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Submission + - No time to fill up? There's an app for that. (

Ichijo writes: If you're short on gas and you're in southern California, there is now an app, available for both iPhone and Android, to summon a "courier" to "come to your location in one to three hours, find your car and add 10 or 15 gallons of gas (using portable gas cans) to your tank."

Comment Re:Implementation is questionable (Score 1) 114

[Including the 5% fee in the credit card transaction] is a violation of the CC company rules. If you charge extra for CCs, then they will revoke your merchant card account.

So instead of charging 5% to use a credit card, raise the price by 5% and offer a 5% discount for paying in cash. The credit card companies don't mind when you do this.

Comment Re:Children or not (Score 1) 200

So I went to the link to try to find evidence to support your claim that "The best result for speed for survival is in the 5-15 mph speeding range." I couldn't find that evidence. I even clicked on the first link, but it basically said neither raising nor lowering the speed limit has much of an effect on actual driving speeds.

I suppose that article disproves my concern that allowing the fastest 15% of drivers to determine the speed limit is a bad idea, but it also does nothing to support yours that the antiquated 85th percentile rule is still a good idea.

Let's call it a draw.

Comment Re:Children or not (Score 1) 200

I'm telling you what the traffic safety experts recommend after years of study.

The 85th percentile rule is based on a study done in 1964 by David Solomon, back when car crashes were much less livable and people had drive more carefully. Have any studies been done recently to demonstrate that the 85th percentile rule is still pertinent today?

I'd like to look at the data. Could you provide a link to this information?

Go to and run 1000 or so search queries on every topic you want.

Instead of telling me to google it, could you point to a specific study?

Comment Re:Children or not (Score 0) 200

It doesn't surprise me how Arizona drivers reacted. I used to live there. Road rage is all too common there. I used to ride my bike to school, and people would throw things at me as they drove by.

Arizona drivers are a spiteful, entitlist bunch, even more than usual. So the kind of aggression you described is entirely in character for Arizona drivers. It's the wild west out there!

Comment Re:Children or not (Score 1) 200

The law says if you're on a 2-lane road and five or more vehicles are formed in a line behind you, you have to pull off where it's safe and let traffic pass. It also says if you're driving slowly, you should be in the rightmost lane. And implied is that you're allowed to drive slowly if it's necessary for safety or to be in compliance with the law.

The law does NOT say you can't ride a slow-moving tractor or a bicycle or a buggy on the road. So the idea to "Pull over all the slow cars and ticket them" is ridiculous.

Comment Re:Children or not (Score 1) 200

If you look at speeding and likelihood of surviving, those speeding are more likely to live. The best result for speed for survival is in the 5-15 mph speeding range.

I'd like to look at the data. Could you provide a link to this information?

The rules in Texas at the time...were that the speed limit must be based off the 85% speed, as measured by best practices. Dallas didn't do this, and instead just set limits based on what they think the roads should be marked at. And thus, the limits themselves were illegally low.

Do you think the fastest 15% of the people on the road (the speeders) should determine the speed limit? That sounds like an extremely bad idea to me.

Pull over all the slow cars and ticket them...

And all the farmers driving their tractors on the road. And bicyclists. And the Amish.

Comment Re:Children or not (Score 1) 200

Studies have shown that while this sort of thing reduces T-bone incidents (which were rare to begin with), they cause a much greater increase in rear-end accidents because people wind up slamming on the breaks to avoid the sudden red light.

That's true, but understand that T-bone collisions tend to be much more severe than rear-end collisions.

Anyway, this is why red light cameras should also be speed cameras, to help prevent tailgating which is the main cause of rear-end collisions.

Comment Re:Children or not (Score 2) 200

there's a difference between speed limits being low and speeding causing accidents.

True, but if you'll recall, the claim was, "Speeding in-of-itself is rarely a safety concern." Safety is determined not just by the frequency of crashes but also the severity of the crashes. The severity is proportional to the kinetic energy, which in turn is proportional to the square of the velocity. So the original claim is obviously false.

It doesn't matter what the speed limit is if they are vehicles that aren't adhering to it (either going too fast or too slow) as that's what tends to disrupt traffic and cause accidents more than the speed itself.

If people stopped tailgating and otherwise driving recklessly, crashes involving slow-moving vehicles would go way down. Traffic cameras can help, if you believe the fines are a deterrent to speeding.

Comment Re:Children or not (Score 1) 200

An officer with a speed camera can potentially save lives by stopping an incapacitated driver. The camera does nothing except get the municipality another cheque.

The camera also uses the pocketbook to encourage people to drive more safely. It can do this much more efficiently than a police officer.

Comment Re:Amazon (Score 1) 210

Moreover, cities don't force Amazon to build abundant, cheap customer parking as they do to brick and mortar stores, so that's another cost Amazon doesn't have to pay.

And, cities gave big-box stores deed restrictions as a way to prevent competition from other brick and mortar stores.

So I wouldn't give Amazon or big-box stores so much credit for their own success. It's the gross incompetence of city planners that has been destroying small business for decades.

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