Why 40mph? If you read the article, it was to remain within the 400m area mandated while the coverage checks were being carried out.
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Man drives 6,000 miles to prove Uncle Sam's cellphone coverage maps are wrong – and, boy, did he manage it
Dozens of .gov HTTPS certs expire, webpages offline, FBI on ice, IT security slows... Yup, it's day 20 of Trump's govt shutdown
Re: Just an idea
"If the Democrats wanted to win a ton of support right now, they should pass a law in the House of Representatives that says, whilst there is an unapproved budget that causes any government staff to be furloughed, all House of Representatives, Senate and White House members, staff, aides, etc. cannot be paid their government salaries.
If it fails in the Senate, the uproar at the Republican Senators being unwilling to feel the pain of the 800,000 government workers currently feeling pain, would drive a lot of people away from them and the Democrats would now be the champions of the people."
Most senators are multiple millionaires, or billionaires. The salary is peanuts to them. Not paying staff might cause some kerfluffle, but I bet the affected senators would "loan" them money to tide them over.
American bloke hauls US govt into court after border cops 'cuffed him, demanded he unlock his phone at airport'
Well, it happens to white, native born USAians, too.
When the Charlie Foxtrot that is the TSA started, my husband and I were travelling by air a bit, within the USA. Every time we checked in, the desk person would look at our drivers' licenses, look at a computer screen, then say "Wait here" and disappear into the back for a bit. S/he would come back, hand us back our ID with a suspicious look, and say, "you can go". Notice the last name I share with my husband? Were there some Bader-Meinhof gang fugitives that we resembled? We are both fair-skinned and fair haired (now grey). I don't feel any safer for this scrutiny.
One hapless failed shoe bomber, and we all have to take off our shoes. Dozens of children shot dead in schools, and we can't take a gun away from an obviously crazy person. Is there a saner country? And can we have refugee status?
Re: click this
"You need to get over it. Language evolves.
Click may have some historic association with a sound, particularly in an era when computer devices had horrible artificial "click"s that were supposedly reassuring to people making the transition from mechanical typewriters. But that's now historic, and (in a computing context) the word "click" is now an action."
And I still "dial" a phone. My car horn "honks". A repetitive person still "sounds like a broken record" (coming back, I guess since hipsters discovered vinyl). So, yes, I may not move a mouse, but I still understand that moves a cursor to a specified location.
"They used to be the one software creator who recognised the value of simplicity, a clear quiet peaceful path through the woods to your goal with no noise to distract and a beautiful UI. And now....well, now nothing works properly and the new versions of iOS are full of annoyances; annoyances that cannot be turned off."
Oh, this, THIS! I had always been a Windows user, for the simple tasks that I use a computer for (email, word processing, spreadsheet). I am not an IT person, just running a small retail business and my personal stuff. But, when I needed to use a Square card processor years ago for temporary location sales, Apple was the only system Square played nicely with. So, got an iPad mini. I started using the Mini for other sorts of stuff, and thought about migrating off Windows (laptop) to Apple. The more I used Apple, the more I came to hate their system!! It's like an overly intrusive date that wants to cut your meat for you! And, one of the first things I did was throttle that bitch, SIRI, who was the hard-of-hearing old geezer who mishears what you said, then goes off on a long-winded story about some totally off-topic random thing.
Re: Put a heater in the safe then ?
Hobby shops sell a silicone desiccant, the same stuff that's in the "do not eat" packets in almost everything packaged overseas. Use until the problem starts to reoccur, then heat the desiccant (could put it on a radiator or floor vent) and it will drive off the moisture and you are good to go some more.
Re: The email address was not necessarily the one associated with the account ?
"Perhaps if everyone got a "welcome to Experian, these are your account details" letter on their 18th birthday it might concentrate a few minds as to what's happening."
Actually, it would need to be issued upon birth, since people open bank accounts, etc. for their minor children, and have been known to open utilities accounts, etc., in their child's name because they blotted their own copybook. I agree with the poster above, nuke them from orbit, and salt the ground with the salt of the tears of their executives and investors.
Re: Local governments often lack the required sophistication...
@Drew Scrivener. In Illinois, there are townships, smaller units of government than counties. They have geographically fixed boundaries, unlike cities or villages that can annex and grow, the township I live in is six miles square. I would be delighted with 3Mbps, I pay for 1,75, but usually only get .75Mbps up, .3down. Welcome to the USA, the tech ghetto unless you live in a city. At least there are rules by you, it's a knife fight by me, with everyone saying "not my problem".
