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Comment: Re:Why bother? (Score 1) 364

by Sporkinum (#46639283) Attached to: Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

Ground sensors that are used where I am completely negate being able to time lights. The main problem with them, is that they don't use the cameras at most intersections to bias the signals to the flow of traffic. You will have 1 car on a side street stop 20 cars and trucks, when the side car could wait. Not only that, the sensors will stop traffic when there is no one on the side street, because they did a legal right turn on red. That has to waste thousands of gallons of fuel each day, just in my city.

Comment: Re:Fewer tickets? (Score 1) 364

by Sporkinum (#46639171) Attached to: Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

That's the generic term for speed cameras. Our city put in red light cameras to get their feet in the door with that type of system. Where they have made bank is putting them on the interstate highway that goes through town.
Red light citations: 2,892 (4.9 percent)

Speed citations: 55,308 (95.1 percent)

Total citations: 58,200

THE MONEY

        City gross: $2,601,125
        Due to Gatso: $1,017,900
        Revenue: $1,583,225

Comment: Re:Consumers always pay (Score 1) 48

by Sporkinum (#46576069) Attached to: Big Data Breaches Give Credit Monitoring Services a Boost

They screwed up my year of birth for my SSAN for a few years. I found out when I tried to efile my taxes several years ago. Rather than go through the hassle of digging up birth certificate and spending lots of time at the social security office, I figured out what they wanted and gave it to them on my tax form. They had one of the digits as a 7 and it should have been a 1. Probably an OCR error I would guess. I eventually went in and got it fixed. Had to waste a 40 mile round trip, and 3 hours of my time to fix their fuck up.

Comment: Re:Yeah, you can totally trust your data... (Score 1) 335

by Sporkinum (#46476511) Attached to: 1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

Exactly! If you did nothing but backup a TB of data and then power it of and through it in a closet, you are ahead. Not only that, it is private. I would only see this for completely innocuous data that you have to access somewhat frequently through the internet.

Comment: Re:I have your conversion right here... (Score 1) 860

by Sporkinum (#46418421) Attached to: Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

I just talked to my 78 year old father on the phone about this last night. He was not aware of MS dropping support for XP. His older laptop works fine for what he does, email and web, and he doesn't want to spend money on a new one. He is going to mail the machine to me so I can back up his data and settings, install and configure linux, and then ship it back to him. I'll try kde first, since I am more familiar with it, but if it is too slow on his hardware, I'll try something more lightweight.

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