On Sun, May 11, 2014 at 04:25:22PM +0100, smf wrote: >>just ditch the DST like Chinese did after trying it and realising that >>it brings more harm than good. >>Or ditch it by remaining on a permanent DST like Russia decided not >>so long ago > >I'm not sure those are particularly good examples. If those >governments tell you to do something, you do it even if it makes no >sense & you don't dare tell anyone that you think the government made >a mistake. I do not think that it works in that way. In any country, if you upset the authorities, you will risk getting into trouble. They will find some way to get their revenge. In some countries, this is more likely than in others, and there could be some vague "national security" legislation that is useable as a tool for this. I have the impression that in any country, there are regulations or laws that are not widely supported. Sometimes the regulations are being violated openly; in other cases less openly. It is part of the human nature, anywhere. One example is traffic rules, which you can easily observe as a tourist. In most parts of the world (again, not inluding North America) these are based on the Vienna convention on road signs and signals: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vienna_Convention_on_Road_Signs_and_Signals In this email thread, speed limits were mentioned. The maximum speed limit is generally being treated as the minimum limit, also in Russia and China. While I do not have first-hand experience from traffic in Russia, I have reason to believe that it is very chaotic, lots of accidents and fatalities compared to Central and North Europe, for example. So, there you have one example of large-scale disobedience of laws. In Shanghai, China I observed that the red lights (yes, it looked like they follow the Vienna convention, contrary to what the map in Wikipedia says) are generally obeyed by cars, and largely ignored by 2-wheeled vehicles (bicycles and scooters) or pedestrians, even if some officials are looking. Similarly, my Chinese colleagues did not know that it is officially illegal to sell video games in China. They were thinking that the systems and games are not officially being sold due to the game consoles being loss-leaders and the game sales being zero due to piracy. The systems (grey imports from Hong Kong) are of course available if you know where to look, and nobody seems to care. Some months ago, the ban was lifted in some small harbour area of Shanghai. I guess that it was only a PR move by the Chinese government to the outside world, with no practical consequences. In my two visits to China, I have been knowingly breaking the laws by carrying an accurate GPS-based map of China (an excerpt of OpenStreetMap) and by taking photos of the city while recording my GPS position. Nobody should care, except if I did that near some military facility, or maybe if I took photos of people in uniforms. Recently some tourists got into trouble in some European country for photographing and GPS; I think it was Greece, near some unmarked military facility. Another example of wide-scale violation of "rules" would be the accidental or intentional reliance on undocumented software or hardware behaviour, which caused trouble during the C128 and C65 development. Marko Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing listReceived on 2014-05-11 21:00:03
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