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Comment: Re:Government control of our lives... (Score 1) 152

by PvtVoid (#47432387) Attached to: Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones

They need to ask permission because the FAA specifically banned such behavior last month.

Gone are the days, when pursuit of happiness was understood as a natural right granted to each human being not by their government, but by the Creator.

Mod parent up. We all know that God specifically wanted airspace full of unlicensed pilots operating entirely without rules. Yeee Haw!

Comment: Re: Murphy says no. (Score 5, Funny) 253

by PvtVoid (#47432307) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

This guy probably is the tech but is wanting to spend more time with his family or something.

Probably settled down too fast and can't get a better job now. My advice: don't settle down and quit using your wife and children as excuses for your career failures because they'll grow to hate you for it.

Congratulations! You're management material!

Comment: Re:Wish I could say I was surprised (Score 2) 172

by PvtVoid (#47430137) Attached to: Peer Review Ring Broken - 60 Articles Retracted

.It is reasonable for scientists in the pay of the public to be required at intervals to publish tts or at least what they were currently doing over the past few months or year or whatever interval is deemed reasonable.

Dear NEJM: For the last six months, I mostly sat around in my office, read Slashdot, and mined Bitcoin on the cluster.

Comment: Re:What we need... (Score 1) 235

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) 235

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) 235

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) 235

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.

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.