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Comment: Re:Crooked cop (Score 4, Informative) 286

by agallagh42 (#42292989) Attached to: Baltimore Issued Speed Camera Ticket To Motionless Car

The cop who signed off on this ticket is obviously not doing his job. This should at least be fraud, if not something more serious. Of course, there's no chance of the thug with a badge getting any sort of charges laid against him. There is no justice in the US.

Not fraud. Perjury. The cop is basically swearing that he witnessed the accused committing the act of speeding, and it is quite obvious that he did not. He lied to the court, in a round about way.

Comment: Re:32GB != 32GB in this case (Re:Yes, but...) (Score 1) 417

by agallagh42 (#41692141) Attached to: Is Microsoft's Price Model For the Surface Justifiable?

The free storage space on the Surface is ~20GB according to the Microsoft Test Manager for Surface RT. That apparently includes Office and "bunch of apps" so we won't really know how much storage space Windows 8 occupies by itself until the reviews come out. Regardless, it is clear that they couldn't ship a 16GB version because of the storage requirements of Windows 8.

iOS 6 on an iPad uses roughly 2.5GB. iWork (Numbers, Keynote, Pages) is roughly 1GB. Let's say it's 4GB including some overhead. So that's roughly 28GB of free storage on an iPad.

So somewhere up to 8GB of difference in system overhead of storage space, which is up to 25% of the entire device.

Well, until we know how much space that "bunch of apps" is taking up, this is a useless argument.

Comment: Re:Labelling (Score 4, Informative) 1080

by agallagh42 (#41449893) Attached to: Light Bulb Ban Produces Hoarding In EU, FUD In U.S.

Is there yet a way to tell at time of purchase whether a CFL bulb is going to warm up in an acceptable time?

I'm assured that bulbs exist that reach a decent brightness in under 10 seconds, but I have yet to manage to buy one.

I've had good luck with the Philips Warm White CFL bulbs. They have a colour that is almost exactly the same as incandescant (I can't tell the difference by looking at them) and they turn on to full brightness instantly. Literally a small fraction of a second, with no flickering at all.

Comment: Re:No (Score 5, Informative) 557

by agallagh42 (#40613429) Attached to: Is It Time To End Our Love Affair With the QWERTY Keyboard?

...QWERTY is a HORRIBLE layout and was designed to BE horrible, to slow down typists writing on mechanical typewriters.

From Wikipedia:
"A popular myth is that QWERTY was designed to "slow down" typists though this is incorrect – it was designed to prevent jams while typing at speed, allowing typists to type faster."

Comment: Re:Whats the difference... (Score 1) 486

by agallagh42 (#40608545) Attached to: Hackers Steal Keyless BMW In Under 3 Minutes

That is irrelevant to the conversation. I'm not trying to argue the relative merits of different laws. Armed robbery is a bigger hazard than speeding, does that make speeding irrelevant?

All I'm saying is that in many jurisdictions around the world, this law is on the books. If you don't think breaking this law is a big deal, that's fine, you're allowed to have an opinion. Doesn't change the facts though. And it won't get you out of a ticket either

Comment: Re:Whats the difference... (Score 1) 486

by agallagh42 (#40608133) Attached to: Hackers Steal Keyless BMW In Under 3 Minutes

No, wrong, that can't be argued. If there are no other cars on the road, or even if the lane to your right is empty, you are not passing, and you must by law move to the right. Your speed is completely irrelevant to this particular law.

You have to be overtaking another vehicle to occupy that lane. That's the only thing that matters.

Comment: Re:Whats the difference... (Score 2) 486

by agallagh42 (#40607391) Attached to: Hackers Steal Keyless BMW In Under 3 Minutes

I hope you're not saying that the AC is correct. It is actually a legal requirement that you must not travel in the passing lane if you are not actively passing someone. Going the speed limit is irrelevant. If there is room to move out of the passing lane, you are legally required to do so, and you can get a ticket if you don't. Unfortunately, such tickets are fairly rare.

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