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Comment: Re:Recognition (Score 1) 102

by Kjella (#48197261) Attached to: 'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

Nokia has more brand name recognition, so of course we won't use that.

Of the "let's frame it and put it on a wall" more than "I want one in my pocket" variety. I'll always have fond memories of Nokia 3210 and the state of the art in 1999, but it's not selling a new phone and it's not quite up to collectible/antique standards either. And Elop's little stunt sure didn't help Nokia's reputation as a has-been either. Not to mention that Nokia running Windows Phone might have some of the same hardware but there's very little in common between "old Nokia" and "new Nokia" anyway. I think this was a pretty easy call of Microsoft and would have happened regardless, if they'd ponied up a little more they could have gotten the Nokia name for good as it matters more to consumers than the commercial market the remains of Nokia serves.

Comment: Re:SurveyMonkey (Score 1) 58

Ok, to your question. Point out that they volunteers who write their signup may not be available when they want to make changes; and as volunteers if their demands get too high they may simply drop out of the project. If they are problems with the site they have none to turn to to fix it unless the volunteers decide to put in more time; and they may expect you to take care of any problems that arise. Finally, software development takes at least 2x as long as expected and you need to test thoroughly to be sure it works. What would happen if the large event all of a sudden lost the registration of may participants? Or messed up scheduling, etc. do to an unforeseen bug? Do they have the time to sort that out and still pull of the event? Frankly, when I here "we have unique demands" I ask for clarification an detain gently guid ether to the determination they are not a unique as they think. Perhaps you could build a sample in SurveyMonkey or some other tool based on their old site and show them it meets their needs? I use SurveyMonkey because surveys are easy to create and modify and it takes away all the development and backend hassle for you.

Comment: Re:Across Devices? (Score 1) 84

by cayenne8 (#48197203) Attached to: Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

I don't get this.

When I'm watching something I enjoy, either via OTA HD or Netflix, the last thing I'm going to do is "quick! switch to another device!"

Watching a film, documentary or "episode" is much more enjoyable watched in one sitting. If I have to switch to another device I will watch at a later time when my attention isn't split. never watch a movie and have to go to the can?


Comment: SurveyMonkey (Score 2) 58

I've used it to handle large event signups. You can add drop downs, free text fields, etc and pretty much setup any kind of information you need. You can then export the results to a spreadsheet to create name badges, sort by requests, etc as well. They have a free version but it may not allow you as many signups as you need. You can, however, buy a month to month subscription and then drop back to the free one when you don't need it.

Comment: Re:In Japan (Score 1) 241

by cayenne8 (#48195985) Attached to: 3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison
Hey, you gotta get your car home *somehow*...

If anyone thinks that it is a small number of people that drink and drive, take a look at most any parking lot outside any bar in the US>

Do you actually think all those cars are driven by the designated driver? That all those people have only 1 or less drinks?

Those empty lots mean most everyone is driving at some level of impairment. It happens and most people don't get in trouble for it, nor are they serious danger to anyone else on the road.

People naturally drive and meet at bars, they have drinks, they have to get home and they do.

You rarely see a bar parking lot very full after closing time do you?

Comment: Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (Score 1) 298

by cayenne8 (#48195873) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

So you violated the speeding law, based on an assumption about a yellow light time(which varies both per light and electrical fluctuation), thus jeopardizing others. You need to have you drivers license taking away....

By doing what I suggested I do, I actually AM driving with the general road conditions in this area...if you stop at a light that turns yellow, you will be rear ended by at least 2 cars.

The smart thing to do around here is to get your ass through the intersection in the yellow light.

But in general, no...I don't bother looking at the posted speed anywhere unless my radar detector goes off.

I find myself generally going about the same speed as everyone else on the road, perhaps a little faster than some.

Comment: Re:Why worry about CFAA? (Score 1) 158

by Kjella (#48195785) Attached to: Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

Because Facebook is really interested in their stock value and not kicking the DEA in the teeth? They're not going to win any favors with anybody for actively sabotaging a criminal investigation, even an illegally conducted one. They want to have the public on their side which is why we're hearing about this in the news, Facebook couldn't win an escalating conflict with proxies and whatnot. If this becomes a big enough PR problem for the police though, the practice might go away.

Comment: Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (Score 1) 298

by cayenne8 (#48195539) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

While I disagree with the "you should never go through a yellow light" statement, I've got to question your example. Every section of road I've ever seen that has stop lights also has speed limits much less than 60 mph. Usually 40 mph max. If you're going 60 mph down a stretch of road with a 40mph speed limit, then your problem isn't the yellow light.

I dunno where you live, but no one around here really watched the speed limits THAT closely. I often drive 50+ mph on city streets and trust me, I'm not running over people, that is often the general flow of traffic speed around here in parts.

About the only time I look at what speed I'm going is when the radar detector goes off....

Comment: Re:a better idea (Score 1) 298

by Registered Coward v2 (#48195511) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

I have an idea. Spend 1 million training kids to not wander randomly into the street. I love how there's this magic assumption that at 25 MPG you won't hit some idiot in the street but at 32 you would. You're probably going to hit the stupid kid at any speed. They should just not be in the damn street!

Or teach them to put covers on speed camera lenses...

Comment: Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (Score 1) 298

by cayenne8 (#48195497) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

ncorrect. When you see light turning yellow, you are suppose to stop when it is safe to do so, otherwise proceed through the intersection.

In New Orleans, and most any other city I've lived in, you can pretty safely assume that it is decidedly UN-safe to hit the brakes on a yellow light, at least when it first turns yellow.

If you do so, you will be rear ended by at least 2 cars minimum.

Comment: Re:This is good (Score 1) 298

by Registered Coward v2 (#48195489) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Doesn't "Due Process" ensure that the accused can say, "That's faked, Photoshop. The network and servers are hacked, and PROVE THEY ARE SECURE."

Ever seen a municipal vendor who could certify under penalty of perjury complete compliance with all applicable law, regulation and policy?

It depends on how the fine is handled if you get to go to court. Some municipalities make it an administrative fine rather than a traffic violation so no traffic court for you, and no points on the license unlike a cop issued ticket, rather you get an administrative hearing. I guess you could sue but then again the fine is usually low enough that suing is not really cost effective.

Comment: Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (Score 1) 298

by cayenne8 (#48195455) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

It's amazing how many people who claim to have a sub 0.4s reaction time suddenly have a 4 second reaction time when faced with a yellow light.

My reaction time is just fine. I know when the light turns yellow, that if I stomp the gas, the turbo will kick in and transport me easily under the lights before they turn red.

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