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Comment Re:Poor example (Score 1) 451

Putting in a roundabout uses a lot more space for intersections that rarely have more than 2 cars meet. It also is a lot more costly than just adding 4 signs.

Uh, you do realize that, in situations like that in Europe, they just paint a circle on the road and put up roundabout signs, right?

So, I've never been to Europe, so I wasn't aware of that. In a few intersections near me that might work.

For most in my area though, that isn't a workable solution. The intersections are small enough that some larger cars can't do a 360 turn with out either jumping a curb or backing up and making it at least a 3-point turn. A large truck (think moving truck or school bus) would have no chance. Moving the curbs to expand the intersection requires moving utility lines and in some cases getting dangerously close to existing structures. For low-traffic roads it's just not worth it.

Comment Re:Poor example (Score 1) 451

It does raise another interesting point though. What is it that US road designers have with four way stops? They place them everywhere, while the rest of the world happily gives bigger roads priority and use yields to allow traffic from side roads to merge. If the roads are very similar in traffic volume, use a roundabout.

In the US, a lot of roads in residential areas were built with no signage whatsoever. The rule at an intersection with no signs is equivalent to a 4-way yield. Basically the right-of-way rules of a 4-way stop with out the requirement to stop even when nobody else is around. However, that leads to accident-prone behavior. People tend to just drive through assuming anyone from the other directions is yielding to them.

With out a clear "main" and "side" street, a lot of cities then added 4-way stop signs. They are relatively cheap and solve the problem effectively. Putting in a roundabout uses a lot more space for intersections that rarely have more than 2 cars meet. It also is a lot more costly than just adding 4 signs.

I will grant you that seeing a 4-way stop at an intersection that regularly sees a lot of traffic is a problem. So is a 4-way stop where each direction has two through lanes and a turn lane for each left and right. Many areas of the US are in fact replacing 4-way stops in high-traffic intersections with roundabouts or lights.

Submission + - Source for how good a company is to work for?

Elros writes: Is there a good online source (ideally user-driven) that rates how good a tech company is to work for? A lot of real information about a company's culture and work environment isn't available until at least the interview if not some time in to working there.

Comment Re:States Rights (Score 2) 665

Then fulfill your responsibility for your child's education and quit outsourcing it to someone you find unsatisfactory.

Note that I say the same to anyone on any side of this debate (and a few others). If you don't find your child's current teachers/school/curriculum satisfactory than get up off your ass and give them the education you deem proper.

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Submission + - Corning readies 20% thinner Gorilla Glass (

alphadogg writes: Corning said at CES in Las Vegas that it is shipping samples of an updated version of its popular Gorilla Glass product, that will allow smartphone and tablet screens to be 20% thinner at the same strength. While the space saved will work out to only about 0.1 mm in most smartphones, for example, it will provide additional benefits such as greater visibility and less resistance for touch-sensing components, said David Velasquez, head of marketing for the glass. Mass production is to begin in the first half of this year.

Comment Re:Openbox (Score 1) 357

Exactly. 13 years is half my life and I've used a computer nearly every day of the last 13 years. For the last 9, I've been on the computer more than half the day.

Granted, the AC does have a point. Find what interface you like and use it. Most of my computers have different interfaces due to the different tasks they are used for.

It was kinda like stuffing the wrong card in a computer, when you're stickin' those artificial stimulants in your arm. -- Dion, noted computer scientist