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Comment: Re:carplay? (Score 1) 264

by Jabrwock (#46388923) Attached to: Apple Launches CarPlay At Geneva Show

Didnt apple make a big fuss about google using the term "appstore"? so google changes the name to "googleplay" Now Apple decides to use the term "carplay"??? Let me guess, now a new lawsuit on google for using the word "play"

Can't argue you could confuse an "appstore" style online software download site with a car navigation system though. Apple at least had a smidgen of a legal argument over "appstore".

Comment: Re:Doesn't work always (Score 1) 348

by Jabrwock (#45718593) Attached to: Red Light Camera Use Declined In 2013 For the First Time

There are traffic engineering standards that describe this in every state and the country itself. However, that doesn't prevent a person with revenue generation intent from tampering when they install or maintain the signal, even remotely I suppose these days. If the same team that operates the things is also in charge of auditing the settings for compliance with standards.....you see where this is leading

That's no different than letting the police do the testing when you challenge their radar guns' accuracy. Have an independent review system. Then if someone challenges the RLC, you have documentation to back up the claim that the yellow timer is reasonable for that intersection.

Comment: Re:Politics as usual (Score 1) 348

by Jabrwock (#45717209) Attached to: Red Light Camera Use Declined In 2013 For the First Time

And once you've done all that, and you still have people running the red?

My city did all of the above, and now people run the red because they know the other side doesn't get the green right away, so it's "OK".

Then have the camera ticket in that instance. But switching the times lower to gain more tickets is that antithesis of safer.

So why not mandate a standard for yellow light length based on speed, so you eliminate the potential conflict of cities "tweaking" it to maximize fine returns. Instead we get the boneheaded idea that we should just ban the cameras, as if they were the problem...

Comment: Re:Slightly misleading. (Score 1) 226

by Jabrwock (#45670321) Attached to: Canada Post Announces the End of Urban Home Delivery
The newer community boxes have several larger boxes on the end for smaller parcels. The key for them is dropped in the smaller mailbox it's destined for. You drop the key in the return slot after you fetch your parcel. Most mail larger than a letter that I receive needs a signature anyway, so I'm always going to the local post office anyway.

Comment: Re:Really? Did we ever really want smart watches? (Score 2) 365

Apple didn't invent a lot of things. What they did was find a way to make existing things better in ways that made them mass marketable. Not the fastest, not the most feature rich, not the smallest, but enough of all three to make it appeal to a bigger slice of the market.

Now that Samsung has failed so miserably, Apple knows what worked and what didn't, and can better bring their design to market when it is ready.

IMHO Samsung failed to include the front-facing camera and the ability to play video. This is supposed to be a Dick Tracy watch dammit!

Comment: Same as the Canadian national gun registry (Score 4, Informative) 497

by Jabrwock (#45091771) Attached to: Cost of Healthcare.gov: $634 Million — So Far
Before it was scrapped, the Canadian government had shelled out over a billion dollars to pay for the federal gun registry. It was initially budgeted to cost a few hundred million. Why the bloat? Because they didn't factor in the cost of every single department and major player having a different computer system, and wanting integration with their systems, and they didn't want their individual departments to pay for it, or have to change their own internal systems. So it all got added into the registry's budget instead.

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.

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