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Comment Re:Have an awareness raising conversation (Score 5, Informative) 278

Another problem is that driving in SF can can very confusing, draining driver attention. Try to make a left turn onto Market Street on a busy day.

A few months ago, SF made private vehicles turning onto Market Street illegal. Today, biking home, I saw half a dozen cars flout those new laws.

As part of Vision Zero SF, the SFPD have pledged to Focus on the Five (PDF, sorry) "violations that are most frequently cited in collisions with people walking. These violations are"

  • Driving at unsafe speed given conditions of roadway
  • Red light signal violations
  • Failure of driver to yield to pedestrian at a crosswalk
  • Failure of driver to yield while making a left or U-turn
  • Failure to stop at a STOP sign limit line

I cannot tell you (yeah, yeah, anecdote) how many times I've encountered while riding my bike motorists speeding through the streets of SF as if they were Karl Malden in a 1970s era TV cop show.

So, I'm in perfect agreement with you, ShanghaiBill, that a number of downtown SF city blocks should be turned into pedestrian malls strictly controlled for public transportation only.

As a side note, the first week or so Market Street had SFMTA employees keeping private vehicles from turning onto Market Street was the day public transit drivers and cabbies started racing down Market at over 35 miles per hour and jockeying to beat every. Single. Light. and running them if they couldn't.

Comment Re:Ironically this was caused by slow XCode downlo (Score 2) 246

Some Chinese developers downloaded this tainted XCode because of slow download times of XCode from the Mac App Store.

Downloading XCode from the Mac App Store takes nearly a full day! I think this delivery mechanism of XCode is developers is very crummy and quite a nuisance.

Maybe it's an effect of the Great Firewall? My understanding is that Internet throughput in China (especially for inbound traffic) is very unpredictable with speed varying not only across time but also on physical location.

Comment Biking while intoxicated (Score 2) 696

As a cyclist between the ages of 35 and 54, these statistics directly concern me. That said, I'm a very experienced and highly-capable (not bragging) cyclist.

The is anecdata, I know, but a handful of people I know (~5) who took up biking and then stopped because of a serious accident have done so because they had an accident while biking after having drinks. I know biking wine tasting in Napa is also a thing.

In any case, my point is out-loud wondering what percentage of these accidents can be accounted for by drunken cyclists and/or cyclists with impaired/lowered motor skills.

Please, everyone, ride and drive safely and soberly. Commuting injuries and mortalities are just not worth it.

Comment Two fucking words (Score 1) 151

Well, it's not 'just' shrugged off -- this is the great US legal system. If a Federal appeals court judge should shrug, it is because s/he shrugs with the shoulders of giants.

Since you couldn't have spoke truer, I'll shoot for a little bit shorter: BOUGHT AND SOLD.

Comment Repressive State Apparatus Doubles Down (Score 5, Insightful) 608

He should come home to the United States, and be judged by a jury of his peers — not hide behind the cover of an authoritarian regime. Right now, he's running away from the consequences of his actions.

I received the email about's response and, to my mind, Monaco's statement doesn't veer one degree from goal of punishing Snowden as an warning to others, rather than protecting him as a whistleblower.

When Monaco and the rest of the Whitehouse talk about "hid[ing] behind the cover of an authoritarian regime" they all should look in the mirror.

Comment Re:No surprised in good ole Mass... (Score 4, Insightful) 155

In other words, "if you make the government pay for it, people will complain about raising taxes" is a feature, not a bug. That's the point--the government should make it obvious that it is taking the money, so the public can decide whether it's really worth it. And sometimes they won't.

The likely outcome of leaving a mostly able-bodied populace to decide whether providing transportation to the disabled is "worth it" is precisely why such matters are and should be handled by the government which, ostensibly, promotes the common good.

Comment Re:Translation (Score 1) 119

"grit" = stockholder profit potential

Many geeks lack the social awareness to distinguish genuine feelings from emotional subterfuge, aka friendship vs. politicking.

Non-technical managers (and other "bosses", including PMs) often manipulate naive techies into sacrificing their personal lives for absurdly low pay and frivolities like ping pong and soda pop. Additionally, many geeks don't have deep and extensive social networks (aka friends and significant others) and so often don't have much incentive to value their own personal lives over work.

Now Google, Khan Academy, and other would-be Masters of the Univese are formalizing the cultivation of "grit" among undersocialized nerds, giving them certificates and free Internet access in the process?

I hope some of these young geeks will think about what this "grit" metric really means and look the executives right in the eye and tell them "You can kiss my grits!"

Comment Re:when? (Score 1) 182

The first question that comes to my mind is, "What the fuck is the point of 2 Gbps service for residential customers?"

Your question is limited to existing technologies and platforms that are built around the assumption of 12/3Mbps connections at best.

Imagine a respectable percentage (or large enough market) where the network was reliably 2Gbps or more.

If the latency were low enough, there'd be less reason not to share multiple GB files on remote drives for editing locally, like agencies using Photoshop files between 700MB and 1GB large.

Hi quality VR conferencing might materialize if the machines connected to each other could exchange data at rates that today are considered too fast to do anything with.

Or what about existing or yet-to-exist distributed networks that might benefit from truly massive throughput? What would be possible with faster interconnectivity across great physical distances? Say 10Gbps. 100Gbps? 1Tbps? 2Exa bps?

Sure, none of those speeds even mean anything today let alone would be feasible in the current market, but hopefully you get my point, which is that the as-yet uncreated future technologies that would evolve and flourish under much faster and reliable Internet throughput can't be known in advance.

And like any resource rich ecosystem, you can bet that once those resources are there, someone and something will use them.

Yeah it'll be used for higher fidelity porn, more unwanted spam, and larger cat videos. But such a network will also be used for cool things like better medicine, more accurate physics, and more efficient manufacturing, in addition to stuff we can't know about yet.

Stop holding back the future by asking for comparisons from today.

Comment Re:standard operating procedure for monopolies (Score 1) 182


you're a moron

not baseless insult. an objective description of the quality of your thought

what you wrote is hilariously solidly wrong. you blindly and blatantly deny basic facts of a subject matter you inject your puerile ignorance into

you're deluded uneducated wackjob and if you had any shame you would stop lying and making yourself look like a feeble crackpot to anyone who actually understands the simple basics of this subject matter

just shut the fuck up about what you clearly do not understand you dumb ignorant fuck

Come on. Tell us how you REALLY feel.

; )

Comment Affirmative Action is not the same as sexism (Score 0, Troll) 517

Affirmative action in the United States counteracts institutional and systemic discrimination against specific groups (often visible) minorities.

Affirmative action for women is not the same as sexism; it is a corrective for sexism.

Comment Re:Offsite (Score 2, Informative) 446 do it yourself. I cut sentence short there. Slashdot should implement an edit button.

Most users don't know it, but Slashdot actually has had an edit button since 1997.*

It appears after you click the "Preview" button and has the label "Continue Editing".

(* It's actually an anchor, but you get my drift.)

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