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NYC Is Tracking RFID Toll Collection Tags All Over the City

zuvembi Re:Trending political procedures... (314 comments)

Well, I don't know about you, but I'm already paying sales tax, gas tax, property tax and other taxes to pay for roads. Personally I'm fine with that. Nothing wrong with using taxes to maintain infrastructure.

I'm more worried about what other uses the data is being used for. I find the idea of faceless individuals continually knowing everywhere I'm going sort of creepy and worrying from a civil liberty standpoint.

Of course the obvious solution is to put your EZPass in a Faraday cage of some sort when you're not using it for tolling. Or ride a bike, which is healthier for you and less amenable to tolling or tracking.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Stay Fit At Work?

zuvembi Re:Work it into the commute. (635 comments)

Yup - I have a similar story. Was at 277 - dropped down to 177. Now I'm a little above 200 - but I've been reasonably stable for years.

Before you can say "I can't do it!", keep in mind you probably can if you wan't to. Here are some common objections I

  • Do it every day - start at one day a week - maybe go up to three - or even five if you can manage it
  • I'll be sweaty and stinky! I personally have a shower at work - but even without, if you are clean in the morning and change from biking clothes to work clothes while dabbing on some deoderant, a little clean sweat is not very fragrant.
  • It's too far! So don't do it all the way. I know plenty of people who will drive part of the way, then hop on their bike and do the rest. That way you can tailor the ride to your time, fitness, etc. I even know some people who drive to work one way - bike back, then bike to work the next morning - then drive home.

If you don't want to do it, just say so - there's no sin in that. But don't come up with bogus reasons why it's a terrible thing you can't do and noone else should.

about 2 years ago

40 Windows Apps Said To Contain Critical Bug

zuvembi Re:Really? (158 comments)

Well now, I think the real question is how many *aren't* made by Adobe?

more than 4 years ago

National Car Tracking System Proposed For US

zuvembi Re:Easy to work around, ride a bike (563 comments)

Unfortunately biking isn't an option for everyone. I think I once heard the average commute for an American citizen was 30 miles (60 miles round trip). That's a lot of biking every day, and not every workplace has a shower or something to freshen up after such a long trek.

I just went and looked at various sources and it looks like 16 miles was the national average for a one-way commute. Which is honestly too much for most people. On the other hand, if the average is 16, that means there are a large number of people who are closer. If I recall correctly approximately 25% of people are within 5 miles of their work. Five miles is doable by just about anyone. Not to mention many people can do multimodal commutes (i.e. drive to a park and ride and then bike from there, or bus/bike, or train/bike). There are lots of alternatives if you think about the issue some.

I know a lot of people that live way too far to bike the commute, mostly because they have kids and either want to live somewhere with a good school system or because they work in a shady area.

Plus you have to consider that some settings aren't very bike-friendly.

In my experience people blow these issues up because what they really want is an excuse not to bike. People resist change, it's *so* easy to get in the car and turn the key. It's hard to change your habits and lifestyle and start using the bike more.

Making biking easier doesn't work, making driving harder does. As gas prices go up and traffic gets worse, I see more cyclists on the road.

more than 6 years ago


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