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Comment: Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (Score 1) 349

by UnknownSoldier (#48200157) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Do you even understand what stopping distance or what reaction time means at all???

Why do you think driver's handbooks mentions Braking Distance along with Reaction Time??

It is important to note that the graph below illustrates the braking distance AFTER YOU HAVE APPLIED YOUR BRAKES. To this must be added a REACTION DISTANCE, which is the distance you travel from seeing the danger to putting your foot on the brake pedal. Since 3/4 second is the average reaction time, a motorist will travel 11 feet for each 10 m.p.h. of speed before hitting the brake. At 50 m.p.h. this distance would be 55 feet!

If you are doing 30 mph, this means you are traveling 30 mph * 5280 ft/mi / 60 mins/hr / 60 secs/min = 44 ft / sec. Let's even give you the benefit of the doubt and say your reaction time is 3/4 seconds -- far quicker then the average reaction of around 1.5 seconds.

* Your reaction distance is: ~0.75 sec to react to the light change * 44 ft / sec = 33 ft ! (Agrees with the estimate of 11 ft / 10 mph)
* Your braking distance is: 40 feet.
* Your total distance to stop is: 74 feet !

Which matches what this graph shows for the total distance to stop for various speeds:


This means that if the light turns yellow or red and if you are closer then 74 feet, you'll stop past the white line, well into the intersection.

ERGO, you should RUN the light to get OUT of the intersection.

Who ever told you to never run a yellow or red light was a fucking idiot.

Comment: Re:Systematic bias, but also something else (Score 1) 417

by squiggleslash (#48199015) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

I'm in the same boat as he is, and I know what he means.

It's not about denying access to ponies or princesses. It's about (1) not assuming an interest or lack of interest (relatively easy - my daughter seems just as fond of Cookie Monster and Thomas the Tank Engine as Abby and Madeline) and (2) not accidentally dropping the social cues that lead girls to see certain things as important in a way boys wouldn't.

It's very, very, hard, for example, for a dad not to tell my daughter how beautiful she is. But imagine, however, the effect it has on you if people around you, from the day you're born, talk about how pretty and beautiful you are. I never had that, because I'm male. My mother called me handsome from time to time, but it was never drilled into me that beauty was so important.

If she wants to consider it important, let her determine that herself.

Comment: Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (Score 1) 417

by squiggleslash (#48198935) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

FWIW my experience of women as part of development teams has been largely positive, with one exception (not the woman herself, though she was fairly fiesty which in this case didn't help - or maybe it protected her, I don't know, but her supervisor, who was an out and out misogynist. She eventually left, because the company we worked for at the time kinda sucked like that.) That is, respect amongst male programmers for female programmers seem to be completely in line with what you'd expect for males respecting males.

Now, that said, I can't speak as a female in the same situation, so while the degree of respect might have been entirely reasonable, other factors may creep in that, as a male, I'm unaware of.

All I can say is as the father of a 2yo girl myself, I'm desperately hoping she has whatever opportunities she wants when she grows up. I think we in software development is decent enough that it's a field I'd have no trouble recommending to her. But, obviously, in the end it all depends on the group you end up working for.

Comment: Re:Like everything else, it depends ... (Score 1) 14

by squiggleslash (#48198495) Attached to: On posting anonymously

It's a real shame that you have to add all the disclaimers, and highlights the problems that we need anonymity for.

Yeah, though in the end... I was in part trying to keep a cool head with the disclaimers, but after a few days of research I must admit to being sufficiently unimpressed by the GG crowd, having shown it for the last few days just trying to get some straight answers, that I doubt being anonymous actually makes any difference. Ultimately it's hard to hide the fact you're the one with those opinions, unless you never say anything.

Ms. Barbara Hudson, 1312 rue Hyman, # 301, ...

I think you have a number of things going for you:

1. You know where APK lives too.
2. You live in a completely different country. ;-)

I'm glad we're maybe closer in views about the reaction of many towards Twitter death threats.

