So you'll always be a quarter mile behind everyone? HTF do you manage that? Also, there are two directions of traffic, so you are a threat to both/all lanes of traffic. If my head is up and paying attention, then hopefully I can see morons doing their makeup or shaving or texting or whatever. You won't be able to do the same. I know exactly what the risks are when I drive, as do you. The difference is that you take an additional risk which puts others in danger, rather than just yourself.
Go ahead and text, I don't care. Hit the deer, roll down the embankment, and then put rescuers in danger trying to extract you from a destroyed vehicle. If it's worth that much for you to send a message, then nobody can stop you. Nothing you say can justify your actions, even though you believe exactly the opposite.
I would guess people choose to text over a voice call because they probably have cheap, unlimited texting and voice calls cost money. At least here in Canuckistan, that would be my guess, giving the monopolistic behaviour of our telcos. "Talk is cheap" doesn't apply to the mobile world any more.
Suck it, AC. There is no such thing as a driver safely texting while driving. All your record proves is that to date, you have been lucky. Maybe you should go buy lottery tickets. Just last year a local teen's life was lost when his truck was side-swiped by a large semi. He was head-down, texting, and blew a stop sign at a road/highway intersection. Now some professional driver gets to live with the fact that he was unable to prevent the death of a young man, even though it was not his fault. So, I repeat, suck it, AC.
My friend downloaded the aforementioned movie and watched it last night. Not ever seeing any of the Twilight Saga movies, nor reading the books, the movie didn't make a lot of sense. The young women at the centre of the film was as one-dimensional as a character can be. There are some beer-drinking party things you could use the movie for, like every time the girl tucks her hair behind her ear or when she does that pseudo-confused air talking thing with her mouth.
All in all, my friend emphatically declared that Vampires Suck, does indeed, suck.
Here in my home town we have an 'entertainment company' that is contracted to run the facility which can be used for hockey, concerts, etc., and they run their own ticket sales exclusively. That way, the fees that we pay are less because we aren't buying from legalized scalpers. That said, they still add on a fee, as a revenue source for them. I don't know what kind of profit this means for them, but "maybe" if they dropped that just to help fans enjoy a hockey game or concert for a few less dollars, they might get more people attending or at least spending more money while at the event. I just think that nobody has the guts to give it a try because nobody wants to fund the risk. Personally, the excess charges are part of my purchase decisions, and since the facility opened a few years ago, I have yet to attend a single event. Additionally, the complex was built with public money, so as a local taxpayer, I want the building to succeed as a venue, so my taxes don't have to prop up a losing business. So they got me both ways, I guess. :)
Agreed. Not many sites have open commenting. That said, maybe it's because of the trolls and others who hide behind the anonymity of the web that this is done. One percent of the crowd wrecking it for the rest of us.
Canadians are about as sue-happy (crazy) as Americans in principle, but we DO have protection against lawsuits causing the defendant to go broke.
If you want to sue someone, you must have a real, defensible idea that you could/should win the case. If you don't, the judge can assess legal and court costs against the plaintiff.
I doubt that it's a perfect solution, but it's still something. That way Jane Public won't have to settle only because she knows the lawsuit would wipe her out.
I think part of the issue is that the ivory tower idiots running organizations like this REALLY think that the public are stupid. They really believe we are sheep and can easily be fooled by a wolf in sheep's clothing.
Maybe we deserve to be thought of that way, because we do indeed exhibit those characteristics at times. That said, The Man will underestimate Joe and Jane Public to his peril.
So many regimes require the dumbing-down of their people in order to keep them under control. Gone are the days when you can seal your borders with armies or navies...I don't even know why they try any more, to be honest.
They might consider changing the name of the country to StoneAgeIstan.
How about the benefit of NOT LOSING MONEY?
If the media corps were touting (just a number) $100 million losses, and, in fact, there is no evidence to support that, then an immediate benefit is that the media corps have a $100 million in the bank to share with shareholders.
I'd say that is a HUGE benefit, and the proof is already there.
...the US ITC would share its findings with other governments around the world, especially up here in Canada. Our current government (federal) is very business friendly to the point of ignoring silly things like actual evidence when it comes to piracy.
I'm the one that sent the thing into TD, and it wasn't a neener-neener-they-can't-type-HTML kind of note to Mike. Some of you commenting on this are assuming a lot...and as such, you make asses out of yourselves.
First of all, I came to read the initial article from Google News, so I arrived at the first site. I never even connected the site and ol' Rupert and his stupid farking paywall. There was simply a link that offered more information and detail, which I clicked and got a 404 Not Found error. Okay, it happens, but after I poked around for a minute, I figured out the problem, and off I went. It was at that point that I realized I just did all this only to slam face-first into Rupert's Wall(TM). My point was that the original link promised me something without even letting me know that I would have to sign up for more. It was then that I realised OH SHIT...Times Online UK...Rupert's Wall(TM)!
All of you who have degraded this conversation into nothing more than "Oh it's a typo, get over it" can go and pound sand. The whole point is that a big business just created a problem for a potential customer and that should not happen in this day and age. Had it been someone else who knew nothing about HTML at all, the Times Online wouldn't even have had a chance to get someone to sign up.
So here's a big media company that says a paywall is the way to go; that is their prerogative, but if they don't get customers due to their own fark-ups, and they don't even realize it, they will come out swinging against some other straw man blaming him for their failure.
If you are going to build a business model and staunchly resist looking at new ways of offering access and scarcities, then you better do the fundamentals correctly.
I love Rockets, but had no idea that they were called 'Smarties' by our friends and neighbours in the US. Smarties taste different than M&Ms, even though they are so similar. I have no idea why; they just do. I love 'em both.
Anybody remember this:
"When you eat your Smarties
do you eat the red ones last?
Do you suck them very slowly
or crunch them very fast?
Eat that candy-coated chocolate
but tell me when I ask -
When you eat your Smarties,
do you eat the red ones last?"
Here's to chocolate and friendships! Borders mean nothing when you enjoy something so sweet and fun with your friends and family. :)