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Comment: Re:people charge of traffic lights are engineers b (Score 1) 127

by AK Marc (#47733769) Attached to: It's Easy To Hack Traffic Lights
The issue with any traffic engineer, is that there's actually no science supporting traffic engineering. It's voodoo. And if you say that to anyone who deals with traffic, they act like you dessicated their shrine. Sure, some individual parts have science (traffic flow). But when proven false (California flows better than stated, other places worse) they will persist on using the proven wrong models, rather than trying to solve for reality.

A human factors study into lights, and having the colors/flashing change to help improve flow/compliance isn't what they do. "Fuck you, red lights are read and solid" is the closest to a discussion they will have with you.

Comment: Re:I'm on a project like that (Score 1) 4

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#47733107) Attached to: Rant: Untrusted Data from the Source

This was not entirely unexpected, given the nature of the data (floating inventory moving through a factory and a warehouse- sometimes it returns to the same location in three dimensional space, but is unique in four dimensions). But it sure would have been nice if they could have given me a scan sequence number as well; a date time field is nice for reporting but should NEVER be part of a logical primary key.

Comment: Re:Which angle are you attacking from this time? (Score 1) 17

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#47732843) Attached to: I must credit the president for being consistent

I'm looking at the effects for his base. Oh, not the fake base like the poor people in Ferguson who expected him to stop white cops from shooting their children- but his true base, in New York and Chicago, who expect him to relieve them of certain costs of doing business.

That is to say, the base that will provide campaign funding for decades to come. Getting elected is a side job to the eternal campaign.

Comment: Racists vs Keystone Cops (Score 1) 6

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#47732673) Attached to: Funny? Racist, dishonest hypocrisy.

The real racists in Ferguson are the ones who see this case as being "a white officer shot a black suspect" rather than "a white police captain didn't know enough about racism to have black officers patrolling a black neighborhood" followed by "five shots are enough, if the suspect is on his knees, a sixth shot is not necessary" followed by "when black people are rioting, white people in Vietnam era camo is not going to be a solution" followed by "once trust is lost, not even a black State Police Captain is the answer" followed by "looters, reporters, cops, and the National Guard all invade a town trying to recover from a tragedy of stupidity".

Comment: I'm on a project like that (Score 1) 4

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#47732549) Attached to: Rant: Untrusted Data from the Source

Turns out they didn't define their business case properly. I had to add the time field in to achieve a unique logical key. And even then, I still had to rewrite my loader (tossing XML files in C# to call stored procedures) to report exceptions properly so that I could figure out when they lied to me once again.

Data integrity? We don't need no stinkin' data integrity!

After all is said and done, a hell of a lot more is said than done.