Comment: Re: Gamergate is NOT about defining "gamer" (Score 1) 162

by squiggleslash (#48198379) Attached to: For Game Developers, It's About the Labor of Love

There was an article on Slashdot about something GamerGate did that was going against the very journalists you're claiming GamerGate is ignoring. Slashcode even helpfully linked to it as a related story. It's right there at the top. The only way you missed it is if you're willfully ignoring it, which of course you are.

Not on my version of the page, no. The only link GamerGate related in the related stories list at least as rendered here is the Intel/Gamasutra/"Gamers" are dead thing (which I assume you cannot possibly mean, as it doesn't involve unethical journalism.)

FWIW, I also did your job for you. "My job?" I pretend to hear you ask. Well, yes. You're an advocate for a movement, and so the onus is on you to push forward examples of what you're fighting against, something you're refusing to do on principle.

So I trawled through a bunch of GamerGate Twitter streams, including Nero's. I looked at the Reddit KotakuInAction subreddit, which appears to be an organizing grounds for GamerGate. I looked at the negative responses to people like thequinnconspiracy and followed the links they were claiming.

And during this time, I found... zero cases. Well, let me back up a moment: there was one, involving Gawker, that was obviously a case of unethical journalism, with a journalist, as a joke, taking on a pro-bullying-nerds position, and GG rallying the troops against them. But I'm not counting it basically because it was a response to GG. The Gawker idiot would never have made the joke if there wasn't some giant group he thought represented nerds running around being apparently nasty and evil.

But in terms of independent cases of journalistic corruption? As in EA offers to swamp SuperGamerMagazine.comnetorg with expensive ads in response to good reviews for The Sims 4? As in BioWare gives Slimy McSlimepants from AGN his own Asari sex doll in exchange for a great review of Mass Effect 7?

No. Not one example. Nothing.

What I did see was primarily articles about how terrible the meida was because they're lying about GamerGate. Not lying about video games, but GamerGate.

I also saw some fake conspiracies. Yep, fake. I mean so fake it should have been obvious to everyone commenting. Like an email "leaked" from The Guardian that the "leaker" claimed contained an attack on GamerGate. Except it didn't. It contained an attack on people using the #killallmen hashtag. It was right there in the subject line. The leaker hoped that people would take a sentence that occured after the attack on #killallmen users, saying that a prominent feminist would be in the office to discuss GamerGate the next day, as meaning that the attack was about GamerGate.

Add that to the attacks on Quinn for having intimate relations with a journalist... which turned out to also be a fake conspiracy because said journalist wrote nothing about her, absolutely nothing, after the relationship started.

Add to that the attacks on Gamasutra for writing an article attacking gamers... except it didn't, it attacked the industry for only writing games aimed at "gamers" (the quotes are important, and yes, they appeared in the article), that is, a demographic of white immature teenage males that no longer makes up even a plurality of gamers. Oh, and even if it had attacked gamers... corruption? Really?

Well anyway, I'm seeing a pattern here.

Does the pattern matter? Well, probably not. In the end, the Guardian, and Gamasutra, and Quinn issues were probably peripheral, a movement desperately trying to find a positive identity when it knows there's considerable darkness holding it together. Quinn was attacked, not the journalist she had a relationship with. The death of "Gamers" article was written by a self-avowed feminist but wasn't radically different from criticism published elsewhere. The attacks on another feminist for publishing videos reviewing games from a feminist analytical point of view. The attacks on a female game developer including doxxing, her account being hacked, and a full on campaign of slander, because she documented some of the sexism she was dealing with in the industry.

And... well, we add to that SJWs. I don't mean the people, I mean the insult. The fact that GamerGate's opponents - by GamerGate's choice - are not journalists, but those who promote equality and inclusiveness and who oppose mindless sexism.

