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Comment Re:My sympathy for you (Score 1) 200

Wow. Well, thanks for proving me wrong. I can see now that you are nothing but a troll. How does that link in any way address the discussion here?

Maybe your little web admin world doesn't require the same engineering discipline but I can guarantee that any software project with hundreds of developers and life-threatening security implications do require these processes.

I'm glad that you have never been hired to be a part of one of these projects.

Comment Re:Word to the wise (Score 3, Insightful) 200

I agree with everything in the parent post but I think the last paragraph needs some clarification. You do not need to buy a tool for process development, but some tools will be required for the implementation of those processes. For example, almost all software projects will need tools for change tracking and version control processes.

Comment Re:My sympathy for you (Score 1) 200

I work in a similar environment: CMMI level 5 using DOORS (requirements management), ClearQuest (bug/change tracking), and ClearCase (code versioning). Personally, I don't like any of these tools. They're slow, expensive, and generally a pain to use but they get the job done. There are open source alternatives and, although I have not used these myself, I hear they are faster, easier to use, and cheaper (free). For code version control there is Git, CVS, SVN, etc. For change tracking: bugzilla. For requirements management, any database software should do. Our process documentation is written in Word documents and posted to an internal website.

Comment Re:Incredible (Score 1) 957

Everyone on the road has to be attentive to people entering or crossing their lane of traffic. If you're not, then you are not driving safely.

I agree. However, this does not mean that anyone can change lanes at any time with impunity. If it did, passing would be impossible.

You, speeding, are at fault for closing reaction time and so it's got to be your responsibility to be more attentive and react to changing traffic conditions.

No, it is everyone's responsibility to calculate braking distance. The speeder is not the sole party at fault here. The speeder, despite the fact that they were driving at an illegal speed, may have been doing so with a safe braking distance within their lane. If someone begins to merge into the speeder's lane and creates an unsafe braking distance, that is not a safe lane change. Hence, both are at fault: the speeder for driving at an illegal speed and the lane changer for failing to make a safe lane change.

Comment Re:Incredible (Score 1) 957

I could not find Dr. John Eberhart's report either, only citations. I agree, the low fuel savings are likely due to the fact that very few people adhered to the new speed limits consistently.

Going 90mph is just flagrantly wasteful.

I agree, but I don't think this justifies an absolute speed limit. Buying desserts/snacks, using extra water to take a long shower, or owning more land than you absolutely need are all wasteful, but there is no legally defined absolute limit to any of these, nor should there be. The amount of gas/oil that a person may use, like any other limited resource, should not be artificially limited. It simply needs to be priced accordingly.

Comment Re:Incredible (Score 1) 957

You're inaccurately comparing the difference between a 90 and 70mph speed limit and a 70 and 55mph.

The point is that there does not appear to be any correlation between speed and safety. Different speeds may provide different results and if you know of any study that does show a correlation between speed and safety I would like to see it.

The link above mentions another study that compares safety over a wider range of speeds and actually found the lower speed areas to be much less safe. This study compared fatal accidents on areas of the German autobahn where there is no speed limit with rural German roads where there are speed limits.

For example, in 2008, the overall German road network had 6.5 deaths per billion travel-kilometer, yet autobahn had a death rate of 2.2 while major rural roads had a rate of 9.5 deaths.[38] Autobahns accounted for 33% of German road travel in 2008,[39] but just 11% (495 of 4,477) of traffic deaths.

Comment Re:Incredible (Score 1) 957

You forgot that the car in front gets priority.

Not necessarily. It depends on the location. For example, in the California Vehicle Code, there is this:

21658. Whenever any roadway has been divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic in one direction, the following rules apply:
        (a) A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practical entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from the lane until such movement can be made with reasonable safety.

Obviously, if a car is moving fast enough in the lane that you want to move into that it could collide with your car if you attempt to change lanes, that is not a reasonably safe lane change. However, if you're already traveling at the speed limit then the other guy was obviously speeding. Technically both are at fault.

Comment Re:Incredible (Score 2, Interesting) 957

Yep, and, here in the US at least, that reason is the Emergency Highway Energy Conservation Act. This initially set the speed limit nation-wide to 55 MPH. Contrary to the popular belief that our current speed limits are set for safety, they were actually set in an attempt to conserve energy (which actually reduced fuel consumption by only about 1%). The limit for some roads was later raised to 65 MPH and in 1995 the federal speed limits were repealed.

Studies examining the reduced maximum speed limit's impact on safety showed mixed results:

It was believed that, based on a drop in fatalities the first year the limit was imposed, the 55 mph limit increased highway safety.

Other studies were more mixed on this point, and a Cato Institute report showed that the safety record actually worsened in the first few months of the 55 mph speed limit, suggesting that the fatality drop was a short-lived anomaly that regressed to the mean by 1978.[14] After the oil crisis abated, the 55 mph speed limit was retained mainly due to the possible safety aspect.

There is some evidence that speed limits actually reduce overall safety.

Comment Re:Look for the upside (Score 1) 460

A Moon colony would only suck slightly less, because, presumably, we'd ship air and food and something to protect you from cosmic rays, solar flares, and the vacuum of space.

The point of building a colony on the moon is to learn how to survive away from Earth using only local resources. The goal is to make the colony self-sustainable, not to be completely dependent on Earth for all eternity.

But what's the point? Just so you don't have to live here?

Yes, because eventually we will not be able to.

Dinosaurs aren't extinct. They've just learned to hide in the trees.