopped. She had only just turned onto that road, before stopping, so it could not have been before she stopped, and the car could not possibly have reached 30 before the camera. In any case she does not break the limit.
She was summoned to court, but she was too unwell, in hospital, for the court date, so she sent a letter pleading her case. She was not done for speeding. She WAS convicted of "failing to disclose driver details", which is a pile of tosh as she DID tell them that she WAS driving. Hence 6 points and approx £200 fine.
This is only one of many similar case I know of. It becomes a case of guilty untill proven innocent, and the courts do not listen to those damn lying maniac speeding drivers. The camera is always right.
@ Steve' comment:
"by comparison to other motor vehicles they are (per seat) the least efficient users of fuel"
OK, let us make some assumptions from the start. An efficient car, a diesel, will do about 60mpg (probably less around london, but we'll use this), and carry 5 people. This equates to 300 personmiles per gallon. It takes up 1 'unit' of road area.
A regular, petrol car will do about 35mpg, and carry 5 people =>175pmpg @ 1 unit of road area.
An efficient commuter bike will do over 100mpg, normaly over 120mpg around town, and carry 2 people, giving 240pmpg. About 4 could fit in the space of the above car in congestion, so it takes up 1/4 unit of road area.
So far, the diesel is on top in fuel usage, the bike in people per unit road area. However, there is a catch: How many cars do you see full? I don't live in London, but I rarely see a car with more than 2 occupants. I also rarely see a bike with a pillion.
So rejigging, giving the car the benefit of the doubt and taking 2 occupants, and assuming the bike is not carrying a passenger, this comes down to:
Deisel car: 120pmpg, 0.5 units road pp
Petrol car: 70pmpg, 0.5 units road pp
Bike: 120pmpg, 0.25 units road pp
This gives the bike the edge. Do your maths before commenting.
As to "they try to sneak through gaps in traffic", it's called filtering, have a look in the highway code. They have a perfect right to do this. And, if they are allowed to use bus lanes, this won't happen anymore (or at least as much), nor will them getting stuck.
And "They wait for the lights in ASL", do you know how many times I have seen cars do the same? Or wait on hatched areas, park in bus stops, use bus lanes... There are always going to be idiots on the road, or people who don't think the law applies to them (and the vast majority of them, even in proportion to the numbers of a vehicle type on the road, are car drivers).
I do not live or work in London, and do not want to, but these apply to every major city I have worked in.
"Move the jobs nearer the people (ie. get your companies out of the cities) which would help reduce emissions AND costs for most companies. Not only that but us workers would not have to waste 3 hours every day travelling in and out of a stinking, noisy, overcrowded city."
This is the answer. Almost everyone has ADSL/some other broadband. Using this & phone/video conferencing etc, almost all office workers would be able to work from home, reducing travelling for workers, and required office space for companies. With cost savings to both, the time savings for workers, and the reduction in traffic and carbon emmissions, everyone is happy.
I used to take this into account when working out my hourly rates for contracting, and a lot of co's were quite happy to take me on for a reduced rate, working from home, plus pay me expenses and travelling time if I needed to go into the office.
Of course many people would not be able to use such methods (e.g. workers in shops, manufacturing... etc) but it would remove a large quantity of traffic from the roads, so make life more pleasant for the rest of them.
Then push for more shopping over the internet (govt subsidies?), and you are another step closer.
There is one small catch. I remember a film where this had happened, and everyone became introverts who never left their homes, and hence the human race was dying out through a lack of sex. It may have been a porno though...