I did your job. I went out to try to find out what you were about. I did this after giving you the opportunity countless times to give examples showing GamerGate's good side, but you kept telling me to go off and do it myself. So I did. I think, based upon GamerGate's own words, that the group is primarily anti-women. The journalism thing is a smokescreen, I think in part because the GGs themselves are uncomfortable with the movement being solely about harassing female developers and developers who think about gender issues, it needed some underlying moral purpose otherwise it's just a bunch of nerds bullying women.

I'd say maybe it was a mistake not to engage me with examples of GamerGate challenging actual corrupt journalism, but I'm thinking you never had any.

Pro-tip: if I got it wrong, if you're really about corrupt journalism, then next time someone comes to you and says "I keep hearing conflicting things about GamerGate. I hear you guys are saying it's about unethical journalism, do you have anything about that?", you give them an example. Do NOT, under any circumstances, tell them to go off and search the Internet. Because they will not agree with you after they do.

As for me and you? We're done. You just asked me to wade through one of the worst cesspools of misogynist hate I've encountered in a long time. Your response to this will probably go unread.

+ - Man walks after nose cells repair spinal cord->

Submitted by tiberus
tiberus (258517) writes "A 40-year-old paralyzed man from Bulgaria can now walk again with the aid of a frame after breakthrough surgery transplanted cells from his nose into his spinal cord, which had been severed in a knife attack.

After undergoing surgery to transplant cells from his nose to his spinal cord, a paralyzed man from Bulgaria is able to walk again. The procedure effectively provided a "bridge" over the injury site so nerve cells — encouraged by the special nose cells — could regrow across the scar tissue."

Link to Original Source

+ - Man sentenced for webcam sex with a "teen" computer avatar->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A man in Australia is believed to be the first to have been convicted as the result of an undercover sting in which charity workers posed online as a 10-year-old Filipina, using a computer avatar to produce an image of the fictional girl.

Details of other 1000 men who contacted the fictional child were sent to police around the world.

For now, the avatar was animated and the chat conducted by an undercover human operative. How long will it be till we have fully automatic computer programs fishing for sex offenders online?"

Link to Original Source

+ - Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects

Submitted by osage
osage (3886749) writes "Several colleagues and I have worked on an open source project for over 20 years under a corporate aegis. Though nothing like Apache, we have a sizable user community and the software is considered one of the de facto standards for what it does. The problem is that we have never been able to attract new, younger programmers, and members of the original set have been forced to find jobs elsewhere or are close to retirement. The corporation has no interest in supporting the software. Thus, in the near future, the project will lose its web site host and be devoid of its developers and maintainers. Our initial attempts to find someone to adopt the software haven't worked. We are looking for suggestions as to what course to pursue. We can't be the only open source project in this position."

+ - Better free disk space monitoring?

Submitted by relliker
relliker (197112) writes "In the olden days, when monitoring a file system of a few 100 MB, we would be alerted when it topped 90% or more, with 95% a lot of times considered quite critical. Today, however, with a lot of file systems in the Terabyte range, a 90-95% full file system can still have a considerable amount of free space but we still mostly get bugged by the same alerts as in the days of yore when there really isn't a cause for immediate concern. Apart from increasing thresholds and/or starting to monitor actual free space left instead of a percentage, should it be time for monitoring systems to become a bit more intelligent by taking space usage trends and heuristics into account too and only warn about critical usage when projected thresholds are exceeded? I’d like my system to warn me with something like, “Hey!, you’ll be running out of space in a couple of months if you go on like this!” Or is this already the norm and I’m still living in a digital cave?"

Comment: Re:Like everything else, it depends ... (Score 1) 14

by squiggleslash (#48194069) Attached to: On posting anonymously

People behind keyboards, with a certain amount of anonymity or pseudo-anonymity, will behave more like jerks. That's a given, it's not news. Squiggy is asking what can be done, and how (and his observation is certainly true) people who post unpopular opinions are going to get attacked if they don't post anonymously.

