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Comment: Re:Not true. (Score 1) 984

by babybird (#43257971) Attached to: Ohio Judge Rules Speed Cameras Are a Scam

If you're impeding cross traffic, you've entered the intersection illegally. In most places, the sensor is placed so that you don't trigger the camera until you've physically entered the intersection, which is the same point where you're in the way of cross traffic and are likely to cause a collision. It doesn't matter if cross traffic is still able to swerve to avoid you, you're still blocking their right of way.

Comment: Re:Not true. (Score 1) 984

by babybird (#43257927) Attached to: Ohio Judge Rules Speed Cameras Are a Scam

Courts (and law) aren't so naive as to think that "being in front" absolves one from all responsibility in an accident.

Courts are also not so naive as to confuse someone rear ending someone for following too closely when they're stopping at a red light for someone rear ending someone who's intentionally trying to cause an accident by slamming on their brakes on an open road or at a green light.

Comment: Re:Not true. (Score 1) 984

by babybird (#43257779) Attached to: Ohio Judge Rules Speed Cameras Are a Scam

I don't know the timings of lights outside my usual driving areas either, but I have one simple rule that I apply to all traffic lights that keeps me from running red lights anywhere I've traveled (more than a million miles so far).

Green means proceed when the intersection is clear and it's safe to do so.

Red means stop.

Yellow also means stop because yellow is never followed by green.

Comment: Re:Think of it this way: (Score 1) 308

by babybird (#43159657) Attached to: Using Truth Serum To Confirm Insanity

How about the fact that the two parties have worked together to create more and more hurdles for independent candidates and candidates from other parties to gain ballot access? ...
The People get to participate in a symbolic ritual, but the whole system is rigged so that nothing really changes.

As for the first case, it's not a conspiracy, it's the natural outcome.

As for the second part, the system is rigged so that nothing really changes. But it's rigged by human psychology, and exploited by politicians (and businesses, and abusive spouses, and con-artists etc.).

Comment: Re:Polygraqph + drugs for death row inmates (Score 1) 308

by babybird (#43159531) Attached to: Using Truth Serum To Confirm Insanity

This is correct. Polygraphs only measure stress, they can't tell what the stress is caused by, so the results are only as useful as the polygraph operator himself. They're also only accurate in high stakes questioning, which since he's basically screwed regardless of the outcome, this may not be to him. I would rather have him questioned by a competent interviewer in the presence of a panel of 2 or 3 truth wizards if I wanted to rely on the results myself.

Don't forget that Aldrich Aimes passed multiple polygraph tests administered by the best operators we had.

Comment: Re: I have a Galaxy Note (Score 1) 320

by babybird (#43036415) Attached to: Smartphone Screen Real Estate: How Big Is Big Enough?

Your test is a little invalid. you're using it to determine whether it should be considered a phone or a tablet here, but in order to use it as a PHONE, you don't need to be able to reach the whole screen with your thumb while holding the device in one hand. You only need to be able to reach the dialer buttons which only occupy the lower half of the screen at full size, and only one corner of the lower half of the screen when you enable the one-handed operation mode for people with smaller hands.

Comment: Re:Compressed air. (Score 1) 204

by babybird (#42695087) Attached to: Peugeot Citroen To Introduce Compressed Air Hybrid By 2016

Diesel hybrids aren't really practical due to the way they work. Diesel engines just aren't suited to being started and stopped constantly like that, and because of the high compression ratios needed for diesel to work, it wastes quite a lot more energy every time the hybrid system has to restart the engine (then there's the heat and lack of heat problem-- my Prius often has to waste a bit of fuel just to keep the combustion system warm enough to control emissions as it is). I think that's one of the big reasons Toyota decided to use their modified pseudo-Atkinson cycle engine instead for their hybrid systems-- they spent a ton of time and money researching and developing it, and it's the most popular system today because it's so well designed. The variable compression ratio makes them a lot more efficient than diesel would be in the long run too, although the efficiency is relatively close in most cases. But I suspect that the main reason is that of emissions. You can keep the emissions much lower with gas than with diesel if that's what you tune it for.

You're right about the (ancient) notions of diesel in the U.S. though. I've seen a lot of modern Mercedes diesels here in the U.S., and unless you know what the Blu-tech badge means, I think most Americans wouldn't have any idea they weren't running on ordinary gasoline. The technology has come a long way since the old days, although since American trucks are about the only diesels most people here see, they probably believe the smoke-belching, noisy behemoths are the only way diesel can run even today.

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