"Outlawing all these vehicles would alienate a LOT of voters.
Manually driven, petrol powered, non-computerized, un-connected over-the-road vehicles will be with us for at least another century, and very probably much longer. I suspect that any politician who tries to change this will be tarred & feathered and run out of town on the rail."
You have unfortunately forgotten that it is not the US voter who elects the politician anymore - it is the big-money interests (like car companies) that have enough of the readys to buy them, and write the laws. Remember, we don't have universal single payer healthcare, or sensible gun laws, or a myriad of other desirable things because it would disturb the election money which buys the government.
"What's wrong with a microphone, some sampling software, and clever use of heuristics to turn up the volume when the road surface is actually noisy, rather than just "when the engine is going faster".
Some of these non slip road are pretty rumbly even at slower speeds."
How about the nice rocker switch on the steering wheel of my Toyota, a volume control I reach with my thumb if necessary? I am of the "I hate data slurping" crowd. Although, as a person who travels less-used country roads often, a "The car crashed, send help here" function might be reassuring. You all have reminded me to check, I just got a new-to-me two year old car, so will bring this up at next service date. This is why I read The Reg, even though I am as tech-knowledgeable as a hunter-gatherer.
Re: Usually gets worse, the bigger the company ...
"Amex is not a credit card, it's a charge card so even if it is fraud they don't give a $&%*% as the UK Consumer Credit act does not protect you
I know had it twice, the joy of cancelling my CorpAmex card when I left was a highlight of my year"
Actually, it is now a credit card, at least in the US. Amex realized some years back that they were missing out on all that lovely interest per annum and most, if not all, amex cards are now credit cards. Don't know if they still issue the old green "charge a Lamborghini? Sure, just pay it off in full when the bill comes", as a merchant I haven't seen one in years.
Re: I have
Neither where I live. The most I can get with money without moving is 6 megabit down, 1.5 up.
I would kill for that speed. In rural northern Illinois, no line of sight to any tower, I get up to 1.5mbps down, maybe .5 up on a good day. Complained to the FCC, and the supposed "competition" to AT&T DSL, who was Comcast, said yes, they would provide cable internet to me, IF I paid over $3,000 to LAY the cable to my house AND then pay for the service as well!!
"I like the idea except for the problem of when some chav in an Audi rams you then you will be sausage meat, meanwhile the Audi chav walks."
I'll take my chances on a 60's era Mercedes sedan (real steel) with fitted lap and shoulder belt against anything recent up to a half-ton pickup. I may be shaken up, and whiplash is a possibility (no headrest) but I will be substantially intact, and likely able to drive away. We were t-boned while driving an older German compact some thirty years ago. The vehicle that blew the red light and nailed us was a modern for the time SUV. After the cops and report routine, we took out the tire iron, pried the fender away from the tire, and drove home. The tow truck picked up the SUV, at least most of the pieces of it.
Re: Take the money
The right-pondians here assume there is some compensation for being made redundant. Cute. This is the USA, and no there is nothing that anyone (except C-suite with golden parachutes) gets, beyond the contents of one's self-funded 401(k), the maximum of 26 weeks of unemployment dole (different in each state, Texas' would NOT be generous) and eventually the Social Security dole. So, one leaves with whatever one has saved into the 401(k), the last paycheck, and the mug off one's desk.
Re: Don't wear high vis
My dh wears one I call the radioactive canary, because he bicycles between train station and office in a busy area near Chicago. Even then, he got knocked arse over teakettle by an SUV, fortunately only bruising him but crushing the bike. Strobe lights and a brass band have since been suggested.
Re: Had the fire brigade called to a five star hotel, in Malta....
"Dunno about one of those, but I've always wanted a Sunbeam T20 toaster.
These were made between ~1955 and 1997"
We had a hand me down from my in laws when first married. Lasted for the first fifteen of our marriage, had been working at in laws for twenty before that.....
"with one press on a smartphone?! who wants to have to do that? can it not use location based awareness with a sufficient degree of accuracy that it unlocks as i arrive at my front door? one of my favourite things about my hue system is the way my hallway turns on at night (it is quite dark near my door)"
We bought an under $20 bit that screws into the light socket, then screwed the bulb in, that has a light/motion sensor which turns the light on if 1. It's dark outside and 2. It senses motion. Use one on porch light and one on garage outside light.
Use the visor-mounted opener for garage door, key on house door lock. Save bunches of money and no worries about data-slurping or subscriptions. Yep, first world solution in search of a problem.
Until your last paragraph....