Not even that. If I were to use GamerGate as the current example (because it's in the news), I think that by far the vast majority of people are opposed to "GamerGate" (that is, the group identified by the tag), regardless of whether they agree with the supposed moderates or not about media corruption. It's not an unpopular position to take to be against "GamerGate." But it is, nonetheless, a problem in certain circumstances raising your hand and saying so, because a small minority - GamerGate "moderates" would say they're external rabble-rousers and trolls, outsiders would argue they're likely a rump within the movement inevitable because of its history - will go on the extreme offensive, especially if the speaker is female and involved in the industry in some way.

(If anyone read the above as implying that all GamerGate supporters are misogynists posting death threats, you need remedial reading classes. I say this because I keep reading articles that go out of their way to avoid implying anything of the sort, making it clear they respect the concerns of many who use the tag, who still get "I'm cancelling my subscription because you said I hate women waaah!" responses. That said, I'm personally finding it harder and harder these days to take seriously the idea that GamerGate was ever about "corruption in journalism", largely because I've never seen a case of GG going after a real case of unethical journalism that existed independent of the movement itself. ie no the Gawker bullies thing doesn't count, because terrible though it was, it wouldn't have existed if GG didn't exist.)

Anyway, the point I'm trying to make is that there are nuts out there, and sometimes they're not lone nuts, and posting on certain subjects can leave you vulnerable and frightened.

In response to your other points, I don't agree that getting death threats via Twitter automatically means they're not frightening, or that everyone who acts upon them is a drama queen. Yes, a straightforward "We're going to rape and kill you hahaha" deserves eye rolling. But as the threats get more personal, and yes, posting the victim's home address and details of their family, however easy to find it might be (FWIW, not always trivial, just Googled my own name city and state and the nearest that came up to an address for me was an old address associated with a long defunct business) is legitimately going to scare the shit out of most ordinary people.

I have little doubt that Brianna Wu, for example, was doing the same things most would do under the circumstances. There's a drama around it, but largely because she's fighting back and making a point to. Good for her.

Comment: Re:That's great and all but... (Score 1) 377

by quantaman (#48190541) Attached to: NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

Yeah, that's great and all, but the right way to post this is that the ideal astronaut has a low calorie requirements and leave unsaid that the people who can fill that role is women. No need to drag sexism into the fight when there are perfectly logical rationals for crew selection.

Well sexism was already in the fight so it might as well take a beating.

Anytime you have a single gender crew it's always male. But for this mission this very sensible set of metrics suggests the standard composition is completely wrong, I think that's worthwhile pointing out.

On a general point I don't agree it's sexist or racist when the traditionally oppressed gains an advantage. The problem with *isms isn't that they filter based on a characteristic, it's that they give a big unfair advantage or disadvantage to a group based on that characteristic. If you apply that filter in the opposite direction then you're reducing the size of the problem.

Comment: Re:Fedora fork too (Score 1) 501

by quantaman (#48189885) Attached to: Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork
Not really, but well made.

That's a good point as to the the drawbacks of the "do one thing and do it well" principle.

The individual tools get simpler, but some of the complexity pops up when you try to make them interact. So instead of complex programs we end up with complex and esoteric configurations that end users have to descipher.

I'm not a fan of everything involving systemd, but the idea of shoving a bunch of complexity into a well designed and reliable blob doesn't strike me as an intrinsically bad idea.

Comment: Re:Yeah, Good Luck with That (TM) (Score 1) 150

by UnknownSoldier (#48188005) Attached to: Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

Yes, the ridiculous length is indeed a problem.

The "evils" of copyright was debated back in 1841 !!

"The easiest form of parochialism to fall into is to assume that we are smarter than the past generations, that our thinking is necessarily more sophisticated. This may be true in science and technology, but not necessarily so in wisdom."
  -- "Macaulay on Copyright"

There is no royal road to geometry. -- Euclid