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Comment: Re:No big red button? (Score 1) 124

by beelsebob (#48646623) Attached to: Cyberattack On German Steel Factory Causes 'Massive Damage'

The problem is, by making systems where software is the last line of defence against damage, you typically can make much more efficient systems. Note car engines that use variable valve timing can damage themselves (e.g. by opening the valve during combustion, and allowing exhaust/plasma to back flow into the injectors), but they're much much more efficient than engines with a cam rod.

Comment: Re:So it is official. (Score 1) 167

by beelsebob (#48645243) Attached to: Airbus Attacked By French Lawmaker For Talking To SpaceX

Never type that again. Seriously - vocalizing your pauses when speaking is bad enough, but there's no excuse when writing.

Actually, it's not "bad enough", it's an important part of speech. A pause, with a confused look on your face, and an "uhhh" noise conveys information, in fact, often, more than a whole sentence. I don't see any reason why conveying that sort of information concisely in one word should not be part of written english too.

Comment: Re:Old news. (Score 1) 196

by beelsebob (#48645215) Attached to: Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

They did if they were expecting a standard yellow light, then it changed red in 2.5 seconds instead of the federal minimum of 3 seconds and slammed on the brakes to avoid running the red light.

If your decision to brake or not was based on "I'm 2.5 seconds away from the junction, and that yellow has to show for 3", then you're driving dangerously.

Comment: Re:Old news. (Score 1) 196

by beelsebob (#48645213) Attached to: Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

To continue on my above comment (which I shouldn't have clicked submit on so quickly)... What could change to give you more leeway is that you could stop the opposing flow going green the very moment that one flow of traffic goes red. In the UK, the sequence for current, and opposing traffic in pairs goes (green, red), (yellow, red), (red, red), (red, yellow), (red, green) - that extra gap where neither direction has even a yellow, and then where the traffic that's about to start is shown yellow, allows people to relax and stop barging through so much.

Comment: Re:Old news. (Score 1) 196

by beelsebob (#48645207) Attached to: Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

Speaking as someone coming from the UK, the idea that the federal guidelines for yellows are too short is laughable. You guys get roughly twice as long on yellow as we do in the UK. I'd actually argue that the guidelines are too long . The very long yellow light times encourage people to think "it's okay, I can make it through". Meanwhile, yellow merely being a warning "red is coming, you'd better stop" makes things much safer.

Comment: Re:Old news. (Score 2) 196

by beelsebob (#48645199) Attached to: Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

I don't care what point you are trying to make, but when you start to victim blame, you lose credence.

What are you talking about? No one forced you to slam your brakes on at the last second. There's no victim here, there's no person forcing you into it. In order to be victimised you need to have someone making you a victim, and that person doesn't exist.

All OP is doing is blaming the person at fault - that is, the person who's taken longer than 4 seconds to make the decision to gently brake for a red light, when given plenty of warning by a yellow.

Comment: Re:I'd expect Fawkes masks to start making stateme (Score 5, Insightful) 199

Agreed! Who could be against the FCC regulating the internet? Nutters and Koch brothers types, that's who! I look forward to the FCC getting it's mitts deeply into the regulation of the interntet. I mean, how else can I be sure of getting cheap, fast pings for my games if not by getting the feds involved? My freedom to ping REQUIRES laws, bureaucrats, agents, and harsh penalties to ANYONE who fucks with my pings!

Given that all a lack of the FCC being involved has got you is a Comcast/Time Warner monopoly, prices 2-3 times as high as the other side of the atlantic, service an order of magnitude slower than the other side of the atlantic, and double charging both the sender and receiver for data... YES, FUCKING AMEN, WHO THE FUCK COULD BE AGAINST GETTING THE FCC INVOLVED!

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