@Paul87, I was agreeing that due to factors correlated with but not caused by gender differences, the difference was understandable. As a woman who has experienced wage discrimination for no good reason other than being female, I still disagree with your last paragraph. I don't want the playing field tipped in my direction, just level. If I drove Uber, I would take these findings and, if I wished to make more money, adjust my work to more closely match male Uber drivers. Would I make the bar closing hour runs? Still, probably not. But I might pay more attention to, for example, commuter train schedules.
What do Cali, New York, Hawaii, Maine and 18 other US states have in common? Fighting the FCC on net neutrality
Re: Competition fail 101
"Normally a supplier for a rural or small town market will always charge more than in the big city, for reasons of greater overhead. Sometimes only one company is willing to take it on, and then they may be tempted to gouge customers. This angers customers and makes competitors take a second look. Over the long term the market dictates prices, not the suppliers."
Well, Now you have just given the perfect case for government to declare the internet a nationalized necessary utility, and to take over putting up ALL the infrastructure to ensure that rural customers are served at all! Thanks!! The Tennessee Valley Project and rural electrification in the 1930s were the only way that the USA could get the electrical grid out to us in the boonies, and as a result everyone had access to the wonders of electric light, radio and later, television. The local electric companies still sent you the electricity and charged you for it, but the structure was already there. It worked for them because the government got the first structure up, then they got more customers, and then that gave them to capital to improve the existing structure.
We once had a dog that taught itself to open doors... inwards!
I had a pit bull that could do that! The old, crafty black cat we had could open inward-swinging doors, and since he had basically raised the dog from puppyhood, the dog could do so as well, using both paws to turn the doorknob in the same method as the cat. I miss them both. My current dog and cat, while personable, are not as smart.
In my area of rural USA, a four person family (two driving age kids plus parents) has four cars, because there is no public transport, and the distances are too long to walk or bike. In this case, that might be pared down by one or two cars. My husband's car, driving him three towns away to get the train into the major city, then sits in the lot all day too far away for me to use. I would happily give up a second car and use one car for the both of us, since I have a much shorter commute, and closer errands to run, and can get the car to go back to the train station and pick him up. I can't see sharing with neighbors or strangers, but it would be convenient for us. If I had driving age kids living at home, they could either share parent car or split one between them. Given teenage driver accidents, that would be less worry for parents as well. So, might remove some cars from multi car families.
I now live in a real, live third world country, complete with absurd tinpot dictator, his corrupt minions, and no services. And being told "we are no. 1!". Remind we what's the difference between the US and NK? Oh, yeah, we can grouse about it (currently, that will change). There's NO POINT in commenting, publicly or otherwise. When the net neutrality comment period opened, we still thought we had a government that might take the public's views into consideration. So, we commented. Now, we know that the fix is in, and nothing we say or do will change that. Hence, the apathy.
On the topic of unfinished novels
Only occasionally, the executors of an estate find the right collaborator to finish an author's work in progress, and only when they are reasonably certain of a good outcome should they proceed. One of my other favorite authors, Dorothy L. Sayers, had an unfinished Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane novel that took half a century to find its collaborator in Jill Paton Walsh. The novel lacks some of the classical scholarship of Sayers, but the characters are given the chance to breathe one more time (with a nice afterword as to all their fates during and after WWII). A worthy addition to that series, Thrones, Dominations.
Re: The clue is in the domain name
"The domain name has disrupt, as in stop, hinder, interfere with, the inauguration in its name. That's a bit more than free speech and anything against the president is a crime, be they right wing or left wing."
Ooooh, The Axe, you're SO right! AARP, the American Association of Retired Persons, has a WHOLE WEBSITE called "Disrupt Aging", where we are indoctrinated in things like healthy eating and exercise to stay fitter. We are obviously dangerous radicals, and need to be monitored carefully! In fact, I'm so fired up, my next jewelry line (I'm a jewelry craftsperson) will be called "Disrupt Pearls" and obviously will be dragged off the art fair table to incarceration. Free the Beads! Or, string us up, if you prefer....
That's my husband in the pic at right, you didn't have a crone icon.
As a cis gendered female, I am d*nmed TIRED of being told what I do well or ill is dependent on my gender. I suggest that if a company wants to hire IT workers, they audition them like musicians. In the not too distant past, symphony musicians were overwhelmingly male. Then, the auditions started to be conducted with a screen between the musician and the judges, and symphonies started to gain more women. For each applicant, pose a problem in the area being hired for, and ask the applicant what steps that person would take to begin to solve it. Do this online, before meeting the person, and have members of the department being hired for judge whether the applicant had the necessary knowledge for the task at hand. Weeds out the b.s. merchants, gets you a look into their analytical skills, and then you can interview to see if the personality is a good fit for the team.
