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Comment: Re:What we need... (Score 1) 234

by PvtVoid (#47384163) Attached to: Radar Changing the Face of Cycling

Just slow down, be patient, and there won't be an accident.

If you slow down to change lanes, then you only make the matter worse, and that much more difficult to safely merge.

Who said anything about changing lanes? If the cyclist in front of you is signaling a left, you wait behind them until it is safe to proceed. Bear in mind that legally speaking, merging requires that you are already moving with the flow of traffic in the target lane, and that other vehicles will not need to slow down to accommodate you because of your speed

No, and no. As long as there is sufficient space between you and following traffic to move left and take the lane, that traffic is absolutely required to slow to accommodate your speed. Why is it so fucking hard to understand that vehicles are not obligated to travel at the speed limit just because you're too muck of a dick to slow down for thirty seconds or so?

Comment: Re:What we need... (Score 1) 234

by PvtVoid (#47384151) Attached to: Radar Changing the Face of Cycling

If there is an accident, all they would ever have to do is say that you changed lanes and pulled in front of them. Bam... it's instantly your fault unless either you had video evidence showing that you had signalled in plenty of time to indicate your intent, and that you had completely finished merging and were travelling safely in that lane otherwise (which is possible of the car behind you had a dash cam, and if the insurance company knows about it being there, they may ask to review the footage), or enough witnesses to the accident who would say that the fault was clearly that of the other driver and not you.

Of course, if you were already fully in the lane and somebody rear ends you anyway, it would literally be murder (or attempted murder if you survived). Luckily, very very few drivers will actually murder another road user in cold blood.

Comment: Re:What we need... (Score 3, Insightful) 234

by PvtVoid (#47382929) Attached to: Radar Changing the Face of Cycling

Whether they are "entitled" to use it or not is irrelevant if they cannot safely enter the lane in the first place, because cars move much faster than bicycles, preventing a cyclist from being able to change lanes from the rightmost lane (designated bike lane) to the leftmost without causing an accident that they would actually be considered entirely at fault for.

Going slower than the traffic behind you wants to go is not "causing" an accident. What causes accidents is idiotic responses to a slow vehicle in the lane. Just slow down, be patient, and there won't be an accident.

Comment: Re:What we need... (Score 1) 234

by PvtVoid (#47382853) Attached to: Radar Changing the Face of Cycling

To leave the bike lane, you still have to yield to vehicles that are not in the process of changing lanes. Since cars are typically moving faster than you, you generally wouldn't be able to do this safely unless there was absolutely no other traffic moving in the same direction (which isn't impossible, but is unlikely on a road that has high enough traffic volumes that it would warrant having a controlled intersection), and if you got rear-ended by a car while you were trying change lanes, you would be 100% at fault for the collision.

Once you have merged left and taken the lane, any traffic behind you must yield right of way (i.e. slow down) to you. They can't just indiscriminately run you over and say its your fault because you're going slower than they are. Bikes have the right to use the full lane when it is necessary for safe operation of the bicycle, and that includes making a left turn.

Going slower than the speed limit in the center of the lane is not illegal, for a car or for a bike. And it certainly shouldn't be punished with the death penalty.

Comment: Re:Yarkoni misses the point (Score 1) 219

by PvtVoid (#47349421) Attached to: Facebook's Emotion Experiment: Too Far, Or Social Network Norm?

Facebook didn't simply set out to make tweaks and see how users responded; they setup a controlled experiment on subjects without their consent; a practice that appears to violate ethical and possibly legal guidelines for behavioral research.

Bingo. Advertisers may do this sort of thing all the time, but they don't get it published in peer-reviewed scientific journals without adhering to standard human research protocols. PNAS should immediately retract the article, and the researchers involved should be censured and stripped of funding.

And people who don't want to be experimented on without consent should just fucking quit using Facebook.

Comment: Re:Is it also illegal.. (Score 2) 404

by PvtVoid (#47309771) Attached to: San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App

I've had parking spots that I claimed (blinker was on!) stolen from me. I didn't call the cops.

Jamaica Man Killed in Gun Battle Over Parking Space

Miami Barber Shot, Killed Over Parking Spot

Man Sentenced in Shooting Over Parking Space

Man critically hurt in Gold Coast shooting over parking spot

People are insane. Never forget this.

Comment: Re:They hate our freedom (Score 3, Insightful) 404

by PvtVoid (#47308015) Attached to: San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App

Specific practices like driver using phone while driving, or curb parking time limits can certainly be regulated. But not the basic fact of people exchanging money for information. Dislike it all you want, but people have freedom to do as they want.

It is illegal to exchange money for all kinds of information. Credit card and Social Security numbers, for example. Insider trading, for another. It continually amazes me the degree to which crackpot libertarian ideology is so consistently blind to extremely common legal practice. Do you people spend all of your time in the basement?

Furthermore, a law banning the parking app would be trivial to enforce. Just have police answer the ads, find the douchebag who is blocking the spot in order to charge for it, tow their car, and give them a nice big ticket. Can't happen soon enough.

Comment: Re:Is it also illegal.. (Score 2) 404

by PvtVoid (#47307927) Attached to: San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App

So it is also illegal to offer somebody money, in person, to let you know when they leave their spot so you can park closer? Technically speaking, you're not paying for the "public" spot, you're paying for the opportunity to park in a more convenient location for a period of time, at which point you leave.

No, it's illegal to squat on a public parking space and demand money to move. Get the difference?

+ - NSF Researcher Suspended for Mining Bitcoin->

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PvtVoid (1252388) writes "In the semiannual report to Congress by the NSF Office of Inspector General, the organization said it received reports of a researcher who was using NSF-funded supercomputers at two universities to mine bitcoin. The computationally intensive mining took up about $150,000 worth of NSF-supported computer use at the two universities to generate bitcoins worth about $8,000 to $10,000, according to the report. It did not name the researcher or the universities."
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Comment: Re:China anyone? (Score 1) 174

by PvtVoid (#47195561) Attached to: Greenland Is Getting Darker

The pollution I blame on the US (and Europe, don't feel left out on the Asian peninsula!) is that WE let them get away with it. We buy their cheap, pollution producing crap. We buy it. And as long as we buy it, they will produce it. It is our pollution, whether you like it or not.

Don't forget that we also sell them the coal.

Comment: Re:20cm of stupidiy (Score 0) 174

by PvtVoid (#47195183) Attached to: Greenland Is Getting Darker

The measured rate of rise has been averaged out at 1.1 millimeters per year, so who in their right mind with the credentials to back it up would predict 20cm by 2100?

You mean aside from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change?

Honestly, at 1.1 mm per year, in a hundred years that gives you 11 cm. A projection of 20 cm is entirely reasonable. But don't actual numbers stand in your way or anything, because, you know, Benghazi. Or whatever.

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