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Comment: Re:But the speed camera folks are laughing .... (Score 1) 299

by Ichijo (#48197305) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

When turnpike operations are sold to such private companies, they have clauses preventing the improvement of alternative roads owned by the state or city that would divert traffic away from the turnpike.

Yes, it's very difficult to compete with someone who has such deep pockets as a government. This is one reason why infrastructure should be financed by its users in proportion to the benefit each person receives from it, instead of paying for infrastructure through unrelated taxes such as the sales tax.

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: Re:In Japan (Score 1) 242

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) 299

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:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (Score 1) 299

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:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (Score 1) 299

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:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (Score 1) 299

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.

Comment: Compelling, but a mix still better... (Score 4, Interesting) 368

by SuperKendall (#48189205) Attached to: NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

That is a pretty compelling reason to have most of the crew women.

However I'd argue in a truly remote environment where no external help is to be had, that the raw strength a few very fit males could provide could be useful in an emergency.

Some women can also be very strong, but then would there be any metabolism benefit?

Comment: Floor In Building (Score 1) 77

by SuperKendall (#48188679) Attached to: Barometers In iPhones Mean More Crowdsourcing In Weather Forecasts

One of the things Apple is using the barometer for is to determine what floor you may be in within a building.

It could be that with central heating/cooling in most buildings running almost all the time, perhaps a barometric reading could be constant between floors from day to day, even as weather changed...

Or perhaps just using the change along with accelerometer data to detect shifting between floors.

Comment: Supply & demand (Score 1) 310

by Ichijo (#48187603) Attached to: An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

The existence of a queue means that people are willing to pay more for the product. So why not let them? Raise the price as the queue gets longer, and lower the price as the queue gets shorter. This stabilizes and even lets you control the length of the queue.

They should do the same at ballparks on game day. Instead of charging a fixed rate for parking, charge to go through the gate according to the number of cars waiting to get in or out. If you get there really early, you could get in practically for free, and if you tailgate after the game, you can get out practically for free. With shorter queues and a greater ability to save money, everybody wins!

Genius is ten percent inspiration and fifty percent capital gains.