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Comment: Re:Thanks, but no thanks. (Score 1) 223

by bws111 (#47926365) Attached to: College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

Um, yeah. Most companies running COBOL are doing it on NEW IBM mainframes, which they have paid millions of dollars for. These companies (banks, insurers, finance, reservation systems, retailers, etc) absolutely know the value of IT, and pay for it. What they don't 'value and fund' is someone who tells them they are doing it wrong, and they should replace perfectly functional systems with all new shiny.

Comment: Re:Who would have thought (Score 1) 193

by bws111 (#47884421) Attached to: The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

If you are at a normal intersection (not a roundabout), and you cross the intersection, have you 'changed lanes'? Any sane person would say no.

Even the markings in the roundabout show you are wrong. There is not just 'left lane' and 'right lane', there are 'crossing lanes'. Yes, when you are in the inner ring and need to exit you make a lane change, into the crossing lane, not the outer ring. The major difference being a portion of the crossing lane is shared with the outer ring, but not going in the same direction, something completely unique to roundabouts.

Comment: Re:Who would have thought (Score 1) 193

by bws111 (#47884311) Attached to: The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

No, they are not the same at all, and your insistance that they are says to me you don't know how to use a roundabout.

The only thing you have right is that curved or straight does not matter.

On a freeway, your major direction of travel is ALWAYS parallel with the travel lanes, even when getting ready to exit. In a roundabout, it is not. You do not 'change lanes' in a roundabout, even temporarily. You cross lanes.

Comment: Re:Who would have thought (Score 1) 193

by bws111 (#47884145) Attached to: The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

Do actually know how to use a roundabout? There are NO 'lane changes' involved. You should not 'change lanes' in a roundabout, ever. There are lane CROSSINGS in a roundabout, essentially a right turn from the left lane while the right lane continues straight. Not something sane people have a lot of experience doing.

Comment: Re:Who would have thought (Score 1) 193

by bws111 (#47884025) Attached to: The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

And just how to you propose to 'predict' where the other cars are going? That is the whole problem. If you are 'turning left' you are SUPPOSED to be in the left lane the whole time, but many people don't do that. They are driving in the right lane, and stay in the right (outer) lane until they exit, no matter how far they go around. If you are turning right, you are SUPPOSED to start in the right lane and stay there, but many people use the inner ring as just another opportunity to pass, especially if the first exit is more than 1/4 way around.

Comment: Re:Who would have thought (Score 2) 193

by bws111 (#47883831) Attached to: The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

Where do you drive that is acceptable to do that (drive in the left lane and cross the right lane to exit)? I sure hope Googles cars are smarter than that.

If you are in the left lane on a freeway, and your exit is coming up on the right, you are supposed to merge into the right lane, then onto the slowdown lane and onto the ramp. You sure as hell aren't supposed to shoot directly across the right lane at a 45 degree angle and out the exit, bypassing the slowdown lane altogether, which is what you do in a roundabout.

Comment: Re:Who would have thought (Score 1) 193

by bws111 (#47883557) Attached to: The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

Huh? Here are the actual rules for roundabouts in NYS:

If you are going one exit (ie a right turn), you start in the right lane of the approach road, go in the outer circle of the roundabout, and exit in the right lane of the exit road.

If you are going two exits (ie straight thru), you start in either lane of the approach road. If you start in the right lane you stay in the outer ring and exit right. If you start in the left lane you cross the outer ring, travel in the inner ring, and cross the outer ring at your exit, exitting in the left lane.

If you are going more than two exists (a left turn), you start in the left lane of the approach road, cross the outer ring and travel in the inner ring, cross the inner ring at your exit, and exit in the left lane.

Not quite what you said. When they first started using roundabouts several years ago many people had no idea what to do. Some idiots still think the outer ring is some kind of racetrack or something.

Comment: Re:$400 million (Score 1) 404

by bws111 (#47881209) Attached to: Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

Yes, they COLLECT about a billion dollars, but they don't KEEP it - it goes to the teams. What is so difficult to understand about that?

Answer this question: if the money is not going directly to the teams, where is it going? Who do you suppose are the owners and/or investors in the NFL?

Do you think the cashier at Walmart should be taxed on all the money he handles each day, just because it went through his hands?

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