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Comment Re:Safe browsing is worthless (Score 1) 116

It doesn't catch near the amount of crap it should. I can see this project will be just as worthless.

If you prevent 5% of fraud, it's not worthless, it's just not as good as it could be.

Imagine your attitude were what everyone had used toward spam filtering fifteen years ago. We wouldn't have good spam filtering until some kid without the preconception that it was impossible sat down and hacked it out.

Comment Colonization of the moon (Score 1) 89

It is all important that the US resume plan put forward by President Bush so that the US can dominate colonization of the moon. Let the other countries realize they are in competition. Aren't you all tired yet of the bed-wetter Obama's space policy?

It doesn't work that way. The moon is not sovereign territory under international law, and may not be claimed as such.

"We came in peace for all mankind."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Comment Re:25 mph? (Score 1) 554

Maybe 3% of the cars in the US have stick shifts. Of cars with automatic transmissions, most people put it into drive and leave it there. The only exceptions I have every seen, aside from dealing with mountains, trailers, and other specialized situations, are older drivers who will sometimes downshift the automatic.

Comment Re:25 mph? (Score 1) 554

A 25 mph speed limit is unrealistic on any public road I've ever seen. .. It means that the street should not be a public street at all.

Then you have not seen much.

Most of the world was populated BEFORE motorised vehicles arrived, and the cities are not designed around car traffic.

Visit any city outside US and you will see. Hell, even San Francisco or Boston would do.

I live on a street with 30 kph (19 mph) speed limit. The street is narrow, winding and currently completely covered in snow. It is nothing exceptional - all European cities older than 100 years have plenty of areas like this. Hilly towns add another layer of complexity to this. Get a car and drive some in Mediterranean, or Norway, or Switzerland and you will see.

Fair enough. There are areas where 25 mph fits the road. But the story is set in North Carolina. It's not a ten-century old Italian town with narrow roads winding around the side of a hill. I suppose my claim is true primarily for most areas of the United States that do not have absurd amounts of traffic (so now downtown cities at rush hour).

Comment Re:25 mph? (Score 1) 554

A 25 mph speed limit is unrealistic on any public road I've ever seen, with the exception of roads made of cobblestone. It's difficult to drive a modern vehicle that slowly--it takes concentration on your speed that frankly makes you have much less attention to pay to obstacles and hazards... like children.

Utter crap. Does this mean you are not capable of driving your vehicle at 15mph or 10mph or 5mph? It must be excruciatingly difficult for you to drive at 5mph eh, god your brain must practically be hemorrhaging.

I had some kid run out in front of the car and the fact that I was only doing 15mph instead of the limit of 30mph is what stopped the kid from ending up dead or in hospital, the speed difference gave me the reaction time and stopping distance needed to avoid hitting the kid - with all of a few inches spare.

It means that ordinarily you don't have to think in order to concentrate to stay within the speed limit, because speed limits are generally chosen that make sense for the road. But when you are using stop-and-go traffic with speed limits which are designed for the safety of pedestrians on roads that are designed for and comfortable for faster traffic, and the vehicle is actually designed to make the faster speed the sweet spot, the amount of attention it takes to drive within the speed limit jumps up by about two orders of magnitude, as does the amount you have to take your eyes away from the road to check the speedometer.

I may have a different experience with it than you do--but it doesn't make one more valid than the other. The solution I propose would make the kids in a 25 mph zone safer and would make it easier for drivers to adhere to the limit. I fail to see how that's a bad thing.

Comment Re:25 mph? (Score 1) 554

I suppose if you want to go ten mph or if you have it at cruise control at 19mph it might work. But if you're driving 25 in a small zone chances are you're on the pedals, and if you're actually trying to get somewhere a city you're going to want to be going 20-24 in the small 25mph zone, not waxing poetic as your car creeps along at ten. Hit the gas too hard and you're at 26, which is a double problem with photo cameras. Add to that that it just plain feels completely wrong when you're driving. They need to either change the roads so it's a driveway, or change the roads so that there is a physical encouragement to make the 24 mph be the sweet spot, and in the meantime drop the photo-ticketing at 26 mph.

Comment Re:25 mph? (Score 1) 554

It's difficult to drive a modern vehicle that slowly--it takes concentration on your speed

Put it in second or third gear? Sometimes it's like people don't even know how to drive a car.

Yes, that would work, but almost nobody under the age of 40 changes gears when driving, so it doesn't solve the basic problem that you need to adjust the environment if you want speeds that slow.

Comment Grace? (Score 5, Informative) 554

There is also an unwritten "grace" that is given in many areas, where you don't ticket someone until they go 10 mph above the speed limit. To get a ticket for going 34 mph in a 25 mph zone usually means you angered a cop, you were doing it in bad weather or at some other time when it was unsafe, or you wandered into a local town's legal extortion racket--excuse me, speed trap.

It is constitutionally questionable because of vagueness and due process, but it's still how driving works in a good part of the United States.

Comment 25 mph? (Score 0) 554

A 25 mph speed limit is unrealistic on any public road I've ever seen, with the exception of roads made of cobblestone. It's difficult to drive a modern vehicle that slowly--it takes concentration on your speed that frankly makes you have much less attention to pay to obstacles and hazards... like children.

If you have a 25 mph speed limit, it means that the street should not be a public street at all--the most common case is a school speed limit where they are requiring people to drive slowly because of the risk to kids. That's fine, except that when they do that it should either be the driveway for a school or it should be pretty much constant rumble strips or some other physical indicator that makes it problematic to go more than 25 mph.

Comment Privileges, titles, reputation (Score 1) 1782

Give uses privileges and a reputation count based on experience and total mod points received on answers. This rewards positive contributions to the community.

Also give users one or more labels based on how their comments break down. Maybe pick a couple of titles for each and randomize which one is chosen, but let someone remove a label and earn it again. Or maybe use a series of badges for progressively more insightful points earned. Someone who has contributed 1000 insightful points to the community should have something different on his profile, like a badge showing "Grand Vizier" or "Ridiculously Discerning".

Comment Re:Did they spin when they landed? (Score 3) 633

Obviously the state should count all of the coin-toss delegates and split them between the tied candidates.

Isn't that process up to the democratic party?

Yes, I meant the Democratic party for the state, since it's the Democratic caucus. Technically it would also not be state wide so much as next-step-in-the-hierarchy wide--these were the *local* delegates, so it gets distilled through a couple of layers.

Comment Did they spin when they landed? (Score 5, Insightful) 633

Amazingly, the coin tosses weren't done intelligently. They weren't called in the air, they weren't videotaped closely enough to show which side was up or that the coins were not double-headed, etc...

I'm not saying it's a conspiracy--just that it was a really stupid way to decide an election. Obviously the state should count all of the coin-toss delegates and split them between the tied candidates. They can't do that retroactively for this election but should change the rules for the next one.

Comment Re:'Surveillance and lawful interception' (Score 4, Insightful) 59

He doesn't think?

He neither thinks for everyone nor speaks for everyone. The mass of people tend to believe the US government is spying to protect them so they don't care.

They forget that the fastest way to lose civil liberties is by failing to stand up for the rights of the worst people in society--thieves, murderers, investment bankers, terrorists.

You don't just protect the rights of minorities because of egalitarian or meritocratic principles. You do it because so long as you can slice society up into little segments and take the rights away from one group, everyone's rights are at risk.

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