Yemen is lucky.
I am in a rural area on the Illinois-Wisconsin border in the USA. I have two supposed "competitors" for "broadband" services. AT&T (the traditional phone company) and a cable provider (I think it's still Charter, but they sell themselves off so often it is hard to keep up). The cable company says it will give us service, IF WE PAY THE $3K to install it to the "neighborhood" cluster of three houses on our side of the road, AND then pay the $80 or more to use it monthly. AT&T charges us about $50 (bundled into the landline bill, of about $80) for .5Mbps. It WAS .3Mbps, but a call to the Federal Communications Commission (before the Current Occupant dismantled it) got them to do some fiddling to "improve" it (and charge us more). The US is great for broadband, so I hear, but not outside of big cities.
Re: " accept some responsibility"
"By your reasoning Messrs Smith, Wesson, Colt Glock, Kalashnikov etc etc etc etc etc should be clogging up the American courts on multiply counts of homicide, shareholders in car companies should examine their consciences"
Well, yes. Except for your aerobatic bacon, yes.
Re: Up to 140,000 a year will be allowed in.
"The"requirement"is in fact window dressing. A Stats Canada report this week shows Tagalog as the fastest growing immigrant language group in several provinces.
This isn't because of an influx of Filipino doctors and lawyers, it's the result of tens of thousands of minimum wage employees being flown in to work at Tim Hortons Donots and McDonalds"
OK, sneer at the burger-flippers, but their kids will be eating your kid's lunch. The people who immigrate may not be the best educated, but they came because they saw a better chance for their kids. They push them and work like crazy for them. They are flipping burgers, doing some side business like hairdressing or housecleaning, and saving up to be better or have better for their future. As a second generation USAian, my family valued education, and instilled a work ethic that says you do any honest job that pays or start your own business (sometimes both) to keep thriving.
Nice idea, but
I live out in a rural area of the USA where God lost his sandals. Cellular phones are hit-or-miss, load up your software travel map route BEFORE you start from somewhere that does have coverage, and don't expect the turn-by-turn directions to arrive before the turn. Self-driving cars may work fine on freeways, in the city or suburbs, but good luck out by me, even before you factor in the deer and other wildlife.
(side topic) How big or dense does an object have to be before the car registers it? Friend showed me a picture of her half-ton pickup. Looked like a shotgun blast to the front grill. Nope, a tom turkey that was low-flying across the road, his skull took out her radiator.
Seeing the truck
I have read with interest all the "why didn't the autopilot/driver see the truck?" I won't speculate on white truck/sky contrast, but from personal experience there are vehicle and environment colors or conditions where an otherwise visible vehicle is hard to discern. There is a bright metallic blue that comes out every seven or eight years for US cars which looks lovely and quite vivid on the carlot, but somehow disappears on a sunny day. My mum had one, had three wrecks all adjudged not her fault, the last one totaled the car, all in under two years. You never see an older model with that color. IIRC, it was a Tyrol Blue Pontiac Tempest. Giving away my age here.
Re: @Voland "Because you can"
"In New Brunswick, Canada you are given a paper ballot inside a cardboard shield with the top of the ballot slightly protruding from the shield, you pull out the ballot, mark your choices, put the ballot back in the shield, take it to a vote counting machine slide the protruding end of the ballot into the voting machine which then reads your votes and stores the ballot."
"We do the same here in Michigan. I've been voting in Michigan since the 1996 election and an optically scanned ballot is what I've always used here."
Netflix has a documentary "Hacking Democracy". It details how easily the Optiscan (optical scanner of paper ballots) can be undetectably hacked. It is frightening.
In one page of the comments, and the topic (polling, and its limitations) is discarded in favor of proving one poster is "wrong" and this poster is "right". Back to the topic, I LOVE what a Chicago political columnist (Mike Royko) once suggested: when accosted by a pollster, LIE. You are under no obligation to tell some random stranger anything about the way you vote. One day I'm a rabid Republican, one day, a raging Democrat, the next a Libertarian, the next I can't recall who's running and would the pollster please explain the issues? If enough people do this regularly, he argued, reporting would perforce fall back on actually asking what the policies are, and to fill space explain them or make the politicians defend them. The downside to this is that my phone messages and mailbox are crammed each election by all sides, but the amusement value outweighs the inconvenience.
Mine's the one with "Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics" in the pocket.